Last week we held another successful Urban Education and Community Forum—our most successful ever based on attendance (!)—and I extend my appreciation to those of you who attended and/or brought your students. Prior to the presentation by Dr. Ladson-Billings, we presented Mr. Bert Berkley with the 2016 Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education. He was both extremely pleased and humbled, and received not one, but two, standing ovations that evening! View the SOE home page for a brief wrap-up article; a link to a slide show of photos from that evening will be available soon. We also hosted an intimate dinner after the Forum to extend the conversation around the issues Dr. Ladson-Billings raised and explore opportunities. I was honored to be part of the thoughtful and honest discussion. Dinner participants included Chancellor Morton, Dr. Ladson-Billings, Mr. Bert Berkley, Ms. Angela Bennett (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights), Ms. Dianne Cleaver (Urban Neighborhood Initiative), Ms. Ellen Darling (Newmark Grubb Zimmer), Ms. Shelly Doucet, Ms. Jennifer Ingraham (UMKC Foundation), Ms. Lyn Knox (Francis Family Foundation), Mr. Ramon Murguia (Murguia Law Office), Mr. Jerry Reece (Reece & Nichols), Ms. Patty Reece (Civic Leader), Ms. Jacqueline Erickson Russell (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation), Dr. Ed Underwood, and Mr. Hugh Zimmer (Zimmer Companies). Of course, many individuals were involved in the successful execution of both events and I particularly thank Ms. Christine Popoola (who even received a shout-out from Dr. Ladson-Billings!) and Ms. Barbara Schaaf Petty for their months of planning and promotion and on-site logistics. And, Ms. Shelly Doucet capably pulled together the guest list for dinner and served as a true liaison for our guests.
My thanks to all of you who met with the two external consultants on campus last week at the invitation of the Provost. Their goal is to help us identify what we aspire to achieve with our new dean and to help inform the campus experience around an agreed upon values statement that they will launch in the fall.
Many of you will notice that we have fewer faculty in the building for much of this week since many colleagues are presenting at AERA in Washington, D.C. See the news item on the SOE home page for a list of those participating.
A reminder that the deadline for electronic gradebook and syllabus submissions for the fall semester was last week. If you have not yet submitted those items, please do so as soon as possible.
- Intimate conversation with Judy Jacobs (Ph.D. ’86) – April 18th for SOE faculty and staff. As the 2016 Alumni Defying the Odds Award recipient, Dr. Jacobs will speak on her memories and experiences from surviving the Holocaust. 12-1 p.m. in Room 307. Please RSVP since a box lunch will be served.
- “Memories of a Child: Aspects of Life Before, During and After the Holocaust” – April 19th presented by Dr. Judy Jacobs. Co-sponsored by the SOE and the Bloch School, this event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 218 of Bloch Executive Hall.
- Kansas City Dreamkeepers: Social Justice through the Arts Student Contest Exhibit, Reception and Awards Ceremony. 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center (3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO). Free and open to the public. This event is managed by Drs. Donna Davis and Marie McCarther with funding provided by Dr. Etta Hollins.
- 14th Annual SOE Spring Celebration—an Ice Cream Social – April 28th. Celebrate our class of 2016 graduates, winners of three SOE outstanding student awards and the end of another academic year. All SOE students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited between 3:30-5 p.m. on the SOE patio and east lawn. RSVP.
We’re winding down another semester; have a good week.