Faculty & Staff E-news 5.9.16

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A reminder to all to submit faculty achievements of your own or of your colleagues for posting on the SOE website since I know many of you are publishing, presenting and/or receiving accolades for your good work! Submit achievements by visiting http://education.umkc.edu/soe-achievements/ (password: achievements) or by going to the intranet link in the Quick Links section at the bottom of the SOE home page and from there choosing “SOE Achievements Submission Form”.


I want to announce that the Center for Economic Education (CEE), which provides students with experiential economic education programs to increase their awareness of economics and personal finance, will no longer be affiliated with the School of Education effective mid-May; it will instead fall under the office of Finance and Administration due to its new focus/arm on college student debt and financial literacy. This is a Chancellor-led initiative with high visibility at the state level. An advisory board will be created that most likely will include the Provost, SOE Dean, representative of the Missouri Council for Economic Education, a representative from Mel Tyler’s shop and a community member. It is expected that the center also will undergo a name change from CEE to the Office of Financial Literacy.


Graduation is this Saturday, and I hope many of you will be present in the audience to help us celebrate our soon-to-be-alumni; we anticipate 132 graduates to walk during the ceremony. In all, we will award 225 degrees this May and August, including 20 certificates, 60 bachelor’s degrees, 110 master’s degrees, 17 educational specialist degrees, and 18 doctoral degrees. As you know, Rodney Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07), superintendent of Spring (Tx.) Independent School District is our commencement speaker.


Please remember that grades are due at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17th.  Instructions for grading can be found here:  https://www.umkc.edu/registrar/grading.asp.


And, for those of you who will be taking time off this summer after finals week, I hope you enjoy safe travels and find time for rejuvenation. For those of us continuing to work, know that this will be our last enews until Summer Session starts on June 6th.


Happy end of semester and my thanks to all of you for your hard work, dedication and collegiality in getting us—and our students—through another successful year!