Faculty & Staff E-news 6.22.15

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Last week Wednesday we hosted a bittersweet ceremony marking the close of the Berkley Grant Awards program, attended by approximately 30 grant awardees, district personnel and SOE faculty and staff. Benefactor Bert Berkley spoke to the national “crisis” given the low percentages of students who are reading at grade level by third grade and that he and his wife, Joan, initiated the awards program in 2007 to support educators who “stimulate children to learn.” As a gift to Mr. Berkley and all prior award recipients, the School of Education created a 50-page special publication that highlighted many of the 59 grants awarded in the program’s eight year history. My thanks to Dr. Patty Alvarez McHatton, Ms. Leah Panther, Ms. Barbara Schaaf Petty and Ms. Rachael Steele for their efforts in compiling, editing and producing the book, Encouraged to Greatness: The Joan and Bert Berkley Excellence in Urban Education Grant Awards anthology 2007-2015.

We have now posted our position opening for a Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator (Data and Certification Manager), given Ms. Gail Metcalf-Schartel’s expected retirement this fall. My thanks to the search committee members Ms. Christine Timmerman (chair), Dr. LaVerne Berkel, Ms. Carol Sargent, Mr. Jay Meyers, and Ms. Amy Cole (Registrar’s Office).

Our most recent Freshman Orientation welcomed eight students to campus and once again went off without a hitch. My thanks go to Mr. Brad Martens, Ms. Dea Marx and Ms. Gina Sanders for their efforts in coordinating the day’s activities and imparting our future students with a multitude of facts that will assist them in experiencing successful academic careers.

The Culture and Climate team is again hosting our summer Backpack Drive, with a goal of filling 24 backpacks with school supplies for primary grade students who are in foster care. School supplies (as specifically noted in the email sent on June 16th) or cash donations are welcome in the Student Services Office through July. Check the first floor bulletin board across from the elevator for updates on our progress. I again look forward to seeing the generosity of our faculty and staff in action!

And, I regret to report that Professor Emeritus Bill Jessee, who served the CEP faculty for 28 years, died on June 12th. He has left a rich legacy of positively impacting counselors and teachers in the SOE and within the greater Kansas City community; services were private.

Enjoy your week.