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Final Kemper Award for 2004 given to orthopedic surgery professor at KUMC

LAWRENCE -- Kimberly J. Templeton today became the 20th and final University of Kansas faculty member to receive a Kemper Award for 2004. Templeton is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The $5,000 prize recognizes excellence in teaching and advising.

As director of the orthopedic residency education program, Templeton has earned praise from her colleagues not only for mentoring the students in her program but also for her outreach to undergraduate students and middle- and high-school students in her community.

A dedicated clinical professor, Templeton works with students both in and out of the lab to establish and encourage their interest and ability in orthopedic procedure.

The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. Now in the ninth year of a 10-year program, the awards were established by a $500,000 fund from the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank-Trustee, and $500,000 in matching funds from the KU Endowment Association.

The foundation was established in 1989, after Kemper's death. It supports Midwest communities and concentrates on initiatives in education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts.


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