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April 26, 2005
Contact: JoAnn Smith, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-4790.

KU Continuing Education to honor faculty for outreach activities April 27


LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Continuing Education will honor three recipients of its first University Outreach and Continuing Education Distinguished Service Award at a reception April 27.

The award reception will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Continuing Education building, 1515 St. Andrews Drive.

Joseph Kyner, associate dean of Continuing Medical Education and professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.; Sally Roberts, associate professor of special education; and Jan Roskam, Deane E. Ackers distinguished professor emeritus of aerospace engineering, will receive the initial awards. Both Roberts and Roskam teach on the Lawrence campus.

Kyner's service to Kansas through Continuing Medical Education dates from 1967, when he first presented a course on metabolism. Since then, more than 15,000 physicians have attended his medical programs. Kyner is the senior official of the largest CME program in Kansas and was instrumental in providing these programs to rural physicans when postgraduate education was less available in rural areas. Since 1991 he has chaired the Continuing Medical Education statewide advisory board and its executive committee. Kyner's leadership has helped guide KU's CME program though a number of national reaccreditations.

Through Continuing Education's Independent Study program, Roberts has made available courses from the top-ranked special education program in the United States to more than 600 educators across the country who otherwise might not have access to the program. Roberts has been a tireless advocate of Kansans with special needs, serving as a board member or educational consultant to Kansas agencies that serve those with disabilities. Roberts is a previous recipient of university awards for outstanding mentorship and service to people with disabilities.

Jan Roskam has led the 26-year partnership among Continuing Education, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Engineering, which has produced the nation's premier aerospace short-course program. The program has reached more than 20,000 aerospace industry engineers. Roskam himself has taught more than 150 courses on 12 topics to almost 3,000 engineers around the world. He was instrumental in developing and instructing distance learning courses that attract engineers worldwide. Roskam is a recipient of the 2003 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award and is a five-time winner of the Aerospace Engineering Educator of the Year Award.

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