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August 22, 2005 | Kemper Day 3
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855

Two more professors receive visits from the 'Surprise Patrol'; six left to go

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas 'Surprise Patrol' handed out today $5,000 Kemper Awards to a professor of English and an associate professor of social welfare. The awards were given in recognition of faculty members' excellence in teaching and advising.

KU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David E. Shulenburger, along with representatives from Commerce Bank in Lawrence and the KU Endowment Association, honored James Hartman, professor of English, and Edward Scanlon, associate professor of social welfare.

So far, 14 professors have received Kemper Awards. Twenty professors in all will be honored and $100,000 in total distributed. The patrol will give out more awards on Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 23-25, and Monday, Aug. 29.

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 10th year, 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 KUEA.

The William T. Kemper 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.
Names and biographies of today's winners are:

James Hartman, professor of English
In 34 years at KU, Hartman has been called everything from "genius" to "perfect" on his student evaluations. Hartman receives such high marks because of his dedication to making his English classes interesting and fun. He works hard every semester to tweak his courses to his students' needs. His hard work has not gone unnoticed, based on the reviews of his students.

Edward Scanlon, associate professor of social welfare
In just four years at KU, Scanlon quickly has become a popular professor among students. They admire how he keeps his lectures humorous and exciting while also keeping them educational. Scanlon has a genuine interest in his students' lives both in and away from the classroom. It is his responsibility to make students feel at home -- not only at KU but the in their educational and career pursuits as well.


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