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August 29, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855

Final Kemper Award for 2005 given to School of Nursing associate professor

LAWRENCE -- School of Nursing associate professor Cynthia Teel is the final recipient of a $5,000 Kemper Award, given to recognize excellence in teaching and advising.

Teel has spent the past 12 years teaching at KU. During that time, she has helped many future nurses learn about the intricacies of the profession. Teel has been able to take some of the most complicated subjects in nursing and make them enjoyable and understandable to her students. She makes herself available to meet with students regularly so that they can seek advice and be better prepared for life in the medical field.

In all 20 professors received Kemper Awards and $100,000 was distributed.

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.

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