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Aug. 16, 2006
Contact: Jackie Hosey, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Media advisory: Chancellor, provost to distribute Kemper awards

WHAT: The University of Kansas “Surprise Patrol” will visit the classrooms of seven unsuspecting professors to present them with $5,000 checks and the coveted W.T. Kemper Fellowships for excellence in teaching and advising.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, August 17.

WHERE: Meet in front of Strong Hall on KU’s Lawrence campus.

WHO: Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere will lead Thursday’s patrol.

MEDIA COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: University Relations will provide transportation to two surprise patrol presentations.

WHAT ARE THE KEMPER AWARDS? 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 their 11th 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 KU Endowment.

The William T. Kemper Foundation was established in 1989 after Kemper’s death. The foundation is dedicated to continuing Kemper’s lifelong interest in improving the human condition and quality of life. The foundation supports Midwest communities and concentrates on initiatives in education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts.

The award presentations will continue Friday, Aug. 18, and Monday, Aug. 21. In all, 20 professors will be honored and $100,000 distributed.

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