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William D. Picking, associate professor of molecular biosciences, left, is congratulated by Provost Richard Lariviere after receiving a Kemper award.

Michael S. Engel, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, right, won a Kemper award Friday, Aug. 18. Engel has taught at KU for six years.

From left: Mark Heider of Commerce Bank; Michael Engel, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Provost Richard Lariviere; Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Craig Martin, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Engel was the winner of the Kemper award.

Sara Wilson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, left, was surprised in class by Provost Richard Lariviere with a Kemper award. Wilson says she makes it a point to talk with students about their career goals because they often change.

James H. Mielke, professor of anthropology, right, won a Kemper award from Provost Richard Lariviere, left, and Mark Heider of Commerce Bank on Friday, Aug. 18.

Judy Wu, professor of physics, left, was thrilled to receive a Kemper award from Provost Richard Lariviere. Wu has spent her entire post-graduate teaching career at KU.

Judy Wu, professor of physics and astronomy, shows her surprise as Mark Heider of Commerce Bank, representing the Kemper Foundation, hands her a $5,000 check that comes with a W.T. Kemper Fellowship. The fellowships recognize excellence in teaching and advising.

Judy Wu, professor of physics and astronomy, is congratulated by Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, upon winning a W.T. Kemper Fellowship. The $5,000 fellowships recognize excellence in teaching and advising.

Matthew Buechner, associate professor of biological sciences, receives a check and a handshake from Mark Heider of Commerce Bank, representing the W.T. Kemper Foundation. Buechner received a Kemper fellowship, which comes with a $5,000 award recognizing excellence in teaching and advising.

Matthew Buechner, associate professor of biological sciences, gets a congratulatory handshake from Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for being named a W.T. Kemper Fellow. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere and Mark Heider of Commerce Bank, representing the Kemper Foundation, were also on hand for the surprise presentation.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway, left, looks on as David Frayer professor of anthropology, right, gets a congratulatory handshake from Mark Heider of Commerce Bank. Frayer has been an instructor of courses involving human biological and behavioral evolution for 31 years.

J. Christopher Brown, assistant professor of geography and environmental studies, has been teaching at KU for five years. Brown received a Kemper award on the first day of fall classes from Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, center, and Provost Richard Lariviere, left.

Lisa Friis, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, left, receives her Kemper award from Jerome Davies of KU Endowment and Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

Ric G. Steele, associate professor of psychology and applied behavioral sciences, right, is involved in almost all areas of the child psychology department at KU. Provost Richard Lariviere presented Steele with a Kemper award.

Shane Lopez, associate professor of psychology and research in education, laughs as Chancellor Robert Hemenway informs him that he is a recipient of a W.T. Kemper Fellowship. The fellowships provide $5,000 to faculty members in recognition of their teaching and advising excellence.

Shane Lopez, associate professor of psychology and research in education, accepts a $5,000 W.T. Kemper Fellowship award from Mark Heider of Commerce Bank, representing the Kemper Foundation, as Chancellor Robert Hemenway looks on. Hemenway was part of the "surprise patrol" that presented the $5,000 awards to faculty members.

Shane Lopez, associate professor of psychology and research in education, is congratulated by Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education, upon receiving a W.T. Kemper Fellowship.

Tom Lorenz, associate chair of the English department, shows his excitement at being named a W.T. Kemper fellow. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere, left, informed him of the good news.

Tom Lorenz, associate chair of the English department, wears a look of surprise as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere informs him he is a 2006-07 W.T. Kemper Fellow. The $5,000 fellowships recognize faculty members for excellence in teaching and advising.

Tom Lorenz, associate chair of the English department, is congratulated by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere for being named a W.T. Kemper Fellow.

William Westerbeke, professor of law, expresses his appreciation after being presented with a W.T. Kemper Fellowship. Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Jerome Davies of KU Endowment and Mark Heider of Commerce Bank, representing the Kemper Foundation, were all part of the "surprise patrol" that presented Westerbeke with the award.

Joan Sereno, associate professor of linguistics, is congratulated by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere upon receiving a W.T. Kemper Fellowship. The $5,000 fellowships recognize excellence in teaching and advising.

Beth Manolescu, associate professor of communication studies, smiles as Mark Heider of Commerce Bank, representing the Kemper Foundation, presents her with a $5,000 Kemper fellowship. Also pictured, from left, are Robert Rowland, professor and chair of communication studies; Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment; and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere.

Kemper fellow Lisa Wolf-Wendel, professor of higher education, Mark Heider of Commerce Bank and Provost Richard Lariviere.

2006 Kemper awards

The University of Kansas "Surprise Patrol" handed out $5,000 Kemper awards to unsuspecting professors Thursday, Aug. 17, Friday, Aug. 18, and Monday, Aug. 21. The awards were given in recognition of faculty membersí excellence in teaching and advising.

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