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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Professors to be Surprised with Kemper Fellowships

April 4th, 2011

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217, hurstn@missouri.edu

WHAT: Five 2011 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, which include a $10,000 cash award, will be given to outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri. Chancellor Brady Deaton or Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz will surprise the teachers during their classes.

WHO:  Five outstanding MU faculty members

WHEN & WHERE:  

Monday, April 4

Media should meet in front of the chancellor’s office, Room 105, in Jesse Hall at the following times for the first three presentations:

  • 8 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 2 p.m.     

Tuesday, April 5

Media should meet in front of the chancellor’s office, Room 105, in Jesse Hall at the following time for the fourth presentation:

  • 12:45 p.m.

Friday, April 8

Media should meet in the Reynolds Alumni Center first floor lobby for the fifth presentation:

  • 9:00 a.m. 

The awards are a surprise to the recipients, so classroom locations will not be revealed until immediately prior to the presentations.

NOTE:  The William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence were created in 1991 with a $500,000 gift to honor outstanding MU teachers. Commerce Bank manages the trust fund.

Kemper, a 1926 graduate of MU, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions in banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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