Fourteen KU faculty have received $5,000 Kemper teaching fellowships. Sealed envelopes hold names of six more winners.
"Gratias senel optimo magistro
"Laeti reddimus hanc tecuniamque."
That message delivered Monday was spellbinding for Stanley Lombardo, a Kansas University professor of classics who teaches Latin.
For those who didn't pass his class, here's a translation:
"To an excellent teacher we gladly render
"Congratulations and legal tender."
Lombardo was among five KU faculty presented $5,000 W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence during unannounced classroom visits Monday.
"Does anyone want to have a party tonight?" he asked nine students in his class and members of the "prize patrol" handing out fellowships.
Twenty faculty on KU campuses in Lawrence and Kansas City, Kan., will be designated at Kemper fellows this year. As of Monday, 14 had accepted awards. Presentations will completed Sept. 3.
Each fellow receives $5,000 from W.T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank and KU Endowment Association. Cash comes with no strings attached.
"I appreciate this so much, especially since there are so many people who are deserving," Lombardo said.
Other recipients notified Monday:
- Mehrangiz Najafizadeh, associate professor of sociology, earned a doctorate at KU. She taught at Mount Saint Mary's College before returning to KU to teach internationally oriented courses, such as "Third World Social Change."
- Beverly Sypher, professor of communication studies, has twice been a HOPE -- Honor for the Outstanding Progressive Educator -- finalist. She received the Speech Communication Assn. award for outstanding teaching in 1991.
- Craig Martin, professor of botany, has been at KU since 1980. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in biological sciences and recently created a new course, "Ecological Consequences of the City."
- Joane Nagel, professor of sociology, teaches race and ethnic relations, social movements and political sociology. She's been a KU faculty member for 19 years.
KU officials announced seven fellowships were issued Thursday. Only six presentations were planned that day. A scheduling conflict made it necessary to deliver a fellowship early to Nancy Peterson, professor of special education.
An acknowledged leader of instructional television programming, Peterson has received $7 million in grants to support training, program development and research programs at KU.
Two recipients on sabbatical were notified by letter they had been chosen by a selection committee to receive a fellowship.
- Christine Arguello, associate professor of law. The Harvard University law graduate was in private practice before coming to KU in 1991. She created a KU-Lawrence High partnership that teaches high school students about trial advocacy.
- Da-Hsiang Donald Lien, professor of economics. He's been at KU 10 years. Since 1990, he's supervised seven dissertations, which he considers the "most fun" part of teaching.