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August 22, 1998


A crew of administrators and executives on Friday took $5,000 checks to three faculty members, bringing the overall tally to 11.

The patrol marches on.

Kansas University's ``surprise patrol'' paid visits to three more faculty members Friday, handing out $5,000 checks to this year's recipients of the William T. Kemper Teaching Excellence Awards.

Eleven KU faculty members have received awards. Another nine will receive awards over the next several days.

Friday's recipients were Timothy Bengtson, associate professor of journalism; Jan Sheldon, professor of human development and family life; and Jim Woelfel, professor of philosophy.

KU Provost David Shulenburger, Dale Seuferling, senior vice president of the KU Endowment Association and Mark Gonzales, community president of Lawrence's Commerce Bank, continued the trend of surprising faculty members in the middle of class.

The patrol will make visits to other Lawrence and Edwards campus faculty today, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Four KU Medical Center faculty members in Wichita and Kansas City, Kan., will also be honored next week.

The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU. They are determined by a seven-member selection committee, which includes students, faculty and alumni.

This is the third year in a five-year award program.

The William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank trustee, established a $250,000 fund for the program.

The KU Endowment Association provided $250,000 in matching funds for the program.

The foundation was established in 1989 after Kemper's death and supports Midwest communities, concentrating on initiatives in education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts.

Faculty members receiving awards on Thursday were: Fred Rodriguez, associate professor of teaching and leadership; Chris Haufler, professor of botany; Dennis Prater, professor of law; Jon Swindell, associate professor of design; Michael Doughty, associate professor of medicinal chemistry; Cheryl Lester, associate professor of American studies and English; Linda Stone-Ferrier, professor and chair of the art history department; and Bill Tuttle, professor of history and American studies.

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