KU has announced the recipients of the first Wally and Marie Steeples Faculty Awards.
Four Kansas University faculty members with a history of serving Kansans have been announced as the first recipients of Wally and Marie Steeples Faculty Awards at KU.
The first four winners of the $500 awards are: Jacob Gordon, associate professor of African and African-American studies and director of KU's Center for Multicultural Leadership; Rita Napier, associate professor of history; Orley ``Chip'' Taylor Jr., professor of entomology; and James Sherman, professor and chair of human development and family life.
Gordon has worked to increase awareness of black history in Kansas and to develop leadership programs for black youths in the state.
Napier has served as a consultant and commentator on Kansas history for Kansas communities and historical museums throughout the state for more than 20 years.
Taylor is known to schoolchildren throughout Kansas as the butterfly man. In 1992, he began ``Monarch Watch,'' a now internationally known science project to engage children in learning about butterfly migration.
Sherman has worked to allow Kansans with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation and autism to live more independently. He founded Community Living Opportunities Inc., in 1977 and chairs its board of directors.
Don Steeples, Dean A. McGee distinguished professor of applied geophysics at KU, and his wife, Tammy, established the Steeples award fund in 1997 to honor Steeples' parents and to recognize outstanding service by KU faculty to other Kansans.
The late Wally Steeples was a school superintendent and state legislator. Marie, 91, taught kindergarten in Palco and Bogue.
This spring the Steeples added $2,000 to their initial $10,000 gift to the KU Endowment Association. They plan to add to the fund annually. The Steeples hope the fund will attract other contributions and grow to $40,000.
Sally Frost Mason, dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has matched the cash award by augmenting each recipient's base salary by $500.