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Media advisory: Chancellor to distribute first 2011 Kemper Fellowship

Fri, 08/19/2011
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WHAT: The University of Kansas “surprise patrol” will visit the classroom of an unsuspecting professor to present a $7,500 check and coveted W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

WHEN: Group will leave at 12:10 p.m. Monday, August 22.

WHERE: Meet in front of Strong Hall on KU’s Lawrence campus.

WHO: Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will lead Monday’s patrol.

MEDIA COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: The Office of Public Affairs will direct media to the surprise patrol presentation.

WHAT ARE THE KEMPER FELLOWSHIPS? The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. Now in their 16th year, the awards are supported by an annual gift of $37,500 from the William T. Kemper Foundation (Commerce Bank, trustee) and $37,500 in matching funds from KU Endowment.

The William T. Kemper Foundation was established in 1989 after Kemper’s death. The foundation is dedicated to continuing Kemper’s lifelong interest in improving the human condition and quality of life. The foundation supports Midwest communities and concentrates on initiatives in education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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