Sep 28, 2006    #146
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Nursing school starts faculty and staff awards tradition

To recognize the outstanding work of faculty and staff, administrators at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing have instituted an annual faculty/staff awards program.

The inaugural ceremony will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond Scholars Center (also known as the Diastole), 2501 Holmes Street, on Hospital Hill. The program will honor the exceptional contributions during the 2005-2006 academic year of three faculty and three staff members. The awards are peer or self nominated. Each award winner will receive $100 and a certificate of recognition.

Ronda Manney, R.N., M.S.N., clinical instructor, will receive the Outstanding Educator Award for demonstrating exceptional achievements in teaching; for the incorporation of innovative, creative strategies into teaching; for her contributions to course or curriculum development and/or revisions; and for her guidance, support and mentoring to others in developing innovate pedagogical skills.

Maithe Enriquez, R.N., Ph.D., assistant professor, will receive the Outstanding Scholar Award for her outstanding contributions through achievements in scholarly activities; for bringing regional, national or international recognition to the faculty and the School of Nursing.

Kristen Lee, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., clinical instructor, will receive the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award for her tremendous contributions to the School of Nursing’s reputation in providing quality teaching, producing significant scholarship or serving as a strong community partner. She serves as a leader among faculty in facilitating the work necessary to provide the governance and oversight of the academic programs and who supports/enhances a positive, collaborative, collegial work environment among faculty, staff and administration.

Leah Wilder, academic advisor, will receive the Education First Award for supporting and assisting students, and supporting faculty in curricular innovation. This award goes to a staff member who recognizes students are integral to the mission of the school; who promotes scholarship in all forms; who creates and encourages the desire to learn by setting examples, mentoring or role modeling; and who acknowledges excellence and is committed to lifelong learning.

Eve McGee, social worker, will receive the School Collaboration Award for functioning in collaborative roles with faculty, administrators and students to help the School of Nursing achieve goals and reach regional and national levels of recognition for excellence. This award recognizes a staff member who knows their success feeds into the success of others, who makes personal commitments that facilitate the success of the school, and who accepts responsibility and accountability for their performance.

Judy Jellison, student services manager and office manager, will receive the Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award for demonstrating exceptional performance that contributes to the school’s reputation in providing quality teaching, producing significant scholarship or serving as a strong community partner. This award goes to a staff member who serves as a leader and who sets an example of commitment and a strong work ethic; who strives to constantly improve the school’s processes to make the school a better place to work; who gives of themselves in an effort to improve students’ experiences; and who is committed to the community, students’ welfare and to the future of the school.

Photos and biographies of award winners are available at

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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