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Five KU faculty named outstanding educators


Five KU faculty members have been named 2001 Outstanding Educators by KU’s chapter of Mortar Board, a national senior honor society.

Winners are Jeffrey Urbauer, assistant professor of biological sciences; Mary Klayder, lecturer in English; Rueben Perez, coordinator of the Student Organizations and Leadership Development Center; Sandra Quackenbush, assistant professor of biological sciences; and Michele Eodice, director of the KU Writing Center.

The faculty members were recognized in ceremonies Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, at KU. During halftime at Saturday’s KU-Oklahoma football game at Memorial Stadium, Chancellor Robert Hemenway; Mortar Board President Ed Healy, Keene, N.H. senior; and award coordinators Laura Zeazey, Hesston senior, and Christine Rieder, Lawrence senior, presented certificates to the winners.

On Sunday, a reception in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union honored the winners. Mortar Board members and alumni as well as university administrators and faculty colleagues attended.

The recipients were nominated for their devotion to academia, teaching style, accessibility, knowledge of their subject and other special qualities identified by the Mortar Board membership, which is about 40 students.

Michele Eodice
Michele Eodice has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English education from SUNY College at Buffalo and a doctorate in English (composition and rhetoric) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Eodice came to KU to develop a student writing center program and has since established the KU Writing Center and Writer’s Roosts. She teaches a course she designed, Tutoring and Teaching Writing, as well as teaching technical writing online and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students who work as writing consultants in the Writer’s Roosts. Her research is focused not only on writing center theory and practice but also on collaboration and cowriting.

Eodice is active in several national organizations and provides leadership and support for Kansas writing center directors through the Wheat State Writing Centers Consortium and the Midwest Writing Centers Association.

Mary Klayder
Mary Klayder graduated from KU with a bachelor’s degree in art history in 1972, a bachelor’s degree in education in 1975, a master’s degree in English education in 1981 and a doctorate in English in 1995.

She began teaching at KU in 1980 as a graduate teaching assistant. She received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award in 1997. Klayder received the Outstanding Educator award in 1991 and 1995.

Rueben Perez
Rueben Perez received a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1985 and a master’s degree in counselor education with an emphasis on student personnel administration in 1989 from Emporia State University. He later returned to ESU to serve as the director of student activities, organizations and special events.

Perez first worked with KU as a guest speaker for various leadership programs and conferences. He later worked at KU Medical Center and since fall 2000 has been the coordinator for KU Leadership Programs. Perez works with LeaderShape, Blueprints, Student Leadership Institute, the leadership minor and the lecture series.

Sandra Quackenbush
Sandra Quackenbush received a bachelor’s degree in animal science nutrition in 1979 from Ohio State University. She earned a master’s degree in retroviral pathogenesis in 1987 and a doctorate in retroviral pathogenesis in 1994 from Colorado State University.

Quackenbush began teaching at KU in 1998. She conducts research on retroviruses that cause tumors. Her research examines basic mechanisms of oncogenesis.

Jeffrey Urbauer
Jeffrey Urbauer received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1981 and a doctorate in chemistry in 1987 from the University of Nebraska. He began teaching at KU in 1999. His research interests include protein structure, energetics and dynamics, protein-protein interactions and molecular mechanisms of recognition.


October 19, 2001
Vol. 26, No. 5

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• KU program teaches officers to be safe at any speed
Can liberty and security co-exist?
New program detects digital plagiarism
Professor combines service, research
Five KU faculty named outstanding educators
'Fighting Jayhawk' returns to raise funds
Dole Institute of Politics
Employees earn monthly honors
Chancellor's Monday Message: Use knowledge to combat fear
KU research center receives renewal grant

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