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August 23, 2010

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Severin elected to statewide conservation association board

Jeff Severin, director of the Center for Sustainability, has been named to the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education Board of Directors for 2010-12. The association is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and provide quality, nonbiased environmental education to all Kansans. Severin has served on the Board of Directors for two years. He was chosen as president elect for the 2010-12 terms.

Gradington to lead Student Money Management Services

Leticia Gradington has been named program director of Student Money Management Services. She began work Aug. 16. Gradington has a master’s of business adminstration from Baker University and a bachelor’s from KU. The new office is located in 300B Kansas Union. Gradington and office staff can be reached at 864-1182 or money@ku.edu. The office’s website is money.ku.edu.

Keary completes FBI National Academy Program

Chris Keary, assistant chief of the KU Public Safety Office, was among 264 law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va. The program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers. Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members with advanced degrees. Keary was a member of the 241st session of the academy. FBI Director Robert Mueller was the primary speaker at the graduation ceremony.

Kinder earns advance Microsoft certification

Steve Kinder

Steve Kinder, website manager for Continuing Education, earned a Microsoft application development certification. Kinder passed the Microsoft 70-536 exam on June 15 to become a Microsoft Certified Professional Technology Specialist: Microsoft .NET Framework– Application Development Foundation. The Microsoft 70-535 exam covers the foundations of developing applications using Microsoft’s .NET framework. It applies to a wide range of areas in application development. Although Kinder has worked in Web development for more than a decade, his educational background is centered around journalism and education. Kinder sought ways to improve his technical Web skills and found the New Horizons Computer Center in Overland Park. Kinder began taking courses in an application development track at the computer center in October 2009. He has since completed training courses in HTML, Java Script, Visual C#, Transactional SQL, Windows Forms Development, ASP .NET and Service-Oriented Architectures. Kinder’s future plans include taking certification exams in the areas of Windows Forms Development, Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation and ASP .NET Application Development, which deals with Web application development.

Davis elected to council for legal education standards

Mike Davis

Mike Davis has become the first member of the KU faculty elected to a council that sets standards for legal education at law schools across the nation. Davis, the Centennial Teaching Professor of Law, was one of four people elected to the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The election took place during the section’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Davis will serve a three-year term, renewable once. The council is the ultimate regulatory authority for legal education in the United States, including accreditation standards and enforcement. It is composed of 15 members and five officers, with representatives from the bar, the bench, law school deans and faculty, and nonlegal members at large. No more than half of the council can come from legal education. Davis is an honor graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an editor on the Michigan Law Review. He joined the KU law faculty in 1971. He received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991 and was named Centennial Teaching Professor of Law in 1997. In addition to his faculty duties, Davis served as university general counsel for six years and dean of the law school for nine. He was also interim dean from July 2005 to July 2006. He has been involved in many aspects of legal practice regionally and nationally and has served as chair of the ABA Standards and Accreditation committees. Davis was Of Counsel to the Kansas City law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker from 1989-2009.

Duncan named fellow on international mathematics body

Tyrone E. Duncan, professor of mathematics, has been named a fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control. His citation noted his “exceptional contributions to stochastic, optimal and adaptive control, filtering theory and stochastic systems.” The federation Fellow Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions in the field of interest of the federation. The fellows have been elected annually since 2005. Duncan will be presented with a certificate and pin at the federation’s World Congress to be held Aug. 28-Sept. 2 in Milan, Italy. Duncan is one of only 17 fellows elected internationally this year.

Governor appoints Horn to education advisory commission

Gov. Mark Parkinson has appointed a number of Kansans to the Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Commission on Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery. Both commissions, which were created by Executive Orders 10-05 and 10-04 respectively, focus on maximizing and enhancing educational opportunities for Kansans.

Eva Horn, professor of special education, has been appointed to serve as a representative of the state agency responsible for programs under Section 619 or Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


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