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2017 Kemper Awards Luncheon


Monday, April 17, 2017
Kemper Teaching Excellence Awards Luncheon

Good afternoon and welcome to our annual celebration of the William T. Kemper Teaching Excellence Awards.

Spring is finally here and it is time to celebrate those professors who have been singled out for their excellence in the classroom by their students and their peers.

This is also the day we express our gratitude to the William T. Kemper Foundation for your extraordinary generosity and support of quality teaching. 

We are pleased to have you with us today our friends from Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation¾

  • Molly Hyland, Senior Vice President, Director of Community Relations and Government Relations at Commerce Bank.
  • Jenny Hoelzer, Vice President, Manager of Community Relations and Grants Manager for the William T. Kemper Foundation
  • We are pleased to have with us two Webster University Trustees today, retired Commerce Bank St. Louis President and Chief Operating Officer, Jack Schreiber, and Webster University alumna and co-creator of the Jane and Bruce Robert Chair in French and Francophone Studies at Webster University, Jane Robert.

Thank you all for being here and for your commitment to Webster. As many of you know, the Kemper Foundation also supports teaching excellence at Webster through the annual William T. Kemper Keynote Speaker. In October, we were honored to welcome our fifth Kemper Keynote speaker Dr. Hellen Chen, Director of ePortfolio Initiatives in the Designing Education Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.

During her day with us Dr. Chen delivered the Kemper Keynote Address on the subject of Documenting, Sharing, and Evaluating Learning through Innovative Mediums. It was a fascinating glimpse into how universities are working with students to document their achievements using electronic portfolios. Portfolios that work for students while they are in school and evolve to serve them throughout their professional careers.  Dr. Chen also conducted an in-depth workshop for our faculty.  As you can see it was very well attended.

In fact, I think I see some familiar Kemper faces in the crowd.  This was, as always, terrific opportunity for our faculty. Our thanks to the Kemper Foundation for helping to make this great tradition possible.