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New Grant Goodman Award Recognizes Outstanding Mentorship

Thursday, May 29, 2014

LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas professor of psychology known for her commitment and accessibility as an adviser has been recognized with the first-ever Grant K. Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award.

Evangelia Chrysikou was nominated by students to receive the award. They all expressed appreciation for her individualized mentorship, which continued even after students were no longer taking a course with her.

The students’ comments exemplify the criteria of the Grant K. Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award, which is to recognize a faculty member who is an outstanding teacher in and out of the classroom. Additionally, the award calls for mentors who are selfless with their time and experience and who continue to have lasting mentoring relationships with students long after they leave the classroom.

“Dr. Chrysikou has been a consistent academic support system for me throughout my undergraduate career. If I became too stressed or needed guidance, I always knew I could email Dr. Chrysikou and ask to meet,” said Claire Gorey, who graduated in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science. “I know that my and Dr. Chrysikou’s mentoring relationship will last throughout my academic career. I owe my acceptance into graduate school to her.”

The award was established in honor of Grant Goodman, an emeritus professor who retired in 1984 after more than 20 years at KU. Goodman was a history professor and an influential member of the KU Center for East Asian Studies. He died April 6.

A student and mentee of Goodman’s, Michael Priddy provided support for the award, along with his wife, Fangjie Liu. Priddy, who received a bachelor’s degree in economics from KU, credited his professor and longtime mentor with helping him in many milestones throughout his life, including establishing a children's learning academy and meeting his spouse.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences administered the award. Funds for the award are managed by KU Endowment, the independent nonprofit foundation serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

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