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UCHS announces 10 Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

6 hours ago

What do a healthcare executive, pediatrician, marketing specialist, portrait painter, college professor, neurosurgeon, engineering and medical consultant, attorney, bass player and former NFL quarterback have in common? They are all proud products of the School District of University City and among 10 alumni to be part of the University City High School Hall of Fame 2015 induction class.

The 2015 UCHS Hall of Fame induction celebration is scheduled for Homecoming weekend, Friday, Oct. 9 beginning at 6 p.m. Alan Spector, Class of 1964 and 2011 inductee, will again serve as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s inductees are:

  • Peggy Austin, Class of 1974;
  • Dr. Blair E. Batson, Class of 1937;
  • Kevin Bryant, Class of 1989;
  • Gilbert “Chic” G. Early, III , Class of 1954;
  • the late Jay S. Goodman, Class of 1957;
  • Dr. Wolff M. Kirsch, Class of 1948;
  • Dr. James P. Kornberg, Class of 1965;
  • Denise D. Lieberman, Class of 1987;
  • Christopher Thomas, Class of 1988 and
  • Pete C. Woods, Class of 1974.

The event is open to the public. Tickets include reception, dinner and program at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel. Cost is $75 per person by Sept. 14, or $100 by Sept. 28. Seating is limited. No tickets will be sold at the door. Gold Contributor VIP seating for $150 per person includes a commemorative book and program acknowledgement. Sponsorships are available and include event signage, program listing and post-event publicity. Email communications@ucityschools.org or call 314-290-4001 for sponsorship details.

Click here for 3-page PDF of the invitation and RSVP card. (see below)

For a printed copy of the invitation, send mailing address by Sept. 18 to communications@ucityschools.org or McNair Communications Office, 8136 Groby Road, University City, MO 63130; or call 314-290-4001.

Other Saturday Homecoming weekend activities include a 10 a.m. parade, noon Hall of Fame visit and 1 p.m. football game.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to recognize alumni accomplishments and currently includes 121 graduates. Past honorees include playwright Tennessee Williams, OASIS founder Marylen Mann, sculptor Saunders Schultz, Grammy Award winning rapper Cornell “Nelly” Haynes, Oakland A’s co-owner Lewis Nelson Wolff, long-time Cardinals publicist Marty Hendin and philanthropist E. Desmond Lee, to name a few.

Click here information including nomination form for 2017 and past recipients.



UCEF Now Accepting Applications for 2015-16 Grant Cycle

3 hours ago

Welcome back to our teachers, staff, principals and administration teams! Do you wish you had a way to fund that special project you’ve been dreaming about? Did you know we have a partner ready, willing and able to help with funding for those projects?

Applications are currently being accepted for the University City Education Foundation (UCEF) Competitive Grant. The deadline for this year’s cycle is October 5, 2015. Click here for grant information and application.

The UCEF works across the District supporting all of our University City schools, providing grant funding for innovative, exciting approaches to education with measurable results that can be broadly applied. The Foundation accomplishes their work by raising and distributing private funds, engaging the community in school issues, and collaborating closely at each step with our public schools.

“UCEF continues to enhance the quality of teaching and learning by funding innovative and interesting projects that we might not be able to undertake without their support. I encourage all of our teachers, staff and administrators to apply for funding,” said Dr. Joylynn Pruitt.

The UCEF-funded projects are quite diverse. For example, the Foundation funded iPads to become an integral part of a Flynn Park third-grade classroom; as a result, a student in that classroom excitedly shared how an iPad app enabled her to connect with another’s writing and gain inspiration for her own writing.

The Foundation also funded Brittany Woods Middle School students to travel to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Our seventh-grade students were given the opportunity to reinforce their classroom learning through exploration of the exhibits.

Parents and other community members may submit a grant if sponsored by an eligible employee of the School District. To find out how you can support the Foundation visit their website.

“We are proud that we are able to give teachers the ability to go above and beyond what they would normally be able to do in the classroom,” said Beth Martin,   president of the UCEF Board of Directors.

For more information about UCEF, visit their website at www.ucityeducationfoundation.org. 

UCEF supports learning by providing resources through a generous grant program.

The University City Education Foundation is a proud partner of the School District of University City.


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