Each semester the members of Pi Beta Phi honor one professor for outstanding dedication, compassion and enthusiasm in the classroom with the Fraser Award. The Fraser Award commemorates the legacy of former University of Kansas Chancellor John Fraser, who was a close friend of Pi Beta Phi. For the spring 2017 semester, members chose Religious Studies/Jewish Studies Associate Professor Paul Mirecki as the Pi Beta Phi Fraser Award winner.
The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”
- November 9, 2017Jews in the Midwest on KCUR's Central Standard
—U.S. News & World Report
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