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    September 2008 Issue


    Dean's Message

    Findings from a Recent Analysis of Relationships Between Fiscal Stress and Faculty Appointments and Workload

    College News

    Bill Boyd, Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Leadership, Passes Away

    Bill was a renowned researcher and educator in the field of educational leadership.

    Penn State Welcomes 2008-09 Humphrey Fellows

    Fourteen professionals from around the world have arrived to begin their yearlong participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

    Penn State’s American Indian Leadership Program Awarded New Four-Year Grant to Prepare Principals

    The $960,000-plus initiative, titled Principals for Student Success, allows participants to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with principalship certification.

    New $3 Million Research Project Looks at Online Reading Tutor for Middle Schools

    The four-year project examines a tutoring strategy that was developed by a College of Education research team on an earlier grant that ends this summer.

    9th Annual Arts in Education Program

    Faculty, staff, and students in the Penn State College of Education are invited to sign up to win tickets to select performances from the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State as part of the College’s annual Arts in Education program.

    Law and Education Institute Informs School Administrators and Educators on Legal Issues

    The conference addressed a wide range of issues often faced by professionals in the schools.

    Native American Immersion Experience Wins Award for Multicultural Programming

    Exploring the Indigenous Ways of Knowing the Ojibwe program receives 2008 Rose Dohan-Sells Program Award.

    Higher Education Symposium Features Unique Blend of Academics and Fun for Alumni

    About 80 alumni of Penn State’s Higher Education program came together in June to participate in the program’s first alumni symposium.

    High School Students Enjoy Penn State Experience by Participating in SCOPE 2008

    Eight teenagers from underrepresented groups spent four weeks taking part in classes, workshops, and other activities.

    American Indian Educator Named 2008 Alumni Fellow

    College of Education alumnus, Gerald Gipp, will be honored by the Penn State Alumni Association on October 2.

    The Keystone Tutor Credential Program Wins UCEA Award

    The three-course series was designed by special education faculty in the College of Education.

    Faculty and Staff News

    New Faculty Appointments Announced by College of Education

    Ten new faculty members are on hand for the fall semester, and three others are set to arrive in subsequent semesters.

    New Staff Members in the College of Education

    The College welcomes a large number of new staff members.

    Seven Faculty Members Receive Promotion/Tenure

    The College of Education is pleased to announce that all faculty names put forth before the University’s promotion and tenure committee have been approved.

    Jim Nolan Reappointed as Hermanowicz Professor

    Nolan's second term as the Henry J. Hermanowicz Professor of Teacher Education in the College of Education extends his role through 2011.

    Cynthia Pellock Honored for Work in Career and Technical Education

    Pellock has been named the 2008 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education.

    Rose Baker Appointed to Commission for Women

    President Graham Spanier has named Baker to a three-year term as a member of the Commission.

    New Director of International Programs Brings Diverse Background to Role

    Leila Bradaschia began her appointment July 1.

    Hurley Joins College as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

    Brent W. Hurley is the new alumni relations director after working as an academic counselor and advising programs coordinator for Penn State.

    Rothwell Produces Two New Books on Workforce Development

    Cases in Government Succession Planning and Mastering the Instructional Design Process both emphasize nationwide efforts to improve America’s workforce.

    Faculty/Staff Research

    Review the latest faculty/staff presentations, publications, grants, and grant proposals.

    Student News

    Returning Adult Serves as Student Marshal for Summer 2008

    Elaine Siddons is fulfilling a lifelong dream to be a teacher.

    Graduate Student Appointed as a UNESCO Fellow to Serve in Paris

    Felicia Wilson, a Fulbright scholar, received funding by the United Nations Foundation to work on international education issues during her service as a Fellow.

    Iraq War Vet Inspired to be a Teacher

    Matthew Poth served two tours in Iraq before enrolling in the College of Education to pursue a career in teaching.

    Doing it for the Girls: Benta Abuya’s Research Touches Her Kenyan Roots

    Doctoral candidate Abuya saw Penn State's Educational Theory and Policy program as the perfect fit for her research interests.

    Student Fuels Cross Country Trip with Used Vegetable Oil

    Jillian Deegan and a friend converted a Dodge Ram 2500 that actually runs on vegetable oil.

    Sean Meloy Honored to Attend the Democratic National Convention

    Meloy served as an alternate delegate at the Democrats’ highly visible national event in Denver.

    John Andreadis Takes the Fast Road to Stage Acting Success

    Andreadis, a freshman in the College of Education, played the lead role in his high school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie last spring—an effort that won him a Freddy Award for Featured Performance by an Actor.

    Philadelphia Urban Seminar Draws Large Contingent of Penn State Education Majors

    Thirty-nine Penn State undergraduates were among more than 450 college students from across Pennsylvania who got a close-up look at urban teaching issues.

    Twelve Students in Penn State’s Institutional Research Program Receive AIR Fellowships

    Students in the Penn State program have won 24 of the 57 AIR awards nationally over the past two years.

    Recent College Graduate and Fulbright Scholar Luke Zeller Teaches in South Korea

    Follow Zeller's blog as he adjusts to Korean culture while living with a host community and teaching at a community school during his yearlong Fulbright scholarship. 

    Student Congratulations

    Recent achievements of Andrea Christie and Becky Albitz

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