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    Connections - January 2009

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    New Endowment for Studying Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State

    The gift will create the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge.

    McCleester Endowment Created to Support Workforce Training

    The fund encourages new methods and teaching aids as well as research in traditional classroom settings, workshops, and on-the-job education and training.

    Martinson Grant Supports Teacher Training in Science Education

    The three-year, $525,000 grant from the Martinson Family Foundation supports a project aimed at strengthening teachers' knowledge of science in grades K–8.

    The Job of a Major Gift Officer

    Ellie Dietrich and Susan Fleck, major gift officers for the College, travel and meet alumni and donors to raise funds.

    Rare Book Collection is Focus of MAC-MTL Trip to American University

    Mid-Atlantic Center scholars got a look at the comprehensive Artemas Martin Rare Book collection as part of their research studies.

    Nominations for Faculty/Staff/Student Awards Being Sought

    The deadline for submission of nominations is February 27. 

    Call for Diversity Committee Members

    The College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee is inviting faculty, staff, and students to fill committee openings.

    Faculty and Staff News

    Paul Begley Honored with UCEA's Master Professor Award

    The University Council for Educational Administration recognized Begley at its 22nd annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

    Don Heller Testifies on College Affordability and Access

    Heller appeared before the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Education Council of Higher Education to discuss issues for low-moderate income students.

    Dan Marshall Retires from the University

    Marshall was a longtime faculty member in the Educational Leadership program.

    New Faculty and Staff Members in the College of Education

    Say hello to the staff members who started with us over the past two months.

    Kimberly Griffin, Panelists Discuss Gender Equity in Education on WPSU

    Griffin participated on a panel to discuss the gaps in academic achievement and the possible role gender plays in a segment aired January 8 on WPSU's Common Ground Lobby Talk.

    WED Initiative Studies the Impact of Workforce Fluctuations on Local Economies

    The joint initiative between Penn State's College of Education and Penn State Outreach analyzes commerce in localities throughout Pennsylvania to determine the impact that a business has on its region.

    Scott Metzger Looks at the High School "Space Race"

    Metzger and two colleagues examined how school-choice programs and the construction or remodeling of big high schools may be related.

    Marisa Macy Employs Embedding Strategy to Help Special-Needs Preschool Children

    A research study by Macy and a colleague demonstrated an intervention strategy that helped preschoolers improve on their targeted social goals.

    Robert Hendrickson: College Administrators Can Discourage Academic Cheating

    Hendrickson outlines how administrators can assume a proactive leadership role to address academic cheating, including plagiarism.

    Congratulations Faculty

    Recent achievements of Beverly Lindsay, Susan Faircloth, Gail Boldt, Orrin Murray, Karen Eppley, James Nolan, and Carla Zembal-Saul.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    Christa Harmotto Wins ESPN Academic All American Award

    Harmotto is a gifted student-athlete who has accomplished plenty during her College of Education career.

    Maryjo Oster Appears on Television Program to Discuss Teenage Sex Education

    Oster appeared January 12 with three other guests on Business Matters, a weekly community-interest program produced in Allentown, Pa.

    PDS Holds Holiday Giving Event

    The Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pa., benefited from a get-together by participants in Penn State's Professional Development School.

    Busy Spring Schedule for EPSSA Members

    The Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA) serves graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education. The group has an active schedule this spring with events both on and off campus.

    Catherine Goffreda Wins Dissertation Research Grant

    Goffreda, doctoral candidate in School Psychology, received a $25,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Ten Graduate Students Receive Research Initiation Grants for 2008-09

    The $600 grants acknowledge students who have developed strong dissertation proposals for their area of research.



    Edelson to Present the Inaugural Waterbury Lecture

    Daniel C. Edelson, vice president of education and children's programs at the National Geographic Society, will present the February 4 talk.

    Distinguished Guest Lecturer Series Begins in College

    Notable leaders in education are scheduled to speak in Rackley Building over the next several months.

    Widely Recognized Author to Speak on LGBT Issues

    Two events featuring Jonathan Silin, widely recognized gay writer/activist and educator, are scheduled February 26 and 27.

    Plans for 4th Annual Cycle-thon Under Way

    The April 26 event includes a family picnic.

    Science Camps Recruiting College of Ed Students for Summer Employment

    Curriculum mentors and all camp staff and teaching positions are available for "Science-U," the 2009 youth science camps held on the University Park campus.

    Students Invited to Participate in Student Assistance Professionals Conference

    The 19th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals will be held March 1-3, 2009, at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

    Apply for a 2009-2010 College of Education Scholarship

    All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Education at the University Park campus are invited to apply.

    2009 Summer Undergraduate Discovery Grants Are Available

    Grants in the amount of $2,500 may be used to cover living expenses and project costs.

    2009 Undergraduate Exhibition Scheduled

    All undergraduate students are invited to enter the April 8 exhibition.

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