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    Connections - Winter 2011

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    In addition to the articles published in this issue of Connections, you may view all recent news releases on the College of Education's News Release Web site.

    david monkDean's Message

    Making Sense of the Evidence Surrounding the Preparation of Teachers


    College News

    Anne Marie WardCarbonEARTH Program Facilitates Science Education, Teaching

    The Center for Science in the Schools has launched an initiative aimed at strengthening the communicating and teaching of science to elementary and middle school students.

    Sandy Sapas ThumbAlumna, Husband Endow Scholarship Supporting Most Needy Students

    Sandy and Glenn Sapa have endowed the Sandy Sapa Trustee Scholarship in Penn State's College of Education.

    Kathleen SpicherAlumna to Endow Undergraduate Scholarship

    Penn State College of Education alumna Kathleen L. Spicher has pledged to create a scholarship to support outstanding undergraduate students in the College.

    Bob and Barbara ByrdCollege of Education Alumnus, Wife to Leave Lasting Legacy

    Robert E. and Barbara Bennett Byrd have pledged $182,000 to the College of Education's General Fund.


    Recent Grad Thrives in Challenging Position

    College of Education alumna Leslie Potter is enjoying success in a challenging school in one of the largest school districts in the nation.

    Bob Reason A Master's Program with Personality

    Former and current students of Penn State's College Student Affairs graduate program discuss their experiences and how the program affects their careers.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Susan FairclothFaircloth Named Director of American Indian Leadership Program

    Susan Faircloth has been appointed director of the American Indian Leadership Program, succeeding John Tippeconnic.

    Liz MellinMellin Supports Collaborative Project to Integrate Schools and Mental Health Systems

    The project aims to decrease nonacademic barriers to learning and improve access by local high school students to mental health services.

    johnson-thmStudy Identifies Tensions Between Teacher Preparation Programs

    A survey of teacher education programs in 38 states reveals difficulties and successes related to preparing teachers to educate the nation's youngest students.

    Weiss Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar Series Begins

    The Consuming Child is the topic of a unique series of public lectures and seminars that is set to begin Jan. 19 on Penn State’s University Park campus.

    Randy PersingRecent Staff Changes

    Keep up with other staff comings and goings in the College.

    herbert-student-classCongratulations Faculty and Staff

    Recent achievements of Ali Carr-Chellman, Susan Faircloth, Jim Herbert, Linda Mason, Michael Moore, Kai Schafft, and Pat Terenzini.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    Rafferty in El SalvadorStudents with Interest in Rehabilitation Do International Volunteering

    International volunteerism has been an important service of at least five students taking courses in Penn State's Rehabilitation and Human Services program.

    Student Organization Creates Award Recognizing Student Leadership

    College of Education students in Penn State's chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association worked for more than twenty years to establish an award that recognizes student leadership in that pre-professional organization. This academic year, the first recipients of the SPSEA Leadership Award will be named.

    Alexa HodgeMentors Help a Student Find Success and a Career

    Alexa Hodge never really wanted to go to college for any degree. Four years, and a number of mentors later, she is a Penn State Ronald E. McNair scholar with plans to, one day, earn a doctorate degree.

    Gottfried with booksStudent Helped Raise 21,000 Books for Children in Africa

    Penn State sophomore Michael Gottfried was recently honored in San Francisco at the headquarters of the African Library Project for his fundraising efforts.

    WisniewskiStefan Wisniewski: Ambition on the Football Field and in the Classroom

    The Nittany Lion offensive lineman, Schreyer honors scholar, and senior in secondary education attributes each aspect of his well-rounded success at Penn State to maintaining a steadfast perseverance.

    Brittany ForemanGuided by the Stars

    Brittany Foreman switched her major from aerospace engineering to education in order to share her interests with elementary school students.

    Astrid EdensThe Importance of Knowing One's Self

    Doctoral candidate Astrid Edens is ever-vigilant about the importance of re-examining one’s own life from other angles.

    Student Congratulations

    Recent achievements of Shawn Datchuk and Hongli Li, doctoral candidates in the College.

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce opportunities for undergraduate research, open to students at all Penn State campuses.


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    Editor: Suzanne Wayne,
    Associate Editor: Joe Savrock,
    Writers: David Price,; Marilyn Perez; Adam Hauptman

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