Continuity of Operations planning information for the College of Education: Click here

Section Navigation

    Connections - Spring 2011

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

    View Connections Archives


    Connections Banner


    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

    An Overview of How the College's Budget Works at Penn State


    College News

    Preston Green ThumbnailPreston Green Named Batschelet Chaired Professor of Educational Administration

    The Batschelet Chair is one of five faculty endowments in the College of Education.

    Michael MooreMichael Moore, Spencer Niles Named Distinguished Professors

    Moore and Niles were identified from among a strong pool of seven faculty candidates nominated by faculty, staff, and students of the College.

    rankingsNew Graduate School Rankings Released

    Penn State's College of Education continues to rank highly in the latest national rankings of graduate programs released March 15 by US News & World Report.

    woman riding a bikeCycle-thon Benefits SCOPE

    The College of Education's sixth annual Cycle-thon will be at 10 a.m. on April 17, benefiting the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE).

    Ovid Tzeng

    Academician Ovid J.L. Tzeng to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

    The Distinguished Alumni Award is the University's highest award for an individual.

    badiali_sml.jpgPenn State/State College PDS Wins Spirit of Partnership Award

    The award, given by the Universit of South Carolina's PDS National Conference Planning Team, is the fourth national award that the local PDS has received in the past 10 years.

    urban seminar2_sml_thm.jpgPenn State Freshmen Encounter “Diverse” Children and Contexts in the Philadelphia Urban Seminar

    Jeanine Staples is leading the two-week, 3-credit immersion course.

    DCEC PosterDiverse Approaches to Diversity: A DCEC Poster and Resource Fair

    Register early for the April 22 event, sponsored by the College's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Wind TurbinePennsylvania Schools Sought to Participate in Wind for Schools Program

    The Wind Application Center at Penn State is now accepting applications for Pennsylvania's new Wind for Schools project.

    ValenteValente’s New Book Portrays His Life as a “Deaf Kid” and “Superhero”

    d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero chronicles the conflicts, challenges, and successes of a College faculty member who grew up as an oral deaf child.


    More Than a Hundred to Represent Penn State at AERA Annual Meeting

    The theme of the 2011 annual meeting, set for April 8-12, is “Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good.”

    Thomas FarmerHelping Adolescents Successfully Transition to Middle School

    The Institute of Education Sciences has granted Thomas Farmer an award for his project, “Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success: Project SEALS.” 

    Pamela AndersonRecent Staff Changes

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

    conyers-thmCongratulations Faculty

    Recent achievements of Liza Conyers, Jim Herbert, Brandon Hunt, Karen Murphy, Peggy Van Meter, and Liang Zhang.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    blanketsStudent Interns Make Blankets to Warm Latin American Orphans

    PDS interns took part in a project titled “Teachers Warming Our Future,” working with ProNino USA, a nonprofit volunteer organization.

    Student Teachers AbroadStudent Teachers in New Program Praise the Project, Their Experiences

    Participants in the first cohort of the Short-Term Overseas Student-Teaching Abroad program are giving the experience high marks.

    salad girls The Salad Girls: Students of PDS Alum Learn the Strength of Civic Action

    A school cafeteria expanded its selection of lunch salads, thanks to the persistence and civic practice of students in the fifth-grade classroom of alumnus Jennifer Cody.

    THONSPSEA Students Raise the Bar in THON 2011

    The Student Pennsylvania State Education Association is dedicated to advancing leadership skills and professional development among future educators.

    Wash SeminarEPS Students Attend Washington Policy Seminar

    Undergraduates as well as graduate students met with educatin policy administrators in the nation's capital.

    Reading Camp

    College Now Accepting Enrollments for Summer Reading Camp

    The camp offers a chance for reluctant readers and those who are experiencing challenges to develop their literacy.

    Judi HiteStudents Honored with Leadership and Service Awards

    Judi Hite, Alexa Hodge, Kate Nuschke, and Rachel Wiley have been recognized for outstanding leadership skills and ongoing service to the community.

    Student Congratulations

    Recent achievements of Amy Stewart and Kristen Keim.



    Connections is published by the Penn State College of Education five times a year.

    Connections Archive

    Send suggestions and feedback to:

    Public Relations Office
    264 Chambers Building
    University Park, PA 16802-3206

    College of Education Home Page:
    College of Education Faculty and Staff Page:
    Penn State Home Page:

    Editor: Suzanne Wayne,
    Associate Editor: Joe Savrock,
    Writers: David Price,; Nancy Stiger

    This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.
    U.Ed. EDU 11-51