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    Connections - May 2009

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    Forming Partnerships to Facilitate STEM Education


    College News

    New College of Education Rankings

    Penn State's College of Education is ranked 24th in the nation in the latest national rankings of graduate programs released by US News & World Report. The Higher Education program is top ranked.

    4th Annual Cycle-Thon and 5K Breaks Records

    A record 250 people attended this year's Cycle-Thon and 5K on April 26 to benefit SCOPE. The event raised $6,000 from registration fees, t-shirt sponsors, and donations.

    AACTE President and CEO Delivers Commencement Address

    Sharon P. Robinson became the top executive of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in 2005.

    Daniel Duke Delivers 4th Annual Nicely Lecture

    Duke, professor of education at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, visited Penn State for the April 20 lecture.

    Accomplished University Executive and Public Servant Named Distinguished Alumna

    J. Bonnie Newman has served in the administration of two U.S. presidents and has a background in academia and non-profit sectors.

    Spikes Night with the College of Education

    The College of Education invites students, alumni, faculty, and staff to Lubrano Field to watch the State College Spikes take on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on June 30. Discounted tickets are available.

    Portuguese Educator Serving as Visiting Scholar in Higher Education

    Maria Teresa Patrício is spending May and June at Penn State studying role of higher education in economic development.

    Putting an International Focus on Early Childhood Education

    The Penn State ECE program has been establishing collaborations with researchers in other countries to help develop the field worldwide.

    Elizabeth Mellin, Cole Reilly Win Awards from Penn State Commission

    Mellin and Reilly each won an Excellence in Curricular Integration Award from the University's CLGBTE Commission

    Penn State Alumni Head the Two Top PDS Programs as Recognized by National Association of Teacher Educators

    Diane Yendol-Hoppey ‘86 M.A., ‘99 Ph.D. is director of West Virginia University's Benedum Collaborative, and Jacob Easley ‘04 Ph.D. leads the Mercy College Teacher Residency Program.

    Summer 2009 EdLion Sessions

    A three-part EdLion Webinar Series, titled “An Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Concerns in the Schools,” is scheduled in June.


    Faculty and Staff News

    2009 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored

    Nine award winners were recently recognized for their achievements.

    Six Faculty Receive Promotion/Tenure

    The promotion and tenure process is a rigorous review of the faculty member’s scholarship of teaching and learning; research and creative accomplishments; and service to the University, society, and the profession.

    Sharon Patrick Appointed by President Spanier to Penn State Task Force

    The group will work to develop best practices that would further enhance a healthy work environment for the University's employees.

    Richard Hazler Named American Counseling Association Fellow

    ACA Fellows recognized for significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training.

    Elizabeth Skowron Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland

    Skowron will serve her Fulbright at Ireland’s National University of Galway during the spring 2010 semester.

    Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon Held

    Twenty staff members reached milestone anniversaries in the past year.

    Staff Retirements and Changes

    Five staff changes have taken place in the past two months.

    Congratulations Faculty

    Recent achievements of JoLynn Carney, Elizabeth Mellin, Pat Terenzini, Matthew Poehner, Laurence Boggess, and David Baker.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    F.E.A. State Conference Welcomes 60 Participants

    High school students from across the state came to Penn State on April 16-17 to participate in the Future Educators Association state conference.

    Students Publish 6th Volume of Higher Education in Review

    Graduate students in the Higher Ed program published the peer-reviewed journal this month.

    Kate Ascah Serves as Student Marshal for Penn State College of Education

    Ascah, majoring in special education, has amassed a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.

    Penn State Scholars Observe Bilingual Primary School in Belize

    The Gulisi Community Primary School incorporates a unique bilingual curriculum aimed at preserving the indigenous language of the region.

    CIED Students Present at National Conference

    Sixteen graduate students in the CIED program were selected to present papers at a national conference in Charleston, SC, in March.

    Congratulations Students

    Review the recent accomplishments of Jessica Lehman, Issam Khoury, Jen Weible, Marcus Lingenfelter, Ying Liu, Hollie Mackey, Meghan Pifer, and Brad Cox.

    Student Research

    Review the latest student conference presentations.



    Paid Bednar Internship with the PA Center for the Book

    Undergraduates are urged to apply for the 2009–10 internship.

    Professional Development Schools is Topic of Summer Conference at Penn State

    The 2009 Penn State Summer Conference for Partnerships and Professional Development Schools is set to run July 9–11.

    Values and Leadership Conference, Call for Papers

    The 14th annual Values and Leadership Conference will take place on the University Park campus on October 1-3. It is sponsored by Penn State and the D.J. Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics.

    New Digital Signs are a Useful Communication Tool

    Members of our College community are welcome to submit messages for broadcasting.

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