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    Connections - May 2010

    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

    New Ideas for Supporting Research and Outreach in the College



    College News

    Carr-ChellmanCarr-Chellman Named Department Head of Learning and Performance Systems

    Carr-Chellman's three-year term begins July 1, 2010. She succeeds Edgar Farmer in that capacity.

    Seven Faculty Members Receive Promotion/Tenure

    The promotion and tenure process is a rigorous review of the faculty members' scholarship.

    woman riding a bikeSCOPE Program Benefits from Cycle-Thon

    The volunteers, sponsors, and participants involved in Cycle-Thon overcame a chilly, wet day to send $5,000 to the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE) to bolster student scholarships.

    donson-thm$2.4 Million Commitment from Alumna to Foster Innovative Thinking

    Alumna Paula Donson has pledged $2.4 million to the College of Education to support its graduate students. The gift is the largest ever made to the College.

    Latest US News & World Report Rankings Released

    The College and its graduate programs continue to earn high rankings, as shown in the latest national rankings of graduate programs released in April.


    2010 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored

    Eight award winners were recently recognized for their achievements.



    Faculty and Staff News

    Monk Serves on NRC Committee that Recommends Comprehensive Data Network to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs

    The National Research Council committee found that better data on teacher preparation would aid efforts to improve education in the United States.

    niles-thmNiles and Colleagues Produce Two New Books on Professional Counseling

    The books aim to prepare counselors, counseling psychologists, counselor educators, and human service professionals to practice in various societal settings.

    Bob HendricksonCSHE Receives Grant to Evaluate NSF Program for Veterans to Study Engineering

    Donald Heller and Robert Hendrickson are co-principal investigators of the project aimed at helping military veterans who want to return to college to pursue science and engineering degrees.

    dragonfly_thm.jpgCarlsen, Berger Begin Sabbatical by Canal Boat to Study Environmental Sustainability

    During their ten-month, 6,500-mile journey, Carlsen and Berger will observe the ecosystems of the eastern United States and Canada.


    Semali, Morais Share International Achievement Award

    The W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award recognizes faculty and staff members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University.

    Recent Staff Changes

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

    Congratulations Faculty

    Recent achievements of David Baker, Liza Conyers, Kristen Dewitt, Richard Duschl, Jeff Hayes, Ravinder Koul, Lisa Lattuca, Beverly Lindsay, Jim Nolan, Deb Smith, John Swisher, Melody Thompson, and Mark Threeton.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    rothenbergerAllie Rothenberger Named Spring 2010 Student Marshal for College of Education

    Rothenberger, an Elementary and Kindergarten Education major, was recognized at the Spring 2010 commencement ceremony.

    Poster DetailCollege of Education Students Present Research Findings at Capitol

    Two College of Education undergraduates studying special education recently represented Penn State University Park when they presented their research findings at the state capitol in Harrisburg.

    education student council

    Education Student Council Provides Student Voice, Volunteer Opportunities

    A College of Education undergraduate organization is working with COE administration, faculty, staff, and students to improve communication and increase student involvement with the College.


    Samuel Sennott Co-Develops iPhone Application That Allows Communicatively Disabled People to “Speak”

    Sennott worked with Niemeijer to develop Proloquo2Go, a hip new application that runs on portable hand-held devices.

    bernard-chimoni-thmAmerican Indian Leadership Program Student Profile: Bernie Chimoni

    As the AILP celebrates its 40th anniversary, we are examining the impact of the program by profiling some of the people whose life AILP has changed.

    Congratulations Students

    Recent achievements of Jordan West, Edward Smith, Kristy Potts, Jason Gines, and Alexa Hodge.

    Student Research

    Review the latest presentations delivered by graduate students.


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