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    Connections - Fall/Winter 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

    Reflections on the Power of the Penn State Network



    College News

    krause_tmb.jpgKrauses Make $6.5M Gift to Support Innovation in College of Education

    With a $6.5 million gift to the College of Eduction—the largest gift ever to the College—Gay and Bill Krause of Los Altos Hills, Calif., will establish and support the Krause Innovation Studio.

    zembalsaul_tmb.jpgZembal-Saul to Lead Department of Curriculum and Instruction

    Zembal-Saul has been appointed head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her appointment began on October 1.

    Michelle Houser tmbCollege Welcomes New Director of Development & Alumni Relations

    Michelle Houser succeeds Ellie Dietrich, who retired in July.

    Boswell_tmb.jpgDonald Boswell, Paula Donson Named 2010 Alumni Fellows

    The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

    Alumni Society Honors 2010 Award Recipients

    The College of Education Alumni Society recognized seven honorees October 15 at its annual awards banquet.


    Faculty and Staff News

    rankin_tmb.jpgRankin Addresses U.S. Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

    Sue Rankin briefed the Caucus on the results of the newly released national report, "The 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People," which chronicles the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

    smith_deborah_tmb.jpgExperts Draft New National Science Education Framework

    Deborah Smith is serving as a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Conceptual Framework for K-12 Science, aimed at reconceptualizing science education standards.

    murphy_tmb.jpgMurphy Named Eberly Faculty Fellow

    Karen Murphy has been named recipient of the Harry and Marion Royer Eberly Faculty Fellowship in Education in Penn State's College of Education.

    boldt_tmb.jpgNew Web Site Helps Teachers Use Digital Technology More Effectively

    Faculty from Penn State's College of Education have launched an online initiative that demonstrates how teachers can effectively use digital technology in elementary school classrooms.

    Carr-Chelman"The Unheard Voices Project" Broadens Education Policy Debates

    Research led by Alison Carr-Chellman of is bringing often-ignored perspectives into policy discussions about the future of the country's schools.

    rusch_tmb.jpgRusch: Schools Can "Bridge" a Brighter Future for Youth with Disabilities

    Three "bridges" can help high school students with disabilities make their transition to higher education or the workplace.

    Recent Staff Changes

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

    Congratulations Faculty and Staff

    Recent achievements of Bernard Badiali, Rose Baker, David Passmore, Kathy Bieschke, Liza Conyers, Lisa Lattuca, Esther Prins, Kai Schafft, Blaire Willson Toso, Jackie Reid-Walsh, and Jackie Stefkovich.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    Kristen Burnett Named Fall 2010 College Marshal

    Penn State Schreyer honors scholar Kristen Burnett will serve as the College of Education’s fall semester 2010 student marshal.

    Seven Students Receive Dean's Graduate Assistantships in the College of Education

    The assistantships, funded jointly by the College of Education and the Graduate School, support some of the most promising students who are applying for admission to the College’s doctoral programs.

    poehner_tmb.jpgWorld Languages Underclassmen Get a Taste of Elementary School Instruction

    Eleven College of Education underclassmen are gaining valuable teaching experience in an after-school enrichment program for local elementary school students.

    dissen_tmb.jpgPenn State Alumnus Returns from Peace Corps

    After two years volunteering in the Kingdom of Lesotho, Michael Dissen returned to the United States on October 14. He reflects on the experiences he encountered during his time abroad.

    vince91-92_tmb.jpgEducation with an Electric Twist

    Doctoral student Vince Youngbauer discusses his undergraduate academic career and his time spent teaching in Lewistown, Pa.

    Congratulations Students

    Recent achievements of Jamie Graceffo, Candace Head-Dylla, Lindsey Nichols, and Katherine Reed.


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    Editor: Suzanne Wayne,
    Associate Editor: Joe Savrock,
    Writer: David Price,

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