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    Connections - Nov. 2007

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    Dean's Message  

    Update on the College's Office of Multicultural Programs

    College News


    PEPP Staff Members Making a Difference for Teens Across Pennsylvania

    The staff of the Penn State Educational Partnership Program are having a profound, life-changing effect on thousands of young people.

    Jacqueline Stefkovich Named Associate Dean in College of Education

    Stefokovitch has been appointed the College's associate dean for graduate studies, research, and faculty development.

    College Establishes Notebook Computer Requirement for Future Teachers

    Initiative will provide important opportunities for teacher education students to learn to facilitate meaningful teaching and learning in a variety of settings.

    Protection of Human Subjects in Research is an Urgent Issue

    Researchers are reminded that regulations are in place to ensure the positive ethical treatment of human subjects in research activities.

    Penn State Children’s Literature Program Receives Top Ranking by Instructor Magazine

    The Children's Literature World Campus program is rated the best online program in children's literature.

    Alumni Society Honors Award Recipients

    Eight College of Education Alumni are awarded for excellence in teaching and leadership.

    Update from the Development Office

    The College of Education’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations reviews its fundraising efforts and  upcoming events and activities.

    Special Education Program Receives Grant to Support Doctoral Students

    The Preparing Outstanding Scholars for Special Education (POSSE) leadership grant provides support to full-time doctoral students studying special education.

    Counselor Education Faculty and Students Volunteer Their Services to Bellefonte Children’s Celebration

    The Counselor Education program served as one of several sponsors for the annual event.

    Penn State Becomes Home of Rural Education Scholarly Journal; Kai Schafft Named Editor

    The operations of the Journal of Research in Rural Education are being transferred from The University of Maine.

    Larry Cuban Delivers 2007 Nicely Lecture

    Cuban, a professor emeritus from Stanford University, is a preeminent scholar on the history of educational reform.

    Penn State Certificate Program for Special Education Supervisors Goes Online

    World Campus has launched a new online version of the certificate program offered by the College of Education.

    Leadership Conference for High School Students Proves to Be Successful

    The Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP) sponsored the Nov. 16 event, attended by more than 100 aspiring high school students.

    Faculty and Staff News


    Niles Reappointed as Department Head of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services

    His reappointment extends his leadership role through June 2011.

    Four College Faculty Recognized as Fulbright Scholars

    Murry Nelson, David Post, Ravinder Koul, and Beverly Lindsay were acknowledged recently by The Chronicle of Higher Education as winners of Fulbright awards.

    Congratulations Faculty and Staff

    Recent achievements of Simon Hooper, Mary Catherine Scheeler, Jim McAfee, Kathy Ruhl, David Lee, Bernard Badiali, Susan Faircloth, Suet-ling Pong, and Greg Kelly.

    Faculty/Staff Research

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

    Student News


    Partnerships with Other Universities Yield First Graduates

    The Penn State College of Education has created two distinct partnerships with Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez to allow graduate students from those universities to take advantage of programs and courses at Penn State.

    College of Education Student Uses Science and Education Background to Support Penn State Solar Decathlon Team

    Tom Chorman, a Curriculum and Instruction master’s student in science education, has spent over a year working with a Penn State team to develop a state-of-the-art home that functions completely on solar power.

    Penn State Students Receive Graduate Fellowship Awards

    The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) has awarded 12 prestigious doctoral fellowships to Penn State College of Education Students, out of 30 fellowships that were awarded nationally.

    College of Education Students Participate in Unique Summer Study Abroad Experiences

    Instead of sitting in a classroom last summer, several teacher preparation students traveled to Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

    Doctoral Students Awarded Research Initiation Grants

    The grant acknowledges students who have developed strong dissertation proposals for their area of research.

    Student Congratulations

    Recent achievements of Amanda Modar, Erin Reid, Emily Janke, Beth Clark, Jane Harstad, and Jewel Dunn.

    Student Research

    Several graduate students delivered papers recently at professional conferences.



    Make a Nomination for Faculty/Staff/Student Awards

    The deadline for submission of nominations is February 7.


    2008 Undergraduate Exhibitions Upcoming

    All undergraduate students are invited to enter the April 9 exhibition.

    Scholarship Applications for 2008–2009

    Submission deadline is February 15, 2008 for undergraduate and graduate students at the University Park campus.

    2008 Undergraduate Discovery Summer Grants

    Twenty grants are available for Penn State undergraduate students at all campuses in all fields of study.


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