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    Connections - Fall/Winter 2011

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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.

    Bernard Badiali

    Guest Editorials, Bernard Badiali and Spencer Niles

    Open letters from two faculty members of the College of Education


    College News

    Gay KrauseRibbon Cutting Celebrates New Krause Innovation Studio

    Gay and Bill, whose $6.5 million gift is supporting the soon-to-open Studio, were on hand for the October 28 ceremony in Chambers Building.

    Gerald ZahorchakGerald Zahorchak Named 2011 Penn State Alumni Fellow

    Former secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Zahorchak was honored with other Fellows at a ceremony held October 5.

    2011 alumni award winner Jaclyn GruberRecipients of 2011 Alumni Society Awards Honored

    The College of Education Alumni Society recognized eight honorees October 21 at its annual awards banquet.

    bookmark thmBookmarks Promote Ways to Detect and Report Child Sexual Abuse

    Counselor education graduate students Pia Smal, Billie Miller, and Jonathan Stube in the College of Education and their professor Spencer Niles, distinguished professor of counselor education, have created bookmarks that list possible signs that a child might be a victim of sexual abuse and include information on where to report suspected abuse.

    Talat Azhar

    International Programs Opens New Office Space

    The office is now located at 102 Chambers Building.

    Myrna CovingtonAdvising and Certification Center Reorganizes

    The College's student advising office has a new name, some new faces, and a new approach in providing academic guidance.



    Faculty and Staff News

    Dana MitraDana Mitra Receives Fulbright Senior Scholar Award

    Associate professor of education receives a Fulbright award to conduct research in Bangalore, India.

    Detail of TED logoValente, Carr-Chellman Speak at TEDxPSU

    TEDxPSU is an independently organized event that brings a TED-like experience to Penn State.

    Commentary from a Long-Retired Faculty Member

    Former College faculty member Paul Bixby reflects on the state of education.

    JoLynn CarneyHazler, Carney Complete Studies on Bullies and Bystanders

    The research shows that bullying in schools is detrimental not only to the students who are the targets, but also to bystanders who observe it.

    Katerina BodovskiSchool Readiness in First Grade Affects Reading and Mathematics in Later Years, Study Shows

    In their research, Katerina Bodovski and Min-Jong Youn used data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study–Kindergarten Cohort dataset.

    Four Faculty Members Release New Books

    Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

    African and African American Children's and Adolescent Literature in the Classroom challenges current understanding of multicultural texts in an age of globalization.

    Sue Rankin

    The Lives of Transgender People is based on a survey of nearly 3,500 self-identified transgender individuals and follow-up interviews with more than 400 of the participants.


    Integrating Schools in a Changing Society explores the policy and legal options for school districts interesting in pursuing diverse schools.


    The 2011 book, The End of the Pipeline, explores  factors that contribute to the success of African Americans who practice bar.

    Alicia McCracken

    New Faces

    Be sure to welcome Felicia Wilkins Turner and Alicia McCracken.

    paul-morganCongratulations Faculty

    Recent achievements of Bern Badiali, Jim Johnson, Paul Morgan, Pat Terenzini, Mark Threeton, Anne Whitney, and Rose Mary Zbiek.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    Maura Keasey to Serve as Fall 2011 Student Marshal

    Keasey has earned a 4.0 grade-point average while working toward a bachelor’s degree in elementary and kindergarten education.

    detail of graduate fellowship winnerCollege Awards Six Dean's Graduate Assistantships

    The assistantships aid students applying for doctoral programs in the College of Education.

    Kirstin MeyerAgent of Social Change

    Alumnus Kristin Meyer aims to inspire students to make a difference.

    HESA Educates the Educators of Tomorrow

    Penn State’s Higher Education Student Association trains and prepares future educators by stressing community, communication, and academic progress.

    Interactive Transgender Presentation a Success

    An informative presentation on November 3 in Chambers Building informed educators on how to be supportive of transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

    student wearing a clown noseSchreyer Scholar Isn't Clowning Around with Campus Life

    Chad Littlefield founded the Clown Nose Club, a student organization whose purpose is to encourage positive social interactions.

    Lauren ApgarLauren Apgar Pursues Her Career Goals

    The senior education major has always known she wanted to teach.

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    Student Research

    Review the latest papers delivered by graduate students.


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    Writers:  Sara LaJeunesse, Patrick Beal

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