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    Connections - Dec. 2008

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    Dean's Message

    How the University's computer scanning initiative may affect the College


    College News


    DCEC Offers Small Grants for Diversity Initiatives

    Any faculty, staff, or student of the College may request funding for a proposed event or program that supports diversity and community enhancement.


    David Baker Heads Project to Study Link Between Formal Schooling and Everyday Health Risk

    The two-year grant, funded by the National Science Foundation, runs from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2010.


    Penn State Wins $800,000 Grant to Support Concurrent Master’s Degree and Certification in Special Education

    Student applications are now being accepted for summer 2009.


    Career and Technical Educators Workshop Offered to Students

    The Workforce Education and Development program hosted members of the National Technical Honors Society on November 18, for an informational workshop on becoming a career and technical educator.


    Alumnus to Receive New Teacher Award

    Matthew Herdman '06 has been selected to receive the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2008 New Teacher Award.


    Engaging Middle School Mathematics Students in Problem-Based Learning: Placement of Cell Phone Towers

    Rose Mary Zbiek, Shari Ann Reed, and Tracy Boone developed a geometry lesson that incorporated problem-based learning stations.


    Black Latinos with Disabilities: Limited Access to Vocational Rehabilitation Reflects African American Societal Challenges

    Keith Wilson, professor of rehabilitation services, says Black Latinos are less likely to receive rehabilitation services than White Latinos.


    Shaping the Equitable Distribution of State Education Funding to the Schools

    Preston Green has done extensive work in the area of law and education. His influence helped the Kansas Supreme Court in its decision to change the state legislature's practice of distributing funding.


    Senator James Rhoades Remembered for his Commitment to Improve Education

    Rhoades was a true colleague and ally with a strong interest to improve the state of education.

    Faculty and Staff News


    New Staff Members in the College of Education

    Say hello to the staff members who started with us over the past two months.


    Faculty Staff Retirements

    Long time staff assistants, Suzy Lutz and Jo-Ann Dreibelbis, retired on September 30, 2008, after 35 years of service to Penn State.


    Stephanie Serriere Uses Course-Development Grant to Hold Student Democratic Forum

    Serriere's students participated in a Constitution Day forum, held September 17.


    RIG Recipients Announced for Fall 2008

    Three faculty have been awarded Research Initiation Grants for 2008 fall semester.


    Congratulations Faculty

    Recent achievements of Matthew Poehner, Roy Clariana, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Susan Faircloth, Patrick Shannon, Patrick Terenzini, and Jeffrey Hayes


    Faculty/Staff/Student Research

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

    Student News


    Brad Howe, College of Education Student Marshal, Trades Banking Career for Teaching

    Howe, a returning adult student, worked full-time while taking classes to complete his bachelor of science degree in order to pursue a teaching career.


    Lauren Subosits Experiences Native American Customs During Unique Summer Internship

    Subosits helped evaluate education programs at elementary schools at Native American reservations in Montana.


    Congratulations Students

    Recent achievements of Josh Kirby, Jake Van Epps, Alexander Yin, and Emily Janke



    Make a Nomination for Faculty/Staff/Student Awards

    The deadline for submission of nominations is February 27.


    Paid 4-H Summer Assistant Position Available in Delaware County, PA

    Penn State Cooperative Extension is looking for an assistant for a 12-week summer appointment


    Apply for a 2009-2010 College of Education Scholarship

    All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Education at the University Park campus are invited to apply.


    2009 Summer Undergraduate Discovery Grants Are Available

    Grants in the amount of $2,500 may be used to cover living expenses and project costs


    2009 Undergraduate Exhibition Scheduled

    All undergraduate students are invited to enter the April 8 exhibition

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