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    Connections - Summer 2013


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    Eiffel TowerCollege of Education Planning Alumni Tour to England, France

    The Penn State College of Education and Penn State Alumni Association are teaming up to offer alumni a chance to go on a 10-day trip to England and France

    woman riding a bike

    Join the College for Cycle-Thon and 5k Fun Run/Walk in October

    Come to University Park on October 5 to participate in this great event that supports SCOPE, a program that promotes the increase, the recruitment, participation and success rates of underrepresented students in higher education.

    CEDAR Building InteriorRecent Renovations Create New Learning Spaces

    Upgrades to two of the College of Education's buildings, Chambers and CEDAR, will create new math lab and clinic

    Female Humphrey Fellow with hand on chinNew Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Come to Penn State

    A group of 10 international professionals will participate in the 2013-14 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, housed in Penn State’s College of Education.

    Jeanine StaplesHelping Create Global Citizens of a Diverse World

    Jeanine Staples, associate professor of education, shares how the Philadelphia Urban Seminar, as it has grown, has helped more students find their passion for urban teaching.

    ALA ParticipantALA Prepares Higher Ed Leaders, Sets Stage for Penn State-Indian Partnership

    The Center for the Study of Higher Education in the College of Education hosted the fourth Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) which included participants from India.

    Linked In IconJoin the College of Education on LinkedIn

    Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the College's professional group on LinkedIn.

    Elizabeth MellinNew Degree Emphasis Focuses on Mental Health in Schools

    Elizabeth Mellin, associate professor of education, said that the College's latest master's degree is especially important given the emerging national dialogue on school mental health.

    Kathleen BieschkeCollege Names New Department Head

    Kathleen Bieschke became the new department head for the Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) department on July 1.

    A thumbnail photo from the group of 7 students who traveled to Brazil as part of EDUC 497C.Students Explore Brazilian Educational Systems

    A College of Education class gave seven students a unique opportunity to experience Brazilian culture and Brazil's educational system.



    Faculty and Staff News

    Faculty Research Features

    Stephanie KnightPromotion and Tenure and Leadership Appointments

    The College of Education is proud to announce that a number of faculty members have received appointments, promotions, and/or tenure.

    College Welcomes 15 New Faculty Members

    Penn State’s College of Education welcomes 15 new tenure-line faculty members this semester.

    Staff Changes

    Welcome to new staff members Rachel Rogers, Christine Anthony, and Robin Enderle.

    Liza ConyersFaculty Congratulations

    Congratulations to Liza Conyers, Beverly Lindsay, Karen Murphy, and Deirdre O'Sullivan.

    Faculty Research

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

    AERA Presentations

    Presentations made at the American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting.


    Student News

    New Scholarship for Education Students

    One Laurel Haven Endowment Scholarship for $960 will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Education or the College of Agriculture who has demonstrated a commitment to conservation education.

    Megan Foster

    College of Education Students Support New Student Orientation

    Three students from the College's rehabilitation and human services major are working on Penn State's New Student Orientation team.

    Hope RogersSchool and Hard Knocks

    Hope Rogers, a junior in the College of Education, has a deep passion for teaching and learning, and rugby, all of which naturally overlap in this amazing student-athlete's life.

    Sam SennottGraduate Student's Proposal for Google Glass is Accepted by Google

    Sam Sennott, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education, has been accepted into Google's latest test group to develop an accessibility tool for people with a wide range of disabilities.

    Lauren Jeffrey works with her student at Park Forest ElementaryA Year Like No Other

    College of Education seniors who participate in the Professional Development School spend an entire school year inside a local classroom for their senior student teaching experience.

    Maggie CardinChildhood Tragedy Prompts Student to Advocate for Suicide Prevention

    Maggie Cardin, a College of Education senior and Presidential Leadership Academy student, has been working create a mental health training requirement for educators.

    Dinosaur SkullExperiencing Urban Education in Chicago

    Eleven SPSEA students from the College of Education participated in an urban teaching trip to Chicago last spring.

    Emily GionnattiTrack and Field Athlete Selected as Student Marshal

    Emily Giannotti served as the College of Education's student marshal for summer 2013.

    Student Congratulations

    Congratulations to Kyung Kim, Jacey Royer, and Natasha Wilson.

    Student Research

    Review the latest research by our students.


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