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News: April-June 2014

AERA Recognizes Three Penn State Faculty Members
The American Educational Research Association announces three faculty members as winners of various academic awards.
College of Education Announces Commencement Speaker
Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be the speaker at the College of Education's spring commencement program on May 11, 2014.
College Alumnus Recognized by White House as Champion of Change
Penn State alumnus Kevin Clark was honored at a recent White House ceremony as a Champion of Change.
Summer Academy for Students who are Blind coming to Penn State
A partnership was announced between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (OVR) and Penn State to host the Summer Academy.
Workforce Ed Student Guides State High Construction Group to National Title
A Penn State workforce education student working toward his Vocational Instructional II certificate has shepherded a group of State College Area High School students to first place in a national competition.
2014 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored
The College of Education recently honored the recipients of its 2014 Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards.
Garces Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action Case
Liliana Garces, assistant professor of education and research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, responded to a United States Supreme Court ruling on April 22 that upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities.
Staff Members Recognized at Luncheon
Seventeen staff members were recognized for their years of service at April's annual staff appreciation luncheon.
Student Traveled from Vietnam to Receive M.Ed.
Jennifer Howell traveled from Vietnam to receive her M.Ed.
Faculty Member Jeanine Staples Addresses How to Overcome Challenges to Self-worth in TEDxPSU Talk
Jeanine Staples presented her TEDxPSU talk titled "How to Die Peacefully" describing figurative deaths and methods to overcome them.
College of Education Names Spring 2014 Student Marshal
Anthony DeVito was named the spring 2014 student marshal for the College of Education.
Education and Civil Rights Dinner Feature Lani Guinier
The College of Education is proud to announce a dinner featuring a speech by renowned civil rights expert Lani Guinier as a part of the upcoming Education and Civil Rights Conference.
Michael J. Feuer to present Nicely Lecture May 06, 2014 from 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM Nittany Lion Inn, Boardroom 1,
Michael J. Feuer, dean of George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, will speak at this year's Nicely Lecture.
Alumni Recognized for their Impact on Education Through Professional Development Schools
College of Education alumni are positively impacting education through award-winning PDS programs throughout the country.
Balancing Act: Penn State Gymnast Seeks Education Degree
Kassidy Stauder has excelled at balancing the pursuit of an education degree with the rigors of a Div. I gymnast.
Workshops Connect Penn State Faculty with Science Teachers
The Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) offers professional development workshops for educators that help bring science teaching and learning theory to life.
Support from Alumni, Friends Benefit Students, Provides for Future Excellence
As the "For the Future" campaign draws to a close, the College reflects on how its community's many meaningful contributions continue to make a powerful positive impact.
2014 AERA Presentations
Presentations made at the American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting from April 3 to 7 in Philadelphia, PA.
Promotion and Tenure
The College of Education is proud to announce that a number of faculty members have received promotions and/or tenure.
Master's Degree in Higher Education Now Available Online
A new Penn State online master’s degree in higher education will help adult learners take advantage of job growth and further their careers in the field. Faculty from the College of Education will teach the courses in the 30-credit degree program, which will be delivered online by Penn State World Campus.
Jim Nolan Reflects on Career Preparing Teachers
Education means a variety of things to a wide range of people. For Jim Noland, the Henry J. Hermanowicz professor of teacher education, education starts with teachers and students.
Brad Hoffman, Alumni Award Winner, Is Transforming Education
Brad Hoffman, founder and chief executive officer of my Learning Springboard, Inc., was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award by the Penn State Alumni Association. His comprehensive multidisciplinary educational consulting company and learning concierge® service is having a transformational impact on the field.
Affiliate Program Group Helps Promote, Support Professional Development School
The Professional Development School (PDS) Affiliate Program Group (APG) provides services, promotes and supports the program, and provides leadership to current and past participants of the program.
Service with the Alumni Society is an Opportunity to Support the College
Patricia Best, president of the College of Education Alumni Society Board, describes the activity of the alumni society as nurturing and supporting the culture of excellence in the College of Education.
Payne Family Trustee Scholarship in College of Education
J. David Payne ’81 EMS and his wife Letitia Payne have pledged $50,000 to establish the Payne Family Trustee Scholarship in the College of Education. The endowment provides financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in or planning to enroll in the College of Education at Penn State who have demonstrated a need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.
Mary and Victor Dupuis Scholarship in Education
Mary Dupuis ’71 Ph.D. C I has directed $100,000 in her estate plans to establish the Mary and Victor Dupuis Scholarship in Education. The endowment supports full-time undergraduate students enrolled in or planning to enroll in the College of Education.
Margaret and William Kirkey Award for Creative Education
Margaret “Peg” Kirkey and her husband William “Bill” Kirkey ’63 BUS have pledged $20,000 to establish the Margaret and William Kirkey Award for Creative Education. The endowment honors and recognizes outstanding creativity in teaching by an undergraduate student majoring in an early childhood education degree program.
Heid, Blume, Zbiek Mathematics Education Graduate Endowment
Faculty Members M. Kathleen Heid, Glendon W. Blume, and Rose M. Zbiek ’92 Ph.D. C I have established the “Heid, Blume, Zbiek Mathematics Education Graduate Endowment” with royalty funds from Concepts in Algebra: A Technological Approach, a mathematics curriculum on which they collaborated with mathematics educators at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Nancy Baird Graduate Student Award in Curriculum and Instruction
Nancy Baird '69 HHD, '94 Ph.D. C I has pledged a bequest of $20,000 to establish the Dr. Nancy Baird Graduate Student Award in Curriculum and Instruction. The award supports graduate students pursuing degrees in Curriculum and Instruction who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
David H. Nicholson Graduate Fellowship in Adult Education
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education Eunice "Nickie" Askov and her husband Warren H. Askov established the "David H. Nicholson Graduate Fellowship in Adult Education" with an outright gift in 2009. They have decided to document their intentions to augment their endowment with an estate gift. The endowment supports and recognizes outstanding graduate students who have been admitted to Penn State as candidates for a graduate degree in Adult Education in the College of Education with a focus of study in adult or family literacy.
James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Trustee Scholarship
Pamela "Pam" Reese Arbuckle '66 SE CED and her husband Lt. Col. James "Jim" Arbuckle '64 AG have given $50,000 to establish the James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Trustee Scholarship. The endowment supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.
Elizabeth Skade Middleton and John Middleton Trustee Scholarship in Education
Elizabeth "Betty" Skade Middleton '63 EK ED and her husband John Middleton have given $50,000 to establish the Elizabeth Skade Middleton and John Middleton Trustee Scholarship in Education. The endowment supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated need for funds to meet necessary college expenses.
Dr. Virginia J. Crider Teaching Award
Dr. Virginia J. Crider '62 M.Ed. ED has pledged $20,000 to establish the Dr. Virginia J. Crider Teaching Award. The endowment supports outstanding students that have demonstrated professional promise as teachers during their student teaching experiences.
New Endowments to the College
Announcements of new endowments given to the College.
Student Congratulations (Compiled June 2014)
Congratulations to Maggie Cardin, Emily Giannotti, Allie Goldstein, Duane Graysay, Heather Ervin, Ben Freeburn, Timothy Shrom, Allyson Krupar, Kassidy Stauder, David Taylor, Emily Werns, and Jeff Hart.
Staff Changes (Summer 2014)
Please welcome new individuals to the College, and say goodbye as individuals are leaving.
New Mathematics Laboratory Transforms Research and Instruction
The College of Education recently opened its new mathematics education lab, which provides the College with an environment that has a duality of use, combining research space and classroom space into one state-of-the-art facility.
EDUCATE Encourages Students to Use Technology to Expand Teaching Experience
A College of Education program encourages students to incorporate technology into their everyday learning experience.
College of Education Faculty Member Presents TEDx Talk on How Education Positively Impacts the World
David Baker, professor in the College of Education, presented at a recent TEDx Fulbright event and discussed how education is better than ever before.
College of Education Launches New Website
The College of Education has launched an improved website design that is more intuitive and accessible for all users.
Study: Teachers More Likely to Use Ineffective Instruction When Teaching Students with Mathematics Difficulties
Murphy Presents on Her NSF-funded Research on Group Discussions in Science Classrooms
P. Karen Murphy, professor of education, presented at the 20th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception in May on behalf of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
College of Ed Staff Recognized at Information Technology Impact Awards
Jody Harpster, systems administrator in the Carrara Educational Technology Center (CETC), and Emily Martell, the College of Education’s financial officer, were recognized at the Information Technology (IT) Impact Awards with the Resource Responsibility award for their work on centralized computer equipment purchasing.
College of Education Faculty Member Performs Pa. Folk at International Rock Festival
Kai A. Schafft, associate professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, performed with indie rock band Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy at Azkena Rock Festival outside of Bilbao, Spain on June 20.
New Partnership Provides Future Teachers Experiences Working with English Language Learning Students
A new partnership between the Penn State College of Education and a Hazleton, Pa., community organization is helping to improve education both now and in the future.