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Alumni Society board member adds certificate to 2 Penn State degrees
Douglas Womelsdorf’s first two degrees from Penn State in 2003 and 2005 opened some doors for him, and when he decided that a gateway to future success would hinge on additional education, he turned to Penn State once again.
Alumni honored at annual awards banquet
The College of Education honored several alumni at its annual awards banquet on Friday (Oct. 25).
Heard on Campus: Derrick Alridge
"To preserve the stories or narratives I've briefly discussed with you this morning, along with the many other stories recounting teachers' lives, their pedagogical influences and their classroom approaches, highlight a vital, but often overlooked dimension of education and the Civil Rights Movement. Eliciting and documenting these stories not only supports the notion of teachers as activists, but also illuminates the influential role that teachers can play in contemporary movements for civil rights and social justice. And it is my hope that these narratives will inform the current generation about their vital role as teachers and activists." — Penn State Alumni Fellow Derrick Alridge, speaking about his “Teachers in the Movement” project, which includes oral history interviews with elementary, secondary and university teachers and educators about their participation in and efforts during the Civil Rights Movement. Alridge is visiting the University Park campus as one of 16 Penn State alumni who were selected to receive the 2019 Alumni Fellow Award, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. He earned his doctoral degree from the Penn State College of Education in educational theory and policy in 1997.
Forum to highlight teacher influence, impact during Civil Rights Movement
A forum focused on the experiences of teachers, administrators and college leaders during the Civil Rights Movement will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus.
M. Fatih Tasar: Teaching physics fundamentals to future educators
The Alumni Spotlight is a monthly feature in Bridges, highlighting College of Education alumni who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. This edition features M. Fatih Tasar, an alumnus who is using his degree to train future educators in his native Turkey.
Alumni Updates: Aug. 14, 2019
"Alumni Updates" highlights career achievements by College of Education alumni.
Ability to 'Be Prepared' broadly helpful in Josh Kirby's career
It was through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that Josh Kirby found education, and the Penn State assistant professor of education remains devoted to making things better for others in both of those fundamentally vital facets of his life.
Penn State higher education program has ample reason to celebrate
The Center for the Study of Higher Education is marking its 50th anniversary and is honoring College of Education faculty past and present who have helped create and maintain one of the country's largest such research centers.
College of Education alumnus earns Alumni Achievement Award
Brian Patchcoski, a 2010 graduate of the College of Education with a master's degree in college student affairs/higher education, is one of 15 prominent young alumni to be honored by the Penn State Alumni Association with the Alumni Achievement Award.
Loretta Lowman: Teaching kids the fundamentals of reading
The Alumni Spotlight is a monthly feature in Bridges, highlighting College of Education alumni who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. This edition features Loretta Lowman, who overcame a learning disability as a child and found success as a special education teacher.
Love for international education takes alumna to the Philippines
College of Education alumna Evangeline Chow has followed her love of international education and diverse students to the Philippines, where she heads an accelerated language program for English language learners.
Nominations sought for College of Education alumni awards
The College of Education is currently accepting nominations for its annual alumni awards. The awards recognize graduates and friends of the College who have distinguished themselves in their profession and who continue to support the College and University.
College of Education honors alumni for achievements, service
Seven College of Education graduates were recognized for their professional accomplishments, leadership and service during the annual College of Education Alumni Society Awards banquet held earlier this month at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
Haynes-Thoby selected for NBCC MFP Fellowship Program
Latoya Haynes-Thoby, an alumna and current doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program, was selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP).
College seeks nominations for Alumni Society Awards
The College of Education's Alumni Society Board is seeking nominations for its annual awards. The awards recognize graduates and friends of the college who have distinguished themselves in their profession and have continued to support the college and University. The deadline for nominations in Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Recent Education Policy Studies graduate wins a master's research award
Kerri Musick earned her master's degree from Penn State's Department of Education Policy Studies in May 2017 and is gainfully employed in Virginia, but the investment she made in her capstone project about first-generation students is still paying off.
Alumna draws on Penn State experience to assist Florida school district
Rebecca Burns knew she could be a prober-solver because of her background in College of Education's Professional Development School.
College doctoral alumni among those honored during reunion weekend
Penn State doctoral alumni, including five from the College of Education, celebrated the 10th, 25th and 50th anniversary of receiving their doctorate on March 25 at the Graduate School’s annual Doctoral Alumni Recognition Luncheon.
Alumni Achievement Award honorees boast early returns
The Penn State Alumni Association will honor nine outstanding graduates, including two from the College of Education, with the Alumni Achievement Award during an official ceremony in late March.
College of Education honors outstanding alumni
Penn State’s College of Education recognized nine alumni for their career achievements at a banquet held this fall at The Nittany Lion Inn.
Alumna brings ‘Education and Hope’ to children of Guatemala
Alumna Shelby Jones will spend the next three months volunteering for Education and Hope, an international, nonprofit organization that provides education to impoverished children in the western highlands of Guatemala.
Dooris recognized for distinguished service
Mike Dooris, former executive director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) at Penn State and retired affiliate faculty in Education Policy Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the North East Association for Institutional Research’s (NEAIR) Distinguished Service Award.
School official in Maryland praises Penn State mathematics education graduates
Kellie Rizzo, Lauren Pace and Elizabeth Tumpa commended after first year of teaching in Caroline County Public Schools.
SCOPE helps alumna overcome poverty, achieve dreams
After participating in the College's SCOPE program in 2007, Loretta Lowman knew she could achieve anything, including her dreams of becoming a special education teacher.
Alumni Society Board announces new president, membership
The College of Education Alumni Society Board has announced its new membership.
Education alumna - and her students - adapt to new language in Beijing
As Chelsea Peak develops curriculum for an English language school in Beijing, China, she is simultaneously developing her path of life.
2 College of Education alumni earn Achievement Award
Penn State graduates make an immediate impact in their careers, and this year’s recipients of the Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award - including two alumni from the College of Education - show how.
Eight selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2016
Eight Penn State alumni, including a College of Education alumnus, have been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual.
Penn State PDS program graduates eager to assist College of Education interns
State College Area School District teachers draw on past experience to aid prospective educators.
College of Education alumna's teaching role in Alaska anything but traditional
College of Education alumna Stephanie Gursky teaches in Napakiak, Alaska, which is accessible in the winter only by boat, plane or driving on a frozen river.
College of Education alumna making a difference in Akron city schools
Jacqueline Rohrbeck Ridley also offers advice to prospective education graduates.

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