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May - June 2008

News archive from May-June 2008 for the Penn State College of Education.


June 2008

Twelve Students in Penn State’s Institutional Research Program Receive AIR Fellowships

Students in the Penn State program have won 24 of the 57 AIR awards nationally over the past two years.

Jim Nolan Reappointed as Hermanowicz Professor

Nolan's second term as the Henry J. Hermanowicz Professor of Teacher Education in the College of Education extends his role through 2011.

Seven Faculty Members Receive Promotion/Tenure

The College of Education is pleased to announce that all faculty names put forth before the University’s promotion and tenure committee have been approved.

May 2008

PEPP Students Get a Jump on Their College Course Requirements

Paola Castello, Yesenia Alvarez, and Inez Ramos were among 30 seniors at Reading (Pa.) High School who recently passed the Spanish College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam.

Adult Learner Inspired by Her Daughters to Complete Her College Degree

After eight years in pursuit of a degree in elementary education, while waiting on tables to support herself and two young daughters, Stacy Baptiste prepares to graduate.

Morgan Named Recipient of Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Paul L. Morgan, assistant professor in Penn State’s College of Education, has been selected to receive a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award.

2008 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored

Seven members of the college community were honored at a reception on April 30.

Three Faculty Members Set to Retire

Murry Nelson, Syedur Rahman, and Robert Slaney close out their careers at the end of the current academic year.

Lehigh Valley Student Teachers Collect 10,000 Books for a School in Africa

Eight student teachers and their advisor, teamed up with a Peace Corps volunteer to collect books from local elementary schools to send to a primary school in Namibia, Africa.

Three New Books Published this Year by College of Education Professor William Rothwell

An author on numerous books, Rothwell is the lead author on two new books that have been published this year with a third in press.

Join the College Community at a Spikes Game

The College of Education Alumni Society invites all alumni, faculty, and staff to a Spikes game on July 10. Discounted tickets are available with a section reserved for the College.

Catherine Chuba Named Spring 2008 Student Marshal

Chuba, who has a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, will lead the procession during the College's commencement ceremonies on May 17, 2008, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Update from the Development and Alumni Relations Office, May 2008

Ellie Deitrich, director of development and alumni relations, recaps a weekend of events held April 25-27, that honored donors to the College.

Lee Shulman to be Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker at Commencement

Shulman has had a long and distinguished career as an educator. He spoke informally of his philosophy on the necessary complexities that make up education in a nationally-broadcast essay on This I Believe, on National Public Radio (NPR). You can read or listen to his essay on the NPR Web site.

2008 Cycle-thon and Picnic Attracts Record Number of Participants

Some 80 bikers, nearly double the number from the previous year, took advantage of ideal weather and an expanded program of activities.

Keyairra Wright Becomes First SCOPE Student to Begin a Career in Education

Wright has accepted a teaching position with Teach for America in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kyle Peck Wins 2008 Cotterill Leadership Award

Peck was formally acknowledged April 25 at the College’s annual Donor Appreciation Dinner.

Monica Patterson, Dan Marshall Receive 2008 Awards from Presidential Commission

Patterson and Marshall were honored at the CLGBTE’s awards reception on April 18.