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September-October 2008 News Archive

A list of press releases and news announcements distributed in September and October 2008 by the Penn State College of Education



October 2008


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.

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.

Alumni Society Board Honors 2008 Award Recipients

Eight graduates from the College of Education are recognized or their accomplishments in the field.

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.

School Business Managers from the United Kingdom Observe the American Education System

They met with a number of alumni and doctoral students of Penn State’s Educational Leadership program, each holding an essential position in educational administration or state government.

Students in Family Literacy Programs Benefit from Planning and Leadership Roles

Researchers at the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy describe how learners at an Even Start literacy program benefited from leadership roles.

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

Keith Wilson's research examines the relationship of skin color and the likelihood of securing rehabilitation services.

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. 

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.

September 2008

William L. Boyd, Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Leadership, Passes Away

Boyd was a renowned researcher and educator in the field of educational leadership, with a specialty in education policy and politics as well as educational administration.

The Keystone Tutor Credential Program Wins Award

Special education faculty, Charles Hughes and David Lee, and Continuing Education staff, Ed Donovan and Wanda Bickle, collaborated to design and administer the Keystone Tutor Credential Program which won an award by the UCEA Mid-Atlantic Region.


Student Fuels Cross Country Trip with Used Vegetable Oil

Education student, Jillian Deegan and her friend, Scott Karduck, converted a truck to run on used vegetable oil for their cross country trip this summer.


Alum and Fulbright Scholar, Luke Zeller Teaches in S. Korea

Luke Zeller is providing a bi-weekly blog about his experience teaching English as a foreign language to South Korean students.


Alum Beth Schiavino-Narvaez Shows Her Leadership and Humanitarian Interests

Sciavino-Narvaez has been a student marshal, a Fulbright scholar, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a school principal, not to mention pursuing advanced degrees and adopting a Korean child.


Sean Meloy Honored to Attend the Democratic National Convention

Meloy, a College of Education senior, served as an alternate delegate at the Democrats’ national event in Denver.


Doing it for the Girls: Benta Abuya’s Research Touches Her Kenyan Roots

Doctoral candidate Abuya saw Penn State's Educational Theory and Policy program as the perfect fit for her research interests.


Iraq War Vet Inspired to be a Teacher

Matthew Poth served two tours in Iraq before enrolling in the College of Education to pursue a career in teaching.


American Indian Educator Named 2008 Alumni Fellow

College of Education alumnus, Gerald Gipp, will be honored by the Penn State Alumni Association on October 2.


Penn State Welcomes 2008-09 Humphrey Fellows

Fourteen professionals from around the world have arrived to begin their yearlong participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.


High School Students Enjoy Penn State Experience by Participating in SCOPE

Eight teenagers spent four weeks this summer taking part in courses, workshops, and other activities.


Rothwell Produces Two New Books on Workforce Development

Cases in Government Succession Planning and Mastering the Instructional Design Process both emphasize nationwide efforts to improve America’s workforce.