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Penn State's Puksar Holmes Scholars Make Their Mark at National Conference

A press release about the Penn State College of Education Puksar Holmes Scholars, who recently distinguished themselves at the National Holmes Scholars Conference.


By Joe Savrock (May 2007)




The Puksar Holmes scholars take a break after returning from the National Holmes Scholars Conference.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A large contingent of College of Education graduate students, members of the Penn State Puksar Holmes Scholars (PSU PH Scholars) program, distinguished themselves at the National Holmes Scholars Conference, held in January in San Antonio, Texas. Among the notable outcomes of their participation:

  • Azra Karajic,  doctoral candidate in Counselor Education, was the guest of a radio talk show, Education Matters with Louise Sundin to discuss the topic of her Holmes Conference presentation—bullies, bystanders, and victims of bullying. The radio show was broadcast March 17 by Air America Minnesota, a syndicated production of station KTNF, 950AM. Sundin, a Minnesota educator and nationally recognized advocate of education reform, was in the audience during Karajic’s conference presentation in January and invited Karajic to take part in the show.
  • Michelle Early Torregano, doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, is the Northeast Regional representative for the Council.

Other current PSU PH scholars participating in the conference:

Luis Almeida

Shannon C. Korell

Genevieve S. Duque

Sangmin Lee

Brendaly Drayton

Tanisha Martin

Kathrine J. Gutierrez

Bindu Methikalam

Jane Harstad

Cole Reilly

Tristana Harvey

Hector Sambolin Jr.

Brian D. Keller

Jonathan E Stout

Donna King

PSU PH Scholars is part of the Holmes Partnership, a national organization that builds sustainable partnerships between colleges of education and K–12 school districts. In 1991, the Holmes Partnership established the Holmes Scholars Program, designed for students from underrepresented groups who are entering the field of education. PSU PH Scholars support a forum that explores and addresses issues regarding their professional growth.