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Fall 2013


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Operation Educate the Educators

Great Outdoors Great for Military Teens

Great Outdoors Great for Military Teens

Andrew Solozi knows that a week in the woods offers more than just physical health. He and his colleague, Danny Twilley, know that it can heal the spirit.

Solozi, an associate professor of recreation studies in The Patton College of Education, and Twilley, a lecturer in the program, have spent the last three summers proving those benefits with their series of Military Teen Adventure Camps, developed in collaboration with The Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Defense (DOD). The camps are offered the DOD to teenaged children of military personnel at little to no cost to the families.  

“The military wanted something that would appeal, attract and support teenagers, so the grant was set up for people to create adventure camp experiences for teens,” explained Solozi. “Teens need it, perhaps even more so than younger children, because of their developmental cycle, school and relocating quite often.

The camps for military teens are part of a regional response to a nationwide call from First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to support military and their families. To answer the call, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Military Children Education Coalition (MCEC) joined together to create Operation Educating the Educators. The program works with school professionals to create educational environments that support military families.

Teens who participate in the adventure camps come away with coping skills, an extensive support system and real-life experiences to prepare them to return to school in fall.

The camps have evolved and changed over the years, responding to the successes of past years, the interests of the participants and inspirations that strike Solozi and Twilley. Depending on the camp, teens may try their hand at rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and much more. Some ideas, like the the first year’s weeklong backpacking trip, were not revisited in later camps.

“We just finished our six-day Sailing Adventure Camp,” explained Twilley. “And that was an idea we brainstormed over lunch last year. We brought 10 teenagers out on Lake Erie, and they really learned how to sail. We didn’t just take them sailing. They had to work as a team, communicate and learn the skills.”

The participants walked away certified on charter boats under 35 feet. But the teens and their counselors left with much more than just that.

“You need multiple people to work together for that boat to sail safely and efficiently. It was rewarding to see the participants boiling communication to its basic level and problem solving,” said Solozi.

This year, The Patton College instructors are also offering a more residential camp experience with its Military Teen Adventure Camp (MTAC) and exploring another specific activity with their Whitewater Adventure Camp (WAC). Throughout each camp, teens must learn to live with each other and face challenges as varied as remembering to brush their teeth and wash dishes to mountain biking down a rocky incline and tackling world-class rapids.

“You can see a kid who is nervous about an activity or thinks they can’t do it, but then you see them after they do it. They see what they accomplished, and you see that self-esteem just skyrocket. It’s incredible to be a part of that,” said Twilley.

Supporting military teens and helping them learn to cope with the unique stressors that come with being in a military family is just one aspect of the DOD’s program and of Operation Educating the Educator. Giving them a venue to blossom, to realize their potential, to acquire necessary life skills and to create lasting peer networks that an more is aimed for and accomplished at these camps. In addition to friendships and fun, some teens even find new passions to carry through their lifetimes.

“These are activities that they typically have never tried before and would never have tried otherwise. I had a young man from our sailing camp just reach out to me,” said Twilley. “He let me know that he loved sailing so much that his parents are getting him another sailing course for Christmas.”

Some of the teens find lasting friendships. For many of them, it’s the first time that they have been surrounded by peers familiar with the unique challenges of growing up in a military family.

“The camps are only a week, but these kids bond and create friendships so quickly,” said Solozi. “By the end of the week, they are crying when they leave each other. We see them on our social media pages continue to connect with their friends from camp and pull their friends from home and family. They revisit their experiences and what they meant to them.”

The grant funded the camps for three years, with this as the final year of the initial grant. All camps offered this year are full, and there are dozens of teens on waiting lists to participate if a spot becomes available. Through social media, Solozi sees the lasting personal impact that participating in the camps has created. He’s heard from parents of some teens about improvements in grades and behavior. And he has seen in the teens that return to the adventure camps for another summer personal growth and maturity,

That is why Solozi and Twilley spend much of their summers preparing for and hosting the camps, but say it is well worth the time and effort. 

“At the end of the sailing camp, the campers were all thanking us for our time and spending a week away from our families to be with them,” said Twilley. “They’re amazing kids. We told them that with all the sacrifices they and their families make for our country, it was an honor for us to do this for them. And it really is.”

Alumni News

Lindsay Conner

Alumna Named a Top Teacher in Arizona

Lindsey Connor

Since she was a child, Lindsey Connor has loved teaching and math; so much so that she has made it her profession to share math with middle school students. And if getting students excited about math and earning statewide recognition is any proof, she has found the winning formula sharing her passion.

Connor, a 2008 alumna of The Patton College of Education and a seventh grade math teacher at San Tan Elementary School in Gilbert, Ariz., was a finalist for the 2013 Arizona Teacher of the Year and has been named an Ambassador for Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation.

Though Connor has only been teaching for five years this honor has been decades in the making.

“I had a fantastic fourth grade teacher who instilled a love of learning in me, and I was excited to go to school. I felt I could accomplish anything,” said Connor. “I had a passion for math that just evolved into a dream. I and wanted to work with middle school kids because they’re dynamic and entertaining. I knew I wanted to do that at a young age and it made me take the right classes and prepare for a career in education.”

This was the first year that Connor, who has been teaching for five years, was eligible for the honor. She is widely regarded to making math class fun for her students to create success.

“It starts with creating an enthusiastic culture. I’m a very goofy, lively animated teacher,” she said. “I believe that my students need to take risks and have fun while learning, so the culture that I cultivate in my room is about investigating math. It is about creating a culture where students experience success.”

Connor sets her students up to succeed by focusing her efforts on teaching to the child’s needs, not to a test. It is a strategy that she readily recommends to other up-and-coming teachers.

"Teach from your heart. Don’t get caught up in the politics and the pressure to teach to standards,” she advised her current and future colleagues. “There’s a fine line between teaching a curriculum and teaching students. It is important that students get a well rounded education. In today’s climate we teach and test and teach and test and lose sight of what the child needs. It’s very true, and today it’s hard.”

Any teacher will say that to be a successful teacher takes passion, drive, and a willingness to always improve - qualities that Connor embraced during her time as a student athlete in swimming and diving at Ohio University. 

“I participated in the women's swimming and diving team and that was my family and one of my biggest influences,” she said. “I quickly learned the importance of being a team player. Being a teacher, that is one of the most important strategies, to collaborate with teachers to  find the best strategies to reach out to kids.”

Those who saw the talented athlete in the pool and classroom are not surprised at how she has excelled outside of the swim lanes.

"Lindsey was a true joy to coach and work with on a daily basis,” said Greg Werner, head coach of the women’s swimming/diving team. “She was always upbeat, positive and smiling – all qualities that attracted people to her. Hearing that she was a finalist for this prestigious award, I am certain she still possess those same qualities that made her such a good team member and citizen to the OHIO Athletic Department and the entire Ohio University community."

Connor’s definition of her teammates not only includes those on her swim team and her colleagues, but college students entertain the teaching profession. She regularly speaks to collegiate classes about the importance of realizing their dreams to be teachers.

“My advice to OHIO students and one of the biggest things I’ve learned is to know your content and how to teach it. Always seek out new instructional possibilities and don’t be afraid to ask for help,” she said. “That’s a common phrase, but no one expects a first-year teacher to know everything. There are plenty of people who know how to help you create a culture of success for yourself and your students.”


Rachel Alpine

Critics sing high praise for alumna's debut novel, Canary

Rachel AlpineCanary

Rachel Alpine always wanted to be a teacher and a novelist when she grew up. Now that she is an adult, she has managed to do both!

“Writing was just something I’ve always wanted to do alongside being a teacher,” explained Alpine. “It was never one or the other. I have always wanted to write a book and I finally have.”

The high school English teacher and 2001 graduate of the Patton College’s debut young adult novel, Canary, was released in August, and it is already garnering rave reviews from critics across the globe. It is receiving notice for its innovative mixture of prose and poetry, and its realistic handling of ethical issues.

The novel follows Kate Franklin, a teen who has moved with her family after her father is named basketball coach at an elite prep school with one of the best teams in the state. A basketball player assaults Franklin at a party. According the the book’s official summary, “Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team.”

Though the subject matter appears tragically timely, the novel was, in fact, the work of many years stretching back to Alpine’s days as an undergraduate at Ohio University.

“[Associate Professor] Linda Rice in the Department of English had us research a topic for her class. Instead of presenting research we found, we had to present the topic in poems, song lyrics, pictures, or collages,” she said. “That’s where I got the inspiration for Canary. I researched sexual assault in high school, and one of the poems I did for that project is actually in Canary.”

The poem that Alpine wrote for her college class came to be a running theme throughout her debut novel where Franklin’s poetry often appears.

“I trace the inspiration for this style back to the poem I wrote. I didn’t know how to translate the character’s feelings in any other way because it dealt with heavy issues,” she said. “There were places in my character’s head that were almost too deep to get her through. I went to poems because it was almost her way of telling her story and things that she wasn’t fully able to process.”

The classroom has been a running theme in Alpine’s development as an author. Canary’s first creative steps were as a class project, and it’s final revisions were reworked as Alpine taught in front of the classroom. And as Alpine daily inspires a new generation of authors in her classes, she pays homage to those who inspired her.

“Almost all the character are named for English teachers I have had that have impacted me,” she said. “I used either their first or last names for characters.”

Alpine found her writing career blended seamlessly with her own teaching career. She shared her editor’s initial revisions with her English classes; showing them that not even their teacher was beyond a rewrite. Believing in the importance of young adult literature, Alpine has also made a point to include the genre in her English classes. 

Her faith in the possibilities of young adult literature to strengthen and inspire readers is spoken clearly through the book’s central theme.

“I’m telling readers that you need to speak out about things, no matter how hard it is,” she said. “You need to do it even if people aren’t listening to you. You need to find someone who will listen.”

Patton College Unveils New Website

Easier navigation, mobile-friendly format among improvements


The past few years have been a time of change and growth for The Patton College of Education. The latest change is the college’s refreshed and renovated website which was launched this summer.

“Our college is an international and intergenerational community,” said Dean of The Patton College Renée Middleton. “The Patton College’s website has served as a resource for everyone from high school students interested in joining our family to world-renowned faculty members to alumni looking to reconnect with OHIO for the first time in years. I’m glad that our website’s new design makes it easier for our audiences to find the specific information they need and to see what is new in our college.”

The website refresh has been in the works for some approximately 18 months through collaboration between the college, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), and Electronic Vision. Director of Online Programs and the Curriculum and Technology Center Beth Backes has spearheaded the efforts.

Visitors to the website will note that it boasts a new color scheme that is more consistent with other Ohio University websites. However, the website functions as well as it looks.

“We’re very happy that the new website is mobile-friendly,” Backes said. “We have new navigation panels and more interactive pictures. We also have social media links throughout the site. We’re very excited about all of the updates and changes.”

The process of developing the website included extensive research into users’ experiences and needs. The new design responds to the needs of visitors in ways that the prior iteration could not.

“We had been watching our website’s analytics for some time and saw that our mobile users were spending less time on the website. They were clicking through fewer pages than visitors using laptop and desktop devices,” explained Backes. “We realized that our website presented some challenges to mobile visitors. At the same time, we were seeing our mobile visitors numbers drastically increase. These developments made it clear that we needed to invest in optimizing our website for mobile device and tablet users.”

The website’s soft launch was over the summer, but the college will continue to adjust and improve the website throughout the fall semester. The Patton College and OIT will continue to track user analytics to ensure that the new design is meeting visitors’ needs. Improving the user experience on the college’s website is an ongoing project and one that the college is committed to addressing.

“I am so pleased with how our new website turned out,” said Middleton. “I know our students, faculty, staff, alumni and potential students will be just as thrilled with it as we have been."

Faculty Spotlight

Thomas Padron

New faculty member earns prestigious certification


Thomas Padron might be one of the newest members of The Patton College of Education’s faculty, but he’s already making a lasting impact.

An assistant professor of restaurant and hotel tourism, Padron has been named a Certified Hospitality Educator by the industry-renowned American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Earning the certification was an arduous process for the new professor, but it one he was happy to take on.

“You have a ton of work to do and, honestly, it was exhausting,” said Padron. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever done, but I’m glad that I did it. It has been a goal of mine for several years, and I just needed to get it done. It’s like getting a Ph.d. You can put it off as long as you want to but you have to bite the bullet and get it done. I came from the hospitality industry; I worked 16-17 hours a day for a seven day week. I don’t shy away from working hard.”

Padron put in many hours establishing his qualifications for the certification, including a workshop weekend in Las Vegas that was anything but a vacation in the hospitality center.

“Beforehand they send you numerous emails before you left for Las Vegas saying, ‘Just letting you know this isn’t going to be some cakewalk,’” explained Padron. “You’re not going to go in, meet everyone and have coffee and cake and doughnuts. You have a ton of work to do and honestly it was exhausting, but one of the most worthwhile things I’ve done for my teaching career.”

Even though he has experience juggling many obligations, Padron still relied on the support of the College and of his classes - support that was readily offered.

“This certification is to change you to make sure you’re molding into the proper ways of educating in different areas of hospitality,” he explained. “For the program, it signifies the quality of the program. Your peers look highly of you for taking the time and energy to do it, and it reflects well on your program for taking the time and effort to support you. It goes to show that they are committed to a quality program. This is just one of many certifications coming up.”

For the certification, Padron has to film some of his classes, fully involving his students in his journey.

“The students were along with me the whole time; they knew every step I was doing,” he said. “I got my email congratulating me on my certification on the last day of class. I had my computer attached to projector, but had forgotten about it. I pulled up my email and there was the message from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. There were two students still in the classroom, and the just started screaming. They were more elated than I was. It was an accomplishment for me, but for them too.”

Because the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute offers certifications for educators as wells as industry professionals, those program that feature certified educators are well-regarded across the hospitality industry.

“It is a stamp to the program saying that they recognize that we are looking to have this as a program that stands out,” said Padron.

Schuyler "Sky" Cone

Vision in Action: One gift preserves the future of the past. Faculty gift continues more than half a century of historical costume preservation and study at Ohio University.



Assistant Professor of Human and Consumer Sciences Schuyler “Sky” Cone has spent her career preserving the garments and textiles of the past and preparing those passionate about it to take up her mantle in the future.

Cone, who will retire in June after 23 years with the University, will continue to nurture her passions long after she has left with her $60,000 gift to the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education.

Her gift will be divided into two parts. One half will go toward the Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textile Collection, housed in The Patton College of Education. The other half will endow a new scholarship for upperclassmen in the Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Program.

“I created this scholarship because I wanted to help students out,” explained Cone. “I’ve seen so many students struggling, and it just breaks my heart. I wanted to help them out because they’re good students, and I could make their lives a little easier. It’s a hard to be student and pursue your education when you’re worried where your next meal is coming from.”

That concern for her students’ well-being is a signature of Cone.

“She’s inspired so many people; she has a personality that makes everyone around her excited to get to work and to learn,” said Tim Binegar, director of development at The Patton College who collaborated with Cone to develop her gift. “You can tell she cares about her students. She makes you feel important, and her students respond to that energy.”

Cone’s specialization is historical costumes and textiles and, in particular, the conservation, restoration and preservation of historical clothing and textiles. It’s a subject she’s been interested in since making her first garment in a junior high home economic class. And it’s an excitement she sees in her students.

“When I see a spark of interest, I like to fan the flames it,” explained Cone. “It’s wonderful to see a person get their “wow” figured out in college. I really want to keep these students who are interested in this going.”

Cone currently works with her “wow” as curator of the Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textile Collection, recipient of the other half of her gift. The collection has been a part of OHIO since 1953.

“Mary Doxsee, a former professor here at Ohio University, had a fondness for collecting older clothing,” said Trina Gannon, a graduate student in The Patton College and assistant curator of the Doxsee Collection. “It is something I am very passionate about and it is a great tool to reach out and share with the students. There are times students are amazed by what people had worn, but I am sure the men and women of yesteryear would be just as amazed to see what we wear out in public nowadays.”

Cone is a former student of Doxsee’s. Even as an undergraduate, she and Doxsee shared their deep love of textiles over the collection, which boasts pieces ranging from traditional Moroccan ceremonial dress, to clothing worn by African American slaves, to hat pins and dresses owned by OHIO’s first ladies.

“I had a big trunk my mother had that was filled with old clothes my sister and I used to dress up in,” recalled Cone. “I took some of these things to Mary Doxsee, and she picked up one dress and said, ‘Do you know what this is?’ I told her that it was a dress. Mary said, ‘It’s not just a dress! It’s a Charles Frederick Worth, the father of haute couture!’ She held onto it and said, ‘And you’re not getting it back.’ Mary had such a great sense of humor and was such a lovely lady!”

She has given the Doxsee Collection her time, her research, even her clothing. Now she’s giving it a more secure future.

“I want to make sure that this does not go away,” said Cone. “We don’t need all this stuff, but if you lose all these things your life and culture is diminished. We could study them and learn about our culture and predecessors. It really is a window into the past. They are items of great beauty.”

The details of her gifts are still being determined, but Cone is glad that she is helping ensure the past has a future with Human and Consumer Sciences students at Ohio University.

“I feel fortunate that i could give the gift,” she said. “I feel very blessed, and I just want to see this collection live on beyond my lifetime.”


RayeCarol Cavender

RayeCarol Cavender has an eye on the future. And not just her future, but that of every student in her program.


After spending last year as a visiting professor in The Patton College of Education’s Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Program, Cavender permanently joined its faculty this year as an assistant professor. In addition to leading her classes, she is also the internship coordinator for the program. And, for those students who want to network and truly open up a world of career opportunities, she acts as the Ohio University advisor for the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA).

“OHIO was one of 25 universities with exceptional retail programs selected to pilot the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) new student organization in 2012,” said Cavender. “NRFSA membership provides our students with industry exposure and helps them establish the necessary connections to secure internships and post-graduation employment. NRF recognizes NRFSA members as the next generation of retail leaders and has affirmed their support with significant student funding for each member university.”

But a commitment from a national organization means little unless there is a passionate faculty member like Cavender to guide it and ambitious students to fill its ranks.

“One of the big benefits of participating in this organization is professional development,” said Cavender. “Students are exposed to the wide variety of fields within the retail sector and gain a better understanding of what a career in this dynamic industry really looks like. It gives them that first taste of the things we actually do in this business.”

NRF, the world’s largest retail-trade organization, sponsors two yearly conferences, Retail’s Big Show and the Summit, where retail professionals and now students and educators can network and learn about their evolving industry. Further, NRFSA sponsors two Ray M. Greenly Scholarships per year for each of is university partners. Winners at each university receive a $5,000 scholarship. In addition, NRFSA provides each university with substantial funding to pay for its scholarship winners and additional members’ travel to the NRF retail conferences. This fall Cavender will be taking a group of students to the Summit in Chicago.

“NRF is really the voice of the retail industry worldwide. The fact that they have placed so much emphasis on educating and cultivating relationships at the college level speaks to the important role they believe this next generation of retailers will play in advancing the interests of our industry. For NRF to identify and partner with us and provide such generous financial support is an exceptional opportunity.”

For some of the younger students, participating in the NRFSA has been a wakeup call to jumpstart their career plans.

“My goal with professional development is to reach younger students who perceive internships and careers as being far off on the horizon. The idea is that involvement with NRFSA will provide the exposure that will create the excitement that will fuel the drive for them to proactively seek development opportunities that will better prepare them for those coveted internships and, eventually, job offers.” Cavender explained. “Younger students are at the stage where they can really benefit from seeing the skills, experiences and professionalism that the retail leaders expect from applicants.”

And whether they encounter this new Patton College faculty member in the classroom, in her office as she assists them in finding an internship, or through NRFSA, Cavender is going to give them the tools they need to succeed.

“In the classroom and in NRFSA, I work to create a professional environment that mirrors what students will encounter in the workplace. Traditional teaching methods often fail to resonate with this digitally-driven generation. I maintain a high level of accessibility with my students and find that they respond to collaborative and experiential learning environments with high levels of empowerment,” said Cavender. “Learning can’t just be a laundry list of hoops for students to jump through on the road to graduation. I often share with my students the mantra that I practice in life- you get out of it what you put into it. I encourage them to adopt this mentality and remind them that it is never too early to start establishing and polishing their professional brands!”

Student News

The 2013 Class of Woodrow Wilson Fellows are Named at Ohio Statehouse

Ohio University will host 11 Fellows


On Tuesday, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, jointly announced the 2013 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows in an event at the Ohio Statehouse, including 11 who will attend The Patton College of Education.

The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship recruits accomplished career changers and outstanding recent college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). The 2013 Fellows are the third class of new teacher candidates to be prepared through the program since the Fellowship was launched in Ohio in 2010.

Each Fellow will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive master’s-level teacher education program at one of seven participating Ohio universities. These institutions have redesigned teacher preparation to give teacher candidates a full year of preparation in local classrooms, as well as specific teaching approaches for the STEMM fields.

“These students represent the best and brightest teachers in Ohio, and are reflective of the advances that Ohio is making in the STEMM fields,” Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey said. “Their efforts as Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows will impact not only their own futures, but also the futures of thousands of students in our high-need schools.”

The Fellows selected are a diverse group comprised of many different academic backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. One thing that they all share is a passion for community service.

“These Fellows in Ohio, and our partner institutions, are providing national models of how to meet a critical need in education: getting strong math and science teachers into high-need schools,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This year's Fellows are amazing people; deeply committed to young people and accomplished in their fields. They are going to make us all proud, and they will change countless lives.”

Among the Fellows attending other universities is Sarah Bodel, a 2012 alumna in chemical engineering.

The Fellows who have committed to studying at The Patton College of Education are:

  • Bridget Gauthier
  • Marilyn Hayden, a 2013 OHIO alumna in biological sciences.
  • Sean Kelley, a 2013 OHIO alumnus in biology and pre-med.  
  • Daniel Ornstein
  • Rex Payne
  • Amy Rann, a 2001 alumna in mathematics
  • Akilah Shahid
  • Vanessa Sowards
  • Joseph Stringer
  • James Sutter
  • Megan Thornhill

The Fellows will begin their intensive year-long programming on June 3 when they meet for orientation on the Athens Campus. 

Patton College Senior Named Best College Food Employee

Jesse Adams

Jesse Adams

Jesse Adams

Jesse Adams, a senior in The Patton College and centralized student employment hiring coordinator for Ohio University Culinary Services, has been named the 2012–13 NACUFS National Student Employee of the Year.

The organization boasts more than 510 member schools across the United States and Canada. This is the third year in a row an Ohio University student employee has received the honor; no other NACUFS member school has won the award more times. The winner is granted international recognition and $5,000.

“I was pretty excited when I got the call,” said Adams. “I couldn't believe it. I was jumping around I was so happy."

Adams, who studies in the Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program, has worked for Culinary Services since 2009 was nominated out of the department’s 1,500 student employees by Autumn Ryder, general manager of Nelson Food Court.

In a speech at the award ceremony, Director of Residential Dining Rich Neumann cited Adams’ initiative, teamwork and the high quality of work.

Even though this award singles him out for his outstanding efforts, he said that he did not earn it on his own.

“I don't feel like this is something I did. It was a team,” said Adams. “I got a lot of support from Autumn and the directors."


Recent Books

The Patton College extends our congratulations to:


Pete Mather, Mike Hess, and Laura Harrison for their work on the book Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: New Directions for Student Services.


Mona Robinson for co-authoring a chapter in Workers' Disability Benefits Programs in Rehabilitation Services: An Introduction for the Human Services Professional.


Jim Salzman, Jerry Johnson, and Sharon Reynolds, on their recent publication titled “Screening for Learning Disabilities in Adult Basic Education Students,”  published in The Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.


Aaron Sickel for authoring two publications during summer 2013. One in Evolution: Education & Outreach and another in Science Educator.


Jeesun Jung, on her recent publication “Scaffolding Infants’ Play Through Empowering and Individualizing Teaching Practices” in Early Education & Development.


Nikol Bowen on her recent publication “Common Characteristics of Compassionate Counselors: A Qualitative Study” in International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling.


Katharine Sprecher for a chapter titled"’I Am Proud to Be African’: Countering Deficit Discourses in a U.S. School”for the recently published book, Performances of Research: Critical Issues in K-12 Education.


Dwan Robinson on the recent publication of a book chapter titled “Two gifted African American brothers achieving in spite of the odds” in the book Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated Schools.


Laura Harrison on the recent Jossey-Bass publication of Advancing Social Justice: Tools, Pedagogies, and Strategies to Transform Your Campus, co-authored with Tracy Davis.


John Henning has been elected as the replacement public university representative on the OACTE Board of Trustees. 


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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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    September, 2013. (photo credit, Janet Merwin)