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Ohio University College of Education alumni to hold annual conference

ATHENS, Ohio (March 30, 2004) -- The Robert P. Comer Education Conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 2, in McCracken Hall.

Sponsored by the College of Education's Society of Alumni and Friends, the annual spring event aims to provide teacher education students a glimpse of the realities of teaching through a series of panel discussions addressing real-world issues such as diversity, certification, exams, technology and practical matters, as well as one-on-one sessions between the students and working professionals in the field of education.

The 2004 conference is filled not only with some of the more popular sessions from past years such as the interview and resume and diversity workshops but also with some new sessions, including a panel of first-year educators.

Donnajean deSilva, president of the Society, says the conference, which is in its 21st year, traditionally has attracted more than 100 student participants. This year, deSilva expects an even greater number.

"I am extremely excited by the high number of students who have registered for this year's conference," deSilva says. "To date, we have more than 250 students and we expect the number to reach at least 300."

The Society of Alumni and Friends was formed in 1983 to aid, assist and promote the general welfare of the College of Education in the pursuit of its goals. The first education conference was held in May 1994. The event has grown over the years and has helped the Society earn national recognition. In 2002, the Society was one of only 11 groups from across the United States to win a Seal of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the largest nonprofit education association in the world. The award is the highest honor CASE bestows on innovative programs.

At its 20th anniversary in 2003, the Society renamed the conference in honor of the late Robert P. Comer, B.S.Ed. '48 and M.Ed. '51, whose donations have provided an endowment to help fund the annual event.

For more information on the event and sessions, contact Marie Robinson at (740) 597-1946 or robinsm2@ohio.edu.  

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Media Contact: College of Education Public Affairs Coordinator Joy Rodgers, (740) 597-1947

Editors: A complete schedule of sessions and topics will be provided upon request, but following are what are expected to provide the best photo and video opportunities:

  • Session 1, 10-10:50 a.m.: Portfolio and Resumes as Part of the Interview Process
  • Session 2, 11-11:50 a.m.: Your First Teaching Experience
  • Session 4, 1 p.m.: Question and answer period

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