The December Alum of the Month is Katie Zimmerman, the first head coach of the newly formed Western New England University's Women's Ice Hockey team. Zimmerman, a graduate of The Patton College's Master's in Coaching Education program, is also a youth coach for USA Hockey.
Daniel Amparbeng, a first-year Counselor Education doctoral student, was one of two scholars selected to be an Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) 2019-2020 Emerging Leader. The year-long program provides counselor candidates with unique opportunities to cultivate strong leadership skills within the counseling field. Amparbeng is also the vice-president of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society (Alpha Chapter), treasurer of the Southeast Ohio Counseling Association (SEOCA), and a counselor-in-residence for students on campus.
Vlatko Andonovski, who was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), is The Patton College of Education’s November Alum of the Month. Andonovski completed his master’s degree in soccer coaching education in 2018. At 43, he is the third-youngest head coach in the team’s history.
Welcome to the 2019-20 academic year! I hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing summer with friends and family and that you are ready for a positive and productive start to the fall semester. The Patton College is where Learning Has No Limits! All of our programs—from teacher education to retail merchandising, from hospitality to recreation studies, from counseling to higher education—will challenge you and prepare you for life after graduation. The work you do today will help shape your future, and I encourage you to participate, contribute, and lead by example.