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July 13, 2011

Social Work student is first Mdewakanton scholar to graduate

barry-korina-180x120.jpgKorina Barry received her master's degree in social work in May, becoming the first Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholar to earn a degree under the scholarship program established three years ago. She is now a senior social worker in the Indian Child Welfare long-term foster care unit in Hennepin County. In a University feature story, she talks about the people and programs that supported her on the way to earning her degree.

July 7, 2011

Alumnus honored with international leadership award

Imho BaeImho Bae has been named a 2011 recipient of the University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. Bae received his doctorate from the School of Social Work in 1991. He is a leader in the field of conflict resolution, an international scholar, and dean of the College of Social Sciences at Soongsil University. He is considered a pioneer in the field of social welfare, and is South Korea's best known scholar in the field of correctional welfare. In addition, he is known for his devotion to working for peace throughout the Korean Peninsula.

In naming Bae a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, the selection committee cited his ongoing efforts as a teacher, scholar, and peacemaker. His continued behind-the-scenes efforts to push for additional reconciliation efforts between North and South Korea are a valuable contribution to global peacemaking efforts.

Read more about Bae's work.

July 1, 2011

Recent sport management graduate one of eight Fulbright winners

Kristin Garland.jpgThe University of Minnesota announced its Fulbright recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year, which include four undergraduate and four graduate students. In an award announced earlier this spring, Kristin Garland, who recently received a master's degree in sport management, was named 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Garland is advised by Eric Brownlee, lecturer in sport management.

Working directly with the Olympiatoppen, an organization responsible for training elite Norwegian athletes, Garland will examine the differences between the school-sponsored model of athletics and club cross-country ski teams. She will focus on the experiences of elite skiers by evaluating the relationship between achievement and the integration of sport into the academic model. In addition, Garland will explore how collegiate athletic teams can provide greater support to international student-athletes, which would ensure a more meaningful experience and will hopefully encourage more international student-athletes to study abroad.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 300,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, and cultural institutions; exchange ideas; and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as on demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

June 27, 2011

Ph.D. graduate publishes as lead author in Research in Developmental Disabilities


Fu-Chen (Kidd) Chen, Kinesiology Ph.D. graduate, has published an article as lead author. Dr. Chen is an advisee of Dr. Michael Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen and graduated in May with an emphasis in Motor Learning/Motor Development.

Chen, F.-C., Stoffregen, T. A., & Wade, M. G. (2011). Postural responses to a suprapostural visual task among children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1948-1956.

May 31, 2011

Award-winning Ph.D. candidate selected for school leader fellowship

Angela MansfieldAngela Mansfield, a literacy education Ph.D. student, was one out of the three students selected by Charter School Partners, a Minnesota-based non-profit charter support group, to go through a rigorous two-year school leader fellowship. The fellowship will culminate in the opening of high-performing, achievement-gap closing urban charter schools in the Twin Cities.

Mansfield, a Milken Educator Award Recipient, has been working with the Minneapolis Public Schools since 1997 as an exemplary teacher, a Reading First Literacy Coordinator, and, most recently, as a TAP mentor, providing instructional coaching to teachers to improve their performance as part of the well-regarded national System for Teacher and Student Advancement. Angela received a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. and an M.Ed in literacy ('07) from CEHD.

May 27, 2011

Kinesiology M.A. graduate receives national Student Diversity Award

alyssa_norris.jpgAlyssa Norris, kinesiology M.A. graduate in sport and exercise psychology, has been awarded the prestigious Student Diversity Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). The award recognizes and honors the achievements of students involved in research, service, or applied experiences that focus on diversity issues such as race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, or disability.

The award will be presented to Norris at the AASP annual conference in September in Honolulu, HI. Norris is graduating this spring and is advised by Nicole LaVoi, lecturer and associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport.

April 29, 2011

Alum wins Presidential Award for excellence in teaching

Saatzer1.jpgPolly Saatzer, M.Ed. '95 in early childhood education, will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Saatzer, a kindergarten teacher at Susan Powell of Garlough Environmental Magnet School in West St. Paul, is one of 85 K-6 teachers nationwide to receive the award and the only one from Minnesota. A teacher for 32 years, Saatzer will be honored with the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

See more in the Minneapolis Star Tribune story.

April 22, 2011

Alumni Society celebrates outstanding 2011 award recipients

The CEHD Alumni Society honored its 2011 award recipients April 22 at an evening ceremony in the McNamara Alumni Center. The Alumni Society, established in 1956, works to create lifelong connections with alumni, students, and friends of the college, enhance the student experience, and advocate for the college and the University.

This year's honorees include Bryan Jackson, William E. Gardner Pre K-12 Outstanding Educator; Adele Munsterman, Gordon M.A. Mork Outstanding Educator; Dirk Miller, Larry Wilson award-winner; Arunya Tuicomepee, Emerging Leader award-winner; Frances Vavrus, Robert H. Beck Faculty Teaching award-winner; and Yoav Lavee, Distinguished International Alumni award-winner.

Jackson earned his B.S. degree in elementary education from CEHD and is an exceptional third-grade teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. Munsterman, M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, taught Spanish and French at Fridley High School for 32 years, earning numerous honors. Miller, Ph.D. in counseling psychology, is founder of The Emily Program, one of the most recognized comprehensive eating disorder treatment programs in the country.

Tuicomepee, Ph.D. in counseling psychology, is an honored psychology faculty member at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and has been internationally recognized for her research and work with tsunami survivors. Vavrus, professor in CEHD's organizational leadership, policy and development, is an outstanding classroom teacher and expert on comparative and international education. Lavee, Ph.D. in family social science, is a noted professor of social work and dean of students at the University of Haifa in Israel who is an expert on family stress.

See past Alumni Society award winners here.

March 21, 2011

Ostvig featured in U Connects Kids on Campus program

ostvig_sm.jpgTex Ostvig, master's degree student in youth development leadership, coordinates the U Connects Kids on Campus program, designed to bring Minnesota youth to campus and expose them to the possibilities of a college education. His efforts were recently featured in a University story on the program, which has attracted more than 10,000 young people to campus since it began in 2007.

Ostvig, who attended General College and has a B.A in Spanish from the University, has served on the CEHD Alumni Society Board since 2006 and was president of the board in 2008-09. He is committed to being an ambassador for the University and the college, especially for youth who might not otherwise consider higher education. "It wasn't until I came [to the University of Minnesota] that I figured out what my identity was," Ostvig explains in the article. College "allows you to discover who you want to be."

March 1, 2011

C&I graduate wins AERA's Outstanding Mixed Methods Dissertation Award

Dr. Pamela WeselyThis year's winner for the Mixed Methods Research SIG Outstanding Mixed Methods Dissertation Award is Dr. Pamela M. Wesely, a Curriculum and Instruction (SLC) Ph.D. graduate (2009). Her adviser was Diane Tedick, and her dissertation was titled: The Language Learning Motivation of Early Adolescent French and Spanish Elementary Immersion Program Graduates.

Dr. Wesely is now Assistant Professor, Foreign Language and ESL Education, The University of Iowa.

This award recognizes an individual whose dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the field of mixed methods research. The successful recipient will receive recognition by the SIG in the form of a $1,000 honorarium and will be invited to present the dissertation study at the SIG's Business Meeting at the 2011 AERA conference.

A panel of judges comprising experts in the field of mixed methods research evaluated the submissions this year based on the following criteria: quality of the completed research, contribution to theory and practice of mixed methods research, originality and appropriateness of the utilized mixed methods approach, quality and depth of resulting meta-inferences, and value of the findings in contributing to knowledge in education.

February 15, 2011

Roisman featured on CEHD home page

Glenn Roisman, Institute of Child Development Ph.D. '02, is featured in a story on the CEHD home page that highlights his current research and accomplishments. Roisman is one of ICD's graduates who is making waves with research in the areas of parenting and relationships. Take a look at the story online.

January 7, 2011

Distinguished alumni honored

The College of Education and Human Development recognized 37 alumni who are pioneers of excellence in education, business, social services, public policy, academia, and more on Nov. 18, 2010. The recipients, 32 of whom were able to attend the event at McNamara Alumni Center, span a diverse range of academic disciplines and career paths: business and civic leaders, counselors and social workers, educators and activists, entrepreneurs, and dedicated volunteers.

See a complete list of honorees at the college alumni website.

January 3, 2011

Social work Ph.D. graduate named distinguished teaching professor

Armour-Marilyn.jpgMarilyn Armour, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in 2000, has been named to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin. Armour is an associate professor in that university's School of Social Work. New members of the prestigious academy are chosen each year through a rigorous evaluation process. As a member, Armour will receive a permanent salary increase and be designated as a distinguished teaching professor.

November 23, 2010

Alum named new president of University of Detroit Mercy

garibaldi.jpgEducational psychology alumnus Antoine Garibaldi (Ph.D. '76) will become the University of Detroit Mercy's president on July 1, 2011. He is recognized as a national scholar in higher education, with a career spanning more than 35 years as a tenured professor, accomplished researcher, and educational administrator. Garibaldi will be the Catholic university's first lay president.

"He is a scholar and a great administrator," said Professor David W. Johnson, Garibaldi's Ph.D. adviser. "He is one of our best graduates. And on a more personal level, Antoine comes from a very close family and is highly involved with his siblings, nephews and nieces, and other family members. He is a pillar of strength for them. He is a person you can count on when you need help or support."

A native of New Orleans, Garibaldi earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Howard University in 1973 before coming to the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on educational achievement and attainment in schools, African-American males, teacher education, and the growing gender and racial disparities in education.

Garibaldi has been president of Gannon University since 2001. During that time Gannon's enrollment increased by 24 percent and its endowment more than doubled. Prior to joining Gannon, he held a leadership position at the Educational Testing Service, was the first provost and chief academic officer at Howard University, and was a professor in Howard's School of Education. He also held leadership positions at Xavier University of Louisiana.

He has received numerous awards, including the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006, honorary doctorates from Seton Hall University and Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the Howard University Distinguished Alumni Award for Postgraduate Achievement in Education, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Service Award.

November 17, 2010

Alumna wins the Oscar of teaching

Jennifer Mitchell2.jpgCurriculum and Instruction alumna Jennifer Mitchell (B.S. '00, M.Ed. '03) has received the prestigious 2010 Milken Educator Award. Mitchell, a K-3 English and language teacher at Sojourner Truth Academy in north Minneapolis, received the honor at a school ceremony on Nov. 16. The award, which includes $25,000, goes to only 55 teachers nationwide each year.

Mitchell is director of curriculum and instruction at the charter school. "I wanted to be a teacher my whole life," she said in a Minneapolis Star Tribune story. "I didn't have the passion for it until I came here." She also plans to earn her principal's license and an educational leadership degree.

Watch Jennifer Mitchell receive the Milken award on YouTube.

For more information on Jennifer Mitchell and the Milken award, see the Minnesota Department of Education press release.

October 20, 2010

Register for Saturday Scholars 2010

The CEHD Alumni Society invites you to get your mind in gear with Saturday Scholars 2010, a day of informal learning at Coffman Memorial Union on Saturday, November 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Your half-day workout will consist of stretching the limits of your intellect and bulking up with knowledge you can apply. Come hear riveting presentations from esteemed faculty on timely topics related to education and human development. Faculty presenters, presentation topics, and an event timeline are listed on our website.

Please register by November 1. Just download the registration brochure and mail it in today. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a college-branded giveaway. Please note, there will not be a docent led tour at the Weisman Art Museum this year, as it will be closed for renovations from mid-October 2010 through October 2011.

Save the date and we'll save you a seat at Saturday Scholars 2010!

October 14, 2010

Alumna honored as one of the 'top women in finance'

Sargent, Colleen1.jpgColleen Sargent (B.S. '89, M.Ed. '95), executive vice president of Technology and Operations Services - Quality Assurance for U.S. Bank, has been named one of the "Top Women in Finance" by Finance & Commerce. Sargent, whose CEHD degrees are in business marketing education, leads a staff of 600 employees who provide services to all areas of technology and operations and the business lines at U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the nation. She has 19 years of experience in the technology arena in health care, retail, and financial industries.

Sargent is a board member of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and also serves on its development committee.

The is the 10th year Finance & Commerce has recognized women across the state for outstanding achievements in finance and commerce.

September 28, 2010

Alum and women's sports pioneer Linda Wells honored

Over 100 friends, admiring fans, and dignitaries gathered Sept. 27 on a brilliant autumn afternoon to watch Linda Wells, kinesiology master's graduate, receive the University's Outstanding Achievement Award.
Linda Wells.jpg

The highest non-academic honor presented to a University of Minnesota graduate, the award acknowledged Wells' groundbreaking accomplishments in women's intercollegiate sports. In 1974, at the age of 21, she became the University's first full-time head coach in three women's sports: basketball, softball, and volleyball. From the start, she was a passionate advocate who challenged athletic directors and school presidents to get what she needed for her teams. She coached 15 years at the U before taking over the women's softball program at Arizona State University. She has coached at the international level, overseeing Olympic softball teams in the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympics, played professional softball, and founded her own business, Wells Sports Corporation, which specializes in coaching clinics, speaking engagements, and products and services for youth sports.

Wells retired in 2005 with a collegiate coaching overall winning record of 884-653, numerous conference championships, All-American awards, and an array of medals and national tournament berths. Over the course of her career, Wells empowered countless girls and women through her willingness to challenge the status quo.

Speakers at the ceremony included Regina Sullivan, senior associate athletics director, Kathryn F. Brown, vice president and chief of staff in the President's Office, Jean K. Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Mary Jo Kane, director of the School of Kinesiology, and Deborah Wilson, Ramsey County judge. Rayla Allison, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and Wells's teammate when both played for the women's professional softball team, the Chicago Ravens, told the crowd, "Lots of people talk about injustice. The difference is that Linda time and again worked courageously--even when it took a personal and professional toll--to correct it."

Linda Wells's name will be engraved on the Alumni Wall of Honor adjacent to the McNamara Alumni Center.

August 20, 2010

C&I alumna Boeser wins another national award

Elizabeth BoeserBloomington Jefferson High School teacher Elizabeth Boeser (Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. '08) has won the annual Media Literacy Award, the second consecutive year she has earned a national award for outstanding teaching by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Boeser was awarded the NCTE's 2009 High School Teacher of Excellence honor for excellent classroom teaching in high school English. The latest national award showcases teachers who have developed innovative approaches for integrating media and media literacy into their instruction.

See the story.

July 9, 2010

Alumni Association CEO and CEHD alumnus Phil Esten develops playbook for building organization

As the University of Minnesota’'s associate athletics director, Phil Esten helped the University raise funds for and complete one of its most ambitious building projects in years, the $288.5 million TCF Bank Stadium.

Now, he's tackling a different type of building project: growing the University's 60,000-member alumni association. For Esten, who was named CEO of the association in April, the word "growth" isn't simply about increasing membership numbers.

Read more about his ideas and background in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

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Photographer: Nancy Kuehn | Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

June 21, 2010

Social work alumnus receives Distinguished Leadership Award

Tan-Ngoh-Tiong.jpgThe University of Minnesota's Office of International Programs named Ngoh-Tiong Tan (Ph.D., Social Work, '88) as a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. The award is for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers.

Tan is a leading social work scholar in the Asia-Pacific region. Since his return to Singapore in 1988, he has held a tenured faculty position at two Singaporean universities and one American university as well as numerous leadership positions in Asian and international social work organizations. He is currently the dean of the School of Human Development and Social Services at Singapore Institute of Management University in Singapore. Read more about Tan's career and see his story in Connect.

May 5, 2010

Register for the 4th Annual Scramble for Scholarships

Tee up with alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends on Friday, July 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley for a fun-filled, best ball, golf scramble to raise money for the CEHD Alumni Society Board's Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. Register as a foursome or be matched with a group. Contests, team prizes, door prizes, breakfast, and lunch will be provided. Goldy might even take a swing. From beginning to advanced, women's teams, men's teams, mixed teams--all are welcome! Contact Heather Peña if you are interested in participating in the planning committee or would like to be a tournament sponsor.

CEHD Scramble for Scholarships registration brochure.pdf

April 30, 2010

Graduate Garrett Brown is free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs

garrett brown.jpgGarrett Brown, sport management B.S. student who graduated last fall, was signed recently as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs to play in the NFL. Garrett was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and captain for the Golden Gophers with 99 tackles during his four-years on the team.

April 19, 2010

Alum succeeds where innovation meets education

Thomas Jandris Thomas Jandris (Ph.D. '78) built a successful career at the intersection of entrepreneurship and education. His accomplishments include 16 for-profit ventures and successively more responsible roles in K-12 and higher education. Now he's dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs at Concordia University Chicago.

Jandris acknowledges the influence of CEHD faculty including Bob Keller and Eloise Jaeger in the trajectory of his life and career. Find out more in "Educator meets entrepreneur," in the latest issue of Connect.

April 15, 2010

Alumna reflects on 25 years of alumni association leadership

Margaret S. Carlson in the 2007 Homecoming ParadeMargaret Sughrue Carlson (Ph.D. '83) recently retired as president of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association after more than two decades as one of the most visible faces of the University. Under her leadership, the UMAA built its own on-campus home, increased membership, expanded attendance at its annual event, and developed lobbying influence on behalf of the University.

Find out how Carlson's dissertation work with educational policy faculty helped shape her as the leader she is, as well as the reasons for her ongoing commitment to the college and the U of M, in the latest issue of Connect.

Leading in higher education

Rich WagnerRich Wagner (Ph.D. '06) rose to the office of president at Dunwoody Technical College, Minneapolis, just as the economy declined. Now he and his team are completely re-envisioning the nearly 100-year old institution. He says his grounding through CEHD prepared him to make major decisions quickly and confidently.

Read more about Wagner in "Leading for the Future," featured in the latest issue of Connect.

April 12, 2010

Alumni Society celebrates 2010 honorees

The College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society hosted its 43rd annual Alumni Society Awards Celebration on Friday, April 9, at the McNamara Alumni Center. Congratulations to the following alumni and faculty who were honored at this year's celebration.

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Distinguished International Alumni Award
Sung-Kyung Yoo (Educational Psychology)

Larry Wilson Award
Donna Tilsner (School of Kinesiology and General College)

William E. Gardner PreK-12 Outstanding Educator Award
Natalie Rasmussen (Curriculum & Instruction)

UCEA 2010 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
Barry Kamrath (Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development)

Robert H. Beck Faculty Teaching Award
Tai Mendenhall (Family Social Science)

Gordon M. A. Mork Outstanding Educator Award
Lynn Jermal (Curriculum & Instruction)

Emerging Leader Award
Amelia Franck Meyer (School of Social Work)

Alumni Pearson leads Berkeley graduate education

PDPc3bsm.jpgDavid Pearson (Ph.D. '69) learned much from his mentor, legendary literacy professor John Manning, as well as elementary education professor Robert Dykstra. He puts their guidance to use every day in his role as dean of the University of California-Berkely Graduate College of Education.

Read about the creative leadership Pearson has applied at a public university within the most cash-strapped state, in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Connect.

April 8, 2010

Alumni higher ed. deans featured in the latest Connect

Brabeck, Mary_sm.jpgMary Brabeck (Ph. D. '80) and Kate Steffens (Ph.D. '89) have each applied what they learned through the Department of Educational Psychology to reach the top of their field. Since 2003 Brabeck has been dean of New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, which consistently ranks among the top 15 graduate schools of education, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Kate Steffens.jpgSteffens is expanding the leadership skills she developed at more traditional colleges in her new position as dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Walden University, a for-profit, online university.

Both education deans partially credit the strong influence of educational psychology faculty for the success they have achieved. Read the profiles of Brabeck and Steffens in the Winter/Spring '10 issue of Connect.

April 6, 2010

Alumnus Mark Vagle recognized for excellence in teaching

Alumnus Mark D. Vagle (Ph.D., curriculum and instruction, 2006), now assistant professor of elementary and social studies education at the University of Georgia, will be recognized at the University of Georgia's Honors Day program on Wednesday, April 7 for his excellence in teaching. Read the full story.

Vagle was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction from 2002 to 2006 and held positions as middle school coordinator and research associate.

April 1, 2010

Alumni Relations student worker receives Outstanding Student Employee Award

Andrea.JPGAlumni Relations student worker, Andrea Styczinski received the Outstanding Student Employee Award at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. This award recognizes the top 10% of the student employees on campus for outstanding contributions to their department and the University community during the 2009-2010 academic year. Andrea and other recipients will be honored at a reception in late April.

March 25, 2010

John Anderson to coach first-ever game at Target Field

anderson.jpgAlumnus John Anderson (B.S., '77) will lead the University of Minnesota baseball team in the first-ever baseball game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 27, against Louisiana Tech. Anderson, who has more wins than any other baseball coach in Big Ten history, is featured in a UMNews story and in the fall 2009 issue of Connect for his expertise in working with student-athletes.

Alumnus James Bauck picked as superintendent of Eastern Carver County schools

bauck.jpgJames Bauck (M.A., '82, Ph.D., '84) has been selected by the Eastern Carver County School Board as the district's next superintendent. He takes over July 1, serving the greater Chaska area and bringing with him 17 years of experience as a superintendent in other Minnesota school districts. He is currently superintendent in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, and his experience includes administrative positions in the Mounds View, Owatonna, and Lakeville districts.

Read the story on the Star Tribune Web site.

Kinesiology alum receives prestigious award at AAHPERD

School of Kinesiology sport psychology alumnus Dr. Jin Wang (Ph.D. 1992) received the R. Tait McKenzie Award from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) last week during the annual convention. This award is bestowed by AAHPERD in recognition of distinguished service by members who reflect prestige, honor and dignity in their work. Dr. Wang is a professor and coordinator of coaching education at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where he specializes in sport psychology and motor learning.

Dr. Wang was advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Prof. Michael Wade.

March 24, 2010

Homecoming 2010: Paint the Town Gold

The homecoming theme selected for 2010 is Paint the Town Gold. The week-long celebration is scheduled for September 24-October 2 and will be filled with traditions; many focusing on engaging the entire campus community and increasing the visibility of the U's core academic mission. Save the date to join CEHD alumni and friends for our annual pre-parade tailgate party on Friday, October 1. For more university-wide homecoming information, visit the homecoming website.

March 12, 2010

Alumni Larkin, Wells earn regents' most prestigious award

Dr. John E. Larkin (B.S. '53) and Linda Wells (M.A. '84) were chosen to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest non-academic honor conferred by the Board of Regents on University graduates.

John Larkin, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon, earned his M.D. from the University in 1960. He performed the first total joint replacement procedures in the Twin Cities as well as the first arthroscopies in Minnesota. But Larkin began his remarkable career in General College in 1949 after graduating from St. Paul Harding High School, where only 7 percent of his class went to college. He completed his bachelor's degree in science education in 1953, having done his student teaching at University High School in Peik Hall.

Following two years of service in the U.S. Army, Larkin pursed his studies in Switzerland at the universities of Bern and Geneva as preparation for admission to the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was elected senior class president and went to Harvard Medical School for his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Beyond his many ground-breaking academic and professional accomplishments, Larkin has distinguished himself as a preeminent collector of American art; a renowned horticulturalist; a dedicated leader on community, arts, and cultural boards; and an enthusiastic alumnus of the University. His passion for the role of education in transforming lives and society is further reflected in his past membership on the Minnesota State Council for Quality Education.

In 1974, at the age of 21, Linda Wells was named the first full-time head coach at the University of Minnesota in three women's sports - basketball, softball, and volleyball. She quickly became a role model and inspiring mentor for countless women and girls. Within a decade, she had helped put women's sports on the map at the University and became one of the most influential figures in women's intercollegiate sports.

At an early age, long before Title IX, Wells was breaking glass ceilings and fighting for equity for women. A small-town kid from Pacific, Missouri, she played five collegiate sports (volleyball, basketball, softball, field hockey, and tennis) as an undergraduate at Southeast Missouri State. She also played softball professionally from 1975 to 1979, earning her hall of fame inductions with professional organizations such as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. But it was at the University of Minnesota that Wells completed her master's degree in exercise physiology, launched her distinguished coaching career, and established herself as a tireless advocate for all women in sport.

In 1982 she founded the Wells Sports Corp. specializing in coaching clinics, speaking engagements, and products and services for youth sports. After 15 years coaching the Gophers, Wells took over the softball program at Arizona State University in 1989. She retired in 2005 after 31 years of collegiate coaching with an impressive record of 884-653, numerous conference championships, All-America awards, and national tournament berths. She coached at the Olympics, overseeing the Greek (2004) and Dutch (2008) softball teams and continues to conduct workshops around the globe for Olympic caliber athletes and coaches.

Larkin and Wells will receive their awards at separate ceremonies later this year. Larkin's award will be presented jointly by the College of Education and Human Development and the Medical School; Wells's jointly by the School of Kinesiology and Intercollegiate Athletics. The honorees' names will be engraved on the Alumni Wall of Honor adjacent to the McNamara Alumni Center.

March 2, 2010

'Inspiring teacher' shines on NASA Web site

Dee McLellan (B.S., '81) is a featured "Inspiring Teacher" on a NASA educational Web site. McLellan, who is currently lead trainer for National Geographic's JASON Project, writes about her many experiences with students exploring science, including visits to NASA facilities and observation of the first sample of comet dust from the return of the Stardust NExT spacecraft. Merging her love of science and teaching in a hands-on approach, McLellan has taught for many years in Minnesota.

February 19, 2010

On a roll: programming for soccer coaches in Uganda

JensOmli.jpgJens Omli, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development, is building on the understanding of sports psychology he gained during his doctoral program in kinesiology and his understanding of child development gained as a postdoctoral student at the Institute of Child Development, to coordinate the training of more than 2,000 soccer coaches in Uganda.

The International Sport Connection Soccer Coach Education program that Omli and Kinesiology associate professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, developed, has received a two-year $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in support of international diplomacy and outreach.

Omli, who is mentored by professors Dante Cicchetti and Nicki Crick, will be working with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations to promote a style of coaching already successfully used by Ugandan soccer coach Stone Kyambadde with his Wolves Football Program that serves young players who have grown up on the streets in Kampala, Uganda.

When Omli first traveled on a project to Uganda three years ago on a Eloise Jaegger Scholarship, he spent time with the Wolves and observed first-hand the way Kymbadde mentored players and taught them both life and soccer skills. The training Omli developed is modeled after what Kymbadde has done with his teams of players over the past 25 years. Omli will travel to Uganda this summer along with Wiese-Bjornstal and Stacy Ingraham, coordinator of the coaching program in the School of Kinesiology, to launch the coach-training program.

Omli says in Uganda organizations often fail, but good ideas spread like wildfire. He is confident the ideas promoted in the training will take hold in Uganda and hopes that the network of coaches can be expanded to neighboring African countries and urban areas within the United States.

February 18, 2010

Alum teaches marathon training course featured in Minnesota Daily

The Minnesota Daily published a feature on a popular PE course taught by CEHD alumni and adjunct instructor, Chris Lundstrom (M.Ed., '07). The course is offered through the School of Kinesiology.

PE 1262 Marathon Training, offered each Spring Semester, prepares students for running a marathon by the end of the semester. What's unusual about this course is that students are logging data as they are training which may contribute to the research on the physical effects of long-distance running. Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Kinesiology lecturer and exercise physiologist, is heading up the research component of the class. Read the complete article here.

February 10, 2010

Child development alumna selected as Zero to Three 21st Century Fellow

Maria KroupinaMaria Kroupina, Institute of Child Development Ph.D. and currently clinical research coordinator for the International Adoption Clinic in pediatrics at the U, was selected to participate in the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. During the two-year fellowship, Kroupina will work to design a mental health program for adopted infants and toddlers, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary clinic theme already in place. Kroupina's aim is to put in place additional mechanisms for early identification of high-risk children at the time of their initial medical evaluation and to pilot a research-based intervention program in a clinical setting.

February 8, 2010

Alumnus Phil Esten named new Alumni Association CEO


The University of Minnesota Alumni Association announced Saturday that Phil Esten has been named chief executive officer. Esten, who is an associate athletics director at the University, succeeds Margaret Sughrue Carlson, who will retire after 25 years of service.

Esten, who has a Ph.D. in kinesiology (2003) with an emphasis in sport management and has taught graduate level courses as an adjunct professor in the college, was chosen through a national search process that began last August.

As an associate athletics director, Esten manages the overall strategic plan for intercollegiate athletics, which includes 25 sports and 225 employees. He was the department's point person for the University's new on-campus football stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, serving as the intercollegiate athletics liaison for all design, construction, operations and management of the $288.5 million project. Esten also was instrumental in stadium fundraising, an effort that included more than $45 million in funds for academic programming for the University.

"Now more than ever, major universities around the country are realizing the immense importance of building strong relationships with their alumni," said Bob Bruininks, University of Minnesota president. "Phil is a proven leader who brings out the best in people in pursuit of a common goal. I'm looking forward to working with him in support of this great institution."

Esten will be the seventh CEO in the Alumni Association's 106-year history. His first official day with the organization is March 15. "Margaret Carlson set a high bar for Big Ten alumni association leadership, and Phil is uniquely qualified to carry that leadership forward," said Bruce Mooty, immediate past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and co-chair of the search committee with former Board of Regents Chair Maureen Reed. "Our 60,000 members will benefit from Phil's extensive knowledge of the University, his proven ability to turn alumni into ambassadors for important University causes, and his passion for the role that school spirit plays in connecting today's and tomorrow's graduates to their alma mater."

Retiring CEO Margaret Sughrue Carlson expressed her enthusiastic support of Esten's appointment. "I'm delighted to pass the maroon and gold baton to Phil, who has been a superb ally of the Alumni Association for years. I'll be cheering for him, as will 400,000 alumni around the country who cheered me along for the past 25 years." Carlson will be embarking on a part-time consulting career, providing guidance to higher-education institutions and non-profit organizations throughout the country.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a 60,000-member organization whose members are ambassadors for the outstanding teaching and discovery that happens at the University every day.

November 25, 2009

Alumna Valeria Silva named St. Paul superintendent

val5.jpgValeria Silva (M.A., '91) has been named superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools. Silva earned her master's in educational administration and an educational specialist degree from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. The only inside candidate among the final three, Silva has served for more than 20 years in the district.

Before her current post as chief academic officer, Silva was St. Paul's director of ELL (English Language Learner) programs from 1997 to 2006. She was principal of Adams Spanish Immersion School prior to that. She has been recognized for developing a new model of teaching ELL and for improving student achievement.

Silva is the recipient of the 2007 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Leadership Award.

Read the official St. Paul district announcement

October 30, 2009

Jean K. Quam named dean of the College of Education and Human Development

QuamJ-2006 Web.jpg Provost Thomas Sullivan today named professor Jean K. Quam as dean of the College of Education and Human Development, subject to approval by the University's Board of Regents at its November meeting. She has served as interim dean of CEHD since October 2008.

"Dean Quam has served with great distinction as interim dean," Sullivan said. "It is clear that she enjoys extensive support from within CEHD and beyond. She is a leader of calm and careful judgment, with strategic vision, and, very importantly, she has that very special set of skills needed to share and help realize that vision."

Quam holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She conducts research broadly in the fields of aging and marginalized populations. Quam has been active in professional organizations including the state and national organizations of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Council on Social Work Education and the American Society on Aging.

"I'm honored to serve the University of Minnesota and to lead the College of Education and Human Development forward into the future. As dean, I am eager to continue our work on creating an 'engaged college' internally and externally by further diversifying the college and our disciplines, being innovative in all that we do, and last but not least, in deepening our excellence in research," Quam said. "Our college is ready, and I'm ready to help each and every one of us to pursue our full potential and our vitally important mission."

Congratulations Jean!

October 21, 2009

CEHD alum wins Milken award

Martha Spriggs (M.Ed. '03), a math teacher at Andersen United Community School, Minneapolis, is the latest college alum to win the prestigious Milken National Educator Award.

Among her achievements, Spriggs was recognized for outstanding results in the classroom, where 82 percent of her eighth-grade students reach state target scores, and for establishing an after-school science program for girls.

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards were established in 1987 by Lowell Milken to recognize the importance of outstanding educators and encourage talented young people to enter the teaching profession.

Read the complete Minnesota Public Radio story on Spriggs's award or read the Minnesota Department of Education release.

August 26, 2009

C&I Alumna Boesser Receives National Teaching Award

Elizabeth BoeserBloomington Jefferson High School teacher Elizabeth Boeser (Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. '08) has won the 2009 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence award for the state of Minnesota for her innovative use of online teaching tools.

See the August 26, 2009 news story.

August 25, 2009

Publication by Harlan and Ruth Hansen

Ruth and Harlan HansenEmeritus Professor Harlan Hansen (Curriculum and Instruction) and his wife Ruth Hansen (Ph.D. '81, Curriculum and Instruction) have co-authored a book, Lessons for Literacy, Promoting Preschool Success, published by Readleaf Press. The book is an outgrowth of a two year research and development project working with low income preschools in Naples, Florida supported by the Naples Community Foundation and the Naples Alliance for Children. The Hansens also co-authored a Naples Alliance publication, The Discipline Toolbox, which helps preschool teachers deal with 40 common misbehaviors and was provided free to all preschool programs in Collier County. The Hansens also co-chair the Apple Blossom Award for the top five preschool teachers in the county and Ruth is on the final selection committee for the Golden Apple Award which selects the top five K-12 teachers in the county. Harlan is President and both he and Ruth serve on the board of the SW Florida Chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

June 26, 2009

In memoriam: Mark Schelske

Mark Schelske, Ph.D., educational psychology, [Stan Deno adviser] professor and chair of the Education Department and TRiO faculty adviser at St .Olaf, died June 24th, 2009.

Mark passed away peacefully at dawn at Mayo Methodist hospital with his wife Janis Johnson [M.A., CSPP, and M.A., adult education,1984] and family present.

The St. Olaf web page features an article about Mark.

There is also a caring bridge web site.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to the family or to a charity of the donors choice preferred.

Monday June 29
2 to 3 PM visitation
3 to 4 + memorial service
reception following memorial light refreshments and beverages

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan MN 55121

Central Parkway is just a few blocks north of 35E on Yankee Doodle Road
651 675 5550

Interment: Private for family

May 4, 2009

C&I alumna Amber Place Damm named 2009 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Curriculum and Instruction alumna Amber Place Damm (M.Ed. '02), a seventh- and eighth-grade English and language arts teacher at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis, was named 2009 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on Sunday, May 3. She is also Minnesota's nominee for National Teacher of the Year for 2010.

Monday, May 4, 2009 Minneapolis Star Tribune article

KARE 11 news interview with Amber Damm.

Teacher of the Year Minnesota blog article

Minnesota Public Radio
article and photo

November 26, 2008

CSPP Alumni Council holds fall event

The recently formed Counseling and Student Personnel (CSPP) Alumni Council held its fall alumni event on October 23rd. The CSPP program is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Approximately 100 CSPP alums met in the Education Sciences Building, where alumni socialized and networked with current CSPP students, staff, and faculty. The CSPP Alumni Council co-chair, Dr. Susan Hendrickson, introduced the newly formed CSPP Foundation Fund for student support. Professor Michael Goh, CSPP Coordinator, summarized recent CSPP activities, and CSPP professor John Romano gave a presentation about his work in prevention.

November 19, 2008

Alum Johnson named head of Catholic Eldercare

Alum Dan Johnson (M.A., higher education administration, '90) has been named President and CEO of Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis.

Not-for-profit Catholic Eldercare is a community resource with a nearly quarter-century tradition of meeting the diverse needs of elders of all faiths. Catholic Eldercare provides affordable assisted-living and skilled nursing options, home health care, and adult daycare services for elders of all economic means.

Congratulations Dan!

November 18, 2008

Alum Bronas in Wellness Works

Alum Ulf Bronas (Ph.D., 2007), a graduate in exercise physiology under Professor Art Leon, is also featured In the current issue of the University's Wellness Works magazine.

Bronas, now in the University's School of Nursing, is featured in the "In the Works" section on page 23 regarding his peripheral arterial disease (PAD) research with Leon.

November 5, 2008

Alum Endorf receives UMAA award

Mary Endorf (Ph.D. ’87) received the University’s Alumni Service Award for her volunteer service to the college and the University. The University's Alumni Association (UMAA) honored Mary and other top volunteers, groups, and events of the past year at a ceremony during Homecoming Week.

For more information about Mary, and to see her receive her award, visit her award recipient page.