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Douglas KennedyDouglas Kennedy is a recipient of the Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. Mr. Kennedy is a Ph.D. student in the comparative and international development education (CIDE) track in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD).

Joan DejaeghereJoan DeJaeghere (associate professor) and Alex Liuzzi (CIDE Ph.D. student) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented on global institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to 8th graders at the Twin Cities German Immersion School, as part of their interdisciplinary study of globalization. Students engaged in discussions around the effects that these institutions have on people's daily lives, including an example of a project to improve education through information and communication technologies.

On January 20, 2014 Robin Sakamoto was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies for Kyorin University located on the Hachioji campus in Tokyo, Japan. She may be the first foreign woman to hold the post of dean in a highly respected Japanese university.

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has recently published an article in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education entitled "More Clever Than the Devil: Ujanja as Schooling Strategy in Tanzania." In addition, her 2009 book with colleague Lesley Bartlett, Critical Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan) has been re-issued in paperback and is now available through the publisher and on

Rosemarie ParkRosemarie Park, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was quoted in the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News article "Adult English language learners struggle against program's policy" by Emma Nelson.

Joan DejaeghereJoan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave an invited presentation at the Feminisms, Gender and Sexuality seminar series at the Institute of Education, University of London on November 22nd. Her presentation was titled "Negotiating Desire: Material Needs and Sexuality in a Girls' School in Tanzania" and is based on a research project she is conducting with Laura Willemsen (CIDE Ph.D. student) and Anna Kwayu, (University of Dar es Salaam).

Joan DejaeghereSeveral students, staff and faculty from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) recently conducted project evaluation and learning workshops in Tanzania with NGO partners for The Mastercard Foundation grant. The project is evaluating the long-term impact of entrepreneurship training programs on youth livelihoods and well being in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

David ChapmanDavid Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was the guest of the Malaysian Ministry of Education to serve as a panelist and session Chair at the Global Higher Education Forum, an international conference held in Kuala Lumpur from December 4-6. While the conference attracted participants from 18 countries, Chapman was the only participant from the U.S.

Nicola AlexanderNicola Alexander, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was quoted in the article "St. Paul and Minneapolis schools aim to enhance funding where it's needed most" By Mila Koumpilova.

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L-R: Brenda Hartman, alumni society president (B.S. '81, M.S.W. '89), Marvin Davis (M.S.W. '97), Halil Dundar (M.A. '90, Ph.D. '93), Peg Lonnquist (Ph.D. '95), Jon Ruzek, director of alumni relations

On November 21, 2013, the CEHD Alumni Society honored three exceptional alumni as part of the college's annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

Halil Dundar received the CEHD Distinguished International Alumni Award. Since 1997, this award has recognized outstanding achievements of international CEHD alumni, from master's and doctoral programs, who have contributed to outstanding educational progress in their countries. Dr. Dundar grew up in a small town in Turkey, graduating from Ankara University on national scholarship. He was then awarded a full scholarship by the Turkish Ministry of Education to study in the United States. He chose the University of Minnesota and completed his master's and doctoral degrees from the college's former Department of Educational Policy and Administration, focusing on the economics of higher education. Bringing both diligence and integrity to his work as lead education specialist for The World Bank, Halil has made outstanding contributions to educational progress in Turkey and developing countries in the former Soviet Union, Asian republics, Eastern Europe, and Africa.

Marvin Davis received the CEHD Alumni Society Award of Excellence. Throughout his social work career, Marvin has demonstrated exceptional leadership, holding several important positions at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. He currently coordinates the development and delivery of child welfare training systems designed for county and tribal supervisors, social workers, and resource families. A master of social work graduate from the college's School of Social Work, Marvin has taken on challenging issues in the field of child welfare, such as engaging with fathers and addressing racial disparities in the system. He's also worked with the college's Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare to advocate for a common set of child welfare worker competencies to be adopted for use in educating entry-level practitioners.

Peg Lonnquist was the other recipient of the CEHD Alumni Society Award of Excellence.
Dr. Lonnquist has had, and continues to have, a distinguished career as a social justice educator. A doctoral graduate in educational policy and administration, she has held both faculty and administrative roles at Hamline University, Iowa State University, and currently the University of Minnesota. Peg is director of the University of Minnesota's Women's Center, which increases connections for women's success, cultivates socially responsible leaders, and advocates for organizational culture change. Through her work in education she has diligently advanced the mission of equity for all, while bringing a spirit of collegiality, enthusiasm, and a commitment to growth. Peg has been a formal and informal mentor to countless staff, students, and emerging leaders.

The CEHD Alumni Society's slate of awards were recently restructured to more broadly recognize the diverse career experiences and professional achievements of our vast alumni body. The Award of Excellence is presented annually to two CEHD alumni, who have at least 15 years of work experience, have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in their profession, served as mentors to others in their field, and shown exceptional volunteer service. In carrying on the Alumni Society's 45-year old tradition of honoring alumni both in and outside of education, one recipient of the Award of Excellence represents a career in pre-K through 20 educational institutions, and the other recipient represents a career outside of such institutions.

Founded in 1956, the volunteers of the the CEHD Alumni Society have a long record of service to the college and proudly represent over 70,000 living alumni. The Alumni Society has recognized outstanding alumni achievements since 1968.

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