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January/February 2017

We're off and running in the new semester
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When Geraldo Rivera was here for Homecoming 2016, he and his family met with our Project FOCUS students and their parents and peer mentors. Rivera had a delightful rapport with the students and was clearly touched. Later, Rivera told some of his old UA friends (a group called the Old Stormy's) about his experience with Project FOCUS and encouraged everyone in the group to donate. The group raised a whopping $18,000 for Project FOCUS.
Here is a story, collaboratively written by Old Stormy members Sandy McGee, Lynn Pearlstein, and Larry Mott, about how the Old Stormy's began. 
In 1962, two guys, one from Phoenix and one from Peoria, Illinois, met and became roommates at the University of Arizona. Dedicated to good times, they met a Phi Delt, Robert "Stormy" Douglas, from Chicago who shared their enthusiasm. Soon, other friends became part of a loose group that hung out together. Little by little, the group grew to include guys from fraternities like Phi Delt, SAE, Kappa Sig, ZBT (including uber movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer), and Tau Delt (then home of the legendary journalist Geraldo Rivera), as well as many who were not affiliated.
Some members of this group were conservative, some not so much, some studious, others less so, but they all shared a deep and warm friendship and love of good times, parties, and the making of memories. The parties became so famous (or infamous) that they were held in empty airport hangers on occasion.
One student derisively called them the Jet Set. The name stuck and has defined the group ever since. So close-knit is the Jet Set that they reunite every few years at the UA to laugh, reminisce, eat at the same restaurants they frequented in college, go to Wildcat football games, and reinvigorate their already close friendship.
Among the most loved friends, and a magnet that drew many together, was Robert "Stormy" Douglas whose life was cut short due to health problems five years ago.
At the last reunion in October, Geraldo suggested creating The Old Stormy's in honor of our friend as a philanthropic endeavor to give back to the UA through Project FOCUS. The Old Stormy's provide financial aid to special-needs students attending the UA to ensure their scholastic success and ongoing independence after graduation. We invite all alumni to BEAR DOWN! And support this worthy cause by donating to Project FOCUS.

On behalf of Project FOCUS, we give special thanks to the members of Old Stormy, listed below.

Nicky Albano
Larry Allessio
Steve Allessio
Don Allison
Robert Berk
Peter Boice
Jerry Bruckheimer
David Carr
Richard Carter                  
Janet Connors
Mike Davis
Robert "Stormy" Douglas*
Richard Feldheim
Robert Gordon
Bob Grinpas     

John Heuvelman
Michael Jennings
Terry Kalish                        
Sandy McGee
Larry Mott
Lynn Pearlstein                
Geraldo Rivera
Alven Robinson
Allan Rothbardt               
Rollie Sanders
Pete Sanderson
William E. White*

* deceased

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Attending the reunion in October were (roughly from left to right): Terry Kalish, Lynn Pearlstein, Erica Rivera, Mike Davis, Sol Rivera, Geraldo Rivera, Mike Jennings, Richard Feldheim, Pete Sanderson, Nick Albano, John Heuvelman, Don Allison, Larry Mott, Rose Heuvelman, David Carr, Sandy McGee, and Bob Gordon

You are invited to a special talk with the author of the 
award-winning children's book,
Coyote School News

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Author Joan Sandin with former Governor Janet Napolitano (left), who chose Coyote School News to give to every fourth-grader in Arizona public schools in 2005.

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The idea for Coyote School News came in part through Sandin's best friend in high school, María Amado (right). Joan and Maria were 15 years old in this photo and did not have driver's licenses. No problem since this automobile had no motor!

Join us for the opening reception of a new exhibition in Worlds of Words, Inspiration to Creation: Publishing Journeys. During this kickoff event, you will be able to view the original art, research materials, drafts, and sketches for the popular children's book, Coyote School News, about one-room ranch schools in Southern Arizona and talk with author and illustrator, Joan Sandin. 

The exhibit showcases inspiration for the award-winning book, early versions that didn't make the cut, personal correspondence with the editor and art director, and original art.

"This was easily the most complicated project I've worked on in my entire career -- and the most satisfying," Sandin says. "The story, set in Southern Arizona, was initially inspired by my best friend in high school, Maria Amado. Mar had grown up on her family ranch near Amado, Arizona, and attended a one-room school. A second, and very important, source of inspiration and everyday detail was Little Cowpuncher."

Little Cowpuncher was a rural school newspaper written and illustrated by students in the 1930s and 40s. Copies can be seen at UA Library Special Collections and online here

Don't miss this magical event, which is free!

Saturday, January 28, 3-5p.m. 
UA College of Education Worlds of Words, Room 453
1430 E. Second Street
Presentation at 4 p.m. by Joan Sandin

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Message from the Alumni Council 
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Members of the Alumni Council

Thank you to everyone who participated in Homecoming 2016 and attended our events! Your Alumni Council has begun another semester of working to support the goals of our College of Education. We continue to have office hours three days a week in the college's Student Services Center to lend a hand to students who need an ear, a smile, or a hug to meet the demands of higher education.

I want to thank Dean Marx for his faith in the Alumni Council. He is an advocate for his students, faculty, and staff to take risks to make the education system stronger and more available to the world community and will be missed. You can thank Dean Marx for his 14 years of service by donating to the Ronald W. Marx Community Engagement and Outreach Endowment. Please follow this link to donate.

Save the date! Homecoming 2017 is October 27-28. The Cats will play the Washington State Cougars. Continue to check our Homecoming 2017 page for updates.

Please contact us if you have ideas on how to serve our alumni. You always can contact me directly at doboko@comcast.net or 520-621-1375. Please reach out and help our organization continue to grow and get better.

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Bear Down!
President David Overstreet '80 '86  

Join the UA Superheroes 5K
Saturday to raise funds for children's hospital

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Photo by Amanda Cheromiah

The Second Annual Wildcats to the Rescue Fun 5K, a superhero-themed run to raise funds for local charities, will be held on the UA Mall on Saturday, January 28, from 3-6 p.m.

UA Faculty Fellows are hosting the event, and all proceeds go to the Diamond Children's Medical Center to support the hospital's Child Life Team. The entire Tucson community is invited to participate in this event and great cause!

For additional information, click here

This balancing Girafa could be yours!

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Resplandor International and Worlds of Words invite an accomplished scholar or artist from the world of children's literature, visual arts, literacy, or global education to apply for the Richard Ruiz Scholar/Artist in Residence in Guanajuato, Mexico. The deadline for the application is March 1.

The recipient will be announced at the Resplandor/WOW Fiesta on Saturday, March 25, from 2-4 pm, held in WOW at the College of Education. This free event includes special guests, live entertainment, Mexican appetizers, and a raffle for terrific prizes, including a beautiful ceramic hand-painted sculpture, Girafa, by well-known artists Carlos Munoz and Albert Ickenroth of Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Saturday, March 25
2-4 p.m.
UA College of Education Worlds of Words, Room 453
1430 E. Second Street

For more information on the event or the residency, please contact Associate Professor Todd Fletcher at toddf@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-0939.


Dean's Office

A story about the new endowment that honors the legacy of Dean Marx was featured in UA@Work.

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies
Academics and activists alike hope the results of ongoing federally funded research on school police, school climate, and student safety will help inform both policy changes and the broader public debate over the role of law enforcement in schools.  "There's almost no empirical quality research that examines the effects of school resource officers on school climate," says Professor Sheri Bauman , who is leading a project to test enhanced school-resource officer training in 15 schools throughout Arizona.

Assistant Professor Desireé Vega was named a 2017 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Only 12 scholars out of several hundred nominees a year receive this recognition. Emerging Scholars are selected based on numerous factors, the most important being uniqueness of scholarship, commitment to teaching and/or community service, scholarly awards, honors, and academic accomplishments. 

Educational Policy Studies & Practice
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Home Away From Home: Native American Students' Sense of Belonging During Their First Year in College, written by alumna Amanda R. Tachine, now a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University, Associate Professor Nolan L. Cabrera, and graduate student Eliza Yellow Bird, was published in The Journal of Higher Education.

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

The UA Institute for LGBT Studies in partnership with the UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry awarded four Faculty Seed Grants of $3,000 each to support innovative and interdisciplinary research and writing projects. Assistant Professor Carol Brochin received one of the grants for her project, Transforming Schools for Queer and Trans Students through Teacher Education and School Leadership Development.

An article ("Holocaust education: global forces shaping curricula integration and implementation") written by graduate student 
Bryan Davis , executive director of the Jewish History Museum, and  Professor Eliane Rubinstein-Avila, was published in Holocaust Education: Promise, Practice, Power and Potential (Routledge).

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Professor Kathy Short, who says it is increasingly important to offer children opportunities to explore and wrestle with differing social concepts and beliefs, was featured in this article in UA News.


Until next time,
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Ron Marx

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