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Fall 2016
We're gearing up for Homecoming!
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Happy fall! We've had a busier semester than usual around here, and there is a lot of news to share.
I am pleased to announce that College of Education alumnus and Tucson native Richard Carranza '91, former San Francisco Unified School District superintendent and the new Houston Independent School District superintendent, will be featured in the Cats in the Corner Office interview series during Homecoming on Friday, October 28, from 10-11 a.m., in the Swede Johnson Building, Room 205.
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I will conduct the interview. Please see this link for information and to register. You can watch the feature live or you can be a member of the live studio audience.
Speaking of Richard Carranza, please check your mail for our annual magazine, Imagine, which should be delivered any day. Carranza is the alumni feature, and Associate Professor Jill Koyama is the faculty feature. As we went to press with Imagine, we learned the UA Asian American Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Association honored Koyama with its Outstanding Faculty Award.
This is the 11th issue of Imagine and the last issue I will be involved with. I am stepping down from my job as dean at the end of the academic year. Next summer, I will once again be a professor, enjoying the life of research and writing as I take a research leave and recharge my intellectual engines.
A farewell gift has been organized on my behalf. Presidents of the college's National Advisory Board and the Alumni Council created a new fund, the Ronald W. Marx Community Engagement and Outreach Endowment Fund, which allows me to leave a legacy and enable future deans to address priorities in community engagement, outreach, and scholarship. As an additional incentive, a donor has come forward with a $10,000 matching gift, so contributions will be matched as it is established. If you feel inclined (and I hope you do), please consider a donation. Contact Director of Development Rick Zurow at 520-621-7143 or rickzurow@email.arizona.edu.
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There is some sad news. Professor Emeritus Amos Sales passed away this summer. Sales received more than 40 citations, certificates, and awards. He was a past president of both the National Rehabilitation Association and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE). He received the NCRE's Distinguished Career Award and the Department of Education's Commissioner's Award for distinguished achievement and distinction in rehabilitation education. His contributions to our Rehabilitation Counseling Program and to the field of rehabilitation counseling as a whole were enormous. 
On another note, we have some exciting news to share about the Hospital School Program, a new partnership launched this fall between the college and Banner Children's at Diamond Children's Medical Center. The program enables hospitalized children to stay connected with their school community. The announcement received widespread publicity. Here's just  one article


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Speaking of alumni and Imagine magazine, a few years ago we featured our alumnus Don Guerra of Barrio Bread in Imagine (in fact, he was our cover model). The New York Times just featured Guerra, calling him "a cult star among the nation's slow-fermentation bread bakers," in this great article about Tucson and food. Read more about Guerra and Tucson here.


As you most likely know by now, President Ann Hart is stepping down as president. Dean Marx was asked to comment on what a new president means for the UA. You can watch the interview here

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The UA has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy. Led by our Assistant Dean for Research Development and Outreach Sara Chavarria, an interdisciplinary team launched "NAVy Intelligence through Geospatial Applications and TEchnology," or NAVIGATE, a three-year project with more than $748,000 in funding from the Office of Naval Research.
NAVIGATE is an immersive science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, or STEM, training program that will provide students with specialized training in geospatial technology while helping them to prepare for STEM careers with the Navy or other military branches or for careers in law enforcement.
Read more here 

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This is the 10th anniversary of our Early Childhood Program. We recently admitted the 10th cohort into the program, which begins in the fall semester and continues for two years. In the cohort setting, students proceed through the program with the same group for four semesters, and observe and work with children in preschool and K-3 educational settings.
"The 10th anniversary cohort is amazing," says Director Donna Jurich. "Eleven out of the 23 are students of color. Three of the students are Navajo, one of whom is Navajo royalty. Four of the 23 are Pima Community College transfers, and we have two international students."

International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education to Hold Conference Here

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The College of Education and the Department of Mathematics are hosting the 38th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA 2016). This conference brings together mathematics education experts from around the world to share research on how students learn mathematics, how teachers teach mathematics, and how mathematicians, teachers, and students do mathematics.
The conference is at the Marriott Starr Pass Resort from November 3-6 and will be attended by more than 550 researchers, faculty, and graduate students from around the world, including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Israel, Trinidad and Tobago, and Germany.
More than 436 presentations will be offered, including Spanish and English bilingual sessions.  A one-day rate for local attendees is available. Find more information here .


Resplandor in Guanajuato, Mexico

Associate Professor Todd Fletcher began Resplandor in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2009 to promote education and health in nearby rural communities, and thereby, improve social and economic development. The nonprofit center offers health and sex education, nutrition, and early childhood education.

During the summer, the Helena Todd Library was dedicated at Resplandor. Linda Shaw, head of the college's Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies represented Dean Marx and the College of Education. Dignitaries included representatives from the Guanajuato mayor's office, the governor's office, and the state ministry of education.
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The new library

The library serves four rural communities that surround Resplandor. One of the ways literacy is promoted in the community is through themed backpacks, an idea developed by the college's Worlds of Words. Children and parents check out backpacks from the library at Resplandor and take them home to their families. The books are shared and read by different family members and discussed. An interactive journal is provided in the backpack for family members to write about their experiences after reading or listening to the books in the backpacks. 
Linda Valdez of the Arizona Republic wrote an opinion piece about Resplandor here

And graduate student Jessica Dennes produced a digital story about her experience, which you can watch below:
Jessica Dennes

Message from the Alumni Council:
It's almost time for Homecoming!
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The beginning of the fall semester is always an exciting time on campus as well as the start of many exciting Alumni Council activities.
First on the list is preparing for Homecoming 2016, October 27-29, as we battle Stanford in Arizona Stadium. Please join your fellow alumni in all the activities, from our Second Annual Homecoming Wine Harvest Reception - honoring Danielle Thu '72 '95, the college's Alumna of the Year, on Friday, October 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the college's west patio - to our Homecoming Tent on the Mall on Saturday, October 29. You can RSVP here.
If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these events, please contact Assistant Director of Development Lee O'Rourke at lorourke@email.arizona.edu or Alumni Council Secretary Susan Cray at susancray50@gmail.com. We would love to have your help!
Your Alumni Council also sponsors the Dean John Taylor Scholarship. This year's recipients are Taylor Halland, Luz Barrios, and Marisol Saldana. These outstanding students will be exceptional educators at the end of this school year and we are proud to honor them with these funds.

Please plan to join us at Homecoming and at any event or council meeting so we can continue to strengthen the College of Education here at the University of Arizona!

Our next Alumni Council meeting is October 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 312.

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Bear Down!
President David Overstreet '80 '86




Underrepresented students are about to get a lift on the road to a doctoral degree. A new $1 million grant will fund one-year fellowships for underrepresented students, with the goal of helping these students prepare for doctoral studies. The grant from the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education will fund one-year fellowships for up to 48 students over the next five years. "The end goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students going into doctoral studies, students who don't have access to mentorship," says Associate Professor Michelle Perfect. She is co-principal investigator with Assistant Professor Brandy Brown of UA South.

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

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Irish teenagers are among the most prolific in the EU for "sexting," the practice of sending sexually explicit text messages and images. Professor  Sheri Bauman presented research at a conference at Dublin City University showing that some adolescents regard sexting as a normal part of growing up.  She referenced a survey of pupils from 300 Irish secondary schools showing sexting was most frequent among 14- to 17-year-olds, with more than one in four saying they had sent such messages. Bauman also was interviewed on Irish radio.  

Educational Policy Studies & Practice
Alberto Arenas


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Associate Professors Alberto Arenas and Kristin Gunckel and Assistant Professor William Smith wrote this article on the rights of transgender students. 
Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera was asked to talk about trigger warnings at the University of Chicago. Trigger warnings are content notifications that alert the reader to sensitive material. Here is some of the coverage:

Associate Professor Francesca Lopez was asked to discuss policy issues and research on "students we share" at an invitation-only conference in Mexico City, put together by the University of California and Mexico. Presenters included Roberto Rodriguez, President Obama's advisor on education, Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, and U.S. and Mexico senators. 
The conference was recorded, and Lopez' presentation starts at 2:13:23 here .
Until next time,
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Ron Marx

The Power of Planned Giving to
Support the College's Mission
Would you like to leave a legacy to support students and the College of Education without making a cash gift? Planned giving through a charitable bequest helps you realize your philanthropic objectives and provides you with many benefits, including tax savings, life income, and increased cash flow.

A charitable bequest can specify a pre-determined cash amount or a percentage of your estate as a gift. You don't need to create a new will or trust to make this change to your estate. We can work with you and your financial advisors to prepare the necessary documents.  Please see this link for more information regarding charitable bequests and other planned giving options. 

If you already have written the College of Education into your will or trust, please contact us so we have an opportunity to recognize and thank you for your future support.  For more information, contact our Office of Development at 520-621-3413 or coe-gifts@email.arizona.edu.

We want to hear from you! Send your news to anat@u.arizona.edu .