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February 2018

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Even though we're still in the dead of winter, our weather is telling us otherwise with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. January was Tucson's warmest on record, and February already feels more like March or April.
I did get a taste of winter in Cologne, Germany. I was at the University of Cologne at the end of the year as the keynote speaker at the 11th Winter Meeting of the International Consortium for Interdisciplinary Education and Health and the Environment. I also gave a lecture, Education in Learning and Living: Engaging Students with Purposeful Experiences, and held a graduate student seminar, Earth Education, A Programmatic Approach.
In January, Assistant Research Professor Sanlyn Buxner and I took part in a meeting of the Collaborative Around Research Experiences for Teachers (CARET) research group in San Diego. We helped launch this network three years ago to conduct research on programs across the country, such as our Teachers in Industry program, that provide STEM teachers with experiences in research labs or in industry. When these teachers grow their skills and experiences by participating in advanced research, their students and schools benefit. 
The annual research meeting took place during the Partners in Science Conference, funded by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The CARET team was invited to hold its meeting during the conference since the CARET research was applicable to those attending the conference.
Several members of our Teachers in Industry program participated in the conference, including Teachers in Industry Director Javier Lopez. Three of our graduating teachers presented their research:  Travis Goeden and Emily Bertelsen from Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita and Sheila Marquez from Tucson High Magnet School.
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Sheila Marquez shows Dean Johnson how she brought skills to her classroom from her work in the medical field to help her students succeed in their future careers.

Next week, I will be on a panel in Washington, D.C., to review research grant proposals for the Institute for Education Sciences.

Read on for more college happenings:
Annual Peace Corps Fair

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Come to the UA Peace Corps Fair to enjoy the sights, sounds, and stories gathered while living abroad, and meet the college's Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows!
The Peace Corps Fair is Tuesday, February 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fellows will share their experiences through photography and cultural artifacts, while answering questions about their service. Last year, 160 exhibitors represented more than 65 countries.
The college boasts several fellows, including students Allie Armstrong, Tara Carmody, Mallory Clevenger, Sumaya Frick, Natalie Reyes, Lynn Tchida, and Mark Tibbetts.
Fellows will share their research and community-based outreach on Friday, March 23, from 4-6 p.m. in the UA Student Union. Participants will display their research and community-service achievements with a poster session and a few selected presentations.

Pilot Program for Teen Reading Ambassadors
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Worlds of Words is running a pilot program -- the  Teen Reading Ambassador initiative -- that positions local teens as reading ambassadors in their own schools. Teens in the program interact with published authors of young adult literature, receive books by that author, and share their experiences with their peers to promote reading in their school communities. 
"The teen ambassadors will experience a combination of book discussions and hands-on workshops to deepen their understandings and to learn ways to promote reading," says Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Professor Kathy Short, who is the director of WOW. "Additionally, they will learn about the writing and publishing process as they meet the authors. In many cases, these students will be among the earliest readers of those books."

KPVI in  Pocatello, Idaho, ran a feature on the new program. 
For more information, contact wow@email.arizona.edu or by phone at 520-621-9340.

You're Invited to an Opening
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WOW is ready to roll out a new exhibit, and you are invited! 

Come to WOW's opening reception Thursday, February 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for Stitching Stories: Hmong Customs and Symbols as Told Through Storycloths. Guest speaker Chong Bee Vang discusses Hmong culture, traditions, and storytelling at 5 p.m. 

The exhibit includes traditional, transitional, and modern storytelling pieces plus related children's literature and hands-on activities. Examples of storytelling through textiles from Vietnam, Panama, Peru, and Turkey also are on display. 

For more information or to RSVP, please call 520-621-9340 or email  wow@email.arizona.edu.

Inspiring Native Americans to Pursue STEM Careers

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Rachel Yellowhair, a Raytheon information technology manager, helps UA students Travis Lee and Hannah Throssell find objects in the augmented reality world using HoloLens gear. (Photo courtesy of Raytheon)

College of Education alumna and current graduate student Mandy Cheromiah and Native SOAR coordinator Felisia Tagaban cultivated a partnership with the Raytheon American Indian Network to mentor our Native SOAR students, who then mentor high school and middle school students. Read more.

A Big "Thank You" to Our Student Callers
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Dean Johnson (in blue shirt with tie, center) and Associate Director of Development Lee O'Rourke  (on Johnson's right) spent time with the TOP students to let them 
know how grateful the college is for the work they do.

Once a year, we make an annual visit (with pizza in hand, of course!) to the Telephone Outreach Program (TOP) to thank the student callers for their work and bring them up to date on what's going on in the college.
TOP is a 32-station call center at the UA, supervised by fundraising professionals and completely staffed by UA students (about 80 callers). TOP contacts more than 150,000 alumni, parents, and friends, as well as other various stakeholders of the UA, every year. Another benefit: Students build valuable communication skills and learn to have a variety of conversations about all aspects of the UA. 


Disability & Psychoeducational Studies
Congratulations, Professor Sheri Bauman! Bauman is the recipient of the Association of Specialists in Group Work 2018 Eminent Career Award. ASGW's highest award is based on major contributions made to the field, including national and international influence. ASGW is a division of the American Counseling Association.

Professor Emeritus John (Jack) Obrzut passed away December 26. He was passionate about the study of neuropsychology and learning disorders, and his research focused on understanding the underlying neuro-mechanisms associated with childhood learning disabilities. He came to the UA in 1984, where he served as professor of school psychology until his retirement. His academic and clinical talents, along with his life's work, live on in the many talented students he trained as clinicians and researchers. Professor Carol A. Boliek with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta adds, "His mentorship style was unfailingly supportive and collaborative. He provided guidance to his students in a way that promoted their individual success, not only in graduate school but throughout their careers. His passion for research and his desire to change the way in which children were assessed, diagnosed, and treated lives on in those of us who had the great fortune to learn from him. His legacy will live on for decades to come. I can speak for all of us, when I say, 'Thank you, Jack, for your kindness, support, and encouragement!'"
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Professor Emeritus Kenneth Goodman (seen here with Professor Emeritus Yetta Goodman) was featured in the Arizona Jewish Post. Read more.
Until next time,
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Bruce Johnson

From Our Development Office

Will Planning for Women (Part 2)
Events that May Inspire a Woman to Write or Update Her Will

Single women make as many charitable bequests as single, married men and married women combined. Planned giving is the art of designing charitable gifts so that you realize your philanthropic objectives while minimizing your after-tax cost. The start of a new year is an ideal time to review your financial and estate plans. If the following apply to your life, it is recommended you visit with your legal advisor:
  • A change in your marital status
  • New family members
  • Plans to move
  • Changes in assets
  • A change in tax laws
  • A change in executors
The UA Foundation offers planned gift services to help you plan for your future giving and offers options that will pay you income now. For more information, please contact me at lorourke@email.arizona.edu .


Lee O'Rourke
Associate Director of Development
Interim Lead Development Officer

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