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 November 2016

We're grateful for your dedication to education
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In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We appreciate your dedication to the College of Education. Although I don't know you all, I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of our alumni and friends, and I know that support of the college is both broad and deep.

Homecoming already has come and gone, but we certainly enjoyed it while it lasted. During the celebration, I conducted an interview with College of Education alumnus and Tucson native Richard Carranza '91, who recently became the Houston Independent School District superintendent. You can watch the interview here.

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Another special event was a visit to the college from Geraldo Rivera, an American attorney, reporter, author, and talk show host. In 1972, at the age of 28, Rivera garnered national attention and won a Peabody Award for his report on the neglect and abuse of patients with intellectual disabilities at Staten Island's Willowbrook State School. As a result of the documentary, Rivera changed the trajectory in America as to how people with disabilities were treated. Before the documentary, he had no exposure to anyone with a disability. Ever since the documentary, however, working with people with disabilities became his passion. He has helped to establish group homes in many communities for adults with disabilities.

During Homecoming, Rivera gave a talk at the college about Willowbrook and its deplorable conditions, followed by a meeting with our National Advisory Board to answer questions about his mission of helping people with disabilities.

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Later, Rivera and his family met with Project FOCUS students and their parents as well as the students' assigned peer mentor students. He asked the students and the peer mentors about their experiences in the program. Rivera had a delightful rapport with the students and was clearly touched by their stories.
Seeking Future Teachers Committed to Indigenous Education

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The Indigenous Teacher Education Project will support a cohort of indigenous preservice teachers in the college's elementary education program, with a focus on indigenous education.

Receive loan-for-service aid for tuition, stipend, and technology
Participate in the American Indian Language Development Institute
Work in schools serving indigenous students

Application Timeline
Pre-application advising: Oct. 28 - Dec. 21, 2017
Application submission: Jan. 10 - Feb. 10, 2017 
Start date: June 5, 2017

Contact  Sara Knepper at sme@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-7865.

Sally Showalter's Poem Featured in Our Last Walk

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Losing a pet is a deeply painful experience, yet often misunderstood by many who see the beloved pet as "just a pet." Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets is a powerful resource for those experiencing pet loss and those who are supporting others who have lost a pet. Filled with powerful poems expressing loss, Our Last Walk helps the grieving person find words for their loss while sharing in the experience of others who have traversed that same painful journey. 

Our very own Sally Showalter, an administrative associate in Educational Policy Studies & Practice, wrote a poem that is featured in the book, published by University Professors Press. Congratulations to Sally Showalter! 

Message from the Alumni Council

David Overstreet with granddaughter Betsy, daughter-in-law Jamie, 
and son Kirby (left to right)
Beverly and Roland Cesarini

Thank you to everyone who participated in Homecoming 2016 and attended our events! 

Our second annual Wine Harvest Homecoming Reception was a huge success. About 120 guests came to honor our Alumna of the Year, Danielle Thu '72 '95, and our Professional Achievement Alumna Award recipient, Gina Murphy-Darling '79 (aka Mrs. Green). Both were flattered to receive awards and spoke about being proud College of Education graduates. The Alumni Council was surprised to receive the Alumni Association's UA College Alumni Council Red & Blue Award, presented by Melinda Burke, president of the UA Alumni Association. 

We also had a great time at our tailgating tent, meeting alumni and enjoying the campus spirit. Kids were thrilled when the Student Ambassadors Club and the Future Teachers Club did face painting. The Alumni Council also spun its prize wheel, which is always a hit.

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Colin Waite, Honoree Gina Murphy-Darling, and Ron Marx (left to right)
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This year's Wine Harvest was attended by 120 alumni and friends

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Alumna of the Year Danielle Thu (center in white) celebrated with
family and friends, who came out in full force to recognize her honor

As the semester ends, we have two more activities: Cocoa with the Council and convocation. We will provide cocoa for students as they prepare for finals and continue with our tradition of giving each College of Education graduate a red carnation and official welcome to the alumni family at convocation.

Our next Alumni Council meeting is January 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 312. We hope you will join us, and h ave a wonderful holiday season!

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Bear Down!
President David Overstreet '80 '86  


Via the WOW Hoopla, Worlds of Words makes a fuss (and rightfully so!) about the books scheduled to appear in the children's and teen venues of the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books. People who come to the WOW Hoopla from 1 to 3 p.m. on December 4 in the collection at 1430 E. Second Street, Room 453, will be among the first in the know.

"The WOW Hoopla allows the public a chance to learn about books by authors and illustrators who have agreed to attend the festival in March," says Professor Kathy Short, the festival's Children's and Teens Committee member and WOW director. 

The preview provides a chance for teachers, librarians, and the general public to visit stations set up in the collection that feature brief book talks, tips on introducing books and authors to young readers, sign-up opportunities for author visits to schools and information from the festival.

While visiting, WOW encourages everyone to take in its exhibit, "Code Making and Perspective Taking," featuring original art from the book The Unbreakable Code and hands-on activities for children. This exhibit focuses on Arizona experiences of WWII. The WOW Hoopla finishes in time for the USS Arizona Mall Memorial Dedication at 3 p.m.

This free, all-ages event is open to the public. For more information, contact Rebecca Ballenger.

It's Also Award Season

Congratulations to these stellar students, who were named Erasmus Circle Scholars: 

Isoken Adodo
Grai Bluez 
Elizabeth Bukoski
Cynthia Carvajal
Lauren Clough
Shyla Dogan
Maggie Hacket
Michelle Higgins
LaToya Hinton
Mahmoud Marei
Janette Montalvo
Bernadette Mora
Estrella Ochoa
Kyla Rischard
Angelic Serrano
Tenzin Sonam
Bryant Valencia
Beau Vezino
Dominique Wilson
Alison Zagona

Stephanie Alvarez
Julia Bacchus
Ashley Batchelor
Megan Borich
Shelby Fenderson
Taylor Halland
Ariana Hildan
Alena Laguna
Stephanie Marcus
Jessica McCarroll
Paloma Monroy
Hailey Morgan
Brianna Mounts
Margarita Munoz Garcia
Kristin Powell
Esther Quezada
Heather Stockton
Jodi Zubicki

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A toast to Erasmus Circle Scholars!

Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Education: Matthew Soto
Outstanding Senior, College of Education: Mariah Ramos

Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Outstanding Senior, Rehabilitation: Gina Fimbres
Outstanding Senior, Deaf Studies: James Glenz

Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Outstanding Student Teacher, Elementary Education: Lucinda Fair

Classified Staff Award for Excellence: Adriana Miramontez
Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies

Professional Staff Award for Excellence: Sara Chavarria
Office of the Dean, Research Development and Outreach


Educational Policy Studies & Practice
White identity had virtually no meaning for a group of white males in a new study by Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera. Such individuals largely ignored or downplayed issues of race and instances of reported racism. Cabrera also found the men rarely had meaningful moments or experiences that would contribute to positive racial perspective during their undergraduate years. Cabrera presented his research findings in a paper, "An Unexamined Life: White Male College Students on What It Means to Be White," during the 41st annual Association for the Study of Higher Education conference this month in Columbus, Ohio. His project received funding from the Spencer Foundation and National Academy of Education. Read more here

Cabrera also was quoted in this Wildcat story on the UA Diversity Task Force.

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

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Assistant Professor of Practice Mark Jenks is a Faculty Fellow in the UA Transfer Student Center. He supports transfer students in numerous ways, including holding regular office hours to meet with students and organizing events both on campus and off campus for students. In recognition of his commitment to the academic success and retention of transfer students, he received the Outstanding Faculty Partner Impact Award from the UA Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Academic Initiatives & Students Success.

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Bilingual Review/Revista Biling├╝e released a commemorative anthology in honor of the late Professor Richard Ruiz.
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Ron Marx

Potential Winds of Change Could Impact Charitable Giving

Several new tax proposals could adversely impact charitable giving.

Reducing income tax brackets from 9 to 3:
The highest bracket would be 33% instead of 39.6%. This would reduce the after-tax benefit from making charitable gifts. We could see an "income effect" from more money staying in the taxpayer's pocket to make gifts that would have otherwise gone to taxes.

Capping itemized deductions for single ($100,000) and joint filers ($200,000):
According to 2014 IRS data, taxpayers with more than $1 million in adjusted gross income deducted an average of $165,000 for charitable contributions and another $260,000 for state and local taxes, which together, far exceeds the proposed itemized cap limits. High-income taxpayers would not receive any income tax benefit from giving to charitable organizations. However, the U.S. Trust 2016 Survey of High Net Worth Philanthropy revealed that donors' belief in the mission of the organization and the confidence their gifts would make a difference were the biggest drivers for giving. Receiving tax benefits was viewed as a secondary benefit.

We'll keep you posted on these proposals and their impact on your support of nonprofits.

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