September 2018
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Today is the inaugural issue of our new faculty, staff, and student newsletter, The College Insider. This digital publication is for faculty, staff, undergraduates, and grad students and will come out on the first of each month of the academic year. The College Insider features:
  • New faculty and staff
  • Research and outreach projects, including international projects
  • Publications
  • Workshops
  • Awards
  • Statistics, such as enrollment numbers of grads and undergrads
The College Insider is for news that doesn’t necessarily fit the Message from the Dean , although there may be some overlap at times.
The deadline for submissions for The College Insider is the first Friday of every month. Whenever you have news to submit, please enter your information here.
If you have any questions, please contact Director of Marketing & Communications Ana Luisa Terrazas at .
Welcome, New Staff!
caroline champagne
Caroline Champagne is a research technician and a doctoral student in Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. Caroline says, "I've joined a wonderful team working on pediatric sleep research."
emma mendenhall
Emma Mendenhall is a native Tucsonan who graduated from the UA in 2014 with a degree in psychology, making her a fourth-generation UA alum. Now a program coordinator in the college's Office of Development, Emma comes to us from the Arizona Inn, where she worked for the past seven years in a variety of roles, most recently in resort operations. In her free time, Emma enjoys taking photographs as a freelancer.
letty molina-gutierrez
Also a native Tucsonan and College of Education alumna, Letty Molina-Gutierrez is an advisor in Student Services. She joins us from the Department of Academic Success and Achievement, and has worked in education for more than 25 years. She is the advisor for the leadership, literacy, and learning major plus the adolescents, community, and education minor. She says her passion is providing, connecting, and expanding opportunities for all students.
shannon morelos
Shannon Morelos is a data entry specialist in DPS. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the UA in 2017 and is pursuing a Master of Science in finance at Eller. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and scuba diving. She adds, "I look forward to working with you all!"
TLS Associate Professor Jessica Summers is the faculty chair for the university. Summers' scholarship focuses on understanding the role of motivation and social relationships in learning and achievement, specifically how social context affects students' motivation to learn, and how this contributes to students' overall success as learners.
Senior Program Coordinator Mary Werner represented the College of Education, in partnership with UA Admissions, to host more than 420 high school students from around the state who attended the EdRising Conference in Tucson. This was a wonderful outreach and recruitment opportunity since all the students expressed an interest in an education career. The students competed in several categories, and College of Education scholarships were offered to the first- and second-place winners of Exploring Non-Core Subject Teaching Careers and Impromptu Lessons.
angela botello
Advisor Angela Botello talked to the students about the college's education programs, and the conference attendees had a window into what it's like to be an education major, thanks to our student panel. Special thanks to these College of Education students:

  • Sam Matthews
  • Delia Sotelo-Ocampo
  • Jessica Ramirez-Perea
  • Briana Chaney
  • Sasha Thompson
  • Jerred Sonneborn
students at edrising conference
CATS Fiesta Friday
 The college played a big part in the CATS Fiesta Friday as part of the kickoff to the last Tucson Festival of Books. Senior Program Coordinator Mary Werner , along with Professor Kathy Short and Hannah Gomez , a grad student in TLS and member of the organizing committee, partnered with TFOB and other units on campus to host 300 high school students from under-resourced schools to attend a writing and illustration workshop. The aspiring writers and artists from local high schools each met a young-adults author and an illustrator to learn more about their careers. They also took much-talked-about selfies with the authors and illustrators, such as Flight Season author Marie Marquardt (below, left).
students with author
Research & Education Programs
Assistant Dean Sara Chavarria is working on a National Science Foundation Research Experience and Mentoring grant that will serve six first-generation, low-income STEM students for a year-long research and mentoring program. The program awarded students $6,000 to participate in a research and mentoring program at the UA and at University of California San Diego during the summer. Students also will be supported with graduate-school preparation and internship application support. The program culminates with the students attending a national conference in Washington, D.C., to present their summer research.
Publications & Workshops
We need to hear from you for the next issue of The College Insider ! Submit your news below.

Faculty and Staff Photos
Reminder! Photographer Jen Ryder will be here Tuesday, September 11, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

She'll also be here the following week on Wednesday, September 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. You can come at any time during those hours to have your photo taken. 

Location: Please go to the north side of the building by the east doors facing Second Street.

If you like the photo you already have, you do not need to get your photo retaken. 

Submit Your News
Be sure to send in your news! We're interested in workshops, publications, new faculty and staff, stellar students to feature, and awards. Just push the button below to submit.
Spotlight on Stellar Students!

Majoring in leadership, literacy, and learning, Brennen Feder is a Paul Lindsey Intern who has clocked more than 100 internship hours at the Coca-Cola Company. As part of his internship, he is in charge of many initiatives involving the UA campus. He adds, "I am working on sustainability efforts with UA athletic programs, such as basketball and football games. I am leading the charge in re-creating signage and bins, and developing student teams to collect compost and recyclables after games -- promoting the zero-waste effort. A large part of this initiative is the education component concerning what can be recycled versus composted. I am working with a film team to make a commercial that will be shown prior to basketball games." Feder says the internship is invaluable, and he is learning the language of business through informal education. "I am so excited about my future in education and how this internship will set me up for success," he says. Brennen also is an ASUA college senator for the College of Education.