M E S S A G E   
F R O M -- T H E -- D E A N
MAY 2019
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So Much to Celebrate!
The college’s convocation ceremony on Friday marked the culmination of many years of hard work for our graduates, not to mention our own pride for the class of 2019 as we all honored our now-former students. This time of celebration provided a wonderful opportunity to come together as a college and commemorate our students' achievements.

If you were unable to attend the ceremony, you can watch it here.

When our Teach Arizona student Kimberly Sommerkamp walked across the stage to get her master’s degree, that alone was an accomplishment. She couldn't walk for months after getting run over by a car last fall. Read her inspiring story here.
Our grad-cap challenge is always loads of fun, especially since the College of Education has some of the most creative students anywhere! We had many incredible entries, but Andrea Gauthier, who graduated from our literacy, learning, and leadership program, wowed us with her creativity, originality, and ode to the  University of Arizona's iconic  #OldMain building. (Be sure to look closely for Wilma and Wilbur, as Andrea managed to get them on her cap, too.) Congratulations, Andrea! #coegradcap2019

See all our fantastic entries in this Facebook album.
winning grad cap
We have another fun graduation story for you: Alumna Charlotte Harris is an active member of the college, and she was just recognized for her dedicated service as president of the College of Education National Advisory Board for the past three years. Her late husband also was a graduate of our college. In fact, so is their daughter, alumna Kathleen Bowman, who is a fifth-grade social studies and math classroom teacher at Manzanita Elementary School in Catalina Foothills School District. Recently, she was named Catalina Foothills School District 16 Foundation Teacher of the Year.

But, wait, there’s more!

Last Friday, Harris’ granddaughter (and Bowman’s daughter) also became a graduate of the College of Education. Rachel Bowman just received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an SEI endorsement. Before starting college, she spent countless hours volunteering in her mother’s classroom working one-on-one with students. If you’re not convinced this is a Wildcat family, all three of Harris’ children are UA grads. Three of her grandchildren have undergraduate degrees from the UA, and another one is a freshman at the UA. We have a feeling there will be more to come!

Charlotte Harris’ son Timothy, a graduate of the UA naturally, took this beautiful photo and said, “This is a great photo of my mother, Charlotte, paving the way for future generations of teachers. The pillars represent how education holds up a civilized society.” Rachel Bowman is on the left, with her mother, Kathleen Bowman on the right.
harris with daughter and granddaughter

The college also celebrated the first graduating  Indigenous Teacher Education Project cohort. The graduating students were honored with encouraging words from Dean Johnson and Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Department Head Walter Doyle.
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Of course, this is the time of year when we honor our award recipients. Kudos to the following students and faculty:

Outstanding Senior
Gabriel Martinez

Outstanding Graduate Student
Shyla Dogan

Erasmus Circle Fellows
Assistant Professor Lia Falco, Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Assistant Professor Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr., Educational Policy Studies and Practice

Maria Urquides Laureate Award
Assistant Professor Leah Durán, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies

Outstanding Faculty Service and Outreach Award
Assistant Professor Carol Brochin, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies

Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Outstanding Senior, Deaf Studies
Andrea Paloma Jauregui

Outstanding Senior, Rehabilitation Studies and Services
Naomi Green

Outstanding Student Teacher, Mild to Moderate Disabilities
Dempsey Dandos

Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies
Outstanding Senior, Literacy, Learning, and Leadership
Andrea Gauthier

Outstanding Student Teacher, Early Childhood Education
Brianna Jensen

Outstanding Student Teacher, Elementary Education
Alexandra Begg
Fabiana Estrella-Enriquez
Celia Gonzales

Outstanding Student Teacher, Teach Arizona
Molly Bicker
Outstanding Senior Gabriel Martinez, who grew up in Tombstone and just graduated with a degree in deaf studies, was featured in a UA story. "I want to work with the deaf community at a mainstream school, making sure that they're getting the appropriate services that they need to succeed," Martinez said. "I'm also interested in disability resources in general and helping people with all different needs." More.

But Is It Good for You?
school lunch
Join the College of Education,  University of Arizona Nutritional Sciences Department, and the Beyond Foundation in asking and examining the question: Are School Lunches Healthful?

On Friday, May 31, we are co-hosting a School Lunch Symposium at  The Dunbar Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to share information and brainstorm solutions around the critical issue of school lunches.

RSVP and learn more here.

Learn ASL and Information about Deaf Culture!
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Announcing Our New Minor: American Sign Language

The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial expressions and body movements, all play vital parts in conveying information through American Sign Language. When you graduate from the UA and enter the work world, you’ll be able to communicate with deaf co-workers, customers, and friends. Not only that, knowing ASL looks great on your résumé, and it’s fun!

You’ll get to take courses, such as:
  • American Sign Language
  • Internship
  • Languages and Cultures of Deaf Communities
  • ASL Literature and Film
  • ASL Discourse Processes: Intensive ASL

Find out more here.
Keeping Southwest Heritage Alive
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Each year, the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission awards individuals and organizations that help foster awareness and preservation of historic sites, structures, districts, and character in Tucson and  Pima County.

This year, Linking Southwestern Heritage through Archaeology, a collaborative project between the College of Education,  UA School of Anthropology, and  National Park Service, was awarded the 2019 Heritage Award. They will be presented with the award at the Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony on May 25.

Congratulations to Project Directors Sara Chavarria and Barbara Mills!

The Nontraditional Lindsey Interns
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In April, the college celebrated and showcased the work of the 2018-2019 Paul L. Lindsey Interns. The internship program offers opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in education who want to explore career options outside the traditional classroom setting. This year's interns shared their experiences working with their assigned organizations, such as Arizona State Museum, Paulo Freire Freedom School, and Imago Dei Middle School, as well as their plans after they graduate from the UA. 

We LOVE Our Donors!
red heart illustration
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Dean Johnson presented Mary Belle McCorkle and the McCorkle family
with the Erasmus Circle Outstanding Achievement in Education Award.
The 15th Annual Erasmus Circle Donor Recognition Reception, held at the beautiful home of Paul Lindsey and Kathy Alexander, honored our donors who support the College of Education.

The evening included a presentation on urban public education in the Age of Reform by alumnus Richard Carranza. Carranza is chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools. 

Alumna Charlotte Harris was recognized for her service as president of the College of Education National Advisory Board for the past three years. We are grateful for her active leadership, her ability to reconnect friends to the college, and her commitment to education.

Mary Belle McCorkle and the McCorkle family received the Erasmus Circle Outstanding Achievement in Education Award. The McCorkles have a legacy of supporting K-12 education and the College of Education. By serving in many roles -- teachers, administrators, parents, and activists -- they continue to stay involved in and advocate for education and students. Mary Belle, her husband, Richard, daughters Lori McCorkle Benz and Lisa McCorkle, and son-in-law Mark Olbin were all present to accept the award. Between these members of the McCorkle family, there are 11 UA degrees, nine of which are from the College of Education!

Assistant Professors Lia Falco and Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr., were named 2019 Erasmus Circle Fellows, one of the highest honors the College of Education can bestow upon its faculty.
Global Lessons
Our International Student Teaching Program places elementary education majors in classrooms in China, Norway, and Mexico. Elementary education major students St ephanie Gámez-Contreras, Kirsten Conover, and Madison Loya talk about their experiences abroad in this UA story.

Sustainability Gets the Green Light!
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Our  Cooper Center for Environmental Learning Campus Outreach Team met with UA President Robbins to emphasize the importance of helping students graduate with the skills and knowledge and ability to live sustainably now and in the future. President Robbins supports sustainability across campus as a key component of the university's new strategic plan.

Our team members pictured with President Robbins from left to right are Project Coordinator and graduate student  Deanna Kulbeth with undergraduates Jacklyn Narducci, Brenna Campbell, and Makenzie Jackson. Special thanks to  University of Arizona Green Fund and the UA Office of Sustainability for their support of this work on campus!

Hounds & Hoagies
dog with students
Big thanks to  Pet Partners of Southern Arizona for bringing their sweet dogs to the college to give our students some much-needed stress relief! Sandwiches (hence, the hoagies) also were available for students.

Alumna Danielle Cummings ’14, who works for Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, appears in this YouTube video, Inclusion Done Right, to discuss the importance of vision and hearing screenings. More.
Lia Falco headshot
Assistant Professor Lia Falco spoke with  Arizona 360 about the role school counselors can play in a student's development. More.

School Psychology Research Analyst Sara Frye led a study about how more sleep can help youth manage type 1 diabetes. Co-authors of the study include the college's Associate Professor Michelle Perfect and Clinical Associate Professor Graciela Silva of the College of Nursing. The study, which was published in Sleep Medicine and supported by the American Diabetes Association, highlights the importance of assessing sleep in this population that appears to be at high risk for insufficient sleep duration. More.
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The college’s School Psychology Program hosted Prepared Parenting: Building Mental Health in our Children at the  Chandler Community Center. The free community event, which was spearheaded by long-time Adjunct Assistant Professor Paula McCall who worked with students (including Sam Giordano and Sara Hass pictured left) to make the event happen, addressed a variety of topics related to adolescent well-being and mental health.
Promotion! Assistant Professor Desireé Vega is now Associate Professor Desireé Vega with tenure.
Two-time alumnus Seth Aleshire ’09 ’14 was recognized by the Arizona Professors of Educational Leadership as the Outstanding Adjunct for 2019. Lisa Foree ’10 ’19, who just received her master’s degree a few days ago, was recognized as the Outstanding Master’s Student.

Higher Education graduate student, Karina Salazar, collaborated with  UCLA Assistant Professor of Higher Education Ozan Jaquette, a former faculty member of our college, on a report that found decreased state funding has led universities to focus recruitment efforts on out-of-state students, particularly in wealthy and white communities. More.
cheromiah and tagaban
Graduate students  Amanda Cheromiah (left) and Felise Tagaban spoke with the  Arizona Daily Star about some of the challenges Indigenous students face at the university and how our Native SOAR is working to help and encourage them to remain in school. They say Indigenous students at the UA can feel isolated and face challenges but can also be part of a vibrant Indigenous community on campus. They both help run the Native SOAR mentoring program. More.

Cheromiah also talked about a documentary film she made to share the stories of 11 Indigenous people who use running to cope and deal with life’s ups and downs. “The film,” she said, “reveals their collective strength through running.” The film was screened at  The Loft Cinema in early May.

Tagaban then was honored with the 2019  Native American Student Affairs Outstanding Graduate Service Award for her significant contribution and dedication to the college, the university, and tribal communities.  #IndigenousStudentLeaders

If you think we’re done sharing news about these two stellar students, you’d be wrong! Cheromiah and Tagaban were invited to talk on Cultivating Indigenous Voices, a local podcast with a focus on sharing Indigenous topics, stories, and community involvement.

Listen to the full episode here.
Promotion! Associate Professor Iliana Reyes is now Professor Iliana Reyes.

Professor Reyes presented a study that was carried out at La Linda and La Escuelita, two federally funded Head Start Child-Parent Centers located within a couple of miles of the Arizona-Mexico border. The study offers the perspective of children's theories and emotions about the "wall" and how families and teachers document their day-to-day experiences in the presence of the international fence. Watch the presentation here.
Valerie Shirley
Assistant Professors Valerie Shirley and Jeremy Garcia introduced their work on the Indigenous Teacher Education Project to the University of Washington. The event highlighted the work of Native teacher education cohort programs that partner with tribal communities to center Indigenous knowledge in education. More.
blaine smith
Promotion! Assistant Professor Blaine Smith is now Associate Professor Blaine Smith with tenure. More good news: Her project, Collaborative Multimodal Composing in Multilingual Classrooms, was awarded funding in the  CERCLL Faculty Research Fellows competition.
Enjoy your summer!

Bruce Johnson
From Our Development Office

Legacy Giving … the Gift that Keeps Giving 

A legacy, or planned, gift allows you to make a lasting impact that will support the College of Education, and it costs nothing during your lifetime. Planned giving includes options to protect your assets, provide for your family, and guarantee you an income for life. You’ll also receive an income tax charitable deduction.

A charitable bequest can specify a pre-determined cash amount or a percentage of your estate as a gift. Our staff can work with you and your financial advisors to prepare the necessary documents without having to create a new will. Please see this link for more information regarding charitable bequests and other planned giving options.
If you have already 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.

Thank you for consideration.

Lee O'Rourke
Director of Development
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