Eunice MacGill won the Lee Thurber Outstanding Staff Award for the work she does supporting faculty and students as a senior administrative assistant for the SDA, EDAD, TESOL and AEDT programs.
The Staff Leadership Award was presented to COE alumna Laura Hauck-Vixie, who arrived at Seattle U 16 years ago for her bachelor’s degree, earned her master’s degree in SDA, and now works as an academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Our late colleague Michael Silver was honored posthumously with the prestigious McGoldrick Award, which will be used to fund a scholarship in his name for Educational Administration students. Beverley Silver accepted the fellowship for her husband, who directed the EDAD program for 10 years at the COE after a career as superintendent, principal and teacher in K-12 schools. Named for a legendary SU Jesuit, the fellowship is awarded to a professor who shares Father McGoldrick’s passion for teaching, deep commitment to students and embodiment of SU’s Jesuit mission. In her remarks, Beverley said she “hopes the legacy of Michael’s vision will serve as an inspiration for all of us at SU for the work that we do.”
Also honored were the following retiring/emeriti faculty: Kay Beisse (School Psychology), Katherine Schlick-Noe (Literacy for Diverse Learners) and Jeremy Stringer (Student Development Administration).
Current first year Student Development Administration student, Ona Fisher was elected as president of the Graduate Student Council for 2015-16. Ona is the third SDA student in five years to serve as president of GSC (prior presidents include Adam Serafin, ’11 and Claudia (Garcia-Medina) Louis, ’13)
Gabriella (GG) Flint, SDA ’15, received one of the Distinguished Graduate awards at the Student Development Division Student Leadership annual recognition.
SDA student Taylor Dukes, SDAD '15, was honored with OMA's (office of multicultural affairs) 2015 Cari Urabe Scholar-Advocate Award.
Megan Garay is now supporting the School Psychology program along with MIT and SPED.
Elizabeth Kozleski, EdD, from the University of Kansas, joined a group of COE faculty last week to assist them with grant agendas. Dr. Kozleski chairs the Special Education program at the University of Kansas. Her work theorizing systems change for equity, inclusive education, and professional learning for urban schools is recognized nationally and internationally. Read more about her at: http://specialedu.soe.ku.edu/elizabeth-kozleski.
The college received approval from the Board of Trustees for its second online degree to begin in winter 2016: A master’s degree in Educating Non-native English Speakers. This degree will provide a specialized graduate degree for educators who serve non-native English speaking students in pre-K-12 settings. Launching in Winter Quarter, the degree emphasizes a sociocultural approach to the needs of English language learners, beginning with the understanding that the context of learners’ experiences and the cultures which shape them also significantly shape the ways in which they acquire and master academic and other language categories.
Amy Eva was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship to continue her mindfulness-based intervention study with at-risk youth. She will use this award to finish analyzing the data she collected last year through interviews and focus groups with students and teachers over a six week period. This research agenda has evolved out of an interest in understanding the social emotional learning supports and non-cognitive skills students need to thrive. Eva's paper will present the benefits and challenges and a practical guide to implementing these interventions. A SPSY graduate student, Natalie Hisdahl, will serve as the second author on the manuscripts.
Three newly endowed scholarships were established and fully endowed:
• Dr. Roy Patrick Wahle Endowed Scholarship (EDLR)
• Dr. Sue A. Schmitt Scholarship (COE)
• College of Education Counseling Program Scholarship (COUN)
Significant progress by alumni toward endowing three new scholarships:
• Dr. Jeremy Stringer SDA Graduate Scholarship (SDA)
• John Morford Leadership Endowed Scholarship (EDLR)
• Michael Silver Scholarship in Educational Administration (EdAd)
A million-dollar planned gift from an anonymous donor who established a trust that will benefit scholarships at the College of Education.
Summer is the best time to review content on the COE website to make sure it is accurate. Please review program information, in particular degree requirements, deadlines, course schedules and scholarships to make sure we have the most up-to-date information!
A new donor impact publication, SPARK, that tells the story of some of the wonderful things happening at the COE in the areas of research, programs, global engagement and community engagement, will be published in September. The 2015 issue will feature Kristi Lee’s work in Nicaragua and the University’s new relationship with Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Middle College High School, the Counseling program’s work with Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, and research that Arie Greenleaf and Kevin Roessger are conducting with veterans through a Bellingham care farm, Growing Veterans.
A new Banner magazine will be published in July.
Faculty Research Fellowship, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
John Gardiner, The Elders, Earth’s First Transcendent Leadership Circle, with Organizational Implications for Global Renewal and Sustainability
Endowed Mission Fund, Mission & Ministry
Mary Graham, Teacher Training Workshop, Kenya
Global Research Grant, Global Engagement
Kristi Lee, International research, Nicaragua
COE Retreat: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Casey Commons
New Staff/Faculty with Yarrow Durbin: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Faculty/Staff Workshop with Yarrow Durbin: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (*Please note time change)
New Academic Year Reception and New Faculty Welcome: 3:30-5:30 p.m ., Casey Commons