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    Dean's message
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    News and notices
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    Appointments, awards, and honors
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    Dissertation defenses
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MARCH 17, 2008 VOL. 3, ISSUE 6

You're reading coE-News, an electronic newsletter produced monthly during the
academic year by the College of Education News & Publications Office to keep faculty
and staff up-to-date on college news and activities.

GOTNEWS? We want to hear it. Submit individual or unit news and calendar events of
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Dean's Message
Top Stories
News and Notices
Faculty/Staff Honors/Appointments
Student Awards and Honors
Dissertation Defenses
In the News
Quick Links


Working together as champions for early learning readiness
Beneath the headlines about war and the economy, there are troubling trends emerging
that could affect the next generation of preK-12 students. Child poverty is on the rise.
The infant mortality rate a primary indicator of the wealth and living conditions of a
population is climbing again after decades of decline. In her Dean's Message for
March, Dean Catherine Emihovich explains what the College of Education is doing to
meet the problem head-on. (more)

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COE joins $5.9 million effort to bolster math and science education
UF is teaming up with two other top Florida universities to launch Florida PROMISE, a
multi-million-dollar effort to prepare teachers to meet the state's tough new standards in
science and mathematics. The move comes as the COE begins a renaissance in STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. (more)

Bondy named new director of School of Teaching and Learning
Professor Elizabeth "Buffy" Bondy, known around the state for her work to turn around
the fortunes of high-poverty schools, will be the next director of COE's School of
Teaching and Learning, Dean Catherine Emihovich announced last week. (more)

COE scholars in force at AERA conference
For years, the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association has been
a hotbed of new, exciting, research-based ideas about teaching. At this year's conference,
to be held in New York City March 24-28, UF faculty and students will once again be a
major presence, participating in 66 presentations or panel discussions on a wide range of
topics including: teaching in diverse settings, the effects of "ubiquitous computing" in the
classroom, response-to-intervention approaches to special education and more. For a
complete list of UF presenters, click here, select "search the preliminary program" and
enter "University of Florida" into the search field.

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Death education lecture series resumes April 17
Death is a subject people often don't like to talk about, but our aversion to discussing the
topic can lead to profound suffering for those who have lost a loved one. On April 17, the
College of Education will host a day-long lecture event
with Froma Walsh, the Mose and Sylvia Firestone
Professor Emerita at the University Chicago and creator
of the "Family Resilience Framework," a research-based
system for helping families cope with end-of-life
dilemmas and bereavement challenges. The event is the
latest installment in COE's groundbreaking Peterson
Death Education Series, one of the few lecture series
dedicated to end-of-life issues. The event will be held
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UF Hilton Conference
Center. For more information, click here to read news
release about the workshop, or send questions Ana Puig
in the College of Education at anapuig@coe.ufl.edu or
392-2315, ext. 235. To RSVP for the event, contact
Rosie Warner at rwarner(@coe.ufl.edu.

Win $500 in "What's Good in Education" writing contest
Everything you read, see and hear about education lately tends to focus on doom and
gloom. Perhaps it's time to remind ourselves and others that there's still a lot that is
good in education. To bring out a little of that good, the College of Education is hosting
the "What's Good in Education" writing contest. COE faculty, staff and students are
invited to submit entries of no more than 450 words celebrating the things our school
system does right. The best entry will receive a $500 stipend (funded by charitable
contributions) for use toward books, tuition, travel or other school-related expenses. The
winning essay will be published as a "guest column" in the upcoming issue of Education
Times, the COE alumni magazine, and posted (along with other entries) on the COE Web
site. Submit entries by noon, March 20, to news@coe.ufl.edu. Click here for more

Successful COE food drive continues into summer
Before the winter holidays, the COE Staff Council asked the college for help in collecting
food for needy families in North Central Florida. You responded, and the Staff Council
delivered hundreds of pounds of food just in time for the holidays. In 2008, the need is
still there and the Staff Council is continuing its food drive into the summer months.
Please bring your donations of canned and non-perishable food to Elaine Green in the
Educational Psychology office 1403 Norman Hall at any time between now and June 30.

Celebrate the 1950s at Staff Appreciation Luncheon March 20
What do Sandra Dee, James Dean, Norman Bates, the Mouseketeers, Joseph McCarthy
and Ed Wood have in common? They're all pop culture icons from the 1950s and
they're all people you can be at this year's Staff Appreciation Luncheon, to be held 11:30
a.m. March 20 in the Norman Courtyard. Come dressed as your favorite character from
the age of beatniks, bobby socks and the Bomb -- and enjoy free burgers, fries and hot
dogs. See who gets this year's Staff Member of the Year Awards. No need to RSVP, just
be there... or be square.

Russian teachers say "privyet" (hi) to COE
The College of Education welcomed a
delegation of Russian teachers in a wide
variety of disciplines from mathematics
to world artistic culture who visited
Norman Hall in February as part of an
eight-day tour of Alachua County. The
tour was sponsored by the Library of
Congress Open World program. In
addition to their stop at Norman, the group
visited local K-12 schools. To find out
what they thought of the curriculum in
American schools, check out The
Gainesville Sun's coverage of the visit here.

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Brownell honored as top reviewer by AERA
Professor Mary Brownell has been named one of the "top 10 reviewers" by the American
Educational Research Journal/Social and Institutional Analysis, the American
Educational Research Association's journal for scholarship on political, cultural, social
and economic issues in education. AERJ editors cited Brownell not only for her
willingness to take on reviewing projects with a short deadline, but also for reviews that
displayed "deep understanding of the field of research and a compassionate voice." Even
the authors Brownell rejected, AERJ editors say, often wrote back to express their
appreciation for her constructive criticism. Brownell will be honored for her achievement
at the AERA annual meeting in New York City on March 24.

Ohana award goes to West-Olatunji in Counselor Education
Assistant Professor Cirecie West-Olatunji in Counselor Education will receive the Ohana
Award from Counselors for Social Justice at the annual meeting of the American
Counseling Association March 26-30 in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to her counseling
work in southern Africa and post-Katrina New Orleans, West-Olatunji was chosen for the
honor because of her scholarly reputation and her long history of speaking out on social
justice issues in counselor education.

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Doctoral student gets Golden Apple
Nicole Bien, a Gulfview Middle School special education teacher and COE doctoral
student, is one of this year's recipients of the Collier County Education Foundation's
Golden Apple Award. Given annually to only six of the 3,000 teachers in Collier District
Schools, the Golden Apple is highly respected among Collier County educators and
parents. Bien will officially accept the award in a televised ceremony to be held in May.
Bien is a student in Project EXCEL, a new COE degree program created to prepare a new
generation of leaders in special education administration.

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Hagedorn, higher education doctoral students will guest-edit major publications
Professor Linda Serra Hagedorn, chair of the Department of Educational Administration
and Policy, will work closely with two of her higher education Ph.D. candidates as they

join her in guest co-editing two major publications on community colleges. Christopher
Coogan will join Hagedorn as a guest-editor for an issue of The Journal of College
Student Retention. This special edition will focus on retention in community colleges.
Doctoral student David Horton will join Hagedorn as co-editor of an issue of New
Directions in Community Colleges with a focus on community college athletics.

Ponjuan to present at ASHE workshop
Educational Administration and Policy Assistant Professor Luis Ponjuan has been invited
to present his research on faculty retention at the Association for the Study of Higher
Education's Equity Publications Workshop in Santa Fe, N.M., in June. Funded by the
Ford Foundation, the workshop is one of the activities of the Institute on Equity Research
Methods and Critical Policy Analysis, which was founded to develop a core group of
scholars with the skills to study racial and ethnic equity in higher education. Ponjuan also
co-presented a commissioned paper for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher
Education in Miami. The paper titled "The Vanishing Latino Male in Higher Education"
was presented to higher education leaders interested in reversing the declining rates of
Latinos participating in higher education.

Presentations and Workshops

Garrett, M. T., & Torres Rivera, E. (2008, February). Opening session: Bringing the
natural elements of relation to life in group work: A Native American Perspective.
Presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Specialists in Group Work,
St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Hagedorn, L.S. (2008, March) Latino Student Access and Success: The Community
College View. American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)
Latino/a Student Success Institute. Miami.

Hagedorn, L.S. (2008, March) Evidence of Change in Danville Virginia: Evidence from
the Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count Initiative. New York City.

Hagedom, L.S. (2008, February) Student Success: Can we Decipher the Formula?
Presentation to the administration and faculty of the Antelope Valley Community
College. Lancaster, CA.

Hagedorn, L.S. (2008, February) Using Transcript Data to Answer Policy Questions.
Presentation to the Community College Transfer Initiative and the National Association
of System Heads. The Education Trust, Washington, DC.

Puig, A., Lenes, E., & Garrett, M. T. (2008, February). Experiential Integration of
Creativity into Counseling and Supervision. Presentation at the annual conference of the
Association for Specialists in Group Work, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Tate, K., Brubaker, M., & Torres Rivera, E. (2008. February). Group Therapyfor
Homeless Clients: A Humanistic, Resource-Focused Approach. Presentation at the
annual conference of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, St. Pete Beach,

Torres-Rivera, E., & Garrett, M. T. (2008. February). U-no-le-hi: Joining the Four
Winds Together through Effective Group Work. Presentation at the annual conference of
the Association for Specialists in Group Work, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Torres-Rivera, E., Parham, T., D'Andrea, M., West-Olatunji, C., & Daniels, J. A. (2008,
February). Initiating the NIMC's Project: Continuing the National Discussion of Race,
Justice, and Peace: The Role and Function of Counselors, Psychologists and Other
Mental Health Professionals. Town Hall conducted at the Annual Winter Roundtable on
Cultural Psychology and Education, New York City.


Torres-Rivera, E., Phan, L. T., Garrett, M. T., Roberts-Wilbur, J., & Schwartz, E.
(2007). Comparing the color of fear and evolution of a group: A pilot study.
Interamerican Journal ofPsychology, 41, 1-6.

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Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the following dissertation defense. Please
RSVP if you plan to attend:

Assessing the Effectiveness of Supplemental Educational Services in Urban Florida
School Districts
Doctoral candidate: Myrna Allen
10 a.m., March 19, 290 Norman Hall
RSVP to: David Quinn: dquinn(@coe.ufl.edu

Assessing the Development of Campus Safety Policy in the Community College
Following the Virginia Tech Tragedy
Doctoral candidate: Jennifer Kerkhoff
10 a.m., March 25, 290 Norman Hall
RSVP to: Dale Campbell, dfc(@coe.ufl.edu

International Graduate Students: Choice of Majors and Academic Performance
Doctoral candidate: Jia Ren
2 p.m., March 20, 1331 Norman Hall
RSVP to: Linda Serra Hagedorn, Hagedornm coe.ufl.edu

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A recent sampling of "media hits" from the College of Education:

San Francisco Examiner AT&T Foundation Grant (02/22/08) Associate Professor
Rick Ferdig's study to evaluate the effectiveness of various methods of distance
education, funded by a grant from the AT&T Foundation, was mentioned in a story in the
online edition of The San Francisco Examiner. The story also ran in the online edition of
the The (Gulfport, Miss.) Sun-Herald.

Bradenton Herald- Florida PROMiSE (03/03/2008) The new mathematics and science
education initiative, done jointly by UF, the University of South Florida and Florida State
University, was the subject of a story in the Herald.

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Monday Morning Coffee: "It's never too early to start your proposal, Part III," with Paul
Sindelar, Ana Puig & Cyndi Garvan
Open to all COE faculty.
10 a.m., Norman Terrace Room
Contact: Rosie Warner: rwarner@coe.ufl.edu; 392-2315, ext 234

COE Staff Awards Luncheon
11:30 a.m. Norman Hall Courtyard
Contact: imount(@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250

MARCH 24-28
American Education Research Association Conference
New York City

"Workload Management Strategies for Online Educators"
12:15 p.m., Room G518

Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention

Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc.
12th Annual Recruitment and Retention Conference
Rosen Plaza Hotel

Monday Morning Coffee
B.O. Smith Professors' Annual Report w/Kristen Kemple & Mary Ann Clark
Open to all COE faculty.
10 a.m., Norman Terrace Room
Contact: Rosie Warner: rwamer@coe.ufl.edu; 392-2315, ext 234

Peterson Death Education Series: "Living and Loving Fully in the Face of Death and
Loss: Facilitating Relational Resilience"
Froma Walsh
8:30 a.m. 4 p.m., UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Century A
RSVP to: Rosie Warner: rwamer(@coe.ufl.edu; 392-2315, ext 234

Scholarship of Engagement Banquet
6:30pm, UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Ballroom
Contact: imount(@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250

APRIL 18-19
Fourth Annual Teaching, Inquiry, and Innovation Showcase
Savannah Grande (Evening of April 18th) and P.K. Yonge (Morning of April 19th)
Contact: Nancy Dana at ndanal@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext. 299

Advanced Degree Commencement
9 a.m., Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Distinguished Educators Luncheon
Noon, Reitz Union, Room 283.
Contact: jmount@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250

COE Baccalaurate Commencement
6 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts

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