October 15, 2009
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College News & Notices
Awards & Appointments
P.K. Yonge Update
A new academic year always promises a fresh new start for faculty, students, and staff-a start that is
especially welcome after a year of turmoil.This year opens with changes in two key areas: the
organizational structure of the College, and the physical structure of both Old and New Norman Hall.
Dean Catherine Emihovich sneaks a peek at what to expect in this new academic year of welcome
In the News
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Affiliated Agricultural Education program voted tops in nation
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Outstanding Young Alumna, husband fund fellowship to boost classroom technology know-how
UF study finds deficiencies in Columbus picture books used in schools
Distance learning scholar to speak Oct. 28 on effective online teaching practices
(VIDEO) Dean's presentation: "State of the College--the Woodstock Version"
(FEATURED SNAPSHOT) African-American faculty who naved the way for others
Did You Know?
Vol. 5, No.1
41st in the nation in per-student
spending. Between 1994-2004,
Florida was the second worst at
increasing its K-12 per-pupil
funding, after adjusting for inflation.
Alaska's grew the least.
Starting this school year, Florida
school districts will no longer get
Florida Lottery discretionary
funds--only money earmarked for
(Sources: Education Week/Gainesville
Sun /Heritage Foundation)
Faculty can start nominating COE
students and alumni for
Deadline Jan. 19. Nomination
forms and required criteria are
Thurs., Oct 15
Faculty Research & Engaged
Best Western Gateway Grand
College News & Notices
Save these dates during International Education Week (Nov. 16-20)
The full slate of activities for the college's 4th annual celebration of Comparative
and International Education Week (Nov. 16-20) is still being set, but you can go
ahead and mark your calendar for at least two of the events:
Monday, Nov. 16 -- International Education Colloquium: 11:30 a.m. -- 1 p.m.,
Wednesday, Nov. 18 Comparative and International Education Week Celebration. 12:30 3:30 p.m.,
Terrace Room. (more)
COE hires Dan McCoy to head technical operations in distance education
Wed, Nov 18
4th Annual International/
Comparative and Education
Week Event: "Internationalizing
the University of Florida"
12:30pm-3:30pm, Terrace Room
Dr. David Sammons,
Dean of International Education
at UF, is keynote speaker.
Contact: John Bailey
Fri., Dec 4
COE Holiday Reception
3-4pm, Terrace Room
Fri., Dec 18
Advance Degree Commencement
4pm, O'Connell Center
Sat., Dec 19
UF Fall Commencement
2pm, O'Connell Center
Community College Futures
Hilton WDW Orlando
Annual Holmes Partnership
The College has appointed Dan McCoy to the new position of associate director of distance learning.
McCoy will manage the COE office of distance education's technical operations and work with
instructional and information technology staff on specialized applications such as database design. (more)
UF counselors lead U.S. group on African outreach trip
UF counselor education professor Cerecie West-Olatunji and doctoral graduate Rachael Goodman (PhD
'09, mental health counseling) led a national team of counselors on an outreach and education expedition
in July to Botswana and South Africa. (more)
UF Community Campaign: still time to pledge
Those dollars raised this year in UF's Community Campaign will heal illnesses, assist families in financial
crisis, feed the homeless, give our babies a healthy start, save lives, and more. Online pledging
continues through Oct. 23, so please give now. (more)
'Stuff the Bus' for area homeless schoolchildren
Coillee of Education faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a "Stuff-the-
E.us community drive Saturday, Oct. 24, to help the 600 homeless kids who attend
,lachua County public schools. (more)
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Awards & Appointments
FACULTY & STAFF
Nancy Dana receives Impact Award
Nancy Dana, director of UF's Center for School Improvement, has received the second-ever
National Impact Award from the New York State Association of Teacher Educators and the
New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The first recipient, in 2005, was
Marilyn Cochran-Smith, award-winning scholar and author in teacher education and past
president of the American Educational Research Association. (more)
Psychology journal taps Torres-Rivera as editor-in-chief
UF Counselor Education Professor Edil Torres-Rivera has been selected to become the new editor-in-chief
of the Journal for Interamerican Psychology. He is slated to hold the post from 2011 through 2014. The
journal has been published since 1967 by the Interamerican Society of Psychology, one of the oldest
psychological organizations in the American continent.
RRMA's Bowie takes leadership training to Next Level
Michael Bowie, director of COE recruitment, retention and multicultural affairs, recently
completed UF's challenging Next Level Leadership Program, a yearlong leadership training
program for rising university administrators and faculty members in leadership positions.
ACA cites UF student's essay
Mary Ann Williams, a doctoral student in Counselor Education, was one of five winners out of over 120
essays submitted for the 2009 American Counseling Association Foundation Graduate Student Essay
Counseling honor society awards 2 UF student projects
Two UF student research teams in counselor education have been selected by Chi Sigma Iota national
honor society for 2009-2010 International Excellence in Counseling Research Grant awards. (more)
HEA doctoral student earns dissertation honor
David Horton (PhD '09), a spring graduate in higher education administration, received the 2009
Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Southeastern Association for Community College Research
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Campbell, Dale F. (2009). Your next leader: Piecing together the executive search process. Community
College Journal, June/July, 34-35.
Dixon, A. L., Scheidegger, C., & McWhirters, J. J, (2009). The adolescent mattering
experience: Gender variations in perceived mattering, anxiety, and depression. Journal of
Counseling & Development, 87, 302.-318.
Madden. C. J.. & Therriault. D. J. (2009). Verb Asoect and Perceotual Simulations. Ouarterlv Journal of
Experimental Psychology 62(7). 1294-1302.
Mendez, J.P., Mendoza, P., & Archer, E. D. (2009). Student Athlete Retention and Financial
Aid: Are Athletic Scholarships Enough? Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in
Education, 3(1), 61-86.
Mendoza, P. (2009). Academic Capitalism in the Pasteur's Quadrant. Journal of Further and Higher
Education, 33(3), 301-311.
West-Olatunji, C., Watson, Z., Nelson, M., Frazier, K., & St. Juste, S. (2008). Encouraging advocacy and
multicultural competence among counselor trainees through service learning. Louisiana Journal of
Counseling, 15, 1-18.
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Ponjuan, L. Integrating Minority Males into the Higher Education Pipeline. (Panel discussion:
College Board "Forum 2009: Education and the American Future", Oct. 21, 2009; New York
Dr. Craig Wood, Professor of Educational Administration & Policy, and Carlee Poston Escue, a doctoral
candidate in Educational Administration and Policy, will be presenting "Education Finance Distribution
Formulas and Poverty Index Models," at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Conference,
through the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.
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P.K. Yonge Update
National media spotlight shines on 75th anniversary celebration
Enjoy these newspaper articles on P.K. Yonge's 75th anniversary celebration, held in June, from the
Gainesville Sun and from Blue Wave alum Joel Achenbach's blog in the Washington Post:
-- Gainesville Sun, July 27, 2009: "P.K. Yonge celebrating 75 years of unique education, strong ties"
-- Washington Post, June 29, 2009: "Achenbloq: The Skater Dude"
School literary magazine judged nation's best
Making Waves 2009, last year's edition of P.K. Yonge's school literary magazine, had already copped
several first place and gold medal awards in national school publication award programs. The publication
now has been judged as the BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL LITERARY MAGAZINE for 2009 by the American
Scholastic Press Association.
Emerging Leader: Lynda Hayes
Lynda Hayes, PKY director of research and outreach, is one of 16 UF employees chosen to participate in
the 2009-10 class of the University of Florida Academy's Emerging Leaders Program. The program is
designed to develop emerging leaders at UF by increasing participants' knowledge about the university.
Seniors receive Merit Scholarship recognition
The National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized four PKY seniors for exceptional academic
FHSAA nominates cheerleader coach for Coaches with Character
Rose Gleichowski, a math teacher and cheerleader coach at PKY, is one of
seven Florida coaches from various sports nominated for the Drug Free
Florida Coaches with Character Award for the 2008-09 school year. (more)
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In the News
(A sampling of recent news media coverage of UF EduGator activities)
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES blog -- Dean Catherine Emihovich -- Oct. 10, 2009
The Times' education blog, "The Gradebook," covered the response Dean Emihovich made concerning a
story in the Chronicle of Higher Education about remarks made by U.S. Education Secretary Arne
Duncan. Duncan criticized American education colleges and schools as "heavy on educational theory--and
light on developing core area knowledge and clinical training under the supervision of master teachers."
Emihovich responded, "Most reputable, nationally ranked colleges...are very rigorous in terms of
ensuring students have clinical experiences in high-poverty school, collecting systemic data on outcomes
related to student achievement...and focusing on student learning by increasing subject matter
ASSOCIATED PRESS (National newswire) Donna Sabis-Burns (doctoral student, Language &
Literacy) -- October 2009
In a UF news release picked up nationally by AP, a UF dissertation study by Sabis-Burns
reports that most elementary school students are learning about Christopher Columbus from
books that refer to the native people he encountered as heathens and savages. The AP
report was carried by media outlets and news blogs around the nation, including the
Washington Examiner, St. Louis Post-Dispatch online, Orlando Sentinel, Gainesville Sun, CBS
News website and numerous affiliates, Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer, New York Post,
Kansas City Star, The Tennessean, Boston Globe, State of Ohio education blog, msnbc website, ABC
News website, Buffalo News, Seattle Times, Discovery Channel website, MyFoxChicago.com, South
Florida Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Education Research Report, and dozens more.
DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education -- Luis Ponjuan -- Sept. 17, 2009
A Silent Crisis. Latino males are more likely than other ethnic groups to drop out of high school and not
finish college. Luis Ponjuan, assistant professor of higher education, was a primary source in this
magazine article. He was quoted as saying the nation must do better in addressing the education crisis of
Latino males "or face an economic demise."
THE JOURNAL (Transforming Education Through Techology) -- Sept. 14, 2009
This online article describes the Florida Virtual School's internship program with the UF COE and UCF in
Orlando. With 90,000 qualified readers, The Journal, created in 1972, is the nation's largest education
GAINESVILLE SUN COE Alum Brian Dassler (MEd '02, English Education) July 9, 2009
America is Sleeping Through an Education Crisis.A guest opinion column co-authored by COE 2002
graduate Brian Dassler documents the impact of the vast achievement gap in our nation's schools and
cites vital substantiated data from the McKinsey Report on American public education entitled "The
Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America's Schools."
CENTER FOR TEACHING QUALITY Blog--Dorene Ross--May 27, 2009
Lastinger Center and UF's TLSI program cited. This website links to Barnett Berry's bloq from the Center
for Teaching Quality. Berry wrote this after visiting with Lastinger Center faculty and TLSI students in
Miami and getting a first-hand look at the programs' impact.
MULTIPLE NATIONAL MEDIA Cathy Cavanaugh (Education Technology) May 2009
Online classes can save money, increase learning for K-12 students.Cathy Cavanaugh's white
paper (published May 18, 2009 by the Center for American Progress) entitled "Getting
Students More Learning Time Online: Distance Education in Support of Expanded Learning Catheri
Time in K-12 Schools," suggests that more K-12 public school students will take classes Cavanaugh
online and will have longer school days in the next decade-and academic improvement and
cost savings are two big benefits. A UF-COE news release helped generate nationwide
coverage of her study, including the following national media outlets and education Web blogs:
Associated Press-Florida, Christian Science Monitor, Tampa Tribune and TBO.online, Gainesville Sun,
WCJB TV-20, WUFT-FM "Classic 89" Radio, eSchoolNews online, School Transportation News, Education
Sector blog, Center for American Progress website, UF Gator News, Treasure Coast Newspapers Group,
National Center for Technology Innovation website, Center for Comprehensive School Reform and
Improvement website, National Center on Time and Learning e-newsletter, and eSchool News.
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