coE-News: February 15, 2006, VOL. 1 ISSUE 6

FEBRUARY 15, 2006



April 20, 2007



FEBRUARY 15, 2006


The coE-News is 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.

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The College’s yearlong Centennial Celebration continues with some upcoming events, and campus collaboration is the focus of several new strategic initiatives. Dean Catherine Emihovich elaborates in her regular message.


Second lecture in Fien series features Gloria Ladson-Billings
The College of Education’s yearlong Centennial Celebration continues Friday, Feb. 17, with a presentation by Gloria Ladson-Billings at 2 p.m. in the Terrace Room of Norman Hall. Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of the critically acclaimed books “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children,” “Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms” and “Beyond the Big House: African-American Educators on Teacher Education.” Her talk – “What if We Leave All the Children Behind: The Challenge of Teaching in the New Millennium” – is the second address in the Fien Lecture Series. The third and final lecture in the series will be presented by Luis Moll, professor of language, reading and culture in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. It will be held on Monday, March 6.

COE alum receives association’s top state honor for school counselors
Karen Pearson began her counseling career as an intern at Stephen Foster Elementary School in Gainesville, but now she’s the school’s guidance counselor with a top state honor to her credit. Pearson, a UF College of Education graduate with a specialist (Ed.S.) degree in counselor education earned in 1994, has been named Florida’s elementary school counselor of the year by the Florida School Counselors Association.

UF institute honors community colleges with national award
Three community colleges, including one from Florida, have received national recognition for their noteworthy academic or operational programs at the Community College Futures Assembly held recently in Orlando. Palm Beach Community College (Lake Worth, Fla.), Cape Cod Community College (West Barnstable, Mass.) and Meridian (Miss.) Community College were chosen from more than 80 community colleges nominated from across the country for the Bellwether Award, which is presented by the University of Florida College of Education’s Institute of Higher Education.

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Professor chairs SACS accreditation committee
Lawrence Tyree, professor, Educational Administration and Policy, is heading a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation site visit to Dallas Baptist University. The institution is seeking regional accreditation of two new doctoral programs in educational leadership. Other committee members are from Clark Atlanta University, Belmont University, Alabama A&M University and Elon University.

College business manager recognized for superior service
Congratulations go out to Marcia Marwede, COE business manager, who has been chosen to receive a Division Three 2005-06 Superior Accomplishment Award from the university. Marwede’s nomination and ultimate selection stems from her professional activities from Aug. 1, 2004, to July 31, 2005. Marwede is now in the running for the universitywide award, which will be announced sometime in the spring.

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Education doctoral candidate tapped as journal contest editorial judge
Aisha Wood Jackson, doctoral candidate in Educational Technology, has been chosen to serve as an editor for the International Journal of Leadership in Education’s Graduate Student Manuscript Contest.

Education students win $2,000 scholarships
The following College of Education students will receive $2,000 Minority Teacher Education Scholarships for the spring 2006 semester from the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers: Melissa Anderson; Denisa Avila; Melody Budgett; Judith Calixtro; Verlinda Colding; Sheri Cox; Nicole Drewery; Mary Dukes; Myra Garcia; Jacqueline Gonzalez; Carlos Gutierrez; Tanya Heard; Jennifer Hipp; Rebecca Hooks; Brandy Hughes; Derrick Johnson; Jessica Klahr; Karla Lacayo; Danielle Lafontant; Juary Lopez; Adriane McGnee; Patti Milikin; Jolande Morgan; Felicia Naidu; Diana Petit-Fond; Ivette Podetti; Loubert Senatus; Marianne Spoto; Andrew Stirling; Jameka Thomas; Kutura Watson; and Stephanie Whitehurst.

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Following is a sampling of recent faculty and graduate student publications and presentations in the College:

  • Clark, M. A., Oakley, E., and Adams, H. (2006). The gender achievement gap challenge, ASCA School Counselor, pp. 20-25. Clark is an associate professor in Counselor Education and both Oakley and Adams are graduate fellows in the department. The article stems from a research project supported by the International Center at the University of Florida.
  • Lawrence Tyree, professor, Educational Administration and Policy, facilitated a two-hour workshop on the history, development, success and future of the community college as part of the Career Leadership Development program at St. Petersburg College on Jan. 24.
  • Danling Fu, professor, School of Teaching and Learning, will be a keynote speaker at the Conference of Children’s Language and Culture at Columbia University on Feb. 16.
  • Doctoral students Hakan Dedeoglu, Jennifer Patrick, Jennifer Sanders and Courtney Zmach took part in the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference in Miami in December. The students were part of a symposium presentation that included School of Teaching and Learning professors Zhihui Fang, Linda Lamme and Rose Pringle. The symposium was titled “Integrating Reading into Science: Processes, Issues and Impacts.”

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College now accepting Commencement awards applications
The deadline to submit completed applications for College of Education student, alumni or lifetime achievement awards is noon on Monday, Feb. 27, in the Student Services Office, Norman Hall G416. The nomination/application process involves an application, resume and letters of endorsement. Applications are available on the College’s Commencement Web site at Students who graduated from the College in summer 2005 or fall 2005, or who will graduate in spring 2006 are eligible for the awards, which will be presented during the College’s annual Commencement ceremony in the spring.

College announces fourth Scholarship of Engagement awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the College of Education’s Scholarship of Engagement awards, which are presented based on the idea that research-oriented universities need to broaden their concept of scholarship to reflect the issues and concerns of society at large. Awards are given to faculty, graduate students and community members in the following categories: university, College of Education, graduate student, school district and community. To submit a nomination, send a letter describing the nominee’s accomplishments and explaining why he or she merits the award to Silvia Echevarria-Doan, associate professor, Counselor Education, 1203 Norman Hall, P.O. Box 117046, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. For additional information, visit the Internet at . The deadline to submit nominations is March 6.

Judges needed for PKY senior projects
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is looking for volunteers to serve as judges for Senior Project presentations. Senior Project is a three-part graduation requirement in which students write research papers on topics of their choosing, produce a creative or practical application on their chosen topics, and present their work to a panel of judges, mainly composed of P.K. Yonge faculty, administrators and members of the Gainesville community. Presentations are scheduled for May 10 and 12 in Norman Hall. If you are interested in helping out in the judging arena, contact Bryan Duff, co-director of the Senior Project Program, at

Centennial Web site offers special memories page
A new feature this month on the College’s Centennial Web site is a “Your Stories and Memories” page. If you have a special story involving a favorite professor, a special place or an event, we want to hear from you. You may check out this page and also read the latest information in news and events related to the College’s yearlong Centennial Celebration at

Got news? Send us an e-mail at our new address
The News and Publications Office is now accepting news and calendar items of Collegewide interest for publication consideration via e-mail at Submissions should include as many pertinent details as possible to help news staff provide readers with the most timely and newsworthy information about College activities. Details should include contact information and answer questions of Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?

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FEB. 17

Alumni Lunch and Lecture featuring Terry Scott
“Preventing Student Failures in School Through Positive Behavior Support”
11:30 a.m., Terrace Room
Contact: Jodi Mount, 2-0728, ext. 250

Fien Lecture Series featuring Gloria Ladson-Billings*, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2 p.m., Terrace Room
*Ladson-Billings also will hold conversations with doctoral students at 9 a.m. and faculty at 10:30 a.m. in Norman Hall 158.
Contact: Jodi Mount, 2-0728, ext. 250

FEB. 22

Book Fair
11 a.m., Terrace Room

The Florida Today Series: Contemporary Issues for Florida Community Colleges
Featuring President Sanford Shugart of Valencia Community College
7 p.m., Norman Hall Auditorium
Contact: Patty Lefevers, 2-2391, ext. 261

FEB. 23

Education College Council meeting
6:30 p.m., Terrace Room
Contact: Theresa Vernetson, 2-1058, ext. 400

FEB. 24

COE-sponsored Back-to-College Weekend events
9:30 a.m., (performance of Baby Gators at noon), P.K. Yonge
Contact: Jodi Mount, 2-0728, ext. 250

FEB. 27

College Curriculum Committee meeting
2 p.m., Norman Hall 158
Contact: Kay Curcio, 2-0726, ext. 306


Recruitment, Retention, and Multicultural Affairs workshop
Featuring Tiffany Sanders speaking on “Strategies for Working with Diverse Families”
6 p.m., Terrace Room
Contact: Shirl Caliste, 2-5242, ext. 22

University of Georgia half-time show recognizes COE Centennial
7 p.m. (game time), Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Contact: Jodi Mount, 2-0728, ext. 250


Fien Lecture Series featuring Luis Moll, University of Arizona
3 p.m., Terrace Room
Contact: Jodi Mount, 2-0728, ext. 250


Staff Council meeting
9 a.m., Terrace Room
Contact: Sabrina McLaughlin, 2-0726, ext. 262

Faculty Development Conversations series
Panel discussion on “Concerns and Arguments Facing Academic Freedom”
3 p.m., Emerson Hall Room 209
Contact: Debra Walker King, 2-6004


Education College Council meeting
6:30 p.m., Terrace Room
Contact: Theresa Vernetson, 2-1058, ext. 400


Spring Break (school resumes on March 20)


Teacher Inquiry Workshop
8 a.m., P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
Contact: Nancy Dana, 2-0728, ext. 276

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Several “media hits” from News & Publications news release distribution and media inquiries have occurred in the last month:

  • Kickoff events for the College’s Centennial Celebration featuring The New York Times columnist David Brooks were featured in the Gainesville Sun and The Independent Florida Alligator. The Sun ran a piece in its Jan. 17 weekly “Chalk Talk” education-beat column and a brief in its Jan. 24 “Around the Region” column. The Alligator ran a story in its Jan. 23 edition announcing the Brooks event and quoting Bernard Oliver, director of the UF Alliance, on high school reform efforts in Florida.
  • Kara Dawson, associate professor, School of Teaching and Learning, is quoted describing how teachers nationwide are taking one of the College’s new online graduate courses in a Jan. 19 Gainesville Sun story titled “Professors work to keep pace with tech-savvy college students.” The story may be viewed online at
  • Distinguished Professor Paul George appeared on a Jan. 20 WCJB TV 20 story on magnet schools.
  • Professor Linda Lamme, School of Teaching and Learning, was a featured guest columnist in the Gainesville Sun’s “Speaking Out” column on Jan. 22. The column may be viewed online at
  • A news story announcing BellSouth’s grant support of the UF Alliance’s urban teacher induction and retention project appears in the Jan. 30 edition of GatorNews, the UF Alumni Association’s worldwide alumni e-newsletter.
  • A news article in the Feb. 2 edition of The Gainesville Guardian mentions Thomasenia Adams, associate professor, School of Teaching and Learning, and her Project Tall math-teacher education program. You may view the story online at The Guardian is a new weekly publication by the Gainesville Sun that covers eastside Gainesville neighborhoods.

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