coE-News: October 15, 2009, VOL 5 ISSUE 1

Dean's Message

Dean EmihovichChange for the better is a welcome change

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 Hal


July 22, 2009



Dean’s Message

Dean EmihovichChange for the better is a welcome change

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 change. (more)


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Visit the college home page for links to these and other reports about College activities, accomplishments and faculty-staff-student-alumni news and achievements:

Affiliated Agricultural Education program voted tops in nation

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 paved the way for others

Thomasenia Adams (center) with Simon and Verna Johnson

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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., Terrace Room.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Comparative and International Education Week Celebration. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Terrace Room.

COE hires Dan McCoy to head technical operations in distance education

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 doctoral student Dadria Lewis (above, second from left) is pictured with Botswana Women's Shelter staff members receiving donated toiletries for shelter residents.

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)

School bus with happy face, overflowing with school supplies‘Stuff the Bus’ for area homeless schoolchildren

College of Education faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a “Stuff-the-Bus” community drive Saturday, Oct. 24, to help the 600 homeless kids who attend Alachua County public schools. (more)

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Awards & Appointments


portrait of Nancy DanaNancy 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 o
f 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.

portrait of Michael BowieRRMA’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. (more)


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 Contest.

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 (SACCR). (more)


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Campbell, Dale F. (2009).  Your next leader: Piecing together the executive search process. Community College Journal, June/July, 34-35.

portrait of Andrea DixonDixon, 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 Aspect and Perceptual Simulations. Quarterly 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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color portrait of Luis PonjuanPonjuan, 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 City)

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: “Achenblog: 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 achievement. (more)

Rose Gleichowsil holding up a "V" awardFHSAA nominates cheerleader coach for Coaches with Character Award

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 knowledge.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS (National newswire) – Donna Sabis-Burns (doctoral student, Language & Literacy) — October 2009

portrait of Donna Sabis-BurnsIn 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,, 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 technology magazine.

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 blog 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 Time in K-12 Schools,” suggests that more K-12 public school students will take classes 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, 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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