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Dishing Dirt

Organic lunch and conversation with TC Professor Emerita Joan Dye Gussow (EdD '75) and heirloom seed expert Amy Goldman (MA '78). Gussow, hailed by The New York Times as "matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement,” and Goldman, renowned author of The Heirloom Tomato: Garden to Table, who has been described as "perhaps the world's premier vegetable gardener" by the President of the New York Botanical Garden. Topics of conversation ranged from benevolent soil fungi to biodiversity and the future of the planet. The setting was Gussow’s garden on the banks of the Hudson River, an hour north of New York City. Read the full interview here.You can also take a walk in Joan's garden located on the Hudson River in the video above.

Why Couples Fight About Money

Psychologist and TC alumna Betsy Schur Levy (PhD '89) recently appeared on the television program "Today's Money" to offer insights about why couples fight more over money than they do over children, chores and work. Read More >>

Dim Sum Warriors

What happens when you mix delicious Chinese delicacies with sensational Chinese martial arts adventures? An educational iPad app. TC alumna Yen Yen Woo (EdD '04), along with her husband, designed ‘Dim Sum Warriors’ a bilingual digital comic book series about kung fu-fighting Chinese snacks. The series, which is colorfully illustrated and narrated in English and Mandarin Chinese, can aid readers in learning Chinese and English. Read More >>

Old Friends Are Often Best

Dr. Dale Atkins (MA '72), speaking on MSNBC's "Today," says that when it comes to friends, there's a lot to be said for maintaining relationships with your old friends. Do you think history and shared experiences always build strong foundations in your relationships? Read More >>

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Arts & Humanities

Click here to read the department's blog. Visit the Music Ed site for alumni news and upcoming concerts. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @TCAandH, @TCSocialStudies, @TCMusicEd, and new to twitter: @TCEnglishEd. ARAD Year In Review.

Jazzman Bert Konowitz, who retired from TC last winter after 50 years of part-time teaching, has fashioned a career and a life from the power of improvisation. Read More >>

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Biobehavioral Sciences

You can also join the conversation on Twitter @BiobehavioralTC.

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

The MA Clinical Program is on Linkedin.

Curriculum & Teaching

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Education Policy & Social Analysis

Click here for the recent issue of EPSA-logue, the department's newsletter. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @EPSAatTC.

Health & Behavior Studies

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Human Development

Click here to read the most recent edition of HUDN, the department's newsletter.

International & Transcultural Studies

ITS is also accepting nominations for the Harold J. Noah Award. Click here for more. Are you a CIES alumnus/a? Fill out the CIES alumni survey here. Also, keep in touch with fellow CIE/IED alumni by reading GlobalUpdate.

Mathematics, Science & Technology

View the linnk to the Summer 2012 issue of MST Times. In it you will find the latest news and events occurring in MST.

Organization & Leadership

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Other Concentrations

Interested in other certificate programs and courses? Visit the site for additional opportunities.

Teachers College News

News You Can Use
News You Can Use is a quarterly compendium of stories about research, curriculum development, policy work and community outreach emanating from Teachers College, Columbia University. Read the latest issue here.

Views on the News
Views on the News is a monthly online journal of analysis. Enlisting the expertise of TC's faculty, alumni, students and leadership, Views on the News offers timely analysis and lively commentary on news events and current trends in education, health, nutrition, organizational leadership and other fields within the College's core areas of research, policy and practice. Read the latest issue here.

is our monthly source for news, events and people at Teachers College. To read the most current edition, please click here. Please send us your feedback at

Virtual Events
Were you interested in an event but unable to attend? If so, or if you want to be part of the audience again, you can watch many of our programs online. Simply visit our Youtube channel (TeachersCollegeCUNYC) or TC channel to see what you've been missing.


Alumni Publications
To read about our TC authors, please click on the links below.


Tales of Wonder From the Garden State by Debbie Jones (MA '98). The award-winning volume of short stories was published last year feature tales drawn from Jones’ own hometown, Pompton Plains, which she compares to “Brigadoon.”


Language and Literacy Development - An Interdisciplinary Focus on English Learners with Communication Disorders by Linda I. Rosa-Lugo (EdD '89). Rosa-Lugo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Central Florida.




Innovations in Higher Education: Igniting the Spark for Success (The Ace Series on Higher Education) by Allan M Hoffman (EdD '75), et al. Hoffman recently retired from the presidency of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.


Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works? For consideration in a future bookshelf section, send information on your work to, subject: Alumni Publications.

Gottesman Library

The Gottesman Library Newsletter is available here. If you are interested in learning more about events hosted by the Gottesman Library or about available library services please visit You can also join the dialogue on Twitter @GottesmanLibs.

August Alumni Newsletter

A Bronze Medal for TC's Maya Lawrence and the U.S. Women's Epee Team

The U.S. women's epee team is taking home a bronze medal after beating the Russian squad on August 4th. The United States team of TC alumna Maya Lawrence (MA '06) and the sisters Courtney and Kelley Hurley edged Russia 31-30 in extra time to take bronze for its first fencing medal of these Olympics.The U.S. women previously beat number 5 Italy in a quarterfinal match in which Lawrence went a combined 15-11 in her three bouts. Watch the video of Maya Lawrence and her teammate Susie Scanlan reflect on their thoughts during the competition. (Photo credit: Associated Press). Read More >>

Exclusive Film Screenings in California: Sept. 6 & 8

TC Office of Alumni Relations and The Maxine Greene Society are hosting exclusive film screenings of the documentary "Wham! Bam! Islam!" in California. Produced by TC alumnus Naif Al-Mutawa (MA '00), the film chronicles the various challenges he faced leading up to the creation of his comic book series THE 99 - which features a team of superheroes, each exemplifying one of the 99 virtues of Allah. For more information on the documentary, please visit Guests will engage in a A&A with Naif Al-Mutawa and filmmaker Isaac Solotaroff (whose mother is a TC alumna). For more detail see below.

Less Than One Month to Nominate a Distinguished Alum
The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awards - the highest honor bestowed on TC Alumni by the Alumni Association. We invite you to nominate TC graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields and have earned high respect among their colleagues and the general community, and whose impact is felt on a national or international level. Recent graduates who have graduated within the past 10 years, have earned distinction in their field, and who demonstrate further future potential will be honored with the Early Career Award. Do you know an alumnus or alumna who meets these criteria? Nominate him or her today! Nominations are due by September 1, 2012.

The Power of Giving: Scholarships at TC
In this engaging video, TC Alumna Dr. Ruth Westheimer (EdD '70), donor of the Dr. Ruth Westheimer Scholarship, and Kevaughn Facey, the current Westheimer Scholar, talk about Teachers College and the importance of supporting students.

Did you receive a scholarship while at TC? We are interested in hearing about what scholarship(s) you received, and what those scholarships meant to you. Share your story here. If you're interested in supporting students visit us here.

Update Your Information and Stay Connected to TC
Does the season find you at a new address or job? Please take a moment to update your information or share Class Notes. Keep up with what is happening around campus and with your fellow alumni by following us on Twitter and being a part of the conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn. We post pictures from our events on our Facebook page, so log on and tag yourself.

Forward this newsletter to your fellow TC alumni and help them to stay connected!

Upcoming Alumni Events


August 11: Teaching English to Children (TESOL Summer Saturday Workshops)
The TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University is offering Summer Saturday Workshops. These one-day workshops are appropriate for both novice and experienced teachers! Build your resume, boost yourskill set, and work with top TESOL professionals at Teachers College. Workshops are from at Teachers College. Workshops is $150.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Location: Teachers College
To register, and for more information, visit the TESOL website or email

August 21: Open Career Counseling Webinar
Join TCCS Career Counselors and ask any career-related questions that you have.
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EST)
For more information or to register visit


September 6 & 8: Exclusive California Film Screenings of "Wham! Bam! Islam!"
TC Office of Alumni Relations and The Maxine Greene Society
are hosting exclusive film screenings of the documentary “Wham! Bam! Islam!” in California. Produced by TC alumnus Naif Al-Mutawa, the film chronicles the various challenges he faced leading up to the creation of his comic book series THE 99 - which features a team of superheroes, each exemplifying one of the 99 virtues of Allah. For more information on the documentary, please visit A Q&A Session with Naif Al-Mutawa and filmmaker Isaac Solotaroff will take place immediately after the film. A networking reception will follow the program.

September 6: Los Angeles
6:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
To register, please visit

September 8: San Francisco
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
To register, please visit

September 19: Beyond the Schoolhouse Doors: Bringing Non-School Factors into Education Policy
What would a national education policy look like that mobilized all government agencies and policy tools rather than just schools alone? The editors of three ground-breaking volumes about the role of school and non-school factors in education (Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane, eds., “Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances”; Richard Kahlenberg, ed. The Future of School Integration and William Tate, ed. Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities) review the latest research and join in a panel discussion of its implications for education policy for the coming decade.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - Reception | 6:00 p.m. - Discussion
Location: Reception - Everett Lounge | Discussion - Milbank Chapel
For more information visit

September 20: Superintendent’s Roundtable
This month’s guest is Marcus Robinson, Chancellor and CEO of EdPower in Indianapolis, IN. As CEO of EdPower, Marcus Robinson isresponsible for guiding its many school-based initiatives. Marcus will talk to us about how his vision for one charterschool took root and developed into a nationally recognized Charter Management Organization. Cost $30.00 (Dinner Provided). Space is limited.
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College

To register, and for more information, please visit If you have any questions about the events, please call at 212.678.7449 or email at

September 28-29 - Language and Social Interaction (LANSI) Working Group
Sponsored by the TESOL and Applied Linguistics Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, LANSI brings together like-minded colleagues in the larger metropolitan area of New York who work with audio/video-recorded data from naturally occurring interaction. Through their regularly held data sessions, LANSI offers a forum in which participants continue to build their analytical repertoire via mutual engagement over time. In so doing, they also experiment with an apprenticeship model where graduate students work alongside practicing analysts making observations and providing accounts for those observations "empirically and precisely".
For more information or to RSVP please visit


October 10: "Professional Capital:A conversation about 'Transforming Teaching in Every School'"
Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman and Teachers College Press Director Carole Saltz invite you to Save the Date for "Professional Capital: A conversation about 'Transforming Teaching in Every School'" with authors Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan and colleagues moderated by TC President Susan Fuhrman.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - Reception | 6:00 p.m. - Panel
Location: Teachers College
For program updates visit For inquiries, please contact Bev Rivero at

Mark Your Calendar

April 13: Academic Festival 2013
Save the Date for what will be a homecoming event to remember. Visit to see what happened at Academic Festival 2012!

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit or email For a full calendar of events happening on TC's campus, visit

**Event times and locations are subject to change. Please check the website prior to the event for the most up-to-date information.

Support TC

There are only three weeks left in the fiscal year, which ends on August 31. Your gift – at whatever level you choose – will make a tangible difference in the lives of our faculty and students and help to advance the important work that happens at TC. Your participation matters and your support is greatly appreciated.

Make your gift today and help us reach our goal of $2.02 million, making this year's TC Fund our most successful. Thank you for your generosity!

Double Your Impact: Dewey Circle Challenge
Are you a former member of the John Dewey Circle? Do you want become a new member of the John Dewey Circle and support the College with a leadership gift to the TC Fund? With the fiscal year ending on August 31, two of our generous Trustees are stepping up with a $100,000 challenge to all potential members of TC’s leadership annual giving society. Renew your membership to the John Dewey Circle, or make a first-time leadership gift of $1,000 or more and your gift will be matched 1:1, up to a total of $100,000. Every aspect of the College, whether it be scholarship, academic programs, or faculty initiatives, is underwritten by the TC Fund. Your support makes a significant difference in the future of our students and the lives they will affect. Make a gift to the TC Fund before August 31 here.

TCCS Career Corner

Tap in to TCCS
Continue to utilize career services as an alumnus? To review a list of services offered, click here. Join Teachers College, Columbia University Career Services (TCCS) LinkedIn Group: Connect with TC alumni and fellow students, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, & learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events. Like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter.

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TCCS Events
Use TCCS LINK through myTC Portal to RSVP for the events below, access online job postings, alumni mentors, online resources and more. Forgot your password? Simply visit, click on "Forgot Password" and follow the prompts. All workshop information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK.
Click here for a full listing of all TCCS events.

Open Career Counseling Webinar
August 21 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EST)
Join TCCS Career Counselors and ask any career-related questions that you have. Register here.

Alumni Mentor Program
Want information on becoming an Alumni Mentor? Would you like to reach out to alumni mentors for networking purposes? For more information and to apply, click here.

Recruit TC
Is your organization seeking talented professionals? Contact TCCS to discuss recruiting efforts. Please contact Vicki Gochenour, Assistant Director of Employer Relations at 212-678-3202 or via email at

For further assistance regarding Career Services, please contact the TCCS office at

Columbia University Center for Career Education Events
For Columbia alumni volunteer & mentor opportunities please click here
. You can also champion Columbia University students for your firm. Visit

August 28: Fireside Chat (for PhDs only)
Consulting 101 for PhDs - a Fireside Chat with Alan Kantrow about a career in consulting. | Register here.

August 29: 21st Century Job Search - Creating, Managing and Leveraging Your Brand for Career Success
According to recent studies, up to 85% of employers look for new hires on social networks. Now is the time to become familiar with creating a strong online brand for yourself that will help with both your active and passive job search.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (EST) | Register here.

Interested in sharing your expertise or mentoring Columbia University Alumni? Contact Malla Haridat ( or 212-854-7862) for information on the Professionals in Residence, the Columbia Externship Program and more.

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