Around the World in 39 Days: Global TC Day 2015

This summer, Global TC Day 2015 united TC alumni, current and newly admitted students, faculty, staff and friends at more than 42 events in 19 U.S. States, 12 countries and 40 cities all over the world.

It’s one thing to for an institution to lay claim to 90,000 living alumni. It’s entirely another to try to connect them all in the space of a month.

This summer, Global TC Day 2015 (oh, all right, it’s not really a day—the festivities took place from July 2 through August 11) attempted just that, uniting TC alumni, current and newly admitted students, faculty, staff and friends at more than 42 events in 19 U.S. States, 12 countries and 40 cities all over the world.

Global TC Day was inaugurated in 2013 during Teachers College’s 125th Anniversary celebration and was an instant success. “When we saw the buzz created on social media and heard about the meaningful connections that alumni, students and faculty were making at these events—especially far from New York—we knew we had to make this a regular alumni program,” says Rosella Garcia, Senior Director of Alumni Relations.

This year’s goings-on, themed “Think Globally, Celebrate Locally,” were further animated by the news that the College’s historic Campaign, Where the Future Comes First, has soared beyond the $200 million mark and is now closing in on its $300 million goal—the largest ever set by a graduate school of education.  

TC alumni helped orchestrate and host a majority of the celebrations, often in their homes and workplaces, with activities ranging from the cultural to the culinary and from family days to social nights. Other events such as visits to view the influential art of Agnes Martin (M.A. ’52) on exhibit at the Tate Modern museum in London and the striking work of Elaine Sturtevant (M.A. ’75) showing at MOCA in Los Angeles, highlighted the extraordinary accomplishments of TC alumni. An exclusive private tour of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts was led by Art & Art Education Professor Judy Burton, with a behind-the-scenes visit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA led by education specialist Rebecca Edwards (M.A. ’00).

Here are other highlights from across the United States and around the world:

In New York: More than 100 local alumni and their families spent a day at the New York Botanical Garden discovering herbs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and checking out the ongoing Frida Kahlo exhibit.

“It was a brave undertaking and so much fun,” said Ruth King (M.A. ’70).

Another group of over 100 TC alumni, students and staff played tourist for an evening, taking in New York City from atop several open-air buses. Host and TC Alumni Council President Jeffrey Putman (Ed.D. ’11) snapped pictures of the City’s skyline, one of which aired on a local newscast as the social media image of the day.

And in Rockville Centre, alumna Ray Ann Havasy (Ed.D. '97), Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, hosted a unique, up-close-and-personal day at the Center’s live animal exhibit. “It was an opportunity for visitors, both young and young-at-heart, to see and touch a range of scaly and furry creatures including a snake, alligator and a chinchilla,” said Kerry Donohue, Associate Director of Stewardship & Donor Engagement.

In New Jersey: Alumni in the town of Teaneck gathered to share their TC stories of cherished professors, courses and programs that launched fulfilling careers. Mary Farrell (Ph.D. '79) recalled "only having plans to be a wife and homemaker" until she enrolled at TC as a teaching student and ended up earning a doctorate in Special Education.

In Florida: Thanks to a local TC alumnus, alumni and friends enjoyed an exclusive visit to the Miami home and private garden of world-famous plant explorer and botanist David Fairchild at The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden, led by The Kampong’s Interim Director, Mike Maunder. These rare grounds are a hidden oasis in metropolitan Miami, and The Kampong—which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s—is considered one of the jewels of South Florida, full of history, beauty, and biological richness. It serves as a local educational partner for the community and botanists worldwide. If you are interested in visiting The Kampong, please contact Alumni Relations at tcalumni@tc.edu.

In Minnesota:  Jane Taylor (Ed.D. '01) and her husband Carl Haugan and special guest TC Dean and Provost, Thomas James hosted alumni and friends at their home in St. Paul. During dinner, Taylor and James led a roundtable conversation on the impact of TC in everyone’s lives.

Global TC Day also featured many celebrations outside the United States, particularly in Asia. Two years ago, the Korean celebration resulted in a group-funded scholarship, the Korea 125th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, and this year’s events sparked the creation of new regional alumni groups in Singapore and the Philippines.

In Singapore:  2015 TC Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Christine Lee Kim Eng (Ed.D. ’92), Associate Professor and former Head of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE), was honored by her local alumni community. The audience included  A. Lin Goodwin (Ed.D. ’87), TC’s Evenden Professor of Education, Vice Dean and Co-Director of a joint TC-NIE master’s program in Leadership & Educational Change. Goodwin was recently named NIE’s inaugural Ruth Wong Professorship, named for the late NIE founder and champion of teacher education. One alumna in attendance reported that she had learned of the event in the Alumni Relations monthly e-newsletter and stopped en route during a move from Australia to Indonesia. 

In the Philippines: Maria “Mia” Theresa Tulao-Fernando (M.A. ‘05) reported meeting with 11 other alumni to plan future projects. “None of us had met while we were at TC,” she said. “We are looking forward to seeing each other again soon, and getting in touch with other TC Philippines alumni we never knew existed!”

In Japan: Home to a TC alumni population that, at nearly 1,000, is the largest outside the United States, Japan was the scene of two Global TC Day celebrations. The first was a half-day symposium featuring more than 20 alumni speakers in Tokyo. And just a shinkansen bullet train ride away, in the ancient city of Kyoto, traditional Japanese culture was the order of the day as alumni gathered for lunch at the oldest tofu restaurant in town.

In Taiwan: Taipei was the site of one of Global TC Day’s largest international gatherings. Attendees included TC lecturer Sharon Chang and scores of newly admitted students, who came away grateful for pointers received about the experience that lies ahead.

In Thailand: Khun Peter Foley (Ed.D. '83) hosted a book talk featuring Rattana Sae-Lao (Ph.D. '12), author of A Critical Study of Thailand's Higher Education Reforms: The culture of borrowing.

Across continents: Leticia Lyle (M.A. '11) hosted two events, pairing up with her “TC bestie,” Kristy Banks (M.A. '10), to host a gathering in Seattle while also opening her home for the second time in a row for local alumni in São Paulo.

More informally, alumni happy hours took place in St. Louis, Austin, Houston, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Santo Domingo, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and Montreal. In Cleveland and Atlanta, alumni met over lunch, and a group in Phoenix took a private tour of the local Heard Museum.

Current students also contributed to Global TC Day, with Student Senate President Chelsey Saunders hosting an intimate gathering of alumni in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Clearly alumni are passionate about TC—and sometimes about one another. Many “TC sweethearts” came forward at various events to recall how they met on campus. Others told of meeting later on—for example, Ella Erway (Ed.D. ‘66) and Arno Bellack (Ed.D. ’52), who found each other 16 years ago at their Kendall, New Hampshire retirement home.

“That evening changed my life,” said Mark Johnson, who attended the Dallas event. Originally admitted to TC as a master’s degree student, Johnson reapplied the day after conferring with alumni, and has now begun his doctoral studies at the College.

Perhaps the last word on Global TC Day came from the mother of a newly admitted student after the two of them attended an event in Chicago: "I was concerned about sending my daughter all the way to New York City, but now seeing all the amazing people she will be around I know she will be in great company!"

If you missed Global TC Day 2015, or if you’re already feeling nostalgic, check out #GlobalTCDay on social media and stay tuned for future events—including Global TC Day 2017.  

 

Published Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015

Around the World in 39 Days: Global TC Day 2015

This summer, Global TC Day 2015 united TC alumni, current and newly admitted students, faculty, staff and friends at more than 42 events in 19 U.S. States, 12 countries and 40 cities all over the world.

It’s one thing to for an institution to lay claim to 90,000 living alumni. It’s entirely another to try to connect them all in the space of a month.

This summer, Global TC Day 2015 (oh, all right, it’s not really a day—the festivities took place from July 2 through August 11) attempted just that, uniting TC alumni, current and newly admitted students, faculty, staff and friends at more than 42 events in 19 U.S. States, 12 countries and 40 cities all over the world.

Global TC Day was inaugurated in 2013 during Teachers College’s 125th Anniversary celebration and was an instant success. “When we saw the buzz created on social media and heard about the meaningful connections that alumni, students and faculty were making at these events—especially far from New York—we knew we had to make this a regular alumni program,” says Rosella Garcia, Senior Director of Alumni Relations.

This year’s goings-on, themed “Think Globally, Celebrate Locally,” were further animated by the news that the College’s historic Campaign, Where the Future Comes First, has soared beyond the $200 million mark and is now closing in on its $300 million goal—the largest ever set by a graduate school of education.  

TC alumni helped orchestrate and host a majority of the celebrations, often in their homes and workplaces, with activities ranging from the cultural to the culinary and from family days to social nights. Other events such as visits to view the influential art of Agnes Martin (M.A. ’52) on exhibit at the Tate Modern museum in London and the striking work of Elaine Sturtevant (M.A. ’75) showing at MOCA in Los Angeles, highlighted the extraordinary accomplishments of TC alumni. An exclusive private tour of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts was led by Art & Art Education Professor Judy Burton, with a behind-the-scenes visit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA led by education specialist Rebecca Edwards (M.A. ’00).

Here are other highlights from across the United States and around the world:

In New York: More than 100 local alumni and their families spent a day at the New York Botanical Garden discovering herbs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and checking out the ongoing Frida Kahlo exhibit.

“It was a brave undertaking and so much fun,” said Ruth King (M.A. ’70).

Another group of over 100 TC alumni, students and staff played tourist for an evening, taking in New York City from atop several open-air buses. Host and TC Alumni Council President Jeffrey Putman (Ed.D. ’11) snapped pictures of the City’s skyline, one of which aired on a local newscast as the social media image of the day.

And in Rockville Centre, alumna Ray Ann Havasy (Ed.D. '97), Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, hosted a unique, up-close-and-personal day at the Center’s live animal exhibit. “It was an opportunity for visitors, both young and young-at-heart, to see and touch a range of scaly and furry creatures including a snake, alligator and a chinchilla,” said Kerry Donohue, Associate Director of Stewardship & Donor Engagement.

In New Jersey: Alumni in the town of Teaneck gathered to share their TC stories of cherished professors, courses and programs that launched fulfilling careers. Mary Farrell (Ph.D. '79) recalled "only having plans to be a wife and homemaker" until she enrolled at TC as a teaching student and ended up earning a doctorate in Special Education.

In Florida: Thanks to a local TC alumnus, alumni and friends enjoyed an exclusive visit to the Miami home and private garden of world-famous plant explorer and botanist David Fairchild at The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden, led by The Kampong’s Interim Director, Mike Maunder. These rare grounds are a hidden oasis in metropolitan Miami, and The Kampong—which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s—is considered one of the jewels of South Florida, full of history, beauty, and biological richness. It serves as a local educational partner for the community and botanists worldwide. If you are interested in visiting The Kampong, please contact Alumni Relations at tcalumni@tc.edu.

In Minnesota:  Jane Taylor (Ed.D. '01) and her husband Carl Haugan and special guest TC Dean and Provost, Thomas James hosted alumni and friends at their home in St. Paul. During dinner, Taylor and James led a roundtable conversation on the impact of TC in everyone’s lives.

Global TC Day also featured many celebrations outside the United States, particularly in Asia. Two years ago, the Korean celebration resulted in a group-funded scholarship, the Korea 125th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, and this year’s events sparked the creation of new regional alumni groups in Singapore and the Philippines.

In Singapore:  2015 TC Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Christine Lee Kim Eng (Ed.D. ’92), Associate Professor and former Head of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE), was honored by her local alumni community. The audience included  A. Lin Goodwin (Ed.D. ’87), TC’s Evenden Professor of Education, Vice Dean and Co-Director of a joint TC-NIE master’s program in Leadership & Educational Change. Goodwin was recently named NIE’s inaugural Ruth Wong Professorship, named for the late NIE founder and champion of teacher education. One alumna in attendance reported that she had learned of the event in the Alumni Relations monthly e-newsletter and stopped en route during a move from Australia to Indonesia. 

In the Philippines: Maria “Mia” Theresa Tulao-Fernando (M.A. ‘05) reported meeting with 11 other alumni to plan future projects. “None of us had met while we were at TC,” she said. “We are looking forward to seeing each other again soon, and getting in touch with other TC Philippines alumni we never knew existed!”

In Japan: Home to a TC alumni population that, at nearly 1,000, is the largest outside the United States, Japan was the scene of two Global TC Day celebrations. The first was a half-day symposium featuring more than 20 alumni speakers in Tokyo. And just a shinkansen bullet train ride away, in the ancient city of Kyoto, traditional Japanese culture was the order of the day as alumni gathered for lunch at the oldest tofu restaurant in town.

In Taiwan: Taipei was the site of one of Global TC Day’s largest international gatherings. Attendees included TC lecturer Sharon Chang and scores of newly admitted students, who came away grateful for pointers received about the experience that lies ahead.

In Thailand: Khun Peter Foley (Ed.D. '83) hosted a book talk featuring Rattana Sae-Lao (Ph.D. '12), author of A Critical Study of Thailand's Higher Education Reforms: The culture of borrowing.

Across continents: Leticia Lyle (M.A. '11) hosted two events, pairing up with her “TC bestie,” Kristy Banks (M.A. '10), to host a gathering in Seattle while also opening her home for the second time in a row for local alumni in São Paulo.

More informally, alumni happy hours took place in St. Louis, Austin, Houston, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Santo Domingo, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and Montreal. In Cleveland and Atlanta, alumni met over lunch, and a group in Phoenix took a private tour of the local Heard Museum.

Current students also contributed to Global TC Day, with Student Senate President Chelsey Saunders hosting an intimate gathering of alumni in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Clearly alumni are passionate about TC—and sometimes about one another. Many “TC sweethearts” came forward at various events to recall how they met on campus. Others told of meeting later on—for example, Ella Erway (Ed.D. ‘66) and Arno Bellack (Ed.D. ’52), who found each other 16 years ago at their Kendall, New Hampshire retirement home.

“That evening changed my life,” said Mark Johnson, who attended the Dallas event. Originally admitted to TC as a master’s degree student, Johnson reapplied the day after conferring with alumni, and has now begun his doctoral studies at the College.

Perhaps the last word on Global TC Day came from the mother of a newly admitted student after the two of them attended an event in Chicago: "I was concerned about sending my daughter all the way to New York City, but now seeing all the amazing people she will be around I know she will be in great company!"

If you missed Global TC Day 2015, or if you’re already feeling nostalgic, check out #GlobalTCDay on social media and stay tuned for future events—including Global TC Day 2017.  

 

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