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Arts and Humanities

Philosophy and Education Joyce Luhrs' (M.A., 1987) company, Luhrs & Associates, has sponsored a greeting card drive this year to help New Jersey's Bergen Family Center. Several thousand old and new cards were collected from donors across the country and will be used for the center's art program. Luhrs & Associates is a marketing, public relations and management consulting services company.

Counseling and Clinical Psychology

 Organizational Psychology Lucinda Durning (M.A., 1991),has been named Vice President for Human Resources at Columbia University. Previously she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Cigna Group Insurance. She joined the Columbia staff in June 2006. Curriculum and Teaching

Curriculum and Teaching Albert Manley (M.A., 1938) was the subject of Stanford University President John Hennessy's closing remarks during the 2006 commencement. Dr. Manley is believed to be the first African American to receive a doctoral degree from Stanford's School of Education. He went on to be the first man and the first African American to serve as President of Spelman College--a historically black women's institution in Atlanta where he served from 1953 to 1976. Dr. Manley died in 1997.

Early Childhood Education Patti Haskell (M.A., 1974) has graduated from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College with a master's degree in Hebrew letters and with the title of Rabbi. She is one of 14 rabbinical students who participated in the College's 34th graduation ceremony on June 11 at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Health and Behavior Studies

Nursing Education

 Mary E. Graham (Ed.D., 1982) has been named the new Dean of the School of Nursing of Florida A&M University. Graham currently is Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at Tennessee State University. Her fundraising efforts have included securing more than $1 million in public grants and $700,000 from the Hospital Corporation of America.

Helen Streubert Speziale (Ed.D.,

 1989) has been named as the first Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at College Misericordia, in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Speziale has served the College in various capacities since joining the institution in1992 as a professor of nursing. She has been Chair of the Nursing Department, Chair of the Health Science Division and Director of National Programs.

Connie Vance (Ed.D., 1977) has received the 2006 Humanitarian Award from Hope for a Healthier Humanity and the Pan American Catholic Health Care Network. These organizations are committed to supporting health care and health education in Latin America and the Caribbean. The award lauds Vance's international work in advancing health care and nursing education throughout the world community.

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Instructional Technology and Media

 Robert B. Larson (M.A., 1996)has been named Vice President, Product Development and Management of Larson will supervise the site's incorporation of expanded search, interactivity and new devices such as Times Reader, which allows users to download an electronic version of the newspaper ontoa portable device. He will also over-see the effort to build out key content areas and distribute news and information onto mobile platforms. He began his career in 1996.

Organization and Leadership

Educational Administration

 Sidney Freund (Ed.M., 1976; Ed.D., 1978) was elected Interim Superintendent of North Salem Public Schools in Westchester, New York. He is currently Superintendent of Schools in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Lee McCaskill (Ed.D., 1993) has been named Principal of Orange High School in New Jersey. McCaskill was previously Principal of Brooklyn Technical High School from 1992until February 2006.

Tara N. Niraula (Ed.M., 1993), asenior research scholar and Director of Research Projects at TC, was honored by NYC Comptroller William Thompson at the South Asian Heritage celebration in June 2006. Niraula is President of the America-Nepal Friendship Society and a prominent Nepali community leader.

Evan Pitkoff (Ed.D., 1989) has been elected President of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents for the 2006-07 school year. He is the Superintendent of Newtown Public Schools in Connecticut.

Executive Program for Nurses Rose Sherman (Ed.D., 1991),Director of the Nursing Leadership Institute of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, recently was awarded a national Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship. The fellowship is focused on leading the country's healthcare system into the 21st century. Sherman is one of 20 nurses in executive leadership roles nationwide selected for this award.

Politics and Education John B. Clark (Ed.D., 2001) has been named interim president ofthe State University College of Technology at Alfred State College, New York. He has been an interim president for a range of SUNY schools including SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Brockport. Following those appointments, Clark began working as acting Vice Chancellor of Enrollment and University Life at SUNY System Administration and then served as interim president at SUNY's College of Optometry.

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