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Tight-knit in Tokyo TC alumni gathered in Tokyo in October to meet Thomas James, Provost and Dean of the College. Alumni Relations is partnering with James to launch a Provost on the Road Series this year. Alumni pictured here prove the bonds to TC and each other are quite strong – even from half a world away. (Left to Right) Stacey Vye (M.A. '02), Arthur Nguyen (M.A. '11), Jennie Roloff Rothman (M.A. '10), Mayu Kate (M.A. '12), Eddie Sanchez (M.A. '12), Linamaria Arroyave Valdivia (M.A. '12), Robert Morel (M.A. '12) and Jennifer Toyoshima (M.A. '11).

ARTS AND HUMANITIES

APPLIED LINGUISTICS
Mirta Martes-Rivera  (M.A. ’87) teaches as a seasonal instructor at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras campus. After her time at TC, she attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she took a course with Noam Chomsky. She has taught in both the higher education system and the public schools in several states. She also writes for Puerto Rico’s leading newspapers.

ART AND ART EDUCATION
Betty Kipniss MacDonald (M.A. ’60) writes art reviews for The Journal of the Print World about exhibits at the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery and other major venues in the Washington, D.C. area. She is also a printmaker who creates etchings, monotypes, and watercolors. Her work is included in collections around the world.   

Richard Risio (M.A. ’99) is teaching Art, LGBT Studies and Urban Agriculture at City-As-School High School in New York City’s West Village.

TEACHING OF ENGLISH
Karen (Booker) Estrada (M.A. ’08) and her husband, Erick, are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Etienne, on May 4, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. The Estradas are currently living in Columbia, MD.

TESOL
Diana Berkowitz (M.A. ’76, M.E. ’80, M. Phil. ’86, Ph.D. ‘86) has been Director of the CUNY Language Immersion Program at Queensborough Community College (CUNY) since 1999.  She was recently named Director of the new CUNY Start Program at the College. Diana also oversees the coordination of the college’s ESL and GED programs for Continuing Education.

Kent Doehr McLeod (M.A. ’00) began the next phase in his ESL/EFL career at EARTH University in Costa Rica in July 2012.

Robert Fredericks (M.A. ’89) has lived and worked in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico for the past 20 years. He provides translations for the publication Horizontes. His article Ciudades Inteligentes y el Destino Humano was featured in the most recent issue of Boletin Horizontes (http://horizontes18.com/boletin/boletin-horizontes-numero-8/).

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION
Judy Dick (M.E. ’09) is writing a series of elementary school textbooks for
Behrman House Publishers. The books are Our Community http://www.behrmanhouse.com/sample-pages/building-jewish-identity-1 and Sacred Time http://www.behrmanhouse.com/sample-pages/building-jewish-identity-2.
   

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

NEUROSCIENCE & EDUCATION
Evelyn Arana (M.S. ’09) began a Ph.D. program in Public Health at Drexel University in September 2012.

PHYSIOLOGY
Robert Cavalier (Ph.D. ’61) has constructed a new evidenced-based method for faculty development and evaluation.  This innovative system supports local faculty culture in allowing instructors to test their assumptions about teaching and write their own survey items for student feedback. For more information, visit www.instructorperformance.com.
   

COUNSELING &
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
Mari Alschuler (M.A. ’87, M.E. ’88) completed a Ph.D. in Leadership & Education in July 2012 at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. Alschuler has accepted a position at Virginia Intermont College as BSW Program Coordinator
& Assistant Professor of
Social Work.

Ara Brown (M.E. ’02, M.A. ’03) recently earned his Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alan Gurman (M.A. ’70, Ph.D. ’71) retired as Emeritus Professor from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Medical School. He is now Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the university and Clinical Professor of Psychology/Teaching Faculty at The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. This coming academic year, he will also serve as a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance.

GUIDANCE
Robert Harcourt (M.A. ’61) has been at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) for 47 years.  The Institute celebrated its 50th Anniversary over the summer.  Harcourt serves on the IAIA Foundation Board of Directors.
   

CURRICULUM & TEACHING

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Lorna Edmundson (M.E. ’71, Ed.D. ’75) is drawing on her 40 years of experience in leadership roles at six colleges and universities in her new work as a consultant, assisting college presidents in solving strategic problems and internationalizing campuses. Edmundson recently returned from Hong Kong and Nanjing, China, where she made presentations on campus internationalization at two universities and at the conference of Women’s Education Worldwide. She serves as a consultant with Credo Higher Education, Ann Duffield and Colleagues, and the American Bilingual Preschools in Nanjing, China. At the United Nations, Edmundson represents the Georgian Women’s Business Association. She remains active in the International Women’s Forum and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She writes: “Teachers College gave me a great education.”

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION
Edward de Villafranca (M.A. ’03) has started his own business after more than 17 years at the Peddie School. He spends much of his time in Montreal, where his family is located, but also works with families around the globe. He writes: “It’s a very exciting time!”

Margaret Terry Orr (M.A. ’77, M.E. ’77, M.Phil. ’79, Ph.D. ’79) co-authored Preparing Principals for a Changing World: Lessons From Effective School Leadership Programs.
   

HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR STUDIES

APPLIED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Caroline A. Carroll (M.A. ’73) teaches English privately to Chinese children in New York City’s Chinatown and to overseas students via Skype.

SPECIAL EDUCATION
Joan (Mulcahy) Thomspon (M.A. ’59) married Colonel John Carl Thompson on Valentine’s Day 2011. She served the United States in Japan and Germany, setting up special education and speech therapy classes for the dependent children of the military. She also established hearing testing at base hospitals. While overseas, Thompson hosted her own radio and TV shows and acted in and directed plays. She has written the story of her training days at the Lexington School for the Deaf, which she attended at the same time she was studying at TC.
   

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Jacqueline Esmez (M.A. ’90) is in the process of writing a children’s book.

Richard DiCecio (M.E. ’80, M.A. ’66) is Treasurer and Past President of the Columbia University-Teachers College chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

Edith S. Marks (M.A. ’70) entered the Board of Education as a teacher and retired 17 years later, having risen to the position of Supervisor of Trainers in Special Education. Upon retiring, she wrote Coping with Glaucoma and two years later followed with Glaucoma: Patient to Patient. Marks is known worldwide as a patient-expert on glaucoma, having appeared on radio and television. She also writes fiction, including the novel Ground Cover. She has served on the Board of the West Side Community Garden in Manhattan. At 88, Marks is still active and serving as Co-chair of the Glaucoma Support and Education Group.
   

INTERNATIONAL & TRANSCULTURAL STUDIES

ANTHROPOLOGY
Olga González (M.A. ’96, M.Phil. ’96, Ph.D. ’06) authored Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes (University of Chicago Press, 2011).
   

MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

COMPUTING IN EDUCATION
Mary Larkin (M.A. ’84) has been awarded the Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editor’s Prize for Fiction. Larkin has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Award. She is the recipient of Hollins University’s Andrew James Purdy Award for outstanding fiction and is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

SCIENCE EDUCATION
Ngozi N. Osuagwu (Ed.D. ’87) just concluded a Presidential Visitation Panel on Repositioning Colleges of Education in Nigeria (with a view to improve curriculum and instruction). She would like to collaborate on improving teacher skills “to cope with the 21st Century learner.”
   

ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP

ADULT EDUCATION GUIDED INTENSIVE STUDY
Douglas Scherer (Ed.D. ’10) has written Using Reflective Learning in Information Technology Crisis Resolution, a chapter that will appear in Contemporary Perspectives on Technological Innovation, Management and Policy, Volume 2. The work echoes his latest research interest in mindfulness and reflective learning in real-time crisis management. He presented his dissertation-based paper, Doing the Right Thing: Executive Mentors and Caring Leader Development, at the 2010 Academy of Management annual meeting. In 2011, he launched the voicesofthecliff.com podcast, an ongoing series of interviews about the leadership journey, with an emphasis on authentic, sustainable, and socially conscious leadership. Scherer is in the process of finding a broader venue to distribute and share these interviews. Meanwhile, he is completing his eighth year as a Vice President at Citigroup, where he leads a technology team for a global clientele. Scherer welcomes discussion on all of these topics at ds356@columbia.edu.

EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
Christopher Lehman (M.E. ’07) co-authored Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement (Heinemann 2012) (http://www.amazon.com/Pathways-Common-Core-Accelerating-Achievement/dp/0325043558/ref=sr).

HIGHER AND POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
Huda Bibi (Ed.D. ’90) established a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to develop the abilities of children and youth so they may succeed. For more information, visit www.taaheel.net. 

Anne Pruitt-Logan (M.A. ’50, Ed.D. ’64) has published, Faithful to the Task at Hand: The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe (State University of New York Press, 2012).

INQUIRY IN EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE
Roger Wayne Keller (Ed.D. ’07) was featured in the October 2012 issue of Architect magazine under the AIA Voices section.


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