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TC Alumna Receives Book Award

Dr. Tomoko Takahashi (EdD '84) has been named the Winner of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Autobiography category for her memoir entitled Samurai and Cotton: A Story of Two Life Journeys in Japan and America, published in November 2011. The book has been honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Autobiography/Memoir category of the 2012 International Book Awards.
Read more about Tomoko and the award here.(See the book below in Bookshelf.)

The Art of Affirmation

In both her art and philanthropic work, Pamela Ader (MA '65) focuses on the power of nature – including the human will. Pam Aders’s multimedia art has often evoked the serenity of nature. A recent exhibit at the Phoenix Gallery in New York City, for example, was collectively titled “Celestial,” and titles of the individual pieces included “Daybreak,” “Cloud Cover,” and “Milky Way.” For followers of Ader, that made her 2007 show “Containment” all the more startling. Reflecting Ader’s bout with breast cancer, the work in that show was an affirmation of the individual’s ability to surmount past difficulties. Read the full story here.

A Golden Apple for the Teacher

Bryan Jackson (MA ’04) has received the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award and has been recognized as one of the best teachers in the Chicago area.  Bryan is a third grade teacher at Latin School of Chicago.  Read the full story here.

Do you have good news to share? Be sure to let us know here or by emailing us at tcalumni@tc.edu.

Department Links

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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 and @TCMusicEd.

Biobehavioral Sciences
You can also join the conversation on Twitter @BiobehavioralTC.

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Curriculum & Teaching
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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
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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
Click here to read the most recent edition of MST Times, the department's newsletter.

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

Views on the News

Views on the News is a monthly online journal of analysis just launched by the External Affairs team at Teachers College. 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.


Inside 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 views@tc.columbia.edu.


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 blip.tv channel to see what you've been missing.


Support TC

Being TC
The fiscal year ends on August 31! As a valued member of the Teachers College community, you know that our faculty, students and alumni lead the way in shaping human learning, development and well-being across the world.Every aspect of the College, whether it be scholarships, academic programs or faculty initiatives, is underwritten by the TC Fund. Your annual fund support makes a significant difference in the future of our students and the lives they will affect.Click here to make your gift online today and help us reach our goal of $2.1 million by August 31. Every gift counts. Thank you!

Being Dewey
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. Make a gift of $1,000 or more to the John Dewey Circle 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. Click here to learn more about the John Dewey Circle and to make your gift online today.

Share Your Scholarship Story

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. Your story will be shared with our Donor Relations team who may incorporate it into our scholarship communications on the Web and in print. This will help us promote scholarships and scholarship giving at TC. Share your story here.


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


Samurai And Cotton: A Story of Two Life Journeys in Japan and America by Tomoko Takahashi (EdD ’84). Takahashi was born in Japan; at twenty, she left her home for the United States. She currently serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California—she is also the Dean of the Graduate School as well as Professor of Linguistics and Education.


Hearts On Fire: Twelve Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action by Jill Iscol (EdD '77) (written with TC faculty member Peter Cookson). Iscol, an educator and activist, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy. She is a member of TC's President's Advisory Council.

Mirrors of the Mind: Introduction to Mindful Ways of Thinking Educationby Noriyuki Inoue (PhD '03). Inoue is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of San Diego.

Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works? Send information on your work to tcalumni@tc.edu, subject: Alumni Publications. we can feature you on our bookshelf section.

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 http://library.tc.columbia.edu/. You can also join the dialogue on Twitter @GottesmanLibs.

June Alumni Newsletter

Congratulations, Graduates!
TC and CU Convocation and Commencement ceremonies took place last month for our master's and doctoral candidates. Over 1,500 alumni have just joined our ranks. Welcome to the Alumni Association, TC Grads! To meet a few of our graduates click here.

Alumni Association
The Office of Alumni Relations would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the 2011-2012 Alumni Council Members.

We would also like to especially recognize those Alumni Council members whose terms ended in May 2012:

Constance Belton Green
Elaine Heffner
Carolyn McNally
Kathleen Morin
Caroline Vaughn
Robert Weintraub

Additionally, we extend our thanks to all of the Committee Co-Chairs for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Alumni Wants & Needs: Peter Dillon and Carolyn McNally
Awards & Recognition: Susan Diamond and Diana Newman
International Outreach: Marion Boultbee and Fred Brodzinski
Nominating: Maryalice Mazzara and Constance Belton Green
Programs & Resources: Patrick McGuire and Kathleen Morin

We would also like to thank the Executive Committee leadership: Immediate Past President, Dr. Robert Weintraub; President Elect, Patrick McGuireand President, Adam Vane who have kept the council focused on its mission of (re)connecting alumni to TC.

The Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association are happy to welcome new Alumni Council members who were recently elected to serve three-year terms:

Scott Gartlan
Philip Geiger
Myah Moore Irick
Beverly Elmyra Johnson
Jeffrey Putman
Fran Riemer
Carla Shere

We would also like to remind you that all alumni are welcome to get involved and join a committee. If you are interested in doing so or would like more information about how to nominate yourself or a fellow TC graduate for the Alumni Council, please click here.

June 18 - Special Film Screening: The Apple Pushers, A Documentary
Five Pushcarts, One Dream… The Apple Pushers, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, narrated by Edward Norton, and underwritten by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, follows immigrant street vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into poorer neighborhoods of New York where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge. Join us from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. at Milbank Chapel.
For more information or to RSVP please visit www.tc.edu/events/10938.

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


brain scanJune 5 - Provost Series featuring Karen Froud
Please join Thomas James for the second installment of the 2012 Provost's Series - a discussion and cocktail reception featuring Dr. Karen Froud, Director of the Neurocognition of Language Lab, and Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Neuroscience and Education at TC. She will be speaking on the topic: "Neuroscience of Language and Learning." Learn about her ongoing research in the field of Biobehavioral Science. Karen's use of brain-imaging technologies is helping to decipher what is happening "behind the scenes" to determine learning and behavior as they develop in children with speech disorders, adults learning to read, people who speak multiple languages, and even long-time practitioners of meditation.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: 179 Grace Dodge Hall, Teachers College

June 13 - Book Talk - Speaking Worlds 3: Personal Narratives from Bronx Regional, Mary Mitchell, Manhattan Hub, and Jamaica Learning Center
The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers of Teachers College cordially invites you to a public reading to celebrate the release of the student-authored book: Speaking Worlds 3: Personal Narratives from Bronx Regional, Mary Mitchell, Manhattan Hub, and Jamaica Learning Center. (A GED Plus/Student Press Initiative Collaboration)
Hosted By: The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers of Teachers College
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Joyce B. Cowin Center, Teachers College

June 14-15 - Weatherhead Forum in Taipei
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University is pleased to present a lecture series in partnership with the Center for China Studies at National Taiwan University. All events are free and open to the public but you must register. Please note that the following lectures will be in Chinese. June 14 features two lectures: "Audacious Fraud or Masterful Imitation? Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Copycats and the Global Trademark Regime" and "The Stone Phenomenon: Grand Prospect Garden and Its Visual Representations, 1791-1919". June 15 features "How We Should Read Jinpingmei Cihua (The Plum in the Golden Vase)".
For more information or to RSVP please visit www.columbia.edu/cu/weai/weatherhead-forum-taipei.html.

June 18 - Film Screening: The Apple Pushers, A Documentary
Five Pushcarts, One Dream… The Apple Pushers, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, narrated by Edward Norton, and underwritten by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, follows immigrant street vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into poorer neighborhoods of New York where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge.
Time: 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Location:  Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP please visit www.tc.edu/events/10938.

June 30 - TESOL Certificate Program Professional Development Workshop - Global Business English
TESOL logo Global Business English is more than memos and business documents. Students need a variety of skills, ranging from casual conversation over a business lunch to representing a company’s position in more formal settings. Since there are many kinds of Business English courses and most Business English teachers are de facto course designers, this workshop covers how to do a learner needs analysis to make informed decisions on materials, how to adapt materials for Business learners, and classic situations and problem-solving in the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classroom. No previous teaching experience required. Workshop cost: $150.
Hosted By: TESOL
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joyce B. Cowin Center, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP please visit www.tc.edu/tesolcertificate. These one-day summer workshops are a cost-effective way to update your skills and your resume. Click here for a full listing of upcoming workshops.


July 9-13 - The School Law Institute 2012
Join national leaders in education law to discuss critical issues of education law, policy, and practice. Topics to be covered include charter schools; Race to the Top, NCLB, using student test scores to evaluate teachers; harassment and bullying; serving students with disabilities and English language learners; testing for tracking, promotion, and graduation; search and seizure; cyber-bullying and free-speech rights of students and teachers; and fiscal equity. Presenters include: John King Jr., New York State Commissioner of Education; Gary Orfield and Patricia Gandara, Co-Directors of the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles; Jack Jennings, Former President and CEO of the Center on Education Policy; Rhoda Schneider, General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Education; Prof. Perry Zirkel, Lehigh University; Michael Rebell, Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity; Dennis Parker, National Director of the Racial Justice Project with the ACLU, Maree Sneed, Senior Partner with Hogan Lovells, and Jay P. Heubert, Teachers College Professor of Law and Education.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: William and June Warren Hall, at 115th Street and Amsterdam Avenue; Room L107
For more information or to RSVP please visit www.tc.columbia.edu/schoollaw/.

July 26-28 - Superintendents and Aspiring Superintendents Work Conference
The Superintendents Work Conference organized at Teachers College, Columbia University offers a unique opportunity for an informal exchange of ideas and a sharing of executive leadership best practice with peers from all parts of the United States helping make this conference a success. The following topics will be addressed during the conference: Educational Entrepreneurship, Districts & the Portfolio Strategy, Sustainable Funding and Community Organizing & Education.
For more information or to RSVP please visit superintendentsworkconference.com.

Mark Your Calendar

September 28-29 - Language and Social Interaction 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 www.tc.edu/lansi.

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit www.tc.edu/alumni/ or email tcalumni@tc.edu. For a full calendar of events happening on TC's campus, visit http://www.tc.edu/calendar/.

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

TCCS Career Corner

Stay Connected to TCCS
Continue to utilize career services as an alumnus? To review a list of services offered, click here. Do you want to continue to receive the TCCS weekly emails! Sign up for the TCCSAlumni Listserv. 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.

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 http://uni.columbia.edu/, 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.

June 28 - Career Change and Transition for Alumni
CCE's Alumni Career Development Webinar, 12-1 PM (ET).
Are you thinking about making a career change or are you in the midst of a career transition? Join us for this webinar to learn about the process of changing careers, how to navigate all aspects of this transition, and how others have made it happen successfully. Click here to register and for more information.

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 gochenour@tc.edu.

Columbia Alumni Volunteer & Mentor Opportunities
Mark your calendars for opportunities to volunteer and share your expertise, your experience and time for upcoming career events and more. For more information on these events or to RSVP, please click here

Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events Each Month
IvyLife-Columbia is a LinkedIn group, which is also part of the parent group, IvyLife. Both groups hold various networking events in NYC as well as around the world. For more information, visit the group on LinkedIn or http://www.ivylife.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.

For further assistance, please contact the TCCS office at careerservices@tc.edu.

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