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Phone: (212) 678-3215
Fax: (212) 678-3723
Email: tcalumni@columbia.edu

Teachers College News

NewsPic1Climate Research: Diversity at TC

Faculty members Robert Carter and Celia Oyler are conducting a three-year, mixed methods study of the College's diversity climate, interviewing more than 200 TC community members, mapping TC's ethnic, racial and gender demographics, reviewing past reports and other documents about diversity, and inventorying the visual "iconography" on campus. To read more, click here.

NewsPic2Views on the News:
Value-Added Measurement of Teachers Has a Significant Downside

Scholarly experts have drawn the distinction between the merits of using value-added models to shape standards and curricula and the flaws and dangers of applying the same formulae to evaluate individual teacher performances. They point out that many other factors-'"poverty, school resources, support from parents and outside sources such as tutoring, even health status-'"affect standardized test scores. To read more, click here.

Alumni News

TC Alumni Peter Robert Casey and Nabeel Ahmad creating Hoop Dreams at TC
Who knew that Clarence "Big House" Gaines went to TC? The story of two friends, an app and some surprising history makes for nothing but -'Net.
Click here to read the full story.

Deborah List, PhD, MPH chosen to lead Tiny Miracles Foundation

My experience at TC really helped shape my career path. I came to TC directly from Brown where I did my undergraduate work and I was not sure of exactly what direction I would take my health education degree. Click here to continue reading.


In Memoriam
InMemoriam1Robert L. Pace passed away on September 5, 2010, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 22, 1924, in Newton Kansas.

He earned a master's and doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. He first taught at Juilliard before becoming head of piano instruction at Teachers College in 1952, where he became Chairman of the Music Department in 1969. Read the full obituary here.

InMemoriam2William P. Foster revolutionized the once-staid world of collegiate marching bands as the founder and longtime director of the high-stepping, crowd-wowing Marching 100 band of Florida A&M University, died Saturday, August 28, in Tallahassee, Fla. He was 91.

Dr. Foster received a bachelor's degree from Kansas in 1941 and a master's degree from Wayne State in 1950, both with a concentration in music, and a doctor of education degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1955. Read the full feature here.

TCCS Career Corner

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) is committed to guiding all TC students and alumni throughout the different phases of the career development process.

Whether you are entering a new field, advancing within your current profession, or changing directions, we will help you identify and develop the skills and resources needed to achieve your career goals.

Visit the TCCS website to register for one of the upcoming events.

September 27, 2010 - Career Workshop Series, Resume/Cover Letter
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Come and learn what it takes to set yourself apart and to create a winning Resume and Cover Letter that will land you an interview.


September 28, 2010 - Career Workshop Series, Job Search/Networking
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Come learn about the state of the job market, how to develop and execute a smart search strategy and the importance of networking.

September 29, 2010 - Career Workshop Series, General Interviewing
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
The interview is where you need to sell yourself to the employer. Not just your skills and experience, but also your attitude and appearance. This workshop will provide you with techniques and strategies needed for a successful interview that will get you your desired job.

September 29, 2010 - Colgate Palmolive Information Session
Time: 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Household Surface Care, Fabric Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Suavitel and Fab.

September 30, 2010 - Career Workshop Series, Salary Negotiation
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Learn how to negotiate job offers and salary packages!

September 30, 2010 - YSC, Information Session
Time: 5:45-7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
YSC is one of the world's leading business psychology companies helping organizations of all sizes get the most out of their people through individual and team assessment and development, executive coaching and organizational consulting. Since 1990 we have been working with a diverse range of global clients with offices in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Mexico City, London, Edinburgh, Dusseldorf, Arnhem, Johannesburg, Sydney, Hong Kong and Mumbai.


For additional information regarding Career Services and to view additional upcoming events, visit www.tc.edu/careerservices.

TC Info Sessions

Learn about TC's academic departments and numerous programs at TC, as well as tips for applying.

The TC Office of Admission hosts regular Information Sessions where representatives speak with prospective students and answer questions pertaining to the application or admissions process. If you are interested in attending as an alumnus to share your TC experience with prospective students, please contact the TC Office of Admission at tcinfo@tc.columbia.edu. Please feel free to share these dates with anyone whom you would like to refer to TC to learn more about the programs.

September 22, 2010
Location: Boston, MA

September 28, 2010
Location:
Philadelphia, PA

September 29, 2010
Location:
Washington, DC

September 30, 2010
Location:
Toronto, Canada

October 5, 2010
Location: San Francisco, CA

October 5, 2010
Location: Chicago, IL

October 13, 2010
Location: Gainesville, FL

October 16, 2010

Location: Teachers College

October 21, 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY

October 26, 2010
Location: Seattle, WA

October 28, 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA

November 5, 2010
Location: Atlanta, GA

November 13, 2010
Location: Teachers College

December 9, 2010
Location: Teachers College

For additional information regarding specific locations or times, visit www.tc.edu/infosessions.

September Alumni Newsletter

Welcome to the September edition of the TC Alumni Newsletter. The College is kicking off another exciting academic year full of inspiring programs and engaging events.

The Office of Alumni Relations is happy to debut the upgraded look of this TC Alumni Newsletter along with our newly redesigned website: www.tc.edu/alumni. The monthly newsletter and the website are both useful tools, where you can always find alumni news, resources, events and information.

We are constantly seeking ways to improve the events and resources we present to the TC alumni community. We have partnered with the Alumni Association's Wants & Needs Committee to create a brief alumni survey to gather your feedback. The survey will take less than 5 minutes of your time to complete, so we encourage you to share your thoughts with us so that we may provide programming and resources that you find insightful and useful. To take the survey, click on this link.

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 from TC in the past 10 years or less, 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 who meets these criteria? Nominate him or her today! Nominations are due by October 31, 2010. Download the nomination form here or at www.tc.edu/alumni. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at tcalumni@tc.edu. Nominees will be announced in January and will be honored during Academic Festival 2011 on April 16, 2011.

Please keep your contact information up to date, so we can continue to share our news with you. Update your information or share Class Notes on www.tc.edu/alumni. If you are interested in getting more involved with one of the Alumni Association Committees, email us at tcalumni@tc.edu.

We look forward to seeing you at some of the events below.

Upcoming Alumni Events

September 23, 2010 - Where's the Diversity? TV, Movies, and Video Games & the Researchers who Study Them
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: NYIT's Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway, New York, NY (Cross streets: 61st & 62nd)
Diversity in media is an issue that all children's content creators grapple with, from television writers to movie casting agents to video game creators. The academic world has been researching these media closely-focusing on both the gaping inequalities and the shining examples of integration. Join Women in Children's Media in a night of research and discussion to learn how the power of children's media can have a positive impact on diversity. Moderated by David Kleeman (American Center for children and Media), Dr. Dafna Lemish (author of Screening Gender on Children's Television) will share her work on gender in television, Madeline Di Nonno (Executive Director) will present the Genna Davis Institute's latest research on gender in film, and Dr. Kevin Clark (George Mason University) will guide guests through his findings on race in the video game world. For all additional information, please visit
www.womeninchildrensmedia.org. Please RSVP by September 21. Students click here. Alumni click here.

September 24, 2010 - TC's Annual International Student Welcome Reception hosted by TC President Susan Fuhrman
Join President Fuhrman, the Office of International Student Services (OISS) and the International Outreach Committee of the TC Alumni Association for a student and alumni reception welcoming new international students to New York and into the TC family.
Time:
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College, Russell Courtyard (cafeteria, if raining)
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

September 27, 2010 - Book Talk: Ordinary Gifted Children, with Jessica Hoffmann Davis
Co-sponsored by Teachers College Press and the Gottesman Libraries
Time:
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College, 305 Russell
Situated in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, the Hoffmann School for Individual Attention is the subject of an uplifting educational memoir, Ordinary Gifted Children: The Power and Promise of Individual Attention (Teachers College press, 2010), written by Jessica Hoffmann Davis. To continue reading, for additional details and to RSVP, please visit the Library website.


September 29, 2010 - Book Talk with TC alumna Tatyana Kleyn: Teaching in 2 Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators
Co-sponsored by Teachers College Press and the Gottesman Libraries
Time:
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Russell Hall 306
On Wednesday, September 29, Tatyana Kleyn, alumna of Teachers College, will discuss her new book, co-authored by Sharon Adelman Reyes, Teaching in 2 Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators. Dr. Kleyn's text is written for the bilingual teacher, addressing specific approaches, methodologies, and strategies for teaching in bilingual classrooms, within social context of bilingual education. Joining the book talk is Maria Torres-Guzman, Professor of Bilingual Education in the International and Transcultural Studies Department at Teachers College. For additional details and to RSVP, please visit the Library website.


September 30, 2010 - A Socratic Conversation: What Determines Achievement? Ability? Effort? Instruction? Passion? Or...?! A Socratic Conversation
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor, Gottesman Libraries
For additional details and to RSVP, please visit the Library website.


October 1-2, 2010 - The Second Language Acquisition of Chinese
This conference will provide a forum to address issues specifically related to the acquisition of Chinese as a second language
Times:
9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location:
Teachers College
For more information, please visit the TCCRISLS website.

October 1, 2010 - TC Alumni Dinner in Turkey
Location:
Sofyalı Restaurant Beyoglu; Asmalımescit Sofyalı Sok.;
No: 9 Beyoğlu; 0212 245 03 62; Kategori: Akdeniz Mutfağı

Time:
7:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please email the International Alumni Network Rep, Sibel Kamisli at SibelKamisli@erkaltd.com.

Fuhrman

October 6, 2010 - Austin, TX Alumni President's Reception featuring TC President Susan Fuhrman
Join fellow alumni from Central Texas and meet TC President Susan Fuhrman who will bring news on the College's latest initiatives, and newest research findings and how TC's work will continue to impact the nation and the globe, as well as her views on current hot topics affecting TC and our alumni.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location:
Stephen F. Austin Hotel, 701 Congress Ave., Austin, TX, 78701
Time: 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.


October 13, 2010
- "The Social-Organizational Psychology Exchange" Inaugural Event featuring TC Faculty: Dr. Warner Burke, Dr. Bill Pasmore & Dr. Debra Noumair
The Exchange is a semi-annual event for members, alumni, and friends of the Programs in Organizational Psychology to participate in a vibrant, intellectual and professional gathering. Featuring keynote addresses from leading voice in the field, The Exchange is meant to enhance and build on the strengths of our Programs by providing an open forum for ideas and trends in organizational psychology to be presented, tested, challenged and improved.
Hosted By:
The Programs in Social-Organizational Psychology & TC Office of Alumni Relations

Time: 5:45 p.m. Refreshments; 6:00 p.m. Speaking Program Begins; 8:30 p.m. Social Gathering
Location:
Teachers College, Cowin Auditorium
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit http://www.tc.edu/orgpsych or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

November 17, 2010 - International Education Week Alumni & Student Mixer
Join the International Outreach Committee of the Teachers College Alumni Council and the Office of Alumni Relations for an autumn reception to celebrate International Education Week. Stay tuned for the full lineup of events presented by the Office of International Student Services which often include global hot topics and panel discussions featuring TC Faculty and Alumni.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations & International Student Services

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.


Kagan
January 12, 2011 -- Washington DC Alumni Reception in conjunction with Federal Policy Institute program featuring TC Faculty Sharon Lynn Kagan and President Susan Fuhrman.
Join fellow DC Alumni, as well as current TC policy students for this annual event. Stay tuned for more information about the special guest speaker for this event.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Location: Washington, DC venue TBD
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

February 17, 2011 - Denver Alumni Reception in conjunction with America Association of School Administrators Conference
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, (Headquarter Hotel) 650 15th Street

More information coming soon; to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

February 22, 2011
- San Francisco Alumni Reception in conjunction with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) conference

Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
More information coming soon; to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.


March 3, 2011 - Greenwich, CT Alumni Event - Nutrition Education in a Changing World: Making a Lasting Impact featuring TC Faculty Pam Koch
hosted by TC Alumna Vijayshree "Shonu" Pande
Join TC Alumni with a passion for Nutrition at the Greenwich, CT home of alumna Vijayshree "Shonu" Pande for a cooking demonstration and presentation by TC faculty member Pam Koch.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time:
6:30 p.m.

Location: 75 Husted Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.


March 15, 2011 - Philadelphia Alumni Reception in conjunction with Student Affairs in Higher Education conference
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Location: Philadelphia, PA

More information coming soon; to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

March 17, 2011 - New Orleans, LA Alumni Reception in conjunction with TESOL Conference
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Location: New Orleans, LA venue TBD

More information coming soon; to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

April 6, 2011 - International Week Student & Alumni Mixer
Join TC International Students & fellow alumni in celebrating International Week on campus. Celebrate the cultures of the world represented in TC's student body.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations & International Student Services
Location:
Teachers College
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.


April 10, 2011 - New Orleans, LA - TC Alumni & Faculty Reception in conjunction with the AERA Conference
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location:
New Orleans, LA venue TBD
More information coming soon; to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

April 16, 2011 - Academic Festival
Join us on campus for this day-long celebration of TC from Academics to Alumni. Take part in interactive and educational sessions, which will offer something for everyone. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Keynote Speaker and the list of Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awardees.
Time:
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Teachers College Campus
More information coming soon; to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

May 1-5, 2011 - Montreal Alumni Reception in conjunction with Comparative & International Education Society Conference
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
More information coming soon; to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.


May 28 - 29, 2011 - Adult Leadership Alumni Reception in conjunction with the 9th Transformative Learning Conference
Location: Athens, Greece
More information coming soon; to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/alumni or email tcalumni@tc.edu.


Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations for all TC events including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689 V/TTY, keller@tc.edu, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY, jaech@tc.edu. While every attempt will be made to fulfill all requests for reasonable accommodations regardless of when these requests are made, making requests two weeks prior to date of event will ensure that accommodations will be provided.

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