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The alumni magazine of Teachers College, Columbia University

Volume 31, No. 2 ♦ 3/2007

  • Four More Stars for TC's Use of Charitable Gifts

    For the third time in four years, Teachers College has received a four star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest independent evaluator of charities.
    Published: 4/26/2007

  • Academic Homecoming

    Academic Homecoming

    In November, more than 100 alumni and friends of TC attended Academic Homecoming, an afternoon devoted to learning about the groundbreaking faculty, alumni and student research at TC and to reconnect with fellow alumni.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Every TC Student Has a Story...

    When Terri Nixon '00 attended Teachers College, Prudential Securities' tuition reimbursement program covered most of her expenses.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • A Celebration of Values

    A Celebration of Values

    "There are few earthly things more beautiful than a university." Those words, written by the poet John Masefield, rang especially true when TC Professor Lambros Comitas spoke them at the inauguration for President Susan Fuhrman in January.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • Applying Our Knowledge

    Applying Our Knowledge

    Dear Friend, My heartfelt thanks to the entire Teachers College community for the warm and beautiful inauguration ceremony in January.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • Briefing the Court on School Integration

    Briefing the Court on School Integration

    The U.S. Supreme Court reviewed an amicus brief submitted by TC Professor Amy Stuart Wells in December as part of its consideration of challenges to school integration plans in Washington State and Kentucky.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • Library 2.0: It

    Library 2.0: It's All Happening at the Gottesman

    New services are just one part of how the library has changed since Trustee Ruth Gottesman wrote the check that began its renovation. There's a look and feel about the five floors of Russell Hall that say, very clearly, that this isn't just a facility for storing books, but instead, a place where people engage and things happen.
    Published: 4/12/2007

  • The Unorthodox Behaviorist

    The Unorthodox Behaviorist

    Doug Greer has fashioned a teaching approach from the ideas of B.F. Skinner. Now he's testing it to see if it can help close the nation's achievement gap
    Published: 4/6/2007

  • Living Up to the Legacy of Teachers College

    Living Up to the Legacy of Teachers College

    Inauguration Remarks by Susan H. Fuhrman, Tenth President of Teachers College, Columbia University
    Published: 2/2/2007

  • Inspiring Preschoolers

    Inspiring Preschoolers

    Connie Coulianos, the Master Teacher and Dir-ector of TC's Hollingworth Preschool since 1985, was named one of America's 11 most inspiring preschool teachers by Nick Jr. Family Magazine. Coulianos was chosen from among more than 500 candidates.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • In From The Cold

    Esther Sparberg still hasn't gotten over the phone call she received more than 25 years ago from the Columbia Spectator, many years after she'd graduated from TC with an Ed.D. in Science Education.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • Leff and Zankel Join TC

    Leff and Zankel Join TC's Board

    TC has added two new trustees to its Board, Julie Abrams Leff and R. Thomas Zankel.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • Teachers Remember September 11th

    At 8 a.m. on 9/11, over 8,700 children and 400 teachers showed up for school in downtown Manhattan as they did every morning. Within two hours, more than 5,000 students and nearly 200 teachers were running for their lives."
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • Credit Where It's Due: In Japan

    TC's Japan Campus has been officially accredited by the Japanese government. The school's new accredited status, awarded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, means that Japanese graduates of the 20-year-old institution, now officially known as a "Foreign Graduate School, Japan Campus" can use the credits they've earned to apply for higher degrees at Japanese universities.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • TC Says Farewell to Fred Schnur

    TC Says Farewell to Fred Schnur

    Fred Schnur, for the past 11 years TC's Vice President of Finance and Administration, left the College in December to become Vice President and Secretary to the Board of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • The TC Annual Fund follows four sponsored students

    The TC Annual Fund follows four sponsored students

    TC alumni who contribute to the TC Annual Fund can now read about their dollars at work by logging on to
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • NCLB Under the Microscope

    NCLB Under the Microscope

    If there was a central question during the College's two-day symposium on the federal No Child Left Behind Act in November, it was whether the country should set its sights on more realistic (and potentially more meaningful) achievement targets than NCLB currently endorses, or whether the law's famous goal--of universal student proficiency in reading and math by 2014--is the most powerful way to ensure improved outcomes for poor, minority and disabled students.

  • Getting Her Due

    June Millicent Jordan, poet, essayist and activist, lived an extraordinary life. Born in Harlem in 1936 to parents who emigrated from the West Indies, she published 28 books of poetry, fiction and essays; became a protg of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and reported on the civil rights movement for the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune; and co-author- ed, with architectural visionary W.R. Buckminster Fuller, an article for Esquire on redesigning Harlem.

  • Get Involved!

    At TC, we view the time spent as a student as only the beginning of a lifelong affiliation with the College. The Office of Alumni Relations, the Student Relations Committee of the Alumni Council and the TC Ambassadors Program work together to engage current students and to educate them about the mission of the College and the role that alumni play in facilitating that mission.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Council President's Message

    Dear Alumni: It was with great pride that I had the opportunity to address the thousands of guests at the Inauguration of TC's 10th president on January 31, representing all of TC's alumni. An alumna herself, Dr. Fuhrman stresses the importance of celebrating TC's rich heritage. As president of the alumni council, I am humbled to serve as the link between you and our new President.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • TC mourns Thacher, Timberlake and Vahanian

    TC mourns Thacher, Timberlake and Vahanian

    BARBARA AUCHINCLOSS THACHER, alumna and former TC Trustee, died in January. CRAIG TIMBERLAKE, Professor Emeritus and a professional actor, singer and author, passed away in December. PAUL VAHANIAN, alumnus and Professor of Psychology, died in October.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Educator and Caregiver

    Jonathan G. Silin, Ed.D., 1982, has published his fourth book, My Father's Keeper: The Story of a Gay Son and His Aging Parents (Beacon Press, 2005).
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Welcome, New Alumni Council Board Members

    The TC Alumni Council, which helps to plan Acade- mic Homecoming, the Distinguished Alumni Awards event and Com- mencement activities, recently welcomed seven new members who bring a variety of strengths to the Board.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Strong Principal Recognized

    Ellen Minette, Ed.D., 1988, Principal of Heidelberg Middle School in Heidelberg, Germany, a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school, has been awarded the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Middle Level Principal of the Year Award.

  • Alumni Honored

    Distinguished Alumni Awards and Early Career Award...
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Teachers College Alumni Council

    The Teachers College Alumni Council consists of 35 members who represent all 90,000 graduates. The Council partners with the Department of Development and External Affairs to advance the goals of the College by providing alumni with op- portunities to remain involved in the life of the College through social activities, volunteer efforts and financial support.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Alumni News, Class Notes

    Connecting alumni far and near with Teachers College and each other
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • In Memoriam

    This section is a tribute to recently deceased alumni. Listed by class are those whose names were provided through family notices or newspaper clippings. Please contact TC Today to submit information to the editors. This edition covers June 2006 through November 2006.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • TC Mourns Montgomery

    TC Mourns Montgomery

    Maybelle Stanfield Montgomery, Teachers College Class of 1921, died in September at her home in Olmos Park, Texas. She was 110 years old and had been TC's oldest living alumna.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Speaking Up for Native Languages

    The case against linguistic hegemony--the dominance of a single language at the expense of all others--can be tough to make. On one side are all the benefits offered by the country or culture that are available to anyone willing to speak only the majority tongue; on the other side are memories of the culture immigrants came with and--typically--some rather uninspired, half-hearted efforts at creating multilingual classrooms. Yet it's a case that must be made, say the editors of a new book, or both the majority and the minority populations stand to lose.
    Published: 4/24/2007

  • To Charter of Not to Charter

    At the Brooklyn charter school where I worked this fall, posters encourage students to "Read, Baby, Read" and "Climb the Mountain to College." College banners adorn the halls and classrooms are named for teachers' alma maters. The clear message to the school's exclusively black and Latino (and mostly poor) students: You deserve an excellent education. Now.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • Ties That Bind

    Ties That Bind

    What keeps alumni loyal and involved? For TC Trustee Ruth Gottesman (M.A., 1952; Ed.D., 1968)-- chief benefactor with her husband of the College's beautiful Gottesman Libraries-'"it starts with a positive student experience that, hopefully, blossoms into a genuine belief in the mission and ideals of the institution and, ultimately, lifelong relationships with its students, faculty and even trustees.
    Published: 4/25/2007

  • MaryEllen McGuire

    MaryEllen McGuire

    MaryEllen McGuire is living an education policy wonk's dream. As education policy advisor to Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut on the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, she'll be a key player in the process of reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
    Published: 4/24/2007