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Applied Psychology and Nutrition Education

Felicia D. Stoler (M.S., 1999) recently appeared on NBC's "Dateline," as a nutrition expert. She has also appeared on 105.1 FM Radio as an on-air spokesperson and professional nutrition advisor while also providing educational materials for the Chubb Club. Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise psychologist, and expert consultant in nutrition and healthful living. She has served as an adjunct professor on the nutrition and health faculty of Brookdale Community College and Kean University. She has been quoted, cited and published in the Daily News, the NY Times, NJ Monthly Magazine, the Star-Ledger and other publications.

Arts and Art Education

Pearl Greenberg (Ed.D., 1971) has been elected as President of the Fellows of the NAEA (National Art Education Association). A fellow since 1993, Greenberg moved into this position after the annual convention in Minneapolis in April. Greenberg is also a past President and founding member of the UCAE (Universal Council for Art Education), an organization soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Her papers are in the Special Collections Section of the Teachers College Library since 1994.

Shanna Papademos (M.A., 1980) has presented her work in several individual exhibitions and has participated in group shows in the U.S and in Europe, including a recent exhibition at the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplion, Greece. She received a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree from TC. Papademos' studies emphasized painting and included art history and education. Since the mid-eighties she has been living and creating paintings in Athens, Greece.

Anthony Toney (Ed.D., 1955; M.A., 1952) celebrates his 90th birthday on June 28 of this year. In recognition of his artistic legacy, an exhibit, "A Father/Daughter Retrospective," at the Art Gallery of the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif., displays Anthony Toney's paintings and his daughter Anita Toney's etchings. Ms. Toney, an artist and educator like her father, also assists with his portraits of students at a school in Fairfax, Calif., where they live, inspiring and guiding another generation. Anthony Toney has spent over 40 years teaching painting at the New School for Social Research, now the New School University. He had frequent solo shows of his paintings at the ACA Gallery on E. 57th Street in New York City from 1949 to 1987. In 1991, Toney received TC's Distinguished Alumni Award and in 1994 there was an exhibit of 20 of his paintings at the Macy Gallery, which he donated to TC. He is author of the books Creative Painting and Drawing and Painting and Drawing.

Curriculum and Teaching

Anne Richardson Gayles-Felton (Professional Diploma, 1955; M.A., 1947) has been selected to serve the State of Florida on the new Presidential Business Commission, an elite group of leading business and professional people and political strategists who will be advising the Republican leadership on how to protect the President's Majority in the House in the upcoming elections. Felton was selected based on outstanding contributions as an Honorary Chairman of the Party's Business Advisory Council, a position she Felton still holds.

Educational Administration

Robert Ramsdell (M.A., 1995), an executive with experience as an educator and business leader, has been appointed senior director of PBS TeacherLine, a Web-based professional development initiative focused on improving teaching practices in schools across the nation. For the last seven years, Ramsdell served as founder and director of FreshPond Education in Cambridge, Mass. Ramsdell was also a social studies teacher and school administrator in New York from 1989 to 1996. He has designed Curriculum and Technology Integration Leadership Programs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.

Ted Kozlik (Ed.D., 1993), Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services in the Westfield Public Schools, is now President of the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators. Twice elected past-President of the New Jersey Association of Pupil Services Administrators, Kozlik now embarks upon challenges of unifying pupil services nationally and in statehouses. His immediate goals include a well reasoned and balanced reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; implementation and revisions to No Child Left Behind, among many other issues.

Siri Akal Singh Khalsa (Ed.D., 1994; M.A., 1993) has been appointed Head of Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he was Assistant Head for two years. He co-authored the article "Re-Recruiting Faculty and Staff: The Antidote to Today's High Attrition" featured in the Spring 2003 edition of Independent School Magazine, and was profiled in a Boston Globe article in November 2002. Siri Akal has been an educator for 26 years and an educational administrator for 16 years. He served as Assistant Head and Director of Studies for Oakwood Friends (a Quaker boarding school in Poughkeepsie, New York) and as an administrator in two boarding schools in India. A practicing Sikh, he has taught the senior-level class Comparative Religions and several yoga classes.

Lenore Gall (Ed.D., M.E., 1988), the Dean of Students and Academic Services at New York City College of Technology, has been elected President of the National Association of University Women. The Washington, D.C.,-based organization has 90 branches throughout the U.S. that sponsor and conduct educational initiatives primarily for female students of color at all levels of schooling. The focus of Gall's presidency will be on HIV/AIDS. She also serves as President of the Corona-east Elmhurst Chapter of Dollars for Scholars and was chair of the board of directors of the Library Action Committee, Inc., at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona, Queens.

Music Education

Robert Pace (Ed.D., 1951; M.A., 1949), Professor of Emeritus of Music Education at TC, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2003, at the Music Teachers National Association national convention. MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers' organization in the country. Pace was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree and gave the commencement address at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, in May 2003. Pace has been a leader in music education for more than 40 years as a performer, teacher and author. He first taught at Juilliard before becoming head of piano instruction at TC in 1952 and later the Chair of the Music Department. He was educational director of the National Piano Foundation from its inception in 1963 until 1977, when he became Executive Director of the International Piano Teaching Foundation. Pace was a member of the original four-member committee appointed by President John F. Kennedy to make a study of music in the United States.

Health and Behavior Studies

Grace Lappin (Ph.D., 2003; M.Phil. 2001; M.E., 2001; M.A. 1996) is a full-time faculty member at St. Joseph's College in New York in the Child Study Department. Her dissertation, a case study about attachment in blind infants, earned the Dissertation of the Year Award in 2003 from the Council for Exceptional Children. Her work has been published in the DVI Quarterly, Zero to Three, and The Long Island Advance. Lappin also received a master of philosophy in physical disabilities in 2001, a master of education in instructional practices in 2000, and a master of arts in medieval history in 1985. She was a teacher for the New York City Board of Education from 1993-2000.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

Kathryn Currier Moody (Ed.D., 1993; M.E., 1991) visited urban and rural schools in Cuba in November 2002 as part of the Seminar on Economic and Cultural Transition conducted by the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas in Austin, where she is Senior Research Fellow. Moody inquired into the conditions associated with the remarkable 97 percent literacy rate among Cuban students. Moody recently retired from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she was Director of the Open Gates Dyslexia Program and Special Assistant to the President.

Religion and Education

Francis Kumi Dwamena (Ed.D., 1982) is founder and pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the largest Ghanaian congregation in New York City, which he has led since its founding 25 years ago. Dwamena leads a congregation of about 250 people who worship in Twi and Ga, two of the most widely spoken languages in Ghana. Dwamena arrived in New York after teaching physical education in his home country for seven years. The Presbyterian Church of Ghana bought their own church building, raising $1.5 million through contributions from its members.

Science Education

Margaret O. Hyde (M.A., 1939), has two forthcoming books, Drugs 101 and Depression: What You Should Know. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 books for teens. The topics of her books range from information on the Human Body such as "Your Skin" to more scientifically involved topics such as "Your Brain." Margaret has also written books on psychological topics, including depression, suicide, and phobias. She was a Science Consultant at the Lincoln School at TC and an assistant to TC Professor Gerald Craig. She taught at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Penn., and was a lecturer in Science Education at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Social Psychology

Michelle Fine (Ph.D., 1980; M.Phil., 1979; M.A., 1978), has coauthored a book entitled, Silenced Voices and Extraordinary Conversations: Re-Imagining Schools. A noted educator, Michelle Fine invites new and veteran teachers on an intellectual guided tour through the troubles of bad practice and the delights of the good. This volume is a collection of classic essays on social class, race, gender, and schooling crafted over the course of two decades. The authors invite readers to take a serious look at the paradox of public education-the ways in which urban schools reproduce social inequalities while, at the same time, serve as sites for learning at its most transformative and compelling.

Special Education

Amy Nathan (M.A., 1980) has recently published a book entitled, Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II. It describes the exciting, often daring, experiences of these aviation pioneers. Yankee Doodle Gals, gives readers aged 10 and up a new look at World War II and celebrates the courageous spirit of the WASP's, women who weren't afraid to follow their dreams. Nathan is the author of several award-winning children's books, including, The Young Musician's Survival Guide, The Kid's Allowance Book, and Surviving.

Published Monday, Aug. 25, 2003