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Arts & Humanities

Robert Boone (M.A., 1964) authored his second book, Inside Job: A Life of Teaching (The Puddin' Head Press). From Staten Island to Frankfort to Chicago, this book chronicles Boone's life and reveals the heart of an inspirational educator. Boone holds a Ph.D. in English Education from Northwestern University; he currently runs a private learning center outside of Chicago and directs Young Chicago Authors, a scholarship program for inner city high school students who like to write.

Henry L. Fernandez (Ed.D., 1993; M.A., 1987, 1985, 1984), was appointed to the new position of Executive Director, Scholarships, Outreach and Philanthropy at USA Funds, the nation's leading education-loan guarantor. Fernandez was program director for Lumina Foundation for Education and previously worked as director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program, as a grant-proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and as a program administrator at TC. Earlier in his career, he served as an elementary school principal and teacher. He completed his undergraduate studies at Queens College of the City University of New York.

Toby Kurzband (Ed.D., 1953) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NYC Art Teachers Association and United Federation of Teachers. Kurzband was the first art teacher at Bronx High School of Science, and has taught at Columbus High School, the University of Rhode Island, Pratt, Pace, The New School, NYU, Marymount, FIT and currently Penn South Senior Center. He has lectured at TC and The New York Society for Experimental Study of Education and served as a docent at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. He was principal of PS 1 in Manhattan, superintendent of District 2, and special assistant to the NYC Chancellor.

Kimberly Lane (Ed.M., 2004), was selected to be a MetLife Fellow by the Teachers Network Policy Institute (TNPI), an honor shared by over 100 exemplary elementary, middle and high school teachers representing 12 TNPI affiliates nationwide. Lane teaches art and heads the art department at The Heritage School, a public high school located in East Harlem established by Judith Burton, Professor of Art Education at TC, who opened the school in collaboration with the New York City Board of Education in September 1997.

Martin Nystrand (M.A., 1987) co-authored, Towards a Rhetoric of Everyday Life: New Directions in Research on Writing, Text, and Discourse (The University of Wisconsin Press). The book investigates the language of nontraditional speakers, including immigrants, women, urban children and others who have long been on the boundaries of civic life and political forums. Nystrand is a professor in the Graduate Program in Composition and Rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Judith Peck (M.A., 1974) authored five new books (Imagination Art Publications), adding to her illustrated resource collection for art educators, adults and youth. Peck is Professor of Art at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is author of Sculpture as Experience, and two other books on creative processes. She appears in Who's Who in American Art, The World's Who's Who of Women, and Designing Public Art. Peck holds a doctorate from NYU and two master's degrees in sculpture and art education from TC. She studied sculpture at the Art Students League and at the Sculpture Center in New York.

Lisa Jo Sagolla (Ed.D., 1992; M.A., 1986) authored, The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCraken (Northeastern University Press). The book recounts the story of dancer and actress Joan McCraken, whose pioneering and influential career started with her role in the musical Oklahoma. Sagolla teaches dance education at TC and also at Marymount Manhattan College and the School of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She is a dance critic for Black Stage newspaper.

Peninnah Schram (M.A., 1968) received the Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator and the National Storytelling Network's 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an Associate Professor of Speech and Drama at Yeshiva University's Stern College and the Azrieli Graduate School. Schram authored seven books of Jewish folktales, including Jewish Stories One Generation Tells. She has also recorded a CD, The Minstrel and the Storyteller: Stories and Songs of the Jewish People, with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. Schram is the Founding Director of The Jewish Storytelling Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Stephanie Snyder (Ed.M) was named Director and Curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her curatorial experience includes, "Performing Judaism" at Cooley Gallery, and "Film Show" at Cooley and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, where she was a member of the advisory board. She was a coordinator and founding member of the Heritage School. Snyder's work was shown in the above exhibitions in addition to many other individual exhibitions. She holds a B.A. from Reed College and an Ed.M. from TC, both with honors.

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Haig Chahinian (M.A., 2000) started his third season as host of "Career Talk Live: and What Do You Do?" a live call-in talk show focusing on job search and career issues such as self-promotion, writing a job-creating proposal and negotiating successfully. Broadcast every Thursday at 5:30pm on Brooklyn Community Access Television Channel 35/68, the half-hour program aims to educate and entertain New Yorkers.

Alan Feldman (M.A., 1998) was honored by Princeton University at its 2003 Commencement as an outstanding secondary school teacher. Feldman was the 2002-03 teacher of the year at Perth Amboy High, where he has taught psychology, history and math since 1987. In 1994, he was honored by the American Psychological Association as the national high school psychology teacher of the year. He also served on the Advanced Placement test development committee for psychology. Feldman is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a master's degree in psychology from TC.

Eric A. Storch (Ph.D., 2001) was awarded a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Florida. His research interests focus primarily on bullying and teasing. Storch is now directing a study, funded by the University of Florida Center for Pediatric Psychology, focusing on the relations of peer victimization to psychosocial distress in a sample of children with endocrine disorders.

H. Mebane Turner (M.A., 1960), University of Baltimore President Emeritus, received the Maryland Association for Higher Education's 2003 Lifetime Achieve-ment Award, honoring his service to the University of Baltimore, where he was president from 1969 until 2002 and professor of history. Turner is a director of The Lyric Foundation and serves on the boards of Maryland General Hospital and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. He is past governor general of the General Society of Colonial Wars and past president of the Baltimore City Jail Board, Baltimore Rotary and the Virginians of Maryland. He formerly served on the Boards of Loyola Federal Bank and the Baltimore Life Companies. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia (where he was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa) in 1954 and postgraduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary in 1957 and TC in 1960, and a doctor of education degree from American University in 1974. In 2002, he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the National Labor College, and Mayor Martin O'Malley and the City Council of Baltimore named the newly renovated Charles Street Bridges the "H. Mebane Turner Bridges."

Curriculum & Teaching

Preston Green (Ed.D., 1995) has co-authored Charter Schools and the Law: Establishing New Legal Relationships (Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc.), with Julie F. Mead, and has another book, Financing Education Systems with C. Richards and B. Baker, forthcoming. Green's research has focused on legal issues surrounding charter schools and the im-pact of the law on minority and disadvantag- ed students' ability to obtain a quality education. He is a professor at Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.

Harry Riconda's (M.A., 1952) book Prisoners of War in American Conflicts was published posthumously in August 2003. The book chronicles the history of prisoners from the American Revolution through today. Riconda discusses how prisoners were captured; the conditions under which they were held; the tortures or other cruelties inflicted upon them; escape attempts; and the terms under which they were finally released. Riconda, an intelligence officer during the Korean War, served as an official observer to the repatriation sessions for anti-communist prisoners held at Munsan-ni.

Health & Behavior Studies

Sheila Amato (Ed.D., 2000) received The National Federation of the Blind's Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award at the Federation's 2003 Convention. Amato was selected for this award in recognition of the high standards of excellence which she sets for her students, her ability to foster self-confidence and self-esteem in her students, and her efforts at teaching the skills of blindness.

Susan Bastable (Ed.D., 1979) authored Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice (Jones and Bartlett Publishers) while teaching at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The American Journal of Nursing named Bastable's text its Book of the Year for 1997. She will publish a condensed version for nursing beginners and a revised version for a broader range of health care providers. Bastable earned her bachelor's degree at SUNY and a master's degree and a doctorate in education from TC.

Jane Fox (Ed.M., Ed.D., 1987) has been appointed a Fulbright Scholar-the first ever in health care appointed to work in El Salvador. Fox will work with nursing and medical school faculty there to de-velop and train health care providers to meet the pediatric health care needs of the country. Fox joined the faculty at Stony Brook University in 1994 where she is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She holds a B.S.N. from the Cornell University School of Nursing and M.S., Ed.M., Ed.D. degrees and PNP certification from TC.

Nancy Hedlund (M.Ed., 1973; Ph.D., 1977) has been appointed to Associate Vice President of Planning and Assess-ment at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. Since 1996 she has been the Coordinator for Academic Assessment, and is a Professor of Psychology. Hedlund has held graduate faculty appointments at Yale University and the University of Michigan, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center. She has been funded as principal investigator on NIH research studies, and co-investigator on other NIH grants. Hedlund was appointed to the committee of the Western Associa-tion for Schools and Colleges that wrote new accreditation standards two years ago.

Amy Nathan (M.A., 1980) authored a book for young people called Count on Us: American Women in the Military (National Geographic, 2004). The book examines the long history of women in the military and shows how ordinary women make huge contributions to and sacrifices for their country. Nathan has also written several well-received non-fiction books for children including Surviving Homework and The Kids' Allowance Book, both Clarion Medal winners.

Roxane B. Spitzer (M.A., 1972) was among six honorees selected by The YW's Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) and AmSouth Bank. Spitzer is the CEO of Metropolitan Hospital Authority - Nashville General Hospital at Meharry and Bordeaux Long-Term Care. She serves on the board of directors and is a member of the finance committee for the Girl Scouts Council of Cumberland Valley, and was an executive committee member for the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Spitzer is a graduate of Adelphi University, TC, and The Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management.

Felicia D. Stoler (M.S., 1999) was appointed the NYC Marathon's Nutrition Captain and will contribute to the new edition of the NY Road Runner's Club - Complete Book of Running. Stoler has appeared on "Dateline" and on NJ 101.5 FM Radio as a nutrition advisor, and provides educational materials for the Chubb Club. She is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and expert consultant in nutrition and healthful living. Stoler has served as an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College and Kean University. She has been quoted in several publications, including the Daily News, The New York Times, and The Star-Ledger.

Darlene Yee-Melichar (M.A., 1984; Ed.D., 1985) was appointed to chair the Membership Committee and co-chair the Program Committee for the Gerontological Society of America, and was elected to chair the Professional Development Committee for the DHHS Minority Women's Health Panel of Experts. Yee was invited to contribute to the publication of proceedings for a scientific panel that she chaired on "Inclusion: Policy, Ethics, or Justice-is it time to Reexamine the Guidelines?" sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She is a Professor of Gerontology at San Francisco State University and Coordinator of Long-Term Care Administration and Director of the Health, Mobility and Safety Lab.

Mathematics, Science & Technology

Tom O'Brien (M.A., 1960) authored Off the Path Math (FableVision), adding to his collection of more than 50 books for children. The book provides a guide for caregivers of young children with easy-to-implement, hands-on experiences, meant to inspire creative mathematical thinking and provide a solid foundation for future learning. O'Brien is a respected leader in children's thinking, mathematics education, intellectual development, and educational change. His other recent publications include Versa-Tiles - Critical Thinking - Books 1-5 (ETA/Cuisenaire) and three new books for his series called Daily Tantalizers.

Jaime Sanchez (M.A., 1983; M.S., 1984; Ed.D., 1985) was honored with the first ever Outstanding Alumnus Award from the TC Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology. He is known for his innovative work in Science Education, applications of digital technology to education with a special emphasis on enhancing learning by students of widely different individual needs, and significant educational reforms in his home country of Chile. Sanchez is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Chile.

Ian Smith (M.A., 1993), has authored his first novel, The Blackbird Papers (Doubleday). The thriller follows FBI agent Sterling Bledsoe as he investigates the hate crime and murder of his brother. Smith has been a columnist for Time and Newsweek, an award-winning correspondent for NBC News and a contributor to "the Today Show."

Published Friday, Jan. 14, 2005