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Sing a Song

Songwriter, producer, and musician Bobby Susser (MA '87) and The Bobby Susser Singers are joined by jazz singer and saxophone virtuoso Paula Atherton for three of the 12 original songs on his new album, WO! Created to entertain and uplift children, teachers, parents and grandparents alike, the lively new album takes inspiration from Susser's early years, and the pop/rock groups of the ’50s and ’60s. WO! is Bobby Susser's 25th album, celebrating 40 years in children's music. Click here to read the full article on Susser.

The Art of the Matter






Lisa Hochtritt (EdD ’04) has been named the 2012 Colorado Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. She completed her degree at Teachers College in Art and Art Education.

Researching Rasheed


Shaireen Rasheed
(PhD '01) of C. W. Post Long Island University’s Ph.D. work at TC focused on creating a curriculum of existentialist action in the classroom. A spiritual child of Maxine Green, Rasheed was delighted to have the master respond to her work when she presented at the Philosophy and Education program’s colloquium. That was some years ago, and today Rasheed’s research has developed organically, reflecting the work she’s since done at Columbia Law School and at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. For more on Rasheed, please visit the A&H website.

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Continue the Legacy

Alumni play an important part in spreading the word about Teachers College. We encourage you to send the Office of Admission the name and email address of anyone you think might be a good 'fit' for TC. They will reach out to each student you provide information for and will be sure that the student receives important information about the application and admission process at TC. They will send a personalized note to each student letting them know that they were referred by a TC alumnus.

If you would like to recommend a prospective student, please forward his or her first name, last name, and email address to tcinfo@tc.columbia.edu. Write 'Alumni Referral' in the subject line of the e-mail message.

Please feel free to recommend as many individuals as you wish. Together, we can continue the legacy and enroll outstanding students to the College each year.


Alumni Publications
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The Muse in Bronzeville: African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950 by Richard A. Courage (PhD '90). Courage is a professor of English at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, where he teach courses on writing and literature, both in-person and online.


Defending Childhood: Keeping the Promise of Early Education by Beverly Falk (EdD '93). Falk is a professor and the Director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at CCNY’s School of Education.

Flying Lessons: How to be the Pilot of Your Own Life by Pamela Hale (MA '66). Hale offers ancient practices and contemporary creative tools for healing and transformation.

Round & Round Together: Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride into the Civil Rights Movement by Amy Nathan (MA '80). Nathan writes in hopes to introduce you to people whose stories inspire and spur you to keep following your dreams.

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.

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Arts & Humanities

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Biobehavioral Sciences
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Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Curriculum & Teaching
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Education Policy & Social Analysis

Click here for the first Epsa-logue, the department's first newsletter. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @EPSAatTC.

Health & Behavior Studies
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Human Development

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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.

Mathematics, Science & Technology
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Organization & Leadership
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Other Concentrations
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April Alumni Newsletter

Academic Festival 2012: Rewiring the Learning Landscape - What do YOU want to learn?

Jeffrey Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. He is internationally renowned for his contributions to solving some of the world's most daunting economic and social crises, in his roles as a leading scholar and as an economic adviser to governments and international organizations around the world. Most recently, he authored The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity. Sachs will deliver the Keynote Address: "Information Technology and Sustainable Development" kicking off Academic Festival 2012. Do you have a question for Sachs to address during his talk?

Matthew Pittinsky (PhD ’08), CEO of Parchment Inc., a company which provides online services to standardize and digitize transcripts. Docufide.com, a web-based, password-protected transcript exchange network, allows participating high schools, higher-education institutions and employers to securely share electronic transcripts. Parchment.com is the company’s free, web-based service that helps transcript owners (students) to establish a secure credential account and to identify institutions where they are most likely to be accepted and to thrive. Pittinsky, who is perhaps best known for Blackboard Inc., the pioneering e-learning company he cofounded in 1997, will be featured as the afternoon plenary speaker discussing, “Entrepreneurship, Technology and Education.” Do you have questions about Ed-Tech start ups?

We want your questions answered so be sure to email your questions to tcalumni@tc.edu.

Academic Festival features over 30 speakers -- all experts in their respective fields, ranging from Technology & Education to Psychology & Nutrition and Change Management to Arts and Humanities. Find out more about the sessions and speakers at www.tc.edu/festival. Academic Festival is designed to provide interactive and educational sessions for our alumni and the TC Community. To read more about issues related to the sessions you are interested in attending, go to www.tc.edu/festival/resources.

Register today!

Diabetes Program
Do you work in health care or know someone who does? Our Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program is still accepting applications for Fall 2012. Teachers College is the first to offer a Master's Degree in Diabetes Education. The Diabetes Education and Management Program is a 36-credit multidisciplinary degree. The program is available entirely online and can be pursued full-time or part-time. Applications are accepted through April 15, 2012. Kathleen O'Connell PhD, RN, Isabel Maitland Stewart Professor of Nursing Education at Teachers College and fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, founded this program. The program is targeted to clinical health care professionals to prepare for the growing diabetes epidemic. The program will help them acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the increased demand for comprehensive and effective diabetes care for the millions with the disease. Teachers College has a long history in teaching Heath Education and Nursing Education. The Nursing Education program, which began in 1899, has educated numerous influential leaders in the nursing profession. Visit www.tc.edu/diabetes for more.

Monthly Superintendent's Roundtable
This monthly superintendent’s roundtable was designed to discuss current issues faced by many in the executive level leadership roles in school districts, charter organizations and governmental agencies. The event starts with dinner, followed by a short presentation and wrap up with a robust discussion among the participants. This roundtable is intended provide a forum for our graduates and others to hear from some of the leading thinkers in educational leadership and vet their ideas related to some of the problems we face. A variety of speakers are lined up with topics aligned with our superintendent’s work conference scheduled for July 26-28 later this year. The next two roundtables are scheduled for April 26 and May 24. See below for more information.

What's New in Your Program?
Visit the Department News section to link to your department's web sites and social media where you can learn more about what's happening in your program.

Update Your Information and Stay Connected to TC
Does the new year 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


April 5 - International Week Student & Alumni Taiwanese Night Market
Night market   Join the Office of International Student Services (OISS) in celebrating TC's international and cultural diversity during International Week 2012 (April 2-6). International Week brings together individuals, cultural groups, and student associations to present the TC community with a week-long series of social and cultural events including film screenings, music and craft demonstrations, food tables, language and calligraphy lessons, a night market and more. Originally, the Taiwanese markets were temporary and would offer not only daily necessities but foods, entertainment, medicines, adornments, and anything else that attracts customers and satisfy their needs. The festive, boisterous markets became popular places to socialize and relax, and they eventually gave rise to the permanent markets that exist today. Join us as we celebrate the sights and sounds of this market experience.
Hosted By:
OISS, Alumni Association's International Outreach Committee and the Office of Alumni Relations
Teachers College, Columbia University Horace Mann Room 152
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP please visit www.tc.edu/events/9847.

April 15 - American Educational Research Association (AERA) Reception, Vancouver
AERA invite
TC President Susan Fuhrman invites you to renew old friendships and create new ones at TC's annual reception for colleagues, alumni and friends at AERA 2012. We look forward to seeing you! Some 181 faculty, students and others affiliated with Teachers College will present at "To Know Is Not Enough," this year's meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), which will be held in Vancouver. Click here to see a full listing of the presentations, dates, times and locations.
Hosted By:
TC President Susan Fuhrman and the Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Canada, The Cypress Room
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP pleave visit www.tc.edu/events/10671 or email TCinvite@tc.edu.

April 21 - Academic Festival - Rewiring the Learning Landscape
Academic Festival is fast approaching - have you registered yet? The full day of programming features faculty- and alumni-led sessions for every interest and for students of all ages. From technology to psychology, from nutrition to education, from music to the arts and from virtual to reality - we have a session and a speaker for you and your guests.
Hosted By: The Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Take a moment to visit www.tc.edu/festival to see all that the day has to offer. Register today.

April 24 - San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alumni Reception in Conjunction with CIES
Puerto rico   Join TC Faculty from the Comparative and International Education Program Professor Monisha Bajaj, Professor Lesley Bartlett, Professor Regina Cortina, Visiting Professor Mark Ginsburg, Professor Henry Levin, Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi, and Portia Williams, Director of International Affairs, Dr. Carine Ezzedine Allaf and Dr. Kimberly Foulds as well as alumni for a reception in conjunction with the Comparative & International Education Society Conference(CIES).
Hosted By:TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Caribe Hilton, 1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP pleave visit www.tc.edu/events/10492.

April 26 - Data & Diagnosis: A District Strategy for Increasing Student Performance Superintendent Roundtable
Brian Perkins will serve as the guest speaker and provide a sneak preview from his upcoming manuscript.
Fee: $50/roundtable, includes dinner (CEUs awarded). All checks must be received by noon on the day before the roundtable event. Please mail checks Attn: Angela Carrasco,Teachers College Columbia University, Department of Organization and Leadership, 525 West 120th Street - Box 67, New York, NY 10027.
Hosted By: Superintendent’s Work Conference
Location: Teachers College, Grace Dodge Hall 449
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP by 5pm April 23 to bp58@columbia.edu.

April 27 - 49th Annual Isabel Maitland Stewart Conference on Research in Nursing
Join the Nursing Education Alumni Association for their annual conference that will explore "From Mrs. Chase to Meet the Sims: Simulation in Nursing Education, Research and Practice." The TC Office of Alumni Relations is happy to partner with the NEAA to sponsor the annual Awards Luncheon. For more information about the conference and how you can earn continuing education credits by attending, please visit the NEAA website. Click here for a full brochure of the event.

Hosted By:TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Teachers College; Luncheon Location: TBD
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP pleave visit http://www.tcneaa.org/stewartconference/registration.htm.


May 3 - Third Annual Maxine Greene Society Event: Wham! Bam! Islam!
Movie poster   Please join Susan Fuhrman and the Maxine Greene Society for an exclus"ive film screening of the documentary Wham! Bam! Islam!" Produced by TC alumnus Naif Al-Mutawa, the film chronicles the various challenges he faced leading up to the creation of his comic book series THE 99 - a team of superheroes, each exemplifying one of the 99 virtues of Allah. A Q&A moderated by Dr. Peter T. Coleman (Director of the Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution) with Naif Al-Mutawa and filmmaker Isaac Solotaroff, followed by a reception, will take place immediately after the film. For more information on the documentary, please visit whambamislam.com.
Hosted By: The Maxine Greene Society
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College, Joyce Berger Cowin Conference Center (147 Horace Mann)
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit www.tc.edu/events/10802.

May 23 - TC in DC "Making a Difference: The Nuts and Bolts of Social Entrepreneurship"
Puerto rico   The regional group of Teachers College, Columbia University alumni in Washington, DC invites you to join us for a panel called "Making a Difference: The Nuts and Bolts of Social Entrepreneurship." The purpose of this panel is to highlight the exciting entrepreneurial work of TC and Columbia grads who are social entrepreneurs, i.e., people who recognize a social problem and use entrepreneurial principles to achieve social change. We have already lined up two fantastic social entrepreneurs to speak on the panel: Dr. Ruth Lubic, Founder of the DC Birth Center, who has been featured on CBS News and is the winner of a MacArthur genius grant, and Deborah Dantzer Williams, Director of the Inspired Teaching School, a groundbreaking new charter school in Washington, DC.
Hosted by: TC in DC (DC Regional Group) and Office of Alumni Relations
Location: TBD, Washington, DC
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP pleave visit www.tc.edu/events/10461.

May 24 - Educational Leadership in a Fiscally Hemorrhaging Environment
Dr. John Ramos will serve as the guest speaker and share some of his recent experiences as the superintendent in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Under his leadership the school district and supporting community developed an aggressive five-year strategic plan endorsing the focused mission to graduate all students “college ready” and prepared to succeed in life.  “EXPECT GREAT THINGS” became the district’s mantra, and the system pursued a path to greater success as indicated by its Broad Prize finalist status in both 2006 and 2007.
Fee: $50/roundtable, includes dinner (CEUs awarded). All checks must be received by noon on the day before the roundtable event. Please mail checks Attn: Angela Carrasco,Teachers College Columbia University, Department of Organization and Leadership, 525 West 120th Street - Box 67, New York, NY 10027.
Hosted By: Superintendent’s Work Conference
Location: Teachers College, Grace Dodge Hall 449
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP by 5pm May 21 to bp58@columbia.edu.

May 30 - Save the Date: Reception with TC President Susan Fuhrman in Buenos Aires
Obelisk   You are cordially invited to join TC President Susan Fuhrman for an intimate reception with fellow Argentinian alumni in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
For more information or to RSVP pleave visit www.tc.edu/events/10857.


June 1 - Save the Date: Reception with TC President Susan Fuhrman in Rio de Janeiro
Rio   You are cordially invited to join TC President Susan Fuhrman for an intimate reception with fellow Brazilian alumni in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hosted by:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For more information or to RSVP pleave visit www.tc.edu/events/10860.

June 3 - Save the Date: Reception with TC President Susan Fuhrman in Sao Paulo

Teatro municipal You are cordially invited to join TC President Susan Fuhrman for an intimate reception with fellow Brazilian alumni in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
For more information or to RSVP pleave visit www.tc.edu/events/10861.

Mark Your Calendar

July 26-28 - Superintendents and Aspiring Superintendents Work Conference
September 28-29 - Language and Social Interaction Working Group

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

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 afull listing of all of TCCS events. You can also join the conversation @TCCareerService or on LinkedIn.

All workshop information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK.
April 11 - What to Know Before Getting a Doctorate Degree, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., 179 Grace Dodge Hall
April 26 - Re-launching Your Career Panel & Networking Event, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., 179 Grace Dodge Hall

For all panels, please register on TCCS LINK within the 'Career Fairs and Events' section.
March 7 - Where's My Fit?, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Lerner Hall, Room 555, Columbia University Campus (116th and Broadway)
March 7 - Careers In Publishing, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Lerner Hall, Room 555, Columbia University Campus (116th and Broadway)
March 27 - Laid Off...What Now?, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 179 Grace Dodge Hall

For all information sessions, please register on TCCS LINK within the 'Career Fairs and Events' section.
April 10 - International Rescue Committee (IRC), 4:00-5:00 p.m., 138 Horace Mann
April 11 - New Visions Partner for Public Schools, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 148 Horace Mann, Recruiting: Special Education, Math, Science, ESL Teachers
April 17 - People’s Preparatory Charter School, 5:00-6:00 p.m., 150 Horace Mann, Recruiting for: Chemistry, Math, English, Social Studies/History, Special Education, Spanish
April 18 – International School Services, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 144 Horace Mann
April 24 - Louisiana Department of Education, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 152 Horace Mann

April 18 - Tri-State Master Level Social Work Job Fair
Meet with Tri-State employers interested in social work employees. This event is a great opportunity for mental health practitioners to connect with prospective employers and market their TC degree and related mental health license.
Hosted By: Adelphi University & Columbia University, Graduate Schools of Social Work, Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service, Lehman College, CUNY, Department of Social Work, and New York University, Silver School of Social Work
Time: 10:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Fordham University, 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, New York
Registration will open closer to the event, please check TCCS LINK for more up to date information.

May 9 - 2012 Master’s Level Social Work Job Fair
This event provides students/alumni in the psychological counseling program a unique opportunity to recruit with employers who are looking for therapists, counselors, clinicians, researchers, and case workers who have been trained in providing effective and competent counseling services. The skills and knowledge you have gained through your training at Teachers College makes you uniquely qualified to fulfill these positions and meet the job’s requirements. While Social Work may not directly align with Mental Health Counseling, job opportunities in the Social Work field are appropriate for those looking to provide Mental Health Counseling services. Most of the employers will be recruiting for Licensed Social Workers and it will be up to you to make yourself stand out to employers.
Time: 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kimmel Center, New York University

April 18 - Alumni Career Development Webinar Series: Growing Your Green Career: Building a Sustainable Future for You and the Planet, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET). Click here to register.
April 18 - CCE Alumni Career Development Workshops: Interviewing with Confidence, 6:00 -7:30 p.m., Columbia University, Center for Career Education, Conference Room. Click here to register.

Alumni Mentor Program
Want information on becoming an Alumni Mentor? 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 the events below or to RSVP, please click here

Champion Columbia students at your Firm!
CU is seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Visit columbia.edu/hirecolumbians for more information.

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.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters, alternate format materials, and a campus map of accessible features. If you would like to unsubscribe to these emails, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations tcalumni@tc.edu. By entering the event premises you consent to videotaping, photography, interview(s) and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for public relations, news articles, telecasts, education, advertising, research, inclusion on web sites, fundraising, or any other purpose by Teachers College (TC) and and/or its affiliates. Full photo consent information here.

Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013


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