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The New Greatest Generation


John McNally (shown here with his wife, Liz, and son James) is a 2009 graduate from the Social Studies program who now teaches 6th and 7th grade history at Horace Mann Middle School in Riverdale. Recently featured along with his wife and father-in-law in Time magazine's story "The New Greatest Generation," McNally is one of a number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are bringing their leadership skills home, and, in his case, into the classroom. For more on this extraordinary alumnus, visit the A&H website here.

Living the Dream

Lynne Lummel
(Ed.D. '89), Senior Vice President of Distribution and Repertory for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), was recently invited to lecture at the Florida State University Bruning Distinguished Speakers Series.  In an interview with the FSU College of Business, Lummel talks about how an internship with ASCAP during her time at TC led to her successful career with the organization.

Have to Have

Anisha Ahooja (M.A. '04) is part of a team of CU alumni whose company "Have to Have" was featured in the New York Times. Read more about their entrepreneurial spirit here.

Teaching Tolerance

Silvestre Arcos (M.A. '10) is one of five teachers who won the Culturally Responsive Teaching Award from Teaching Tolerance. The award was "designed to recognize educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds." Read more about the award and Arcos here.

Teachers College News

Macy Gallery
The Macy Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Macy Hall, is part of the Art and Art Education program of the Department of Arts and Humanities and exhibits artworks by national and international artists, graduate students and faculty members, as well as the finest examples of children's works.

The mission of this academic Gallery is to present a wide range of exhibitions from around the world reflecting the commitment of Teachers College to cultural diversity in education and the arts.

In addition to showcasing artwork, Macy Gallery hosts free monthly receptions.

Join the program for some art and atmosphere from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. during the following evenings.

January 20: Processes and Structures: New Media

February 10: Adolescent Art Exhibition

March 2: Art & Art Education Program Showcase

March 30: Children's Artwork from the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center

This schedule is subject to change. For the most up to date informaion on event details, a full list of receptions, times and locations, please visit www.tc.edu/macygallery.

Click here to read more on the Macy Gallery.

Virtual Events

Were you interested in an event but unable to attend? If so, or if you want to be part of the audience again, you can watch much of our programs online. Simply visit our Youtube channel (TeachersCollegeCUNYC). Click here to see what you've been missing.

TC Annual Fund

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Teachers College provides solutions to the world's most challenging questions and we are leaders in effecting change. As a valued member of the TC community, you know the far-reaching impact our work has on our faculty, students and the world at large. Our continued success is dependent on you. Your support of The TC Fund enables us to continue providing the resources we need to develop accomplished scholars, educators, and leaders in years to come.

Please act now and make a gift online at www.tc.edu/givetotc or call 212-678-4067. Every gift counts!

The Next Step: TC

The Riady Scholars Fund - Help Spread the Word

Prospective Masters Degree Students who are citizens of Indonesia and other countries within Southeast Asia and have a commitment to teaching, education management or educational policy are eligible to apply for the new Riady Scholars Fund. The Riady family supports education worldwide, contributes to Teachers College's Annual Fund, and manages the largest private education foundation in Southeast Asia, covering nearly 40,000 students. The family has also contributed $1 million to the Columbia University Global Center in Beijing. The deadline is April 15. For more information, click here.


Alumni Publications
To read about our TC authors, please click on the links below.

We Were An Island by Peter P. Blanchard III (M.A. '79)




The Lived ICU Experiences of Nurses, Patients and Family Members: A Phenomenological Study of Critically Ill Patients, their Families and Nurses by Brigitte Cypress (Ed.D. '09)


Kelly's Dimensions of Professional Nursing by Lucille Ann Joel (Ed.D. '70)

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

If you are interested in learning about events hosted by the Gottesman Library please visit http://library.tc.columbia.edu/.

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Mathematics, Science & Technology

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Continuing & Professional Studies

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January Alumni Newsletter

Happy New Year to You and Yours!
Wishing you and yours a happy new year and all the best in 2012.

Announcing 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Congratulations to the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients (from l-to-r): Kevin Jennings '94, Lucille Ann Joel '70, John King '00, Harold Noah '76 and Robert Shaffer '52. The Early Career Award recipient is Betty Perez-Rivera '02.


Kevin Jennings was the Assistant Deputy Secretary on the Obama Administration for the office of Safe & Drug-free Schools. He is the CEO and president of "Be the Change" (a non-profit) and established the nation's first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

Lucille Ann Joel is an expert in the field of nursing. She has written and presented on nursing and health issues on the local, national and international level and has been a professor at Rutgers for over 20 years.

John King is the NY Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the Stateof New York. He also serves on U.S. Department ofEducation's Equity and Excellence Commission.

Harold Noah is a pioneer in the field of International and Comparative Education. Noah is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy & Social Sciences and Former Dean, Teachers College is also the namesake for The Harold J. Noah Alumni Award in International and Comparative Education for alumni within the program.

Robert Shaffer founded Schaffer Consulting and has authored books such as The Breakthrough Strategy; Rapid Results; High-Impact Consulting. Since the 1960s, thousands of individuals have trained under Schaffer in his "High-Impact Consulting Workshop" (the longest running professional workshop for staff consultants).

Betty Perez-Rivera is the Director of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence Walk-In Center. She spearheaded, wrote and presented the "Family Asthma Guide", now used nationwide.

We will honor our Distinguished Alumni Award during Academic Festival. Mark you calendar for April 21.

Meet Gabriella Gomez, DOE Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, During Annual DC Event
Gabriella gomezJoin fellow DC alumni, as well as current TC policy students tomorrow (Wednesday, January 11), for the annual Washington DC Alumni Reception in conjunction with the Federal Policy Institute program. The event features Keynote Speaker Gabriella Gomez, DOE Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, along with President Susan Fuhrman and Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan.

Did you miss the Inaugural TC Roundtable Series in Psychology - "Living in a Traumatic World"?
The Inaugural TC Roundtable Series in Psychology "Living in a Traumatic World" took place on December 14, 2011. It proved to be a stimulating and thought-provoking event. Click here for the video. (You will need Adobe Flash to view the video.) Join us for the next in our series during Academic Festival on April 21, 2012.

Calling All Sweethearts
Did you meet your significant other here at TC? We want to hear your story! Share your story with us - send us an email at tcalumni@tc.edu, subject: TC Sweetheart. You can also join us for a Valentine's Day event. More information below.

Announcing The Riady Scholars Fund
Prospective Masters Degree Students who are citizens of Indonesia and other countries within Southeast Asia and have a commitment to teaching, education management or educational policy are eligible to apply for the new Riady Scholars Fund. The Riady family supports education worldwide, contributes to Teachers College's Annual Fund, and manages the largest private education foundation in Southeast Asia, covering nearly 40,000 students. The family has also contributed $1 million to the Columbia University Global Center in Beijing. The deadline is April 15, so refer a student today. For more information, click here.

What's New in Your Program?
Visit the Department News section to link to your department's site 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 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


Gabriella gomezJanuary 11, 2012 - Washington DC Alumni Reception in conjunction with Federal Policy Institute program featuring Keynote Speaker Gabriella Gomez, Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, with President Susan Fuhrman and Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan
Join fellow DC alumni, as well as current TC policy students for this annual event.

The Keynote Speaker is Gabriella Gomez, Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs. In this role, Gomez advises the secretary of education on education and other legislative matters pending before Congress and serves as the Department's liaison in responding to Congressional requests. Previously, Gomez served as the lead policy adviser on higher education policy and issues related to innovation on the Committee on Education and Labor. She served as lead negotiator on higher education legislation, including helping to successfully pass the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act, and the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: The University Club, 1135 Sixteenth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036
For more information, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9844.
Join the dialogue on Twitter: #TCinDCFPI


February 8, 2012 - Inaugural Celebration of TC's Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis
The past 10 years have seen remarkable ferment in the area of educational reform, with repercussions for states, local public school districts,and private schools. But where are we heading next? On the one hand, things currently seem to be in a holding pattern, with Congress unable to see its way through either to the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act or uncertainties surrounding the next presidential election. At the same time, this holding pattern coexists with a sense of volatility. The loose bipartisan coalition that has steered national education policy along a fairly steady course through Republican and Democratic administrations alike may be unraveling. Our panelists, Christopher T. Cross, Jack Jennings and Wendy D. Puriefoy, will look beyond the 2012 election and explore the prospects of national education reform under various scenarios. Jeff Henig, EPSA Department Chair and Professor of Political Science and Education, will moderate the discussion.
Location: Teachers College
Time: 5:00 p.m. Reception; 6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/10377 or email tcinvite@tc.columbia.edu. More information on TC's New Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis here.

February 10, 2012 - Applied Linguistics and Language Education (APPLE) Lecture
The TESOL and Applied Linguistics Program in the Department of Arts & Humanities proudly presents the annual Applied Linguistics and Language Education (APPLE) Lecture for 2012. The APPLE Lecture offers an opportunity for TC community members interested in issues in language pedagogy to come together and discuss current trends with renowned researchers in the field. This year, they are pleased to announce Professor Leo van Lier, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will be speaking. Reception will follow.
Hosted By: TESOL and Applied Linguistics with support from the Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Cowin Center
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Save the Date. More information to follow or contact tesolal@tc.columbia.edu.


                        February 14, 2012 - Valentine's Day Concert & Reception
The Office of Alumni Relations cordially invites the entire TC Community to rediscover the art of love at the Valentine's Day Concert & Reception - inspired by real TC love stories. Enjoy a feast of the senses on Valentine's Day. Hear some of our very best TC love stories paired with a sweet suite performed in concert by our Chamber Music program. Learn how our brains react when love is in the air during a brief program on the impact of relationships in our lives. Follow your nose to the reception where you will taste from the delicious chocolate fountain and toast at the champagne bar. See yourself in pictures while posing in the photo booth. Feel the love on this fun night with TC...whether it's the next chapter in your TC love story or maybe just the beginning! For those of you who met your sweetheart at TC, we want to hear your story. Email us at tcalumni@tc.edu Subject: TC Sweetheart. All attendees with a story will be recognized and your story may be featured during the event.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/calendar.htm?EventID=9844&date=/.
Join the dialogue on Twitter: #TCSweethearts

Downtown houston at nightFebruary 17, 2012 - Houston Area Alumni Reception in Conjunction with AASA
Join fellow Houston area alumni, in addition to Education Leadership alumni, for this networking event featuring TC Faculty: Brian Perkins, Director of the Urban Leadership Education ED program.Networking Reception in conjunction with America Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Annual Conference.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Room 346AB, Hilton America’s Hotel Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/calendar.htm?EventID=10360&date=/.

February 29, 2012 - TC Alumni Networking Night

                        Join us for an opportunity to interact with both alumni and students during an evening of networking. Alumni will begin the evening interacting with fellow alumni and, after an hour devoted to peer-to-peer networking, students will have the opportunity to join the conversation for the second hour. Alumni representatives from across all TC departments will be available to share their experiences and tips.
Hosted By: TCCS and Alumni Relations
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Alumni-to-alumni networking at 6:30 p.m.; student-to-alumni networking at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/calendar.htm?EventID=9846&date=/.
Join the dialogue on Twitter: #TCNetwork


March 2, 2012 - New York Alumni Reception in conjunction with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference
Join fellow New York area alumni, in addition to Art and Art Education alumni, for this networking event. Networking Reception in conjunction with National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference.
Hosted By: TC Art and Art Education and Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Macy Art Gallery, Fourth Floor, Macy Hall Room 444
Save the Date. More information to follow.

March 7, 2012 - Education Career Fair
career road sign

                        Join us as students, recent graduates, and experienced practitioners network during this one-day event. This event is designed to facilitate recruitment in the areas of Educational Technology, Educational Publishing, For-Profit, Higher Education, International Education Development, Museum Education, Not-For-Profit, and PreK-12 Educators.
Hosted By: TC Career Services
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
Employer Registration Now Open here. Alumni and student registration available through TCCS Link. For more information please contact Naomi Naiztat at (212) 678-3203 or naiztat@tc.edu.

March 22, 2012 - Annual Sachs Lecture
The Sachs Lecture Series was established in 1924 with the purpose of making it possible to bring distinguished visiting lecturers to campus. This year, Professor Pam Grossman, Professor of Education at Stanford University, will address The Future of Teacher Education.
Location: Teachers College
Save the Date. More information to follow.

March 26, 2012 - The Annual Tisch Lecture
Teachers College is honored to present Helen Clark, the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand and current Administrator of the UN Development Program, as this year's Distinguished Tisch Lecturer. Ms. Clark will speak on Education as a Driver of Economic and Social Development.
Location: Teachers College
Save the Date. More information to follow.


April 5, 2012 - International Week Student & Alumni Wine & Cheese Reception

                        Join the International Outreach Committee of the TC Alumni Association, International students & fellow alumni in celebrating International Week on campus. Celebrate the cultures of the world represented in TC's student body through the flavors of international wines and cheeses.
Hosted By:
TC Offices of Alumni Relations & International Student Services
Teachers College
Time: 6:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/calendar.htm?EventID=9847&date=/.
Join the dialogue on Twitter: #TCIntlMixer

April 21, 2012 - Academic Festival: Rewiring the Learning Landscape
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, will be presented with the Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service and will deliver the fourth annual Academic Festival Keynote Address. Additionally, TC Alumnus Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment & founder of Blackboard, Inc. will be honored with the Teachers College President's Medal of Excellence. Academic Festival, our signature homecoming event, is a day-long celebration of the rich intellectual traditions, past and present, that make TC the nation's leading school of education. Breakout sessions featuring TC faculty and alumni representative of all TC departments will offer interactive opportunities to learn and discuss the deeper ideas behind technology and its impact on the trajectory of learning. Topics will range from human connections and engaging with the world beyond ourselves to the evolution of learning spaces and social networks that will advance human development. The Alumni Association will be honoring the Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awardees (announced above) at lunch. Stay tuned as we unveil the full list of speakers and sessions.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
Save the Date. Visit www.tc.edu/festival for more information.
Join the dialogue on Twitter: #TCAcFest


July 26-28, 2012 - Superintendents and Aspiring Superintendents Work Conference
Join TC for the 69th Annual Superintendents and Aspiring Superintendents Work Conference. Some of the many topics to be discussed include Implementing successful community engagement strategies, Educational innovation for student performance and Rethinking Teacher Evaluations.
Location: Teachers College
Save the Date. More information to follow.

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit www.tc.edu/alumni/events.asp 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

Alumni Mentor Spotlight: Kristi Eck
Since July of 2009, Kristi has worked for Say Yes to Education as first a Program Coordinator, then as a Site Director at Frazer School and now as the Assistant to Director of Operations/Higher Education Program Specialist. In her first two positions, Kristi designed and launched the Say Yes to Education Young Authors Series - a children's book writing project that creates published books authored by SCSD elementary students and illustrated by Syracuse University illustration students. Now, as the Assistant to the Director of Operations/Higher Education Program Specialist, Kristi works closely with the Say Yes Scholars and the Say Yes Higher Education Compact colleges and universities on retention and student and family engagement throughout the Say Yes Scholars' higher education years Interested in Becoming an Alumni Mentor? More information on the program here.

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. Registration for workshops/panels/information sessions is recommended, not required.

Teaching Positions Available
New Visions, a partnership support organization (PSO) with the NYC Department of Education, works with over seventy New York City public schools to provide additional school-wide support and instructional coaching. New Visions teachers are able to engage students in a highly personalized, rigorous, and authentic learning experience, preparing them for high school graduation and future academic success. (Positions to fill: ELA, Biology, Special Education, Earth Science, Spanish and English.) For more information, contact TC Career Services.

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.

January 26, 2012 - SOAR to New Heights: Proclaiming Your Career Accomplishments in the New Year (Alumni Career Development Webinar Series)
Christine Loomis, International Executive Recruiter and Career Consultant will speak. Career counselors often tell clients: "If you don't market yourself, no one else will." The SOAR system (Situation, Obstacles, Action and Results) helps you to think about and articulate your accomplishments. What was the problem? What did you need to overcome? What did you do? What was the result? SOAR statements can help you write a great resume and make a strong impression at an interview. You can also use it to make yourself more effective at networking events. When you do land the job, keeping track of your SOAR accomplishments during the year can lead to an excellent year end review. This seminar will demonstrate specific situations where SOAR statements can elevate you to the next level.
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Horace Mann Room 144, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, 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.

Media Networking Night
Columbia is currently seeking professionals in the media industry to participate in their annual Media Networking Night event. For more information click here.

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.

Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013