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Principal Peck

The New York Times says the "entrepreneurial" Katherine Peck (ME '09) has revitalized St. Stephen's of Hungary as part of a new push among Catholic schools to appeal to affluent (and not necessarily Catholic) families. Read More >>

Breaking the Language Barrier

Originally from New York, Johari Murray (MA '02) is an all-terrain language teacher. She has taught English and Spanish from k-12 and on the university level. With her background spanning private and public schools as well as urban and rural communities, she has reached a childhood goal in opening her own language and culture immersion center Johari's Not A Language School in Spain. Read More >>

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Arts & Humanities

Click here to read the department's blog. Visit the Music Ed site for alumni news and upcoming concerts. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @TCAandH, @TCSocialStudies, @TCMusicEd, and new to twitter: @TCEnglishEd. ARAD Year In Review.

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Biobehavioral Sciences

You can also join the conversation on Twitter @BiobehavioralTC.

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

The MA Clinical Program is on Linkedin.

TC has just opened the Spirituality & Mind-Body Institute.

Curriculum & Teaching

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Education Policy & Social Analysis

Mark your calendars for Sept 19 for Beyond the Schoolhouse Doors: Bringing Non-School Factors into Education Policy. More information here.

Click here for the recent issue of EPSA-logue, the department's newsletter. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @EPSAatTC.

Health & Behavior Studies

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Human Development

Click here to read the most recent edition of HUDN, the department's newsletter.

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. Also, keep in touch with fellow CIE/IED alumni by reading GlobalUpdate.

Mathematics, Science & Technology

Workshop in Mathematical Modeling
This workshop addresses mathematical modeling questions that arise from a consideration of fairness issues in such fields as economics, psychology, political sci-ence, business, operations research, and everyday life. Read more >>

View the link to the Summer 2012 issue of MST Times. In it you will find the latest news and events occurring in MST.

Organization & Leadership

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Other Concentrations

Interested in other certificate programs and courses? Visit the site for additional opportunities.

Teachers College News

TC has just opened the Spirituality & Mind-Body Institute, an innovative program that aims to bring a spiritual dimension to medicine. Dr. Lisa Miller, the director of the program, joined HuffPost Live to discuss the link between spirituality and wellbeing, and comment on the role of spirituality in medicine. Watch the interview here. The program has also been featured in The New York Times. Read More >>

News You Can Use
News You Can Use is a quarterly compendium of stories about research, curriculum development, policy work and community outreach emanating from Teachers College, Columbia University. Read the latest issue here.

Views on the News
Views on the News is a monthly online journal of analysis. Enlisting the expertise of TC's faculty, alumni, students and leadership, Views on the News offers timely analysis and lively commentary on news events and current trends in education, health, nutrition, organizational leadership and other fields within the College's core areas of research, policy and practice. Read the latest issue here.

Inside is our monthly source for news, events and people at Teachers College. To read the most current edition, please click here. Please send us your feedback at

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 many of our programs online. Simply visit our Youtube channel (TeachersCollegeCUNYC) or TC channel to see what you've been missing.


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

Glaucoma - Patient to Patient: A Guide for You and Your Family by Edith Marks (MA '70). Marks was a teacher for 17 years retiring as Supervisor of Trainers in Special Education. In 1989 she was diagnosed with glaucoma and wrote about her experiences. She has also appeared on radio and television and has also written and published a fiction novel, Ground Cover.

BookFaithful to the Task at Hand The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe by Anne Pruitt-Logan (EdD '64). Pruitt-Logan is Professor Emerita of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University.


Gender Paradoxes by Fida Adely (PhD '07). Adely is assistant professor and Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works? For consideration in a future bookshelf section, send information on your work to, subject: Alumni Publications.

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 You can also join the dialogue on Twitter @GottesmanLibs.

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Maxine Greene Society
The Maxine Greene Society brings together Teachers College's most loyal alumni and friends who have given their consistent support through an Annual Fund gift every year for five years or more. These consecutive gifts, at any level, are a mainstay of our operating budget and allow the College to keep pioneering bold new ideas in human development and learning. The Maxine Greene Society recognizes and thanks a community of donors whose reliable participation -- year after year -- exemplifies Maxine Greene's value of deep engagement and helps further our common purpose here at Teachers College. Contributing today is the first step towards becoming a member of the Maxine Greene Membership. Give today.

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September Alumni Newsletter

Fall Term Begins
It's back to school at TC! The fall semester begins today with the New Student Orientation Block Party! Welcome to all our new and returning students.

Deadline Extended to Nominate a Distinguished Alum
The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awards - the highest honor bestowed on TC Alumni by the Alumni Association. We invite you to nominate TC graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields and have earned high respect among their colleagues and the general community, and whose impact is felt on a national or international level. Recent graduates who have graduated within the past 10 years, have earned distinction in their field, and who demonstrate further future potential will be honored with the Early Career Award. Do you know an alumnus or alumna who meets these criteria? Nominate him or her today! Nominations are due by September 7, 2012.

TC California Alumni Receptions, Sept 6 & 8

Meet Teachers College Alumni in the Los Angeles and Bay Area at one of our upcoming receptions
where the Maxine Greene Society and Alumni Relations will present an exclusive film screening of the documentary "Wham! Bam! Islam!"

"Wham! Bam! Islam" goes beyond religion. TC alumnus, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa's (MA '00) story explores peace education, conflict resolution, organization psychology and many other skills and fundamentals rooted in his studies at TC. There are two opportunities to attend this event. For more details see below.

Alumni Council Nominations Due Dec. 31
Are you interested in serving your fellow TC alumni? There's still time! TC alumni are represented officially by the Alumni Association's Council, a board of 35 members elected to serve three-year terms. If you are interested in becoming a council member or know someone who would be an asset to the council, please complete a nomination form. Deadline to submit nominations is December 31, the selection process will take place during the first quarter of 2013, and appointments will be made in May.

Update Your Information and Stay Connected to TC
Does the season 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


September 6 - Los Angeles Alumni Reception & Exclusive Film Screening of "Wham! Bam! Islam!""
HoustonDon't miss the opportunity to network with TC alumni in Southern California. Please join Teachers College alumni for an exclusive film screening and panel discussion of "Wham! Bam! Islam!". See Event Spotlight above for more details.
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax), Los Angeles, CA 90036
Presented by: TC's Office of Alumni Relations and The Maxine Greene Society
For more information or to RSVP, visit

September 7 - Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Deadline
DAAWe have extended the deadline! Do you know a TC graduate who is distinguished in his or her field and has earned high respect among peers, colleagues and the general community? Help us celebrate the alumni whose impact is felt on a national or international level with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Recent graduates who have graduated within the past 10 years, have earned distinction in their field, and who demonstrate further future potential will be honored with the Early Career Award. Nominate him or her today!

September 8 - San Francisco Alumni Reception & Exclusive Film Screening of "Wham! Bam! Islam!"
HoustonDon't miss the opportunity to network with TC alumni in the Bay Area. Please join Teachers College alumni for an exclusive film screening and panel discussion of "Wham! Bam! Islam!". Complimentary parking for Alumni and Donors will be provided. If you plan to drive, please RSVP below by Noon, Thursday, September 6, and email to claim your parking voucher and receive the lot information. See Event Spotlight above for more details.
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107
Presented by: TC's Office of Alumni Relations and The Maxine Greene Society
For more information or to RSVP, visit

September 19 - Beyond the Schoolhouse Doors: Bringing Non-School Factors into Education Policy
What would a national education policy look like that mobilized all government agencies and policy tools rather than just schools alone? The editors of three ground-breaking volumes about the role of school and non-school factors in education (Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane, eds., "Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances"; Richard Kahlenberg, ed. The Future of School Integration and William Tate, ed. Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities) review the latest research and join in a panel discussion of its implications for education policy for the coming decade.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - Reception | 6:00 p.m. - Discussion
Location: Reception - Everett Lounge | Discussion - Milbank Chapel
Presented by: TC's Education Policy & Social Analysis Department
For more information visit

September 20 - Superintendent's Roundtable
This month's guest is Marcus Robinson, Chancellor and CEO of EdPower in Indianapolis, IN. As CEO of EdPower, Marcus Robinson isresponsible for guiding its many school-based initiatives. Marcus will talk to us about how his vision for one charterschool took root and developed into a nationally recognized Charter Management Organization. Cost $30.00 (Dinner Provided). Space is limited.
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
Presented by: The Superintendent's Work Conference
To register, and for more information, please visit If you have any questions about the events, please call at 212.678.7449 or email at

September 20 - Boston Area Welcome to 2012 Graduates & Worldwide Networking Event
Join the Columbia University Club of New England as we reconnect with Boston area alumni and welcome alumni, including 2012 graduates, from all 16 Columbia University Schools who are new to the Boston area. This event is open to all Columbia University alumni and their guests; we encourage you to come out and socialize with longtime Bostonians, and with those who have recently settled or resettled in Greater Boston. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Tommy Doyle's, 1 Kendall Square, Number 100, Cambridge, MA
Presented by: Columbia University Club of New England (CUCNE)
To register, and for more information, please click here.

September 27 - Meet the Firms Networking Event
HoustonJoin employers and students from the Social-Organizational Psychology and Adult Learning and Leadership programs for this networking event.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College, Joyce B. Cowin Center
Presented by: TC Career Services, the Social-Organizational Psychology Department and the Organization and Human Development Consulting Club (ODHCC)
Prior to "Meet the Firms" there is a "Careers in Organizational Development Panel" scheduled from 4:30-5:45 p.m. For more information view the event flyer or visit TCCS LINK via My TC Portal. Event ID: 520.

September 28-29 - Language and Social Interaction (LANSI) Working Group
LansiSponsored by the TESOL and Applied Linguistics Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, LANSI brings together like-minded colleagues in the larger metropolitan area of New York who work with audio/video-recorded data from naturally occurring interaction. Through their regularly held data sessions, LANSI offers a forum in which participants continue to build their analytical repertoire via mutual engagement over time. In so doing, they also experiment with an apprenticeship model where graduate students work alongside practicing analysts making observations and providing accounts for those observations "empirically and precisely".
For more information or to RSVP please visit


October 5-7 - Interlanguage: 40 Years Later - A Roundtable in Second Language Studies
TESOL invites you to a special symposium celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Interlanguage Hypothesis. Eminent researchers in the field of Second Language Acquisition will present their perspective on the Interlanguage Hypothesis, first introduced 40 years ago.
For more information or to RSVP, please click here. Register by October 4.

October 10 - Professional Capital: A conversation about 'Transforming Teaching in Every School'
Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman and Teachers College Press Director Carole Saltz invite you to Save the Date for "Professional Capital: A conversation about 'Transforming Teaching in Every School'" with authors Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan and colleagues moderated by TC President Susan Fuhrman.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - Reception | 6:00 p.m. - Panel
Location: Teachers College
For program updates visit For inquiries, please contact Bev Rivero at

October 12 - Save the Date - Social Media & the Job Search Webinar
Log on to this webinar, presented by alumnus Bernardo Tirado(MA '01), to learn the ins and outs about Social Media and how to leverage these resources in a job hunt. The interactive discussion will also provide helpful "dos" and steer you away from the "don'ts".
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
More information to follow

October 15 - TC in DC Save the Date - Presidential Education Advisor Debate
Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman will moderate a debate on education and policy between Obama and Romney advisors. Join TC in DC alumni for a live-screening of the debate and reception at the National Press Club. More details to come soon!
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: National Press Club, The First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20045
More information to follow.


Mark Your Calendar

November 27 - Save the Date - TC Psychology Roundtable: The Psychological Impact of Spirituality
This third installment in the Psychology Roundtable Series, will explore the topic of spirituality and the mind/body link. Lisa Miller Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, will moderate the panel discussion with Suniya S. Luthar Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology, John Allegrante Ph.D., Professor of Health Education and Deputy Provost, along with expert alumnae Dale Atkins (MA '72), Ph.D. and Betsy Schur Levy Ph.D. '89.
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Networking Reception immediately following
Location: Teachers College
More information to follow.

April 13 - Save the Date - Academic Festival 2013
Save the Date for what will be a homecoming event to remember. Visit to see what happened at Academic Festival 2012!

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit or email For a full calendar of events happening on TC's campus, visit

**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

Tap in to TCCS
Continue to utilize career services as an alumnus? To review a list of services offered, click here. Join Teachers College, Columbia University Career Services (TCCS) LinkedIn Group. Connect with TC alumni and fellow students, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, & learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events. Like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter.

TCCS Alumni Listserv
Do you want to receive the TCCS weekly emails with information on learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events? Sign up for the TCCS Alumni Listserv.

Alumni Mentor Program
Want information on becoming an Alumni Mentor? Would you like to reach out to alumni mentors for networking purposes? 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

TCCS Events
Use TCCS LINK through myTC Portal to RSVP for the events below, access online job postings, alumni mentors, online resources and more. Note: Dates and room locations are subject to change so please verify location prior to event in TCCS LINK. All workshop, panel and info session information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK.
Click here for a full listing of all TCCS events.

September 13 - Job Search/Networking/Social Media Workshop, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., 152 Horace Mann September 14 - Resume/Interviewing Workshop,
10:00 - 12:00 p.m., 179 Grace Dodge Hall
September 14 - Meet the Firms Prep Workshop,
12:30 - 2:00 p.m., 179 Grace Dodge Hall


September 27 - Careers in Organizational Development Career Panel, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m., Cowin Center

September 12 - Lutheran Social Services of New York Info Session, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m., Location: TBD
September 12 - International Rescue Committee (IRC),
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Location: TBD

September 21 - 2012 Fall Career Fair, 11:00 - 4:00 p.m., Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
September 27 - Fall 2012 Meet the Firms Networking Event, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Cowin Suites
See events section above for more details.
October 3 - Transitioning from a Teacher to an Administrator [Webinar], 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Columbia University Center for Career Education
September 27 - Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office [Webinar], 12-1 PM (ET)

For Columbia alumni volunteer & mentor opportunities please click here. You can also champion Columbia University students for your firm. Visit

Interested in sharing your expertise or mentoring Columbia University Alumni? Contact Malla Haridat ( or 212-854-7862) for information on the Professionals in Residence, the Columbia Externship Program and more.

Columbia Networking Events Monthly Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events Each Month contact William Jordan to inquire -

For further assistance regarding TC Career Services, please contact the TCCS office at

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Published Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013