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Meet Joe Bertolino (EdD '03), Lyndon State College's 15th President! Dr. Joe Bertolino recently began a new appointment as the 15th President of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. Prior to his arrival at Lyndon, Dr. Bertolino served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Student Personnel at Queens College/City University of New York from 2004-2012. Dr. Bertolino also served as the Dean for Community Development at Barnard College of Columbia University, and has worked in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state higher education systems and the SUNY system. The University of Scranton, presented him with the 2011 Frank O’Hara Award in Education, the highest award given jointly by the University and the National Alumni Society. More on Bertolino and the upcoming inaugruation events here.

Colette Mazzucelli (ME '11) is the recipient of a 2013 NYU SCPS Excellence in Teaching Award as a graduate faculty member in Global Affairs on the NYU Woolworth Building Campus. She is currently teaching numerous classes at NYU. More information on Mazzucelli here.

After a national search that included more than a 100 applicants, the Vision Network of Delaware board has selected Dana Diesel Wallace (EdD '01) as its new Executive Director. The Vision Network is a coalition of school districts and charter schools that are focusing their efforts on three specific areas proven to be critical to student performance: building leadership capacity, strengthening instructional focus, and developing a culture that supports student success. The Network is comprised of 28 schools across eight districts and three charter schools, impacting 23,000 students in all three counties. More on Wallace here.

Jeffrey S. Putman (EdD '12) is now the new Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at SUNY Downstate. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Putman has served as Downstate's Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Putman received his Doctor of Education in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2011. He is also currently the Programs and Resources Co-chair of TC's Alumni Council.

Do you have exciting news to share? Be sure to let us know! Email us at, fill out the Class Notes form here or share your news on Facebook.

"Mini Moments with Big Thinkers" is a series of two-minute video segments that will feature prominent TC faculty, faculty emeriti, alumni, administrators, and others discussing groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College over the past 50 years. Visit every week to watch a new Mini Moment. Tune in weekly!

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund announced a $10 million gift to Teachers College. The gift from TC’s Board Vice Chair’s establishes the new Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at the College, seeds TC’s capital projects and matches the Board’s support for infrastructure. Read the full story here.

Adjunct Professor, and alumna, Dr. Ruth Westheimer (EdD '70) is featured in "The Makers: Women Who Make America" a documentary on the women's movement, airing on PBS. The psychologist and sex therapist is teaching a class, "Families, Television and Other Media," this spring semester through the International and Transcultural Studies Department. More on Dr. Ruth and the documentary here.

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.

Support TC

It's A Great Year To Be Dewey!

As we enter the third month of TCs year-long celebration of its 125th Anniversary, the TC Fund is working diligently to ensure that our students are both fully equipped with the tools needed to make their mark on the world, as well as not being saddled with a mountain of debt as they leave TC to begin their careers. In that regard, and through the generosity of our Trustees, we are again thrilled to share some great year-long opportunities for our alumni and friends, whose annual fund support year after year helps to strengthen to the TC Fund, and makes so many things possible for our students to accomplish.

Provide a $5,000 Scholarship with a $2,500 Gift: TC Trustees will match, dollar-for dollar, your gift of $2,500 to provide a one-year $5,000 Annual Fund Scholarship to a student with demonstrated need. The Trustees will contribute up to $125,000 in this effort. The scholarship will be named in your honor, and you will also receive recognition in our Annual Report as a John Dewey Circle Member - at the Scholars Circle level.

Double the Value of Your John Dewey Circle Membership: With the goal of growing the John Dewey Circle by 125 members this anniversary year, our Trustees will match dollar-for-dollar, new or renewed Dewey level gifts of $1,000 or more, up to $125,000.

Begin Your Own Legacy of Philanthropy: TC has a rich legacy of firsts. Honor those firsts and the 125th anniversary with your first-time gift of $125 to the TC Fund.

Strengthen Your TC Fund Support: In celebration of our anniversary, help us provide more support for our students, research, programs, and faculty by increasing your gift by $125 today!

We hope you will consider taking advantage of these wonderful opportunities to help make your Annual gift go even further for TC. Every aspect of the College, whether it be scholarship, academic programs, or faculty initiatives, is underwritten by the TC Fund. Your support makes a significant difference in the future of our students and the lives they will affect. Click here to learn more about the John Dewey Circle and to make your gift online today. Thank you for your continued support!

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

BookRevisioning Mission:
The Future of Catholic Higher Education
by Suzanne Dale Wilcox (EdD '83) et al. Wilcox, in her chapter "Wayfaring at the University: Adult Spirituality," makes use of a Buddhist tale to trace the spiritual journey.


BookPat Tripple - A Retrospective by The Nevada Women's History Project. The Nevada Women's History Project, a statewide women's history organization located in Reno, Nevada, has just published a limited edition of the oral history of Patricia "Pat" Tripple (EdD '55). Tripple was hired at the University of Nevada and became the first Dean of the School of Home Economics in 1971, and after a long and fruitful career at the university, with many publications and honors, she retired from UNR in 1995. She also served in the Nevada State Legislature. Tripple will be available for a book signing on March 9 from 2:00-3:00 pm at Sundance Bookstore in Reno, NV.


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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March Alumni Newsletter

Happy Birthday, TC!







Released on February 25 - this special video ("mash-up") celebrates TC's 125th anniversary, while also paying tribute to Teachers College Faculty Member Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred. The two sisters composed the song "Good Morning to All," which became the famous "Happy Birthday" song. Watch the montage here. Be sure to stay tuned on the 25th of each month as we continue to share interesting and fun content to celebrate our milestone year.

Don't forget to join in the celebration by attending our upcoming events or by submitting your own TC memories. Visit regularly throughout 2013 for more on all things 125.

TC in New Orleans
TC is heading to the Big Easy on Thursday, March 14! Join TC Faculty Regina Cortina (program coordinator), Kim Foulds, Portia Williams, and Carine Allaf from Comparative and International Education as well as local alumni for a reception at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. For more information please see below or visit
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Stay Connected for our 125th Anniversary
There are many ways to be a part of our 125th Anniversary so be sure to stay connected to keep up with us and to stay informed. We will share events with you online, post reminders and share stories on Facebook and Twitter, share images on Instagram, network on Linkedin and more. Stay connected and join the conversation using #TC125.

Share this newsletter with your fellow TC alumni to help them stay connected.

Upcoming Alumni Events


March 5 - March 31 - Exhibition at the New-York Historical Society entitled Teachers College: Pioneering Education Through Innovation
In honor of its 125th anniversary, the continuing story of Teachers College -- covering not only its work in teacher education but also its many ground-breaking contributions in health, psychology, nutrition and other fields--will be the focus of a new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society. Teachers College: Pioneering Education, Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning is an exhibit of photographs, documents, and artifacts illustrating the history of the nation's oldest and largest graduate school of education. Admission is pay-as-you-wish from 6:00-8:00 pm on Fridays.

March 6 - Education Career Fair
Career Services' Education Career Fair is an on-site networking opportunity enabling you to meet with employers looking to hire students, recent graduates, and experienced practitioners from a variety of industries within the field of education. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with employers from Educational Technology, Educational Publishing, For-Profit, Higher Education, International Education Development, The Arts, Not-For-Profit, and PreK-12.
Hosted By: TC Career Services
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

March 6 - Washington, DC: 25th Anniversary of ReSET
The TC-in-DC Regional Group invites you join The Columbia University Club of DC in celebrating the 25th anniversary of ReSET, a volunteer organization that celebrates scientists and engineers in the classroom. Join us to hear Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Nancy G. Roman (ret.), formerly of NASA, perhaps best known as the "Mother of the Hubble Telescope," discuss the trajectory of science in their fields: infectious diseases and space, as well as the importance of early science education.
Hosted By:
The Columbia University Club
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Reception and Demonstrations
Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building, Constitution Avenue and Second Street, NE., North Elevators to 9th Floor
Please RSVP no later than February 28th at or by reserving your free ticket at

March 7 - HBS Colloquium Series - Putting it in Social Context: The Next Decade of Research in Health Psychology, Tracey Revenson
This colloquium series seeks to bring together faculty and students from across Teachers College and other units of Columbia University whose research interests include the biological, behavioral, and social basis of healthy human development and health-related educational, behavioral, and social intervention. Tracey A. Revenson, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Deputy Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Sponsored by:
Office of the Provost of Teachers College and Gottesman Libraries
305 Russell Hall, Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College
3:45 p.m.
For more information or to register, please visit

March 9
- 11th Annual Metro NY Charter School Career Fair
bullseyeCome and meet representatives from top Charter Schools across the Tri-State area. Have the opportunity to submit your resume for review and speak with potential employers attending the event. Don't let this opportunity pass you by, get your job search underway with this career fair. TC students and alumni will be able to meet with employers starting at 11:00am! Don't miss this exclusive opportunity!
Hosted By: TC Career Services and
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location:177 Grace Dodge Hall
For more information or to register, click here.

March 11 - May 13 - Spring 2013 Lecture Series Program in Neuroscience and Education
The Program in Neuroscience and Education of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at TC is pleased to announce a lecture series on current issues in neuroscience. The course is listed as BBSN 5199 (crn 52030) and is offered for three credits in the Spring 2013 semester. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the leading thinkers in neuroscience and hear firsthand about what they are currently working on in their laboratories.
Hosted By: Department of Biobehavioral Sciences
Time: Every Monday at 3:00 pm
Location: Joyce B. Cowin Center (147 Horace Mann)
For more information on the lecture series please visit

March 13 & 14 - Big Data/Big Ideas: Unlocking Autism Trends
Don't miss these two opportunities to interact with CU and TC alumni in California. Join Columbia Engineering, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Columbia Alumni Association for a special presentation on the intersection of big data and autism research. Professor Peter Bearman, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology at Columbia, will present his findings on how big data can help unlock the underlying trends in the occurrence of autism in California. Reception to follow with beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.
March 13 | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Crane Beach - Google | Mountain View, CA
March 14 | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Pacific Design Center | Los Angeles, CA
For more information or to register, click on the dates above.

March 14 - New Orleans, LA: Alumni Networking Reception in conjunction with CIES
TC is heading to the Big Easy! Join TC Faculty Regina Cortina (program coordinator), Kim Foulds, Portia Williams, and Carine Allaf from Comparative and International Education as well as local alumni for a reception in conjunction with the Comparative & International Education Society Conference (CIES). The department will be presenting a distinguished alumnus/a with the Harold J. Noah Award.
Hosted By: The Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
For more information or to register, please visit

March 15-16 - Fifth Annual Health Disparities Conference
This year's theme is Culturally Appropriate Research, Practice, and Policy Approaches to Health Disparities within a Stress and Coping Bio-Psycho-Social-Environmental-Cultural Framework. While we will be welcoming back all alumni as part of the ongoing 125th anniversary celebration of the college with a special focus on celebrating the legacy of diversity at the college, the conference includes a celebration of The Tenth Anniversary of the Research Group on Disparities in Health (RGDH), while featuring (on Saturday) the First Annual Get Together of the Alumni of the RGDH.
Hosted By: The Research Group on Disparities in Health (RGDH) and the Department of Health and Behavior Studies
Time: March 15: 8:00 am - 7:45 pm | March 16: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit

March 18 - Orlando, FL: Alumni Happy Hour
Join faculty and alumni for one happy hour in conjunction with NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Annual Conference. Join Alumni Council member Jeffrey Putman (EdD '12),for this informal event.
Hosted By: The Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: High Velocity Restaurant (Lobby level) at the Orlando World Center Marriott - 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
Space is limited! Please register here so we can plan accordingly.

March 27 - Mondays at Racine Premier, an Academy Award nominated film
Join us for an exciting Teachers College premiere of the Academy Award nominated film Mondays at Racine. Mondays at Racine is a powerful documentary about a Long Island hair salon that closes its doors to the public and offers free beauty services once a month for women battling breast cancer. The salon offers them a chance to feel beautiful as they undergo chemotherapy, and also gain strength and a chance to reflect in this safe space. The film reveals the beauty born of the love and support found in community in times of personal pain and fear. A discussion will follow with Cynthia Wade, the director, the producer, and subjects from the film, including TC alumna, Dr. Cambria Russell (MA '07).
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College with Discussion and Reception to follow.
For more information or to register, please contact Sarah Richard at

*POSTPONED* - Professor Celia Genishi Retirement Event
The Department of Curriculum & Teaching invites you to honor Professor Celia Genishi on the occasion of her retirement from Teachers College. Please join us for a symposium at which a panel of C&T faculty, alumni, and special guest, Dr. Anne Haas Dyson, will celebrate Professor Genishi's scholarly contributions to the fields of Early Childhood Education and Language Education. If you wish, please consider a contribution in honor of Professor Genishi to the Genishi Family Scholarship Fund.
Hosted By: Department of Curriculum & Teaching
Learn more by emailing or online at


April 3 - Washington, DC: Admitted Students and Alumni Mixer
The TC Office of Admission hosts regular Information Sessions where representatives speak with prospective students and answer questions pertaining to the application or admissions process.
Hosted by: The Office of Admission
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037-1522
If you are interested in attending as an alumnus to share your TC experience with prospective students, please contact the TC Office of Admission at

April 5 - Boston, MA: Admitted Students and Alumni Mixer
The TC Office of Admission hosts regular Information Sessions where representatives speak with prospective students and answer questions pertaining to the application or admissions process.
Hosted by:
The Offices of Admission
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116-5800
If you are interested in attending as an alumnus to share your TC experience with prospective students, please contact the TC Office of Admission at

April 8 - 12 - International Week

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.
Hosted by: The Office of International Student Services
More information to follow.

April 13 - Academic Festival 2013
academic festival The theme of Academic Festival 2013 is "Celebrating a Tradition for Tomorrow." Our fifth annual signature homecoming event will anchor our year-long series of 125th anniversary events, bringing together alumni, students and friends of the College for a day of learning, reconnecting and celebrating. Breakout Sessions featuring alumni, students and faculty who represent all 10 of the College's academic departments will explore some of the many trailblazing "firsts" that constitute the College's legacy as well as the work that continues to shape its future.

Here is a sampling of some of our featured sessions: Psychology Without Borders: Providing Hope and Healing in the Face of Adversitywill examine how all situations begin with an awareness of cultural differences and life circumstances. Leading the Way: Higher Ed in the 21st Century will bring together a panel of TC alumni who are all presidents at various colleges and universities. Hands-on sessions such as Contemporary Approaches to Watercolor will allow you to tap into your inner artist while Kids Cook Today brings the family together in the kitchen. Read more about the interesting sessions and more at! #TCAcFest

April 26 - Los Angeles, CA: TC Connections - Admitted Students and Alumni Event
The Offices of Admission & Alumni Relations are hosting an information session and reception. The first hour will feature alumni to alumni networking while the second hour allows for the opportunity to meet new students and to share your own graduate school experiences with the future of TC.
Hosted by:
The Offices of Admission & Alumni Relations
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049-6833
More information to follow.

Mark Your Calendar

July 25 - Global TC Day
The Office of Alumni Relations is celebrating the 125th Anniversary worldwide! Save the date and celebrate with us in your own backyard. We are putting together resources to support your alumni event - from a small gathering to a larger formal event - we will have simultaneous events hosted by regional TC alumni. It is an exceptional opportunity for us to build and strengthen our TC Network. There are already plans to celebrate in Greece and London. If you are interested in helping us to coordinate this exciting event, email us at #GlobalTCDay

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 into TCCS!
TCCS encourages you to take advantage of the many career resources available to you. To review a list of services offered through TCCS, please click here. Join the Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University LinkedIn Group to connect with students and fellow TC alumni, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, and learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events. Feel free to like TCCS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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

Alumni Mentor Program (TCCS LinkedIn Group)
Join the TCCS LinkedIn group titled 'Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University' for all of your networking purposes. Please click here for more information.

Recruit TC
Is your organization seeking talented professionals? To discuss recruiting efforts, please contact Vicki Gochenour, Assistant Director of Employer Relations in TCCS 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, 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, info session and webinar information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK. (Webinar access details will be forwarded to registrants prior to webinar.) Location TBD unless otherwise stated.

Workshops/Speed Reviews
March 13 - General Interviewing, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

March 6 - Alternatives to Teaching Panel, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 555 Lerner Hall, CU
March 6 - Careers in Arts Administration and Education Panel, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., 555 Lerner Hall, CU

Information Sessions
March 11 - Kidspirit Magazine, 4:00â-5:00 p.m., 144 Horace Mann
March 12 - The Equity Project Charter Schools, 4:00-5:00 pm, 144 Horace Mann
March 14 - TEAM Charter School Network, 4:00-5:00 pm
March 26 - VISIONS, 4:00 - 5:00 pm.
March 27 - New York City Department of Education, 4:00- 5:30 pm, 140 Horace Mann
April 4 - United Federation of Teachers (UFT), 4;00-5:00 pm

March 20 - Reinventing Your Career and Yourself With Confidence! Webinar, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
March 28 - [CUCCE Webinar] Act Like You Mean Business: Essential Communication Lessons from Stage and Screen - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Career Fairs
March 6 - Education Career Fair, 2:00-6:00 pm, Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
March 8 - Spring Career Fair, 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Alfred Lerner Auditorium, Columbia University
March 9 - 11th Annual Metro NY Charter School Career Fair, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Zankel Hall, Teachers College
March 11 - Media Networking Night, 7:00-8:30 pm, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University
April 12 - 2013 Master's Level Social Work Job Fair, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Kimmel Center, New York University

Columbia Networking Events
Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events are hosted monthly for CU Alumni. Please watch the calendar for up to date information regarding these events. For all current information, please visit this link.

CU Volunteer Opportunities [from the Columbia University Center for Career Education]
Columbia Externship Program (March 18-22, 2013) Perfect for alumni who can host a student shadowing your day to day professional life. More information here.

Professionals in Residence Spring 2013
Great for alumni who have a great story and want to mentor but lack the time for a long term commitment.

Please contact Malla Haridat at or 212-854-7862 for more details.

Champion Columbia students at your Firm [from the Columbia University Center for Career Education]
We are seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Please click here for more information.

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

Events: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at, (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.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. If you would like to unsubscribe to these emails, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at Change of address? Update your information here.

Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013


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