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Theresa Ja-Young Kim (EdM '06), founded a non-profit summer camp called Hamptons Music Sessions (HMS) for music education and outreach for underprivileged students. Kim's shares her latest exciting achievement- "we will be hosting two students from Afghanistan at HMS! As you can imagine, this was not an easy feat and it involved much discussion and approval from the embassies, but I am so proud to announce that we're making it all happen. We have been raising funds to be able to provide them with full scholarships and travel stipends, and they will be joined by our other fabulous outreach students from Tunisia and inner-city NYC public schools where music funding is cut." For more on Kim or HMS please visit

Tom Halsall (EdD '73) is being honored this spring with a solo art show at Westchester Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery. Halsall has served as an art professor at Westchester Community College for the past 40 years. The solo show will include 25 of Halsall’s paintings. For more information about the show, please click here.

Daniel Falk (MA '11) is the new owner and president of Camp Huntington, a co-ed residential program serving children and young adults with Autism and related developmental disabilities. Camp Huntington is the second oldest summer camp program of its kind in the US. Click here for more information on Falk and Camp Huntington.

Carol Burris (EdD '03), who has been a passionate advocate for challenging curricula for all of her students at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY, as well as an outspoken critic of reforms in New York State, has been named New York State’s new High School Principal of the Year. For more on Burris visit

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Teachers College News

Mini Moments with Big Thinkers

"Mini Moments with Big Thinkers"
is a series of two-minute video segments that 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!

This week features Nahas Angula (EdM '79), former Prime Minister of Namibia.

Some 172 faculty, students and others affiliated with Teachers College presented at "Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis," this year's meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), which was held in San Francisco from April 27-May 1. More on TC at AERA here.

TC Represented in American Academy of Arts and Sciences
TC Professor of Psychology and Education Barbara Tversky - an internationally recognized cognitive psychologist whose expertise includes spatial language and thinking, event perception and cognition, diagram production and comprehension, and gesture - has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more here.

Academic Festival 2013
Our fifth annual homecoming event, Academic Festival, took place on April 13 with more than 600 members of the TC Community. For all things Academic Festival - recaps, videos, pictures and more, please visit

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

Celebrate TC's 125th by becoming a '125 Dewey!'
As we enter the month of May in our ongoing 125th Anniversary celebration, the TC Fund is grateful for and inspired by the support that our alumni and friends have displayed so far through their Dewey Circle contributions. Thanks to our Trustees offering to match dollar for dollar, all annual fund gifts of $1,000 or more, the TC Fund's Dewey Circle membership is already showing an increase of 6% over last May. We need your help to keep this momentum going! Your leadership gifts allow us to continue spearheading bold new ideas that shape human learning and development. As we focus on providing more financial aid packages to students this year, the College is seeking to grow the John Dewey Circle by 125 new members. Will you be one of them? Will you answer the call to help lead TC into the next 125 years? We hope 2013 will be your "Dewey Year"-- the year you join our more than 230 long-standing Dewey members as a new leadership donor. As you consider your contribution this month and the various options below, we hope you know how deeply your gift will impact our students and their future.

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 academic programs, faculty initiatives, or scholarships 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.

Book Ann Desollar-Hale (MA '05) recently co-wrote a book entitled "Toddlers on Technology". Ann is a neuropsychologist who gives a full account of the research surrounding the new generation's knowledge of technology. Ann graduated from TC with a Masters of Arts in Psycholgohy Education.

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.

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The Gottesman Library Newsletter is available here.

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New Mobile Publication - NLT
The EdLab has announced the launch of the New Learning Times (NLT), a new daily publication covering innovation in education. Alumni can keep up with the new generation of innovators and innovations in learning by registering free for the New Learning Times. Read NLT on the go; the New Learning Times is available for smart phones and tablets as well as on the web.


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May Alumni Newsletter

Academic Festival 2013

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address

The fifth annual iteration of the College’s signature homecoming event -- themed “Celebrating a Tradition for Tomorrow” in recognition of TC’s 125th anniversary -- was designed to “reflect our goal to honor and advance the TC legacy for generations to come,” said TC President Susan Fuhrman in her opening remarks. “There are so many fields that started here at TC -- but the future is why we’re here today. As we reflect on TC’s ‘legacy of firsts’, we also look ahead to how TC will continue to lead in the 21st century. Our goal is to do nothing less than invent the future. Just as we helped shaped the 19th and 21st centuries, we’ll do so with the 21st.” Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (PhD ’78), Levy Research Professor, Bard College, who was receiving TC’s 2013 President’s Medal of Excellence. Lagemann delivered the day’s keynote address, then spoke on the legacy of Cremin, who served as her thesis advisor during her student days at TC.

Plenary Session
At an afternoon plenary session, TC: The Next Generation, included four TC professors who are carrying forward the innovative traditions that have distinguished TC for more than a century. The interdisciplinary lineup included Karen Froud, Associate Professor of Speech and Language Pathology, a linguist and neuroscientist who uses real-time imaging techniques to study what goes on inside the brain when people learn; Lisa Miller, Professor of Professor of Psychology and Education, who explores the beneficial effects of spirituality on brain development and psychological health; Christopher Emdin, Assistant Professor of Science Education, who uses elements of hip-hop to teach high school science; and digital game designer Joey Lee, Assistant Professor of Communication, Computing Technology in Education, who uses gamification techniques to engage learners and foster concern for the environment and other pressing societal issues.

Breakout Sessions
A full slate of morning and afternoon panel discussions that, in addition to the sessions mentioned above, included a talk by alumna Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the sex therapist and media personality, about her escape as a child from Nazi Germany and her subsequent early years in Switzerland and Israel; a conversation with alumnae Alice Wilder and Angela Santomero, the creators of the hit children’s television show “Blue’s Clues”; and a class on watercolor painting.

Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon
Presentation of the College’s Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Awards took place during a special luncheon to a diverse cast that included Jody Gottfried Arnhold (MA '73), Founding Director of the Dance Education Laboratory, 92nd Street Y; Susan Jay Spungin (EdD ’75), President, Blind Biz; Chong Yang Kim (EdD '83), Chairman of the Board, Hanyang University Foundation; Bobby Susser (MA '87), renowned American songwriter, performer and record producer. The Early Career Award Recipients are Sarah Bolson Barnett (MA '09), Associate Vice President for Foundation Relations at The New York Botanical Garden and lastly a posthumous presentation to the the parents of Sreyashi Jhumki Basu (PhD '06) former professor of Science Education at New York University. Erika Himmel (MA '59), Professor, Department of Education, University of Chile was unable to attend.

To watch some of the sessions you may have missed and for all things Academic Festival - recaps, videos, pictures and more, please visit

Opportunities to Give During Our 125th
There are many ways to participate in the TC Fund during this Anniversary year. Be sure to check out all the opportunities in the "Support TC" section.

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


May 9 - Lawrence A. Cremin Seminar & Lecture Series: Communicative Practices and Education
Department of International and Transcultural Studies, Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies,
and Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, are celebrating the career of Professor Jo Anne Kleifgen (Professor of Linguistics and Education). Reception to follow in Everett Lounge
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
For more information please visit Please respond by emailing

May 16, 2013 - Leveraging Invisible Organizational Networks for Visible Change Workshop
This engaging 1-day workshop teaches you about how organizational networks function, how to learn about your organization's network, and how to put it to work for change. Featured faculty: Bill Pasmore and Rob Cross
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit As a TC alumnus and to commemorate our 125th anniversary, we are offering a 12.5% discount off the programs listed below. Use discount code TC125 when you register.

May 23-24, 2013 - Conflict Intelligence (CIQ) Harnessing the Power of Conflict and Influence at Work
This 2-day experiential workshop stresses the importance for leaders of developing the capacity to adapt: to be able to employ various strategies and tactics for conflict management effectively in organizations -- in order to marshal their potential energy and avoid pitfalls. Featured faculty: Peter Coleman and Rob Ferguson
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (each day)
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit As a TC alumnus and to commemorate our 125th anniversary, we are offering a 12.5% discount off the programs listed below. Use discount code TC125 when you register.

May 29-July 31- Community Art Studios: Summer Session
Summer is here - pursue your vision, refresh your creative spirit and explore in an inspiring environment. This class is designed for professionals, returning artists, and beginners. Open studios all week.
Hosted by:
TC's Art and Art Education
Time: Mondays 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: 445 Macy Gallery, Teachers College
For more information please contact Marty Spence or Catherine Rosamond or by calling 212.260.0889. View the session flyer here.

May 30 - Nairobi, Kenya: Alumni Reception Featuring President Susan Fuhrman
You are cordially invited to join TC President Susan Fuhrman for an intimate reception with fellow Kenyan alumni in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of our Global TC Day celebrations.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Columbia Global Center - Mvuli Road (off Waiyaki way), Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
For more information or to register, please visit


June 3 - Windhoek, Namibia: Alumni Reception Featuring President Susan Fuhrman
You are cordially invited to join TC President Susan Fuhrman for an intimate reception with fellow Namibian alumni in Windhoek, Namibia, as part of our Global TC Day celebrations.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel - 22 Promenaden Street, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
For more information or to register, please visit

June 4 - Johannesburg, South Africa: Alumni Reception Featuring President Susan Fuhrman
You are cordially invited to join TC President Susan Fuhrman for an intimate reception with fellow South African alumni in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of our Global TC Day celebrations.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Westcliff Hotel - 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
For more information or to register, please visit

June 24 - August 26 - TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University
This intensive 8-week summer program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is geared to recent college graduates, current English teachers who want to improve their skills, and career-changers and balances practical, hands-on teaching experience with cross-cultural awareness and information on how English is structured, learned, and used.
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
For more information or to register, please go here.

June 25-26- Catalyzing Strategic Mindsets: Strategic Thinking and Leadership Practices for Sustainable Futures Workshop
This 2-day experiential program provides participants with the tools and practices to effectively apply strategic thinking for organizational learning and creating innovative solutions that establish a sustainable advantage for their organizations. Participants will leave with an enhanced ability to apply these practices in their organizations. Featured faculty: Lyle Yorks and Harold Penton
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (each day)
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit As a TC alumnus and to commemorate our 125th anniversary, we are offering a 12.5% discount off the programs listed below. Use discount code TC125 when you register.

Mark Your Calendar

July 8 - 12 - The School Law Institute 2013
Join national leaders in education law to discuss critical issues of law, policy, and practice. We will cover a range of topics including charter schools, standardized testing, serving English language learners and students with disabilities, and free-speech rights of students and teachers. Among our renowned presenters are John King Jr. (New York State Commissioner of Education), Gary Orfield and Patricia Gandara (Co-Directors of the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles), Rhoda Schneider (General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Education), and Jay P. Heubert (Teachers College Professor of Law and Education).
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
William and June Warren Hall, at 115th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Registration is now open. For more information, please visit or contact Kathryn Smeglin/Charley Burkly.

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.

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.

Networking Events
May 15 - 3rd Annual Ambrose Connects Conference, The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
This event is targeted toward business leaders and HR professionals of small companies in the business services, tech and media, and financial services sectors. You may find more information about Ambrose at For more information about this conference, please click here.

Columbia Alumni 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.

Columbia University Center for Career Education Volunteer Opportunities
Alumni across the US: As part of our efforts to help students develop their professional networks, the Columbia University Internship Network (CUIn) connects current CU students with alumni mentors during the summer. We are seeking alumni in several cities during the summer of 2013 to be available as a resource to the student and possibly attend an event or two. If you live in one of the following cities - Boston, Greater Los Angeles area, San Francisco/Bay area, Washington, DC, Chicago - and are interested in mentoring students during the summer of 2013, please share your interest with Malla Haridat CC'97 at

International Alumni: Through the Columbia Experience Overseas Program, Columbia students participate in 8 week high quality internships. Since 2007, the Center for Career Education has been partnering with employers and alumni in a variety of international cities. Over 100 students depart from Morningside Heights to intern in a diverse range of industries including finance, consulting, media, health care, arts and not for profit organizations. If you live in one of the following cities - Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Istanbul, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore - and are interested in mentoring students over the summer, please share your interest with Malla Haridat, CC'97 at Serving as a mentor is a great way to connect with current Columbia students, build the Columbia brand and help young people at the start of their careers!

Champion Columbia students at your Firm
We are seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Alumni understand the value of the Columbia educational experience and are critical for establishing relationships with hiring decision-makers. Our Employer Outreach team is interested in gathering relevant contacts and making introductions to hiring managers as well as meeting alumni who would like to promote the hiring of Columbia talent at their firm. Click here for more information. For a list of all of our alumni volunteer events, please click here.

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

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Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013


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