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April 2015 Alumni Newsletter

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A Message from Alumni Relations

Another Academic Festival has come and gone, but we will cherish the memories of such a fantastic day for some time to come! We are so grateful to the many alumni and friends who joined us on campus last Saturday to celebrate the TC Community and all the wonderful, innovative programming provided by our faculty, alumni and students. With 15 expert panels, a keynote address by Goldie Hawn, and the celebration of six deserving Distinguished Alumni (like Christine Lee Kim-Eng, shown above), it was certainly a day to remember, and we will be excited to share photos and videos as they become available. In the meantime, a big thanks to all of you for making Academic Festival 2015 a success -- and, mark your calendar for our next Academic Festival on April 2, 2016! Now, we turn our attention to an exciting spring agenda, including TC's Convocation in just a few weeks, where we will welcome the newest members of our TC Alumni Community! (Masthead photo by Susan Cook)

Alumni Spotlight | #TCAlumni

Dr. Negar Farakish (Ed.D. '08), left, received The Chair Academy's 2015 International Exemplary Leadership Award. Sosanya Jones (Ed.D. '13), right, received the J. William Fulbright Scholar award for her research project, "Inclusionary Internationalization: A Multi-Case Study of Policies and Practices in Alberta's Institutions of Higher Education." Harry Leigh (M.A. '59), not pictured, has been awarded a sought-after fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in Crafts/Sculpture.

Steven W. Goss (Ed.D. '07) has joined TC as Vice Provost for Digital Learning. David Backer (Ph.D. '14) has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Curriculum & Foundations Department at Cleveland State University. Beth Purvis (M.A. '88) was named Secretary of Education for Illinois by Governor Bruce Rauner. Rudy Arietta (M.A. '98) was named the next principal of Ardsley High School in Ardsley, New York, beginning July 1.

Rabbi Ron Isaacs (Ed.D. '79), left, of Bridgewater, NJ was honored for his contributions to the Bridgewater community and the State of Israel at the Third Annual Night to Celebrate Israel in March. Isaacs, who is the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater and the author of 120 books, will retire in June. Dr. Olivia Hooker (M.A. '47), right, has been honored once again for her role as the first African-American woman admitted into the U.S. Coast Guard. In a recent ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector New York in Staten Island, the Sector New York Galley was officially renamed in honor of Dr. Hooker.

Share your alumni news with us on social media using the hashtag #TCAlumni or by emailing tcalumni@tc.edu. We want to hear from you!

Featured Video

Alumni Relations Senator Appears on MSNBC
Last month, Alumni Relations Senator to the TC Student Senate and M.A. candidate Allen Schaidle appeared on MSNBC as a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss race issues on college campuses. Schaidle has been an invaluable liaison between the Office of Alumni Relations and the Student Senate, and we are proud of his ongoing work to represent Teachers College and to shed light on important issues facing colleges today. Click here to watch his discussion of how millenials understand racism and confronting racism on college campuses.

For additional video content visit TC on Tape and TC's YouTube channel.

TC News

More than 150 esteemed Teachers College faculty and experts will present on wide-ranging topics at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation's largest professional organization devoted to scientific study of education, taking place in Chicago this week. Among the highlights, Janet L. Miller, Professor of English Education, will receive the Mary Anne Raywid Award of the Society of Professors of Education (SPE) at AERA on April 18, and Xiaodong Lin, Associate Professor of Cognitive Studies, will chair the Presidential Session "Fear of Failure Prevents Students From Learning: Perspectives From School Leaders"-- the panel for which will also include Lily Din Woo, Director of TC's Cahn Fellows Program. The TC Community will also gather for a reception with President Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. '77) on April 19.

TC's Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) Hosts United Nations International School (UNIS)
CPET's Performance at the Center hosted a team of students and teachers from the United Nations International School (UNIS) to work alongside Teachers College M.A. and doctoral students in a four-hour workshop, incorporating writing, reading, movement, and sound. Read More>>

TC Faculty in the News
Professor Anand Marri's Loot, Inc. financial literacy curriculum for high schoolers developed under the Cowin Financial Literacy program was featured in Forbes. Pamela Koch (Ed.D. '00), Research Associate Professor of Nutrition Education and Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, was interviewed by TC alumna Maggie Moon (M.S. '07) on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Report for Livestrong.com. Koch also weighed in on these dietary guidelines and the food industry in two recent Huffington Post OpEds.

Career Services

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) presents Speed Networking on April 30! Open to both alumni and current students, this special speed networking event will teach participants the art of networking, with tips for impressing someone in five minutes or less. Come prepared to practice your elevator pitch and bring business cards to distribute! To RSVP, please email Kimberly Brown or register via TCCS Link.

And mark your calendar: the next TCCS/Alumni Relations networking breakfast will be on Tuesday, May 5.

Support TC

TC Fund: A Successful Academic Festival
Thanks to all the alumni and generous donors who came by the TC Fund table at Academic Festival 2015 and made gifts to support TC's mission of advancing education and learning worldwide. We so enjoyed meeting and speaking with all of you! A special thanks, as well, to those who gave online as part of their Academic Festival registration. As you saw at Academic Festival, your gifts to TC promote cutting-edge research by our renowned faculty members, as well as efforts to engage alumni and current students in our ever-thriving academic community. If you were unable to attend this year's Festival, we hope you will celebrate with us in a spirit of philanthropy by making a contribution today in support of TC's ongoing work. Simply click here to make your gift. As always, we thank you for your generosity, and we look forward to celebrating future Academic Festivals with all of you! Photo courtesy of Susan Cook

Alumni Creations | #TCMade

Shira Epstein (Ed.D. '07) recently published her first book, Teaching Civic Literacy Projects, an instructive and thought-provoking resource that shows teachers how to enact robust forms of civic education in today's schools.

A leading researcher in student development theory and its implications for higher education, Arthur W. Chickering (Ph.D. '58) recently released Cool Passion: Challenging Higher Education . The book is both a candid autobiography, as well as a look at five key areas where he has contributed to critical changes.

Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works? For consideration in a future newsletter, send information on your work to tcalumni@tc.edu, subject: Alumni Creations, or share your publication news with us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #TCMade.

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April 15-16: Strategic Agility in Practice
April 16: The 11th Annual Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice
April 16: Book Talk: Healing the Western Soul with Judith Miller
April 17: Nursing Education Alumni Association (NEAA) 52nd Annual Isabel Maitland Stewart Conference
April 19: Chicago, IL: AERA Reception + Prof. Janet Miller to Receive Mary Anne Raywid Award
April 24-26: ILA Conference
April 25: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (*also on April 27)
April 25: Black Student Network's 6th Annual Diversity in Research and Practice Conference
April 25: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
April 28: Sachs Lecture: Professor Lauren Anderson
April 28: Screening and Discussion of "Mentor" feat. Ruth Zealand (Ph.D. '04)
April 30: TCCS Speed Networking
May 2015: SAVE THE DATE: Recruitment Opens for the New Teacher Network at Teachers College (NTN@TC)
May 1-2: Literacy Unbound: Exploring Text Across Multiple Modes
May 1-December 6: The Bilingual Extension Institute
May 3: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (*also on May 27 and May 30)
May 3: Sending Purposeful Students to College feat. Bob Ogle (Ed.D. '10)
May 5: TCCS Networking Breakfast
May 5: Book Release: The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller
May 6: TC Choir Performance in Milbank Chapel
May 7-8: Making Conflict Work Workshop
May 9: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
May 9: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
May 10: Application Deadline: Global Competence Certificate, June 2015 Cohort
May 14: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
May 18-20: TC Convocation Ceremonies
May 28: London, United Kingdom: Events featuring Ryan Baker
May 30: Proposal Deadline, LANSI Conference
June 2: TCCS Networking Breakfast
June 6: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
June 6: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
June 6: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (*also on June 7 and June 13)
June 6-7: Leadership Institute for School Change
June 20: SMBI Presents Spiritual Life Conference
June 24: SAVE THE DATE: TCCS/Alumni Relations Networking Happy Hour
June 28-July 18: 2015 Educators Study Tour to Japan
June 29-July 2: Instructional Models in the Education of Gifted Students
July 6-7: Developing Skills of Argument and Debate
July 6-9: Differentiated Instruction of Gifted Students in the Heterogeneous Classroom
July 6-17: MathCamp: Integrating the Common Core Shifts into Mathematics Instruction (*Jul 6-10, Elementary; Jul 13-17, Middle School)
July 6-18: Summer Institute in Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (GMHPSS)
July 7: TCCS Networking Breakfast
July 8-9: Cutting Edge Reading & Writing Techniques for Teachers
July 13-17: School Law Institute
August 4: TCCS Networking Breakfast
September 1: TCCS Networking Breakfast
October 6: TCCS Networking Breakfast
October 16-17: 5th Annual Meeting of the Language and Social Interaction Working Group (LANSI)
November 3: TCCS Networking Breakfast
November 19-22: History of Art Education Conference, Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History

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Published Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015