A Message from Alumni Relations
We are so excited to announce the return of Global TC Day to our summer programming! Last celebrated back in 2013 for TC's 125th Anniversary, Global TC Day helps us build and strengthen our TC Network around the world with a series of exciting events. Global TC Day events provide exceptional opportunities for us to reconnect with our international alumni and for you to connect with fellow alumni living and working near you. Get involved by attending or even helping to coordinate an event in your area! Global TC Day festivities will include meet-ups all around the world, both formal and informal, hosted by regional TC alumni. These summer events, taking place between July 20 and August 1, 2015, will also include current students home for break, as well as newly admitted students who are preparing to move to New York and begin their tenure at TC. If you are interested in hosting an event or in helping to plan one of these exciting gatherings, email the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com with the subject "Global TC Day." Stay tuned for more information, coming soon, and be sure to join the conversation on social media using #GlobalTCDay.
Alumni Spotlight | #TCAlumni
2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner James E. Gordon (Ed.D. '85) received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from SUNY Downstate Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions during the school's 2015 commencement, where he also served as commencement speaker. Gordon, dean and chair of the Biokinesiology and Physial Therapy Division of the University of Southern California, is considered one of the foremost thinkers in the area of motor learning and its application to people with neurological conditions. | M. Louise Fitzpatrick (Ed.D. '72) received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Villanova University. Fitzpatrick is the Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor of Nursing of the College of Nursing at Villanova University and a pioneer in the field of nursing education.
Phillippa "Pippa" Purdy (M.S. '13) (not pictured) has been appointed the new clinical dietician at The Osborn Retirement Community in Rye, New York. | Tomoko Takahashi (Ed.D. '84) was elected to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). | Lily Hsu (Ed.D. '06) has been named the new vice provost of Johnson & Wales University, Providence campus.| Dr. Eileen Flicker (Ed.D. '94) has been appointed the new director of early childhood education at the YJCC's David Rukin Early Childhood Center in the Township of Washington, New Jersey.
Honors and Awards
Songwriter, musician, producer and 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Bobby Susser (M.A. '87) (left) will be honored at the Josephine Foundation Gala on June 12 for his contributions to children's music. The Josephine Foundation provides opportunities for young people to develop their talents in the arts and sports. Photo courtesy of Bobby Susser.| Alumnus and incoming doctoral student Dahlia Constantine (M.A. '02) (right) won a 2015 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award from the Washington Post for her work teaching third grade at Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.| Four TC alumni were named to Noodle's 67 Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn list: Sheldon Horowitz (Ed.D. '84) was named in the K-12 category, while Tatyana Kleyn (Ed.D. '07), Lois Weiner (M.A. '79) and Diane Ravitch (Ph.D. '75) were honored in the Educational Analysis category.
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TC Celebrates the Legacy of Morton Deutsch
In April, the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at TC celebrated preeminent psychologist and Professor Emeritus Morton Deutsch's 95th birthday, his work and legacy over four decades. With his wisdom, keen intellect and humanity, and through his extensive research on cooperation and competition, conflict resolution and social justice, Deutsch has deeply impacted countless students, many of whom spearheaded the celebratory event in his honor. See videos from the event >>
Korea 125th Anniversary Scholarship Fund
Following a visit by TC President Susan Fuhrman to Seoul in December 2014, Dr. Kim led a unique "crowd donation" by Korean alumni that resulted in $120,000 in pledges to the Korea 125th Anniversary Scholarship Fund and has inspired similar efforts from alumni in other countries. Click the link below to read more about Dr. Kim's time at TC, the College's importance in South Korea, and Dr. Kim's reflections on the Korea's "emerging culture of giving." For more ways to support TC, see below. Read More >>
More From TC Convocation
Review and relive the excitement of our 2015 Convocation by viewing photos and videos from the various ceremonies, as well as all the social media chatter, on TC's accounts. Read more about this year's Medalists for Distinguished Service, Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Kent McGuire, Luis C. Moll and John P.A. Ioannidis here.
TC Establishes New Resilience Center for Veterans
Thanks to a generous $1 Million gift from new Teachers College donors David and Maureen O'Connor, TC will create the new Teachers College Resilience Center for Veterans & Families. The Center will bring together one of the world's foremost authorities on human emotional resilience, Dr. George Bonanno, TC's Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services, which serves low-income and minority families, and TC doctoral student Joseph Geraci whose combat experience has led him to study a potentially groundbreaking new approach to helping veterans transition back to civilian life. Read More >>
Spirituality at TC
Dr. Lisa Miller, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, and Director of TC's Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI) released her new book, The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, from St. Martin's Press in May. Since the book's release, The Spiritual Child has been covered in The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other publications. The TC Community celebrated Dr. Miller's latest accomplishment on campus May 12 with a book signing and talk. If you were unable to attend the May event, you can still catch Dr. Miller as one of the keynote speakers at SMBI's upcoming Spiritual Life Conference: Learning and Growth across the Lifespan, taking place on June 20.
Summer Networking Happy Hour and the Launch of Career Webinars
We are looking forward to kicking off summer with our alumni at a Networking Happy Hour in NYC on June 24. Join Teachers College Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations for this fun, casual gathering.
In addition, we are excited to announce another collaboration between the the Office of Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Online Career Development Speaker Series, a free series offered exclusively to Teachers College alumni and brought to you by the 21st Century Leaders Committee and Alumni Council. We are currently seeking speakers from a variety of career backgrounds to share their approaches and tips for navigating today's employment world. If you have ideas for an upcoming webinar, please contact us.
TC Fund: Scholar Spotlight
Annual gifts in support of financial aid from our alumni reflect a strong investment in TC's most valuable asset -- our promising students like Annual Fund scholar Bianca Passos. Bianca is a master's student in TC's Nutrition Education program, housed in the Department of Health and Behavior Sciences. Thanks to alumni donor Borinquen Rodriquez Lugton (M.A. '55), a part of Bianca's financial aid package this academic year was underwritten by the TC Fund. "This annual fund scholarship is very meaningful to me because without the generosity of Mrs. Rodriquez Lugton, attending TC would be a financial challenge. Coming from an immigrant family with one parent who never attended college and another who shifted career trajectories due to the economic restraints, receiving a high quality education has always been a priority for my family and me. This scholarship makes that dream a reality and further motivates me to work hard as a tribute to my family and as a symbol of gratitude to Mrs. Rodriguez Lugton."
To make your annual gift this month in support of financial aid for other bright students like Bianca, just click here. To learn more about the Annual Fund Scholars Program, and how your gift this year can be matched by our TC Trustees to provide annual fund scholarships to students in need, just click here. Thank you in advance for your support!
Alumni Creations | #TCMade
Nick Sousanis' (Ed.D. '14) thesis, Unflattening, considered the first dissertation presented entirely in comic book format, has been published by Harvard University Press. The project was recently profiled in the Calgary Herald.Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (Ed.D. '93) published God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning Among Faith Communities, based on ten years of research on interreligious learning in the U.S., one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world.
Beatrice Bridglall (Ed.D. '04) is the editor of the recently published Promoting Global Competence and Social Justice in Teacher Education, a book about internationalizing teacher education.
Ron Verdicchio (Ed.D. '82), a professor at William Paterson University, co-authored Images of America: Prospect Park, along with six of his students. The book grew out of an ethnographic field study investigating the degree of cultural change that Prospect Park has experienced.
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