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March 2015 Alumni Newsletter

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A Message from Alumni Relations

As we enter March and begin gearing up for this year's Academic Festival and other exciting spring programming, we're glad to be able to share TC's recent progress and accomplishments with all of our alumni. The newly released 2014 Annual Report, Thinking Outside the Box: A Year of Innovation at Teachers College highlights the many important new initiatives and achievements throughout all of TC's ten academic departments. The Report also charts the progress of the historic Where the Future Comes First campaign and includes a tribute to Dr.  O. Roger Anderson, our 50-year faculty member who continues to inspire the entire TC Community with his commitment to our institution and his work applying cognitive and neuroscience theory to research on science learning and thinking. Read the full 2014 Annual Report>>


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Award Winners
Congratulations to several alumni award winners (pictured from left to right, above): Dorothy Miller (Ed.D. '91), professor of English & Humanities at Harford Community College, was named the 2015 Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. Historian and editor Judy Austin (M.A. '63) received the Idaho Humanities Council Award, the only award given out by the Council each year. Danielle Moss Lee (Ed.D. '06), Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of the City of New York, was named to the 25 Influential Black Women in Business Class of 2015 by the Network Journal (TNJ). Chin-Chung Tsai (Ed.D. '96), (pictured  bottom left), is the youngest recipient of the national chair professorship at the Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, the highest award in Taiwan recognizing the academic contributions of a researcher. Eric Oberstein (M.A. '09), (pictured bottom right), won a GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album as Producer on Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's "The Offense of the Drum," at the 57th GRAMMY's.



New Appointments (pictured from left to right):
Alumnus Paul Fried (Ed.D.'93) was named the new school superintendent of White Plains, New York schools, to begin July 1, 2015. Robin Goodrich (Ed.D. '12), former adjunct assistant professor or nursing education at TC, will head up the new Chamberlain College of Nursing campus in North Brunswick, NJ, beginning May 2015. Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J. (Ph.D. '12), has been named President of Creighton University.


Soprano Dr. Barbara Liberasky-Nowicki (Ed.D. '02) (left) and pianist Dr. Carol Ann Aicher (Ed.D. '98) (right) will perform at the next WVIA (Pittston, PA) Simply Grand Concert on March 22, entitled "Art Song Treasures of Poland." Photo courtesy of Read More>>

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Featured Video

Professor George Bonanno Gives Provost's Series Lecture on Trauma and Resilience
In February, we invited our alumni and friends back to TC for a special discussion featuring Dr. George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Loss, Trauma and Emotion Lab at TC, and international expert on human resilience. Dr. Bonanno's talk, "Trauma and Resilience: From Heterogeneity to Flexibility," provided an enlightening glimpse into some of his acclaimed research regarding suffering, loss and how most people are able to cope with even the most harrowing circumstances. Presented by Provost and Dean Thomas James, the event was a truly unique opportunity for the TC Community to hear from one of TC's most visible experts. Watch Dr. Bonanno's full talk>>

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


Career Services

The Education Career Fair will be held on March 4, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in Alfred Lerner Auditorium (115th Street and Broadway). Don't miss this opportunity to meet with national school systems, independent schools, charter schools and international organizations who are seeking students, recent graduates and experienced practitioners interested in teaching, guidance/school counseling, and various educational and administrative positions. 

And mark your calendar: the next TCCS/Alumni Relations networking breakfast will be on Tuesday, April 7.


TC News

TC Launches New Pre-Graduate and Spirituality Programs
TC's new International Pre-Graduate Program will welcome its inaugural cohort in July 2015. The first-of-its-kind program will prepare international students for the rigors of graduate work in the U.S through a six-week residential experience that will include non-credit offerings in academic reading, academic speaking and academic writing -- as well as courses on academic cultural competence. The Spirituality Mind Body Institute at TC has launched a new Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Spirituality Mind Body degree program, which is now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 session. The SMBI Summer Intensive is a groundbreaking Ivy League program dedicated to transformative inner work for outer change that merges spirituality, psychology and evidence-based science.


Teaching Residents at Teachers College 2 (TR@TC2) Program Receives Federal Grant
The TR@TC program has been awarded a second Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) federal grant. This funding is being used to continue the original teacher residency model program in its new iteration as TR@TC2 (Teaching Residents at Teachers College 2).  A new cohort of teacher candidates began with the program in January, and the program is currently recruiting for the second January 2016 cohort.  As the second iteration of the program, TR@TC2 is now 18 months long and will continue to include strands of preparation in secondary inclusive education (SIE) and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), with the expansion of science education -- biology (SCIB). Read more about the program from Vice Dean Lin Goodwin here>>

TC Faculty in the News
Ernest Morrell's 2014 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Presidential Address, "Powerful English at NCTE Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Toward the Next Movement," has been published in Research in the Teaching of English. You can hear Professor Morrell speak tomorrow night, March 4, at the inaugural lecture of the Macy Professor of Education at TC. Thomas Bailey and the Community College Research Center at TC have weighed in frequently lately regarding President Obama's community college free-tuition plan and the current state of community colleges in the U.S. Coverage has included The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The current issues facing community colleges will be a hot topic of discussion at this year's Academic Festival on April 11, 2015. Find more information here.


Support TC 


TC Fund: Giving Societies and Philanthropic Community
Philanthropy plays an important role at Teachers College. TC was founded with a philanthropic contribution more than 125 years ago, and today, it is the continued generosity of our alumni and friends like you that continues to fuel our success. Your annual gift supports our next generation of leaders, innovators, and educators who will revolutionize teaching and learning to create a smarter, healthier, and more equitable world.

                To recognize and honor our most dedicated donors, the College has three prominent giving societies: The John Dewey Circle of Leadership Giving, the Maxine Greene Society of Consecutive Giving, and the Grace Dodge Society for Planned Giving. Each society is named after a preeminent TC educator and exemplifies their unique contribution to Teachers College. We are so thankful  for all of your support and we are inspired by your generosity. If you have not yet made your gift to TC this year, please join our philanthropic community by supporting the College today. Your gift will be deeply appreciated and put to good use by the College, making a significant impact in all we do, every day.


Alumni Creations | #TCMade


Patti Rose (Ed.D. '89) has published two books, Cultural Competency for the Health Professional and Cultural Competency for Health Administration and Public Health, which address the importance of cultural competency by health professionals and in healthcare settings.


Bill Batcher (Ed.D. '98) published his second book of poems, Celebrations, which pays tribute to the seasons, the people and the small moments of our lives that make up the fabric of our existence.               

Alumna and legacy coach Isabel Rimanoczy (Ed.D. '10) has published Big Bang Being, a book about the "sustainability mindset," based on her doctoral research at TC about business leaders championing sustainability initiatives.  

Dana Angelo White (M.S. '07) has published her first book, First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers, which includes more than 75 quick and easy recipes, as well as tips for raising healthy eaters.

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

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March 3: TONIGHT: Sachs Lecture, Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith
March 4: Education Career Fair
March 4: Macy Professor of Education Lecture featuring Ernest Morrell: "Powerful Teaching, Powerful Schools: Engaging Youth in the Digital Age"
March 5: School Violence Prevention & Intervention (*also on March 28)
March 6: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (*also on March 15 and March 29)
March 6: Models of Sustainable Human Development : Lessons from the Basque Case
March 6: Tampa, FL: Alumni Happy Hour in Conjunction with ACPA
March 6-7: Seventh Annual Health Disparities Conference
March 7: 36th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference (ALWC)
March 9: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (*also on March 28)
March 9-10: Making Conflict Work Workshop
March 11: Washington, DC: Alumni Reception with CIES
March 15: Just Food Conference
March 15: Tokyo, Japan: Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (Kanda Gaigo) Public Lectures
March 17-19: Brazil: President Fuhrman Visits Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo
March 22: New Orleans, LA: Alumni Happy Hour in Conjunction with NASPA
March 23: Bangkok, Thailand: Alumni Reception
March 23-April 13: Conscious Cooking: The Yoga of Cooking and Eating
March 24: TC COLA presents How to Connect and Influence People Online
March 26: Sustaining Peace Conference
March 27: New Orleans, LA: Art & Art Education Alumni Reception
March 31: Sachs Lecture: Professor David Berliner
April 4: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (*also on April 18)
April 7: TCCS Networking Breakfast
April 10: SAVE THE DATE: Conference in Honor of the Memory of George Bond
April 11: Academic Festival 2015
April 15-16: Strategic Agility in Practice
April 16: The 11th Annual Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice
April 17: SAVE THE DATE: Nursing Education Alumni Association (NEAA) 52nd Annual Isabel Maitland Stewart Conference
April 19: Chicago, IL: AERA Reception
April 24-26: ILA Conference
April 25: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (*also on April 27)
April 25: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
April 28: Sachs Lecture: Professor Lauren Anderson
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 2: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (*also on May 3 and May 30)
May 5: TCCS Networking Breakfast
May 7-8: Making Conflict Work Workshop
May 9: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
May 14: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
May 28: London, United Kingdom: SAVE THE DATE: What the Research Says, Special Presentation featuring Ryan Baker
June 2: TCCS Networking Breakfast
June 6: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
June 13: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention
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 7: TCCS Networking Breakfast
July 13-17: SAVE THE DATE: School Law Institute
November 19-22: History of Art Education Conference, Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History

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Published Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015


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