The GEAR UP for Success grant and the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership provided the first day of a three day institute for math teachers on Friday, June 15. This professional development is part of the effort to implement the College and Career Readiness Standards and strengthen the preparation of students for postsecondary success. The GEAR UP for Success grant led by Barbara Davis as project director is also implementing a math/science camp for 100 middle school students from the five GEAR UP for Success
partner schools of Hudson ISD, Central ISD, Nacogdoches, ISD, Lufkin ISD, and Woden ISD. This camp is being offered in cooperation with the STEM Center in the College of Science and Mathematics at SFA. These opportunities are further ways that we are strengthening our partnerships with area schools to
promote increased academic success for all students.
- Dr. Judy Lauter, professor in School of Psychology and Speech and Language Pathology, is highlighted int he most recent issue of the university's Sawdust. The article presents an interview that addresses her work in the Human Neuroscience Laboratory and textbooks, How is your brian like a zebra?, which offers an alternative explanation for presisting issues in general psychology such as hyperactivity, autism, dyslexia, nicotine addiction, and chronic pain.
- Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervy's paper, "Welcome to out 'natural' world." : Public pedagogy and the non- formal adult educator in 21st century contexts, was accepted for presentation at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education National Conference this fall in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Congratulations to Dr. Janet Tareilo on receiving the Educator of the Year award from out SFA Phi Delta Kappa!
- Nacogdoches ISD renewed their academic partnership in the fall under the direction of the new Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes. Woden ISD followed in spring and was the first to take part in the Early College High School.
- SFA welcomed 17 grade nine students from Woden High School to campus this spring semester. Their first class, SOC 137, Introduction to Sociology, taught by Dr. Jerry Williams.
- The Perkins College of Education hosted an Assessment Day on September 23rd. One hundred twenty faculty members were in attendance. The second Assessment Day was held on March 30th with 75% of faculty in attendance. At this assessment day, faculty explored the value of acquiring accreditation or national recognition by programs, departments/schools, the college, and the university. Workshops on issues and practices related to program and student learning outcomes were provided.
- Dr. Vikki Boatman, Dr. Alan Larson, Dr. Heather Olson Beal, Ms. Mary Olle, and Dr. Jay Thornton were recognized as departmental/school 2012 Teaching Excellence Honorees and each was presented a framed certificate and a stipend at the PCOE reception on April 4th. Dr. Heather Olson Beal was also recognized as the James I. Perkins College of Education Teaching Excellence Honoree. She was also recognized at the SFA Teaching Excellence ceremony on April 17.
- Top Student Scholars in the Perkins College of Education presented their works and research April 10th at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Listed are the scholars, titles of their work, and their mentors.
Congratulations to the students on this accomplishment!
PCOE Top Scholar:
- Amanda Johnson, Beta-glucan reduces heart disease by lowering LDL-cholesterol, School of Human Sciences, mentored by Dr. Darla O'Dwyer
- Bric Alverson, Social media as a marketing tool for community groups, School of Human Science, mentored by Ms. Mary Olle
- Brooke Brodlowicz, Is It Green? A Survey of Flooding Materials, School of Human Sciences, mentored by Donna Pharris
- Keilea Bullard, Biomechanical Analysis of the Cartwheel, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science mentored by Delbert Graves
- Sarah Feye, Carrie Flowers, & Amanda Johnson, Living the Tasty Life: Cooking for People with Diabetes, School of Human Sciences mentored by Carol Bradley
- Amber Heeter, Cassie Welch, Courtnie Bartel, & Elizabeth Royal, Assisted Living Design Project, School of Human Sciences mentored by Mitzi Perrit
- Robyn Hicks & Noah Claytor, Is Our Knowledge and Opinion Based on the Internet?, Department of Secondary Education and Education Leadership, mentored by Dr. Kenneth R. Austin
- Kayla King, Reflection on Various Interview about Reading and Reading Comprehension, Department of Elementary Education mentored Adrian Decker
- Vanessa Pratt, Adaptations to Technology and the Influence on Communication and Cohesion in the Family Context, School of Human Sciences mentored by Dr. Brandon Burr
- Brandon Warren, Validation of the SenseWear Pro Armband for Energy Expenditure During Resistance Training, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science mentored by Dr. Mark D. Faries
- PCOE Top Scholar:
- Congratulations to Heather Stewart, Administrative Assistant in Elementary Education, who received the President's Award at the recent Annual Staff Service Awards April 5th.
- SFA Partnered with Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, & Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce in welcoming nearly 700 Nacogdoches city and county grade eight students along with over 50 Nacogdoches city and county exhibitors to the first Download Your Future Career Exploration Fair on February 9th. Students were able to speak with representatives from different businesses about job opportunities and the steps to reaching those career goals.
- Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink will lead a cross cultural course to China this June. The Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership is excited to be able to offer this course as an elective in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.