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Campus News

Campus News

School of Education and Human Development earns full NCATE accreditation Malone’s professional education unit, the School of Education and Human Development, has earned full Rhoda Sommers accreditation for both graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through Spring 2017. While the teacher education programs at Malone have been approved by the Ohio Department of Education since 1958, this is

the first time these programs have achieved recognition through national accreditation. NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Institutions must demonstrate that its teacher candidates have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach, the skills necessary to convey this content so students learn, and have partnerships with P–12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help all students learn. Candidates must also be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. University faculty must model effective teaching practices, and the institution

must have the resources, including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates to meet these rigorous standards. “While Malone’s teacher education programs have a long history of excellence, the NCATE process prompted a challenging self-study which has produced concrete evidence of the teaching effectiveness of our graduates” said Rhoda Sommers, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education and Human Development. Sommers continued, “Our current students and future students can be assured that our teacher education programs meet the highest national and state standards for excellence as a result of our NCATE accreditation.”

Council for Exceptional Children hosts Campus Carnival Balloons! Prizes galore! Games! Activities! And more happy faces than you could count filled Osborne Hall in March with the third annual Campus Carnival for Kids with special needs and their families. The School of Education’s Council for Exceptional Children and Malone Pioneer Athletics worked together to bring this funfilled event to all elementary school children, no matter the skill level or physical or mental challenge. Every activity and carnival game station was specifically designed to differentiate instruction based on the needs of each child, promising an evening of fun for children with special needs as well as their elementary school siblings. Legendary Cleveland Brown Don Cockroft (pictured, right), of the famed “Kardiac Kids,” was on hand, with an inspirational message and his new book, The 1980 Kardiac Kids––A Season of Destiny.

Brianna Parrish (left) and Becca Clark set up the prize table.

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The MCEC (Malone Council for Exceptional Children) is a student organization for Malone University education majors committed to connecting with, and serving, families blessed with kids with exceptionalities here in the greater Stark County area.

Don Cockroft

Faculty News Jesse Ayers, D.M.A., professor of music, had his composition Flashbax premiered by the Honors Band of the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Directors Association. The work was commissioned by OPCICA in memory of the late Dr. William Schlacks, OPCICA’s founding president, and to commemorate the organization’s 25th year. Ayers also saw three of his compositions performed this past November by the Windiana Professional Concert Band in Valparaiso, Ind., at the historic Memorial Opera House. Ayers’ Biblical Epics Trilogy, included Rahab, Jericho, and ... and they gathered on Mount Carmel. In addition, Rahab was performed at the Canton MacDowell Club by Cynthia Wohlschlager, adjunct professor of voice and Patrick Wickiffe, Malone staff accompanist this past February. Jack Ballard, Ph.D., associate professor of music production, is Malone’s newest Fulbright Scholar––our fourth in eight years! Jack was recently informed by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board that he has been selected to receive a 2012–13 U.S. Scholar Grant to teach music production at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. Trish Berg, instructor of business and adviser for Students in Free Enterprise, secured three national grants for the SIFE program including the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Grant to help a local small business grow and become more environmentally sustainable; the Campbell’s Soup Let’s Can Hunger Grant as the team pursued its goal of collecting 5,000 pounds of food for the Stark County Hunger Task Force; and the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Grant.

The Randall Campus Center was the site of a book signing by Jay Case, Ph.D., professor of history. His most recent work, An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity 1812– 1820 was published by Oxford University Press this past January. Beth Clark-Thomas, Ph.D., professor of education; and Nancy Varian, Ph.D., assistant professor of education were awarded––for the fifth consecutive year––an Improving Teacher Quality grant by the Ohio Board of Regents. SUNBEAMS (Students Understanding the Natural World by Broadening the Education and Applications of Math and Science), has received $500,000 from Ohio Board of Regents to date. In addition, the School of Education and Human Development was notified that its Education Leadership Program leading to the principal’s license has achieved OBR approval. The School––in conjunction with Canton City Schools––was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Profiles Series in February. David Entwistle, Psy.D., professor of psychology; and Stephen Moroney, Ph.D., professor of theology, collaborated on an article for the Winter 2011 issue of the Journal of Psychology and Theology. The title of their article is Integrative Perspectives on Human Flourishing: The Imago Dei and Positive Psychology. In addition, Dr. Entwistle is the co-leader of the Region IV Genetics Collaborative Transition Workgroup, creating and collecting resources on transitional issues for individuals with heritable conditions. Marcia Everett, Ph.D., professor of communication arts, director of The College Experience, and the force behind Malone’s annual “Into the Streets” program, was named to the Honor Roll of First-Year Student Advocates by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. In addition, she was recognized with the Leading Age Award by St. Luke Lutheran Community for Excellence in Service––Best Practice for Intergenerational Volunteer Service.

Jay Case speaks at his book signing. Jack Harris, Ph.D., director of global and off-campus programs, professor of business administration, and teacher in the Malone University Outdoor Leadership Program, was notified that his application for a $12,954 grant for the 2012 Boating Safety Education Program (“Canoe Training”) was awarded to Malone University by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Maria Lai-Ling Lam, Ph.D., professor of business administration, presented A Personal and Professional Perspective on the Concept of Global Talent at the China Global Talents Conference December 19, 2011, in Guangzhou, China. Charles Lartey, Ph.D., director of assessment, presented at the 2011 Assessment Institute held in Indiana last fall with the presentation: In Search of New Frontiers for the Analysis and Application of Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory––The Case of Malone University. Ken Stoltzfus, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair, social work, has accepted the position of chair of the social sciences department at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

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Reckless Abandon  

Malone Magazine, Spring 2012

Reckless Abandon  

Malone Magazine, Spring 2012

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