2006 Keystone

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�elebratin� 90 �ears

Volume 3, 2006

“We live our lives as history is bein� made…” Truman Pierce

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MESSAGE �rom t�e President

Dr. Frances K. Kochan

Dr. Ed Richardson

Dear Friends of the College of Education:

Dear Friends: Add Barbara Meyer, a retired schoolteacher from Gulfport, Miss., to the list of Auburn’s biggest supporters. Meyer, whose home was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, has a new home now, thanks to graduate students in Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction’s Design/Build program. On March 8, the students delivered Meyer’s home, a converted storage container custom-built for her needs, to Gulfport. From all accounts, Meyer, who also received a brand-new orange Auburn t-shirt, was impressed with and excited to receive her new home. Meyer’s home is just one way Auburn is continuing to make a difference in the lives of people—not just in the Southeast, but around the world. Also in March, Auburn hosted Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Mike Rogers and Assistant Secretary of Energy Douglas Faulkner in a demonstration of alternative energy possibilities. The event, held at the E.V. Smith Research Center near Tallassee, focused on AU Professor David Bransby’s research on switchgrass as a source for ethanol. Auburn is also active on other alternative energy fronts, and you’ll hear more about that activity in the near future. In Athletics, Auburn continues to do well both in the competitive arena and in the classroom. By now, I’m sure most of you know that our men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams, led by Coach David Marsh, again captured NCAA titles. The men’s title was the program’s fourth consecutive while the women won their fourth title in five years. Both accomplishments are amazing, regardless of the sport. In the classroom, we were pleased to learn recently that our football program posted an impressive multi-year academic progress rate of 981, which ranks in the 90th-100th percentile nationally, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Only three other Bowl Championship Series schools—Boston College, Duke and Stanford— can claim that distinction. Not only is Coach Tommy Tuberville winning on the field, but off it, as well. Finally, I would be remiss not to mention our success in this year’s session of the Alabama Legislature. For the second consecutive year, we received a record budget allocation from the state. The $288.02 million appropriation for Fiscal Year 2007 is an increase of $42.5 million over last year’s appropriation of $245.5 million and represents a strong commitment to higher education. This allocation will enable us to fund established priorities and to create a reserve for leaner budget years. This budget would not have been possible without the strong support of the legislative leadership, particularly the help of Rep. Mike Hubbard. The results speak for themselves.


Interim President

For 90 years, our College of Education has been preparing students to be leaders as they enter the professional stages of their life. For some, leadership has come to fruition in the classroom through engaging instruction. For others, accepting leadership challenges has meant using their foundation in education to improve their own corporate or community environment. Wherever leadership has been realized, our graduates have proven one thing—every moment can offer you the chance to teach, and every place can become your classroom. In Auburn’s College of Education, our philosophy is founded on the belief that education serves as a keystone in our society. Like the keystone of an arch, education serves a central, supportive role for the rest of society. In that sense, we believe education is the keystone in building better futures for all. And we’re building those better futures—through outstanding academics, cutting-edge research and meaningful outreach.

In this edition of the Keystone, we take a look at some of the people and events that have shaped our college during its first 90 years. And, as Auburn University celebrates its sesquicentennial, we are reminded of just how much education truly serves as a keystone on our campus, in our state, in our nation and in our world. Through our students, faculty, staff and alumni, it’s already apparent the rippling effects education will have in shaping our college and university as we venture into the future. Like George Petrie, who wrote the Auburn Creed, I, too, believe in education. I thank you for also believing in it, and for the role education—and you—play in building better futures for all.

Truly yours,

Frances K. Kochan, Ph.D. Dean


Ed Richardson

Table of Contents

“…as history is being made…” The college celebrates 90 years of building better futures for all as it marks some of its many


Anniversary Tent Celebration

Ninety years of legacy and tradition celebrated during the college’s first game-day tent event

milestones—and the leadership that helped foster achievement.


The Keystone is an annual publication of the Auburn University College of Education, produced and distributed to alumni and friends of the college through the generous contributions of private donors.

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Mandy Bagwell ’97

What started as a hobby for this one-time teacher is now a full-time job

Dr. Lilli Land ’80

Land’s Auburn roots have grown into a bright future for Auburn kindergartners

Dr. Floreine Hudson ’57

As Auburn’s first female doctoral graduate, Hudson earns a place in the college’s history books

Ethel Craddock ’49

99-year-old AU alumna makes a wish to return to the Plains

Magazine Staff

Katie Crew Writer Mike DeMent Graphic Designer, Photography Michael Tullier, APR Director of External Relations/Editor


Contributing writers: Nicole DuPuis, AU Office of Communications and Marketing


Additional Photography: AU Photographic Services, Amanda Earnest FlipFlopFoto.com

Frances K. Kochan, Ph.D. Dean College of Education Auburn University 3084 Haley Center Auburn, Alabama 36849-5218 (334)844-4446 www.education.auburn.edu Send address changes to eduinfo@auburn.edu, or by mail to the attention of Michael Tullier, APR All copy, logos and images are the property of Auburn University © 2006 Auburn University College of Education

Kathryn L. Munro ’70

2006 Keystone Leader talks about banking, basketball and volunteerism

Bill Driggers ’05

Convenience and ease of distance education is “a good fit—period” for this recent graduate

Contents Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Joe Morton ’69.......................... 3 Student Spotlight: Jessica Bartlett................................ 5 2005-06 Scholarship Recipients.................................... 6 “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign.................................... 7 Student Ambassadors....................................................... 8 Student Council.................................................................... 9 Organization Spotlight: Iota Delta Sigma...............10 Holmes Scholars Program..............................................11 Alumni Briefs..................................................................12-13

College Awards...................................................................15 Retired Faculty Spotlights..............................................16 National Advisory Council..............................................17 Outstanding Alumna: Hedy White ‘70......................24 Distance Ed and Podcasting..........................................27 Faculty Highlights.......................................................28-29 Department Features................................................30-35 Faculty Announcements................................................36 Donor Recognition.....................................................37-40

The Auburn University College of Education is committed to providing opportunities of inclusion for its faculty, staff and students.

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ore than 200 alumni, faculty, staff, students and other well-wishers joined the College of Education in celebrating 90 years of legacy and tradition during the college’s first game-day tent event on Oct. 29, 2005. While the Tigers’ mid-morning football game moved the college’s original plans for lunchtime gumbo to the early morning, the event was a wonderful opportunity for alumni to reconnect with one another, not to mention with the college. “Events like this are critical in keeping our alumni involved and connected, and keeping our college energized through the success of our graduates,” said Dean Frances Kochan. “We’re fortunate to have the support of our alumni and donors who make events like this possible.” In addition to gumbo, music and birthday cake, the event featured a silent auction to support academic and

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research programs in the college’s Department of Health and Human Performance. Pat Campbell, a Louisiana

Events like this are critical in keeping our alumni involved and connected, and keeping our college energized through the success of our graduates. native and father of exercise science doctoral student Brian Campbell, served as our master gumbo chef for the event. The college is already planning game-day events during the upcoming and future football seasons. Visit www.education.auburn.edu often—as well as your mailbox—for information about these and similar events.

Joe Morton ’69 State superintendent balances innovation, fundamentals to change Alabama’s educational landscape


r. Joe Morton admits that change within education is a balancing act between innovation and foundational basics. Successfully balancing the two as Alabama’s state superintendent of education is enabling the state to create a new landscape for its 743,600 students attending 1,526 public K-12 schools. When selected as state superintendent in July 2004, Morton became Auburn University’s eighth graduate—and third consecutive graduate—to hold the post. Since then, the 1969 graduate from Pleasant Grove, Ala., has been neutralizing challenges and equalizing resources to rouse positive change for Alabama’s public school students. Originally an architecture student at Auburn University, Morton admittedly got serious his junior year after “majoring in foolishness” and palling around with musician—and one-time AU student—Jimmy Buffet. Morton focused his interests in politics, government and geography toward earning a bachelor’s in secondary education. While teaching at Jefferson County’s Brighton High School, he soon realized a parallel between his interests in government and school administration. Morton returned to school full time to pursue graduate administration degrees at The University of Alabama. While offered jobs in Ohio and Florida, Morton My goal is to have every chose to remain in Alabama and, at 27 years student in the state attend old, became school superintendent for Suma school where it doesn’t ter County Schools, and four years later, Sylreally matter what the acauga City Schools. economic status of their In 1995, then state superintendent Ed Richardson selected Morton for a deputy parents is. There should post. After Richardson was named AU’s be just as many tools at a interim president in January 2004, Morton high-poverty school as they served as interim state superintendent for six have 100 miles up the road months before being officially appointed to in an affluent school. lead the department by the Alabama State Board of Education. From his vantage point, Morton sees emerging technology, English as a Second Language, and adult illiteracy as among Alabama’s growing challenges. He concedes that these challenges have the tendency to create disparity, not only between systems, but between schools in a single system, since illiteracy and economic opportunities parallel each other. When enrollment and assessment statistics are disaggregated by poverty level, Morton said, students growing up in poverty are the lowest performing group of students in the state—despite where they reside or what their gender or ethnicity is. From balancing resources between the “haves” and “have nots,” to managing up to 39 different home-spoken languages in just one school district, to viewing adult illiteracy as “our greatest enemy,” Morton and his staff are taking

innovative approaches to highlight school achievement instead of adversity. The Alabama Reading Initiative and the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative are ways to break the chain of adult illiteracy in Alabama. Under Morton’s leadership, the Alabama Department of Education introduced “Torchbearer Schools”—a program that identifies high-poverty public schools that have overcome odds to become high-performing schools. In April, the state recognized Alabama’s now 22 Torchbearer Schools for shining their light as examples of learning, exemplary leadership and student achievement where adversity was overcome. In a state where educational challenges are known, Morton has a strong grasp of how the future of Alabama’s educational landscape should look. “My goal is to have every student in the state attend a school where it doesn’t really matter what the economic status of their parents is,” Morton said. “There should be just as many tools at a high-poverty school as they have 100 miles up the road in an affluent school. Each student, regardless of economic background, should have a high-quality teacher. Auburn University can help address this issue through the College of Education.”

Among Alabama’s 36 past state superintendents of education, eight have been AU graduates: 2004- 1995-2004 1975-1995 1971 1959-1961 1937-1942 1935-1937 1914-1918

Joseph Morton, 1969 Ed Richardson, 1962 Wayne Teague, 1950 O.P. Richardson, 1928 Frank Stewart, 1931 A.H. Collins, 1923 J.A. Keller, 1935 (hon.) William F. Feagin, 1892

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Bagwell paints success through art, ceramics


andy Bagwell ’97 has created for herself what her mother affectionately dubbed “the wonderful, horrible problem.” This wonderful, horrible problem happens to be a now-booming business—M. Bagwell Art. What started as a hobby for this one-time-classroom-teacher-turned-stay-at-home-mom is now a full-time job. Bagwell creates original artwork ranging from watercolor prints to hand-painted ceramics. Bagwell’s passion for art runs deep and took root during her childhood in Selma, Ala. Upon high school graduation, she came to the Plains because it’s “where I always wanted to go,” she said. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor concentration in art in 1997. It was then that she went to Dr. Ray Furlong, former headmaster of St. James School in Montgomery, to apply for a job. He said they had an opening for a keyboarding teacher and Bagwell made him a promise. “I told him if he would give me a chance, I would make the computer lab a great place where the students would love to come,” she said. True to her word, Bagwell combined her background in art and education to create a colorful learning environment that served 250 students a week and inspired them to get those fingers tapping. As the school year drew to end, it was time for Bagwell to begin a new chapter in her life—motherhood. “I was scared to tell Dr. Furlong that I had decided to be a stay-at-home mom, but he understood my decision and he said would have rather had me for a year than not at all—which was such a nice thing to hear,” she said.

Picking up the paintbrush because she couldn’t find affordable art for the nursery, Bagwell unknowingly embarked on a new career as she began buying, painting and hand-glazing tiles for the baby’s room. What became known as “the dining room studio” quickly became more than just a fun place to create works of art. As demand for Bagwell’s work increased, she progressed from the dining room table to a studio in her backyard— and is now in a full-fledged production studio. Besides serving customers’ special orders online at mbagwellart.com, Bagwell’s studio ships her hand-painted ceramics to about 350 specialty shops across the country. She also owns and operates M. Bagwell Art Gallery in Montgomery, Ala., where one-of-a-kind pieces such as dinnerware, paintings, other local artists’ work and hand-made jewelry can be found.

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Jessica Bartlett


essica Bartlett has a certain kind of sparkle—especially on Auburn game days. This West Point, Ala., native transferred to Auburn and enrolled in the College of Education in 2003. She said it wasn’t until she arrived at Auburn after attending Central Alabama Community College for two years that she knew which career would be right for her. “My immediate family is not in education, but growing up I had favorite teachers and they really influenced me and kind of pushed me along, showing they really cared. I wanted to have the same experience in my career,” she said. Something Bartlett wasn’t able to pursue at Central Alabama Community College—where she played tennis—was twirling. What was a “side thing” for two years was now something Bartlett wanted to bring back to the forefront. “I’ve twirled ever since I was little. I’ve twirled in national competitions and I was a featured twirler in high school, so to be able to twirl in front of 80,000-plus people—I’ve never had that experience and I really wanted to do that,” she said. Since becoming an Auburn majorette in 2003, Bartlett is now one of the head majorettes and was the featured twirler for several home games during the 2005 football season. “The featured twirler is the person who is by themself doing more complicated twirling. When they asked me to be the featured twirler, I was just in awe. It was really fun,” she said. Bartlett, who graduated with her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in elementary education in August 2005, is now pursuing her master’s degree in the college’s school counseling program. And for Bartlett, the internship experience she had with cooperating teacher Karla Hines ´97 (master’s, elementary education) and her third-graders at Auburn’s Wrights Mill Road Elementary

School solidified that she made the right decision. “It really made me realize that it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. I loved every minute of it,” she said. “I also did one of my lab experiences with the same class so I knew them before my internship, which made it exciting. I had the chance to see them at the very beginning of their school year and then when I came toward the end, I saw their progression.” Bartlett said she learned a great deal from both Hines and the young students she worked with throughout the 20042005 academic year. “My cooperating teacher allowed me to use her ideas and combine them with my own, so it was great I could bounce things off her,” she said. It won’t be long before Bartlett is able to put all she learned to good use as a classroom teacher. She plans to continue focusing on her master’s full-time through summer 2006, then move to the classroom in the fall. “In Alabama you have to be a classroom teacher for two years before you can even be a counselor—and I do want to teach for a while, but I also want to be a source of guidance for children who are having difficulties and who can come to me with their problems,” she said. “Sometimes the classroom is not the place to do that, so I feel I can be an asset to those children who are struggling more if I was a counselor at some point.” In the meantime, Hines is sure that any students who have the pleasure of having Bartlett as their teacher will be better for it. “Jessica is a natural with children. She loves working with children and adults while seeking guidance to further her knowledge of education,” Hines said. “I have no doubt that Jessica will make an outstanding teacher one day.”

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Scholarship Recipients 2005-06 College of Education



Ralph Carroll and Willie Mae Boles Endowed Scholarship Emily Davidson, Birmingham, Ala. Marsha Burns Burney Endowed Scholarship Alicia Clark, Birmingham, Ala. Comer Foundation Annual Scholarship Kelli Cox, Millbrook, Ala. Amanda Patrick, Enterprise, Ala. Lillian Cross Davis Endowed Scholarship Blake Busbin, Alpharetta, Ga. John R. Dyas Jr. Endowed Scholarship Sherry Matthews, Lanett, Ala. Mildred Cheshire Fraley Endowed Scholarship Amanda Boudreaux, Birmingham, Ala. Sarah Burkart, Hanceville, Ala. Maria Chambers, Cullman, Ala. Margaret Graves Frazier Endowed Scholarship Rebecca Smith, Pell City, Ala. Dr. J. Floyd Hall Endowed Scholarship Alesia Bradley, Mobile, Ala. Humana Foundation Endowed Scholarship Erin Hepp, Auburn, Ala. Holly McIndoe, Montgomery, Ala. Gina Reynolds, Hoover, Ala. Mary Beth Stegall, Gadsden, Ala. Katherine Villane, Collierville, Tenn. Sam L. Hutchison Endowed Scholarship Sarah Barton, Tallassee, Ala. Meredith Brazzell, Birmingham, Ala. Katie Davis, Seneca, S.C. Jennifer Short, Hoover, Ala. Julia Collins Isbell Endowed Scholarship Laura Farrow, Peachtree City, Ga. Tammy Felton, Auburn, Ala. Hillary Jarrett, Headland, Ala. Margaret McCormick, Orlando, Fla. Jamie Sanford, Childersburg, Ala. Richard C. Kunkel Endowed Scholarship Katherine Freeman, Suwanne, Ga. James W. and Elaine B. Lester Endowed Scholarship Patricia Adams, Opelika, Ala. Quinn Casey, Birmingham, Ala. Nicole Graffam, Topsham, Maine Elizabeth Moats, Moulton, Ala. Justin Myrick, Smiths Station, Ala. Jessica Parker, Wicksburg, Ala. Dorsey Tippett, Opelika, Ala. R.W. Montgomery Endowed Scholarship Alan Ford, Hackleburg, Ala.


Kathryn Flurry and Harrell Ray Morgan Endowed Scholarship Amanda Danzey, Opelika, Ala. Mary Elizabeth Morgan Memorial Endowed Scholarship Courtney Robinson, Richmond, Va. JoAnn Granberry Murrell Endowed Scholarship Justin Crews, Auburn, Ala. Shannon Hostettler, Nashville, Tenn. Paige Jones, Alabaster, Ala. B.B. and Frances Nelson Endowed Scholarship Brittney Garnett, Tallassee, Ala. Annie Laura Newell Endowed Scholarship Cassandra Keith, Daleville, Ala. Patrons of the Keystone-Dean’s Circle Annual Scholarship Ashley McCullough, Jones, Ala. Lucy B. Pittman Endowed Scholarship Jennifer Adams, Athens, Ala. Laura Beth Anderson, Oneonta, Ala. Donald Bowling, Florence, Ala. Kristen Hadaway, Jasper, Ala. Robin Jordan, Selma, Ala. Kira Ledbetter, Dadeville, Ala. Lauren Lee, Margaret, Ala. Hailey Porter, Columbiana, Ala. Wendy Robinson, Valley, Ala. Charles and Frances Skinner Reeves Endowed Scholarship Kara Ruth, Snellville, Ga. Robert L. Saunders Endowed Scholarship Lindsay Williams, Roswell, Ga. Cynthia Marvin Coleman Scott Endowed Scholarship Laura Elizabeth Bush, Dallas, Texas Elizabeth Copenhaver, Pensacola, Fla. Emily Dunavant, Eclectic, Ala. Morgan Lynch, Birmingham, Ala. Abby Williams, Homewood, Ala. Angelo and Joy Love Tomasso Endowed Scholarship Emily Alley, Casper, Wyo. Allyson Hall, Tallahassee, Ala. Amy Voss, Piedmont, Ala. Earl H. “Buddy” Weaver Endowed Scholarship Meg Hultz, Brewton, Ala. Ronald J. Weaver Endowed Scholarship Eric Langhorst, Douglasville, Ga. Yvonne Williams Endowed Scholarship Angela Mustain, Decatur, Ala. Theodore and Winnifred Yancey Endowed Scholarship Angela Mustain, Decatur, Ala.


Wendy Baker Memorial Endowment Jennifer Sellers, Montgomery, Ala Elizabeth Williams Brazelton Fund for Excellence Shannon Dunlap, LaGrange, Ga. Albert Hamilton Collins Annual Fellowship Jeff Gilbreath, Mt. Hope, Ala. William Thomas Haley Memorial Annual Graduate Fellowship John Klem, Auburn, Ala. JoAnn Granberry Murrell Endowed Scholarship Amney Harper, Muncie, Ind. Holly Kennedy, Alexander City, Ala. Dr. Dennis J. Sabo Endowed Fellowship Stan Cox, Opelika, Ala. F. Allen and Louise K. Turner Foundation Annual Graduate Fellowship Corey Jennings, Cullman, Ala.

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Dear Friends of the College of Education: For many of us, “it” really began at Auburn—our careers, our relationships and our love of our alma mater. This is why Auburn’s current “It Begins at Auburn” campaign has a special meaning for me. I am the person I am today because of my experiences at Auburn—and especially those in the College of Education. “It Begins at Auburn” is a $500 million comprehensive campaign supporting Auburn’s vision to become one of the nation’s leading public universities. The fundraising initiative influences students, faculty, facilities, research and outreach—the future of the university. After reaching its original $5.75 million campaign goal in 2005, the college established a vision goal of $10 million. Every contribution—despite its size—will help in our efforts to enhance opportunities for our students, faculty and programs. With our 90th anniversary year concluding, this campaign will usher us into our second century of service. In Auburn’s College of Education, our philosophy is founded on the belief that education serves as a keystone in our society. Like the keystone of an arch, education serves a central, supportive role for the rest of society. In that sense, we believe education is the keystone in building better futures for all. This campaign will serve as a keystone for our college’s future. New and expanded funding for both student support and faculty efforts will guarantee we fill our classrooms with exceptional talent. With additional resources available to our college’s many instructional, research and outreach programs, we can strengthen the efforts of our departments and partnerships with our college. As Auburn men and women, George Petrie writes, we “believe in Auburn and love it.” I encourage you to consider how you can help make Auburn a place for tomorrow’s gradates to believe in and love.

College of Education Campaign Committee Chair Wayne T. Smith ‘68 Chief executive officer, Community Health Systems Nashville, Tenn.

Members Nancy Chancey ‘62 Chair, CH&B Inc. Enterprise, Ala.

Dr. Elizabeth Cheshire ‘62 Retired principal Montgomery, Ala.

Judi Gaiser ‘60 Former educator Birmingham, Ala.

Dr. Terry Ley Professor emeritus, AU College of Education Auburn, Ala.

James “Jim” Manley ‘60 Retired banker Decatur, Ga.

Dr. Jane Moore Professor emerita, AU College of Education Auburn, Ala.

War Eagle!

Dr. Byron Nelson ‘57

Wayne T. Smith ‘68 Campaign Committee Chair College of Education

Retired superintendent Union Grove, Ala.

Dr. Harold Patterson ‘54 Retired superintendent Guntersville, Ala.

Dr. Frances Skinner Reeves ‘71 Retired mental health counselor West Point, Ga.

COLLEGE-WIDE OPPORTUNITIES provide the dean with resources to meet current and emerging priorities in the college that might go unmet without donor support. The Honor Roll acknowledges alumni, colleagues, friends or family members. Honorees receive a commemorative certificate and lapel pin suitable for formal presentation, as well as inclusion on a perpetual plaque outside the Dean’s Office. minimum contribution of $500 Patrons of the Keystone (Dean’s Circle) support the college’s mission to build better futures by giving the dean the financial resources necessary to advance the college’s mission. Dean’s Circle members are listed on a perpetual plaque outside the Dean’s Office and are invited to special events with the dean

throughout the year. minimum annual contribution of $1,000, pledged for three years PROGRAMMATIC SUPPORT can expand or create opportunities for college academic, research and outreach programs. Some of those efforts are highlighted in this and past Keystone magazines, or contributions can be donated directly to one of the college’s departments. Other department-specific opportunities include capital improvements, funds for excellence, titled professorships and faculty/staff awards. STUDENT SUPPORT— scholarships, fellowships and assistantships­—allows donors to enhance existing student support opportunities, or create new ones to honor a family member, friend, col-

league or education professional. Annual awards are granted year to year if the donor’s first-time and annual commitment is fulfilled prior to student selection in the spring. If desired, these can be one-time-only awards if the donor wishes to make only a one-time gift. minimum individual or group contribution of $1,000 Endowed awards provide multiple-year support by awarding a portion of the the interest earned annually on the fund’s initial investment. minimum individual of group contribution of $25,000, payable over five years PLANNED GIVING, like annuities, bequests and life insurance policies, offers donors the chance to include planning for the college’s future along with the future of their families.

Dr. Joyce Ringer ‘59 Retired executive director Georgia Advocacy Office Auburn, Ala.

Dr. Robert Rowsey ‘73 Professor emeritus, AU College of Education Opelika, Ala.

Gordon Sherman ‘57 Principal, Lamon & Sherman Consulting Atlanta, Ga.

Jerry F. Smith ‘64 Chief executive officer, J.F. Smith Group Auburn, Ala.

Jule Collins Smith ‘99 Houston, Texas

Robert Williams ‘69 Retired manufacturing specialist, 3M Decatur, Ala.

Dr. Dennis Wilson Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor AU College of Education Auburn, Ala.

Learn more about giving opportunities and how to give at www.develop.auburn.edu/ways or 334.844.5793

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Student Ambassadors A u B urn U niversity C ollege of E ducation

2005-2006 Sarah Burkart

Hanceville, Ala.

William Blake Busbin

Alpharetta, Ga.

Rachel Edmundson

Memphis, Tenn.

Ansley Elder

Alpharetta, Ga.

Bruce Finney

Birmingham, Ala.

Katherine Freeman

Suwanee, Ga.

Lauren Hendriks

Decatur, Ala.

Elizabeth Hobbs Toccoa, Ga.

Emily Anne Joseph

LaGrange, Ga.

Kira Ledbetter

Dadeville, Ala.

Martha Manley

Guntersville, Ala.

Ashley McCullough Jones, Ala.

Landon McKean

Montgomery, Ala.

Elizabeth Osborn

Carrollton, Ga.

Melanie Patton

Hoover, Ala.

Katherine Stamps

Madison, Ala.

Suzanne Dorsey Tippett

Opelika, Ala.

Candace Ware

Duluth, Ga.

Amanda Whitmire

Decatur, Ala.

Andrea Williams

Dothan, Ala.

Clarissa Williams

Clanton, Ala.

Abby Williams

Homewood, Ala.

Brittany Wright

Birmingham, Ala.


shley McCullough remembers the day she first learned about the College of Education Student Ambassadors. Noticing an informational poster about the organization on an office door, she was immediately intrigued. “I was a freshman at the time and not yet involved in anything,” McCullough said. “Student Ambassadors seemed like a great opportunity, so I filled out an application.” Two years later, McCullough, a junior studying general science and biology education, serves as the organization’s president— and loves every minute of it. The Jones, Ala., native has found interacting with the college’s staff and alumni to be beneficial to her plans to become a high school science teacher upon graduation. “Getting to know all of the alumni has been the best experience for me,” she said. “I’ve also enjoyed working in the college’s external

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relations office and getting to know all of the college’s staff. Most students never get the chance to meet all of these great people.” McCullough explained that the Student Ambassadors serve as a liaison between alumni and the college. “We are the face of the college to the alumni,” she said. “We go to a lot of events where we spend time getting to know different alumni and answering questions.” Student ambassadors help prepare for and host various events and activities throughout the year, where they have the opportunity to both promote activities in the college and network with alumni. New ambassadors are chosen each spring through an application and interview process. McCullough encourages everyone who is interested to apply for Student Ambassadors. “This has been one of my favorite things about Auburn,” she said. “I’ve developed friendships that are lasting and that I’ll take with me when I graduate.”

Student Council


President: Emily Barberini, Hoover, Ala. Vice President: Kelly Brown, Germantown, Tenn. Administrative Vice President: Laura Haywood, Homewood, Ala. Secretary: Kristie Fitzgerald, Marietta, Ga. Treasurer: Michael Kelley, New Market, Ala. Camp War Eagle: Rachel Bier, Marietta, Ga. T-shirt/Merchandising: Caroline Jolly, Gardendale, Ala.


Scholarship: Christina Nolan, Albertville, Ala. Service: Alicia Quimby, Malvern, Pa. Social: Mallory Appleton, Vestavia Hills, Ala. Newsletter: Kate Stamps, Madison, Ala. Historian: Julie Johnston, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Fundraising: Melissa Parrish, Glencoe, Ala. Web Design: Kristin Wilson, Birmingham, Ala.

enior Emily Barberini of Hoover, Ala., has proven that service learning can have a lifetime of benefits through her service to the college this year as Student Council president. She said she has enjoyed serving her fellow students and knows that she will benefit from her Student Council experiences for years to come. “Auburn has given me so much during the past four years and has truly prepared me to go out into the world and make a difference in the lives of my students,” Barberini said. The College of Education Student Council is among several opportunities for students to support the college while representing and serving their peers. The Student Council is composed of 15 to 20 students

Webmaster: Justin Myrick, Smiths Station, Ala. Public Relations: Kira Ledbetter, Dadeville, Ala. World Food Program: Mary Payton, Lancaster, Calif. Spirit: Rachel Owens, Hoover, Ala. Senator: Sarah Barton, Tallassee, Ala. Senator: Molly McCormick, Orlando, Fla.

who organize volunteer activities, fundraisers and socials to benefit the College of Education. “Getting involved with the College of Education Student Council is easy,” Barberini said. “We are always looking for volunteers to help with our various service projects throughout the year.” She has been involved with the Student Council since February 2004, when she served as its social chair. Barberini, who is majoring in elementary education, looks forward to trading the president’s gavel for the more traditional trappings of a teacher. “I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I love working with children and have a passion for teaching.” The Student Council works on several projects throughout the year, including the Auburn University War on Hunger campaign. Officers also work with the leaders of other college and campus student organizations and volunteer at local schools throughout the community.

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fforts within the college’s Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology focus on helping students develop the tools to address psychological, social and environmental barriers to educational achievement and personal development. Through Iota Delta Sigma, students in the department, which offers only graduate programs, are able to fulfill the department’s mission of helping others address educational and personal difficulties. Dr. Jamie Carney, a counselor education professor, serves as the faculty adviser for Iota Delta Sigma. In 1995, she founded the chapter, which is part of the Chi Sigma Iota international counseling honorary society. Carney has served at the national level as both president and treasurer. She credits one of her professors, who helped establish the national organization, as the motivation behind starting the Auburn chapter. “There was a core group of five students who also really wanted this to happen,” Carney said. “All of us helped to build Iota Delta Sigma.” Iota Delta Sigma has won three national awards since its inception: the Outstanding Newsletter award once and Outstanding Chapter twice. The chapter prides itself on the active support of its members, which now number nearly 40 students.


“What makes Iota Delta Sigma successful is that students are involved and have a high level of commitment,” Carney said. Andrea Owens, originally from Kirksville, Mo., where she was a rural school counselor for three years, is this year’s chapter president in addition to being a second-year doctoral student. Among the organization’s year-round activities, she enjoys the chapter socials. The fall social this year was particularly important because chapter members donated toys and raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery, which had all of its toys stolen just days before Christmas. Being a part of the toy presentation helped Owens see the fruits of the organizations’ labor. “I was invited to the dedication ceremony, which recognized the organizations that gave donations. It was special to see all of the other people who helped make a difference,” she said. Iota Delta Sigma also offers an annual spring workshop, which attracts statewide counseling professionals. This annual training event focuses on topics related to the training and support of counseling leaders. This year, Iota Delta Sigma focused on training counselors to work more effectively with people affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.

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“Many of our student members felt unequipped to help others deal with the trauma, and we knew counseling professionals within the community felt that way too,” Carney said. “These students gave of their time and worked hard in a very short time to make the weekend workshop happen.” Iota Delta Sigma requires its members to maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average and to be ac-

tive in chapter activities throughout the year. Each spring semester, the chapter holds a ceremony to induct new members and present its outstanding member and outstanding mentor awards. “We have a strong mentoring program that assists new students in the counseling program” Carney said. “It lays the foundation for making students feel at home when they get here.”

Student Organizations Undergraduate Auburn Association of Childhood Education International Auburn Mathematics Education Society Auburn Student Rehabilitation Association AU Collegiate Music Educators National Conference Best Buddies College of Education Student Ambassadors College of Education Student Council Health & Human Performance Student Alliance Honors Students Kappa Delta Pi Phi Beta Lambda Students for Exceptional Children Graduate Best Buddies Iota Delta Sigma Phi Delta Pi

Holmes Scholars Program

honors students and prepares them for successful careers Nash v i l l e co u p l e g i v es

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raduate students in the College of Education have the opportunity to apply for the Holmes Scholars Program, which gives enriched academic experiences and professional career training to talented men and women of unrepresented ethnic groups or students with disabilities. The program The Holmes was founded Scholars Program in 1991 and allows particigives enriched pants to hold academic prominent leadership poexperiences and professional career sitions in their universities. training to Bengü Ergüner-Tekitalented men nalp and Joan and women of D. Williams, underrepresented doctoral candidates ethnic groups or in counselor students with education, disabilities. joined existing Holmes Scholar Dashonera Griffin as Holmes Scholars in 2005. Ergüner-Tekinalp, who obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Middle East Technical University in Turkey, said the program helps its members to achieve their professional goals. “As an international student, it is sometimes hard for me to get involved in leadership activities and take roles, mostly because the sys-

tem in general is new and different for me,” says Ergüner-Tekinalp. “Being a Holmes Scholar empowers us in our process of getting ready to accept roles in higher education.” Ergüner-Tekinalp currently serves as a member of the multicultural counseling research team as a graduate research assistant. She also works as a graduate assistant for Women’s Studies. Williams was encouraged to apply for the program by her major professor and program adviser, Dr. Renée Middleton. As a scholar, Williams has had many opportunities to network with and be mentored by the very best in the field of education. This has enabled her to mentor others in return. “The Holmes Scholars Program has been an empowering experience for me as an African-American doctoral student at a historically white institution,” says Williams. “Participating gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other underrepresented minorities by mentoring them in their various programs. It has also opened doors for me to be mentored by excellent professionals in my field.” Williams holds certification in school counseling from Alabama and Oklahoma and is a member of the American Counseling Association Student Task Force. She lives in Montgomery, where she works as an elementary guidance counselor for Montgomery Public Schools.

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Wayne Smith and Cheryl Glass Smith of Nashville, Tenn.—both 1968 graduates of Auburn University—have committed $1 million to enhance current and emerging priorities within the College of Education. The gift will provide resources to allow the college to achieve its mission of building better futures for all through its academic, research and outreach efforts. Education Dean Frances Kochan noted that the Smiths’ gift represents the largest single donation made to the college. “A gift this size is certainly an investment in our college’s future, and how the Smiths designated this gift allows it to be flexible in meeting the needs of both today and the future,” Kochan said. “We appreciate the chance to think creatively, albeit responsibly, in applying these resources to priorities within the college.” Mr. Smith, who also completed a master’s in general education in 1969, has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration. He is chairman, president and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc., which is the leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban U.S. markets. Before joining CHS in 1997, Mr. Smith was chief operating officer of Humana Corporation, which honored his company service through establishing three titled professorships and an endowed undergraduate scholarship in the college. Mrs. Smith is a former elementary teacher and speech therapist who retired upon the birth of their daughter, Ashley. A past member of the College of Education’s National Advisory Council, Mr. Smith was selected as the college’s inaugural Keystone Leader-in-Residence in 2003 and its outstanding alumnus in 1995. Currently, he chairs the college’s campaign committee, a part of the university’s current $500 million “It Begins at Auburn” campaign. “We are so grateful to the ongoing dedication the Smiths have demonstrated to our college,” Kochan said. “Wayne has not only shown our students the tremendous potential our graduates have in earning a degree in education, but has truly demonstrated a level of alumni involvement we hope all our graduates would consider in the future.” Kochan explained why support like this is so critical to preparing future teachers and professionals. “We live in a changing society, and education serves as the central, supporting point—the keystone—of that society. Our faculty must be adaptive in meeting the changing needs, and demands, of society on our future teachers and leaders. This gift will be instrumental in making those changes and allow us to be adaptive and flexible,” she said. Interim AU president, Ed Richardson, spoke of the influence the gift will have on future giving to the College of Education and the university. “Gifts of this significance will help this university become an exemplary educational institution,” said Richardson. “They show the positive impact private funding can have on the university.”

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defining futures

Opelika teachers

Imagine having the chance to redefine something—the chance to bring clarity to something that is often misunderstood. For Dr. Katrice Albert ’02, that’s the chance she’s been given—and the word is “diversity.” As the vice provost for equity, diversity and community outreach at Louisiana State University since April 2005, Albert is responsible for defining Dr. Katrice Albert ’02 what “diversity” actually means. In this post, she serves as the institution’s chief diversity officer, advises the chancellor and provost, and is responsible for advancing institutional access and equity. Given the opportunity to redefine “diversity” at LSU, Albert noted that a basic understanding of the concept is first necessary. “It is very important that we understand that diversity is much more than just the black-white dichotomy, but having true institutional access for all regardless of the demographic characteristics we possess” she said. “It’s diversity in perspective, ideas and opinion.” Albert, who completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 2002, was appointed to her position after serving in an interim capacity for nearly a year. Prior to this—and while she finishing her degree—she served as both assistant director and director of LSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. It’s from these and her other professional vantage points that she sees the “big picture” for diversity in education. “I think taking diversity to a broader brushstroke of demographics is so important when we talk about enhancing institutional access and equity for all,” she said. “It is our responsibility through higher education to develop global leaders. It is about a pluralistic society and appreciating all the differences we bring to the table.” Albert’s duties also allow her to teach a number of classes addressing gender and racial diversity. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, as well as an accomplished speaker, author and civic volunteer. Albert was appointed by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to the Louisiana Cultural Economy Initiative, and she was recently selected to be among “Baton Rouge’s Top Forty under 40” by the Baton Rouge Business Report. In addition to her degree from Auburn, Albert, a Louisiana native, interned at Boston Medical School’s Center for Multicultural Training, completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and graduated magna cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s in psychology.

Equvia Rhodes ‘03 and Denise Dark ’82 have a few things in common. They both work just miles away from Auburn University in the Opelika City Schools system. While Rhodes teaches middle school mathematics and Dark is a kindergarten teacher, both currently work with the college’s TEAM-Math program— and both have brought distinction to their school system for teaching methods considered among the best in their fields. Rhodes, who completed her education specialist in 2003, represented Opelika Middle School as she was Equvia Rhodes ’03 selected as the 2005-2006 Alabama secondary teacher of the year and alternate teacher of the year. In being considered, Rhodes said teachers were evaluated on their teaching philosophies and their contributions to education. The candidates further discussed these topics in essays and interviews. She noted the state honor has given her a chance to meet other teachers and advance the teaching profession. “I’m very humbled by the fact that I’ve been awarded this honor—there are so other great teachers out there who are so deserving,” she said. “It’s also given me the chance to promote the teaching profession. We’re the profession that makes all professions possible.” In addition to advancing the profession, Rhodes has focused on enhancing mathematics education, increasing testing scores and collaborating with inclusion students. Her efforts to represent the profession in Alabama have included many presentations to teachers and community organizations, as well as meetings with the governor and education administrators. In addition to working with the college’s TEAM-Math program as a school teacher leader, team presenter and member of curriculum development and professional development committees, Rhodes is also pursuing a doctorate in secondary mathematics education. Dark ‘82, a kindergarten teacher at Jeter Primary School, received the 2005 Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner award from the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators and Delmar Publishers. The award recognizes meritorious leadership and professionalism in early childhood education through demonstrated excellence in teaching practice and through contributing—as a classroom practitioner—in an outstanding manner to teacher education. Dark is a two-time graduate of the college, having first earned a bachelor’s in early childhood education, and completing a master’s in 1985. Nationally board certified since 1999, Dark, who has taught kindergarten Denise Dark ’82 for 24 years—the last two at Jeter—was nominated for this award by retired faculty member Dr. Janet Taylor. Dark said awards like this “recognize what is valued as good teaching practices.” “I believe very strongly in developmentally appropriate curricula and practices—a teacher planning lessons that meet students’ diverse needs,” she said. “[Teachers have] to know students’ levels of understanding in particular areas— and plan lessons with open-ended possibilities so children can work on them in their own ways. You also provide students with choices of activities.” Her work in education has enabled Dark to serve as a consultant, presenter and teacher leader for the TEAM-Math program. She leverages this to creatively integrate mathematics with other curricula areas in her classroom.

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AU opens “doors of possibilities” for Hodges ‘74 Dr. Nathan Hodges ‘74, was appointed president of Bowling Green Technical College in Kentucky in April 2005. Hodges, who earned his doctorate in educational administration in 1974, has served as president of Haywood Community College (North Carolina), Mayland Community College (North Carolina) and George C. Wallace State Community College (Alabama). Prior to becoming a college president, he served as Dale County Schools superintendent in Dothan, Ala. “The role of Auburn University in opening doors of possibilities for me is phenomenal—beyond what I can describe,” he said. “The very mention of the university, with its reputation, made opportunities available to me that I never would have had earlier.” BGTC, established in 1962, has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and serves a 10-county area through four current campuses, one more under construction, and one more soon breaking ground. It seeks to meet the technical training needs of the region’s growing automotive, manufacturing and related industries—not to mention the general public. “We are preparing the workforce and elevating the skills of the existing workforce,” Hodges said. “We have been instrumental in helping to recruit companies by offering educational training opportunities for the workforce, which is attractive to companies considering the area.” Hodges met his wife, Becky, while she was a sophomore at Auburn. Their children are also AU alumni: Jeffrey Hodges ’89 (bachelor’s, finance), and Ginger Hodges Scarbrough ’94 (master’s, library media technology).

Matthews ’66 receives honorary degree Retired educator Dr. Josetta B. Matthews ’66, a pioneering African-American graduate student and instructor at Auburn University in the 1960s and 1970s, received an honorary doctorate during AU’s fall 2005 graduation ceremonies. She was the first African American to receive a graduate degree from Auburn, as well as the university’s first African-American faculty member. Matthews enrolled as a graduate student at AU in 1965 and completed her social science education master’s degree in August 1966. She taught political science and French language at Tuskegee until she returned to Auburn for the doctoral social science education program in 1971. While pursuing her doctorate, she served as a history instructor at Auburn. She completed her degree in 1975. Matthews returned to Tuskegee as an assistant professor in the university’s Political Science Department. Her 20-plus-year career there included service as the department’s acting chair for six years. She retired as an associate professor in 1993. Honorary degrees are awarded by the Board of Trustees to individuals who have distinguished themselves by providing extended unusual service to the university, state or nation, or who are recognized for unusual feats in service to mankind. Hers is the 152nd such degree conferred in the university’s 150-year history.

‘Professional surprises’

transform English teacher into White House spokesperson


n March 2005, secondary English education graduate Susan Dryden Whitson ’91 made a move to one of the most famous addresses in the world— 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—when First Lady Laura Bush named the one-time English teacher press secretary for the Office of the First Lady. During the six years following graduation, Whitson taught ninth and tenth grade English at Hoover High School outside Birmingham, Ala. With no forSusan Whitson ’91 mal preparation as a professional spokesperson, she credits her teaching experience as the best training ground for her communications career. “I had to be a spokesperson in the classroom everyday to a very tough group of critics—14 and 15 year olds,” Whitson said. “I had to take information and present it in a clear, concise way—and a creative way—that helps people understand and learn what I was trying to teach them.” As the first lady’s press secretary, Whitson is the chief communications advisor to Mrs. Bush. She is the key spokesperson on issues Mrs. Bush helps advance, including education, literacy and international women’s issues, and is involved with all social functions related to the White House. “I work for an educator, Mrs. Bush, with whom I share so many of the same passions—mainly education,” she said. “It has been so wonderful for me to go out and help advocate for something that I also really believe in.” Whitson noted that the first lady’s other interests—like historic preservation and international women’s issues—go back to the core of education. “If you’re trying to teach someone about history, there’s still a teaching aspect to it. If you want to empower women around the world, the best way to do it is through education,” she said. “All of those things have come from the basis of education, which is what I really wanted to do since I was in the 10th grade.” Not ever dreaming of a career in political communications, Whitson called her career progression a “series of professional surprises”—the first of which resulted from summer work during her months off from teaching. In 1997, at the end of a temporary summer appointment with then Rep. Bob Riley, current governor of Alabama, she was offered “an opportunity too good to pass up” to serve as his press secretary. In the eight years that followed, she served in spokesperson roles for two U.S. representatives, the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI’s National Press Office and the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign.

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Land’s Auburn roots bear fruit at AEEC


r. Lilli Land ’80, principal of Auburn Early Education Center, was destined to be an Auburn graduate—it’s in her blood. “It wasn’t a choice,” she said. “I knew I was going to Auburn. The community and the university are part of my family—our roots go back to the Harper and the Ross families from Auburn.” Both of Land’s parents are Auburn alumni—with her mother earning a home economics degree from the College of Education—as are her mother’s three sisters, who were all teachers as well. But education wasn’t Land’s first career choice. “I came here thinking I would major in pre-law. Two weeks into it, I was not happy and I admitted that in my heart of hearts I wanted to be in education,” she said. “I changed my major to early childhood education, and Dr. Janet Taylor took me under her wing.” Land earned her bachelor’s (1980) and master’s (1982) degrees and received AA certification. Later, she earned her supervision certification, a specialist degree in 1989, and her doctorate in 1998. Even as an Auburn student, she was teaching second-


graders and then kindergartners in Tallapoosa County—continuing to work her way up the administrative ladder, never dreaming she would one day be a principal. “I never thought I would be a principal. It wasn’t my dream, but it was my dream to come to this school,” she said. “Working with young children is my passion and because of the model of this school—utilizing the constructivist theory—I really wanted to be here.” Land became principal in 2000 and she loves every minute of it. “I’m so fortunate to be somewhere where I can put my philosophy into practice, and I feel blessed to be with such an excellent staff where everyone is dedicated to providing a quality education for all children,” she said—a staff that consists mostly of Auburn graduates. Land explained that the school’s philosophy is “to provide meaningful, integrated experiences that nurture a child’s natural curiosity necessary for life-long learning.” It is committed to providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum, fostering the development of the “whole”

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child—socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. The commitment by AEEC’s faculty and staff is evident not only in the learning environment they create with the students, but through the three prestigious awards the school won this academic year alone. In the fall of 2005, Intel Corporation and Scholastic named AEEC a School of Distinction in Literacy Achievement. More than 3,000 K-12 public and private schools nationwide applied. Only 20 were selected as winners—those that “demonstrated exceptional commitment and innovation in education.” Also in the fall, AEEC was one of 30 schools—public and private—across the nation presented with the Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School award. These schools are all recognized as successful, comprehensive schools that exhibit a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students.

Most recently, AEEC was named a 2005-2006 Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools Banner School, which recognizes schools in Alabama nominated for outstanding educational programs and serve as models for other schools. “I have an exceptional team. Yes, we have won two national awards and one state award this year, but we still have to climb. We don’t feel like we are at the top because that would be the first step down,” Land said. “We will always strive to improve and provide a quality educational experience for young children.”

The Gerald ’64 and Emily ’64

Outstanding Faculty AwardS

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he Gerald and Emily Leischuck Teaching Awards are presented annually to two faculty members in the college who have demonstrated outstanding teaching efforts in the classroom. Like the college’s other faculty and staff awards, recipients are nominated by their colleagues and students, and the nominations reviewed by the college’s awards committee. Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Leischuck of Auburn—both of whom are College of Education graduates and retired Auburn University administrators— established these awards in 2000. Although the Leischucks had professional careers in administra-

tion at Auburn, both are former teachers who came to Auburn in pursuit of graduate degrees in education. Mrs. Leischuck taught in Prattville and Auburn City Schools, and Dr. Leischuck taught in Colorado and California public schools. In continued recognition of distinguished teaching efforts, the Leischucks established the university-level Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching in the spring 2005. Currently, Mrs. Leischuck continues her service to the college as a member of its National Advisory Council.

Undergraduate Teaching Dr. Paris S. Strom Education Foundations, Leadership and Technology Graduate Teaching

Dr. Robert G. Simpson Rehabilitation and Special Education Research Dr. David M. Shannon Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology Outreach Dr. Samera M. Baird Rehabilitation and Special Education

Outstanding Staff Award

Office Administration Georgia M. Love Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology Undergraduate Dr. Paris S. Strom Education Foundations, Leadership and Technology “My teaching style is to present meaningful information and then attempt to motivate students to make practical application of that information through class discussions and assignments. I attempt to maintain a standard of excellence that challenges students to perform at their highest level and I have found that, when assignments are meaningful, students respond very well to the challenge.”

Graduate Dr. Robert G. Simpson Rehabilitation and Special Education “My teaching style is very student‑centered in terms of making learning a successful, methodical and enjoyable venture—thereby making it more likely to happen in a self‑directed, lifelong manner like it needs to be. I love providing help and insight to students and then seeing that help build or shape students into better thinkers, teachers and future professionals.”

Kaminsky honored with “outstanding” title Dr. James Kaminsky, professor of social foundations in the college’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, was among faculty across Auburn’s campus cited in 2005 by the Student Government Association for being “outstanding.” Dr. James Kaminsky SGA’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award is presented annually to one faculty member from each of the university’s schools and colleges. The College of Education Student

Council nominated Kaminsky based on his excellence in teaching, concern for his students, rapport with his peers, and involvement at Auburn University. Outstanding faculty members are recognized during SGA’s annual Honors Banquet. Kaminsky earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1967; and both a master’s and doctorate in social and philosophical foundations of education from Michigan State University in 1969 and 1973, respectively. A member of the EFLT faculty since 1990, his teaching interests include education philosophy, American pragmatism, philosophy and educational research.

Outstanding Student Awards

Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology Graduate: Necoal H. Driver, Montgomery, Ala.

Curriculum and Teaching Undergraduate: Jeremy D. Knowles, Nassau, Bahamas Graduate: Shannon C. Henderson, Alexander City, Ala. Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology Undergraduate: Amy L. Giddens, Sylacauga, Ala. Graduate: Fangxia “Sally” Zhao, Meihe Ying, Quishan, China Health and Human Performance Undergraduate: Penny C. Helms, Enterprise, Ala. Graduate: Claire N. Mowling, Jacksonville, Ala. Rehabilitation and Special Education Undergraduate: Karibi Dede, Dumfries, Va. Graduate: Debra S. Haizlip, Kennersville, N.C.

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Dr. Landa Trentham


r. Landa Trentham believes in perfect timing. That, combined with intelligence, wit, kindness and a strong work ethic, have created a combination that has led to a successful career in education—and keeps retirement fun. “I never dreamed I would end up as a college professor and then a department head. I never dreamed that

I would end up working with a convention temp service after I retired, and I never dreamed I would live in Las Vegas,” laughs Trentham, who retired from Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology in 1995. “I don’t know how to say it, other than you have to be in the right place at the right time. I’ve had a lot of good things happen to me and,

for the most part, I’ve been blessed,” she added. This small-town Southern woman was born and raised in Paducah, Ky. She began her college career at Newcomb College before transferring to the University of Kentucky, where she earned her bachelor’s with a double major in math and English. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Murray State University and her doctorate in educational psychology with a concentration in research and measurement from Indiana University. “I was a number-cruncher from the start,” she said. Trentham taught high school English, algebra and journalism in Paducah for nine years, serving as a guidance counselor for the last two. It was during her public school teaching career that she met her husband, Gary, who taught English and art. And it was Gary who, after earning his master of fine arts in textile design, came to Auburn to work for Consumer Affairs. Trentham decided to visit the office of Dr. Lloyd Rob-

Dr. Kenneth Cadenhead


r. Kenneth Cadenhead began his teaching career at age 18 in a two-room school in Carroll County, Ga. Now, after a life-long career in education, including more than 30 years as a professor in the College of Education, Cadenhead is reminded of where it all began by Norman Rockwell’s depiction of that exact school. He remembers the other teacher and several of the students whose image Rockwell forever preserved, and with a smile, he says, “I’ve always been interested in helping others learn.” Cadenhead, originally from Georgia, attended West Georgia College where he met his wife Fran. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia, and his doctorate from Auburn University. He has been a classroom teacher, principal and higher education leader. During his tenure at Auburn, he worked in teacher education and wrote numerous professional articles, with an emphasis on innovation in education. He helped establish the college’s fifth-year program and taught in “Ascent of Man” (now “Human Odyssey”)—one of the most rewarding and challenging things he did. But top on his list of favorite professional duties was working with students. “In fact, when I retired, I never found anything to replace that part of my life,” Cadenhead said. Nonetheless, Cadenhead has found retirement to be a fulfilling time. “One of the things I find that retirement provides is the opportunity to pursue interests that I was not able to pursue while I was teaching,” he said. Those interests now include spending time with his five grandchildren, as well as enjoying music, reading, writing, learning languages, volunteering in the community, and traveling—in particular, to Scotland. “In short, retirement has been some of my most satisfying years,” he said.


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inson, then EFLT department head, telling him she recently earned her doctorate. As perfect timing would have it, Trentham was just the person the department was looking for. She retired 25 years later, having worked her way from part-time assistant professor to full-time professor to department head. In 1996, the Trenthams decided to sell their house in Opelika and move closer to their only son who worked in the movie industry and lived in Los Angeles. The couple settled on Las Vegas, where they lived until November 2005. “I loved the weather, the mountains, and the location—and there was a lot to do besides gambling,” she said. “But we missed the South. It’s like no place else. A couple of years ago we began to ask ourselves why we would really move back and the answer was the people.” As the Trenthams settle into their new home in Opelika, she has continued with her volunteer work as a tax aide for AARP and “basically having a really good time traveling and visiting with our friends,” she said.

N a t i o n a l A d v i so r y C o u n c i l Front row (L to R): former interim dean Bonnie White, Newell, Manry, Zodrow, Parker, Ringer, Shehane, Leischuck, Powell, Chancey; back row (L to R): Means, Hutcheson, Cahaly, Nelson, Smith, Patterson, Saunders, Jenkins, Hall, Kelley, Bitter, Cox, Manley

The National Advisory Council is a network of college alumni and friends who advocate to those outside the college and guide those working within it. Advisory council members regularly attend the college’s special events and spread its message through their involvement in other Auburn University programs, committees and boards. These volunteers epitomize the college’s mission to build better futures for all through their professional contributions. These professionals and retired individuals represent private, public and nonprofit businesses and organizations throughout the country. Members are appointed by the dean after being nominated by council members and college leadership. Those named to the advisory council are installed for a rotating term of service. The council officially convenes in Auburn twice a year, and works as needed through committees. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dr. Byron Nelson ‘57 council chair Retired school superintendent Union Grove, Ala. Dr. Carol Hutcheson ‘69 chair, Marketing Committee Principal, East Columbus Magnet Academy Columbus, Ga. James Manley ‘60 chair, External Relations Committee Retired banker Decatur, Ga. Dr. Harold Patterson ‘54 chair, Academic Affairs Committee Retired school superintendent Guntersville, Ala. Dr. Joyce Ringer ‘59 chair, Development Committee Retired, Georgia Advocacy Office Auburn, Ala. MEMBERS Dr. John Bitter ‘84 Public relations consultant Montgomery, Ala. Dr. Jane Cahaly’66 Director of Teacher Education, Anderson College Pendleton, S.C. Nancy Chancey ‘62 Chairwoman, CH&B Inc. Enterprise, Ala. Dr. Bernadette Chapple ‘98 Research director, Center for Leadership and Public Policy, Alabama State University Montgomery, Ala.

Dr. Cynthia Cox ‘77 Principal/Director, Children’s Learning Academy San Diego, Calif. Dr. J. Floyd Hall ‘48 Retired school superintendent Greenville, S.C. The Hon. Kay Ivey ‘67 Alabama state treasurer Montgomery, Ala. Dr. Terry Jenkins ‘83 Superintendent, Auburn City Schools Auburn, Ala. Dr. Larry Kelley ‘85 Consultant, Larry Kelley Educational Services Auburn, Ala. William “Bill” Langley ‘63 Business owner, Sidewinder, Inc. Columbus, Ga. Emily Leischuck ‘64 Retired, Auburn University Auburn, Ala. Hedy White Manry ‘71 Vice President, IBM Corporation Cornelius, N.C. The Hon. Steve Means ‘69 Mayor, City of Gadsden Gadsden, Ala. Mary Alice Newell ‘66 Coordinator of clinical experiences, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, Samford University Birmingham, Ala.

Patsy Parker ‘70 Education consultant and retired school counselor Opelika, Ala. Beth Powell ‘67 Artists’ representative Montgomery, Ala. Dr. Frances Skinner Reeves ‘71 Retired mental health counselor West Point, Ga. Theresa Robertson ‘64 Retired educator Marietta, Ga. Dr. Ron Saunders ‘70 Superintendent, Barrow Co. Schools Winder, Ga. Kathryn Shehane ‘56 Retired educator Douglasville, Ga. Dr. Carlton Smith ‘67 Retired superintendent Vestavia Hills, Ala. Dr. Wayne Teague ‘50 Retired state superintendent Dadeville, Ala. Leslie Woodson ‘80 Trainer/technical writer, EDS Corporation Alabaster, Ala. Catherine Zodrow ‘72 Retired educator Auburn, Ala.

NAC Member Spotlight:

Nancy Culpepper Chancey ’62 Admittedly, Nancy Chancey is the product of a “mixed marriage”—that being one of an Auburn father and a University of Alabama mother. Chancey, who earned a degree in home economics education in 1962 and now a resident of Enterprise, Ala., doesn’t let her family tree get in the way of her Auburn spirit. “Everywhere I’ve traveled, I say ‘war eagle,’ and there Nancy Chancey would always be someone who would holler back ‘war eagle,’” Chancey said. “There is something so special about Auburn, and I just love it to this day.” The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native left her then-home of Columbus, Ga., to attend Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va., for a year. It was a trip home to convince her parents to allow her to transfer to Auburn that holds a “providential” meaning for Chancey. As fate would have it, she sat next to then AU dean of women Catherine Cater, who met Chancey’s parents and made the case to transfer to Auburn for her. With Dean Cater’s case successfully made, Chancey enrolled in Auburn and was elected 1961-62 president of the Women’s Student Government Association. She continues her service to Auburn in that same spirit as a member of the college’s National Advisory Council, university’s Samford Society and Petrie Society. As part of AU’s centennial celebration of the first female students admitted, Chancey was among the 400 women nominated as outstanding graduates. Today she—along with her husband, Jon ’61 (forestry management)—manages her family’s real estate and property management company, CH&B Inc., which includes several small shopping centers and mini-warehouses. A “gentleman farmer”—as Nancy calls him— Jon also helps to manage his family’s timber business. Their three children—“Tempie” Chancey Thackston ’89 (early childhood education), Allison Chancey Miller ’86 (management) and Jon Robert Chancey, a 1993 finance and management graduate of Birmingham Southern— all currently reside in Enterprise, as do their six grandchildren.

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hanks to the lack of encouragement from a male administrator at Peabody College, Dr. Floreine Hudson’s enrollment at Auburn University— then Alabama Polytechnic Institute—in the 1940s led to, first a master’s degree, then later, a place in history books as the first woman to receive a doctorate at Auburn. It was the doctorate in education she completed in 1957 that was monumental at the time. By then, Auburn had conferred only a handful of doctorates, and until Hudson, none had been presented to women. How Hudson ended up at Auburn, and later in the annals of its history, is something she attributes to some poor advice offered at a pivotal time in her professional career—not to mention in the course of our nation’s past. At that time, she was living in her hometown of Columbus, Ga., and working as a classroom teacher at Rosemont School. As men were pulled away from families and jobs to serve in World War II, Hudson was asked to assume the principalship of her school. Before doing so, she wanted to further her education. “Since I was living in Columbus, I went over to Peabody to talk to some dean or some other man in administration,” she remembers. “I told him what my purpose in being there was and he listened to me very nicely. After it got time for him to say something, he said, ‘Alright, I’ll see what you have to do, but I’ll just tell you one thing—I don’t think any woman in the world ought to have a doctorate.’

“I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want to go there.’ So I politely made my exit and decided to visit Auburn since it wasn’t far from Columbus either. I was received very well over there.” And so began Hudson’s Auburn experience, culminating with Summer Commencement in 1957. As of that time, according to a Birmingham Post-Herald article archived in Auburn’s Ralph B. Draughon Library, Auburn had conferred only 15 doctorates since the inception of the doctoral program in 1952—and all had been presented to men. “Surely it is a great honor to be first,” Hudson was quoted as saying in the Aug. 12, 1957, issue of the Post-Herald. When asked to remember that time now, Hudson laughed, saying she never set out to be the first and she didn’t even really intend to earn her doctorate. She only wanted to do what she felt she needed to do for her job as a principal, “but in the process of [earning my doctorate] just fell into place.” Hudson graduated that August day with a cohort of six men. Among her colleagues were Dr. J. Floyd Hall, who serves on the college’s National Advisory Council, and the late Dr. Robert L. Saunders, who served as the college’s associate dean for several years, beginning in 1969. Hudson now resides in Atlanta, close to where she finished her more than 45year career in education as a professor at Georgia State University.

It was the doctorate in education she completed in 1957 that was monumental at the time. By then, Auburn had conferred only a handful of doctorates, and until Hudson, none had been presented to women.


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Dr. Zebulon Judd (1915-1955)

Tichenor Hall became home to the College of Education in 1945

1915 The Department of Education is established to offer professional courses to teachers and Dr. Zebulon Judd is appointed department head.

1918 The department becomes the School of Agriculture Education, incorporating provisions of the Smith-Hughes Act.

The college’s longest-serving dean, Dr. Zebulon Judd served as the leader of the teacher preparatory program at Auburn University. During his long tenure, Auburn University’s education program grew from a small department to a recognized school of education where baccalaureate degrees could be awarded. The college, under his leadership, awarded its first master’s and doctorate in education degrees.

1920 The School of Agriculture Education becomes the School of Education and baccalaureate degrees in education are fist awarded.

1924 The first master’s degree in education is awarded.

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Dr. Truman M. Pierce (1955-1975)

In 1955, Dr. Truman M. Pierce assumed leadership of the School of Education. Pierce began his career as a social science teacher in a Georgia high school. His own education began in a one-teacher, seven-grade school in Equality, Ala. Dean Pierce received a bachelor of philosophy degree from Piedmont College (a church-related liberal arts college in Demorest, Ga.), his master’s from the University of Alabama, and his doctorate from Columbia University. Pierce was a public school teacher and administrator, dean at Troy University and professor of education and director of the Southern States Cooperative Program in Educational Administration at George Peabody College for Teachers before coming to Auburn. After 20 years of service, Pierce retired from Auburn to devote his full attention to a program that he considered to be the “most promising development in education” since he had entered the field. His devotion to Auburn’s program for improving teacher education inspired his decision to step down as dean and return to the classroom as a full-time professor. Today, Pierce is memorialized through the college’s Truman Pierce Institute, a research and outreach unit of the college focused—improving the quality of life in communities throughout Alabama and the Southeast by enhancing educational opportunities and quality.

1925 Extension courses for teachers’ in-service begin.

Remembering Truman Pierce

achievers. He saw their My dad helped people to become opportunities to grow. them e potential, guided them and gav but he was always fair. , ting He could be demanding and exac who stood in the background He was an exceptional mentor ge others. ready to support and encoura faced was the work done in One of the great challenges Dad gration took place. The inte as school systems across the state the citizens polarand h times were tense, the tempers hig y others were voices man and ized. Throughout that time, Dad bulent decade. of reason and calm during a tur

er Jean Pierce Williams ’ 57, daught

g means for integrating the [Pierce] was pivotal in effectin of e desegregation. During the schools in the South at the tim “standing in the schoolhouse time when George Wallace was ting of Alabama educadoor,” Pierce was conducting a mee gration could be most inte tors to determine how the law on meeting, many of the that ing effectively implemented. Dur to a phone, one at a ting mee the participants were called from to get out of the meeting or else. time, to be told by the governor and stayed. Truman reThey each went back to the meeting even death threats due to his ceived threatening letters and work in this area. J. Knox Williams, son-in-law




The Auburn Plan for Teacher Preparation is developed as one of the first to integrate theory and practice.

Dr. Truman M. Pierce is appointed dean.

Dr. Floreine Hudson is the first woman to earn her doctorate from Auburn. She is also among the first group of men to earn doctorates of education from the college.

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1966 Dr. Josetta Matthews is the first African American to graduate from Auburn. She completed a master’s in secondary social science education.

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Dr. Jack E. Blackburn (1975-1990)

Dr. Jack E. Blackburn, an Alabama native, spent his childhood and public school years in Panama City, Fla. Prior to coming to Auburn, he served as a professor of education and chair of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dean Blackburn received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, a master’s from George Peabody College for Teachers, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from New York University. Blackburn taught at the junior high school level in public schools in both Florida and Illinois. Blackburn focused his research on individualized instruction, the junior high school curriculum and the process of curriculum construction. During Dean Blackburn’s tenure, the School of Education officially became the College of Education.

1969 The School of Education established the Secretarial Service Center, a wordprocessing system that is the first of its kind developed on a campus in the Southeast, and only the second in the nation.

1972 Dr. Josetta Matthews is the first African American to be awarded faculty status as an instructor in Auburn’s History Department while she earned her doctorate.

Navigating the college durin g times a retrospect by former Dean

of change

Jack Blackburn

When I joined the College of Education, the educational landscape at all levels was changing. In particular, opp ortunities for federal and fou ndation funding of educat ional initiatives flourished dur ing the heyday of the “Great Society” period. Beginning in the mid 1970s, those fundin g opportunities began to declin e and to become considerably more competitive. Many of the coll ege’s outstanding, externally funded programs suffered as some funds for these pro grams were diverted to other areas of national and state need. The Alabama State Board of Education was considerin g changes in professional edu cational requirements and certification. The proposed cha nges not only entailed cur ricula changes, but also ways in whi ch educational preparatio n programs in public and pri vate institutions were review ed and approved.

In addition, methods to test and evaluate candidates for teaching at the preschool thr ough high school levels wer e being formulated. The challen ges were obvious ones: workin g statewide with colleagues and state-level decision making groups; seeking internal pro grammatic changes in the Col lege of Education and other Auburn University colleges providing courses and experie nces for education majors; and realigning faculty and fundin g to meet the new requireme nts.




Dr. Jack E. Blackburn is appointed dean.

The School of Education is granted college status.

Doctorate programs in counselor education, counseling psychology and school psychology; curriculum and teaching; health and human performance; and rehabilitation and special education are approved.

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Dr. Richard Kunkel (1990-2001)

In 1990, Dr. Richard Kunkel, who was then serving as the executive director of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), accepted the dean of education position at Auburn University. Kunkel received his bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University, a master’s from the University of Missouri, and a doctorate from St. Louis University. Prior to his work with Auburn and NCATE, Kunkel served as dean at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and chair of the Department of Education at St. Louis University. He also served as a public school teacher and assistant high school principal. Kunkel left Auburn University in 2001 to become the dean of the Florida State University College of Education—a position from which he recently retired.

g resources, Building on existin new relationships

el r Dean Rich Kunk a retrospect by forme national accollege was facing a the , ed riv ar I en Wh . I talked talhad been postponed t tha it vis n tio ta credi and the college rking on that task, ented people into wo did very well. its wonderked the college with Also, I feel that I lin evements of hi ac the and leveraged ory st hi ng ro st fully as a college of e us into the future id gu to e erc Pi an Trum both learn from y, our college could wa s thi In . ion at educ ld to better adr colleagues in the fie ou th wi r ne rt pa d an Pierce stood for s children. Truman a’ am lab A for e cat vo the future must ege of education in all that a “good coll raightforward and st his history was on g in ild bu so ,” be ege be seen as a also helped our coll s thi nk thi . I ht rig and helpful to entire university the of rt pa le ab lu va ate. leadership in the st strong rethe college also built During this time, ni—both of um al d r students an ou th wi ps hi ns tio la my work in at Auburn. I found whom are so special tional AdvisoNa ’ s ege d staff our coll an e at cre to g in lp he ding work I did ong the most rewar am be to cil un Co ry erful friendnot only built wond il nc cou e Th n. dea as ts so many , but it still represen ships for the college . me d an hips for my wife wonderful friends



Dr. Richard K. Kunkel is appointed dean.

Dr. Frances K. Kochan is appointed dean.


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Dr. Frances K. Kochan (2005 to present)

From the kindergarten classroom to the dean’s office, Dr. Frances Kochan’s 40-plusyear career in education has included nearly level possible at which an educator can serve. A member of the college’s faculty since 1994, Dr. Kochan’s appointment as dean in July 2005 makes her only the fifth dean—and first female—to serve in the post. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology. In the 10 years she has served the college, she has held the titles of associate professor, professor, Truman Pierce Institute director, associate dean for administration and interim dean. As director of the Truman Pierce Institute, she established and coordinated university, community and private partnerships for teacher training and curriculum improvement in local schools—most notably in Alabama’s Black Belt region. Kochan’s professional background includes experience as a classroom teacher, principal and assistant superintendent prior to her faculty experiences at Auburn and Florida State University. Internationally known for her expertise in mentoring, Kochan has written articles on the teacher’s role as a researcher, and has published book chapters on family and school relationships and middle school organizational change. Her major research interests include barriers to organizational change and school and university collaboration, which are also topics of her frequent speaking requests. Most recently, Kochan was appointed as a member of Gov. Bob Riley’s Teacher Certification and Licensure Committee, where she will work with others in finding ways to prepare, support and place high-quality teachers in every classroom. She also serves on the boards of the International Mentoring Association and Holmes Partnership. She has been honored with the 2002 Distinguished Educator Award from the Florida State College of Education’s Alumni Association and the 2002 Outstanding Faculty Award for Outreach by the AU College of Education.

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thel Craddock had a wish. She wanted to return to a place that continues to be the source of fond memories for this 99-year-old woman. She wanted to return to Auburn University. Craddock earned two degrees from the College of Education: a bachelor’s degree in 1949 and a master’s degree in 1962—both in general education. This Loachapoka native now lives in Christian City retirement community, located in Union City, Ga. Christian City’s Life Enrichment Director Chris Loga helped “informally” start the One Wish program at Christian City about three years ago. “We have a large population of residents who cannot afford the basics of life, so I set out to give them a little hope in their lives,” he said. “We started by finding wheelchairs and other items they could not afford or that Medicaid would not provide. About two years ago, I started going

further in my inquiries, asking the basic question, ‘What is your most greatest wish in life?’” Craddock’s response set the wheels in motion and Loga contacted the college’s directors of development, Josh Hawkins and Becca Grace, to find out what could be done to make Craddock’s wish come true. After months of planning and a surprise “pep rally” for Craddock at Christian City, they were able to organize a special luncheon for Craddock’s family and a fellow Christian City resident, Bob Johnston. Johnston is the older brother of the late W.G. Johnston Jr., founder of the Auburn staple J&M Bookstore. He and Craddock did not realize they both had Auburn roots and a deep love for the loveliest village until the pep rally where it was decided the two would make a return trip together. As for Craddock, the reason she loves Auburn so much is a sentiment

echoed by thousands of students and still rings true today. Auburn University is a friendly campus. “I just can say I enjoyed every minute I was at Auburn and I had so many nice friends that helped me in so many ways,” Craddock said. Craddock’s teaching career began 79 years ago in a one-room school in Lee County. The teaching job “fell into place” because Craddock’s older sister, Kathleen, got married and the school needed someone to substitute teach for her beginning September 1926. “The principal came to me at the end of the school year and said, ‘I want you to do me a favor. I want you to go to summer school and get your teaching certificate because we want you back here and we need you here. You’re so good with children,’” Craddock recalled. “So I went to Auburn and got my certificate to teach and I liked it so much that the next summer I did the same thing. I

started taking classes every summer and I did that until I got my degree.” Craddock’s experiences not only at Auburn, but in her career, demonstrate a time gone by—a time before federal and state regulations mandated the definition of “highly qualified.” Craddock, who moved to Phenix City in the early 1930s with her first husband William Darnell, was able to continue teaching second grade while working toward her degrees. It did not take a president’s definition of highly qualified to let Craddock know she made a difference in the lives of many second graders who called her “teacher” throughout her 40-plus years in the classroom. “There is not any other vocation that I could have chosen that I would have loved so much. Those second graders would just hug my neck at the end of the day and say, ‘I want to be a teacher just like you,’” Craddock said.

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COE to IBM Hedy White ’71 honored as 2005 outstanding alumna Then interim Dean Bonnie White (left) with Hedy White (right)


edy White ’71, vice president of IBM’s Global Solutions Leadership, received the 2005 Outstanding Alumna Award from the College of Education. White holds a bachelor’s in history from Auburn, as well as a mater’s in education she completed in 1973.

prior academic or professional training in business or sales, education became her workplace barometer. “I found I could address major challenges in my job in the same way we were taught to approach curriculum challenges—determine the desired outcome or goals, create a roadmap to success, put an action plan in I found I could address major challenges place, and then just do in my job in the same way we were taught it,” she said. “That has to approach curriculum challenges— been my approach at IBM ever since.” determine the desired outcome or goals, From 1976 to 1993, create a roadmap to success, put an action White led several corplan in place, and then just do it. porate instructional, employee developAt IBM, White is responsible for ment and technology training giving the company a unified presprograms while based in Texas, ence with its customers in countries New York and Georgia. In 1993, she where IBM units are located by combecame the national sales execubining the company’s expertise in tive for IBM’s K-12 industry, thereby technology and business consulting. managing the national field force of “We assess business needs and sales and technical support personhow to apply technology in meeting nel. All the while, education played a those needs,” she said. “My job is to guiding role. ensure we unite multiple IBM divi“The sales success I had early in sions to meet client needs while apmy IBM career led to my first promopearing to be a single entity.” tion in sales training,” she explained. White joined IBM in 1973 as a “Because of my education backBirmingham, Ala.-based sales repreground, I knew how to approach our sentative. Early in her career, White training programs in broader terms garnered a great deal of teaching exthan just teaching sales. I knew how perience—with IBM as her corporate to approach them from an instrucclassroom. She noted that, without tional design perspective.”


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This perspective eventually led to White’s success in not only streamlining instructional content, but employee training time as well. In 1995, White became general manager of the Mid-Atlantic General Business Trading Area, followed by director of skills management for IBM North America. A number of vice president positions ensued, including those of sales operations, Southern Area; opportunity business management, IBM Americas; sales operations, IBM Americas; and global sales leadership deployment. In 2003, she assumed her current position as vice president of global solutions leadership. Currently, White serves on the college’s National Advisory Council, and with her husband, John Manry, is a member of the college’s Dean’s Circle. The couple, now residing in Charlotte, N.C., has established— through a testamentary gift—the John P. and Hedy White Manry Fund for Excellence. This fund will provide support for summer research, faculty grant support, student or faculty education-related travel expenses, specialized research publications, faculty materials, graduate fellowship support, equipment, or any other need deemed a college priority.

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Outstanding Alumni

2005 Hedy White ‘71 2004 Gordon M. Sherman ‘57 2003 Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer ‘59 2002 Dr. Shirley Kelley Spears ‘71 2001 Dr. Betty McClendon DeMent ‘71 2000 Dr. Wayne Teague ‘50 1999 Dr. J. Floyd Hall ‘48 1998 Alice “Ruthie” Bolton ‘90 1997 Dr. Earl “Buddy” Weaver ‘62 1996 Kay E. Ivey ‘67 1995 Wayne T. Smith ‘68 1994 Dr. John M. Goff ‘72 1992 Reita Ethel Clanton ‘74 1991 Dr. Marilyn Clark Beck ‘66 1990 Jeanne Wanner Robertson ‘67 1989 Dr. John H. “Pete” Mosley ‘58 1988 Dr. Gerald S. Leischuck ‘64 1987 Dr. Ann M. Neely ‘77 1985 Dr. Robert L. Saunders ‘47 1984 Dr. Merle Royston Friesen ‘76 1983 Dr. Wayne Teague ‘50

Keystone Leader-in-Residence

2006 Keystone Leader builds career through banking, basketball


n February 2006, the College of Education named Kathryn L. Munro ‘70—a finance executive and first female WNBA team owner—as its fourth Keystone Leader-in-Residence. Munro, a native of Bessemer, Ala., is currently a principal in the San Diego-based BridgeWest, LLC. The college established the Keystone Leader-in-Residence program in 2003 to introduce students to proven leaders in business, education, human services, healthcare, community services and government. The program emphasizes that education—like the keystone of an arch—serves a central, supporting role in society, not to mention in careers outside traditional teaching. “Our Keystone Leaders not only have an outstanding career, but open doors for others,” Education Dean Frances Kochan said in introducing Munro. “We look for alumni who fulfill our vision and our mission—to build a better future for all. Kathy Munro does that every day of her life.” Before her current duties with BridgeWest, a private equity investment company specializing in wireless telecommunications infrastructure companies, Munro concluded a 20-year Bank of America career as CEO of its Southwest Banking Group. There, she was responsible for all business operations—commercial and retail—including $15 billion

in deposits, 10,000 employees and 450 branches. Prior to banking, Munro served in the administration of former Washington Gov. Daniel Evans, where she specialized in developing long-range economic plans for the state. Munro is an active supporter of women’s athletics. In 2004, she became the first female owner of a WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury. Her public lecture, “Banks, Basketball and Becoming a Leader,” focused on the role of women in business, volunteerism in career development, and how her academic training in education serves her professionally today. “Before I was in a leadership role I was about growing me, but now I’m about growing others and growing the company,” Munro told an audience of the college’s faculty, staff and students. “All of us will make the most difference in the world by what we do outside of work. “Don’t just settle for a job, find a passion,” Munro suggested to students. “Insist on an environment with respect, integrity and trust. That is where you will stretch, grow and succeed.” One of the top 25 leaders in Arizona during the past 25 years, Munro supports civic, philanthropic, health, cultural, political and educational efforts through volunteer leadership and service. She serves as a director of several publicly traded companies, including Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (the holding company for the Arizona Public Service utility and Pinnacle West Energy); Capital Bancorp, a Michigan-based holding company with 40 community banks; and Knight Transportation. Munro also serves as chairman of Flow International, a Seattle-based manufacturing company. In addition to a bachelor’s in general education from Auburn University, Munro earned an MBA in finance from the University of Washington.

Past Keystone Leaders-in-Residence

Kathy L. Munro ’70 Munro’s six traits of good leadership 1. Posses an enduring competitive advantage 2. Paint a shared vision of a successful future 3. Establish trust with candor, transparency and credit 4. Walk the talk 5. Use symbols to send a message 6. Have a true commitment to communication

2005 Kay Ivey ’67, state treasurer, State of Alabama, Montgomery, Ala. 2004 Gordon Sherman ’57, principal, Lamon & Sherman Consulting, Atlanta, Ga. 2003 Wayne T. Smith ’68, CEO, Community Health Systems, Nashville, Tenn.

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“good fit” for busy schedules, career aspirations Distance ed programs a


or Bill Driggers ‘05, the convenience and ease of distance education at Auburn University was “a good fit—period.” Driggers, who completed his master’s in rehabilitation counseling, worked and lived full time in Birmingham while participating in the college’s distance The professors seemed to go education program. At the time, Drigout of their way to make gers was a rehabilitasure I was accommodated. tion teacher for the I would recommend to Alabama Department anyone in the rehab track of Rehabilitation Serto attend Auburn because vices. He was recently promoted and now of the support they would serves as a rehabilitareceive from the faculty tion counselor directand staff. It was a very ing the blind case rewarding experience. load for Vocational Rehabilitation in Huntsville, Ala.—a promotion he believes has “a lot to do with my credentials from Auburn University,” he said. One of the many reasons Driggers—who is blind himself—found Auburn to be a good fit was the quality of the faculty and staff. “I looked at other schools in the state objectively and there was not one better than the Auburn University College of Education,” he said. “The professors seemed to go out of


their way to make sure I was accommodated. I would recommend to anyone in the rehab track to attend Auburn because of the support they would receive from the faculty and staff. It was a very rewarding experience.” Driggers found the experience rewarding, not only on the academic level, but on a personal level as well. Through his studies, Driggers met fellow graduate student Alma Burroughs, who has become an important part of his life. “We are a work-in-progress. It’s wonderful to meet that special person in your life who you have so much in common with and share the same goals,” Driggers said. “Alma and I both have a strong passion for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.” Completing his master’s degree helped Driggers hone his knowledge and skills in the field of rehabilitation. As a rehabilitation teacher, he would make home visits to people who were sightless or with low vision and help them acclimate to their new home. He also worked with those people who recently lost their sight by helping them adjust to the life change and deal with the emotions that accompany the loss. “I teach them to cook, clean and dress for success. They have to learn they can do these things without seeing. I help them learn how

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to do the things they need to be able to do,” he said. “It’s very rewarding for me and I think it’s just as rewarding for those I work with because they are at the bottom looking up.” Driggers is an educator who understands the importance of empathy in teaching. He is a proponent of employing more qualified disabled people in rehabilitation jobs to help affect positive change in the attitudinal barriers that persist today. Just as his education helps him move forward in serving as an advocate for those without sight, he says it will take “continuous education” to improve people’s perception of those with disabilities.

Distance Education Offerings • Business Education: M.Ed., 5th Year Alternative M.Ed., Ed.S. • Early Intervention Academic Certificate Program • Foreign Language Education: M.Ed. and Ed. S. • Music Education: M.Ed. (possible course credit toward Ed.S. and Ph.D.) • Rehabilitation Counseling: M.Ed. • Special Education (Early Childhood and K-12): M.Ed., 5th year alternative M.Ed. w w w. a u b u r n . e d u / a u o n l i n e

Podcasting puts future of education in students’ hands


he college’s Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education is once again a leader on the Auburn campus in the field of distance education. Specifically, Apple Computer’s popular iPod and podcasting are now being used to deliver educational content. This technology allows classes to be recorded, transferred to and downloaded from the Internet to a student’s computer. Students can load the content on their iPods and listen to the class at the time and place of their choosing. “The master’s program in rehabilitation counseling has been offered as a distance option for about seven years,” said Dawn Browning, academic program assistant. “We have traditionally taped classes and then streamed the lectures online for distance students to watch on their computers. Now, we are beginning to podcast our classes.” Currently, the department is piloting its podcasting efforts with its “Medical Aspects of Disabilities” and “Advanced Assessment in Rehabilitation” courses.

“Students have embraced and enjoyed this technology as one more way of getting educational content at a distance. It gives them excellent flexibility in the way they take their classes,” said Dr. Randy McDaniel, Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor and director of the rehabilitation counseling program. Brian Phillip, information technology specialist in the Learning Resources Center, coordinates the center’s distance education facility. For McDaniel’s courses, he edits and converts the audio portion of his lectures into MP3 audio files, which are then uploaded to the server. Browning updates the syndication code that enables audio files to be available by subscription on the Internet and ultimately downloaded to portable players like the iPod. The resulting podcast of audio lectures is enhanced by incorporating class materials such as Microsoft PowerPoint slides. The end result means the student has access to the course anytime, anywhere. “Students subscribe to podcast content online at the iTunes website once, and then they automatically receive new class content as it is posted,” Browning said. The department has been podcasting course content since August 2005—and according to a survey of its students, it has been a well-received addition. Browning reported that, while most of these distance education students had no previous experience with iPods, 70 percent became active in using them. Especially evident was the flexibility the podcasts provided, as echoed by student comments from the survey. “[Podcasting] basically allowed us to cut the cord from the computer

monitor and allowed us to particiThe rehabilitation program was pate in classes at a time of our choosrecently accepted as an “iTunes U” ing,” said Dennis Lindsey, a master’s campus with other pilot schools like student in rehabilitation counseling Duke, the University of Michigan and from Jacksonville, Fla. Stanford. This enhancement brings “The iPod to me means total moeven greater flexibility and support bility, “said Pat Daugherty, a master’s by having access to Apple’s podcaststudent in early childhood special ing infrastructure. education from Brewton, Ala. “You “Using this technology requires some reorganiget to listen to your zation of your teaching style, but the benefits to courses wherever you want, whenour distance learners are more than worth the ever you want so trouble,” McDaniel said. you’re not as confined as you were.” “ITunes U is set up to allow inMost students also found the structors to post and change content installation easy, and 58 percent themselves, so there is little affect on were very satisfied with using iPods our in-house information technoland podcasts for content delivery, ogy staff,” Browning said. “Students Browning said. can also upload their own content to “Using this technology requires share with teachers and staff.” some reorganization of your teach“This latest use of podcasting is ing style, but the benefits to our disyet another reason why our rehabilitance learners are more than worth tation distance education program the trouble,” McDaniel said. “This continues to be in the national is an inexpensive technology that spotlight,” said Dr. Philip Browning, allows professors to expand their RSED department head and Wayne T. reach in a way that students find exSmith distinguished professor. citing and empowering.”

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FACULTY Highlights Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology

Randy Pipes, professor Dr. Randy Pipes has always been interested in questions about values and about how and why individuals make ethical and moral decisions. One of his most recent publications, “Examining the Personal-Professional Distinction: Ethics Codes and the Difficulty of Drawing a Boundary,” examines the interface between one’s personal life and professional responsibilities— and the difficulty, at times, of drawing a clear distinction between them. Pipes noted that, even though people often try to separate their professional and personal lives, the two are at times intertwined. For example, ethics codes usually apply only to behavior carried out in a professional role, yet, Pipes asked, “How much interest do we have in admitting avowed racists into a doctoral training program in applied mental health, even if their professional role behaviors seem stellar?” Pipes also pointed out that, while people do have separate professional lives, there are often implied constraints on their personal behavior because in their public acts they may be seen as representing their profession, company, institution or organization. Pipes’s interest in ethics was furthered by serving as a past fact-finder for the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee and a number of other ethics committees in the past.

Suhyun Suh, assistant professor Dr. Suhyun Suh’s research efforts have been devoted to high school dropouts and adjustment issues of international students and residents. Using national databases such as the National Educational Longitudinal


Study of 1988 (NELS:88/00) and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, she investigated different factors affecting school dropout rates among at-risk students. She also examined the relationship between educational engagement and high school degree attainment among school dropouts, and identified factors promoting high school credentials among dropouts. Her interest in high school dropouts and desire to help at-risk students dropping out of school comes from her experience as a high school teacher and counselor. Along with her major research efforts, Suh continues her devotion to outreach efforts through diverse avenues. She led an eight-week psychoeducational group for Korean women residing in the community. When community needs arise, she has provided parenting education to Korean women who aspire to learn American childrearing methods in order to provide the best education for their children.

video—making the classes interactive— and a study-abroad component. A five-week intensive course on the teaching of culture precedes the studyabroad component and prepares students for an ethnographic study they complete while overseas. Survey responses indicate that many felt the study-abroad component helped them complete the program and it also helped dispel stereotypes. The program combines Internetbased learning with weekend seminars providing face-to-face interaction. “The weekend seminars are really important because the students feel this opportunity to work together helps create a community of learners,” Barry said. “This is truly a one-of-a-kind program. All the materials students produce throughout the course of study can be used directly in the classroom because they determine the topics based on their immediate needs.”

Curriculum and Teaching

Dr. L. Octavia Tripp has found a way to combine her longstanding interest in the way peoples’ personalities help—or hamper— the way we form relationships with her interest in ensuring interns have the most productive internship possible. Before joining the AU faculty in 2002, Tripp used a personality inventory instrument to help classify peoples’ personalities and determine whether personality and temperament were related. Tripp wondered if her students really knew who they were and if they realized that one day their own students would all have differing personalities and learning styles. She started having her students take the personality inventory. What she found was personality and temperament are related and they do affect learning styles. After training Dr. Charles Eick, assistant professor, the pair have used the instrument to partner interns with cooperating teachers in what they hoped would be a complimentary match.

Sue Barry, associate professor Dr. Sue Barry is the program coordinator for the distance learning graduate degrees in the Foreign Language Education program. This program allows busy foreign language professionals to earn a master’s degree in as little as two years and an education specialist degree in less than three years. Most graduates cite convenience, compensation and networking as the reasons for enrolling in the distance learning program. Based on responses from telephone surveys of distance students, they felt their needs were met 100 percent of the time and the program affected their teaching in positive ways, such as learning to create communicative instruction through the use of authentic materials. Barry said the differences in the foreign language distance learning program are the use of live streaming

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L. Octavia Tripp, assistant professor

Tripp says people have four main temperaments, with primary and secondary temperaments interchanging, thereby allowing us to manifest certain attitudes. The third acts as a “buffer” because it keeps the undeveloped fourth temperament from emerging. These predispositions drive people’s actions in how they relate to others. “We found the cooperating teacher and the intern liked for the primary temperament to be different, but the secondary temperament the same because it allowed them to learn more from each other and be more flexible,” she said. Tripp and Eick were invited to present their findings at the National Conference on Education in Hawaii in January 2006, and they are in the process of publishing the findings.

Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology Cynthia J. Reed, associate professor Dr. Cynthia Reed wears many hats within the College of Education. She serves as the director of the Truman Pierce Institute, program coordinator for the Educational Leadership program and an associate professor—to name a few. It is in this last role that she is reminded of what led her to the profession—a love for teaching. “I draw so much energy from my students,” she said. In the fall of 2005, Reed taught a doctoral seminar course in educational leadership, with 26 students enrolled. The course, which served as an orientation into the program, focused on what it means to be a leader in today’s world. Reed’s teaching philosophy is action-orientated and embodies the notion of service leadership. She is a firm believer in not just learning about something, but going out and applying it—in this case, going out in the community and being a leader. For example, one activity the class participated in was volunteering on

Jared A. Russell, assistant professor Dr. Jared Russell’s research is focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of processes that enhance the instructional experiences of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). More specifically, he examines the manner in which GTAs are socialized into their immediate roles as

Dr. Sheri Brock recently co-authored two physical activity leader’s guides for the Alabama 4-H and Youth Development program’s “Just Move Initiative” with physical education pedagogy doctoral student, Jeanine Fittipaldi. Brock’s involvement came at the request of Alabama 4-H and Youth Development to help in developing new pedagogy-based leader guides—a focus that was common in just a select number of other state 4-H programs. 4-H is an educational program serving more than 110,000 youth in Alabama and offering organized, structured and directed learning opportunities for youth to become leaders. 4-H provides youth, ages 5-19, from all economic and social backgrounds with leadership opportunities through participating in hands-on educational experiences, research projects and group events. Through the leader’s guides, Brock and Fittipaldi hope to equip 4-H staff with developmentally appropriate physical education programming that will instill life-long physical activity. The leader’s guides will be published and distributed with required equipment to 4-H staff in all 67 Alabama counties. Brock and Fittipaldi will also train 4-H staff who will then direct the various programs in their area.

Dr. Craig Darch earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon in 1982 and, thereafter, joined the Auburn faculty. Since then, his research program has addressed “direct instruction,” which is an empirically proved method for teaching academic content to students with mild learning disabilities. He imparts the findings of his applied research to students—equipping them with critical “best practices” that make for highly competent and effective special education teachers. His research efforts have included numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Education. His most recent success is an $800,000 doctoral-preparation grant “Mentoring Special Education Leaders for the 21st Century.” Darch is also a prolific writer. Last year, he authored a textbook, entitled Instructional Classroom Management: A Proactive Approach to Behavior Management. Again, RSED’s students are provided optimal preparation since he teaches the department’s required course on classroom management. Darch’s instructional, research and outreach excellence is best reflected by the prestigious honors he has received. Among these honors are the College of Education’s Outstanding Research Award; the university’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award; Mortor Board Professor of the Year; and Alabama’s award for Outstanding Special Educator of the Year. It was indeed fitting when, in 1999, he was honored with the Humana-Germany-Sherman distinguished professorship.

Dr. E. Davis Martin Jr. was a well-seasoned academician prior to his arrival at Auburn. Upon completion of his doctorate at the University of Virginia, he took his first job at Virginia Commonwealth University and, from there, advanced through the professorial ranks. During his 26 years at VCU, he assumed multiple positions: director of continuing studies for the School of Allied Health Professions, associate dean for the School of Community and Public Affairs, and faculty status with the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling. He also received numerous honors, including the Outstanding Service Award from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation. In 2003, Martin joined the college faculty as a professor of rehabilitation. Since then, he has secured $1.4 million in federal funding for two master’s degree programs he directs. In addition, he and his colleague Dr. Randy McDaniel have been awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant for $750,000 to prepare doctoral students in rehabilitation. As for professional service, he is a member of the advisory council for Alabama’s rehabilitation state agency. In 2005, he became editor of Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis, a nationally distributed, peer-review publication. Martin is both a certified rehabilitation counselor and a nationally certified counselor. He is also preparing the second edition of one of his books— Significant Disability: Issues Affecting Persons with Significant Disabilities from a Historical, Policy, Leadership, and Systems Perspective.

Did you know… the college employs 91 faculty members, of which 12 hold titled professorships

Health and Human Performance

Sheri Brock, assistant professor

Craig Darch, Humana-GermanySherman distinguished professor

E. Davis Martin, professor

77 percent of the college’s tenure-track faculty are tenured

Dr. David DiRamio, a first-year faculty member, was awarded the 2006 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award presented by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) during its annual conference held in Washington, D.C., in March. DiRamio joined the college faculty in the fall of 2005 after completing his doctorate at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. DiRamio had to whittle his 200-page dissertation down to a mere 10 pages. He was then notified that his dissertation summary had been selected as one of the final four from among 90 total entries. DiRamio was asked to send his dissertation—”Virtual Learning Community: A Student Exit Survey & Qualitative Framework”—in its entirety to the panel of reviewers. His dissertation sought to understand what factors contribute to an online learning community and how can they be measured. He found that the instructor’s role in course organization—including expectations, virtual classroom rules and instructor duties— affected the learning community. Other factors contributing to the community include connections created through participation and familiarity, and the student’s responsibility based on motivation and maturity. To find out more about DiRamio’s work, visit www.highereddata.org.

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in 2004-05, externally funded faculty research totaled more than $4.7 million— an increase of 47 percent over 2003-04.

David DiRamio, assistant professor

college instructors, as well as their possible future occupation as members of the professoriate. His research is an extension of his faculty responsibilities, which include serving as the GTA supervisor and instructional leader for the department’s physical activity and wellness program. It is also an extension of his master’s and doctorate theses. In those, he examined GTA instructional concerns and the manner in which the organizational culture of a specific graduate academic program influenced GTA socialization into instructional roles. He also looked at their perspectives on being professors in their respective academic disciplines upon graduation. Russell found that GTAs enter into their instructional roles with numerous developmental concerns and needs. As such, a “blanket” approach to GTA development and support is not effective. He argues that GTAs must be provided instructional leadership—which includes formative supervision and evaluation—that is developmentally appropriate and individualized to their respective needs.

44 percent of faculty is currently involved in externally funded research.

a Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lee County by working with teenagers on developing their leadership skills. The teens learned the importance of effective communication, visioning, problem-solving and collaboration. Just as the club members benefited from the experience, all of Reed’s doctoral students wrote that it was a capstone event in the course.

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Depar tment of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology

Reimagining counselor education

Diversity as a core value


ecause counseling and psychology are rooted in education and the social sciences, they are inevitably bound up in values and the desire by all individuals for an interpersonal environment of safety and respect. Because counselors and psychologists often work with individuals who have been “marginalized” in one way or another, it is imperative that those who aspire to graduate degrees in counseling and psychology hold tolerance to be among their most central values.

Dr. Holly Stadler

Dr. Suhyun Suh

Dr. Debra Cobia

Dr. Renée Middleton

Dr. Jamie Carney


Efforts to redefine and reprioritize diversity within the college’s Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology are receiving attention throughout Auburn and the counselor education community. Most recently, these efforts were highlighted in the March 2006 edition of Counselor Education and Supervision, the field’s preeminent journal published by the American Counselor Education. The article—co-authored by Dr. Holly Stadler, department head; Dr. Suhyun Suh, assistant professor; and Dr. Debra Cobia, Dr. Renée Middleton and Dr. Jamie Carney, all professors in the department—discusses how the department has responded to the shifting orientation of counselors as they serve more diverse populations. “Today, we live in a global society that is connected by common political interests, economics, and other human and natural resources. Counselors and counselor educators are being asked to recognize the importance of different world views, different cultural values, and different life experiences in their practice. This is what it means to be ‘culturally competent,’” Middleton, who is also the college’s director of research, human resources and outreach, said. The reimagining effort pointed faculty, staff and students to becoming and remaining culturally aware, knowledgeable and skilled in multiculturalism and diversity—beyond, however, the conventional approaches through curriculum and course development. To that end, the department, back in 1995, began expanding its diversity commitment beyond standard statements and the one-course, one-instructor approach to diversity education. “We wanted to be certain that we looked at change from a systemic perspective,” Stadler said. The department achieved infusion through faculty insight into procedural and

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academic opportunities, student needs assessments and focus groups, and staff participation in creating diversity-sensitive environments. “If we truly value inclusiveness, the transparency of our processes is an essential component of change and resource allocation,” Stadler said. The first component of reimagining came through revising department policies and procedures that, in the end, create, support and maintain a diversity-rich environment. “The philosophy statement provides a critical reflection of the reality of this department,” Carney noted. “That reality is that we not only support diversity in word but in all our teaching, research, student and professional activities. It is an intrinsic aspect of the environment we create for our students and ourselves. Through its efforts, faculty realigned course materials to ensure a diversity emphasis. The department revised its general multicultural counseling course to better emphasize knowledge and racial identity. Course reviews evaluated where additional culturally relevant material, experiences and assessments were necessary. Faculty and students alike highlighted the importance of engaging students in cocurricular activities—team research, publications, projects and other efforts—that support diversity as a core value. Student efforts through multicultural research teams, individual and faculty-student team-based projects have fostered greater inclusion while offering students fieldbased experience and leading to national presentations and publications. Outside the department, other campus units and industry professionals seek out faculty and students as diversity leaders. Counseling students facilitate culturally diverse service-learning placements for 600 AU undergraduates. Faculty and staff work

together to lead diversity committees in the college and throughout campus. Today, the department attributes its successful efforts to recruit and retain a diverse student and faculty population to its reimagining program. At present, department faculty from underrepresented groups is four times that of the universitywide average; student enrollment is slightly less than three times the campus figure. Seamless implementation of its diversity policies, Suh explained, permeates all the department does and improves its overall culture. Research findings support the notion that both faculty and students feel safe to explore their own values and beliefs, prejudices and biases in a supportive and responsive environment. “This department lives what it teaches,” Suh said. “One way we do this is we encourage faculty and students to feel safe enough to post pictures, paintings, sayings and anything else that promotes the spirit of diversity along the halls and within the confines of department offices.” The department continues to expand its core diversity values through the morecommon occurrences of diversity-focused research, presentations and dissertations. Professional office staff regularly point out how administrative procedures can be more inclusive. Accountability, however, has served as the most critical component of the change process. Faculty and students are held accountable for developing diversity competence. Graduate teaching and research assistants are responsible for diversity-sensitive instruction and research. As Cobia points out, though, when diversity becomes a core value instead of just a policy, accountability becomes a natural part of self-monitoring. “As a core value, diversity is lived rather than discussed,” Cobia said. “We commit our energy and resources to increasing diversity of the students and faculty in the department; ensuring our graduate students have experiences with clients, students and supervisors of diverse backgrounds; and incorporating diversity-related content and experiences into our courses. We attend to these issues intentionally, acting in accordance with our values.”

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EARIC Regional inservice center provides assistance, training

The East Alabama Regional Inservice Center, based in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, serves schools in 15 east central Alabama school districts. EARIC provides a wide range of resources, training and services for area teachers and administrators. In addition to conducting region-wide workshops, conferences and seminars, EARIC assists school-based staff development coordinators by helping to We represent the K-12 plan and conduct system and in-house teachers and administrators inservice training. Dr. Jenny Good, former EARIC director and now the college’s coordinator of in our region, while also assessment and evaluation, described calling upon the expertise the center’s purpose. “We are here as a resource to serve Kof higher education 12 personnel. We represent K-12 teachprofessionals…The East ers and administrators in our region, while also calling upon the expertise of Alabama Regional higher education professionals at AuInservice Center is truly a burn University,” she said. “The East Alabama Regional Inservice Center is truly collaborative partnership a collaborative partnership between between higher education, higher education, public school personnel, and the Alabama State Department public school personnel, of Education—and each of these key and the Alabama State stakeholders have representation on Department of Education… our 16-member Governing Board.” During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, EARIC offered more than 250 professional development opportunities—ranging from book studies to workshops to support groups. The various professional development programs EARIC offers are based on the needs of the teachers as communicated through needs assessment surveys and the requests of professional development coordinators and administrators from the region. More than 3,700 registrants participated in EARIC programming from October 2004 to September 2005, according to Good. She explained further that the number includes duplication of individuals who attended more than one session, and any observations or individual consulting and on-the-job coaching are not included in these figures.

SUN BELT �ritin� �ro�ec�

The Sun Belt Writing Project is part of the National Writing Project, which is a professional development organization for teachers. These teachers work to advance student achievement by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation’s schools across all grades from kindergarten to college. There are 167 local sites across the country, and AU’s Sun Belt Writing Project is one such site in Alabama. All of the national writing sites follow a teachersteaching-teachers model The Sun Belt Writing Project is under the direction of Dr. Alyson White, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Sun Belt fellows are all teachers who have been participants in the Summer Invitational Institute, which is the project’s keystone program. The Summer Invitational Institute is a five-week intensive institute that takes place each year at Auburn University. During the institute, widely respected teachers across all disciplines and grade levels work and write together daily, publish an anthology of personal and professional writing, and present a 90-minute demonstration of an effective method for teaching writing.

Dedication honors alum’s distinguished career

The Jo Ann Granberry Murrell Conference Room, housed within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, is the college’s first named room and was dedicated Sept. 30, 2005. The conference room was renovated with funds donated by the late Mrs. Murrell’s husband of 45 years, James, and their two children, Rick Murrell and Ann O’Bryant. Mrs. Murrell was a 1957 Auburn graduate who was a successful home economics teacher in the Florida school system for 30 years. “What a joyful occasion for us to celebrate such an honorable woman who dedicated her life to education and to her students ,” Education Dean Frances Kochan said. “The way she taught was meaningful to those students and influenced them throughout their lives and careers.” The family also honored Mrs. Murrell by establishing scholarships in January 2005, which were first awarded in October 2005. These are presented annually to a student in each of the college’s five academic departments—again a first for the college.

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“If you force adult education on the adult, it’s a recipe for disaster,” Witte said. “But if you bring the adult in as part of the education process, it will go on forever.”


r. Jim Witte, associate professor and adult education program coordinator, knows from experience that when the time is right and the environment is supportive, adult education can gain momentum that will set the wheels of learning in motion for a lifetime. “If you force adult education on the adult, it’s a recipe for disaster,” he said. “But if you bring the adult in as part of the education process, it will go on forever.” This principle is a guiding force in the collaborative partnership Witte formed with East Alabama Medical Center and Southern Union State Community College in designing a continuing education program—Red Zone Training—for hospital employees. “About a year ago, representatives from the hospital’s Human Resources Department attended a seminar where they saw an example of a School-atWork program,” said EAMC Clinical Nurse Specialist Billi Crannell, who is a doctoral candidate in Auburn’s adult education program. “The SAW program is an employee training program designed to help employees advance to more responsible and financially rewarding positions or to prepare them for junior college.” The hospital initially tested 42 employees using the Test of Adult Basic Education to identify those with sufficient reading comprehension to enter the SAW program. Only 16 of those employees scored high enough to be admitted to the program, and the hospital decided to restrict the first class to 10 individuals with plans to include the other six in future classes. Because the initial qualification rate of 38 percent was considered low, dialog began on how to increase the number of employees who could be enrolled in future SAW effort.

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Crannell approached Witte, who invited Julie McClanahan, a former student of Witte’s and now on the SUSCC faculty, to join in the planning. They reviewed the Test of Adult Basic Education scores and estimated the success rate based on additional training. They then came up with a range of scores that, with a reasonable amount of training, would help those employees in the “red zone” qualify for SAW. “We felt the best return on human investment would be in the red zone, and so far the students are proving us right,” Witte added. The Red Zone Training began in January 2006 with a class of 10 hospital employees attending the training, which consisted of learning adult basic reading skills for two hours per week for 10 weeks. Two employees did withdraw from the training after attending the first few sessions. “The Red Zone learners knew they had missed the cut-off for the School-at-Work program, and they were still motivated to improve their reading skills,” McClanahan said. “I was impressed, though, with how eager they were to go ‘back to school,’” she added. “The learners’ confidence began to grow right away. They seemed eager to learn, and they actually said that learning was ‘fun.’” McClanahan said teaching adult learners they can in fact learn is often the real first lesson. “In my experience as an adult educator, I have observed countless adults who genuinely get a thrill out of learning. They experience failure at some point during their high school career and believe they actually cannot learn. When they realize they can learn something new, the joy and relief are written all over their faces,” she said. “It is really empowering to them and it changes their opinions of themselves and gives them a renewed confidence to achieve new goals.” For six of the Red Zone learners, graduating from the program with passing scores in early April was a boost for them and the hospital. “They’re excited and we’re excited. We feel this was a successful pilot program,” Witte said. “The credit really goes to the hospital for recognizing the potential within its own work force.”

Depar tment of Health and Human Per formance

Weimar adds skills-improvement component to biomechanics program

New scholarships honor department veterans Service by Newkirk, Wilson commemorated by faculty, staff and alumni contributions

Dr. Wendi Weimar, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, has enhanced the department’s biomechanics program by adding a new video-based skills performance analysis component to the biomechanics program. Graduate students now have hands-on learning opportunities and … skills analysis is athletes are provided with skills analysis to help valuable to anyone’s improve athletic performance. physical activity because In just its first year, the lab has assisted swimit identifies flaws in mers, softball players, baseball players, golfers skill execution that can and marching band personnel with getting the limit performance, most out of their chosen activity. This videolead to injuries or indicate strength and/or based skills analysis allows Weimar and her students to record a person performing whatever flexibility deficits. skill they wish to improve and providing critical feedback regarding their performance. Weimar said skills analysis is valuable to anyone’s physical activity because it identifies flaws in skill execution that can limit performance, lead to injuries or indicate strength and/or flexibility deficits. The analysis often includes comparisons to professional or master performers—and always includes analysis by a trained biomechanist. Fees for the service start at $25 for a simple analysis and increase as the analysis becomes more involved. More involved analyses include options such as multiple-camera angles, multiple comparisons and a strength/conditioning/stretching program appropriate for the individual and the skill. For more information about the Sport Biomechanics Laboratory at Auburn University, contact Weimar or graduate assistants Brian Campbell and Jay Garner at sportbiomechanicslab@ auburn.edu or at 334.844.1468.

The Department of Health and Human Performance found a way to keep the names Sandra Newkirk and Dr. Dennis Wilson around indefinitely—despite Newkirk’s retirement from the faculty in May 2006, and Wilson’s decision to step down as department head in December 2004. Newkirk’s 40-year career at Auburn began in 1966, and since then has been one defined by commitment. Through her role as HHP’s undergraduate adviser and assistant professor, Newkirk guided thousands of students. She was also instrumental in building women’s athletic programs at Auburn. In her work with the Athletics Department, Newkirk was the university’s first women’s volleyball coach, which she oversaw along with badminton for 14 years. In the community, she has been a volunteer rape counselor since 1980 and served as director for the Rape Counselors of East Alabama, a United Way agency, for 20 years. She still serves this agency as a member of its Board of Directors. To honor her “demonstrated spirit of love and support for fellow men and women,” AU presented her with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for her scholarship, university involvement and community service in 2005. HHP faculty, staff and alumni honor her today by establishing the Sandra Bridges Newkirk Annual Scholarship for the purpose of providing undergraduate scholarships to HHP students. The department’s inaugural Health and Human Performance Scholarship Golf Tournament in October 2005 provided seed money to establish the G. Dennis Wilson Annual Scholarship. The scholarship honors Wilson who, while not retiring, elected to step down as HHP department head in 2004 after 23 years of service. Wilson joined the department’s faculty in 1973 as an assistant professor. He was appointed professor in 1984, and to it the college added the title of Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor in 1998. He was appointed as interim department head in 1981, and permanently appointed to the post in 1983. The G. Dennis Wilson Annual Scholarship will provide summer funding for graduate students serving the teaching and research needs in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Additional contributions to either scholarship by alumni and friends are encouraged. Donations to the Auburn University Foundation—with the scholarship name in the check memo line—may be mailed to the college’s Office of Development, 3084 Haley Center, Auburn University, AL 36849. Please contact the college’s development staff at 334.844.5793 with questions.

Mark your calendars for the S e co n d A n n ual H H P Schola r s h i p

Golf Tournament

Tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13. For more information, call 334.844.4483.

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A Quality of Life�ommitment

Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education


ore than 50 million people in the United States have a disability—a number that more than doubles when one considers their families and significant others. The Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education’s mission is to positively affect the quality of life for these individuals at all ages. Toward this end, the department dedicates itself to the pursuit and accomplishment of excellence in instruction, research and outreach. The Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education believes in the full rights, privileges, opportunities and accommodations for all people with disabilities. Furthermore, it champions their presence, advocacy and contribution as productive citizens actively living in the mainstream of American life.

Instruction Undergraduate and master’s students are trained as teachers and service providers, and doctoral students are prepared for leadership careers in academic and service agency settings. The rehabilitation graduate program is nationally accredited and considered by U.S.News & World Report to be among the nation’s best. The special education program is certified by the State Department of Education and participates in a national higher education consortium. Since 1990, the department has prepared more than 1,300 graduates for careers in early childhood special education, K-12 special education and rehabilitation. The department effectively combines technology and traditional academics. Using the Internet, WebCT and streaming video, distance learning programs have conferred more than 240 master’s degrees and academic certificates upon students from throughout the Southeast. Personnel from two of the rehabilitation programs have won the 2002 and 2005 annual awards for Excellence in Education and Training from the U.S. Department of Education’s Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services.


Research Faculty members make significant contributions to the disability literature as authors, peer reviewers and editors of national journals. Their research is also widely disseminated through their presentations at national and international conferences. Securing extramural grants to support their research and outreach is yet another milestone. Within the past 15 years alone, the department faculty have been awarded more than $28 million in nationally competitive federal grants. Outreach Serving students with learning problems and/or behavioral difficulties, the Summer Learning Clinic’s philosophy is that every child can learn if properly taught. It is within

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this framework that the clinic’s The Auburn Transition Institute is teachers have provided positive, committed to Alabama’s youth with individualized academic and behavdisabilities as they cross the “bridge” ioral instruction for more than 2,000 from high school to young adult life. children from eastern Alabama. Since its inception in 1991, the inThe Auburn University Autism stitute’s Alabama Transition ConferCenter provides year-round services ence has attracted more than 8,600 to individuals with autism spectrum stakeholders. Dr. Mabrey Whetstone, disorder. It is a model Rehabilitation and Special Education’s demonstration site for mission is to positively affect the quality of best practices in diaglife for these individuals at all ages. Toward nostic services, outreach this end, the department dedicates itself to the consultation, research pursuit and accomplishment of excellence in and effective interveninstruction, research, and outreach. tion training for families, teachers and related prostate director of special education, fessionals. Through recent funding refers to this annual event as “one of from the Alabama State Department the state’s most engaging forces for of Education, the center has been advancing the quality of Alabama’s able to extend its statewide autism programs and services for its young training program. people with disabilities.”

�onnections: Schools, Community and the People Who Made Them


ince spring 2004, the Truman Pierce Institute and the Auburn University Center for the Arts and Humanities have partnered to conduct research under a Kettering Foundation contract —“Connections: Schools, Community and the People Who Made Them.”

Self-Empowerment �eads to �op� for Alabama’s Black Belt


r. Cynthia Reed, director of the Truman Pierce Institute, began serving on Gov. Bob Riley’s Black Belt Action Commission as a member of the Education Committee in 2004. Her appointment is not only a result of her ongoing work to help improve educational opportunities in this part of Alabama, but will enhance TPI’s future efforts in the region. One such effort, the Black Belt Superintendents’ Coalition—which is working to create a unified voice for change in the area—came to fruition less than a year after Reed’s appointment. Reed was instrumental in helping to facilitate the coalition’s creation and development. She continues to conduct research For so many years, people have on the organization’s efforts through a contract come in to this region and done funded by Alabama Department of Economic things “for” people and then they and Community Affairs. “We realized as a committee the superintenleave... It is still important for dents would be the ones to implement change,” them to work “with” others, but they need to identify the issues and Reed said. “For so many years, people have come into this region and done things ‘for’ people determine what to address and and then they leave. The superintendents feel how to do it. strongly about the fact that they live here and they have to be the ones who make systemic change happen. It is still important for them to work ‘with’ others, but they need to identify the issues and determine what to address and how to do it. Reed said systematic change promises the area an educational and economic future. “The superintendents’ board was purposefully created to foster social change, engendering a new wave of hope and opportunity in a region that historically has been racially and economically segregated,” she said. There are 15 school systems in the 12-county Black Belt region, which stretches across the Southern part of the state and includes areas that are primarily rural, impoverished and at one point in history known for their agricultural prowess. In July 2005, TPI funded a two-day strategic planning conference at Tuskegee University, which was organized on behalf of the Governor’s Office by Ryan Cole, the governor’s special projects coordinator. The purpose of the conference was to create a common vision among the superintendents as well as a plan of action to achieve the vision. “This conference was magic. It united these school systems in working collaboratively instead of working competitively,” Cole said. “As a unified regional voice, these systems are now better positioned to improve the region’s quality of life through quality education.” There are six core areas the coalition is working to improve: student achievement; professional development for administrators and teachers; facilities; the pooling of resources; teacher recruitment and retention, and the coalition’s sustainability. Organizational meetings have been held since last July. In March 2006, the Black Belt Superintendents’ Coalition ratified its constitution and elected officers, moving the group another step closer to achieving its goals.

Dr. Cynthia Reed, TPI director, and Dr. Jay Lamar, director of the AU Center for the Arts and Humanities, are working alongside community leaders, citizens and students in Anniston, Alexander City and Dadeville to discover the ties that bind people and places together. “Our research focuses on identifying the connections among schools, communities and the people who live there through oral history and deliberation,” Reed said. “We are exploring how people view public education today, and their readiness to take responsibility for it.” Reed explained the group’s purpose as one that explores The group’s purpose is to the role personal memories explore the role personal about public education can memories about public play in articulating the values education can play in and principles revered by a articulating the values community—helping to reand principles revered by connect the public with its a community—helping to public schools. reconnect the public with “Specifically, we examine perceptions regarding the cur- its public schools. rent and desired roles for educational leaders; the perceived disconnect between the public and public education and reasons for this disconnect; and the perceived purposes for public educational systems in these communities as they exist today,” she said. And the explanations this research will provide will help answer the question posed by the Kettering Foundation. “The Kettering Foundation is interested in answering this question: ‘What does it take to make democracy work as it should?’,” Reed said. “Public schools are a key component because, if you don’t have well-rounded, educated young and old people alike, then communities are going to suffer.” TPI and the Center for Arts and Humanities have been working with Anniston for about two years, but partnerships with both Alexander City and Dadeville are more recent.

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Villaume interim associate dean

Dr. Susan Villaume, a professor of reading education in the college’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching, was named interim associate dean of academic affairs in May 2005. Her duties include preparing for the college’s NCATE accreditation visit and coordinating teacher certification programs. Villaume fills the position held by Dr. Robert Rowsey, who retired in May 2005. Villaume completed her doctorate at Ohio State University in 1985 and joined the AU faculty in 1989. While at Auburn, she has worked extensively with the Alabama Reading Initiative; served as department co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the most widely read journal in the field of reading education; and worked to help coordinate the college’s reaccreditation efforts.

Weaver acting associate dean Dr. Andrew Weaver, head of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, was named acting associate dean for administration by Dean Frances Kochan. The position remained vacant since 2001, when Kochan left the position to become interim dean. Weaver’s responsibilities as acting associate dean include assisting the dean on budget, personnel and financial affairs; administering programs and assisting with program reviews; and managing the daily operations of the college. Weaver serves in this capacity on a part-time basis while maintaining his role as a professor and department head, a position he has held for 22 years. He has been a faculty member at AU since 1960. He earned his doctorate of education and his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University.


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Dr. Philip Browning, Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor and Rehabilitation and Special Education department head, received Auburn’s 2005 Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach. “Phil Browning is a world-class Drs. Wilson, Browning, and AU interim President Richardsonfaculty member presentation made at a special dinner at the President’s home at Auburn,” said Dr. David Wilson, then associate provost and vice president for university outreach. “His research and outreach have touched the lives of thousands of individuals across the nation.” Browning has touched those lives through the Alabama Transition Conference he initiated in 1991 with a startup grant from the Office of the Vice President for Outreach. Since then, 16 annual conferences have contributed to helping Alabama’s youth and young adults with disabilities make the transition from school to work and community life. These conferences have attracted more than 8,600 transition stakeholders throughout the state and beyond. That effort has now grown to include the creation of the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute. Bill East, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, summed up the effects Browning’s outreach has made. “His transition conferences have been recognized as the best in the nation for many years,” East said. “His outreach into the communities throughout Alabama has benefited many individuals with disabilities and their families, and has brought much recognition to Auburn University,” he added. Dr. Richard Kunkel, former dean of education at Auburn, said that because of Browning, Alabama now has a “vast and strong network of people serving its young people with special needs and guiding them to more successful adult lives.” Kunkel, who attended many of Browning’s conferences while at Auburn, added, “I found him to be an admired leader no matter where I went, or with whom I met. I also encountered out-of-state notables from whom I learned that he was nationally known for his scholarly works in the field and his leadership contributions in Auburn. In this regard, Phil has brought both state and national recognition to Auburn University.” “While outreach programs and activities have served as the primary platform from which [Browning] has advocated, research and instructional activities have served to strengthen his base and guide his actions,” said Dr. Mabrey Whetstone, director of Alabama’s Special Education Services. “Collectively, they have been the mediums through which he has helped advance Alabama’s goal to prepare its young people with disabilities to assume more successful and productive roles as young adults.” Wilson also spoke of Browning’s “scholarly works.” “He is the epitome of the type of scholarship at Auburn that improves the lives of people,” said Wilson. “We’re honored to recognize him.” Some of Browning’s other honors include the Wayne T. Smith distinguished professorship (1999); the Distinguished Career Award in Rehabilitation Education (2003); Alabama’s Outstanding Special Educator of the Year (1996); the College of Education’s Outstanding Research (2000) and Outreach (1994) Awards; and the Governor’s Certificate of Commendation.




Named for the year in which the Department of Education (now the College of Education) was established, the 1915 Society recognizes donors whose lifetime contributions and commitments to the College of Education have reached a cumulative total of $25,000 or more Pillar of Honor: $1,000,000 or more Humana Foundation (in honor of Wayne T. Smith) John P. Manry and Hedy White Manry Wayne T. and Cheryl Glass Smith Paul J. Spina Jr. and Bena Spina Anonymous

Pillar of Dedication: $500,000 - $999,999 Charles Fraley* and Mildred C. Fraley*

Pillar of Commitment: $100,000 to $499,999 AB Dick Company Alabama Power Foundation Martin L. Beck Jr. Caring Foundation Caroline Lawson Ivey Memorial Foundation Inc. Nancy Culpepper Chancey Alma Holliday David E. and Susan M. Housel Sam L. Hutchison* Jessie Ball duPont Fund James William Lester* and Elaine B. Lester James A. Manley Jr. and Harriett Manley John L. Moulton and Betty F. Moulton James L. Murrell Beth Sabo Richard T. Scott Jr. Albert James Smith Jr. and Julia Collins Smith Angelo Tomasso and Joy Tomasso Earle Williams and June Williams Marion Beck James Murrell Susan McIntosh Housel

Pillar of Friendship: $25,000 to $99,999 Andrew T. and Rebecca S. Baird James E. Baker Jr. Ralph Banks and Barbara Yancey Banks* Ralph Carroll Boles* and Willie Mae Boles Coca-Cola Foundation The Comer Foundation Dr. Edmund Dyas (in honor of Betty McClendon DeMent) David S. Elder and Judy V. Elder Betty T. Freeman T. Gordy Germany* and Gloria Germany J. Floyd Hall Dr. Floreine H. Hudson Kay H. Jones Frances K. and William R. Kochan Gerald S. Leischuck and Emily R. Leischuck Kathryn Flurry Morgan* Sarah E. Newell* Sue Atchison Pearson Elizabeth A. Ponder Charles M. Reeves Jr. and Frances Skinner Reeves Jerry F. Smith Barry and Denise Straus J. Knox Williams and Jean Pierce Williams Jo Williamson Anonymous


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The Auburn University College of Education expresses its gratitude to the many alumni, friends and organizations who are key contributors to the college and its mission. This support helps the college in building better futures for all through its academic, research and outreach initiatives. This list of contributors recognizes gifts made to the College of Education from October 1, 2004, through December 31, 2005. PILLARS OF TRUST

recognizing donors who have contributed at least $1,000 Alabama Council of Association Executives Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Anonymous Aorta Club Auburn Student Rehabilitation Assn. Dr. Andrew T. Baird Dr. Susan Hall Bannon Mrs. Beth Thomas Barnett Mr. Martin L. Beck Jr. Dr. John Bitter Boadman Nettles Ivey Barbara Nettles Ivey Foundation Mr. Maxwell Bruner Jr. Mr. & Mrs. R. L. Bryant Mr. & Mrs. Robert Burkholder Mrs. Nancy Tilden Campbell Caring Foundation Ms. Sara Clark Carney Mrs. Terrell Smyth Cheney Clorox Company Foundation Dr. Debra Cecilia Cobia Coca Cola Company Comer Foundation Dr. Laura Haley Creel Mr. Grant Davis Jr. Mr. H. Joe Denney Mrs. Cindy Wilson Diehl Dilworth Development Inc. Exxon Mobil Foundation F. Allen & Louise K. Turner Foundation Mrs. Marie Nelson Fancher Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Eugene Farley Mrs. Josephine B. Ferretti Mrs. Elizabeth Fleming Mr. & Mrs. John Frank Floyd Mrs. Connie Bomar Forester Ms. Leigh A. Forman Mrs. Betty Thrower Freeman Mr. Ben I. Gomez Mr. & Mrs. George Stafford Hall Mrs. Brenda J. Hartshorn Mr. Joseph A. Hastings, DMD Dr. & Mrs. Horace M. Holderfield Mr. & Mrs. Greg K. Holloway The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center Drs. James W. & Carol E. Hutcheson IBM Matching Grants Program Illinois Tool Works Foundation Mrs. Kay E. Ivey Mrs. Kay H. Jones Julia & Albert Smith Foundation Dr. Larry Howard Kelley Mrs. Martha McQueen Kennedy Ms. Kate Kiefer Mrs. Mina Propst Kirkley Dr. Frances Kochan Dr. & Mrs. Donald B. Lambert Mr. William D. Langley Dr. Gerald S. & Mrs. Emily R. Leischuck Mrs. Elaine B. Lester* Mr. & Mrs. Edwin L. Lewis Col. William R. Long Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James A. Manley Jr. Mrs. Hedy White Manry Metropolitan Life Foundation Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Foundation Inc. Dr. Jane Barton Moore Mr. James L. Murrell Ms. Luellen Nagle Dr. & Mrs. Byron B. Nelson Jr. Mrs. June Sellers Nichols

Mr. & Mrs. John Randall Parrish Dr. Harold Patterson Sr. Mrs. Sue Atchison Pearson Mrs. Mary Miller Peery Mr. Joseph C. Piazza Mr. & Mrs. David Scott Poole Mrs. Cindy Marie Prien Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Reeves Jr. Mrs. Theresa Robertson Mr. & Mrs. Raymond T. Roser Saks Incorporated Foundation Dr. Richard A. Scott* Mr. & Mrs. Ernest C. Sellers Dr. Deborah L. Shaw Ms. Kathryn Milner Shehane Mrs. Marcia Loftin Sheppard Mr. & Mrs. Albert James Smith Jr. Mr. Jerry Franklin Smith Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Thomas Smith Southern Company Dr. & Mrs. Barry N. Straus SunTrust Bank Atlanta Foundation Mr. Michael Douglas Tedder Mr. & Mrs. John Gordon Trawick Dr. Louise Kreher Turner Mrs. Toni Thompson Turpen Mrs. Carol Cherry Varner War Eagle Supper Club Mr. James J. Ward Jr. Dr. Jacqueline Gnann Weaver Wellness Health Pharmaceuticals Mr. Harry R. Wilkinson Mr. Robert J. Williams Ms. Jane Kerr Williamson Dr. Dennis Wilson


recognizing donors who have given $500 to $999 Ms. Mary Ann Pugh Arant Mr. Donald Edward Arnett Col. & Mrs. John Knox Arnold III Mr. Frank Barbaree Ms. Marian Collins Bentley Mr. & Mrs. Jim B. Black Jr. Ms. Linda Louise Bomke Ms. Rita Ann Brantley Mr. Patrick Cooper Cash Mr. David Henry Clark Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. Coffman Mrs. Janet Coggins Mr. & Mrs. James Allen Cook Crawford & Crawford Inc Mr. Joseph Franklin Daniel Mrs. Jo Teal Davis East Alabama Medical Center Mr. & Mrs. W. Warner Floyd Mr. Rex Frederick Georgia Power Company Mr. Barry Lynn Gilliland Mr. Terry W. Harper Mrs. Sue R. Hearn Karen Uthlaut Herron Mrs. Holli Carter Hiltbrand Mr. & Mrs. John M. Holloway Jr. Mrs. Lisa V. Hourigan Mr. & Mrs. William R. Iber Mrs. Emily Preston Joseph Joseph Family Charitable Fund/ Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley Mrs. Erwin D. Key Mrs. Carol Thompson Lewis Mr. & Mrs. William V. Linne Mrs. Lucia Alston Logan

Mrs. Kelley Hill Lyles Mrs. Vicki Morgan Marley Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Alfred McCord Mr. & Mrs. James D. McMillan Mr. David W. & Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson Mrs. Nan Timmerman Nabors Mrs. Marjorie H. Parmer Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Mose Pate Mrs. Gail Roberts Pellett Mrs. Rebecca Lewis Pepper Mrs. Lucinda O. Petway Mr. John David Puckett Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Reid Mrs. Nell C. Richardson Mr. Kenneth Wayne Ringer & Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer Rotary Club of Auburn, Alabama Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ronald Saunders Mrs. Martha Vest Scarbrough Mrs. Marilyn L. Seier Mrs. Ann Blizzard Sims Mrs. Susan C. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Robert N. Stephenson Dr. Thomas Newton Taylor Time Warner Inc. Mrs. Joy Love Tomasso Mrs. Joan Dickson Upton Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Fredrick Wade Mrs. Leah Hubbard Walton Mrs. Marion Scott Wear Mrs. Teresa F. Wetherbee Mrs. Edna Hulme Willis Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Yandle


recognizing donors who have given $100 to $499 Mr. & Mrs. C Maitland Adams Mrs. Joyce Adkins Adams Mrs. Kay M. Aderhold Mrs. Ann Melof Adkison Dr. Jimmy L. Agan Alabama Forestry Association Mr. F Reg Albritton III Mrs. Julia Smith Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Timothy Opal Alford Ms. Ann Greene Allen Mrs. J. Patricia Woolf Allen Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Gene Aman Mrs. Katherine C. Anderson Mrs. Claire S. Andrews Mrs. Katherine Dixon Anglin Ms. Elizabeth Mae Armistead Dr. Richard Crump Armstrong Ms. Lisa Ann Artale Mrs. Anne Marie G. Asbill Mrs. Alice Johnson Atkins Auburn-Opelika Psychology Clinic Drs. James Serenous & Barbara Lee Austin Jr. Ms. Brenda Joyce Austin Mrs. Carol Dent Auten Ms. Ginger Avery-Buckner Mrs. Linda Garrett Awbrey Dr. Richard B. Backus Mr. W Jay Baggett Mrs. Cindy Stough Bailey Mrs. Helen Cox Bailey Mr. Kenneth Paul Bailey Mr. Fred E. Baker Mr. & Mrs. B. Dale Ballard Sr. Dr. Diane Ledbetter Barlow Mrs. Mary Sample Barlow Dr. Pat Harris Barnes Mrs. Rhonda Raley Barrett

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Patrons of the Keystone believe that education is central to building a better future for all. Patrons of the Keystone demonstrate their support of the College of Education by committing a multiyear pledge of financial support to the Dean’s Circle Fund. Each year, donations to the Dean’s Circle Fund provide the resources necessary for the college to exceed current levels of excellence in advancing its tri-fold mission of academic instruction, research and outreach. All alumni and friends of the College of Education are invited to become Patrons of the Keystone by committing a pledge of at least $1,000 per year for a minimum of three consecutive years.


Patrons of the Keystone James ‘69 and Susan H. ’71 Bannon Dr. and Mrs.* John Bitter Dr. Philip Browning Nancy Tilden Campbell ‘69 Terrell Smyth Cheney ‘69 Elizabeth Sims Cheshire Connie Bomar Forester Betty Freeman Judi B. Gaiser ’60 George S. ’89 and Nora Hall Virginia Hayes, Ed.D. Dr. Carol Edmundson Hutcheson and Dr. James Hutcheson Kay Ivey Martha McQueen Kennedy Frances and William Kochan Mr. and Mrs. William D. Langley Jim ’60 and Harriett Manley John and Hedy (White) Manry Jane B. Moore Byron and Carolyn Nelson June S. Nichols ’54 John R. ’35 and Isabel W. Parrish Harold Patterson and Shirley Patterson Joseph C. Piazza ’62 Charles M. Jr. ’49 and Frances S. ’71 Reeves Joyce Reynolds Ringer ‘59 Theresa Rushton Robertson and Richard J. Robertson Dr. Bob and Luella Rowsey Dr. and Mrs. Ron Saunders Dr. Deborah L. Shaw ’84 Kathryn Milner Shehane Marcia Sheppard ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry F. Smith Wayne T. ’68 and Cheryl G. ’68 Smith Dennis and Diane Wilson Cynthia L. Wilton Leslie S. Woodson ‘60


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Honor• an Educator �elcom� to our new

� Naming


Honor Roll honorees k The Auburn University College of Education has established The Honor Roll—a permanent listing of individuals who have been recognized by current or former students, colleagues, family members or friends through a charitable contribution of $500. The Honor Roll is a fund created to honor

A naming opportunity is a thoughtful, enduring way to honor or remember an important educator in your life — and it’s a tremendous opportunity to touch the lives of some of the world’s most promising students.

the significant roles of educators in our

Opportunities to honor an educator in the College of Education include:

ing this special tribute, a location card that

• Naming an educator on The Honor Roll • Naming an annual scholarship

lives. The names of the honored educators and the individuals who honored them are prominently displayed on a plaque in the College of Education. Honorees also receive a certificate suitable for framing, a lapel pin commemoratdescribes the location of the plaque in the Haley Center and a special memento from the college announcing their induction to The Honor Roll. Funds contributed are used to provide student scholarships, faculty support and to assist the college in enhancing its high-qual-

• Endowing a named scholarship

ity programs. Therefore, your giving not only

• Endowing a named professorship

honors your memorable educators, but it en-

• Naming a building, room or other

To receive more information about The

portion of a building

sures future educators will be well prepared. Honor Roll or other giving opportunities within the college, please contact the Office of Development at 334.844.5793.

2007Ranking U.S.News and World Report

Auburn University’s College of Education saw its standings improve in the recently released U.S.News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” ranking, as it was ranked No. 70 this year among the 240 schools surveyed by U.S.News.

“This year’s rankings speak directly to our college’s increasing strengths and reputation in teaching, research and outreach—not to mention the efforts of

This distinction places the College of Education:

our faculty and staff. Our strengths help us recruit

• among the top third of schools evaluated by U.S.News • as the only Alabama school of education ranked by U.S. News’ list of top 76 schools

quality students and secure support for our faculty’s many outreach and research endeavors. When they leave us, our graduates represent our college well as the competent, committed and reflective professionals we strive to help all our students become.”

Significant factors of this ranking include:

Dean Frances Kochan

• increases in mean GRE scores, percentage of doctoral students enrolled and doctoral degrees granted • 47-percent increase—$1.5 million—in research expenditures over last year, as well as increases in the average research spending per faculty member U p d a t e yo u r a l u m n i p r o f i l e o n l i n e a t w w w. e d u c a t i o n . a u b u r n . e d u .

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