2007 Keystone

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White House’s Whitson ‘91 named Keystone Leader

$1.8 million estate gift to benefit Secondary Math Education


2006 Game Day Tent Celebration


Jhin ‘71 makes a global impact through Peace Corps


New building allows Autism Center to expand much-needed services


Honor Roll Spotlight: Imogene Mathison Mixson ‘63


Research and outreach advance college mission On the C ov er Visitors to Auburn are welcomed by archways featuring the keystone, including this one adjacent to the Samford Hall lawn.


MISSING ? ALUMNI “Alumni Notes” section launched education.auburn.edu


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Student Success


Around Auburn

[departments] 20-21


Campaign Update


Retired Faculty and Staff


Student Organizations


College Knowledge


National Advisory Council


Scholarship Ceremony


25th Annual Spring Awards Ceremony


Alumni Notes


Donor Recognition

Rehabilitation and Special Education


Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology


Health and Human Performance


Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology


Curriculum and Teaching


Learning Resources Center


Truman Pierce Institute


Office of the Dean

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Welcome from Dean Kochan


ever before during my time as dean have I seen our faculty and staff as engaged in enhancing our efforts to serve students, professionals and the communities and people beyond our campus’ borders. At the core of these efforts has been our focus on continuous improvement and assessment, and both have been driven by the work of our college committees.   Eight current committees address academic, field experience, governance, diversity and technology issues that transcend all areas of our teaching, research and outreach. More than a third of our faculty and staff are involved in this unique shared governance model as committee members. It’s especially exciting to see how these committees have included students and professional partners as members, thereby benefiting from their perspectives and insight.   By following our own Conceptual Framework, we remain reflective through our college’s continuous improvement initiatives. In 2006, we created a college-level position to coordinate ongoing assessment and evaluation tactics. Our ability to gather, analyze and report success will be an invaluable component of our committees’ work and our college’s overall continuous improvement strategy. You can learn more about our committees by visiting the Faculty and Staff section of our Web site.   Without a doubt, we are the college we are today because of our faculty and staff. As if their work in the classroom and be-

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yond isn’t testimony enough, our faculty and staff rose to the challenge issued by the AU Office of Development in financially supporting the work of our college and university. More than 61 percent of our college’s faculty and staff contributed to the first Faculty Staff Campaign of its kind in recent years, which constituted the third-highest level of giving among the university’s 14 colleges. I appreciate their commitment by contributing to our college’s future in this meaningful way.    Our alumni also play an amazing role in defining who we are by serving as college ambassadors in all 50 states and 35 countries. With this issue of the Keystone, we set our sights on celebrating the current events and success of our alumni with a new “Class Notes” section. I invite you to share your current alumni news with us and your fellow College of Education graduates worldwide. Through your success, you truly demonstrate how education serves as a keystone in building better futures for all.   I hope you enjoy this edition of the college’s Keystone magazine. Best wishes,

Frances K. Kochan Dean


Education’s Keystone receives PRCA Medallion Award   The 2006 Keystone was one of 14 public relations projects receiving Medallion Awards at the 2006 Public Relations Council of Alabama state conference in September 2006.   The Medallion Awards program recognizes the best work of PRCA members statewide with certificates of merit, awards of excellence and the medallion award, the highest award available in each of the competition’s categories. Award entries were considered by a panel of judges from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (Starkville Chapter), which reviewed 159 entries in 19 categories—awarding 14 medallion awards, 25 awards of excellence, 13 certificates of merit, and two best of show awards. The judges considered planning, originality, creativity, communications effectiveness, budget utilization and the entrant’s role in the project.   The Public Relations Council of Alabama is a professional organization of more than 450 members in six chapters in Alabama. PRCA fosters relationships and the exchange of ideas among communications professionals and promotes the public relations profession and a high standard of conduct by its members.

Considering a return to school? Curious about the latest news or events in the college? Want to make a contribution to the college? Need to update your alumni contact information? Make education.auburn.edu your first stop, where you’ll find the college’s recently redesigned and improved Web site. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let us know! E-mail suggestions or questions to eduinfo@auburn.edu.


$1.8 million estate gift to benefit Secondary math Education   In August 2006, the College of Education received a $1.8 million estate gift from an anonymous donor to benefit mathematics teacher education. Nearly half of the college’s nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students major in teacher education programs. However less than 100 students major in mathematics education, creating an enormous shortage for math teachers.   According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, in the 1999-2000 academic year, 68.5 percent of middle school students and 31.4 percent of high school students nationally were taught by math teachers who lacked a major in the field and certification.   “In the College of Education, we strive to help each student become the most competent, committed and reflective professional possible,” Education Dean Frances Kochan said. “Financial support provided by donors plays a pivotal role in


recruiting and retaining quality students.”   This estate gift will eventually assist multiple undergraduate and graduate students through full-tuition scholarships. Scholarship applicants are expected to have scores on the mathematics section of the ACT in the upper 10 percent. Students who are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate mathematics education programs and maintain a 3.0 grade point average will be eligible for support. The college awarded 98 student scholarships and awards during the 2006-07 academic year.

For the latest College of Education news, visit education.auburn.edu/news

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Landon McKean—Queen for a Year   Some students dream about being queen for a day, but for elementar y education senior Landon McKean of Montgomery, Ala., the dream of being queen for a day lasted 364 days longer.   McKean was elected as Miss Auburn in February 2006, a tradition that has lasted among the Auburn University student body since 1935. Upon learning of the campus-wide election results, she “was so excited and jumping up and screaming—I lost my shoes in the excitement and my friend lost her glasses.”   She sees the title of Miss Auburn to be more than just one of Auburn royalty, but one that can inspire others to lead and serve.   “I think Miss Auburn is not just a symbol, I want to be a servant and be there for Auburn students and help them in everything that they do,” McKean said. “I would be willing to do whatever needs to be done to be the best Miss Auburn I can be.”   As a Miss Auburn candidate, McKean, like others, created a platform she

would promote during her term in the position. Hers focused on volunteering and “Lending a Hand for Auburn.” Her platform was realized through the development of the inaugural campus Volunteer Fair on the Haley Concourse—one that she hopes becomes an Auburn tradition. During her time as Miss Auburn, she focused heavily on encouraging students to be involved in local community nonprofit needs.   Being involved is no foreign concept to McKean, who served as a College of Education student ambassador as well as with campus organizations including Student Government Association, IMPACT, Camp War Eagle, Cardinal Key, War Eagle Girls and Plainsman, Alpha Gamma Delta, Panhellenic Council, and several honorary societies.   Part of McKean’s duties included representing the university to both former and current Auburn students.   “The best part of being Miss Auburn was being able to represent the Auburn students on campus as well as throughout the state,” she said. “I had the opportunity to travel to several ‘It Begins at Auburn’ campaign events and various Auburn Club kickoffs. I was able to see how the Auburn spirit and the Auburn family extend beyond your college years and the city of Auburn. No matter where you go or what you do with your life, you will always be an Auburn Tiger and

will always be representing the university we love so dearly.”   Experiences such as these, according to McKean, have “helped me learn to be organized and to be dedicated and to truly love Auburn….It’s helped me to become a leader and to serve Auburn the best I can.”   The ability to motivate others—especially through good communications, McKean said—was fostered through her studies and activities as a student in the College of Education.   “Being an education major prepared me for my role as Miss Auburn in many ways. From my education classes, I had developed good communication skills with people of all ages,” she said. “Also, I had to develop ways of motivating others to get involved on campus and in the community just as I have to motivate my students to learn. “   McKean is the daughter of Rory ’77 (architecture) and Sheri McKean ’80 (public relations) of Montgomery. She will graduate in May 2007 and plans to remain in Auburn and hopefully either attend graduate school or teach in a local school system.   “I am not ready to leave Auburn yet,” McKean said. “I would also still love to be involved with the university and in the Auburn community in some way.”

Busbin awarded James Madison FELLOWSHIP   William “Blake” Busbin, who completed his bachelor’s in social science education in May 2006, was awarded the James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C. This fellowship is awarded each year to college graduates who aspire to teach American history, American government and social studies in the nation’s secondary schools.

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Busbin, while an undergraduate in the College of Education, was active in several campus organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi, a national scholastic honor society open to the top 5 percent of graduating seniors from each college. He served as administrative vice president and alumni relations vice president of FarmHouse Fraternity. The Georgia native was also a member of the College of Education Student Ambassadors.    Currently, he continues his studies in the college as a graduate student studying social science education with a concentration in constitutional history.   As part of the fellowship, Busbin will spend the last semester of his graduate studies at Georgetown University in summer 2007. To satisfy the fellowship

requirements, he will teach political science or American history beginning in fall 2007.   Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution.


College’s newest Holmes scholar elected national Holmes Scholars president   Cheron Hunter, a doctoral student in the college’s reading education program, was elected as the national president of the Holmes Scholars program during the organization’s January 2007 conference in San Antonio, Texas. She is newest of the college’s four current Holmes Scholars, having been selected for the honor in 2006.   In her capacity as president, Hunter will serve as a national advocate for the Holmes Scholars. The Holmes Scholars Council offers enriched academic experiences, professional career training and mentoring to talented men and women

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of underrepresented ethnic groups or students with disabilities. The program was founded in 1991 and allows participants to hold prominent leadership positions in their universities.   As president, Hunter coordinates the work of four elected officers and five regional representatives. Her position as president also allows her to sit on the Board of Directors of the Holmes Partnership, which sponsors the Holmes Scholars program. She is also involved in advancing diversity issues on campus as vice president of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, a chapter of the National Black Graduate Student Association.   Hunter will not only work toward developing a national plan of action for the organization, which includes a personal goal of streamlining communications, but will use her involvement to a personal benefit—narrowing down a dissertation topic.

Parish honored by AU Graduate School   Lori Parish, a doctoral candidate in the college’s Department of Health and Human Perfor mance, was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Doctoral Student Award from Auburn University’s Graduate School. Each year, 10 master’s and 10 doctoral students are presented awards by the Graduate School.   Dr. Mary Rudisill, acting department head and Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor, nominated Parish.   “Lori has been an outstanding and exceptional student in all aspects of her graduate studies,” Rudisill said. “In terms of academic performance, Lori is one of the brightest and most dedicated students that


I have had the pleasure to mentor. She is most inquisitive, motivated to learn and is clearly driven to excel.”   Parish is in the third year of the department’s Motor Behavior doctoral program, which encompasses motor learning, motor development and motor control. In addition to the Graduate School award, Parish has also received the department’s 2007 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, presented annually during the college’s Spring Awards Ceremony.   “She is the kind of student who makes teaching a joy, rather than merely a job,” said Dr. Mark Fischman, Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor and member of Parish’s doctoral committee.   Through her coursework and related research, Parish has co-authored two book chapters in addition to publishing two research articles and one practitioner article. Parish received a $1,000 grant from an anonymous donor to support her continued research efforts.

“I always saw myself working with students in some capacity,” Hunter said of her career aspirations in the educational field. Her academic credits include bachelor and master’s degrees from the College of Education, and an educational specialist and leadership certificate from Troy University—followed by teaching experience as a second grade teacher in Opelika City Schools.   Hunter sees the Holmes Scholars’ efforts to mentor aspiring higher education leaders as its greatest asset.   “Holmes Scholars alumni choose to come back to the program and help open doors for [current Holmes scholars],” Hunter said. “They extend their time, hands and hearts to provide support and experience, since they, too, know the perils of pursuing a doctorate.”

Music student selected for choral conducting competition

Senior music education major Phillip Stockton was selected as one of eight undergraduates from the United States to compete in the 2007 American Choral Directors Association Student Conducting Competition.   The competition was held March 710, 2007, at the national convention in Miami. Stockton worked with choral music professor Dr. William Powell and a small ensemble of students to prepare for the competition.   He attributes being comfortable in front of people to singing and playing piano in church as a child growing up in Moulton, Ala. His father is a minister of music and grew up around music most of his life.   “My main thing is to teach,” the vocal music education major said. “I love to show kids what music can do and how awesome it is. I love when a kid gets it, when you see their face light up.”

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A Message from the President Dear Auburn Alumni and Supporters,


he search for Auburn University’s 18th president has concluded, and I believe the search committee and the Board of Trustees have found and hired the right person at the right time in the history of this institution. His proven record of leadership, his familiarity with the role of a land-grant institution and his long-time connection to AU make him an outstanding choice. As a former president at New Mexico State and current president of the University of Houston, he understands the key issues Auburn will face in the coming years, and I have every confidence that Dr. Jay Gogue will lead Auburn to even greater levels of academic and economic success.   Even now, AU alumni and friends have many reasons to look to the future with great optimism and confidence. In its 2007 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Auburn the 39th best among public universities. This is the 14th consecutive year that Auburn has ranked in the top 50. In other surveys, our Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education is ranked 17th nationally in Health Disciplines/Rehabilitation Counseling by U.S. News & World Report. The American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education ranked the Department of Health and Human Performance 28th nationally for doctoral programs in 2006, and the college’s graduate program was ranked 70th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2007 “Best Graduate Schools.”   And that’s just four areas of academic excellence. For a complete list of AU’s academic rankings since 2002, I encourage you to visit www.ocm.auburn.edu/rankings.html.   Auburn’s objective is not to be the biggest school in Alabama, but to be the best school. In the fall semester 2006, Auburn set a record for overall enrollment (23,547) and a near record for new freshman enrollment (4,092). And our new students are not just numerous, but also very bright. The entering freshman class for the current academic year averaged an ACT score of 24.3 and a high school grade-point average of

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3.56. Forty percent of our students are from outside Alabama, and these students are willing to pay three times state tuition rates to attend Auburn.   In December 2006, I appointed Larry Fillmer to the newly created post of executive director for the Institute of Natural Resources, which comprises the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts and the Alabama Water Resources Center. The AU Board of Trustees approved $3 million from the university’s general budget to fund the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, which will coordinate and promote specific agriculture and natural resource-based programs from across campus to benefit the state. The Alabama Water Resources Center has the mission to improve the management and use of water in the state and the Southeast by addressing problems caused by saltwater intrusion, contamination, weather, lower water tables and inadequate distribution systems. More than any other issue, I believe the quality and quantity of water will become critical for the nation in the near future.   I am pleased to update you regarding the efforts of the Office of Development. Private giving to the university broke records during the 2005-06 fiscal year by reaching $105.3 million, which topped the previous year’s record of $101.2 million— representing an outstanding achievement for the “It Begins at Auburn” campaign. To date, the campaign has generated more than $466.9 million, or 93 percent of the campaign goal and is the highest level of campaign giving in Alabama history.   As we undergo a change in leadership in July, the university is well positioned to engage and fulfill a strategic vision for the 21st century. War Eagle!

Ed Richardson President


GOGUE NAMED 18th PRESIDENT OF AUBURN UNIVERSITY   Dr. Jay Gogue, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the UH system, was named Thursday, March 22, 2007, as the 18th president of Auburn University. The AU Board of Trustees unanimously selected Gogue, who received two AU degrees in horticulture, after a twoyear national search.   “The Auburn family found the same exceptional qualities in Dr. Gogue that we discovered during an exhaustive and

Harvard survey shows new faculty rate AU among nation’s best places to teach   In a Harvard University-based survey released December 2006, Auburn University’s tenure-track junior faculty rated AU as one of the nation’s best places to teach.   The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education asked new faculty at 31 doctoral universities how they felt about their careers, colleagues and institutional support.   Tenure-track junior faculty typically have been at an institution for seven years or less. AU’s tenure-track junior faculty gave their institution especially high marks for collegiality, policy effectiveness, tenure expectations and clarity, and the institutional environment for work and family. Their ratings placed Auburn among the top four institutions in each category.   Researchers for COACHE conducted the survey between October 2005 and January 2006 with faculty hired before summer 2005 who were working toward tenure. The 67 percent response rate for Auburn faculty was significantly higher than the overall response rate of 58 percent.   Auburn was the only institution in Alabama to participate in the COACHE survey. Among participating universities across the South besides Clemson and North Carolina State, the collaborative includes the University of North Carolina System, Duke, Memphis, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Texas Tech. Nationally, other major participants include Notre Dame, the California State University System and flagship universities in Washington, North Dakota, Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Connecticut, Ohio, Minnesota and Michigan.


comprehensive search for Auburn’s next leader,” said Charles McCrary, chairman of the presidential search committee. “He is a visionary leader who is committed to academic excellence. We welcome him back to campus as Auburn’s new president.”   Gogue is expected to start in mid-July, replacing Dr. Ed Richardson, who has held AU’s top position since 2004. Richardson was first selected on an interim basis and later named AU’s 17th president by the AU Board of Trustees in recognition of his service and performance.   A native of Waycross, Ga., Gogue received a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University in 1973. After working at the U.S. Department of Interior, he served in a variety of research and agriculture positions at Clemson University. Gogue became provost of Utah State University in 1995 and was selected president of New Mexico State University in 2000. In 2003, he was named to the top position at the University of Houston.

Publications rank Auburn among best higher ed institutions   In August 2006, published rankings of undergraduate programs by both U.S.News and World Report and The Princeton Review included Auburn University among thenation’s “best” institutions of higher education.   U.S. News ranked Auburn University 39th among public universities nationwide—the 14th consecutive year the magazine has ranked Auburn among the nation’s top 50 public universities.   To establish its rankings U.S.News categorizes colleges and universities primarily by mission and, in some cases, region. The indicators the magazine staff uses to capture academic quality fall into seven categories: academic reputation among its peers, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and (for national universities and liberal arts colleges) the graduation rate performance, or the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do.   New York-based education services company The Princeton Review featured Auburn in The Best 361 Colleges, the 2007 edition of its annual guide to North America’s best colleges. Only about 15 percent of four-year colleges in America, along with two Canadian colleges, are featured in the book.   The Princeton Review’s rankings are based on a survey of students attending the institutions listed in the book. Rankings categories range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student-body political leanings, interest in sports and other aspects of campus life.   The book cites AU as having an outstanding library, good “town-gown” relations and friendly, happy students who are among the nation’s best sports fans.

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2006 Game Day Tent Celebration   This year’s College of Education Tent event was held the AU-Florida game weekend, Oct. 14, 2006, at the new Ag Heritage Park Pavilion. Music provided by members of the Auburn Knights Alumni Band greeted the alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who attended. The melodious music, evening game and amazing fall weather set the perfect stage for BBQ and a good time.   “I’m pleased the college is able to continue this game-day tradition started as part of our efforts last year to celebrate our college’s 90th anniversary,” said Education Dean Frances Kochan. “This is a wonderful setting to connect with alumni, and I appreciate our many donors who make events like these possible.”   Dr. J. Floyd Hall ‘48 was present to sign copies of his book, In My Wildest Dreams, which chronicles his childhood in Langdale, Ala., time playing on Valley’s (Ala.) professional baseball team, service in the armed forces, studies at Auburn and challenges in the field of public education.   The Department of Health and Human Performance conducted a silent auction of sports memorabilia to benefit the G. Dennis Wilson Graduate Student Award fund, which provides summer support for HHP graduate students. The Auburn University Autism Center staff also joined the festivities with materials showcasing their new campus facilities in the Dawson Building and unique teaching methods. Student Council representatives not only assisted in hosting the event with the Student Ambassadors, but also sold t-shirts to benefit their programs and activities.   The Auburn Tigers helped to top off a fantastic tent event with a victory over the Florida Gators! War Eagle!

Mark your calendar for our 2007 Tailgating Tent Event Saturday Oct. 27 (tentative) Auburn vs. Ole Miss

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Leadership-oriented outreach receives $305,000 in grants   The Truman Pierce Institute (TPI) in Auburn University’s College of Education was awarded $305,000 in grants to benefit impoverished school districts in rural Alabama. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has awarded TPI $165,000 during the next three years for the Leadership in Action Network (LAN). The Alabama State Department of Education has awarded TPI $140,000 for 2007, with the potential for increased funding during the next three years for the Leadership for Effective Academic Reform, Now (LEARN) program.   LAN and LEARN were developed based on the lessons learned from TPI’s work with the West Alabama Learning Coalition (WALC), the AU/Tallapoosa County Leadership Academy and the Instructional Improvement Institutes. This work is coupled with information obtained from formal and informal needs assessments within these school districts. Successes associated with past partnerships include lowering dropout rates, increasing academic achievement and building strong coalitions for educational renewal and professional development.   The Leadership in Action Network (LAN) will create a sustainable leadership capacity-building and research network among 10 school districts in rural Alabama. This initiative improves instructional leadership through professional development and action research, increasing student leadership capacity, and investigating the effectiveness of these networks in solving issues common to the districts.   More than 200 student leaders, 50 teachers, 30 principals and 10 superintendents will participate in focused school improvement efforts through LAN. Student participants include not only traditional leaders, but “non-traditional” student leaders—those young people who, although they have potential, are labeled as underachievers or troublemakers. Without programs such as LAN, these young people are unlikely to reach their potential. Nine rural county school districts—Fayette, Hale, Lee, Macon, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Bullock, Lowndes and Dallas—and Alexander City Schools will participate, each having made both a philosophical and a financial commitment to the program. education.auburn.edu

Leadership for Effective Academic Reform, Now (LEARN) seeks to address the need for on-going and sustainable professional development for school administrators and teacher leaders through developing or supporting leadership academies in 11 Alabama county school systems—Wilcox, Sumter, Monroe, Lowndes, Fayette, Hale, Macon, Tallapoosa and Dallas—as well as Alexander City Schools and Loachapoka High School in Lee County. After assessing present skill levels as school leaders, school administrators and teacher leaders will work with university personnel to develop and implement professional development focused on leadership capacity building. This training will address individual, site-specific and networkwide leadership needs and engage research teams that address specific issues within each respective school system.

Jon Thomas, Fayette County LAN/LEARN coordinator, provides suggestions for future training topics by referencing the statewide school needs assessment data.

Zella Haywood (Dallas County, left) and Ernestine Shakoor (Bullock County, right), LAN/LEARN coordinators, discuss networking possibilities.

LAN/LEARN coordinators Barbara Turner (Monroe County) and Fred Mitchell (Sumter County) discuss legal issues facing today’s school administrators.

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ever did Susan Dryden Whitson ‘91 expect a bachelor’s degree in secondary language arts education to lead to a communications career. Despite her most recent job title—press secretary for First Lady Laura Bush— the title Whitson started her career with is the one she’s most proud of.   “I’ve held a lot of titles throughout my career, but the one I’m most proud of is ‘teacher,’” Whitson told administrators, faculty, staff and students during her Feb. 14, 2007, campus-wide Keystone Leader-in-Residence lecture. “Everyone has had a teacher who has influenced them. Everybody has been touched by education and teachers.”   Whitson is the fifth Keystone Leader since the college established the program in 2003. Since then, it has introduced students to proven leaders in education, human services, health services, community services and government. The program emphasizes the college’s philosophy that education—like the keystone of an arch—plays a supportive role in society.   As the First Lady’s press secretary, Whitson was Mrs. Bush’s chief communications adviser. While she assisted Mrs. Bush with “fun things” like state dinners, floral arrangements, china patterns and dress designers, it was her role as the key spokesperson on issues Mrs. Bush helped advance—including education, literacy and international women’s issues—that complimented her experience as a teacher.   “Mrs. Bush and I are both educators, so we share the common belief that education and literacy are the foundation of opportunity,” she said. “Working for Mrs. Bush afforded me the chance to talk about the issues important to her, but which are also important to me.”   As an Auburn student, Whitson was a member of the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen and Student Government Association. As a member of Kappa Delta sorority, she served as vice president of pledge education. She cited her own campus involvement as a breeding ground for leadership experience, but she advised students to start slowly when getting involved—whether now as a student in a campus organization or later in life as a civic leader.   “You should start from the ground up—understand how the organization works and if it’s something you really want to be a part of,” Whitson said. “Learning to manage people, communicate well with others, and work with people who don’t share your opinions are things you’ll do the rest of your life.”   After graduating from Auburn in 1991, Whitson returned to her native Birmingham to teach English to ninth and tenth graders—including recent American Idol winner Taylor Hicks— for six years at Hoover High School. In 1997, at the end of a summer internship with then Rep. Bob Riley, Alabama’s current governor, she was offered “an opportunity too good to pass up” to serve as his press secretary. While the congressman defined the duties of being a “press secretary” to simply reading the newspaper, returning phone calls and being kind to people, Whitson soon found the job to entail much more.   “I did learn there was a little bit more [to the job], but it does come down to a lot of those basic principles,” she explained. “It is being responsive to reporters, being helpful to other people and developing relationships—it is a customer service job.”   In the following eight years, she served as press secretary on Capitol Hill for two U.S. representatives; deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice; 10

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From Auburn the Whitson ‘91 2007

chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Press Office; and deputy communications director for the Bush-Cheney ‘04 campaign. She was appointed by Mrs. Bush as her press secretary in 2005.   After two years of extensive travel that included foreign travel to 35 countries in five continents and domestic travel to 46 U.S. states, Whitson stepped down as Mrs. Bush’s press secretary in March 2007. While not ruling out a return to the classroom, she looks forward to starting a family with her husband Keir, who co-founded Trade Pacific PLLC—a law and consulting firm specializing in U.S. unfair trade cases involving China. She currently serves on the Washington, D.C.-area “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign Committee. education.auburn.edu

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University to White House named Keystone Leader

I’ve held a lot of titles throughout my career, but the one I’m most proud of is ‘teacher.’


Teacher Hoover High School 1991-1997

Press Secretary Rep. Bill McCollum (R-Fla.) 1999-2000

1997-1999 Press Secretary Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.)

Chief National Press Office FBI 2002-2003

2001-2002 Deputy Director Office of Public Affairs U.S. Dept. of Justice

Press Secretary Office of the First Lady The White House 2005-2007

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College of education campaign committee

Dear Friends of the College of Education,

Chair Wayne T. Smith ‘68 Chairman, president and CEO Community Health Systems Nashville, Tenn.

s chair of the college’s Campaign Committee, it has been rewarding to see how our alumni and friends are helping to ensure a better future for all in our college through the university’s “It Begins at Auburn” campaign. In terms of the fundraising support the College of Education has received, the generosity of the faculty, staff, alumni and friends has been overwhelming.   In 2006, several campaign milestones bolstered our campaign efforts, including our largest-ever outright cash donation of $1 million, a newly endowed $1.8 million in future math scholarships, a $3 million planned gift fund for excellence, and 20 new scholarships that doubled the amount of support we offered students during this academic year.   Support of our campaign and overall efforts did not come just from our alumni and friends. Participation by Education faculty and staff in the first internal campaign of its kind in recent years elevated the college to third among AU’s 14 colleges and schools in terms of overall participation. Campus-wide, the 2006 Faculty Staff Campaign generated more than $500,000 in available funds. Giving among Education faculty and staff rose to 61.5 percent, thereby exceeding the new record of 43 percent campus-wide giving by all university faculty and staff—up from the previous 9 percent. This level of philanthropy demonstrates an even deeper loyalty and commitment these employees have for Auburn beyond their daily contributions of time, talents and resources. Their leadership continues to set a great example for not only their peers, but for those of us who benefit everyday through the academic foundation we received as students in the college.   Owing much to the past, Auburn’s greater debt is ever to the future. For this reason, I urge you to show your support of the college by participating in the “It Begins at Auburn” campaign. I challenge each of you to make a contribution. Giving is a very personal decision. A gift to Auburn—no matter the size of the contribution— is an investment that directly benefits all of us by positively changing the place where it began for you and for me. With your help, we can continue to strengthen and equip the College of Education as it continually seeks to build a better future for all.

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. Dr. Byron Nelson ‘57 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. 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.


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Wayne T. Smith ‘68 Campaign Committee Chair

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


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C o l l ege G i v ing P r i o r ities Student Support  To attract outstanding students in every academic field, we need significant funding for scholarships, fellowships and teaching assistantships. In addition, we seek to support recruitment and retention diversity programs, international studies and research opportunities.

Faculty Support Endowed chairs and professorships are a powerful tool for attracting and retaining preeminent faculty by recognizing scholarly excellence, as well as providing competitive salaries and resources for research, travel and professional development. Additional, funds for excellence offer immediate assistance to the current and emerging needs of faculty and staff.

Programmatic Support Our college creates programs that put our students and faculty in touch with society. The numbers of individuals who benefit from the programs are countless. Ultimately, these programs allow students and faculty to affect the lives of those beyond our campus while gaining practical, invaluable and hands-on experience.

Wa y s t o G i v e In addition to standard outright gifts given in the form of cash, securities, real estate or personal property, other vehicles exist to support the college’s current and long-term needs. Our college’s development staff can assist you in making any of these types of contributions or answer any questions you might have regarding them.   For additional details, contact the   college’s Office of Development at   334.844.5793 or go online to   education.auburn.edu/giving.

Annual Giving Every day, annual, ongoing contributions are used to reward talented and promising students with scholarship opportunities, honor the accomplishments of dedicated faculty, modernize labs and classrooms with state-ofthe-art equipment—and much more. These funds provide the dean with resources to meet current and emerging college priorities.   These opportunities have no minimum giving amounts

Honor Roll Contributions to our Honor Roll acknowledge alumni, colleagues, friends or family members who have made a difference through education, mentoring or other means of personal support. Honorees receive a education.auburn.edu

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) This special group of friends supports the college’s efforts 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 contributions of   $1,000—pledged for three years

Endowments These investments are truly the gifts that keep giving, as only the annual earnings from these invested donations are spent. Each year, only a portion of the invested income earned is spent while the remainder is added to the original principal. An endowment is a great way to link your legacy with our college’s future, as these investments can support students, faculty and programs for years to come.   Minimum endowment is $25,000—   payable over five years Keystone • Volume IV, 2007


NEWKIRK RECEIVES AU’s SHEFFIELD AWARD   Retired assistant professor Sandra Newkirk received the 2006 Pamela Wells Sheffield Award during the AU vs. Arkansas State football game on Nov. 4, 2006, for her service and commitment to Auburn University.   Newkirk, who still resides in Opelika,

Ala., retired in May 2006 after teaching in the College of Education for 40 years. A long-time assistant professor of health and human performance, she helped create AU’s women’s athletic programs and served as the university’s first women’s volleyball coach.   Newkirk has volunteered as a rape counselor in Auburn and Opelika since 1980 and has served as director for the Rape Counselors of East Alabama, a United Way agency, for 20 years. Newkirk is also involved in mediating court cases in Lee County.   “Sandra Newkirk reflects the wonderful qualities that made Pam Sheffield the

Worden elected to Auburn City Council   In August 2006, Dr. Tom Worden traded his title of retired literacy education associate professor for a new one—that of Auburn city councilman. Worden served on the council briefly in the 1990s, holding an unexpired appointment. He now holds an elected seat representing Auburn’s Ward 3 as one of eight members of the Auburn City Council.   “I just really want to see that Auburn is going in a positive direction,” Worden said prior to the August 22 election. “I want to be a part of a council that looks at growth from all sides in making decisions.”   In addition to pledging continued support for local educational efforts, Worden also emphasized his interest in an infrastructure to support positive growth in Auburn.   “I want all the [community’s] organizations, like the Beautification Council or Heritage Committee, to realize how important their roles are in development and helping maintain growth,” Worden said. “I’ve lived in Auburn for 26 years and absolutely love this city.”   He and his wife Tasha have lived in Auburn since 1980. They have a daughter, Tracey, and two grandchildren: Madison and Jasmin. When he is not literally performing his “civic duty,” Worden devotes his time to volunteer work at Auburn United Methodist Church, where he is a member.


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epitome of an Auburn woman,” said Dr. Debbie Shaw, AU vice president of alumni affairs. “Sandra dedicated four decades of her life to making AU students the best they could be, and continues to devote time to helping women in crisis. This is a well-deserved honor.”   The Pamela Wells Sheffield Award, sponsored by the AU President’s Office and Athletics Department and coordinated by the Office of Alumni Affairs, recognizes women who show extraordinary service and commitment to the university and the Auburn family.

Retired faculty, staff establish endowed scholarship   The college’s Retired Faculty and Staff organization created in 2006 an endowment that will eventually lead to scholarships students in the College of Education.   Through support from the college’s administration, the Retired Faculty and Staff organization has flourished to more than 75 members since its inception in 2002. The organization meets twice a year and offers continuing opportunities for retired faculty, staff and administrators to fellowship and serve the College of Education.   “This is a wonderful example of how our people continue to give beyond the contributions of their time, talents and resources,” Education Dean Frances Kochan said. “It is a strong testimony to the long-term investment being made by those who have already given so much to our college through their past service as faculty and staff.”   The Retired Faculty and Staff organization is currently led by a steering committee that includes Dr. Landa Trentham, Dr. Janet Taylor, Charlotte Curry and Dr. Emily Melvin.   Contributions to the Retired Faculty and Staff Scholarship may be made to the Auburn University Foundation, and if desired, in honor of any of the college’s current or retired faculty and staff. For additional information, please contact the College of Education Office of Development at 334.844.5793 or send your contribution to: Retired Faculty and Staff Scholarship, Auburn University College of Education, Attn: Development, 3084 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849-5218.


Melvin retires after three decades of teaching, student service   Dr. Emily Melvin, who was greatly responsible for fostering and facilitating the college’s Retired Faculty and Staff organization, joined the group herself upon her retirement as an associate professor emerita in May 2006.   Melvin joined the college faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor of social sciences in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. She served as a full-time faculty member—earning the rank of associate professor—until her appointment as assistant dean in 1993. As assistant dean, she coordinated student services and managed teacher education activities in the college’s Professional Education Services office.   Working with retirees to ensure they remained connected to the college was her interest and passion—one that led her to help establish the retirees’ organization in 2002. During her time as assistant dean, she worked closely with the organization’s steering committee in planning meetings and maintaining communication with the group’s members, which now numbers more than 75 retired faculty and staff.   She completed her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction in 1976 and her master’s in secondary social studies education in 1974—both at the University of Virginia. She completed her bachelor’s in secondary social studies education at Old Dominion University in 1970.   Growing up in a naval family, Melvin traveled, studied and lived abroad extensively, making her an excellent adviser to students participating in the college’s overseas studies and internships—not to mention assisting the college’s international students. Along with this, she participated in the Host Family Program and provided a home to several international student boarders. She continues an interest in overseas travel, which has already included 53 countries throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Polynesia and the Caribbean.

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2005-2006 Retired Faculty and Staff   The College of Education bids farewell to eight of its own members during the past academic year. While the college wishes them well in retirement, we are saddened to lose such talented, committed professionals. Curriculum and Teaching/ Professional Education Services Dr. Robert E. Rowsey Dr. Emily Melvin Learning Resources Center Michael DeMent Health and Human Performance Nadine Cooper Sandra Newkirk Herbert Waldrop Rehabilitation and Special Education Dr. Samera M. Baird Richelle Rice

Melvin (middle) is pictured with her mother, Emilou Melvin (left), and Dr. Margaret Ross (right)


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Student Ambassadors   The College of Education Student Ambassadors were fortunate to have two fabulous presidents this year. Senior Brittany Wright served as president in fall 2006, and senior Lauren Hendricks took over the reins for spring 2007.   Wright, an elementary education major from Vestavia Hills, Ala., joined college’s Student Ambassadors in 2005.   “I wanted to get more involved in the college,” she said. “The Ambassadors offer great networking opportunities. I have enjoyed getting to know the faculty, staff and others who attend college events. I’ve loved hearing the stories of our alumni which always prove to be interesting.”   Wright graduates in May 2007 and plans to move to Fort Myers, Fla., where she is currently seeking a teaching position.   When asked about the best part of Student Ambassadors she said, “Meeting new people and making connections with them…it really is a small world after all.”   Graduate school is the next step for Decatur, Ala., native Lauren Hendricks. Hendricks joined the Student Ambassadors because she is “not one to be a mere bystander. I wanted Mallory Appleton Junior to jump in and get involved Elementary Education with my college.” She has enVestavia Hills, Ala. joyed being involved in the college and getting to know the faculty on a different level, outside the classroom.   “My internship was by far the most significant thing I have done here at Auburn. It convinced me that I am capable of being a teacher and confirmed my true reasons Rachel Edmundson for wanting to be a teacher,” Senior Hendricks said. Elementary Education Memphis, Tenn.   The 2006-07 Student Ambassadors represent the first group of ambassadors that include master’s and doctoral students, thereby allowing the program to truly represent all areas and levels of study within the college. Ambassadors are selected through a competitive application interview process Lora Haghighi each spring. Sophomore   For more information, visit Elementary Education the student organization page Pelham, Ala. in the Student Section of education.auburn.edu. 16

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2006 - 2007 Co-Presidents

Lauren Hendricks

Senior Elementary Education Decatur, Ala.

Casey Breslin

Doctoral candidate Exercise Science Hagerstown, Md.

Ansley Elder

Senior Elementary Education Alpharetta, Ga.

Dustin Hastings

Senior General Science Education Gulf Shores, Ala.

Brittany Wright

Senior Elementary Education Birmingham, Ala.

Kelli Cox

Sophomore Mathematics Education Millbrook, Ala.

Bruce Finney

Senior Health Promotion Birmingham, Ala.

Laura Haywood

Senior Elementary Education Homewood, Ala.


Zachary Kirby

Kira Ledbetter

Junior Exercise Science Semmes, Ala.

Senior English Language Arts Education Dadeville, Ala.

Ashley McCullough

Jeff Mustin

Senior Science/Biology Education Jones, Ala.

Cindy Rutherford

Cambre Prater

Megan Robertson

Junior English Language Arts Education Oneonta, Ala.

Tammy Sam

Margaret Byrne Sanders

Morgan Spires

Katherine “Kate” Stamps

Betsy Ann Thomas

Amy White

Clarissa Williams


Senior Elementary Education Hoover, Ala.

Sophomore Elementary Education Hoover, Ala.

Doctoral candidate Counseling Psychology Opelousa, La.

Junior Elementary Education Eufaula, Ala.

Senior Elementary Education Alabaster, Ala.

Sophomore General Social Science Education Poway, Calif.

Master’s candidate Foreign Language (French) Education Auburn, Ala.

Senior General Social Science Education Madison, Ala.

Ashley McAdams

Kathryn “Katie” Letcher

Senior Early Childhood Special Education Luverne, Ala.

Senior Elementary Education Mer Rouge, La.

Senior Elementary Education Alexander City, Ala.

Senior Elementary Education Clanton, Ala.

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E d u c at i o n S t u d e n t O r g a n i z at i o n s

The Auburn University Collegiate Chapter of Music Educators National Conference is the collegiate division of the national professional organization for music educators. The purpose of the organization is to provide professional development for future music educators. Any music education major may join.   President: Ashley Irvin, senior,   instrumental music, Auburn, Ala.   Adviser: Dr. Jane Keuhne,   assistant professor The Auburn Mathematics Education Society offers professional development to students interested in math education and providing services to the local mathematics community. AMES meetings are held monthly.   President: Brad Bearden, senior,     mathematics education,   Five Points, Ala.   Sponsors: Dr. Marilyn Strutchens,       associate professor; Dr. Gary Martin,    professor The Auburn Student Rehabilitation Association is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in the field of rehabilitation. The organization is committed to enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities through its members’ service in the local community. Its purpose is to enrich students through service, learning and involvement in the lives of persons with disabilities, while developing camaraderie among students involved in the rehabilitation program.   Adviser: Dr. Rebecca Curtis,   assistant professor Best Buddies is an international organization that promotes opportunities for college students and persons with mental retardation to become friends. It was founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver. Best Buddies has grown from one chapter on one college campus to a vibrant, international organization involving 50,000 participants. Auburn’s chapter has been recognized by the national office for the quality of its program.   Director: Anne Hopton-Jones,   senior, communications   (Liberal Arts), Vestavia Hills, Ala.   Adviser: Dr. Caroline Dunn,   associate professor 18

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The Health and Human Performance Graduate Student Council was created in 2006 as a council that would strive to fulfill the needs of graduate students in the Department of Health and Human Performance. It provides a collective voice for its members, acting as official graduate student representation in departmental affairs.

Officers: Loraine Parish, doctoral     candidate, motor behavior, Auburn,  Ala.; James Harris, doctoral candidate, exercise science, Auburn, Ala.; and Jeanine Wert, doctoral candidate, physical education, Opelika, Ala.  Adviser: Dr. Mary Rudisill, Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor and acting department head

The Health and Human Performance Student Alliance’s mission is to enhance the professional development of all students interested in careers in health, fitness and exercise science. HHPSA introduces students to leaders in the health/fitness, exercise science and physical education fields. Its students promote health and physical fitness throughout the university and surrounding communities through service activities.   Adviser: Dr. Peter Grandjean,   associate professor Iota Delta Sigma is the Auburn chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honorary society. CSI recognizes excellence in academics, scholarship, professional service and advocacy. Student members must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average and demonstrate qualifications related to professional service.

President: David Brown, doctoral candidate, counselor education-supervision, Auburn, Ala. Sponsor: Dr. Jamie Carney, professor

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society that recognizes exemplary scholarship in the area of education. AU students with a grade point average of 3.5 or better grade point average are eligible and invited to join the university’s Alpha Phi Chapter of KDP, which was chartered in 1927.

Co-presidents: Alicia Quimby, senior,  mathematics education, Malvern, Pa.; Melanie Tew, senior, early childhood education, Mobile Ala. Co-sponsors: Dr. Edna Brabham, associate professor; Dr. Jada Kohlmeier, assistant professor

Phi Beta Lambda is designed for students pursuing careers in business or business education. Other students with a strong interest in business may find this organization useful to their career goals. The PBL mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The goals of PBL include promoting business leadership, understanding of the American business enterprise system, and the role and function of American businesses in international settings.

President: Scott Blair, educational specialist candidate, business and marketing education, Hueytown, Ala. Advisers: Dr. Leane Skinner, assistant professor; Dr. Bonnie     White, Humana-Germany-Sherman distinguished professor

The Student Council for Exceptional Children is a service organization for special education majors, but is open to anyone who enjoys working with children. SCEC is a student organization of the Council for Exceptional Children. The organization’s community service philanthropy project is “Friends for Life,” a nondenominational, nonprofit group offering support and information to families of children with disabilities. SCEC meets monthly.   President: Caroline Dennis, master’s   candidate, early childhood special     education, Franklin, Tenn.   Sponsor: Dr. AmySue Reilly,   associate professor Editor’s note: The College of Education Student Council and Student Ambassadors, two other student organizations within the college, are featured elsewhere in the Keystone.


Student Council 2006-2007 Officers

Secretary Jessie Wiggins, Birmingham, Ala. Treasurer Amanda Cummings, Birmingham, Ala. Historian Micaela Ellson, Madison, Ala.

Mallory Appleton

Kira Ledbetter

Julie Johnston


Vice President

Administrative Vice President

Senior Dadeville, Ala.

Junior Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Senior Tuscalooa, Ala.

Camp War Eagle Chair Rebecca Hicks, Marietta, Ga. Assistants Katherine Nebrig, Birmingham, Ala. Samantha McClendon, Athens, Ala. Service Chair Amy O’Neal, Birmingham, Ala. Assistants Keri Sweatt, Birmingham, Ala. Elizabeth Williams, Pensacola, Ala.

Jeff Mustin

Kate Stamps

SGA Senator

SGA Senator

Sophomore Poway, Calif.

Senior Madison, Ala.

Mustin honored for student government contributions   Jeff Mustin, a sophomore from Poway, Calif., studying general social science education, was twice recognized by Auburn University’s Student Government Association for his work as a senator representing the College of Education.   In February 2007, Mustin received both the SGA Outstanding Senate Member Scholarship and the 2006-07 Doug Davis SGA Senate Member of the Year Award.   “I appreciate what receiving both of these awards means, but I equally appreciate the chance to represent the interests and concerns of my fellow Education students,” Mustin said. “I value the opportunity to work with other Student Council officers and college administrators to increase the college’s presence, influence and prominence on campus.”   In applying for the scholarship, Mustin was evaluated on questions about his involvement in and financial need.   While Mustin applied for the scholarship, the Doug Davis SGA Senate Member of the Year Award is by a vote of SGA executive officers, including SGA’s president, vice president, treasurer, chief education.auburn.edu

of staff and executive vice president. The Senate Member of the Year award is an annual award first given in 1974 to honor the memory of past SGA senator Doug Davis and to recognize SGA’s highest achieving senator in terms of involvement, volunteerism and willingness to serve.   “We are fortunate to have Jeff’s involvement, not only for what he accomplishes, but for the service example he sets for others within the college and throughout campus,” said Dr. Peggy Dagley, director of professional education services and adviser for the college’s Student Council. “He truly typifies the competent, committed and reflective professional we in the College of Education strive to help each of our students become.”   Mustin began his second term as a College of Education senator in spring 2007 after being re-elected to the post. He chairs the SGA Senate Student Interests Committee for the 2007-08 term.

Social Chairs Laura Toomey, Marietta, Ga. Julie Allbritton, Lilburn, Ga. Assistant Alex Conn, Huntsville, Ala. Fundraising Katie Tyra, Hoover, Ala. Scholarship Amy White, Eufaula, Ala. Public Relations Chair Ashley Keel, New Hope, Ala. Assistant Beth Evans, Reston,Va. War Eagle Day Representative Jessi Hodge, Jackson’s Gap, Ala. Assistant Nicole Stewart, Sharpsburg, Ga. War on Hunger Representative Lauren Beno, Destin, Fla. Assistant Colby Nicholson, Scottsboro, Ala. T-shirt Chair Christina Nolan, Albertville, Ala. Webmaster Robert Harris, Spanish Fort, Ala. Adviser Dr. Peggy Dagley

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Tracking Alabama’s High School Students

Q&A with Dr. Karen Rabren

Dr. Karen Rabren, associate professor and director of the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute (ATLI), conducts research on transition programs and their postschool outcomes. “Transition” refers to preparing high school students with disabilities for young adult roles and responsibilities. In recognition for her work in this area, Dr. Rabren received the college’s 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

Why study the outcomes?   It is no longer enough to just provide quality curricula and programs in high school, with the hope their desired objectives are met. Rather than relying on promises alone, we must be accountable. We need to make improvements based on outcomes.

What information are you looking for?

Rabren (left) and Eaves (center) discuss transition and alumni with depart

We are hoping to learn if former students are working, or if they are receiving further training or education. What about their quality of life? We want to identify the postschool problems so, wherever possible, they may be minimized through improved high school programs and services.

How do you assess these outcomes?   In 1996, we developed the Alabama Student Tracking System and implemented it annually until 2006. During the past 11 years, we have obtained information from almost 17,000 Alabama high school students with disabilities. Through the leadership of Dr. W. Mabrey Whetstone Jr., director of special education services in Alabama’s State Department of Education, Alabama has emerged as a leader in the tracking of student outcome data collection.

students and gather post-school outcome information. Student responses are entered into the Web data bank and stored for dynamic-report generation. The school systems receive an online report soon after the information is obtained from the former students. The report uses bar graphs to compare the local school results with statewide results. For more information about P.O.D.S. or the other efforts by the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, visit education.auburn.edu/rse/institute

What is happening now?   The Alabama Student Tracking System became the foundation for new commercial software application—the PostSchool Outcomes Data System (P.O.D.S.). This Web-based data-collection system, developed by the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, was copyrighted in March 2006 with the help of Auburn University’s Office of Technology Transfer. First licensed to Pennsylvania in 2006, P.O.D.S. assisted in collecting outcome data from nearly 4,000 high school students exiting 125 of its 500 school districts.

How does P.O.D.S. work?   Using this online software, school systems can log in and enter demographic data from students prior to their exit from school. One year later, school personnel contact the former 20

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R e h a b i l i tat i o n a n d Sp e c i a l E d u c a t i o n service delivery, behavior management and collaboration. We want to know how competent our graduates consider themselves to be in best practices. And finally, we are interested in a reflective account of their degree program in terms of adviser, courses and field experiences (e.g., practica, internship). Our two-response formats are five-point scales coupled with openended items that solicit qualitative comments.

So, what are some things we have learned from our graduates?   There is a strong indication that our graduates feel well prepared for their jobs. For example, more than 80 percent of our graduates either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” they were competent in each of the best-practice areas (e.g., assessment, instruction, classroom management).   The following graph displays mean scores for three other questions on the Program Graduate Inventory: 60

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Assessing alumni satisfaction

Q&A with Dr. Ronald Eaves

Dr. Ronald Eaves, professor of rehabilitation and special education, coordinates the department’s alumni survey program effort, which now spans 15 years of graduates. Among his many accomplishments and honors, Dr. Eaves received the college’s 2004 Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

Set the stage, please.   In the mid 1990s, the department initiated a follow-up system to assess the status of its former students. We elected to conduct a survey every five years. The result now is that we have data for three cohorts of former students covering a 15year period. The reasons for this initiative are that we wanted to determine the efficacy of our programs, as well as to make program improvements based partly on feedback from our former students.

What type of response do you receive?   The Program Graduate Inventory is a four-page survey that includes typical demographic items—name, degree program and current job. It has 60 competency-based items pertaining to seven content domains, including assessment, instruction, education.auburn.edu

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Question 1 Moderate

Question 2 Much

Question 3 Very Much

Question 1: How competent are you at what you do? Question 2: Do your peers value you for what you do? Question 3: Do your supervisors/bosses value you for what you do?   Notice that more that 80 percent of the respondents selected either “much” or “very much” as their answers to these questions. Interestingly, these competency scores have improved with each survey. The results suggest that our department has developed strong curriculum degree programs through which our faculty provide high-quality preparation. Also, there are signs that, during the past 15 years, we have continued to steadily improve.

And, the program’s major components?   Using our five-point “valuable” scale for adviser, courses, and field experiences, the average mean scores across our three surveys have been 4.32, 4.26 and 4.44, respectively. These “highly valuable” responses are further substantiated by the abundance of supportive qualitative statements. Keystone • Volume IV, 2007


C o u n s e l o r E d u c at i o n , c o u n s e l i n g p s y ch o l o g y , a n d Sch o o l P s y ch o l o g y   The Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology offers graduate education programs for counselors, counselor educators, and counseling and school psychologists. Graduates develop the tools to address psychological, social and environmental barriers to educational achievement and personal development. In this process, students engage in rigorous and challenging educational experiences to fashion their own unique contributions to society. The department values teaching, research and outreach that contribute to the missions of the College of Education and Auburn University. Furthermore, the department seeks to foster a culture in which individual creativity and scholarship is reinforced and nurtured.

Accreditations held by the department and its programs include:   American Psychological   Association (APA )

F a c u lt y H o n o r s Dr. Annette Kluck received the 2007 Texas Psychological Association Award. Dr. Jamie Carney received the Alabama Counseling Association Distinguished Professional Service Award. Dr. Chippewa Thomas received the New Faculty Scholar award from Auburn University’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.


Council for the Accreditation of   Counseling and Related Education   Programs (CACREP )    School Counseling     master’s program    Community Agency     Counseling master’s program    Counselor Education     doctoral program

Amney Harper was awarded the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Graduate Student Award for her outstanding scholarship and professional service. Vincent Hinton received numerous awards from the Alabama Counseling Association at the 2006 ALCA Conference. He was named an Emerging Leader, received a Research Grant Award, as well as the Miles-Seymour Graduate Scholarship. Kate Jackson received the 2006 Wayne H. Hunter Patient Advocacy Award from the National Sickle Cell Association.

S t u d e n t A wa r d s Michelle Breland was awarded third place in the Humanities category for her presentation at the 2007 Auburn University Graduate Student Council Research Forum. David Brown was awarded a Chi Sigma Iota Fellowship for the 2007-2008 school year.

Counseling Psychology     doctoral program

LaWanda Edwards was named a 2006 Alabama Counseling Association Emerging Leader.

David Brown, Michael Keim, Andrea Owens, Amy Simpson and Nikki Vasilas are members of an advocacy project for deployed military personnel, which is a nominee for the Chi Sigma Iota Advocacy Poster presentation at the 2007 American Counseling Association Convention.

Andrea Owens (doctoral candidate, counselor education-supervision) was named the department’s 2007 Outstanding Graduate Student Award recipient. Mark Parrish (doctoral candidate, counselor education-supervision) was named a Chi Sigma Iota Fellow for the 20072008 school year. Yulanda Tyre (doctoral candidate, counselor education-supervision) received two awards at the 2006 Alabama Counseling Association Conference in Mobile, Alabama: the ALCA Research Grant and the Alabama Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Counselor Educator Doctoral Scholarship.

New faculty New faculty

Alabama State Department   of Education    School Counseling     graduate program    School Psychology     graduate program For more information, visit education.auburn.edu/coun Dr. Gregory Ern Assistant Professor School Psychology


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Dr. Annette S. Kluck Assistant Professor Counseling Psychology


Health and Human Performance

Health Promotion program receives endorsement   Students pursuing health and fitness or clinical exercise professions in the college’s Department of Health and Human Performance will now study in one of the select programs endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)—widely considered the “gold standard” in health and fitness certifications and professional memberships.   Following review of more than 40 programs in the first year, ACSM endorsed the department’s curriculum as meeting the academic standards needed to prepare students for health, fitness and/or clinical exercise training and positions. The Health Promotion program curriculum covers the knowl-

edge, skills and abilities to prepare students for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor® certification examination.   This prestigious endorsement creates a pathway for the Health Promotion program to offer students unique benefits, including: • on-demand access to ACSM written credentialing examinations to qualified students • feedback from ACSM on student performance, including examination scores and knowledge, skills and abilities required for health and fitness certification • unique professional development opportunities for students and faculty through ACSM programs

Camp Abilities provides unique opportunities for AU students   For the second summer in a row, Health and Human Performance teacher education majors will participate as volunteer counselors at Camp Abilities in Tucson, Ariz. Camp Abilities is a nonprofit organization that conducts a oneweek developmental sports camp each summer for children who are blind, deafblind or multiply disabled. The camp provides a one-on-one instructional environment for each child while they participate in various sports and recreational activities. Campers vary in visual ability, age, economic status, ethnicity and level of physical skill.   Auburn students reside at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind for the entire week, which includes a oneday orientation. Each is responAU counselor Ann sible for a child Stehouwer with camper Kelsi with a visual impairment during the entire time as a counselor.   “I didn’t realize how emotionally tied I’d get to the children and get to see them develop socially being with them education.auburn.edu

24-7,” senior Brooke Arnold explained. “We talked the whole time about how fantastic these kids are. How motivated they are every day. I look forward to being a teacher and really seeing the kids grow, because if I saw that much of a change in seven days, what can I see in a year? Nothing could have prepared me for how amazing this experience was.”   Dr. Sheri Brock, an assistant professor in the department, supervised students at Camp Abilities while also conducting research. Jeanine Fittipaldi-Wert, a doctoral student in the department and assistant director of Camp Abilities, was also instrumental in planning, research and fundraising efforts.   In 2006, this experience was funded through internal grants, including the Breeden Endowment for Faculty Enhancement, Competitive Research Grant and the Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and externally through local Lions clubs. Health and Human Performance students also conduct fundraisers during the academic year through bowl-a-thons, car washes and donations. Fundraising activities for summer 2007 activities are currently being conducted and donations are greatly appreciated.

Hastie delivers keynote speech at national convention   T h e National Association for Sport and Physical Education invited Dr. Peter Hastie, professor in Health and Human Performance, to deliver the keynote address at the March 2007 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) national convention in Baltimore, Md. Hastie’s presentation was entitled, “Asking Good Questions When Conducting Research in Physical Education: What Would Mary and Jakob Want to Know as Students?” For the past 15 years, Hastie has conducted extensive research in the areas physical and sports education.

(front) Dr. Sheri Brock, Jeanine Wert; (back) AU camp counselors: Kristi Coleman, Robin Thornburg, Jessica Elmore, Brooke Arnold, Lance Robertson, Adam Hunter, Ann Stehouwer, Steven Nuss

AU counselor Steven Nuss with camper Louis

AU counselor Leslie Hunt with camper Serena

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Department reorganization focuses on faculty expertise, increases responsiveness   As its name implies, the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology reflects a diversity of disciplines and missions. To make itself more responsive to its multiple service functions and degrees, the faculty elected to realign the department into six faculty teams along the lines of its various programs and disciplines. Previous to the 2006-2007 academic year, the department functioned around four major areas: social foundations and educational psychology; K-12 and higher educational leadership; library and technology; and adult education.   Each team is now responsible for at least one specific department degree program or purpose; the faculty that compose each team have either a terminal degree or teaching interest in the particular area. Teams provide for their own admissions, scheduling, advising and dissertation supervision with regard to their respective areas.   “This team organization places accountability within a group of faculty who are empowered to act to improve the quality of our programs and degrees,” said Dr. José Llanes, EFLT department head and professor.   Adult and Higher Education Team comprises faculty members involved with the department’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in Adult Education and Higher Education.   Dr. Olin Adams, associate professor   Dr. David DiRamio, assistant professor   Dr. James Groccia, associate professor and Biggio Center director   Dr. Anthony Guarino, associate professor   Dr. James Witte, associate professor   Dr. Maria Martinez Witte, associate professor and EFLT graduate program officer   Educational Psychology Team comprises faculty involved in the department’s doctoral program in Educational Psychology.   Dr. Sean Forbes, associate professor   Dr. Gerald Halpin, professor 24

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Dr. Glennelle Halpin, Mildred Cheshire Fraley distinguished professor   Dr. Margaret Ross, associate professor   Dr. Jill Salisbury-Glennon, associate professor   Dr. David Shannon, professor   Dr. Paris Strom, associate professor   Educational Technology Team comprises faculty members who support technology needs for undergraduate teacher education programs, as well as who are involved in the department’s graduate Library Media programs.   Dr. Susan Bannon, associate professor and Learning Resources Center director   Dr. Judith Lechner, professor   Dr. Sara Wolf, associate professor   Foundations Team serves the primary needs of teacher education and graduate programs in all five of the college’s departments.   Dr. Sean Forbes, associate professor   Dr. James Kaminsky, professor   Dr. Kimberly King-Jupiter, associate professor and AU director of Outreach Planning and Faculty Engagement   Dr. José Llanes, professor and department head   Dr. Jill Salisbury-Glennon, associate professor   Dr. Paris Strom, associate professor   Dr. Ivan Watts, associate professor and the college’s acting director of diversity, retention and recruitment   Dr. Sara Wolf, associate professor   Leadership Team comprises faculty members involved with the department’s graduate degrees in Educational Administration and Leadership.   Dr. Olin Adams, associate professor   Dr. David DiRamio, assistant professor   Dr. Frances Kochan, professor and dean   Dr. José Llanes, professor and department head

Dr. Cynthia Reed, associate professor and Truman Pierce Institute director   Dr. Margaret Ross, associate professor   Dr. William Spencer, professor   Research and Analysis Team comprises faculty who are involved in the department’s doctoral Research and Evaluation program, as well as who support the quantitative and qualitative analysis efforts of all students.   Dr. Anthony Guarino, associate professor   Dr. Gerald Halpin, professor   Dr. Glennelle Halpin, Mildred Cheshire Fraley distinguished professor   Dr. Marie Kraska, Mildred Cheshire Fraley distinguished professor   Dr. Margaret Ross, associate professor   Dr. David Shannon, professor

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E d u c at i o n a l F o u n d at i o n s , L e a d e r s h i p , a n d T e ch n o l o g y Llanes selected to head EFLT, Appointed to Governor’s Commission   In September 2006, Dr.  José Llanes was named department head of the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology. Llanes joins AU from the University of Texas where he served as chair of the Educational Leadership Department at the Pan American campus in Edinburg, Texas.   His interests include quality systems theory as applied to learning organizations and was most recently involved in improving the quality of health education in the schools and community agencies along and across the Mexican border, through for grants with the National Institutes of Health, the Pfizer Corporation and the U.S. Department of Education. Llanes has served as a professor at the University

of Miami, Boston University, the University of San Francisco and others. He is the managing editor of the Continuous Improvement Monitor—a journal of quality systems in education, which he will continue to edit from Auburn. Originally from Cuba, Llanes obtained a doctorate in social sciences from the University of Havana.   Shortly after Llanes’ appointment as department head, Gov. Bob Riley appointed him to the Governor’s Commission on Teacher Quality. The commission began work in January 2006 and was formed to advise the governor and the Alabama State Board of Education about issues pertaining to the improvement of teaching quality, including the selection and training of teachers and administrators, economic incentives, standards of performance and other pertinent matters. The commission is composed of more than 70 educators and business representatives and led by Alabama educator Betsey Rogers, 2003 National Teacher of the Year.

Single-sex classroom project seeks to improve student test scores   Many in education, and even some frustrated parents, have often asserted that boys and girls learn differently. Initial research by Dr. James Kaminksy depar tment faculty, in partnership with Fayette County (Ala.), reflect a national interest in gender-isolated education and now provide validity to those assertions.   Dr. James K a m i n s k y, professor, and Drs. Sean Forbes and Margaret Ross, both associate professors in the Depar tment of EducationDr. Sean Forbes al Foundations, Leadership and Technology, became involved as a response to growing community concerns about declining education.auburn.edu

student achievement. In a pre-emptive effort, the Fayette County School System conducted a comprehensive selfstudy and confirmed a decline in the Fayette Middle School mathematics, science and reading scores. The county’s educational and civic leaders initiated gender-based educational reform to address the downward spiral in student performance.   The gender-based education project is designed to address the core concerns of Fayette County and the core elements of the Alabama Course of Study. Once the project was approved by the Fayette Board of Education, faculty began working with Fayette Middle School to provide program evaluation and technical support for project evaluation.   Initial results suggest that gender-isolated instruction may enhance student academic performance. Quantitative evaluations indicate statistically significant improvement in student performance. Furthermore, administrators and teachers report improved student behavior.   The single-sex Comprehensive School Reform Project adheres to research suggesting effective teaching should be templated in a manner consistent with

the way learning is bio-genetically differentiated. That is, if learning is biogenetically organized by sex, then, it is also implied that instructional method should follow the same bi-sexual organization. The sexual differentiation of instruction should improve student achievement and may have the collateral effect of limiting disciplinary problems and thereby improving administrative and teacher morale.   Fayette C o u n t y Schools’ interest in singlesex education mirrors a national interest in the topic. U.S. Department of Education SecreDr. Margaret Ross tary Margaret Spellings states that some children learn better in a single-sex educational environment. There are currently more than 250 public schools in the United States offering a single-sex instructional environment. Thousands of other schools offer subject-specific—mostly math and sciences—single-sex surroundings. Keystone • Volume IV, 2007


Music education strikes a chord through use of instructional technology, distance education   The department’s Music Education program, under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Walls, professor and program coordinator, has enjoyed national interest in Auburn’s efforts to integrate campus technology and distancebased instruction.   At the invitation of the College Music Society and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Walls, along with Sid Hearn, a doctoral student in music education, and Dr. Doug Rosener, assistant professor in AU’s Department of Music, demonstrated its distance learning efforts at the CMS 49th National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. During a special September 2006 pre-conference boot camp on music video conferencing, collaboration and convergence entitled “Bring the Outside World into your Music Studio and Classroom,” the three showed how two courses in the department’s distance learning graduate program were taught with a combination of Internet video conferencing and streaming video.   The program’s Guitar Classroom Methods and Percussion Instruments Techniques courses allow both local and distance-education students to see and hear instructors coaching individual students using real-time video. Music teachers enrolled in the two courses hone skills in instrument performing and teaching methods.   Walls is also among music educators invited as a discussant in “Toward Tanglewood II: The Effects of Technology on Music Learning” at the University of Minnesota. In this satellite conference, discussants will prepare a position paper for “Tanglewood II: A Symposium on Charting the Future,” which is sponsored by Boston University.   Tanglewood I, held in 1967, was an international watershed event for philosophy and curriculum in music education. Tanglewood II recognizes the 40th anniversary of the original symposium. Goals of the conference are “to cultivate a new understanding of music learning, to examine values of music in culture and its effect on transmission processes and how schools, public and private at all levels, can meet the decades ahead with a deeper understanding of the role they can play in supporting a musical future.”


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Oxford Round Table invites AU Education professor to present paper   Dr. Steve Silvern, professor of early childhood education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, was invited to participate in the spring 2007 Oxford Round Table. Held in Oxford, England, this prestigious conference’s goal is to promote human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education.   Participants are selected through several screening processes, including nominations by previous Round Table participants and recommendations by Round Table directors. The first Round Table met in August 1989; attendance was limited to ministers of education from several nations and numerous governors from the United States. Since its inception, the Round Table has grown to include members of Parliament, executive officers of international corporations, educational administrators, attorneys and academicians from major universities.   Silvern, one of only 10 conference speakers, presented his paper entitled “Co-developing Mind and Spirit.” This paper explored how educators can pay attention to children’s developing spirit and improve reasoning by engaging them in interactions that respect their developing logic of the spirit and of the logic of others.

Team-Math duo leads in national organization   As the directors of TEAM-Math, Curriculum and Teaching faculty members Dr. Marilyn Strutchens, associate professor, and Dr. W. Gary Martin, professor, provide outreach and service to the East Alabama region.   While the TEAM-Math program has acquired regional and statewide attention, Strutchens and Martin have received national recognition for their work in the field of mathematics education. Strutchens was recently appointed as chair of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Research Committee for the 2007-2008 academic year.   In January 2007, Martin was elected treasurer of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, in addition to his service on NCTM’s high school curriculum task force.   Together, Strutchens and Martin also served as co-editors for NCTM’s 2007 yearbook, The Learning of Mathematics: 69th NCTM Yearbook.


C u r r i c u l u m a n d T e a ch i n g New Faculty New Faculty and Staff and Staff Social science education programs integrate practice and theory through real-world application   Two current social science education initiatives demonstrate efforts to integrate practice and theory in ways that enhance student development and improve social studies instruction. Both programs are part of the Persistent Issues in History Network, or PIHNet, which is led by program co-directors Dr. John Saye of Auburn University, a professor of social science education, and Dr. Tom Brush of Indiana University, an associate professor of instructional systems technology.   Recently, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund to Improve Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) awarded PIHNet with a $550,000 grant to allow the project to develop the PIH Laboratory for Virtual Field Experience (or PIH-LVFE). This wise-practice combines an ever-increasing database of video cases of authentic classroom practices with multiple resources and tools to enable pre-service social studies teachers to become better teachers. These resources include in-class activities and online tools to develop a model lesson that demonstrates a particular teaching strategy associated with PIH’s approach to problembased inquiry. Final cases are housed on the PIH Web site and are used by the program, peers and teachers in the field to envision more powerful practices.   Secondary social science education faculty partnered with AU historians and the entire social studies faculty at Auburn Junior High School to jointly develop, implement, observe, discuss and revise lessons that reflect the AU-PIH model of problem-based inquiry into persistent societal issues. The goal is that intensive, sustained dialogue and reflection about curriculum and its effects on student learning will give all stakeholders ownership of a shared set of general theoretical principles that underlie specific classroom practices. These shared assumptions will represent a new inquiry culture at the school, therefore providing a unique setting for new teachers to experience a powerful way of teaching. The department’s fall methods class is housed on the junior high school campus so that education students can observe, discuss and replicate research lessons with students. In the spring, AJHS hosts AU interns who are collaboratively mentored by this evolving community of practice.   For more information about the Persistent Issues in History Network, visit www.pihnet.org


Dr. Janet Womack Director East Ala. Regional Inservice Center

Dr. Lora A. Bailey Associate Professor Early Childhood Education

Helen Kirk Financial Assistant TEAM-Math

Dr. Robert Leier Assistant Professor English as a Second Language

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Learning Resources Center LRC supports new ways to teach, learn with technology   Building upon its outstanding technology services, the Learning Resources Center is providing new technologies and services to support a highly collaborative and media-rich learning environment.   “While our goal is to help LRC patrons become effective technology users, it is what the students and faculty can achieve with digital media that is important,” said Dr. Susan Bannon, the LRC’s director. “The LRC seeks to foster an environment where new ways of communicating, collaborating, researching, teaching and learning can be discovered.”   To support current technology-savvy college students, the LRC recently updated technology to enhance its already available array of digital tools. New iMac computers have been installed in labs. Mobile computers lab carts furnished with wireless notebook computers are available to turn a traditional classroom into a computer lab. Students and faculty have access to digital audio recorders and miniDV camcorders. All of

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these technologies provide opportunities for creating or supplementing a variety of projects to enhance learning.   Students and faculty members collaborate to create audio and video files, blogs, and even podcasts using photos, movies and music. Recently, a faculty member and graduate student embedded several short movies into PowerPoint for a professional presentation.   “When developing collaborative digital projects, our students realize it is all about the audience and the audience is no longer just listening,” Bannon said.   “Technology is something our students are comfortable using,” she continued. “They were digitally oriented when they arrived on campus with their cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs, wireless notebook computers and the like. The bottom line is that students love using these technologies, and we feel it is important to help them become effective digital media users as they assume positions in the education profession.”

LRC Computer Usage • in an average week, more than 600 students use microcenter computers to create documents, scan, research and edit digital/audio files • if all 12 computers are being used, overflow computing space allows the LRC to serve another 100 students per week • an additional 250-300 students each week benefit from computing and distance education classrooms located in and supported by the LRC

LRC Circulation • in an average month, 1,337 circulation items are loaned to faculty, staff and students • in an average year, more than 44,000 circulation items are loaned • since beginning to track this data in 2001, nearly 121,000 circulation items have been checked out

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Truman Pierce Institute TPI to host ‘07 summer camps for Alabama high school students   The college’s Truman Pierce Institute will host two weeklong summer camps for rising juniors and seniors from area high schools served by 21st Century Learning Centers. Camps will focus on improving student skills and confidence in becoming effective after-school tutors in science, the arts, math, writing and reading.   These camps align with the institute’s mission as the college’s research and outreach unit devoted to studying and improving teaching, learning and leadership. Chartered in 1982 by Alabama’s governor and AU’s president, TPI is named in honor of Dr. Truman Pierce, who served as the college’s dean from 1955 to 1975. The institute’s work focuses on ways to improve schools and communities by creating partnerships, conducting research, and providing programs to meet the needs of schools and communities.   The camps will provide opportunities for students to explore a variety of natural science topics through field trips to local resources along with follow-up lab work and instruction. These juniors and seniors will also learn how to incorporate the natural sciences into literature, art, music, mathematics and writing so they can provide enriched learning opportunities for the students they tutor.   Scheduled for the weeks of June 17-22 and June 24-29, these residential camps will host 40 high school students from across Alabama each week on the Auburn campus. Students will spend three to four hours per day learning strategies for working with younger students in the major content areas. They will study how to break down math applications, work in


teams to create reading lessons, follow the scientific method in tutoring, make inexpensive teaching tools, use story prompts, and make learning fun. The students will also spend four to six hours daily engaging in natural science field experiences.   Affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education, the 21st Century Community Learning Center program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children—particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program seeks to help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; to offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs; and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.   This year, Auburn University—through a contract with the Alabama State Department of Education—will award five grants to other Alabama higher education institutions to host similar summer camps. This will allow more Alabama high school students to attend camps, afford to other institutions an opportunity to share their resources, and provide additional support for Alabama’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees.   For more information on the summer camps, contact Dr. Cindy Reed, Truman Pierce Institute director , at reedcyn@auburn.edu, or TPI associate Chris Groccia at groccc1@auburn.edu.

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Education faculty, staff exceed university-wide giving benchmark   At the conclusion of the 2006 Faculty Staff Campaign, the first faculty-staff fundraising effort of its kind in recent years that started in March 2006, Auburn University employees reached a record giving level of 43 percent—a sharp increase over the previous level of 9 percent among the university’s faculty and staff.   College of Education faculty and staff contributed greatly to that success, as more than 61 percent of college personnel participated in the campaign. The college ranked third in its giving among the university’s 14 colleges and schools. Two departments—Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology; and Health and Human Performance—reached the 100-percent participation mark, and the Learning Resources Center staff reached 90 percent.   In all, more than 1,840 faculty and staff from across campus participated by giving more than $500,000 in current-use contributions.   The campaign among faculty and staff is part of the university’s $500 million “It Begins at Auburn” fundraising effort. Dr. Bob McGinnis, AU’s vice president for development, said both the campus campaign’s success and the sense of unity it demonstrates to alumni added to momentum that followed the kickoff of the national campaign’s public phase in February 2006.   “This is an astounding record and a success that the faculty and staff deserve to be very proud of,” McGinnis said. “The dramatic rise in participation among the faculty and staff over a two-month period is almost unheard of in a fundraising campaign.”   The nationwide “It Begins at Auburn” campaign has raised more than $466.9 million, or 93 percent of the total goal. The campaign encompasses all AU colleges and schools as well as AU libraries, museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments for students, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58 percent of the campaign’s goal.

Education appoints Watts as acting diversity director   In February 2007, Education Dean Frances Kochan announced the appointment of Dr. Ivan Watts as the college’s acting director of diversity, recruitment and retention.   Watts, an associate professor in the college’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology since 1999, will serve on a part-time basis while maintaining his regular faculty duties.   In this capacity, Watts will oversee the college’s efforts to focus on recruiting and retaining students and faculty from Colleen Trent traditionally underrepresented populations. He will also work Communications with faculty, staff and students in fulfilling the college’s overall Administrator diversity goals, which include increasing faculty and student diversity; practicum and internship placement diversity; faculty involvement in international study and research; and employing approaches to foster an understanding and sensitivity to diversity issues.   Watts joined the Auburn faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor and was promoted as a tenured associate professor in 2004. He received his Ed.D. from the To learn more about the University of Cincinnati, a master’s in public policy from the University of Buffalo, college’s diversity initiatives, visit and a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Ohio State University. Watts’ teaching and education.auburn.edu/ research interests include social justice, youth and school violence, school desegrediversity-commitment gation, structural and institutional violence, and critical social theory. 30

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Off i c e o f t h e D e a n   Professional Education Services within the College of Education Dean’s Office provides students with the information and support needed to successfully complete academic programs, as well as facilitate collaboration among and continuous improvement efforts by the college’s faculty and staff.   Nearly every Education student has some interaction with the office’s staff and advisers. Because of this, Professional Education Services plays an important role in molding students into the New Faculty most competent, committed and reflective professionals possible, equipped to help all individuals learn and develop. and Staff   Three advisers in the PES office guide students through various transition checkpoints during their academic career. In Dagley appointed addition to academic advising needs like course selection and to direct meeting graduation requirements, advisers assist students with professional the Alabama Prospective Teaching Testing Program (APTTP), education services various professional certifications and other aspects of teacher Dr. Peggy Dagley, apeducation programs. pointed director of Pro  Field experiences, internships and partnerships involve fessional Education Serhundreds of students each year. During the 2005-06 academvices in fall 2006, earned ic year, Professional Education Services staff made 600 service a bachelor’s degree in learning placements in 65 agencies and schools; 905 methods elementary education and practicum placements in 31 public schools; and 306 internfrom Culver-Stockton ship placements in 50 schools that included 27 different systems College (Missouri) and in three states and five countries. Dr. Peggy L. Dagley a master’s in school   Matters of student affairs are also managed by Professional Director counseling from the Education Services staff. Chiefly among those is the college’s University of Missouri. growing student support program, which provides annual supShe received a specialist in middle school education port totaling more than 100 scholarships, fellowships and assisand a doctorate in elementary education from the tantships and totaling more than $180,000. Other student affairs University of Georgia. Most of Dr. Dagley’s career activities include student organizations, recruitment, awards and has been spent in elementary schools, including other non-academic issues. service as a teacher in multiple grade levels, as an   PES administrators work with faculty on necessary curricula elementary school counselor, and as a principal. changes. These changes might include requesting new courses, Her related experience includes serving as a teachmodifying existing courses or retooling entire academic proer-in-residence in a project designed to create an grams. Such efforts require coordination at the department, colassessment for the National Board for Professional lege and university level. Teaching Standards.   The college’s continuous improvement efforts, under the direction of its coordinator of assessment and evaluation, guide faculty and administrators in key academic, program and policy areas. Internal and external assessment data are Services provided to students in 2005-06 included collected through on600 service learning placements in 65 agencies and schools line assess905 methods and practicum placements in 31 public schools ment tools, analyzed by 306 internship placements in 50 schools that included college ad27 different systems in three states and five countries ministrators Kiley Coan Academic Adviser and integrat100 scholarships, fellowships and assistantships are presented ed into the annually totaling more than $180,000 college’s various efforts.   For more information, browse the Student section of education.auburn.edu or call 334.844.4448.

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R e s e a r ch   D r . J u d i t h L e c h n e r , a professor of school library media/technology in the college’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, has been exploring how children’s literature can be used to support reading, social studies and science, as well as environmental education goals.   As part of this initiative, Lechner analyzed 100 children’s books either named “outstanding” by either the National Council for the Social Studies or Dr. Judith Lechner by the National Science Teachers Association or considered environmental informational trade books and fiction with an environmental theme. As a part of this study, Lechner has also considered the books’ readability level, their literary and artistic quality based on criteria used in critiquing children’s books, and the environmental themes they promote based on standards outlined in the North American Association of Environmental Educators’ Excellence in Environmental Education’s Guidelines for Learning.   From this initial study, Lechner concludes that there are many outstanding children’s books on the environment that can serve as a means to motivate and provide some of the knowledge base prior to outdoor experiences, can model attitudinal and behavioral values emphasized by environmental education guidelines, and at the same time, can help meet reading education requirements.   “The goal of this research is to look at ways to support reading, social studies and science through children’s books with an environmental theme. The great thing about reading in this content area is that you’re both reading and meeting the curriculum guidelines for subjects beyond language arts,” Lechner said.   The next step in Lechner’s research is to review state guidelines in English language arts and consider how these children’s books can be used to promote the goals for reading at different levels. This research appears in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability.

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P o s t -S c h o o l O u tc o m e s D ata S y s t e m (P. O.D. S.), a Web-based data-collection system developed by the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute (ATLI), offers state education agencies nationwide a tool to track the transition of students with disabilities, collect information to improve transition programs and meet new federal reporting mandates.   The transition from high school to either post-secondary education or the workforce presents unique challenges Dr. Karen Rabren for students with disabilities. Educators across the nation are seeking ways to reduce both the near 30-percent dropout rate and 70-percent unemployment rate often seen of these students.   Dr. Karen Rabren, ATLI co-director and associate professor of special education, began work in 2003 on the Web-based P.O.D.S. application with two other ATLI colleagues— George Hall, ATLI data manager, and Dr. Phil Browning, department head and Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor. George Hall   With the help of the university’s Office of Technology Transfer, the software was copyrighted in March 2006 and has been purchased by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. Several state departments of education are expressing interest in licensing P.O.D.S. to collect transition data on their own students with disabilities. “Beginning in 2006, the federal government now requires all state departments of education to begin collecting post-high school data on students with disabilities,” Rabren said. “Alabama is a Dr. Phil Browning leader in this effort.”   The Auburn Transition Leadership Institute was created in 2000 to provide research, outreach and instruction in the area of transition—a time defined by the federal government when students with disabilities make the move from secondary school to adulthood and active members of society. ATLI receives $150,000 annually from the Alabama State Department of Education through two annual contracts to conduct research. More than 8,600 stakeholders have attended and benefited from the institute’s Transition Leadership Annual Conference since its inception in 1991.


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a multi-university research team, saliva has been shown to provide new insight into the role of social stressors in child development. The tests focus on an enzyme secreted by the salivary glands—alphaamylase—that has been Dr. Joseph Buckhalt linked in adults to the sympathetic nervous system’s (SNS) “fight-or-flight” response. Now, in these new studies, alpha-amylase has been shown to be a marker for the SNS response in children also.   The four research groups—infants and their mothers, preschoolers, children, and teenagers—were asked to complete a challenging task. These tasks were designed to elicit emotional duress, therefore allowing researchers to measure the different levels of alpha-amylase.   Research findings suggest that social stressors directly affect the level of alpha-amylase found in the participants’ saliva. The stressors the participants encountered varied by


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group. For example, The 6-month old infants were gently restrained by a stranger. Older children were asked to complete a frustrating task in addition to interacting with a teacher or being evaluated.   The four studies were detailed in an invited paper, “Integrating the Measurement of Salivary Alpha-Amylase into Studies of Child Health, Development and Social Relationships,” in a special April 2006 issue of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Among the authors of that paper were Dr. Joseph Buckhalt, a Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor and school psychology program coordinator in the college’s Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology. Other authors included Dr. Douglas Granger, Katie T. Kivlighan and Dr. Clancy Blair of The Pennsylvania State University; Dr. Mona El-Sheikh, Dr. Jacquelyn Mize and Jared A. Lisonbee of Auburn University; Dr. Laura R. Stroud of Brown Medical School; Dr. Kathryn Handwerger of Tufts University; and Dr. Eve B. Schwartz, Salimetrics LLC (State College, Pa.).   The authors wrote, “The associations revealed between alpha-amylase and illness susceptibility are particularly robust and worthy of comment. The finding is unique and is consistent with volumes of research on the linkages between the brain, behavior and immunity.”

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infrared offers inside look to improving sports medicine   A lt h o u g h infrared thermogenic technology was first recognized in the 1800s, medical infrared— known as IR-thermography—has been employed since the 1960s. Dr. David Pascoe, a professor of exercise physiology with the Department of Health and Human Performance, has been studying ways to use IR-thermography to help diagnose injuries and monitor recovery.   An IR-thermography image is a visual map of the skin surface temperature that can provide accurate thermal measurement through color. It does not, however, measure the amount of blood flow to the skin tissue.   “In three of the panels (below), one can easily see the area in the stomach region where veterinarian was kicked by a horse and there was a contusion. What is interesting to note is the region in the upper right side of the chest (left side of image) and the area in the triceps region of the arm. These areas illustrate reduced skin temperatures due to a thoracic nerve impingement. This nerve impingement resulted in some weakness in the right arm and some muscle atrophy three weeks after the inDr. David Pascoe jury. Rehabilitation was able to correct the nerve impingement and bring the subject back to normal function,” said Dr. Pascoe of the infrared images below.   Pascoe and his associates conclude that IR-thermal images should be used in concert with other technologies such as X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but not as a sole source of diagnosis. IR-thermal images serve to compliment conventional methods of diagnosis with a different view to more accurately pinpoint the problem.


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O u t r e a ch   R u r a l s c h o o l s y s t e m s have difficulty recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers. To help remedy this problem, the Truman Pierce Institute is expanding professional development opportunities for several key groups in Alabama through funding provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission. ARC has awarded the Truman Pierce Institute $200,000 for its rural school improvement initiative, “Sustaining School Success.” This initiative provides Dr. Cynthia Reed opportunities to build instructional leadership potential among administrators, teacher leaders and student leaders in four rural Alabama school systems in Fayette, Hale, Macon and Tallapoosa counties.   The Truman Pierce Institute recently contracted with the Alabama State Department of Education to assist with reporting and assessing the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs in Alabama. The Truman Pierce Institute will provide ongoing training as well as technical assistance to all 130-plus grantees. In addition, TPI will oversee seven residential summer training camps for high school students. The camps will concentrate on improving student skills and confidence in becoming effective tutors focusing on writing, reading, math, art, science and special needs. As part of their acceptance into the program, all of the selected students must agree to work a minimum of 40 hours in a 21st Century Community Learning Center using the skills they learned at camp.   The Truman Pierce Institute has also continued to support research efforts, professional development, organizational and leadership improvements and other efforts focused on assisting school superintendents within the Black Belt region—an area in West Alabama once known for its exceptionally fertile black soil, but is now an economically challenged part of the state. Facilitated by the Truman Pierce Institute, the Alabama Black Belt Superintendents Coalition recently received nonprofit status and plans to reach its goals of enhancing student achievement, attendance, and quality of life by collaborating on purchases, building projects, professional development, and developing new instructional programs. The Truman Pierce Institute was awarded an Auburn University Outreach grant to assist these educational leaders in becoming more skillful in using data-driven decision making to achieve their goals of closing the achievement gap in this region.

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T r a n s f o r m i n g E a s t A l a b a m a M at h e m at i c s ( TEAM-M at h ) a n d t h e A l a b a m a M at h , S c i e n c e a n d T e c h n o lo g y I n i t i at i v e (AMSTI- AU) approach math and science education from a different point of view than what is usually found in schools. This new approach challenges teachers in 15 school districts in east Alabama to teach differently, using hands-on teaching techniques that promote problem solving and higher-order thinking.   TEAM-Math seeks to teach elementary and secondary students using strategies that foster students’ critical thinking skills through solving a variety of problems. When students are challenged to solve “real-world” problems to which they can relate, they better retain these math skills and can better approach similar problems in the future. The focus of AMSTI-AU also includes hands-on learning exercises that allow students to work through mathematics problems, conduct science experiments and engage in other interactive exercises.   Both of these programs require extensive teacher training and support. It is this training and Dr. Gary Martin support that is helping to retain and recruit highly qualified teachers, thus addressing the severe mathematics and science teacher shortage in the state and throughout the Southeast. The program’s support system serves to keep teachers motivated and involved in helping their students progress in their knowledge of important mathematics and science.   Directed by Dr. W. Gary Martin and Dr. Marilyn Strutchens in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching, the TEAM-Math partnership includes Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics and Tuskegee University. TEAM-Math has been in operation since April 2003 and is funded by a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The program includes summer institutes for teachers in schools new to and currently participating in TEAMMath, as well as quarterly follow-up meetings. The project also develops school and district teacher leaders, supports partnership-wide curriculum alignment, and works to improve the preparation of new teachers.   AMSTI-AU is a partnership between Martin and Strutchens, working in concert with Dr. MarlDr. Marilyn Strutchens lin Simon, an associate professor of physics in Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics. This program is unique in that TEAM-Math teachers have already completed a portion of the AMSTI training, therefore shortening the number of classes it takes to become an AMSTI teacher. AMSTI-AU is funded by the Alabama State Department of Education, which has appropriated more than $830,000 for the program’s first year. Currently, the AMSTI-AU program includes sixth and seventh grades in 13 Alabama public schools. The program will expand its scope in the number of schools and range of grade levels as funding increases.


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Research Funding (2006-2007) $8,000,000












Elementary Education [367]


Exercise Science [223]


Early Childhood Education [200]


General Social Science Education [112]








• Four-year growth in funding: 65.6% • Full-time faculty engaged in research: 44/83 • Average funding per faculty member: $80,233

Enrollment (full and part-time)

Fall 2006

Four-year change










Degrees conferred


Four-year change

Undergraduate Graduate Educational Specialist







Educational Specialist






Curriculum and Teaching Health and Human Performance Curriculum and Teaching Curriculum and Teaching

English Language Arts Education [91] Mathematics Education [91] Curriculum and Teaching Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,560


Fall Enrollment and Student Statistics (2006-2007)

Top 5 Undergraduate Programs, by enrollment (spring 2007)

2 3 4 5

Top 5 Graduate Programs, by enrollment (spring 2007) Higher Education Administration [58] Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology Exercise Science [49] Health and Human Performance Adult Education [48] Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology Rehabilitation Services [47] Rehabilitation and Special Education Collaborative Teacher Special Education [44] Rehabilitation and Special Education Total graduate enrollment: 685

College of Education giving: “It begins at auburn” Campaign $14,000,000 $12,000,000

Faculty Statistics (2006-2007)

% with terminal degree Part-time faculty


Fall 2006

Four-year change







Amount of Funds Raised

Full-time, tenure-track Faculty

11,542,782 10,197,991 8,789,490

$8,000,000 $6,000,000


$4,000,000 $2,000,000

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Year End Totals

C o ll e g e K n o wl e d g e

Education alumni throughout the U.S.

0-50 51-100 101-200 201-500 more than 500

2006-2007 College Rankings

International: 131

With an enrollment of 2,245 students, the College of Education has the fifth-largest overall enrollment among the university’s 12 academic colleges and schools. Based on student classifications, has the fifth-largest undergraduate enrollment (1,560) and largest graduate enrollment (685) among AU’s 12 academic colleges and schools. Total college enrollment is slightly more than 39 the university’s 10 percent of overall enrollment of 21,805. [all figures fall 2006]

U.S.News and World Report’s Health Disciplines category


Health and Human Performance doctoral programs American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education


Graduate programs U.S.News and World Report’s 2007 “Best Graduate Schools”



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Market Value of Endowments





Elementary Education










Business Administration and Management




Not only are two of The Princeton Review’s top 10 most popular majors in the field of education, many of the other disciplines listed are areas of teaching specialization within the College of Education.



Rehabilitation Counseling


The princeton Review’s Top 10 Most Popular Majors (2006)




Computer Science


Political Science





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E x ec u ti v e C o mmittee

James “Jim” Manley ‘60

Retired banker, SunTrust Bank Decatur, Ga. Council Chair

William D. “Bill” Langley ‘63 Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer ‘59 Business Owner, Sidewinder Inc. Columbus, Ga. Chair, External Relations Committee

Retired executive director, Georgia Advocacy Office Auburn, Ala. Chair, Development Committee

Dr. J. Carlton Smith ‘67

Retired superintendent Vestavia Hills, Ala. Chair, Academic Affairs Committee

M em b e r s

Dr. Tim Alford ‘68

Donna Carpenter Burchfield ‘71

Nancy Culpepper Chancey ‘62

Dr. Bernadette Chapple ‘98

Director, Alabama Office of Workforce Development Montgomery, Ala.

Lawyer, King & Spalding Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Cynthia Ann Cox ‘77

Mary Chambers Gross ‘65 Retired high school educator Melbourne, Fla.

Retired school superintendent and professor Greenville, S.C.

Superintendent, Auburn City Schools Auburn, Ala.

Emily Reaves Leischuck ‘64

Sharon Rochambeau Lovell

Hedy White Manry ‘71

Steve Means ‘69

Coronado, Calif.

Retired, Auburn University Auburn, Ala.


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Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Chairwoman, CH&B Inc. Enterprise, Ala.

Dr. J. Floyd Hall ‘48

Vice president, IBM Global Solutions Leadership Cornelius, N.C.

Research director, Center for Leadership and Public Policy, Alabama State University Montgomery, Ala.

Dr. J. Terry Jenkins ‘83

Gadsden, Ala.


N at i o n a l A d v i s o ry C o u n c i l   The College of Education’s National Advisory Council is a network of college alumni and friends who advocate to those outside the college and guide those working within it. Members of the council are appointed by the dean after being nominated by council members and college leadership. Appointments to the council are for a three-year term.   The council convenes in Auburn twice a year—once in the fall and spring—and works as needed through committees and correspondence the rest of the year. Members serve on one of four committees: Academic Affairs, Development, External Relations or Internal Relations. The chairs of these committees, along with the council chair, comprise the council’s Executive Committee.   Advisory council members 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 business and organizations throughout the country. In addition their council service, council members regularly attend the college’s special events and spread its message through their involvement in other Auburn University programs, committees and boards.

Patsy Body Parker ‘70 Education consultant and retired school counselor Opelika, Ala.

Theresa Rushton Roberston ‘64 Retired educator Marietta, Ga.

To learn more about the National Advisory Council, visit education.auburn.edu/ alumni/nac

Dr. Harold Patterson ‘54

Kym Hass Prewitt ‘86

Dr. Frances Skinner Reeves ‘71

Dr. Ron Saunders ‘70

Dr. Thomas N. Taylor ‘60

Dr. W. Mabrey Whetstone, Jr. ‘73

Retired school superintendent Guntersville, Ala.

Superintendent, Barrow Co. Schools Winder, Ga.

Retired mental health counselor West Point, Ga.

Exec. director, Children’s Literacy Guild of Ala. Birmingham, Ala.

Retired superintendent Clinton, Miss.

Director, Special Education Services, Alabama Department of Education Titus, Ala.

N O T Pictured: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dr. Carol Edmundson Hutcheson ‘69 Principal, East Columbus Magnet Academy Columbus, Ga. Chair, Internal Relations Committee

Leslie S. Woodson ‘80 Trainer/technical writer, EDS Corporation Alabaster, Ala.


Catherine Cary Zodrow ‘72 Retired educator Auburn, Ala.

MEMBERS Dr. Jane Cahaly ‘66 Director of teacher education, Anderson College Pendleton, S.C. Dr. John William Covington ‘81 Superintendent, Pueblo Schools District 60 Pueblo, Col.

The Hon. Kay Ivey ‘67 Alabama state treasurer Montgomery, Ala. Mary Alice Newell ‘66 Coordinator of clinical experiences, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, Samford University Birmingham, Ala. Beth Powell ‘67 Artists’ representative; former Ala. PTA director Montgomery, Ala. Kathryn Milner Shehane ‘56 Retired educator and superintendent Douglasville, Ga.

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Scholarship Ceremony

The College of Education congratulates the recipients of its 98 student awards. The 98 scholarships awarded this year represent an increase of 25 awards over the 71 scholarships, assistantships and fellowships presented last year. These awards, totaling more than $180,000, come from annual contributions and awards made from the college’s more than $5.7 million scholarship endowments. These awards are made possible by the generosity of our donors. UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

Hester Wear Atchison Endowed Scholarship Melanie Michelle Tew, Mobile, Ala. Martin Luther and Exa Beck Endowed Scholarship Heather Michelle Lynch,   Pinson, Ala. Ralph Carroll and Willie Mae Boles Endowed Scholarship Mallory Lynn Appleton,   Vestavia, Ala. Amy Brooke Harbison,   Sylvan Springs, Ala. Marsha Burns Burney Endowed Scholarship Megan Mechelle Robertson,   Oneonta, Ala. College of Education Student Council Annual Scholarship Mallory Joy Cadrette,   Montgomery, Ala. Laura Michelle Haywood,   Homewood, Ala. Ashley Danielle Keel,   New Hope, Ala. Cassie Dora Simpson,   Nashville, Tenn.

Betty McLendon DeMent Endowed Scholarship Ashley Ann McAdams, Hoover, Ala. John R. Dyas Jr. Endowed Scholarship Brittany C. Lea, Ider, Ala. Mildred Cheshire Fraley Endowed Scholarship Jonathan Wayne Adams,   Five Points, Ala. Ashley Dianne Boulware,   Alexander City, Ala. Charlestine F. L. Ellis,   Phenix City, Ala. Christopher James Rousseau,   Memphis, Tenn. Rachel Danielle Wilson,   Birmingham, Ala.

Margaret Graves Frazier Endowed Scholarship Amy Catherine White, Eufaula, Ala.


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Humana Foundation Endowed Scholarship Alexandria McCall Conn,   Huntsville, Ala. Tyler Madison Daffron,   Ragland, Ala. Julie Johnston, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Megan Jean Kasl, Wildwood, Mo. Jennifer Whitney Reinhart,   Brownsburg, Ind. Allison Marie Snider, Burke, Va. Scott Clellon Warren, Newnan, Ga. Melissa Lynn Manly, Vestavia Hills, Ala. Sam L. Hutchison Endowed Scholarship Hailey Elizabeth Porter,   Columbiana, Ala. Ashley Kaye Snow, Franklin, Tenn. Patricia Lynette Adams,   Opelika, Ala. Julia Collins Isbell Annual Scholarship Melissa Layne Beeson, Prattville, Ala.

William Leon Brazelton,   Guntersville, Ala. JerryLee Miranda Brisendine,   Mentone, Ala. Andrea Jade Elliot, Douglas, Ala. Ashley Brooke Jacobs,   Huntsville, Ala. Emily Beth Mills, Fort Payne, Ala. Heather Baker Smith, Talladega, Ala. Brittany Jean Wright, Vestavia, Ala.

Comer Foundation Annual Scholarship Kelli Elizabeth Cox, Millbrook, Ala. Amanda Patrick, Enterprise, Ala.

Lillian Cross Davis Endowed Scholarship Cynthia Leigh Terry,   Lawrenceville, Ga.

Dr. J. Floyd Hall Endowed Scholarship Miranda Lynn Bishop,   Albertville, Ala. Chrystapher J. Walker,   Tuskegee, Ala.

Betty Thrower Freeman Annual Scholarship Jessica Kay Wiggins,   Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Dr. Maxwell C. King Annual Scholarship John Wayne Adams, Five Points, Ala. Richard C. Kunkel Endowed Scholarship Brittany Faye Bailey, Roanoke, Ala. Jessica Leigh Clatworthy,   Kingwood, Texas Maribeth Henderson, Dadeville, Ala. Amanda Brittney Little,   Collinsville, Ala. education.auburn.edu

James W. and Elaine B. Lester Endowed Scholarship Robin Elizabeth Bolton,   Clanton, Ala. Coleman Ellis, Crane Hill, Ala. Jacob Samuel Johnson,   Flomaton, Ala. Keri Renea Moore, Section, Ala. Dimple Patel, Opelika, Ala. Ashley Elizabeth Styron,   Savannah, Ga. Amber Dale Wright, Decatur, Ala.

Robert L. Saunders Endowed Scholarship Virginia Caroll Norman,   Gadsden, Ala.

Albert Hamilton Collins Annual Fellowship Jeffrey Lynn Gilbreath,   Mount Hope, Ala. William Thomas Haley Memorial Annual Assistantship John Klem, Auburn, Ala.

R.W. Montgomery Endowed Scholarship Jeremiah Darren Posey,   Danville, Ala.

Cynthia Marvin Coleman Scott Endowed Presidential Scholarship Heather Boatwright,   Muscle Shoals, Ala. Kenneth Alan Jackson, Jr.,   Madison, Ala. Alicia Eileen Quimby, Malvern, Pa. Jennifer Lindsey Short, Hoover, Ala. Richard A. Scott Annual Scholarship Julie Florence Allbritton,   Lilburn, Ga. Sara Burger, Alpharetta, Ga. Alyshia M. Chavez,   Lawrenceville, Ga. Yolanda D. McDonald,   Huntsville, Ala. Latavia Peters, Auburn, Ala.

Kathryn Flurry and Harrell Ray Morgan Endowed Scholarship Joey Huskins, Huntington Beach, Calif. JoAnn Granberry Murrell Endowed Scholarship Lydia Sophia Henderson,   Camden, Ala. Timothy Alan McWhorter,   Ruston, La. Kathleen F. Tiffany, Lake Bluff, Ill. B.B. and Frances Nelson Endowed Scholarship Brittney Diane Garnett,   Tallassee, Ala. Annie Laura Newell Endowed Scholarship Kristen Beth Hadaway, Jasper, Ala. Lauren Racquel Lee, Margaret, Ala Patrons of the Keystone Dean’s Circle Scholarship Ashley Michelle McCullough,   Jones, Ala.

Kathryn McClellan Strock Annual Scholarship Marcus Dewone Walton,   Birmingham, Ala. Angelo and Joy Love Tomasso Endowed Scholarship Lauren Susanna Hendriks,   Decatur, Ala. Sadie C. Manning, Trussville, Ala. Rebecca Ann Petty, Dothan, Ala.

Ronald J. Weaver Endowed Scholarship Laci Dawn Rickard, Hoover, Ala.

Theodore Franklin and Winnifred Phillips Yancey Endowed Scholarship Angela Marie Mustain, Decatur, Ala. GRADUATE AWARDS

Lucy B. Pittman Endowed Scholarship Brittney Kaye Burton, Corner, Ala. Charles M. and Frances Skinner Reeves Endowed Scholarship Morgan Towles Spires,  education.auburn.edu Mer Rouge, La.

JoAnn Granberry Murrell Endowed Scholarship Erin M Doolin, Morrow, Ohio Amy Lora Gilliland Giddens,   Sylacauga, Ala.

Earl H. “Buddy” Weaver Endowed Scholarship Kira Lisette Ledbetter,   Dadeville, Ala.

Yvonne Williams Endowed Scholarship Angela Marie Mustain, Decatur, Ala.

Clarissa Tyon Williams,   Clanton, Ala.

James R. and Frances R. Molnar Graduate Student Award Demetriss LaShun Locke,   Monroeville, Ala.

Barbara Booth Baird Graduate Student Award Cassandra Shea Keith, Daleville, Ala. Wendy Baker Memorial Graduate Student Award Rodney Charles Hall, Roanoke, Ala. Elizabeth Williams Brazelton Fund for Excellence Michael Alan Keim, Warne, N.C.

Dr. Dennis J. Sabo Memorial Fellowship Farrell Brady Seymore,   Cullman, Ala. Paul W. Scheid Graduate Student Award Amanda Saralee Muse, Florence, Ala. F. Allen and Louise K. Turner Foundation Annual Graduate Assistantship Elizabeth Anne Peacock,   Montgomery, Ala. Peter Williamson Memorial Scholarship Judith Murdaugh Wortz,   Eufaula, Ala. Keystone • Volume IV, 2007


College recognizes excellence   Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2006, the college’s annual Spring Awards Ceremony allows the college to recognize those among its ranks cited as “outstanding” during the current academic year.   Each of the college’s five departments selects a graduate student and four departments select an undergraduate student, to receive its outstanding student award. The department head, in concert with and upon recommendation by department faculty, selects each student award recipient.

2 0 0 6 S t u dent A w a r d Recipients

Elena Petrova

Outstanding Graduate Student Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology

Kimberly Nunes-Bufford

Outstanding Graduate Student Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology

Tyler Benjamin

Scott C. Warren

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Department of Curriculum and Teaching


Esenç Meriç Balam

Outstanding Graduate Student Department of Curriculum and Teaching

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Oleg A. Sinelnikov

Outstanding Graduate Student Department of Health and Human Performance

Angela M. Homan

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Department of Health and Human Performance

Suzanne Tew-Washburn

Outstanding Graduate Student Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education

Michele Murmer

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education


among facult y, st aff and st udent s   An awards committee of representatives from each of the college’s five departments, as well as two college-wide staff representatives, consider nominations by each department for outstanding faculty awards. Singular awards for outstanding research and outstanding outreach are presented to faculty for exemplary work in fulfilling these two components of the college’s mission.   Two additional awards recognize outstanding work in the areas of undergraduate and graduate teaching. These

awards are named for college benefactors Dr. Gerald ’64 and Mrs. Emily ’64 Leischuck of Auburn, Ala. The Leischucks—both College of Education graduates, former educators and retired Auburn University administrators— established these awards in 2000. Mrs. Leischuck continues her service to the college as a member of the college’s National Advisory Council, and Dr. Leischuck is a past recipient of the college’s outstanding alumnus award.

2 0 0 6 Fac u l t y and sta f f A w a r d Recipients

Dr. Sheri J. Brock

Emily and Gerald Leischuck Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty and Teaching Award Department of Health and Human Performance

Dr. James E. Witte

Emily and Gerald Leischuck Outstanding Graduate Faculty and Teaching Award Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology

Dr. Harriette M. Huggins

Outstanding Staff Award Administrative/Professional Learning Resources Center


Dr. John W. Saye

Outstanding Faculty Award for Research Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Dr. Marilyn E. Strutchens Outstanding Faculty Award for Research Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Dr. Sharon C. Huey

Outstanding Staff Award Office Administration Department of Health and Human Performance

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Jenkins ’83 named 2006 Outstanding Alumnus perintendent of the year in two states—Georgia and, most recently, Alabama—as reflecting highly on the quality of the college’s graduates.   Jenkins’ move to Auburn City Schools in 2000 concluded a 31-year educational career in Georgia that included 22 years as a superintendent and one year as CEO of Georgia’s School Superintendent Association. He also served as both an elementary and high school principal, and a classroom teacher.   In addition to his service with the college’s National Advisory Council and School Superintendents of Alabama, he is a member of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a graduate of Leadership Alabama.   Jenkins also holds master’s and educational specialist degrees from West Georgia State University, and a bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb University. Pr evious recipients   Dr. J. Terry Jenkins, superintendent of Auburn City Schools and a 1983 College of Education graduate, received the college’s 2006 Outstanding Alumnus Award.   In selecting Jenkins for this honor, Education Dean Frances Kochan noted his involvement in making a number of the college’s K-12 partnerships and initiatives successful.   “Many of our college’s initiatives have either been made possible by or flourished with the support from Auburn City Schools,” Kochan said. “From opening the doors to programs like TEAM-Math and the AU Autism Center to his participation on our college’s National Advisory Council, Dr. Jenkins exemplifies the competent, committed and reflective professional we strive to help all our graduates become.”   Kochan cited his leadership as president of the School Superintendents of Alabama, as well as being selected as su-

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Dr. J. Terry Jenkins ‘83 Hedy White Manry ‘71 Gordon M. Sherman ‘57 Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer ‘59 Dr. Shirley Kelley Spears ‘71 Dr. Betty McClendon DeMent ‘71 Dr. Wayne Teague ‘50 Dr. J. Floyd Hall ‘48 Alice “Ruthie” Bolton ‘90 Dr. Earl “Buddy” Weaver ‘62

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Kay E. Ivey ‘67 Wayne T. Smith ‘68 Dr. John M. Goff ‘72 Reita Ethel Clanton ‘74 Dr. Marilyn Clark Beck ‘66 Jeanne Swanner Robertson ‘67 Dr. John H. “Pete” Mosley ‘58 Dr. Gerald S. Leischuck ‘64 Dr. Ann M. Neely ‘77 Dr. Robert L. Saunders ‘47 Dr. Merle Royston Friesen ‘76 Dr. Wayne Teague ‘50

Ohio University names Middleton ’90 education dean   Dr. Renée A. Middleton, a 1990 College of Education graduate and former member of the college’s faculty, was named dean of the Ohio University College of Education in May 2006. She officially assumed her duties in August.   As dean, she oversees the college’s three departments: Teacher Education, Educational Studies, and Counseling and Higher Education. She is also responsible for the six centers housed within the college, numerous community partnerships, and the professional development schools that currently enroll 1,500 undergraduate and 500 graduate students.   50

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Prior to her appointment, Middleton served as the college’s director of research, human resource development and outreach—a position she held since 1994. She was also a tenured professor in the college’s Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.   In April 2006, she was presented the Academic Freedom Award by the Auburn University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The award is given annually to a person demonstrating high ethical standards and professionalism in his or her field of specialization. The award also recognizes significant contributions to advocating, protecting and extending academic freedom at Auburn.   Middleton received her doctorate in rehabilitation administration from Auburn. She completed her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing at Andrews University and her master’s degree in clinical audiology at the University of Tennessee.


Distinguished alumni lecturer

Jhin ‘71 makes a global impact through peace corps


r. Kyo “Paul” Jhin ‘71, director of the Office of Planning, Policy and Analysis for Peace Corps’, returned to his alma mater on October 23, 2006, to speak to students about the Peace Corps. Visiting with the college’s administrative leadership student leaders, and presenting a campus seminar were all part of his activities as a distinguished alumni lecturer.   Jhin, who earned a doctorate in mathematics education from Auburn in 1971, is the Peace Corps’ liaison to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His office provides the agency with statistical reports about Peace Corps volunteers, country status reports and updates to the volunteer handbook.   “Dr. Jhin is such a wonderful example of the global benefits education offers,” Education Dean Frances Kochan said. “The Peace Corps proves that education happens outside the classroom, and each one of us can make a contribution to the global society.”   His seminar, held in the Foy Student Union attend by nearly 100 AU faculty, staff, students and administrators, emphasized the global work of the Peace Corps throughout its 45-year history.   “Much of the success I have had in my life is because of what I have learned from Auburn University and my major professor, Dr. Easterday,” Jihn said during his speech to Auburn students.   Easterday, who retired as a professor emeritus from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching’s Mathematics Education program in 1998, served as Jhin’s major professor. education.auburn.edu

With the help of college staff, Jhin was able to extend his visit to include similar agendas at both Alabama State University and Auburn University Montgomery.   The Peace Corps is celebrating a 45year legacy of service at home and abroad, and a 30-year high for volunteers in the field. Since 1961, more than 182,000

Jhin’s many achievements have been recognized at the national level, and he has numerous significant honors including Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He also received “Kukmin-Hunchang DongpaikChang,” the highest civilian award from the Korean government. He was named

Much of the success I have had in my life is because of what I have learned from Auburn University and my major professor, Dr. [Ken] Easterday. volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 138 countries where volunteers have served. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Currently, the Peace Corps has 8,000 volunteers in 70 countries, including 14 Auburn graduates, or as Jhin put it, “14 War Eagles.”   “Our mission is to build peace and understanding among mankind,” Jhin said of the Peace Corps’ mission.   Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Jhin served as the director of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Los Angeles and served as commissioner of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. He has also served as executive assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department Veterans Affairs, where he worked as a personal adviser and consultant to the Secretary on the formulation of broad department polices and the implementation of Department of Veterans Affairs programs. From 1983 to 1990, Jhin served as assistant superintendent for Educational Technology in the District of Columbia Public School system.

Alabama’s Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the Alabama Jaycees. He also received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Council of Asian Pacific Americans.

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C o l l e g e l a u n c h e s i n a u g u r a l c l a ss n o t e s s e c t i o n   Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Keystone Alumni Notes. Alumni news is listed by the year our graduates obtained their first degree from the College of Education. To submit your information for future editions of the Keystone, please use the Online Alumni Update Form in the Alumni section of our Web site, or e-mail your news and updates to eduinfo@auburn.edu.




Dr. J. Floyd Hall, a retired school superintendent and college professor, was the subject of the book, In My Wildest Dreams, which chronicles his childhood in Langdale, Ala., time playing on Valley’s (Ala.) professional baseball team, service in the armed forces, studies at Auburn and lifetime achievements and challenges in the field of public education—including during the time of desegregation. Dr. Hall currently serves on the AU College of Education’s National Advisory Council.

Dr. Thomas N. Taylor, a retired school superintendent, was named to the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. He and his wife, Laura, reside in Clinton, Miss.

William D. “Bill” Langley, owner of Sharoan Enterprises Inc. in Columbus, Ga., was named External Relations Committee chair on the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Columbus, Ga.


In Memoriam: Dr. Earl H. “Buddy” Weaver of Brewton, Ala., passed away in September 2006. Most recently, he was serving Auburn as cochair of the university’s “It Begins at Auburn” campaign. He was honored in 1995 with the creation of a College of Education scholarship in his honor, which in part, recognized his service to the university as interim vice president for Alumni and Development from 1994 to 1995. He was granted an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Auburn in August 2006.

In Memoriam: Ethel Craddock, featured in the 2006 edition of the Keystone magazine, passed away in November 2006, just months after celebrating her 100th birthday.

1959 Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer was reappointed as Development Committee chair on the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. Before retiring to Auburn, Ala., with her husband, Ken ’59 (Engineering), she served as executive director of the Georgia Advocacy Office.


1962 Dr. Ed Richardson was named Auburn University’s 17th president in September 2006. Prior to his appointment as interim president in 2004, he served as Alabama’s state superintendent of education since 1995.

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1966 Mary Anne Bentley Cash, formerly of Phenix City, Ala., and now a resident of West Point, Ga., published the children’s book Edward of Canterbury. The book recounts the adventure of a “magical” cat with a blue and green eye who travels the English countryside teaching valuable lessons along the way.

1967 Kay Ivey of Montgomery, Ala., was elected for a second term as Alabama’s state treasurer. She was first elected as Alabama’s 38th state treasurer in 2002. A current member of the college’s National Advisory Council, Ivey was the 1996 recipient of the outstanding alumna award and 2005 Keystone Leader-in-Residence. Dr. J. Carlton Smith, a retired public school superintendent, was named

chair of Academic Affairs Committee on the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. He and his wife, Martha, currently reside in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

1968 Dr. Tim Alford, director of Alabama’s Office of Workforce Development, was appointed to the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. He and his wife, Freddie ’73 (Education) reside in Montgomery, Ala. Lynda Tremaine, principal at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School in Auburn, Ala., was among a team of school faculty to receive one of 28 Microsoft 2006 U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum awards given nationwide. Dr. Carol Edmundson Hutcheson, principal of East Columbus Magnet Academy in Columbus, Ga., was named Internal Relations Committee chair on the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. She and her husband, Dr. James “Jim” Hutcheson ’66 (Education) reside in Columbus, Ga.

1971 Mary Allen Hall of the Alachua County School District in Gainesville, Fla., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006.

Carpenter Donna Burchfield, a lawyer with King & Spalding, was appointed to the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. She and her husband, E. Penn Nicholson III, reside in Atlanta, Ga.

1973 Marcia Fink Webb, an academic venture teacher at Cary Woods Elementary School in Auburn, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Dr. W. Mabrey Whetstone Jr., director of Special Education Services in the Alabama State Department of Education, was named to Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. He and his wife, Charlotte ’78 (Education), reside in Titus, Ala. Alice Yarbrough of Auburn, Ala., was selected as 2007 Teacher of the Year by Dean Road Elementary School (Auburn), where she teaches second grade.

1975 Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr. of Dallas, Texas was appointed by the board of trustees of the Dallas County Community College as the institution’s sixth chancellor. Lassiter, appointed in June 2006, is the community college’s first AfricanAmerican chancellor. He


has previously served as president of Bishop College (Dallas); president of Schenectady Community College (New York); vice president for finance and administration at Morgan State University (Baltimore); and director of auxiliary enterprises/business manager at Tuskegee University.

1977 Gayle Gillaspy Carrick of the Darlington County School District in Hartsville, S.C., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Rebecca Smith McCoy of the Jackson County School District in Stevenson, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006.

1979 Carol Champion Lambert, at teacher at Autaugaville (Ala.) Elementary School, was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006.

1980 Carol Brelsford Bernich is the exceptional student education staffing specialist at Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. In this capacity, she oversees placement and transfer paperwork for ESE students enrolled at the high school. She is also the district coordinator of academic teams and coordinates academic tournaments for


middle and high school teams. She and her husband Kenneth ‘79 (Education), who is a teacher and coach at Niceville (Fla.) High School, reside in Mary Ester, Fla. Pamela Sissi Carroll of Tallassee, Fla., was presented the 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award by Florida State University, where she is department chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education in the College of Education.

1981 Dr. John William Covington, superintendent of Lowndes County (Ala.) Public Schools since 2000, was appointed superintendent of Pueblo (Colo.) School District 60 in June 2006. District 60 is a nationally recognized public school district serving nearly 18,000 students. He was instrumental in establishing (along with the college’s Truman Pierce Institute), then serving as chairman of, the Black Belt Superintendents’ Coalition. He was also named to the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. He and his wife, Wilanie Rivers-Covington, Wilanie Rivers-Covington, reside in Pueblo, Colo. Brenda Roughton of the Charleston County School District in Charleston, S.C., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006.

1982 Robin Feldman Harwell, a teacher with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Fla., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Kathy Scansocie Hoppe is currently serving as the director-at-large for New York biology teachers. She has been teaching in western New York for the past 23 years. During the past 12 years, Hoppe has been involved in the New York State Biology/ Chemistry Mentor Network and has led local, state and national professional development workshops. She is the recipient of the New York Biology Teacher of the Year Award

Al u m n i N o t e s through National Association of Biology Teachers, and the University of Rochester Teacher of the Year Award.

OAEA Youth Art Month chairperson for the past seven years.

Linda Carol White Kieling was recently recognized by the National Art Education Association as the National Middle Level Art Educator 2007. She and her husband Ron have a blended family of 5 children and reside in West Linn, Ore. She has taught sixth through eighth graders at Rosemont Ridge Middle School since 1999. She serves as director for NAEA’s Pacific Region Middle Level, is a board member and representative for the Oregon Art Education Association, and has served as the

Dr. J. Terry Jenkins, superintendent of Auburn (Ala.) City Schools, received the 2006 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Auburn University College of Education. He and his wife, Freida, reside in Auburn.


Elizabeth A. Ponder joined the staff of the Auburn University College of Education as a development officer. She was previously a planned giving officer for Auburn University.

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Lassiter ‘75 appointed chancellor   Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. has been appointed chancellor of the seven-college Dallas County Community College District. Dr. Lassiter received his doctorate in educational administration and finance from Auburn in 1975. He serves as Dallas County Community College’s sixth and first African American chancellor. Serving more than 64,000 credit and 25,000 continuing education students each semester – DCCC is the largest undergraduate institution in the state of Texas.   Lassiter joined the Dallas District as president of EL Centro College in 1986. He has also served as president of Bishop College (Dallas); president of Schenectady County Community College (New York); vice president for finance and administration at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD); and director of the auxiliary enterprises/business manager at Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL).

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Alumni Spotlight Brandt ’94 receives 2006 Milken Foundation Award

1984 Laurie Frantz Amberson with the Etowah County School District in Southside, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Maria Baker of Buncombe County Schools in Ashville, N.C., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006.

Brandt (second from left) received congratulations from state Sen. Ted Little, State Superintendent Dr. Joseph Morton, state Rep. Mike Hubbard, and Alabama State Board of Education member Betty Peters

Dr. Shannon Brandt ’94, a three-time College of Education graduate and a fourth-grade teacher at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School in Auburn, is among the recipients of what is called the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine. The Milken National Educator Awards, created by Milken Family Foundation chairman and co-founder Lowell Milken to celebrate, elevate and activate the highest caliber professionals in our nation’s schools, is considered one of the highest educational accolades in the nation.   Brandt received the news at a surprise October 17 all-school assembly from Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Joe Morton, with students, colleagues, school system administrators, and city and state government officials in attendance.   “She is an inspirational educator and deserves special recognition,” said Lynda Tremaine, principal and 1968 College of Education graduate. “Her desire to provide the best learning situation benefits all who work with her. She has become a teacher of teachers.”   Brandt interned at Wrights Mill Road Elementary as an Auburn University student and has been teaching fourth grade at the school for 13 years. She completed her bachelor’s in 1994, master’s in 1995 and doctorate in 2005—all in elementary education.   In accepting her award from Dr. Morton, Brandt cited the contributions and support she received from others.   “This really isn’t about me, it’s about a school. I would not be anything if it wasn’t for this school,” she said. “Everything I learned came from Auburn University and this school.”   Brandt, along with other Milken Educator Award recipients, will travel to the Milken National Education Conference in Los Angeles in April 2007 for a recognition ceremony, where she will also be presented with a monetary award of $25,000.

Beth Grimes Frazer is a family and consumer science teacher in the DeKalb County (Ala.) Schools system. Dr. Mark Neighbors of Opelika, Ala., was selected as Opelika City Schools superintendent in November 2006. He is the school system’s eighth superintendent since 1910. Neighbors has been with Opelika City Schools since 1991, during which time he was principal of Opelika Middle School (1991 to 2001) and assistant superintendent (2001 to 2006). Dr. Debbie Shaw, vice president of Auburn’s Office of Alumni Affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association, was elected president of the Alumni Directors of the Southeastern Conference, which represents all senior leaders of the SEC institutions and sponsors an annual conference for SEC alumni professionals.

1986 Kym Haas Prewitt, executive director of the


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Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama, was named a member of the Auburn University College of Education’s National Advisory Council. She and her husband, Johnny ’87 (Business), reside in Birmingham, Ala.

1987 Martha Pierce of the Baldwin County School District in Robertsdale, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Stephanie Carey Holcomb of the Vestavia Hills City School District in Vestavia Hills, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Dr. Susan Sorrells Hubbard of Auburn, Ala., was named associate dean for academic affairs in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences. She is a professor of nutrition and food science and former coordinator of the department’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Program. She was later honored as the 2006 hospitality educator of the year by the Alabama Hospitality and Restaurant Association.

1988 Richard Brown Sr., principal of Beauregard High School in Opelika, Ala., was named the 2005-06 High School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals. An educator since 1969, he joined the BHS faculty in 1971 as a science


and physical education teacher, as well as the head coach for basketball and baseball, and assistant football coach. He was named principal in 1979.

1990 Dr. Renée Middleton, formerly director of research, human resources and outreach in Auburn University’s College of Education, was appointed dean of the Ohio University College of Education in August 2006. While at Auburn, she also served as a faculty member in the college’s Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology. In April 2006, she was presented the Academic Freedom Award by the Auburn University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The award is given annually to a person who has demonstrated high ethical standards and professionalism in his or her field of specialization. The award also recognizes significant contributions to advocating, protecting and extending academic freedom at Auburn.

1991 Jennifer Dempsey, media specialist at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School in Auburn, Ala., was among a team of school faculty to receive one of 28 Microsoft 2006 U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum awards given nationwide. Tiffani Knotts Peters has been working as a speech-language pathologist at Ashford Elementary School in Dothan,


Ala., for 16 years. She and her husband Danny ’98 (Liberal Arts), a self-employed physical therapist and owner of The Therapy and Wellness Group Inc., have three children: Andrew (14), Emily (9) and Abigail (6). Renee Rowe-Goodson of the Santa Rosa County School District in Milton, Fla., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006.

1992 Heather Ford of the Hoover City School District in Hoover, Ala. was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Brenda A. Holder, an English teacher at Southside High School in Selma, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. John Pennisi was selected as Auburn (Ala.) City Schools’ 2007 Secondary Teacher of the Year and 2007 Teacher of the Year by Auburn High School, where he teaches English and journalism. Dr. Christal Pritchett, an assistant professor at Alabama A&M University, was elected 20072008 president of the Alabama Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon.

1993 David Benefield of the Cullman City School District in Cullman, Ala., was

among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Dr. Cindy Murphy of Conyers, Ga., received the 2005 Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges was voted by the Georgia School Counseling Association as Outstanding Counselor of the Year award. She is a counselor at Loganville (Ga.) High School.

1994 Dr. Shannon Brandt, a fourth grade teacher at Wrights Mill Road El-

ementary School in Auburn, Ala., received a Milken National Educator Award in 2006. She has taught fourth grade at the school for 13 years, not counting the time she interned there as an undergraduate. She and her husband, Chris (a 1993 Education graduate), have two children: Christian, 7, and Caroline, 5. She was also among a team of school faculty to receive one of 28 Microsoft 2006 U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum awards given nationwide. Eric Harris is a teacher in the Cobb County (Ga.)

Schools system.

1995 Philip Holley of the Mountain Brook City School District in Birmingham, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. David Kross was named principal of Benjamin Davis High School in Decatur, Ala. Patricia “Tricia” Skelton, a fifth grade teacher at Morris Avenue Elementary School in Opelika,

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Freeman ‘06: For the Love of Teaching   Upbeat, positive and passionate for learning are just a few qualities that have helped Kari Beth Freeman ‘06 have a successful first year teaching. Freeman graduated from College of Education’s Elementary Education program in 2006 and is now teaching first grade at Riverside Elementary School in Suwannee, Ga.   “I have a passion for learning,” said Freeman, who has known she wanted to teach since the first grade. She and her 20 first graders spend their days in a sports-themed classroom that is as vibrant and colorful as the teacher. Freeman’s enthusiasm for teaching extends beyond the classroom. She is a Jazzercise instructor, with classes twice per week.   “The internship and practical experiences I gained at Auburn helped me to be ready to teach,” she said. “I’ve been told by school administrators that Auburn’s College of Education graduates are by far the most prepared right out of school.”   During her time at Auburn, Freeman was involved in College of Education’s Student Ambassadors, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Camp War Eagle and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Despite being active in many school organizations, it is apparent from her 4.0 cumulative grade point average that education is paramount.

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Smith ’68 to lead largest publicly traded hospital company in U.S.

Wayne T. Smith ’68, president, chairman and CEO of Community Heath Systems Inc., is positioned to lead the country’s largest publicly traded hospital company after a merger was announced between CHS and Triad Hospitals Inc in March 2006.   The combined company would own or operate approximately 130 hospitals in 28 states, with a total bed count of more than 18,700. The acquisition remains subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2007.   “This is a strategic growth opportunity for CHS,” Smith said. “This deal will substantially increase CHS’s overall scale and enhance its geographic diversity. The two companies have similar values, and we are excited about the 54 Triad hospitals and the addition of six new states to our portfolio. This acquisition compliments our rural strategy by adding mid-size markets in great locations.”   Smith, along with his wife Cheryl, is a 1968 graduate of the College of Education. Mr. Smith also completed a master’s in general education in 1969. He has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration. Before joining CHS in 1997, he was the chief operating officer of Humana Corporation, which honored his company service through establishing three titled professorships and an endowed undergraduate scholarship in the college.   In 2003, he was named the college’s inaugural Keystone Leader-in-Residence—a program designed to honor Education alumni for significant achievements in and contributions to private, public or nonprofit sectors. Currently, Mr. Smith chairs the college’s “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign Committee.   Located in Franklin, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville, Community Health Systems is a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities throughout the country. Through its subsidiaries, the company currently owns, leases or operates 77 hospitals in 22 states. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services. Shares in Community Health Systems Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.”


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Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Dr. James Werth, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Akron, was awarded the 2005 American Psychological Association Fritz & Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award.

1996 Cynthia Cottle Holloway of Phenix City, Ala., is currently employed as a media specialist with the Muscogee County (Ga.) School District. She was named the 200304 Teacher of the Year at Wesley Heights Elementary School, and earned National Board Teacher Certification in November 2005. Amy Jenkins of the Gwinette County School District in Snelleville, Ga., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Sandra Lawson Little, a second grade teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Stephenson Stephanie Pike of Mechanicsville, Va., recently joined Circuit City’s Web site team as a senior project manager. She is also working toward completing an MBA at the University of Richmond.




AU Education Alumni join National Board Certified Teachers Class of 2005-06

Kari Stearns Lovetinsky of Durham Public Schools in Durham, N.C., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006.

Criswell of Susan Wrights Mill Road Elementary School in Auburn, Ala., led a team of teachers who were one of 100 such groups recognized nationally as being among the nation’s most innovative educators in the 2006 ING Unsung Heroes awards program. Program funding allowed the team to create from an underutilized area of the school an “Invention Studio” that would allow students to work collaboratively or individually on ideas using an assortment of materials such as Styrofoam, modeling clay, balloons, wood blocks and simple machinery to help spark creativity and exploration.

The following College of Education graduates join the nearly 7,800 teaching professionals earning National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 2005-06. They join the more than 55,000 National Board Certified Teachers nationwide. For more information, visit www.nbpts.org.

Emily Spaulding Pharez of the Baldwin County School District in Fairhope, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Deana Kelley Schnuelle, a library media specialist at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Ala., leads one of 20 new school teams selected in 2006 for the 21st Century Learning Project, an intensive professional development program to help improve teaching and learning for the “Net Generation.” The project is funded by a grant from the Microsoft Corp.’s Partners in Learning program through the Alabama Best Practices Center, part of the Montgomery-based A+ Education Foundation.

1999 Kathryn Hazeltine Maehlmann of the Madison City School District in Madison, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800 teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Jennifer Spencer of Auburn, Ala., was selected as 2007 Teacher of the Year by Wrights Mill Road Elementary School (Auburn), where she teaches fifth grade.

2001 Sean Stevens has returned to Auburn to continue graduate studies in business education by pursuing an education specialist degree. He currently teaches at Sylacauga (Ala.) High School and recently received the 2007 Alabama Business Education Outstanding Secondary Business Educator Award.

Alabama Marcia Webb ‘73 Auburn Auburn City Schools Rebecca Smith McCoy ‘77 Stevenson Jackson Co. Schools

Sandra Lawson Little ‘96 Auburn Auburn City Schools Kathryn Hazeltine Maehlmann ‘99 Madison Madison City Schools

Carol Champion Lambert ‘79 Autaugaville Autauga Co. Schools


Laurie Frantz Amberson ‘84 Southside Etowah Co. Schools

Robin Feldman Harwell ‘82 St. Augustine Florida School for the Deaf and The Blind

Martha Pierce ‘87 Robertsdale Baldwin Co. Schools Stephanie Carey Holcomb ‘87 Vestavia Hills Vestavia Hills City Schools Heather Ford ‘92 Hoover Hoover City Schools David Benefield ‘93 Cullman Cullman City Schools Patricia Skelton ‘95 Opelika Opelika City Schools Philip Holley ‘95 Birmingham Mountain Brook City Schools Emily Pharez Spaulding ‘98 Fairhope Baldwin Co. Schools Keely Sosebee ‘02 Birmingham Mountain Brook City Schools

Mary Allen Hall ‘71 Gainesville Alachua Co. Schools

Renee Rowe-Goodson ‘91 Milton Santa Rosa Co. Schools Georgia Amy Jenkins ‘96 Snellville Gwinnett Co. Schools North Carolina Maria Baker ‘84 Ashville Buncombe Co. Schools Kari Stearns Lovetinsky ‘98 Durham Durham Public Schools South Carolina Gayle Carrick Gillaspy ‘77 Hartsville Darlington Co. School Brenda Roughton ‘81 Charleston Charleston Co. School

Sarah Armstrong of Auburn, Ala., was named the area’s “best teacher” by readers of the Opelika-Auburn News. She is a sixth-grade teacher at Drake Middle School in Auburn.

2002 Keely Sosebee of the Mountain Brook City School District in Birmingham, Ala., was among the nearly 7,800

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teachers nationally who achieved National Board Certification in 2006. Dr. David Stodden, an assistant professor in the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green (Ohio) University, is the recipient of the 2006 National Association of Sport and Physical Education, Lolas Halverson Outstanding Young Investigator Award. Jenny Galimore of Auburn, Ala., was selected as 2007 Teacher of the Year by Yarbrough Elementary School (Auburn), where she teaches third grade.

2003 Rachel Adams is a K-12 vocational education teacher in the Manatee County school system in Bradenton, Fla. Kristen Britton is a teacher in the Huntsville (Ala.) City Schools system. Brian Burrows is the assistant director of Local Transition Partnerships for the Auburn and Opelika High Schools. Burrows also serves on Alabama’s Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) and the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) Steering Committee. Joshua Harry is a teacher in the Lee County (Ala.) Schools system. He resides in Valley, Ala. Dr. Candice H. Howard, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotions at Troy University


(Ala.), is the 2005-2006 recipient of the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the university’s most prestigious honor for faculty members. Kathryn Gwaltney Lemack is the director of operations for the National Center for Sports Safety in Birmingham, Ala. The nonprofit organization educates coaches on sports safety and how to stabilize an injured athlete until a medical professional arrives.

2004 Dr. Regina Bentley is an assistant professor in Auburn University’s College of Nursing. Also a registered nurse, her current teaching areas include obstetrical nursing, women’s health, fundamentals of nursing, fundamentals skill laboratory, and spiritual and cultural nursing. Tanya Ison Boone is a teacher in the Elemore County (Ala.) School System. She and her husband, Kevin ’02 (Engineering), reside in Wetumpka, Ala. Lyndsey Estes of Tifton, Ga., is currently an occupational therapist. She completed her master’s in occupational therapy at the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2006. Her interests include pediatrics and rehabilitation. Mary “Jan” Patterson Burkhalter is a teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Ala. She and her husband, Andrew ’03 (Business), reside in Auburn.

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Dr. LaLanya Ramsey of Phenix City, Ala., is principal of Russell County Middle School in Seale, Ala. Amberlyn Frances Scott is a kindergarten teacher at Springville Elementary School in Springville, Ala. She and her husband, Chase, reside in Remlap, Ala. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

2005 Dr. Mandy Godfrey Condit is a school psychologist with Clayton County Public Schools in Morrow, Ga. She married Paul ’00 (Forestry) in April 2005. Dr. Deirdre Cosper Greer is an assistant professor and Early Childhood Education Program coordinator in Columbus State University’s College of Education, Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Necola “Nicole” Holiday of Montgomery, Ala., is an associate professor in the Counselor Education program at Alabama State University. As an active member of the American Counseling Association, she is currently the division president and national membership co-chair of Specialist in Group Work Division, the newsletter editor for the Marriage and Family Division, and the awards chair for the Multicultural Counseling and Development Division.

2006 Dr. Mary Bartlett of Montgomery, Ala., received both the Individual Publication Award and the Research Award at the 2006 annual fall conference of the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA). She works part time at GrandView Behavioral Health Centers, and is an adjunction instructor at both Troy University Montgomery and Auburn University Montgomery. A member of the Alabama suicide Prevention Task Force, Bartlett travels nationally and internationally as a speaker/trainer on suicide prevention for the American Association of Suicidology. William Blake Busbin of Alpharetta, Ga., received one of 50 James Madison Fellowship awarded nationally by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C. The competitively awarded fellowship, directed toward current and prospective teachers of American history and social studies, supports graduate study of history and principles of the U.S. Constitution. Busbin is currently pursuing a master’s in secondary social sciences in the AU College of Education. Edward C. “Ted” Hoffman III is the director of bands for the Madison County (Miss.) Schools system. He and his wife Nicole, a teacher also in the Madison County Schools system, live in Brandon, Miss.

Angela Homan is pursuing graduate studies at Duke University. Andra Danielle Parrott, who currently teaches at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., is the recipient of a $1,000 New Teacher Grant from the Alabama Power Company Service Organization. The selection committee included educators and Service Organization members. Jennifer Strekas is a seventh-grade enrichment teacher at Samford Middle School in Opelika, Ala., where she and her husband, Joshua, reside. She has been employed by eLearning Online, an initiative of the Alabama State Department of Education and Alabama Public Television, to provide quality professional development to teachers online. She was part of the second cohort of Alabama teachers taking part in the training offered through EdTech Leaders Online.

F RIENDS In Memoriam: Charles M. Reeves Jr., husband of Dr. Frances Skinner Reeves ’71, passed away in November 2006. Reeves, a 1949 College of Business graduate who, along with his wife, was an avid supporter of the College of Education. The couple, long-time members of the Patrons of the Keystone/ Dean’s Circle, established an endowed scholarship in 2004 to honor Charles’ mother and father—both of whom were College of Education graduates.


New building allows Autism Center to expand much-needed services   The Auburn University Autism Center, once operating out of two rooms in Auburn’s Yarbr ough Elementar y School, is now in the first of its two-phase relocation to the Dawson Building on the AU campus.   The building, once home to AU Parking Services and Campus Police, will eventually offer 5,000 square feet that will not only enhance current services, but allow the center to realize portions of its vision and long-range plan that only additional space could provide.   “We’re excited about the opportunities the move afforded us,” said Dr. Caroline Gomez, one of the center’s two codirectors. “It will allow us, over time, to greatly expand our services and will give us a good, central location on campus. More importantly, it will allow us to do so much more for children and adolescents with autism and their families.”   This expansion comes on the heels of recent national studies estimating that this complex neurobiological disorder now affects one out of every 150 individuals in the U.S. While the disorder’s cause is still under debate, its effects are apparent: affecting four times as many boys as girls, and striking children as early as six months old and as old as three years of age.   Three miles from campus at Yarbrough where it was established in 2003, the Au-


tism Center had one classroom and one small observation room, which also doubled as an office for co-directors Gomez and Dr. Robert Simpson. Once renovations are completed later this spring, the center will include a diagnostic clinic, three classrooms, a conference room and office space for Gomez, Simpson, two outreach consultants and up to five graduate teaching assistants.   “We are very pleased that we can finally house all our services and personnel under one roof,” said Simpson, who, as a professor in the Depar tment of Rehabilitation and Special Education, also directs the Autism Teacher Training graduate program. “Until now, we have been located in three separate buildings across campus.”   The diagnostic clinic will allow the Autism Center to provide multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations—something parents now must wait six months to a year to receive. A team including Gomez, an educational specialist, a speech/language pathologist and an occupational therapist will conduct those evaluations.   “We hope that, by providing these diagnostic services, we can help reduce the wait time many parents have to endure,” Gomez said.   Currently, two of the three planned classrooms have been open and serving children ages 3-5 since fall 2006. Each

classroom will accommodate five children with autism and five peer models— or children without the disorder.   “Placing peer models in the classroom with children who have autism is an approach that is receiving a lot of attention and positive response,” Gomez said. “Children with disabilities often learn from other children what they do not learn from adults.”   The third classroom, opening once renovations conclude, will serve as a transition classroom for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 17-21. This class will be designed to assist individuals with autism to make a successful transition from school to work.   “Our ultimate goal will be independent employment for each individual we serve,” Simpson said. “Currently, the employment rate for adults with autism is around 15 percent, primarily because the factors affecting employment are so variable and unique to each person.”   Originally identified in 1943, autism is one of five autism spectrum disorders that persist typically throughout a person’s lifetime. Its prevalence is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined, and it affects all racial, ethnic and social groups.   Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.   For more information, visit education.auburn.edu/autismcenter.

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1915 Society 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.


of H o n o r : $1,000,000 o r m o r e


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

Andrew T. and Rebecca S. Baird James E. Baker Jr. Ralph Banks and Barbara Yancey Banks* Anne Brooks The Coca-Cola Foundation The Comer Foundation Edmund C. Dyas IV (in honor of Betty McLendon DeMent) David S. Elder and Judy V. Elder Paul E. and Barbara Flowers Nancy Y. Fortner Rev. Byron P. Franklin Sr. Betty T. Freeman T. Gordy Germany* and Gloria Germany J. Floyd Hall Floreine H. Hudson Kay Hathaway Jones Frances K. Kochan and William Kochan Gerald S. Leischuck and Emily R. Leischuck Ashley Harris Love Carolyn G. Mathews Kathryn Flurry Morgan* Sarah E. Newell* Sandra Bridges Newkirk Donald and Betty Lambert Harold and Shirley Patterson James Roger Payne and Angela Payne Sue Atchison Pearson Elizabeth A. Ponder Charles M. Reeves* and Frances Skinner Reeves Barry Straus and Dennis Straus John W. and Jane H. Turrentine J. Knox Williams and Jean Pierce Williams Robert J. and Yvonne Williams Jo Williamson Dennis and Dianne Wilson Cynthia L. Wilton Anonymous


of D e d i c at i o n : $500,000 - $999,999 Charles Fraley* and Mildred C. Fraley*


of C o m m i t m e n t : $100,000 to $499,999

AB Dick Company Alabama Power Foundation Martin L. Beck Jr. Ralph Carroll Boles* and Willie Mae Boles Caring Foundation Caroline Lawson Ivey Memorial Foundation Nancy Culpepper Chancey Alma Holladay David E. Housel and Susan McIntosh Housel Sam L. Hutchison* Jessie Ball duPont Foundation James William Lester* and Elaine B. Lester* James A. Manley and Harriett Manley John L. Moulton and Betty F. Moulton James L. Murrell Beth Sabo Jerry F. Smith Richard T. Scott, Jr. Albert James Smith Jr. and Julia Collins Smith Angelo Tomasso and Joy Tomasso Earle Williams and June Williams


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Welcome to our new Patrons of the Keystone




Patrons of the Keystone S CIR


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 multi-year 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.

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James ’69 and Susan H. ’71 Bannon Dr. Philip Browning Nancy Tilden Campbell ’69 Nancy C. and Jon E. Chancey Terrell Smyth Cheney ’69 Elizabeth Sims Cheshire Connie Bomar Forester Betty Freeman Judi B. Gaiser ’60 Dr. J. Floyd ’48 and Martha Hall 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 Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Jim ’60 and Harriett E. Manley John and Hedy (White) Manry Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson Jane B. Moore Zemmie Murray Byron and Carolyn Nelson June S. Nichols ’54 John R. ’35 and Isabel W. Parrish Harold and Shirley Patterson Joseph C. Piazza ’62 Beth Crawford Powell 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. Joseph J. ’67 and Elizabeth H. ’64 Russell 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 Dr. Edwin A. Thompson ’73 Cynthia L. Wilton Dr. James E. Witte Dr. Maria Martinez Witte Leslie S. Woodson ‘80 * deceased

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Key Contributors 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 during 2006.



of T r u s t reco gnizing donors who ha ve contributed at leas t $1,000 and more Anonymous Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Baird Mr. & Mrs. Jere Locke Beasley Boadman Nettles Ivey Barbara Nettles Ivey Foundation Mrs. Willie Mae Boles Mr. & Mrs. R. Bryant Mr. & Mrs. Robert Burkholder Mrs. Nancy Tilden Campbell Mr. & Mrs. Jon Ephriam Chancey Mrs. Terrell Smyth Cheney Dr. Elizabeth S. Cheshire Comer Foundation Dr. Debra Cobia & Mr. Don Adams Dr. Laura Haley Creel Mr. & Mrs. Grant C. Davis Mr. L. Nick Davis Mr. H. Joe Denney Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Wilkerson Diehl Mr. Alan Dorn Dr. Edmund C. Dyas IV Exxon Mobil Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Flowers Mrs. Connie Bomar Forester Rev. & Mrs. Byron Paul Franklin Mrs. Betty Thrower Freeman Ms. Katherine Elizabeth Freeman Mr. & Mrs. Ronald O. Gaiser Mr. & Mrs. James Greene Mr. & Mrs. George Stafford Hall Mrs. Julie Sheppard Harrell Dr. Virginia Hayes Mrs. Joyce A Horsley Dr. Floreine Herron Hudson Ms. Sylvia Yvonne Huggins Mr. & Mrs. John Hughes Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ernest Hunt Mrs. Kay E. Ivey Jessie Ball duPont Fund Kay H. and Burke C. Jones Mr. & Mrs. C. Christopher Joseph


Julia and Albert Smith Foundation Dr. Larry Howard Kelley Kelley Planning and Educational Services Mrs. Martha McQueen Kennedy Dr. Maxwell Clark King Mrs. Mina Propst Kirkley Dr. Frances Kochan & Mr. William Kochan Mr. William D. Langley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Lawrence Dr. & Mrs. Gerald S. Leischuck Dr. & Mrs. F. Martin Lester Mr. & Mrs. James Autrey Manley Mrs. Hedy White Manry Minnesota Mining Manufacturing Foundation Inc. Mr. & Dr. David W. Mixson Dr. Jane Barton Moore Mr. Edward F. Murray Jr. Ms. Luellen Nagle Dr. Byron B. Nelson Jr. Mrs. June Sellers Nichols Mr. John Randall Parrish Dr. & Mrs. Harold Dean Patterson Paul & Barbara Flowers Foundation Mr. & Mrs. James Roger Payne Mrs. Sue Atchison Pearson Mr. & Mrs. William Frederick Pepper Mr. Joseph C. Piazza Mr. & Mrs. David Scott Poole PraxAir Foundation Inc Mr. Harold Tobler Propst Mr. Charles Monroe* & Dr. Frances Skinner Reeves Mrs. Janet Fox Rice Mr. Benjamin Phil Richardson Mr. Kenneth Wayne & Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer Mrs. Theresa Robertson Robert M. Rice Investments Ltd. Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ellis Rowsey Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Julius Russell Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ronald Saunders

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Mrs. Lucy T. Scott Dr. Debbie L. Shaw Mrs. Marcia Loftin Sheppard Mr. & Mrs. Albert James Smith Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Thomas Smith Southern Company Dr. Holly A. Stadler Mr. Riley Randolph Stevens Dr. & Mrs. Barry Straus Dr. Edwin Alfred Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Tomasso Mr. & Mrs. John Gordon Trawick Mrs. Landa L. Trentham Mrs. Amy Hansford Underwood Mrs. Carol Cherry Varner Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Wear Dr. Andrew M. Weaver Mr. Harry R. Wilkinson Dr. & Mrs. George Dennis Wilson Ms. Leslie S. Woodson Dr. E. Travis York Jr. Dr. & Dr. Harold Zallen


of L oya lt y re co g n i z i n g d o n o r s w h o h a ve g i ve n $ 5 0 0 to $ 9 9 9 Ms. Mary Ann Pugh Arant Mr. Donald Edward Arnett* Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation Auburn Electric Inc. Dr. Susan Hall Bannon Mr. Albert L. Beckum Beckum Opticians Boeing Company Ms. Linda Louise Bomke Mr. & Mrs. Perry D. Branyon Dr. Philip L. Browning Capitol Container Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Brian Chunn Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. Coffman Mrs. Janet Coggins Mr. & Mrs. Steven Craig Compton Mrs. Anne Rouse Craig Dilworth Development Inc. Ms. Savannah Blair Duncan Mr. Tom Hamilton Duncan Mrs. Jennifer Smith Farley

Mrs. Josephine B. Ferretti Ms. Leigh A. Forman Georgia Power Company Mrs. Carolyn Campbell Golden Mr. Michael Clay Hickerson Dr. Bessie Mae Holloway Mrs. Lisa V. Hourigan Mr. Donald Brett Hutchins Mr. & Mrs. William R. Iber IBM Matching Grants Program Dr. & Mrs. William Reynolds Ireland Mr. & Mrs. E. Foch Jinright Mrs. Erwin D. Key Dr. & Mrs. Donald B. Lambert Mr. & Mrs. James Smith Lanier Leadership Foundations dba Sylvan Learning Mrs. Becky S. Lewis Dr. & Mrs. Terry C. Ley Mrs. Carolyn Ellis Lipscomb Mrs. Lucia Alston Logan Col. William R. Long Jr. Mr. David William Marsh Mrs. Marie Peeples McClure Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Alfred McCord Dr. C. William McKee Mrs. Sandra L. Newkirk Mr. J. David Nicholson Mrs. Karen Stapp O’Brien Mrs. Marjorie H. Parmer Mr. Daniel Mose Pate Mrs. Linda Colvard Perry Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Mr. & Mrs. James Ray Mr. & Mrs. J. Stephen Risley Mrs. Caroline Hume Ristad Mr. & Mrs. Raymond T. Roser Mr. & Mrs. David Richard Scott Mr. Michael V. Shannon Dr. V. Shamim Sisson Mr. & Mrs. Gus Stavros Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Newton Taylor Mr. Thomas Taylor Mr. Michael Douglas Tedder The Community Foundation in Jacksonville Dr. Martha Williams Thompson Tiger Aquatics Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hawley Tuberville Mrs. Joan Dickson Upton Usrey Brown Service Funeral Home Inc. Mrs. Susan Carr Wadsworth Waid True Value Mr. & Mrs. David Nelson Watts Mrs. Teresa F. Wetherbee Dr. Earle Carter Williams Ms. Jane Kerr Williamson Mrs. Edna Hulme Willis Mrs. Cynthia Wilton Dr. & Dr. James Witte W.R. Grace Foundation Inc.


of H o p e re co g n i z ing donors who h a ve g i ven $100 to $499 Mr. Jon Elvin Adams Mrs. Joyce Adkins Adams Dr. Sue Blair Adams Adcock Financial Group Mr. F. Reg Albritton III Mrs. Julia S. Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Timothy Opal Alford Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Gene Aman Mrs. Joyce Bowling Amos Mr. Jeffry Albert Angermann Mrs. Katherine Dixon Anglin Mrs. Jovette Gonzalez Arbona Ms. Elizabeth Mae Armistead Dr. Richard Crump Armstrong Mrs. Anne Marie G. Asbill Mrs. Alice Johnson Atkins Auburn Bank Auburn University HLHP Student Alliance Dr. & Dr. James Serenous Austin Ms. Brenda Joyce Austin Mrs. Carol Dent Auten Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Gordon Awbrey Dr. Richard B. Backus Mr. W. Jay Baggett Mrs. Cindy Stough Bailey Mr. Fred E. Baker Mr. Frank Barbaree

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Dr. Diane Ledbetter Barlow Mrs. Mary Sample Barlow* Dr. Pat Harris Barnes Ms. Barbara Lazenby Barnett Mrs. Beth Thomas Barnett Dr. Mary Sue Barry Dr. Connie Clemmons Baskette Mrs. Patricia B. Baughman Mr. William Gary Beard Ms. Janis Mills Beavin Mrs. Miriam Rhyne Beck Ms. Marian Collins Bentley Mr. & Mrs. David Berger Mrs. Jane Moody Bergman Mrs. Deborah H. Berry Mrs. Patricia J. Bethel Mrs. Beth Adams Bickham Mrs. Mary Hargett Biggs Ms. Rebecca Rose Sledge Bird Mr. & Mrs. James David Blackerby Mr. George F. Blake Lt.Col. Daniel Bloodworth Jr. Dr. William O’Neil Blow Mrs. Judy Hester Bodie Mrs. Nikki Martin Bodie Mr. Stephen Douglas Boling Mrs. Sally P. Bolling Mrs. Joan H. Bomar Ms. M Diane Boss Mr. Frank Lamar Boyd Jr. Mr. William D. Boyd II Mrs. Camilla H. Bracewell Dr. Carol Campbell Bradshaw Mrs. Julee Jambon Brandt Mr. William E. Brannen Mr. & Mrs. M. Lamar Brannon Ms. Thelma P. Braswell Mrs. Virginia T. Braswell Mrs. Debra Rowe Brazell-Price Mrs. Ann Marie Breeding Mrs. Carol Breeding Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bridges Mrs. Janice L. Brinson Dr. Richard E. Brogdon Mr. James Wesley Brooks Mr. Leonard Roland Brown Mrs. Mary Roberts Brown Mr. Maxwell Bruner Jr. Mrs. Melissa Shey Bryan Dr. Joseph A. Buckhalt Mrs. Karla M. Buffington Dr. Martha S. Buhler Mrs. Lucy E. Bumpers Mrs. Donna Burchfield Dr. & Mrs. Ernest L. Burdette Lt.Col. Samuel M. Burney Jr. Dr. Ray G. Burnham Mr. & Mrs. John S. Burns Mrs. Pallie J. Butler Mrs. Rose Marie Butler Mrs. Rebecca Page Byard Dr. Jane S. Cahaly Col. & Mrs. Alonza Lee Caldwell Mr. John Ray Caldwell Mr. Kermit Caldwell Mrs. Mona Murray Callahan Mrs. Donna McClung Camp Mr. Jerry Dean Canada Mrs. Priscilla Pace Cannon Mr. & Mrs. Jack C. Capps Mrs. Frances Capps-Palmer


Mrs. Linda Mason Carleton Mrs. Molly M. Carmichael Dr. Jamie Carney Mrs. Patricia W. Carr Dr. Pamela Sissi Carroll Mrs. Deborah Hopkins Carter Mrs. Brownie Carver Mrs. Debra Nathan Caudill Celebrity Home Builders Inc. Mrs. Sandra Baxley Chafin Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Anderson Chambliss Mrs. Laura Jones Chandler Dr. Russell L. Chandler Dr. Bernadette M. Chapple Mrs. Tanya Densmore Christensen Mrs. Mary Morris Clackler Mrs. Susan Lawrence Clay Mr. Dwight L. Cobb Dr. Daniel Joseph Codespoti Mr. & Mrs. Buford C. Cole Mrs. Margaret Haughery Cole Mr. Edwin Paul Collier Jr. Mr. Mitt Seymour Conerly Jr The Conerly Companies. Constellation Energy Mr. James O. Conway Mr. & Mrs. James Allen Cook Dr. Milton Olin Cook Mr. Robert E. Cooper Mrs. Elaine Rhodes Copham Maj. William Wayne Corless Mrs. Lettie Green Cornwell Dr. Hollie Anderson Cost Mrs. Andrea Duddles Couch Dr. Johnny William Covington Dr. Cynthia Ann Cox Ms. Lindy Belle Cox Mr. Randle Clifton Cox Mrs. Shirley Tuggle Crafton Dr. Franklin R. Croker Mrs. Dorothy Hackney Crook Mrs. Diane Myrick Cropp Ms. Jill T. Crow Capt. & Mrs. Jonathan Jay Crowder Mr. & Mrs. James Rudolph Culbreth Mrs. Martha Meadows Culley Dr. John Carl Dagley Mrs. Beatrice D. Dallas Dr. Judith Carter Damewood Mrs. Linnie Luker Daniel Ms. Lillian Cross Davis Ms. Olivia A. Davis Mrs. Rochelle Morriss Davis Dr. Joseph J. Day Jr. Mrs. Marjorie Sellers Day Mr. Dennis Lee Dean Mrs. Brenda Glenn Dee Mrs. Ann Harris De Hart Mr. & Mrs. S Eugene Dekich Ms. Lorraine de la Croix Mr. James N. Dennis Hon. John Denson Mr. Kirby S. Derrick IV Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Dixon Mrs. Suzette Lauber Doepke Mr. Joshua Adam Donaldson Mrs. Almena Fletcher Doss Ms. Kathryn R. Driscoll

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Brian Driskell Dr. & Dr. William Preston Dunaway Dr. Marla Hooper Dunham Mr. Darell Payton Dunn Dr. Patricia Lenora Duttera Mr. & Mrs. William G. Dyas Mr. Thomas Fuller Dyas Jr. Dyas Toyota Inc. EAMC HealthPlus Mrs. Kimble Manley Eastman Mrs. Barbara Ham Eilers Mr. Calvin H. Emmert Mr. William Lee Ennis Dr. & Mrs. David Jackson Evans F. Allen and Louise K. Turner Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Joe Billy Fain Mrs. Jodie Brantley Faith Mrs. Judith Jones Faris Mrs. Rebecca L. Farris Mrs. Martha M. Featherston Mrs. Susan M. Fell Ms. Ann Marie Ferretti Mr. Haven C. Fields Mr. John Henry Flathman Mrs. Ellen C. Flenniken Mrs. Julia C. Floyd Capt. Marvin F. Forrester Ms. Jennifer Page Foster Mrs. Joanna Johnston Foster Mrs. Frances B. Fowler Mrs. Anne Johnson Freeman Mrs. Edith Young Fuller Dr. Raymond Bernard Furlong Dr. Thomas R. Gann Jr. Mr. Robert Gannon Mr. John C. Garner Ms. Joyce L. Garrett Mr. Phillip L. Garrison Mr. George Rodgers Gatewood Gatewood Prosthetics Mr. Thomas A. Glanton Dr. John M. Goff Dr. Jennifer M. Good Mrs. Marjorie Daniels Goode Mrs. Anne Carpenter Goodell Mrs. Ann Clay Gordon Mrs. Barbara D. Gosser Mrs. Doris Jones Graves Mrs. Mikell L. Greco Mrs. Anna Holmes Greene Mrs. Sue W. Gresham Ms. Carole S. Griffith Mrs. Virginia Derby Grimes Mrs. Mary Chambers Gross Mr. Steve Guenther Dr. Ann H. Guess Mrs. Sylvia Ballow Gullatt Mrs. Alisa Marsh Gyauch Mrs. Candis Hamilton Hacker Mrs. Cindy Nunnelley Hafer Dr. James E. Hairston Dr. J. Floyd & Mrs. Martha Hall Mr. Thomas Lynn Hall Mr. Lynwood Hector Hamilton Ms. Helen Frances Hanby Mrs. Sharon C. Hanes Mrs. Dottie W. Hankins Mrs. Jennifer Sims Hardison Mrs. Amy Peinhardt Harley

Lt.Col. Edgar F. Harlin Jr. Mr. Terry W. Harper Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Harrigan Mr. Cody Wilson Harris III Mrs. Belva Burgess Hart Mrs. Brenda J. Hartshorn Dr. Deborah Dominey Hatton Mrs. Mary Hunt Hayes Mrs. Cynthia H. Haygood Ms. Reba Carol Haynes Mrs. Theresa D. Haynes Mrs. Sue R. Hearn Ms. Ann Wynell Helms Mrs. Linda K. Hemming Mrs. Linda Moore Henderson Dr. Mary Catherine Henderson Dr. & Mrs. Elbert C. Henson Mrs. Susan Buck Herran Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Herron Mrs. Barbara Reed Hester Mrs. Carolyn Kerr Hickerson Mrs. Paula Cheek Hicks Mr. Eric Allan Higgins Mr. Roger Alan Hildebrandt Mrs. Laura Finlay Gilmore Hill Mrs. Sara Wade Hill Mr. Perry Richard Hinds Mr. & Mrs. William Harlan Hinson

Dr. Nathan L. Hodges Ms. Cathy Harvill Hoefert Ms. Leah D. Hoffman Mrs. Mary Clackler Hollands Mr. Donald A. Holley Holmes Specialty Advertising Mrs. Ramona Hamrick Hood Mrs. Megin Lynn Hopke Mrs. Michal Hearn Hopson Mr. William Patrick Horton Mrs. Vicki Evans Hough Mr. & Mrs. David Emerson Housel Mrs. Harriette H. Huggins Mrs. Ann C. Hughes Mrs. Betty Willingham Hughes Mr. & Mrs. William Luther Hydrick Mrs. Kathleen Hogan Ingram Innovo LLC Dr. Teresa Singletary Irvin Mr. Levyn Wayne Ivey Mrs. Karen B Jaquith J.F. Smith Group Dr. James T. Jenkins Mr. James H. Jernegan Mrs. Amy Loyd Johnson Mrs. Jane McFarland Johnson Dr. Paul Edwin Johnson

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Opportunities 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.

Opportunities to honor an educator in the College of Education include: • Naming an educator on The Honor Roll • Naming an annual scholarship • Endowing a named scholarship • Endowing a named professorship • Naming a building, room or other portion of a building For more information, please call 334.844.5793 Keystone • Volume IV, 2007


Mrs. Penelope D. Johnson Dr. Thomas Franklin Johnson Mrs. Patricia R. Johnston Mrs. Susan Johnston Mr. Carlton Richard Jones Ms. Doris Jeanne Jones Mrs. Linda Hall Jordan Mr. T. Frank Jordan JSC and Associates World Class Education Services Mr. Waldo Williams Keister Dr. Paul William Kellerhals Dr. Betty Harrison Kennedy Mrs. Linda Lee Kessler Ms. Kate Kiefer Mrs. Lisa Hudgins Kirk Mrs. Catherine P. Kirkpatrick Ms. Jenifer Anne Kleyn Dr. Jane G. Knight Mrs. Lena Smith Knight Mrs. Carter Maxwell Koart Mr. & Mrs. W D. Lambert Mrs. Barbara Jean Lammon Mr. Stephen Paul Landram Mrs. Harriet J. Landrum LCD Properties Mrs. Betty McFaden Lange Mr. D. Gaines Lanier Dr. & Mrs. Todd Grimley LaRue Mrs. Carolyn Ennis Latham Mrs. Jean Morriss Law Mrs. Gail Cartledge Laye Dr. & Mrs. Leonard Le Walls Mr. Sam F. Ledbetter Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles V. Lemmon Mrs. Mary Neill Lester Mrs. Betty Parkman Letlow Mrs. Carol Thompson Lewis Mrs. Janet McCray Lewis Mr. Michael Alan Lindsey Dr. & Mrs. Taylor D. Littleton Ms. Renee Denise Lloyd Mr. & Mrs. James Alton Lockett Mrs. Lela Melson Lofton Mrs. Frances Kuzmicki Lokey Mr. James Albert Lovell Mr. & Mrs. James Godfrey Lovell Mrs. Margie Kimberly Lovoy Mr. Dwain Gregory Luce Dr. Cynthia Rolen Lumpkin Mrs. Jeanne Hall Lynch Machen, McChesney & Chastain Mr. Michael B. Maddox Mr. & Mrs. William W. Malcolm Mrs. Alice Johnson Mallory Mr. Eli Thomas Malone Mrs. Margaret M Malone Mrs. Sherry Nunn Manley Mr. D. Dale Mann Mrs. Jane Morrow Mann Mrs. Jan M. Mason Mr. John C. Massey Mrs. Carolyn G. Mathews Dr. Robert J. McAlindon Mrs. Linda Kay P. McCartney Mr. & Mrs. Thomas T. McCoy Mr. Gary D. McCrory Mrs. Lynn Zell McDaniel Mrs. W. Kaye McDonough Mr. & Mrs. Larry H. McElroy


Mrs. Cheryl L. McFarlane Mrs. Nancy Eich McGuire Mrs. Rebecca Burdette McKay Mrs. Terri A. McLemore Mrs. L. Anne McMahan Mrs. Paula Stapp McMillan Mrs. Virginia P. McPheeters Mrs. Carolyn Hunter Meeks Merrill Lynch and Co. Foundation Inc. Mr. Roy Gene Mezick Mrs. Joanne Webb Michael Midsouth Bank N.A. Mr. Chipley Shaun Miller Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Miller Dr. Wilbur R. Miller Rev. & Mrs. Donald R. Minton Mrs. Lee Overton Mitchell Dr. James Carleton Mohan Mr. Alex Randall Moore Mrs. Barbara Mull Moore Mr. Hal Moore Mr. Harry Virgil Moore Dr. & Mrs. Walter H. Moore Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon Legrande Morgan Mrs. Karen H. Mullins Ms. Maria Lyn Munroe Mr. Michael Peeples Murphy Mrs. Mary Jane H Murray Dr. William V. Muse Mrs. Nan Timmerman Nabors Dr. & Mrs. James L. Nave Navigator Asset Management Mr. Harry E. Neff III Mrs. Sandra M. Nesbitt Mr. & Mrs. William Vinkley Neville Mrs. Mary Hollis Newell Mr. D. L. Newkirk Mrs. Dianne Kimbell Newman Mrs. Amy Moore Nicholas Mr. Thomas Hiliary Nicholas Mrs. Michelle Renee Nichols Mr. James Lawrence Nolen Mr. Brian Lee Norris Mrs. Dorothy S. Norris Ms. Molly Elizabeth Norris Dr. Norma L. Norton Mrs. Joy Camp Nunn Col. & Mrs. Dalton Huey Oliver Mr. Bob Osborne Mr. Jackson Brooks Osborne Mr. & Mrs. C. Ostick Mrs. Charlotte Williams Overstreet Dr. Norman Lewis Padgett Dr. Francis E. Palma Mrs. Debra Rowe Palmer Mrs. Emily Jones Parham Mrs. Dorothy Crump Parker Mrs. Pamelia M. Parker Mrs. Patsy Boyd Parker Dr. & Mrs. Paul Franklin Parks Mrs. Deborah Smith Pass Mrs. Jenny Vela Pate Mrs. Janet Appleton Payton Mrs. Susan McKay Peacock Mrs. Martha Woods Peake Mr. & Mrs. Jack Jones Pease Mrs. Gail Roberts Pellett Mr. & Mrs. William B. Pennington

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Mr. & Mrs. Jack R. Peters Dr. Dallas Petrey Mrs. Lucinda O. Petway Mr. Raymond Samuel Phagan Col. & Mrs. Walton A. Phillips Mr. Jordan Eric Phillips Mrs. Gethyn G. Phillpott Dr. Harry M. Philpott Mrs. June Neely Piedmont Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc. Dr. Joel Chandler Pittard Mrs. Sherri Hill Plant Dr. & Mrs. Richard J. Polmatier Ms. Elizabeth A. Ponder Mr. & Mrs. William Earl Porter Mrs. Judy Terry Powell Mrs. Glenda Arnette Presley Mrs. Kymberly Haas Prewitt Mrs. Louise Gandy Price Mr. Walter R. Pridmore Mrs. Virginia Cooper Prince Mrs. Erma Carlisle Proctor Mrs. Stacy Williams Proffer Mrs. Mayrelizbeth P. Pryor Mr. John David Puckett Mrs. Thelma Williams Purdie Mr. & Mrs. Warner J. Raines Mr. John Belton Ramage Realmark NRG LLC Dr. Cynthia J. Reed Ms. Gwendolyn Ferris Reid Mrs. Jean Brown Reid Mr. William J. Remmert Dr. Douglas Wayne Reynolds Mrs. Traci Ellen Rigdon Mr. Raymond Edward Ringer Mrs. Heather Thompson Rish Mrs. Patricia F. Robbins Mr. Jerry D. Roberson Mrs. Lillian Hussey Roberts Mrs. Pamala C. Roberts Dr. William Ladon Roberts Mrs. Christina S. Robinson Mrs. Carole Pierce Rogers Mrs. Rachel H. Rogers Mr. Robert W. Rogers Mrs. Joan Rose Lt.Col. John W. Ross Jr. Mrs. Kelley Ledbetter Rote Mrs. Cynthia B. Rothstein Dr. Mary E. Rudisill Mr. Vernall G. Ryder Jr. Mrs. Janice Ham Saidla Mrs. Brenda Smith Sanborn Mr. Robert L. Sanders Mr. & Mrs. James A. Sands Mr. & Dr. Alfred Danny Sanspree Dr. C. Cayce Scarborough Mrs. Martha Vest Scarbrough Mrs. Shirley King Scarbrough Mr. Anthony P. Schilleci Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Robert Schmitt Mrs. Elizabeth H. Schmitt Ms. Elizabeth Ann Scott Mrs. Martha J. Scott Mrs. Judy Kell Scully Mrs. Marilyn L. Seier Mrs. Kay Richardson Selah Mr. Keith A. Sellers Ms. Amelia Leigh Senkbeil

Mrs. Martha Jones Senkbeil Mrs. Maura Frances Shaffer Ms. Kathryn Milner Shehane Mr. Todd Michael Sheils Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Shelton Mrs. Elizabeth T. Sheppard Mrs. Carol Curtis Sheridan Mrs. Marianne Sherman Mrs. Connie Lynn Shewchuk Mrs. Alisa Walker Shivers Mr. Paul G. Shoffeitt Mrs. Michelle Makus Shory Ms. Sandra S. Sikes Mrs. Laurie Maurer Simons Mr. Randy Simonton Dr. Robert G. Simpson Mrs. Ann Blizzard Sims Mr. & Mrs. Charles Eugene Skinner Mrs. Nancy Murray Slayden Hon. & Mrs. William John Smith Mrs. Elizabeth Bagby Smith Mrs. Emwynn Neal Smith Dr. & Mrs. James Louis Smith Mr. Jerry Franklin Smith Lt.Col. Joel R. Smith Mr. John Carlton Smith Mrs. Lavonia W. Smith Mrs. Leigh Hutto Smith Dr. Mary Alice Smith Mrs. Susan C. Smith Mrs. Jacqueline Lee Sneed Mr. James M. Snow Mrs. Barbara Goodwin Songy Mrs. Marsha Hampton Spain Mr. & Mrs. Jon J. Spano Mrs. Joan Baker Speights Ms. Eva Mae J. Spielman Dr. & Mrs. Glenward Ledon Spivey Dr. Ernest Clayton Spivey Mr. William Spradlin Sr. Mrs. Christina Graham Stamps Mrs. Martha Bartlett Stamps Mrs. Linda English Stanley Mrs. Susan Hester Stanley Mrs. Patricia H. Stemsrud Mrs. Virginia B. Stephens Mrs. Robbie Q. Stephenson Mrs. Helen M. Stewart Mr. John Homer Stewart Jr. Mrs. Linda Long Stewart Mrs. Carolyn Hogan Stilwell Mr. Billie L. Stone Mrs. Edith Hunt Stone Mrs. RoseLyn G. Stone Mrs. Brenda Landrum Straub Mrs. Gladys K. Street Mrs. Jane Paxton Street Maj. Joey Strickland Mrs. Kathleen G. Strickland Dr. Suhyun Suh Ms. Tracey E. Sutherland Mrs. Patricia H. Swecker Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lewis Swindle TAB Office Systems & Solutions Dr. & Mrs. T. Lavon Talley Ms. Deborah Elaine Tatum Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Teague Dr. John Waits Teel Mrs. Peggy Sanders Teel

Mrs. Virginia Perry Teem Mr. Richard Graham Tenhet Mrs. Linda Pritchett Thomas Mrs. Suzanne P Thomason Mrs. & Mr. Mary Ruth Thornton Time Warner Inc. Dr. A. Eugene Tootle Mrs. June M. Torbert Mrs. Barbara S. Townsend Mrs. Mary Townsend Mrs. Carolyn D. Trolinger Dr. & Mrs. James Trott Mrs. Sonja Mills Truesdell Mr. & Mrs. Michael Joseph Tullier University Agency Inc. University Pediatric Dentistry USAA Community Affairs D-3-E Mrs. Debra Usry Turner Dr. Louise Kreher Turner Mr. & Mrs. David Edward Tuszynski Mrs. Rhonda Burks Van Zandt Mrs. Nancy Brown Veale Vulcan Materials Company Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Waldrip Ms. Barbara Huggins Wall Mr. Arnold D. Wallace Mrs. Amy Lawrence Walton Mrs. Nancy Wood Ward Mrs. Virginia McCall Warren Mrs. Mary Jo Wasson Dr. Samuel William Watkins Mr. & Mrs. Joel Colley Watson Dr. Jacquelynn Wattenbarger Mrs. Marilyn A. Watts Mrs. Giscene Rister Weaver Mrs. Sarah Byrd Weaver Mr. & Mrs. John Michael Weigle Mrs. Laurie McKinney Weitzel Dr. W. Mabrey Whetstone Jr. Ms. Marilyn L. Whitley Mr. Donald Earl Whitlock Mrs. Rita M. Whitman Mrs. Christine T. Wiggins Mrs. Catherine Laing Wike Mr. & Mrs. David Hardy Wilkins Mrs. Carol S. Williams Mrs. Jean Pierce Williams Dr. Linda Yates Williams Mrs. Regilynn Williams Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Wade Williamson Mrs. Carol Sikes Willis Mrs. Gretchen Rahm Willis Mrs. Joy Daniel Wilson Ms. Marilyn N. Windham Mrs. Carolyn Sutton Wingard Mrs. Evelyn Smith Wood Mr. Marvin R. Woodall III Mrs. Theles S. Woodfin Mr. Brian Wooke Mrs. Lissa McCall Wright Mrs. Jeanette Milton Wyrick Xerox Foundation Mr. Thomas Bruce Yandle Jr. Dr. June Thomas Young Mrs. & Mr. Catherine C. Zodrow

* deceased