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THE EDUCATOR Dewar College of Education Faculty/Staff News Source

February / March 2013

Dewar College Marks Expansion With Name Change





College Name Change

NCATE Update


Share the Wealth

This is How We Do It

Departmental Happenings

Bring on the Revolution!

The Dean’s Desk A college is only as good as its faculty and ours in the Dewar College of Education is ambitious, dedicated, and academically accomplished. This is evident, as faculty annual reports have begun to cross my desk. The number and diversity of activities associated with teaching, research, and service described in these reports is impressive. Congratulations on your many accomplishments, especially in the face of repeated budget cuts and competition for students from a large number of other institutions. Thank you for the extra duties many of you have undertaken recently, especially those associated with the upcoming NCATE review. Everyone in the college will be involved over the next year as we prepare for the NCATE review which will begin in spring, 2014 and end with an onsite visit by a team of examiners during fall semester of that year. A writing team for each standard has been established, and they are actively engaged and making great progress. The Conceptual Framework Committee has been very focused and worked diligently to finalize this document, which provides the foundation for all we do in the college. They have gathered input from our stakeholders and incorporated these ideas into a document that reflects the college and provides direction. A portion of that direction requires us to be creative and innovative. Toward that end, we have initiated a new

program, Skunkworks, to solicit ideas from faculty and staff that could help the college, or a partic ular aspect of it, run more efficiently. The general concept behind Skunkworks is faculty and staff have creative ideas and solutions that could potentially improve processes within the college. The original concept is credited to a Lockheed Aircraft Company research group as a way to solicit new ideas from all members of the organization. Our COE concept is designed to be a fun and creative mechanism by which anyone in the college can propose solutions or improvements to existing procedures or activities. If you have a Skunkworks idea, please contact Mike Griffin (, as he is coordinating this effort for the COE. Lastly, the Dewar College of Education will officially have a name change to the Dewar College of Education and Human Services as of July 1, 2013 when we welcome Marriage & Family Therapy and the Division of Social Work into the college. It will be an exciting change and will bring new opportunities for all programs. Thank you again for all that you do for our students. My door is always open for conversation and suggestions for how this office can serve you better. Dr. .Brian Gerber Interim Dean, COE 2

Could this be the last of “The Educator” as we know it?

Stay Tuned …. CONTENTS The Dean’s Desk

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100% Attendance!

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Conceptual Framework

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Assessment Center Update

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Share The Wealth

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COE Advising Center

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Dr. Jack Rainer Recognized

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ATE Conference

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Personnel Sp0tlight

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This is How We Do It!

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Student Employment Week

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CSD Lecture Event

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HESA Student Presentation

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Power Your World

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Students Presenters

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Bring on the Revolution

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100% Attendance ! Members of the NCATE/ GaPSC Accreditation Review Preparation Team participated in one of two orientations‌ 100% attendance demonstrated these professionals’ commitment to a successful accreditation review.

Team members study the contents of the orientation packet.

Dr. Lynn Minor discusses the support role of the Assessment Center.


Thanks to the members of the Dewar College of Education Conceptual Framework Committee for all their work on updating the conceptual framework. We would like to invite all interested parties (i.e., faculty, students, parents, and P-12 partners) to review the current draft of the conceptual framework and provide feedback by completing a very brief survey. The current draft and survey are available on the following website: welcome.php The survey will be available through Friday, March 1, 2013.


like to thank all the members of the NCATE/ GaPSC writing teams who are busy preparing the Institutional Report and Exhibits. Thanks also to all the faculty and administrators who continue to collect, analyze, and use data to improve our programs and unit operations. These collaborative efforts are crucial to our continuous improvement process and allow the Dewar College of Education to continue to prepare educators who “positively impact learning through evidence-based practices.�

COE Assessment Center Accreditation Update We are pleased to announce the Board of Examiners (BOE) team members from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) will visit our campus for an onsite review on November 2-4, 2014. We would

Lynn Minor

Watch for the upcoming video. . . Starring some of your education colleagues!

NCATE/GaPSC Public Relations Team is on the move! This will be a great opportunity for all of our students to learn more about the Dewar College of Education. . . . .


KSPE Students and Faculty

Share The Wealth!

VSU Health & Physical Education Majors and faculty members attended the Georgia Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Share the Wealth Conference on Jekyll Island. The primary purpose of the Share The Wealth conference was to address pertinent theories and provide practical experiences concerning physical education specialists, coordinators and administrators; preschool and day care center personnel; special education teachers; recreation directors and therapists; and professional preparation personnel in physical education, recreation, early childhood education, middle grades education or special education programs. Students and faculty members not only attended the conference, they represented Valdosta State University College of Education with three amazing presentations: Grant, M. & VSU Students (2013). Balanced Kids? "Crazy"Ideas for Educational Gymnastics. Share the Wealth in Elementary, Middle, and High School Physical Education Conference. Jekyll Island,

Georgia. (January 26, 2013). Hagood, S., Sanderson, S., & VSU students (2013). STEP to Success - Inclusion & Cooperative Activities for All. Share the Wealth in Elementary, Middle, and High School Physical Education Conference. Jekyll Island, Georgia. (January 25, 2013). Satterfield, H. & Hagood, S. (2013). Catch and Throw On the Go. Share the Wealth in Elementary, Middle, and High School Physical Education Conference. Jekyll Island, Georgia. (January 26, 2013).

Tinsley Berryhill, Jeremy Brown, Kelly Kendrick, Zach Brogdon, Jessica Stone, and Anthony Reynolds after helping present STEP to Success - Inclusion & Cooperative Activities for All - at the Share the Wealth Conference in Jekyll Island, GA

From left to right: Tinsley Berryhill, Jeremy Brown, Kelly Kendrick, Zach Brogdon, Jessica Stone, and Anthony Reynolds

Dr. Susan Hagood & VSU Health & Physical Education Majors present - STEP to Success - Inclusion & Cooperative Activities for All - at the Share the Wealth Conference in Jekyll Island, GA


Dr. Sonya Sanderson & VSU Health & Physical Education Majors present - STEP to Success - Inclusion & Cooperative Activities for All - at the Share the Wealth Conference in Jekyll Island, GA

From left to right: Rusty Woske, Kevin Simpson, Kelly Kendrick, Dr. Matthew Grant, and Tinsley Berryhill present - Balanced Kids? "Crazy" Ideas for Educational Gymnastics - at the Share the Wealth Conference .

Dr. Mike Griffin participates in - - STEP to Success - Inclusion & Cooperative Activities for All


Ms. April Collins receives the Phillips-Baber Share the Wealth Scholarship

major in a positive manner. They must also submit their teaching philosophy along with three recommendations from their mentors, former teachers, or professors. This prestigious $500.00 scholarship along with a plaque is presented each year during the opening ceremonies of STW to the well-deserving winner in front of their peers and other health and physical education professionals.

The Phillips-Baber Share the Wealth Scholarship began in 2007. It is awarded to a Health and Physical Education Major from Valdosta State University who is a current junior moving into their senior block; or a senior who will attend the VSU HPE Masterâ€&#x;s program. Students must have at least a 2.75, be involved with community service, display a high level of professionalism, have several volunteer experiences, and represent their 9


dents by sharing with them the resources available to help them make smart decisions and be successful.

During Spring semester 2012, the COE Student

The open house was for all new and transfer students. Our graduate assistants worked hard to market the open house and decorate the office. Each student received a personal email inviting them to the week-long event. Students were asked to either schedule a specific time to come by or to drop by at their convenience. The COE-SAC staff members met with each student and explained their program of study, GPA requirements, and the “5 (Withdrawal) policy”. Students were also informed about some helpful resources available to them, such as, the student success center, career services, and the counseling center. The COE-SAC staff members also encouraged the students to use their VSU email as their main mode of communication with the COE-SAC staff and their professors. Afterwards, students were invited to enjoy a snack and register for a chance to win a “Chick-fil-A” coupon. A winner was announced daily. It was a busy week, but it was time well spent. The open house helped the advising sessions in October take less time since most students had already been informed about all the basic information they needed to know.

Advising Center (COE-SAC) counseled 112 freshmen who were placed on academic probation after attending one semester at Valdosta State University (VSU).

During our counseling sessions, most students made the following comments: “I didn’t know I could get help or where to go for help.”

COE-SAC has recently received the academic probation list for the fall 2012 freshmen. We were pleased that the number of freshmen on academic probation was down from 112 to 64. We plan to have an open house each semester to inform and help new students have a successful academic experience.

“By the time I found out that I could withdraw from classes, it was after midterm and too late.” “I knew I was failing at mid-term, but I thought I could pull it up.” “It was my first time away from home. I wasn’t self-disciplined.”

Please encourage any student new to VSU this semester to stop by. Also encourage all your students to make COE-SAC their home away from home.

“I never had to study in high school, so I thought college would be the same.” To be proactive, the COE-SAC staff decided to hold an open house during Fall semester 2012. The main focus of the open house was to empower stu-

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WORKSHOP in Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning The NASP PREPaRE Curriculum (2011)

steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community provider roles.

provides school-based mental health professionals and other school personnel comprehensive training on how to establish and serve on school safety and crisis teams. The PREPaRE model emphasizes the following hierarchical and sequential set of activities:

The workshop also explores how to prepare for school crises by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans. The workshop registration fee includes lunch and all printed materials; CEUs are available; enrollment may be limited.

P—Prevent and prepare for psychological trauma

Melissa Reeves, PhD, NCSP, LPC joins us in Valdosta as current Chair and founding member of the PREPaRE Workgroup and is the primary author of PREPaRE Workshop 1: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness. Dr. Reeves is coauthor of Identifying, Assessing, and Treating PTSD at School (2010), and Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (2009). Dr. Reeves is a two-time recipient of both the NASP Presidential Award and the NASP Crisis Management Interest Group Award for Excellence.

R—Reaffirm physical health and perceptions of security and safety

E—Evaluate psychological trauma risk

P—Provide interventions a—and

R—Respond to psychological needs E—Examine the effectiveness of crisis prevention and intervention

For more information contact:

Melissa Reeves and Larry Hilgert will be co -presenters of the 1-day workshop, scheduled for April 12th, 2013. The workshop provides school-based mental health professionals, administrators, security professionals, and other educators the knowledge and resources to help them establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. It emphasizes the unique needs and functions of school teams and the

VSU Continuing Education 229.245.6484 or Larry Hilgert 333-5616


the board certified clinical psychologist, licensed health service provider psychologist, and licensed applied psychologist. “Personally, the move is a good one for me and my family and is a congruent fit for this time in my life.”

Dr. Jack Rainer recently won a bronze medal in the 2012 National Health Information Awards for his article “Neutralizing Stigma,” which was published in the July/August 2011 issue of the bi-monthly Arthritis Self-Management magazine. The announcement came five months after the 57-year-old Tifton native joined the Valdosta State University faculty as a professor of psychology and head of the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

“My first semester at VSU has been an interesting one,” he added. “The psychology department is lively and active. It is a large major. Stepping into the new role as department head has required a quick learning curve, definitive decision making, and reception of a great deal of help from my faculty peers and the university administration. People at the university have been remarkably good spirited and helpful in assisting me to get the „lay of the land‟ and to advocate for students and faculty in the various university structures. I‟m happy to be here and look forward to continuing to settle into a more consistent rhythm.”

“My goal was to write a practical self-help article for people living with arthritis,” he said. “Arthritis is often a hidden disease and one that is easily misunderstood. Many people think that it is easily managed, „just a part of getting older,‟ and a physical nuisance. Different forms of arthritis can seriously compromise a person‟s quality of life. People living with the demands of arthritis often need help from others to manage through the day and certainly are worthy of having the limits of their bodies understood and respected.”

In the past year, Rainer has co-authored two resource and reference works, Rural Mental Health: Issues, Policies, and Best Practices and Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness. His next book, Life and Loss: Counseling and Therapy for Grief and Bereavement,” will be published in the spring. He is a regular contributor to various professional journals and an experienced presenter. “I am writing more and find that it is quite enjoyable,” he said. “One of the more pleasant aspects of getting older is having the ability to step into the bully pulpit and speak my peace. The books, chapters, and articles have been well received, as evidenced by the award for the stigma article. They are ways to teach larger numbers of people who may find help in something I‟ve written, and that is important to me.”

Rainer left Atlanta in August 1997 and moved to Boiling Springs, N.C., entering the world of academia as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Gardner-Webb University. He also maintained a part-time association with a group practice offering a full range of psychological services in a rural community. Five years later, he moved to South Georgia, where he worked as a psychologist at the Valdosta-based Midtown Psychological Associates.

Rainer‟s chosen areas of research include grief and bereavement, end-of-life care, quality of life enhancement, rural mental health, and psychotherapy processes. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Journal of Healthcare Leadership Editorial Board, Georgia Psychological Association, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy Editorial Board, Psi Chi Honor Society, Southeastern Psychological Association,Psychology Research and Behavior Management Editorial Board, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and more.

In the summer of 2007, Rainer returned to GardnerWebb University as a professor of psychology and dean of the Graduate School. He also began offering his services as a consulting psychologist. Two years later, he was named the director of clinical training and professor of psychology at Georgia Southern University. He remained in Statesboro until he joined the VSU family in August 2012.

In his spare time, Dr. Rainer enjoys reading fiction and spending time with his wife of 34 years, Karen.

“Professionally, the move to VSU offers me the collegiality I seek as an academician and clinician,” said

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"Survival Bag", which helps you prepare for and make #10 a reality. As he spoke about "Motivating and Managing Classrooms Using Effective Humor", he emphasized that management must always come before instruction and described how to be proactive, rather than reactive. He talked about how important attitude is, both that of the teacher and of her students. We also learned about the "Classroom Management Blueprint" which will help any new teacher plan and prepare for effective classroom management.

COE Students Attend ATE Conference This year, ATE held their annual conference in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency. They also held a Pre-Service Teachers Strand designed specifically for college students in a teacher preparation program. This was great news for us! Since it was so close, Mrs. Jamie Bird and Mrs. Carolyn Gish were able to take six students to Atlanta to be a part of this experience. Of the six students who attended, four were undergraduates who are currently in their student teaching, and two of us were graduate-level.

Some of the other speakers we heard from included Dr. Joyce King from Georgia State University, Dr. Betsy Rogers, and Dr. Jane McCarthy. Dr. King spoke about "The Role of Cultural Knowledge", describing the importance of culturally connected curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Dr. Rogers was the National Teacher of the Year and she spoke about some of her experiences, emphasizing showing the kids that you care about them, working to enhance their lives and motivate them. Dr. McCarthy spoke about "Who's Coming to School", describing the importance of knowing your students and where they are coming from. She also taught us that any student can be considered "at risk" depending on the situation.

This was a wonderful opportunity and I think all of the other students who attended would agree, being part of a national conference was an amazing, and eyeopening learning experience. We listened to speakers from around the country talk about current issues in education, as well as things that they wish they had known when they began their first year of teaching. It was nice to see that the things we worry about as we prepare for our first year of teaching are the same things that others worried about. I also saw that our teacher-preparation program in the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education is doing all the right things to prepare us for what's to come. Our professors strive to teach us the most current and proven practices in an everchanging field, as well as provide us with diverse classroom placements so we are able to experience a variety of experiences and environments. Of all of the speakers we listened to, Dr. Howard Smith was by far my favorite. He talked to us about the "Top 10 Items That Make Your Classroom Come Alive", and "Motivating and Managing Classrooms Using Effective Humor". His "Top 10" included things like Laugh and Smile Through the Day (#10), Make Day One An Unforgettable Day (#9), Set High Expectations for Your Students (#8), Develop A Great Attitude, and Help Your Students Develop One Also (#6), and You, the Classroom Teacher, Makes the Difference (#1). Dr. Smith also gave us a handout, called the

The topics that each speaker presented on are currently big issues in our field, and will help us be better teachers in the future. We could see that each of these presenters has a real passion for teaching and loves what they do. It was very inspiring and made all of us excited about and better prepared for entering the classroom and our first year of teaching.

Stephanie Howard Graduate Assistant-Early Childhood & Special Education


Lynn Adams along with her CSD graduate assistant Joni Cox, has started a parent support group for families impacted by autism. The group is called F.A.S.T which stands for Family Autism Support Team. Lynn and Joni will have a booth at the Azalea Festival next month AND will have a Zumba fundraiser in April during Autism Awareness month. For more information contact: Lynn Adams Associate Professor Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 299-333-5931


mentation with the new COE website and serving as a member of the NCATE writing review team.

In each issue of The Educator we try to spotlight one of the many support personnel who enrich the college and make the many successes of the Dewar College of Education possible. . . Meet Jennifer Ling, a city girl from the heart of Manhattan. She cringed at mud and swore against life without modern plumbing, but turned half wilderness crazy upon obtaining a bachelor‟s degree in Marketing and Management at Syracuse University. During this period, she indulged herself in caving, canoeing, ice climbing, and canyoneering. Yet, she never stepped foot in the south. A brilliant epiphany occurred and a decision was made to embark on a whole new journey. Jennifer Ling enters the VSU community as a Marriage and Family Therapist intraining for her master‟s degree. Nowadays, she exercises her brand new driving skills and tinkers with the new COE website as a graduate assistant working with Dr. Gerber, Dr. Leech, and Dr. Scheffler. Jennifer‟s eclectic experience has seen her working to improve her collegiate community with the Residence Hall Association, to mentoring young children in the city of Syracuse, to having strategic marketing discussions with much taller people, on the corporate floors of mtvU. Perhaps this may be what drove her straight towards alcoholic spirits before the age of 21; “drinking” in all that Absolut had to offer on their passion for creative advertising with TBWA/Chiat/Day. Eventually, she settled down into a small publishing firm owned by Barnes and Noble, where she gained copyediting skills. It was this same skill that currently finds her occupied in the imple-

On her down time, Jennifer tries looking for free spare parts for her car and if you have any, please contact her at the Dean‟s Office in the Education Center building.


This is how we do it! CSD and VSU NSSLHA are on the move! The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) founded in 1972 is the national organization for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the study of normal and disorders of human communication. VSU NSSLHA chapter members have been actively involved in a number of departmental and community service projects this year. They began the 2012-2013 academic year by partici-

students from the five schools in Georgia with accredited Speech-Language Pathology programs in the state of Georgia would log onto their website and ask their Speech-Language Pathologists questions about diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Of the five programs, VSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders won the competition and were the recipients of a $200. 00 voucher for supplies from the Super Duper Publications. In November, approximately 3540 students converged on Atlanta, Georgia to attend the 2012 American -Language Hearing (ASHA) Convention. Several students, along with their mentors, presented poster sessions. Sarah Lively and Joni Cox were two of the graduate students who presented their research. David Sampson, another graduate student, was chosen to participate in the 2012 Minority Student Leadership Program sponsored by ASHA. He attended board meetings and saw firsthand how ASHA operates. Approximately 25 students volunteered their time and energy at the convention and were recognized as Student Ambassadors at the 2012 NSSLHA

pating in the Alzheimer‟s Walk at McKey Park. Many students participated and our chapter was recognized by the local Alzheimer‟s Chapter as having the most online participants to register for the walk. The VSU NSSLHA Chapter raised approximately $370.00 for the cause. Students also donated school supplies to the SOS Children‟s Village in Harare, Zimbabwe. Dr. Rudo Tsemunhu, a faculty member in the Curriculum Leadership and Technology Program delivered the supplies on her trip back home in December 2012. Cobb Pediatric sponsored a competition to see which 16

Day activities.

for battered women and children.


This Spring semester, 2013, approximately 46 undergraduate and graduate students attended the 2013 Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association (GSHA) in Macon, Georgia. Approximately 15 graduate students and their mentors presented posters at the convention. Amanda Alexander won the award for best student poster presentation, Sarah Lively and David Sampson won therapy material during the luncheon drawing and give away from Super Duper Publications. David Sampson was also awarded the Jack Bess Scholarship in the amount of $500.00. This award recognizes a student who has displayed exceptional scholastic achievement, leadership skills, and professional involvement in research or service at the local or national level (GSHA, 2013). Vince Clark, a former VSU graduate, was honored by receiving the Robert A. Hull Leadership Award. Other recognitions included VSU having the most students attending the convention, having the most poster sessions, and having the most students who had joined GSHA during the membership drive. In the February 2013 issue of the ASHA Leader, Lora Backes and her sister Joan were featured in an article in the section called Family Matters. Stephanie Crook, a third semester graduate student, her mother, and sister were also featured in the First Person Section. Stephanie and her sister are speech-language pathology students while her mother is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist.

Faculty members also presented at ASHA. Dr. Jade Coston, Dr. Ruth Stonestreet, Dr. Corine MyersJennings, Joni Cox, & Sarah Lively Preparing CSD Students to Analyze Language Sample Data Using LENA Dr. Jade Coston with Dr. Shubha Kashinath (Cal. State-East Bay) and Dr. Juliann Woods (FSU) Evidence-Based Collaborative Strategies for SLPs Providing Early Intervention Services Joni Cox, Sarah Lively, & Dr. Jade Coston Using LE-

NA to Analyze Lexical Diversity in Parent-Child Dyads Karen R. Noll and Brianna J. Bywater Establishing a Productive Peer Mentoring Relationship. Dr. Jade Coston with Dr. Carla Wood Jackson (FSU), Dr. Shubha Kashinath (Cal. State-East Bay), and Maya Callendar (FSU) The Utility of LENAs for Authentic Assessment of CLD Children


Ruth Renee Hannibal

NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEK! April 8 -11, 2013 Hosted by the VSU Student Employment Office The Student Employment Office is collaborating with the Graduate Office and Financial Aid Department to recognize outstanding on-campus student employees including graduate assistants and work-study students. .

Eligibility: A student must meet all of the following conditions to be considered for the award: 

Must be employed by a VSU college/unit/department.

Must have completed or expected to complete a minimum of six (6) months part-time employment during this academic year.

Must be an undergraduate and graduate student assistant who is employed on an hourly basis.

Nomination Form: Please complete the nomination form for any STUDENT ASSISTANT(S) that you wish to nominate by March 15, 2013; nominations received after this time will not be considered. The nomination form may be accessed through the following hyperlink, human_resources/studemp/forms/SEOTYCampusNomination.php.

We look forward to receiving your nominations. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Student Employment Office at 229-333-7574. Thank you, Sherri Adams


University, where she teaches courses in languagelearning disabilities, phonology, and research design. Student poster presentations will be available for viewing during the registration period (8:15 to 8:45 a.m.) and during program breaks. Dr. Masterson‟s lecture runs Dr. Julie Masterson from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and participants can earn 5 continuing education hours as approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. The event will be held at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center. A link to the program brochure / registration form is available on the CSD webpage. All proceeds from the Deavours Lecture Series benefit the VSU Speech & Hearing Clinic.

CSD Hosts the 3rd Annual Dr. George “Russ” Deavours Lecture Event On Friday, April 12th, the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) will host a continuing education event for speechlanguage pathologists and educators in our community. The event is part of the Dr. George “Russ” Deavours Lecture Series, which began in 2011 to honor the retired VSU professor who established the VSU Speech & Hearing Clinic and the undergraduate and graduate programs we know Dr. Russ Deavours today as CSD. The presenter for this year‟s lecture event, Dr. Julie Masterson, will discuss the “ABCs of Word-Level Reading and Spelling” and help participants learn assessment and instructional strategies related to literacy development. Dr. Masterson is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State

Jade H. Coston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Communication Sciences & Disorders Valdosta State University (229) 219-1307

HESA Graduate Student Presents Research

Chad‟s faculty advisor and mentor is James Archibald, Ph.D., LPC.

Chad Jerkins, a graduate student in Higher Education and Student Affairs program, presented at the 2012 Core Matters Conference here at VSU. The title of presentation was “How Core Curriculum is Implemented into Learning Communities: A Comparative Look.” The focus of the project was to examine three different institutions and show a comparison of the models used for implementing the core curriculum into learning communities. Some of the successful strategies and models that were identified were discussed as possibilities for learning communities at Valdosta State University.

James G. Archibald, Ph.D., LPC Office: 229-333-5633



VECA Eight Graders Light Up Learning Middle Grades preservice teachers worked with Valdosta Early College Academy (VECA) eighth-grade students on a project titled Powering Your World: The Science and Mathematics of Electricity. Each group developed a project which involved wiring a model room for a house and comparing the cost of appliances based on use of electricity and purchase cost. The project culminated in each group displaying their work in the COE lobby on Thursday, February 21. VECA students shared what they had learned about parallel and series circuits, and about linear functions and formulas for power and energy.


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Pleas Ideas will be submitted to Mike e beg in su ting bmitGriffin mrgrif(acco your m ideas initially for sugge panied s optio ted solut by vetting and evaluation by the ns) im ions/ m ediate “Skunkworks” review commitly. tee. “Winning” idea s will be recog nized by the Dean and will receive a gift card. This pro gram is intende d to be a fun, yet creativ e mechanism to enhance the operation a nd efficiencies w ithin the COE and poten tially (going for ward) to involve the entir e VSU campus. Regards, “COE Skunkworks Team” 21

SKUNKWORKS IDEA SUBMISSION FORM (Click to access as Word document)

Name : __________________________________________ Title/Position: ______________________________ Dept.: _____________________________________________ Date: ____________________________________

Skunk Works ideas should target small recurring problems that are correctible, or significantly minimized, by implementing creative, simple ideas or processes.

Please describe the recurring problem (75 – 100 words):

Please describe your solution(s). Be efficient in your wording, limit 1-page:

Send your submission to Mike Griffin at Revised 2-19-2013 22

Southern Association for College Student Affairs Annual Conference

more likely to deter misconduct as oppose to current sanctions. Currently, the study is in its‟ third phase. Nigel Richardson is a Graduate Advisor with OASIS and Matthew Parnell is a Hall Director with Housing and Residence Life. James G Archibald, Ph.D. serves as both Nigel‟s and Matthew‟s advisor as well as the Program Coordinator for the Higher Education Leadership program.

At the closing of last semester, 2 Higher Education Leadership students, Nigel Richardson and Matthew Parnell, presented at the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Annual Conference with James G. Archibald, Ph.D, LPC. SACSA is a professional association designed for the development of practitioners, educators, and students engaged in the student affairs profession. The title of the presentation was “Student‟s Perceptions of Conduct Sanctions: A Review of Deterrence Theory.” We are applying aspects of deterrence theory to investigate which sanctions are


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Well folks ..That’s it until… the next time! Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Dewar College of Education Newsletter. With your input it can only get better. Look for some changes in “The Educator” in coming months.


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