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THE DEAN’S PERSPECTIVE One year has passed since Dr. Vincent C. Alfonso took the helm as the Dean and he is delighted to say he is very satisfied in his role serving the School of Education (SOE). The Dean’s first-year priorities included: • building relationships and trust in the SOE and at the University; • recognizing faculty as an integral contributor for decision making; • finding opportunities to increase enrollment and develop degree programs; and • strategizing to create opportunities for partnerships and collaborations within state, national and international markets. Already, many of the priorities have been addressed. The Dean and faculty have collaborated on significant projects that are either in place, new or developing. Current work is focused on the public schools, Catholic schools, Native American Tribes and military families. In 2013-14, these collaborations resulted in: grant awards for Teacher Education to benefit faculty, students and local schools; collaborations with outside agencies to create a formal partnership focused on the Special Education Spokane Autism Hockey Project; receptions for public


school superintendents and Catholic school principals; sponsoring a professional development day for Catholic school teachers; coordinating an assessment conference in 2015; hosting the Young Child Expo and Conference in 2015, and developing program proposals for two doctoral programs in the SOE. Recent outreach to the Kalispel, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Tribes is creating meaningful discussions for future teacher institutes, workshops and seminars on working with Native American students. Preliminary meetings have been held with Fairchild Air Force Base to find ways to support military families as well. This is an exciting time as Dr. Alfonso guides our future with his efforts to identify areas where we can provide programs, services and academic scholarship to increase the visibility and support for faculty, students and our community.

Dr. Vincent C. Alfonso spent 19 years at Fordham University in the Graduate School of Education as a professor and top administrator. Dr. Alfonso earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his master’s and doctorate in clinical/school psychology from Hofstra University. His scholarly work focuses on assessment and treatment of preschool children, psychoeducational assessment, life satisfaction and subjective well-being, professional training, stressful life events, social support, and health.


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“Our study abroad program and the M.Ed. in Leadership and Administration master’s program has been an enriching experience for candidates, faculty and the Gonzaga community.” DR. VINCENT C. ALFONSO, DEAN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

G LO B A L E N G A G E M E N T AT I T S F I N E S T The School of Education (SOE) has collaborated with the Charles Lwanga College of Education (CLCE) in Monze, Zambia since 2008, establishing a four-week study abroad program for SOE education candidates. In Summer 2010, the first group of candidates traveled to Zambia to work with teachers at CLCE to demonstrate literacy teaching methods, assist in creating a program for their students, and to share strategies for teaching English. Thanks to Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Honor Society, more than 1,500 children’s books and educational materials were collected that summer to create the Gonzaga Literacy Library at the College. Dr. Deborah Nieding, Cocoordinator of the program summed up the first summer experience. “We never expected over the course of a month that we would form such an emotional connection with the College, but the work with students and teachers made us feel like valued members of their community.” Our global service and commitment to CLCE grew when the SOE was asked to offer a master’s degree program. CLCE is transitioning from a two-year primary teacher training

college to a four-year bachelor’s – granting institution which requires that all CLCE instructors have a master’s degree. Program development was guided by Dr. Jon Sunderland, (former SOE Dean), and Dr. Deborah Nieding, Associate Professor in Teacher Education, with the assistance of Dr. Raymond Reyes, Associate Academic Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, and program faculty. The M.Ed. in Leadership and Administration program (six semesters) began in January 2013; 25 teachers graduated in December 2014. Program faculty traveled to Zambia for one week at the beginning of their teaching semester to provide face-to-face instruction and the remainder of the course was delivered through Blackboard. In summer 2013, 25 teachers came to Gonzaga for their summer residency, and for many, this was the first time they had been away from their country. In addition to their coursework, the University and SOE held a number of events for them to experience American culture, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and to shop (computers were a big item).

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In 1963, eight students entered the first counseling class in Child Guidance. Today, the Department of Counselor Education offers four master’s degree programs that serve over 120 students in the U.S. and Canada. C O U N S E LO R E D U C AT I O N C E L E B R AT E S 5 0 Y E A R S Fifty years of dedication to the success of the program by faculty, supervisors, advisory boards, students, graduates, and the School of Education and University Administration have allowed the programs to evolve and thrive. The framework for program development was guided by national accreditation standards that involved close examination of curriculum, increasing practicum and internship hours well above the State requirements, identifying areas for program changes, and revising degree titles. This focused program design resulted in accreditation in 2005 from Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for master’s degrees in School Counseling and Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, and in 2012 for the newly introduced program in Marriage and Family Counseling.


The programs’ strong foundation has contributed to the success of the candidates. Examples include: average test scores on the National Counseling Examination over the last three years exceeded the national and CACREP average; faculty and candidate collaborations have resulted in an increased number of accepted presentations at state, regional and national conferences; several publications co-authored with faculty; and over the last 12 years, 53 graduates received doctoral program admissions. Additionally, candidates in the programs provide invaluable service to a wide group of clients from diverse backgrounds. The candidates’ practicum and internship hours serve schools, colleges, agencies, clinics, hospitals and treatment centers in the U.S. and Canada and each year they are responsible for more than 35,000 volunteer hours that lend support at 41 locations in the Spokane community and 16 locations in Canada. Program success is also attributed to our doctoral faculty who are practitioners in their field. As service providers, they offer teaching examples from their counseling cases. Being taught by active practitioners has a long, rich legacy in the Department of Counselor Education and graduate students develop mature, professional counseling processes as a result.

In 1977, the Department goal was to meet students in the cities in which they reside, and the outreach resulted in the development of a Master of Counselling degree to serve working adults in remote communities in Canada. Full-time SOE faculty travel to Alberta and British Columbia reaching students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to continue higher education in their field. Candidates choose our program to connect with faculty face-to-face for teaching and advising and to increase the learning experience through interactions with their cohort. The connection to the University for the candidates is fully discovered during their five-week summer session which is their first visit to campus. The lifelong connection is clearly evident as nearly 90% of graduates travel back to Gonzaga with their families to receive their master’s degree. The programs in Alberta and British Columbia are offered under the approval and consent respectively by the Ministry of Advanced Education. We are extremely proud and grateful to the Department of Counselor Education for the longstanding partnerships contributions to communities, commitment to Mission and global engagement.

INTRODUCING GAMMA CHI EPSILON Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International granted a charter of chapter membership to Gonzaga University, named Gamma Chi Epsilon. Dr. Paul Hastings, Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education, and nine graduate students were inducted in Spring 2014. CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. CSI promotes scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy and excellence in counseling through professional counselors, counselor educators, and students who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.

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“I would love to expand the Lab to four days a week with a morning and afternoon program. We’ve doubled in size and I only see the need and the opportunity growing.” DR. ANJALI BARRETTO, PROFESSOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

PRE-SCHOOL LAB LIVES OUT JESUIT, C AT H O L I C , H U M A N I S T I C T R A D I T I O N S Gonzaga’s mission comes alive every Monday and Tuesday afternoon during Fall and Spring semesters when 12 pre-school aged children and their caregivers from the Spokane community come to learn and play with Gonzaga candidates. Connected to four Early Childhood Special Education classes, the pre-school lab uses an integrated education model serving typically developing children as well as those with developmental delays and behavioral concerns. Dr. Anjali Barretto, Professor in Special Education says children are admitted to the pre-school lab on a first-come firstserved basis. “Many of our little ones do not find services elsewhere within the community and our program is one of their only opportunities for pre-schooling.” Approximately

40 of our undergraduate candidates gain hands-on experience in lesson planning, behavior management, snack and circle time, academic centers and instructing gross motor techniques. While learning for both students and candidates unfolds in the pre-school lab, faculty, candidates and students’ parents have the opportunity to watch from the Lab’s observation room. Here, research projects are tracked and candidates not currently in hands-on teacher training gain experience in taking data. Dr. Barretto says, “It’s a mutually wonderful experience. The children get interventions they might not otherwise, parents of students come together sometimes forming their own support network and GU candidates gain hands-on experience for their future careers while giving back to the community.” PA G E 9

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Former President Bernard Coughlin, S.J., and Mrs. Jessie Rosauer

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The School of Education (SOE) “found its home” in 1994 through the generosity of J.M and Jessie Rosauer. In addition to offices, a computer lab and the Rosauer Lounge, the classrooms serve not only the SOE but also the University. Until recently, providing the latest technology for faculty and students has been the focus for building improvements. In 2013 we invited the University’s architectural planners to discuss better use of space to revitalize the J.M. and Jessie Rosauer Center for Education to enhance the academic environment for our students.


• During this past summer, renovations included, an artistic display to highlight faculty and student scholarship. The familiar quilts that grace the walls have been replaced with pictures of current students. • Phase 2 of the professionalization begins in spring 2015 with a focus on enlarging a classroom, redesigning space to create an additional classroom, and relocating our graduate admissions office. • The final phase, expected to begin in 2016, will be the addition of interior windows for the computer lab and classrooms, and moving walls to provide additional open space. • The scenery behind the building will change and the School of Education will be in the center of campus activity when the Hemmingson Center is completed in fall 2015.

1994 ROSAUER DEDICATION “What better place (than Gonzaga) and what better use of our philanthropy than a gift in the field of education,” Jessie Rosauer told President Bernard J. Coughlin, S.J., and more than 200 onlookers at the building dedication in 1994. Mrs. Rosauer strongly believed that educating PRESENT

the whole person “is the kind of education that is crucial to our children, and therefore to the future of our nation. For our children will become the stewards of the world.”

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Interns from the Sport Management program have landed positions in professional, minor league and collegiate sports, national and local organizations, schools and clinics. Does your company have any internships or employment opportunities? Consider candidates and graduates of Gonzaga! W H AT H A P P E N S D U R I N G A N I N T E R N S H I P ? One of the most rewarding experiences in a candidate’s program is the internship. It can establish competency in one’s field, mold professional image, provide networking, and potentially turn into job opportunities. The departments are always trying to find new opportunities for candidate internships but most are established through networking by faculty and candidates, requests by community and state agencies, outreach to donors and alumni, campus announcements and by word of mouth. Quinn Kesselring, a graduate in the B.Ed. in Sport Management program accepted an internship in Williston, North Dakota and shared her experience. “More and more people are coming every day to find jobs in the oil industry so the population continues to increase. The need to build facilities for a growing population is evident with the new Williston Area Recreation Center a 244,000 square foot facility valued at $75 million. My internship included rotating between the areas of facilities, aquatics and recreation, plus day-to-day operations, planning, coordinating and supervision.”

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She continues, “I am very thankful that Gonzaga Sport Management requires two different internships. During this internship, I was able to apply knowledge that I gained from my classes to real-life scenarios. My Sports Promotion class with Dr. Heidi Nordstrom proved very useful as I was frequently asked for my opinion on brochures that they were designing and if I had suggestions on what could be changed to make them more userfriendly. I learned the intricate process for creating a new facility and acquiring funding in my facilities class with Dr. Roger Park. My Sport Psychology course with Dr. Karen Rickel helped me better understand the types of games that are appropriate to play with certain age groups during the Little Squirts Sports Camp.” Quinn adds, “My Gonzaga education prepared me for this internship in more ways than I expected and I feel like I have a step up because of the high standards that are required at GU. I was offered a full-time position as an aquatics coordinator and am so grateful for the opportunity right out of college to work in the biggest district-owned recreation center in the country!

REACHING OUT Dr. Chuck Salina, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration, recently found an opportunity to serve Catholic educators through our master’s program offered in Canada. Calgary Catholic School District is the largest district in Alberta and is fully funded by the provincial government. The district has 105 Catholic schools that serve 51,000 students and employ over 6,000 individuals. Dr. Salina and Judy MacKay, Superintendent of Area C Schools, have partnered to integrate the District’s Leadership Academy with Gonzaga’s Master of Education (School Administration) program. This integration is an ideal fit as Gonzaga’s program is designed for working educators with a focus on linking theory and research to the practical issues in leadership using their local school districts as the context for study. Year-long programs are offered by the District within a system of modules to provide participants knowledgeable skills and dispositions to increase their abilities to lead within a Catholic context. Dr. Salina and Ms. MacKay will team-teach two courses that allow students to integrate their learning from the district modules with GU courses. The program will begin in fall 2014 and the Calgary Catholic Session #1 will integrate with EDLA Professional Experience and EDLA Professional Literature Review. In Dr. Salina’s courses he will analyze what they have learned in the field and apply in their graduate level work.

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“This remarkable opportunity was made possible because a university, a school district and national nonprofit organizations with strong history in the community joined together to make a real difference in the future of Spokane County.”


$ 4 0 0 , 0 0 0 G R A N T I M P R O V E S E D U C AT I O N A L O U TC O M E S In partnership with Spokane Public Schools, Communities in Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County and Washington State University, Gonzaga University has received a $400,000 grant to lead the Hillyard Youth Collaborative, a new model designed to catalyze and coordinate community efforts to ensure students complete high school. The three-year grant, funded by Community Partners for Middle School Success (CPMSS), aims to ensure educational success for students at Shaw and Garry middle schools in northeast Spokane. The collaborative will identify at-risk students, design interventions for them, and evaluate those interventions. Long term, the effort is expected to increase graduation rates at Rogers High School, and increase the number of Rogers graduates enrolling in postsecondary education.

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“The co-funders are inspired to use their experience and resources to support Gonzaga University, Spokane Public Schools and their partners in motivating young students to embrace a goal of continued education in order to achieve success and personal fulfillment,” Inland Northwest Community Foundation President & CEO Mark Hurtubise said . “We were impressed not only by the work and values of the partner recipients of this grant, but also by the unique model of cooperation for student success exhibited between themselves and the Hillyard community.” A key strength of the collaborative is that its partners are already engaged with one another and with the two middle schools. Gonzaga’s School of Education faculty and students will provide in- and out-of-school support for teachers and youth during the academic year and summer sessions. The GU Center for Community Action and ServiceLearning (CCASL) mentoring programs and service-learning students will provide social and academic support and family engagement strategies. This project builds on the work initiated by Priority Spokane, a collaborative of community leaders working to create a vibrant future for Spokane County. In 2009, Priority Spokane identified “increasing high school graduation rates” as its top community priority. John Traynor, Jr., Associate Professor in Gonzaga’s teacher education department

and co-author of the grant, credited the tireless efforts of community leaders and organizations that began with the work of Priority Spokane. “The Collaborative we announce today builds upon a relentless communitywide effort to tackle the opportunity and achievement gaps in our community,” Traynor said. Shelley Redinger, Superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, said the district looks forward to the initiative. “We are incredibly fortunate to have resources from the Community Partners for Middle School Success working to keep students at these two schools on track and well prepared for high school,” Redinger said. “Spokane Public Schools looks forward to participating in this innovative partnership with Gonzaga and its partner organizations to create more positive outcomes for struggling students during a critical point in their development.” Lee Claremont (Canadian, b. 1945) Lifestreams, 2010 Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36" Gift of Dr. Janet V. Brougher, Assistant Professor (retired) School of Education

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In June 2014, Dr. Diane Tunnell accepted the position as Associate Dean in the SOE. Dr. Tunnell has served as a faculty member at Gonzaga since 1984, and as Department Chair in Sport and Physical Education for the last 8 years. Recently, her leadership led to the development of an online master’s degree program in Sport and Athletic Administration that enrolled its first 25 candidates in Fall 2013. The experience that Dr. Tunnell brings to this position is far-reaching. She has been a member and served as chair on numerous committees at Gonzaga, including Academic Council, Faculty Senate/Academic Committee, University Rank and Tenure, Policy and Planning Subcommittee, and the Assessment Committee. In the SOE, she has been a member of the Council of Department Chairs since 2006, and served as chair of the Assessment, Bylaws, Curriculum, and the Rank, Reappointment and Tenure committees. Her leadership and in depth knowledge is a tremendous asset to the SOE as she focuses on academics, faculty, review of SOE policies, assessment practices, and supporting the Dean. PAG E 1 6

DR. BOE BURRUS joined the Department of Sport and Physical Education as a faculty member in Fall 2014. He graduated from Springfield College with a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and his dissertation focused on improving cycling performance parameters via acute supplementation of L-carnitine coupled with carbohydrate. Dr. Burrus will be teaching scientific foundation and health-related courses to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Boe is a graduate of Western Oregon University, where he received a bachelor’s in Physical Education and Master’s of Science in Education. He and his wife Alyssa are excited to be back on the West Coast and to become part of the Gonzaga community. They enjoy outdoor activities including cycling, hiking with their dog Paislie, paddle boarding and water skiing.

DR. HEIDI NORDSTROM created a new enthusiasm for sports and education for students when she joined the faculty of Sport and Physical Education last fall. She received her Ph.D. in Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences, with a concentration in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico (UNM). While at UNM she worked as a teaching assistant for the physical activity programs and served as academic support to the Department of Athletics, working with the men’s football and basketball teams. In addition, she worked for the University of Washington’s athletic department in Student-Athlete Development. Dr. Nordstrom received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Central Washington University and a Master’s of Education from the University of Washington.


an Adjunct Professor since 2008, and recently Clinical Placement Coordinator in the Department of Counselor Education, has accepted a position as a faculty member. His previous teaching assignments have included Assessment in School Counseling, and Research and Statistics. Dr. Trotter is Professor Emeritus from the University of Idaho where he received a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Services and an Education Specialist degree. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s of Education in School Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. This year, in addition to teaching and clinical placement, Dr. Trotter will prepare a program proposal for a doctorate in School Psychology.


Department of Counselor Education last fall as an Assistant Professor. She received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Idaho State University. Before joining the faculty at Gonzaga, Dr. Wissel worked in the public school system as a school counselor and school psychologist. She is currently serving as the Director of the Master of Arts in School Counseling program, and as the Director for the School Counseling Professional Certification program. She was granted her Master’s of Education in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Dr. Wissel, her husband Kris, and two sons moved to Spokane from Idaho last summer and have enjoyed cheering on the Zags.

FACULTY Dan Mahoney, Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Administration 2014 Exemplary Faculty Award

STAFF Janice Huston SOE Graduate Admissions Specialist received M.A. in Community Counseling STUDENTS Marnie Kristina Rich University Excellence Award for Elementary Education Rene Alvarez University Excellence Award for Secondary Education Counselor Education 7 students accepted into Doctorate programs Special Education 7 students accepted to Master’s degree programs

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NEWS BRIEFS RECOGNIZING THOSE WHOM WE SERVE The Catholic Diocese of Spokane Principals were welcomed by Dean Alfonso, President Thayne McCulloh, Bishop Blase Cupich, and Academic Vice-President, Patricia O’Connell Killen and SOE department chairs to a special reception in the fall. Bishop Cupich expressed his appreciation for the close association between Gonzaga University and the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. President McCulloh announced that Gonzaga and the SOE would be hosting the Diocese’s fall 2014 in service day for teachers. The day will include presentations and breakout sessions led by SOE faculty and will be focused on understanding the whole child, spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally and socially.

PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS The School of Education hosted its first Reception for Public School Superintendents on December 3, 2013. The event was held in the Jundt Art Galleries and was an opportunity for the SOE department chairs, GU

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administrators, and Superintendents from public schools to engage in conversation regarding expectations, needs and our commitment to future partnership. The University and the schools in our service area have worked together for many years through placements for field experience and student teachers, educational collaborations that include successful grant awards to benefit our faculty, candidates, local students and the community.

C E L E B R AT I N G G O N Z AGA The first National Gonzaga Day was held in 2013 during the Gonzaga 125th Anniversary and in 2013-14 the University decided to make the event an annual tradition for students to celebrate Gonzaga. Alumni, students, parents and faculty gathered in 40 locations in the U.S., Japan, Italy and Canada. Paul Storwick, President of the Calgary Gonzaga Chapter and a GU alumni and benefactor, organized this very special event in Calgary. More than 125 graduates and SOE alumni and current students in the Master of Counselling and the Master of Education (School Administration)

SHAPING OUR FUTURE, 2014-15: OCTOBER - 2014 programs in Alberta attended. Drs. Paul Hastings and Elizabeth Bennett (Counselling) and Dan Mahoney (Leadership and Administration) represented the SOE at the event.

C O L L A B O R AT I V E S C H O O L S FO R I N N O VAT I O N A N D SUCCESS (CSIS) Gonzaga University and Whitworth University continue to work with Holmes Elementary School through the support of the continuing grant from the Washington State Legislature. The purpose of the grant is to close the opportunity gap at a high-poverty, low-performing schools while also improving the training of initial teachers to be successful in these environments. This year’s efforts included the placement of student teachers as well as support for extended learning opportunities before and after school. Faculty members Dr. John Traynor and Dr. Deborah Nieding, and Lecturers Kathy Nitta and Cathy Dieter were involved in 2013-14. This is a five-year implementation and the continuing award in July 2013 was in the amount of $2,491,153.

MEETING THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF ALL STUDENTS Professional Development Day for Catholic School Teachers that will focus on educating the whole child, technology integrations, and strategies for managing problem behaviors. Dean Alfonso said, “This is a perfect opportunity for our faculty to hold interactive sessions with the catholic school teachers and discuss academic interventions to help their students achieve.”

MARCH - 2015

DAY OF REFLECTION ON CATHOLIC EDUCATION Next generation of commitment and connections to the Diocese of Spokane and the Catholic School Teachers.

APRIL - 2015 1ST ANNUAL GONZAGA SCHOOL OF EDUCATION ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE This two-day professional development conference will focus on the “Diagnosis of and Interventions for Students with Learning Difficulties. Check our website in January: for event information. COMPLETING THE SOE STRATEGIC PLAN BUILDING COMMUNITY IN THE SOE (2014-2015) Intentional commitment and conversation to recognize the contributions of all and those we serve. YOUNG CHILD EXPO AND CONFERENCE CONVERSATIONS (SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2015)

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