Sarah Elsey, a graduate student majoring in student affairs, has been the driving force behind the new Alternative spring break initiative, which was first suggested in the fall of 2011. Service-learning is an instructional strategy that combines meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enhance student learning, teach civic responsibility, broaden empathy and perspective taking, and strengthen communities. In service-learning, students use course content to study, examine and address real-life problems faced by fellow citizens in their local, regional or global communities.
Elsey comments, “Service-learning and civic engagement are passions of mine in student affairs, and both are main parts of this program,”
Last semester, the group traveled to Alamosa, Colo., and volunteered at the La Puente Home, a homeless resource center. Elsey’s first term in Americore had been served in Alamosa.
This spring, two groups will visit two different locations: Denver and Wyoming. Denver is an option for those who would like to help more locally, aiding non-profit organizations. Students who would like to get involved can contact Elsey on her office phone, 255-3701, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling and Human Services students and faculty, Arden Szepe, BriAnn Medina, Dr. Leann Morgan and Dr. Julaine Field will be representing the CSI Chapter (Chi Upsilon Sigma) and the department at the American Counseling Association Conference in March, in Cincinnati, to receive the CSI Chapter grant award. Chi Sigma Iota Awards recognize outstanding individuals and chapters, students with the potential for leadership in the profession, and extended leadership service to the counseling profession.
Heard of Service-Learning? The College of Education now has Service- Learning opportunities for faculty and students! Service learning is an instructional strategy that combines meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enhance student learning, teach civic responsibility, broaden empathy and perspective taking, and strengthen communities. See the website for details. http://www.uccs.edu/coe/specprogs/service-learning-.html
Dr. Emily Nusbaum and Dr. Janet Sauer of the Special Education department have both recently had manuscripts published.
Ferguson, Philip M., and Emily Nusbaum. (2012). "Disability Studies: What Is It and What Difference Does It Make?" Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities 37, no. 2: 70-80. Dr. Nusbaum's Abstract: The academic field of disability studies has expanded rapidly over the last two decades or so. With that expansion has also come some growing ambiguity about exactly what is meant by the term "disability studies." This article reviews the history and evolution of disability studies as an interdisciplinary approach to research and scholarship. While acknowledging the broad range of interests and approaches that can fall under the umbrella of the "disability studies" label, we argue that it may be useful to present a set of core themes or beliefs that seem central to disability studies as a field if it is to fulfill its promise as a truly different way of exploring the meanings of disability in society. Finally, we argue that disability studies should be of special interest to members of TASH and others with particular interest in the lives of people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sauer, J. (2012). “Look at me”: Portraiture and agency. Disability Studies Quarterly, 32(4). Dr. Sauer's Article Abstract: "Historically, the dominant research paradigms involving the study of people with disabilities involved experimentally designed studies or other medically orientated approaches. This paper examines portraiture as a form of qualitative inquiry offering emancipatory possibilities for children with significant disabilities and transformative positive reinterpretations of disability as a social construct for their teachers and other people in their lives. Three narrative portraits of young people with disabilities were created based on a year-long portraiture study involving the collection of observational data, informal interviews, artifacts, and discourse analysis to capture the "essence" of their humanness. Through an examination of this portrait study and others from across the humanities, this paper provides examples where the "subjects" asserted themselves in ways akin to Giroux's agency (1987) suggesting portraiture might provide a unique and credible avenue to respectfully study and learn more about people with disabilities too often left on the fringe of society." For more information about the Special Education department and programs contact the Student Resource Office 719-255-4996 email@example.com
There is still space available to attend the 2012 Graduate Student Institute. Dr. Sylvia Martinez of the COE Leadership, Research and Foundations, and Dr. Nicky Damani (President-Elect for CPAC) welcome you to attend the 2012 Graduate Student Institute on Saturday, October 20th at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. This is the first time CPAC, College Personnel Association of Colorado, is doing this in collaboration with the UCCS SAHE program, and we are excited about the institute!
If you or other individuals are interested in attending, please register. The goal of this institute is to provide you with new skills to enhance your professional growth within the field of student affairs and higher education. As innovations and ideas continue to be created, this institute will be one of the many steps that will contribute to your role as a leader of the next generation.
Registration Information: Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby on the first floor of the University Center at UCCS. The institute will begin promptly at 10 a.m. in University Center 116 on the ground floor.
Electronic Program Booklet: You will receive a hard copy of the institute program at registration. Questions? If you have any questions about the institute, do not hesitate to contact, Dr. Nicky Damania, President-Elect for CPAC, at firstname.lastname@example.org call/text 303-990-0933.
Earlier this month Dr. Patrick McGuire had his dissertation article highlighted on the Child Care & Early Education (Research Connections) website.
There is another article and interview in the Fall 2012 UCCS Research and Innovations magazine. The title of the article is, "Cultivating Creativity in Mathematics." Dr. McGuire discusses his research and dissertation "Developing Number Sense in Pre-K with Five Frames. " He describes Five-frames how they are used to create a visual representation for numbers and the interactivity for young children. If you have questions or would like more information about the use of Five-frames, contact Dr. McGuire email@example.com
Dr. Al Ramirez of the Leadership, Research and Foundations department, will have a new book released this November. The book, "Financing Schools and Educational Programs" explores how public schools are financed and how other funds are raised for educational programs in elementary and secondary schools. The book spans both the theoretical and practical aspects of the topic, with a broad emphasis on the interaction between policy and politics.
Dr. Barbara Swaby has a newly released children's book: "When Will Daddy Be Home?" A synopsis of the book from Authorhouse: A family is a really strong thing. It doesn't break or even crack when something really, really bad happens. That makes me feel really safe. My family will love me forever, no matter what. We can't wait for Daddy to come back home. But we'll all be OK till then. Daddy will be OK too.
When Dr. Swaby was asked what inspired her to write this children’s book she described her research. “According to the NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet 2012, the United States is approximately 5% of the World population, yet it has approximately 25% of world prisoners. When one combines the number of people in prison/jail with those under parole/probation, 1 in every 31 adults or 3.2 % of the population is under some form of “correctional control”. African-American adults are especially at risk. As of 2001, 1 in 6 African-American men have been incarcerated and 1 in 100 African-American women have been in prison. Approximately 2 million American children have at least one parent incarcerated and approximately 10 million children have experienced the incarceration of at least one parent during their childhood.
Dr. Swaby went on to clarify,"The impact of these statistics on the lives of children is staggering. Unfortunately, in the field of children’s books there are precious few books that give these children a voice. Few speak of the realities of incarceration, of the impact of parent incarceration on the family, of the possibility of hope, forgiveness, unconditional love and restoration for all involved. My book, "When Will Daddy Be Home?" was written to begin to bridge that gap. I want children to see themselves in the characters who are broken, emotionally decimated, angry, bewildered, yet have hope, continue to love, try to forgive and face the situation with courage. All children need and deserve to have their voices recognized and their stories told. I trust that my book will take a step toward that goal."
Dr. Marcus Winters and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy students, Sarah Cooksey, Giovanna Basney, and Thomas Swaim have been awarded a grant for $25,000 to study the effects of New York City’s policy requiring that students be retained if they don’t meet a minimal test score benchmark. The project is called, “The Effect of New York City’s Test-Based Promotion Policy on Student Outcome.” Several school systems have recently enacted or are reportedly considering adopting policies that require students to demonstrate possession of some minimal proficiency on standardized tests in order to be promoted to the next grade and avoid other remediation treatments. Such test-based promotion policies are intended to end the common practice of social promotion.
Though these remediation policies often include several treatments for low-performing students, what makes test-based promotion policies particularly controversial is that they can substantially increase the percentage of students who are retained in grade. School systems adopting policies that dramatically increase grade retention do so despite a large body of research finding that retention is harmful to student achievement. However, researchers have recently raised serious questions about the validity of prior studies measuring the effect of grade retention on student achievement.
The study will utilize a regression discontinuity design in order to identify the effect of remediation under New York City’s policy on student outcomes over time. The method takes advantage of the fact that probability of treatment under the policy is directly related to where a student's test score falls relative to a known threshold. Dr. Winters states, "Essentially, our procedure compares the outcomes of students whose score fell just above the eligibility threshold (and thus were likely to be promoted) to those whose score fell just below the eligibility threshold (and thus were likely to be retained and remediated). The idea behind the procedure is that students whose scores are just above and below the eligibility threshold are very similar to each other at baseline and thus any differences in their later outcomes must be due to the likelihood of treatment."
An article from Dr. Patrick McGuire's dissertation was highlighted on the Child Care & Early Education(Research Connections) website. Dr. McGuire states, "The article is designed to help teachers improve their ability to teach young children mathematics." Dr. McGuire discusses Five-frames which are used to create a visual representation for numbers; these can be interactive for young children. Using five-frames as an instructional tool can facilitate mathematical learning and development. Specifically, the ability to physically manipulate the five-frames support counting and the development of number sense for children in pre-kindergarten. If you have questions or would like more information about the use of Five-frames, contact Dr. McGuire firstname.lastname@example.org
Second year Student Affairs Higher Education student, Sarah Elsey, is serving as the 2012-2013 UCCS NASPA Graduate Associate. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. As a NASPA Graduate Associate, Sarah will provide leadership and outreach to the campus regarding events, publications, and announcements. Primarily, she will increase awareness and involvement within NASPA by providing updated information to her fellow graduate students and other parties interested in learning more about NASPA. Sarah will work collaboratively with other students in the G.A.P program and the NASPA office. Some other duties for her position are to provide NASPA with feedback on what programs and services students need from NASPA, promote upcoming events to the campus community, provide NASPA and other Graduate Associates updates on her efforts to outreach to the UCCS campus. Sarah will hold an active NASPA membership during her term. Sarah is thrilled to have this opportunity to represent UCCS and NASPA! If you have questions or would like to get involved, contact Sarah: email@example.com
Thursday, September 27, 5:00-8:00PM University Center, Room 303 Colonel Gary A. Packard, Jr., Ph.D. will present on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Colonel Gary A. Packard, Jr. is the Permanent Professor and Head for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (DFBL) at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also oversees the graduate education of up to 20 U.S Air Force Officers seeking a Master's Degree in Counseling and Leadership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) was the official United States policy on homosexuals serving in the military from December 21, 1993 to September 20, 2011. The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. A congressional bill to repeal DADT was enacted in December 2010, specifying that the policy would remain in place until the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that repeal would not harm military readiness. A July 6, 2011 ruling from a federal appeals court barred further enforcement of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, sent that certification to Congress on July 22, 2011, which set the end of DADT for September 20, 2011. Colonel Packard will discuss what was learned from the repeal of this policy. This event is sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Human Services and the College of Education. It is a free event for all UCCS students, staff and faculty.
On July 26, 2012, Dr. Dallas Strawn was presented the CASSA’s (Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators) Colbert Cushing Award. The annual award is in honor of CASE’s first Executive Director, Colbert Cushing. The CASSA Colbert Cushing Award recipient must have made an outstanding professional contribution and/or service to CASE/CASSA, to a school district, or to education on a national level. Dr. Strawn was nominated for the award by 1984-85 CASE President and a former associate, Dr. Ray Kilmer. An excerpt from Dr. Kilmer’s letter of nomination: “Dallas demonstrates a number of the same qualities that were endearing about Colbert Cushing -- - dependability, extremely good judgment, dedication to leadership in public education, pleasantness, modesty, and a real passion for the task at hand”.
These are qualities that the College of Education, Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations and students also appreciate about Dr. Strawn; not to mention his wonderful sense of humor. Dr. Strawn has served in the public school system for 43 years, serving as a high school educator, alternative school director, assistant high school principal, high school principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Additionally, he has been an assistant professor at Murray State University, an adjunct faculty member at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Regis, University of Northern Colorado, Denver University, and Point Loma Nazarene University. Dallas has worked as a consultant in the area of stress management and has presented and consulted on various topics in school districts throughout Colorado. He is currently the President and founder of "Educational Leadership Search Associates, Inc." which assists school districts who need assistance in finding and hiring the "right" superintendent for district leadership.
The College of Education has opened the new Student Resource office effective 2 July 2012. Located in Columbine Hall, room 3010, the office is the place to go for all potential, current and alumni to stop by and visit. The resource office specializes in answering questions about the UCCS College of Education and providing information to the student community. The support staff will help students navigate university resources and services, help schedule interviews with faculty advisors, and promote and provide ways for students to get connected and stay informed about College of Education happenings.
On Tuesday 12 June Ms. Elizabeth Zimprich was awarded the Leadership, Research and Foundations Outstanding student award for 2011-2012. The presentation was made by the Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Mary Snyder, LRF Dept. Chair Dr. Corinne Harmon, and nominator Dr. Al Ramirez. The award was based on Ms. Zimprich's exemplary qualities and characteristics of a superior graduate student. Congratulations!
Cindy Zomchek will serve as the new Director of Field Experience and Community Outreach and will oversee the new Student Engagement Center with the College of Education. Cindy has been in the field of education for 30 years. Most recently she's worked in several roles (Dean of Students, Director of the Pre-College Program, as well as Coordinating Outreach Efforts) for the Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea. She holds an M.A. in Counseling and Human Services from UCCS, an M.S. in College Student Personnel from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She hales from Wisconsin, but has been in Colorado Springs since 1994. She has experience as a School Counselor at Pine Creek High School, as an adjunct faculty member at UCCS and as a College Administrator (most recently as the Associate Director of Residential Life at Colorado College). Cindy just returned from working on a Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage to the Galapagos and loves everything involving travel. She's thrilled to be here and invites everyone to stop by her temporary office (3005) until the SEC opens July 1.
The Communique's fourth feature highlight of a UCCS Employee graduating is of Brett Fugate. Brett is an MA Leadership Graduate Student of the Student Affairs of Higher Education program. He is employed in the Student Success Center. For full article see the May 17 edition of the Communique. Congratulations Brett!
Student Affairs Higher Education Student, Branden Williams is graduating this spring. He attributes his success here as an employee of UCCS to past Dean Dr. Ron Wisner. For full article see the May 4, Edition of the Communique. Congratulations Branden!
Dr. Mary Snyder and the College of Education offer congratulations to CHS students and faculty for the extraordinary results on 2012 comps! The 36 students had a first time 100% pass rate for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) taken as an exit exam for students graduating in May 2012. This is a national standardized exam that is linked to the training standards for counselors. The stats are listed below:
National Scores N=1224, M=94.14, SD=13.43, High Score= 124 (out of 136)
UCCS Scores N=36, M= 103.33, SD=8.58, High Score=117 (only 28 people in the nation scored higher), 8 students scored at or above the 90th percentile this year. The results speak volumes about the quality of the program, the students, and the faculty. For more information about the Counseling & Human Services Department visit:
Dr. Mary Snyder, Dean of the College of Education, announced April 2, 2012 that Dr. Rhonda Williams, Associate Professor in Counseling, has been named as Counselor Educator of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. Dr. Snyder remarks, "Dr. Williams extraordinary commitment to her students and the Counseling program makes her a worthy recipient of this prestigious national award". In October 2008 Dr. Williams was named the Colorado Counselor Educator of the Year. Dr. Williams continues to be an innovator and works endlessly advocating for school counselors. For more information about Dr. Williams or the College of Education's Counseling and Human Services Program, visit:
Dr. Dick Carpenter, Dr. Christi Kasa, Dr. Sylvia Martinez, Dr. Al Ramirez, Dr. Janet Sauer and Ph.D. student of the Leadership, Research and Policy program, Ms. Maureen Breckenridge, will be representing the UCCS College of Education at the 2012 American Education Research Association’s Annual Meeting and Exhibit. This will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada April 13- April 17, 2012. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Members of AERA are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists. The College of Education is proud that this strong team of leaders will be representing UCCS at the AERA conference.
Two Student Affairs of Higher Education graduates, Amanda Koback (SAHE '10) and Steve Horner (SAHE '11) wrote an article, "Leadership Workshop at UCCS" which is featured in the NASPA IV West regional newsletter. The article details a first of its kind leadership event held at UCCS in October 2011. Highlights were given about UCCS student leaders participating in a variety of activities that were designed to help expand their knowledge and understanding in the areas of authentic leadership, communication, career building, organization, ethical leadership, team building, motivation, inspiration, and leadership theory. To review the article visit the link and type "UCCS" in the find search box. http://www.naspa.org/files/regions/regioniv-w/Winter%202012.pdf
Dr. David L. Fenell, professor of the UCCS College of Education's Counseling and Human Services Department has announced the release of his 4th Edition book, An Introduction to Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy. As in the prior editions the text is concrete, pragmatic, and relevant to aspiring family therapists. The foundation to the family therapy section is a training process that links individual and group consulting theories and practices systems intervention models. This edition continues to help students link some of these family systems therapies with psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic theories. New to the 4th edition is a focus on the recent developments in the profession. Discussion on the evolving definitions of marriage and the family and the controversies that have emerged from these definitions enhance the family therapy section. There are two new chapters in this edition. One chapter focuses on counseling military families and the demand for marital and family therapy services for returning veterans and their families.
COE Counseling students Beth Brooks, Karen Fiedler, Jayme Waddington, and Katharine Zink have won the American Counseling Association's National Graduate Student Ethics competition at the Master's level. The students' advisor is Dr. Catharine Beecher, senior instructor in the Counseling and Human Services department. The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Case Study Competition is to support the ACA Ethics Committee charge of helping educate the members of the association regarding ethical issues. The case study competition serves as an opportunity to engage graduate students (masters and doctoral level) in critically analyzing a potential ethical case and creating an appropriate ethical decision making plan to respond to the ethical situation. Specifically, this team clearly identified the ethical dilemma, proposed the action it would take, cited appropriate sections of ACA Codes of Ethical Conduct, clearly defined their steps to decision making and finally presented a paper addressing details of the case with proper citations. These winners, their names and our institution will be published in Counseling Today and posted online. For additional information about this competition and to see the winners listed on the ACA website, visit: http://www.counseling.org/competition/winners.aspxCongratulations to all of you for a job well done!!
The CHS Search committee would like to invite students to meet our next three assistant professor candidates next week. Meet and greets and presentations will be in Columbine Hall.
Monday, Feb. 6 candidate will be Cheryl Fulton. Her classroom presentation will be at 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in COH 116. A meet and greet for Cheryl will be at 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. in COH 3023.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 candidate will be Dr. Seth Hayden. His meet and greet is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. in the small conference COH 3023. His presentation will be at 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in COH 114.
Thursday, Feb. 9,candidate will be Dr. Krista Bridgmon. Her meet and greet is scheduled for 3:30-4:20 in COH 3023. Her presentation is scheduled for 4:30-5:15 and titled “The Importance of Choosing Your Mentor in Counseling Doctoral Programs". This will be held in COH 116. If you have any questions contact Dr. Rhonda Williams at 255-4167 firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past year, the College of Education's Office of Global Programs has quietly been building their Intensive English Program (IEP) to serve the needs of English language learners on campus and in the local community. Last spring the program began with three international students and one instructor, but has rapidly grown to an enrollment of 38 students and seven instructors this semester. With students from Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Peru, the Ivory Coast, France, Columbia, and Venezuela, the program is incredibly diverse which ensures that students are using their English skills with their classmates both inside and out of the classroom. The IEP is designed to provide service to students of the following profiles:
The program currently has classes ranging from low intermediate through low advanced but hopes to expand these offerings as enrollment continues to grow. For more information about the Intensive English Program or if you are interested in setting up a tailored program for international students please contact Mary Hanson 719-255-3218 email@example.com
Congratulations to Dr. Monica Yoo, assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction department. She was listed as one of the recipients for the 2012 Diversity and Excellence grant from the office of the CU President. Her proposal: Creating Urban Readers and Apprentices (CURA): A reading mentorship partnership between the university and secondary schools with diverse populations. For more information on Monica Yoo or the Curriculum and Instruction Department contact Tori Skubic mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-255-3227.
Are you interested in a teaching position? Check out this flyer for upcoming Job Fair announcements for Colorado and Wyoming.
Dr. Marcus Winters, assistant professor in the Leadership, Research and Foundations department has written a book entitled Teachers Matter. His book summarizes the latest research on how to best select, motivate, and retain effective teachers to improve our nation's schools. Watch this YouTube video produced by the Manhattan Institute by Policy Research which includes discussion and overview with Dr. Winters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AId58Df7ev4