Alumni News

Dr. Sonia Nieto gives annual presentation to EDUC 377 students

Jan 30, 2010

College of Education Professor Emerita and multicultural and bi-lingual education expert Sonia Nieto recently gave her annual presentation to students in EDUC 377 “Intro to Multicultural Education.” Dr. Nieto talked about the case studies of multicultural students across the country that are noted in her book, Affirming Diversity: the Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural  Education, which is going into its 6th edition. The studies are models for the final cultural profile project students complete at the end of the academic year.

The School of Education named partner in Pioneer Valley Readiness Center.

Jan 05, 2010

The College of Education is one of four lead partners, with Westfield State College, the Hampshire Educational Collaborative, and the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, in the recently established Pioneer Valley Readiness Center.

The purpose of the center, as charged by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is to provide professional development and instructional services to educators at all levels and targeted assistance to improve districts and schools.

Dissertation of the Year Award to Bloomgarden (Ed.D. 2009)

Jan 01, 2010

 

Dr. Alan Bloomgarden (Ed.D. 2009) has received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), an international nonprofit membership organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. This award is given annually to one dissertation that advances research through rigorous and innovative inquiry. Bloomgarden’s dissertation is titled “Prestige Culture and Community-Based Faculty Work."

Lesser visits Chilean family that saved her life

Dec 25, 2009

Mishy Lesser (Ed.D. 1996) tells people that she first personally experienced terrorism on September 11. She pauses, and clarifies: September 11, 1973.

Dr. Craig N. Mills Promoted

Jun 15, 2009

 

Dr. Craig N. Mills (Ed.D. 1982) has been promoted to vice president of examinations at American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the profession. A prominent psychometrician and a pioneer in the computerization of testing, Dr. Mills was responsible for the transition of the CPA examination from pencil-and-paper to a computerized format.

Prior to joining AICPA, Dr. Mills directed the computerization of the GRE General Test for the Educational Testing Service, which he joined in 1986.

Can COE Alum Evan Dobelle Remake Westfield?

May 03, 2009

From The Hartford Courant
Pursuing Vision of a College Town
By Tom Condon
May 3, 2009

It's hard to get more post-industrial than Westfield, Mass. It is called the "Whip City" because of the buggy whips that were made there when horsepower was measured by the horse. That of course was a long time ago. The town has nice neighborhoods and other businesses, but the moribund downtown suggests it hasn't fully recovered from the onslaught of the newfangled automobile.

Dr. Smethurst Interim Head at Pegasus

May 01, 2009

Dr. Jacqueline Smethurst (M.Ed. 1972, Ed.D. 1984) has been appointed Interim Head of the Pegasus School, Huntington Beach, CA. After a thorough and nation-wide search, Dr. Smethurst received unanimous support from both the search committee and board of trustees. She holds both bachelors and masters degrees in English from Oxford University and a doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education. She began her career in education at UMass Amherst where she served as a teacher and administrator.

Dr. Sorcinelli is distinguished visiting professor in Egypt

Apr 20, 2009

Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Ed. D. 1978, College of Education associate professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, and associate provost for Faculty Development, served as distinguished visiting professor at the American University in Cairo from March 15-22. She was the keynote speaker for a conference on “Learners in Focus: Innovative Practices Across the Disciplines” and offered classes and workshops on teaching, learning and faculty development topics.

Alumni update

Apr 10, 2009

Rick Haggerty (M.Ed. 1994) was promoted to Senior Behavioral Health Care Manager at the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, a MassHealth managed care organization, where he has been employed at their Springfield, Massachusetts, branch office since February of 2005. Rick and his wife, Tabitha, sons Phil and Patrick, and dog, Brandi, reside in the Florence section of Northampton, MA.

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