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Michael Fiorentino Jr., Ed.D. 1978, named Lock Haven University president

Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., executive vice president and provost of Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was selected by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to serve as the next president of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Fiorentino will assume his new duties on July 1, succeeding Dr. Barbara B. Dixon, who served as interim president of LHU.

Mishy Lesser helps make Rwandan documentary

A new documentary film about the current situation in Rwanda recentle held its World Premiere in Boston. The film is called Coexist and CIE graduate Dr. Mishy Lesser (Ed.D.1996) is the film's learning director. Coexist tells the story of how survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide relate to those who persecuted them and killed their families. It gives voice to victims, perpetrators, and bystanders, and shows how the unleashing of fear and scapegoating can endanger a society.

Management guru returns to UMass for talks, dinner

by Daily Hampshire Gazette

AMHERST - With the 1982 publication of their business blockbuster "The One Minute Manager," Ken Blanchard and co-author Spencer Johnson became gurus of the fledgling leadership in business movement.

"Doors broke down," Blanchard recalled of the book's reception. "Everybody wanted to talk to us."

That book, whose sales hit 13 million copies and counting, spawned a genre of similar titles devoted to compassionate management, a philosophy admired but not exactly embraced by corporate America before or since.

Botelho, Nappi present at NECME

Maria José Botelho, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, Language, Literacy, and Culture concentration, Tara Nappi, an COE doctoral candidate in the Children, Families, and Schools concentration, and Sara Young, a faculty member of Worcester State University, co-presented "Engaging All Students in Critical Multicultural Readings of Children's and Adolescent Literature" during the New England Conference for Multicultural Education (NECME). Teacher educators, experienced practitioners, and pre-service teachers participated in the session.

Films by School of Education Professor Liane Brandon to Be Screened at New York’s Museum Of Modern Art

Two groundbreaking independent films of the women’s movement by Liane Brandon, professor emeritus of education, have been restored and will be screened Nov. 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of its celebration of its ongoing relationship with New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT).

Benbow promoted at American Institutes for Research

Dr. Jane Benbow (Ed.D. 1994), an international education professional with extensive experience in the areas of international development, program development, and management, has been promoted to vice president and director of American Institutes for Research’s International Development Division.

UMass Amherst’s School of Education Ranked Among Top Graduate Programs by U.S. News & World Report

April 30, 2010

The College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers one of the top graduate programs in the country, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Of the 172 graduate schools of education on the list, UMass Amherst is 47th, tied with Temple University and the University of Tennessee.

COE Alumna Named Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life

Jean Kim has been named vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, assuming the post she has held on an interim basis for the past nine months.

Kim is a UMass Amherst alumna who launched her career in student affairs at the university’s flagship campus in the mid-1970s and has worked at seven universities. This is Kim’s fifth tenure as the chief student affairs officer.

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