Alumni News

School of Education Professor Dr. Willett to Receive University President’s Public Service Award

Dec 09, 2008

Dr. Jerri Willett, chair of the College of Education’s Department of Teacher Preparation and Curriculum Studies Department, has been named a recipient of the President’s Public Service Award for 2008, according to the Office of the President of the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Willett will receive the award along with other outstanding faculty at a ceremony and luncheon on Nov. 19 in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Dr. Vijay Kumar, CIE member, co-edits “Opening Up Education”

Dec 01, 2008

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and The MIT Press have published Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge, edited by Toru Iyoshi and M.S. Vijay Kumar (Ed.D. 1986.) The book is available for free download from The MIT Press website under a Creative Commons use license and also for sale in hard copy.

Dr. Howard J. Eberwein III Receives Educational Law Award

Nov 26, 2008

Howard J. Eberwein, III, (Ed.D. 2008) Superintendent of Pittsfield, Mass., Schools, received the Education Law Association’s Joseph C. Beckham Dissertation of the Year Award at the organization’s 54th Annual Conference held in San Antonio, Tx.

Ulysses Byas Visits Namesake School

Nov 17, 2008

College of Education alumnus Ulysses Byas (Ed.D 1977) recently travelled from his home in Macon, Georgia, to Long Island, New York, to celebrate a $31-million reconstruction of an elementary school that bears his name, as reported in a recent issues of Newsday.

The new Ulysses Byas Elementary School, renamed shortly before Byas retired from the school district in 1977, sports not only new classrooms and technology, but a portrait of its namesake, a recent gift from Byas himself.

Dr. Roy Jones, 1972 COE Alumnus, Named for Pacesetter Award

Nov 05, 2008

The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) has named Clemson University professor Roy Jones (B.A. 1972) the winner of the 2009 AABHE Pacesetters Award for his commitment to leadership in black higher education.

Scholarship Recipients and Donors Meet

Nov 01, 2008

Recipients of six scholarships and some of the donors who made them possible met on Oct. 2 at a College of Education reception held at the University Club. It was an evening characterized by laughter and deeply-felt exchanges of appreciation.

“It means so much to me to meet the students who received the scholarships,” said donor Alma Keilty, who created the Joseph W. Keilty Scholarship in memory of her husband. “I’ve read their letters of thanks and it is wonderful to put a face to the name.”

Fitzpatrick Receives Best School Superintendent Award

Oct 30, 2008

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Executive Director Thomas Scott and Director of Professional Development and Government Services Paul Andrews have announced that Michael F. Fitzpatrick (Ed.D. 1981), Superintendent-Director of the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District, was named the Dr. Christos Daoulas Award recipient for 2008.  The award is presented each year to one superintendent who personifies the best qualities of dedicated school leadership and has contributed significantly to the association.

Assistant Director of COE's Center for Education Policy Named to State Committee

Oct 25, 2008

From the Hampshire Gazette

Amherst's Churchill Named to All-State School Committee
by mcarey

Amherst - Amherst School Committee Chairman Andrew Churchill has been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees for his service on the local board and statewide.

School of Education Alumnus Receives Literacy Leadership Award

Oct 20, 2008

John Comings, former Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) at Harvard Graduate College of Education, and a University of Massachusetts College of Education alumni (Ed.D. 1979) is one of the recipients of the National Coalition for Literacy’s 2008 Literacy Leadership Awards presented at a reception at the Library of Congress on Sept. 10, 2008.

Ann Courtney, Ed.D. '87, Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

Oct 15, 2008

Hartford, Conn. – Ann Courtney (UMass College of Education Ed.D. 1987), an Associate Professor of Reading and Language Arts, and the Coordinator of Elementary Education at the University of Hartford, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research at Mary Immaculate College-University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland during the 2008-2009 academic year.

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