Alumni News

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: School of Education’s Dr. Margaret Jablonski, M. Ed. 1984

The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented April 16 at a luncheon in the Massachusetts State House in Boston. University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson and UMass Amherst Chancellor Robert C. Holub were scheduled to speak prior to the awards presentation.

Four alumni, a professor emeritus and an honorary alumnus received the awards, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association.

Learning in the Virtual World

Researchers are beginning to wonder whether video games might actually be a solution to what ails today's students rather than a problem. Read College of Education alumni Dr. Chris Dede's (Ed.D. 1972) thoughts about virtual worlds and video games in this article from the January 2009 issue of Science.

Doctoral student Lee wins Equity Scholars Award

Hyunju Lee, doctoral student in the College of Education's Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, was named by the Equity and Ethics Committee of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) as a recipient of one of the 2009 NARST Equity Scholars Awards. The scholarships support early career science educators (advanced doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty) from under-represented groups within the U.S. to attend the 2009 NARST annual conference and to contribute to science education research, scholarship, and leadership.

COE alum Desmond (Ed.D. 1992) named chairman of Board of Higher Education

Former UMass Boston administrator Charles Desmond was recently appointed as the new chairman of the Board of Higher Education by Gov. Deval L. Patrick. Desmond is replacing Frederick W. Clark, Jr.

COE alumni Dr. Robert A. Gordon receives Canadian “Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award”

Dr. Robert A. Gordon (M.Ed 1969, Ed.D 1971) has been awarded the fourth annual Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Ontario, Canada’s college system. His academic background includes an Honours BA in History and a Master's Degree in Modern British History from Bishop's University, a Master's Degree and Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts’ College of Education, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Doctoral student Runnell-Hall wins Future Leader Award

Marcella Runell-Hall, a doctoral student in the College of Education, is one of 10 graduate students in the nation to be recognized with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

The awards honor graduate students who are committed to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education.

U Mass Amherst studies dovetail with Edison Santana's life

Published in The Republican, Springfield, Mass.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Edison Santana (M.Ed. 1988) is a UMass-Amherst graduate all the way, having obtained a bachelor's in psychology in 1982, a master's in education in 1988 and doctorate in philosophy in 1994. He chose UMass-Amherst because of the counseling psychology program in the College of Education at the time he enrolled.

Dr. Mary F. Lenox Honored

UMass Amherst College of Education alumna Dr. Mary F. Lenox (Ed.D. 1975) was recently honored as a recipient of the Chicago Teachers College / Chicago State University Alumni Association’s 2008 Golden Alumna Award. The award is bestowed upon an alumna or alumnus who is 70 years of age or older, in honor of their consistent service, commitment and dedication to the advancement of Chicago State University.

Dr. Carey Honored - Dr. John C. Carey approved for Fulbright award

Dr. John C. Carey, professor in the department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services and director of the College of Education's Center for School Counseling Outcome Research (CSCOR), recently received the Chancellor's "In the Field" Recognition Award in a public ceremony at the Mullins Center preceding the UMass Amherst-Holy Cross basketball game.

Dr. John C. Carey approved for Fulbright award

Dr. Toran E. Isom Named Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Dr. Toran E. Isom, (Ed.D 1989) an instructor in University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Department of Rhetoric and Writing, has been named Arkansas English Higher Education Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (ACTELA.)

The organization of teachers of English language arts cited Dr. Isom for her teaching innovations, research, publication, and service to students, parents, and professional membership organizations. She was presented her award at ACTELA's fall convention Nov. 13.


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