October 2011 Happy Halloween! Darran Town, our Data Specialist and Debbie Rook, Academic Program Specialist in SAS dress up each year for Halloween.

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October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Darran Town, our Data Specialist and Debbie Rook, Academic Program Specialist in SAS dress up each year for Halloween. This year, in keeping with the pirate theme of their costumes, they have built a 30 foot ship as part of their elaborate decorations at home. The children in their neighborhood are in for a treat!

As you will see in this issue of the Dean's Update, our faculty, students and alumni are making an impact locally and globally. I am always heartened to learn about the difference our faculty, students and alumni are making in our community. I hope you will enjoy this issue of the Dean's Update.

Best regards,

Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor, College of Education

COEDU Receives $1.2 Million Grant from the USDOE

College of Education faculty secure funding to prepare students for leadership roles. Leonard Burrello, Ph.D., Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (DELPS), Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill, Ph.D., Professor, Special Education (SPED), Anthony Rolle, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, DELPS, and Brenda Walker, Ph.D., Professor, SPED, received a grant for $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education for Leadership Preparation in Policy and Community Reform. This 5-year project will prepare eight full time and part time students to become local or state chief officers for special services or policy analysts in state departments of education over the next five years within an integrated course of study with field based internships at the local, state, and federal levels. Congratulations!
Click here for a full listing of grants.

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Steve Jobs' Legacy Lives at USF

USF was one of the first universities to partner with Apple on iTunes U, adopt technology for teaching

“USF sends its condolences to Steve Jobs’ family and everyone at Apple,” said Colleen Kennedy, dean of USF’s College of Education. “Steve Jobs was a visionary leader whose work has revolutionized education. Because his company gave us the ability to distribute at no cost digital content, we really have been able to teach the world to read. He has made such a positive impact on education.

“Truly he has left a lasting legacy. We will always be indebted to him and all our colleagues at Apple,” Kennedy said.
Read more.

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6th Graders to Help Get ''Green'' Grant

The University of South Florida is looking to score a six-figure Federal Grant to help make their main education building even more energy-efficient.

Read more.


Two FCIT/Tampa Theatre Film Camp's Films selected in Creative Loafing's Reel Terror Film Festival

Congrats to the FCIT/Tampa Theatre Film Camp's cast and crew of "Rated Z" and "Demonic Activity" for being selected in Creative Loafing's Reel Terror Film Festival on Oct 22! Check out these and other amazing short films by our young filmmakers here.


Studying Survivor Testimonies

USF graduate students are using the IWitness beta program to study Holocaust testimonies in the Shoah Foundation archive.

This month marks the anniversary of the Sobibor Revolt. In 1943, Jewish prisoners who tried to escape from a Nazi death camp set up in Poland armed only with work tools were no match for machine guns and a hostile anti-Semitic countryside. But despite the Nazi’s best efforts to hide the existence of this place and this event, eyewitnesses brought the truth to light. Read more.

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Angel Arroyo and faculty award nominator Dr. Sara Flory

Students Receive Hispanic Heritage and Outstanding Latino/a Educator (OLE) Awards

Angel Arroyo, a senior physical education major in the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science (PE) recently received both the Successful Hispanic Student Award (given by the University of South Florida) and the Outstanding Latino/a Educator (OLE) Award (given by the USF College of Education). Pablo Gallego Alvarez, a graduate student in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and an alum of the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science also received an OLE Award and a USF Hispanic Heritage Pathways Award. He was nominated by Dr. Vonzell Agosto. Read more and see the other OLE recipients here.

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Dean Colleen Kennedy and Pam Stewart

COEDU Hosts FACTE Conference

The Florida Association of Colleges of Education conference was hosted by the USF College of Education this year. Kudos to Associate Dean, Mike Stewart for planning and hosting such an outstanding conference. Participants were impressed by James Welsh's Showcase Presentation titled, “Educational Change and Innovation in the Digital Age,” that featured technology initiatives in the COEDU. Pam Stewart, the new FLDOE Chancellor of the Division of Public Schools, addressed FACTE. Pam received her bachelor’s degree from USF in Elementary Education ('75). Pam's daughter, Leigh Ann Stewart '04, BS, Elementary Education, is currently a kindergarten teacher in St. Johns County. We're so proud to have Pam as the Chancellor of the Division of Public Schools.


Migrant Workers and Education

Oct. 14 panel discussion at USF shed light on migrant workers’ struggle for education.

“Equipped with a heritage that emphasizes hard work and perseverance, along with support provided by the migrant education program, an increasing number of students from farm worker backgrounds are achieving academic success,” said Ann Cranston-Gingras, Director of the Center for Migrant Education. “However, many still are not able to overcome the challenges imposed by the mismatch between the migrant lifestyle and traditional educational structures.”

Read more.

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15th Annual Education in Action Luncheon

Save the Date!

Featuring Keynote Speaker, James Williams
Celebrating our new Online M.A. in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities
To RSVP, please e-mail:
Georgia McKenzie: glm@usf.edu or call (813) 974-0378.


USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools Host Climate Change Symposium and Showcase for Educators

NSF grant helps fund innovative educational practices on climate change science, social impacts and adaptation in our communities

Secondary school teachers, informal science educators, postsecondary educators, and professionals will come together for the Climate Change Symposium and Showcase on November 7, 2011 at Blake High School from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Read more.

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Doctoral Student in Education Leadership & Policy Studies Appointed Provost of St. Petersburg College

Kevin Gordon, the Gibbs High principal who is widely credited for jump-starting a turnaround at the long-troubled school, is headed for a top post at St. Petersburg College. Kevin Gordon says his decision to leave Gibbs for St. Petersburg College was bittersweet. Gordon will receive his doctorate in educational leadership in December.
Read more.

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COTA Dean Search Committee

It's been a pleasure to Chair the College of the Arts Dean's search
and to interact with all of the search committee members who included the following:

Ms. Wendy Babcox, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History, College of the Arts
Ms. Cornelia Corbett, Member, USF Unstoppable Campaign Cabinet, USF Foundation
Mr. Michael Foley, Associate Professor, School of Theater & Dance, College of the Arts
Ms. Ashleigh Gallant, Director, Marketing and Communication, College of the Arts
Dr. Kent Lydecker, Director, St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, Community Member
Mr. Robert MacLeod, Director, School of Architecture & Community Design, College of the Arts
Mr. Chuck Owen, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Jazz Studies, College of the Arts
Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, Director, Institute on Black Life, College of Arts & Sciences
Mr. Ryan Salazar, Former President, College of the Arts Student Council, College of the Arts
Ms. Noel Smith, Curator, Education/Latin American & Caribbean Arts, College of the Arts
Mr. Todd Smith, Director, Tampa Museum of Art, Community Member

Some of the committee members are pictured above, left as we prepared our report for the Provost this morning.

Interim COTA Dean, Barton Lee, couldn't have been more helpful and gracious, extending himself personally to assist throughout the search by editing the prospectus, nominating candidates, facilitating communication among the COTA faculty, and acting as an exemplary host during the on campus visits. Janet Jackson did an extraordinary job as a staff member for the search. Interim Dean Lee's assistant, Diane LaRocca, helped Janet to coordinate all of the events for candidates in COTA. Their assistance was invaluable in making the on campus visits go so smoothly. The search committee has now forwarded its recommendation to Provost Wilcox. I look forward to continuing collaborations with the College of the Arts faculty and leadership.

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