December 2011 Happy Holidays! As the semester draws to a close, I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! In this issue of the De


December 2011

Happy Holidays!

As the semester draws to a close, I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

In this issue of the Dean's Update, we highlight the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni, who are making an impact in our local community and around the globe. I hope you will enjoy this issue of the Dean's Update.

Best regards,

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


Dean Kennedy with Kenneth Coppedge, Regional President , BB&T, Jan Resch, Gus Stavros and Dr. Dick Puglisi

Million Dollar Gift Establishes BB&T Academy of Free Enterprise Education

An increasing need exists for professional development programs that encourage educators, business leaders and entrepreneurs to collaborate on free enterprise and economic education. The University of South Florida and its Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education welcome the BB&T Academy of Free Enterprise Education to support their existing efforts in this field. BB&T is funding this vital program with a generous $1 million gift over a 10-year period. Read more.

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Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D.

COEDU Receives $430,000 Grant from the Helios Education Foundation

The Helios Education Foundation has funded a $430,000 planning grant to support the development of a new teacher education program for STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) middle school teachers at the University of South Florida College of Education (COEDU). This program will be collaboratively developed among the USF COEDU and College of Arts and Sciences, Hillsborough County Public Schools, and the Helios Education Foundation. Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D., Interim Director of the David C. Anchin Center, is the P.I. of this grant. Read more.

Click here for a full listing of grants.

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Rep. Kathy Castor, Olin Mott, Dean Kennedy

Rep. Kathy Castor Visits COEDU

We were delighted to host Rep. Kathy Castor and Olin Mott this month to discuss Tutor-a-Bull, community partnerships and update her on the various projects and initiatives underway in the College. Click here to donate.

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Dean Kennedy, and Pam Stewart

Pam Stewart Tours COEDU

Pam Stewart, the new FLDOE Chancellor of the Division of Public Schools, visited the College last week to tour the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and learn more about several College initiatives. 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.

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Professor Naana J. Opoku-Agyemang, Vice Chancellor University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Ghana Receives Global Leadership Award from USF

Dean Kennedy, Alex Kumi Yeboah, Ilene Berson, Diane Hoppey,
Kofi Marfo, Donald Dellow, Gladis Kersaint, Harold Keller,
Kiki Caruson, and others from Professor Agyemang's group met in the COEDU on Dec. 13 to discuss opportunities for partnerships and to to re-connect. Dr. Ilene Berson and other Early Childhood faculty have been engaged in an ongoing collaboration with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, as a result of their work on the Global Academic Partners (GAP) intiative.

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VSA Florida presents "We Live Here"

Opening reception held Dec. 16 for exhibition by state organization on arts and disability and partners.

VSA Florida (VSAFL), the state organization on arts and disability, headquartered in the COEDU, is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition WE LIVE HERE in the Faculty Office Building.

The exhibition can be viewed in the main lobby of the building as well as through some of the adjacent corridors through March 1, 2012.

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