NEWS

Congratulations to Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion for Community Engagement Sherard Robbins, who was recently named a 40 under 40 winner for 2019! He and the other winners will be honored on December 2 at the 40 Under 40 Awards Breakfast Celebration hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star.

The 15th Annual Erasmus Circle Donor Recognition Reception, held at the beautiful home of Paul Lindsey and Kathy Alexander, honored our donors who support the College of Education.

The evening included a presentation on urban public education in the Age of Reform by alumnus Richard Carranza. Carranza is chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools.

Authors and illustrators traveled a day early to the Tucson Festival of Books to take part in the Creative Arts Teen Summit.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Rufus Glasper, alumnus of our higher education doctorate program, was hosted by UA Alumni for a Cats in the Corner Office conversation this month. This conversation series features the professional lives of successful Wildcats.

Glasper, the current president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, spoke about his innovative projects and answered questions about leadership, being a student, and the future of education in the Facebook Live interview

Our education program hopes to increase the number of qualified teachers in Arizona. Dean Johnson speaks to the specific challenges that come with fulfilling special education teaching certification. Please read this piece for AZPM, written by Emma Gibson: Need for Special Ed Teachers Stands Out in Ongoing General Shortage.

Indigenous students from the College of Education are reinstating Indigenous Thinkers, an organization dedicated to all Indigenous graduate students in the College of Education. To learn more about the organization and upcoming events, add yourself to the listserv at indigenous_thinkers@list.arizona.edu and follow the group on Facebook.

Last month, we honored our Erasmus Circle members and their scholars during a reception that brings the two groups together so they can get to know one another. Erasmus Circle Scholars are outstanding students who show promise in their areas of study and contribute to their communities, the college, and the UA. Through the generosity of our donors, this year we honored 35 scholars.

The Erasmus Circle recognizes the most generous supporters of the College of Education. Erasmus donors provide financial  support that allows the College of Education to invest in scholarships for students and faculty support. Members are passionate about supporting education initiatives and advocating for educators and leaders in our community. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have awarded 364 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students and funded 24 fellows in programs throughout the college.

2018 Erasmus Circle Fellow

Educational Policy Studies and Practice Associate Professor Jill Koyama

Director, Institute for LGBT Studies

2018 Erasmus Circle Undergraduate Scholars

With matched patron or benefactor

Alexandra Begg, Patron: Bonne & Dave Overstreet          

Olivia Morris, Patrons: Judy & Theron Ovitt

Brennen Feder, Benefactors: Barbara & Russell Miller     

Yvette Padilla, Patron: Jinx Patterson                     

Siobhan Frankiewicz, Patron: Emily Meschter     

Lindsay Pombier, Patrons: Patrice & Ronald Brown

John Gallo, Patron: Richard Delgado       

Amanda Robertson, Patron: Shirley Ann Hartman

Natalie Larez, Benefactors: Kathy & Jerry Short  

Joseph Sturm: Patron: Margaret & Bruce Johnson

Megan Mace, Patron: Walter Doyle        

Emma Terry: Patron: Barbara Cropper

Gabriel Martinez, Patrons: Patty & Carl Liaupsin

America Valencia, Patron: Donna Jurich

Jason McKibben, Patron: Barbara Myers

 

2018 Erasmus Circle Graduate Scholars

With matched patron or benefactor

Dylan Barton, Patron: Lynn Engel             

Sizhan Liang, Patron: Gloria Barnett

Amanda Cheromiah, Patrons: Francesca & Javier López  

Avery Mickens, Patrons: Kathy Alexander & Paul Lindsey

Lysette Davi, Patron: Dale Frederick        

Whitney Mohr, Benefactors: Barbara & Russell Miller

Janna Hasko-Dunagan, Patron: Shirin Antia          

Dan Moreno, Patrons: Margaret & Bruce Johnson

Sarah Grace, Patrons: Kathy & Don Jorgensen    

Dynah Oviedo, Patron: Kris Bosworth

Rosario Hutchings, Patron: Emily Meschter         

Austin Ringquist, Patrons: Nancy & Reese Woodling

Charlotte Iurino, Patrons: Dell & Jerry Bromiel    

James Sheldon, Patrons: Patrice & Ronald Brown

Hee Young Kim, Benefactors: Kathy & Jerry Short              

Michele Stathatos, Patrons: Susan & Robin Richards

Ang Li, Patrons: Barbara & Jim Sullivan   

Shelina Walli, Patrons: Renée & Richard Clift

Zhongyuan Li, Patrons: Danielle & Steve Thu       

Jaclyn Wolf, Patrons: Carol & Larry Bahill

 

ERASMUS CIRCLE MEMBERS

Ann & Fred Boice

Jane Erin

Charlotte Harris

Frederic & Gayle Jandrey

Kathleen & Raymond Naylor

Marie Ruiz

Nancy & Jay Scherr

 

ERASMUS CIRCLE LEGACY

Bahar & Richard Delgado

 

ERASMUS CIRCLE LIFETIME

Therese Berg

Nancy Haddad Berge

Ann & Fred Boice

Sally Drachman Salvatore

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Fessler

Keith McKenzie

Emily Meschter

Wilma Miller

Mary Louise Rentfrow

 

If you would like more information about The Erasmus Circle, please contact College of Education Director of Development Lee O'Rourke at 520-621-3413 lorourke@email.arizona.edu

The College of Education and the UA Alumni Association co-hosted an event at the Chela Park Slope restaurant in Brooklyn to introduce our grad Richard Carranza to the Tri-State UA alumni. Carranza is now the chancellor of the New York City public schools, the largest school system in the nation. The  1,800 schools are responsible for educating 1.1 million students.

Hats off to Emma Mendenhall for her beautiful photo of Old Main, which was featured in a full-page layout in the recent issue of the Arizona Alumni Magazine. Not only is she our coordinator for development and alumni in the college, Emma also runs her own photography business. View more of her work here.

 We are pleased to be the recipient of one of the largest gifts in the history of the College of Education. A $1 million gift has been made to support our Worlds of Worlds, the largest collection of global literature for children and young adults in the nation, and the second largest in the world.