NEWS

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies doctoral student Jaclyn Wolf attended the California Association of School Psychologists conference in San Diego in early November to present her research, Neighborhood risk and unsafe schools in relation to Latinx adolescents' academic engagement: Social cohesion and school respect as protective factors. Her findings indicate neighborhood and school risk, and protective factors are important to Latinx adolescents’ academic engagement.

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

Every semester, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Associate Professor of Practice Crystal Soltero hosts a Literacy, Learning, and Leadership Internship Poster Session to offer our students the chance to have their internship questions answered by fellow students who are current interns. At this semester's Internship Poster Session, there were Literacy, Learning, and Leadership interns from a wide range of community organizations, including Ben's Bells and the A

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.

At the start of December, students in TLS 355, along with Assistant Professors Ostermeyer and Harris, took part in a binational tennis rally for border youth in Nogales, Sonora. The event was hosted by Border Youth Tennis Exchange, known informally as BYTE. The experience offered a lens to viewing leadership in informal education and showed how creative activities and sports can cross borders larger than tennis nets.

Ten UA faculty and staff members have been selected for a new fellowship that aims to further the University's efforts as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.The UA was designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education in April.

The need for timely, responsive mental health services in school communities is growing. According to the National Alliance for Mental Health, as many as 20 percent of youth under the age of 18 will experience a mental health condition, yet only half will receive mental health services. That number is much lower for Hispanic, African-American, and Asian-American students. Addressing mental health in schools can reduce the drop-out rate, lower the risk of suicide, reduce risky behavior, improve help-seeking, and improve academic achievement. 

Student teachers from the college's early childhood education program visited La Estrella Bakery to learn about one of the most celebrated traditions in Mexico: Día de los Muertos. The class was led by Franco sisters Erica and Isabel, who shared stories about growing up in the bakery. Their parents opened La Estrella in 1986. Students learned about Día de los Muertos traditions like the making of the altar and pan de muerto.

Recreation and sport activities provide countless benefits for communities and people of all ages. Our new minor not only prepares students for potential careers in recreation, sports, and parks, but challenges them to think critically about issues impacting their communities. Educational inequities in the United States are often exacerbated by unequal access to quality after-school programming, as well as extracurricular and summer activities.

This month, we celebrated 20 years of the Smith Endowed Chair for Prevention and Education at the Arizona Inn with 80 guests. The reception captured the inspiration the Smiths imparted and the impact the Smith endowment has made in the community and for children. Lester L. and Roberta D. Smith were devoted benefactors to the UA College of Education. Formerly of Peoria, Illinois, Lester Smith was the owner of a company that manufactured aluminum and plastic products for homes.