NEWS

At our fall Wine Harvest Reception, we honored our Alumnus of the Year, Richard Carranza '91, the superintendent of one of the nation's largest school districts (Houston). When Carranza was a teacher at Pueblo High School, he was instrumental in creating Mariachi Azatlán. We surprised Carranza and his twin brother, Reuben, with a performance by Mariachi Azatlán. They played two songs, then the twins borrowed some violins and played a third with the group.

Professor Jenny J. Lee is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Global Education Award, naming her a positive force in the international exchange of culture, knowledge, and ideas. The Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for English as a Second Language will be celebrating her dedication to international education and service later this month at the Global Excellence reception.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona announced the addition of six new trustees to its board, including Professor Ron Marx. “On behalf of CFSA, I am delighted to welcome the new members of the Board of Trustees into a great group of dedicated leaders,” said President and CEO Clint Mabie. “CFSA’s Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever.

Chief business officers increasingly agree that higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis, according to the 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers. Professor and Department Head Gary Rhoades was quoted in this article about the subject.

Assistant Professor of Practice Mary Irwin, the director of Project SOAR, a mentoring program that builds relationships between middle school and college students...

Associate Professor Michael Sulkowski published an article about unauthorized immigrant students in the United States and the role of public education. Read the article here.

Associate Dean and Professor Renée Clift was quoted in this story about a new law to fill classroom teaching positions by hiring people without any formal teacher training.

Earlier this month, more than 200 people swarmed the college's Cooper Center for Environmental Learning in the Tucson Mountains to learn about desert foods and see Sonoran Desert naturalist David Yetman, host of the long-running public television show, The Desert Speaks.

For the first time in the history of our college, students in the elementary teacher preparation program have the opportunity to do a portion of their student teaching abroad. We currently offer programs in Norway and China and are making plans to add a Spanish-speaking country to our offerings as soon as spring 2019. Travel broadens our outlook on the world, its people, and education.

Our Literacy, Learning, and Leadership majors represent a large portion of the undergraduates successfully adding internships to their college experience in preparation for their careers. We hosted a variety of community agencies at the College of Education Internship and Opportunity fair. Undergraduates were able to network and investigate internship opportunities by meeting representatives from many different organizations to learn just what an internship might entail.