In February, twenty-five COE students, most from the Literacy Learning and Leadership major, attended the 2017 National Collegiate Leadership Conference. This annual conference is student-run and offers leadership skill building and training to the hundreds of students who attend from all over the U.S. Navigate with Purpose was the conference theme, woven through the various workshops and networking events. Amanda Tachine, an alumna from our Higher Education program was a motivational speaker at the event.

After 14 years of leadership, Ronald W. Marx will leave his position as dean of the College of Education on June 30 to pursue other scholarly interests.

"I began my education career working for Los Angeles Unified School District in 1966," Marx says. "This academic year marks the 51st year since I began in education – although in 1962, one of my jobs in the Army was to write lesson plans for how to fire 105 mm howitzers, but I am not entirely sure that qualifies as an education job.

UA access and retention of Native American students is on the rise, thanks in part to our Native SOAR program. In 2015, the UA enrolled a total of 390 Native American undergraduates, a 16 percent increase from 2013. The retention rate for Native American first-year students increased 7 percentage points, from 64 percent in 2014 to 71 percent in 2015. Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency) has Native American freshmen serve as peer mentors to Native American high school students.

Professor Perry Gilmore has long been a leader within the field of educational anthropology, so impressive, in fact, that we featured her in last year's Imagine magazine (read her story here). In November, she was honored with the prestigious George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education. Her contributions to educational anthropology are widely recognized for having significantly advanced the knowledge of the study of educational processes.

We received a $2 million grant for a study to determine if adjustments to daily routines for youths with Type 1 diabetes can improve regulation of their glucose levels and enhance daily management of the disease. "The ultimate goal is to know what aspects of sleep or other parts of their daily routines - and how families work together in those routines - should be incorporated into standard diabetes care," says principal investigator Michelle Perfect, an associate professor and associate program director in our School Psychology Program.

Longtime friend, supporter, and alumna Naomi Karp, who received an honorary degree from the college in 2010, was honored with the Leadership Award from the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children. For 20 years, she served in the U.S. Department of Education, 10 as director of the Early Childhood Research Office. Today, she leads a First Things First early childhood professional development grant at United Way of Tucson.

The college Alumni Council's second annual Wine Harvest Homecoming Reception was a huge success. About 120 guests came to honor our Alumna of the Year, Danielle Thu '72 '95, and our Professional Achievement Alumna Award recipient, Gina Murphy-Darling '79 (aka Mrs. Green). Both were flattered to receive awards and spoke about being proud College of Education graduates. The Alumni Council was surprised to receive the Alumni Association's UA College Alumni Council Red & Blue Award, presented by Melinda Burke, president of the UA Alumni Association. 

Geraldo Rivera, an American attorney, reporter, author, and talk show, host visited the college recently.

Underrepresented students are about to get a lift on the road to a doctoral degree. A new $1 million grant will fund one-year fellowships for underrepresented students, with the goal of helping these students prepare for doctoral studies. The grant from the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education will fund one-year fellowships for up to 48 students over the next five years.

Associate Professor Todd Fletcher began Resplandor in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2009 to promote education and health in nearby rural communities, and thereby, improve social and economic development. The nonprofit center offers health and sex education, nutrition, and early childhood education.