Saturday, April 20, 2013

University of South Alabama College of Education Awards Night

Honoring Friends & Colleagues! 
Celebrating Awards and Retirements!

Dr. Abigail Baxter Promoted to Professor
Dr. Joel Lewis Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure
Dr. Andre Green Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure
Ms. Jennifer Simpson Promoted to Senior Instructor

Dr. Brooke Forester awarded the Lisa Mitchell Bukstein Foundation Scholarship for Developing Faculty in Education

Excellence in Teaching Awards
Dr. Becky Giles awarded Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Innovation
Dr. R. Burke Johnson awarded Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
Ms. Brenda Haskew and Foley Elementary School awarded Excellence in Clinical Supervision
Dr. Thomas Chilton awarded Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dean's Awards
Dr. Daniel Surry & Dr. Joel Lewis awarded Distinguished Contributions to Life Long Learning
Dr. Susan Martin awarded Distinguished Contributions for Improving Our Community

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I'm in a Tolstoy Mood

“Music makes me forget my real situation. It transports me into a state which is not my own. Under the influence of music I really seem to feel what I do not feel, to understand what I do not understand, to have powers which I cannot have. Music seems to me to act like yawning or laughter; I have no desire to sleep, but I yawn when I see others yawn; with no reason to laugh, I laugh when I hear others laugh. And music transports me immediately into the condition of soul in which he who wrote the music found himself at that time. ~The Kreutzer Sonata” 
 Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our Book (chapter) is Out!

Many thanks and congratulations to my friend and co author Susan Santoli, secondary Social Studies professor. I thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration as we developed our invited chapter in Integrative Strategies for the K-12 Social Studies Classroom. Our ideas for Picture This: The Integration of Art and Social Studies were also greatly refined and improved by the skillful editing of Timothy Lintner.

Integrative Strategies for the K-12 Social Studies Classroom

"The crux of this book is to provide educators insights and strategies into how to integrate social studies with other discipline areas. Calling upon national experts in their respective fields, each chapter chronicles the broad relationship between individual content areas and social studies. Multiple examples of integrative opportunities are included. At the end of each chapter is a series of grade-specific integrative lesson plans ready for implementation. This book was purposefully designed as a how-to, hands-on, ready-reference guide for educators at all stages and all levels of teaching."

Foreword. Integrative Opportunities in the Social Studies Classroom: Making Minutes Matter, Timothy Lintner. Picture This: The Integration of Art and Social Studies, Susan Pitts Santoli and Paige Vitulli. The Play’s the Thing: Integrating Drama with Social Studies, Thomas N. Turner. Making Social Studies Accessible and Engaging for English Language Learners, Jason O’Brien and Barbara Cruz. Social Studies and Literacy: Exploring Interdisciplinary Teaching in a Professional Development School Setting, Deborah MacPhee. Interdisciplinary Strategies for Math and Social Studies, Bridget Coleman. Traveling the World Through the Vehicle of Music,Jeannette Fresne and Donna Louk. The Social Side of Science, Andrea Burrows and Jennifer Keiner. Don’t Forget Me! Using Special Educators to Support Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Darren Minarik and Danielle Coughlin. Things Said and Done: Using Digital Tools to Enhance Historical Memory, John K. Lee, Meghan Manfra, and Jonathan List. Visual Literacy Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom, Stewart Waters and William B. Russell, III. About the Contributors.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kappa Delta Pi 2013 Initiation


International Honor Society in Education
Omicron Zeta Chapter Initiation

College of Education
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
April 12 2013

CONGRATULATIONS Kappa Delta Pi Initiates
Deidre Benton
Lauren Brannan*
Jonathan Bubbett
Kaitlyn Burgess
Morgan Clark
Ashley Cohen
Erika Conn
Lindsey Edwards
Petre Freeman
Bonnie Gaudet
Owen Gill
Mary Gillespie
Melissa Harrison
Brittany Heiss
Courtney Hieronymus
Jessie Holder
Kimberly Holland
Alexa Howie
Caitlyn Lord
Lauren McKenzie
Mallory Moon
Lanadia Patrick
Kristen Phelps
Emily Pilotte
Eleanor Pomerat
Lucinda Prescott
Sara Pritchard
Amanda Rice
Ariel Robinson
Brittni Sasser
Brittany Smith
Kendra Wesson
Angyl White
Jessica Wilson
Hope Zeanah*

*Lauren Brannan was initiated as an honorary member of KDP in recognition of her achievement as Mobile County 2013 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in reading education from the USA COE. She is currently enrolled in the USA COE’s instructional design and development program doctoral program.  

*Hope Zeanah was initiated as an honorary member of KDP in recognition of her achievement as 2013 Alabama Principal of the Year. She is Alabama’s nominee for National Distinguished Principal Award. Hope received her administrative certification from the USA COE.

USA COE Students' Inaugural Visit to the USA Archaeology Museum

Students in EDU 301, our Arts in the Elementary School class, were welcomed by Barbara Filion, Education Curator at the USA Archaeology Museum Tuesday, April 9th. After an excellent tour of the facility, Barbara led us in an art/archaeology integrated lesson.


Student responses to the field trip included:

"The Archaeology Museum was fascinating, and Barbara Filion gave us a great tour...I was completely intrigued by the Stratigraphy Wall. I could have spent hours looking at the artifacts in those layers."

"My favorite part about the USA Archaeology Museum was the hands on activity at the end. Much like little children, doing crafts and further exploration of a specific topic really drives home the main concepts, for everyone. The most educational part gained from the trip was all the background history, I had no idea how much of the Museum's history would tie to Mobile's roots."

"I had a wonderful time at the museum! Sometimes we forget about how historical Mobile is. I really enjoyed every part of the museum, and I dont think I can pick just one part."

"I would like to start off by saying that I had no idea that museum was even on the campus. I must admit that I enjoyed the visit overall. The tour guide was extremely educated on her facts about Old Mobile and she really captured my attention and made me want to know more about the city I live in."

"I had to do a double take on the replicas of the people, especially the one in the colonial exhibit."

"I've never been to an archaeology museum before, and I must say it was a very interesting experience. The tour guide/storyteller did an amazing job telling the stories and history of Mobile. My favorite part of the museum would have to be the wax models, especially the indian chief walking up the mound. The artists did a fabulous job creating all the intricate details on the statues to make them so realistic."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Good News for the COE

Quantitatively, qualitatively, and affectively, I know that people I work with at the University of South Alabama College of Education sincerely care about the education and quality of life of the students they interact with. From K-12 to higher education issues, we are caring, thoughtful people who share our talents in diverse ways while simultaneously navigating our own complex lives. This notice does not surprise me and is well-derserved. THANK YOU to those of you who did so much to provide evidence of the collective good works we each strive to provide daily.

Message from Dean Richard Hayes:

"I am pleased to share with you that the recommendation of the NCATE and ALSDE on-site reviewers will be that the COE has met all six standards at both the initial and advanced levels. Although the recommendations are preliminary and yet to be presented in detail to the NCATE Board for review, we can be very proud of the progress we have made and of the overall quality of our programs. Congratulations and thanks to all of you who made this outcome possible. "

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2012-2013 USA College of Education Student Awards

USA College of Education 
Student Awards

Awards will be presented Friday, April 26th at the Mitchell Center Waterman Globe lobby. 


Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Elementary Education

Outstanding Graduate Student
Elementary Education

Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Secondary Education

Outstanding Graduate Student
Secondary Education

Outstanding Graduate Student
Early Childhood Education

Outstanding “A” Certification Student
Educational Leadership

Outstanding Graduate Student
Educational Leadership

Outstanding Educational Specialist Project

Outstanding Student Teacher
Elementary Education

Outstanding Student Teacher
Elementary Education

Outstanding Student Teacher
Secondary Education

Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher
Secondary Education

Outstanding Graduate Student
Special Education

Cronis Award
Special Education


      Outstanding Graduate Student
       Health and Physical Education
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Leisure Studies/Recreation Administration

Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Health and Physical Education/Teacher Education

Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Health and Physical Education/Exercise Science


Outstanding Graduate Student
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Outstanding Graduate Student
School Counseling Program

Outstanding Graduate Student
Educational Media Program (M.Ed.)

Dr. John E. Morrow, Sr. Memorial Award
Master’s Student of the Year
Instructional Design and Development Program

Dr. Chandru Hiremath Memorial Award
Ph.D. Student of the Year
Instructional Design and Development Program

Scholarship Recipients for 2012 - 2013

Kimberly Holland - College of Education Scholarship
Kathryn Ortmann - Daniel Foundation of Alabama Scholarship
Hannah Cooper - Alfred F. Delchamps, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Tresher Moorer - J. Howe Hadley Scholarship
Jessica Wilson - Helping Hands for Children Scholarship
Cody Coleman - Malcolm R. Howell Endowed Scholarship
Erin Holton - Ralph Jones Memorial Scholarship
Ashley Cohen - Patricia Kelly Lofton Endowed Scholarship for Teachers
Carrie Tucker - Dr. Elizabeth F. Martin and Dr. Wilma M. Scrivner Scholarship
Lindsey Estes - Ruth M. Gwinn-Heitman Endowed
Shelby Robbins - Ruth M. Gwinn-Heitman Endowed
Angela Blackmon - Richard L. Hayes Endowed Scholarship for School Counseling
Tresher Moorer - Lavon Simon Endowed Book Award Fund
  Ronald Morgan - Dr. Chandru Hiremath Memorial Endowment in Instructional Design Development           
Ronald Morgan - Dr. George E. Uhlig Endowed Award Fund
Joshua King - Linda Reaves Endowment for Educators in Math and Science
Stephen Akins - White-Spunner Endowment Scholarship in Education
Devon Weaver - Barbara Phillips Endowed Award for Special Education Teachers Fun

Tuesday, April 2, 2013