From the President
At our October retreat, we welcomed several new members. Joining the College of Education Alumni Association Board of Directors were Dana Bryant, Jeanie Crosby, Mark Dziatczak, Jim Lalik and Josh Perusse (our undergraduate student representative). Spike Braunius and Melissa McDaniels joined the board as alternates in January. Get to know them and the rest of our current board members by visiting the Alumni & Friends website.
Board members come from all parts of our college, all over the country and now another corner of the world (Spike Braunius is a graduate of the online Master of Arts in Education (MAED) living in Switzerland). To apply, you need to be a College of Education Alumni Association member—this is automatic when you join the MSU Alumni Association and indicate the College of Education as your affiliate. Each board member is elected to a three-year term that is renewable once for a total of six years. In June 2012, five of our current members will complete their service on the COEAA Board. Please consider applying for one of those openings. For more information and the online application, you can visit the alumni webpage.
The annual Homecoming Tent Party was once again the most well-attended party on campus! It was great to share a beautiful day, music, memories and a great meal with more than 600 alumni and friends of the College of Education. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year, if not sooner.
We also supported the college Technology Conference, a great professional development opportunity. Mark your calendar to present or attend this year on October 27.
This fall, the College of Education Alumni Association also presented the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. The recipient was Dr. Sonya Gunnings-Moton, who serves as assistant dean for student support services and recruitment in the College of Education and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education. She received her master’s degree and doctorate from the college.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of three awards presented to alumni by the College of Education Alumni Association Board of Directors. The other honors are Outstanding Alumni K-12 Teacher and Outstanding Alumni K-12 Administrator. To nominate an alumna/us, please visit education.msu.edu/alumni/awards and complete your nomination by June 1.
Welcome Dean Heller
Lastly, we look forward to working with new Dean Donald Heller as he joins the College of Education full time this semester.
Warm wishes for a wonderful 2012!
Michigan State University Alumni Association membership means continued COEAA membership. MSUAA membership prices are increasing this summer, so now is a great time to join or renew.