Tag Archives: Alumni

Alumnus named Superintendent of the Year in Illinois

Alumnus named Superintendent of the Year in Illinois

College of Education alumnus Peter Flynn has received the 2012 Superintendent of the Year award from the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA). Flynn retired earlier this year as superintendent of the Freeport School District 145 in Freeport, Ill. During his 12-year tenure in Freeport, Flynn cultivated a deep commitment to the arts within the… Read More »

In memoriam: Eldon Nonnamaker

In memoriam: Eldon Nonnamaker

Eldon Nonnamaker, retired Michigan State University administrator and professor emeritus, passed away on November 12 at age 84. Nonnamaker worked at the College of Education from 1961 to 1992 as a professor of educational administration and higher education. He also served as a leader in student affairs for the university beginning in 1968 and was… Read More »

Remembering alumnus John Porter, historic education leader in Michigan

Remembering alumnus John Porter, historic education leader in Michigan

Alumnus John W. Porter (M.A. ’57, Ph.D. ’62) passed away June 27, 2012. He was 80. A two-time graduate of the College of Education, he received a master’s in counseling and guidance and a doctorate in higher education. Dr. Porter worked as a teacher before becoming the first black professional employed in the Michigan Department… Read More »

Retired professor, Robert Nolan, dies

Retired professor, Robert Nolan, dies

Retired College of  Education professor Robert (Bob) O. Nolan, 91, of Harbor Springs, Mich. died Tuesday April 10, 2012. Raised in New Jersey and North Carolina, Nolan joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country in the South Pacific in WWII. He was retired due to disability in 1946, and continued his education until… Read More »

In memoriam: Van Mueller, educational administration alumnus

In memoriam: Van Mueller, educational administration alumnus

Van Mueller, Michigan State University College of Education alumnus and nationally known expert on education finance, died on Mar. 8, 2012. He was born in 1929. Mueller received his doctorate in Educational Administration from the college in 1964, and  received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. Mueller held many education and state government jobs. He… Read More »

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Patricia Cianciolo

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Patricia Cianciolo

Renowned literacy educator Patricia Cianciolo, professor emeritus in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, died on Jan. 18, 2012. Cianciolo, a faculty member at MSU from 1964 to 1996, was an expert in children’s response to literature and book illustrations, as well as in the teaching and learning of literature in the elementary grades.… Read More »

Kinesiology alumnus running 74th marathon

Kinesiology alumnus running 74th marathon

At age 64, with 73 marathons under his belt, there’s no stopping Steve Coffman. Aside from full-time teaching, he is training for his 35th consecutive Boston Marathon in April 2012. Coffman says his love for running started when he was stationed with the Marines in Hawaii. Officially peaking his interest, he ran in the state’s… Read More »

SAA alumni Zilvinskis, Brown receive awards

John Zilvinskis, an MSU alumnus who received a master’s degree in student affairs administration (SAA) in 2011, recently received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Building Bridges Award from Indiana University-Bloomington. The award is given annually to college students, faculty, staff and community members who embody the spirit of Dr. King. Zilvinskis was recognized for his outstanding efforts to address threats against students based on… Read More »

MSU alumnus Pscodna named head football coach for Alma College

MSU alumnus Pscodna named head football coach for Alma College

Greg Pscodna, an ’89 Physical Education and Exercise Science graduate of the MSU College of Education, has just been hired as the new head football coach for Alma College. “I am excited to be here at Alma College as football coach,” Pscodna said. “It is a great academic and athletic institution and I look forward to producing competitive student… Read More »

Kinesiology graduate receives dissertation award from NASPE

Kinesiology graduate receives dissertation award from NASPE

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) has presented Michigan State University kinesiology graduate Sheila Kelly with a 2012 Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award. Kelly won the award for her doctoral dissertation titled: “The Relationship Among Motor Skill Development, Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition and Perceived Competence of Fourth Grade School Children.” The award… Read More »