Tag Archives: Alumni

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 »

Traverse City teacher Juleen Jenkins-Whall receives Milken Educator Award

Traverse City teacher Juleen Jenkins-Whall receives Milken Educator Award

Everything seemed perfectly ordinary to Juleen Jenkins-Whall as she sat with her 10th grade chemistry class during a Traverse City West High School assembly —that is, until State Superintendent Mike Flanagan popped in for a video chat, and announced that Jenkins-Whall had just won the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Dubbed by Teacher Magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching,” the award recognizes outstanding work in the… Read More »

Remembering August “Jerry” Benson, former MSU faculty, alumnus

Remembering August “Jerry” Benson, former MSU faculty, alumnus

August “Jerry” Benson, a former Michigan State University associate professor, advisor and alumnus, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2011. He was 94. Benson’s career at MSU spanned from 1964-83. He earned his master’s degree (’59) and Ph.D. (’69) from the MSU College of Education. According to family, Benson was a proud Spartan fan and a goodwill ambassador for MSU. He was… Read More »

Thanks for giving: Former MSU football captain Shinsky opens Mexican orphanage

When it comes to giving back to the community, Spartans are leaders — and the heartwarming story of John Shinsky and his orphanage in Mexico is no exception. Growing up for Shinsky was far from typical. When he was only seven years old, his father suffered a fatal heart attack, and shortly after that, his mother placed him in an orphanage for a chance… Read More »