Faculty member wins national Adventure and Outdoor Education/Recreation award

Dr. Dan Grube is the recipient of the Julian W. Smith Honor Award presented at the 2012 American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAHPERD) National Convention & Exposition in Boston, MA.  The Julian W. Smith Honor Award is an annual award presented by the council for Adventure and Outdoor Education/Recreation (CAOER).  This award recognized an AAHPERD member who has shown significant attainment in the area of adventure and outdoor education/recreation over an extended period of time.  The Julian W. Smith Honor Award Lecture presented by Dr. Grube was titled: ‘Adventure-Based Learning: What, So What and Now What?’.  Dr. Grube is the Associate Dean for the college, Assistant Department Head in the School of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor in the School.

CEAP Diversity Blog to Launch in April

On April 9, 2012, the College of Education and Allied Professions will launch its first Blog sponsored by the College Diversity Committee and facilitated by Lewis Isaac.  The Blog is open to all students and faculty in our college.    It will be accessible through an “organization” on blackboard.  People participating in the blog will have access to a recent New York Times article, as well as, to some other resources.  Our guest blogger, Lewis Isaac, will post his comments on the article and interact  with faculty and students via the blog.  The blog will give faculty and students, both residential and distance , an opportunity to participate in a “diversity dialogue” that is asynchronous.  The Blog will run for a 2 week period to give faculty and students plenty of opportunity to participate.  Lewis Isaac will be responding to posts on the blog.

For further information, including possible incorporation of this activity into your classes, please contact Lisa Bloom or John Habel.

Faculty to present research on tacher candidate’s perceptions of themselves as leaders

Carrie Rogers and Roya Scales will present the results of their study of 2011 Interns’ perceptions of themselves as leaders. Based on a comprehensive analysis of responses to the Teacher Leadership Essay (EE6), they will offer insights into our graduates’ conceptions of leadership and of this electronic evidence. The presentation will be held March 26 at 4:00 in Killian 202.

Rural Urban Exchange Panel Discussion set for Thurs. March 15

Students from WCU and NC A&T describe their experiences in the eleventh annual Rural-Urban Exchange (RUE) as they visit communities, public schools and university campuses that are very different from those with which they are familiar. The goals of the RUE include providing teacher-education students at WCU substantial field experience in urban communities where they interact with P-12 students from diverse ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and language groups. This program also supplies teacher-education students at NC A&T with significant field experience with students in rural communities.

In addition, the RUE provides students at WCU and NC A&T opportunities to work with university and public school faculty who provide valuable skills and preparation for working with diverse students in our schools. For more information, contact John Habel at 227-3367 (habel@email.wcu.edu) or Tom Oren at 227-3290 (oren@email.wcu.edu).

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Forgiveable Loan Program for Teacher Ed Majors – Deadline April 1 to Apply

The state of North Carolina offers forgiveable loans for your university education. If you are majoring in areas of critical shortage in the state (including several teacher education majors) and work in that area in North Carolina, one year’s worth of your student loans (up to a limit) will be forgiven for each year of service. The deadline to apply for the next academic year is April 1, 2012.

See the state program’s website for a list of majors that qualify and an application link.  Contact the WCU Office of Financial Aid for more information.