Alumni Achievements


  • BethAnn Salinas (M.A. ’08, Special Education) has published her first book, The Mommy Button; a colorfully illustrated children’s book that examines the curiosity a five-year has about her belly button. The book is available in softcover and eBook formats online via CrossBooks. Visit: for more information.
  • Patricia Barra (B.A. ’14), Paul Carter (B.A. ’14), Kristy Mader (B.A. ’00) and Rebekah Young (B.A. ’12) have been named first grade teacher at Prairie Creek Elementary School, social studies teacher at Spring Hill Middle School, special education teacher at Wolf Creek Elementary School, and 6th grade social studies teacher at Spring Hill Middle School, respectively, in the Spring Hill (Ks.) School District for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Damon Kizzire (M.A. ’94) was named superintendent in Kirksville, Mo., now leading 2,600 students and 240 staff, effective July 1. Read his Q&A in the August 3rd Kirksville Daily Express.
  • LaShaundra Randolph (M.A. ‘07) and Kimberly D. Johnson (Ed.S. ’05, M.A. ‘03) recently co-authored “Dealing with Conflict and Handling Difficult Conversations” that has been published by Campus Activities Magazine (Vol. 47, No.2), the official publication of the National Association for Campus Activities. Randolph and Johnson currently are pursuing their doctorates in higher education from the SOE.
  • Rachel McCommon (M.A. ’15 Higher Education Administration) has been nominated for the Graduate Student Spotlight for the NASPA. Read article here: 
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    SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

    Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07)
    Watson (’64)
    McCanles (’97)
    Yvonne S.
    Wilson (’76)
    Steve L.
    Obenhaus (’88)
    Paul M.
    Rutherford (’99)

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