Faculty & Staff E-news 11.21.16

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I am happy to report that Dr. Alfred Tatum, dean of the College of Education and director of the Reading Clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has agreed to be the speaker for our 2017 Urban Education and Community Forum.   Dr. Tatum’s research focuses on the literacy development of African American males, particularly the roles of texts and writing to advance their literacy development, and he is interested in how texts can be used as tools to preserve one’s humanity.  Dr. Tatum is the author of Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement GapReading For Their Life: (Re) building the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males, and Fearless Voices: Engaging the Next Generation of African American Male Writers.  Further details and an RSVP link will be provided at a later date.


Congratulations to doctoral student Sydney Greenwalt-Morgan (Dr. Kim Langrehr’s advisee) who was selected to participate in the Graduate Student Leadership Development Program.  The program is designed to develop or enhance leadership skills of students across the UM System, with students selected from their applications on a competitive basis.  Cassandra Whitney and Stephon Jordan Lewis (both master’s students and advisees of Dr. Chris Brown) were selected as alternates.


Many thanks to those who have already contributed gifts or cash in response to the Culture and Climate Team-sponsored gift drive to help brighten the holidays for 25 Jackson County foster children.  The deadline to return wrapped gifts to Student Services is Monday, December 5.  Please contact Dianna Brasington with questions.


This year’s holiday lunch for all SOE-affiliated faculty and staff will be held at Grand Street Café on December 2, and I look forward to celebrating the end of the semester with you.  Only two weeks away, please RSVP if you have not yet done so.  Prior to lunch, faculty and staff will be asked to complete a brief survey on their smartphone or android phone to help us assess our progress towards meeting CAEP technology standards and technology resources and training will be developed in response to survey findings. The survey is anonymous and will only take a couple minutes to complete.


Just a note that we will take a break from enews next week, resuming the week of December 5.


Happy Thanksgiving, one and all.