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Instruction and research

serve as launching pad

for innovation







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Teacher-in-Residence Marcia Webb

helps pre-service educators combine

theory with practice

The Keystone is an annual publication of the Auburn

University College of Education, produced and

distributed to alumni and friends of the college

through the generous contributions of private donors.

D e a n

Dr. Betty Lou Whitford

D i r e c to r o f

E x t e r n a l R e l at i o n s

Michael Tullier, APR

K e y s t o n e e d i to r

Troy Johnson

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Educators help Korean students

acclimate to East Alabama classrooms

L ayo u t, D e s i g n

a n d P h oto g r a p h y

Amanda J. Earnest

C o n t r i b u t i n g W r i t e r

Amber Harrelson

Thanks to the Auburn Office of Communications

and Marketing for contributing content.

Additional photography by Auburn Photographic

Services, Holocaust Museum Houston, Dr. JoEllen

Sefton, UF Communications, Todd Van Emst/Auburn

Athletics and VCU Creative Services.

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©2011, Auburn University College of Education

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Warrior Research Center assists

“soldier-athletes’’ on multiple levels

page 39

Social climbing yields lessons in

educational leadership

In this issue


3 Presidential approval

Reed earns administrative fellowship

8 Meet the dean

Dr. Betty Lou Whitford likes what she has seen

since arriving on campus


12 World traveler

Dr. Randall McDaniel lends expertise to United

Nations agency

S t u d e n t S u c c e s s

27 Guided by voices

Student organizations pull together to provide

assistance for local schools

E v e ry i s s u e

2 Education Extra

7 Retired Faculty and Staff

16 Around Auburn

18 Student Success

28 Scholarship Ceremony

30 Research and Outreach

35 College Knowledge

36 Curriculum and


38 Educational


Leadership and


40 Kinesiology

42 Special Education,

Rehabilitation and


44 Truman Pierce Institute

45 Office of the Dean

46 National Advisory


48 Alumni News

57 College Knowledge

58 Giving

66 Alumni Notes


30 A range of resources

New Center for Disability Research and Service

creates assortment of possibilities

34 Driven by data

School leaders find number-crunching to be a

catalyst for school improvement

A l u m n i

52 Hail to the chief

Bob Prater ’70 makes a convincing FDR

53 Going the distance

Running aficionado Dr. Beverly Warren ’89 uses

perseverance to her advantage

54 In good health

Wayne T. Smith ’68 a titan when it comes to

healthcare and philanthropy

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A Message

f ro m t he Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Eight months ago, as I assumed the role

of dean of the College of Education,

I was just coming to learn about the

Auburn Family,” being “All In,” and how

great it is to be an Auburn Tiger. I’ve been

impressed with the loyalty of our students,

faculty, staff, alumni and friends — not just

in the context of a national championship

or, most recently, in the efforts to save the

Toomer’s Oaks.

I’ve been equally impressed by the passion

of our students, not just in their classroom

responsibilities, but in their commitment and outreach to the community and

the region. As you’ll read, our AuburnVoices advocacy program is a success in

serving the educational needs in our surrounding communities through our

students’ investment of time, enthusiasm and personal resources. That is just

one of the many examples of how our students are striving to better the world

around them.

Our faculty and staff are to be equally commended. Building on campus

successes, they are reaching beyond the university’s boundaries to create learning

opportunities for our students. Whether on campus, in the state or around

the world, our faculty and staff are ambassadors on behalf of our university and

carry with them our college’s mission of building better futures for all.

As you read this issue of Keystone, I encourage you to see your role in our

success. We have alumni representing education through all walks of life: as

Alabama’s teacher of the year, in various levels of Alabama’s state government,

as the new head football coach of the University of Florida and as the top commander

of our armed forces in Iraq. Amid those stories, there are dozens of

alumni who are putting their Auburn education into action by making significant

contributions through their chosen professions.

That, to me, is what being a member of the Auburn Family — and being “All

In” — is all about. It’s expressed most clearly when each of us is engaged with

those around us and contributes to making our world a better place through the

transformative power of education. And it’s evident that our graduates do this

in a manner that brings great esteem to our university.

So, thank you for being “All In” and for the opportunity to be part of the

“family.” It is truly great to be an Auburn Tiger!

War Eagle!

Where we stand

U.S.News & World Report holds

college in high regard

The College of Education maintained its status

as one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools’’ in

U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey, released

in March 2011.

Auburn occupied the No. 71 ranking, placing

it among the top 25 percent of schools surveyed

for the fifth consecutive year. The college also

holds the top national ranking among schools of

education in Alabama, public or private.

The college’s rehabilitation counseling program

retained the No. 17 ranking in the Health

Disciplines category.

U.S.News & World Report determines its

rankings based on a formula that includes data on

admissions, graduation rates and research activity,

which it combines with feedback from reputational

surveys completed by academic experts.

The magazine polls deans, program directors and

senior faculty to assess the academic quality of


Kinesiology improves NAK

standing in NAK

The Department of Kinesiology moved up six

spots in the National Academy of Kinesiology’s

(NAK) most recent ranking of doctoral programs


Auburn University’s department moved up

to No. 22 in the newest rankings, which reflect

a survey period between 2005 and 2009. The

department previously held the No. 28 ranking.

The NAK promotes the study and educational

applications of the art and science of physical

activity and human movement.

Program receives

re- accreditation

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program

in the Department of Special Education,

Rehabilitation and Counseling recently earned

re-accreditation from the American Psychological

Association (APA). The APA is the largest

worldwide association of psychologists with more

than 150,000 members.

Betty Lou Whitford, Dean

Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor


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Reed named Auburn presidential

administrative fellow

Dr. Cynthia Reed, professor

and director of the college’s

Truman Pierce Institute, was

selected as Auburn’s presidential

administrative fellow for

the spring 2011 semester.

The Presidential Administrative

Fellowship Program provides senior administrative

experience to faculty, affording them the

opportunity to better appreciate and understand

higher education administration. The fellow proposes and develops

a plan and will dedicate the semester to a special project.

Through her project, “Developing University-Community Collaborations

for a Better Alabama,” Reed wants to create and enhance

networks that increase Auburn’s visibility, reputation and capacity

to identify and collaboratively address educational, economic and

community problems. Her plan is to host a series of community

Reed has worked closely with Provost Mary Ellen Mazey

during the spring 2011 semester.

Dr. Cynthia Reed discusses her research with Auburn University President Jay Gogue.

forums addressing the concerns and needs of Alabama citizens and

community educational and business leaders.

“My project was designed to draw upon previous work creating

partnerships and engaging community members,” Reed said. “These

forums will be focused on learning more about current issues and

challenges facing communities so that we can identify ways that

Auburn University’s academic, research and outreach scholarship

efforts can better address these needs.”

Reed said she hopes her project will lead to partnerships with

other higher education institutions in the state, developing the

groundwork for future collaborations to address the needs of Alabama


“I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Gogue, Dr.

Mazey and others during this semester-long fellowship as I further

develop my own administrative and leadership skills,” Reed said.

College maintains perfection in employee-giving campaign

For the second consecutive year, the College of Education

achieved a 100-percent participation rate in Auburn University’s

annual Faculty Staff Campaign.

The College of Education and School of Nursing represented

the only academic units among the 13 on campus to achieve full

participation levels in the 2010 campaign. Among the university’s

non-academic units, the President’s Office, Alumni Affairs, Development,

Alumni Development Support Services and the Office of

Communications and Marketing achieved 100-percent participation

in the campaign.

The 2010 Faculty Staff Campaign recorded an overall participation

rate of 70.7 percent. This participation rate continues to place

Auburn above all other SEC schools for the percent of faculty and

staff making personal donations to the institution.

The College of Education’s participation level has exceeded the

overall university average each of the last five years. In 2009, the college’s

first year of 100-percent participation marked a sharp increase

from 82-percent participation in 2008.

The most recent college campaign was led by co-chairs Asim Ali

of the Learning Resources Center and Chris Groccia of the Truman

Pierce Institute, who also served as coordinators for their respective

college units.

Others on the campaign team included Dawn Browning of

the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling;

Pam Hardie of the Dean’s Office/Professional Education

Services; Drs. Bob Leier and Jonghee Shim of the Department of

Curriculum and Teaching; Sheryl Parker of the Department of Educational

Foundations, Leadership and Technology; and Dr. Mary

Rudisill of the Department of Kinesiology. Michael Tullier, APR, the

college’s director of external relations, served as one of our campuswide

campaign co-chairs.

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Dr. Theresa McCormick’s interest in social studies and her

ability to think critically were undoubtedly shaped by

what she saw during her childhood in Nashville in the 1960s.

She didn’t understand why whites and blacks sat at separate

lunch counters and used different water fountains. She didn’t understand

why one group was afforded more rights and liberties than

another by virtue of a superficial characteristic.

Most unsettling of all to an inquisitive and fair-minded child

was the fact that no adult seemed to be able to answer the question

that was always foremost in her mind.


“I witnessed a lot of injustices,” said McCormick, an associate

professor of elementary social studies education in the Department

of Curriculum and Teaching. “I can remember seeing signs that

said, ‘white only,’’ and hearing, ‘well, that’s just how things are.’ That

troubled me as a child.”

Now in her seventh year of teaching at the university level,

McCormick strives to ensure that pre-service teachers are well

equipped to answer students’ questions of how and why. As the college’s

program coordinator for elementary education, McCormick

challenges her students to master social studies content, to think

critically and to develop creative lesson plans.

“I try to challenge them to think about what they do know and

what they don’t know,” McCormick said. “I want them to ask critical

questions and to not take everything at face value. They need to

experience the content in a way that they’ll teach it in classrooms.”

McCormick’s efforts to prepare and inspire her students haven’t

gone unnoticed at the university level. The Auburn Alumni Association

selected McCormick and two other university faculty

members to receive its 2010 Undergraduate Teaching Excellence

Award. An honorarium of $1,000 accompanies the award. McCormick

is one of seven College of Education faculty members to have

received the award since 1993.

“I was very humbled,” she said. “I feel that, as a teacher-educator,

I’m still growing and still learning.”

Before earning her doctorate, McCormick taught fifth grade at

Crossville (Ala.) School for 12 years. Dr. Nancy Barry, head of the

Department of Curriculum and Teaching, said that background has

proven to be a tremendous asset for McCormick.

“I try to challenge them

to think about what

they do know and what

they don’t know. I want

them to ask critical

questions and to not take

everything at face value.”

“Theresa is highly successful in integrating her teaching, outreach

and research in meaningful ways,” Barry said. “Her extensive

experience as a public school teacher is evident in her ability to

merge the worlds of theory and practice.”

McCormick enjoys instilling pre-service teachers with a passion

for social studies and preparing them to lead their own classrooms.

Her lessons are often interactive and call on her students to put

themselves in the position of the children they will eventually be

teaching. One recent exercise tested the content knowledge of her

students by asking them to draw a mural with historical details and

recollections of the first Thanksgiving.

“I just love teaching undergraduates,” McCormick said. “They’re

so eager to learn new ways about teaching and they’re so enthusiastic.

They’re like sponges.”

In that regard, they’re much like the woman teaching them.

McCormick absorbed plenty during her childhood, whether

it involved witnessing injustice or hearing vivid family history accounts

from her mother and grandfather.

“I had a natural curiosity to want to know more,” she said.

McCormick recognized

for undergraduate

teaching excellence

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Five faculty members

earn promotion

One College of Education faculty member earned full professorship

status, while four others earned tenure and attained the

rank of associate professor in 2010.

Dr. Karen Rabren, director of the Auburn

Transition Leadership Institute and a faculty

member in the Department of Special

Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling,

ascended to the position of full professor.

The tenured faculty members include Drs. Rebecca Curtis,

David DiRamio, Chippewa Thomas and Octavia Tripp.

Curtis, an associate professor of rehabilitation

in the Department of Special Education,

Rehabilitation and Counseling, earned her

master’s degree and doctorate from the College

of Education.

DiRamio, an associate professor in the Department

of Educational Foundations,

Leadership and Technology, focuses much of

his research on the benefits of technology on

higher education and community colleges.

He also initiated Auburn University’s Veterans

Learning Community.

Thomas, who serves as coordinator of community

agency counseling in the Department

of Special Education, Rehabilitation

and Counseling, earned a master’s degree

in community mental health counseling

and a doctorate in counselor education and

supervision from Auburn.

Tripp, an associate professor of elementary

education in the Department of Curriculum

and Teaching, focuses much of her teaching

on the development of science educators.

College headlines

teacher preparation

honor roll

The College of Education earned a perfect report card from

the Alabama State Department of Education.

The college received an overall “A” grade on the ALSDE’s

Teacher Preparation Program Performance Profile released in

summer 2010.

Grades are based on a number of variables, including education

students’ performances on professional tests such as the

Basic Skills Assessment, Praxis II and Professional Education

Personnel Evaluation. Surveys of recent graduates and of the

administrators who employ them also factored into the performance


The college found itself at the head of the class among the

27 teacher preparation universities and colleges surveyed by

the state. The college earned “A’’ grades in every category of the

Teacher Preparation Program Performance Profile. Those quality

indicators include pre-teaching experiences in elementary and

secondary schools (the hours prospective teachers spent in classrooms

before their internship or student teaching experiences),

partnerships with Alabama elementary and secondary schools,

results of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (the

pass rates for the Basic Skills Test and Praxis II content knowledge

test) and on-the-job performance (how new teachers and

their employers rated teacher preparation programs).

Tripp, Thomas instruct

KEMET Academy students

Two faculty members in the college, Drs. Chippewa Thomas

and Octavia Tripp, helped high school students learn more about

how to collect and apply data as part of the research process during

a summer 2010 program.

As part of the 2010 Knowledge and Excellence in Mathematics,

Equilibrium and Technology (KEMET) Knowledge

Bus Environmental Classroom, 32 high school students from

Alabama’s Black Belt region interacted with Auburn University

faculty members and took courses in computer science, English,

math, geography, geographical information systems, social studies,

engineering and science.

The KEMET Academy is an academic and social outreach

program designed to enrich the learning of youth from economically

and educationally underserved communities. The program

was initiated five years ago.

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Teacher-in-Residence provides valuable

perspective for pre-service educators

Wherever Marcia Webb’s travels take her in supervising

elementary education interns, she hears a

familiar refrain from principals and teachers alike.

“Everywhere I go, the principals and teachers

just rave about our interns and how Auburn University

has the best,” said Webb ’73, who graduated

from Auburn University with a degree in elementary


The high marks received by Auburn’s preservice

teachers stem, in part, from the College of Education’s

efforts to help them seamlessly blend theory and real-world

practice. One of the ways undergraduates develop that balance is

through their exposure to professionals like Webb, a veteran educator

who returned to the college in fall 2010 as its first Teacher-in-


“I am very impressed with what I see [from College

of Education students]. They’re very mature,

very professional. They want to do a good job

and are very open to suggestions for change. They

want reflection. They’re always looking to grow.’’

The Teacher-in-Residence program, an extension of the national

award-winning Professional Development System partnership

between the College of Education and Auburn City Schools, enables

a tenured K-12 educator to take a 1- to 2-year hiatus from his or her

everyday position in order to supervise interns and teach courses

at the university. In addition to preparing interns for the challenges

they will face in elementary school classrooms, Webb is also using

the opportunity to further her education. She is pursuing a doctorate

in rehabilitation and special education.

“After two years, I go back in the classroom and someone else

comes out,” Webb said of the Teacher in Residence arrangement.

Marcia Webb works with a cohort of pre-interns.

Webb, who has directed the Academic Venture enrichment

program at Cary Woods, said she has enjoyed her time working with

the college’s elementary education students.

“I am very impressed with what I see,” she said. “They’re very

mature, very professional. They want to do a good job and are very

open to suggestions for change. They want reflection. They’re always

looking to grow. When I was here [as a student], the elementary

education program was known to be one of the best around and I

think that it still is one of the best.”

While Webb helps Auburn students refine their teaching techniques,

their interactions are very much a give-and-take. Through

the site visits that comprise part of her intern supervision responsibilities,

Webb has been able to learn about some of the practices

being applied to good effect in different area schools.

“I am enjoying getting out and seeing what’s going on in the

other schools and picking up ideas that I can bring back to my classroom,”

Webb said. “All of the schools are good. Education is very

important to the Auburn community.”

PDS in Action

The Teacher-in-Residence program

serves as one example of the

Professional Development System

collaboration between the College

of Education and Auburn City Schools. The

system seeks to foster collaboration among

educators, students, parents/guardians and

other community stakeholders. To learn more

about the Professional Development System, visit


Webb brings interns together to discuss their experiences.


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R e t i r e d Facult y a n d S ta f f

The College of Education bid farewell to

four of its own since the publication of

the last Keystone. We wish them well in

their retirement.

Auburn Transition

Leadership Institute

Diane Glanzer


and Teaching

Dr. Bonnie White


Sybil Cauley

College celebrates career of

White, three other retirees

The College of Education celebrated Dr. Bonnie White’s 36-

year tenure at the university with a dessert reception in November


National Advisory Council chair Jim

Manley presents Dr. Bonnie White

with a gift.

Learning Resources


Byron Tolbert

White retired in December

after serving as a professor,

assistant department head,

graduate program officer,

department head and interim

dean during her time with

the college. A recipient of the


distinguished professorship,

White joined the faculty in

1974 as a research associate.

She served as an assistant and associate professor and department

head in the former Department of Vocational and Adult

Education. She also served as the college’s interim dean from

2004 to 2005.

White most recently coordinated the college’s Career and

Technical Education programs and served as assistant department

head for the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

A prolific researcher, White published extensively in educational

research journals and best practices publications and

wrote four textbooks.

Byron Tolbert, an instructional technology technician in the

Learning Resources Center, retired in February 2011 after 25

years with the college.

Sybil Cauley, an office administrative assistant in the Department

of Kinesiology, retired in July 2010 after 21 years of service.

Diane Glanzer, administrator for outreach programs for the

Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, retired in March 2011

after nine years with the college.

Former governor appoints

retired faculty member

to leadership position

Former Gov. Bob Riley appointed a former College of Education

faculty member to help coordinate the state’s responses to

emergencies and disasters.

Riley elevated Dr. Ronald Noland to the rank of major

general of the Alabama State Defense Force in 2010. Noland, a

former associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and

Teaching, leads a force of 450 men and women, the majority of

whom possess military experience.

In a time of crisis, Noland would lead the Alabama State Defense

Force’s efforts to assist state and local Emergency Management

Agency personnel. Noland has served with the ASDF since

1998, starting as the deputy commander of the Third Brigade in

Mobile and serving as its commander from 2002 until 2010.

Noland began his military career in the ROTC program at

Louisiana State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree

in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration

and supervision. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and

was stationed in various locations in the U.S. and Japan.

After earning his doctorate in curriculum and instruction

from the University of Southern Mississippi, Noland joined

the College of Education faculty. During his 24-year career at

Auburn, he published 64 articles in refereed national research

journals and directed 24 doctoral students. He retired in 1991.

Later, he served on the faculty at Spring Hill College in Mobile

and taught graduate studies for 10 years.

College mourns loss

of former associate dean

Dr. William “Bill’’ Deaton, a former associate dean in the

College of Education, passed away in June 2010 in Tennessee,

where he had moved following his retirement.

Deaton served as an associate dean for nearly 20 years before

becoming dean of Auburn University Montgomery’s School of

Education in the mid-1990s. He also served as dean of education

at the University of West Virginia. After retiring, Deaton made

his home in Sevierville, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, a three-time College of

Education graduate, and his children, Celia and William.

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Whitford feels fully embraced

by Auburn family

New dean envisions bright future for College of Education

She has been a high school social studies

teacher, a university professor, a zealous

pursuer of school reform, a fully engaged

researcher and a university administrator. But long

before Dr. Betty Lou Whitford took the first step

on the path that eventually led her to the College

of Education as dean and Wayne T. Smith distinguished

professor, she was a musician at heart.

In some ways, a childhood that included countless

hours at the piano provided an appropriate

foundation for her eventual transition into education.

Piano players are made through constant

practice. Lifelong educators are, in turn, fueled by

a passion for “doing and knowing,’’ the dynamic

Whitford described as one of her guiding forces.

Whitford began her career as a social studies

teacher at Kempsville (Va.) High School, teaching

world and U.S. history, government and sociology.

She eventually continued her education at the

University of North Carolina, completing a master’s

degree in political science and a doctorate in curriculum

and instruction. After teaching at Kempsville,

she served in a variety of roles, including

faculty positions at the University of Louisville and

as director of its Center of Urban Education Research,

as associate with the Center for Leadership

in School Reform, as a liaison for a university-public

school partnership, as co-director of Columbia

University Teachers College’s National Center for

Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching, as

dean and professor of the College of Education and

Human Development at the University of Southern

Maine and as a project manager and principal

investigator for numerous research projects.

All of those years of “doing and knowing’’ prepared

Whitford to be the College of Education’s

sixth dean. Whitford discussed her impressions of

Auburn and the College of Education.


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Now that you’ve had a few months to experience

campus and its activities, as well as the surrounding

community, what is your sense of Auburn?

As an outsider, you hear the rhetoric of the “Auburn Family’’ and

you think to yourself, ‘That’s nice, but that has to be mostly rhetoric.’

There’s a reality to that concept of the “Auburn Family.’’ It’s a very

collegial, warm, friendly place. Those terms are not normally ascribed

to major research universities. We work together well, meaning

the faculty and department heads. I also hear from our alumni

that our graduates are wonderful and well-prepared. They want to

hire them.

What else have you learned from your interactions

with the college’s students, faculty, staff and graduates?

Their loyalty to Auburn is impressive. I get the feeling that alumni

are very loyal and supportive. People have been teasing me about

bringing all of this cold weather with me from Maine, but I tell them

that if they want to blame me for bringing cold weather with me,

then they also have to give me credit for the national championship

in football.

How would you assess the state of the college at this

point, and what are you most excited about moving


I’m still in the process of getting to know the programs. I see very

strongly committed faculty who work hard and are dedicated to

their respective fields. They are serious about expanding our research

enterprises. There is a lot of interest in reaching out internationally

and reaching out more in the state. They are interested in

reaching out in ways that are consistent with our land-grant mission.

I do think Kinesiology has a chance to be a top 10 program nationally

and our rehabilitation program is a very strong program, probably

the top online program in the country. We have strong teacher

education and educational leadership programs and strong partnerships

with school districts in the region and state.

We are a public institution with a land-grant mission. We should

be helping where we can. There are ways to create research agendas

around outreach projects.

What are some of your interests away from the job?

I do like to read, but my other passion is old-time, Southern Appalachian

music. We’re talking pre-bluegrass, old ballads from the

1700s and 1800s. I’m kind of a struggling fiddle player and can do

basic backup guitar. I thought I might start out as a music major in

college, but didn’t like the idea of having to practice for six hours a

day. I did piano for many, many years.

What led you into education?

My mother tells me I said my entire life that I wanted to teach

whatever grade I was in at the time, but I don’t really remember

that. In college, I did the equivalent of a double major in education

and history. I started out teaching social studies in Virginia Beach

and intended to stay in teaching when I went back to school for my

master’s degree. We were doing some pretty innovative things [in

Virginia Beach] and that kind of teaching was very appealing to

me. Then I got into graduate school and got interested in research,

pedagogy and theory and it helped me to understand the experience

I had in practice.

You mentioned how, early in your learning and teaching

phases, American approaches to education were

shaped in part by the Cold War and fueled by the fear

of losing a competitive edge. We’re hearing some of

the same language now. How will that influence the

approach and mission of our college?

I think we’re on the right track. Everybody can always improve. It’s

so hard to predict the future. Here we are, back to talking about

the importance of curriculum and teaching and learning, but the

conditions are so different now. We’re at a challenging point in the

development of teaching as a profession.

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Graduate student spreads

football fever to South Korea

Chris Lowe ’98 displays as much passion for Auburn football as

he does for teaching English.

Even though Lowe now lives 14 time zones and more than 7,000

miles away from the Plains, the College of Education graduate

student has cultivated an appreciation for all things Auburn in his

current hometown of Suwon, South Korea.

Listen closely as he calls the roll inside his classroom.

“Cam …”

“Newton …”

“Jackson …”

“Cadillac … Cadillac, how’s it rolling?”

“Like a first-round draft pick,” a young South Korean girl responds

with a grin.

Lowe’s interaction with the students underscores something that

Dr. Robert Leier wants educators to understand if they plan to teach

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Bowl Championship Series title

game. The result was a 5-minute,

24-second video that has since

been viewed by more than 100,000

people (http://bit.ly/chrislowe).

Lauren Bercarich, a former reporter

for a CBS affiliate in Cincinnati

now teaching English in South

Korea, produced the video and

interviewed Lowe and his students

about their passion for Auburn


Chris Lowe and his children, Grace (7)

The light-hearted video (think of and Ethan (4), show their spirit.

The Daily Show on Comedy Central)

shows Lowe giving his students English nicknames like “Bo,” “Cadillac,”

“Aubie” and “Shug” for the purposes of an efficient morning

roll call. Lowe has also taught his students the “Bodda Getta” cheer

and other Auburn staples while also helping them learn about the

university’s reputation for academic excellence.

“I knew it was going to be something that was

special, unique, funny and appealing because

of the football-mania happening at the moment,”

Lowe wrote in an email interview in

January. “It has been an awesome response.”

Lowe, a Memphis native who earned a bachelor’s

degree in philosophy from Auburn in

1998, provides some helpful college guidance

to his students in the video. He told them, “Auburn

is the only college in the United States.”

“Part of language is culture,” said Leier, the college’s ESOL

graduate degree and certificate programs coordinator. “You show

yourself as a fool if you don’t include culture as a part of teaching a

language. That is an integral part.”

So much of Auburn’s cultural identity — and more than a little

of its everyday vernacular — has been shaped by what happens

inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on autumn Saturdays. Lowe, a distance

education student, decided to use his passion for Auburn football

as a way to make English accessible and fun for his students, who

range from fourth to eighth grade. His unconventional but effective

methods can be seen in a video that went viral on YouTube.

Lowe and his students wanted to display their support for the

Auburn football team before its showdown against Oregon in the

Lowe manages to follow his favorite university

from afar, even if it means keeping unconventional

hours for tailgate parties. Because of the

time difference, Lowe and a group of football

fans met up at a café to enjoy a tailgate party of coffee and muffins

before the BCS title game aired via satellite in the early morning.

“At a time in my life when I was looking for the opportunity to

spend more time with my family, some friends had just gotten back

from a year of teaching in South Korea,” he said. “It sounded like

a wonderful opportunity. Plus, my children are at a perfect age to

move and settle somewhere abroad and learn a second language

easily (they are 7 and 4). My wife and I decided it was a no-brainer

and moved. We knew we would be here for 5 years or so. But, since

we have arrived and settled in, gotten to know the culture, people,

food, and language, we love it more than we thought we would.

That means we will be here at least until the kids are out of school.”

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Witte receives close-up view of ‘new Egypt’

While stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, Dr. Jim

Witte saw just how quickly grumblings of discontent can grow into

a revolution capable of toppling a government.

He never expected to have a front row seat for another seismic

event in the Middle East’s political history. An evolving partnership

between Auburn University and Suez Canal University in Suez City,

Egypt, has afforded Witte the opportunity to witness first-hand the

country’s transformation in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s

February resignation.

Witte accepted an invitation to spend a portion

of the spring teaching courses at Suez Canal

University. Originally scheduled to depart for

Egypt in February, Witte had to delay his trip

after the anti-Mubarak protests that began in

January escalated. Witte said conversations with

his Egyptian colleagues indicate that the chaos

in the wake of those early protests has given way to optimism about

the country’s future.

“It’s almost as though they are observing a new Egypt, and

they’re doing so with pride,” said Witte, associate professor and

Lowe’s comfort in front of a roomful of students was shaped

by a lifetime on stage, which included school plays, choir and

a stint on the professional ballroom dancing circuit. He said he

always felt compelled to teach, but his coursework in ESOL has

helped him learn how to bridge linguistic and cultural gaps.

“Dr. Leier’s class has opened my eyes to what it really means

to teach a second language,” Lowe said. “Living in a culture

where I don’t speak the language gives me an upper hand in

teaching a second language to my students. I understand the

struggles they have. I relate.”

Leier, who regularly interacts with Lowe via distance education

technology, said Auburn’s No. 1 fan in South Korea has

proven to be an enterprising teacher.

“He’s incredible,” Leier said. “He’s very talented and creative.”

So are his students, it seems.

In the video, Bercarich allows several of Lowe’s students to

provide on-camera predictions for the BCS title game.

A boy nicknamed “Aubie” goes for a large margin: “Ducks 3,

Tigers 117.” A girl nicknamed “Campbell” briefly puzzles everyone

in the room: “Auburn wins 0-0.”

“Oregon sees Auburn before the game and forfeits,” she adds.

It seems that Lowe’s efforts to teach English have produced

an unexpected byproduct.

coordinator of the Adult and Higher Education program. “I think

the expectation of change overnight may be something they are going

to have to guard against. Now that Mubarak has been removed,

there is great expectation of wonderful change, but change moves

slowly in any government, new or old.”

While Witte has tracked developments in Egypt with the help of

television and social media, he will be able to rely on such technology

to remain connected to Auburn students. In addition to teaching

adult education material via distance education, Witte will provide

updates on his trip on a blog.

“I’m in Egypt teaching my class in Auburn, just to demonstrate

the flexibility of the technology involved,’’ Witte said. “The change

in technology is fascinating, and it’s really fun to watch it grow.”

Witte and his colleagues have seen plenty of growth potential in

a partnership with Suez Canal University. Faculty from Suez Canal

University visited Auburn in February 2010 to build relationships

with the College of Education and other campus units. The establishment

of research partnerships and student internships were key

discussion points.

Witte’s current

opportunity resulted

from a summer

2010 visit to Ismalia,

Egypt, as a member

of a College of

Education visiting

scholar’s doctoral

dissertation defense

Dr. Jim Witte speaks some Arabic and

knows Egypt’s terrain well, including Giza.

panel. Witte and Dr.

José Llanes continued discussions with Suez Canal University officials

on the possibility of student and faculty exchanges. Witte said

the student exchanges would provide valuable opportunities for

aspiring classroom teachers, school administrators or policymakers.

Of course, those avenues will be far easier to explore once

the “new Egypt” Witte described takes on a more clearly defined

identity. Witte said he wishes he had been able to leave for Suez City

sooner rather than later.

“I feel disappointed that I was not able to be on the ground when

this thing unfolded,” he said. “I think the ability to observe this kind

of social change is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Follow Witte’s travel adventures via

his blog whereintheworldisjimwitte.


Lowe’s students are fluent in the language of football.

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Sabbatical enables McDaniel to share

expertise on behalf of United Nations agency

After spending an entire semester overseas

working on behalf of a United Nations agency, Dr.

Randall McDaniel couldn’t decide what he missed

the most after returning home.

Was it the serenity of the bicycle ride that took

him from his rental home in Ferney-Voltaire,

France, across the border to his office in Geneva,

Switzerland? The breathtaking view of Lake Geneva

and Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Swiss Alps?

Afternoons spent dining at sidewalk cafes or mornings

spent browsing farmer’s markets?

As wonderful as all of that was, McDaniel’s most

enriching experience may have taken place while

working more than 3,000 miles away in a place

defined by a very different culture and climate.

As part of his professional development sabbatical spent working

with the International Labour Organization (ILO), McDaniel

traveled to the Sultanate of Oman to share his expertise in rehabilitation.

An agency of the United Nations, the ILO works to create

collaboration between governments, employers and workers to

improve workplace conditions and promote labor rights globally.

Amid the searing desert heat of the Arabian Peninsula, McDaniel

and his colleagues found a hospitable populace and a government

committed to creating new opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

“They brought me in as

a content expert,” said

McDaniel, a Wayne T.

Smith distinguished

professor. “Three of us

made a team and went

in to review the Al

A view of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Khoudh rehabilitation

center. We were a guest of their country, at their request, and they

treated us like royalty.”

What struck McDaniel the most — aside from the host country’s

hospitality and heat — was its commitment to creating more employment

opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In addition

to a state-run vocational rehabilitation center, where individuals

with disabilities learn such job skills as beekeeping, fishing and

furniture building, the nation of 3 million now features a new stateof-the-art

vocational training center. It’s a major step forward for an

oil-rich nation whose labor force and economy have typically been

fueled by foreign workers.

“They are modernizing as fast as they can,” McDaniel said. “It’s

incredible. They’re building everywhere. One of the things they’ve

The Swiss Alps provided a breathtaking backdrop for a sabbatical.

done in the last 10 years is focus on inclusion in education. They

take kids who would normally be tracked to special education and

put them in regular classrooms. They’re infused into the public

school system.”

The field report put

together by McDaniel

and his team will help

shape employment

legislation in Oman. In

additional to traveling

to Oman and

working with Debra

Perry, a 1977 College

of Education graduate

now serving as a senior

McDaniel toured vocational rehabilitation

facilities while in Oman.

vocational rehabilitation specialist for the ILO, McDaniel helped the

organization in other capacities.

In addition to conducting disability awareness training for

United Nations field agents, McDaniel helped develop a survey for

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What is the ILO?

Officials in Oman present a gift of appreciation to McDaniel.

the ILO Business and Disability Network.

“They had 27 international companies like IBM and Toyota

coming together with disability advocacy groups, looking at how

more people with disabilities can be employed and what strategies

could be used to employ more people with disabilities,” McDaniel


When he wasn’t in Oman or immersed in work on behalf of

the ILO, McDaniel took time to savor the local culture and spend

The International Labour

Organization is the only “tripartite’’

United Nations agency that brings

together workers, employers and

government representatives to shape labor

standards and programs. The organization

promotes the concept of “decent work,” which

embodies such characteristics as productive work

that offers a fair income, a secure workplace,

social protection for families, prospects for

personal development and social integration,

equal opportunity and fair treatment of men

and women.

time with his son, Chris, who was enrolled in an international high

school alongside classmates from such places as Russia and Italy. In

addition to the breathtaking scenery that served as the backdrop for

his cycling excursions, McDaniel developed an appreciation for the

Swiss and French lifestyles.

“The enjoyable thing was the laid-back way they do things,’’ he

said. “They don’t rush through the day the way we do.”

Araya ‘10 achieves goal through Costa Rican partnership

When Felipe Araya arrived in the College of Education as a

graduate student, he remained firmly committed to accomplishing a

pair of objectives.

Dr. Felipe Araya visits with department

head Dr. Mary Rudisill at his graduation.

He wanted to help build the

framework for a long-lasting

relationship between his

National University of Costa

Rica and Auburn University,

and he wanted to complete a

doctorate in exercise physiology.

Araya helped National

University build a partnership

with Auburn in 2007 and

crossed the second goal off his list in December 2010 by completing

his doctorate in the Department of Kinesiology.

Araya returned to National University as a faculty member in

the Department of Sport Studies to teach and conduct research

and outreach focusing on cardiac rehabilitation. His accomplishment

underscores the opportunities that exist due to the relationship

between National University and Auburn. Over the past five

years, Auburn faculty and students from a variety of educational

disciplines have traveled to Costa Rica to learn about the country’s

culture and share expertise. Araya’s willingness to continue his

education at Auburn represents just one example of the reciprocity

that exists within the partnership.

While Araya is the first member of the National University faculty

to have completed his doctorate at Auburn, he won’t be alone

for long. Maria Morera is scheduled to complete her doctorate in

kinesiology in summer 2011 and return to a faculty position at

National University.

From February to March 2011, Morera and a team of three

graduate students and three faculty members conducted her dissertation

research in her home country, focusing on outdoor play

and physical activity among children. The data will be used to create

national fitness standards for Costa Rica.

The Department

of Curriculum and

Teaching has also

taken an active role

in the partnership.

In January 2011, Dr.

Sue Barry (pictured

far right) welcomed

six Costa Rican visitors to campus — one director and five English

teachers. Barry, coordinator of the college’s Foreign Language

Education program, helped coordinate the group members’ visits to

Auburn, Birmingham and Atlanta schools, which enabled them to

gain insight into teaching approaches and student learning.

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Going on


Education students learn a lot

by stepping outside their comfort zones

Forget about the elephants and wildebeests that roam the

Serengeti, the crystal expanse of the African Great Lakes

or the towering presence of Mt. Kilimanjaro. For Khiari

McAlpin and eight other College of Education students,

the most awe-inspiring sight of their four-week trip to Tanzania

during the summer of 2010 was found inside a crowded classroom.

When McAlpin first stepped through the doorway of the

elementary school classroom where she would do her teaching,

some 50 children stood at attention and voiced the same greeting in

perfect harmony.

“Good morning, teacher, how are you today?” they exclaimed in

British-inflected English.

They greeted McAlpin and her fellow Auburn students the same

way each morning at Tetra Lutheran School, even though the conditions

didn’t seem ideal at first glance for incubating eager learners.

Many of the children arrived each day barefooted, their feet toughened

by walking up to three hours to and from school.

Some sat two or three to a seat since the amount of students

doubled the number of available desks. Classes were often forced to

share only a couple of textbooks.

McAlpin and her classmates quickly learned why so many of

these children came to school each morning wearing smiles in place

of shoes.

In Tanzania, where the literacy rate is estimated to be slightly

above 72 percent, education is viewed by many as a privilege.

According to a 2006 U.S. Department of Labor study, more than

87 percent of Tanzanian children who begin primary school are

unlikely to continue their education past fifth grade.

“I was happy to see how excited and enthusiastic the kids were to

be there,” said McAlpin, who completed a master’s degree in elementary

education in December 2010. “Those students had the best behavior

that I had ever seen. Being able to walk into a classroom and

notice that all of the students were doing the work quietly, without a

teacher in the room, was amazing. I enjoyed seeing how happy and

enthusiastic the children were to be at school. I enjoyed teaching

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From Tanzania to New Zealand and

Australia, College of Education students

have demonstrated the ability to touch

lives while accumulating an impressive

collection of passport stamps. Dr. James

Witte, associate professor and coordinator

of the college’s Adult and Higher Education

program, said he has seen a shift in

students’ attitudes regarding international


“For a long time, Alabama looked

into itself,” said Witte, who has lived and

worked in such places as Iran, Egypt,

Pakistan and the Panama Canal Zone.

“The idea of going beyond the borders of

Alabama was a foreign concept for most

of our graduates. Their goals were to

graduate, stay close to home and live happily ever after, which has

merit. I’m not finding that the university has taken a very realistic

global view.

“It’s not just talked about. The idea of maintaining a narrow view

of the world, you don’t fit. You’re passed over [for jobs] if you have

that view.”

Breaking down barriers

Jana Dickey, one

of three school

counseling graduate

students who spent

June 2010 in South

Korea, said travel is

an essential component

in professional

preparation. During their trip to Seoul, Dickey, Erin Carroll

and Elizabeth Osborn took part in classes at Korea University and

provided diversity and multicultural awareness guidance for Korean


“That, for me, was the moment that I truly felt like a school

counselor in training,” Dickey said. “I think one of the main things

I took from the experience was the importance of understanding

different cultures and keeping an open mind regarding different

viewpoints. It is important to see and understand that everyone does

not live the same way. Every culture is different.”

There are, of course, failsafe ways to break down cultural barriers.

In Tanzania, for example, Auburn students found that their

pupils were eager to return the time and energy invested in them.

They absorbed lessons quickly since, typically, their instructions are

compressed into 15-minute increments. They were also more than

happy to make use of the paper, pencils, books and sporting goods

sent from Auburn.

Kelly Bradford, a fall 2010 exercise science graduate, became

popular as the result of her status as caretaker of the soccer balls,

Frisbees and Twister mat donated by the Department of Kinesiology.

She taught groups of children, as many as 80 at a time, how to play

a quintessential American playground game — kickball. Because

there’s no easy Swahili translation for the sport, the children came

up with an appropriate name: “The Kelly Game.’’

“That’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Bradford said.

“It definitely changed my perspective.”

McAlpin, who taught math to third- and fourth-graders and

English to second-graders, said she and her classmates couldn’t help

but be transformed by their time teaching in Tanzania.

“I enjoyed teaching these students and they will forever hold a

special place in my heart and be my little angels,” she said.

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A Message

fro m t h e P resident

To the Auburn Family,

The last five months have been nothing short of

extraordinary as most, if not all of us, followed

our football team as it captured its second

national championship and seventh conference title,

not to forget a third Heisman Trophy. Congratulations

to Coach Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers for going

the distance to remain undefeated.

In the College of Education, I also commend the efforts

of Dean Betty Lou Whitford and her staff in their efforts

to enhance the college’s graduate program. In U.S.News & World Report’s

2012 survey of best graduate schools, Auburn placed 71st, ranking among the

top 25 percent of schools surveyed for the fifth consecutive year.

The college’s expansion of its research and service base through the establishment

of the Warrior Research Center and the Center for Disability Research

and Service, the opening of the MRI Research Center, in addition to international

partnerships with Suez Canal University, Korea University, and the

National University of Costa Rica, will pave the way for greater success.

Working with students and watching some become champions in sports

and others champions of academics — including our two 2010 Rhodes Finalists

and record-breaking 130-plus merit scholars in this year’s freshman class — are

perhaps the most rewarding part of a university president’s job.

In the last few years, Susie and I have met thousands of Auburn students,

and we’re constantly amazed at the caliber of young men and women across our


Highly motivated and ambitious. Global in perspective. Oriented toward

serving others. Eager to have their views challenged.

We could go on with the many more positive characteristics we routinely

observe in today’s Auburn student. Suffice it to say, we’re impressed, and we’re

confident you would be as well.

Many of these same students are eager to share that their Auburn experience

is made possible through scholarships, fellowships and other forms of financial

support. They don’t hesitate to tell us what they value the most, and they recognize

that many of their opportunities are made possible through the generosity

of the Auburn Family.

War Eagle!

University enrolls

record number of

merit scholars

Auburn University ranked fifth out of 126 public

institutions in the enrollment of National Merit

Scholars, the university’s Office of Enrollment

Services announced. The university is third in the

Southeastern Conference and 16th overall out of

343 institutions where these scholars are enrolled.

The numbers come from the 2009-10 National

Merit Scholarship Corporation Annual Report

released in February 2011.

Auburn enrolled 134 new scholars this summer

and fall, which more than doubles last year’s

number of 64. Auburn moved up from fourth in

the SEC and 34th overall last year.

“This achievement reflects an ongoing commitment

by Auburn University to enroll some of

the most outstanding students our state and nation

have to offer,” said Velda Rooker, director of university

scholarships. “We are pleased that so many

accomplished students recognize this commitment,

along with the quality of Auburn’s faculty

and nationally ranked programs, and have chosen

to become part of the Auburn family.”

Auburn’s 134 National Merit Scholars are from

20 states and are enrolled in nine of Auburn’s 10

undergraduate colleges and schools.

The report also provides rankings for National

Achievement Scholars numbers. Auburn is ranked

second among 77 public institutions that enroll

these scholars, and is ranked No. 3 in the SEC, and

13th overall of 189 institutions.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation

is an independent, not-for-profit organization that

conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program

and the National Achievement Scholarship Program

as annual competitions for recognition and

undergraduate scholarships.

Jay Gogue ’69, ’71


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A round Auburn

Fans pack stadium for BCS celebration

Fans lined up along Donahue Drive more than two hours beforehand

and swelled Jordan-Hare Stadium to near capacity during

a January celebration of the Auburn football team’s Bowl Championship

Series title.

An estimated crowd of more than 75,000 gathered for an event

that was alternately a pep rally, retrospective and requiem for the

Tigers’ 14-0 season, which ended with a 22-19 win over Oregon in

Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10. By the end, however, Auburn players

and coaches were praising the people who followed them every step

of the way.

“I will say it again, and it’s not kind of, sort of, almost — you

are the best fans in the United States of America,” Auburn football

coach Gene Chizik said. “And you have helped us and been a huge

part of the best football team in the United States of America.”

The university put on a program that included player introductions,

video highlights from the season, guest speakers and a reverse

Tiger Walk from the stadium to the athletics complex. Fans heard

from Auburn President Jay Gogue, as well as Heisman Trophywinning

quarterback Cam Newton and Lombardi Award-winning

defensive tackle Nick Fairley, among others.

Auburn football coach Gene Chizik, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and athletic

director Jay Jacobs take custody of the crystal BCS championship trophy.

Senior wide receiver Kodi Burns summed up the special feeling

about this particular Auburn team and the season.

“People ask me all the time, ‘Why did you come to Auburn?,’”

Burns said. “One, because of this awesome Auburn family. And,

two, to win a national championship. It’s been an unbelievable year,

one I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

Carnegie Foundation

recognizes university’s

community engagement

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of

Teaching selected Auburn University for its 2010 “Community

Engagement Classification’’ in recognition of the university’s

emphasis on community partnerships and public service through

outreach. The classification is the most significant recognition in

higher education for a university’s total outreach body of work in

the community.

“We’re honored to receive this national recognition for our

faculty and student engagement,” said Auburn President Jay

Gogue. “Outreach is a defining aspect of our land-grant heritage,

and this classification reflects Auburn’s significant commitment

to serving the public in Alabama and beyond.”

Widely used in the study of higher education, the Carnegie

classification system is the leading framework for describing

institutional diversity in the United States. Previously, Auburn

had been recognized by Carnegie as a comprehensive, doctoralgranting

research institution.

The community engagement classification was established by

Carnegie in 2006 as an elective category for which institutions

could voluntarily apply.

Auburn revitalizes home page

For the first time since 2005, the Auburn University home page

has a new look. The site, www.auburn.edu, officially launched in January


The launch event capped a two-year development process for

Auburn’s Office of Communications and Marketing and Office of

Information Technology.

One of the first things readers will see is large, inviting images that

link to stories about Auburn people and their accomplishments. The

stories will be updated regularly and will include photos and videos.

In the top right, readers can click on the new “Take 5” feature. A different

member of the Auburn Family will be highlighted each week.

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Graduate students growing

adaptive sports program

When Jared Rehm uses a wheelchair, he doesn’t think of it as a

transportation device.

He’s rolling on $3,000 worth of sporting goods.

His chair, with its inward-tilted wheels that

resemble mountain bike tires, enables him to

go cruising for a bruising inside the Student

Activities Center. This chair, with its ultra-light

20-pound frame, withstands the punishment

that inevitably comes when Rehm and other

members of Auburn University’s Adaptive Recreation

and Sports Program jostle for rebounds

and get serious about defense.

business graduate. “Now, 20 years later, it’s neat to be able to see that

they have opportunities I didn’t have at that time.

“I’d love to see this take off where they’re competitive on the college


“There’s a lot of contact,” said Rehm, a

biomechanics graduate student in the College

of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. “It’s

controlled chaos, definitely.”

Wheelchair basketball isn’t so different than

the game played by able-bodied athletes. Rehm

and the other players shoot with precision, display artful passing on

fast breaks and execute crafty set plays. The only real difference is

the degree of difficulty. Let LeBron James or Kobe Bryant try to sink

a 20-footer while rolling and firing from a seated position.

“These things don’t have brakes on them,” Woody Thornton ’93

said of his sports wheelchair.

Similarly, Auburn’s adaptive sports program isn’t equipped with

brakes. It is steadily gaining momentum thanks to the energy and

involvement of Rehm and Nathan Waters, a rehabilitation counseling

graduate student in the college’s Department of Special Education,

Rehabilitation and Counseling. The pair developed wheelchair

sports activities through their assistantships with the university’s

Program for Students with Disabilities and have invited participation

from non-students.

Even though Thornton is two decades

older than most current Auburn undergraduates,

the spirit of competition lures

him to the Student Activities Center for

basketball two days a week.

Thornton, who has used prosthesis since

losing his legs as an undergraduate student,

said he sees potential for Auburn’s

adaptive sports program to compete

against more established programs at

other colleges.

“When I came back to school with

my prosthesis, I basically just went to

class and finished out,” said Thornton, a

A formidable team

Waters gained valuable experience in therapeutic recreation while

serving as the outdoor adventure director at Camp ASSCA, an Easter

Seals camp in Jacksons’ Gap, Ala., serving children and adults

with physical and mental disabilities. Rehm brought a passion for

the competitive side of sports, having played for the University

of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s wheelchair basketball program as an

undergraduate student.

Rehm has also competed in the National Collegiate Wheelchair

Tennis Championships. Auburn currently offers basketball and tennis,

but Waters and Rehm hopes the program can grow to include

quad rugby.

The specially modified sports wheelchairs necessary for basketball

and tennis cost approximately $2,500, with wheels priced at

$300 apiece. Rehm and Waters obtained a grant from the Christopher

Reeve Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis Foundation, but are

seeking additional sources of funding. They have even gone so far as

to host a hot dog-eating contest to raise money and awareness.

“Whatever needs [students] have, we’d like to be able to give it to

them,” Rehm said.

Scott Scroggins, a graduate student in communication who plays

wheelchair basketball, said Rehm and Waters have already given

plenty. Growing up in Selma, Ala., Scroggins didn’t have many opportunities

to engage in competitive sports.

“If I wanted to play [wheelchair] sports, I had to go to Birmingham,”

he said. “It’s hard to drive two hours one way. This has

been great. I love sports. This is the first time I’ve played with an

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Sandage earns postdoctoral

fellowship grant

Mary Sandage, a doctoral student in kinesiology,

earned a highly competitive postdoctoral

fellowship grant from the National

Institute of Health for her proposed study of

clinical treatment for voice disorders.

Sandage is collaborating with Dr. David

Pascoe, Humana-Germany-Sherman distinguished

professor of exercise physiology and director of the

Department of Kinesiology’s Thermal Lab. The project, entitled

“In Vivo Measures of Vocal Function Response to Environmental

Conditions,’’ seeks to improve understanding of how

such factors as temperature, vapor pressure and humidity affect

the voice. The study will examine what effect cold and warm

environments have on voice as compared to the conditions of a

typical clinical setting.

“We know that the humidity level of the air we breathe can

affect how voice functions, but we don’t currently know how the

temperature of the air we breathe affects voice function,” said

Sandage, a medical speech language pathologist of 18 years and

a signing teacher for 20. “I am combining my long-standing

knowledge of vocal function with my present study of skeletal

muscle physiology and thermoregulation to determine if changes

in air temperature either help or hurt voice function. This has

important implications for professionals who use the voice in

extremely hot or cold conditions and for better understanding of

how voice disorders develop.”

In 2010, Sandage received one of Auburn University’s

Outstanding Graduate Student Awards and also earned the G.

Dennis Wilson Endowed Graduate Award in the Department

of Kinesiology. Sandage earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa

State University in English and linguistics and a master’s degree

from the University of Iowa in speech language pathology. She

plans to pursue a tenure-track faculty position in communication


Burroughs earns research

grant from SEATA

Stasia Burroughs, a graduate student in the

Department of Kinesiology, earned a $1,970

grant from the Southeast Athletic Trainers

Association to facilitate a study of football

helmet safety features.

Burroughs, who is pursuing a master’s

degree in exercise science, examined the

Quick Release faceguard system developed by Riddell for its

football helmets. The faceguard can be removed with the help of

a push-button release system, an important feature for athletic

trainers who find themselves faced with the prospect of treating

an athlete who may have sustained a cervical spinal injury.

According to Burroughs’ research proposal, certified athletic

trainers are advised to remove the face mask from the helmets

of any athletes who may have suffered a cervical spinal injury.

This allows medical personnel to administer life-saving care

while minimizing the need to move the patient’s head.

Cordless screwdrivers and backup cutting tools are often required

to remove the facemask and loop straps and commonlyused


Burroughs has examined the reliability of the Quick Release

function developed by Riddell. The sports equipment manufacturer’s

push-button release system is designed to allow face

masks to be removed faster and with less resultant head movement.

Her study details the success rate and removal times of

face masks on helmets with the Quick Release feature that have

been used for at least one season of play.

She will present her findings at the 2011 SEATA Clinical

Symposium and Members Meeting.

organized team. All of my experience playing basketball had been

with able-bodied people and it was mainly shooting around in the


Waters expects the adaptive sports program to be transformational

in the lives of other Auburn students. In addition to providing

opportunities for exercise and competition, the program may

also provide an as yet untapped research avenue.

“Sports have always been a catalyst for awareness, in general,”

Waters said. “We can do a lot of research on athletes with disabilities.

It’s one of those things where we can pull from a lot of different

departments and have a lot of people get behind it.”

Building Awareness

While Auburn University’s adaptive

sports program provides a competitive

outlet for students, faculty,

staff and alumni, it also creates

opportunities for education. An outreach

component of program, Auburn Wheelchair

Athletics and Recreation Education (AWARE),

seeks to eliminate misconceptions about disabilities

through demonstrations of wheelchair basketball.

Team members are willing to visit schools or civic

groups. For more information, contact Jared Rehm

at jmr0020@tigermail.auburn.edu.

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Two Kinesiology students earn

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Two students in the Department of Kinesiology each received

$6,000 to conduct research in the 2010-11 academic year.

Laura Barber, a senior exercise science major, and Ragan Hart, a

sophomore exercise science major, were among 20 Auburn University

Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipients. The year-long

fellowships, presented by Auburn’s Office of the Vice President of

Research, provide a $4,400 annual stipend, $1,400 in project funding,

$200 for travel to conferences and $200 for program activities.

Undergraduate research fellows work alongside faculty mentors

to pursue research interests of their choosing.

Barber, a Newnan, Ga., native, is conducting

research examining the associations between

the physical activity levels of parents and their

children. Her faculty member, Dr. Leah Robinson,

an assistant professor of motor behavior,

focuses much of her research on health problems

affecting pediatric populations.

“Obesity has become a rising epidemic starting at even younger

ages,” Barber said. “We hope this fellowship will give us further

insight to help determine other factors that could lead to obesity so

that we, like the Department of Kinesiology, can intervene in the

lives of people to enhance health and human performance.”

Hart, a Cologne, Va., native, proposed a project

involving the application of ice therapy in the

fields of athletic training and physical therapy.

She plans to use an ice treatment to compare the

surface temperatures at the ankle and shoulder

to determine whether the same method of ice

therapy is ideal for different parts of the body.

Hart’s faculty mentor is Dr. David Pascoe, Humana-Germany-

Sherman distinguished professor of exercise physiology and director

of Auburn’s Thermal and Infrared Lab.

“The fellowship will enable me to gain valuable experience in the

kinesiology lab as I learn research procedures and methodologies, as

well as being taught the protocol involved with the thermal imaging

equipment I will be using to collect my data,’’ Hart said. “It is a great

honor to be selected for the fellowship because I am interested in

pursuing a career in research by working in a sports performance

laboratory setting or some type of health institute.’’

Phi Kappa Phi recognizes

76 students for excellence

Phi Kappa Phi welcomed 76 College

of Education students into its ranks

in 2010.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is

the nation’s oldest, largest and most

selective multi-disciplinary honor

society. Memberships are extended

by invitation-only to the top 5 percent of graduating seniors and

graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors.

Faculty, staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction

may also qualify.

The Auburn University chapter was established in 1914 and

initiates more than 400 students annually.

Phi Kappa Phi promotes the pursuit of excellence in all fields

of higher education, recognizes outstanding achievement by

students, faculty and others through various awards and engages

the community of scholars in service to others.


Ashley M. Akers

Cathryn M. Albright

Rachel L. Anderson

Laura L. Aune

Elizabeth R. Baldwin

Rebekah R. Beason

Kathleen E. Boehme

Lauren E. Bush

Mary K. Cooke

Emily M. Duke

Mabry L. Fisher

Ashley L Heavener

Anna E. Henderson

Haley B. Hollis

Elizabeth M. Laski

Sydney A. Laterrade

Allison C. Moore

Brittany M. Nelson

Alyssa L. Pratt

Megan M. Reaves

Julia A. Schell

Benjamin I. Singletary

Jennifer M. Von



Kerry J. Adkins

Lindsey K. Barrett

Kristen M.


Karen S. Blanks

Paul B. Brock, Jr.

Allison L. Bragg

Caroline R. Clark

Sarah A. Cotton

Marsha E. Crenshaw

Marion A. Frasier

Courtney N. Glass

Amy C. Harris

Carmen E. Hollon

Allison M. Jackson

Jessica A.


Cathy W. Lumsden

Jenni R. Prescott

Elizabeth J. Pressler

Anna M. Reeves

Benjamin L. Robinson

Danielle D. Rosener

Mallory S. Sigle

Shelley M. Steiner

Virginia M. Terry



Laura W. Bennett

Julia A.


Laura B. Booth

Kelli M. Crumpton

Mary F. Dansak

Kelli L. Dodd

David B. Garrett

Melinda J. Hardin

Mary Y. Holloway

Glenda D. Knight

Ann D. Le Clair-Ash

Christy M. Lock

Patricia K. Mason

Emily T. McKay

Gerald J. McQueen, Jr

Lauren A. Medders

William D. Miller

Katherine M. Norris

Jeanetta Nunley

Margaret B. Odom

Kimberly N. Parent

Gregory A. Parmer

William N. Presley

Alicia Reeves

Kathy D. Robinson

Jon K. Segars

Courtney D. Taylor

Tonya A. Tomlin

Synithia L. Williams

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Two elementary education majors earn

fellowships at Holocaust Museum

S t u d e n t S u c c e s s

First they took the children.

Then they rounded up sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers,

aunts and uncles.

“We were taken to a railroad station, and

they put us in cattle cars,” Naomi Warren

recalled in an interview with the Holocaust

Museum Houston.

Warren, then a 22-year-old living in Eastern

Poland, didn’t know where those cattle cars

would take her family and other Jews after the

Nazis rounded them up. Those railroad tracks

eventually led to Auschwitz, where a sign above

the gates read, “Work makes you free.”

Warren managed to survive the brutality of

Auschwitz and two other concentration camps

before being liberated in 1945.

Six million Jews didn’t make it.

They and many others were the victims of systematic murder.

Warren wanted to ensure future generations would pay heed

to the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. She and her family

created the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, which brings 25

preservice teachers to the Holocaust Museum Houston for a week

of educational training and outreach opportunities.

Two Auburn College of Education students,

senior elementary education majors Emily

Duke (top photo) and Lee-Cassie Robinson

(bottom photo), were selected for fellowships in

the six-day, all-expenses-paid institute held in

May 2010.

Both students learned how to effectively teach

about the Holocaust, genocide and other

sensitive topics. As Warren Fellows, Duke and

Robinson were immersed in pedagogical and

historical issues relating to the Holocaust and

met and worked with Holocaust survivors and

eminent scholars.

“Tolerance and diversity — kids don’t know that stuff,’’ said Robinson,

a Huntsville, Ala., native and former College of Education

Student Council president. “We’ve seen in previous generations that

it’s skipped in school.”

Robinson said the Warren Fellowship helped her learn how to

“teach from the lens” of elementary students in dealing with sensitive

topics. Duke, a Madison, Ala., native, said she appreciated the

opportunity to interact with and learn from Holocaust survivors.

“I feel blessed that Naomi Warren set up this opportunity,” said

Duke, a College of Education Student Ambassador and president

of the Student Alabama Education Association. “It’s more than just

seminars. It’s more than just having speakers come to town.

“This is a professional development opportunity. The more tools

we can put in our toolboxes, the more prepared we will be as firstyear


The Holocaust Museum Houston, which opened in 1996,

contains a number of graphic reminders of where hatred can lead.

It contains a 1942 World War II railcar similar to the one that transported

Warren to Auschwitz.

“It just goes to show you the power of speech,” Duke said. “The

Holocaust didn’t start with mass murdering. It started with hate and

prejudice. The point of this program is to teach from a very young

age to be accepting of others and to respect differences. We’re going

to get a lot of tools to be able to teach that.”

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Robertson immerses herself

in Fulbright experience

Given her background as a foreign language

education major emphasizing French, Helen Hunter

Robertson derived plenty of enjoyment from a

month spent studying abroad in Paris.

The only disappointment involved the prevalence

of English being spoken around the Eiffel

Tower and along the Champs Elysees.

“Whenever I’ve traveled around France, I’d

hear so much English,” said Robertson, a Mobile,

Ala., native who graduated from Auburn in spring

2010. “I wanted to go someplace where [the locals]

wouldn’t [speak English].”

A Fulbright-French Ministry of Education

Teaching Assistantship enabled Robertson to fully

immerse herself in the country’s language and

culture for seven months during the 2010-2011

academic year.

Robertson was placed in the Academie de Toulouse, where she

served schools in the Toulouse region of southern France.

Robertson’s classes in the College of Education and College of

Liberal Arts prepared her to teach French to American students,

which she did during a spring 2010 internship at Hardaway High

School in Columbus, Ga. The Fulbright assistantship honed her

skills in other ways. During her time in Toulouse, Robertson

provided assistance in teaching English to French students at the

secondary level.

“Most of [the teachers] are excited to have an assistant and will

utilize you as much as possible,” said Robertson, who began her

assistantship in October 2010. “I can help with conversation if they

Education students

named to Who’s Who list

Three College of Education students were among the Auburn

undergraduate and graduate students recommended by the Dean

of Students office for inclusion in the 2010-11 edition of Who’s Who

Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Nominations

are made by institutions based on such factors as grade point average,

leadership and participation in campus and community activities.

The students honored at the university’s Who’s Who reception


Anna Elizabeth



Exercise Science

Brittany Lee Smith




Jamie N. Smith

Master’s student

English for Speakers

of Other Languages

have times for English conversation or culture days or if they can’t

understand a particular grammar concept.”

Robertson, the only Auburn student to apply for the Fulbright

assistantship, earned the prestigious appointment after completing

a highly competitive process. Each year, the Fulbright Scholarship

program and the French Ministry of Education offer 50 Fulbright-

French Ministry of Education teaching assistantships. Applicants

must submit a detailed project proposal, a personal statement,

three letters of recommendation and a letter certifying their fluency

in French. Robertson’s credentials were also examined during an

interview with a campus-wide selection committee composed of

professors from different disciplines.

In a typical year, there are more than 500 applicants for 50 assistantships.

The recipients earn a $1,200 monthly stipend.

“I was highly impressed by Helen in the interview, as well as in

her application materials,” said Dr. Ralph Kingston, an assistant

professor of history at Auburn who served on the Fulbright selection

committee. “We talked a good deal about the time she spent

in Paris, and her experience working with high school students

learning French in Columbus. At one stage of the interview, I even

switched to speaking French and she didn’t skip a beat.

“She was smart, motivated and keen to take what she had

learned at Auburn into the community.”

Dr. Paul Harris, associate director of Auburn’s National Prestigious

Scholarship Office, said Robertson’s letters of recommendation

and the response from the campus selection committee were

equally impressive.

“Helen Hunter had to demonstrate mastery of her subject matter,

teaching French language, as well as demonstrate a commitment

to teaching a diverse group of students,” he said.

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Barbara Jane Hall



Elementary Education

Emily Duke

Vice President


Elementary Education

Elizabeth Chandler



Elementary Education

Dori Dobbs

Activites Chair


English Lanuage

Arts Education

Nicole Lawyer


Activites Chair


Elementary Education

Elizabeth Mott

Publicity Chair


Early Childhood

Special Education


Student Council

Amber Allman


Publicity Chair


Elementary Education

Anna Bates

Service Project Chair


Elementary Education

Alice Caldwell

Assistant Service

Project Chair


Early Chilhood


Brooke Molnar

Assistant Service

Project Chair


Collaborative Teacher

Special Education

Michel Fields

Camp War Eagle/

Freshman Involvement


Elementary Education

Student organizations

develop future leaders

The College of Education features more than 15 student

organizations devoted to the development of professional expertise

and leadership skills and the pursuit of academic excellence.

In addition to bringing students with similar academic and

career interests together, these groups often participate in service

learning activities.

To learn more about these

organizations, visit the “Students’’

section of education.auburn.edu

Mentorship group changes

name but not its mission

The Multicultural Educational Retention Initiative for

Transformation (MERIT) is a retention and mentoring program

designed to support students in the College of Education.

Formerly known as the MARS Program, MERIT works to

create a learning community of inclusive excellence. Learn more

about the program by visiting education.auburn.edu/edudiversity/merit.

Two Kinesiology students

earn NATA Foundation


Two graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology,

Stasia Burroughs and Kenneth Games, earned scholarships from

the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Burroughs and Games, both members of Auburn’s Post-

Certification Graduate Athletic Training Program, each earned

$2,300 scholarships from the NATA Research and Education


The students were among the honorees at the William E.

“Pinky’’ Newell Leadership Breakfast held in June 2010 in Philadelphia

as part of the NATA’s 61st annual meeting and clinical


Burroughs, who is pursuing a master’s degree

in exercise science, has gained experience

through the Warrior Athletic Training

Program, a pilot partnership between the

Department of Kinesiology and the U.S.

Army’s 192d Infantry Brigade stationed at

Fort Benning, Ga.

Games, a graduate student in exercise

science, has served as a graduate assistant

athletic trainer for Auburn’s swimming and

diving teams. He is also a recipient of the

Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association

Memorial Graduate Scholarship.

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S t u d e n t L e a d e r s

Stellar students carry

banner for college

Each semester, college administrators select a student to

carry the College of Education banner ahead of their graduating

peers at the start of commencement ceremonies. Here’s a look at

the students who earned the distinction in 2010:

Tommy Leon Davis ’10

Davis, who earned a degree in

elementary education, served

as graduation marshal for the

fall 2010 commencement. Davis

carried a 3.84 grade point average

and served as a peer mentor with the PODS Program, was a

MARS (Minority Achievement, Retention and Success) Program

scholar and a member of the Senior Honors College. He plans to

pursue a master’s degree in elementary or special education.

William Stewart Jackson ’10

Jackson served as the marshal for the summer

2010 ceremony. He graduated with

a 3.83 GPA and a degree in rehabilitation

services after serving in the Best Buddies

organization and as a volunteer for Camp

Autism Smiles and Camp ASCCA. Last

fall, he began work on a master’s degree in

occupational therapy from the University

of Alabama-Birmingham. He earned a full

scholarship from the East Alabama Medical

Center (EAMC), which creates the opportunity for him to

work for EAMC after completing his graduate studies.

Lindsay Bailey ’10

Bailey, a music education graduate,

carried the college’s banner

at the spring 2010 ceremony. She

was a member of the Chamber

Choir and sang at a number of

celebrated venues, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and

the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. She also served as

president of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

Mallory Sherwood

Sigle ’10

Sigle, an exercise science graduate,

carried the banner of another

college as a substitute student

marshal during the spring 2010

ceremony. She was an Auburn cheerleader for three years and

was a member of the Physical and Occupational Therapy Club.

She began graduate work in Emory University’s physical therapy

program last summer.

A moment with Student

Ambassador President

Emily Crane

This academic year, the college’s Student

Ambassadors have been under the leadership

of elementary education junior

Emily Crane of Franklin, Tenn. Since

2003, Student Ambassadors have served

as a “face” for the college for alumni, donors,

prospective students and friends attending

college events. They are selected

through a competitive interview process

and provide support for a number of the

college’s alumni relations, stewardship

and student recruiting efforts.

How many of your family members

attended Auburn before or after you?

Emily: I am actually the first of my family

to attend Auburn. I had many pulls in

other directions, but the spirit of Auburn

captured my heart. Today when asked if

I like Auburn, my only response is that I

am obsessed with it.

What has been your favorite class or activity to this point?

Emily: My favorite part of our [elementary education] classes is

that they are so hands-on. Rather than reading about a classroom

situation, we are placed in elementary classes throughout

the area and enabled to experience these situations for ourselves.

The class that has most intrigued me is our Reading and Literacy

class. Before taking it, teaching a child how to read was a foreign

concept to me. I now understand the building blocks of language

learning and feel empowered to teach this vital skill.

Why are the Ambassadors important to the college?

Emily: From answering basic questions about what makes the

college so great to meeting and greeting Education majors of

the past, ambassadors serve an integral role. I believe ambassadors

seek to embody what Auburn is all about: a spirit that is

unafraid, a belief in hard work coupled with education, and an

undeniable love for our college.

What is your favorite type of event to help with?

Emily: I love recruiting events because they give me the opportunity

to tell prospective students about how wonderful my

Auburn experience has been. It allows me to answer questions,

ease minds and encourage decisions of why students should

choose to come to Auburn and further, to select the College of

Education as their home.


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Rachel Anderson


Elementary Education

Oneonta, Ala.

Victoria Barron


Elementary Education

Birmingham, Ala.

Rebekah Beason

Junior, Early

Childhood Education

Russellville, Ala.

Stacie Busbin

Senior, Early

Childhood Education

Atlanta, Ga.

Claire Chapman


Collaborative Teacher

Special Education

Fairhope, Ala

Emily Crane


Elementary Education

Franklin, Tenn.

Anna Curl


Exercise Science

Decatur, Ala.

Abigail Cutchen


Elementary Education

Birmingham, Ala

Trishia Daniel


Elementary Education

Alpharetta, Ga.

Bailey Debardeleben


Elementary Education

Prattville, Ala.

Courtney Dotson

Doctoral Student

Rehabilitation Services

Chance, Ala.

Emily Duke


Elementary Education

Madison, Ala.

Noel Eason

Senior, English Lanuage

Arts Education

Boaz, Ala.

Alexis Emch

Senior, General Science


Martinsville, W.Va.

Laine Foster


Elementary Education

Montgomery, Ala.

Taylor Gunter


Exercise Science

Montgomery, Ala.

Sarah Houghton


Elementary Education

Alpharetta, Ga.

Allyson Houlton


Elementary Education

Grady, Ala.

Shea Jackson


Exercise Science

Clarkesville, Md.

Sam Logan

Doctoral student

Exercise Science

North East, Md.

Lucy Mosley

Junior, English Language

Arts Education

Daphne, Ala.

Angelica Parker


Elementary Education

Tampa, Fla.

Elizabeth Pressler

Senior, General

Science Education

Hoover, Ala.

Meg Reaves


Elementary Education

Guntersville, Ala.

Lee-Cassie Robinson


Elementary Education

Huntsville, Ala.

Susie Rutherford


Mathematics Education

Auburn, Ala.

Jessica Stuckey


Elementary Education

Huntsville, Ala.

Andrea Sumner

Doctoral student

Exercise Science

Springfield, Va.

Student 2010-2011


Jill Sutton

Senior, English Language

Arts Education

Trussville, Ala.

Vishaka Uluwita

Master’s student

Collaborative Teacher

Special Education

Tuskegee, Ala.

Morgan Warner


Elementary Education

Katy, Texas

Celeste Waugh

Senior, General Social

Science Education

Smiths Station, Ala.

Mary Kathryn



Elementary Education

Phenix City, Ala.

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Recruitment event helps

Kinesiology target ‘10 in 10’

Dr. Wendi Weimar (left) and Graduate School Dean George Flowers (background) connect with

prospective graduate students and help them learn about labs and research opportunities.

Dr. Jared Russell set an ambitious goal as the graduate program

officer for the Department of Kinesiology.

His plan can be described as “10 in 10” — graduating 10 doctoral

students from the department over the next 10 years.

“I tell administrators from different colleges that I’m looking for

doc students,” Russell said.

His quest continued in late-October 2010 with a two-day

recruitment event that brought students from Atlanta-based historically

black colleges Morehouse and Spelman colleges to campus.

The students visited with Kinesiology faculty and College of Education

administrators, as well as Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey

and Graduate School Dean George Flowers.

If all goes according to plan, several students from that group

will come to Auburn to begin graduate work. Russell’s efforts have

already paid off as several current graduate students in Kinesiology

— Asherah Blount (Albany State University), Ava Hanks (Spelman

College), Henry McCladdie (Morehouse College), Hasaan Rasheed

(Morehouse) and Darren Jackson (Morehouse) — received their

first looks at the program through previous recruitment events.

“The event opened my eyes to other opportunities and ideas that

I probably would not have thought about otherwise,” Blount said.

Blount earned a master’s degree in physical education from

Auburn in 2010 and has remained to work on a doctorate in motor


“I appreciate Dr. Russell and his efforts to make the Department

of Kinesiology and the College of Education more diverse and I

truly value the recruitment events,” Blount said. “I believe that these

events give students the opportunity to see what it would be like to

attend a research institution and become aware of what it takes to

be successful as a graduate student at Auburn and other research


It didn’t take long for the visiting Morehouse and Spelman students

to gain an understanding of the research being conducted by

faculty. One Spelman student, a former competitive swimmer, marveled

at the work conducted in Dr. Wendi Weimar’s Biomechanics

Lab. Weimar explained how subtle differences in technique can

make monumental differences for Olympic-caliber

swimmers. Wasted motion or sloppy form can cost

precious tenths of a second, the difference between a

gold medal and a bronze.

“They were amazed at the science that goes into the

technique,” said Dr. Mary Rudisill, department head

and Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor. “All

of the faculty are either running research or talking

about research when the students visit. When we

met with Morehouse originally, they said that their

students don’t have the research opportunities that

they would have here. They asked us to expose them

to that.”

As ambitious as Russell’s goal of 10 in 10 may sound,

it isn’t at all farfetched. Russell and Rudisill said

the recruitment events of the last three years have

heightened interest in the department’s graduate

school offerings in exercise science, health promotion, athletic

training and physical education.

“We’ve ended up with 10 students from either Morehouse or

Spelman,” Rudisill said. “We’ve also worked hard with Albany State.

We recruited in 10 students this year and they’re excellent students.

“Once you get students here and they have good experiences, it

will grow exponentially.”

Students from Atlanta’s Morehouse and Spelman take in the view

from atop Haley Center.

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Students raising ‘voices,’ money, awareness

to benefit local communities, schools

It was once said that, “Children will not remember you for the

material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished

them.” AuburnVoices is allowing College of Education students to

do both.

The overall mission of AuburnVoices is “to provide a way for

students in the College of Education to be involved in advocacy and

student leadership throughout the community and in schools.”

The organization represents a vision shared by Drs. Lynne

Patrick, Kathy Robinson, Peggy Dagley and the program’s director,

Jamie Carney. It began in an attempt to give structure and framework

to student groups seeking resources and opportunities for volunteer

work. However, AuburnVoices has grown to do much more.

Through the promotion of leadership and educational advocacy,

the organization not only prepares future educators, but also seeks

to make a lasting impact on a diverse group of students, including

those with special needs.

The concept is simple.

The program functions as

a “hub,” where different

project requests for at-risk

schools can be found —

most readily through the

program’s website. An

organization or individual

can then contact Auburn-

Voices, which then serves as the “vehicle” in providing the funding

and support needed to complete the task. Eric Crumley, the graduate

program assistant for AuburnVoices, serves as a liaison between

the college’s student organizations and those they support.

Last year, AuburnVoices took on several projects, including a

very successful musical instrument drive. It also sponsored more

than 12 teacher request projects, participated in funding grant

opportunities, and worked with multiple College of Education

student organizations in sponsoring projects and fulfilling resource

requests. Among the contributors are the College of Education’s

Student Council, the Association of Counseling Psychology Students,

the Student Alabama Education Association and Iota Delta


Funding, however, is never the easy part.

AuburnVoices receives its funding from an array of sources,

including private donations, student organizations, people within

the community and grants. Carney notes that even the smallest

contributions can be helpful — anything from a ream of paper to an

ink cartridge to even a few rolls of toilet paper.

Carney credits the college’s National Advisory Council for its

support of the program (see related story, page 46).

In addition to the opportunities for activities and student

advocacy, AuburnVoices also provides information for grant training

and leadership development, often in the form of on-campus

conferences hosted by other organizations. The Center for Student

Leadership and Ethics, a program dedicated to leadership development,

serves as one example.

While all of the training and experience is immensely beneficial

for students, most find that the biggest reward of working with

these schools is being able to see results and witness the impact of

their work. AuburnVoices provides what Carney calls a “real link”

between students and the kids with whom they work. They aren’t

just making donations to an otherwise nameless stranger; they are

serving the child in front of them, full of wonder, joy and gratitude.

“Contact with the children is by far the biggest reward,” said

Carney, professor and coordinator of the college’s counselor education

and supervision doctoral program.

As director, Carney gets to see these positive effects happen

on two levels — both with College of Education students and the

students they assist.

These benefits already transcend campus boundaries, with numerous

activities having taken place at Notasulga K-12 and a future

project scheduled for Carver Elementary School in Opelika. Carney

said AuburnVoices hopes to expand its presence statewide.

“The situation in schools is worse than even a year ago, and it’s

getting progressively worse,” Carney said of budget woes.

This startling truth calls for action, and AuburnVoices is

dedicated to helping students and educators who are committed to

taking it — no matter the cost.

Learn more about AuburnVoices

by visiting education.auburn.edu/


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S c h o l a r s h i p

Donors provide support

for nearly 130 education students

Nearly 130 undergraduate and graduate students received scholarships

and awards totaling in excess of $263,000 during the College

of Education’s 9th Annual Scholarship Ceremony.

Through the generosity of its donors and its portfolio of endowments,

the college has awarded more than $200,000 in student aid

each of the last four years.

New College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford welcomed

more than 500 students, parents and donors to the annual ceremony

and reception held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon

Conference Center in August 2010.

The Auburn Scholarship Campaign

is a unique opportunity that will

offer an increased return on

donor investments while providing

considerably larger scholarships

to named recipients through the

Spirit of Auburn and Academic Scholars scholarship

funds. For more information, contact the college’s

Development Office at 334.844.5793.

Doyeon Lim, a master’s candidate in general science education

from Mokpo, South Korea, thanked the college’s donors for creating

opportunities for students to pursue their passions and gain insight

that will help them in their chosen career fields.

Lim, who spent

10 years working

for one of

South Korea’s

largest law firms

before pursuing

a graduate

degree, came to

Auburn to find

solutions for the challenges facing educators in her home country.

“I came to Auburn to study how to teach students, not only to

understand American people and their society, but also to acquire

the clue of solution for the problems of my country’s education

[system],” said Lim, who earned the Barbara Booth Baird Graduate

Endowment. “Every day in every class, I could find a different

approach for the same subject in the classroom comparing with

my country. I hope to find an alternative solution for the problems

in my country’s education system while studying and teaching in


The college presented a total of 106 undergraduate scholarships

and 23 graduate awards for the 2010-11 academic year. Among

those were four new endowed scholarships and awards and one annual

scholarship presented for the first time this year.

These included the Alma Holladay Endowment, the Elaine

Moore Jackson Annual Scholarship, the Coach Wayne and Charmian

Pope Distinguished Endowed Scholarship, the Barbara M. Price

and Richard A. Price Endowed Scholarship and the Layne Reynolds

Endowed Scholarship.

Members of the Reynolds family discuss the creation

of the Laura Reynolds Scholarship.

N e w forms of support

The College of Education offered five

new scholarships in 2010:

Alma Holladay


Elaine Moore

Jackson Annual


Coach Wayne and

Charmian Pope




Barbara M. Price

and Richard A.

Price Endowed


Laura Reynolds



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The Reynolds Family


Jordan Pankey

to the Auburn Family

S c h o l a r s h i p




In honor of her 85th birthday, Miss Layne Reynolds’ niece, seven nephews

and their wives created an endowed scholarship in her honor. Miss

Reynolds saw first-hand the value of an education during her career as a

social worker. Further, her mother was a teacher. For these reasons, the

family chose to support Auburn students pursuing a career in education.

Jordan Pankey from Albertville, Alabama, is the first recipient of the Layne

Reynolds Endowed Scholarship. As part of the campaign, the Reynolds

family gift was paired with a Spirit of Auburn scholarship to provide

this award for students in the College of Education. Jordan has begun

her freshman year working toward a degree in English Language Arts

Education with hopes of becoming an English teacher and school librarian.

The vision of Miss Reynolds’ family allows us to welcome Jordan to the

Auburn family.

To learn more about the

Auburn Scholarship Campaign, visit


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College’s new Center for Disability

Research and Service offers range of

resources for region


diving accident nearly 20

years ago left Scott Renner

paralyzed from the neck

down, but it didn’t stop him from

living a rich and active life.

Renner credits assistive technology for helping him enjoy some

of the same activities he engaged in before the accident. Assistive

technology enables him to turn on lights, open doors and answer

his phone, but it also affords him the freedom to engage in more

adventurous pursuits like water skiing.

“My rehab was looking at the utilization of assistive technology,”

said Renner, the assistive technology coordinator for Auburn University’s

new Center for Disability Research and Service. “I think it

represents quality of life. It’s independence, and people want to have

a high level of independence, choice and control.”

Faculty and staff assigned to the Center for Disability Research

and Service are committed to helping individuals with disabilities

realize their hopes and dreams and gain and maintain the freedom

Renner described. The center, an extension of the college’s Department

of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling housed in

the Dawson Building, offers resources and conducts research in the

areas of assistive technology, autism and developmental disabilities,

program evaluation, and employer and community support. The

facility opened to the public in August 2010 and has already earned

acclaim for some of its research efforts.

“The center will become a nationally recognized research hub

regarding autism and will conduct research on the most significant

disabilities relative to gaining access to education, employment,

housing, transportation, health care and leisure,” Auburn President

Jay Gogue said.

Dr. E. Davis Martin, department head and Wayne T. Smith

distinguished professor, said the center’s multifaceted nature will

enable it to provide meaningful assistance to individuals with significant

disabilities in living independently and realizing their goals.

The center’s personnel engage in research and service activities

including counseling, speech, kinesiology, psychology and human


“We’re trying to develop a model that will allow us to better assist

those with the most significant disabilities to work, live and play

in the communities of their choice,” Martin said.

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A launching pad for


For most children, the process of articulating

wants and needs involves a relatively

simple process.

Ask and you may receive, whether the

object in question happens to be a snack or a

favorite toy.

Now imagine the process for a child with

autism whose vocabulary consists of no more

than 10 words. His or her desires, no matter

how strong, may remain locked within unless

a parent or teacher can read non-verbal cues.

Thanks to the efforts of researchers in the

College of Education’s Center for Disability

Research and Service, children who face such

a challenge may soon have access to a tool

that can speak on their behalf. A $20,000

Tech in the Works award from the National

Center for Technology Innovation enabled

Scott Renner and Dr. Margaret Flores to explore

ways in which Apple iPads could assist

children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Their partnership with Birmingham-based

PUSH Product Design resulted in the creation

of touch-activated applications, voice recordings

and social interaction stories for use with

the iPads.

In June 2010, Renner and Flores worked

with 10 children with autism between

the ages of 4 and 14. After evaluating the

children’s communication skills and observing

their interactions with others, Flores and

Renner taught them how to use the modified

iPad devices. Applications were developed

to assist the children in such settings as

home, school, shopping centers, restaurants,

beaches, movie theaters and playgrounds.

The center’s research relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder will

expand on the work previously conducted by the Auburn University

Autism Center, formerly a program of the College of Education. Researchers

in the center will also collaborate on projects with the college’s

Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, which helps young

adults learn how to live independently and reach their professional

and educational goals.

The center’s program evaluation unit will gather information

from consumers and stakeholders and provide feedback to state

agencies serving persons with disabilities.

“Such feedback is vital for shaping policy and future research in

best practices,” said Holly Brigman ’09, the center’s coordinator of

program evaluation.

On the assistive technology front, Renner said the center will

benefit greatly from collaboration between students in the college’s

rehabilitation program and industrial design students in the College

of Architecture, Design and Construction. Industrial design and

rehabilitation students take on individuals with disabilities as clients

and collaborate to develop new product concepts as class projects.

The center’s researchers have also proved adept at finding new

uses for existing technological tools. With the help of a $20,000 Tech

in the Works award (see accompanying story), Renner and Dr. Margaret

Flores explored the effectiveness of Apple iPads in improving

the communications skills of young children with Autism Spectrum

Disorder. Renner, Flores and doctoral candidate Kate Racoff also

won a 2010 Bright Ideas Award from the National Center for Technology


“We hope to reach educators, students and parents,” said Flores,

an assistant professor of special education and the center’s coordinator

of autism and developmental disabilities. “We’re acquiring more

and more pieces (for assistive technology) and we’re looking to bring

in consumers.”

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Warrior Research Center

preparing Army for 21st century

It made perfect sense for the U.S. Army to readily welcome

faculty members and graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology

to engage in research involving soldiers at Fort Benning.

As technology has changed the ways in which wars are fought,

the Army has modified its approach in training the men and women

who serve in its ranks. In 21st century Army parlance, units are

now comprised of “soldier-athletes” defined by strength, mobility,

endurance, resourcefulness and resilience. So it’s natural that leaders

like Col. Terrance McKendrick, commander of the 192d Infantry

Brigade at Fort Benning in nearby Columbus, Ga., would seek out

experts in such areas as athletic training, neuromechanics, biomechanics,

exercise physiology, cardiovascular health, education and

motor learning.

“There are so many commonalities between training a soldier

and training an athlete,” said Dr. Mary Rudisill, head of the Department

of Kinesiology. “We have learned quite a bit in the athletic and

sport world that can translate into military training.”

The Army has invested more than $585,000 in the program since 2009.

Their capacity to serve soldiers has risen to a new level as well,

thanks to Auburn University’s formation of the Warrior Research

Center in 2010. Directed by Rudisill and Dr. JoEllen Sefton, assistant

professor in the Department of Kinesiology, the center will take an

active role in helping the Army improve the physical and technical

skills of its “soldier-athletes.’’

There are several ways in which the Warrior Research Center

can affect positive change. Students in the post-certification Warrior

Athletic Training Program (profiled in the 2010 Keystone) have

saved the 192d Infantry Brigade more than $1.5 million and 95,000

training hours in the first year by helping reduce the amount and

severity of injuries incurred in basic combat training. The program

has improved rehabilitation and accelerated return to duty. Sefton

collects data on where and when training injuries occur as a means

of detecting trends and determining

the effectiveness

of Army training methods.

The Army has seen

enough of value in the

program to invest more than

$585,000 since 2009.

“The Army has implemented a new PT program designed to

reduce injuries as a part of the Soldier Athlete Initiative,” Sefton said.

“We’re a part of that effort, and part of what we’re doing is helping

them determine if their new programs are effective and how they

can be improved. They’re doing more sprinting and decreasing longdistance

running. They’re spending a lot more time on core exercises

and building hip strength.

“The focus is on prevention and research — treating injuries, but

also stopping them before they can occur. You never have to treat

an injury that you prevent.”

Center personnel also focus on developing strategies to

combat obesity and poor physical fitness among recruits,

trainees, soldiers and veterans. Current and proposed points

of emphasis include the effect of Army equipment on the

soldier, improvement of cardiovascular function in spinal

cord injury patients, gait assessment and new treatments for

post-deployment chronic neck pain in infantry soldiers.

While the Warrior Research Center draws on the expertise

of the Department of Kinesiology — Rudisill, Sefton

and Drs. Wendi Weimar (biomechanics), John Quindry

(exercise physiology), Bruce Gladden (exercise physiology)

and Sheri Brock (physical movment pedagogy) — it also

involves faculty from Auburn’s colleges of Engineering and

Veterinary Medicine, Fort Rucker research laboratories and,

of course, Army personnel. Currently Sefton is collaborating with

researchers at Fort Rucker in Enterprise, Ala., to develop new strategies

to address issues with soldiers experiencing traumatic brain

injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Rudisill,

Brock and Sefton are also working with the Army’s Training and

Doctrine Command to look at new ways to improve soldier training

and learning.

The new center will also have sparkling facilities at its disposal,

thanks to the opening of the university’s $21 million, 45,000-squarefoot

MRI Research Center (see related story, page 41). Located in

the Auburn Research Park, the facility will house a Siemens Verio

open-bore 3-T magnetic resonance imaging scanner for clinical and

research use, as well as the nation’s first shielded whole-body 7-T

MRI. MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed

images of organs, tissues and the skeletal system.

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Federal grant extends reach of

problem-based learning project

Dr. John Saye wants social studies teachers to challenge their

students to do more than remember names, places and dates.

Saye has visited enough classrooms to know that K-12 students

are far more likely to remember those details when they are challenged

to think critically about the challenges historical figures

faced. In his capacity as co-director of the Persistent Issues in History

Network, Saye encourages educators to develop problem-based

learning strategies.

For instance, if a class happens to be studying the American

Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement, a teacher could stimulate

student discussion by posing the following question: When are

citizens justified in disobeying established authority?

“Kids don’t like social studies,” said Saye, a professor

of social science education in the College

of Education’s Department of Curriculum and

Teaching. “They see it as memorizing names

and dates. Problem-based learning presents

the subject to kids in a way that real people are

involved. We ask them to deal with questions

that people have had to deal with throughout time.

“They learn a lot more deeply and retain more that way.”

With the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education,

Saye and colleagues at Indiana University and New Mexico State

University will look for ways to help teachers use new technological

tools for problem-based learning. The total funding for the project,

entitled “PBL-TECH: Using Web 2.0 Tools and Resources to Support

Problem-Based Curricular Innovations in Pre-Service Teacher

Education,’’ is $749,853 for three years. Saye’s share of the overall

award is $150,791.

Saye and his partners — Dr. Thomas Brush, associate dean for

teacher education and associate professor of Instructional Systems

Technology at Indiana University’s School of Education and Dr.

Krista Glazewski, associate professor of Learning Technologies at

New Mexico State University — believe educators will engage students

more effectively by using interactive technology.

“I think things like Twitter offer a lot of possibilities,” Saye said.

“In social studies, in the real world, Twitter has had a dramatic

impact on politics and in coordinating social protest. We know our

students are using those kinds of things. That’s a big part of the first

step of this project is to do some conceptualization of what tools exist

now. What can we recommend to teachers and teacher educators

as the most promising tools available now?”

Saye said he and his colleagues hope the project will inspire

more universities to develop problem-based learning models for

teacher education and, ultimately, integrate those same approaches

in K-12 school systems. If that happens, more students may come to

view their social studies classes differently.

“We’re talking about students wrestling with dilemmas that

people in that place and time [in history] wrestled with,” Saye

said. “Those are the issues they are going to struggle with as adults

because those questions continue to be raised in contemporary


Investigating the roots of childhood obesity in Alabama

A $74,982 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson

Foundation will make it possible for researchers

in the Department of Kinesiology to assess the

effectiveness of physical education policies in

Alabama’s Black Belt region.

Drs. Leah Robinson (bottom photo) and Danielle

Wadsworth (top photo) earned the funding

for their project, “School Reform: The Role

of School and Physical Education Policy on

Children’s Physical Activity in Alabama’s Black

Belt Region,’’ which will examine the effects

of the Alabama Board of Education’s mandate

that schools provide daily physical education

by a certified instructor. They will gather data from six elementary

schools in the Macon County School District.

In addition to identifying school policies designed to increase

students’ physical activity, the researchers will learn how school

administrators and physical education teachers meet state-mandated

policies and discover what factors help or hinder implementation of

policies by the school district.

Robinson and Wadsworth have engaged in research exploring

the connection between children’s activity levels and childhood

obesity. Nearly 36 percent of Alabama’s school-aged children are

classified as overweight, compared to 30.6 percent nationally. Nearly

half of all black children in rural Alabama are overweight or obese,

compared to 34.8 percent of white children.

Current recommendations state that children ages 5 to 18 should

engage in at least an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity

each day. A 2009 study by Action for Healthy Kids determined 70

percent of Alabama’s school-age children fail to meet the daily recommendation

for physical activity.

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Instructional leadership program

serving as catalyst for school improvement

The posters, printouts, reports and spreadsheets inside the “data

room” at Benjamin Russell High School chart the student body’s

academic progress while also demonstrating how assistant principal

Todd Haynie ’10 puts his Auburn education into practice.

Haynie, who earned a master’s degree in elementary and secondary

administration from the College of Education, learned how different

forms of data can serve as a catalyst for school improvement

Data on student performance and perceptions can help educational leaders

clearly shape their priorities.

through his studies in the Instructional Leadership Preparation

program (ILP).

As budgets tighten, enrollments swell and the standards set

forth by the “No Child Left Behind Act” toughen, the ILP program

provides K-12 administrators with the ability to lead in an increasingly

demanding environment. Based in the college’s Department

of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, the ILP

offers a master’s degree program in instructional leadership for

school principals. One of the primary components involves training

As the background poster suggests, educational leaders should dig deeper when it

comes to gathering and evaluating data.

administrators in how to set up data rooms — places where student

learning, demographic, perception and process data can be collected

and analyzed in an effort to improve academic achievement.

“There are so many variables that affect our students and the way

they learn and the things they learn,” Haynie said of his Alexander

City, Ala., school. “Only through looking at the true data over a

number of years can we identify recurring trends — good or bad —

that are influencing the academic achievement of

our students. By looking at the data with an open

mind and collaborating with others, it is possible to

see changes made that will have a positive effect on

our students and their academic performance.”

Aside from developing a better understanding of

data-driven decision making, educators from 11

regional school districts learn more about technology,

inclusiveness, community learning, reflective

practice, leadership, collaboration and communication

through the ILP program.

“We’re on the cutting edge,” said Sherida Downer,

MALS, interim head the Department of Educational

Foundations, Leadership and Technology. “We’re the

leaders in this state.”

The program, in turn, produces administrators and educators

who can provide effective leadership at the grassroots level. That

means that Haynie and other administrators at Benjamin Russell

High School are willing to have cordial but “tough conversations

with each other” regarding best practices and commonly held assumptions

about students and their learning. That means recent

graduates like Tammie Richardson ’10, a reading coach at Horseshoe

Bend School in New Site, Ala., are preaching the value of “organizational


“School systems everywhere are attempting to learn and grow

as organizations in order to meet the needs of their students,” said

Richardson, “and they have realized that they must become learners

themselves in order to do this.”

One of the ways the ILP program grooms leaders capable of

reshaping organizational culture is by enabling graduate students

to understand trends through research collaborations with College

of Education faculty. Dr. Lynne Patrick, associate professor of

educational leadership, said the program’s emphasis on data-driven

decision making “gives you a clear understanding of what your

school looks like and who your students are.”

Better yet, the constant flow of information helps teachers

deepen their understanding of what their students need and want

from them.

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College facilitates

discussion of TESOL


College of Education faculty

members and students discussed

strategies and tactics

for teaching English to Speakers

of Other Languages during

a regional conference hosted

by the university in January


The Alabama-Mississippi

Teachers of English to Speakers

of Other Languages (TES-

OL) held its annual conference

at the university, which proved

to be a major coup.

“It’s the first time in 30 years

that it’s been held in Auburn,”

said Dr. Robert Leier, assistant

professor and coordinator

of the master’s program for

English for Speakers of Other

Languages Education.

Leier earns

seed grant

Leier earned a seed grant

from the college’s Scholarship

and Innovation Committee in

support of his project exploring

the design and implementation

of English literacy

programs for families in the

Auburn, Lee County and

Opelika school systems.

i n t e r ac t i v e l e a r n i n g

Title: Associate professor and program Melody Russell

coordinator, secondary science education

Course: CTSE 4090 Curriculum and Teaching I: Science

When is it offered? Fall semester

Who takes it? Undergraduate and graduate (fifth-year alternative

master’s program) students in the secondary science education


Summer program tests creativity

of preservice teachers

As the mother of a young son

filled with boundless energy and curiosity,

Dr. Melody Russell understands

one of the secrets to capturing the

attention of a room full of children.

Mention the promise of ice cream

as a reward.

Russell, an associate professor of

secondary science education, used

the process of making homemade ice

cream as a means of unlocking the

mysteries of chemical reactions for

the pre-K and elementary-aged students participating

in the 2010 Early Childhood Summer

Enrichment Program.

By using large Ziploc bags filled with ice

cubes and salt and smaller ones containing milk,

sugar and cream, Russell and the students were

able to satisfy their dessert cravings after shaking

the ingredients for several minutes to create

firm, tasty treats. The exercise underscored the

theme of the six-week program, “Going Green is

Smart,’’ by showing the students that not everything

has to come from a can or box.

“We’ve talked a lot about recycling and

renewable energy,” said Sandy Little, a doctoral

candidate in early childhood education who

In the cl assroom

What will you learn? “In this methods course students learn and practice methods

of teaching aligned with ‘inquiry’ from the National Science Education Standards and

applied within a Learning Cycle Model for teaching as outlined in the Alabama Course

of Study Science Objectives. This course is designed to provide a ‘hands-on, minds-on,’

and experiential learning aspect to teaching science on the 6-12 grade level to students

in our program.’’

College of Education students explain the science

behind homemade ice cream.

helped coordinate the program. “It’s very handson.

We’ve been able to find a number of ways to

engage the kids.”

The program stimulated the creativity of

55 children ages 4 to 8 and provided valuable

experience for 36 preservice teachers. Elizabeth

Gattis and Madeline Goodman, both early

childhood education majors, were among the

preservice teachers who helped the children

learn about different aspects of science.

“We base it on a project approach,’’ Goodman

said. “We start off with a big idea and we

have to come up with it all on our own.”

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C u r r i c u l u m a n d T e aching

M u s i c e d u c at i o n

Kuehne’s Beethoven-based project

hits high note with music society

“Beethoven & Me,” a music education

project designed for elementary students in Notasulga,

has introduced music instruction to the

students and has earned an award for its creator.

Dr. Jane Kuehne, an assistant professor in

the Department of Curriculum and Teaching,

received the 2010 Robby D. Gunstream Education

in Music Award for her efforts to build

the instrumental and compositional skills of

elementary school students in Notasulga.

N e w fac u lt y

Through Kuehne’s project,

“Beethoven & Me,” Auburn

University music education

students and Notasulga

third- and fourth-graders

work together to create music

using a method designed

by the late German composer, Carl Orff. The

Notasulga students compose the melodies, while

the Auburn students create the arrangements.

Kuehne, who initiated “Beethoven & Me”

in spring 2009, received a $1,000 cash prize for

meeting the College Music Society’s criteria of

creating “an imaginative and exemplary program

that furthers education in music through

engagement with local or area organizations.”

The award, presented each year to a university

faculty member or unit, enabled Kuehne to buy

additional mallet and rhythm instruments for


Kuehne’s original project expanded last fall,

with Auburn music education and Notasulga

students collaborating on “Beethoven & Me:

Wolf Tales Live!” During a 6-week program,

students improvised on Orff instruments and

built their writing skills. They read stories

featuring a wolf as a primary character and

then constructed their own stories and musical

themes for characters covered in their readings.

The Auburn students created Orff-style

arrangements from the themes provided by the

elementary school students and then taught the

young musicians to play the music in preparation

for a concert that told their stories.

The “Beethoven & Me” concept has not only

provided a creative outlet for Notasulga students,

but has also provided valuable experience

for Auburn students who aspire to teach music.

Department welcomes back former

student in faculty role

Dr. Christal Pritchett, a 2004 College of

Education graduate, has returned to campus as a

faculty member in the Department of Curriculum

and Teaching.

Pritchett joined the faculty

in January as an assistant

professor of business education.

Pritchett earned her

doctorate from the college

in career technology

(business education). She

has previously taught both high school business

courses as well as college-level courses,

including classes at Southern State Community

College and Alabama A&M University, where

she was given the School of Business Researcher

of the Year Award for 2005-06. During her time

at A&M, she served as the university coordinator

and principal investigator for a pair of

research projects that received funding from the

Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, making

A&M the only historically black college to

receive the grant for two consecutive terms.

She has written and contributed to several

refereed journals and produced a number of

presentations on the use of web and distance

learning technology in the classroom. She

served as president of the Delta Pi Epsilon

Honor Society from 2007-09 and was on the

auditing committee for the Alabama Business

Education Association from 2005-09.


Strutchens takes

AMTE office

Dr. Marilyn Strutchens,

Mildred C. Fraley distinguished

professor of mathematics

education, took office as the

president of the Association of

Mathematics Teacher Educators

(AMTE) in January 2011

at the organization’s annual

meeting in Irvine, Calif.

AMTE is the largest professional

organization devoted to

the improvement of mathematics

teacher education.

Strutchens will serve a 2-year

term as AMTE’s president.

Parr earns award

as top educator

Dr. Brian Parr has been

named the Outstanding Young

Agricultural Educator by the

American Association for

Agricultural Education.

The award recognizes the top

faculty members in the profession

who have served in the

field for less than seven years.

The highly competitive process

involves peer nomination

and evaluation by a selection


Parr was recognized during

the 108th Southern Association

of Agricultural Scientists

annual convention held in

Corpus Christi, Texas, in January


“Dr. Parr has provided a

wealth of contribution to

our profession over his short

career and represents what

we hope that all young faculty

members aspire to become,”

said Dr. Jason Peake, associate

professor in the University of

Georgia’s College of Agricultural

and Environmental


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Witte appointed to

electrical industry

program development


Dr. James Witte, associate

professor and Adult and

Higher Education program

coordinator, will help develop

an advanced studies program

for the National Training

Institute (NTI).

The National Joint Apprenticeship

and Training Committee

(NJATC) for the Electrical

Industry invited Witte to

serve on the NTI Advanced

Studies Program Development

Advisory Committee, which

will help determine future

training in the field.

Created nearly 70 years ago,

the NJATC is one of the

largest apprenticeship and

training programs of its kind.

The NJATC is a joint program

of the National Electrical

Contractors Association

(NECA) and the International

Brotherhood of Electrical

Workers (IBEW). Through

their partnership, hundreds of

local programs have offered

apprenticeships and training

for residential wiremen, journeyman

linemen, journeyman

tree trimmers, journeyman

inside wiremen and telecommunication

installers and


The NECA is the management

association for electrical

contractors, while the IBEW

represents approximately

725,000 members who work

in utilities, construction,

broadcasting, manufacturing,

telecommunications, railroads

and government.

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Llanes’ higher education blog

generating discussion

The title of Dr. José Llanes’ higher education

blog sounds like a Buddhist meditation mantra.

“Oohm,’’ which actually stands for “Out of

his mind,’’ provides important context since the

creator strives to produce content that will add

clarity to discussions of higher education issues.

“I write when I have something

to say, and that’s the

topic selection,’’ said Llanes,

an economist and professor

of organization and

leadership in the college’s

Department of Educational

Foundations, Leadership and Technology. “My

criteria are that the topic must be important

and timely. Sometimes I take my lead from the

comments and write a post about it.’’

Since Llanes began posting in June 2010, the

Oohm blog has packed oomph as a place of insight

and a forum for discussion on such issues

as quality, ethics and accountability in higher

education. Llanes said part of the impetus for

starting the blog involved driving discussion

about competition in higher education — how

colleges and universities position themselves

in the marketplace to attract the quality of

students they would like to have.

Llanes said he was inspired to join the

blogosphere after speaking about strategic issues

in higher education at numerous conferences.

His site visitors include CEOs, higher

education policymakers and professors, administrators

and trustees of different universities.

“I write when I have something to

say, and that’s the topic selection.’’

“The people I sent [the blog to] are thoughtful

people and very much on target as far as

questions and observations,’’ he said. “What

surprises me is the discussion that it has elicited

among some of my colleagues who receive it.

They comment on it, challenge me on some

of my ideas and generally become engaged. I

really like that.’’

Read Jose Llanes’ blog

posts on strategic

management of higher

education at


In the cl assroom

Title: Mildred Cheshire Fraley

James Kaminsky

distinguished professor of social foundations

and Foundations Program coordinator

Course: FOUN 3000 Diversity of Learners and Settings

When is it offered? Fall semester

Who takes it? Graduate and undergraduate students in various

education fields

What will you learn? According to the course catalogue, the course will involve

“exploration of socio-cultural factors and individual differences” while helping students

build their understanding of diversity and communication with “students with different

cultural backgrounds, abilities and values.”

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Doctoral candidates learning the ropes

of educational leadership

Doctoral candidates enrolled

last fall in EDLD 8210: “Educational

Leadership Theory & Practice” received

insight into how to walk the

tightrope so many K-12 school leaders

must balance on a daily basis.

Little did they know that they

would soon be walking a tightrope

suspended 30 feet above the ground.

Dr. Lisa Kensler, assistant professor

of educational leadership, found

an unconventional but effective way

to help her students learn how to negotiate

the obstacles so many superintendents

and principals face. Kensler

took her students to the Auburn University

Challenge Course, which provides opportunities

for groups to develop communication

skills, trust, collaboration and problem-solving

abilities. The challenge course — more commonly

referred to as a “ropes course” — enables

individuals to scale “artificial mountains.’’

Participants equipped with safety helmets

and harnesses navigate a course consisting of

small suspended platforms perched atop trees

or telephone poles. They reach the stands by

climbing cargo nets and ladders and use “zip

lines’’ to travel from platform to platform. More

often than not, they rely on the encouragement

of teammates to conquer a fear of heights or of

the adrenaline-pulsing zip line journeys.

“Facing fears was a really important piece

of it,” Kensler said. “In leadership development,

we talk about how important it is for school

leaders to take risks.”

The challenge course experience served

to counter the misconception that no safety

nets exist for school leaders weighing tough

decisions that may affect student performance

and personnel development. Kensler said the

exercises demonstrated the effectiveness of

the group dynamic in problem solving and

decision making. Participants also developed

a deeper understanding of how to balance responsibility,

of knowing when to lead and when

to follow.

“My thought was that the ropes course

would address personal leadership development,

cohort cohesiveness and that it would affect

their professional development and trickle

into their work in schools — either as a teacher

with students or as a principal with faculty,”

Kensler said.

The doctoral cohort’s 4-hour team-building

and bonding experience in the woods yielded

scholarly work and reflection, as well as professional

development. A group of students delivered

a presentation about their experience at an

Alabama Association of Professors of Educational

Leadership conference in February.

“The tenets of the ropes course allow

direct application to education’s

toughest problems,” said doctoral candidate

Quebe Bradford, a ninth-grade

pre-Advanced Placement English

teacher at Jefferson Davis High School

in Montgomery. “… The ropes course

allows participants to couple theory

with practice.”


Groccia discusses


development at

overseas conference

Dr. James Groccia, an associate

professor in the

Department of Educational

Foundations, Leadership and

Technology, presented the

keynote address at a January

2011 conference in Tartu,


The event, organized by the

Estonian Ministry of Education

and the European Union’s Primus/Archimedes


focused on university teaching.

Groccia, director of the Biggio

Center for Enhancement

of Teaching and Learning,

spoke about the professional

development of university


The conference focused on

the broader topic of higher

education quality in Europe,

and also covered the integration

of research and teaching.

Organizers placed an emphasis

on inspiring university professors

to explore and improve

their instructional skills.

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AAHPERD awards

research fellowship

to Robinson

Dr. Leah Robinson, assistant

professor of motor behavior

in the Department Kinesiology,

was among 11 candidates

welcomed as Research

Consortium Fellows at the

Alliance for Health, Physical

Education, Recreation and

Dance (AAHPERD).

Robinson and the other new

fellows were recognized at

the organization’s annual

convention in San Diego. She

is one of approximately

375 fellows in the Research

Consortium, whose total

membership consists of more

than 5,500 research scholars

and members of AAHPERD.

Research Consortium Fellows

are selected based on their

publication record, research

presentations and the quality

of their scholarship.

Robinson, a member of the

College of Education faculty

since 2007, has focused much

of her work on early childhood

motor behavior and

relationship between activity

and childhood obesity levels.

The AAHPERD advances,

promotes and distributes

research involving physical

education, recreation, health

and dance. It represents the

largest organization supporting

and assisting individuals

involved with each of those


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Opelika basketball players gain insight

into science behind their sport

The videotape doesn’t lie.

Members of the Opelika High School boys

and girls basketball teams crowded around a

monitor in Dr. Wendi Weimar’s Biomechanics

Lab and watched intently as she reviewed video

footage of players shooting jump shots.

Weimar’s critiques were so thorough, in fact,

that some players started to jokingly refer to

her as the “mean lady with the camera.” Sloppy

fundamentals, whether in the form of a splayed

elbow, poorly-timed jump or clumsy follow

through, were caught on camera.

Opelika High School boys basketball coach

John Wadsworth brought his players to the

Department of Kinesiology’s labs for a second

consecutive year to sharpen their shots as well

as their focus on academics. Girls basketball

coach Devin Booth and her team joined in for

a tour of laboratories, interaction with Kinesiology

professors and students and fun skill

challenges that tested everything from hand-eye

coordination to balance.

“I think the best thing is just getting them to

a college campus and letting them see that there

are other things going on besides basketball

games and football games,” Wadsworth said.

His wife, Dr. Danielle Wadsworth, assistant

professor of health promotion and director of

the college’s Physical Activity Promotion Laboratory,

arranged the visit to help the studentathletes

better understand the science behind

their sport. They also learned about the different

career paths the Department of Kinesiology prepares

students to follow.

“I think it really helps them connect what

they do sport-wise as a science and think a bit

more about what they do,” she said. “They understand

how throwing a ball at a target on the

wall will make them a better free throw shooter.”

In one lab, players raced against the clock in

a manual dexterity exercise. Others tested their

hand-eye coordination by throwing tennis balls

at a small target mounted to a wall or by bouncing

the ball off the wall and catching it with one


Dr. Shakela Johnson-Ford ’07, assistant

principal at Opelika High School, accompanied

the teams on their visit and even participated in

some of the physical challenges. Johnson-Ford,

who earned a doctoral in education administration

from the college, said the lab experiences

proved to be as much fun for the players as their

time on the basketball court.

In the cl assroom

Title: Director, TigerFit

Jim McDonald

Course: PHED 1300-2 Triathlon Training

When is it offered? Spring semester

Who takes it? Anyone interested in competing in their first triathlon.

The only prerequisite is the ability to swim four lengths in an

Olympic-sized swimming pool

What will you learn? “The course is designed to take someone who is out of shape to

the point where they can complete a spring triathlon (300- to 400-yard swim, a 12- to

15-mile bicycle ride and a 3- to 4-mile run) and have fun doing it. The class meets three

days per week, but the students are expected to complete six workouts per week

(two swims, two runs, two bicycle rides). When they finish, they have learned the rules

of triathlon, built the stamina to complete a race and hopefully have discovered that

this is a great sport.”

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A N e w H o m e

Department eager to settle

into new facilities

The Department of

Kinesiology will soon

have facilities to match

its sparkling reputation

for performing vital


In addition to the

university’s new Magnetic

Resonance Imaging

Research Center, which

opened in spring 2011,

faculty can also look

forward to the construction of a new Department

of Kinesiology building on a site formerly

occupied by Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures

near Wire Road and adjacent to the outdoor

swimming complex. Dr. Mary Rudisill, department

head, said the building should be open in

time for the fall 2012 semester. She expressed

gratitude to the university’s Board of Trustees,

as well as Provost Mary Ellen Mazey and

Dean Betty Lou Whitford, for their support in

obtaining state-of-the-art facilities.

“We’re really excited that we’re going to be

in a building that is really built to meet our

needs,” she said. “We see ourselves advancing.

It’s going to help in terms of student and faculty

recruitment. We appreciate the support of the

college and university. We feel as though they’re

seeing our potential and supporting that. We’re

going to live up to it. We want to thank everybody

for believing in us.”

The Department of Kinesiology building

will consist of 58,000-square feet of research

and office space. Faculty will use classroom

space in the Student Activities Center, which

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Tina Gottesman

Associate I - Financial

Lauren Einhorn

Administrative Support

Associate I - Academic

will be renovated and transformed into a Wellness

& Sustainability Center. That building will

include such amenities as a dance studio and

weight room.

Rudisill said Dr. David Pascoe, Humana-

Germany-Sherman distinguished professor

and director of the Thermal and Infrared Lab,

served as the department’s point person in

communicating needs to the architects, Infinite

Architecture and ThreeSixty Architecture.

“The university was very careful to first

assess our department teaching, research and

outreach needs,” Pascoe said. “The building

has been designed to meet our current faculty

needs, and the spaces have been designed to accommodate

other faculty if and when vacancies

arise. The building is designed from a program

focus more than from an individual faculty


The newly completed MRI Research Center,

located at the university’s research park, will offer

space for the department’s research relating

to gait analysis, posture analysis, post-surgery

performance and rehabilitation, exercise prescription

and adherence, sports performance

testing and assessment and sports psychology.

It will also serve the Warrior Research Center

(see related story, page 32).

Rudisill said the new facilities should help

the department solidify its position in the

National Academy of Kinesiology’s ranking of

doctoral programs.

“We have a goal to be in the top 15 and we

think we can get there with the MRI building

and the new facility,” she said.


ALSDE awards

funding for physical

activity study

Drs. Danielle Wadsworth

and Leah Robinson earned a

$5,000 Alabama State Department

of Education grant in

support of their collaboration

examining approaches

to physical education at the

preschool level.

Their project is entitled “Increasing

Preschoolers’ Physical

Activity and Time On-task

using Structured Classroombased

Physical Activity

Breaks.” The study will evaluate

the effect classroom-based

physical activity breaks have

on preschool-age children’s

physical activity levels during

the school day and on-task

behavior during instruction


Quindry earns

seed grant

Dr. John Quindry, director

of the Cardioprotection

Research Laboratory, earned a

seed grant from the college’s

Scholarship and Innovation


His project relates to heart

attack protection and how

“natural opioids” prevent

heart attack damage.

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Project earns

ALSDE grant

A research and outreach

collaboration involving Drs.

Jamie Carney, Caroline Dunn

and Kathy Robinson earned

a $5,000 grant from the

Alabama State Department of


Their project is entitled

AuburnVoices: Developing

Advocacy and Leadership

Skills among Students in the

College of Education.” Carney,

Dunn and Robinson are

working together to provide

grant writing, advocacy and

leadership training for student

leaders within the College of


The AuburnVoices program

mobilizes the college’s student

organizations in collaborative

projects to assist at-risk

schools. To learn more about

AuburnVoices, read the article

on page 27.

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Department changes name,

but not its acronym

The Department of Special Education,

Rehabilitation and Counseling/School Psychology

has changed its name to the Department of

Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling.

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education

gave final approval to the name change in

March 2011.

The department serves more than 400

students who are enrolled in undergraduate,

t e c h s av v y

University hosts first

assistive technology conference

Auburn University provided an invaluable

forum for innovators and consumers when it

hosted the first Alabama Assistive Technology

Expo and Conference in October 2010.

The two-day event, sponsored by Auburn’s

Office of Professional and Continuing Education,

the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation

Services and the Auburn University Center for

Disability Research and Service, provided a

showcase for products, practices and services

available to individuals with disabilities.

Assistive technology includes mobility

devices, such as wheelchairs and walkers, and

hardware like video phones for the hearing

impaired or text readers for individuals with

limited vision. Such tools can prove essential

master’s level and doctoral programs.

The department’s academic programs are

accredited by the Council for the Accreditation

of Counseling-Related Educational Programs

(CACREP), the Alabama State Department of

Education (ALSDE) and the Council on Rehabilitation

Education (CRE).

for individuals with disabilities in maximizing

employment, education and recreation opportunities.

The conference, held with support from the

Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation

and Counseling, also offered an opportunity

to educate the public about the university’s

research work as well as emerging technology.

Robert Rummel-Hudson, author of Schuyler’s

Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless

Daughter, served as the conference’s keynote

speaker. His book tells the story of raising a

child with a disability and striving to meet her


In the cl assroom

Title: Project director

Kelly Brumbeloe

Course: RSED 3000 Diversity and Exceptionality of Learners

When is it offered? Fall, spring and summer semesters

Who takes it? Undergraduate students majoring in all areas of


What will you learn? “In RSED 3000, future teachers learn about students with disabilities.

They learn about legislation impacting services for students in special education,

characteristics of students with various disabilities and strategies to use when

working with students with disabilities.”

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CATTS Program preparing secondary

special education teachers to meet challenge

A new graduate program in the College of Education will help

fill the state’s need for secondary special education teachers capable

of assisting youth with disabilities who reside in high-need areas.

The Collaborative Approach to Training Transition Specialists

(CATTS) Program prepares scholars to be multi-faceted professionals

capable of serving students with disabilities in a number of

different ways. Graduates of the master’s program receive training

focused on research-based transition practices designed to improve

outcomes for youth with disabilities.

“We have five students right now and just interviewed four

more,” said Dr. Karen Rabren, who serves as co-director of the program

along with Dr. Caroline Dunn.

The program, one of just six of its kind nationally, will grow to

prepare 32 scholars for work in secondary transition programs. The

introduction of the CATTS Program couldn’t come at a more opportune

time, according to numerous state policymakers and special

education experts.

“We need more highly qualified teachers, and we need teachers

who have had specialized training in transition and in services for

students who require more individualized attention,” said Daniel

Roth, education specialist for the Alabama State Department of


The CATTS Program receives guidance from an advisory group

representing a variety of transition stakeholders. CATTS scholars

develop expertise in transition and collaboration while immersing

themselves in research on effective practices. The coursework

prepares them to collaborate with transition professionals and stakeholders,

including students with disabilities, parents and relatives.

In addition to completing a master’s degree in collaborative teacher

special education, scholars will meet the state’s requirements for

highly qualified collaborative teacher education.

The program serves as one example of how the Department of

Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling has established

Gov. Robert Bentley supports Transition Awareness Month.

itself as a nationally recognized hub for transition-related research

and scholarship. The Auburn Transition Leadership Institute (ATLI)

recently hosted the 21st annual Alabama Transition Conference,

drawing nearly 600 attendees for seminars and speakers focused

on helping young adults with disabilities realize their education,

employment and lifestyle ambitions.

“In our country, what an individual with a disability can do

is really unlimited, particularly with assistive technology and the

natural support of individuals,” Rabren said. “We have the legislation

in place to support those activities. It’s about getting beyond the

stigmas and stereotypes associated with disability.”

Rabren and ATLI outreach administrator Diane Glanzer visited

the state capital in February to meet with Gov. Robert Bentley and

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. Bentley signed a proclamation

designating March as Transition Awareness Month in Alabama.

Rabren said it reinforces “that individuals with disabilities, when

given the chance and opportunity and with supports as needed, can

be integrated in the community as contributing members of society.”

“They just want the opportunity,’’ she added. “Sometimes there’s

too much associated with the disability rather than the abilities these

individuals possess.”

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Holly Brigman

Program Evaluator


Center for Disability

Research and Service

Deborah Henthorne

Doris Hill

Administrative Support Coordinator of Autism

Assistant I - Academic Research and Community

Auburn Transition Supports & Instructor

Leadership Institute Center for Disability

Research and Service

Gregory Jones

Information Technology

Specialist III

Auburn Transition

Leadership Institute

Kathy Robinson

Visiting Assistant


Anita Smith

Administrative Support

Assistant I - Academic

Center for Disability

Research and Service

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T ru m a n P i e rc e I n s t i t u t e


Reed selected

as juror for



Dr. Cindy Reed, director of

the Truman Pierce Institute,

served as a juror for the Brock

International Prize in Education

program administered by

the University of Oklahoma.

Reed, a professor in the

Department of Educational

Foundations, Leadership and

Technology, was one of nine

jurors who helped determine

the 2011 Brock Laureate.

Reed is nationally recognized

for her expertise in leadership

development and educational

reform. She serves as a commissioner

on the Alabama

Select Commission on High

School Retention and Drop

Out Prevention and is associate

editor of the Journal of

School Leadership.

The Brock International

Prize in Education recognizes

individuals for specific

contributions and innovations

related to the science and art

of education, including new

teaching techniques, discoveries

of new learning processes

or organization of schools and

school systems. The winners

receive $40,000, a certificate

and bust of Sequoyah, the first

Native American to develop

an alphabet.

The award is named for

Oklahoma natives John A. and

Donnie V. Brock. John serves

as chairman of the board

for Medallion Petroleum,

while Donnie taught elementary

school in Oklahoma and


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Truman Pierce Institute leads local

students’ exploration of Auburn

In talking to a group of high

school students from Loachapoka last

fall, Auburn University sophomore

Brittany Grant introduced them to

the ABCs of college life.

Ambition, belief and commitment.

“Every student can benefit by recognizing

that if they want something,

they can achieve it by using that drive,” said

Grant, a sophomore English and theater major

who works in the Truman Pierce Institute (TPI).

Grant unveiled her guiding acronym during

an event known by a capital letter code of its

own, L.E.A.D. Loachapoka’s Exploring Auburn

Days, held in November 2010, enabled 25 high

school students to tour campus, learn about

academic programs and hear from faculty

members and students. The students especially

enjoyed their interactions with Grant and fellow

TPI staff member and Auburn student Lacorious

North, both of whom are graduates of


“Because I am so close to their age group, it’s

easier to connect because they feel comfortable

coming to me for advice,” Grant said. “I hope

I can instill in them a drive toward their goals

by helping them find what they are passionate


In addition to being in a position to serve

as mentors, Grant and North were also able

Loachapoka’s Exploring Auburn Days exposed students to faculty

and administrators.

to listen to and occasionally quell some of the

students’ fears about the future. Some expressed

concern over being able to afford college or gain

admission to their university of choice.

“High school is basically not knowing what

is next,” said Dr. Cindy Reed, director of the

Truman Pierce Institute. “We want them to

learn enough to make informed choices.”

Reed said it’s important for the Loachapoka

students to meet individuals like Grant and

North, who grew up in the same community

and attended the same school before continuing

their educations at Auburn.

“The kids who graduate from Loachapoka

and come here, particularly those who are interested

in education, we hire them in TPI and

have them work on our student programs,” Reed

said. “We’re interested in growing some more


Full house

The Truman Pierce Institute draws a

crowd to campus events like the Building

Individual Capacity for Success Winter

Conference. The event’s theme was

“Leadership, Scholarship, Service: Sculpting

Today into a Brighter Tomorrow.’’’

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UNC selects Whitford

for alumni award

New College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford thought

her involvement in her alma mater’s anniversary celebration

would consist of introducing the keynote speaker.

However, her visit to the University of North Carolina’s

School of Education in September 2010 involved a second trip

up on stage.

Whitford accepted the school’s Alumni Achievement Award

during its 125th anniversary celebration.

“I really was surprised and very pleased,”

said Whitford, who began her tenure as Auburn’s

education dean and Wayne T. Smith

distinguished professor on Aug. 1.

“One committee planning the event had

contacted me about introducing the keynote

speaker. About three weeks later, I got a

letter from the director of alumni affairs congratulating me on

being selected for the alumni achievement award. I thought

somebody in the office had mixed it up.”

The UNC School of Education annually presents its Alumni

Achievement Award to graduates who exemplify its “commitment

to support diverse and democratic communities in order

to improve education in the state and nation for all children and

the adults who care for them.”

Whitford, who previously served as the dean of the College

of Education and Human Development at the University of

Southern Maine, has certainly fulfilled that requirement over

the course of her career. In addition to teaching undergraduate

and graduate students, Whitford has served as a consultant

for numerous school districts, as well as school and university

partnerships. She also held academic and research positions at

Columbia University, the University of Louisville and UNC.

She has served as an advisor to the John S. and James L.

Knight Foundation, the National Council for Accreditation

of Teacher Education’s Professional Development Schools

Standards Project, the U.S. Office for Educational Research and

Improvement, the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Arts

Education Partnership, the Appalachian Educational Laboratory,

the Lucent Technologies Foundation and the Schlechty

Center for Leadership in School Reform. The latter center was

founded by former UNC faculty member and associate dean of

education Phil Schlechty.

Whitford, a native of New Bern, N.C., earned a bachelor’s

degree in social studies education, a master’s in teaching in

political science and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction

and sociology of education during her time in Chapel Hill.

“They sort of have to claim me,” Whitford joked.

Graduate students gain

insight into experiences

of female faculty members

Four female faculty members shared their

experiences as researchers, teachers and

leaders during a February 2011 discussion

hosted by the Dean’s Office.

The event, entitled “Women in the Academy,”

was open to all graduate students as

a means for them to gain insight into what

factors go into becoming a faculty member

in the College of Education.

The guest speakers at the event were

(pictured from top to bottom) Drs. Wendi

Weimar, Melody Russell, Caroline Dunn

and Margaret Shippen.

Weimar, an associate professor in the Department

of Kinesiology, serves as director

of the Sport Biomechanics Laboratory.

Russell is an associate professor and

program coordinator of secondary science

education in the Department of Curriculum

and Teaching.

Dunn, a professor in the Department of

Special Education, Rehabilitation and

Counseling, is the founder and director of

the secondary special education master’s

degree program.

Shippen is an associate professor in the Department

of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling.

2011 Spring Awards

Check the College of Education

website – education.auburn.edu – in

April for information on the 30th

Annual Awards & Recognition

ceremony honoring outstanding students, faculty

members and staff. The college’s awards luncheon

is scheduled for April 27.

2011 Keystone Leader

Since 2003, the College of Education’s

Keystone Leader-in-Residence has

introduced students to successful

leaders in education, government,

human services, business, community services and

health services. Check the college’s website –

education.auburn.edu – for an update on which

alum has been selected as the 2011 Keystone

Leader. This year’s program will be held during the

fall semester.

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A Message

f ro m t h e Chair

With the completion of this spring’s National

Advisory Council meeting in April,

I will be concluding my service as chair of

the National Advisory Council.

Needless to say, it has been a wonderful and meaningful

experience! Working with both Dr. Frances Kochan

and Dean Betty Lou Whitford during their respective

times as dean, as well as the college’s faculty, staff and

Student Ambassadors, has been a highlight.

Thanks to each of you for your support, help, encouragement

and friendship. You have certainly been a large part of my life the past

five years while serving as your chair. You will certainly not be forgotten! Blessings

to each of you.

To our alumni and friends who make so much of what is achieved by the

college possible, thanks to you as well. It has been an extreme honor working on

the behalf of you and our thousands of Education alumni in serving the college

in this manner. You have much to be proud of in the tireless efforts of our faculty

and staff, and amazing achievements of our students and your fellow alumni.

Warmest regards, and War Eagle!

James “Jim” Manley ’60

Chair, National Advisory Council

Celebrating a legacy

As part of the celebration of the deanship of Dr. Frances Kochan, National Advisory

Council chair Jim Manley presented Kochan with a plaque to commemorate

a new fund for excellence established in her honor. The fully funded Frances K.

Kochan Endowed Fund for Excellence, which will provide financial support for

College of Education students, was created through personal gifts by council

members, then expanded to include support from faculty, staff, students, alumni

and friends to honor Kochan. To learn how to make additional gifts to the fund,

contact the college’s Development Office at 334.844.5793.

Council taps

‘sustainers’ to help

support student-led

advocacy, outreach

Since the inception of the college’s National

Advisory Council in the late 1980s, more than

100 alumni and friends of the college have served,

or are currently serving, the college through this

volunteer capacity. To reconnect past members,

the council recently created a “sustaining member”

status available to council members who

have “retired” from the council in previous years.

Just as current council members contribute

each year to provide seed funding for faculty

research “mini-grants,’’ sustaining members have

been invited to assist with funding new grant

efforts — with student leaders being the ones

seeking the use of these funds.

Through the efforts of Internal Relations

Committee chair Susan McIntosh Housel ’73, the

council has established funding opportunities

for projects that develop student leadership and

create opportunities for service learning. These

projects further the commitment to volunteer

service fostered through academic coursework

and student organization service. Such a commitment

leads students to opportunities for advocacy

and outreach on behalf of schools and community

organizations for which this type of support

is critical.

The council’s advocacy and outreach focus is

built on the foundation created by the college’s

AuburnVoices program (see page 27). Auburn-

Voices’ framework for developing advocacy in

action also creates a structure for the college’s

students and faculty to receive training in leadership,

mentoring and grant-writing. Leaders in

the college’s 15 student organizations and specific

classes can pursue these “mini-grants” as they

seek to assist schools, community agencies and


For more information,

or to view the council’s

current sustaining

members and future

funded projects, visit



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NAC Council

Executive Committee

James “Jim” Manley ’60

Council Chair

Retired banker,

SunTrust Bank

Oneonta, Ala.

Dr. Thomas N.

Taylor ’60

Chair, Academic Affairs


constultant and retired


Clinton, Miss.

Col. Hollis Messer

(US Army-Ret.) ’55

Chair, Development


ONO Realty

Orange Beach, Ala.

William D . “Bill”

Langley ’63


External Relations

Business owner,

Sidewinder Inc.

Columbus, Ga.

Susan McIntosh

Housel ’73


Internal Relations


elementary educator

Auburn, Ala.

Council Members

Dr. Tim Alford ’68

Exec. director,

Alabama Construction

Recruitment Inst.

Pelham, Ala.

H. Gray Broughton ’05



Counselor, Broughton

Associates Inc.

Richmond, Va.

Donna Carpenter

Burchfield ’71

Attorney and



Atlanta, Ga.

Nancy Culpepper

Chancey ’62


CH&B Inc.

Enterprise, Ala.

Dr. Cynthia

Ann Cox ’77

Special Education

Teacher, Coronado

Unified School


Coronado, Calif.

Dr. Nathan L.

Hodges ’74

President, Bowling

Green Technical


Bowling Green, Ky

Dr. Carol Edmundson

Hutcheson ’69

Retired principal

Columbus, Ga.

Dr. J. Terry

Jenkins ’83


Auburn City Schools

Auburn, Ala.


Rochambeau Lovell

Former school board

member, Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Hedy White Manry ’71

Retired vice president,

IBM Americas

Cornelius, N.C.

Dr. Imogene

Mathison Mixson ’63

Retired community

college academic dean

Ozark, Ala.

Dr. Byron B.

Nelson Jr. ’57

Retired school


Union Grove, Ala.

Patsy Boyd Parker ’70

Education consultant

collge adviser and

retired school


Opelika, Ala.

Dr. Harold

Patterson ’54

Retired school


Guntersville, Ala.

Roderick Perry ’95

Sr. Assoc. Athletic

Director/Director of

Administration, Wright

State University

Athletics Department

Dayton, Ohio

Kym Haas Prewitt ’86

Exec. director,

Children’s Literacy

Guild of Ala., and

Vestavia Hills School

Board Member

Birmingham, Ala.

Dr. Frances Skinner

Reeves ’71

Retired mental

health counselor

West Point, Ga.

Elizabeth Hunter

“Libba” Russell ’64

Retired educator

and principal

Columbus, Ga.

Beth Gregory

St. Jean ’70

Supervisor, Georgia

Teacher Alternative

Preparation Program


Marietta, Ga.

Dr. Paul St. Onge ’07

Research analyst,

QinetiQ North America,

U.S. Army Combat

Readiness, Ft. Rucker

Enterprise, Ala.

Dr. Ron Saunders ’70

Retired school


Winder, Ga.

Dr. J. Carlton

Smith ’67

Retired school


Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Dr. Shirley Kelley

Spears ’71

Director, B.B. Comer

Memorial Library

Sylacauga, Ala.

Thomas Taylor ’97

Director of

Client Services,

GMR Marketing

Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. W. Mabrey

Whetstone Jr. ’73

Director, Special

Education Services,

Alabama Department

of Education

Titus, Ala.

Susan Dryden Leslie S. Woodson ’80

Whitson ’91 Business analyst, trainer/

Former White House technical writer

press secretary, EDS Corporation

Office of the Alabaster, Ala.

First Lady

Washington, D.C.

Catherine Cary

Zodrow ’72

School media

instructional assistant

and retired elementary


Auburn, Ala.

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Pruitt ’10 setting

standards for

science education

Stephen Pruitt ’10 abandoned his original career plan of

becoming an eye doctor after having his interest and imagination

captured by a chemistry class during his freshman

year of college.

In a way, Pruitt finds himself at the intersection of those two

very different disciplines in his new role as the director of science

for Achieve, a non-profit and bipartisan organization based

in Washington, D.C.

In this role, Pruitt will lead the development of the Next

Generation Science Standards. He will try to ensure that the

country’s next generation of science education standards are

formed with a clear vision.

Pruitt, who completed a doctorate in chemistry education

in 2010, will work with a core of educators and stakeholders to

develop science learning expectations for American students.

You had already worked your way into various leadership

positions with the Georgia Department of Education.

What made you want to earn a doctorate and

what was it about Auburn’s College of Education that

appealed to you?

It was always a professional goal of mine to attain a Ph.D. When

I was first deciding where I wanted to pursue my doctorate, I was

living in Peachtree City, Ga. I realized Auburn was not too far away.

What really sold it for me was [Dr.] Charles Eick [associate professor

of elementary science education], who was my major professor

and ended up being on my dissertation committee. That feeling of

support, the feeling of “we’ll do what we need to do to help you out’’

made an impression. They made it very clear that it was going to be

a rigorous degree, but they were willing to work with me as I continued

working a demanding full time job. That philosophy continued

throughout my time at Auburn when Dr. Carolyn Wallace became

my major professor. Auburn clearly focuses on supporting students

through a very demanding and challenging degree program.

What do you see as the primary challenges of your job

as director of science for Achieve?

I think the first thing to understand is that the current science

standard documents are approaching or have passed 15 years old.

It’s time for those to be revised. The country as a whole is in a different

place. So far, 30 states that have adopted the Common Core

State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. While

my effort is not technically Common Core State Standards, the

hope is that we’ll have such a good product that states will adopt

the standards. … My job is to work with a core of educators and

stakeholders such as the National Academies of Science, American

Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science

Teachers Association to develop actual learning expectations

for students.

There seems to be a lot of pessimism, of late, about

the United States’ status in terms of innovation and

scientific achievement. So much is being said about

countries like China and India. What needs to happen

for the U.S. to remain a scientific superpower?

I think the first thing is ensuring that we have a rigorous set of

expectations and standards in our country and that we open access

to all students; that students aren’t limited by race, by economics, by

an adult making a decision for them, that they have access to quality

education. It’s critical that they have an opportunity to engage in inquiry,

scientific argumentation and scientific discourse and not just

look at science as a list of facts that turns into intellectual bulimia.

You have to give a level playing field to all students around the

country. To do that, you have to partner with the leadership in each

state and with important organizations like the National Science

Teachers Association, the people who are on the ground working

with teachers.

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Is there a particular component of science education

that seems to suffer from neglect?

The importance of scientific inquiry and design, technical writing

and supporting a claim or an argument with evidence are some

things that are not always emphasized in classrooms, but those

activities are key components of what scientists do. The content

of science is always important, but a student’s ability to apply that

knowledge is our goal.

What can you take away from your experience at

Auburn and apply to your new job? It seems that

universities can play a significant role in improving science

education at the K-12 level, whether it’s through

teacher training or partnerships.

I think one of the most impressive things I’ve seen is Dr. Eick taking

time from his duties at Auburn to teach middle school science.

I mean, who does that? To have a university professor go to work

with middle school kids every day, that was just incredible to watch.

From my experience with other Auburn faculty, he reflects that

kind of spirit of wanting to be a part of the community but also of

wanting to make the community better. That’s what kind of led me

to Auburn, that feeling of commitment to content but also the commitment

to improving the educational system. University faculty

like Dr. Eick and Dr. Wallace (who did the same) are incredible

resources and have the ability to impact K-12 education if they are

engaged in the process of developing and implementing quality

science standards. It also helps me remember that my work is about

students. No matter where my career takes me, it should always be

about making the best education possible for all students.

Education alum Rouze ’85

named All-American

Teacher of the Year

Kelley Rouze ’85, a mathematics teacher at Loveless Academic

Magnet Program High School in Montgomery, Ala., has

been selected as a recipient of the All-American Teacher of the

Year Award by the National Math and Science Initiative.

Rouze, who graduated from Auburn with a degree in secondary

mathematics education, was one of 18 chosen to receive the

award in its first year. She teaches Advanced Placement (AP) calculus

and serves as a coach and mentor to other AP math teachers

in Montgomery’s five A+ College Ready program schools.

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) created

the award to recognize outstanding math, science and English

teachers for remarkable contributions to their students and profession.

The award is presented to teachers in each state participating

in NMSI’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive

Program (APTIP). Each winner received a cash award as well as

recognition at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., in May


While in D.C., Rouze was introduced to Alabama’s Congressional


Mary Boehm, president of A+ College Ready, said Rouze

exhibits all of the qualities the All-American Teacher of the Year

Award represents.

“Kelley truly makes a difference, not only for her students but

also for her teachers,’’ Boehm said in a press release. “This initiative

is about opening the doors of opportunity to more students,

and she understands the life-changing impact possible when a

teacher recognizes a student’s untapped potential.’’

Alabama Junior Academy

of Science honors biology

education alum

Dr. Mark T. Jones ’91, a graduate of the

College of Education’s biology education

program and a secondary science teacher at

Auburn’s J.F. Drake Middle School, received

a year-long appointment from the Alabama

Academy of Science.

Jones was selected for the 2010-11 Teacher

Fellow awarded by the Alabama Junior Academy of Science and

the Gorgas Scholarship Committee. Through his fellowship,

Jones will support the growth of statewide science competitions

while also encouraging increased student and teacher participation

in them.

Jones, who earned a doctorate in biology education from

the College of Education after earning bachelor’s and master’s

degrees in zoology from Auburn, serves as chair of his school’s

science program and coordinates the local and state championship-winning

Science Olympiad teams for Drake Middle School,

Auburn Junior High School and Auburn High School. He also

teaches secondary science education courses as an adjunct instructor

in the College of Education and has developed inquirybased

experiences for middle school students on behalf of the

Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative.

That background makes Jones a comfortable fit for the

Gorgas-AJAS Teacher Fellowship. His goals include developing

web-based resources for teachers and students and creating

a database of teachers interested in making presentations on

experimental design and project-based science.

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Bolton-Holifield ’90 named to

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Ruthie Bolton-Holifield ’90, a two-time Olympic gold medalist,

former WNBA All-Star and College of Education graduate, earned

induction into the 2011 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of

Fame. Bolton-Holifield, who graduated from Auburn in 1990 with

a degree in health and human performance, was one of six players,

coaches and contributors selected for the hall of fame’s 13th class.

In four seasons at Auburn, Bolton-Holifield led the Tigers to a

combined record of 119-13, including three Southeastern Conference

championships, four NCAA tournaments and two NCAA

runner-up finishes. She finished her career as the school recordholder

for most games started in a season (35) and most steals in a

game (10). Bolton-Holifield ranks fifth on the school’s all-time assist

chart (526) and holds 21st among the program’s career scoring leaders

(1,176 points).

Bolton-Holifield, a native

of McLain, Miss., was just

as prolific during a 15-year

professional career. A member

of 10 U.S. national teams, she

earned gold medals at the

1996 and 2000 Olympics and

earned top honors as USA

Basketball’s Female Athlete of

the Year in 1991.

Bolton-Holifield scored

more than 2,000 points in

her pro career, twice earning

WNBA All-Star honors.

University honors Ringer ’59 with Sheffield Award

Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer ’59, a College of Education graduate

and emeritus member of its National Advisory Council, earned the

2010 Pamela Wells Sheffield Award presented by the Office of the

President and the Auburn Athletic Department.

Presented since 1991, the award recognizes women who exemplify

the grace, character and community-minded spirit of the late

Pamela Wells Sheffield ’65, an elementary education graduate whose

husband and children also attended Auburn.

Ringer, an Auburn resident, has displayed her commitment to

the university in a number of ways. Ringer, the retired executive

director of the Georgia Advocacy Office, earned

an elementary education degree from Auburn

before earning her master’s degree in special

education and a doctorate in administration

from Georgia State University.

She was selected for the College of Education’s

Distinguished Alumna Award in 2003 and

served on the college’s National Advisory Council from 1997-2009.

“Teachers influence the future of the world,” Ringer said. “The

calling of teaching is such a blessing. To be able to help support

teachers and the College of Education and the professors who help

guide teaching, it’s just so important for the future of the world. I’m

very glad that I’ve had the opportunity to do that and I’m appreciative

of the College of Education and what it does.”

She and her husband, 1959 Engineering graduate Kenneth

Wayne Ringer, are members of the college’s Dean’s Circle. She has

been actively involved in the Auburn Alumni Association and has

also served on Auburn Magazine’s Alumni Board. Ringer has also

served as president of the Auburn men’s basketball Tip-Off Club

and as a student-athlete tutor. She is a current member of WINGS

(Women Inspiring and Nurturing Greatness in Student-Athletes)

and a member of the Tigerzone board.

Of the Pamela Wells Sheffield Award’s 18 recipients, eight have

connections to the College of Education:

• Dr. Jane Moore, the 1996 award recipient, served as a faculty

member in the Department of Kinesiology (formerly Health

and Human Performance) for 22 years.

• Dr. Jean Welsh ’85, the 1998 winner, earned her master’s degree

and doctorate from Auburn in rehabilitation and special education.

• Kym Haas Prewitt ’86, who was honored in 1999, received a

bachelor’s degree in English language arts education and serves

on the College of Education’s National Advisory Council.

• Dr. Debbie Shaw ’84, the winner in 2000, earned her master’s

degree and doctorate in higher education administration and

now serves as vice president of alumni affairs and executive

director of the Auburn Alumni Association.

• Dr. Susan Sorrells Hubbard ’87, the 2004 recipient, earned a

bachelor’s degree in home economics education, a master’s

degree in vocational and adult education and a doctorate in

education and now serves as associate dean for academic affairs

in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences.

• Sandra Bridges Newkirk, honored in 2006, recently retired

from the College of Education as an assistant professor of kinesiology

after 40 years of service.

• Carolyn Brinson Reed ’65, who won the award in 2008, earned

a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has served

Auburn through the AU Foundation Board and the Auburn

Alumni Association.

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Muschamp ’96 trying to put chomp

back into Gators

After being designated the head football coach-in-waiting

for the University of Texas, Will Muschamp ’96 will no longer

have to bide his time to run a program.

The University of Florida stepped in to hire Muschamp

in December 2010, after ultra-successful head coach Urban

Meyer stepped down due to health reasons. Muschamp, who

earned a master’s degree in adult education from the College of

Education in 1996, will follow a coach who won a pair of Bowl

Championship Series titles in six seasons.

It’s Muschamp’s first head coaching job

after 16 years as an assistant with Texas,

Auburn, LSU, Eastern Kentucky, Valdosta

State, West Georgia and the NFL’s Miami

Dolphins. The move marks a homecoming of

sorts for Muschamp, whose family lived 10

years in Gainesville during his childhood.

“This is a dream come true,” Muschamp said of his new opportunity.

“I grew up watching the Gators and whatever other SEC team

was on television. I have great memories of watching SEC football

with my father on Saturdays and playing football in the backyard

with my two brothers right here in Gainesville.”

Photo credits: UF Communications

After graduating from Georgia, Muschamp became a graduate

assistant at Auburn, working for defensive coordinators Wayne Hall

and Bill Oliver in 1995 and 1996. He returned to the Plains as defensive

coordinator in 2006, presiding over a unit that finished seventh

in the NCAA in scoring defense.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley introduced Muschamp as

the Gators’ new head coach on Dec. 11. The 39-year-old Muschamp

agreed to a five-year contract worth $2.7 million.

Werth ’95 honored for

outstanding contributions

to field of psychology

Dr. James Werth ’95, a product of the college’s

counseling psychology doctoral program,

was elected as a fellow of the Society

of Counseling Psychology, a division of the

American Psychological Association (APA),

in 2010.

Werth, professor and director of the counseling

psychology program at Radford University, also earned

diplomate status from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

He was selected as an APA fellow based on the criteria

of “unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the

field of psychology.’’ The APA bestows fellowships status to individuals

viewed as having advanced the field of counseling psychology

well beyond the normal levels conventionally expected

of professionals. Fellows are selected through peer review.

“This is an honor which only a small percentage of psychologists

attain,” said Dr. Randolph Pipes, Werth’s major professor at

Auburn. “We are very proud of Dr. Werth.”

Interesting reading

Janet B. Taylor, professor emerita, and graduates Nancy Amanda

Branscombe (’69, ’80, ’91), Jan Gunnels Burcham (’84, ’92), Lilli

Land (’80, ’82, ’89, ’98), Sandy Hollingsworth Armstrong (’90,

’00), Angela Henderson Carr (’91, ’96), and Allyson Knight Martin

(’86, ’90) recently published a book, Beyond Early Literacy: A Balanced

Approach to Developing the Whole Child. It offers a literacy

method that promotes learning across content areas.

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Prater ’70 helps history buffs reconnect

with presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt wasn’t just a president —

he was a reviver of our country’s national spirit. Bob

Prater isn’t just an entertainer — he’s an educator of

our country’s history.

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Prater ’70 graduated from

the College of Education with a bachelor’s degree in

rehabilitation services. This degree led him to Warm

Springs, Ga., where he worked at the Georgia Rehabilitation

Center (now known as Roosevelt Warm

Springs Institute). After nine years in LaGrange, Ga.,

he returned to Warm Springs in 1993 and retired

from the state of Georgia in 1998. In 1999, he and

his wife, Gloria Williamson Prater, built a house

in Warm Springs, which is also home to the Little

White House. In this setting, Prater was able to “live

in the footsteps” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

FDR first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure

for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him three years

earlier. He built the Little White House before being inaugurated as

president in 1933. Today, the Little White House serves as a popular

tourist attraction. It also served as a stage for Prater to display his

acting talents.

Prater (left) bears more than a passing resemblance to

the nation’s 32nd president.

Inside the Little

White House, Prater

transformed himself

into the famous


Prater began

volunteering at the

Little White House

in 2008. The Little

White House staff

recommended Prater

for the position of playing Roosevelt when the previous FDR enactor

retired. Prater happily accepted and has remained “President

Roosevelt” ever since. While he no longer performs at the Little

White House, he frequently speaks at schools, civic group meetings,

state parks, service organizations and various community activities.

Prater is much more than a performer.

“As an enactor, I am not an entertainer first; I am an educator,’’

Prater said. “There have been many times that students have

approached me after a performance and told me they learned more

from hearing me speak than they ever learned from a textbook.”

Last May, he gave the famous D-Day speech to the Tennessee

General Assembly and considers being asked one of his “greatest

“As an enactor, I am not an entertainer first;

I am an educator. There have been many times

that students have approached me after a

performance and told me they learned more

from hearing me speak than they ever learned

from a textbook.”

honors.” Prater also performs at the new National Infantry Museum

at Fort Benning, Ga., on federal holidays and other special events.

Prater’s role as FDR serves as an example of the endless possibilities

that exist for the educator. His story reminds us that some of

the most meaningful and memorable things we learn in life are not

learned in a classroom; they are more experiential. Prater’s willingness

to present history to the masses is much like the story of FDR

himself; it is worthy of telling and retelling.

Prater said he owes his ability and passion for education to the

courses he took while a student in the college. Prater also said his

degree has helped him “to better understand FDR’s difficulties” and

convey those difficulties to his audience.

Of course, not only are students able to learn from Prater, but

older generations are able to remember times when they actually

heard or saw President Roosevelt speak. Prater allows them the

opportunity to close their eyes and travel back to those experiences

and hear the confident and rhetorically powerful president once

again. Knowing this about his audience is what Prater describes as

one of his favorite things about doing the reenactments, which he

plans on doing as long as he is able.

FDR remains Prater’s favorite president, and he considers his

time as an enactor an opportunity to “live in [FDR’s] footsteps.”

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Change of course pays off

for college’s 2011 outstanding alumna

As a veteran of two Boston Marathons, Dr. Beverly Warren `89

can easily see the parallels between distance running and going the

distance as a university administrator.

In her current role as interim provost and vice president for

academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Warren has

found that the demands of the job often resemble those of a 26-mile

race. Both call for physical and mental stamina, careful planning

and, above all else, perseverance.

“I think there are some things that are transferable, such as setting

goals and then developing strategies to achieve them,” said Warren,

who earned a doctorate in exercise physiology from Auburn.

“In sports, you’re held accountable in a very public way for your

outcomes. I think all of that is really applicable to life as a provost.”

Warren’s ability to focus on the finish line represents one of the

reasons why she has been selected for the College of Education’s

2011 Outstanding Alumna Award. In addition to the endurance she

has displayed as an administrator, Warren has also distinguished

herself as a researcher and reinventor.

Warren began her career with a focus on the psychological and

social aspects of sports. She was fascinated by the ways in which

athletics foster social connections and build individual self-esteem.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education

from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Warren taught

at the University of Montevallo (Ala.) and served as an elementary

school physical education instructor.

She built her academic credentials, earning a master’s degree in

health and physical education from Southern Illinois University,

completing a doctoral fellowship in educational psychology at the

University of Florida and earning a doctorate in administration of

higher education from the University of Alabama.

Her career path demonstrated as much versatility as her educational

background. After serving as an associate professor and

director of women’s athletics at Montevallo from 1977-86, Warren

re-examined her goals while serving as an assistant professor and

director of graduate studies at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

“I was at Smith College and my scholarship work was more in

the area of the psycho-social basis of sport,” Warren said. “While I

2010 Wayne

McElrath ’52

2009 Dr. Joseph

Morton ’69

College of Education

O utstanding Alumni:

A look at the recipients since 2007. To see a full

list, visit education.auburn.edu/alumni/alumniawards.html.

2008 Dr. Ron

Saunders ’70

2007 Dr. J. Phillip

Raley ’71

was in Northampton, I

fell in love with marathon

training and trained

with a pretty elite group

of runners. It was a lifechanger

for me.”

Armed with a doctorate

in administration

of higher education but

interested in research

related to the science

involved in her sport of

choice, Warren reached

out to former Auburn

Kinesiology (then known

as Health and Human

Performance) department head Dr. Dennis Wilson, now retired.

He offered her an assistantship and a chance to redefine her

academic and professional interests.

“That’s when I made the transformation into exercise physiology,”

she said. “I moved from Auburn to a career in the sciences and

had many, many great experiences from that change in careers. I

think, for me, my greatest memory of Auburn is the sense of family

— the fact that Dennis Wilson took a chance on a social scientist

and said, ‘Come on, we have a place for you.’”

Warren’s experience at Auburn helped set the stage for her administrative

rise at VCU. After completing her doctorate at Auburn,

Warren went on to serve as co-director of the Human Performance

Laboratory at Appalachian State University and chair and professor

of physical education and exercise studies at Lander (S.C.) University.

Warren left to become chair and professor in the Division of

Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Virginia Commonwealth

in 2000.

Since then, she has served its School of Education as associate

dean for faculty affairs (2003-05) and as dean (2005-10). Warren became

the university’s interim provost and vice president of academic

affairs in April 2010. It has been a long race but, just as she did while

running her first Boston Marathon, Warren has learned quite a bit

about herself over the course of it.

“What I’ve found over the last 11 months is how much I’ve

enjoyed seeing the university from a broader perspective,” Warren

said. “What I’ve always enjoyed about academic leadership is sort of

being able to help connect the dots and find synergy among people

and programs. That has been magnified in this office. You facilitate

those connections into great outcomes for the individuals and programs

on a much broader scale.”

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Smith’s career

defined by integrity

and philanthropy

Healthcare CEO earns

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Auburn Alumni Association presented

the first of its Lifetime Achievement Awards

a decade ago in order to honor the extraordinary

accomplishments of graduates who

demonstrated equal balances of professional

excellence and personal integrity.

Wayne T. Smith ’68, a two-time College of

Education graduate known for his success in

the healthcare industry as well as for his philanthropy,

more than fits the criteria outlined

by the alumni association. Smith was one of

four Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

honored at a ceremony in early March.

It marked the second consecutive year that a College of Education

graduate had been selected.

Smith, who earned a bachelor’s in education and a master’s in

school administration (1969) from Auburn, and a master’s degree in

health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio,

has established himself as one of the top executives in the healthcare

field. Since answering a newspaper want ad for a position with

Humana, Inc., he has achieved success during his nearly 40-year

executive career as a leader with two Fortune 500 companies. Smith

serves as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer

of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s

leading operators of general acute care hospitals.

“He’s got such a visionary ideal about things,” Cash said. “The

window is never closed for Wayne. He’s courageous.’’ Village Photographers

of Auburn, AL

Visionary leadership

After joining Community Health Systems in 1997, the company’s

net revenue grew from $742 million to more than $13 billion in

2010 — amounting to one of the industry’s strongest records of

compound annual growth at 25 percent. Community Health Systems

affiliates own, operate or lease 130 hospitals in 29 states.

Larry Cash, executive vice president and chief financial officer

for Community Health Systems, said the company’s track record

of success stems, in large part, from Smith’s pragmatic approach to

decision making.

Neil E. Christopher ’55,

Thomas K. Mattingly ’58,

As a testament to Smith’s influence in the industry, Forrest S. McCartney ’52,

Modern Healthcare Magazine has regularly named him and Wayne T. Smith ’68

were honored with Lifetime

among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” Achievement Awards

Smith has also earned Institutional Investor’s “top CEO’’

in March.

designation several times. Smith, who transitioned to the

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Lifetime Achievement Award

About the Lifetime

Achievement Award

The Auburn Alumni Association’s

Lifetime Achievement

Award honors recipients for

outstanding achievements in

their professional lives and

recognizes their integrity and

stature. Other College of

Education graduates to earn

the award since it was first

presented in 2001 include:


Robert Kenneth Johns ’57

former president/COO of

Sea-Land, founder/CEO of

The Hampshire Management



Earl H. (Buddy) Weaver ’62

former interim VP for alumni

and development at Auburn

University, past president of

Auburn Alumni Association


James Ralph “Shug’’

Jordan ’32

former Auburn head

football coach

Wayne T. Smith watches as Vice

President Joe Biden announces a deal

with hospital associations to help pay

for healthcare reform in July 2009.

(UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

healthcare industry after serving as a captain in

the U.S. Army Medical Services Corp, served with

Humana, Inc., in a variety of capacities during a

23-year career with the company. He rose through

the ranks, becoming president, chief operating

officer and a member of the board of directors.

Committed to Helping

While healthcare leaders and customers know

Smith for his business expertise, College of

Education faculty and students know him for his

selflessness. Smith and his wife, Cheryl, also a 1968

graduate of the college, have given back to their

alma mater in numerous ways.

Smith was among the original

members of the college’s National

Advisory Council, earned the college’s

outstanding alumnus award

in 1995 and served as the college’s

inaugural Keystone Leader-in-

Residence in 2003. He has been

instrumental in supporting

academic and scholastic

achievement for students

and faculty through his past efforts as chair

of the college’s “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign

Committee and his current work on

the Auburn University Foundation Board.

Dr. Frances Kochan, who came to know

the Smiths during her time as dean, said

he’s the ideal recipient of the Lifetime

Achievement Award.

“He’s a creative thinker,” Kochan said. “He’s

a visionary leader, and he’s a person who gives

generously of his time, his energy, his talents and

his resources without any expectation of getting

anything back.”

Kochan is one of 14 current and former faculty

members who have held the title of Wayne T.

Smith distinguished professor. The professorship

was established in 1996, and is one of two

such professorships created through the generosity

of the Humana Foundation and in honor of

Smith, who saw a need for the college to have a

Smith served as chair of the college’s

“It Begins at Auburn’’ Campaign Committee.

mechanism for recruiting, rewarding and retaining

talented faculty.

“He’s a creative thinker. He’s a visionary

leader, and he’s a person who gives generously

of his time, his energy, his talents and his

resources without any expectation of getting

anything back.”

Dr. Frances Kochan

Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor

The Smith legacy also extends to students.

Since 1994, the college has presented The Humana

Foundation Endowed Scholarship in his honor.

More than 125 undergraduates have received the

scholarship since its inception, including seven in


“It’s made such a difference in who we are and

how we’re perceived by others,” Kochan said of the

professorships and scholarships. “His legacy is not

only in the giving, but in the touching of lives with

his scholarships and the opening of hearts and

pocketbooks of other people who thought, ‘Well, I

should do the same thing.’”

©2011, Harry Butler, Nashville

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College Knowledge

The College of Education

thanks its alumni and

friends for their support in

2010 and their continued

assistance in helping to build

a better future for all.


as a percent of overall giving,

calendar year 2010




4.3% 2.9%




as a percent of overall giving

calendar year 2010

Programmatic Support

Student Support .2%

Capital Support




as a percent of total donors,

calendar year 2010




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Chart reflects outright gifts,

pledges and planned gifts.

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McElrath’s generosity ensures bountiful crop

of agriscience educators

The many days R. Wayne McElrath ’52 spent following a mule

with a plow on his family’s row-crop farm in Cherokee County,

Ala., helped him gain an appreciation for hard work and for what it

means to bring essential commodities to life from the soil.

More than anything, however, McElrath developed an understanding

for what education meant and where it could take him.

“I realized at an early age that if I was going to improve myself,

I was going to have to get a good education,” said McElrath, an Albertville,

Ala., native who earned a degree in agricultural education

from Auburn.

Education may have improved McElrath, an Army veteran who

built a successful career with Ralston Purina before starting his own

Shirley ’00 and Rogers ’94

join Office of Development

The College of Education’s Office of Development has added two

additions to its staff.

Mary Shirley ’00 now serves as the college’s second director of

development, while Kelly Rogers ’94 joined the staff full-time as a


Mary Shirley graduated from Auburn with a

degree in wildlife science. During her time as a

student, Shirley organized several fundraisers

for outdoor activities which led to her career

in development. This included the position of

development manager for the Western Carolina

Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

She has also worked in outdoor retail, outdoor education and

as a lead kayak instructor. Shirley has also served as vice president

of membership for the West Carolina Chapter of the Association of

Fundraising Professionals and as the annual fund manager for the

Junior League of Asheville.

She is currently working on a master’s degree in philanthropy

and development through St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Kelly Rogers, a Jackson, Ala., native, graduated

from Auburn with a degree in criminal justice.

After working for a private investigator, she

joined the college’s staff as a temporary employee

in 2009 and became a permanent employee

in November 2010. Rogers’ responsibilities

include handling travel arrangements, processing

donor gifts, overseeing stewardship, planning donor functions

and performing other large and small scale tasks in support of the

development officers.

business, McElrath

Farms. But for the

better part of his life,

McElrath has spent a

considerable amount

of time and money

trying to improve the

lives of others.

McElrath’s legacy

will ultimately include

the cultivation of untold numbers of agriscience educators.

His generosity has created a pair of scholarships in the College of

Education — the R. Wayne McElrath Endowed Scholarship in Agriscience

Education and the R. Wayne & Faye McElrath Endowed

Scholarship. His generous planned gift of $1.2 million will create

a plethora of opportunities for future generations of agriscience

education students at Auburn.

The R. Wayne McElrath Endowed Scholarship in Agriscience

Education was awarded for the first time in 2008. This scholarship

is available to outstanding agriscience undergraduate students or

master’s candidates.

The R. Wayne & Faye McElrath Endowed Scholarship in the

College of Education, which will be presented in coming years

as part of the “Spirit of Auburn Scholarship Program,’’ provides

four-year renewable assistance for incoming freshmen with stellar

academic credentials.

“Mr. McElrath’s contribution to our program represents the

value that agricultural education holds for professionals in the

agricultural sector of our state,” said Dr. Brian Parr, assistant professor

of agriscience education in the Department of Curriculum

and Teaching. “Because of this gift, many young men and women

will be afforded the opportunity to pursue a degree in agriscience

education and, ultimately, an agriscience teaching position.”

McElrath, a member of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association/Poultry

Hall of Fame and the Agricultural Alumni Association

Hall of Honor, earned the College of Education’s Outstanding

Alumnus Award in 2010.

Parr said McElrath’s decision to endow another scholarship will

have a lasting effect in Alabama.

“These newly minted teachers will be responsible for educating

the youth of our state concerning the importance, value and highly

technical nature of agriculture in the 21st century,” Parr said. “This

gift will help us attract a greater number of high-quality students to

fill the ever-growing demand for agriscience educators in Alabama.”

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Students benefit from five new

scholarship opportunities in 2010

Newly awarded scholarships provided support for eight students

during the 2010-11 academic year.

The Alma Holladay Fund for Excellence, the Elaine Moore Jackson

Annual Scholarship, the Coach Wayne and Charmian Pope Distinguished

Endowed Scholarship, the Barbara M. Price and Richard

A. Price Endowed Scholarship and the Layne Reynolds Endowed

Scholarship were each awarded for the first time during the college’s

annual scholarship ceremony in August 2010. Here’s a look at the

awards and the people who made them possible:

Alma Holl aday Endowment for

the College of Education

A three-time Auburn University graduate who earned a master’s degree

in education, Alma Holladay ’41 didn’t enroll at the university

immediately after her high school graduation because her parents

couldn’t afford the $50 per year tuition fee at the time. Holladay, a

child of the Great Depression, never forgot the fact that her parents

saved and prepared for the day when they could.

Holladay, who passed away in 2009 at age 93, used her education

to help families develop successful households. She was a

home demonstration agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension

Service, serving Conecuh, Baldwin and Russell counties before

retiring in 1971. The Alma Holladay Endowment provides funds for

excellence in the College of Education.

El aine Moore Jackson Annual Schol arship

Kenneth Jackson Sr. and Gail

Pate Jackson established this

scholarship in honor of Kenneth’s

mother, the first college graduate

from her family. Elaine Moore

Jackson taught high school

mathematics for 34 years and counted two of her three children as

students. She retired in 1997 while serving as a department chair for

one of the largest public high schools in Georgia.

The Elaine Moore Jackson Annual Scholarship provides support

for first-generation college attendees and members of historically

underrepresented ethnic groups.

Coach Wayne and Charmian Pope

Distinguished Endowed Schol arship

Established by Daniel and Marcia Pate, this scholarship honors two

educators who had a profound effect on Daniel’s life.

Coach Wayne Pope began his teaching career at North Brewton

School in 1955 and married Charmian Deuel. They shared a passion

for teaching during their 40-year marriage. Coach Pope taught and

coached basketball at Conecuh County High School in Castleberry,

Ala., from 1958 until 1971, when he became principal. He also

served 12 years as superintendent of Conecuh County Schools before

retiring in 1988. Coach

Pope passed away in 1996.

Daniel Pate credits Coach

Pope for instilling in him a

value of education. Coach

Pope helped Pate earn

baseball and basketball

scholarships to Snead Junior College in Boaz, Ala. Pate eventually

transferred to Auburn University and graduated with a degree in

mathematics education in 1966.

The Coach Wayne and Charmian Pope Distinguished Endowed

Scholarship provides full tuition for two years to an education student

hailing from Conecuh or Escambia County.

Barbara M. Price and Richard A . Price

Endowed Schol arship

Early childhood education

alumna Barbara Mosteller Price

’83 and her husband, Lt. Richard

“Al” Price ’83, a building science

alumnus, created this scholarship

to help early childhood education

students. Mrs. Price’s career spanned more than 25 years, five states

and grades K-2. She taught in public, private and parochial settings

and now serves as the lead kindergarten teacher at a private school

in Panama City, Fla.

Lt. Price, who served 20 years in the Air Force, put his education

to use with two large international construction firms and later as an

independent consultant working with clients nationwide. In addition

to providing assistance for students in the College of Education,

the Prices endowed a scholarship for the McWhorter School of

Building Science.

L ayne Reynolds Endowed Schol arship

Layne Reynolds was honored by

her niece, her seven nephews and

their wives with the creation of

this scholarship on the occasion

of her 85th birthday.

Reynolds, a Greenville native,

worked for the State of Alabama welfare agency for more than 40

years, where she saw first-hand the value of an education. Reynolds

saw her brother, six nephews, two of their spouses and four of their

children graduate from the university. This scholarship is awarded as

part of the “Spirit of Auburn Scholarship Program,” which provides

four-year renewable scholarships for incoming freshmen based on

high academic achievement.

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Named for the year in which the Department of Education

(now the College of Education) was established,

the 1915 Society recognizes donors whose lifetime

contributions and commitments to the college have

reached a cumulative total of $25,000 or more (including

outright gifts, pledges and planned gifts).

Recognizing donors at

$1,000,000 or more

Recognizing donors from

$100,000 to $499,999

Recognizing donors from

$25,000 to $99,999

calendar year 2010

To see a full list of

1915 Society members, visit


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calendar year 2010








Patrons of the Keystone believe that education is central

to building a better future for all. Patrons of the Keystone

demonstrate their support of the College of Education by

committing a multi-year pledge of financial support to

the Dean’s Circle Fund. Each year, donations to the Dean’s

Circle Fund provide the resources necessary for the college

to exceed current levels of excellence in advancing

its tri-fold mission of academic instruction, research

and outreach.


All alumni and friends of the College of

Education are invited to become Patrons of

the Keystone by committing a pledge of at

least $1,000 per year for a minimum of three

consecutive years.

To join as a Patron of the Keystone or learn more

about the Dean’s Circle, please contact Molly

McNulty at molly.mcnulty@auburn.edu

or 334.844.5793.























To see a full list of the

Patrons of the Keystone, visit





“The Auburn College of Education has a history of

being on the cutting edge of conducting research,

providing instruction, developing practical strategies

and designing technological devices for

D E A N ’ S


people with disabilities. ‘Family’ support through

contributions, participation and encouragement

will solidify Auburn’s influence in these fields of

specialization. Involvement as a part of the alumni

family shows that we are ‘ALL IN’ to ensure that

people regardless of their disability may have the

opportunity to excel in their chosen professions.

War Eagle!”


Why did I join the

Dean’s Circle?














Dr. Jo Anne Hamrick

Coggins ’75

Birmingham, Ala.




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Dr. Joyce Reynolds

Ringer ’59

Auburn, Ala.



Ken Ringer ’59

Auburn, Ala.

The Auburn University College of Education has established

The Honor Roll — a permanent listing of individuals

who have been recognized by current or former

students, colleagues, family members or friends through a

charitable contribution of $500. The Honor Roll is a fund

created to commemorate the significant roles of educators

in our lives and are used to provide student and faculty


Why do I support

The Honor Roll?

“Joyce loved teaching and her students

loved her. This is one way I can honor her

years as a teacher and the Auburn University

College of Education.’’

calendar year 2010

What did inclusion on

The Honor Roll

mean to me?

“What a wonderful surprise and honor to

receive the notice that Ken had made me

a member of the COE Honor Roll — I do

so value my years as an educator and am

pleased to join the others who’ve been

honored by family, friends and former students.’’

There are several special occasions and

reasons to honor an educator/mentor in

your life:

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Hanukkah,

Christmas, birthday, anniversary,

retirement, new job or graduation

To say “thanks” to that special person, please

contact Molly McNulty at molly.mcnulty@

auburn.edu or 334.844.5793.

Inductees receive these tokens of recognition.

To see a full list

of the Honor Roll, visit


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The Auburn University College of Education expresses

its gratitude to the many alumni, friends and organizations

who are key contributors to the college and

its mission. This support helps the college in building

better futures for all through its academic, research

and outreach initiatives. This list of contributors recognizes

cumulative calendar year outright or planned

gifts made to the College of Education during 2010.

Pillars of Trust

recognizing donors who

have contributed at

least $1,000 and more

American Chemical Society

Mr. & Mrs. John

Howard Anderson

AT&T Foundation 1915

Auburn City Board of Education

Dr. Jim Bannon &

Dr. Susan Bannon DC

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Mr. Herman G. Broughton DC

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Burkholder

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Burson DC

Mrs. Nancy

Tilden Campbell DC

Mrs. Nancy C.

Chancey 1915 DC

Dr. Elizabeth S. Cheshire DC

Mrs. Wanda F. Coffman

Dr. Jo Anne Hamrick Coggins

& Mr. Terry Coggins

1915 DC

College of Education

Student Council

Mrs. Belva Lee Collins

Comer Foundation 1915

Dr. Cynthia Ann Cox DC HR

Daewon America, Inc.

Mr. L. Nick Davis

Miss Lorraine A. de la Croix

Mr. H. Joe Denney DC

Mr. & Mrs. Wesley

Wilkerson Diehl

Mr. & Mrs. J. David

Dresher 1915

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Flowers 1915

Mrs. Connie

Bomar Forester DC

Rev. & Mrs. Byron

Paul Franklin 1915

Mrs. Betty

Thrower Freeman 1915 DC

Mr. R. William Funk

Mrs. Barbara

Daughtry Gosser DC

Halla Climate Systems

Alabama Corp

Mrs. Dottie W. Hankins

Mr. William R. Hanlein 1915

Hanwha L&C Alabama, LLC

Dr. Virginia Hayes DC HR

Ms. Anne L. Henderson

Mrs. Lisa V. Hourigan DC

Mr. & Mrs. David

Emerson Housel 1915 DC HR

Dr. Floreine

Herron Hudson 1915 DC

Dr. Jim Hutcheson & Dr. Carol

Hutcheson1915 DC HR

Hon. Kay E. Ivey 1915 DC

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth

Alan Jackson

Dr. James T. Jenkins DC

Mrs. Laura C. Jinright

Mr. & Mrs. R. Kenneth

Johns DC

Mrs. Kay Hathaway Jones 1915

Joon, LLC (AJIN) 1915

Mrs. Martha

McQueen Kennedy DC

Kenny Howard Athletic

Training Fellowship 1915

Ms. Kate Kiefer 1915

Dr. Maxwell Clark King

Mrs. Mina Propst Kirkley DC

Drs. William &

Frances Kochan 1915 DC HR

Mr. William

Dupont Langley DC

Dr. & Mrs. Gerald

Leischuck 1915

The Ligon Foundation 1915

Dr. José R. Llanes DC

Mr. & Mrs. James

Godfrey Lovell 1915 DC HR

Maj. Gen. & Mrs. Theodore

Franklin Mallory DC

Mr. & Mrs. James

Autrey Manley 1915 DC

Mrs. Hedy

White Manry 1915 DC HR

Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey

Rev. & Mrs. Byron

McEachern DC

Mr. & Mrs. Richard

Wayne McElrath 1915 HR

Col. & Mrs. Hollis Messer DC

Mr. Robert Lawrence Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Walter

Sammy Miller

Dr. Imogene Mathison

Mixson 1915 DC HR

Dr. Jane

Barton Moore 1915 DC HR

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Munro DC

Mr. James L. Murrell 1915 DC

Dr. & Mrs. Byron

Nelson 1915 DC

Mr. & Mrs. Dewayne

Newkirk 1915

Dr. Joan Vignes Newman DC

Ms. Julie Rogers Nolen DC

Opelika Industrial Development

Mr. William Parker

& Dr. Patsy Parker DC HR

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel

Mose Pate 1915

Dr. Harold Dean

Patterson Sr. 1915 DC

Mr. & Mrs. James

Roger Payne 1915

Dr. & Mrs. Richard

Polmatier DC HR

Mr. David Scott Poole

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Powell

Mr. & Mrs. John

Runnels Prewitt 1915 DC

Dr. Ellen Hahn Reames DC

Dr. Frances

Skinner Reeves 1915 DC

Mr. John David Reynolds

Mr. & Mrs. John R.

Reynolds DC

Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Reynolds

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Reynolds

Mr. Thomas Timothy Reynolds

Mr. James Kinion Reynolds

Mr. David K. Reynolds

Mr. Ken Ringer &

Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer


Dr. & Mrs. Joseph

Julius Russell 1915 DC

Mrs. Brenda Smith Sanborn DC

Dr. & Mrs. Robert

Ronald Saunders DC HR

Mr. & Mrs. Todd

Anthony Schuster

Dr. Debbie L. Shaw 1915 DC

Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Sheppard DC

Mr. & Mrs. Albert

James Smith 1915

Dr. John Carlton Smith DC HR

Mr. Jerry

Franklin Smith 1915 DC HR

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne

Thomas Smith 1915 DC HR

Mrs. Julia Huey Spano DC

Dr. Ted Spears &

Dr. Shirley Spears DC

Mrs. Elizabeth

Gregory St. Jean DC

Dr. Brett Sheldon Stark Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas

Newton Taylor DC

F. Allen & Louise K.

Turner Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. John W.

Turrentine 1915

Mrs. Carol Cherry Varner DC

Ms. Lila Lansing White 1915

Dr. Betty Lou Whitford DC

Mr. & Mrs. Keir Whitson

Mr. Harry R. Wilkinson DC

Dr. Jim Witte &

Dr. Maria Witte DC

Ms. Leslie S. Woodson DC

Pillars of


recognizing donors who

have given $500 to $999

Dr. & Mrs. Timothy Opal Alford

Mr. George Atkins &

Dr. Leah Atkins

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Baird

Dr. Pat Harris Barnes

Mr. & Mrs. William Lee Barnett

Mrs. Mary Jeanette Barton

Mr. John Glasgow Blackwell

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Preston Bolt

Ms. Linda Louise Bomke

Dr. Richard E. Brogdon HR

Mrs. Donna Burchfield DC

Mrs. Janet Paley Coggins

Mr. & Mrs. James Allen Cook

Ms. Dorothy J. Dotson

Mr. & Mrs. Claude Lee Eilert

LTC James R. Fagersten

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald

Gaiser 1915 DC

Mr. Robert Gannon

Mr. Barry Lynn Gilliland

Mrs. Virginia

Horn Derby Grimes

Dr. J. Floyd Hall 1915

Mr. & Mrs. William

Forrester Ham HR

Mr. & Mrs. Joe McCarty Hill

Dr. Nathan L. Hodges

Mrs. Joan Mize Holder

Dr. Bessie Mae Holloway

Ms. Dale Marie Hunt

Dr. & Mrs. Don Edward Jones

Mr. Robert B. King

Dr. & Mrs. Donald

Lambert 1915

Mr. Larry Wayne Little

Mrs. Lucia Alston Logan

Col. William Long Jr.

Dr. C William McKee

Mrs. Paula Stapp McMillan

Ms. Luellen Nagle

Mrs. Karen Stapp O’Brien

Mrs. Marjorie H. Parmer

Mr. Aaron E. Pate

Mrs. Sharon K. Peterson

Ms. Elizabeth A.

Ponder 1915 HR


SJA, Inc.

Dr. Suhyun Suh

Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Teague

Mr. & Mrs. Todd

Pershing Thornell

Mrs. Joan Dickson Upton

Dr. Susan K. Villaume

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wear

Mrs. Lucy Hargrove Weigle

Mr. & Mrs. Robert

Williams 1915

Mrs. Edna Hulme Willis

Mrs. Cynthia

Lee Wilton 1915 DC HR

Dr. Emmett Winn &

Dr. Susan Brinson

Dr. Katrina Yielding

Pillars of Hope

recognizing donors who

have given $100 to $499

Ms. Emily Jeanette Abston

Ms. Loria Darlene Akin

Dr. Katrice Annette Albert

Mr. F. Reg Albritton III

Mrs. Julia S. Alexander

Dr. Lydia Lewis Alexander

Mr. Clarence Terrell Alford

Mrs. Leigh Cannon Allbrook

Mrs. Paula H. Allen

Mrs. Martha Harris Allison

Mrs. Lydia Moore Almand

Dr. Anne W. Amacher

Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Gene Aman

Mrs. Tammy D. Anderson

Dr. Carl Angstrom &

Dr. Anne Angstrom

Ms. Mary Ann Pugh Arant

Mrs. Jovette Gonzalez Arbona

Mrs. Margaret A. Armor

Dr. & Mrs. Richard

Crump Armstrong

Mrs. Alice Johnson Atkins

Dr. James Austin &

Dr. Barbara Austin

Ms. Brenda Joyce Austin

Mrs. Carol Dent Auten

Ms. Laurie E. Averrett

Ms. Ginger Avery-Buckner

Mrs. Linda Garrett Awbrey

Dr. Nick Backscheider &

Dr. Paula Backscheider

Mrs. Elizabeth Gardner Bailey

Dr. William Baird &

Dr. Samera Baird

Mrs. Amy Elizabeth P. Balkcom

Dr. William Roy Barfield

Mrs. Stacia M. Barnes

Ms. Reanne Denise Barnes

Ms. Barbara Lazenby Barnett

Ms. Susan H. Barron

Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie

Bruce Barrow

Dr. Mary Sue Barry

Mrs. Cecily Reid Bates

Mrs. Patricia Brown Baughman

Mrs. Connie Tebo Baughman

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Mr. Fred Denard Baxter

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald

Lawrence Baynes

Dr. Mark Bazzell

Mr. & Mrs. Jere Locke Beasley

Mr. Timothy Mack Beasley

Ms. Alice Beattie

Mrs. Miriam Rhyne Beck

Mrs. Shirley Krchak Bell

Ms. Marian Collins Bentley

Mrs. Barbara S. Berman

Mrs. Deborah H. Berry

Mrs. Patricia J. Bethel

Mrs. Janet Moore Blackwood

Mrs. Jane M. Blankenship

Lt. Col. Daniel Wilson

Bloodworth Jr.

Dr. William O’Neil Blow

Mr. Stephen Douglas Boling

Mrs. Jane Sharp Bolinger

Mrs. Sally Pearce Bolling

Mrs. Patricia Hughes Bolton

Mrs. Joan H. Bomar

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Booth

Ms. Mildred Diane Boss

Mrs. Jennifer Anne Bounds

Mr. Roger Wayne Bowen

Ms. Bethel Bradford

Ms. Sara Nettles Bradley

Mrs. Julee Jambon Brandt

Dr. Eulie Ross Brannan

Dr. Nancy Amanda Branscombe

Mrs. Peggy L. Branyon

Mr. Lance Patrick Brauman

Mrs. Carol Breeding

Mrs. Mildred May Bridges

Mrs. Joeva Nagle Briggs

Ms. Ellanee Dianne Bright

Dr. James A. Briley

Ms. L Rebecca Britton

Mr. & Mrs. William Broadway

Mr. James Wesley Brooks

Mr. Richard C. Brooks

Mrs. Judilyn Brooks

Mrs. Elizabeth Copper Brooks

Ms. Beverly E. Brown

Mrs. Kathy Zeigler Bruce

Mr. R. L. Bryant

Mrs. Lucy E. Bumpers

Dr. & Mrs. Ernest Burdette

Dr. Ray G. Burnham

Mrs. Pallie J. Butler

Mr. & Mrs. Rodney

William Byard

Ms. Gloria A. Byrd

Mr. Dustin Ryan Byrd

Mr. J. Rickey Byrd

Mr. Milton Fred Cadenhead

Mr. Kermit Caldwell

Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Callahan

Mrs. Donna McClung Camp

Mr. Douglas C. Camp

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen

Eugene Campbell

Dr. Jennifer Kirkland Canfield

Dr. Dwight Carlisle Jr.

Mrs. Molly M. Carmichael

Mr. & Mrs. David

William Carmon

Dr. Jamie Carney

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Carter

Dr. & Mrs. Paul Lewis Cates

Mrs. Debra Nathan Caudill

Ms. Kristen Lynn Cawthon

Mrs. Lea Crumpton Chaffin

Mrs. Margaret Greer Chambers

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas

Anderson Chambliss

Dr. Russell L. Chandler

Mrs. Rita R. Chandler

Ms. Charlene T. Chapman

Mrs. Terrell Smyth Cheney DC

Mrs. Nondis L. Chesnut

Ms. Tanya

Densmore Christensen

Mrs. Lori L. Chumley

Mrs. Mary Morris Clackler

Mr. David Henry Clark DC

Ms. Caroline R. Clark

Mr. Daniel L. Clay

Mr. & Mrs. Cliff Clegg

Mr. Dwight L. Cobb

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Cobb

Dr. John E. Cochran Jr.

Mr. Wilson James Cochran III

Dr. Daniel Joseph Codespoti

Mrs. Louise Jackson Cole

Mr. Edwin Paul Collier Jr.

Mr. Shane E. Colquhoun

Mrs. Deirdre Bailey Colter

Mr. James O. Conway

Dr. Milton Olin Cook

Dr. Reginald Larnell Cooper

Mr. & Mrs. Calvin

Gregory Copeland

Mrs. Elaine Rhodes Copham

Mrs. Lettie Green Cornwell

Mr. & Mrs. William

Thomas Cottle

Dr. George Stanley Cox

Mrs. Barbara B. Crabbe

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel

Thomas Craig

Ms. Betty Cynthia Crenshaw

Dr. Franklin R. Croker

Mrs. Dorothy

Hackney Crook HR

Mrs. Diane Myrick Cropp

Ms. Lillian Belle Cross 1915

Ms. Jill T. Crow

Mr. James Lloyd Crowe

Mr. & Mrs. James

Rudolph Culbreth

Ms. Rita Faye Cunningham

Mrs. Paula Marie Curtis

Dr. John Dagley &

Dr. Peggy Dagley

Mrs. Beatrice Dominick Dallas

Lt. Col. John Damewood &

Dr. Judith Damewood

Mrs. Rochelle Morriss Davis

Dr. Homer Alphonso Day

Dr. Joseph J. Day Jr.

Mrs. Marjorie Sellers Day

Mrs. Emily Jarrells Day

Mrs. K Bene Deacon

Mrs. Brenda Glenn Dee

Ms. Pamela C. Deem

Mr. & Mrs. S Eugene Dekich

Mrs. Laverne Annette Dignam

Mr. Thomas R. Dixon

Mrs. Faye Hicks Doane

Mrs. Suzette Lauber Doepke

Ms. Lindsay Catherine Donohue

Mrs. Ruby Long Dorland

Ms. Dorothy Wilson Doten

Dr. & Mrs. James Dotherow

Mrs. Sherida Hooke Downer

Ms. Kathryn R. Driscoll

Mrs. Juliet Ingram Dudley

Mrs. Sheila R. Duffield

Mrs. Betty Legg Dumas

Mrs. Elise Petersen Dunbar

Dr. Marla Hooper Dunham

Mrs. Julie F. Durrance

Dr. Amelia Ruth Dyar

Col. & Mrs. Charles

William Eastman

Ms. Anne Elizabeth Edwards

Dr. & Dr. Charles Joseph Eick

Mrs. Dina Phillips Elder

Mr. Timothy Raymond Elliott

Mr. John Russell Ellison

Mr. Jason Eric Exner

Mrs. Jodie Brantley Faith

Capt & Mrs. Allen Fancher

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy

Eugene Farley

Mrs. Rebecca L. Farris

Mr. & Mrs. Fulton Faulk

Dr. Richard Featherston III

Mr. Matt Feldmann

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Fell

Dr. Linda Felton-Smith

Ms. Ann Marie Ferretti

Dr. William Barnard Finney

Mr. John Arnold Fitzgerald

Mr. John Henry Flathman

Mr. & Mrs. James Luther Flatt

Mr. Wade H. Fleming

Dr. Connie Sturkie Floyd

Dr. Jenny G. Folsom

Mrs. Brenda Hardman Forbus

Mrs. Laura Tyrrell Ford

Ms. Leigh A. Forman

Mr. & Mrs. Glenn

Wayne Forrester

Mr. & Mrs. Robert D.

Fortner 1915

Mr. Douglas Barton Franklin

Mr. Rex Frederick

Mr. Robert J. Fritz

LTC Hank Galbreath

Mrs. Melissa T. Gambill

Mr. Ronald L. Garrett

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Garrett

Mr. Phillip L. Garrison

The Hon. Henry Victor Gaston

Mrs. Sara Greeley Gerry

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Eugene Gess

Mr. John W. Gilbert

Dr. Bobby J. Gilliam

Mrs. Cynthia Ross Givens

Mr. Thomas A. Glanton

Mrs. Diane

Schirmacher Glanzer

Mr. Robert Gladney Glover

Dr. John M. Goff

Ms. Rebecca Nell Goggins

Mrs. Anne Carpenter Goodell

Ms. Candace Brooke Goodwin

Mr. Willis Marion Goolsby

Mrs. Ann Clay Gordon

Mrs. Kathy Sudduth Graben

Mrs. Doris Jones Graves

Dr. Richard L. Graves

Ms. Diana S. Gray-Williams

Mr. William Roger Green

Mrs. Anna Holmes Greene

Mr. & Mrs. James Greene

Mrs. Sue W. Gresham

Ms. Carole S. Griffith

Mrs. Mary Chambers Gross

Mrs. Sylvia Ballow Gullatt

Mr. James Ross Gurley

Mrs. Candis Hamilton Hacker

Mrs. Cindy Nunnelley Hafer

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hage

LTC & Mrs. James Hunt Hall

Mr. Thomas Lynn Hall

Mrs. Helen Johnson Hall

Dr. Jane Nelson Hall

Mr. Lynwood Hector Hamilton

Mr. & Mrs. David

Timothy Hanes

Mrs. Jennifer Minor Hannah

Mrs. Jean L. Hanson

Dr. Jacqueline Terrill Harbison

Dr. Martha Brown Harder

Mr. & Mrs. John Clinton Hardin

Mrs. Jennifer Sims Hardison

Lt. Col. Edgar Harlin Jr.

Mr. Terry W. Harper

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Harris

Mr. & Mrs. James Wendell Hart

Mrs. Brenda J. Hartshorn

Dr. Rebecca Parrish Harvard

Dr. Amal Ghorayeb Hashimi

Ms. Gwendolyn Elaine Hatcher

Ms. Kathryn S. Hawkins

Mrs. Linda Oliver Hay

Mrs. Mary Hunt Hayes

Mrs. Cynthia H. Haygood

Ms. Reba Carol Haynes

Mr. Richard Stanley Headrick

Mrs. Clara Heisler

Ms. Ann Wynell Helms

Mr. William Derek Hembree

Mrs. Linda Moore Henderson

Dr. Mary Catherine Henderson

Mrs. Barbara Reed Hester

Mrs. Carolyn Kerr Hickerson

Mrs. Jane N. Higginbotham

Mr. Roger Alan Hildebrandt

Mrs. Anita Griffith Hill

Mrs. Sara Wade Hill

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Wayne Hill

Mrs. Holli Carter Hiltbrand

Dr. Ethel McCray Hines

Mrs. Linda Turner Hinson

Mrs. Cathy H. Hoefert

Ms. Leah Dawn Hoffman

Mrs. Deanna Lee Holley

Mr. L. G. Holloway Jr.

Mrs. Kathryn Sansocie Hoppe

Mr. William Patrick Horton

Ms. Vicki Evans Hough

Mr. Jeffrey Hinton Howerton

Mrs. Susan Spratlin Hudson

Mrs. Harriette H. Huggins

Mrs. Betty T. Humphrey

Mrs. Jill Sprague Hyers

Mrs. Peggy Kling Iber

Mrs. Kathleen Hogan Ingram

Mr. & Mrs. John Ireland

Dr. Teresa Singletary Irvin

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Jackman

Mr. Martin Turner Jackson

Mr. & Mrs. Luther Burl James

Dr. Hollis Edward James

Mrs. Susan Shaw Jensen

Mr. James H. Jernegan

Col. & Mrs. David

Scott Johnson 1915

Dr. Harold Johnson

Dr. Thomas Franklin Johnson

Ms. Rebecca Graves Johnson

Mrs. Patricia R. Johnston

Mrs. Kittie Helms Johnston

Ms. Doris Jeanne Jones

Mrs. Glenda Franklin Jones

Mr. Carlton Richard Jones

Mr. Ole Martin Juve

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Kaiser

Mr. Robert Webb Kearney

Dr. Betty Harrison Kennedy

Mr. & Mrs. James

Thomas Kerr HR

Mrs. Erwin D. Key

Dr. Joseph A. Kicklighter

Mr. Lester Killebrew Sr.

Mr. & Mrs. Michael

Torace Kimberl

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kinard

Mr. Stephen Patrick King

Dr. Bernard C. Kinnick

Mrs. Rachel Sauder Kinsman

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Lee Kline

Mr. Jerry Knight &

Dr. Jane Knight

Mrs. Janis Ziegler Koehler

Mrs. Joye Burns Kralovec

Mrs. Kathy Twinem Krausse

Dr. Jane Marie Kuehne

Dr. Richard Kunkel &

Dr. Dawn Ossont

Mrs. Judy Liles LaFollette

Mrs. Barbara Jean Lammon

Mrs. Kathleen High Land

Mrs. Betty McFaden Lange

Mr. & Mrs. David Gaines Lanier

Lt. Col. & Mrs. Edward Latham

Mr. Larry Charles Lawhon

Mrs. Gail Cartledge Laye

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Harvey Leaver

Rev. & Mrs. Lowell Ledbetter

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ledford

Mr. Stephen E. Lee

Mrs. Carol Thompson Lewis

Mrs. Janet McCray Lewis

Mrs. Brenda G. Lewter

Mrs. Terri Lea Lindley

Mrs. Dorothy C. Lindsey

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Little

Mr. & Mrs. James Alton Lockett

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Locklear

Mrs. Lela Melson Lofton

Mr. James Albert Lovell

Rev. & Mrs. W. Vernon Luckey

Ms. Ellen G. Lucy

Dr. Cynthia Brackin Lumpkin

Mrs. Jeanne Hall Lynch

Mrs. Eileen Eyles Lynch

Mr. Robert O. Lynd Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas

Howard Maloy

Mrs. Sherry Nunn Manley

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Leslie Mann

Mr. & Mrs. James

Homer Maples

Mrs. Beverly J. Marion

Mrs. Antha Renise


Mrs. Kristin B. Marsh

Dr. Margaret J. Marshall

Dr. Gary Martin &

Dr. Marilyn Strutchens

Dr. & Mrs. Harold Martin

Dr. & Mrs. James Martin

Mr. Bernard Thomas Martin

Dr. & Mrs. John Michael Mason

Mrs. Nancy Sharpe Mason

Mrs. Mary Griffin Mastin

Ms. Nell Mathes

Mrs. Carolyn G. Mathews 1915

Mrs. Margaret Porter Mavity

Mrs. Linda Kay P. McCartney

Mr. Wallace Alfred McCord

Dr. Theresa Marie McCormick

Dr. William T. McCown III

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Mr. & Mrs. Gary Davis McCrory

Dr. Dorothy Cowart McGehee

Mrs. Suzanne

Watson McGlothin

Mr. & Mrs. James McGowen

Mr. Mark Andrew McIntyre

Dr. Andrew John McLelland

Mrs. Anne Garrett McMahan

Mr. Richard Joel McMillon

Mrs. Molly Bridgers McNulty

Mrs. Virginia P. McPheeters

Mr. John F. Meagher Jr.

Mr. Clyde R. Meagher Jr.

Mrs. Barbara M. Merrill

Mr. Roy Gene Mezick

Col. Martin J. Michlik

Ms. Suzanne Marie Mickles

Dr. Ashley Maria Miles

Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Miller

Mr. Chipley Shaun Miller

Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Miller

Mrs. Constance Brow Miller

Mr. Joseph Marvin Mims

Mr. Theodore V.

Montgomery III

Mr. Hal Lamar Moore

Dr. Jemelene Chastain Moore

Rev. & Mrs. Robert Morgan

Dr. Joseph Bruce Morton

Dr. John H. Mosley

Mrs. Deborah Hayes Mossburg

Mrs. Betty Steger Moulton

Mr. Bruce Roger Mullin

Mrs. Karen H. Mullins

Dr. Russell Muntifering

Mr. Michael Peeples Murphy

Dr. Bruce Murray

Mr. Larry Gilbert Myers Jr.

Mrs. Nan Timmerman Nabors

Mrs. Lisa Parker Napier

Dr. & Mrs. James Nave

Mr. Harry E. Neff III

Mrs. Brenda Bowen Neisler

Dr. Susan Rhodes Nelson

Mrs. Sandra M. Nesbitt

Dr. Charles W. Newell

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Newton

Mr. Thomas Hiliary Nicholas

Mr. John David Nicholson

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Adams Niven

Dr. Christine E. Noe

Mrs. Saranne Noblin Northrop

Dr. Norma L. Norton

Dr. Melvin C. Norwood

Mrs. Joy Camp Nunn

Ms. Patsy Ann Nutt

Dr. David Franklin Oates

Mr. & Mrs. Russell Julius Olvera

Mr. Bob Osborne

Dr. Norman Lewis Padgett

Mrs. Emily Jones Parham

Ms. Jessica E. Parker

Mrs. Amy Black Parker

Mrs. Dorothy Crump Parker

Mrs. Diane Taylor Parks

Mr. H Allen Parnell Jr.

Dr. David O’Neil Parrish

Ms. Lynn Parrish

Ms. Danielle Parrott

Mrs. Deborah Smith Pass

Ms. Cameron Smith Pass

Dr. Gordon D. Patterson Sr.

Ms. Cherise M. Patterson

Dr. Robin E. Pattillo

Ms. Karen Payne

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Payton

Mrs. Susan McKay Peacock

Mrs. Martha Woods Peake

Mrs. Betty Harp Pearce

Mrs. Virginia Boyd Pearson

Mrs. Sue Atchison Pearson 1915

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Douglas Pearson

Mrs. Amelia Reid Pearson

Dr. Gwendolyn Smith Pearson

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Jones Pease

Dr. Karen Lee Pell

Mrs. Gail Roberts Pellett

Mr. Roderick Durand Perry

Dr. Martha Pettway

Mrs. Lucinda O. Petway

Mrs. Leigh Farrar Pharr

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Keith Phillips

Mr. Jordan Eric Phillips

Col. & Mrs. Walton Phillips

Ms. Ellis Elizabeth Phillips

Mr. Jerry Frank Phillips

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Piedmont

Mrs. Lisbeth Daniell Pierce

Mr. Shawn Robert Plumb

Mrs. Sue Miller Pogue

Lt. Col. & Mrs. Carl Poteat

Mrs. Judy Terry Powell

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Powell

Mr. Donald B. Powers Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cade Pratt

Mr. Patrick Desire’ Prins

Lt.Col. & Mrs. Charles Pritchett

Mr. John David Puckett

Dr. Karen Jackson Rabren

Dr. Polapragada K. Raju

Mr. John Belton Ramage

Mr. James William Rane Sr.

Ms. Donna Joy Ray

Dr. Cynthia J. Reed

Mrs. Susan Howes Retzlaff

Dr. William E. Rickert

Mrs. Laura Hill Rigsby

Mr. Raymond Edward Ringer

Mrs. Dorothy Laumer Risley

Mrs. Caroline Hume Ristad

Mrs. Patricia Farmer Robbins

Mrs. Pamala C. Roberts

Dr. William Ladon Roberts

Mrs. Stephanie D. Roberts

Mrs. Shannon D. Robertson

Mrs. Katie Jones Robertson

Mrs. Patricia V. Robinson

Mr. Robert W. Rogers

Dr. & Mrs. Wilmer Rogers

Ms. Tracy Yancey Rogers

Mrs. Martha Hargrove Roman

Ms. Jill Courtney Romine

Mrs. Joan Rose

Mrs. Lisa Hoffman Ross

Dr. Mark A. Rowicki

Dr. & Mrs. Robert

Ellis Rowsey HR

Mrs. Brenda P. Rutland

Mrs. Karen Kennedy Rutledge

Mrs. Beth Sabo 1915

Dr. & Mrs. John Saidla

Mrs. Patricia Smith Sanders HR

Mr. Robert L. Sanders

Ms. Jana Arrington Sanders

Ms. Myra Sanderson

Mr. & Mrs. James Sands

Mrs. Cathy Roberts Sapp

Ms. Christina Sarmir

Dr. William Sauser &

Dr. Lane Sauser DC

Dr. & Ms. John Saye

Mrs. Silvia Davis Scaife

Mr. Roger P. Schad

Mrs. Margaret N. Schaeffner

Mrs. Sharon Langham Scheer

Mr. Anthony P. Schilleci

Mr. Mark A. Schlagheck

Mrs. Amy Sue Schmitt

Dr. & Mrs. Stewart Schneller

Mrs. Joanne Smith Schrantz

Mr. & Mrs. William Scott

Ms. Elizabeth Ann Scott

Mrs. Cynthia Coleman Scott

Mrs. Donna Swift Scroggins

Mrs. Judy Kell Scully

Mrs. Martha Jones Senkbeil

Mrs. Amanda McDonald Sheff

Ms. Kathryn Milner Shehane

Mrs. Elizabeth T. Sheppard

Mrs. Carol Curtis Sheridan

Mr. Gordon Mack Sherman

Mrs. Connie Lynn Shewchuk

Mrs. Kathleen B. Shivers

Dr. & Mrs. Charles

Herbert Shivers

Mr. Paul G. Shoffeitt

Dr. Gary Lynn Sigmon

Dr. Lois Angela Silvernail

Mrs. Mary Nash Simpson

Mrs. Ann Blizzard Sims

Mrs. Joanne Benton Singleton

Mr. & Mrs. Charles

Eugene Skinner

Mr. & Mrs. W. Reese Slaughter

Mr. Robert N. Smelley

Mrs. Emily Sellers Smith

Mrs. Bonnie Lavonia Smith

Dr. Mary Alice Smith

Mrs. Susan C. Smith

Dr. Agnes Earle Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Jason Wayne Smith

Mrs. Melanie Whatley Smyth

Mrs. Jacqueline Lee Sneed

Dr. William A. Spencer

Mr. & Mrs. F. Russell Spicer

Ms. Jacquelin J. Spike

Dr. & Mrs. Glenward

Ledon Spivey

Ms. Joan C. Stamp

Mrs. Gloria Cardwell Standard

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde

Richard Stanley

Mr. John Kenneth Stegall

Ms. Susan Shahan Stelly

Mrs. Patricia H. Stemsrud

Mrs. Robbie Q. Stephenson

Mrs. Dena Murphy Stephenson

Mrs. Linda Long Stewart

Rev. & Mrs.* Marcus

Crowder Stewart

Mrs. Helen Leverette Stewart

Mr. Dusty Wesley Stinson

Mrs. RoseLyn G. Stone

Dr. Stephen Paul Stratton

Mrs. Gladys K. Street

Mrs. Jane Paxton Street

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest

Singley Strong

Ms. Nell Whelan Stuart

Dr. Nancy Boyd Stubbs

Mrs. Carra Caruso Summers

Mr. Randall Harold Swann

Mrs. Patricia H. Swecker

Mr. & Mrs. David

Joseph Szymanski

Dr. T. Lavon Talley

Mrs. Loren Waller Tanner

Mr. Thomas Lee Tate

Mrs. Gail Watford Taylor

Ms. Sonja Kim Taylor

Dr. & Ms. Charles Taylor

Mr. Michael Douglas Tedder

Dr. John Waits Teel

Mr. & Mrs. Richard

Graham Tenhet

Mr. Roger Lee Terry

Mr. Calvin E. Thames

Mrs. Linda Pritchett Thomas

Mr. Foy Campbell Thompson

Mrs. Anne Lees Thompson

Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Thompson

Mrs. Mary Alice Townsend

Dr. & Mrs. James Trott

Mrs. Durelle Lamb Tuggle

Mr. & Mrs. Michael

Joseph Tullier HR

Ms. Lynda S. Turner

Mrs. Kelli Crockett Turner

Dr. Harold Lee Underwood

Mr. & Mrs. Randall

Scott Uthlaut

Mrs. Rhonda Burks Van Zandt

Dr. Martha Hay Vardeman

Mr. Ronald Gray Vaughn II

Mrs. Nancy Brown Veale

Mrs. Susan Carr Wadsworth

Mrs. Carol Anthony Waggoner

Mrs. Tony Melinda K. Waid

Mr. Nicholas V. Walker

Mrs. Bonnie W. Wall

Mrs. Norma McDonald Wall

Mrs. Martha M. Wallace

Mr. Arnold D. Wallace

Mrs. Jean Cash Wallace

Mrs. Nancy Grooms Walters

Mrs. Amy Lawrence Walton

Ms. Jennifer Leigh Walz

Ms. Nancy Wood Ward

Ms. A. Alice Ware

Mrs. Virginia Barnett Warren

Dr. Douglas Delano Warren

Mrs. Jacqueline H. Watkins

Mr. Harold Otto Watson

Dr. Jacquelynn Wattenbarger

Mrs. Marilyn A. Watts

Mrs. Sarah Byrd Weaver

Mrs. Giscene Rister Weaver

Mrs. Shanna Loren Weaver

Mr. & Mrs. Robert

William Wellbaum

Mrs. Reda Rivers West

Dr. W. Mabrey Whetstone Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. James Jerome White

Ms. Barbara Brown White

Mrs. Leann Sampson White

Mrs. Tamblyn Garrison White

Ms. Marilyn L. Whitley

Mr. Donald Earl Whitlock

Mrs. Dawn Tyson Whitted

Mrs. Christine T. Wiggins

Mrs. Lisa Upchurch Wiggins

Dr. Jonnie W. Wilbanks

Mrs. Carol S. Williams

Mr. & Mrs. J. Knox

Williams 1915

Mrs. Regilynn Williams

Dr. Jerry Frank Williams

Dr. Wes Williams &

Mrs. Sara Doornbos

Ms. Amy Davis Williams

Ms. Jane Kerr Williamson

Mrs. Pamela B. Willoughby-Ray

Mrs. Vickie Mayton Wilson

Mrs. Kerri Crew Windle

Mrs. Carolyn Sutton Wingard

Mrs. Patricia F. Wingfield

Mrs. Virginia Lee Woods Wood

Ms. Linda S. Wood

Mrs. Theles S. Woodfin

Dr. Shirley H. Woodie

Mr. & Mrs. L. Shelton Woodson

Mrs. Emily Corcoran Woste

Mrs. Lissa McCall Wright

Mrs. Beth Morgan Wright

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Wyrick

Dr. Elizabeth Yarbrough &

Dr. Mary Helen Brown

Mr. & Mrs. James William Yoder

Mrs. Leigh Ann S. Young

Mrs. Marty King Young

Mr. Kevin P. Yoxall

Mrs. Marie M. Zaminer

Mrs. Catherine C. Zodrow

Mrs. Kathy Zoghby

DC indicates a member of the Dean’s Circle 1915 indicates a member of the 1915 Society HR indicates an Honor Roll donor or honoree *deceased

A K e y s t o n e i n B u i l d i n g a B e t t e r F u t u r e f o r A l l 6 5

Corporate-funded program helps local

educators connect with Korean students

As more Korean companies establish locations along the Interstate

85 corridor, the College of Education will help the children of

new residents feel at home in local classrooms.

The college’s Global Initiative on Education Project, supported

by a $51,500 gift from AJIN USA and additional support from Auburn’s

Office of University Outreach, will enable 14 local educators

help local communities through the company’s involvement in the

Auburn-Opelika educational system.

Dr. John Dagley, co-director of the project and an associate professor

in the college’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation

and Counseling, said the Global Initiative on Education Project

sends a message to new members of the business community.

“If you want to affect the community,

you do it through teachers,” Dagley said.

“[Teachers] want to back up that caring

with a deeper understanding.

“It’s another way for us to say to companies

that we appreciate your locating here and

we are going to serve your families.”

Suh said nearly 40 Auburn City Schools

educators attended an early informational

meeting about the project, indicating a

“great interest among teachers’’ in the

program. The 14 educators who will travel

to Korea were selected in November 2010

through a competitive process.

to learn how to better serve Korean-born students. Beginning in

June 2011, 14 Auburn, Opelika and Loachapoka educators will join

College of Education faculty on a trip to Korea to learn about the

country’s culture and educational system.

Dr. Suhyun Suh, project co-director and associate professor in

the college’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and

Counseling, said it’s critical for local educators to learn more about

Korean culture due to the demographic changes in East Alabama.

Suh said close to 300 Korean-born and Korean-American students

are enrolled in Auburn and Opelika City Schools for the 2010-11

school year.

“We identified the need for teachers to know more about Korean

culture because they get frustrated when they feel unsure how to

effectively meet the educational needs of Korean students by a lack

of knowledge about their culture,” Suh said. “Once the teachers get

a better knowledge about the Korean school system, the culture and

lifestyles, they can actually teach that content to not only Korean

students, but all students. They can better understand why Korean

students behave in certain ways and better serve their needs.”

AJIN USA President Jung Ho Sea said his company provided

support for the project because more Korean families are likely to

call the region home in coming years. Many employees of AJIN

USA, a metal stamping company that supplies parts for Kia and

Hyundai from its Chambers County facility, reside in Lee and

Chambers counties. Sea expressed excitement for the opportunity to

Assistant Provost for International Programs Andy Gillespie (left) and

AJIN USA President Jung Ho Sea discuss the new program.

The 17-day trip to Korea, scheduled from June 26 to July 12, will

include visits to the College of Education at Ewha Womans University

and exposure to K-12 educational settings. The Auburn educators

will attend four hours of classes each day in an effort to learn

more about the Korean educational system, history and culture. At

the end of their stay, the group will visit Jeju Island, a popular tourist


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Gloria Bond Daniel [B ’66, elementary education]

is retired after working as a counselor for

Hartselle City (Ala.) Schools.

Anna Holmes Greene [B ’63, mathematics

education] teaches high school math in the

Poteet (Texas) School District.

Kay Ivey [B ’67, speech communications education]

was elected Alabama’s 30th lieutenant governor

in November 2010. She previously served

as state treasurer, and as director of government

affairs and communications for the Alabama

Commission on Higher Education. Ivey is a past

member of the college’s National Advisory Council,

and its 2005 Keystone Leader-in-Residence.

Linda “Lynn” Bowen Pearson [B ’64, social

science education] is president of The Reading &

Math Center Inc., in Birmingham, Ala.

Donald Rooks [B ’62, health and physical

education; M ‘63, education administration]

is president of Rooks Educational Services in

Marietta, Ga. He received the Georgia School

Boards Association’s highest award, the Friend of

Education Award, in 2009.

Jane Schulz [B ’66, elementary education; D

’71, mental retardation], who recently retired as a

professor emerita of Western Carolina University

after 20 years of teaching, has published Grown

Man Now, which describes the challenges and

joys of being the parent of a child with Down

syndrome. She has also co-authored numerous

academic textbooks, book chapters and journal

articles on teaching children with disabilities,

including “Mainstreaming Exceptional Students:

A Guide for Classroom Teachers,” which is considered

a landmark text in the field.

Melinda Knowles Waid [B ’66, elementary

education] retired after working as a school

counselor for Carroll County (Ga.) Schools.


Martha Lynn Gardner Baker [B ’75, early

childhood education] retired from Cherokee

County (Ala.) Schools in June 2010 after 33 years

as a second-grade teacher in Alabama.

Pamela Goodwin Farley [B ’76, English

language arts education] works for Mustang

Engineering in Houston, Texas.

James W. Holder [B ’77, general education]

recently retired as a school administrator in

Douglas County (Ga.) Schools.

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Marcia Veal Johnson [B ’74, M ’77, counselor

education; D ’10, administration of elementary

and secondary education] is the director of

instruction and personnel for the Russell County

(Ala.) Board of Education.

Karissa Everett Lang [B ’01, elementary

education] is now assistant principal in Decatur

(Ala.) City Schools.

Jan Cheshire Letts [B ’74, early childhood

education] is director of technology for CLASS

Leadership Development in Chicago.

Renee Denise Lloyd [B ’79, business education]

teaches at the Autauga Co. Family Support

Center in Prattville, Ala.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Noll Logan [B ’78, art

education] received the Alabama Art Education

Association’s Marion Q. Dix Leadership Award

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for 2010. She teaches art at Auburn (Ala.) Junior

High School.

Mary Sue Barnette McClurkin [B ’71,

family and child development] was elected to her

third term in the Alabama House of Representatives,

representing the state’s 43rd district, which

includes Jefferson and Shelby counties. She is the

owner of McClurkin Enterprises.

Amy Sue Meredith [B ’75, recreation

administration] is an attorney-at-law for the

Department of the Army at Redstone Arsenal in

Huntsville, Ala.

Janice Cheatham Saunders [B ’70, speech

communications education] retired after 30 years

of teaching in Butler County (Ala.) Schools.

Ginger Jay Smith [B ’70, social science education]

is one of several contributing editors for The

Dictionary of Developmental Disability Terminology,

3rd Ed. (Brookes Publishing Co.). The text is

a jargon-free reference for medical professionals,

educators, parents and students working in the

disability field. Smith has worked in special education

as a teacher, diagnostician and specialist

since the 1980s. She is currently an educational

consultant in the Child Development Clinic at

Children’s Hospital in Richmond, Va.

Linda Veren [B ’78, behavior disturbances;

M ’79, adult education] is a special education

teacher for Huntsville (Ala.) City Schools.

Mary Oliver Watkins [B ’76, English language

arts education] teaches in the Talladega

County (Ala.) School system.


Donna Armstrong [B ’83, social science education;

M ’02 elementary education] was named

the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year at Wacoochee

Junior High School, part of the Lee County (Ala.)

Schools system.

Valerie Arnold [B ’79, speech pathology education]

is a speech-language pathologist for the

Northwest Regional Education Service District in

Hillsboro, Ore.

Lloyd James Austin III [M ’86, counselor

education] was appointed as commanding

general of U.S. forces in Iraq in a Sept. 1, 2010,

in a ceremony presided over by Vice President

Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and

Joint Chief Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen. Austin

previously served under Mullen as director of the

Joint Staff, a position he held from August 2009

until beginning his command in Iraq.

Susan Hare Bolen [B ’85, elementary education]

is an elementary instructional coach for the

Clarke County (Ga.) School District.

Based on the number

of graduates from

the College of

Education and other

Auburn University

disciplines earning

National Board Certification

in 2010, Auburn University is in

the top 100 of the nation’s 1,400

teacher preparation institutions.

Lynne Elliott Burgess [B ’85, office administration]

of Calhoun County (Ala.) School District

was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh [B ’89, science

education] was elected to the Alabama Public

Service Commission in November 2010. A

former school teacher, her public serivce includes

deputy chief of staff and a senior advisor to Gov.

Bob Riley; member of Rep. Sonny Callahan’s

Washington, D.C., staff; both executive director

of the Alabama Republican Party and member

of the Republican National Committee staff; and

state director of Citizens for a Sound Economy.

Cheryl Baggott Chappell [B ’84, elementary

education] was named 2011 Elementary

Teacher of the Year for Montgomery (Ala.)

Public Schools.

Suzanne Bishop Culbreth [B ’82, science

education] teaches at Spain Park High School in

Birmingham, Ala.

Mary Elizabeth Dekle [B ’86, home economics

education] of Seminole County (Ga.) School

District was among the 8,600 new National

Board Certified Teachers in 2010.

Victor Gaston [D ’80, administration of elementary

and secondary education] was selected

speaker pro tempore of the Alabama House of

Representatives after being elected to his seventh

term of service. First elected in 1982, Gaston is a

retired school administrator and timber farmer

now representing Alabama’s 100th District,

which includes Mobile. Gaston is a former member

of the college’s National Advisory Council.

Michelle Lister Hammonds [B ’89, elementary

education] is a third-grade teacher for the

Conecuh County (Ala.) Board of Education.

Norma Wynn Harper [B ’85, M ’87, mathematics

education] is dean of the Charleston

Southern University School of Education in

Charleston, S.C.

Patricia “Tricia” Shipman Hudson [B ’82,

science education] is an elementary gifted education

program teacher at J. Larry Newton School

in Fairhope, Ala.

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Craig Huff [B ’87, human exercise science]

teaches K-5 physical education at Windsor

Springs Elementary in Augusta, Ga.

Nancy Sellers Klooz [B ’80, art education] of

Baldwin County (Ala.) School District was among

the 8,600 new National Board Certified Teachers

in 2010.

Simone Lipscomb [B ’82, recreation administration]

is a self-employed writer and photographer.

Her second book was released in October

2010. The hardcover book, Place of Spirit, is filled

with nature photographs and poetic prose.

Kim Williamson McCown [B ’89, early childhood

education] was named 2009-10 Teacher of

the Year at Helena Elementary School in Shelby

County (Ala.), where she teaches kindergarten.

Louisa Harrell Patterson [B ’84, mathematics

education] teaches math in Auburn, Ala. Her

husband, Paul Patterson ’85 is the associate dean

for instruction in Auburn’s College of Agriculture.

Tammy Pennington [B ’88, elementary education]

of Talladega County (Ala.) School District

was among the 8,600 new National Board Certified

Teachers in 2010.

Amy Caroline Scruggs [M ’82, English

language arts education] of Hoover City School

District (Ala.) was among the 8,600 new National

Board Certified Teachers in 2010.

Charlene Baker Sinquefield [B ‘84, early

childhood education] is now an autism teacher in

Cobb County (Ga.) Schools.

Lynn Stallings [B ’84, mathematics education]

is chair of the Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics

and professor of mathematics education at Kennesaw

(Ga.) State University, where she has taught

since 2000. She is currently serving as the president

of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Math.

Cynthia Sanders Watson [B ’82, speech pathology

education] is a speech-language pathologist

for the Henry County (Ga.) Schools.


Alana Kay Archer [B ’92, mental retardation]

of Boaz City (Ala.) School District was among

the 8,600 new National Board Certified Teachers

in 2010.

Wendy Bass [B ’93, elementary education] was

named the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year at Beauregard

Elementary School, part of the Lee County

(Ala.) Schools system.

Julie Smoot Beasley [B ’99, elementary education]

of Chambers County (Ala.) School District

was among the 8,600 new National Board Certified

Teachers in 2010.

Thomas Bouldin [B ’89, M ’91, D ‘10, music

education] teaches for the Muscogee Co. (Ga.)

School District.

Brigiete Sperr Carey [B ’92, elementary

education] is a home-school teacher in Huntsville,


David Carpenter [B ’94, rehabilitation services]

was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of the

year at Opelika (Ala.) Middle School, where he

teaches science. He was later selected as Opelika

City Schools’ 2010-11 Secondary Teacher of the


Christy Cha [B ’98, early childhood education]

is a kindergarten teacher for Gwinnett County

(Ga.) Schools.

Nancy W. Chandler [M ’80, D ’90, mathematics

education] became the first female president of

Enterprise-Ozark Community College in 2009.

Amy Hill [M ’93, English language arts education]

was named the 2010-11 Teacher of the

Year at Beauregard High School, part of the Lee

County (Ala.) Schools system. She was later

named Lee County Schools’ 2010-11 Secondary

Teacher of the Year.

Katherine Horne Hart [B ’99, mathematics

education] of Hoover City (Ala.) School District

was among the 8,600 new National Board Certified

Teachers in 2010.

Mitchell Harte [B ’93, social science education;

M ’98, behavioral disturbances; M ’09 administration

of elementary and secondary education]

Alumni Spotlight

2010 election cycle places grads in key state positions

While many College of Education graduates have guided classrooms, individual

schools and school districts, a handful of alums are providing leadership as

elected officials.

The list of policymakers includes Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay

Ivey ’67, Rep. Victor Gaston ’80, Rep. Mary Sue Barnette

McClurkin ’71 and Public Service Commissioner Twinkle

Andress Cavanaugh ’89.

In January, Ivey added another milestone to her distinguished

post-college career by taking the oath of office as Alabama’s

lieutenant governor. As an Auburn student, she was the first

woman elected student body vice president and president of

the SGA Senate. Ivey also served as the College of Education’s

first female Keystone Leader-in-Residence in 2005

and was one of the first to serve on its National Advisory


Ivey, the former state treasurer, continues to support the

College of Education through her membership in the Dean’s

Circle and 1915 Society.

Gaston, the speaker pro tempore of the Alabama house,

recently completed a term of service on the College of Education’s

National Advisory Council. He represents Alabama’s

100th district, which includes Mobile.

McClurkin, who graduated from Auburn with a master’s degree,

is the owner of McClurkin Enterprises. As a resident of

Indian Springs, she represents the state’s 43rd district, which

includes Jefferson and Shelby counties.

Cavanaugh, a science education graduate, taught school in

Montgomery before going into politics. She served former Gov. Bob Riley as his

deputy chief of staff and as a senior advisor.

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was named the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year at

Beulah High School, part of the Lee County (Ala.)

Schools system.

Terry Joe Holder [B ’88, M ’90, agricultural

education] of Jefferson County (Ala.) School

District was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.

Jerlando F. L. Jackson [M ’97, higher education

administration], associate professor of higher

and postsecondary education at the University

of Wisconsin-Madison, has published his fourth

book, Introduction to American Higher Education

(Routledge), along with Dr. Shaun R. Harper

of the University of Pennsylvania. In May 2010,

he established Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion

Laboratory, an externally funded research lab

Alumni Spotlight

Austin ’86 returns to Iraq to lead U.S. forces

Gen. Lloyd James Austin III, a 1986 counselor education

graduate, returned to Iraq in September 2010 as the

top commander of U.S. forces stationed in the country —

an assignment accompanied by a promotion to a four-star

general and confirmation by the U.S. Senate on June 30. He

took over command from Gen. Ray Odierno in a ceremony

presided over by Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and

Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

Austin previously served in Iraq from February 2008 to April 2009 as the

No. 2 U.S. commander under Gen. David Petraeus, overseeing day-to-day operations

for 160,000 combat troops from the United States and 20 allied countries.

He returned to the United States in April 2009 and assumed his previous

command of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg (N.C.) — a position he was

initially appointed to in 2006.

Before accepting his current command in Iraq, Austin served as director of

the Joint Staff under Mullen beginning in August 2009.

Austin’s 35-year military career has included three tours in war zones over

the past decade, including as a commander with the 3rd Infantry Division during

the 2003 invasion of Iraq and later as commander of the 10th Mountain Division

in Afghanistan. He is a West Point graduate, and holds a bachelor’s degree

from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s in business management from

Webster University (St. Louis, Mo.).

His extensive list of awards and decorations for distinguished service and

heroism includes the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished

Service Medal, Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the

Legion of Merit, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious

Service Medal.

Gen. Austin’s wife, Charlene, is a fellow Auburn graduate, having earned a

master’s in school counseling in 1985.

housed within the Wisconsin Center for Educational

Research and dedicated to researching

topics of equity and inclusion in education, with a

particular focus on higher education.

Emily Coats Lambert [B ’92, M ’93, elementary

education] of Lauderdale County (Ala.) School

District was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.

Rebecca McConnell Loiacano [B ’99, M ’01,

health promotion] received her doctorate from

Sage College of Albany in 2009 and is now working

as a physical therapist for the Lee Memorial

Health System in Fort Myers, Fla.

Tracey McDonald [B ’99, early childhood education]

is a special education teacher for the Escambia

County (Fla.) Schools. She is department

head at Pine Meadow Elementary in Pensacola.

Scotty Raymon Overdear [B ’92, mathematics

education] of Jackson County (Ala.) School

District was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.

Celeste Padgett [B ’92, rehabilitation services]

is an occupational therapist for Champion Partners

in Rehabilitation in Sylacauga, Ala.

Christine Scott Reid [B ’97, elementary education]

of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) School

District was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.

Susan Ryals [M ’92, rehabilitation and special

education] was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of

the year at Southview Primary School in Opelika,

Ala., where she teaches special education.

Harrow Strickland [M ’94, elementary

education; M ’99, library media] of Auburn City

Schools was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.

Jason Vandergrift [B ’98, social science education]

is a science and business electives facilitator

at Forsyth Academy, a non-traditional charter

high school in Forsyth County, Ga.

Chandra Lorene West [M ’93, D ‘10, English

language arts education] teaches at Opelika (Ala.)

High School.

Felicia Renae Williams [B ’92, home economics

education] of Tallapoosa County (Ala.) School

District was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.


Shelley Henthorne Bailey [B ’01, mild

learning disabilities; M ’03, collaborative teacher

special education; D ’09, rehabilitation and special

education] is a special education teacher for

Sylacauga City (Ala.) Schools.

Elizabeth Bass [B ’05, elementary education]

was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of the year at

Dean Road Elementary School in Auburn, Ala.,

where she teaches fifth grade.

Kimberly Neuendorf Blackenburg [B

’05, elementary education] of Jefferson County

(Ala.) School District was among the 8,600 new

National Board Certified Teachers in 2010.

Sara Brown [M ’08, English language arts

education] was named the 2010-11 Teacher of the

Year at Samford Middle School in Opelika.

Brooke Burks [M ’02, D ’10, English language

arts education] teaches English at Opelika (Ala.)

High School. She has also published a collection

of short stories entitled Tawanda’s Quest.

Scott Taylor Cooper [B ’00, physical education;

M ’10, administration of higher education]

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of Trussville City (Ala.) School District was

among the 8,600 new National Board Certified

Teachers in 2010.

Glenda Sue Davis [B ’05, elementary education]

of Selma City (Ala.) School District was

among the 8,600 new National Board Certified

Teachers in 2010.

Desmond W. Delk [M ’10, physical education]

is a health education lecturer at Savannah (Ga.)

State University. He also works with the university’s

band as its wellness coordinator.

Emily DeVane [B ’08, M ’09 early childhood

special education] is a special education autism

teacher for Dugan Elementary School in Douglasville,

Ga. She was named Rookie Teacher of the

Year for the 2009-10 school year.

Lindsay Donohue [B ’06, social sciences education]

teaches at Hixson (Tenn.) High School and

received the Outstanding New Educator of the

Year award for Hamilton County in 2008-09.

Caleb Doster [B ’09, music education-instrumental]

began teaching music at Cary Woods

Elementary School in Auburn, Ala., during the

2010-11 school year.

Deidre Fenn [B ’00, early childhood education]

was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of the year at

Jeter Primary School in Opelika, Ala, where she

teaches first grade.

Cara Michel Gilpin [B ’04, M ’05, collaborative

teacher special education] of Danville (Ky.)

Independent School District was among the 8,600

new National Board Certified Teachers in 2010.

Kasandra Kraeger Granger [B ’03, M ’04,

elementary education] teaches in Enterprise

(Ala.) City Schools.

Rachel Greer [B ’10, elementary education]

teaches fifth grade in Randolph County (N.C.)


Nicole Griffin [M ’08, elementary education]

was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of the year at

Wrights Mill Road Elementary School in Auburn,

Ala., where she teaches first grade.

Elizabeth Grace Harris [B ’03, early childhood

education; M ’10 elementary education]

teaches at West Forest Intermediate School in

Opelika, Ala.

Dustin Hastings [B ’08, science education]

teaches seventh grade life science at Bumpus

Middle School in Hoover, Ala.

Brittney Herring [B ’09, M ’10, elementary

education] teaches fourth grade at Wrights Mill

Road Elementary School in Auburn, Ala.

Cheron Hunter [B ’00, M ’02, elementary education;

D ’10, reading education] is an assistant

professor at Troy University’s Phenix City (Ala.)


Anna Elise Jones [B ’00, elementary education]

of Talladega County (Ala.) School District was

among the 8,600 new National Board Certified

Teachers in 2010.

Bob Karcher [M ’93, community agency

counseling; D ’08, educational psychology] is now

assistant dean of engineering student services in

Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Allison Youngblood Kirkland [M ’10,

English language arts education] teaches seventh

grade language arts at J.F. Drake Middle School in

Auburn, Ala.

Lauren Lee [B ’07, M ’10, elementary education]

was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of the

year at West Forest Intermediate School in Opelika,

Ala., where she teaches third grade.

Robert Lyda [M ’05, music education-instrumental]

was named the 2010-11 Teacher of the

Year for Notasulga (Ala.) High School. He was

named by Macon County Schools as its systemwide

Teacher of the Year. He is currently pursuing

a doctorate in music education at Auburn.

James Mantooth [D ’10, educational psychology]

is the director of division initiatives in

Auburn University’s Division of Student Affairs.

Kristin May [B ’04, early childhood education]

was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of the year at

Auburn (Ala.) Early Education Center, where she

teaches kindergarten.

Courtney Hamby McFaull [B ’05, elementary

education] teaches in Cumberland County (Ala.)


Gerald McQueen [M ’10, adult education] is a

regional extension agent for the Alabama Cooperative

Extension System.

W. David Miller [M ’10, administration of

higher education] is a scholarship advisor in

Auburn’s Office of University Scholarships.

Casey Breslin Murphy [M ’06, D ’09, exercise

science] lectures for the Department of Kinesiology

at Towson State University in Maryland. She

was named of the “Annapolis Finest 40 under

40” for her community involvement and career


Jennifer Erin Pang [B ’02, elementary education;

M ’04, library media] of Vestavia Hills (Ala.)

War Eagle!

Your alumni association is a group of more than 46,000 Auburn

alumni, friends and family who support Auburn University. This

active association offers something for everyone! Last year we

welcomed 448,000 visitors to our website and reached 18,500 people

through our Auburn club program. Almost 5,000 alumni attended our

first-ever Tiger Trek, an Auburn club tour to 11 cities featuring coach

Gene Chizik and Aubie. We distributed 180 scholarships and awards to

students and faculty. We served more than 2,000 hot dogs per game at

our Alumni Hospitality Tent before home football games. Nearly 200

alumni and friends chose to vacation with us last year, and about 2,000

traveled to Arizona for the BCS National Championship game. We

invite you to join one of the strongest alumni associations in the nation.

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City School District was among the 8,600 new

National Board Certified Teachers in 2010.

Carey Chadwick Paris [D ’10, adult education]

teaches in Auburn City (Ala.) Schools.

Rick Pavek [M ’00, science education] was

named the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year at

Loachapoka High School, part of the Lee County

(Ala.) Schools system.

Sarah Burkart Schrader [B ’06, music

education-vocal] was named the 2010-11 Teacher

of the Year at George Washington Carver Elementary

in Tuskegee, Ala., where she has taught since

completing her bachelor’s at Auburn in 2006.

Alison Kenpey Shockey [B ’00, elementary

education] is now a teacher for Duval County

(Fla.) Public Schools.

Kristin Siegel [B ’06, M ’08, elementary education]

teaches sixth grade at Orange Beach (Ala.)

Elementary School. She was recently named the

school’s 2010-11 Teacher of the Year.

Michele Brown Stephens [M ’00, community

agency counseling] is the learning support

coordinator for Rockdale County (Ga.) Public


Elizabeth Walter Stewart [B ’03, collaborative

teacher, special education] of Homewood

City (Ala.) School District was among the 8,600

new National Board Certified Teachers in 2010.

Jennifer Strekas [M ’06, English language arts

education] of Sanford Middle School in Opelika,

Ala., was among the 8,600 new National Board

Certified Teachers in 2010.

Dianna Davis Tullier [M ’00, early childhood

special education] is an early intervention specialist

with the Babies Can’t Wait state early intervention

program in Columbus, Ga.

Kristi Weeks [M ’08, elementary education]

was selected as the 2010-11 teacher of the year

at Richland Elementary School in Auburn, Ala.,

where she teaches second grade. She was later

selected as Auburn (Ala.) City Schools’ 2010-11

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Ashley Wild [B ’07, early childhood education]

is a preschool teacher for Little School at Grace

Church in Charleston, S.C.

Phil Wilson [M ’07, music education-instrumental]

of Ogletree Elementary School (Ala.)

was named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year in

May 2010. He became one of 8,600 new National

Board Certified Teachers in fall 2010.

Katherine Zessin [B ’10, exercise science] was

selected as one of 24 students to be a part of the

physical therapy doctoral program’s Class of 2013

at Alabama State University in Montgomery.

Wilson ’07 named top teacher in Alabama

Alumni Spotlight

For Phil Wilson, helping students at Auburn’s Ogletree Elementary

School learn everything from U.S. history to mathematics through music is as

easy as Pi.

Wilson, a 2007 College of Education graduate who has taught

all levels of band and choral music for the last eight years,

has continually developed creative methods to help students

in grades 1-5 relate to all manners of material. In addition to

enriching the learning of his students, Wilson now serves as

an example to fellow educators.

Wilson earned Alabama Teacher of the Year honors during the 2010 Alabama

Stars in Education Awards ceremony held in Montgomery on May 12.

“Phil Wilson is the teacher everyone wishes they had — parents, students,

principals and other teachers,” said Cristen Herring, assistant superintendent

for Auburn City Schools. “Mr. Wilson teaches far more than music. Whatever

the lesson — Pi, insects, U.S. Presidents, state names — Mr. Wilson has a song

that will connect to the curriculum.”

Colleagues and students are all quick to sing the praises of Wilson, who

earned a master’s degree from Auburn in music education.

“His ability to integrate music with the rest of the curriculum inspires his students,

their parents and his colleagues,” said State Superintendent of Education

Joseph B. Morton, a 1969 graduate of the College of Education.

In earning Alabama’s Teacher of the Year award, Wilson became the state’s

nominee for National Teacher of the Year. Part of his function as Alabama’s

Teacher of the Year involves serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession

and public education during the 2010-11 school year.

“I hope to encourage and inspire teachers, through my life story and experiences,

to continue to inspire the students they teach daily,” Wilson said. “Everyone

remembers that one teacher who encouraged them to be the best they

could be. Shouldn’t all teachers inspire their students in this way? My message

will be for teachers to renew their commitments to their students, their profession

and, ultimately, to the future of our state.”

The nomination process for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year award begins

with the individual school systems. Each is allowed to nominate one elementary

and secondary teacher, respectively.

A state selection committee selects four teachers from the eight school

districts’ pool of 16 nominees to be interviewed for state teacher of the year

and alternate teacher of the year.

Wilson’s selection generated plenty of excitement in the community. Ogletree

Elementary School celebrated Wilson’s selection as Alabama Teacher of

the Year with a parade.

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On the Cover:

Researchers in the college’s

Center for Disability Research

and Service investigated the

effectiveness of Apple iPads as

communication tools for children

with autism. We’ve used the

device’s photo application to show

some of the college’s highlights

from the last year.




Show your Auburn pride and spirit to the world, or at least to other drivers in Alabama (or wherever the road

may take you) by purchasing the Auburn University car tag. The tag can feature up to six characters

for optimum personalization; personalize your tag at no additional cost.

Buy your tag at the county tag office—make a difference and share the spirit in welcoming new

students to the Auburn Family by supporting scholarships.


College of Education

735 Extension Loop Road

Auburn, Alabama 36849-5218

Please direct correspondence to the college to:

Office of the Dean, 3084 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849-5218

Reconnect with fellow College of Education graduates

through these social and career networking websites:

Find a link to all our social networking groups at




U.S. Postage


Permit No. 530

Montgomery, AL


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