College of Education 2017 fall alumni magazine available online

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Read about the many ways in which philanthropic support has eased the financial burden on a number of students in Penn State's College of Education, and also has helped the college update facilities to foster innovation in teaching and learning, in the fall edition of the Alumni Magazine. The magazine also has information about how to participate in #GivingTuesday, to help raise funds to support at least one student's participation in the Teaching ESL Certificate Program with an Ecuador Immersion Experience. The magazine will be in mailboxes soon, and also is available online via, with individual stories posted to the Penn State News website.

This edition features:

a message from Dean Monk

Immersion in Ecuador: Students travel 3,000 miles and spend 5 weeks teaching the English language to Ecuadorians
Associate Professor Elizabeth Smolcic heads up the College of Education’s English as a Second Language program, complete with a five-week immersion trip to Ecuador.

President Barron recaps fundraising success, shares vision for new philanthropy campaign
Penn State’s new philanthropic campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” which kicked off in summer 2016, has experienced a successful inaugural year, raising more than $350 million in commitments, according to University President Eric Barron.

Alumna endows scholarship for education student who also is part of the Blue Band
In addition to carrying a full course load in the College of Education, junior Ashley McCoach is in the Penn State Blue Band – which made her eligible to be the inaugural recipient of a unique scholarship.

State-of-the-art classrooms to reflect new techniques of teaching science
It’s not so much what the new science wing in the College of Education will look like that appeals to Scott McDonald, it’s more of the possibility that prospective students will
take another look at the value of being a science education major.

Longtime donors endow rehabilitation and human services graduate award
Ralph and Patricia Pacinelli have made 34 gifts to the College, including a $100,000 endowment inspired by a successful career serving individuals with disabilities. 

New Endowments
A list of new endowments in the College.

— New Faces
Meet our newly appointed faculty, and our new assistant director of Alumni Relations.

‘What we do matters’
Professor Vivian Yenika-Agbaw returned from a 10-day trip to China with rekindled passion for research and teaching.

National School Boards Association head delivers 2017 spring commencement address
Read the text of Thomas J. Gentzel’s commencement address to the College of Education.

Last Updated November 06, 2017