Sports administration students Chan Bailey, Samantha Smith, Randy Lieberman, Anuj Patel, Kayla Williams, Glynn McGehee, Rob Carnes and Elliott Kiadii were among the graduate students who volunteered during the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta. Their volunteer work ranged from hotel greeters to event operation at Bracket Town in the Georgia World Congress Center to the Division II and III Championship games.
Exercise science students Katie Charles, Ashlee Hamilton, Alyssa Martens, Alexis Myers, Denise Myers, Tony Price, Andrew Shanks, Gabe Shivers, and Raymond Venkataraman participated in the FedStrive Health Fair at the Atlanta Federal Center on March 27.
Doctoral student Meghan Welch has been accepted to attend the Digital Media and Learning Research Associates Summer Institute, which will be held June 17-21, 2013, at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Calif.
Dr. Karen Zabrucky, graduate student Merrin Oliver and colleagues at Skidmore College presented a paper entitled, “Imagination deflation: The timing of false beliefs,” at the 2013 meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, Ill.
Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley and doctoral student Meghan Welch had the following published:
College of Education student Peeper McDonald was one of the winners of the American Counseling Association Foundation’s Fall 2012 writing contest. As a winner, she receives a one-year membership to the American Counseling Association and her essay will be published in the April edition of Counseling Today.
At the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Greenville, S.C., Kinesiology and Health graduate students Cory Baumann and Kyle Brandenberger were selected as finalists for the Student Research Award in the doctoral student category and master’s student category, respectively.
Undergraduate student Nicolai Pineda became a member of the American College of Sports Medicine Leadership and Diversity Training Program, which promotes the establishment of ACSM membership and involvement for undergraduate students of ethnically diverse backgrounds. The program will pair him with a mentor; give him memberships to the national and southeastern chapters of ACSM; and invite him to attend the southeastern chapter’s 2013 meeting in Greenville, S.C.
Faculty and students from the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services made the following presentations at the American Counseling Association’s 2013 conference:
In addition, Peeper McDonald received the CSI Leadership Fellowship at the conference.
Lindy Parker, doctoral student in the College of Education's Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, was honored by Chi Sigma Iota International as the recipient of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Service to Chapter. This award recognizes a Chi Sigma Iota member who has demonstrated excellence in service to his/her chapter, as evidenced by a clear influence in helping the chapter grow, develop and meet Chi Sigma Iota goals and objectives. She will receive this award at a ceremony at the American Counseling Association’s annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ruchi Bhatnagar, Jihye Kim, Dr. Joyce Many and Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology doctoral students Marissa Ball, Kim Barker, Deborah Dewberry and Tuba Angay-Crowder presented a research paper entitled, “Moving beyond cultural understanding: Challenges for an urban university’s teacher preparation programs,” at the Association of Teacher Education’s 2013 meeting in Atlanta.
Master’s student Robert Harris, along with business partners Quincy Avery and Chad Sanders, competed in the 41st Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Competition at Harvard Business School on Feb. 9, 2013. The competition is open to new and early stage (0-2 years in operation) businesses and social enterprise organizations across industries. Harris, Avery and Sanders presented a business plan for their Youth Passing League, a non-contact football league targeted for youth ages 10-15.
Doctoral student Kori Maxwell and Dr. Iman Chahine have implemented a series of instructional interventions to enhance the teaching and learning of calculus as part of “Change and Innovation in Calculus,” a project funded by the Georgia State University STEM Office.
Doctoral student Tamika Ball was selected as Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She is also the recipient of the Southern Educational Research Board (SREB) Doctoral Fellowship, which focuses on increasing faculty diversity in higher education.
The Chi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota selected College of Education student C. Peeper McDonald as a newly selected Leadership Fellow for 2013-2014. Leadership fellows receive recognition, specialized leadership training, and financial support to attend CSI activities held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Counseling Association.
College of Education student Xiaoxuan Lei will present papers entitled, “Financial trends of college students” and “International student engagement in higher education” at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s (SEPA) 2013 Conference in Atlanta on March 15, 2013.
Drs. Catharina Chang and Jonathan Orr took a class of 27 master’s students and one doctoral student to a Feb. 5 hearing at the Capitol on Senate Bill 65, which would “authorize a licensed professional counselor to perform certain acts which physicians, psychologists and others are authorized to perform regarding emergency examinations of persons who are mentally ill or alcoholic or drug dependent; to define certain terms; to require a licensed professional counselor to secure certification to perform certain acts from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”
MentorModules.com, a multimedia instructional website constructed by Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley and doctoral student Sandy Matthews as part of the College of Education’s Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality project, was featured in a presentation at the New Teacher Center Symposium in San Jose, Calif.
Doctoral students Toyin Ajisafe and Daniel Fanchiang received Graduate Dissertation Grant Awards from Georgia State University for their dissertation prospectuses. Ajisafe will study the modulation of locomotor variables during level surfaces to stair transition under the guidance of Dr. Jianhua Wu. Fanchiang will study the effects of vibration on the gait pattern of children with idiopathic toe walking on three terrains under the guidance of Dr. Mark Geil.
Doctoral students Victoria Burke and Elizabeth Miller received the Student Research Travel Award from American Speech and Hearing Association to attend the association’s 2012 conference. This award is given to the highest-rated convention paper with a student as first author in each of the 26 topic categories, according to the association’s website.
Jumpstart Atlanta was selected as the 2013 student organization recipient of the Martin Luther King Torch of Peace Award. The Torch of Peace Awards, given annually by Georgia State University’s Office of Intercultural Relations, recognize Georgia State students, staff, faculty, alumni and student organizations “who are committed to the teachings of Dr. King and strive to create a more tolerant, accepting and socially just world,” according to the program.
Dr. Brenda Pitts co-authored two research presentations entitled, “Destination marketing: Atlanta as destination and the Atlanta Football Classic” and “Consumer behavior and market demand variables of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament,” which she presented during the Sport Marketing Association’s 2012 conference. The second study also included work from Kinesiology and Health students J. Boreland, C. Haynes, J. Rodgers, E. Shuyler, I. Staten and A. Taylor.
Moving University Students Closer to Leadership in Exercise Science (MUSCLES), a student organization focused on helping students achieve academic success and attain social connections with like-minded students, made dinner for the residents at Atlanta’s Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge in November.
The Georgia Department of Education listed the Early College High School at Carver as one of its Reward Highest Performing Schools. This designation is given to schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years, according to the Department of Education’s website. Early College High School at Carver is one of the schools associated with the College of Education’s Early College program.
Dr. Michelle Zoss and doctoral students Tara Campbell and Kelli Sowerbrower made the following presentations:
College of Education doctoral student Robin Ennis has joined the Representative Assembly of the Council for Exceptional Children and will begin her three-year term as student representative on Jan. 1, 2013.
Dr. Maggie Renken, Dean’s Doctoral Fellow Carmen Carrion and graduate student Martina Nitkova had the following accepted for presentation:
Drs. Nicole Patton-Terry and Daphne Greenberg and College of Education students Elena Nightingale and Judy Orton had the following accepted for publication:
Doctoral student Demetricia Hodges has been selected as a University Council of Educational Administration Barbara Jackson Scholar. This two-year program “provides formal networking, mentoring and professional development for graduate students of color who intend to become professors of educational leadership,” according to the University Council’s website.
Dr. Gwen Benson and Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q) resident Rachael Mendel gave a presentation about the national Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program at a September press conference in Washington, D.C., highlighting the program’s impact and urging Congress to reauthorize it.
Dr. Susan Swars and doctoral student Hardray Dumas had the following published:
Early childhood education student Olivia Bailey received the Bright Horizons Bright Futures Scholarship from Bright Horizons Family Solutions.
Several College of Education faculty and students made presentations at the 2012 annual conference of the Georgia Council for the Social Studies in Athens, Ga., on Oct. 25-26, including:
Drs. Susan Swars, Stephanie Smith and Lynn Hart, and doctoral student Regine Haardorfer recently published the following:
Graduate students Michael Hall and Kaila Muecke have been named academic ambassadors for the Department of Kinesiology and Health. They will field undergraduate and/or graduate questions, give department tours, provide information about local housing and parking, and give useful information about downtown Atlanta.
Drs. Susan Swars, Stephanie Smith and Lynn Hart, and doctoral student Regine Haardorfer recently published the following:
Birth Through Five student Saashya Rodrigo won the Best Information Award in the Georgia Association for Young Children’s annual Learning Galleria, an event designed to allow undergraduate students the opportunity to present current research and information regarding early care and learning. Rodrigo has worked with Dr. Kyong-Ah Kwon on an early relationship network project and presented research on parenting challenges and strategies within lower- and middle-class families with toddlers.
Several students from the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services attended the annual Southern Association for Counselor Education and Practice Conference in September.
CPS students made the following presentations:
CPS doctoral student Caroline O’Hara received the SACES Emerging Leader Program Award at the conference.
COE student Jihad Ali was named a co-winner of the Colonial Athletic Association’s 2012 Dean Ehlers Award, which recognizes the student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship, in conjunction with their academic and athletic achievements.” To read more about Ali’s award, click here.
Twenty-one students graduated from the Georgia State University at Georgia Perimeter College-Newton Program in Early Childhood Education at commencement exercises held May 6 at the Georgia Dome. A special graduation celebration was held on May 5 at the Newton campus of GPC in Covington, Ga., for family, friends and school partners.
Dr. Beth Cianfrone and COE students Tiffany Allen, Shawna Block, Ben Wilson and Kaia Olson traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., to participate in the College Sports Research Institute Conference (CSRI) Case Study Competition on April 18. The team finished second place overall, marking the third year in a row a GSU team placed in the top three in the competition.
Evelyn Hill, COE master’s student in educational leadership and an AmeriCorps TEAM member, was named the Member of the Month by AmeriCorps Georgia.
COE graduate student Cory Baumann had his master’s thesis entitled, “Anaerobic work capacity's contribution to 5-km-race performance in female runners” published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Drs. Jeff Rupp, Chris Ingalls and Andy Doyle co-authored the study.
COE doctoral students Natasha Thornton, Tuba Angay, Kamania Wynter- Hoyt, Tarika Sullivan-White, Annmarie Jackson and Nicole Dukes presented at the International Reading Association (IRA) Conference in Chicago, Ill., on May 1, 2012.
Several COE faculty and students presented at the American Educational Research Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting, which took place April 13-17, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The meeting’s sessions and special events were designed to engage AERA members and other attendees in dialogue on this year’s theme, “Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough.”
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Three Counseling and Psychological Services students received awards at the 2012 American Counseling Association Conference: Caroline O’Hara won the Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award; Lindy Parker received the CSI Leadership Fellowship; and Julia Whisenhunt was awarded the Donald Hood Student Research Grant.
Congratulations to COE students who presented their research at the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference, which was held March 21, 2012, in the GSU Student Center.
This past fall, students in Dr. Becky Ellis’ Psychology of Physical Activity courses worked with older adults in the community to promote physically active lifestyles. Students in KH 4280 taught seniors at the Veranda at Auburn Pointe how to play Wii, while students in KH 6280 were matched with an older adult who volunteered for a motivational program.
Doctoral student Jody Carothers and faculty members Drs. Susan Swars, Stephanie Smith and Lynn C. Hart made the following presentation:
Doctoral students Meghan Welch and Jennifer Barrett-Mynes and faculty member Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley made the following presentation:
Kinesiology and Health students Dave Bombardier, Eric King, Kurt Isham, Isaac Hooks, Darius Dunn, Stephen Diaz and Will McNeeley recently volunteered for the Bowling and Bocce Ball Special Olympics in Union City and Sandy Springs.
The City of Refuge hosted the 2nd annual Angel Tree Project on Dec. 16, 2011. Students, faculty and staff from the College of Education all pitched in to provide up to 150 gifts to the kids that live there.
Students enrolled in Dr. Lydia Criss Mays’s ECE 3601 courses recently raised just over $1,600 for the Ferst Foundation during their fall semester service learning project. This translates to the sponsorship of 46 children in the GSU Child Development Centers.
The Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD)’s 2011 Convention was held in Atlanta on Oct. 23-25, 2011. Approximately 20 health and physical education majors attended the convention. Among this year’s presenters were five members of the Georgia State University health and physical education faculty, nine graduate students and 14 undergraduate students.
Doctoral student Demetricia L. Hodges was selected for inclusion in the 2012 David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Leadership and Policy. The seminar brings together emerging educational leadership and policy scholars and noted researchers for two days of presentations, generative discussion and professional growth.
Doctoral student Caroline O’Hara has been selected as the winner of the American Counseling Association’s Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award. She will receive her award at the ACA Conference in San Francisco, Calif., on March 24, 2012.
Robin P. Ennis received a doctoral scholarship from the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders (MSLBD) for her research and leadership in the field of emotional and behavioral disorders. She will be honored Feb. 23, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo., as part of MSLBD’s national conference.
COE student Leslie Stewart was selected as a 2012 Presidents Grant recipient by the Georgia College Counseling Association. She will receive a $750 grant and will present at the association’s annual conference in 2012.
Doctoral students Tara Campbell and Linda James presented with Dr. Amy Flint and a larger panel of teachers at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 18.
Doctoral student Katherine Green has been selected to serve on the first student editorial board for Young Exceptional Children, a journal that focuses on research-based strategies and interventions for those who work with children from birth through 8 years of age who have identified disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk for future developmental problems.
COE students in the Georgia chapter of the National Student Speech Language Association organized a Halloween bake sale in an effort to support Disability Awareness Month. They raised $200 which was donated to Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, a local organization that supports those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.
At the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, which took place Oct. 26-30, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn., College of Education students gave the following presentations:
In addition, the following COE students accepted leadership positions:
Post-doctoral students Ruchi Bhatnagar and Jihye Kim collaborated with Dr. Joyce Many on a study entitled, “Teacher preparation for urban schools: Factors associated with high teacher retention,” which Kim presented at the Georgia Educational Research Association in Savannah, Ga.
Doctoral student Karen Czaplicki and Drs. Mona Matthews and Caitlin McMunn Dooley had the following published:
Dr. Colleen O’Rourke, graduate student Carrie Forde and alumni Brittany Carroll and Elizabeth Omaivboje had an article entitled, “Applying to and succeeding in graduate school: A multicultural perspective” accepted for publication in ECHO, the official journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Erika Bullock, doctoral student in mathematics education, was appointed the Junior Graduate Student Representative for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G: Social Contexts of Education for 2011-2012. Her duties will include working with the Senior Representative and Division G leadership to develop the theme and abstract for both the Fireside Chat and Graduate Student Session for the 2012 meeting. She will also be responsible for facilitating communication with graduate student members of Division G.
Brandi E. Johnson, educational psychology master’s graduate, and Dr. Karen M. Zabrucky have an article entitled, “Improving middle and high school students’ comprehension of science texts,” in press in the International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education.
Dr. Jianhua (Jerry) Wu and doctoral student Toyin Ajisafe gave a presentation entitled, “Effect of bilateral and unilateral ankle load on gait dynamics” at the Progress in Motor Control VIII meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Michelle Zoss and doctoral student Alisha White had the following published: