college of education | fall 2001


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Alumni Notes

Cynthia Arcaro (BA 81) has assumed the position of director of special programs at the East Lansing Public Schools. She had previously served the district as director of human resources.

James A. Banks (MA 67/PhD 69) was presented an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Washington–Parkside in May. Banks is professor of education and director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington–Seattle.

Karyn Boatwright (PhD 98) and associate professor Linda Forrest (CEPSE) received the “Best Article Published in 2000” award presented by the Journal of Leadership Studies. The article titled “Leadership Preferences: The Influence of Gender and Needs for Connection on Workers’ Ideal Preferences for Leadership Behavior” was based on work from Boatwright’s dissertation research. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Kalamazoo College.

Mary Bouck (MA 80) has been appointed superintendent of the Farwell (Michigan) Area Schools.

Michael Boulus (PhD 81) has been appointed Michigan’s deputy treasurer for education policy. His responsibilities include overseeing the Michigan Merit Award and the Bureau of Student Financial Assistance.

Darnell E. Cole (PhD 78) has been appointed president of Milwaukee Area Technical College, the largest technical college in the Midwest. Cole was formerly vice president of Indiana’s Ivy Tech system and chancellor of its Northwest Region.

Fiona Connor-Kurtz (PhD 93) was presented with the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Midwest District Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award at its 2001 convention in Cincinnati.

Mindy Emerson (BA 73/MA 77) has become principal of Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing. She had previously been the Title I teacher and coordinator at the district’s Donley Elementary School.

Janna Garrison (BA 78) was honored with the “Spartan in the Spotlight” Award by the MSU Alumni Club of West Metropolitan Detroit. Garrison was elected president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers in December of 2000.

John M. Graves (PhD 79) has been appointed superintendent of the Jackson County (Michigan) Intermediate School District. Graves had served as superintendent of the South Redford (Michigan) School District since 1998. Replacing Graves at South Redford is another MSU alumnus, William F. Webber (BS 62)

Stanley Ikenberry (MA 57/PhD 60) has returned to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign after five years as president of the American Council on Education, the umbrella association for the nation’s colleges and universities. Ikenberry stepped down as president in August. He intends to teach, write and consult at the University of Illinois, where he served as president from 1979 to 1995.

Michelle Johnston (BA 65/MA 71/PhD 78), associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Ferris State University, completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program in June. In addition, she co-authored Supporting new models of teaching and learning through technology (ERS, 2001), and led a delegation of teachers to China where she gave a presentation at Beijing Normal University on technology applications in teacher education.

David Kapolka (BA 72) was recently elected to two board positions in mathematics. Kapolka is the Region 4 director of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and is also the secondary education representative to the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics. Kapolka is a mathematics teacher at Forest Hill Northern High School near Grand Rapids.

Phyllis Pietka (BA 73/MA 76) retired from the East Lansing Public Schools in the spring. She had been director of special programs for the district.

Sue Poppink (PhD 00) has joined the faculty of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Western Michigan University as an assistant professor.

Cliff Seybert (BA 74/ma 83) has become principal of Glencairn Elementary School in East Lansing.

Patricia Trelstad (EDS 00) became assistant superintendent of the Charlotte Public Schools in August.

Marsha Wells (MA 84) has been appointed superintendent the Grand Ledge Public Schools.

Christoper A. Wigent (MA 86) has been appointed superintendent of the Calhoun County Intermediate School District.

Hundreds of alumni joined Dean Carole Ames for the presentation of the Norene Keaton Memorial Calhoun County Alumni Association Scholarship in May to Allison Crooks, left . Crooks, who is doing her internship in 2001-2002, graduated in May with a degree in elementary and minors in history and English. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Calhoun County pursuing a teaching career at MSU. Pictured with Crooks and Ames is teacher Dale J. Rosene, who was awarded the College of Educational Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.


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