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SPCS Launches New Master of Teaching Degree

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our latest graduate degree, the Master of Teaching, as our primary pathway to teacher licensure.

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SPCS Launches New Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Program

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Cybersecurity Boot Camp, our latest professional certificate in partnership with Trilogy Education Services.

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Summer School 2019

Summer School 2019 is now in session! Registration remains open for classes starting June 22 (5-Week II & 6-Week II terms).

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Faculty & Staff News

  • Spires serves on Inequality & Human Trafficking panel

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires served on a panel on Inequality & Human Trafficking at the Annual Atlanta Global Studies Symposium at Georgia Tech University on April 26. Panelists from North America, West Africa & Asia examined causes, consequences & solutions to address global human trafficking.

  • Spires presents on rural Cambodian border youth

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires presented An Exploratory Case Study on Rural Cambodian Border Youth: Social & Educational Barriers with Implications for Development with a colleague from Colorado Mesa U at Education for Sustainability: CIES 2019, April 14-18.

  • Raymond presents on programming for au pairs

    SPCS senior program manager Mary Catherine Raymond, C’17, presented a session titled “Professional Development & Personal Enrichment Programming for Au Pairs Living in the U.S.” at the 9th Annual Continuing Education Training Institute (CETI) on April 15-16, 2019.

  • Milby quoted in Scholastic Raise a Reader blog

    Director of reading in the education department Tammy Milby is quoted throughout the Scholastic blog article 7 Important Questions to Ask Your Child During Story Time that encourages parents to “amplify the benefits” of story time as they read with their children.

  • Myers hired at Va. Dept. of Education

    Adjunct assistant professor of education Dave Myers has been named assistant superintendent of data for the Virginia Department of Education. He is stepping down from his position as superintendent of New Kent County Schools effective April 24, 2019.

  • Laing quoted in AP article

    Program manager of the Institute on Philanthropy Kathy Laing, C’08, GC’16, is quoted in an Associated Press story on the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center’s firing of its co-founder. The story has appeared in dozens of additional publications.

  • Hocutt presents at national conference

    SPCS web manager and adjunct professor of liberal arts Daniel Hocutt, R’92 and G’98, recently presented research on holding digital search algorithms accountable at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) in Pittsburgh.

  • Nielson files SCOTUS amicus brief

    SPCS associate professor & assistant chair of liberal arts Erik Nielson joins artist Killer Mike and other rappers, scholars and industry leaders in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of rapper Jamal Knox, convicted based largely on his lyrics.

  • Spires addresses human trafficking

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires published an opinion titled There’s No Way to Stop Human Trafficking by Treating It as an Immigration Enforcement Problem in which he notes that grassroots nonprofits may more effectively address the root causes of human trafficking.

  • Hocutt presents at national symposium

    Daniel Hocutt, web manager and adjunct professor of liberal arts in SPCS, presented “UX Studies of Complex Websites: Proposing Methods for Studying Posthuman UX” at the 2019 Symposium for Communicating Complex Information (SCCI) held February 25-26 in Shreveport, La.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Maya Vincelli, C'19, receives award for food operations

    Maya Vincelli, C’19, assistant director of retail operations at the University of Richmond, was awarded the 2019 Young Lion Award for Noncommercial Operations by Foodservice Equipment Reports at the magazine’s Industry Excellence Awards held during the National Restaurant Association Show 2019.

  • Tiffany Stuart, C'17, recognized as Spotsylvania County Schools 'Superstar'

    Tiffany Stuart, C’17, was recently recognized as a 2018-19 Spotsylvania County Public Schools “Superstar” for her dedication to students, school and community in achieving above and beyond her job description. Stuart earned a bachelor’s degree through the School’s now discontinued Fredericksburg Weekend College program at Germanna Community College.

  • Tracey Zaval, GC'17, named 2018 Social Studies Teacher of the Year

    Tracey Zaval, GC’17, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Middle School Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council on the Social Studies (NCSS). The award was announced at the NCSS Annual Conference, where Zaval led a session titled “Tonight in the Classroom — Incorporating The Tonight Show’s Games Into Your Classroom.”

  • Bianca Spurlock, GC'12, named emerging leader by national library association

    Bianca Spurlock, GC’12, has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. Spurlock earned a Master of Liberal Arts and now works as the middle and upper school librarian at St. Catherine’s School.

  • Jimmy Comer, GC'17, featured for good work in the RVA community in Boomer magaine

    Jimmy Comer, GC’17, is recognized for “working behind the scenes for good in the RVA community” in an article titled Jimmy Comer: A One-Man Band in the October-November 2018 edition of Boomer magazine. Comer earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 2017.

  • Monica Jefferson, GC'18, featured decision maker in Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Monica L. Jefferson, GC’18, is featured as a Decision Maker in the October 21, 2018, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Metro Business section. Jefferson earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree in 2018.

  • George Fohl, GC'17, named Chesterfield County gifted coordinator

    George Fohl, GC’17, has been named Gifted Education Coordinator for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Fohl completed the post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in December 2017.

  • Peggy Boon, GC'17, named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School

    Peggy Boon, GC’17, has been named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Prior to this appointment, Boon served as Dean of Faculty and Academics at Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond. She earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership & policy studies at SPCS.

  • Padraic Hampton, GC'18, named lead teacher

    Padraic Hampton, GC,’18, who earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2018, has established and will serve as Lead Teacher for the Swansboro Elementary School 5th Grade Success Academy. The Academy supports academic achievement of students as they transition to middle school. Hampton was also named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Swansboro Elementary School.

  • Manyang Kher, C'14, lauded for sustainable development

    Manyang Reath Kher, C’14, is recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) for establishing 734 Coffee, a Richmond-based impact-focused business that supports a scholarship program for Sudanese children and employs over 100 people.

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Our SPCS Night photos have come in, and they're great — you guys take some awesome photos (this is one of many!
SPCS is proud to launch its latest professional certificate program, UR Cybersecurity Boot Camp!
SPCS is proud to launch #URichmond's newest graduate degree, the Master of Teaching.
Early this morning, members of the platform party and event planners ran through tomorrow's SPCS Commencement Exercises.
Last evening we honored excellence among graduating students at SPCS Night, the school's annual awards ceremony.
Leatherman Mace Award: Travis Sparrow
UR Flag Bearer: Valerie Mooney
SPCS Banner Bearer: Thomas Dever
Student Speaker: Griffin Trau, ’17
Distinguished Alumni: Greg Mays, C’14, GC’18
Distinguished Adjunct Faculty: April Greenan ** Book Awards **
Lanham Excellence in C&I: Carman Frayser
Fisher Excellence in ELPS: Gilma Beverley Steele
Perry TLP Book Award (Grades K-6): Yael Fletcher
Taylor TLP Book Award (Grades 7-12): Kiana Bradford
Neal Undergrad HRM Award: Tyree Brown
Neal Grad HRM Award: Ivan Cruz
Christopher & Swartz Info Systems Award: Kimberly Davis-Evans
Davis IT Mgmt Award: Ernest Woodard
Kuehl Undergrad Liberal Arts Award: Ebonee Henry
Roberts Grad Liberal Arts Award: Meriwether Gilmore
Narduzzi Nonprofit Studies Award: Elizabeth Buchholz
Marshall Paralegal Studies Award: Hannah Derricott ** Additional Awards and Honors **
Proffitt Student Service Award: Tyler Plantier
Scott Book Scholarship Award: Sarah Petty
Cousins University Service Award: Sheri Blume
Taylor Community Leadership Award: Justin Bartlett 
Senoga Award for Non-Native English Speaker: Nadia Fedoruk
Almond Book Scholarship: Christine McCoy (1st year) & Kelly Davis (2nd year) ** ELPS Comprehensive Exams: Passing w/ Distinction **
Jean Baker
Catherine Dillingham
Gregory Goujon
Valerie Mooney
Ashley Pride
Beverley Steele ** 25 Year Service Medallions **
George Hiller
Patricia Stohr-Hunt
Ellen Walk

Congratulations to all — thanks for making this a great event!

#spcsnight #spidergrad2019 #spiderpride
That’s a wrap!
Congrats to our #SPCS graduates in the class of 2019!
#SPCS Night has started!
Getting the lights and stage set for tonight’s SPCS Night awards ceremony, where we’ll celebrate graduating students including first generation grads.
Today's our annual awards ceremony for graduating students, SPCS Night!
The #URHere figures are in, and we're proud to announce that SPCS won the
SPCS dean Jamelle Wilson, as a member of the VA Board of Education, had the honor of congratulating Rodney Robinson on being named National Teacher of the Year at the celebration at Virgie Binford Education Center last week.

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