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SPCS Dean’s Update, Spring 2018

Sampling Black History with Hank Shocklee, Mad Skillz, Chris Cotropia & Erik Nielson

Letter from the Dean

Photo: Dean WilsonDear Friends:

The spring semester always seems to go by fast, but this spring has been busier than normal. Our Partners in the Arts program launched the Arts Integrated Learning Certificate Project with Richmond Public Schools. We graduated the first class of UR Coding Boot Camp, and we just launched the Richmond region's first Political Campaign Management Professional Certificate program, which starts in August. We had the honor of hosting hip hop artist, rapper and producer Donnie Mad Skillz Lewis as the very first SPCS Artist-in-Residence. Skillz has been co-teaching “Voice of Hip Hop in America” with Dr. Erik Nielson. Skillz was also a part of Sampling Black History, a public lecture and panel discussion that examined hip hop as a social, political, and artistic movement.

As Commencement approaches, I invite you to honor this year's graduating class by making a contribution to the 2018 Class Gift Campaign. Your gift, at any level, honors the hard-working members of this year’s SPCS graduating class like Kendyl Crawley Crawford, the 2018 Student Commencement Speaker. Kendyl is graduating with her Master of Nonprofit Studies degree. She's Director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, an organization that works with faith communities and people of all faiths to ensure healthy communities and environmental justice through education and advocacy. Like many of you, Kendyl earned her degree while working full time and balancing a variety of other personal and professional commitments. Kendyl has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and we are honored that she has been selected to be this year's student speaker.

In honor of Kendyl or any of this year's graduates, please consider a monthly recurring gift or a one-time donation of $20.18. To make your gift today, visit us online.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Continuing Connections. It's a simple way for us to continue to connect and stay in touch. If you have news you'd like to share with us, take a few minutes to complete the simple Keep SPCS Updated form below.

Before I close, I would like to invite SPCS alumni to the SPCS Reception at Reunion Weekend. All SPCS graduating classes are invited to participate in Reunion Weekend each year. This year’s reception will be held on Friday, June 1, at 6 p.m. Visit us online for additional details and to register.

Take good care,

Signature: Jamelle
Jamelle S. Wilson, Ed.D.
Dean

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Nielson quoted in Buzzfeed article

    Dr. Erik Nielson, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts in SPCS, is quoted in a BuzzFeed article titled A Bad Rap as an expert on the use of rap lyrics in court cases. The article addresses accusations against a high schooler based on a rap posted to SoundCloud.

  • Shields quoted in Williams column

    Dr. Tom Shields, Associate Professor & Chair of Graduate Education, is quoted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch column by Michael Paul Williams titled High-Stakes Standardized Testing is Cheating the Students about SOL testing “irregularities” at Carver Elementary School.

  • Taylor-White book reviewed by Richmond Magazine

    Alyson L. Taylor-White’s 2017 history of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History, was recently reviewed in Richmond Magazine. Taylor-White is an SPCS personal enrichment and Osher Institute instructor. Hers is the only history of Richmond’s first city-owned burial ground.

  • Lane named state's public schools chief

    Dr. James F. Lane, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, has been appointed Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction by Gov. Ralph Northam effective June 1, 2018. Lane formerly served as superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

  • Maurakis publishes journal article

    Dr. Eugene E. Maurakis, Visiting Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, recently co-authored an article titled Microstructure of Attachment Mechanisms of Newly Hatched Larvae of Four Cyprinid Species with Comments on Terminology published in the Virginia Journal of Science.

  • Myers named Region I Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. David Myers, Adjunct Association Professor of Education and Superintendent of New Kent County Public Schools, has been named Virginia Region I Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia School Boards Association.

  • Hocutt publishes conference paper

    Daniel L. Hocutt, Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and SPCS Web Manager, co-authored a conference paper on using Google Drive for collaborative classroom composing published in the inaugural Proceedings of the Annual Computers & Writing Conference.

  • Thornton mentioned in Personnel Today The lenses of ethical leadership in Prof. Linda Fisher Thornton’s 2013 book, 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, were mentioned in an article on occupational health sustainability in Personnel Today.
  • Shields named SPCS associate dean

    Dr. Tom Shields, Associate Professor of Education, Graduate Education program chair, and Center for Leadership in Education director, has been named the SPCS Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2018.

  • Stern interviewed by WVTF RadioIQ about Beer Brewing

    Garrett Stern, SPCS Senior Program Manager for Professional Development programs, was interviewed in Beer Boom Leads to More Classes about the School’s new Professional Brewers Series.

Alumni Notes

  • Mollie Brooks, GC'17, publishes paper in VA Engage Journal

    Mollie Brooks, GC’17, has published a research study titled Beyond the Buzzword: Examining Collective Impact as a Framework for Cross-Sector Collaboration in the Spring 2018 issue of VA Engage Journal. Brooks is an August 2017 SPCS graduate who earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree.

  • Alumni association announces new directors & officers for 2018-19

    The SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors has announced incoming directors and officers for the 2018-19 academic year. Terms for directors and officers begin May 15, 2018. Congratulations to new board members and heartfelt thanks to those whose terms end in May!

  • Margaret Dalton, C'12, earns promotion with Henrico Schools

    Margaret A. Dalton, C’12, member of the SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors and secretary to the Association, has been promoted to Information Technology Manager and Systems Engineer in the Henrico County Public Schools technology department.

  • Pleshette Bowens, C'16, accepted to graduate program

    Pleshette Bowens, C’17, member of the last Danville Weekend College graduating class, has been accepted into the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Studies program at Lynchburg College and will start coursework in the summer. Bowens notes she is “meant to live a life of service” and believes this program will help her “do it most effectively.”

  • David Johns, IOP grad & Ferrum president, featured in Roanoke Times

    Dr. David Johns, who earned a Fund Development certificate from the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy, was featured in a March 19, 2018, Roanoke Times article, New Ferrum President Takes a Big Picture View of Running a Small College.

  • Nicole Hood, GC'15, named director at The Bryn Mawr School

    Dr. Nicole G. Hood, GC’15, has been named to the position of Upper School Director at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore effective July 1, 2018. Hood earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Ruby Decker, GC'15, earns grant for school

    Ruby M. Decker, GC’15, who earned her Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation at SPCS, applied for and received a Crayola-funded Champion Creatively Alive Children grant for the school where she teaches, Montpelier Elementary School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

  • David Johns, IOP graduate, named Ferrum College president

    Dr. David Johns, who earned a Fund Development certificate from the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy last summer to help prepare himself for a higher education leadership position, has been named the 12th president of Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia, effective January 1, 2018.

  • Manyang Kher, C'17

    To raise money for the Sudanese refugee crisis, Manyang Kher, C’17, a Sudanese refugee himself, started his own coffee company last year called 734 Coffee, named for the Gambela region where they source their coffee beans. Read more on Spider Pride.

  • Frenishee Smith, GC'12, GC'16

    Frenishee Smith, GC’12, GC’16, has been awarded a 2017 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation. Smith’s award will fund visiting schools that engage students living in poverty in innovative ways along with attending The International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Sampling demo and discussion featured hip-hop pioneer Hank Shocklee, SPCS artist-in-residence Donnie “Mad Skillz” Lewis and Richmond Law professor Chris Cotropia.

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The annual spring faculty meeting includes the School’s annual awards ceremony, where service awards and the SPCS Innovations in Teach Award are given out.

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Students in the spring 2018 Permaculture Design Certificate class presented their ideas for redesigning space on campus between the Wilton Interfaith Center and the power plant.

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