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SPCS Dean’s Update, Fall 2017

SPCS Homecoming 2017 Tailgate Party

Letter from the Dean

Photo: Dean Wilson

Dear Friends:

We’ve had a very busy fall semester and are happy to share some of our happenings in this inaugural edition of Continuing Connections, our e-newsletter with news and information from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The academic year kicked off with the implementation of the SPCS Strategic Plan. We launched UR Coding Boot Camp with Trilogy Education Services, a new professional certificate in full stack web coding. Our first cohort of the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program graduated. We’ve proudly captured these stories here, compiled photos from a variety of exciting SPCS events and shared the successes of several SPCS students, alumni, faculty and staff.

We plan to publish Continuing Connections once per semester in hopes of connecting you to information and resources from across the School and campus. Since coming to SPCS in 2015, I’ve heard numerous stories about the way people connect at SPCS. Faculty sharing new ideas to broaden a student's perspective. Students connecting each other to new job prospects. Alumni members serving as mentors. Osher members meeting new friends. Staff providing support during difficult times. Students expanding their professional networks. And countless people in every part of the School making lifelong friends.

This e-newsletter is a simple way for us to continue to connect. I think it’s an important part of what we do, but we need your help. Take a few minutes to let us know what and how you’re doing. Complete the simple Keep SPCS Updated form below.

As we head into a busy holiday season, remember to take a few minutes to connect with those who have made an impression on you — here at SPCS, in your career and your personal life.

Take good care,

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

Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Thornton #3 in top 100 ethical leadership Twitter accounts

    Linda Fisher Thornton (@leadingincontxt) ranks #3 in the Top 100 accounts on Ethical Leadership on Twitter according to Finster Data. Her book, 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership (@7lenses), is also on the list at #11.

  • Haggerty quoted in Style Weekly feature

    Dr. Abbi Haggerty, adjunct assistant professor of nonprofit studies and executive director of the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA), is quoted in a Style Weekly feature on the impact of the RPAA in the ten years since the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts opened.

  • Laing achieves CliftonStrengths Coach certification

    Kathy Laing, GC’08, GC’16, program manager for the Institute on Philanthropy at SPCS, has earned the designation of Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach for coaching individuals and groups using their CliftonStrengths.

  • Stern co-produces documentary film

    Garrett Stern, GC’18, senior program manager for professional education, is co-producer of The Seed Saver, a short documentary film released by ITVS’s Indie Lens Storycast. The film explores a young Korean-American farmer’s mission to save heritage seeds from her native Korea.

  • Roberts discusses latest book on Virginia This Morning Dan Roberts, professor of liberal arts, chair of the liberal arts program, and executive producer and host of A Moment in Time, discussed his bookMaster American History in 1 Minute a Day, on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6.
  • Dixon releases digital album EP

    Mike Dixon, SPCS adjunct instructor of liberal arts, recently released worldwide a new digital album EP, Aquarium, blending orchestral soundtrack, new age and electronic elements. Dixon is teaching a full survey of popular American music in fall 2019.

  • Laing leads workshop session on nonprofit fundraising innovations

    Kathy Laing, GC’16, led a breakout session workshop titled “The New Frontier of Philanthropy – A Survey of Fundraising Innovation” at the 21st annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute, July 24-25, 2019. 

  • Lee named William & Mary's chief human resources officer

    Dr. Christopher D. Lee, Adjunct Associate Professor of HR Management, has been named William & Mary’s next chief human resources officer. He takes the role after serving as associate vice chancellor for human resource services for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). 

  • Maurakis receives grant for research project

    Visiting research scientist & SPCS adjunct professor Eugene G. Maurakis has been awarded funding from the Virginia Academy of Science for his research project, “Testing the General Public’s Knowledge and Attitudes of Nest-building Fishes in Virginia.”

  • Edinger published in Journal of Psychology

    Adjunct professor of education Dr. Matthew Edinger recently published an article with Suzanne Edinger titled Improving Teacher Job Satisfaction: The Roles of Social Capital, Teacher Efficacy, and Support in the Journal of Psychology.

Alumni Notes

  • Nicole Arnold, GC'18, named assistant principal at Powhatan High School

    Nicole Arnold, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Powhatan High School in Powhatan County Public Schools. Arnold earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Beverley Steele, GC'18, named assistant principal at Freeman High School

    Beverley Steele, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County Public Schools. Steele earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS, and earned the Catherine S. Fisher Book Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2019.

  • Charlie Goad, GC'16, named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School

    Charlie Goad, GC’16, has been named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Goad earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Chaz Barracks, '11, GC'16, named CFD Dissertation Fellow in at UR

    Chaz Barracks, ’11, GC’16, has been named CFD Dissertation Fellow in Rhetoric & Communication at UR for the 2019-20 academic year. The Consortium for Faculty Diversity supports doctoral students in completing dissertations through the Dissertation Fellowship. Barracks is earning a Ph.D. in VCU’s Media Art & Text interdisciplinary program.

  • Valerie Mooney, GC'18, named resource teacher at Harvie Elementary School

    Valerie Mooney, GC’18, has been named a resource teacher at Harvie Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Mooney earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Grace Davis, GC'17, named mission impact & stewardship officer

    Grace Davis, GC’17, has been named Mission Impact and Stewardship Officer in the Richmond office of World Pediatric Project. Davis earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNS) degree through SPCS. World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to heal critically ill children and build healthcare capacity in the world.

  • Chris Mazella, GC'18, named assistant principal at Fluvanna Middle School

    Chris Mazella, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Fluvanna Middle School in Fluvanna County Public Schools. Mazella earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Emma Florek, '13 and GC'19, named teacher of the year in New Kent County

    Emma Florek, ’13 and GC’19, has been named New Kent County Public School’s Teacher of the Year for 2019. Florek teaches art at New Kent Middle School. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art with an Education minor in 2014, and earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in August 2019.

  • Ashley Reynolds, GC'18, named assistant principal

    Ashley Reynolds, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Central High School in King & Queen County Public Schools. Reynolds earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at SPCS and previously served as sixth-grade team leader at Chickahominy Middle School in Hanover County.

  • Melanie Phipps, GC'12, named principal of Quioccasin Middle School

    Melanie Phipps, GC’12, has been named principal of Quioccasin Middle School in Henrico County Public Schools. Phipps earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

Student Notes

SPCS-Specific Alumni Directory Coming to UROnline

UR Alumni Services is working with the SPCS Alumni Association to provide an SPCS-specific alumni directory in UROnline. If you have an SPCS undergraduate or graduate degree, you can be included in this listing to making it easier to find SPCS classmates.

To be included, you must have an active account in UR Online. Visit uronline.net to activate your alumni account. This will also help us stay in touch with you more effectively.

If you prefer not to be included in the SPCS Alumni Directory, please log into uronline.net to make your listing private OR contact uronline@richmond.edu to make your request.

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