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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

  • Lee featured in grant announcement

    Adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts Lauranett Lee, who also serves as a visiting lecturer in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, is pictured identifying fingerprints in the bricks at Menokin in an announcement of new grant awards from Virginia Humanities.

  • Bryant mentioned in Richmond Magazine

    Nora Bryant, Adjunct Instructor of Education, is mentioned in an article titled A Family-Friendly Outfit in Richmond Magazine. Bryant co-owns Little Nomad, a children’s clothing shop, with her husband, Anthony. She teaches courses related to special education.

  • Hanel hired as accreditation specialist

    Dr. Joel Hanel has been hired as Accreditation & Assessment Specialist in SPCS. Hanel coordinates school-wide accreditation and assessment efforts. He comes to Richmond from Radford University.

  • Lee profiled for contributions

    SPCS adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts Dr. Lauranett Lee is profiled in Richmond Magazine’s recent Arthur Ashe commemorative issue for her contributions to Richmond’s African-American community.

  • Gordon's work on The Giving Wall featured

    SPCS adjunct assistant professor of nonprofit studies Reggie Gordon is featured in a Startup Spotlight for working with local businesswoman Becky Crump to set up The Giving Wall, a partnership that highlights funding opportunities to support impoverished Richmonders.

  • Calveric named Caroline County Schools Superintendent

    SPCS adjunct associate professor of education Dr. Sarah B. Calveric has been named Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) effective December 10, 2018.

  • Nielson quoted in NBC News article

    SPCS associate professor of liberal arts Erik Nielson is quoted in a NBC News article on the rise of emo rap to national prominence. Nielson identifies in emo rap lyrics the timeless messages of “angst, frustration, powerlessness” found in emo rock and in work by Tupac, Kid Cudi and Geto Boys.

  • Spires' article featured in podcast

    SPCS assistant professor of education Bob Spires, whose research interests include social justice-related issues impacting teacher training, is featured in an episode of Podcasts@Boatwright discussing a recent article published in Youth Voice Journal.

  • Kuti presents at WIDA Conference

    SPCS professor of graduate education Laura Kuti, assistant chair of teacher education & English language learner (ELL) specialist, presented on elementary reading assessment & ELL at the 2018 WIDA Conference in Detroit.

  • Laing represents UR at inauguration

    Kathy Laing, GC’16, manager of the UR Institute on Philanthropy, represented University of Richmond at the inauguration ceremony for Ferrum College’s 12th president, Dr. David J. Johns, on October 19, 2018.

Alumni Notes

  • 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.

  • Brittany Schaal, GC'16, hired as risk manager at Capital One

    Brittany Schaal, GC’16, has been hired as Risk Manager, Crisis Management with Capital One. Schaal has served as the University’s Director of Emergency Management, completing her service on August 17, 2018. Schael earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies through SPCS.

  • Eric Beatty, '01, GC'12, earns promotion

    Eric Beatty, ’01, GC’12, Past-President of the SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors, has been promoted to Police Captain in the University of Richmond Police Department. The promotion was earned July 23, 2018.

Student Notes

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Sampling Black History: Evolution of Hip-Hop

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

Dean's Basketball Reception

The Dean’s Basketball Reception features an evening of networking and celebration with the dean and special invited guests, including members of the Dean’s Ambassadors Circle (DAC) and the Alumni Association.

Spring Faculty Meeting & Awards Ceremony

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.

Permaculture Class Presentations

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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