Ebony magazine names GSE faculty member Jada Phelps Moultrie a Power 100 Honoree

Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight” PhD class at IUPUI. The eight women are Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins, Tiffany Kyser, Shannon McCullough, Nadrea Njoku, Juhanna Rogers, Johari Shuck, and Moultrie, who is at the top far left.

Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight” PhD class at IUPUI. The eight women are Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins, Tiffany Kyser, Shannon McCullough, Nadrea Njoku, Juhanna Rogers, Johari Shuck, and Moultrie, who is at the top far left.

Jada Phelps Moultrie, an assistant professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at PSU and recent graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), has been selected by Ebony magazine as an Ebony Power 100 Honoree. The Ebony Power 100 celebrates the world’s most inspiring African Americans from various sectors as standout achievers in their respective fields. This year’s list includes some very familiar names, such as Michael Jordon, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and the Obamas, as well as seven of Moultrie’s classmates.

Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight,” a group of eight Black women who graduated with their PhDs from the School of Education at IUPUI at the same time—a first in the school’s history. Moreover, like many traditionally white institutions (TWI), it’s a rare occurrence. “To graduate eight African American females from one school is a big doggone deal,” said Robin Hughes, interim executive associate dean of the School of Education at IUPUI. “And not just for IU, but across the country, that just doesn’t happen.” The women formed their own unique support group that helped them overcome obstacles, which they agree was a vital component to their success. Continue reading

GSE opens gallery–hosts student art exhibit

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What should the GSE do with large expanses of white walls in the new temporary location? An art show, of course! Dean Hitz and his assistant, Susan Shortridge put together a partnership for a year-long project with the art department at Beaverton’s Southridge High School. Through summer of 2017, the GSE will display Southridge student artwork in two long GSE corridors.

Southridge visual arts teacher Jessica Pluhar has curated the first of three shows that feature works by 11th- and 12th-grade International Baccalaureate art students. Her students explored a variety of media and techniques, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and paper cutting. The 11th-grade students worked on specific projects assigned by Pluhar, and 12th-grade students submitted projects that will become part of their portfolios. Each piece is a concept that is pertinent to the artist. Continue reading

GSE announces new development director

scott-shlaesPSU Foundation team member Scott Shlaes is the new GSE Development Director. He follows Jaymee Jacoby, who was recently promoted to a new position within the foundation after four years with the GSE.

Shlaes is a recent graduate of the GSE’s Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) master’s program and a parent of a Helen Gordon Child Development Center student. He has served as Director of Development for Sustainability Initiatives at the PSU Foundation for the past five years where he had the opportunity to build support for sustainability-related programming in multiple colleges, schools, institutes and centers across the University.

Dean Randy Hitz said, “Scott’s educational and fundraising backgrounds make him a very good fit for the GSE, and I look forward to working with him to advance our fundraising efforts.”

Like the development directors of other schools at PSU, the GSE development director is assigned to the GSE but works for the PSU Foundation.

Dean Randy Hitz honored by Chalkboard


Dean Randy Hitz, with Chalkboard President Sue Hildick, received Chalkboard’s Orcilia Zuñiga Forbes Leadership in Education Advocacy Award November 17, 2016.

Randy Hitz, dean of the Graduate School of Education, is the new recipient of the 2016 Orcilia Zuñiga Forbes Leadership in Education Advocacy Award from the Foundations for a Better Oregon (FBO)/Chalkboard Project. It is the only award from the Chalkboard Project and is presented annually to recognize state, education, or philanthropic leaders who have a track record of successful education advocacy or education leadership and who are champions of change.

Hitz follows PSU alumna Betty Komp, the state representative from District 22, who received the inaugural award in 2015. He received the award at the FBO/Chalkboard Project annual meeting, November 16, 2017. Continue reading

PSU school counseling alumna Holly Vaughn-Edmonds receives statewide honors

holly-vaughn-edmondsFranklin High School Counselor Holly Vaughn-Edmonds, ’02, was named the 2016 Oregon School Counselor of the Year by the Oregon School Counselor Association (OSCA). She received the honors at the organization’s fall conference in October. She is a graduate of the GSE’s School Counseling Program. She has been a practicing school counselor for 17 years, most recently at Franklin High School where she focuses on career and college readiness.

“Holly’s creative spirit and big heart make for strong collaboration with her colleagues, partners, and college resources,” said Juanita Valder, Franklin High School principal.

As the Oregon School Counselor of the Year, she is automatically a nominee for the American School Counselor Association National School Counselor of the Year. Continue reading

Associate Professor Lisa Aasheim receives statewide counseling award


Lisa Aasheim is congratulated by incoming ORCA president and GSE faculty member Joel Lane

Associate Professor Lisa Aasheim is the 2016 recipient of the Leona Tyler Award from the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA). This is the organization’s highest award and recognizes counselors who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and whose work has had statewide implications for counseling. She received the award at their fall conference in Portland, November 5, 2016.

Aasheim is an ’02 graduate of the PSU Marital, Couple & Family Counseling program and holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Oregon State University.

She teaches in PSU’s counseling program, is the director of the PSU Community Counseling Clinic that provides low-cost counseling services to the PSU community, and has a private practice in marriage and family counseling. Continue reading