The GSE’s Tara Cooper receives PSU President’s Diversity Award

The PSU Diversity Action Council, and the Global Diversity and Inclusion division has named Tara Cooper this year’s recipient of the President’s Diversity Award in the distinguished staff category for outstanding accomplishments in making PSU a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable university.

Cooper is the Teacher Diversity Support Services Coordinator in the GSE’s Recruitment, Outreach and Student Services (ROSS) office where she recruits and mentors underrepresented students for the GSE’s graduate teaching and counseling programs. She joined the GSE in 2014. She has a master’s in intercultural relations and a bachelor’s degree in English and ethnic studies. Continue reading

GSE alumna Linda White receives state honors

Linda Bradford White, IAL ’02, is the 2017 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year. The award comes from the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). She is the principal of McLoughlin Middle School in Medford and described by colleagues as “outrageously positive.” White is a graduate of the PSU Initial Administrator Leadership (IAL) program, which generates a majority of school administrators throughout the Oregon. White was surprised with the award at an all-school assembly on April 25. She has been principal at the school for four years and prior to that was an assistant principal at North Medford High School. Continue reading

PSU Length of Service awards 2017

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On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, PSU honored faculty and staff who reached a length of service milestone in 2016. PSU employees were honored for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and remarkably, 45 years of service to the university. Five GSE employees were recognized for 20, 25, and 30 years of continuous employment. Congratulations to the following Graduate School of Education members:

20 years

  • Teresa Loveland, Coordinator, Special and Counselor Education

25 years

  • Jennifer Artman, Helen Gordon Child Development Center
  • Christine Chaillé, Emerita Faculty, Curriculum and Instruction Department
  • Mark Mentzer, Registration Coordinator, Continuing Education

30 years

  • Carol L. Mack, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department, former GSE associate dean, former vice provost for academic personnel and leadership development

Please join us in acknowledging our fellow colleagues for their significant achievement and contribution to the Graduate School of Education and Portland State University.

GSE counseling student receives national fellowship

marie-mcmahonPSU student Marie McMahon is the recipient of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship. She is in the Clinical Mental Health program in the GSE and also working toward the GSE Certificate in Trauma-Informed Therapy. The NBCC award covers a substantial portion of her graduate-level tuition at PSU.

“We are all very proud of Marie’s efforts and thankful she is part of our program,” said Assistant Professor Joel Lane, who teaches in the program. “Marie has a creative spirit and an interest in using art as a therapeutic tool, which I think will be very powerful in her work with underserved transition-aged youth.” Continue reading

PSU alumnus Brent Belveal named Outstanding Administrator

brent-belvealCongratulations to South Albany Principal Brent Belveal, CAL ’12, who is the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Belveal was honored at the OMEA annual conference in Eugene, January 12.

In April 2015, an arsonist set fire to South Albany’s music rooms and cafeteria, destroying band instruments, choral music, and kitchen equipment. One year and $15 million dollars later, that portion of the school has reopened. Belveal was nominated by his music teachers for working tirelessly with the insurance company, collecting donations, and managing construction to get the best possible results for students.

OMEA is a nonprofit association that serves music students and music educators in the state of Oregon.

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Doctoral student Staci Martin recognized by national organization

stacy-martinStaci Martin has been awarded a scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Martin is PSU doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction and an adjunct instructor in Child and Family Studies in the School of Social Work.

Martin was awarded the $1,300 Louise M. Berman Fellows Award for doctoral students. She was recognized for her research project, Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope.

The scholarship is based on academic success, involvement in Kappa Delta Pi, and a written essay. She was selected from pool of applicants from students around the country. Continue reading