GSE’s Cheryl Livneh receives regional award

livnehGSE Associate Dean Cheryl Livneh has earned the 2014 Honor of Excellence award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Western Region. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of professional and continuing education. She is the director of Continuing Education (CEED) at PSU, holds a faculty position in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department, and is the Associate Dean for Outreach for the GSE.

Dr. Livneh has served as the director of Continuing Education (CEED) at PSU since 1987, and with the CE team had grown the unit into a robust, successful, self-support department with 28 programs, over 1500 courses per year, 26 professional and support staff, and an annual revenue of over $2 million dollars. She is most noteworthy for the breadth of her work in continuing education program development and service to the university and the profession. Continue reading

Federal agency awards PSU Adoption Therapy program

Adoption awardPSU Program Managers, Marion Sharp (GSE) and Kellie Herold (SSW), were honored that the Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families program received a 2013 Adoption Excellence Award from the Children’s Bureau, a federal agency that partners with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. The Adoption Excellence Awards are “designed to recognize excellence in achieving the goals of safety, permanency, and well-being of children in out-of-home care.” The award criteria include innovation, overall impact and benefits, use of resources, community outreach, partnerships, sustainability, ability to replicate, and leadership.

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GSE Adoptions Therapy program recognized by US agency

adoptions awardsThe PSU Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families Certificate of Completion program continues to receive national recognition. In addition to the 2012-13 Outstanding Program Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, the program was recently nominated for the “Adoption Excellence Award” given by the Children’s Bureau, a 100-year-old federal agency that works to improve the lives of children and families across the US. Each year the Bureau recognizes states, courts, agencies, businesses, and individuals that provide support to approximately 400,540* children in foster care across the US. Continue reading

PSU Adoptions Therapy program nationally recognized

Pictured clockwise from top: Francine Florendo, Renee Daniel, Kellie Herold, Marion Sharp, Toni Ferguson

Pictured clockwise from top: Francine Florendo, Renee Daniel, Kellie Herold, Marion Sharp, Toni Ferguson

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) named PSU’s Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families Program the national winner of the 2012-13 Outstanding Program Award: Noncredit. This award is the highest distinction in its profession. UPCEA’s national award is not granted every year, but this year’s awards committee selected the PSU program for “leadership and innovation in programming.”

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GSE instructor Karin Bausenbach leaves a legacy

Karin BausenbachA member of the GSE—an Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) instructor—passed away in November, leaving behind a large enthusiastic following. Karin Bausenbach, MD, was a dynamic presenter in the IPNB program, a certificate program taught online and in person at PSU for human services professionals and other professionals interested in the impact of positive relationships on the brain.

“Dr. Karin was a passionate and inspiring teacher, driven to ensure that her students really learned about the brain,” said IPNB Program Director Marion Sharp. “She quizzed everyone regularly, and students quickly learned to be prepared for this. With every repeated question, we all laid down and reinforced new neural pathways of learning—and we laughed . . . a lot!”

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PACE student selected as PSU summer commencement speaker

GSE students have dominated the podium at PSU graduations this year. Emily Coleman, MS (VIL), and Jacob Sherman, MS (LSE), were chosen for this year’s spring ceremony held at the Rose Garden in June. Now add Debra Kidney to this year’s list of outstanding Portland State GSE graduates.

Debra Kidney, BA ’84, an Educational Leadership master’s graduate, was one of two students tapped to speak to the 700 students and their families and friends attending PSU’s summer commencement ceremony, Saturday, August 18, 2012—the last graduation ceremony PSU will hold in the Park Blocks. Ms. Kidney specialized in the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) program and completed the Training and Development program in Continuing Education.

“Debra’s dedication to empowering adult learners and her passion toward workplace learning has been evident in her academic commitment in both the PACE master’s degree and the Training & Development programs,” said Program Manager Toni Plato. “Her positive personality, professional experience and education from the GSE all contribute to her ability to inspire adults to keep learning a lifetime priority. We are very proud of her.”

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