GSE celebrates 2017 graduates at annual Academic Hooding Ceremony

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On Sunday, June 18, GSE students and their families crowded the Oregon Convention Center for the 26th Annual Academic Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony was the culmination of their programs. GSE graduates will serve the community as teachers, counselors, adult educators, and sustainability educators in Oregon and elsewhere. More than 500 GSE students complete programs each year, and 334 attended this event.

Joining the 15 doctoral graduates were master’s and licensure students from Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership and Policy. Four undergraduate students also received recognition through GSE’s award-winning Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program. Continue reading

Commencement speaker focused on family finds support at PSU

Mona (left) and Mania Asadi Zadeh, ’17, celebrate a new beginning in America.

For the GSE’s Mania Asadi Zadeh, this year’s PSU student commencement speaker, life is all about family. She grew up in a multigenerational household in Tehran, Iran, so when her older sister Mona wanted to join her in the United States, Mania was thrilled. She was not expecting her sister to become caught up in an immigration crisis that made national news. Mania, a GSE counseling major had a real-life problem that would require all of her years of training to solve.

Mania did not start her undergraduate college career wanting to be a counselor. She envisioned a high-paying profession, like pharmacist, so she could help support her family. She took every science course she could at PCC and transferred to Portland State as a junior in 2012. In 2014, Mania earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at PSU. Working with PSU advisors in her undergrad years and mentoring other students had taught her that she liked to take care of people. She had realized that her graduate degree should be in counseling and the GSE’s Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling specialization was a perfect fit for her. Continue reading

GSE proudly represented at annual PSU diversity awards

2017 Diversity Award recipients (left to right): Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Aslihan Alkurt, Samuel Henry, Ebony Oldham, and Tara Cooper. Not pictured, Virginia Luka.

The annual PSU Diversity Awards were held May 23, 2017, at the Native American Student and Community Center on the PSU campus. 

Samuel Henry is only the second person tapped for the Vice President’s Global Diversity Award. Carmen Suarez, PSU Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion, conferred the award to Henry, who was also featured as the keynote speaker at the celebration. Henry is an associate professor emeritus in the Curriculum and Instruction (CI) department and has worked at PSU since 1992. During his tenure, Henry served as chair of that department, was the GSE doctoral program coordinator, and was the director of the Intercultural Initiatives for the Center for Academic Excellence. In 2010, he was named to the Oregon State Board of Education as a member and served that group as chair. In 2016 he was nominated to Governor Brown’s Oregon Quality Education Commission. Continue reading

PSU graduate student coaches David Douglas mock trial team

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On March 4, a dozen teams of high school students competed in a regional Mock Trial competition in the Clackamas County Courthouse. Joseph Cornett, a PSU graduate student in the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP) led the David Douglas High School (DDHS) team of eight. It is the first time in 10 years that DDHS has fielded a team.

Mock Trial is a competitive academic activity that puts two teams up against one another in arguing an authentic legal case. The Classroom Law Project developed the Mock Trial Competition to promote civic engagement and legal education throughout the state of Oregon.

In Mock Trial competition, there are three rounds. Teams are assigned to defend or prosecute cases they have previously studied, but until they begin, they do not know which side they will argue. Students must be familiar with and carefully follow court procedures. They learn to address the judge, how and when to object to questions, and what attorneys from each side are expected to know and do. Students get a dose of real-world public speaking practice and a positive courthouse experience. The “jury” is comprised of volunteer judges who tally scores.

Coach Cornett is in his second year of SDEP in the Graduate School of Education. Graduates of this program earn a teaching license and master’s degree in special education and a content area, in this case, social studies. Cornett will be qualified to teach social studies in middle and high school and able to work successfully with students from a variety of ability levels in his classroom. SDEP is unique to PSU and one of only a few such programs in the country. Dual-licensed teachers are in high demand in school districts because many schools are looking for flexibility in their workforce. Continue reading

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

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