Jessie Auger ’89: Teacher of the Year

June 29, 2006

Jessie Auger ’89, a bilingual first grade teacher from Boston, has been named the 2006-2007 Massachusetts Teacher of Year. “Jessie stands out because of her creativity in finding ways to work with students whose first language is not English,” said Massachusetts Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll. Auger’s award makes her the state’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. While remaining in the classroom, she will serve as ambassador to the teaching profession over the next year by making speeches and conducting workshops throughout the state.



Ward Churchill Officially Let Go From U of Colorado

June 27, 2006

Citing the “content and rhetoric” of his views on 9/11, allegations of research misconduct, and questions surrounding misrepresentation of his ethnicity in order to gain a hiring advantage, Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano has announced his intention to dismiss Ward Churchill from his position at U of C.

“After conducting the due diligence I felt was necessary, I have come to a decision regarding the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct pertaining to Professor Ward Churchill. Today, I issued to Professor Churchill a notice of intent to dismiss him from his faculty position at the University of Colorado, Boulder.”

Link [Via Boing-Boing]: Recommendation of Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano with Regard to Investigation of Research Misconduct

Kent State Athletics Takes a Stand on Facebook

June 27, 2006

Citing the safety of their athletes and the reputation of their institution, Kent State is giving their student athletes until August 1st to remove their profiles from the college student-focused, social networking site Student athletes who fail to meet the deadline risk losing their scholarships.

Athletics Director Laing Kennedy told the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, “We’re really concerned about the safety of our student-athletes and some of the personal information some of them have on there.”

Via: Slashdot | Kent State Banning Athletes from Using Facebook

Update (June 28, 2006): The comments on the Slashdot article are pretty interesting. Go to the link above to read all of the comments, or check out the follow-up article that discusses some of the more interesting and insightful comments.

William H. Lyons ’69 Featured on the TaxProf Blog

June 26, 2006

The TaxProf Blog, which provides news and information of interest to tax law professors, has a profile of William H. Lyons ’69, law professor at Nebraska College of Law.

“My path to law school teaching was somewhat different than the traditional path of working for a large firm in a large metropolitan area for a few years with, perhaps, an additional year or two as a judicial clerk. I practiced in Bangor, Maine with the law firm of Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky, where I was one of seven lawyers.”

Read the complete profile: Spotlight on William H. Lyons (Nebraska)

Dave Clark ’75 Gets Varsity Coaching Gig

June 23, 2006

Dave Clark ’75, who played basketball at Colby under Dick Whitmore, has been named the head boys basketball coach at Souhegan (NH) High School, according to an article in the Nashua (NH) Telegraph. Clark coached the JV team under two different varsity coaches, and will now get his turn at the top.

Clark’s basketball lineage is a long one. He played junior high school basketball in Nashua under former Nashua athletic director Al Harrington and longtime football and wrestling coach Paul Bellavance before playing varsity basketball for the late Tony Morandos, who coached Nashua to five championships and nine title game appearances between 1946 and 1971.

He played college basketball at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for Dick Whitmore, who will enter his 36 season as head coach next winter and has guided Colby to 562 wins.

“They were all highly competitive individuals,’’ Clark said of his mentors. “Whitmore was very fiery on the sidelines. Tony was very intense, but most of all I learned toughness from Tony.

Read the article: High School Journal: Some new blood in coaching ranks

SHE: Teachers and Video Blogging, Part 2

June 23, 2006

The second part of Syndication for Higher Ed’s interview with Jonny Goldstein is now up.

Thomson Peterson’s–Syndication for Higher Ed » Teachers and Video blogging, Part 2

Syndication for Higher Ed: Teachers and Video Blogging (Part I)

June 22, 2006

The Syndication for Higher Ed blog has an interview with Jonny Goldstein, who manages the technology education portion of New York City public school after school program. Goldstein taught students in the program how to video blog (view their group video blog). In the interview, Goldstein discusses ways in which teachers can approach video blogging as a classroom tool.

…in this segment, Jonny refers to the work of Jen Simmons (Temple University) and Bre Pettis, both co-panelists in Jonny’s Vloggercon session on vlogging in education.

See part I of the interview at Syndication for Higher Ed: Teachers and Video blogging, Part I

Correction, June 23: I had originally referred to Jonny Goldstein as a teacher in the New York City Public School system. Jonny sent in a comment to set me straight:

“I manage the technology education portion of an after school program and I work for Vision Education and Media, a private company which was subcontracted to implement the tech ed portion of this program, which aims to serve 150 high school students in the Bronx.”

Thank you for the clarification, and I apologize for the error.

Check out Jonny’s students’ work at