Monday, August 18, 2014

Michigan Education Association Student Meeting this Wednesday, August 20th @ 2:45pm in 267 FCS

UM-Dearborn Chapter: Michigan Education Association Student Meeting


Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 2:45pm in the Curriculm Lab (Room 267), Fairline Campus South Building.


As a student member of the Michigan Education Association (SMEA),  you will stand with 2.8 million other members of the NEA (National Education Association) who comprise a powerful force for educational excellence. 


Joining SMEA:

  • Improves Teacher Education
  • Protects Students Rights
  • Provides a Professional Network
  • Supplements Formal Education
  • Influences Government 
  • Works Toward Human Relations

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Life for Old Textbooks: CEHHS prof ships resources to colleagues overseas to increase access to academic materials

Muna Al-Siyabi will return to her home country this summer as the first Omani instructor at Sultan Qaboos University with a master’s degree in early childhood education and a focus on special education.
It’s a distinction that brings certain benefits. For starters, she’ll become a leading advocate for children with special needs.
There is a downside, though.
“[Because] special education is a new major in Oman, we don’t have resources on the subject yet,” said Al-Siyabi, who earned her master’s degree this spring from University of Michigan-Dearborn. “None of the resources discuss new trends in teaching or educating young children with disabilities.”
She wanted to purchase additional materials to take back with her; but Kim Killu had a different idea. 
The UM-Dearborn professor of special education recently moved offices and purged a glut of teaching and learning resources in the process of relocating. That stockpile, along with materials from retiring professor Belinda Lazarus, now will travel back to Oman with Al-Siyabi.
Al-Siyabi plans to use the materials as an instructor at Sultan Qaboos.
“I am planning to advocate for children with special needs and these resources will be one way to increase my awareness about different issues related to special education,” she said. “Looking at different researches done in special education will give us guidelines about how we are going to teach individuals with disabilities.”
Sharing resources with colleagues abroad is nothing new for Killu. She often ships materials to friends and former classmates in Africa and South America who have limited access to academic materials.
“I think it’s important for us to share what we have here and pass it along to other people who don’t have access to what we have,” Killu said. “Textbooks are useful, older journals, assessment instruments, curriculum materials—they can use that in their courses.”
Killu says professors use these resources to provide more current information to their students, which helps in the classroom as well as in clinical experiences.
That’s how Al-Siyabi plans to use her new materials. They’ll serve as a starting point as Al-Siyabi and her students conduct their own research.
“I would like to work with my students to apply some research-based practices in teaching children with disabilities,” she said. “We will use the data we collect to help us make recommendation on how we can provide good services for young children.”

Friday, August 8, 2014

"CEHHS Heads" Take 2nd Place in MHealthy Scavenger Hunt

L to R: Catherine, Karen & Raechel
On Wednesday, August 6, the CEHHS Heads - a staff team comprised of Karen Claiborne, Raechel Espinoza, and Catherine Parkins - earned 2nd place in the first annual UM-Dearborn MHealthy Scavenger Hunt.  Taking place on the central campus, teams had 45 minutes to decipher clues, reach specific destinations across campus, and take photo evidence that the group had visited the location.

The CEHHS Heads power-walked and sprinted from the organic community garden to the bridge over the Rouge River on the Henry Ford Estate grounds, and to most buildings on campus in order to complete the scavenger hunt.

Karen stands on her head!
At the event's conclusion, the CEHHS Heads found themselves in a three-way tie for 2nd place, which called for a physical challenge tie-breaker.  Karen recorded the fastest time with 7.2 seconds as she zoomed through the horizontal rope ladder to clinch 2nd place for the team!

Friday, July 18, 2014

CEHHS Staff Honored

Four CEHHS staff members were recently honored at the 2013-2014 Chancellor's Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to Joann Otlewski, a team member on the Degree Audit Project, and recipient of the Exceptional Team Award.  Congratulations also goes to service award recipients Karen Claiborne (25 years), Carolyn Williams (15 years), and Catherine Parkins (5 years).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Spotlight: Magen Johnson, Community Health Education

Community Health Education debuts as a major in Fall 2014 in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, and one of the charter students to enroll in the program is Magen Johnson.  Magen comes to UM-Dearborn with a bachelor's degree in Bio-Psychology (UM-Ann Arbor) and graduate work in Neuro-Pharmacology (Wayne State University).

She is returning to school for the new Community Health Education degree after having worked in a research lab for several years; Magen sees the need to educate and reach out to communities in order to make a difference.  She feels that the college offers a well-rounded program given, noting that the curriculum focuses on sciences and health, as well as the economics of health care and - especially - how to teach about health-related issues to individuals and communities.

Magen's professional goal is to work in a mental health community center, to be able to educate and serve as a resource.

Welcome to UM-Dearborn and CEHHS, Magen!

Monday, July 7, 2014

CEHHS Welcomes Lori Petrick, Assistant to the Dean

Lori PetrickPlease join us in welcoming Lori Petrick to CEHHS as the Assistant to the Dean.

Lori started her career at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1996, during which she has held administrative positions at the Henry Ford Estate and Natural Sciences. Since 2008, Lori has been the administrative specialist for the Department of Language, Culture, and Communication in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, which is comprised of 28 full- time faculty, 40 part-time faculty, five disciplines and an internship program.

Lori has been a Staff Senator since 2010 and has served as the chair of the Campus Morale and Engagement committee.  In addition, she has also served in the Campus Ambassador program,  Go Blue Goes Red, and several faculty and staff search committees.

Welcome to CEHHS, Lori!

Monday, June 23, 2014

CEHHS Welcomes New Doctoral Students

On Friday, June 20, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Ed.D program hosted a reception and orientation for its sixth cohort.  Cohort Six was greeted by Dean Janine Janosky, several members of the CEHHS Department of Education faculty, and students from previous cohorts.

L-R: Dr. Susan Everett, Macell Myers,
Zeinab Sobh-Ahmed & Kellie Hughes 
Presentations from the Ed.D program directors, the Mardigian Library, Financial Aid, and Student Services culminated in a meet-and-greet with students and faculty in the Michigan Rooms in Fairlane Center South.

Cohort Six will begin coursework this Fall 2014.  Welcome to UM-Dearborn and CEHHS, Cohort Six!