Mary Ellen McFarland (B.S. ‘43) a very active alumna over the years when we were Human Ecology/ Home Ec, and also the wife of our very own professor and longtime dean of the College of Home Ec/College of Human Ecology, Keith McFarland. Mary Ellen passed away January 18, 2018.
On November 19, elementary education (1964) alumna Paula Goldberg was presented with the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
Paula is the Executive Director and co-founder of PACER Center, a nonprofit supporting families of youth with disabilities using a “parents helping parents” model. PACER Center is unique in that it serves children of all ages, with all disabilities: learning, physical, emotional, mental, and health. No other organization in Minnesota offers this broad range of services to families.
Prior to founding PACER, Paula was an elementary school teacher in Minneapolis and Chicago. In 1978, she was faced with a decision, either to attend law school or help launch a new organization to assist parents of children with disabilities. She chose to spend her time – just for a few years, she thought – building PACER Center.
It was a grassroots effort, with one grant, five staff and a 700 square foot office filled with used furniture. Her young sons helped with filing and put on puppet shows to teach schoolchildren about disability awareness.
Today, thanks to Paula’s leadership, PACER has more than 70 staff in its own 38,000 square foot building. The Center runs more than 35 programs, including bullying prevention, social events and self-advocacy resources for youth, independent housing information, an assistive technology center, and, almost 40 years later, the puppet shows.
Paula has dedicated her professional career to ensuring families of children with disabilities have access to information, resources and support. Her vision for PACER has made a difference for thousands of children and parents across the country.
The Outstanding Achievement Award is reserved for University of Minnesota alumni who have attained marked distinction in their profession or in public service; and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national, or international level.
Tenzin Dolkar (M.S.W. ‘14) was appointed in October of 2017, by Governor Mark Dayton to serve as the State of Minnesota’s Rail Director. In her previous position, Dolkar served as the governor’s chief policy adviser on transportation and agriculture.
Parker Kruckenburg (M.Ed. ‘12) joined the Northeastern State University RiverHawks baseball coaching staff as the top assistant in August of 2017.
Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed (M.A. ‘00) was hired as the new Hopkins Superintendent in July 2017. Dr. Mhiripiri-Reed is the first female and first person of color to serve as superintendent of the district.
On Oct. 19, Jan Ormasa was recognized with a University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award. Jan has a master’s degree in educational psychology and a Specialist Certificate in educational administration, and worked as a special education teacher and administrator for the Hopkins Public Schools for over 40 years.
Jan’s passion for education and advocacy is apparent in her daily life as well as in her past leadership of the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society Board and the CEHD Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle. For both organizations, she implemented strategic planning and inspired members to do more to meet annual goals. In addition, she is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and PACER Center boards.
The UM Alumni Service Award recognizes a volunteer who has had a major impact on the University, its schools, colleges, departments, or faculty.
Rosalind Horowitz (Ph.D. ‘82) Professor of Departments of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching; and Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio and S. Jay Samuels, Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at The University of Minnesota—Twin Cities edited the book, The Achievement Gap in Reading: Complex causes, persistent issues, possible solutions (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2017). This volume presents the research of 24, distinguished scholars in varied fields, who conduct educational and literacy research.
Beth Bowman (M. Ed. ‘06) has been selected to serve as a mentor in the 2017 The Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) Fellows Program. You can visit this website to learn more: www.wearelott.
Lynne Macziewski (M.A. ‘17) will be the new Head of Middle School at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga in August 2017. Macziewski is an experienced school leader and an award-winning teacher at Blake School in Hopkins. She is known for her relationship-building skills and ability to mentor and coach faculty.
Kelly Kleine (B.S. ‘13) was promoted in June 2017 to college scouting coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Kleine is one of the 14 women who are currently working in football operations for teams across the league.
Carol Cheatham (M.A. ‘01, Ph.D. ‘04) was selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council in June 2017. With over 17 years of experience in Psychology and Neuroscience, Cheatham will offer valuable insight and expertise on the effects of nutrition on brain development and function.
Corey Millen (B.S. ‘17) accepted a new position in August 2017 as the Director of Hockey Operations at the US Air Force Academy. Millen is a Cloquet native and former NHL player. Millen was previously the volunteer assistant for the University of Minnesota Gophers, working for Coach Don Lucia.
Linda Madsen (B.S. ‘81, M.A. ‘85, Ph.D. ‘00) retired in June 2017 after 36 years of service with the Forest Lake Schools.
Tina Jackson (B.S. ‘03, M.Ed. ‘04) hosted her 12th annual “Surviving the Game” conference in St. Paul in July 2017. The conference is held to help end the cycle of poverty for kids in the Minneapolis community, where Jackson grew up. More than 200 students attended the conference, where they learn financial literacy, go to a Lynx game, and meet the players. Over the years, the conference, “Surviving the Game” has been able to give out seven scholarships to students.
Beth Magistad (M.A. ‘94, Ph.D. ‘00) was recently welcomed as a new board member in July 2017 for the Park Bugle, a community nonprofit newspaper published by Park Press Inc. serving St. Paul neighborhoods of Como Park and St. Anthony Park.
Mollie Meyer (B.S. ‘05, M.Ed. ‘09) was named principal in May 2017 of Lonsdale Elementary School. Meyer will also serve as the Tri-City United Schools district’s assessment and Title I coordinator.
Carla Nelson (M.Ed. ‘97) was recognized in July 2017 as the “Outstanding Legislator of The Year” by the Minnesota School Boards Association. Senator Nelson modernized and restructured the State’s failing teacher licensure system, to efficiently bring more qualified teachers into the classroom. Nelson has been instrumental in tackling complex educational and political challenges in Minnesota; fighting for high-quality education and closing the achievement gap.
John Kavanagh (B.S. ‘89) was promoted to managing director for public and regulatory affairs for Minnesota Public Radio in July 2017. Kavanagh will serve as the liaison for MPR’s networked stations on a state and local level as well as nationally in Washington D.C.
Patricia Kubow (M.A. ‘94, Ph.D. ‘96) along with her graduate student, Mina Min, received the 2017 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of African Descent from the Comparative and International Education Society. The award recognized their scholarly article “The Cultural Contours of Democracy: Indigenous Epistemologies informing South African Citizenship”, that was published in the journal Democracy & Education.