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.
James Lichtenberg (Ph.D. ‘74) was recognized, this past August, by the American Psychological Association as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education Award.
Timothy O’Connell (M.Ed. ‘91) won a 2017 3M National Teaching Fellowship. This is considered Canada’s most prestigious prize for teaching excellence at the university level and only ten are given out nation-wide each year. O’Connell is a Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Stanley Baker (M.A. ‘63) received the Ella Stephens Barrett Award for Excellence in Professional Leadership and Counseling in February 2017 from the North Carolina Counseling Association. The award is given to a faculty member who displays outstanding leadership, improvement, and enhancement of the counseling profession.
Jordan Dresdow (B.A. ‘12, M.Ed. ‘14) accepted a teaching position in August 2017 where she will teach Spanish at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Darcia Narvaez (Ph.D. ‘93) a former professor at the University of Minnesota, and current professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame wrote a book in 2014, titled, “Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom” which has won several awards. Most recently the 2017 Expanded Reason Award for Research, and an international award sponsored by the University Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid) and the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.
Annalee Stewart (M.S.W. ‘58) was a University of Minnesota social work professor who passed away on May 14, 2017. After earning her master’s degree, she continued to teach for the rest of her career at the university’s School of Social Work. During her time, she helped launch a LGBT alumni group at the U and landed the campus Breaking the Silence Award. Stewart died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 89.
Naip Tuna (Ph.D. ‘58) a cardiologist, professor, and general doctor at the University of Minnesota passed away at the age of 95, on June 23, 2017. After earning his Ph.D. at the university, Tuna went on to become an expert in electrocardiography, and later was honored with a Lifetime Education Award from the university’s cardiovascular division, and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Libby Siegel (M.A. ‘54) passed away at the age of 88 on June 19, 2017. Siegel began her career in elementary education and later received her master’s at the University of Minnesota, in curriculum and instruction. She co-founded M.Y. Options, a support and education group for middle-age women. Siegel ended her career, in her mid 80’s, working as a counselor in a private counselling practice she began.
Regina Monnig (Ph. D. ‘75) a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, and professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota passed away on July 20, 2017. Monnig received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and was project director of the Minnesota Nursing Association Career Mobility Study (1971-1974). Sister Regina also served as an Air Force Reserve Nurse in 1972 and received an honorable discharge in 1992. From 1978 until 1998 she served as an Academic Dean and Professor of Nursing for several nursing programs around the country.
Myron E. Fahey (M. Ed. ‘53) a long time educator passed away at the age of 95, on July 12, 2017. After serving in World War II, Fahey returned to school and earned his master’s in Education Administration from the University of Minnesota. In 1958 he became a high school principal in Gilbert, Minnesota and later the superintendent of the district, he retired in 1989. In addition to his profession, he was also elected to the board of directors for the Minnesota State High School League, an officer in the Minnesota Education Association, and Range Retired Teachers.
John Treiber (B.S. ‘80) founder of the non-profit, People Serving People, passed away on July 16, 2017. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam war from 1959 to 1962, Trieber earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and went on to pursue his master’s in Psychology specializing in substance abuse rehabilitation.
Mary Bradley (AA ‘46) a student of the General College, passed away November 30, 2016. Bradley, known for her singing, sang in Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah”, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, as well as with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civic Operas. In the 1950’s she was a member of the famous Schiek’s Singing Sextet, where she sang and performed with the company in dozens of musical shows at Schiek’s Cafe. Later, she went on to work for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and for the Tyrone Guthrie Theater Foundation.
CEHD alumnus and professor emeritus Leo McAvoy received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) on July 31 at an evening reception at the Campus Club. Regent Abdul Omari presented the award, which recognizes McAvoy’s significant contributions to outdoor and adventure education. The OAA is the University of Minnesota’s highest award for its graduates.
McAvoy earned a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies from the College of Education and Human Development, and spent more than 30 years as a professor in the School of Kinesiology. He directed the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies division for a total of 12 years, and served twice as acting director of the School. He has been honored nationally for his contributions to his field, including its highest honor, the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research.
What makes McAvoy’s work special is his focus on populations that are often overlooked in the literature. Much of his research concentrated on the notion of inclusive recreation. His groundbreaking work challenged long-held myths about the preferences of individuals with disabilities for outdoor environments and the extent of their participation in adventure activities. Throughout this career, McAvoy collaborated with nonprofit organizations such as Wilderness Inquiry, an inclusive outdoor program in Minneapolis, and consulted for schools and government agencies.
McAvoy was also recognized for his skills in the classroom. His classes included hands-on work, such as visiting a local YMCA camp to participate in a high ropes challenge. McAvoy is beloved by his former students, who remember his passion for the outdoors and his innovative syllabi. Many of his advisees attended the award ceremony.
McAvoy’s frequent research collaborator, former School of Kinesiology professor Stuart Schleien, shared in his nomination letter: “Leo’s work exemplified the ideals of integrating research with action, and I would regard him as one of our field’s outstanding scholars in his ability to share his knowledge, expertise, and experiences to multiple audiences.”
Congratulations, Professor Emeritus McAvoy!
Hailee Moehnke, a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology and a recent recipient of the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center scholarship, was noted in her hometown newspaper, The Katy News, of Katy, Texas.
Moehnke, who is advised by Professor Maureen R. Weiss, is pursuing her Masters of Science in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Her research focus is in Positive Youth Development, and she is interested in learning how participation in sport and physical activity affects youth psychological and social maturity.
The fund, administered by the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is used to support graduate education, including for graduate assistantships, research support, travel to conferences, and equipment.
CEHD alumni John Haugo and David Metzen received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) on June 19 at an evening reception at Eastcliff. They were recognized for their significant contributions to Minnesota’s educational system and given their awards by President Eric Kaler. The OAA is the University of Minnesota’s highest award for graduates.
John Haugo was an innovative tech entrepreneur before it was cool. After working as a teacher for many years, Haugo went on to earn an M.A. (’64) and Ph.D. (’68) from CEHD. He had a specialty in information systems and, after finishing his doctorate, led the implementation of computer networks across Minnesota State University campuses.
He was later appointed to a governor’s task force to study the potential use of computers in education, which led to his position as executive director of the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, or MECC. Early on, Haugo realized the educational potential of personal desktop computers and the importance of teaching students how to use them. Because of his efforts at MECC, all public schools in Minnesota had Apple computers with instructional software, and teachers were trained how to incorporate them into their lesson plans. Haugo eventually moved on to launch his entrepreneurial career and founded several software companies focused on health care delivery and resource management. One of his colleagues said, “John could have used his entrepreneurial skills in any type of business, but he wanted to improve the world.”
David Metzen went from being a U of M hockey standout to having an exemplary career in the field of public education. Metzen has a B.S. (’64), M.A. (’70) and Ed.D. (’73) from CEHD. He started his career as a teacher in his hometown of South Saint Paul, soon advancing to the position of principal and later superintendent. A parent from that time shared, “On the first day of school, Dave took our daughter by the hand and walked her to her classroom, all the while telling her how great school was going to be. She not only believed him then, she is now a 9th grade English teacher in the Minneapolis public schools.” As a lifelong resident and passionate supporter of his community, Metzen realized the importance of strong public schools as a civic point of pride. To ensure the ongoing health of the district, he established one of the first school foundations in Minnesota, the South Saint Paul Educational Foundation.
The University of Minnesota was influenced by Metzen’s thoughtful leadership as a Board of Regents member for 12 years, including two years as chair. He wanted to ensure that college education remained affordable for all students. During his time as a regent, the board oversaw the reorganization of General College and the College of Human Ecology, bringing together several programs under the umbrella of the new College of Education and Human Development. After his regents term ended, Metzen continued his leadership for college affordability as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Higher Education.
In their acceptance remarks, both Haugo and Metzen acknowledged the importance of the University of Minnesota to their lives and to the state. We are proud to have such distinguished alumni affiliated with CEHD!
All college alumni are invited to stay connected through the CEHD Alumni Society.
Joyce Serido, associate professor of Family Social Science, discussed her scholarship on financial behaviors of young people in the spring/summer issue of Connect, the magazine of the College of Education and Human Development. Read the full story on the Connect website.