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.
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!