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College of Education Receives Accreditation from International Dyslexia Association http://westliberty.edu/education/2016/06/10/college-education-receives-accreditation-international-dyslexia-association/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:04:13 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3712 West Liberty, W.Va., June 9, 2016 by Maureen Zambito — West Liberty University is one of nine universities in the country that received accreditation this year from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). “Our master’s of education reading track was recognized by … Continue reading

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West Liberty, W.Va., June 9, 2016 by — West Liberty University is one of nine universities in the country that received accreditation this year from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Keely 200x200“Our master’s of education reading track was recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) in May and is now an IDA accredited program. This represents the hard work of our reading specialist Theresa Kowcheck and the careful preparation of a self-study, followed by an accreditation visit by IDA. We have placed a special emphasis on the explicit teaching of multi-sensory instructional literacy practices in our curriculum,” said Dr. Keely Camden, Dean of the College of Education.

The reading track in the master’s of education also was submitted to the West Virginia State Department of Education Program Review Board for recommendation to the West Virginia State Board of Education for West Virginia state accreditation.

“We expect to hear back from the State Department of Education this month on the status of our state reading certification proposal,” Dr. Camden added.

The IDA and its affiliate, the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), certified WLU for having met the standards outlined in IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. This was the third round of university reviews by IDA, which conducts the process every two years.

An alumna of WLU, Kowcheck teaches in the master’s program as an instructor for the reading specialist track. She also is the director of the Center for Multisensory Learning at Wheeling Country Day School where WLU students fulfill their clinical hours for the master’s in reading track.

0031-300x229“I’m proud of the long time partnership between West Liberty University and Wheeling Country Day School. The partnership between these two strong, academic institutions has built a foundational education program for teachers who instruct students with language-based learning differences,” said Kowcheck, who has been a certified Orton-Gillingham reading practitioner since 2007.

The IDA Standards provide a framework for course content in university and other teacher preparation programs, offering thorough, research-supported documentation of what every teacher ought to know and be able to demonstrate, whether they are teaching dyslexic students, other struggling readers or the general student population.

“We are delighted to see this third group of teacher preparation programs meet the rigorous requirements for IDA accreditation, as well as to see increasing numbers of programs demonstrating an interest in seeking IDA accreditation,” said Louise Spear-Swerling, Ph.D., vice president of the CERI Board of Directors and Area Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Learning Disabilities at Southern Connecticut State University. “Effective teachers can make an enormous difference in children’s literacy outcomes.”

During the 2016 accreditation, three independent reviewers were assigned to each participating university to evaluate their programs. The WLU review included a thorough look at course syllabi and other course materials and requirements, interviews with program directors, and site visits to the university and the Center for Multisensory Learning.

“Our goal is to make sure teachers are better prepared to teach reading in our schools so that all students acquire the highest levels of literacy and thrive,” said Liz Liptak, executive director of CERI. “We believe that everyone can reach their full potential when they receive the right instruction and support.”

CERI also offers individual certification for teachers based on the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. These include Structured Literacy Teacher and Structured Literacy Interventionist certifications.

An international, non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences, the IDA began reviewing university reading programs in 2012. A complete list of the 26 currently accredited programs can be found on IDA’s website at www.eida.org.

For more information on West Liberty University’s Master’s in Education’s reading track, please contact Dr. Leann Elkins at WLU’s Highlands Center, 304.217.2800 or leann.elkins@westliberty.edu. Or visit westliberty.edu.

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West Liberty Students Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week and Take the Screen-Free Week Challenge http://westliberty.edu/education/2016/04/20/west-liberty-students-celebrate-every-kid-healthy-week-take-screen-free-week-challenge/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:38:26 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3695       West Liberty University partnered with West Liberty Elementary School and other local organizations to celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week and encouraged families to take the Screen-Free Week Challenge. Launched by Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) in 2013, … Continue reading

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West Liberty University partnered with West Liberty Elementary School and other local organizations to celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week and encouraged families to take the Screen-Free Week Challenge.

Launched by Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance in April that promotes the importance of sound nutrition, regular physical activity, and health-promoting programs in schools. Why? Because healthy kids learn better!

West Liberty Elementary School Principal Stacy Greer reports, “Each night this week, students will have the opportunity to participate in free events that promote physical activity, health, and family interaction. We are also celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week by encouraging families to take part in the Screen-Free Week Challenge.”

Promoted by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood since 1994, this is highlighted as “a week to turn off televisions, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family.”

Every child that participates in the challenge will receive a free ticket to a minor league baseball or softball game at CONSOL Energy Park, courtesy of the Washington Wild Things. Austin Snodgrass and the Washington Wild Things Mascot kicked off the celebration at an assembly at West Liberty Elementary School this week. Participating students also received raffle tickets to win other prizes.

This celebration is the end of a year-long implementation of an initiative called “Eagles Move to Improve” at West Liberty Elementary School. With grants funded by Action for Healthy Kids and the Highmark Foundation, the school purchased curriculum and materials to promote physical activity and to integrate math, science, reading, and social studies lessons with movement. They also purchased more physical education and recess equipment.

Diana Rice, West Liberty Elementary School Wellness Team leader and certified Physical Activity Leader by Let’s Move Active Schools, has partnered with Kathleen Wack, Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education to lead the initiative. In fact, it’s not unusual to see Rice’s students dancing through the hallways when moving to art or music class instead of walking in a line, or jumping up for a quick 5-minute brain energizer in between math and reading. “I have seen such a positive difference in my classroom after I add some movement. Students are more focused, get along better, and stay on-task longer.”

She stated, “We have worked hard to change the culture of our school to be healthy and physically active. This includes providing before- and after-school physical activity programs, promoting active recess strategies, integrating movement in the classroom, and giving physical activity rewards for good behavior. We also encouraged our parents and community members to become more active with exercise programs like Zumba and Yoga. Special events for families like Every Kid Healthy Week and the Lion’s Club Mobile Eye Screening Unit also helped us promote adult wellness. The partnership with West Liberty University and other community organizations has helped in the success of these programs.”

Every Kid Healthy Week activities were meant to bring families together and were held each night this week. Chelsea Coleman, WLU Community Health intern who helped to organize the events, stated, “We have so much planned for kids and families this week so that they can do something fun besides watch screens.”

On Monday, Melissa Hudson, Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, and her School Health Instruction and Legalities class students organized the “West Liberty Taste Test Challenge.” Children had five tasks: taste new food at Vibrant Veggies, Fabulous Fruit, Marvelous Milk, Hydration Station, and Fuel up for Fitness stations. Students tried exotic fruits like dragon fruit, papaya, mango, rambutan, coconut, kiwi, kumquat, and pepino melons. Vegetables in every color of the rainbow were presented, all with healthy dips. Students could try drinks like coconut milk, almond milk, as well as vitamin water and coconut water. Students could also compare energy bars and energy drinks. Hudson stated, “It was a great night—children loved the adventure of trying something new. I think everyone who attended tried something that they had never tasted before, and the college students gained good experience in health education and in working with families.”

A Health Fair organized by Courtney Huffman, Professor of Dental Hygiene, was planned for Tuesday night. Dental Hygiene students provided oral health screenings, BMI and blood pressure testing, “Rethink your Drink,” tobacco awareness, and yoga. Free toothbrushes and toothpaste were provided. Huffman commented, “There is a link between oral health and overall health. Our students emphasized this and encouraged children to make healthy choices.”

Wednesday night was “West Liberty on Wheels!” West Liberty University closed down the parking lot by the Myers Maintenance Building from 5:30 to 7:00 pm to make a course where students could ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or rollerblade.

Kathleen Wack, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Health organized the event with the now deceased Captain Tom Hostutler from the WLU Campus Police. Deborah Dague, Campus Minister and West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department member, led the group in a moment of silence in memory of Captain Hostutler. In addition, Health and Physical Education students donated money to present a child with a new bicycle from Wheelcraft Bicycles, LTD in Hostutler’s memory.

Members of the West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, led by Chief Bill Cox, brought the fire trucks and ambulances for students to explore. They also led students through the fire safety house, provided by the Brooke County Fire Department, to teach children about fire safety. Trained specialists from the Northern Regional Highway Safety Program provided free car seat safety inspections. Deputy Matthew Hronek from the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office discussed bicycle safety and rules of the road, along with Officer J.R. Olejasz from WLU Campus Police. Wheelcraft Bicycle had technicians on hand to service bicycles and perform helmet safety checks.

On Thursday night, families celebrated the arts. Children, college students, parents, and grandparents all came together for a Dance through the Decades Family Dance Night at the elementary school from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Wack’s Health and Physical Education majors and community education majors had been teaching elementary students dances all week long in physical education class. Students from each grade level, dressed in period costume, led the entire group in popular dances from the 1950s to the 2000s. Students also showed off their art work in the school art show, organized by art teacher Ashley Mazzella.

Friday night concluded the week with a 1-mile fun run and the Team MoJo 5K Walk/Run race throughout the WLU campus. The Exercise Physiology Club, organized by Brandon Bolduc, Instructor of Exercise Physiology, hosted the event. The fun run was free, but the 5K race costed $15 per person. Registration started at 3 PM. The 5K Race begined at 3:30 PM and the Fun Run followed at approximately 4 PM. All proceeds benefit the local Team MoJo Foundation.

The mission of the Team MoJo Foundation is to create opportunities for underprivileged young people in the areas of education, art, music, sports, life skills, and other worthwhile endeavors by providing support, guidance, and financial assistance. Candidates for Team MoJo Foundation support are identified by networking with school administrators, teachers, counselors and coaches, as well as churches, government officials, community leaders, and others who share the foundation’s vision.

Wack summed up the festivities by stating, “Celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week is a way to highlight not only the importance of health and physical activity in youth; it’s a great chance to reflect on how screens tend to dominate our lives. Unfortunately, West Virginia is the unhealthiest state in the nation according to multiple health indicators, so it’s important that we help children to discover the joys of physical activity, turn off screens, and establish healthy habits to keep ‘Every Kid Healthy.’ We are thrilled to partner with West Liberty Elementary School and so many university departments and community organizations. It gives our college students valuable experience in working with children, and is a great opportunity to give back and make a difference in our community.”

For more information, go to EveryKidHealthyWeek.org, ScreenFree.org, or TeamMoJoFoundation.org.

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Gold Headlines: May 08, 2015 http://westliberty.edu/education/2015/05/09/gold-headlines-may-08-2015/ Sat, 09 May 2015 21:57:25 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3234     =Honors Convocation= West Liberty University held its 2015 Honors Convocation to recognize students for their outstanding academic achievements on Thursday, April 30 in Kelly Theatre in the Hall of Fine Arts. Congratulations to Laura Denning (Athletic Training Program), … Continue reading

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=Honors Convocation=
West Liberty University held its 2015 Honors Convocation to recognize students for their outstanding academic achievements on Thursday, April 30 in Kelly Theatre in the Hall of Fine Arts. Congratulations to Laura Denning (Athletic Training Program), Taylor McKinney (Exercise Physiology Program), Shaun Black (Physical Education & Health Program), and Jamee Burke, Courtney Forsch, and Hillary Sayre in the Department of Professional Education for receiving the awards for outstanding majors. The College of Education is proud of their accomplishments. Special thanks to all of the dedicated faculty and staff members who encourage our students to set high standards for learning.

=Student Awarded 1st Place in Undergraduate Research Competition=
Elementary education senior, Hillary Sayre, claimed first place in the West Liberty University Undergraduate Research Competition for the second time in the last three years. Sayre’s project was entitled Aspergers Syndrome: Recognition and Training for Elementary and Secondary School General Education Teachers in West Virginia RESA 6. The purpose of the study was to ascertain the ability of RESA 6 teachers to recognize and identify the characteristics of Aspergers, along with classroom methods used to assist the students. The results indicated that less than 10% of RESA 6 educators could identify these characteristics and methods. Sayre indicated that she was “surprised by the results, but was pleased that this study allowed her to raise awareness of Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorder through the forum of the research competition.” Sayre will be graduating May 9 with a degree in Elementary Education and additional certifications in Special Education, Early Education, and
an Autism Endorsement.

=Three Exercise Physiology Students Hired from Internship=
Three soon-to-be Exercise Physiology alumni are not only closing a chapter in their lives, but also already writing a new one. Ashley Millard, Joseph Semple, and Nathanael Taylor have all been offered jobs after they graduate this Saturday as a result of their outstanding performance during their internships this past semester.

Ashley will be working for Ohio Valley Medical Center as an Administration Assistant helping with three different departments that are within the hospital: physician recruitment, physician management, and physician billing (accounting). Her internship focused on Health Care Administration over the past two semesters and impressed the staff so much with her work ethic and proactive attitude that they rewarded her with a newly-created position. “Ashley has done a phenomenal job representing our Exercise Physiology Program during her internship at OVMC. I have heard nothing but good things from the staff there, and she has been an integral part in helping our internship experience take the next step; as a result, our student-interns are becoming sought after in the Ohio Valley” says Exercise Physiology internship coordinator Abu Ma’afala.

Nathanael and Joseph have both been hired on as Sport Performance Specialists at Pyles Elite Sport Performance in Wheeling. They will be training athletes ranging from youth to professionals to prepare for competitive sports and further their careers. They interned with Josh Pyles who recently opened his facility this past February, and they have helped him to grow his business and become one of the most sought after training facilities in the Greater Pittsburgh area. “These young men are driven and passionate about Strength and Conditioning and are applying everything they learned during their time in our program. They have found their calling in life, took advantage of the opportunity that was presented while on their internship, and I couldn’t be happier for these two gentlemen. They will be successful in all that they do as the get in on the ground level of the business and grow their careers” says Ma’afala.

The Exercise Physiology is proud to call them alumni, and are proud of their accomplishments and growth over the last four years.

=Exercise Physiology Student to Intern with the Pitt Panthers Football Team This Summer=
A current Exercise Physiology student will be completing his internship this summer as a Strength and Conditioning intern for the Pitt Panthers football team. Senior Brandon Schultz will be assisting the Pitt Strength staff this summer in preparing the Panthers football team for their upcoming campaign in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

These types of internships are not easy to come by, as Brandon was competing with interns nationwide for 3 spots this summer. “Brandon got this internship all by himself, and this is a step in the right direction as far as his career goes. This is a great networking opportunity for him to get his foot in the door of a very competitive, volatile business. If he plays his cards right, this will be a springboard for his career path” says Ex Phys internship coordinator Abu Ma’afala. Brandon hopes to be a part of an elite class of strength coaches, as Ohio State Head Strength Coach Micky Marotti and Auburn Head Strength Coach Ryan Russell are WLU alumni.

Congratulations Brandon!

=MAEd Students Shined at Capstone Presentations=
MAEd Capstone Presentations were held this Tuesday and Wednesday at the Highlands Center of West Liberty University. These were wonderful evenings in which our MAEd graduate students shared their Capstone Research projects with each other and with the wider University community. Congratulations to our MAEd graduate students, Samantha Oberdick, Melonie Milliken, Christy Cianelli, Bruce Smith, Kinsey Skalican, Tammy Tomazoli, Kathy Fry, Katie Stewart, Si Chen, and Kathrine Marshall for their great presentations! For more information on the MAEd program, please contact Richard West, Director of Graduate Studies at richard.west@westliberty.edu or call 304-336-8478.

=Faculty Supporting the Walking Program=
West Virginia has beautiful places to walk! Catherine Monteroso, Assistant Professor of Physical and Health Education served on the West Liberty University Wellness Committee this past year. In that role, she helped to coordinate and sponsor workshops for the Walking Program for the PEIA “Pathways to Wellness” on April 29th and May 6th. Several faculty members in the College of Education are participating in this program which encourages “participants to become more physically active, put more exercise in their lives, and have fun with co-workers by walking across our beautiful state” (source: PEIA).

=SMART 4C Global Model Lessons Finished!=
As a part of Associate Professor of Instructional Technology, Dr. Li-Wei Peng’s research project, the SMART 4C Global Model Lessons ended this Wednesday evening with an exploring and inspiring science activity. Students had an opportunity to see a live dragonfly baby through the microscope and learn the ecosystem in Wheeling, WV. Dr. Peng had mentored Christy Cianelli, Graduate Technology Teaching Assistant and cooperated with professionals and teachers in Taiwan to design and deliver subject-specified, standards-based English lessons to a class of fifth graders in Taiwan through Adobe Connect since March 17. The research aims to investigate the gap between professional development and teacher’s proficiency in English language teaching and TPACK. Collected research data will be analyzed over the summer. The research findings are anticipated to be published in fall.
Note: The SMART represents synchronous online model for assistance in remote elementary school English teachers. The 4C stands for collaboration, cooperation, co-teaching, and community.

=Spring “Block” 2015 Rocks!=
As Spring “Block” 2015 comes to a close this week, the elementary education seniors celebrated with the customary practice of Block t-shirts representing their experiences. For the past six years, students have collectively designed a t-shirt symbolic of their time in the semester long “methods and materials block” of courses representing language arts, social studies, science, math, instructional design, and special education. While it is an intense semester, students work weekly in two lab schools, experience field trips to various education organizations including Schrader Environmental Center and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and utilize iPads in every aspect of instruction.

=Wish Our Graduates All the Best in Their Future!=
West Liberty University will hold its Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony at 11 AM on Saturday, May 9, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC). Three hundred and eighty five students are expected to complete graduation requirements during the spring semester. Courtney Forsch, graduating student with the highest grade point average will be serving as the College of Education banner carrier. Congratulations, grads!

=hAPPy Friday Tools/Apps Learning=
ScratchJr is a free app designed by the research groups at the MIT, Tufts University, and Palyful Invention Company for younger users (ages 5 – 7) to learn problem solving, project design, and communication skills as they program their own interactive stories. With ScratchJr, children can learn to code and also develop their early-childhood numeracy and literacy. Young folks can learn about programming with this app inspired by the Scratch programming language. Please watch a 6-minute Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.

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Gold Headlines: April 24, 2015 http://westliberty.edu/education/2015/04/24/gold-headlines-april-24-2015/ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:08:11 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3215         =Faculty Presented at American Educational Research Association Conference= Dr. Keely Camden, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, Director of the academic Community Education Program involving informal educational models, attended and presented … Continue reading

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=Faculty Presented at American Educational Research Association Conference=
Dr. Keely Camden, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, Director of the academic Community Education Program involving informal educational models, attended and presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) international conference in Chicago last week. The theme of 2015 AERA conference is a call to examine the meaning of culture, language, and heritage in education research and Praxis with the aim of advancing justice. Dr. Camden and Dr. Douglas co-presented about Community Education and Democracy & Justice: “Justice and democracy reflected by an inclusive Community Education Program: Research & Praxis.” While there, they visited the Hull Settlement House, and studied the life of founder of Jane Addams.

=WLU MAED Graduate Presented at West Virginia Graduate Research Day=
Rachael Reardon, Masters of Art in Education (MAED) graduate (2014) presented in Shepherdstown, WV at the First Annual Graduate Research Day held at Shepherd University last Saturday. Rachel presented her study entitled, Are there Common Beliefs among General Education Teachers in Regard to Differentiating Instruction in Order to Meet the Needs of the Gifted Students? The presentation was accepted from several submissions across the state in various areas of graduate research. In addition to her presentation, Rachel presented a poster alongside students from WVU, Shepherd, WV State, and Fairmont. The project began from the coursework in the MAED program, which culminates with a Capstone Presentation in the final course where students present a research proposal on a topic of their choosing. Rachel Reardon is a second-grade teacher at Hooverson Heights Primary School in Brooke County West Virginia.

Rachael stated, “I chose my topic because I worked in Special Education (Learning Disabilities/Gifted Education) for three years. I found that I was often met with resistance when it came to general education teachers providing accommodations to students who were gifted…yet, teachers are more open to providing accommodations to students with disabilities. In West Virginia, Gifted Education is considered Special Education and requires the development of an IEP for identified students. I enjoyed my experience at Shepherd University. I met individuals from Morocco, Serbia, and Brazil all in the same day. I had the opportunity to listen to Master’s projects from students in various fields of study, not just Education. I hope that the conference will expand to a larger contingency of students from more state colleges/universities in the years to come. After being away from my research and project for several months, I found that I enjoyed revisiting the work I had done and presenting it to new people. It also gave me the opportunity to hone my presentation skills; I definitely felt more comfortable presenting it a second time.”

The Graduate Studies Directors from across the state met in the fall and discussed an opportunity to showcase the research conducted. Richard West, Director of Graduate Education at WLU, stated, “All of the schools involved are working toward growing and improving ‘graduate culture’ at their respective institutions. Opportunities like this allow our students to showcase their hard work and interact with students from across the state.” West was also a panelist at the conference for two sessions, Standing Up to Stand Out: The Importance of Graduate Education in Global Economy and Post Graduate Alternatives to Traditional Jobs. Plans have already begun for next year’s conference and West Liberty has been mentioned as a possible site for the event.

The MAED graduate students for the spring of 2015 will present their Capstone Presentations at the Highlands Campus on May 5th and 6th beginning at 5:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the presentations. For more information on the MAED program contact Richard West at richard.west@westliberty.edu or call 304-336-8478. You may visit the website at http://westliberty.edu/education/academic-programs/master-of-arts-in-education/.

=Faculty Attended Educational Testing Service Training=
During the week of April 20-24, JoJo Ullom, Chair of Department of Professional Education, Dr. Traci Tuttle, Associate Professor of Special Education, and Nicole Davis, Instructor of Early/Special Education attended the Educational Testing Service (ETS) training for the PPAT in Princeton, New Jersey. In the 2016-17 academic year, West Virginia will begin to require a performance-based test for the initial certification of teacher candidates, and this semester, the elementary and secondary block students have had the opportunity to participate in the test project for one of the assessments being considered for implementation by the state. This week’s training session provided instructors with a more robust view of the tasks included in the performance assessment as well as the particular methods that will be used for its assessment. West Liberty’s Teacher Education Program was selected this year as one of the pilot programs for the state of WV.

=Athletic Training Faculty Aided a Injured Lady in Pirate Game=
West Liberty University Head Athletic Trainer and COE faculty member/EMT, Herb Minch, while attending a Pirate baseball game on Monday night at PNC Park, was standing next to the woman hurt by a fly-ball. Herb is pictured in the white cap and black WLU Athletic Training shirt. A foul ball ricocheted backwards into the net striking a female spectator in the back of the head in the 2nd inning of the Cubs game. Herb stayed with the woman, providing first-aid care, until paramedics arrived. The woman was safely transported to the hospital.

=Faculty and Students Participated and Presented in CONTEXT Conference=
Our faculty Dr. Keely Camden, Dr. Li-Wei Peng, and Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, and students, Anastasia Durdines and Casey Oliver, under the leadership of Lou Karas, the Director of Center for Arts and Education, participated in the CONTEXT 2015: Tech Fluency in Teaching and Learning Conference at Carnegie Mellon University hosted by the CREATE team from Tuesday to Thursday. Lou Karas led a panel, entitled, “What is Tech Fluency?” discussing what is tech fluency and why it matters to educators and learners. This conference aims to ignite productive dialogue among formal and informal educators, administrators, community members, and organizations about the use of creative technologies and creative use of technologies in teaching and learning. The Center for Arts and Education is a satellite center of Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab focusing on innovative and emerging technologies. The Center imbeds the technology in professional development workshops and sessions led by Lou Karas. The Center coordinates partnership grants with the Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, the Mattress Factory, and the June Harless Center at Marshall University.

=Elementary Education Students Master Multi-sensory Approach to Teach Sound Blending=
Faculty member Theresa Kowcheck and Orton-Gillingham reading specialist, instructs senior elementary education students on a multi-sensory approach to teaching sound blending. The senior elementary education majors spend every Wednesday while in the intensive methods semester, working, teaching, and observing at Wheeling Country Day School in reading, language arts, and science. Pictured on the left is Instructor Theresa Kowcheck prompting senior student Brian Richmond on the blending technique using letter cards. Elementary education students practice intensive word structure knowledge, syllabication, and sight word techniques.

=hAPPy Friday Tools/Apps Learning=
FitStar Personal Trainer is a free personalized training app allowing users to get a wide range of customized workouts anytime, anywhere through mobile device or airplay. FitStar has its own Website inspiring people to live healthier lives. This app has been awarded App Store Editor’s Choice & Best of 2013 and 2014 App. The Wall Street Journal commented, “FitStar uses data about your body to eliminate intimidating workouts that lead to broken resolutions.” Watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.

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Gold Headlines: April 18, 2015 http://westliberty.edu/education/2015/04/20/gold-headlines-april-18-2015/ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:52:36 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3207     =Course Feature:Project GOLD= Project GOLD is an initiative in the College of Education at West Liberty University matching students interested in volunteer work and service learning with non-profit organizations (e.g., Brooke County Historical Museum & Culture Center, PAW … Continue reading

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=Course Feature:Project GOLD=
Project GOLD is an initiative in the College of Education at West Liberty University matching students interested in volunteer work and service learning with non-profit organizations (e.g., Brooke County Historical Museum & Culture Center, PAW 21st Century After-School Learning Program, Team Mojo Foundation, Y Not Repeat Boutique in YWCA) in the tri-state region. After selecting the organization from our list of community partners, the students commit to a semester (60 hours) of volunteer work. The students are concurrently enrolled in a 3-hour credit course, EDUC 478 Community-Based Learning, in the College of Education requiring they document and reflect upon the experience. Contact Dr. Keely Camden, Dean of College of Education, at 304-336-8247 or kcamden@westliberty.edu with any questions!

=Center for Arts and Education Facilitated 15th Annual MAD FEST=
West Liberty University’s College of Arts and Communication hosted the 15th annual Media Arts Design Festival drawing nearly 400 students from West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, along with WLU’s media arts design students last Friday. The Center for Arts and Education Director, Lou Karas, led the students and staff to facilitate the event. Karas stated, “Thank you to everyone who pitched in and helped get everything ready for MAD Fest!”

=Faculty Promoted Health and Functional Movement Screen=
Our faculty Dr. David Hanna, Abu Ma’afala, and Catherine Monteroso, along with Justin Kiger of Mountain River Physical Therapy collaborated with the Healthy Lifestyle Wellness Committee to offer a free health screening (e.g., blood screening, blood pressure, BMI and nutrition counseling) and functional movement test to all interested West Liberty University employees this Monday. PEIA was also on hand signing up faculty and staff for the walking program in which all participants will receive a free pedometer regardless of insurance. Those interested can attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 29, in the Boyle conference room of the ASRC at noon. If you are interested and can not make the meeting please contact Cathy Monteroso cmonteroso@westliberty.edu or Anthony Salatino anthony.salatino@westliberty.edu. The walking program is on an individual basis on your own time. There is no group requirement or time commitment. Thanks again to the Healthy Lifestyle Wellness Committee for organizing a great day. Jim Stultz was able to arrange some great gift cards for prizes. Abu Ma’afala organized Mountain River participation to conduct the FMS screening and have them provide corrective exercises. Anthony Salatino organized the schedule and arranged for PEIA to participate. Dr. David Hanna worked the registration. Catherine Monteroso scheduled the Health Plan.

=Celebrating Week of the Young Child with “Training Tuesday”=
Kathleen Wack and students from PE 343 visited Holy Family Child Care Center in Wheeling this Tuesday to celebrate Week of the Young Child, promoted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. They visited each classroom and worked with children ages 6 months-5 years on gross and fine motor skills. Children practiced throwing skills, moved like animals, cooperated, danced, and cooled down with yoga. Along the way, Wack and students used some imagination, music, and homemade equipment to promote play. For example, socks turned into balls, snow, rain, leaves, lava, and puppets. A laundry basket became a basketball hoop and a volcano, while beach towels transformed into parachutes. Dish towels were used as yoga mats, personal space markers, bases, and partner parachutes. Wack said, “Through this experience, our university students witnessed firsthand the developmental milestones and differences that occur physically, emotionally, and socially among young children. It was also important for us to promote physical literacy among the youngest children in our community. Developing physical literacy–which refers to a child’s competence, confidence and motivation to move–by age 6 has been found to be a key factor in whether or not a child grows into a physically active, healthy adult.” Student Kaitlyn Moore (pictured) said, “The children were so excited to see us! I really enjoyed giving the children fun activities to do. The staff were very nice and enjoyed us being there. I would love to spend more time teaching movement activities with all of the children there.”

=Exclusive Nearpod Webinear=
The faculty in the College of Education participated in the professional development training, Exclusive Nearpod WebiNear, hosted by the Nearpod Team this Wednesday to understand and explore the enhanced features of Nearpod and the school edition administrative tools engaging students with interactive multimedia presentations, contents, and assessments in real time and asynchronously. Our faculty will integrate this tool through PC, Chromebook, Mac, and mobile device (e.g., iPad) into their teaching modeling the usage of Nearpod in the class setting and enhancing learning.

=Fitness and Fun Day=
The College of Education hosted the Fitness and Fun Day this Thursday from 9 AM to 2 PM at the ASRC of West Liberty University. This semester 110 students with disabilities, 50 special educators and paraprofessional, and almost 100 West Liberty University students participated. Special thanks to Sarah Schimmel, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Kathleen Wack, Instructor of Physical Education, and Dr. Judy Stechly, Professor of Elementary Education, for their coordination. Also, special assistance was provided by numerous faculty and students. Throughout the day, the WL students were guiding the students with special need through physical and art-based activity stations. The trip to eat buffet-style in the cafeteria is always a hit. This day allows students with special needs to spend the day at the University, while the WL students get first-hand experience with students with a variety of disabilities. All students and faculty leaves with good memories of their day!

=hAPPy Friday Tools/Apps Learning=
Project Noah is a free app/platform for documenting the biodiversity. Teachers are using this app for science, biology, and outdoor education to help students learn to notice, describe, and recognize organisms around them. Project Noah has its own Website that creates an active community providing users with powerful force for data collection, species discussion, and educational tools for wildlife awareness and preservation. BBC commented, “Project Noah is a modern invention that may hold the key to saving species in the future.” Please watch a brief Tutorial Video to know a quick how-to.

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Gold Headlines: April 10, 2015 http://westliberty.edu/education/2015/04/10/gold-headlines-april-10-2015/ Sat, 11 Apr 2015 02:09:45 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3183         =Accepted Students Day= West Liberty University hosted an Accepted Students Day this Wednesday welcoming more than 100 students and their families to visit our campus. During the Academic Breakout Session, Lou Karas, the Director of Center … Continue reading

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=Accepted Students Day=
West Liberty University hosted an Accepted Students Day this Wednesday welcoming more than 100 students and their families to visit our campus. During the Academic Breakout Session, Lou Karas, the Director of Center for Arts and Education, led our incoming Elementary majors through the Center and Makeshop. Faculty members from the Athletic Training program, etc. met with the other students to tour the ASRC and shadow an athletic trainer. The day ended with a complimentary dinner at the Marketplace where faculty and students warmly welcomed the accepted students to join our learning community.

=Guest Speaker from Birth to Three Visited SPED Class=
Pat Elliott from the Birth to Three organization presented to Professor Schimmel’s SPED 341 class on April 9th. She discussed early intervention and special education with an emphasis on the services Birth to Three provides in West Virginia. Pat intertwined her personal experience and wittiness into this presentation to bring much education and laughter.

=Woodsdale Elementary Students Visited the College of Education=
West Liberty University’s Health and Human Performance Department combined with Professional Education Department welcomed kindergarteners from Woodsdale Elementary School. Sixty-seven students enjoyed morning activities of swimming, provided by Kathleen Wack and interactive engagement activities provided by Sarah Schimmel and Judy Stechly and students from the following courses: SPED 391, SPED 341, READ 210, and READ 312 classes. In the afternoon, students from Cathy Monteroso’s HE 466 class had the students engaged in lively literature activities geared around Dr. Seuss books. Mrs. Allen, a kindergarten teacher at Woodsdale indicated it was the best field trip of the year for her students.

=GYM 2.0!=
West Liberty University Health and Physical Education majors in Kathleen Wack’s classes are using technology in innovative ways with local students. They are integrating technology to assess, improve student performance, differentiate instruction, generate excitement, provide instant feedback, and teach content to 21st century learners in a 21st century way!
1. Kane Borowski reviewed the video that he took of two middle school students’ throwing form. He used an iPad and the Coach’s Eye app. The app gives the teacher the capability to do slow-motion and stop action video, highlighting tools, voiceover feedback, and side-by-side comparison.
2. Brittany Burch checked the pedometer of a fourth grade student. The pedometer is worn on the hip, and it measures the number of steps and the MVPA (moderate-to-vigorous physical activity) time that he achieved during instruction. Students can then just press a button and the data is uploaded to a computer program, where comparisons over time can be made.
3. Avery Goff used a task card with a QR code. The student read the task card and then scanned the QR code with the phone. The code led to a video link. The video demonstrated the correct form for a volleyball forearm pass. After watching this video, she scanned another QR code based on her ability level (beginner, intermediate, or expert). That new code led to a video of the drill that she was to do in order to practice the skill at the station.
4. Megumi Maruta used his smartphone as a digital “clipboard.” He used the phone to house the rubric and tally results. Here he shows the 7th grader his score for the assessment.

=Graduation Fair=
Our students graduating in May attended the West Liberty University Graduation Fair at the Highlands Center and in the Boyle Conference Center to pick up regalia, pay graduation fees, receive Commencement information, and make sure them have met requirements. Graduation is at 11 am, Saturday, May 9!

=Exercise Physiology Club Hosts Team Mojo Race=
The West Liberty University Exercise Physiology Club will be hosting a 5K Team Mojo Race held Saturday, April 25. Registration begins at 9 AM with race time at 10 AM. Prices include: $12 pre-registration, $15 day of the race, and $40 for a group of 4 people. There will be plenty of refreshments and prizes. For more information please visit www.teammojofoundation.org.

=hAPPy Friday Tools/Apps Learning=
Special thanks to Earl Nicodemus, Associate Professor of Education/Professional Education Admissions Coordinator, for sharing the resource! Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media contents, interactive lessons, real time assessments, virtual experiences for administrators, teachers, parents, and students to convert traditional classrooms to digital classrooms inspiring learning. Some free teacher and student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom are available in this online resource. Please watch a brief Tutorial Video to know a quick how-to.

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Gold Headlines: April 3, 2015 http://westliberty.edu/education/2015/04/02/gold-headlines-april-3-2015/ Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:34:20 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3173     =Alumnus Feature: Amy W. Loring= Our alumnus, Amy Loring (1989, Elementary Degree 1-8 with a specialization in Special Education K-12) and her sister, Lori Smith offer professional development workshops to Ashland University and several school districts in Columbus. … Continue reading

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=Alumnus Feature: Amy W. Loring=
Our alumnus, Amy Loring (1989, Elementary Degree 1-8 with a specialization in Special Education K-12) and her sister, Lori Smith offer professional development workshops to Ashland University and several school districts in Columbus. Their mission is to motivate classroom teachers and administrators who work with challenging student populations. Their focus is to develop a better background when working with students who struggle in the classroom, whether due to the many issues surrounding poverty, or students with behavioral issues, attention issues, depression, and lack of overall motivation due to outside or internal factors. They give concrete strategies, lesson ideas, activities to foster engagement, and coping mechanisms for teachers who work with these at-risk type of students. They delve into the problems many students face today with testing and societal pressures, lack of schema development, and emergent literacy skills, as well as emotional struggles. Amy and Lori’s Educational Consulting Business is called Two Teachers on the Edge. Please visit their Website or contact them at twoteachersontheedge@gmail.com for the possible professional development workshop opportunities and learn from the reflections and challenges of their daily experiences.

=2015 Spring Open House=
Despite the cold temperatures last Saturday, there was a great turn-out for Open House on campus. Congratulations to the 6 incoming students for receiving $1,000 scholarships each! Visiting our classes and faculty is the best way to learn about our majors and internship opportunities. Connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to become the first to know about our latest news, events, workshop invitations, and scholarship opportunities!

=Moundsville Middle School Band Students in Action @ the Center for Arts and Education=
The students in band and music classes from Moundsville Middle School visited our College last Friday. Lou Karas, the Director of Center for Arts and Education hosted a hands-on workshop guiding the students to make musical instruments from recycled materials and craft supplies.

=Parents’ Night Out=
The “Parents’ Night Out” event was held at the West Liberty University Highlands Center this Tuesday to offer free childcare for children with autism and their siblings. This allowed parents to go shopping, go out to eat, or relax for a while without worrying about securing childcare from someone who understands autism and difficult behavior. Additionally, it gave our students enrolled in SPED 402 Autism II: Assessment and Intervention the chance to interact and work with children with autism. This was our second “Parents’ Night Out” event. Special thanks to Nicole Davis, Instructor of Early/Special Education for the coordination.

=”Project Crawdad” Students Visited the Center for Arts and Education=
The “Project Crawdad” students from West Liberty Elementary and Woodsdale Elementary Schools visited the Center for Arts and Education this Tuesday and imagined they were exploring a local creek and discovered a new species of crayfish. They created their version of the unique crayfish using chenille stems in the Center. The elementary schoolers had a crayfish-oriented day at WLU participating in the “Project Crawdad” led by Assistant Professors of Biology, Dr. Karen Kettler and Dr. Zachary Loughman. Special congratulations to Dr. Loughman for being the WV Professor of the Year last month!

=Blood Drive @ WLU=
The American Red Cross Blood Drive was from 9 AM to 3 PM this Wednesday in the WLU Blatnik Gymnasium. West Liberty University hosted one of the biggest blood drives in the region. Special thanks to Melissa Hudson, Assistant Professor of Health Education for the coordination.

=Guest Speakers Supporting Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness=
To Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness, students in Professor Schimmel’s special education courses were given the opportunity to learn about autism through the eyes of a highs school senior who is open with his Aspergers diagnosis. Tim Grebeck enlightened the West Liberty students with his knowledge. He spoke from the heart as well in discussing how bullying and sensory sensitivity have impacted his life. Additionally, Debbie Grebeck, his mother, discussed the importance of individualization of educating to meet all students’ needs. She noted about how impactful educators are in parents’ and students’ lives. Max Schimmel, a Wesley Spectrum School-Based Therapist, was available to enhance what Tim and Debbie discussed. Max reiterated to the students about identifying behaviors of concerns with students with early intervention and not treating the symptoms but to analyze the antecedents and consequences.

=Fall 2015 Block Meetings=
The Teacher Education Program at the College of Education held the Fall 2015 Block informational meetings this Wednesday. JoJo Ullom, Teacher Education Director, met with the incoming student teachers in the Elementary and Secondary/Comprehensive education programs and prepared them for the intensive and productive Block experience!

=Elementary Block in ETS Pilot Program=
The student teachers in the Elementary Block are participating in an ETS Pilot Program. This program is replacing the typical Capstone project completed in the Block. The student teachers have had to complete a series of four tasks. The first task is to complete the contextual factors for the school in which the student teachers are placed. Tasks two and three go hand-in-hand: student teachers have to compose a lesson and teach it to their class. Along with this lesson, student teachers have to compile baseline data for each student as well as a post test. Student teachers also have to choose two focus students to make adjustments to the lesson to meet the needs of these focus students. Student teachers then answer a series of questions to explain their lesson and how they adjust it. As for task four, student teachers once again come up with baseline data for the students and teach a lesson to the class. For this task, student teachers have to video themselves teaching and submit the video to ETS. Maggie Starr, student teacher, commented, “After completing these tasks, I have learned a lot about myself as a teacher as well as completing these tasks for the pilot program. This was a very time consuming project and became stressful numerous times; however, this is what is going to be necessary to become a teacher in the future. There were many benefits to this program. Being a pilot, we are able to give our feedback and hopefully better this program for future teachers. This is also helpful to see ourselves teaching in our videos. Seeing ourselves teach helps us to see what we can improve and what we did well. Overall, I am very grateful for this opportunity to be apart of the pilot program and provide my feedback.”

=hAPPy Friday Tools/Apps Learning=
KidsPsych features online interactive games and activities that are designed to help learners at ages 1 – 5 and 6 – 9 develop cognitive thinking and master specific deductive reasoning skills. Each activity has information about its objectives for parents about the skills it helps to foster. Users commented that this is a great site for parents and children to use together. Special thanks to Earl Nicodemus, Associate Professor of Education/Professional Education Admissions Coordinator, for sharing the great resource!

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Featured Alumnus – Amy W. Loring http://westliberty.edu/education/2015/04/01/featured-alumnus-amy-w-loring/ Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:33:28 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3167       Our alumnus, Amy Loring (1989, Elementary Degree 1-8 with a specialization in Special Education K-12) and her sister, Lori Smith run professional development workshops through Ashland University as well as several school districts in Columbus and expand … Continue reading

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AmyOur alumnus, Amy Loring (1989, Elementary Degree 1-8 with a specialization in Special Education K-12) and her sister, Lori Smith run professional development workshops through Ashland University as well as several school districts in Columbus and expand into other areas. Their mission is to motivate classroom teachers and administrators who work with challenging student populations. Their focus is to develop a better background when working with students who struggle in the classroom, whether due to the many issues surrounding poverty, or students with behavioral issues, attention issues, depression, and lack of overall motivation due to outside or internal factors. They give concrete strategies, lesson ideas, activities to foster engagement, and coping mechanisms for teachers who work with these at-risk type of students. They delve into the problems many students face today with testing and societal pressures, lack of schema development, and emergent literacy skills, as well as emotional struggles. Amy and Lori’s Educational Consulting Business is called Two Teachers on the Edge. Please visit their Website or contact them at twoteachersontheedge@gmail.com for the possible professional development workshop opportunities and learn from the reflections and challenges of their daily experiences.

 

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Gold Headlines: March 27, 2015 http://westliberty.edu/education/2015/03/27/gold-headlines-march-27-2015/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:22:12 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/education/?p=3158     =National Speaker/Researcher= Dr. Sandra Stoskey, a national speaker/researcher presented on the Common Core National Standards controversy to our faculty and students this Monday. Dr. Stoskey discussed her article, entitled “Why West Virginia’s English Language Arts Standards Need Revision” … Continue reading

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=National Speaker/Researcher=
Dr. Sandra Stoskey, a national speaker/researcher presented on the Common Core National Standards controversy to our faculty and students this Monday. Dr. Stoskey discussed her article, entitled “Why West Virginia’s English Language Arts Standards Need Revision” and a condensed chapter, entitled “What Policy Makers Can Do to Improve Teacher Preparation” with the audiences. Dr. Stoskey played an integral role in the revision of the Maryland state standards and the raised certification expectation for teachers. She testified in January before the WV State Legislature at the request of Senator Boley on the proposed House bill to repeal the WV Next Generation Common Core Standards.

=Blood Drive @ WLU=
Assistant Professor in the Health and Human Performance Department, Melissa Hudson and her Community and Environmental Health class will be sponsoring the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 9 AM to 3 PM in the WLU Blatnik Gymnasium. With the horrible weather that we have had this winter, many blood drives have been cancelled or have had low participation. This means that our local and national blood supply is low. West Liberty University hosts one of the biggest blood drives in the region and it is crucial for us to meet and even exceed our goal of 104 units of blood. Each unit of blood collected has the potential to save 3 lives! Patients with cancer are the number one recipients of blood transfusions and unfortunately these days, it seems like we all know someone who has been impacted by this disease. You could be helping someone you know by giving! Please contact Melissa Hudson at melissa.hudson@westliberty.edu or at 33-383-6571 to sign-up or schedule your own appointment at http://www.redcrossblood.org/.

=Summer Jobs by the Beach=
The Director of the Eagles Landing camps & the Night Owls summer camp, Bobby Ciccone, visited our College this week from Coconut Creek, Florida. Our College has partnered with the summer camps and the individuals involved with the camps for the past 10 years. The camps provide college students from all majors with a great opportunity to work with children in a residential summer camp in Florida in state-of-the-art facilities. During Bobby’s stay in the Northern Panhandle, he conducts interviews of interested students and talks with students about camp and school experiences.

=Happy National Athletic Training Month!=
National Athletic Training Month is held every March to spread awareness about all that athletic trainers do to support athletic programs. National Athletic Training Month was started 12 years ago to honor, recognize, and help promote the profession. It has progressed on an annual basis to include social media contests and general increase public relation campaigns. The West Liberty University Athletic Training Academic Program used the national design and national logo selected this year, “We Prepare. You Perform” on black t-shirts sold to students and staff. Below, student, staff, and faculty part of the AT Program are pictured in the t-shirts with WLU Athletes from the various academic teams. Visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Website to know more about the National Athletic Training Month.

=Health and Physical Education Major Zach Brown Works with a Middle School Student to Improve Her Balance Skills=
After learning about adapted physical education in the classroom all semester, students in Kathleen Wack’s Adapted Physical Education course are ready to put their knowledge into action! Every week, WLU health and physical education majors are working with students with disabilities at Wheeling Middle School. First, WLU students practiced administering the (simulated) APEAS II (Adapted Physical Education Assessment Scale) to determine middle school students’ strengths and weaknesses. They then set a goal and wrote objectives on a mock assessment report using that data. Over the next six weeks, WLU students will write and execute individualized lessons to improve middle school students’ areas of weakness in object control skills like kicking, striking, throwing, and catching; perceptual motor skills like balance, posture, and motor planning; and locomotor skills like running and skipping. Then, students will work as a large group to improve game skills, rhythm and dance, peer interaction, and fitness, all while having a great time!

=Guest Presenter in PE 211=
Courtney Huffman, Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene and a Beachbody Coach, was a guest presenter in Instructor of Physical Education, Kathleen Wack’s PE 211 Group Fitness Leadership class. Huffman talked to our students about business opportunities and personal coaching in group fitness.

=Community Education Club Meeting=
The first Community Education Club planning and informational meeting was hosted this Wednesday. The two BA in Community Education students spearheading the Community Education Club and its activities are Teracyn Rich and Michael Hensley. The club members are planning on getting involved and participating in community activities like 5Ks (e.g., Relay for Life, CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates), fundraising activities, and the design, equipment, and remodeling of the Community Education Lounge, as well as the 368 Main Hall classroom. The attending faculty were Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, Director of Community Education and Lou Karas, Director of Center for Arts and Education.

=Message from the Professional Education Program=
This is a reminder, from Earl Nicodemus, Professor of Education:
“As the Admissions Coordinator for Professional Education, I use the list of teacher education majors from the West Liberty University Banner Academic Database to identify who should receive notices regarding admission to the professional education program. The “Catalyst News” newsletter to professional education majors is sent to only those students who have declared a teacher education major. Those names and e-mail addresses come from my list. The newsletter contains vital information for teacher education students. If you miss an important deadline because you did not receive an e-mail notification due to an incorrectly listed major, your graduation could be delayed. You should log onto your WINS account to make sure that your majors and minors are listed correctly. If they are not, then you need to go to the Registrar’s Office web page and click the “Students and Forms” tab
where you may submit an online “Data Change Request Form” to change or declare your majors and minors. While you are on your WINS account, check to be sure that the faculty member with whom you have been working as an academic adviser is actually your assigned academic adviser. If not, you can request that your adviser be changed by simply putting the correct name into the appropriate blank. If you need assistance or have questions about the Data Change Request Form, then stop by the Registrar’s Office. Remember that the information update that you request must be manually entered into Banner after the form is received by the staff in the Registrar’s Office, so your requested changes will not immediately appear on your WINS.”
If you have questions about admission to the Professional Education Program, you may contact Earl Nicodemus at nicodeme@westliberty.edu.

=hAPPy Friday Tools/Apps Learning=
TeamViewer is an app providing secure remote access to Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Users can use TeamViewer to control their desktop remotely. TeamViewer also offers features like setting policies, video calls, consolidated chat window, and profile pictures to conduct an online meeting. Please see a Brief Description and Tutorial Video to know a quick how-to. Special thanks to Earl Nicodemus, Associate Professor of Education/Professional Education Admissions Coordinator, for sharing the great resource!

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