New award recognizes distinguished alumni educators
At Gladwyne Elementary School in Pennsylvania, Marie Lavallee Martin '98 helps first-graders cut their teeth on reading and problem solving. She also encourages them to find out how good it feels to be a kind person.
When she discovers a student doing a good deed — like picking up their classmate's fallen crayons — she puts his or her name in a basket. Every week, she pulls names of five courteous students, who earn privileges, such as sharing lunch with Mrs. Martin.
She adopted the idea from another teacher but adapted it to fit her own teaching style. Reinventing in the classroom, she says, is a crucial lesson she learned from Professor Donald Marozas at Geneseo. Geneseo professors inspired her in many ways, she says. In turn, she hopes she will inspire her students.
To honor alumni like Martin who commit their careers to educating young people, the college is launching the Geneseo Distinguished Educator awards program.
The program is an annual undertaking by the Ella Cline Shear School of Education and recognizes alumni educators who have made a profound impact on individual students, schools and communities.
"These awards will honor Geneseo alumni in the field of education who have gone way above and beyond in their commitment to superior educational practices," said Osman Alawiye, dean of the School of Education. "Recipients of this award not only teach and serve, they inspire young people to achieve more. They represent the legions of extraordinary teachers and professionals all over the world who shape our society through the education of today's students."
Administrators of K-12 schools are invited to nominate up to two education professionals who graduated from SUNY Geneseo per school. Nominees can be current, retired or deceased teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, librarians, administrators or staff members.
A panel of education professionals and faculty from the School of Education will select winners based upon their professional achievements since graduating from Geneseo.
The three winners will be honored during Summer Reunion this July at a champagne reception.
Nominations and applications must be postmarked by March 23 and submitted by a superintendent, principal, vice principal, dean or department chair.
- Six geography majors demonstrated their work at the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers, held at SUNY New Paltz last semester. Students showed their individual work and competed in the regional heat of the National Geography Bee. Two Geneseo students will compete in the Washington, D.C. bee.
- Skye Naslund '10 presented her work on college student awareness of African countries.
- Jaime McKay '10 discussed the geographic pattern of swing voting in Livingston County between the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.
- Patrick Gallagher '10 applied a Geographic Information Systems approach to the cultural geography of Orthodox Judaism in Brooklyn. He has been invited to present his work at Penn State.
- Chris Bartell '10 presented a paper on the territoriality of murals in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was characterized as "flawless" by John Pipkin of SUNY Albany, who was the session moderator.
- Alicia Dezik '10 studied 2008 voting patterns in counties nationwide that were most affected by foreclosure.
- In the regional heat of the National Geography Bee, in which the students participated with Melanie Bakema, a freshman exchange student from the University of Groningen, the team reached the Divisional final. Based on their individual performances, Naslund and Gallagher will represent the Middle States Division in the 2010 finals, to be held in Washington, D.C.
- On Thursday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the MOSAIC room, College Union 130, there is a celebration for the launch of the “VOICES of Geneseo” project, which builds understanding, sensitivity, and awareness within the college community. Listen to short narratives on laptops during the event, or record your own segment about how difference has influenced the person you have become.
- On Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. the Geneseo Wind Quintet will peform in the Central Presbyterian Church, 31 Center St., Geneseo. It is presented by SUNY Geneseo School of Arts. (Free.)
- On Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kinetic Gallery in the College Union, several English Department faculty will give a related reading corresponding to Anthony Barboza’s photo exhibit, “Souls of Black Genius: Images of Sound and Vision," which is on display in the gallery through March 3 as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.
- On Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform in Wadsworth Auditorium. Tickets cost $6 for students, $8 for children up to 12 years old, $13 for faculty, staff and alumni and $16 for the public. Call (585) 245-5873 for tickets or buy them at the Student Association Ticket Office in the College Union. It is presented by Limelight and Accents.
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