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Thanks in large part to an accomplished faculty and leading research on today’s high-profile educational issues, Regent University has a national presence and a growing influence in the world of education. The following is a small selection of the current news unfolding in the School of Education at Regent University.

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Supporting Our Schools
Throughout the academic year Regent's graduate School of Education (SOE) looks for intentional ways of supporting the hard-working teachers and administrators that are in our classrooms, schools and central offices. These incredible men and women are directly affecting the lives of students, and we want to show our support in any way possible. The SOE is proud to provide annual initiatives that support our schools. Learn more >>

Student & Alumni News

Impact Newsletter: Answering the Bell
After 30 years of unprecedented success, Regent University's School of Education is still going (and growing) strong. Since its founding in 1980, the university's graduate School of Education (SOE) has experienced outstanding success, training teachers and administrators to become Christian leaders who are, quite literally, changing the world. Read more in the August 2014 Issue of Impact.

School of Education Teachers of the Year
Since 2004 we have had 631 students pass through the School of Education who have been named Teacher of the Year (TOY). At least eight of these students have been named TOY two or more times. For 2014, we have sixty TOY's who have attended SOE which is just over 16% of the Region II Teachers of the Year. Twenty-two of the sixty TOY's received their degree from the SOE.

Regent Graduate Promoted to Director of Student Affairs
Congratulations to Celia L. Giovannone, M.Ed. in Student Affairs graduate, who was promoted to Director of Student Affairs at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach.

Regent Graduate Appointed Assistant Principal
Congratulations to Shaniqua D. Medley, 2012 Educational Specialist graduate, who was appointed as the Assistant Principal of Forest Grove Elementary School in Loudoun County on July 22, 2013. Previously, Shaniqua served as an Administrative Intern for one year at Steuart Weller Elementary School in Loudoun County.

M.Ed. in Student Affairs Graduate Named Dean of Freshman
For many young students, beginning freshman year of college can seem a bit overwhelming. Leaving home, meeting new friends, forming good study habits, and discovering valuable campus resources are all part of the transitional experience. To help students integrate into their new lives at Virginia Wesleyan College, they recently appointed M.Ed. in Student Affairs graduate, Jason Seward, as Dean of Freshmen. Learn more.

Ed.S. Alumni Appointed as Assistant Principal
Congratulations to Ed.S. graduate, Lori L. Goss, who was appointed Assistant Principal at Corporate Landing Elementary School in Virginia Beach, VA.

Ed.D. Current Student Receives Diversity Educator of the Year Award
Congratulations to Ed.D. Current Student, Soccorrito (Sukie) Claudio, who was recently named the 2013 Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year. Sukie was recognized for going above and beyond to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

M.Ed. Graduate Serves A Global Role Through Operation Blessing
Pam Erickson has always had a heart to serve people. A graduate of the Regent University School of Education, she spent her early years teaching, caring for and shaping young students, all the while developing a passion to help others. Today, Pam lives out that passion on a daily basis, serving as Vice President of Procurement & Corporate Relations for Operation Blessing (OB), a position she's held for the last 18 years. Learn more >>

M.Ed. Graduate Named as Assistant Principal in PWCS
Congratulations to M.Ed. in Educational Leadership graduate, Melissa Rosenbaum, who was named as Assistant Principal of Bel Air Elementary School in Prince William County (PWCS) Virginia on June 7, 2013 after serving as Administrative Assistant and Administrative Intern for the last two years.

Ed.D. Graduate Appointed Dean of School of Online Studies & Graduate School
Congratulations to Ed.D. graduate, Fawn McCracken (2009), who was appointed the Dean of the School of Online Studies and Graduate School at Crown College in Minnesota.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Graduate Helps Brighten Futures
Regent Graduate, Chanta Smith (2012), is a Child Assessor with the 2012-2013 North Carolina Pre-K Evaluation, a state-funded initiative for at-risk 4-year-olds, designed to help them be more successful when they enter elementary school. Chanta participates in site scheduling and conducting child assessments of approximately 400-600 Pre-K children participating in NC Pre-K from approximately 100 randomly selected classrooms across the state. The evaluation is designed to provide information that can be used for determining program effectiveness, program improvement, decision-making for future program activities and funding as well as issues related to the characteristics and quality of services provided by the NC Pre-K and the outcomes for children attending these programs.

Chanta credits her Regent graduate studies for her level of preparation and says "from Regent, I not only gained the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective educational leader, but an awareness and appreciation of the beatitudes which has changed my life. I am a better person and I am grateful for Regent University."

Faculty News

Jenny Sue Flannagan, Ed.D.

SOE Professor Named to Virginia SOL Innovation Committee
Leading science educator, Dr. Jenny Sue Flannagan, associate professor in Regent University's School of Education (SOE), has been appointed by the Virginia Governor's administration to serve on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee.

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SOE Faculty Member Counsels Norfolk Public Schools Parents
Dr. Herman Clark, Regent University School of Education Faculty member, has always had a special place in his heart for Norfolk Public Schools (NPS). After all, it was at NPS that he received his training. He spent 36 years in Norfolk as a classroom teacher and nine years as the assistant superintendent, where he was an advocate for the community—especially parents in seeing to it that their voice be heard. He was recently contacted by NPS parent groups asking if he would play a role as advocate once more and share some clearer meaning to the concept of charter schools and how they might benefit their children. Learn more >>

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SOE Faculty Member Speaks at College Commencement
Dr. Paul B. Carr, Regent faculty member, was asked to present at the 2013 Bryant & Stratton College commencement held at the Hampton Convocation Center on the campus of Hampton University. He was chosen for the commencement address due to his posture related to lifelong learning and how higher education may act as a catalyst for making one's dreams come to fruition from a Christian perspective. A foundational aspect of the message was to congratulate the graduates and all of the people who supported them along the way—also to encourage them to view this wonderful goal of graduation as a new beginning and not an end. The message confidently asked for the students to utilize the habits of mind they had developed during their program and consider continuing to more advanced degrees. Dr. Carr also stressed the importance of being kind to one another, helping one another; and never confusing kindness as a weakness.

Don Finn, Ph.D.

Regent Faculty elected Region 2 Representative on the
COABE Board of Directors

The Commission on Adult Basic Education announced the election of Regent faculty member, Dr. Don Finn, to the position of Region 2 Representative on the COABE Board of Directors. Dr. Finn served as the COABE conference chair in 2012 which was well-attended by con-ferees from across the country. As the Region 2 representative (which includes 8 states and the District of Columbia) Dr. Finn will work closely with COABE members and will serve as a voting member of the COABE Board. Learn more>>

Jeff Pittman, Ph.D.

School of Education Faculty Quoted in New York Times Article
Dr. Jeff Pittman, Associate Professor in Regent University's School of Education, was recently quoted in a New York Times article on the innovative use of auxiliary services in higher education. Read the Article >>

Visit to Kenya

School of Education Builds Relations in Kenya
Part of Regent University's mission to train Christian leaders to change the world includes engaging with international partners across the globe. The School of Education (SOE), in partnership with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), is doing just that in Kenya as they build relationships with several universities and educators throughout the country.
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Jeff Pittman, Ph.D.

SOE Faculty Member Named Chair of CASP Commission
Dr. Jeff Pittman, Associate Professor in Regent University's School of Education was named Chair of the CASP Commission. CASP is the Certified Auxiliary Services Professional program developed by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) to certify and recongnize auxiliary professionals who have attained a level of knowledge and skills to lead campus service/auxiliary divisions within colleges and universities. Dr. Pittman was elected by the Commission to serve in this role for the next year. He has been key in developing the questions and format for the CASP certification exam, serving as coordinator of the industry's subject matter experts since 2011. Dr. Pittman was elected to this position at the NACAS Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (Oct. 28 - 31, 2012).

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SOE Faculty Appointed to Numerous Education Boards & Commissions
The 2010-2011 academic year found the SOE faculty busier than ever taking part in the wide scope of the field of education. Faculty appointments range from Board Member to President and Vice-President of various educational journals, commissions and organizations. View faculty appointments>>

Jeff Pittman, Ph.D.

Faculty Member, Dr. Jeff Pittman, Receives the
Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service

In recognition of his efforts in the Auxiliary Services profession, Dr. Jeff Pittman of Regent University has been honored by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) with the Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service.

Dr. Pittman has been an active member in NACAS for many years, serving on the Board of Directors, both regionally and nationally. "This award is a fitting tribute to Jeff's dedication to NACAS and to its members," says Dr. Bob Hassmiller, Chief Executive Officer, NACAS. Learn more>>

Jenny Sue Flannagan, Ed.D.

SOE Faculty Appointed to VDOE K-12 Science Textbook
Approval Committee

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Sue Flannagan, SOE Faculty, on her appointment to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) K-12 Science Textbook Approval Committee.

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SOE Professor Receives Gubernatorial Appointment
Dr. M. Gail Derrick, Professor in Regent University's School of Education, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Adult Education and Literacy for the Virginia Board of Education. Derrick, who received her appointment from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law and Government), will serve a three-year term of service beginning July 2011. The committee's purpose is to advise the Board of Education on policies, procedures and methods which help strengthen educational programs in Virginia. Learn more.

Jenny Sue Flannagan, Ed.D.

Center for Math & Science Addresses Need for Academic Achievement
The Martinson Center for Mathematics & Science (MCMS), run by Dr. Jenny Sue Flannagan on Regent University's campus, is answering the need to engage children in active learning to promote math and science achievement. So what's the best way to teach kids science and math and get them excited about it? It can be as simple as teaching them to make ice cream. Learn more.



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