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September, 2015

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Dean's GreetingiStock

Jean HaarDear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year. We are continuing to distribute the monthly College of Education InfoBrief. The COE InfoBrief is intended to provide updates, share reports and stories, initiate connections and conversations, and link resources or individuals. It would be wonderful to hear about your work. Please consider engaging in this communiqué by sharing information in a future issue. Brief summaries and updates as well photos can be sent to Jerrad Aspelund (

Jean Haar

Aviation UpdatesiStock

Tom Peterson, Coordinator, Aviation

The Aviation Department welcomed a new faculty member with the beginning of the Fall semester. Dr. Darren Smith has replaced Jeff Peterson who has found other opportunities to pursue his passion closer to home. Darren has spent the last three years at Central Missouri University in their aviation program. He brings with him a wealth of aviation knowledge with numerous years of experience at Northwest Airlines (later Delta Airlines) as the manager of the safety and human factors areas. He is also a nationally recognized aviation expert and has often presented at national conferences and symposiums. Finally, he is an instructor pilot in numerous aircraft and helicopters. He will definitely be a good addition to our faculty.

The Aviation Department received the news in July that we have been officially approved and are now fully accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board, International (AABI). We would like to again thank all those in the COE who helped us in many and various ways through this arduous process.

The MSU Flight Team once again earned national recognition at the National Flight Team competition last May. Although not placing in the top 10 for the first time in the last three years, the team still received the American Airlines Safety Award and the over-all competition safety award. This is the first time the same team has earned both awards at this competition. The team lost the top competitors, but has actually grown with many new students opting to become active members. The regional competition is the first week of October with 17 of our students traveling to Wisconsin to compete. This is the largest team we have had in many years.

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Technology UpdatesiStock

Greg Leslie, Technology Director for the College of Education

Service Catalog

A strategic project in Information & Technology Services over the past year has been the development of an exhaustive Service Catalog. This is a living document containing every process, program, and piece of technology officially supported by ITS.

An added benefit of the project is identifying duplications across multiple colleges that can be consolidated into a campus-wide service with cost savings and consistency of support for everyone.

Campus Network Switch Upgrades

One of the less visible summer projects was an upgrade to the campus network. Edge network switches do more than provide Ethernet to the computer in your office, they’re used to operate VoIP telephones, wireless access points, classroom Crestron displays, HVAC systems, and even lawn sprinklers. The planned replacement of the previous edge network switches, installed back in 2005 and no longer supported by Cisco, will increase reliability and security, plus add flexibility to accommodate new types of devices in the future.

Tech Tactics with Academic Technology Services

Similar to the Technology Workshops of academic years past, held the Tuesday through Thursday after finals each semester, Academic Technology Services (ATS) will be hosting weekly, one hour sessions called Tech Tactics. All sessions are 2:00-3:00pm in ML 94B. To accommodate various schedules, sessions alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays, plus a Monday thrown in for the week of Thanksgiving.

  • D2L Brightspace: Embedding Content and Using Intelligent Agents
    Thursday, October 1
  • Camtasia Relay and iSpring
    Wednesday, October 7
  • HD Recording StudioThursday, October 15
  • SoftChalk Cloud
    Wednesday, October 21
  • ChimeIn
    Thursday, October 29
  • SMARTBoards
    Wednesday, November 4
  • TelePresence
    Thursday, November 12
  • Adobe Connect Pro
    Wednesday, November 18
  • Qualtrics
    Monday, November 23
  • OneDrive and Office 365
    Wednesday, December 2

Faculty-Recommended Applications

Submitted by Dr. Tim Berry, Educational Leadership

Explain EverythingTM Interactive Whiteboard

The following link is EdShelf’s review of Explain Everything:

College of Education Undergraduate Scholarship Awards CeremonyiStock

Mymique Baxter, Student Relations Coordinator-College of Education

To show appreciation to donors for their generous support of student scholarships, the College of Education hosted its annual undergraduate scholarship awards ceremony for education majors on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Student scholarship recipients were recognized for their hard work and commitment to excellence. Scholarship awards are an acknowledgement of demonstrated quality academic performance, service, and leadership. The 2015-2016 Dean’s Scholar award recipient was Giovanna Margalli. She took the stage to share part of her personal and academic journey with those in attendance.

Scholarship recipients had an opportunity to connect with scholarship donors in attendance and donors had the opportunity to learn how their giving makes a difference in the lives of our students. Donors look forward to being seated with their student recipient(s) during the awards banquet. In addition to providing financial support, donors provide guidance, encouragement, and networking opportunities. The scholarship awards ceremony attracts an enthusiastic audience, made up of donors, scholarship recipients, families, and College of Education faculty and staff.

This year’s program featured Dean’s Scholar, Giovanna Margalli, scholarship donor, Mr. Chad Tischer, and keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Olson, MSU Alum and College of Education graduate.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the College of Education awarded scholarships to 120 undergraduate students, totaling more than $200,000, the largest amount ever for the College.

The James & Evelyn Tisher Scholarship Fund: