Student Events & Celebrations
Communicative Disorders Recognition Ceremony
May 27, 2018
On Sunday, May 27, 2018, the Department of Communicative Disorders held their Recognition Ceremony for the graduate and undergraduate classes of 2018. The ceremony took place in the Nourse Theater, a grand venue located in downtown San Francisco. This annual event is completely funded and organized by the Graduation Committee of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) at SFSU. It was headed this year by Rosella Inzunza-Madrigal, who also graduated at this event. A total of 31 graduates and 73 undergraduates participated, along with many student volunteers who contributed to making this beautiful event run without a hitch. Congratulations, graduates!
EdD Education Leadership Program Celebration
May 20, 2018
The program featured remarks by faculty members including Interim Dean, Dr. Nancy Robinson, Interim EdD Director, Dr. Barbara Henderson, and Dean of Language Arts at Chabot College, and recent Associate EdD Director, Dr. Jamal Cooks. Two students then spoke on behalf of their cohort. Roam Romagnoli spoke as the program’s Distinguished Achievement Award winner, and Vanson Nguyen spoke as the 2018 graduating cohort's elected speaker. Each doctoral candidate was then hooded by their dissertation chair. Just prior to this honorary hooding, each of the dissertation chairs made comments about the impact and significance of their student's dissertation project. These comments highlighted the breadth of topics that EdD students addressed and the impact on the field of educational leadership that the 2018 graduating class is already having.
The formal event was followed by photographs, lunch, visiting, and general celebration! The entire recognition ceremony was LiveStreamed and is now available on the EdD website at http://edd.sfsu.edu. Congratulations grads!
True North's Early Childhood Development Project
Late May, 2018
In late May 2018, 11 students from the Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) and the Department of Special Education traveled to Vryground, a township outside of Cape Town, South Africa, to work with local early childhood preschools and child care centers for eight weeks. This year, three ECSE MA/Credential students and one ECSE faculty member, Maryssa Kucskar, were able to join the group. In an effort to build collaboration and promote inclusive early childhood practices, students and faculty come together to work and support the efforts of True North's Early Childhood Development Project in the poverty-stricken township. Students support best practices, language and literacy programming, and building capacity for program evaluation and formal registration within the preschools and centers. This is the fifth year for the S. Africa trip and the third year of collaboration with the ECSE program. Stay tuned for testimonials and blogs from SFSU students returning from their trip later this summer!
Secondary Education Annual Celebration
May 18, 2018
On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Department of Secondary Education honored our single-subject credential program graduates at our annual celebration. 224 students, their families and friends, Cooperating teachers from our partner schools, as well as Graduate College of Education administrators, faculty, and staff attended the banquet. The student-led, faculty-supported celebration this year featured a memorable didgeridoo performance, heartfelt speeches, as well as spoken word poetry and song by graduates. The department recognized the cooperating teachers of the student teachers as well as Dr. Cooks, who recently left an 18-year career at SF State to assume the position of Dean of Language Arts at Chabot College. The event culminated in the joyous presentation of certificates by cohort.
GCOE Student Recognition Ceremony
May 12, 2018
The first All-College GCOE Student Recognition Ceremony was held at the Student Life Annex for all credential, master’s, doctoral and certificate students on May 12, 2018. The event was attended by more than 700 people and Departments represented included ELSIT, Secondary, Elementary, Special Education and the EdD EL Program. The core planning team worked around the clock for several months to make sure the event was successful including: Victoria Narkewicz, Anarose Flores Schelstrate, Loretta Seva’aetasi, Judith Kysh, Jisel Iglesias, Jeanne Oh, Rob Wiliams, Doris Flowers, Josephine Arce, Maika Watanabe, Barbara Henderson, and Laura Epstein. All of the faculty who participated also represented their disciplines within education and honored the students and families present. Keynote speaker, Tina Lagdamen, Principal at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in the Tenderloin focused on the critical role of educators to build school communities for all children. Student speaker, Angela Torres, SF State’s Graduate Hood Recipient highlighted her social justice focus to correct inequities through math education.
Early Childhood Special Education Conference
April 28, 2018
On April 28, 2018, the 4th Annual Early Childhood Special Education Conference was held at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Run as a student-led conference, there were over 170 attendees, four workshop series, four interactive sessions, and a keynote. A highlight of the conference was listening to keynote speaker, Todd Parr, a world-renowned children's book author and illustrator and Bay Area native. Undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors and professions came together to learn more about topics important in early childhood special education!
Dia de la Familia
April 28, 2018
With funds provided by a grant from the CSU Chancellor’s Office of External Relations and coordinated by Dr. Eurania Lopez and Ms. Elvira Vivanco, Dia de la Familia was the culminating event of three months of outreach to parents in surrounding high schools and their sons and daughters of Hispanic backgrounds. Over 200 families and their college-bound students attended to explore careers in education through presentations and interactive workshops hosted by GCOE and other SF State faculty, Student Outreach Services, Associated Students, and more.
Joint PhD in Special Education 50th Anniversary
April 11, 2018
Following nearly a year of planning led by Dr. Marci Hanson with support of Drs. Yvonne Bui, Department Chair; Dr. Anne Cunningham at UCB; the Joint PhD faculty; and Mr. David Fierberg---the Joint PhD Anniversary brought together alumni from over the years, even those in the first cohort in 1968! The evening featured history, recognition, and reconnecting many faculty who have built the program and alumni who have advanced the field through research, teaching and program leadership, both in the US and internationally.