Friday Features - Oct. 28, 2016

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Friday Features
October 28, 2016
Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth
Dr. Jennifer Collins
Dr. Stormy Stipe
PACCE Poster Day

Education professors present in Columbus, Ohio

Assistant professors in the School of Education Dr. Jennifer Collins and Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth presented at the Rural Education National Forum and 108th NREA Convention and Research Symposium in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 14.

Their presentation outlined the innovated partnership between the university and a middle school abroad. In this partnership, pre-service teachers in the School of Education participated in a short-term study abroad program in England and were partnered with middle school “research partners” to explore their identities. After collectively defining how geography, history, politics and economic systems intersect to define them as rural Midwesterners, the pre-service teachers gathered similar information from the British middle school partners. 

Collins selected to serve on Teacher Advisory Council for the American Civil War Museum

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Jennifer Collins was recently selected to serve a one-year term on the Teacher Advisory Council for the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

In this position, she will help advise, evaluate and assist museum staff in the development and implementation of museum offerings for teachers and students, including field trip programs, teacher professional development, a field trip scholarship fund and online resources for classroom use.

Stipe publishes ‘When Clinton Told Trump About My Son: On Raising a Black Boy in the U.S.’

English Professor Dr. Stormy Stipe’s essay, “When Clinton Told Trump About My Son: On Raising a Black Boy in the U.S.,”  was published on Oct. 19 in The Walrus, a general interest magazine in Canada. Stipe’s essay received many views and has become the third most-read article on the magazine’s website. The essay focuses on the implicit bias and racism she has seen through raising her 11 year-old son, Felix, who was born in Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States as a baby. It also examines how these prejudices relate to the current election.

This essay stems from a letter Stipe sent to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton referenced the letter and the story of Stipe’s son during a recent debate with opposing candidate Donald Trump. Clinton also told Felix’s story in a couple of speeches this past summer, including one at the National Education Association Assembly in Washington, D.C., in July.

“I welcome the opportunity to further the discussion of implicit bias and racism in the U.S.,” Stipe said. “My son and I hope our voices can contribute to making this a safer society for black people, as well as for immigrants.” To read the full published essay, visit

PACCE Poster Day set for Dec. 7

The Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement will be hosting its Poster Day on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall. Students who have been involved in a project through PACCE will be displaying a poster and presenting their project. PACCE was established in 2008. More than 100 posters will be on display at this event.

Through scholarship of engagement, PACCE strives to nurture a campus environment that empowers students, faculty, staff and community partners to experience, grow and make a difference.


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