Higher Ed Happenings 2013

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The official alumni newsletter of the Curry School of Education's Center for the Study of Higher Education

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    Building Careers By Degrees The mission of the Higher Education program encompasses an array of pursuits, includ-ing teaching, developing new knowledge and providing service to society. All of that activity emerges from a more fundamental commitment, to help our students meet their academic and professional goals.

    Over the years we have been pleased by the myriad and important ways in which our stu-dents apply the knowledge and training gained through participation in our program and at the University. From pre-admissions outreach through alumni development, Curry Higher Education graduates are providing expertise and leadership in nearly every aspect of many types of 2-year and 4-year universities. They can also be found in private sector educational enterprises and in a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations, here in the United States and abroad.

    Of course, our students are not only shaping higher education after they earn degrees. The energy and dedication that they bring with them to the Curry School and the contributions they make as interns and in student governance shape the vision and effectiveness of our pro-gram, the Curry School, and the University.

    In this issue of Higher Ed Happenings we are very proud to profile a few of our graduates who are building careers and making a difference in higher education. Its truly an honor to present their stories and we look forward to more in the years to come. Nicole Eramo (M.Ed. 03 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. 10 Higher Ed)Associate Dean of Students University of Virginia

    Nicole loves the diverse portfolio encompassed by her job descriptionchairing the Universitys Sexual Misconduct Board, supervising the Student Activities office, coordi-nating leadership programs, and serving as liaison to the Honor Committee. The most rewarding aspect, she says, is helping students work through some of the most difficult situations they have experienced in their young lives and


    I appreciate how the program covers all aspects of higher education.

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    Editor: Brian PusserWriter: Lynn Bell


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    seeing them grow and learn through those struggles.

    I appreciate how the [Curry] program covers all aspects of higher educationfrom finance to governance and management, to history, curriculum, etc., she says. Having this broad understanding helps me be a better student affairs professional, as I have a strong sense of how things work and where to go or who to talk with to get things done.

    Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: The diverse ideas that I was exposed to from both the faculty and students in the program.Anne Womack (M.Ed. Higher Ed 11)Executive Director Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation Mountain Brook, Ala.

    After a year working at Hampden-Sydney College, Anne moved to Alabama to become the chief fundraiser for a nonprofit support-ing her hometown school system. Mountain Brook is the best public school system in the state of Alabama, and I love that I get to wit-ness amazing teachers, administrators, students, and parents come together to form a successful educational system, she says.

    As a graduate of this school system, I am humbled daily to now try and give back to the system by raising funds to continue making this such a special place.

    Anne says she has no doubt that her Curry degree is the main reason she got her first job.

    My time at Curry provided practical lessons for my daily work and helped open the door for my career.

    And I am still reaping the benefits. Going through the program and knowing the types of people who both taught me and studied with me has given me the confidence to take the reins of my current position and lead in a way I never imagined possible.

    Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: Higher Ed is a unique field to study,

    because youre constantly in the lab. You are studying the composition, organization, and structure of the university as a whole while at one particular university. To me, there is no better place to do that than the University of Virginia.

    Carolyn Livingston (M.Ed. 02 Couns Ed; Ph.D. 07 Higher Ed)Special Assistant to the Senior Vice PresidentEmory University

    Carolyn has been at Emory since 2006. In addition to supporting the senior vice presi-dent, she supervises the Office of Student Conduct and administers the student medical amnesty process. She is also liaison to the Dean of Campus Life at Oxford College.

    I find it most rewarding to have the oppor-tunity to work with colleagues who have a mutual interest in enhancing the student expe-rience, she says.

    She says her Curry higher ed degree pro-vided the confidence and skill set she needed to pursue interesting job opportunities. I felt significantly prepared for life at Curry because of the challenging curriculum, excellent profes-sors, and classmates who mutually shared their professional experiences.

    Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: My internship in the Presidents office. I had the opportunity to learn the business of higher education and experience the university on a macro level. I worked with a group of colleagues who helped me to understand the politics of higher education. I also had the opportunity to work under the leadership of John Casteen.

    Read more: These alumni share the best career advice Curry professsors gave them in the online version of this article. You can also read about John Donnellys (Ph.D. 06) experiences. Go to curry.virginia.edu/higher-ed-happenings

    2013 Curry Foundation Award Recipients in Higher EducationCongratulations to the following students who received awards and fellowships established by donors specifically to support students in Currys higher education program.

    Annette Gibbs Research Award

    Rose Marie Cole

    Jay L. Chronister Student Award in Higher Education

    Karen Connors

    Clarence Bo Guy Odom IV

    Alton L. Taylor Award

    R. Jason Cottrell

    Johnnie E. Merritt Graduate Fellowship

    Jason Jones Jill Jones

    Bonnie McKee Mason Clevenger and Daniel W. and RosaLee McKee Mason Fellowship in Education

    W. Leondias Williams

    Doctoral Graduates: Fall 12/Spring 13

    Thomas Bowman (Ph.D.)Dissertation: Perceptions of Athletic Training Education Program Directors on their Students Persistence and Departure Decisions

    Claire Mitchell (Ph.D.) Dissertation: Making the Adjustment: A Qualitative Investigation of the Potential of Community College Developmental Summer Bridge Programs in Facilitating Student Adjustment to Four-Year Institutions

    Julie Innes Caruccio (Ph,D.) Dissertation: Do No Harm: Understanding Reciprocity in University-Community Partnerships

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    Thank You!

    The Curry School Foundation recognizes the generosity of the following alumni from the Higher Education program who have made donations so far in fiscal year 2013:

    Jill K. Boatright

    Patricia E. Brown

    Karen O. Clifford

    Sarah L. Collie

    Lorri E. Cooper

    Dudley Jay Doane

    Christopher R. Foley

    Daniel B. Friedman

    Vincent J. Gorman

    Tatia Daniels Granger

    Lawrence A. Groves

    Donald A. Hasseltine

    Cynthia Howdyshell

    Richard E. Jenkins

    Thomas Jennings, Jr.

    Patricia M. Lampkin

    Marilyn S. Lockhart

    Ione L. McKenzie

    Gerald Lee Murray

    Mona Beth Olds

    Dennis Robert Parks

    Clementine S. Pollok

    John C. Presley

    Kathryn M. Pumphrey

    Timothy R. Rose

    Brenda F. Roth

    Barbara A. Schmertz

    Peter Stark, Jr.

    Christian Steinmetz

    Thomas C. Truesdell

    Edgar H. Turner II

    Matthew J. Ulmer

    Anne H. Womack

    These gifts directly benefit Curry students and the quality of their educational experiences. Your support is very much appreciated!

  • Jennings Wagoner

    In my 30 years at the Curry School, I cant think of anyone who had as much individual impact on the culture of the school, says Professor Emeritus Jay Chronister, a former colleague and friend of the late Jennings L. Wagoner, Jr.

    Wagoner, considered by many to be one of Currys most beloved professors, died Jan. 27 at his home in Ivy.

    He was humble, trustworthy, a scholar, and a great mentor to students, Chronister says. He demanded quality but supported students when they struggled.

    Wagoner joined the Curry School fac-ulty in 1968 as a professor in the Social Foundations Department. When Chronister arrived a year later to set up the Center for Higher Education, the two men quickly connected. They worked closely on launch-ing the new center and doctoral program from the basement of Peabody Hall. When Chronister stepped down as director of the Center in 1975, Wagoner became its leader for the next decade, later renaming it the Center for the Study of Higher Education.

    Wagoner worked to connect the school and its students with other units around Grounds, remembers Christopher Loss (