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Welcome to Aluminations

eNewsletter for alumni and friends of UD’s College of Education & Human Development

Winter 2012/2013
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Greetings from the Dean

This is an exciting time at UD. We are in the midst of a national search for our next provost. Our women’s basketball team has won its first two conference games and is powered by CEHD students Elena Delle Donne, Jaquetta May and Kelsey Buchanan. And our college is growing; currently we are searching for four new faculty members.

I want to thank you, our alumni and friends, for all that you do for our college. As one example, three scholarships were established this year through the generosity of our alumni and friends. Gifts like this will make a difference for students today and for those in generations to come. I am very grateful for all of you who are making a difference in the lives of our teachers and human services professionals.

Happy holidays!

Lynn Okagaki, Dean


CEHD Making a Difference

Exploring the Relational Effects of Autism

When a child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it affects not only the child, but the relationships among parents and siblings.  CEHD researcher Brian Freedman and his colleagues are exploring the dynamics within families raising a child with ASD. In addition, they are studying how these families interact with community support systems, including healthcare, education and the adult-support system.

Improving Early Education Facilities

The Delaware Stars for Early Success assists early education centers, particularly in disadvantaged areas, helping them to develop high-quality programs by providing technical assistance while giving parents insight into program quality. In November, Governor Markell publicly recognized Delaware Stars and encouraged centers to join the Stars program, to improve early childhood development in Delaware.

Education Book Reviews

David Blacker, professor, School of Education has been selected to serve as editor for the Education Review – a multi-lingual journal of education book reviews. This project, coordinated  by the National Education Policy Center, represents the largest online repository of education book reviews in the world.  

Providing Technology for Hearing/Visual Impaired

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The Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) has launched iCanConnect Delaware, connecting people in Delaware who are deaf-blind with the proper equipment and training on how to utilize it. Established by the Federal Communications Commission, the iCanConnect Delaware program will provide a wide range of hardware, software and applications to suit the varying communications technology needs of people who have hearing and vision loss.

Impacting Children Directly

Much of our focus as a College is on training people to educate and support children and families. However, we also offers programs that benefit children directly.

  • If you know of a child struggling with math, or even one who really enjoys it, be sure to check out the Saturday Morning Math program at the Math & Science Education Center (MSERC).  By providing problem-solving math activities, one-on-one sessions and computer activities, children in grades K-6 can learn to master basics or improve their skills. Enrollment for the Jan/Feb Session is open now.    
  • For older kids, MSERC has partnered with the Department of Mathematics to offer UD Math Circle, an opportunity for students in grades 8 to 12 to discover and develop new mathematical knowledge. This is accomplished through a lecture and problem solving session every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm. No fee or registration required. 
  • We are also hosting a number of Summer Camps, that will keep children of all ages entertained and educated. Visit our Camps 2012 page to learn more about our programs featuring robotics, iMovies, art, writing and much more. 


Enhancing Your Practice

Raise you hand if you have too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. 


You’re not alone. That’s why the Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL), a center in CEHD, has developed the School Administrator Management (SMA) project, to help professionals learn to prioritize their day and focus more energy on important tasks. The activities DASL recommends are applicable to almost everyone, so be sure to check out their “5 Time Management Tips.” 

We can help advance your education

CEHD offers masters and doctoral degrees, developing the next generation of scholars for positions as researchers, professors, or leaders in education, early childhood, human services and related fields. Enrollment is underway for 2013 classes. To learn more, visit our Graduate Programs page.   

Faculty Search

CEHD is seeking candidates for four faculty positions. These are tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant or associate professor level in the fileds of literacy, program evaluation and positive youth development.


  • The LIFE Conference (Legislation, Independence through Assistive Technology, Families, and Education) is an annual information exchange developed by a coalition of key Delaware consumer-focused organizations that serve persons with disabilities and their families.  January 17, 2013, at the Sheraton Dover Hotel 
  • MSERC has several meeting scheduled in Dec/Jan for their programs The New Normal and MIST. Check their calendar for dates. They are also hosting a dinner event on January 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m, in Dover, titled “Transforming the Teaching Profession, with guest speaker Lucy West. 
  • Stop by the UD Bookstore |Barnes & Noble on Main Street for some holiday shopping. A percentage of all purchases goes toward the UD student scholarship fund. Join us for Customer Appreciation Week (Dec. 2-8), Winterfest (Dec. 7), Storytime (every Saturday in Dec.) and more!

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Alumni News

Aluminations allows you to learn of the news and events of your classmates. Here are three alumni who have recently been recognized for their achievements.   

To learn more about what’s been happening with your friends and colleagues, visit Catching up With Friends.   

In Memoriam

Carla Francesca Impalli, ECDE, ’03, passed away on June 2, 2012. Carla, 30, lived in Fanwood, NJ.

Sara Bruce McCraw, PhD ’11, passed away on Nov. 23, 2012. Sara, 43, lived in Greenville, NC. 

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Help Us Promote Our College


CEHC Admission bookletDo you work with high school students? Would you like to help us spread the word about becoming a CEHD student?

To help attract high school students to join our College, we have created an online undergraduate booklet, called Making a Difference.  Each page features information about our College and highlights a student, alumni or faculty member, who has gained valuable knowledge and experience in our programs.

We have Making a Difference bookmarks available, announcing the online booklet’s URL. They are perfect for College Fairs, Resource Centers or Guidance offices. If you would like us to send you bookmarks to distribute, please complete this form.   

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