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Welcome to Aluminations

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

Table of Contents Summer 2012

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Welcome to Aluminations

Since I came on board in August 2011, we have been busy setting a new vision for our College, strengthening our academic programs, integrating our services and developing new initiatives to better serve our students, alumni and partners. We are excited about the upcoming changes within our college and we hope you will enjoy learning about them.  

You are an important part of the CEHD family and we also want to hear from you. Please share with us what is happening in your life.    

Lynn Okagaki, Dean
College of Education and Human Development 


View Our Vision for the Future as an interactive flipbook or as a PDF

For information on our programs, please visit News, Events, Services for the Community, Programs and Alumni


CEHD Faculty Making a Difference

Faculty within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) serve a number of roles. Not only are they responsible for educating and guiding our students, they also share their expertise with audiences around the world. 

In July, Roberta Golinkoff, H. Rodney Sharp Chair in Education, presented to practitioners and researchers at the Building Healthy Minds conference in Brisbane, Australia. Her sessions emphasized the importance of play and learning, providing guidance to people working in psychology, social work, neuroscience, education and early childhood.To further her research locally, parents have been invited to enroll their children in the Infant Language Project that Golinkoff oversees. Children ages two months to four years participate in studies to help researchers answer the question “how do children learn language?” 


This summer, Bahira Trask, professor in HDFS, was invited to the Forum of Sociology Social Justice and Democratization in Buenos Aires, Argentina by the International Sociological Association. Designed as an opportunity for a global dialogue about transformative change, Trask presented and organized a panel on micro-finance and women.

She was also invited to speak at TEDxWilmington 2012. Originating in California 25 years ago, TED invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert and Sir Richard Branson.  

Visit Delaware Online to read an article featuring Trask at the TED conference on August 9. 


Alumni Reception

The sounds of good music and good cheer filled the lobby of Willard Hall Building on June 1, 2012, as alumni, faculty and staff gathered for our Alumni Reception. As part of UD’s Alumni Weekend, CEHD hosted an evening event to allow alumni to reminisce with classmates.  Guests ranged from newly-minted grads to an educator from the Class of 1958.

For photos and more details, visit our Event Wrap-up page.  

Enhancing Your Practice

Splashing in water. Banging on a drum. Digging in dirt.

These are all fun activities for children, but do they help them learn? Researchers at CEHD says “yes!”

On June 2, UD’s Laboratory Preschool, in partnership with the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood hosted the third annual Jane Davidson Forum on Play, to help educators incorporate play into their curriculum. The half-day conference, offering 12 workshops and a panel discussion, was very well received. “The quality of the workshops and the panel discussion was phenomenal. I plan to attend every year, and I’ll definitely encourage my colleagues to attend as well,” stated one attendee.

See how you can help make learning fun with our “10 Tips for Summer Learning.

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.   

  • Susan Bunting was recognized as Superintendent of the Year in DE and one of four finalist for National Superindentent of the Year.

  • Freeman Williams, who obtained an undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree from UD, was named superintendent of the Christina School District.

  • Patty Perillo, M.Ed. ’88, was appointed vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech. 

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


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