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Students begin new academic year at School of Education

Graduate students gather for orientation at Peabody Hall

Photo of graduate students

Photo of graduate students

Photo of graduate students

Photo of graduate students

Photo of graduate students

Photo of graduate students

More than 60 new graduate students gathered for orientation in Peabody Hall on Aug. 24, 2009, as the School of Education and its faculty opened the 2009-2010 academic year. 

 “It’s an incredibly interesting time to be in education,” said Dean Bill McDiarmid, addressing the students. “The policy debates that are taking place are unprecedented. There’s hardly ever been a moment when so many things are up in the air, with people trying to figure out where we should be going in education.”

Dean McDiarmid continued, “That’s due partly to the changes in our political landscape. It’s also due partly to technology. We are rethinking the concepts of teaching and learning. It’s a terrific time to be in education!”

Lara Costa, president of the School’s Graduate Student Association, told her fellow graduate students, “We would like to develop a richer community among the graduate students this year, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

She described many opportunities that the GSA will provide for graduate students, including representation on policy matters under consideration by the School, informational brown bag lunch presentations, service opportunities and social events. Costa encouraged the students to share their suggestions and ideas.

In an information session on the School’s services and resources, Anne Bryan, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, said, “The Student Affairs office is a one-stop shop. We want students to come to us with any concerns. If we can’t take care of the problem, we’ll provide the name and contact information of the person who can.”  

Faculty met with the new graduate students by program areas to provide additional information and answer questions.

The orientation continued with a social gathering for new graduate students, facilitated by Costa and other GSA officers, including Cary Gillenwater, Betsy Humphrey, Keri Church, Beth Bader, Lorrie Schmid, Caitlin Fischer, Jeremy Hilbrun, Jessica Powell, Karla Martin, Jane Robertson, Trey Adcock and Tim Wood. 

Noting the renewed energy and eagerness that come with the opening of the fall semester, Costa said, "Engaging with the new and returning students at orientation brings excitement to this academic year, which sparks new hope for learning and discovery."