Class Notes Submitted in October, 2015

Melissa Edmiston (Ph.D. ’04 Ed Psych) and her husband Clark adopted their three-year-old son Clay from Hebei Province, China, in 2015. Melissa is a principal researcher for the American Institutes for Research .

Jazlynn Finney (M.Ed. ’15 Couns Ed) is the new sixth-grade counselor at Mercer Middle School in Loudoun County, Va. Watch her in this great video (she is featured first):

Kevin Guskiewicz (Ph.D. ’95 Sports Med) kevin Guskiewicza neuroscientist and internationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions and a senior associate dean in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, will become the College’s 22nd dean. A 20-year member of Carolina’s faculty, Guskiewicz’s vision for the immediate and long-term future of the College inspired the search committee and he emerged early as a top candidate.

“Kevin is a natural fit to become the next leader of our vibrant College of Arts and Sciences, which provides students with a critical foundation for learning and discovery every day,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “An extremely accomplished teacher and researcher renowned for his expertise in injury prevention, Kevin represents the very best of Carolina. We look forward to his continued leadership on our campus.” KEEP READING THE UNC ANNOUNCEMENT.

Sae Yong Lee, PhD, ATC (Ph.D. ’09 Kines) is a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, where he serves as chair of the Department of Physical Education and also directs the masters program in Sports Rehabilitation. Dr. Lee recently earned international distinction, as Yonsei University’s Institute of Sports Science and Exercise Medicine was awarded one of the International Olympic Committee’s Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health. Only 9 such centers were awarded across the globe.

Scott Livingston (Ph.D. ’07 Health Ed) began a new position in January 2015 as the Director for Education, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, the traumatic brain injury operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Stewart Roberson (B.S. ’81 Soc Stud Ed; M.Ed. ’81, Ed.D. ’87 Admin & Supv) explained the roles and responsibilities of a school superintendent in the Oct. 24, 2015, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

…The success of this regional relationship is found in how the superintendents share many common experiences and beliefs as the chief executive officers and chief educational leaders of the school districts and communities they serve. Let me answer a few key questions about this vital position.

Q. How has the role of superintendent evolved through the history of public education?

Since its introduction in the early 1800s, the position has evolved incrementally, becoming more extensive, complex, and demanding. The phases of evolution have included emphases upon the superintendent as teacher-scholar, organizational manager, democratic statesman, applied social scientist and communicator. It is safe to assume that, today, all of these skills can be called upon any day of any year… Read more in “Roberson: It’s a calling, not just a job”


Katie Robinson (M.Ed. ’14 Kines) Katie RobinsonWhen the Tulane administration was looking for a head coach to lead the Green Wave swimming and diving program to new levels of success, it was looking for an energetic leader who can provide an example both in the pool as well as in the classroom. In short, Tulane was looking for Katie Robinson.

Since taking over the team on May 2, 2013, Robinson has spearheaded the Green Wave’s efforts to improve from a sixth-place finish at the 2014 Conference USA Championship to a fourth-place showing a year later in the team’s initial venture into the American Athletic Conference. The finish at the 2015 American Championship was the highest by the program since coming in fourth at the C-USA meet in 2006 and the 494.5 points were the second most scored by the team in a conference championship.

In addition to team improvement, Robinson has raised the level of recruiting in Uptown New Orleans and those recruits have helped rewrite the Green Wave record book. Over the last two years, Tulane swimmers and diver have set nine individual records and another two relay marks.

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Judith Randolph (Randy) Sights (Baskerville) (M.Ed. ’79, Ph.D. ’82 Couns Ed) worked for 25 years in a local private clinical practice with a group of clinicians of varied disciplines. “For that entire period, I specialized in treating those with eating disorders. Upon retirement in 2002, I returned to school at Piedmont Virginia Community College to take art classes. Since then, I have joyfully painted landscapes and still lifes in my home studio. Fortunately, I’ve been able to exhibit my oil paintings in a number of venues in and around Charlottesville, and currently belong to the BozArt Group which also shows locally.”

Araminta Sorrell (Ph.D. ’00 Spec Ed) was named a 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Council for Learning Disabilities — an organization dedicated to improving the educational experience of special needs students — during its Oct. 1-2 conference in Las Vegas. The award reflects the 2014-15 school year, her first as a public school teacher. “She is a true leader,” wrote Dr. Theresa Garfield Dorel, Texas CLD president, in announcing Sorrell’s selection. “Although this (was) Dr. Sorrell’s initial year in SAISD, we found her extensive background and passion for working with students who are historically underserved to be inspirational.” Sorrell was one of three winners chosen from nominees representing the 18 states where the council is active. CLD’s focus for the year was on urban education.

Sorrell teaches 9th-grade world geography, 10th-grade world history, 11th-grade U.S. history since 1877 and 12th-grade government/economics at Sam Houston High School. Prior to teaching, she most recently worked as an intervention specialist for Communities In Schools of San Antonio and served 13 years as a Johns Hopkins University teacher coach, from which she retired in 2013. (Announcement courtesy of the San Antonio Independent School District Insider newsletter)

Bera Yaeger (M.T. ’11 Spec Ed) “This is my fifth year working as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and I love it! I feel the professors at Curry did an amazing job preparing me for this journey. Thank you all!”