Class Notes Submitted in April, 2015

Mark Angle (M.Ed. ’98 C&I; Ed.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was appointed superintendent of Douglas County School District #15 in Days Creek, Oregon, effective July 1, 2015.

Rev. Eric Childers (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed) serves as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville, N.C.  He also serves as adjunct assistant professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Eric has collaborated for two years with University of Minnesota Professor Dr. Ann Hill Duin on an effort called “Project DAVID,” which seeks to create conversations of consequence in liberal arts education.  Ann and Eric presented their edited anthology, Project DAVID:  Vocation and Reinvention in Liberal Arts Colleges, to the LECNA College Presidents Conference in Santa Barbara in 2014.  The former dean of the Curry School, David Breneman, was a contributor to the book.

Sherrie Colby (M.T. ’06 Foreign Lang Ed) recently received notice that she received a scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese – Virginia Chapter to study in Costa Rica for two weeks this summer. “I will officially receive the award on April 18 at the University of Virginia Center for the Liberal Arts event – 400 años de Don Quijote. Upon returning, I will share my experiences and lesson ideas at FLAVA in September.”

Gene Crume (Ph.D. ’00 Higher Ed) recently completed his second year as president of Judson University. He was selected to serve as the Vice Chair for the Alignment Collaborative for Education in Elgin, Ill. This new initiative brings together public education, business and community leaders to support the local public school system. Crume also serves on the Pi Kappa Alpha Robertson Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award and the Research and Curriculum Development Committee of international leadership fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa.

Gene Crume's Curry Memory

“Thanks to Dr. Gibbs, Dr. Chronister and other professors, I was well prepared for my service as a university president. Just as important, I am deeply appreciative of my classmates during my tenure at Curry, because they challenged and encouraged me to be a better person and professional.”

Jeff Doyle (M.Ed. ’94 Couns Ed, Ph.D. ’01 Higher Ed) presented at the following conferences:

  1. Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Conference (2015) – “Integrating Millennials in to the Newsroom.”
  2. National Orientation Director’s Association (2014) – “Building Collaborations of Depth and Meaning.”
  3. Texas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (2014) – “It Takes a Village (an Academic Village,) to Recruit Students.”
  4. Texas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (2014) – “Using Living-Learning Programs to Increase Prospective Student Interest.”

Beth Eastwood-Beatty (M.Ed. ’12 SAPHE) in March 2015 moved from a position as the Students Affairs Administrator with the Slavic and German departments in the U.Va. School of Arts & Sciences to a position as the Electrical Engineering Graduate Resources Coordinator in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science. “Personally, my husband and I welcomed a baby girl in June 2014.”

Martha T. Foster (M.Ed. ’81 Couns Ed) Martha Fosterwas named the inaugural director of the month by Arlington County Childcare Services in Virginia. Martha is the founding director of Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool. She is also working on her education doctorate degree in the Curry School’s administration and supervision program through the Northern Virginia Center.

Todd Gambill (M.Ed. ’99 Soc Fdns; Ed.D. ’03 Higher Ed) Todd and Jeannie Gambill and familyserves Indiana University Kokomo as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Jeannie (Ed.D. ’03 Higher Ed) home schools their three children and volunteers in the community.

Todd Gambill's Curry Memory

“We remain thankful for the Curry faculty members who brought the Ed.D. program to Southwest Virginia and the Higher Ed Center in Abingdon.”

Stephanie Glover (M.Ed. ’13 Higher Ed) Stephanie Glovergot engaged on March 21, 2015, in Garden IX to Thomas Keller, brother of Sarah Keller (M.Ed. ’13 Higher Ed). Thanks to the Student Affairs and Higher Education masters program, Stephanie and Sarah quickly became friends and during graduation weekend 2013, Stephanie and Tom met. The rest is history!