Class Notes Submitted in June, 2015

Robyn Benson, DOM (B.S. ’87 Health & PE) Healthy Traveler cover

The Healthy Traveler
by Robyn Benson, D.O.M.

This groundbreaking new book has great information on how to avoid jet lag, illness, food poisoning, radiation and more, whether you travel by air, car, train or any other mode. It’s only $1.99 on Amazon, and the paperback version is coming soon.

Jennifer (Lofgren) Brener (M.T. ’10 Soc Studies Ed) has graduated from Shenandoah University with a master’s degree in School Administration. She will be serving as a middle school dean in Loudoun County Public Schools starting in the 2015-2016 school year.

Megan Eliot (M.Ed. ’05, Ph.D. ’09 Clin & School Psych) and her husband are thrilled to welcome a new addition to their family: a daughter due to arrive on July 5th.
“I began a new professional role this January as the Director of Mental Health Services at the Institute for Advanced Medicine at Mt. Sinai Roosevelt Hospital.”

Rachel Fowlkes (Ed.D. ’84, Admin & Supv) Longtime director of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Dr. Rachel Fowlkes, will be hanging up her many hats she has worn throughout the last 24 years since the Center’s inception,  officially on June 30, 2015 as she retires.

Fowlkes was honored Thursday [June 14, 2014] in the John P. Johnson, Jr. Grand Hall at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center with a reception filled with the region’s biggest players in the field of promoting higher education for adults over the age of 25.

During this reception, remarks about Fowlkes tenure were made by Kevin Crutchfield, Chair of the Center’s Board of Trustees, Delegate Joe Johnson, Carl Clarke, former University of Virginia Site Director, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Fowlkes’ daughter, Merrill Fowlkes Hoopengardener and Duffy Carmack, Chief Financial Officer of HEC. Fowlkes closed out the reception with a comment of her role. (more…)

Karen Ingersoll (Ph.D. ’92 Clin & School Psych) took a vertical team of students this summer from undergraduate to medical school level to conduct research in the rural province of Limpopo, South Africa. “We were asked last year to develop a project that would help the Ministry of Health implement Motivational Interviewing for community health workers who serve patients with chronic illnesses that require behavioral self-management. This year, we provided 4 days of training for the CHWs in their own clinic sites and are shadowing them and providing coding and coaching to improve their skills over a 6-week period. This is a collaboration between U.Va.’s Center for Global Health, the Limpopo Ministry of Health, and faculty and students at the University of Venda. This work is fulfilling and challenging. On a personal note, I am the proud mama of two teen boys!

Elisabeth Jerome (M.Ed. ’05, Ph.D. ’09 Clin & School Psych) and her husband Son are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Sam, who was born in March and is already growing too quickly! “It is with mixed emotions that I will be stepping down from my 6 years with Central Virginia Community Health in September to focus on expanding my private practice, WellSpring Child and Family Psychology, PC.”

Karen Ingersoll (Ph.D. ’92 Clin & School Psych) ingersoll book cover

Motivational Interviewing in Groups
by Christopher C. Wagner and Karen S. Ingersoll,
Guilford Press (2013).

Molly Ness (M.Ed. ’03 Engl Ed; Ph.D. ’06 Reading) Molly Ness

The Question is the Answer: Supporting Student-Generated Queries in Elementary Classrooms
by Molly Ness,
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015

Ness is an associate professor of childhood education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education in New York City. (more…)

Susan Parker (M.Ed. ’96 Soc Fdns) is Director of Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool in Virginia and has been awarded the 2015 District Award by Parent Cooperative Preschools International.  This award honors outstanding service to the cooperative preschool movement on the local level. This year marks Parker’s tenth year directing the preschool, which embraces a child-directed, play-based curriculum.  Parker has made outdoor learning a priority through the development of a new program at Long Branch Nature Center, enhancements to the school’s playground, and incorporating the school garden into the curriculum.  Her tireless dedication has helped the school maintain a close-knit cooperative community benefitting children, teachers and parents.

Mitch Pascal (M.Ed. ’96 Ed Psych; Ed.S. ’03 Admin & Supv)

has been named principal of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. Previously, he was the school’s assistant principal for five years as well as a classroom teacher and curriculum specialist for the district.