Class Notes Submitted in 2015

Andrea Backman (Ph.D. ’06 Higher Ed) was named Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Strayer University. She most recently served as dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI). In this role, she was responsible for all academic matters including faculty on-boarding and performance management, product design and development and the overall student experience. Working closely with Jack Welch, Andrea implemented a robust faculty performance system and brought student satisfaction scores in line with best-in-class institutions.

Jennifer Bacon (M.Ed. ’04 Spec Ed)

Book coverSisters in the Dissertation House: A Dissertation Narrative
by Jennifer Nicole Bacon, Ph.D.,
New Forums Press, 2014.

This book addresses the experiences of women of color doctoral students who create sisterhood and community (primarily through blogging) during the dissertation writing process to complete their Ph.Ds.
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Dominique Baker (M.Ed. ’12 SAPHE) has been awarded a $20,000 Dissertation Proposal Grant from the Association for Institutional Research. Dominique, who is a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, received this award to support her dissertation research and writing on “An Examination of the Effects of Undergraduate Debt on Postbaccalaureate Decision-Making.”

Kelly Ball (B.S.Ed. ’95 Speech Path & Aud) recently completed the Emerging Leaders program through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She served as president of the Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association from 2011-2014. In addition, she serves on the Georgia Therapy Trialliance.

Doug Ball (M.T. ’92, Ph.D. ’99 Spec Ed) was among a Marymount University group recognized by The ARC of Northern Virginia with its 2015 Jessica Burmester Volunteer Award. Through a partnership initiated by Doug before his retirement from Marymount, the school supports of a series of workshops that help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities transition from high school. Read more on the Marymount news page:

Judy Barbieri (M.Ed ’69) retired after teaching many years in Twickenham, Middlesex, England. “We now spend six months in London and six months in Sanibel, Fla.”

Judy Barbieri's Curry Memory

“I remember what a lovely bunch of people that were there, both studying and teaching.”

Julie Bell (M.T. ’13 Soc Studies Ed) Julie Bellis finishing her second year at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., and was nominated for the school’s “Teacher of the Year” award this past December.

Julie Bell's Curry Memory

“One of my favorite Curry memories is Prof. van Hover’s methods class where we played “Ancient Greek March Madness” to learn how to use review games with students. Our cohort went all out and spoke in sports announcer voices while debating who would win in key matchups, like Pythagoras v. Zeus (Zeus would triumph, obviously) and Socrates v. Alexander the Great (I think Socrates was the Cinderella story). I use this activity with my Ancient History students too!”

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.

David Black (M.Ed. ’67 Couns Ed) David Blackis retired from teaching and also the pulpit. “Now I spend my time officiating weddings and writing. I have two books of poetry out, a third coming, and a collection of essays/spiritual musings on the way.”

One of David’s books is The Clown in the Tent.

Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT (Ed.S. ’00 Admin & Supv) is founder of Boitnott Coaching, LLC, a coaching service dedicated to offering personal and professional coaching, professional development workshops, and break out programs for conferences and conventions around the country. Kitty speaks on topics related to stress management for busy professionals along with speaking to the importance of intentionally creating work-life balance in today’s busy, information over-loaded world. Kitty has coached dozens of individuals from all over the world either through her private practice or as a career coach consultant with CareerHMO.

Kitty also offers programs related to job search strategies and the problems individuals in their 40’s and 50’s typically run into as they attempt to find new work, switch careers, or find work that is more satisfying after being chronically under employed since the economic meltdown of 2008-2009. (more…)