Class Notes Submitted in March, 2017

Kathryn Alves (M.T. ’05, Ph.D. ’16 Spec Ed) received AERA’s 2017 Special Education Research SIG Dissertation Award for her work titled, “Using Multimedia-Based Instruction to Improve Teacher Knowledge about Evidence-Based Practices for Reading Comprehension.” She is  an assistant professor of special education at Longwood University.

Ronnie Bartley (M.Ed. ’79 Admin & Supv) has retired as president of Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina. Previously, Mr. Bartley was interim president of West Virginia State Community and Technical College. He also served in various positions in the Virginia Community College System, including 11 years as dean of business at Southwest Virginia Community College. He worked in education for more than 46 years and held leadership positions as a teacher, college faculty member, college dean, vice president of academic affairs and twice as college president. Mr. Bartley and his wife live in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Patrick Campbell (M.Ed. ’13 Admin & Supv) is moving back to Charlottesville after a stint as secondary school principal and AP Government teacher in Atlanta.

Erika Caruso (M.T. ’05 Elem Ed) and her husband, Thomas J. Caruso (Col ’04), welcomed a daughter, Marielle Frances, on June 1, 2016. Marielle joins sister Charlotte Jane, 2. The family lives in Menlo Park, California.

Sharon McKenna Chidsey (M.Ed. ’83 Admin & Supv) has opened a bed and breakfast in Ashland, Virginia, called The Tinder Guest House. The house is unusual in that it hosts only one group at a time in more than 2,000 square feet.

Larry Herbert (M.Ed. ’75 Engl Ed) has an article featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Hearing Loss magazine, a publication of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). The article is about the installation of hearing loops (assistive listening systems for people with hearing loss) in the UVA Rotunda. A celebratory event was held on November 16, 2016, in the Dome Room of the Rotunda with students from the Curry School’s speech pathology program  in attendance. Faculty member Kristin Rousch helped to coordinate the event. HLAA is the nation’s largest advocacy, educational, and support group for people with hearing loss.

Larry Herbert's Curry Memory

“Jerry Moore, Michael McMahon, Jennings Wagoner, Edith Mosher, Wayne Wiley – wonderful professors on the faculty at that time.”

Michael Inge (M.Ed. ’15 Higher Ed) and his wife, Sarah, welcomed a son, Elijah David, on July 7, 2016.

Abby Swanson Kazley (M.T. ’01 Spec Ed) was promoted to professor in the department of healthcare leadership and management at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Kazley teaches in the master in health administration program and conducts research evaluating hospital strategies in health information technology. She and her husband live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, with their three children.

Frances Babb Keene (M.Ed. ’02 Couns Ed) earned her doctorate in higher education from Virginia Tech in December 2016. Having begun her doctoral work while six months pregnant in 2007, and having taken her prelims in 2009 while pregnant for the second time, she credits her husband, friends and colleagues in student affairs for helping her through the toughest parts of going to school, working full time and being a parent all at once. She plans to continue her work in Student Affairs at Virginia Tech.

Rich Mehrenberg (M.Ed. ’98 Ed Psych) has been promoted to associate professor of early, middle and exceptional education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he worked as a high school teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.