college of education | spring 2006
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College of Education Alumni Association
As we head toward another spring in Michigan, I cannot help but think of all the “change” that occurs with a new season. Springs in Michigan are one of the most beautiful signs I know. As the flowers bloom, trees come alive, and grass turns Spartan Green, we know our Michigan summers of boating, fishing, camping, golfing, picnicking, and just plain ol’ enjoying Michigan people and places can’t be far behind.
Change has been a wonderful participant in the dynamics surrounding the College of Education these past few months. First, I want to welcome three new members to the College of Education Alumni Board of Directors: Joe Chiaramonte, Kathy Rodgers, and Michael DeGagne. Their Green and White loyalty showed boldly as they braved a January winter storm for their first meeting. They are going to be wonderful additions representing you on the Alumni Board.
Second, congratulations to Dean Ames and the COE leadership for the new renovations to Erickson Hall. I attended the Grand Opening and it is very impressive. And it is only the beginning. Several more improvements are underway, including a new patio area next to the Red Cedar and more research and office space. You need to stop by and see all the exciting changes. While you are at it, have a cup of fresh Sparty coffee from Erickson Hall’s new café on the first floor.
Third, change in leadership of the college’s Alumni Board. As I complete my term as your president, I want to thank the untold numbers of you who have supported the Alumni Board and all our activities. Once again, our full spring schedule that involved mock interviews of teacher education students as part of the Get a Job Conference, the Technology Conference for Michigan educators, and the Spring Awards Reception were very successful. We awarded five scholarships to MSU students in the College of Education. These scholarships are possible through your membership in the College of Education Alumni Association. Thank you to all of you who have contacted me or other board members with suggestions for activities and offers to assist. It is your Alumni Board.
Change keeps all things fresh. So if you have not visited campus, Erickson, and the College of Education lately, make a change and do it. If you are reading this and not a member of the MSU Alumni Association and College of Education constituency, make a change and do it. Isn’t it time you got into the “spring” of things at MSU? I thank you.