WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY NEWS



Wittenberg's Teacher Education Program Again Earns Full National Accreditation
Jan. 9, 2009 Lowell Monke, assistant professor of education, speaks to a class. Springfield, Ohio – Four years ago, Wittenberg University became one of the first liberal arts colleges in the state to receive full accreditation for teacher education under the new and more rigorous standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As 2008 concluded, the university’s undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs again impressed NCATE examiners, who recommended full accreditation. National accreditation is a prestigious honor as standards are stringent with a strong emphasis on evidence proving excellent performance. Wittenberg’s teacher education programs were recommended for full approval in all six categories, including: • Knowledge of content and pedagogy for teaching; • Assessment system to measure student-teacher performance; • Field experience and clinical practice • Diversity, preparing teachers to succeed in diverse environments; • Faculty qualifications, performance and development, and • Unit governance and resources The site examiners also were particularly impressed with education students whose work in schools and the community embodied both the university’s and education department’s commitment to service and social justice. NCATE evaluators spoke with liberal arts faculty, school teachers and university graduates in evaluating the program. They were additionally impressed by the commitment to the program and its mission, which provided the accreditation body with a firm conceptual framework on which to evaluate performance. “Our mission is based on helping future and current teachers be leaders for social change and better education, said Kathy Calabrese, associate professor of education and chair of the education department at the time of accreditation. “This means that we stress both the character and competence necessary to serve their communities well.” “Graduates of Wittenberg's teacher education program are unique,” said Robert Welker, NCATE coordinator and professor of education. “They graduate with the social purpose to advocate for their students and to work actively so that the conditions of their school, community and society are better places to live, learn and work.” With national accreditation from NCATE, Wittenberg’s education department also achieves state accreditation to offer its 14 teacher licensure programs and master’s degree program. Already a leader in preparing teachers to work in the most challenging and most stimulating environments, the education department annually graduates more than 60 teachers, who have assumed positions in almost every state across the country. In addition, Wittenberg education majors and minors consistently enjoy more than a 95 percent passage rate of Ohio teacher licensing exams. Written By: Karen Gerboth Photo By: Erin Pence


Wittenberg Students Hold Senior Thesis Winter Exhibition
Jan. 7, 2009 The Boy Who Fed the Crucifix by Mary Griffith on pastel with ink Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University senior art majors present their annual Senior Thesis Winter Exhibition in the Beach Gallery of the Springfield Museum of Art through Jan. 30. A gallery reception for the students will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. The Beach Gallery, located in the educational wing of the museum, does not charge admission. The artists, their work and media include Anastasia Branson from Pleasant Hill, Calif., graphite drawing; Ashley Carter from Avon, Ind., photography; Janay Combris from Brooklyn, N.Y., graphite, charcoal and marker drawing; Ray Davis from Dublin, Ohio, acrylic drawing; Andrew Goldstein from Rockville, Md., ceramics; Mary Griffith from Dover, Ohio, pastel and ink drawing; Amy Kuhn from Indianapolis, Ind., painting; Gabe Kuss from Springfield, Ohio, ceramics; Lille Philhower from Washington, D.C., ceramics; Kate Stoverock from Gahanna, Ohio, ceramics; and Kathryn Takats from Grand Island, N.Y., ceramics. The Senior Thesis Winter Exhibition is an annual exhibition displaying artwork emerging from the senior thesis studio art capstone course. It is a precursor to the Senior Thesis Exhibition held each spring in Koch Hall on Wittenberg's campus. The Springfield Museum of Art is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is charged. The museum is open 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays, and admission is free. Written By: Phyllis Eberts 002-09


Political Science Department Continues Unique Colloquium Series With Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski
Jan. 5, 2009 Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Political Science Department continues its innovative 2008-09 colloquium series titled "Affairs of the State: Ohio" with a presentation by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Chris Korleski at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. Korleski, who will make a presentation titled "Global Warming - Science or Religion," is the third of four Ohio government officials to participate in the colloquium series. Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher kicked things off with a presentation titled "Positioning Ohio for the 21st Century: Globalization, New Frontiers and the Future" on Sept. 24, which was followed by a news conference announcing Wittenberg's innovative university-community venture called The Center for Civic & Urban Engagement. The second colloquium featured Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who made a presentation titled "Preparation, Partnership, Success" on Oct. 28. Korleski was appointed director of Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Gov. Ted Strickland in 2007. A former assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section of Ohio's Attorney General's Office, Korleski provided representation and counseling to the Ohio EPA in various areas involving air pollution and hazardous waste. Previously, Korleski served as counsel to Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. in Marysville, Ohio. Korleski earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University's College of Agriculture, his master's degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. from The Ohio State State University. The "Affairs of the State: Ohio" colloquium series concludes with a presentation titled "The Essential Role of Federal, State and Community Partnerships in Achieving Ohio's Public Health Goals" by Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19. That event is also in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. Written By: Ryan Maurer 001-09


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Innovative Wittenberg Saturday Science Program Continues Feb. 21
Feb. 6, 2009 Assistant Professor of Mathematics Adam Parker speaks during the Jan. 24 Wittenberg Saturday Science event. Springfield, Ohio – The second meeting of the innovative Wittenberg Saturday Science program is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, featuring a presentation titled "How We See: From Eye To Brain," by Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Anes. Wittenberg Saturday Science is a new outreach program that aims to expose area high school and home school students to science and its many possibilities. Eight academic departments – biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology – are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year. Each program features a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. After a continental breakfast on the second floor of the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a hands-on science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors. "The first time that a student sees science outside of a textbook can be a powerful experience – both for the student and the teacher," said Adam Parker, assistant professor of mathematics. "We hope that this outreach program will have a dramatic effect on both high school students from the Springfield area, as well as our current Wittenberg science majors." Anes said his presentation offers "a tour of the human visual system, a look at visual illusions that shed light on how we see, and discussion about how vision breaks down after brain damage." "Seeing is very complex," he said. "Even the newest robots can’t see like humans do!" Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors. The mathematics department hosted the first meeting of Wittenberg Saturday Science on January 24. Approximately 35 high school students, along with some of their teachers and parents, were in attendance for a presentation by Parker titled "The Symmetric World," which examined the mathematics behind some of the patterns seen in the brickwork, tiling, fabric, woodwork, or metalwork around campus, and laboratory experiments afterward. Future events will be hosted by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ray Dudek and Assistant Professor of Biology Michelle McWhorter in March and April, respectively. There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. Click here to register for the event or send an e-mail to request additional information. Written By: Ryan Maurer 015-09 AddThis