March 22, 2017
On Wednesday, March 22 at the President’s Annual Humanitarian of the Year luncheon, 13 Florida State University students were recognized for their commitment to making the world a better place.
Among them, English Education student Brittany Sinitch, a senior from Coral Springs, was honored for her work with Dance Marathon, anti-bullying campaigns, and the FSU Council of Teachers of English.
Calling the students some of Florida State’s finest ambassadors, Provost Sally McRorie said the honorees exemplify the values cherished by the university: engagement, academic excellence and service to others.
“You saw a need, and you did something about it,”McRorie said. “You didn’t wait for somebody else to do it. You didn’t wait until you got older, until you got a job, you’re out in the world. You did it now. That’s very inspiring.”
The President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes students who exhibit tremendous commitment to service. Each school or college selects one student to be their Humanitarian of the Year. The students are then recognized at an awards luncheon hosted by FSU President Thrasher. They also receive $200 that is donated in their name to a nonprofit organization of their choice.
On April 11, the awardees will attend Leadership Awards Night, and the overall President’s Humanitarian of the Year Award will be named. That student will receive an additional $1,000 for his or her charity.
Last month, the Florida State University College of Education, in partnership with Jim
Moran School of Entrepreneurship, hosted their inaugural “HackEd: Brainstorming Solutions to Issues in Education.”
HackEd was a unique, daylong competition designed for students and professionals who share a commitment to improving public education with innovative solutions. The competition was modeled after hackathons, where computer programmers collaborate on solutions to software and programming issues.
Six teams, each consisting of one to three people, identified challenges, proposed answers
and worked on solutions designed to diversify higher education. The teams each recommended solutions within one of three tracks –policy, practice, and technology. Each team then presented their solution to a panel of judges, and the winners received awards. The overall winning team was also presented with iPad minis.
The winning team in each of the three tracks were as follows:
Policy Track: “Ravenclaw” – Suggested a policy to tax College Board, the organization representing hundreds of colleges and responsible for the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the Advanced Placement (AP) program, and various equity efforts, in order to provide test preparation to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. According to their proposal, this test preparation would result in higher test scores and diversify the socioeconomic backgrounds of students entering college.
Practice Track: “Match Easy” – Match Easy created an interactive calendar mobile app to diversify students’ experiences while attending higher education institutions.
Technology Track: “Team W” (Get StartED) – Team W designed an exclusive platform to diversify the students entering higher education institutions. The platform would track high school achievement inside and outside the classroom while at the same time, promoting engagement between the students and college counselors.
A Florida State University faculty member has been recognized for his outstanding work in the student affairs profession by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).
Robert Schwartz, professor and chair of the FSU College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member. The award, named for a dean and professor emeritus at Indiana University, is presented to a tenured, full-time faculty member in a graduate preparation program in student affairs.
Schwartz teaches courses in higher education, student affairs and the history of education, and he currently serves as his department’s chair and the program director for the Certificate in Institutional Research.
“Dr. Schwartz has advanced knowledge, especially in the history of higher education,” said Mary B. Coburn, vice president for Student Affairs at Florida State University. “As a mentor and faculty adviser, he continually demonstrates his commitment to student success. Bob contributes daily to students advancing toward their goals. He is a tremendous asset to Florida State.”
Each Robert H. Shaffer Award recipient has inspired graduate students and served on doctoral dissertation committees; has a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, including publication in relevant literature; and has made significant contributions to professional associations.
“I would have never finished my doctoral degree were it not for Dr. Schwartz, and I suspect there are others on the long list of more than 70 students he has assisted who would attest to the same,” said Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs, vice provost and dean of students at the University of South Carolina. “Absent his intervention and his devoted commitment to my education, I would not have enjoyed my career, and most certainly would not have had the success over my 37 years at Carolina.”
Since his arrival at FSU in 1998, he has served as chair for 49 doctoral students, been a member of 104 doctoral committees and chaired more than 100 master’s degree students. He is also active in American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American Education Research Association (AERA), American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Southern History of Education Society.
Prior to Florida State, Schwartz was a member of the faculty at Valdosta State University and the University of South Carolina. He served as assistant dean of students at the University of North Dakota from 1974 to 1984. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Hanover College in 1973, master’s degree at Ball State University in 1974, and his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1990.
Schwartz has been an active member of NASPA for many years and has served on numerous committees, including the Faculty Fellows, and served as a member and chair of the Hardee Dissertation of the Year committee. He has served on editorial boards, including the Journal of College and Character (2008-2015), the NASPA Journal About Women (2008-present), and the Journal of Retention: Research, Theory & Practice (2000-2010), that provide not only service to professional associations, but also to the profession.
He has published more than 30 journal articles, 10 book chapters and monographs, and made over 70 presentations at conferences. In 2010, he published a book, “Deans of Men and the Shaping of Modern College Culture” (Palgrave). He is currently working on a book about George W. Zook and the American Council on Education.
Schwartz and the other winners will be honored in March at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The Sport Psychology Organization and Research Team (SPORT) is a student lead graduate organization developed to foster professional development within the field of sport and exercise psychology. Through collaborative student efforts, SPORT promotes the development of competent practitioners and academicians by facilitating student research (e.g., conference presentations and publications), promoting public outreach (e.g., local presentations, newspaper and magazine articles, and hosting conferences), and offering professional development workshops. By undertaking these projects, SPORT seeks to provide experience and create opportunities to help members prepare for future employment.
On Feb.9 and Feb. 10, SPORT will host their 9th annual Sport Professionals’ Experience And Research (SPEAR) Conference. At this two-day event, many prolific and well-respected scholars from diverse disciplines and fields, as well as international speakers are invited to share their expertise.
The 2017 conference theme is “Injury & Performance: The Physical and Psychological Recovery Process,” and will be held in the Globe Auditorium located at 110 S. Woodward Avenue.
The keynote speakers for this event include Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of Kinesiology-Sport & Exercise Psychology in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, and Britton Brewer, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dr. Marcy P. Driscoll, dean of the FSU College of Education, was recently selected to deliver the opening keynote address for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2017 International Convention, entitled “Leading Learning for Change.” The conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida November 7 – 11.
“She is a visionary scholar who will encourage us to think deeply as leaders about learning in the emerging technology enhanced learning world,” remarked Dr. Eugene Kowch, president-elect of AECT.
“It is an interesting challenge that I couldn’t refuse and I look forward to some stimulating conversation,” said Driscoll.
Driscoll is the Past President of AECT, having served from 2000 – 2001. She is currently a member of the Design and Development, and Research and Theory divisions of the organization.
Two FSU College of Education faculty members, Robert Schwartz and Deborah Ebener, were among those honored by the Transformation Through Teaching program for their transformative influence in the lives of their students inside and outside of the classroom.
The Transformation Through Teaching program is an initiative established by FSU’s Spiritual Life Project, which seeks to foster integrative relationships that provide support for students in their lifelong search for meaning and self-realization.
The Transformation Through Teaching awards recognize faculty members whose contributions in the lives of their students go beyond conventional academic instruction. Honorees are nominated by their students for their dedication to helping students find their authentic selves and pursue their dreams.
The awards were conferred Nov. 28 during a ceremony at the President’s house.
“The faculty here tonight are not only teachers and researchers, they are mentors, role models and cheerleaders,” President John Thrasher said. “They offer advice and encouragement, and they push their students to reach higher.”
Deborah Ebener, associate professor and coordinator of counselor education, was nominated by Kara Dingess for her abiding support during a time of hospitalization.
“All the FSU faculty members that I have had contact with have all be truly wonderful. My experience with Dr. Ebener is different in that she went out of her way to check on me every day, as well as letting all of the other faculty members know what was going on. Knowing that I had her on my side, allowed me to relax and concentrate on getting myself better.” — Kara Dingess
Robert Schwartz, professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was selected by Sally Watkins for providing guidance during the difficult process of composing a doctoral dissertation.
“Deciding on a dissertation topic, for me, was a challenging process. As an individual often distracted by “shiny things”, I regularly waffled on the subject and directions. Dr. Schwartz embraced my approach and engaged me in conversation to clarify and refine my topic as well as reflect on my plans following graduation.” — Sally Watkins
For more information and the full list of faculty members who were honored, visit https://news.fsu.edu/news/university-news/2016/12/01/faculty-members-honored-transformative-influence-student-lives/.
The Florida State University College of Education invites innovators and entrepreneurs to hack some of education’s biggest challenges at its first ever education hackathon, “HackEd: Brainstorming Solutions to Issues in Education.”
HackED will take place at 8 a.m, Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tucker Civic Center.
HackEd is a unique, daylong competition designed for students and professionals who share a passion and commitment to improving public education with innovative solutions. It is modeled after a hackathon, where computer programmers collaborate on solutions to software and programming issues.
“We are dedicated to innovation and shaping the future of education,” said Marcy Driscoll, dean of the FSU College of Education. “HackED is a great example of how we as a college can engage with diverse minds and explore solutions to education’s biggest challenges with a fresh perspective in order to create a stronger public school system.”
HackEd teams, consisting of no more than three people, will identify challenges, propose answers and work on solutions designed to transform public education. Each team will then present their solution to a panel of judges. Winners will receive prizes and have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with community leaders.
The topic to be addressed will be announced the morning of the event. Teams will have nine hours to develop and eventually present a prototype or presentation of their solution to a panel of judges. Subject matter experts in education, administration and social entrepreneurship will be available during the entire process to assist the teams.
Students and professionals in education, IT, business, public policy and other areas are encouraged to participate. The event is free, but everyone is required to register due to a limited number of spots. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the event. To register your team or to learn more, visit http://education.fsu.edu/hacked.