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  • GSPP Graduate Student Organization Honored with Common Good Award

    February 19, 2015

    It’s with great joy that we announce the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is the recipient of this year’s Common Good Award.

    The Common Good Award, established by former CELC Dean Dr. Bruce Kramer, is presented to an individual who has contributed to either the CELC community or the external community (local, national, global) in an outstanding fashion. The Common Good Award celebrates the unique gift of selfless and generous love. Through this award, the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling recalls its own care and support given to Dr. Kramer and his family during a time of exceptional need by celebrating others' work for the common good.

    Below is the nomination submitted for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO).


    The GSPP GSO is a committed and strong group of individual students who chair different areas of focus (i.e., diversity, professional development, community outreach, and social events, communications), for the organization and who provide leadership and amazing opportunities for all of the students in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology program.

    Although this is not one individual (as requested for this award) the entire group of GSPP GSO chairs deserves the nomination for their great service to the GSPP community and communities outside the walls of the University of St. Thomas. For instance, the group has:

    • initiated an annual GSPP food drive, with donations going to Second Harvest Heartland;
    • created a structured self-reflection and ongoing group discussions about diversity with GSPP practicum students;
    • contacted presenters (i.e., local experts in different areas of mental health) and organized the GSPP student body to come and hear these important people share their knowledge;
    • and offered invaluable assistance at the Annual GSPP Counseling Psychology Practicum Fair that brings more than 150 students from five different schools and universities to learn more about potential practicum experiences from more than 30 practicum sites.

    You only need to visit their Facebook page to see a demonstration of their commitment.

    About the Graduate Student Organization:

    The University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is student-led organization founded with the purpose of enhancing the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas. The GSPP GSO unites Masters and Doctoral-level graduate psychology students in the University of St. Thomas GSPP, for the purpose of professional and personal student development, the betterment of the department, and in their contributions to the field and community. The GSO strives to enhance the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas through: representing and unifying GSPP graduate students at all levels, advancing their professional and personal interests, providing a forum for student discussion of psychology-relevant topics, and promoting graduate student participation in university and community affairs.

    Photo of the 2014/2015 GSPP Graduate Student Organization. 
    2014-2015 Graduate Student Organization Chairs pictured L-R:
    Jay Sidor, Communications Chair; Stacia Francis, Events Co-Chair; Stephany Himrich, Vice President; Kelsey Thompson, Research Chair; Kasey Peña, Events Co-Chair; Eugene Hall, Diversity Chair; Emily Erickson, President; Kim Stewart, MA Advisory Chair; and Chelsea Walker, Public Relations Chair.


  • Study abroad in China and South Korea

    January 22, 2015

    Take CIED 507: Comparative Foundations of Education abroad in China and South Korea!

    This course is designed to explore and compare the different approaches to education in China, South Korea and the United States. Students will immerse themselves in the school environments to develop their own views on the opportunities and challenges of the educational systems, with the aim to enrich their own teaching activities and learning environments in the United States. Teacher Education undergraduate and graduate students can substitute the following courses with this course: EDUC210, TEGR510, CIED505.

    This opportunity is open to all graduate and undergraduate students. Students at College of Education, Leadership and Counseling have first priority.

    Learn more about the program, or visit the St. Thomas study abroad site to apply. For more information, contact Candace Chou at ccchou@stthomas.edu.

  • CUE Program Accepting Applications

    January 16, 2015

    The Collaborative Urban Educator (CUE) Program is a public/private partnership between the University of St. Thomas and the state of Minnesota offering a graduate level teacher licensure program through a state grant. CUE is dedicated to bringing people from underrepresented populations, ethnic, cultural, linguistic and other unique urban backgrounds into specific high need license areas in the teaching profession. The program is contingent on continued state funding of this program. This is a licensure-only program at the graduate level. Upon completion of licensure coursework you may transfer to a Master’s program for further coursework at your expense.

    Applications for this program are due April 15, 2015 and should be submitted to:

    Jeanne Mortinson, CUE Program Director
    University of St. Thomas
    1000 LaSalle Ave
    MOH 217
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    To Be Considered for the CUE Program an applicant:

    • Has experience working with K-12 children from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic communities in urban or urban like settings
    • Interested in earning a teaching license in either Special Education or English as a Second Language (ESL)
    • Has a college degree from a regionally accredited institution in the US.
    • For degrees from outside the US, you need a transcript reviewed by an accredited evaluation service showing the US equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree.
    • Has a GPA of at least 2.75 for unconditional acceptance.
    • Includes two letters of recommendation: one from a professional colleague and one from a supervisor in a work setting. The recommendations should give evidence of successful work with K-12 children from diverse communities in urban and urban like settings and evidence of skills that supports what successful skills teachers need in their profession.
    • Is invited to an interview for the program


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  • A Welcome Message from President Sullivan

    August 28, 2014

    Watch as President Sullivan welcomes students back to a new year!

  • New scholarship offered for Public Safety and Law Enforcement leaders

    July 14, 2014

    The College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling is now offering incoming masters students in Public Safety & Law Enforcement Leadership (PSLEL) in each cohort the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. The award, known as the Mikulay Scholarship, provides up to $5,000 in tuition annually. There will be one scholarship awarded for each masters’ cohort.

    Learn more about how to apply for the scholarship: Mikulay/Misencik Scholarship for Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leaders

  • Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan receives award

    June 02, 2014

    Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Gifted Education, recently won the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

    Brusnahan’s “Fundamentals of Mild to Moderate Disabilities” course was chosen based on Blackboard’s criteria of course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support. The course was also named a Director’s Choice for Courses with Distinction, an even higher honor among the winning courses.

  • Two fellowships available to teach English in China

    May 26, 2014

    Youth for Understanding (YFU), a reputable non-profit organization in China, is offering two fellowships to teach English and American culture in Shanghai, China for UST students at the School of Education. The fellowships will run from July 15 to August 1, 2014. These positions are ideal for clinical practice, practicum or internship projects.

    William Brendel, Ed.D., assistant professor, and C. Candace Chou, Ph.D., associate professor, both of the Organization Learning and Development department, forged a connection with YFU during a spring break study abroad program in which UST students gained experiences in organization development consulting in an international context.

    Please send resumes to Mr. Yu Yang at yuyang@yfuchina.cn.

  • "Mindfulness at Work" event now streaming online

    May 12, 2014

    If you were unable to attend on April 22, a recording of the program is now available online. To view the recording visit the University of St. Thomas YouTube channel.

    Attendees of this event learned about Mindfulness at Work from guest speakers Mariann Johnson, senior trainer, Institute for Mindful Leadership and Matthew Sanford, founder and trainer, Mind Body Solutions. Mariann led participants through a meditation exercise and facilitated discussion on the role and impact of mindfulness as a leadership practice. Matthew facilitated a different form of mindfulness practice and discussion on improving wellness and health through greater mind-body awareness at work.

    The "Mindfulness at Work" event was sponsored by the Department of Organization Learning and Development on April 22, 2014.

  • “Mindfulness-Based Coaching” workshop to take place May 27

    May 12, 2014

    William Brendel, Ed.D., assistant professor in the Department of Organization Learning and Development, is presenting a “Mindfulness-Based Coaching” workshop at the Tuesday, May 27 International Coach Federation meeting.  The workshop will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Marsh in Minnetonka.  Ticket prices and more information about the event is listed on the ICF event page.

    The workshop will help participants:

    --Develop personal and professional insights around mindfulness practice.

    --Understand why mindfulness must be a central aspect of coaching in any organizational setting and how it pertains to the type of leadership clients model.

    --Gain a deeper sense of how awareness relates to our deeper sense of purpose at work.

    --Learn how to coach clients in measuring and developing awareness in routine spaces of the workplace to identify and transform taken-for-granted aspects of strategy and culture.

  • Judge William Haynes Jr. to be honored at upcoming event

    May 05, 2014

    Judge William Haynes Jr., chief U.S. District Court judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, will discuss “Social Mobility for Diverse Communities” at the 17th annual Julian Parker Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in Opus Hall on the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas.

    The program will include a brief award ceremony for the Minnesota Alliance of Black School Educators; also, Haynes will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university.

    Haynes, 64, grew up in Memphis and received his bachelor’s degree in political science and history from St. Thomas in 1970. An African-American at the then mostly white college, Haynes was a popular student government leader who was nominated for the “Mr. Tommy” outstanding senior award.

    He graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School, where he rose to the top of his class and received the Bennett Douglas Bell Award for commitment “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly” with one’s God.

    After serving more than a decade with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, he opened a private practice. In 1984 he returned to public service as a U.S. District Court magistrate judge. In 1999, at the recommendation of Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton appointed Haynes as a U.S. District Court judge for Middle Tennessee, the first African-American so chosen. In 2012 he was named chief judge.

    The St. Thomas honorary degree citation praises Haynes for his “intellectual honesty, conscientious patience and profound sense of fairness.”

  • Launch of Executive Coaching Certificate

    April 15, 2014

    We are excited to announce the launch of our Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching! This 15 credit, 12 month coaching certificate is one of the few programs of its kind offered at higher education institutions around the world. This program is an interdisciplinary partnership between our Organization Learning and Development Department and our Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Our first cohort starts June 10!

  • CELC in the Community: April

    April 07, 2014

    Every year, CELC representatives travel all over Minnesota (and across the country) to engage with community members.

    Interested in meeting a representative from CELC or learning more about our programs? Check out our interactive map to see where we'll be in April!

    • 04/09, Law Enforcement Opportunities and Career Fair
    • 04/09, Osseo Benefits Fair, Educational Service Center
    • 04/11, FEA National Conference College Day
    • 04/16, North Hennepin Community College Information Day
    • 04/16, Education for Everyone
    • 04/17, NWISD High School Student Leadership Fair
    • 04/27-29 Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Conference


  • CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder

    April 01, 2014

    April is Autism Awareness month, and a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently given us new information about its growing prevalence among children.

    The report estimated that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 eight year olds) being identified with an autism spectrum disorder. The number of children identified with ASD ranged from 1 in 175 children in Alabama to 1 in 45 children in New Jersey.

    "CDC's recently announced 1 in 68 number reinforces the importance of preparing educators to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders," said Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D., associate professor in the ASD program at St. Thomas. "The University of St Thomas provides flexible options to special educators and professionals to learn about autism. With in-person, hybrid, and fully on-line options, UST's comprehensive program is poised to respond to the rising need."

  • Local Choir holding event to honor Bruce Kramer

    March 25, 2014

    The Chancel Choir at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church invites you and your friends to join them for Journey, a Lenten Choral Evensong, on Saturday, April 12 at 7 pm. Minnesota Public Radio “Morning Edition” host, Cathy Wurzer will narrate the program.

    Dr. Bruce Kramer, former Dean of The College Education, Leadership and Counseling at St. Thomas University and Chancel Choir director at Good Samaritan UMC, exemplifies this journey in his daily battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Through his life’s work, writings, and personal interactions, Bruce is a constant source of inspiration to everyone that he encounters.

    The event is free and open to all. A $20 donation per person is suggested. 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to the ALS Association in Bruce's name. Even if you are not able to attend the evensong, we encourage you to give generously towards this great cause.

  • CELC welcomes Janice Marturano to campus

    March 18, 2014

    CELC’s Organization Learning and Development welcomes Janice Marturano, founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership. Janice discussed how to practice mindful learning in the workplace and her book Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide Mindful Leadership. Find out more about Janice Marutano's visit.

  • Karen Westberg receives Minnesota Friend of the Gifted Award

    March 12, 2014

    Professor Karen Westberg, Ph.D., of our Special Education and Gifted Education department, was recently honored with the Minnesota Friend of the Gifted Award. The award is presented annually to individuals who have "made a significant contribution toward heightening public awareness of the needs of gifted and talented young people."

    The council, which advocates for educators and parents of gifted children, presented the award during its recent conference at the university’s Minneapolis campus.

  • Muffet Trout, Ph.D. presents at the Association of Teacher Educators in St. Louis

    February 16, 2014

    Muffet Trout, Ph.D., of the Teacher Education department presented a paper at the annual conference for the Association of Teacher Educators in St. Louis, MO.

    Her case study was titled "Preventing the Shut-Down: Critical Care Pedagogy in Teacher Education."

    The case study explores how one white teacher educator enacted critical care pedagogy with her mostly white students to keep them engaged when discussing issues like white privilege and power.

  • Anticipated Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Shortage in Minnesota

    January 13, 2014

    By Kellie Krick Oborn, Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator

    According to the most recent Supply and Demand Report, there has been a six percent increase in the enrollments of students with special needs in Minnesota.  Early Childhood Special Education specifically is expected to see continued enrollment increases due to enhanced public awareness efforts and Minnesota Early Learning Scholarships Pathway.  Continued increases in the number of special education students needing services will generate a greater need for special education teachers.

    While special education enrollment is projected to continue to slowly increase, the Supply and Demand Report also highlights significant teacher shortage for all areas of special education licensing.  Early Childhood Special Education has been identified as one of 11 teacher shortage areas in the state.  Many school districts are struggling to find qualified, licensed ECSE teachers to meet the growing needs of children and families receiving ECSE services. To learn more, visit our news item about the ECSE shortage.

  • New M.A. in Education Leadership Program Launches in Qatar

    December 07, 2013

    New M.A. in Education Leadership Program Launches in Qatar

    Partnering with the Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) in Doha, Qatar, the Department of Leadership, Policy and Administration will be training faculty and administration at the school. 

    The connection was initiated by Jamie Steckart, an alum of the department’s Educational Leadership program at the Minneapolis campus. Steckart now operates as the principal of the QLA, which is supported by the Qatar Foundation. QLA is an IB World School, offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program, which provides holistic and comprehensive education – along with challenging assessments – to develop critical thinking and the skills necessary to meet to constantly changing world. Learn more about our new QLA partnership.

  • David Jamieson earns OD Network Lifetime Achievement Award

    December 07, 2012

    David Jamieson, Ph.D, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Organization Learning & Development, was presented with the Organization Development (OD) Network Lifetime Achievement Award on October 22, 2012. The OD Network is the professional association for Organization Development professionals. This award is given each year to recognize pioneers in the field.

    According to the OD Network website, the award serves to acknowledge the significant, consistent, and enduring contribution of an individual (or individuals) to the field of organization development (OD); offer an exemplary model of achievement to those both inside and outside the OD community; and honor seasoned OD professionals who have been accessible to all generations of OD practitioners, and committed to maintaining a dynamic connection with the field of OD.

    Congratulations to Dr. Jamieson on this achievement! To read more about the OD Network and this award, click through to the OD Network website.

  • Kate Boyle coedits "Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Student Personnel"

    November 08, 2012

    Kate Boyle, Associate Professor and Director of the Leadership in Student Affairs Program in the Department of Leadership, Policy & Administration in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling has coedited a monograph published by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) titled “Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Student Personnel Point of View,” along with John Wesley Lowery and John A. Mueller from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Student Affairs and Higher Education faculty.

    The monograph contains a reproduction of the original “The Student Personnel Point of View” as it appeared when it was published in 1937, along with a collection of essays authored by scholars in the student affairs profession who reflect on the significance and enduring value of the document.

    “The Student Personnel Point of View” was an influential report that emerged from a study group formed by the American Council on Education.  The intent was to offer a perspective on the importance of—and provide a focus for—the profession of student affairs as it was developing throughout U.S. colleges and universities in the 1930s.

    ACPA is one of the leading professional associations serving more than 8,500 practitioners, graduate preparation faculty members, and graduate students in the student affairs profession. For more information on this monograph, visit ACPA Internal Publications.

  • Stephen Brookfield, Ph.D., wins World Award for Literature in Adult Education

    October 25, 2012

    Congratulations to faculty member Stephen Brookfield, Ph.D., for winning the 2012 Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education.  The award has been given to his book TEACHING FOR CRITICAL THINKING:TOOLS & TECHNIQUES TO HELP STUDENTS QUESTION THEIR ASSUMPTIONS. It is the sixth time he has won this award (1986, 1989, 1995, 2004, & 2011), and it is the first time anyone has won the award in consecutive years.

    He will be presented with the award on November 8th at the AAACE Awards dinner at the annual conference in Las Vegas. 

  • Dr. Tori Svoboda receives Minnesota College Personnel Association Lee Knefelkamp Research Award

    October 24, 2012

    Dr. Tori Svoboda, Associate Dean of Students and Adjunct Faculty at the University of St. Thomas received the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA) Lee Knefelkamp Research Award.

    The Lee Knefelkamp Research Award encourages and supports student development and student affairs research done by professionals, practitioners, graduate students, and faculty. 

    Congratulations Dr. Svoboda!

  • Alumni Amee Xiong named Interim Executive Director of Lao Family Community of Minnesota, Inc.

    August 14, 2012

    Alumni, Amee Xiong earned her Master of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership at the University of St. Thomas and has recently been named the new Interim Executive Director of Lao Family Community of Minnesota, Inc.  Lao Family Community of Minnesota strives to facilitate the success and growth of Hmong Americans and other immigrants in Minnesota. The University of St. Thomas is proud to share Xiong's success and works for the common good.

  • Two St. Thomas Alumni named Police Chiefs

    August 09, 2012

    The University of St. Thomas is proud to share that two graduates of the University's Police Leadership program were recently named police chiefs: Apple Valley Police Chief Jon Rechtzigel and Rosemount Police Chief Eric Werner.  We are very proud of our alumni and wish them all the best in the force.

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