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2013 News and Events

SPARK by HARK Student Poster Presentation

Jayde Ware Jayde Ware explaining her research, "Music and Mood: The Effects of Music Therapy on the Agitation Levels in Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease"

The SPARK in HARK poster presentation featured the research of 20 students in each of the four disciplines in Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology department.  The December 5th event was well-attended by students, faculty and administrators.  Several students have been accepted to present their posters at upcoming conferences.

A complete list of the presentations can be found here.


Jesica Popp at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Chicago, November 2013

Jessica Popp

Pictured above is Jessica Popp, MS, 2013 in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Chicago, November 2013.  Ms. Popp was presenting her masters' thesis on Speech-Language Pathologists' perception of animal-assisted therapy.


PHETE Majors Present to Louisa Teacher Cadet Program

PHETE majors present to Louisa Teacher Program

 On November 22, Amanda Basinger and Michael Justice provided an overview of Longwood’s Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) program to ten Teacher Cadet students from Louisa County Public Schools. Amanda was Longwood’s PE major of the year for 2012 and is currently in the Health and Physical Education graduate program. Michael is a senior who was awarded Longwood’s PE major of the year for 2013.


Maurice Carter- “Advancing the Dream” honor

Carter MSNBC

MSNBC launched "Advancing The Dream" with Reverend Al Sharpton in July 2013, and since then has received over 6000 moving submissions from community members who are making a difference. Of those submissions, five educators were selected to participate in a special MSNBC web event on September 6.

Mr. Maurice Carter, director of Longwood’s "Call Me MISTER" program was selected to participate. Follow the link below to join MSNBC’s Craig Melvin as he chats with Maurice and other educators across the country who are embracing the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream in their daily lives. http://on.msnbc.com/1653i8F #advancingthedream


Dr. Mary Futrell Speaks to Longwood Students

Mary Futrell and Jalen Jackson

On September 13, Dr. Mary Futrell of George Washington University delivered the address America’s Children and their Families: Education and Human Services Providing the Safety Net" to over 150 students and faculty. She encouraged students to become the one teacher who makes a difference in the lives of the children they teach. Dr. Futrell infused her lively address with personal reflections and thought-provoking illustrations.

Dr. Futrell is an internationally known educator and former president of the National Education Association (NEA), is Dean of The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GW/GSEHD) in Washington, D.C. Dean Futrell is a professor of education policy and administration as well as the director of the Institute for Curriculum, Standards, and Technology. In addition to her unprecedented six-yearterm leading the NEA, Futrell is the president of Education International, which represents 23 million educators worldwide. She is a former president of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession and was a senior consultant for Quality Education for Minorities Network. Futrell has served on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Kettering Foundation, and the Institute for Educational Leadership. In 2004, she joined the Board of Advisors of Teachers Support Network.

During the question and answer session, Dr. Futrell illustrated an example with Jalen Jackson of the Call Me MISTER program.

Ave Maria Board Meeting Seated: Dr. George Carlo (Detroit Tigers), Dr. Paul Chapman (Dean of the College of Education and Human Services) Standing L to R: Dr. Dee Hopkins, Sister Edith (Dean of Students-Shepherd's Field), Bruce Navarro, Sister Gilchrist (Director, Ave Maria/Shepherd's Field schools

Ave Maria/Shepherd’s Field Board Meet at Longwood

On September 11, board members of the Ave Maria/Shepherd’s Field schools met at Longwood. After their Board meeting, they met with College of Education and Human Services faculty to explore collaborative opportunities, toured the campus and met with Dr. Ken Perkins, VP and Provost of Academic Affairs, during his Dean’s Advisory meeting.

The Ave Maria Preparatory School in Myakka City, Florida serves students ages 6 to 22 with special learning needs.  It was established in 2004 and follows the Florida Common Core Curriculum but "encourages students to use the Disney side of the brain—the right, artistic, intuitive side."  They use programs recommended by the International Dyslexia Association and the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Beginning January 2012, Ave Maria has implemented a new research-based program (THRIVE) to reverse the symptoms of autism, ADHD, developmental delay and emotional disorders.

The Shepherd’s Field Agricultural College is an inclusive two-year agricultural college and supportive living experience for students of diverse abilities.