Dean’s Desk October 4, 2021 School of Education & Psychology Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
What do you hope to remember from your classes 20 years from now? This is a question that was posed to a student recently and it got me thinking. What do I actually remember from my own college classes? Other than a failing grade in a methods of teaching handwriting assignment (ask me about details if you are interested), I remember a few classes that were challenging but few specific details. During my time as an undergrad,I mostly remember the relationships developed with fellow students and professors, the sense of passion I developed over time for the teaching profession, and a greater ability to be able to think for myself. This year my hope for you is to develop a passion for your chosen discipline, be able to make connections to the real world, and develop a faith full of joy and hope. ~Debbie Muthersbaugh, PhD, Dean
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 NIV
Calendar of Events
4-9 Week of Worship - note class time changes this week
7 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
11 Senior Outlines/Degree Applications Due for June Graduation
20 Service Day, classes will not meet from 8am-1pm
27-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed, Virtual November
4 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
10 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, 7 pm, FAC, CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Archer!
18 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board) 12-3:00 pm, Virtual
21-28 Thanksgiving Break, No Classes December
1-2 NAD Endorsement Committee, Dean away
2 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
3 Student Teaching ’20-21 Applications Due to Placement Officer, Emily Appel
5-10 NAD Education Meetings, Dean away
13-15 Final Exams
15 WWU Employee Christmas Party
20 Fall Course Grades Due, 9am
Date TBD SEP Christmas Party, Curriculum Library
12-Jan. 5 Christmas Break
Education and Psychology News
Free Gift from Your Advisor! Visit your education and/or psychology advisor for a special gift from the department to welcome you back to campus! Note: Dr. Archer and Professor Ramoutar's advisees can get your gift from Emily Appel or the department student worker by the front office entrance.
First CommUnity of 2021-2022
Our weekly gathering as a student body, including faculty and staff, commenced last week under the trees on Centennial Green. Here's to a wonderful year ahead!
Longest Table It was a beautiful day for the annual, and first since COVID, Longest Table event sponsored by the Walla Walla University Church. Over 130 table were set up side-to-side along 4th street for about a quarter of a mile. The School of Education and Psychology sponsored four table this year and served Indian curry, rice, naan, and other delicacies. What a wonderful reminder of the heavenly table being prepared for us in the Earth made new!
Jump Start Departmental Supper It was a perfect evening for a picnic under the trees outside Smith Hall for the annual departmental supper. Faculty and staff welcomed education and psychology freshmen and transfer students. We enjoyed good food and made new friends to start the school year off right.
Student Research Posters As you walk around Smith Hall this year you will see some new additions to the wall decor. Posters are up from the spring 2021 psychology Research Methods and Statistics class. You will find a wide variety of topics of interest to university students. Take a moment and check out what our amazing students have done.
Dr. Clifford Sorenson Visits SEP
This summer the SEP received a very special donation from former president and SEP dean, Dr. N. Clifford Sorenson. He gifted us his academic regalia and we are now honored to house it in our main SMH offices. Some of Dr. Sorenson's experiences include earning a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Science-Zoology and Master of Arts-Education from Walla Walla College. He served the university as President from 1976-1985 and dean of the SEP prior to that. Cliff Sorensen's grandfather thought eight grades of school was plenty for him, which probably explains why he never even imagined he'd go to college, let alone become the president of one. He says he owes everything to WWU. Thank you for your visit this summer. We are honored.
The Dungeon Our department storage room, lovingly labeled "The Dungeon" got a thorough cleaning and organization thanks to our faithful staff. Summer student worker Sophie Enjati (pictured left) and Office Manager Mishelle Castiglioni (right) sorted and labeled. Thank you for a clean start to this basement hideaway for the new school year.
Faculty Staff Training
The SEP faculty and staff met before Jump Start to plan for the new year. We spent time in worship and prayer for our school and students, as well as reviewing curriculum and events for the coming year. Time was also given to reviewing our department mission statement and dreaming about how to actualize it for our students, colleagues, and community. (You can see the posters we created for this activity on the south, inner office wall next time you visit that area.) We ended our day with getting better acquainted with our hometown and surrounding areas with some walking tours. We are excited to serve each student to the best of our ability this year!
Departmental Clubs Focus
Psychology club members had their final spring 2021 meeting out under the trees by Smith Hall to celebrate graduating seniors. There were individualized gifts for graduates and all the Del Taco burritos and tacos you could eat. Beautiful green club sweatshirts were provided as well. We look forward to what our psychology club officers have planned for us this year. A special thanks to our club advisor, Dr. Linda Ivy.
Education Club 2021-2022 Ed Club will be resuming next year! We ended last year with a pizza get-together and discussed ideas for the education club this year. About 25 students attended and expressed their interest in getting involved. Officers were chosen and planned their booth for Welcome Back Bash. Thanks to Linnea Elias (President), Aleah Clarke (Executive Vice President), and Sophie Enjati (Financial Vice President) for their willingness to serve this year as club leaders. ~ Brian Hartman, Advisor
Faculty and Staff News
Student Teaching Supervisor Focus We want to thank all of our amazing student teaching supervisors for the hard work they do guiding our candidates towards completion of their goals and dreams of classroom teaching. Pictured here in her new SEP logo shirt, Leslie Briggs has ben a supervisor for four years. Her background included K-12 PE teacher and school principal, among others. She brings many valuable experiences to her role in the SEP.
Professor Melody Ezpeleta has joined the School of Education and Psychology. She completed a B.S. in Psychology from Walla Walla University, and an M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy at Loma Linda University, where she is currently finishing a DMFT (Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy). Melody’s personal and professional experiences within various school systems instilled a passion to contribute to the field of marriage and family therapy and a desire to give back to the community through active collaboration with others. Melody is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, whose focus is on working with children, adolescents, and their families. Welcome Professor Ezpeleta!
Welcome to the SEP Family! We are so happy and excited to welcome the newest member of the SEP team, Ezra Ezpeleta (pictured left) and Rebekah Ramoutar (right), both born this summer 2021. Be sure to ask Professor Melody Ezpeleta (psychology) and Professor Amanda Ramoutar (special education) more about these precious babies when you get a chance.
LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A. J. Juliani. Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., 2016. IM/MS 370.15 Sp33
Empower students to be problem-solvers. Educators Spencer and Juliani use the acronym:
Look, listen, and learn Ask lots of questions Understand the problem or process Navigate ideas Create Highlight what’s working and failing to facilitate the creative process in any class and grade level.
Sample lesson plans are included.
We are quickly growing our student numbers, the afternoon program is almost full and we are really excited!
Our mission at the Discovery Preschool is to immerse young children in hands-on learning experiences that will allow them to learn in a natural, playful, and social environment. Our goal is for children to experience the wonder of discovery and to enhance their innate love for learning so it will continue throughout their entire lives. The spiritual emphasis of our program focuses on promoting Christian values common to most religious faiths—such as honesty, kindness, love, patience, and sharing.
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Legislative Internship Program Applications Close October 20th In addition to earning academic credit, interns engage as part of a team, helping solve real world problems for the citizens of Washington. These interactions provide one-of-a-kind insights into the events and legislation that impact our state every day. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and political ideologies who are active leaders, engaged in campus communities, and excited to learn about government while gaining practical job skills. Interns are matched with legislators in the House of Representatives, or the Senate based on interest areas and political ideology. The 2022 internship begins January 10, 2022 and ends March 10, 2022. Students must be enrolled juniors or seniors, in good academic standing, and receiving academic credit for the internship. The stipend for interns during the 2022 session is expected to be $2,400 per month, pending final approval. You can also find more information, as well as our application, an FAQ section, intern profiles, and more on our website.
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School of Education and Psychology
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Mishelle Castiglioni, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212