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Dean’s Desk  
September 26, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Welcome Back
Welcome to WWU and the School of Education and Psychology (SEP) and our weekly communique, the Dean's Desk. Whatever has brought you here, whether to begin or continue your academic college life, or to prepare for a new career following your graduation this spring, we are here to serve. We welcome you to this 2022-2023 school year and hope you find a home in our midst. Our entire faculty and staff look forward to helping you reach your goals.  ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 

What can I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?...Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains... I will prepare a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. Praise the Lord. ~ Psalm 116:16-19


Calendar of Events
26 Fall Classes Begin
27 Fingerprinting, 9:00am-1:00pm SMH Office
27 CommUnity Convocation, 11 am, UChurch
30 Last Day to Drop, Register, Withdraw from Class (no fees, 100% refund)
1 Longest Table – Join us at the Education & Psychology tables
3-7 Week of Worship, 11:40-12:30 pm, UChurch (Shortened class schedule change)
11 Internship Meet-up, 11-2 pm, Kellogg Hall
19 Service Day, classes will not meet from 8am-1pm
25-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed
26 UCC Board of Education
16 PESB Grant Meeting, CEED Leaders Away
17 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board) 12-3:00 pm, Alaska Room
21-25 Thanksgiving Break, No Classes
29 WWU Christmas Tree Lighting, 7-8 pm
2 Student Teaching ’23-24 Applications Due to Placement Officer, Emily Appel
4-8 NAD Education Meetings, Phoenix 
5-9 Review Week
9 WWU Christmas Programs, 6 & 9 pm, UChurch 
12-14 Final Exams
15-30 Christmas Break
19 Fall Grades Due
Education and Psychology News
Smith Hall Access
Starting fall quarter, entry to Smith Hall, including our main lobby and the first floor west entrance (Discovery Preschool) can be accessed using your student ID card. Please call the main office at (509) 527-2211 if you need assistance.
New Office Locations and Phone Changes
Please note that the following staff and faculty have had changes to their phone and/or office location since last school year:
  • Emily Appel - SMH 205, Phone 2211
  • Mishelle Castiglioni - SMH 209, Phone 2924
  • Amanda Ramoutar - SMH 212 (Same Phone#) 
  • Melody Ezpeleta - SMH 210 (Same Phone#)
Faculty and Staff Training Days
Each fall in preparation for the beginning of school, the SEP team meets together to plan and prepare to serve our students. This year we convened on our Rosario Marine Station campus, followed by another day of meetings back on the WWU campus. We were challenged to remember aspects of Jesus' early ministry, and to consider how to become more effective Christian leaders by leaning more purposely on God through prayer. We also experienced times of team building, planning, and collaborating together. 
SEP Clubs 
Education and Psychology Clubs
The SEP sponsors two active clubs in our department for both psychology and education. Faculty sponsors include Dr. Linda Ivy (psychology club) and Dr. Brian Hartman (education club). Join both club Instagram pages here:
Welcome Back Bash
Education Club booth
Psychology Club booth
Discovery Preschool
Preschool Fall Session Begins
Discovery Preschool students headed back to school the first of September and have been enjoying sunny days outside in their playground area located on the southwest lawn of Smith Hall. Head Teacher Stacy Maxted (pictured top right) and Assistant Teacher Elizabeth Yaw (not pictured) lead both morning and afternoon sessons. The preschool also hires education and psychology students to assist in their classroom. Discovery Preschool serves as a learning lab for both education and psychology classes.
Curriculum Library
The SEP Wishes Franice Stirling a Happy Retirement 
After over 34 years working as our Curriculum Library Director, Franice Stirling (pictured above with her husband Ralph, WWU engineering department Instrument Engineer) retires October 1, 2022. It is sad for us to see her go, but we are happy for her as well. The department held a farewell picnic in the College Place Lions Park recently celebrating her years of dedicated service.
Come sign a card of thanks for Franice Stirling in the SMH 3rd floor Curriculum Library this week between the hours of 2:00-7:00 pm! (Cards are provided.)
Welcome to Stephanie Onthank
We are happy to have Stephanie overseeing the operation of our Curriculum Library this coming year. She will schedule hours, make resources available, among other things. Please feel free to contact her with questions about our library at 509-527-2210.
Job Postings, Scholarships, & More Information 
Psychology Scholarship Available
Joon Care is making available a new scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in psychology, social work, and other fields related to mental health. Applications are now open. Joon Care is a mental health start-up that provides evidence-based therapy for teens and young adults. We’ve seen the need first hand for greater access to mental health care, that’s why we launched this scholarship. Our goal is to encourage the next generation of mental health professionals and cover some of the costs of their education. For more details you can visit our scholarship page here:
'23-'24 WSSRA Student Teacher Scholarship Available
The Washington State School Retirees’ Association will be offering student teacher scholarships again this year; there is a 4/1/23 deadline for use in 2023-24! The scholarship landing page is located at and uses a 100% online application form that will make it much easier to complete the necessary paperwork. 
Join the Adventist Education Team 
Are you searching for a job in the Seventh-day Adventist Education system of schools? Use the tools at this site to make an employment connection:
Walla Walla University
School of Education and Psychology
204 S. College Avenue, Smith Hall
College Place, WA 99324

Emily Appel, Administrative Staff 509.527.2211
Mishelle Castiglioni, Office Manager 509.527.2924
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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