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Dean’s Desk  
March 14, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Restored by Joy
We have made it to finals week of winter quarter and are now ready for a rest. Maybe you find your rest in nature. With the short days of winter lengthening with Daylight Savings Time yesterday, there is more time to be outdoors. Perhaps your rest will come with more time to sleep and heal in that way. Your soul may be restored through extra time spent in the Bible and prayer. However you need to rest this Spring Break, I pray that you will be restored as the Psalmist states by remembering the "joy of your salvation." May you find the joy God has for you through rest and restoration. See you next quarter! ~Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

Calendar of Events
14-16 Final Exams
17-27 Spring Break 
21 Grades due
28 Spring Quarter Classes Begin
3-5 April U-Days, High School Students Visit SEP Monday Classes
20 UCC Board of Education, Dean away
22-24 Homecoming Weekend
23 Alumni Weekend, Departmental Supper & Open House, 6:00 pm, SMH 202
26-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed
8 Mother's Day
15-19 NAD Education Meetings, Dean away
19 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board), 12-3 pm, Alaska Room
30 Memorial Day, No Classes, SEP Offices Closed
6-8 Final Exams
10 Psychology Recognition Ceremony, 1:00 pm, UChurch Heubach Chapel
11 Teacher Dedication Ceremony, 3:00 pm
11 Graduate Hooding and Reception, 7:00 pm, WWVA Auditorium
12 Graduation, 8:30 am, Centennial Green
20 Juneteenth Observed, SEP Offices Closed
21 Summer School Begins
Education and Psychology News
Psi Chi Induction
Last week eight current psychology students were inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. They include Juliana Conrad, Grace Dale, Jessica Fernandez, Jodie Maravilla, Daisy Mendez-Perez, Aaron Popo, Jillian Rojas, and Graciela Smith. To be considered for this honor, undergraduate students must have completed at least three semesters of full-time coursework at an institution of higher education, have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that ranks in the top 35% of their class and a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0. The intent of an honor society is to represent excellence among peers. In addition, undergraduate students must also have completed nine semester hours (or fourteen quarter hours) of psychology courses for which they have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. These standards are in accordance with the minimum standards of the Association of College Honor Societies. Their website states,"Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology."  Congratulations to the newest Psi Chi inductees (shown above, and below with psychology mentors Dr. Ivy, Professor Ezpeleta, and Dr. Archer).
Weeds Be Gone
Thank you to our grounds crew for keeping those weeds away from Smith Hall sidewalks. They are really starting to pop out now that we see warmer days.
Education Field Experiences 
Elementary Social Studies students and their professor, shown above, take a field trip to Whitman Monument making connections to the local histories based on content from textbooks and social studies teaching standards.
Cross Disciplinary Connections
EDUC 475 Teaching Reading in the Content Area students (above and below) build a bulletin board on study tips. The project is located in the WWU mathematics department.
Engaging Presentations
PSYC 215 Developmental Psychology class did an excellent job with the class activity portion of their "Topic presentation." The presenters talked about the "Late Adulthood" developmental stage and engaged the class in writing letters with encouraging messages that will be delivered to a local assisted living facility. Many students expressed how much they appreciated this opportunity as a way to connect with our community. Pictured above is one of the group members in our class, Josh Price, who will be delivering all of the letters.
March U-Days
Pictured above is our information table interactions with staff and students. Below are both psychology and education class visitations on Friday. We enjoyed welcoming our visitors from around the country!
Mental Health Discussion
Psychology Professor Melody Ezpeleta moderated a Faculty Development Committee discussion organized by Education Professor Maria Bastien Valenca at the recent Lunch and Learn program for WWU faculty. Expeleta led the table discussion topic of mental health with participants from our Student Success Center, Mentoring Program, and Counseling Center.
SEP Clubs 
Thanks, Ed Club!
Clubs on Social Media
Psychology Club on Instagram: (@thepsychstudents).  
Education Club on Instagram: (@wwueducationclub).
Curriculum Library
CL (Curriculum Library)

All books should be returned to the Curriculum Library by 5:00 pm Wednesday the 16th.

The CL is located on the third floor of Smith Hall. This space is dedicated to providing resources for teacher training and psychology testing materials, among others. There is a meeting room with TV projection capabilities that can be scheduled with our CL Director Franice Stirling. It is also a great place to study and hang out between classes.

Weekly Literature Selection

The Pig War, How a Porcine Tragedy Taught England and America to Share by Emma Bland Smith.  Illus. by Alison Jay.  IM 979.77 Sm55

The Americans and the English shared San Juan Island off the coast of Washington State, but trouble broke out when an English pig ate an American’s potatoes and paid the supreme price.  Each side called on its military to come to the rescue. With each arrival of soldiers, more came from the other side.  This true picture book history can be used as a discussion starter about war.

Job Postings & More Information 

Teaching Positions in New England
Greater Boston Academy is in need of more teachers for the 2022-23 school year. We are an SDA School with a current student population of about 180. We offer grades PreS-8th. Due to our expanding number of students, we are in need of 3 teachers – one first grade, one second grade and one sixth grade. Greater Boston Academy has been in existence for over 100 years and we are located about 15 minutes’ drive north of Boston. There are also many cultural and historical experiences located not far from us in Boston, Concord, Lexington, and other towns in driving distance.Our faculty, staff, students and families are one family together as we share each other’s joys and help bear each other’s burdens. Please contact Mrs. Dausele Vieira, principal, at or call the school at 781-438-4253 if you are interested in exploring joining our teaching staff. God may have a special mission for you here in the Boston area!

Sabbath School Helpers Needed
Are you look for a way to do some volunteer work with children? The University Church Sabbath School division is looking for students who enjoy interaction with children and parents. We are trying to find enough helpers to reopen the Sabbath School room that closed down due to COVID. If interested contact Betty Duncan at 509/525-7468 or 509/386-8749.
Teacher Position Open
STEM teachers are needed at Midland Adventist Academy. We are searching for a K-12 STEM teacher starting next year. This person would primarily teach elementary STEM and one high school STEM class. Additionally, they would spearhead our push to become a STEM-certified school. Certification could be in elementary grades with a passion for STEM. Contact Adam Littell, Principal, Midland Adventist Academy at 913.268.7400 or for more information.
Developing passionate followers of Christ who love God and serve people.
Employment Opportunity

Southern New England has several positions open for teachers for next school year. Check out these opportunities:

  • Bayberry Christian School, Osterville, MA is looking for a teacher for grades 1-4 with the possibility of team teaching with the grades 5-8 teacher.
  • Cedar Brook School, Rehoboth, MA is looking for a teacher for grades 3-4 and a full-time principal.
  • Laurel Oaks Adventist School, Hamden, CT is looking for a grades PreK-1 teacher.
  • Greater Boston Academy, Stoneham, MA is looking for an elementary teacher and a middle school teacher. 
  • South Lancaster Academy, South Lancaster, MA is looking for a grades 9-12 Bible teacher/chaplain.

All the positions are posted on the NAD Education website. To learn more or to apply contact Theresa Robideaux, Associate Superintendent

Employment Opportunity
We're looking for a couple of university students who would enjoy taking care of children ages 2-10 during a mother's group meeting at the university church.  We would be able to pay $15/hour for up to 5 children. Dates and times are as follows:
DATES:  Feb 15, March 1st, March 15th, March 29th, April 12th, April 26th, May 10th, May 24th.   TIMES: 9:30-11am.   LOCATION: Jr. High Room at the University Church in the lower level classrooms.   DETAILS:  We will provide craft, activities, and snacks. Mothers will be in the gathering room down the hall studying the book "Never Alone: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit".  
Please contact Tiffaney Sorensen if you're interested or have any questions. or 770-255-9138.

Hilltop Christian School
This SDA christian school in Antioch, CA is looking for a teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. The school is over 80% non-Adventist and is an amazing opportunity to minister to our community. To learn more contact Melissa Peckham Galloway, Principal at 925-778-0214 ext 409.

El Dorado Adventist is looking for Teachers
El Dorado Adventist School is a K-8 looking to hire teachers that have a growth mentality, and wanting to be part of a community that wants to see students succeed academically, socially, and spiritually. Interested? Contact Martin Sutton at or by phone at (530) 622-3560.

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
CTY has positions well suited for undergraduates and graduate students interested in residence life and student affairs, and for student affairs and residence life professionals. CTY is currently seeking:   

  • Resident Assistants are responsible for supervising middle- and high-school students. Within both their individual RA groups, and the site at large, the RAs create a dynamic community that prioritizes safety, intellectual curiosity, and, of course, fun. RAs are responsible, highly motivated, and have experience working with children.   
  • Senior Resident Assistants supervise the RA staff and assist in managing the day-to-day operation and implementation of the residential program. SRAs are organized and enthusiastic, with a demonstrated record of successful leadership experience. 
What's next? If you know of someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please visit this link: Or contact Michael du Laney, Sourcing Consultant, Human Resources Department, Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Email: | Web: 

Milo Adventist Academy Opportunity
Milo is look for a couple of uniquely qualified teachers. Milo has been developing a mastery-based learning program using student-paced learning guides, standards-based grading, and a "Free-flowing" daily schedule.  Students largely choose the what and when and teachers provide learning/instructional support across the curriculum not just in their endorsed areas. If you are interested in knowing more or applying for positions, feel free to contact principal Randy Thornton at or 541.915.2950.

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:
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Emily Appel, Administrative Staff 509.527.2210
Mishelle Castiglioni, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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