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Dean’s Desk  
December 12, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Joy in Remembering
The Christmas holiday brings with it a variety of feelings but one of my favorites is JOY! This also applies to my reminiscing back over the past twelve and a half years as faculty and dean of our school. Every day I see amazing students ready to take on the career of their choosing. And it is with joy that students who have already graduated reappear in my life with stories of their time in our education and psychology classes - important lessons learned, friends made for life, and fond memories of faculty and staff who encouraged them along the way. As I prepare to retire in just a few short weeks, I remember the gift of this amazing job, and reflect on the eternal gift of God's son. Let us rejoice in the joys He has provided. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, dean 

Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing,
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing,
Returns to you glad.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier
Calendar of Events
12-14 Final Exams
15-30 Christmas Break
19 Fall Grades Due
2 Winter Classes Begin
9-13 ASWWU Week of Worship, NOTE: Shortened Class Schedule
29 Education Social Dinner and Interviews
23-26 Day on the Hill/WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed
Education and Psychology News
Retirement Remembrances
Dr. Muthersbaugh shares a few pictures from her tenure as dean. Above, Circa 2012-2016 - Teaching a physical science unit about hardness of rocks in EDUC 383 Elementary Science Methods (left); Education Club sponsor and officers yearbook photo (right). Below, 2022 - Wearing retirement sash (left); Receiving NAD Journey to Excellence Award (right).

Thank you all for an amazing journey!
SEP Celebrate Dean Muthersbaugh
Recently the faculty and staff  gathered to celebrate dean Muthersbaugh's coming retirement. After twelve and a half years in the WWU School of Education and Psychology, there were special fun laughs to share and stories for reminiscing. It truly has been an amazing team to to share in the work of service for our students.
Senior Class Officers
Congratulations to our education and psychology student leaders voted to be the 2022-2023 senior class officers. Way to go Natasha, Linnea, Rosa, Aleah, and Jennifer.
Smith Hall Gets Festive
The holiday season is upon us and we are getting it ready to enjoy the next few weeks before the long Christmas break. Come stop by the main offices to relax around the Christmas tree (pictured Mishelle Castiglioni). Or enjoy a warm drink and music in the Curriculum Library (third floor). You might even see some twinkling lights in your professor's office or random plates of cookies here and there.
SEP Clubs 
Psychology Club Merch Design Competition
We need your creative minds! Send us your best design that if chosen, will be this year's merch. Winner will get a grand prize and anyone can submit a design. Follow these requirements: Club name (psychology club or psych club), school year (2022-2023), WWU or Walla Walla University, and was 2 colors for design. Deadline: 1/13/23 @ noon. Sen us your design:
Psychology and Education Club Christmas Party
Friday evening psychology and education club combined for the 2022 Christmas Party. Lots of pizza, desserts, and presents were enjoyed by everyone.
Discovery Preschool
Curriculum Library
Students Find Home in Curriculum Library 
CL coordinator Stephanie Onthank popped into the library last week and said, "this sight brought me immense joy! I love to see the library full of students, and this time it was mostly student teachers! There was another duo in the conference room." It might be just the right space for you during final exams to take a quiet break or find a study space for those exams.
Technology Pop-Up
Library Coordinator Stephanie Onthank created a pop-up using educational technology from the past. This tech history museum is still available for viewing in the Curriculum Library. See if you can guess what each item is, what it was used for, and if you know who invented it.
Curriculum Library Hours & Resources
The Curriculum Library will now be open Monday-Thursday, 2pm-7pm. 
There will be study music playing and hot drinks (including instant coffee!) available, so this is a great place to study on your own or work with a group. A library assistant will be available during these hours to help locate and check out any books or other resources. 
Job Postings, Scholarships, & More Information 
Virtual Math Tutors
Head of School role opening at Deer Lake School in Burnaby, Canada. Burnaby is a suburb of Vancouver, BC. This K-12 School is operated by the British Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. If you, or someone you know, has an interest in learning more about this opportunity please email  All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.  
Virtual Math Tutors is a non-profit project which provides free math tutoring to K-12th grade children via zoom.  We were founded during the pandemic and have found there's still a huge, ongoing need to help children catch up in math. We need more student volunteers to help us meet the needs of the millions of families who are struggling to catch up on learning as schools re-open. We provide free training so no experience is required to become a tutor. Here is some more in-depth information about the program and how to become a tutor. Feel free to reach out to Manisha Snoyer, Co-Founder and Volunteer at
Check Out the WWU Scholarships Page
There are many scholarships that are available to students from Walla Walla Symphony society to summer camps. For these and other scholarship options, visit
Washington Achievement Council Scholarships
Check out for more ways to apply for financial aid.
Roger's Adventist School (RAS) Jobs
RAS is hiring part-time. We have an after care position that we need some part-time assistance with. Please contact Holley Bryant at 509-529-1850 for more information and to apply.
'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:
Thanks for the memories!
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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