Ball State University Teachers College Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
June 24, 2014 at the Teachers College
Attendance: Gwen Adell, Derek Berger, Vince Bertram, Gwen
Bogucki, Dave Chastain, Jennifer Conti, Betty Gridley, John Jacobson, David
McIntosh, Denny Morrison, and Laura Waldron. Guests: Laurie Mullen and Kate
Call to order
President Bertram called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m. New society members
Jennifer Conti and Betty Gridley were welcomed.
Minutes from the September 13, 2013 meeting were unanimously approved following
a voice vote.
*Nominating – Jacobson reported that after input and an email vote from the board, Evans Branigan, Jennifer Conti, Betty
Gridley, Kathy Lee, Abby Savage, and John Zakelj were elected to the board. Branigan requested more information before making his decision about membership (Note: Branigan accepted after the meeting). Committee assignments were made in
advance of this meeting; however, new committee assignments will be available
*Budget – Jacobson recommended the board change the bylaws to rename
the Budget Committee the Budget and Activities Committee. This requires a 2/3
vote by the membership. It was noted that there is currently not a board budget,
however, this committee could investigate potential activities and prepare a
budget request to the dean. Funds requested would come from the dean’s Fund of Excellence. The board unanimously
approved this change to the bylaws following a motion from Chastain and second
*Scholarship – Bogucki reported that the scholarship committee had gone
paperless and saved printing and mailing costs for approximately 90 pages of
materials per committee member. Of 19 applications under consideration, nine recipients were selected for $1,000 scholarships. The recipients are:
Sumaiyah Ahmad; Samantha Keen; Emily Norton; Jessica Oldham; Amanda Schlarmann;
Emily Seibert; Tabitha Simmons; Kristina Smith; and Suzanne Vantwoud. Jacobson
will invite the recipients to the luncheon following the September 20 meeting.
*Outstanding – Jacobson noted that the committee considered
five applications carried over from 2012, zero from 2013, and three from 2014. After the
committee ranked candidates individually, Megan Allen and Lynne Weisenbach were
selected as Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. Following a motion from
Morrison and second from Chastain, the motion passed unanimously. Jacobson will
contact the recipients and invite them to attend the luncheon on September 20. If
they are unable to attend, their participation in a Skype call will be
*Innovative Education – Morrison reported on the application
received as being one of a fundamental nature. That said, the request successfully established how this funding will allow for collaborative,
real world experience in the classroom by setting up a “board room” style
environment. Batesville Casket has already donated long tables to replace traditional
desks, but new chairs are needed to fully realize the potential of this classroom
set-up. Chastain noted that schools often have surplus furniture and he may be able
to connect the applicant with additional inventory at a free or reduced cost.
Bertram requested that this information be shared with the award recipient in addition to award the grant. The
committee should not just provide dollars, but be a resource whenever possible.
Chastain agreed. Morrison made the motion to provide Jonathon Maple of
Oldenburg Academy with the $500 grant funding and connect with Chastain on
other classroom resources. Bogucki moved, Adell seconded, and the motion
With the resignation of Anthony Williams, the board’s secretary position is
vacant. The floor was opened for nominations. Morrison, the sole nominee, was
unanimously approved following a motion from Jacobson and second from Gridley.
Jacobson requested a change to the bylaws to allow the
faculty representative to vote. The change requires 2/3 vote of the membership.
After brief discussion, a motion to approve the change was made by Morrison,
seconded by Adell, and unanimously approved.
Presentation by Laurie Mullen, associate dean, Teachers
Mullen shared details of the Professional Educators Initiative which utilizes faculty coaches in assisting educators who are not meeting specific criteria aligned with the RISE rubric. Upon successful completion of the online, classroom-based module, the teacher will
receive a certificate of competency in an area that they were previously scored
as deficient or in need of improvement. Teachers may purchase individual “seats” in the
module or school corporations may
purchase a number of “seats” for a discounted rate. The most frequently requested modules are: developing
student understanding, mastery of lesson objective, demonstrating and
communicating content, and developing a higher level of understanding.
Mullen also discussed the Cardinal Guarantee. If the principal deems any first year teacher from Ball
State as needing improvement, the
module is offered free of charge. This guarantee is also beneficial for recruiting, as students will know that the college will offer support and ensure a graduate is
successful. Discussion ensued regarding program promotion and suggestions
included placing a flyer in the teacher graduation folder, sending emails about
these opportunities to alumni in early August, and reaching out to the teachers
union and requesting they spread the word.
Mullen shared information about the Woodrow Wilson Indiana TeachingFellowship as well. For the fellowship, Ball State works to recruit and retain highly qualified
teacher for high needs schools in STEM areas. As part of the year-long
fellowship and mentoring program, fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend, a
master’s degree in science education, and teaching licensure in math, physics,
chemistry or life science. In exchange, fellows will be mentored and supported
by faculty as they teach for three years in a high needs Indiana school
Jacobson noted that US News and World Report
ranked the Teachers College online graduate education programs 11th
in the nation (one of Ball State’s highest rankings) and ranked the online
graduate education programs for veterans third in the nation. The Teachers
College graduate education program continues to stay in the Top 100 in the
nation and is currently ranked at 86. Educational Leadership ranks 20th by
Leadership Excellence magazine for
outreach leadership development. US News and World Report ranked Burris
Laboratory School third in Indiana and 405/21,035 in the nation for Best High
Schools, earning a “Gold Award.” The Washington Post ranked Burris third in
Indiana, 26 regionally, and 398 nationally for “America’s Most Challenging High
The Indiana Academy will introduce a pilot cohort of six non-resident
international students, with the option to expand given the success of the
pilot. In addition, 126/137 of the academy’s senior class earned dual credit
during their two-year tenure at the academy, with 24.33 credits earned on
In line with the college’s strategic plan, Jacobson reported on the new data
tracking system and collection of best practices at Burris, the academy, and
charter and partnership network schools. In addition, the new Early Childhood
Completer bachelor’s program kicked off in the all with twenty students and
will admit 40 additional students in fall 2015. Four new certificate programs
were developed this year in: Instructional Design and Assessment (IDA),
Qualitative Research in Education, Adult Education, and Community Education
Leadership. Also approved were new master of science degree programs in
educational psychology and quantitative psychology.
In other departmental news, faculty and students traveled to
seventeen countries, including Afghanistan, Taiwan, and Italy. The college
hosted four receptions at conferences for the American Psychological
Association, the National Association for Gifted Children, The American
Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the American Education
Adjournment and Next Meeting
The next TC board meeting will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Alumni Center Board Room. A luncheon, which will include scholarship and award recipients, will follow in Meeting Room 1.
The board of directors adjourned for a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Afterwards, Jacobson updated the board on the $16.9 million dollar Teachers College building renovation and led a tour of the updated facility.
State University Teachers
College Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
September 14, 2013
Present: Gwen Adell, Derek Berger, Vince Bertram, Alena
Bogucki, Maria Esterline, Mike Garringer, Michelle Harrell, Tracy Hendricks, John Jacobson, and Phil
Speaker: Bob Marra
Call to Order and Approval of Minutes
Metcalf called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m.
Upon a motion by Garringer and second by Esterline, the June 25, 2013 minutes were approved by voice vote.
Teachers College Presentation - Bob Marra, Office of Charter Schools
Marra gave a presentation on Ball State’s charter schools. As of July 1, 2013 Ball State had 33 charter
schools - seven of the schools are up for
renewal during the 2013-14 academic year and two closed due to finances. The charter schools are located in 17 Indiana counties - two are virtual schools, four are for grades 9 through 12
grades only, and seven have children who require special
education classes. Ball State has the most charter schools to date, with four other universities having charter schools.
Discussion - New Category for Teachers College Alumni Award
Roy Weaver asked the dean
to consider adding an international alumni category to the Teachers College
Alumni Awards. He believes alumni living
overseas are unlikely to be nominated or selected for the outstanding alumni
The board recognizes many alumni
work internationally both in the classroom and administratively that would be
worthy of nomination. Questions raised
during the discussion included:
1. How to present the award? Bogucki suggested using video
conferencing. Bertram suggested
the award be taken to the school and the teacher/administrator be recognized at
the school and within the community.
2. Why should a new category be created? Bertram suggested promoting the
outstanding alumni award in a way that would better include international
Jacobson suggested an
outstanding alumni award committee be formed to discuss this issue and give
recommendations at a future meeting, but the committee was not formed at this meeting.
The following board
members were acknowledged for their many years of service to the Teachers
College Alumni Society board: Phil
Metcalf, Mike Garringer, Maria Esterline, and Jeannine Browning.
Three new Board Members
Alumni under consideration
for positions on the board are: Adam Shunk, MA ’04 PhD ’07; David Chastain, ’78
MA ’88; Kathleen Lee, EdD ’02. David
McIntosh will be the new Teachers College faculty representative.
Upon a motion by Bertram and second by Adell, the nominations were approved by voice vote. Jacobson will contact nominees.
Election of Offices
President: Vince Bertram
Vice President: Alena Bogucki
Secretary: Anthony Williams (note: Williams resigned later in the year)
Alumni Council Representative: Gwen
Awards: Adell, Jacobson, Lee, McIntosh, and
Innovative Grant: Bertram, Morrison, and
Williams (note: resigned)
Alumni Scholarship: Bogucki, Chastain, and Shunk
Jacobson gave a brief
report on changes, updates, and accomplishments within the college. Some of the areas covered included:
· As of
fall semester, 940 students were enrolled in the ABA Autism Master Program.
This program has the largest out-of-state enrollment of Teachers College programs.
elementary education program received a
one star NTCQ rating and secondary received a half star rating.
College and the university will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in
2018. Jacobson would like the board to
help plan a series of events to mark the anniversary. Suggestions for showcasing Teachers College
accomplishments over the past 100 years included: legacy wall in the newly renovated Teachers
College building; making a time capsule; and creating an immersive learning
project to highlight the past 100 years.
on the building will be completed by the end of December 2013 with the
rededication being held in the spring.
admission standards beginning fall semester 2014 will require incoming freshmen
and transfer students to have a 3.0 GPA.
The next board meeting is
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Teachers College Building. Committee meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m.,
the board meeting at 10:00 a.m. Lunch to
The meeting adjourned at 12:00
p.m., lunch followed.
Teacher College Alumni Society
June 25, 2013
Members Present: Derek Berger, Vince
Bertram, Alena Bogucki, Mike Garringer, Michelle Harrell, Tracy
Hendricks, John Jacobson, Phil Metcalf, Denny Morrison, Wendy Robinson,
and Kate Webber. Speaker: Dixie Denton
Call to Order and Minutes Approval
Metcalf called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
Upon a motion by Bertram and second by Robinson, the
September 8, 2012 minutes were approved by voice vote.
Outstanding Alumni Award Committee: Recipients
of the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2013-14 are John Beineke and John Zakelj.
John Beineke, MA'73EdD'77 began his career teaching middle school and high
school social studies in Marion Community Schools. He has taught at three
liberal arts institutions and is currently Distinguished Professor of
Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Professor of History at Arkansas
State University. He has published many books, chapters, and
articles. Beineke was appointed by former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh to
the Indiana Education Licensing and Certification Commission and was also a member
of the NCATE Board.
John Zakelj, MAE'00 teaches science
at Union City Community High School in Union City, Indiana. He has
created and taught high school courses in environmental science, integrated
chemistry, physics, introduction to renewable energy, fundamentals of biofuel
production, and wind power. Zakelj has been the key leader in developing
a K-12 energy curriculum. He initiated and managed the school’s renewable
energy project, which included securing funding and overseeing the installation
of a 1-kW wind turbine, a 920-W solar array, and data acquisition system.
Zakelj worked with Ivy Tech to enable students in the courses in the
Alternative Energy Technologies Program to earn Ivy Tech credits that focus on
learning how to maintain the turbines. They were all dual
credit courses that were supported by the superintendent, who secured a
$100,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. In 2002,
Zakelkj was named Outstanding Young Educator by the Technology Educators of
A motion was made by Jacobson to accept the nomination, seconded by Bertram and approved by
Of 11 submissions, nine scholarships were awarded this year in the total amount of
$9,000. The students, their hometowns, and the scholarship(s) are:
Devon Bell, Marlton, New Jersey,
Earl Johnson Memorial, Teachers College Alumni, and Leslie J. Mauth Alumni
Scholarships; Courtney Blosser, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Helen Sornson
Elementary Scholarship; Elizabeth Nowak, Carmel, Indiana, Helen
Sornson Elementary Scholarship; Emily Pittenger, Muncie, Indiana,
John and Lavona Dunworth and Teachers College Alumni Scholarships; Sarah
Rudmann, Union, Ohio, Helen Sornson Elementary Scholarship; James
Simmons, Vincennes, Indiana, Myrtle Toops Secondary Education and Teachers
College Alumni Scholarships; Kristina Smith, Indianapolis, Indiana,
Helen Sornson Elementary and Teachers College Alumni Scholarships; Michael
Smith, West Chester, Ohio, Leslie J. Mauth Alumni Scholarship; and Stephanie
Zook, Anderson, Indiana, Charles M. Kimbrough and McIntosh-Ross Family
Special Education Scholarships.
A motion was made by Metcalf
to accept the selections of the scholarship committee. The motion was
approved by voice vote.
Jacobson gave a report on changes and updates within the
college. Items mentioned included:
College offers ten online graduate programs, 14 graduate level
certificates, and six licenses.
Department of Educational Leadership doctoral cohort program is in its
second year with 32 students at the Ball State Indianapolis Center and
education department has eight nationally recognized teacher licensing
programs through the Council for Exceptional Children.
& World Report ranked
the college’s graduate programs 81st in the nation.
College online education programs for veterans ranked 8th in U.S.
News & World Report.
College’s online programs ranked 17th in the nation by U.S.
News & World Report for “student services technology.”
Laboratory School earned a Gold Award.
Washington Post ranked Burris 3rd in Indiana, 26th regionally
and 398th nationally for “Americas Most Challenging High
and eighteen students participated in 34 immersive learning programs
during the 2012-13 academic school year. The school
psychology program was given a seven year reaccreditation by the American
of building renovation to begin fall semester.
Presentation: Dixie Denton “Living-Learning Community”
Denton gave a presentation on the Living-Learning Communities. The
communities allow first year students the opportunity to live with others who
are pursuing the same area of study, or lifestyle choices, and encourage
interaction outside the classroom.
Ball State has a set of programs
which proved a supportive environment for freshmen. The living-learning
communities are one of those programs and have been recognized by U.S.
News & World Report since 2004.
Faculty members facilitate study
sessions and advise first year students. They assist students in
connecting with upper-level students, learning professional skills, and examine
unique experiences within the community.
A brief discussion was held on ways alumni could connect and encourage kids
to become teachers. Suggestions included mentorship and cadet
teaching programs and advertising more virtually by way of videos posted
online. Virtual engagement opportunities included webinars and
co-teaching while school is in session. Reaching out to students
before high school to let them know what career opportunities are available
seemed to be a top priority.
Next Board Meeting
The next board meeting is Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the
Alumni Center. Lunch with 2013-14 Teacher College Scholarship recipients
to follow meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m., lunch followed.
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