Recent Notes

Lorri Cooper (Ed.D. ’98 Higher Ed) this spring earned the rank of (full) Professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., where she teaches graduate business courses in Leadership and Leading Collaboration and Innovation. She also serves as the director for the M.S. in Leadership & Management, a program for practicing managers in the metropolitan area. She continues to live in Charlottesville and occasionally reunions with doctoral classmates Jenifer Blair, Alan Leffers, Checka Leinwall, and Brenda Roth.

Lorri Cooper (Ed.D. ’98 Higher Ed) Cooper book cover

The Adjunct Faculty Handbook (2nd ed.)
by Lorri Cooper and Bryan A. Booth,
Sage, 2010.

Since the First Edition of The Adjunct Faculty Handbook was published in 1996, the number of adjunct faculty members in colleges and universities has increased to the point that most of those institutions could not function efficiently without them. This Second Edition addresses changes in today’s higher education environment and their impact on the role of adjunct instructors. At a time when many adjuncts may be given little more than a start date, room number, and brief course description to prepare them for teaching a course, the Handbook provides administrators as well as part- and full-time faculty members with the resources they need to empower adjunct staff.

Anna Millsaps (M.Ed. ’11 Higher Ed) currently serves as Assistant Director of Donor Relations at The College Foundation of the University of Virginia.

Heidi Anne Mesmer, Ph.D. (M.Ed. ’92 Elem Ed) is the featured speaker at the 2014 George Graham Lecture In Reading, to be held in the U.Va. Rotunda Dome Room on April 24. Her topic is “Reader-Text Matching in the Common Core Era: Envisioning the Future, Learning from the Past.” Heidi is associate professor of Reading at Virginia Tech.

Annie Rappeport (2011) Annie Rappeportworks at Semester at Sea managing international student admissions, support and international university partnerships. She will be presenting as a part of a team at the NAFSA conference on the work collaborating with the United Nations in Geneva to create opportunities for Semester at Sea students during the Human Rights Council. Annie has really enjoyed putting her SAPHE coursework to use in exciting environments on land and at sea.

Annie Rappeport's Curry Memory

“Classes with Christian, Brian, Heather, Diane, and Carol Anne!”

Cheryl Lindeman (Ed.D. ’84 Higher Ed) will be retiring as biology instructor/partnership coordinator at Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology and will transition to be an assistant professor of education with focus on STEM at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. Cheryl served as one of the founding faculty members of CVGS for 29 years.

Dennis Gregory (M.Ed. ’76 Admin & Supv; Ed.D. ’87 Higher Ed) recently served on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the US Department of Education to develop regulations for the implementation of the Clery Campus Safety Act, resulting in passage of the Campus SAVE and Violence Against Women Act. He is the principal investigator on a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice for the development of a mandatory education program related to sexual assault on campus. He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to do research on accreditation processes for universities in Southern Europe and will be in the University of Porto in Portugal for the fall semester of 2014.

Christy Anderson (M.Ed. 09 SAPHE) is Assistant Director of Reunions and Class Activities with the University of Virginia Alumni Association.

Jacob Rooksby (M.Ed. ’07 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. ’12 Higher Ed) was excited to co-author a chapter with the Curry School’s own Prof. Brian Pusser in Academic Capitalism Revisited, an edited volume forthcoming this year with Johns Hopkins University Press. Jacob is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Duquesne University School of Law.

David H. Vawter (Ph.D. ’98 C&I) won the Advisor of the Year award at Winthrop University. Vawter is Associate Professor and Secondary Social Studies Education Coordinator in the College of Education. His nominators said, “Dr. David Vawter is a diligent and continuous role model and dedicated advisor to the Epsilon Eta chapter of Pi Kappa Phi.  Dr. Vawter gives unselfishly of his time to make sure that his brothers are cared for and properly advised.  He continuously teaches the men of Pi Kappa Phi to work towards coming men of CLASS by staying committed to them through serving Winthrop University as a professor of Education.”

Mari Normyle (Ph.D. ’11 Higher Ed) after almost 22 years at Lynchburg College, recently accepted a position as Assistant Vice President for Retention Solutions at Noel-Levitz, the largest and most comprehensive enrollment management consulting organization in North America. “At NL, I work with a team of professionals to provide colleges and universities with tools to identify at-risk students and target timely interventions to improve student success and retention. While the headquarters for this division of Noel-Levitz is in Iowa City, Iowa, I work from my home in Lynchburg.”

Mari Normyle's Curry Memory

“Sharing the commute from Lynchburg to Charlottesville with my great friends and colleagues, Grant Azdell and Greg Nayor! And, Peg Miller’s wonderful comments at the hooding ceremony, where she accurately described me as a ‘gradual student’-a quote from one of my brothers.”

Lisa Pericola Case (B.S. ’82 Spec Ed) after being in research for many years has returned to the classroom! She is a resource teacher at St. John the Baptist School.

Aaron Spence (M.T. ’94 Foreign Lang Ed; Ed.D. ’03 Admin & Supv) was recently appointed superintendent of the 70,000-student Virginia Beach City Public Schools. This follows his time as superintendent in Moore County Schools in North Carolina and as Chief High School Officer for the Houston Independent School District. Dr. Spence is returning home as a proud graduate of Green Run High School in Virginia Beach.

Eric K. Cooper (M.Ed. ’94 Couns Ed) accepted a position with Texas A&M University-San Antonio as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management in August 2013. His area of supervision at A&M-SA includes the offices of financial aid, admissions, registration, enrollment services and veteran certification services. Eric is currently the 2014 conference chair for the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Eric previously worked at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Eric moved to Texas in 2005 with his wife, Mary Kay. Both Eric and Mary Kay enjoy training for triathlons and will compete in a Half Ironman event (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) in California this July for her birthday.

Luvelle Brown (B.S./M.T. ’97 Health & PE; Ed.S. ’01, Ed,D. ’05 Admin & Supv)  

Think Tweets cover#Think Tweets: 100 transformative tweets for educators
by L.C. Brown, D. Cabrera, and L. Cabrera (2013)

Luvelle Brown (B.S./M.T. ’97 Health & PE; Ed.S. ’01, Ed,D. ’05 Admin & Supv) Luvelle Brownreceived the 2014 eSchool News Media Tech Savvy Superintendent Award  and was named to the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 20-to-Watch 2014.

Stiliani “Ani” Chroni (Ph.D. ’97 Health & PE) Ani Chronimoved to Norway at Hedmark University College as associate professor of Sport Psychology

Alexandria (Ali) Kappel (M.Ed. ’02 Special Ed) received her doctorate in Special Education from West Virginia University in 2012. She is now an assistant professor of Special Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is the graduate coordinator for the program and teaches specializing in early childhood special education, special education technology, and families of children with special needs.

Alexandria (Ali) Kappel's Curry Memory

Spending time with my cohort including Karissa Gick Randall, Erin Oliff Culpepper, Brian Boyd, Amy Moody, and Jenny Weinberger
Supportive mentors- Marti Snell, Mary Vorhees, Bob Pianta, Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Jon Irby (M.Ed. ’84 Admin & Supv) signretired from Virginia Beach City Public Schools effective September 1, 2013. Prior to his retirement he was appointed Founding President and Chairman of the Board of Vanguard Landing, Inc., a 501[C]3 nonprofit located in Virginia Beach. During his tenure Mr. Irby worked with the founder and executive director, Debbie Dear, to develop a plan for this life community where exceptional people will live extraordinary lives. Approximately 80 acres of prime real estate has been purchased upon which a community will be built where adults with intellectual disabilities will be able to live in private residences, work both on and off property depending on the skill level of the individual and enjoy a life filled with recreation from a full equestrian center to water sports. (more…)

Jon Irby's Curry Memory

Favorite memories of Curry was study group with fellow interns and meeting with Dr. Robert Lynn Canady and former graduates of the program.

Annette Martin Porter (B.S. ’78, M.Ed. ’82 Spec Ed) “As I sit here on the deck, I bask in the beauty and peace that emanates from my back yard. The sound of the creek and the riders on bikes on the W&OD bike path are within sight and sound. The daffodils and flowering cherry trees are in their glory; the sweet smell of the flowers fills the air; and the sound of the birds enjoying the bird feeders is music to my ears. Music and gardening have become a joyful passion to my soul. I sing with a local community group, the Reston Chorale, and we have had the opportunity to travel overseas and perform and record in Prague with the Dvorzak Symphony. We have also been asked to perform a commissioned work by David McCullough in Lincoln Hall in New York next year. It’s amazing what retirement allows time to enjoy. (more…)

Annette Martin Porter's Curry Memory

“What a great experience I had as an undergraduate and graduate at U.Va. Marti Snell was extremely thorough and made sure students were well prepared. After 32 years in special education, I am now retired as a preschool special education teacher. My skills were utilized in so many ways, and I was often looked to as a source of information for administrative tasks, teaching skills, and program development.

“Now, in my retirement, I find that I have more time for myself. My special education skills have come back full circle and have evolved into tutoring elementary aged students with learning disabilities as well as volunteering at a local community residential home for seven adults who are severely physically challenged. I am the 2nd VP on the Board of Directors and find that I am making suggestions for programming, positioning, and social activities…all skills I learned from U.Va. and have used over the years.

“I have very fond memories of my days at U.Va. Getting married in the chapel; living in the dorms; sliding on trays down the football field hill that used to be a fence behind the goal posts; playing intramurals; living with seven women at the Christian Women’s house, Shamrock House on Shamrock Road; student teaching; the night I drove the car off the road in the country as I traveled with a bean dish for a dinner at Marti Snell’s house. I was saved and welcomed by a wonderful family that lived nearby. The beans….all over the floor of my car!; life guarding at Chris Greene Lake; studying on the hill at Green Lake near Crozet; horseback riding on a horse trail near Ivy; singing with the University Singers and the Oratorio Society…. I could go on and on.

“Thank you to all who were a part of providing me with my U.Va. opportunities!”