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School Welcomes 7 New Faculty Members

 New to the SEHS this year are seven new faculty members, each with a unique background to complement their departments.
Mohammad Basir,visiting assistant professor in Teacher Development and Educational Studies
Dr. Basir has taught physics for more than 12 years and has been working with pre- and in-service teachers in order to promote inquiry-oriented environment. His research focuses on changes in classroom discourses.
Stephanie Crockett, assistant professor in Counseling
Dr. Crockett is a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and has provided counseling and career services to college students and adults since 2005. Additionally, she has taught for 2 1/2 years in the human services program at Old Dominion University.
Sachin Jain, assistant professor in Counseling
Since receiving his doctorate, he has authored or co-authored 25 articles, numerous professional presentations, and has been successful in obtaining 20 grants totaling over $40,000.
Nicholas Lauer, visiting assistant professor in Human Development and Child Studies
Dr. Lauer's first job in education was teaching at The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1974. He also had a clinical practice in psychology for about 12 years. Dr. Lauer is an amateur, but avid, photographer, cyclist, and cook.
V. Thandi Sulé, assistant professor in Educational Leadership
Dr. Sulé served as an administrator in college transition programs. Her scholarship and service intends to expand critical analysis of educational equity in order to promote practices that facilitate success in higher education.
Tierra Tivis, assistant professor in Human Development and Child Studies
Dr. Tierra has had U. S. public school teaching experience in suburban (Northern Virginia), inner-city (New Jersey), and overseas military communities (the Netherlands and Japan). 
Catherine Wigent, assistant professor in Human Development and Child Studies
Dr. Wigent has 16 years of teaching experience in the K-12, general and special education setting across Michigan. Dr. Wigent has presented at the American Psychological Association and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Counseling Graduate Student Starts Students Against Bullying

Story by Sarah Hunton, Oakland Post

A new student organization at Oakland University is taking a step to combat bullying.  Students Against Bullying (SAB) aims to bring attention to the issue of bullying at all educational levels and eradicate it.

Tara Michener, a graduate student in the Counseling Department at OU and an established children's book author, founded the group in the summer of 2011 because she wanted to take action against bullying.

"I think it's great to research and talk about (bullying)," Michener said, "but it's even better to do something about it."

Full Story . . .

Tara Michener is also author of the "Who I Am" series, published in 2008

Alumni News: Sandra Griffin Helps Start 4-H clubs in Metro Detroit

OU alumna Sandra Griffin helped write a three year grant for $185,000 from New York Life Foundation to start 4-H Governance Clubs in the metro Detroit area. 

The funding will provide the start up needed to get more youth enrolled in 4-H clubs, empowered to engage in civic action and community service projects. Also, the New York Life Foundation will support 20 4-H club members attending a week long Citizenship Washington Focus in 2012 and an additional 25 members in 2013 to learn about the democratic process firsthand in Washington, D.C. Griffin and colleagues on the MSU Extension staff are working through committed 4-H volunteer leaders and program partners to facilitate the start-up of these new 4-H Youth Goverance Clubs.


OU Alumna Sandra Griffin

Alumni Nominations for the 2012 Leadership Celebration

Do you know of an SEHS alumna or alumnus going above and beyond to benefit the community or workplace? If so, nominate him or her to be recognized at the 2012 SEHS Leadership Celebration. Email the nomination form to by January 31, 2011.

The Leadership Celebration is an annual event that recognizes the contributions of SEHS students, alumni, donors, and faculty. SEHS scholarship recipients meet the donors who created their scholarships, and faculty are honored for recent contributions in their fields. The Leadership Celebration is held on campus in the spring.

Graduate students recognized at the 2011 Leadership Celebration

25th Anniversary of Guizhou - Oakland University Paternship Celebrated in China

This past August 2011, a retinue of people from Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services, led by former Dean Mary Otto and new Dean Louis Gallien, visited China to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Guizhou-Oakland partnership.  Founded by former Dean Jerry Pine and nurtured by past Dean Mary Otto, this partnership has thrived under the leadership of Reading Associate Professor Ledong Li, who received his Ph.D. at Oakland University in 2000.

Professor Li and his family hosted the SEHS team for a week in his hometown region, the city of Guiyang in Guizhou Province. We visited several universities, from Shanghai to Beijing, and were treated to a special excursion to a Miao village in Guizhou province. It is obvious that China is undergoing, and has undergone, tremendous economic changes that will positively impact our future programs with them. The universities have beautiful new buildings, including some extraordinary libraries. 

Our program in Guizhou, under the leadership of Ledong Li and Dawn Pickard, is stable and has every potential to grow in stature as both countries realize the importance of continued inter-continental cooperation.

For more information on the Guizhou – Oakland University Partnership, visit the website.

Dawn Pickard, left, associate professor and chair of the Global Education Initiative, with Mrs. Gallien, right, in China.

Photos of Summer Freedom School Program in Detroit

The first Freedom School program in Detroit was held at Nsoroma Institute this summer. Sixty four children from Detroit enjoyed six weeks of reading, civic lessons, and field trips to Detroit's best cultural institutions, such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Henry Ford Museum's Greenfield Village, a boat ride along the Detroit River and a visit from the Black History Mobile Museum.

Click here for more information about the Freedom School program.

Photos from the Freedom School program are available on the OUSEHS flickr photostream.

Recognizing Outstanding Achievements

Congratulations to . . .
  • Timothy Larrabee is the recipient of the national Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award

  • Linda Tyson has earned the 2012 Michigan Higher Education Art Educator Award

  • Luellen Ramey has been appointed to the State of Michigan's Board of Counseling

  • Caryn Wells has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
Tim Larrabee received the GREEN Educator Award on November 14, 2011.
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Fall 2011


Upcoming Events 

Save the date for OU's Homecoming: January 27-29, 2012
for more information

Attend the first Michigan Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Education conference on February 3, 2012.
Visit the SOGI website for more details. 

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