Archive for June, 2013

How To Create Powerful Student-Teacher Relationships

Dr. Ruby K. Payne (2003) in A Framework for Understanding Poverty claims, “The key to achievement for students from poverty is in creating relationships with them.” I live and work in Merced County, California, one of the most economically depressed areas of the nation, where the average per capita income in 2011 was $28, 497 vs. the national average of $41,560 (Sbranti, 2012). I see this poverty played out daily in the 81.5% of our students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches (CDE, 2012). When I enter a classroom, I am smiling at students of poverty—for whom relationships are always critical.

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An Update to the Faculty Accomlishment Updates!

“Dr. Philip J. Howe (Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science) has been awarded a Post-Secondary Curriculum Development Program grant from the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He will be in residence at CREES during part of July in order to develop the course “Central and Eastern European Politics,” which will be offered as an experimental course at Adrian College in Fall 2013 and which he plans to make a permanent part of the Political Science curriculum.  This course focuses on the history and politics of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and the former Yugoslavia, with a special emphasis on the expansion of the EU and the historical impact of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey on the region.

He is currently spending the first half of the summer in Austria and Switzerland pursuing several individual and collaborative research and publication projects, with potential side-trips eastward.”

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More AC Faculty Accomlishments!!!!!!

Chris Momany presented twice during the 48th annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, March 21-23, 2013 at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.
The first presentation was a panel discussion on the future of the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition with Elaine Heath (Perkins School of Theology), Henry Knight, III (St. Paul School of Theology), and Douglas Strong (Seattle Pacific University).
The second presentation was a paper that explored the influence of Scottish faculty psychology on the theology and ethical theory of Asa Mahan.


Valerie Palmieri has accomplished the following this year:

Guest conductor for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in Petoskey, Michigan
Guest conductor for the Onondaga High School Honors Orchestra in Syracuse, NY
Chairman of of the National Orchestra Festival for the American Strings Teachers Association, Rhode Island and Louisville, Kentucky
Clinician/Presenter for the Michigan Strings Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Guest Conductor for Hillsdale Summer Music Festival, Hillsdale, Mi
Presenter on String Pedagogy- Topic: “Let’s Fix those Bow Hands!”  Michigan Music Conference (Grand Rapids) and the American Strings Teachers Conference (Rhode Island) Topic; “Scales are NOT just for fish!”
First Annual Spring String Fling for High School string students on campus at Adrian College

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