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2011 Conference

Three University scholars were selected for recogniton at the second annual Barbara A. Sizemore Conference, hosted by the School of Education.

Barbara A. Sizemore Spirit Award
Dr. Susan Munson, Associate Dean for teacher education, Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education received the second Barbara A. Sizemore Spirit Award for her work in urban education.

"We celebrated Dr. Munson's considerable efforts to provide new venues for future teachers to educate and counsel children and youth in urban communities," said Melissa Price, Coordinator for the Sizemore Urban Education Initiative in the School of Education (SOE).  In the past year, Munson has been instrumental in creating the Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education, which prepares students for challenging 21st century classrooms.

At the Kelly Elementary in Wilkinsburg School District, a cohort of SOE students interacted with children and teachers.  Sixth-graders visited campus, better able to envision themselves as future college students.  In another community effort led by Munson, aspiring teachers visited the Boys and Girls Club afterschool program in the city of Dusquesne, able to see the value of community -based programs in urban areas first-hand.

"Dr. Munson's work fits with the Duquesne mission of serving God by serving students through her commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritural values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through engagement with the community, "Price said.

Munson, in her remarks at the conference, drew parallels, between the Spirit Award and the Spiritan legacy at Duquesne.  "In general terms, "spirit" is the fundamental activating principle of a person.  At Duquesne University, we speak in terms of the Spiritan Tradition of Caring that is the foundation of all that we do to serve those in need."

At critical points in her career, Munson said, "persons of spirit" served as inspirations, including inaugural Sizemore Distinguished Professor, Dr. Arnetha Ball.  "It is the strength of Dr. Ball's conviction for transforming urban education that has inspired us to act on our mission and beliefs about equity for children in urban schools," she said.

Sizemore Legacy Awards
New this year are the Sizemore Legacy Awards, which were presented to Dr. Judith Griggs, Director of the Michael P. Weber Learning Skills Center and the Spiritan Division of Academic Programs, and Dr. Emma Mosley, Assistant Profession, Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education.

The Legacy Awards recognize Duquesne faculty members who served urban and marginalized communities for 20 years or longer, exemplifying longevity, commitment and dedication to those in underserved communities.

Griggs has championed equality and diversity in education since she started her career 39 years ago at Duquesne in the Counseling and Learning Department for Black Students.  Besides her current leadership positions with the learning skills center and the Spiritan Division, she also serves as the University's Affirmative Action officer.

Mosley, who has been a member of the University's counseling, psychology and special education department since 1991, is a nationally certified counselor, a secondary school counselor, a member of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, the NAACP and the Institure for Intercultural Communication.  She teaches Multiculturalism in Counseling graduate-level courses, participates in cultural diversity programs for students living on campus, and volunteers with the East Liberty Presbyterian Church Homeless Shelter and Pittsburgh Conroy Early Childhood Center. 

The conference, awards and intiatives are named after Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore, whose 57-year career as teacher, principle, district superintendent, dean and educational researcher focused on giving African-american students and those from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to achieve the highest academic levels.

Schedule of Events - Tuesday May 31 & Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Duquesne University Power Center
1015 Forbes Avenue, Fifth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Day 1 •
4:30-5 p.m. Evening Registration, Networking and Reception
5-5:30 p.m. Sizemore Pipeline Students presentation
5:30-6:30 p.m. Opening Plenary Speaker Mr. M.K. Asante
6:30 - 7 pm Comments, Questions & Answers, Closing

Day 2 •
8:30-9 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome- Dean Welch & Arnetha F. Ball
9:15 am - 10:15 Morning Plenary Speaker Dr. Terri Epstein
10:15- 10:30a.m. Break
10:30-12:00 p.m. Sizemore Fellows Panel Sessions
12-1 p.m. Lunch Plenary Speaker, Dr. Linda Lane
1:30- 2:15 p.m. Presentations- Students Poster Session
2:15- 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Plenary Speaker: Dr. Arnetha Ball
3:15 p.m. - 3:45pm Presentation: Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Initiative Award
3:45-4 p.m. Closing