'Homecoming' for TC Alumni Mar. 4

Four noted graduates of Teachers College--including the first African-American woman brigadier general in the National Guard and the coauthor of Right From the Start..., a groundbreaking text on gender bias in early childhood--will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in a luncheon that will be the finale of Teachers College's Academic Homecoming on Sat., Mar. 4.

The luncheon, which will begin at 12:30 P.M., will follow a series of four academic sessions, each exploring the latest research about learning and teaching in a particular stage of life. The sessions, linked together under the title, "Learning Across the Lifespan," will be led by TC faculty members, emeriti faculty, alumni and doctoral students.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

This year's Distinguished Alumni Award winners all earned Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees from TC.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25.

Academic Homecoming is sponsored by the Teachers College Alumni Council. Frances O'Connell Rust, president of the Council, and Arthur E. Levine, president of the College, will deliver greetings in the day's opening ceremony beginning at 9:00 A.M. From 9:30 to 10:45 A.M, two sessions will run concurrently, one on "Early Childhood Education: Promises and Pressures" and the other on "Responding to the Needs of the Post-College-Age Adult."

Speakers in the early childhood session will be Celia Genishi, professor and chair of the department of curriculum and teaching, and Janis Koeppel Strasser, a current Ed.D. candidate in the department and a kindergarten teacher in the Teaneck Public Schools.

Walter Eugene Sindlinger, professor emeritus of higher education, and William J. Baldwin, acting dean of the College, will discuss the post-college-age adult within the higher education system in America.

The two sessions running concurrently from 10:50 A.M. to noon will deal with adolescents and with older adults.

"Boys and Girls, Parents and Teachers" will involve presentations by Marta Zahaykevitch, adjunct professor of psychology at TC and assistant director of psychiatric crisis services at Kings County Hospital, and Ann Caron, a member of the TC Alumni Council and the author of two recent books written for parents of adolescents, Don't Stop Loving Me and Strong Mothers, Strong Sons.

"Communication and the Elderly" will be discussed by John Saxman, professor and chair of the department of speech/language pathology and audiology, and Susan Goldfein, who earned her Ed.D. from the College with a specialization in communication with the elderly, specifically those suffering from dementia. Goldfein is the former director of the Andrew J. Stein Alzheimer's Resource Center at Cobble Hill Nursing Home in Brooklyn, New York. She is now an adjunct assistant professor at TC.

For more information and reservations, call 678-3679 or 678-3239.

Columbia University Record -- February 24, 1995 -- Vol. 20, No. 18