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June 10, 2013

Education Alumni Reunite

More than 75 graduates from the Education Department came to St. Francis College, May 30, as part of an effort to help build a stronger network of alumni which will benefit past, present and future students. The graduates and professors came together with the goals of developing school partnerships, creating a graduate honor society chapter, and building a job bank.

The professors, including Peter Leibman ’71, who organized the event, also wanted to hear from the graduates about how the College can help enhance their professional careers.

“We are truly a community school where everyone pulls together in the same direction for our students,” said Dr. Leibman. “It’s important for our graduates to point out new areas for us to focus our efforts.”

Education Chair Richard Giaquinto and Professors Gerard Shaw and Marina Gair also spoke to the audience. They shared information about the recent, successful reaccreditation of the department as well as plans to develop a Master’s Degree program in Education over the next few years.

Psychology Professor Marisa Cohen, a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, is leading the campaign to start both an undergraduate and graduate chapter at the College.

Outreach, organization and hosting of the event were made possible by Vice President for Development Thomas Flood, Director of Alumni Relations Dennis McDermott ’74 and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Vanessa De Almeida ‘00.