Warner Honors its Graduates at 2008 Commencement

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For 99 graduates of the Warner School of Education, Saturday, May 17, was a day of joy and triumph as more than 1,000 students, family members, and friends filled the River Campus’ Strong Auditorium during the afternoon to commemorate the Class of 2008.

In addition to applauding the graduates for their great academic achievements, President Seligman and Dean Raffaella Borasi proudly recognized April Luehmann, assistant professor in teaching and curriculum, for her inspiring contributions to higher education, her dedication to students, and her distinguished service to the University. On behalf of the University of Rochester, Seligman presented Luehmann with the G. Graydon ‘58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty.

Special student awards were also presented to five Warner graduates during the Commencement Ceremony for their exceptional academic performance and commitment to education:

The Walter I. Garms Award for Educational Leadership was presented to Marcella Maier Lambrecht, who graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Administration, with a concentration in Higher Education Student Affairs. The Garms Award is named in honor of Walter Garms, professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Rochester’s School of Education, who was a leader in the study of both school finance and state funding in public schools. The Garms Award recognizes a graduate student who shows academic excellence and potential for excellence in educational leadership.

The Eleanore F. Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Catherine Anne Juravich, who graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Inclusive Childhood Education, grades 1-6. She also completed her bachelor’s degree and the Take-Five Program at the University of Rochester in 2005. The Larson Award is named in honor of Eleanore F. Larson, an extraordinary professor who taught both undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Rochester’s School of Education. Larson’s passion for instructional excellence inspired her students to embrace a strong commitment to the education of children. The Larson Award recognizes a graduate student whose commitment to teaching reflects Larson’s work.

The Harold Munson Counseling and Human Development Award was presented to
Amanda McCormick-Tavelaris, who graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Community Mental Health Counseling. The award is named for Harold Munson, professor emeritus, who initiated the school and community counseling programs at the University of Rochester’s School of Education and developed the programs’ high standards recognized by school districts and community agencies. The Munson Award is given to a graduate student who reflects the mission and objectives of the Warner School counseling program.

The Tyll van Geel Award was presented to two Warner doctoral graduates: Mark J. Sansouci and Julie D. Winston, who both received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration. Sansouci, who received a bachelor’s from Montana State University, a master’s from SUNY Albany, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY Brockport, has served the past 12 years as the assistant superintendent for business in a suburban school district. Winston, who discovered her passion for studying educational policy at the Warner School, was promoted to assistant principal at Canandaigua Middle School after a career as a teacher. The award is named for Tyll van Geel, professor emeritus, who is a renowned scholar of education law and applied ethical issues in education. Professor van Geel was instrumental in designing the educational leadership program at the Warner School. The Tyll van Geel Award is presented to a doctoral student in educational leadership who demonstrates Professor van Geel’s commitment to thoughtful, ethical leadership and decision making, and rigorous application of scholarship to practice.

On behalf of the University of Rochester community, we congratulate our Warner graduates and their families.

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