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MCE Alumni Every day, Morgridge alumni are changing lives and impacting their communities in practical and profound ways, from addressing some of the world’s most challenging educational problems as change agents to creating opportunities for the next generation of Morgridge learners to augment their classroom learning with practical opportunities to serve in the community.

As one of our alumni, we hope you’re as excited as we are about the future of the college. We encourage you to stay connected with the college in ways that work for you—by sharing how you’re impacting your community as a change agent, mentoring current students and recent graduates, acting as placement and internship coordinators for students to serve and intern in your workplaces, nominating prospective students for admission, and supporting scholarship through contributions to the Annual Fund.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for you to remain actively engaged long after you have graduated by offering value that impacts your personal and professional life. From networking opportunities to career workshops and alumni recognition activities, Morgridge is your home for a lifetime.

Career Resources

Share Fair NationAt Morgridge we understand that building vital and ongoing relationships is key to professional success. To that end, we offer many services to support your ongoing professional development and advancement in the field, including career workshops, networking events, career coaching and online career resources. All our services are free to Morgridge alumni. The Share Fair Nation is made up of educators, administrators, parents, community leaders and others with an interest in transforming education beyond the 21st Century and it is coming to the Morgridge College of Education September 27, 2014.

Pioneer Career Network

The Pioneer Career Network connects DU alumni to a network of over 1,800 professionals across a variety of fields and positions. Learn more…

Individual Career Counseling

Personalized career counseling with an expert career counselor is available to Morgridge graduates. Services are free for your first year, post graduation. After that, two free sessions are available each year with ongoing low-cost services. Learn more…

Career and Internship Fairs

Career and internship fairs are held every fall, winter and spring. Learn more…

Our tradition of excellence in education relies on the support of our alumni and friends.We encourage you to give in ways that work for you, from hosting one of our current students through internship and practicum opportunities to contributing to alumni scholarships and the Annual Fund.

Host an Intern

Morgridge alumni are uniquely positioned to assist current students through providing opportunities for them to serve in the community and augment their classroom learning experience. Support the next generation of Morgridge alumni through supervising or hosting an internship or practicum at your workplace. Contact Brian J. Elizardi, Director of Alumni, Career and Community Services by email or phone at 303-871-2485.

Make a Gift

Your financial contributions, no matter how large or small, allow Morgridge to continue to aspire to greatness and to educate the next generation of change agents. Learn more.

Other Opportunities

Interested in volunteering, mentoring or supervising students? Contact Brian J. Elizardi by email or phone at 303-871-2485.

Alumni

Morgridge College of Education (MCE) is grateful for the support of our donors, friends, alumni, faculty and staff. Thanks to the generous support, the College is able to continue to pursue our mission of responsible and innovative change through research, outreach and the dissemination of knowledge. Together, we can make a positive impact on our community, policy and the world.

Carrie and John Morgridge, Morgridge Family Foundation

The Morgridge Family Foundation has been instrumental in supporting the College’s focus on technology innovations in the classroom. From SMARTboards, to telepresence, to sponsoring MCE’s annual ShareFair—their contribution continues to drive innovation in classroom technology in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Michael, Joan, Katherine and Chris Ruffatto

With a gift from the Ruffattos, Morgridge College of Education has been able to further our mission for Inclusive Excellence, becoming the leading college on DU’s campus to carry out the mission.

James C. Kennedy

The Kennedy Institute for Educational Success is a recent addition to Morgridge College of Education made possible by the gift from James C. Kennedy.

Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Foundation

To further our commitment to early childhood literacy and learning through research and outreach, the gift from the Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Foundation has contributed greatly to the creation and success of the Marsico Institute.

Donne and Sue Fisher

Long-time supporters of the University whose generosity named Fisher Early Learning Center at its inception, the Donne and Sue Fisher have demonstrated their ongoing visionary commitment to young children through an endowed scholarship fund. The scholarship is intended to have a lasting impact on the youngest and most vulnerable population in our society by addressing their educational needs from two sides – preparing more professionals for careers in early childhood education and increasing access for more young children.

Additional support and funding for the Morgridge College of Education has been provided by:

Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, Galena Foundation, Viki and Jack Thompson, M. Allan and Margot Frank Donnell-Kay Foundation, Morgridge College of Education Alumni, Friends, Faculty, and Staff

MCE Signature Events The MCE Signature Events comprise a series of informal presentations and interviews conducted by the MCE Alumni Board as a dialogue with distinguished DU alumni, faculty and constituents who help connect the academic and professional worlds for the benefit of the students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Upcoming Events:

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2014 Alumni Signature Events

2014 Spring Signature Event 

     Trauma and Schools: “Stronger in the Broken Places”

     Featuring Carolyn Lunsford Mears & Wendy H. Davenson

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Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Ph.D. is an award-winning author, presenter, and researcher. Her 2012 anthology, Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma, won a prestigious Colorado Book of the Year Award, given by the Colorado affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress Center for the Book. An educator whose son survived the shootings at Columbine High School, Carolyn enrolled in the University of Denver to conduct dissertation research as a way to help others faced with tragedy. Her study, Experiences of Columbine Parents: Finding a Way to Tomorrow, was named 2005 AERA Qualitative Dissertation of the Year. Carolyn is a Founder of Sandy Hook-Columbine Cooperative, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Alliance Member National Centre for Therapeutic Care, Fellow of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Board of Directors of the I Love You Guys Foundation [school safety], and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver. She has presented to audiences in the U.S., Europe, and Australia on trauma response and recovery, school safety, and leadership during crisis.

Wendy H. Davenson, M.F.T. is a Colorado and Connecticut Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Connecticut licensed and certified alcohol and drug counselor, certified Thanatologist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Approved Supervisor Trainer. Ms. Davenson moved from Sandy Hook, CT to Erie, CO in June of 2013. Through her long time private practice in Sandy Hook, her expertise was utilized extensively following the tragic shootings of 12/14/12 at Sandy Hook School. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, teaching and doing clinical supervision in the University Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, for the past 20 years. She has worked extensively with the Connecticut Family Court System mediating high conflict parenting cases and doing mandated post divorce co-parenting. She is a Connecticut GAL and has published: Grief and Growth: A Manual For Counselors and Educators

Video of the Interview with Carolyn Lunsford Mears & Wendy H. Davenson

2013 Alumni Signature Events

2013 Winter Signature Event 

Featuring Barth Quenzer

Barth Quenzer

Collaboration – The Path to Innovation

 The Morgridge College of Education is proud to welcome back to the campus, for the Alumni Board’s Winter Signature Event, Barth Quenzer. Fresh off his receiving the prestigious Milken Outstanding Educator Award, he will share with us what it means for a teacher to be so honored as one of forty in the nation this year. The Milken Family Foundation since 1985 has honored teachers and administrators with what has been called the “Oscars of Teaching”.

Barth is an accomplished DU alumnus with multiple degrees from the University including a BA from the School of Art and Art History, and a Teaching License and MA from the Morgridge College of Education. A gifted artist himself, Barth works as a Visual Arts Teacher at Brown International Academy in Denver, teaching young students to become aspiring artists. Barth holds numerous awards and recognitions such as the 2012 Elementary Visual Arts Teacher of the Year and 2009 Mile High Teacher of the Year. He also works as an adjunct instructor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Quenzer is a member of the Denver Public Schools Visual Art Research Assessment Team and the Colorado Department of Education Content Collaborative, charged with penning high-quality arts assessments aligned to Colorado’s new academic standards. Described as “an ambassador for art in the school, the district and across the state,” his voice, his art and his students reflect a deep commitment and compassion for his craft. We look forward to his interview and his inspiration.

Photo courtesy of Milken Family Foundation

 Video of the interview with Barth Quenzer

2012 Alumni Signature Events

2012 Fall Signature Event 

Featuring Senator Michael Johnston

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Through Historical Perspective – The Art of Education

Senator Michael Johnston is a Colorado native and a Morgridge College of Education alumni who has made high impact on the schools of our state as a student, teacher, administrator, author, and now as a member of the State Legislature representing District 33 of Northeastern Denver. Senator Johnston served as a member of the transition team on education policy for president-elect Barack Obama during his campaign. Johnston authored the number one selling education book In the Deep Heart’s Core, based on his experience teaching in the rural south for Teach for America. Before being appointed to the State Senate, he also served in the Denver area as principal of the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts, the Joan Farley Academy, and the Marvin Foote Detention Center. As an influential member in the field of education, the senator has been featured in Forbes Magazine’s “7 Most Powerful Educators” and Time Magazine’s “40 under 40″.

Video of the interview with Senator Johnston

2012 Spring Signature Event

Featuring Dr. Donna Shavlik

Donna Shavlik

The Ever Changing Landscape for Women’s Education

Dr. Shavlik, a Denver native, is a former Director of the Office of Women in Higher Education and Senior Fellow, American Council on Education in Washington, DC. She was a founding member of the National Council for Research on Women and served as chair of the Board of Directors and has been a national and international advisor on higher education. During her tenure, Dr. Shavlik played a major role in coordinating efforts among higher education associations relative to women’s equity and leadership and in creating strategies to address women’s issues. She has received numerous awards, especially for the role she played in the passage of Title IX.

Video of the interview with Dr. Shavlik

2012 Winter Signature Event

Featuring Dr. Lucy Jane Miller

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Sensory Processing Disorder: Persistence & Passion

Caring for Individuals with Challenges in Responding to Sensation

Lucy Jane Miller founded the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in 1979, and serves as the executive director. She was an associate professor at UC Denver Medical School with a double appointment in Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine for 11 years. In 2005 Dr. Miller founded the STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, co-located with the Foundation in Denver.

For 35 years Dr. Miller has devoted herself to the study and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder and is spearheading the effort to get SPD recognized as a diagnostic entity separate from other disorders. She is a prolific author, with over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her book, Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has become the definitive source of information on SPD. She has developed the STAR treatment model, which has been demonstrated through research to be effective.

Dr. Miller also develops norm-referenced standardized assessments that are in use worldwide, including the Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, the Leiter International Performance Scale – Revised and the new Miller Function and Participation Scale or M-Fun. She talks about learning family-centered care during her three terms, totaling nine years on the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council for IDEA in CO. In 2005, she received the Martin Luther King, Jr. award from the State of Colorado.

Video of the interview with Dr. Miller

2011 Alumni Signature Events

2011 Fall Signature Event  Featuring Dr. Kristen Waters

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Morgridge College Alumna, Dr. Kristin Waters, has just assumed the duties as principal of Denver’s Historic South High School. Waters, who received her PhD in educational administration from DU’s Morgridge College of Education in 2006, began her teaching career in the Los Angeles Public Schools after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara and receiving an MA from Pepperdine University. Her career in Colorado included Montbello High, Morey Middle School and assistant principal at South, all before taking the reins at Bruce Randolph School where her leadership and a challenged student body, faculty and parents drew national attention. Dr. Waters was recognized by President Obama in his 2011 State of the Union address for her success in turning around the Bruce Randolph school from one of the poorest performing schools to one where 97% of students received diplomas in 2010.

2007 -2010 Alumni Signature Events

2010 Fall Signature Event

Featuring Dean Gregory Anderson

2010 Spring Signature Event

Featuring Dr. Carolyn Mears

2009 Spring Signature Event

Featuring John & Carrie Morgridge

2009 Winter Signature Event

Featuring Dr. Camila Alire

2008 Winter Signature Event

Featuring Dr. Marion Downs

2007 Fall Signature Event

Featuring Dr. Jerry Wartgow

For information on any of our programs and services or for additional information, please contact:

nick heckart

Nick Heckart
Academic Services Associate
Nick.Heckart@du.edu
303-871-2747, KRH 251

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