June will be the end and beginning of an era at Xavier University as the education department chaired by James Boothe grows from the largest department into the university's first and only school within the newly reorganized College of Social Sciences, Health and Education. At the same time. Neil Heighberger, dean of the College of Social Sciences since the college began in 1988, is retiring. His replacement will hire someone to succeed the 71-year-old Boothe, who is serving as acting dean of the new School of Education. The four programs in education now become their own separate departments, each with its own individual chair: the Dept. of School and Community Counseling under Lon Kriner, the Department of Educational Leadership and HRD under Leo Bradley, the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy (including the prestigious Montessori program) under Cindy Greer and the Department of Secondary and Special Education under Michael Flick, director of XCEED. "We've decentralized and should be able to our work much better with each department having leadership that can focus in its development and plans," Boothe says. Political science, which does not fit the new model, will move to the College of Arts and Sciences, and sports management is now an independent program.


High school juniors and seniors from Cincinnati Public's Hughes Center Magnet Programs and Princeton City Schools are eligible for the Southwest Ohio STEM Secondary Teacher Academy"”funded with $340,000 awarded jointly to UC and Miami University by the Ohio Board of Regents with the goal of identifying promising future high school math teachers. The year-long academy, which will get under way this summer, includes an intensive, three-week summer experience living and working at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University, an internship, free college credit (as well as high school credit) in calculus or algebra and intensive mentoring for 50 high-school students.


The College of Mount St. Joseph has announced a new undergraduate degree program in sport management with a minor in business administration to start in the fall 2007. Students will receive an interdisciplinary base and practical application through field experiences, internships and classroom activities. The curriculum has been developed to meet the standards of the Sport Management Program Review Council, the national accreditation organization for the profession. "The sport management major is a wonderful option for students, especially student-athletes, since it combines an interest in sports with a business minor and provides more flexibility in career options," says Linda Schoenstedt, assistant professor of education and coordinator of the sport management program at the Mount.


Northern Kentucky University adjunct professor Bill Cunningham was honored for his contributions to Xavier University's Entrepreneurial Center during the "Celebration of Entrepreneurial Success" luncheon at the Cintas Center in January. As a former director of the center, Cunningham is credited with creating pioneering course material involving the Eureka! Ranch"”inventor Doug Hall's product development think tank in Newtown"”developing extensive business ties between Xavier and the surrounding community and acquiring a grant from the Coleman Foundation with the help of his predecessor Sandy Eustis.


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