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Matthew David Hillyard Scholarship 

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Hillyard in honor of their son, Matthew David.

Joseph Steven Meyrick Memorial Scholarship 

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Meyrick in honor of their son, Joseph. This scholarship is for a Special Education major who has a disability or someone with a disability in his/her family.

Donald F. and Anne C. Kline Scholarship 

Donald and Anne Kline Established by family and friends of Donald F. Kline and Anne C. Kline to assist future generations of students in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation of the College of Education at Utah State University.

Leon G. and Faye Sonne Stucki Scholarship 

Faye Stucki Leon Stucki

Established by Leon G. and Fay Sonne Stucki to assist future generations of students in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation of the College of Education at Utah State University.

B. Richard Springer Memorial Scholarship 

The B. Richard Springer Memorial Scholarship in Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation in the College of Education and Human Services shall stand and serve as a lasting tribute to the lifes' work of B. Richard Springer.  The scholarship was established to benefit students majoring in special education or rehabilitation.

Thomas A. Stewart and Kathleen Stewart Scholarship 

This scholarshiip is for special educationmajors who demonstrate financial need, display leadership skills and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Undergraduate Special Education Major Scholarship 

This scholarship is supported by faculty, staff, and alumni to undergraduate students in Special Education.

"A" Pin Awards 

The A-Pin is among the oldest awards at USU, initiated in 1910.  It acknowledges and rewards students who achieve a straight-A grade point average from two consecutive semesters while carrying at least 15 credit hours.  The pin itself features the primary icon of Utah State University - the Old Main Tower and reads "USU Scholarship," denoting the highest in scholarly achievement.

Mathew David Hillyard Scholarship

Jessica Tremea receives the Matthew David Hillyard Scholarship Jessica Tremea

Jessica is a dual major in Elementary and Special Education with an emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities and a music minor. Her plan is to graduate Spring 2016.  She is involved with Aggies Elevated and has served 460 hours.  She is also a community leader in a Church Youth Group, a member of the Student Council for Exceptional hildren, and is involved with Special Olympics.

Donald F. and Anne C. Kline Scholarship

Celicia Ayers receiving the Donald F. and Anne C. Kline Scholarship Award Celicia Ayers

Celicia is a dual major in Elementary and Special Education with an emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities. She has volunteered at the Hyrum Library reading books and doing activities with children. She has also been involved with Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign, involved with breakfast and games with Project Peer, movie night with Common Ground and has helped to paint pumpkins for the Up-to-3 program's booth at the pumpkin walk.  She is President of the Aggie Advocates for Disability Club and Vice President for the Student Council for Exceptional Children, and is the Residence Life Assistant for on-campus housing.  She strives to understand her students' individual needs, learning styles, and hopes to change the life of a child for the better.

Joseph Steven Meyrick Memorial Scholarship

Tami Hunter receives the Joseph Steven Meyrick Memorial Scholarship Tami Hunter

Tami will start the special education major fall semester with an emphasis in mild/mdoerate disabilities. She wants to help elementary aged children to be able to find themselves as they come to class and functiron so they are constantly improving.  She has worked at ASSERT for a semester and has loved every second of it. She served a mission and can't wait to begin the major.

B. Richard Springer Memorial Scholarship

Alicia Frederickson receiving the B. Richard Springer Memorial Scholarship Alicia Frederickson

Alicia is in the special education major with an emphasis in severe disabilities. She will student teach fall semester. She works full-time and has learned a lot about time management due to being a full-time student. She was involved with the UVU Service Club and the UVU Institute of Religion Council.  Her goal is to focus on lowering hate crimes against indiviuals with disabilities and to make high schools a safe place for all students.

Thomas A. Stewart and Kathleen Stewart Scholarship

Michelle Biggs receives the Thomas A. Stewart and Kathleen Stewart Scholarship Michelle Biggs

Michelle is in the special education major with an emphasis in early childhood disabilities. She will student teach fall semester. She has been involved with the USU Aggie Marching Band. Once she graduates, she wants to be a special education preschool teacher and make a difference in the lives of preschool students with disabilities.

Leon G. and Faye Sonne Stucki Scholarship

Ina Grill receives the Leon G. and Faye Sonne Stucki Scholarship Ina Grill

Ina is a dual major in ELED and the distance mild/moderate program as well as a full-time single mother.  She currently volunteers in her son's classroom and helps at another elementary school with English language learning students and special education students with reading problems. She is looking forward to a career in teaching special education.

Undergraduate SPED Major Scholarship

Cassidee Barber and Ashley Bennett receive the Undergraduate Special Education Scholarship
Cassidee Barber

Cassidee is in the special education major with an emphasis in severe disabilities. She will student teach fall semester. She is a USU Ambassador, active with the Cabinet of Ambassadors and has been involved with Special Olympics. Her goal is to be a severe teacher in an elementary school working with one-on-one with individuals with disabilities giving them the best education possible. As an Ambassador, she recruits for the university and is honored to be able to work one-on-one with the students that are wanting to be SPED majors.

Ashley Bennett

Ashley is in the special education major with an emphasis in early childhood disabilities. She will student teach fall semester. She is a volunteer, coach and now Assistant Head of Delegation for Special Olympics. She is looking forward to working in a special education preschool and being able to teach those students to love learning and that school can be fun.

Calvin Bingham Scholarship

Sara Jensen receives The Calvin and Avon Bingham Scholarship Sara Jesen

Sara has been accepted into the special education major with an emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities and will begin classes fall semester. Her goal is to become more involved in service organizations for people with disabilities. She has also joined the Council for Exceptional Children.

Seely Hinckley Scholarship

Hollie Sheanshang

Hollie has been accepted into the SPED major with an emphasis in birth to five. She has been involved with service such as Easter egg hutns, Mother & Father's day parties, back to school events, Halloween & Christmas carnivals. She is a member of the Wish Makers on campus. She hopes to become a preschool teacher for children with disabilities. It is her goal to open her own school and teach parents early intervention techniques to use with their own children intheir homes.

Ray L and Eloise Hoops Lillywhite University Scholar

Megan is the Ray L. & Eloise Hoops Lillywhite University Scholar Megan Sosa

Megan is a dual major in ELED & SPED with an emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities. She can't wait to make a difference in students' lives and see them progress towards academic and behavioral goals.  With her education on the importance of the Common Core Standards and RTI system, I would love to help teachers in my future school to better understabd and implement the Common Core Standards and RTI system to improve the school overall.  When she graduates, she hopes to continue in the Master's program.

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Scholarship.

Morgan Gifford receives the Undergraduate Teaching Fellow Award Morgan Gifford

Morgan is presently in the special education major with an emphasis in severe disabilities. She will student teach fall semester. Her nuimber one goal is simply to help students with special needs to be successful and happy.  Her second goal is to apply to the Master's program in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis once she graduates.

A-pin

Fall 2014 - Toni Clawson & Melanie Gerrard

 

Valedictorian

Karel Dimalanta receives the Valedictorian Award Karel Dimalanta

Karel is the Valedictorian for the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation.  Karel is mature, thoughtful, a critical thinker, and passionate about being an excellent teacher who prioritizes student success.  Karel participated in the Mexico Study Abroad Program and was an exceptional teacher in the classrooms which had extremely limited resources.  She quickly developed great relationships with the students and teachers, and demonstrated her remarkable skills as a special educator and her cultural responsiveness.   Karel's student teaching supervisor commented that she was an impressive teacher.  She was well prepared, had complete and interesting lessons, and was always composed.  She has an easy going personality and is able to think on her feet.  She's able to read situations well and adjust to them.  She also makes great data-based decisions and can adjust her instruction to be applicable for the moment in regard to what her students need.  Karel's math practicum supervisor commented that Karel was innovative and applied effective teaching strategies.  Karel was self-motivated and detail oriented and showed resourcefulness and creativity.   Karel is very deserving of being the 2015 Valedictorian for the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation.

Scholar

Chloe Nolte Receives the Scholar Award Chloe Nolte

One thing Chloe loves about special education is the satisfaction she feels when she successfully meets a challenge to help a child/student do something they didn't think they could!  Chloe was constantly engaged in the lectures and activities in the SPED Math Seminar.  Her interest and motivation to know and understand gave her the courage to ask a lot of questions.  Relevant questions also helped peers to make more connections. Chloe's attitude and willingness to try and learn in all areas such as written work or book work, teaching, classroom management will make her a successful special education teacher.  She has high personal expectations and persistently works to achieve her goals set to make her an effrective teacher.  Chloe always wants specific details about how she can teach better and has never offered excuses.  Chloe has not just wanted to get things done and out of her way, she has been driven to get it done right!!   Chloe has also filled her schedule with additional opportunities to help others and practice her best teaching skills by being a tutor and working with a struggling reader after school.  She also spends time working with the Best Buddies program where she was able to befriend and help kids with special needs participate in fun social activities in the community.  And, she taught swim lessons.  Chloe does everything with a positive attitude.  She is kind and appreciative in all situatoins and at all times.

Undergraduate Teaching Fellow

Morgan Gifford receives the Undergraduate Teaching Fellow Award Morgan Gifford

Morgan Gifford served as the Undergraduate Teaching Fellow (UTF) and mentor to students in SPED 4000 for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.  The work she provided as a UTF was high quality.  Morgan took the responsibilities of UTF to a new level - a high quality level. She is a hard worker and extremely dependable. She could always be counted on to complete excellent work in a timely manner.  She is professional in her interactions with all she works with.  Ms. Gifford is an honest, hardworking person, and pleasant to work with.  She is respected as a student and future leader and educator in the field of Special Education.  She also excels in the classroom on campus and in the public schools. She is a quiet giant.  She may be a bit reserved in the university classroom, however, she's a giant in the quality of work she completes and her understanding of concepts and in her kindness.  She's also a giant in the classroom working with students with disabilities.  You can see her passion for teaching-- she is "GOOD," no "GREAT," and very deserving of this award

SPED Teacher of the Year

Tom Higbee receives the Teacher of the Year Award Tom Higbee

Dr. Tom Higbee teaches SPED 5010 - Applied Behavior Analysis I: Principles, Assessment, and Analysis in our undergraduate program and a range of classes in our Special Education BCBA.  Undergraduate students have nominated Dr. Higbee as the Department's Teacher of the Year three times in the past five years.  Students indicate that Dr. Higbee is a dynamic instructor who communicates his enthusiasm for "managing student behavior" and interpreting pupil data.  Students also like how he bridges conceptual explanations in class to applied applications in practica.

Special Recognition Award

Kim Barfuss, Joy Coombs, Rosalyn Hampton, & Kaydee McMahon receive the Special Recognition Award
Riverside Preschool Teachers
Kim Barfuss, Joy Coombs, Rosalyn Hampton, & Kaydee McMahon

In the past few years, the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation decided to THANK those in the local schools and agencies for their support of the students in our training program. Students are placed in a classroom experience at least three and sometimes four semesters. We rely heavily on the teachers in the districts to allow the students to practice implementing instruction as well as learn about what happens as a teacher in the public schools. This year we realized we really needed to THANK the teachers and other staff at the Riverside Preschool which is the building that houses the Logan District Preschool.  I am especially grateful to them and have their e-mails and phone numbers on speed dial. The need for early childhood teachers has greatly increased so it is lucky that the local teachers have been gracious and allowed us to increase our numbers of preservice students since our numbers are limited by the number of placements we have available.  But, it isn't just me asking these teachers to work with students.  There are functional behavior assessments required in SPED 5050 and Darcie and Julia need placements for sophomores prior to coming into the SPED major who want to volunteer to see if they really like working with three to five year olds and everytime any of us calls them, we get a resounding, "Send them down!  We will figure something out." The teachers work well as a team and are wonderful mentors and cheerleaders for our preservice students.  Each of these teachers has participated in our SPED programs in the past so it is great to get to work with them and learn what things our students really need to work on to be successful in school districts.  I really can't say THANK YOU loud enough for the time and energy they spend with the USU students.  This year the Department of Special Education recognition goes to Kim Barfuss, Roz Hampton, Kaydee McMahon, and Joy Coombs at the Riverside Preschool.

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Awards

Alumni Achievement: Tami Pyfer
Graduate Student Teacher of the Year: Terry Kohlmeier
Retiree: Charles Salzberg

SPED 5050 Poster Awards

PosterAwards.jpg Megan Graul - Excellence in Visual Presentation
Hannah Pierce - Excellence in Oral Presentation
Shayleen Crank - Excellence in Clinical Procedures
Jessica Potter - Overall Excellence
Dr. Tyra Sellers - SPED 5050 Faculty

2016 Robins Award

Congratulations to

Emily Lund

Winner of the 2016 Robins Award for

USU Graduate Researcher of the Year

Emily Lund Emily Lund is a wonderfully appropriate recipient of the Graduate Student Researcher of the Year Award.  Her research is both important and prolific.  As a doctoral student in Disabilities Disciplines she has developed lines of research at a level that is expected of faculty members.

One of her research topics is interpersonal violence and trauma, particularly as it relates to individuals with disabilities.  She has published papers on:

  • Factors that predict interpersonal violence
  • How university campuses educate students on sexual violence
  • Bullying and peer victimization among elementary-age children with disabilities
  • The relation between trauma and later self-injury and suicide in people with disabilities
  • The perceived acceptability of suicide for people with disabilities. 

Emily’s research on this last topic revealed some extremely important and deeply disturbing information – suicide was seen to be more acceptable for people with disabilities.  And this was the case even when she asked people with disabilities.

Emily’s research is as prolific as it is important.

  • She is an author on 46 peer reviewed articles
  • She is first author on 16 of these and second author on 9.
  • In 2015 alone, she published 7 peer reviewed paper and had 8 more in press.

It is extremely rare for a graduate student to conduct such important research and it is equally rare for one to publish this tremendous volume of research.  So, a graduate student who does both must be considered rare at p < .001.  No question – Emily Lund is statistically significant with a very large effect size.