Fall 2010 Issue



Dr. Mitchell Rosenwald, associate professor in the School of Social Work, has co-written a textbook with Beth N. Riley, co-founder of BCFOCUS, a multiagency collaboration working with foster and adoptive families. The textbook is titled “Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care.”

Rosenwald and Riley published the textbook to provide strategies for effective advocacy and placement within the foster care and kinship systems.

It offers insight into three major topics: steps that potential foster and kinship caregivers must take with the assistance of practitioners to prepare themselves for placement; tactics for successful advocacy within the court system, social service agencies, schools, and the medical and mental health establishments; and lobbying for change at the agency and legislative levels, as well as within a given community.

Rosenwald, a longtime advocate for children and families, has nearly a decade of experience working in and researching the field of foster and kinship care.

“Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care” is available online at www.cup.columbia.edu.

Dr. Laura Finley has been elected to the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She joined the board in the summer of 2010 for a three-year term. Finley is an assistant professor of sociology and criminology and has authored or co-authored eight books, numerous journal articles and book chapters.

She also serves on the board of directors of No More Tears, a nonprofit that assists victims of domestic violence; UNIFEM East Florida Chapter; and is the liaison to K-12 educators for the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Dr. Darlene Kluka, interim dean of the School of Human Performance and Leisure Science and professor of sport management, was awarded the highest honor given in her profession: induction into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kluka was one of three individuals selected for the honor.

The award recognizes outstanding individuals in the fields of sport education, professional sports, and physical education and physical activity. Recipients are chosen based on their significant contributions to maintaining sport and physical activity as an integral part of the total education program.

Kluka serves as chair of the Consultants Committee of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), is a member of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport, and is a founding member of USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission. She is a former vice president of USA Volleyball and served on its board of directors for eight years. She also served as a member of the United States Olympic Committee for a quadrennium.

The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development has selected Dr. Thomas Ayers as a National Higher Education Sustainability Fellow. Ayers is executive associate dean for the School of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) and assistant professor of Organizational Leadership.

The U.S. Partnership consists of individuals, organizations and institutions in the United States dedicated to education for sustainable development (ESD). It acts as a convener, catalyst, and communicator working across all sectors of American society.

Ayers spent his summer carrying out post doctoral fellowship work in Campus Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University and the University of Vermont.

As a fellow, Ayers will play an important role in the national trend toward sustainability in higher education by working with continuing education professional associations and other related higher education associations to support their sustainability efforts.

Anthony “Tony” Umadhay, PhD, MSN, CRNA, won the 2010 Judith Balcerski Award for Excellence in Research for his work titled “African American Women with HIV/AIDS: A Phenomenological Inquiry.”

The Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Chi Chapter in the Division of Nursing recognized Umadhay as an outstanding novice nurse researcher whose research contributes to the mission of Sigma Theta Tau. Several criteria were used to choose the award recipient, such as someone who demonstrates excellence in research and shows evidence of dissemination of research findings.