Aggies Commit to Transforming Lives Celebration

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: April 29, 2014

On April 24, the College of Education and Human Development held a reception to honor the new class of Transforming Lives Fellows and to celebrate the activities associated with the college Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Aggies Commit to Transforming Lives.

“This event is special because it highlights the many Aggies Commit activities taking place in the college,” said Dr. George Cunningham, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “We are also able to hear from faculty and students how these high impact learning experiences are positively impacting them.”

The reception celebrated the impact of undergraduate research and service learning projects and recognized the faculty, students and staff who go above and beyond to engage, facilitate and participate in continuous improvement activities.

video presentation of students from across the college revealed the impact that undergraduate research, learning communities, global education activities and service learning had on their academic careers and in their lives. HLKN student Anthony Weems—also featured in the video, discussed his personal growth and new opportunities as a result of his undergraduate research and global education experiences in Tobago.

EAHR assistant professor and service-learning fellow Dr. Priya Kurup offered her experiences in how to design a project management class that also adds value to the community or organization it serves. She stated that more than 50 percent of CEHD students have now participated in service learning projects.

Dr. Dennie Smith discussed his recent global education experience with a transfer student community and study abroad field trip to Greece. CEHD student participation in international experiences has increased from 80 students three years ago to 550 this year.

Dr. Maggie Huerta spoke about her involvement with the POWER writing initiative and its impact on graduate students and faculty to improve their writing skills. POWER writing has serviced more than 1,000 students, helping them to grow in excellence and career success.

The event concluded with certificate presentations to the new class of Transforming Lives faculty fellows: Dr. Luis Ponjuan, Dr. Ann Gundy, Dr. Jamilia Blake, Dr. Melinda Grant and Dr. Janet Hammer.

View the Flickr photo gallery of the event and watch the student undergraduate research video

For more information, contact Dr. George Cunningham, 979-458-3560 or