SHU to host education conference in Spring ’12

Seton Hill University (SHU) has been chosen to host the second annual education conference in southwestern Pa. held in April. “The importance of education and teaching is to make learning contagious. We hope to inspire and ignite learning here on campus,” said secretary and officer in charge of the conference Jarred Kallmann.

Due to state budget cuts, there has been talk of cutting the funds for education programs. Club officers and professors alike encouraged students to register to vote in order to sustain funding for education programs needed in southwestern Pa. “Our possibilities are endless and supported by the students’ enthusiasm,” said Kathleen Harris, associate professor of education.

On the SHU campus, the education club held their first membership meeting Sept. 29 to bring in new members and student interest. “What a wonderful morning to share the energy and passion of our profession with our students,” Harris said.

Attendees included students from education classes and those inquiring about what the club offers. President of the education club Adele Nolfi was “really happy with the turnout. There’s a lot we can do this year; we just need the participation.”

With education being the second largest major at SHU, the aim of the club is to increase its membership.

Held during the Education Summit, this first meeting offered opportunities to become involved in the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC).

Penned as, “The Voice of Early Childhood,” this professional organization seeks to help future instructors.

Assistant director Jan Sapotichne said, “Be an advocate for the children, and for yourself.” With membership benefits and a strong mission, PAEYC is hoping to recruit more southwestern Pa. members.

Senior Katie Vance spoke to the attendees on the benefits of the education club and PAEYC. She also offered some tips to newcomers: “Be smart about social networking, make it granny-approved. Remember, it is public.” She also spoke of the benefits of unions in the workforce.

“PAEYC always has great information and opportunities for education students. We hope to have them speak again,” said club vice-president Kayla Remai.

Audrey Quinlan, chairperson of the division of education, said, “It is exciting to see education students gather with such energy, enthusiasm and professionalism.  What a great group.”

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