Education briefs

Nov 20, 2012
Gabrielle Duke, third from right, with her parents, left, and former Husson alum and MAHPERD and Eastern District award winner Marissa Albert, who is now teaching at Fort Kent Community High School. Duke won the 2012 Outstanding Future Professional Honor at the conference.

Duke presented with 2012 Outstanding Future Professional honor

ROCKPORT — Husson University physical education students and assistant professor in the School of Education Cindy Connelley attended the Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference at the Samoset Resort in Rockport recently.

The students were the collegiate student presenters at one session about Superball, led by senior John Hooper. Husson was the only Maine school to present at the conference. Assistant Professor Connelley also presented “SabakiBall”.

At the conference, Husson student and Rockport native Gabrielle Duke won the 2012 Outstanding Future Professional honor. The honor is bestowed upon a student who shows leadership and character in his or her field.


Augunas presents at Beloit College International Symposium Day

BELOIT, Wis. — Savannah Augunas of Camden presented research on Study Abroad Reflections: South Africa, Thailand, Botswana, and the Ocean through Film at the 11th Annual Beloit College International Symposium Day on Nov. 14. Augunas is majoring in health and society.

The International Symposium celebrates Beloit College as an international college. In this 11th annual event, 54 student presenters and 43 faculty sponsors and moderators directly participated as Beloit students shared their international studies with the community.


Maine Association of School Business Officials awards first certification

AUGUSTA — The Maine Association of School Business Officials has awarded its first school business official certification, achieving a milestone in the organization's history.

Deborah Roberts, business manager of Maine School Administrative District 52 (Leeds, Green and Turner), received her certification as School Business Official III at the Sept. 28 MeASBO meeting at the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta.

"It is my pleasure to congratulate Deb Roberts for achieving this milestone in school business management in Maine," said MeASBO President Kathy Warren, business manager of MSAD 8 on Vinalhaven, in a news release.. "This is a well-deserved achievement for Deb, and an exciting moment for our profession and for MeASBO."

In 2008, the MeASBO Certification Committee began development of a rigorous voluntary certification program for school business officials in Maine. Those seeking certification must show proficiency in 19 content areas, including cash management, facilities, school nutrition, transportation, budgeting and labor relations. Applicants may obtain necessary credit hours in the topic areas by attending training provided by MeASBO. Applicants also may demonstrate proficiency by compiling a portfolio showing past training or work experience in those areas.

The MeASBO Certification Committee is chaired by Roberts and includes Karla Miller, Augusta School Department; Cathy Messmer, Lisbon School Department; and Scott Vaitones, RSU 13. Past members Michael Kucsma (Sanford School Department) and Don Martel (Auburn School Department) also contributed to the committee's work.

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