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June 16, 2013
The Herald-Star

DESIGNATED: West Liberty University's Terry Wallace was selected to serve on the West Virginia State Network of Educators for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and will be working with teachers across the state to create a digital library.

"I look forward to serving on the consortium and working together with educators to create a statewide digital library for all West Virginia students, aligning it with grade levels and curricular areas. It is a much-needed tool," Wallace said.

Carla Williamson, state leader of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, said the consortium is guided by the belief that the effective use of a balanced assessment system can improve teaching and learning.

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"The heart of the resources for formative practice is the digital library, an online, interactive clearinghouse for educators, as well as families and students that will be user-friendly, searchable and collaborative," she said. As a member of the consortium, Wallace and other members will "vet, identify and submit resources to the digital library."

Wallace has served West Liberty University as a fellow in its Institute for Innovation in Education for several years. The Institute for Innovation in Education's mission is to advance education through innovation in teaching, learning, leadership and entrepreneurship and to develop new plans and programs to advance the academic mission of WLU.

He holds advanced degrees from Ohio University, George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and has served in cabinet positions in Ohio, as a health care CEO and a senior school district administrator. He is a longtime member of the graduate faculty at Muskingum University, has taught at universities in four states, is a licensed school superintendent in three states and writes syndicated monthly newspaper columns on a variety of public policy issues.

SELECTED: West Liberty University's Angela Rehbein, assistant professor of English, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Her fellowship award includes a $3,900 stipend and participation in a seminar.

She was one of 16 teachers selected from a large number of applicants from throughout the United States chosen to attend one of the seven summer seminars for college and university teachers, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rehbein will participate in the seminar, "Reassessing British Romanticism." This five-week program will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and will be directed by Stephen C. Behrendt, George Homes Distinguished University professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

Rehbein joined the faculty of WLU in 2011. Prior to that she was employed at the University of Missouri, from 20062011 as a graduate teaching assistant, where she also served with the Center for Distance and Independent Study from 2010-11.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Fairmont State in 2002, a master's degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and a doctorate of English degree from the University of Missouri in 2011. Her research specialties are in 18th century British literature, British women writers, postcolonial literature and theory and women's and gender studies.

The NEH is a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes that make it possible for teachers from a broad variety of institutions to work in collaboration with peers and to study with experts to improve their skills.

BENEFIT COUPONS: Local residents can eat good and do good through a program offered by neighborhood McDonald's restaurants through July 14.

For just $2, McDonald's customers can purchase a coupon book filled with deep discounts for their most popular products, including Big Macs, fries, Egg McMuffins, Premium McWraps and several McCafe beverages. The books include coupons for Steelers and Penguins merchandise and Herr's snack products at Walgreen's.

All proceeds from coupon book sales will benefit local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Last year's coupon book fundraiser generated almost $80,000 for RMHC chapters in Pittsburgh, Morgantown, Erie and Altoona.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children who travel to distant hospitals in search of life-saving medical care for their children. RMHC also provides grants to nonprofit organizations that helps improve the lives of local children in the areas of health and medical research, education and the arts and civic and social services, according to officials.

For information, go to www.rmhc.org.

NOMINATED: Bordas & Bordas founding partner Jim Bordas has been nominated to the West Virginia Access to Justice Commission.

Nominated by the West Virginia State Bar and Chief Justice Brent D Benjamin, Bordas will work with the commission to identify barriers faced by West Virginians when using the civil legal system.

He also will assist with addressing existing and proposed laws and regulations that may adversely affect access to justice in West Virginia.

"It seems all too often the poor and minorities feel they are without a voice in their everyday problems that sometimes can only be resolved by the courts and those who work within the justice system," Bordas said. "It is my hope and intention through my efforts on this very important commission to promote ways for those disenfranchised people to obtain the benefit of counsel when sought.

"This is not to say that one will be guaranteed legal representation but rather a person will be promised an ear to hear their concerns and or complaints so as to be provided direction for assistance even though an answer may be 'you have no claim based upon the facts." Certainly the goal of every person in the justice system should be to listen attentively and to treat all those whom with whom we have contact with the greatest respect."

Bordas & Bordas, based in Wheeling with offices in Ohio, practices throughout the region.

 
 

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