Events slated for College of Education’s centennial anniversary

October 11, 2016 | Events, News, UToday, Advancement, Judith Herb College of Education
By Vicki L. Kroll

Ask Dr. Virginia Keil why becoming a teacher is so important.

“The reason is simple. As a teacher, you are more than just an educator, you are a leader, a mentor, a content expert, and so much more,” Keil, interim dean of the Judith Herb College of Education, said. “You have the ability to lead, to inspire, to challenge, and to make a difference in the lives of students. Teachers are advocates and activists. They change the world one student at a time, and their work has an exponential impact.”

100 Year_HORIZONTALA UT alumna, Keil has been doing just that since she joined the faculty in 1989. And she wants to continue paying it forward as the college celebrates its 100th anniversary with a fundraising campaign.

“The College of Education’s $100 for our 100th campaign is focused on raising significant dollars for student scholarships,” she said. “Our deep commitment to provide scholarship opportunities is our way to support our students as they prepare for their futures as educators.”

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“As the Judith Herb College of Education embarks on its second century, it’s time to once again look ahead,” Keil said. “The vision of the college is to shape the future of education in an ever-changing world. We invite education alumni and students to participate in the events planned for our 100th anniversary.”

Listed by date, events include:

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 12 and 13

• Homecoming/Anniversary Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gillham Hall Lobby on the third floor. Stop by for a sweet treat and a free Judith Herb College of Education anniversary T-shirt.

Saturday, Oct. 15

• Judith Herb College of Education Parade Reception, 9 a.m., tent on north side of Gillham Hall. In celebration of the college’s 100th anniversary, join education alumni to march in the Homecoming Parade by a special float created for the occasion by UT faculty and staff.

• College of Education Open House, noon, Gillham Hall Lobby on the third floor. Check out the college, meet faculty and staff, learn about programs and tour Gillham Hall.

In November, a forum on “Diversity in Classrooms: Pre-K Through University” will be held. This discussion of race, discipline, the graduation of African-American students, and the diversity of the teaching profession is sponsored by the Judith Herb College of Education and the Office of Diversity.

A film screening and lecture also are planned for spring semester.

For more information, call 419.530.2491 or email

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