Boston University School of Education Announces 2007 Alumni Awards

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Boston – Four alumni from the Boston University School of Education were recognized for outstanding achievement and service to their profession, community, and alma mater at the Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony on May 15, 2007. The alumni honored at the awards program were selected out of more than 35,000 School of Education alumni association members.

Alice A. Christie, SED ’70, Kathleen A. Hollowell, GRS ’71, SED ’77 and Joanne Kimball Sherman, SED ’82,’84 are the latest inductees to the Dean Arthur Herbert Wilde Society. Initiated by the SED Alumni Board in 1988, new members are chosen and honored annually by the SED alumni association. Additionally, William K. Thierfelder, SED ’89 was presented with the Ida M. Johnston Alumni Award, which was initiated to honor Professor Ida M. Johnston, SED’42,’43 at the time of her retirement from the faculty. This is also an annual award given to deserving alumnus or alumna by the SED Alumni Board. Both of these awards serve to recognize graduates of Boston University’s School of Education for outstanding achievement and distinction in service to the profession, the community, and the alma mater.

The School of Education is pleased to announce the 2007 recipients:

Recipient of the School of Education Ida M. Johnston Award

William K. Thierfelder, SED ‘89
Dr. Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. Prior to his current position, Dr. Thierfelder successfully led and transitioned York Barbell Company from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner, providing development and logistical services to merchants and major sporting goods retailers throughout the U.S. and Europe. He was also a principal in Joyner Sports Medicine Institute, which he helped conceptualize, and was instrumental in negotiating the sale of the company to NovaCare, Inc. As NovaCare’s National Director of Sports Science, he created, directed, and co-chaired one the largest and most successful sports medicine and physical rehabilitation conferences in the country.

Dr. Thierfelder also served as Executive Director of the Player Management Group, a sports representation company that offered services to professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. He has also helped over a hundred athletes at the Olympic and professional levels achieve dramatic improvements in their athletic performances.

Dr. Thierfelder is a licensed psychologist and a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. In addition, he is a former NCAA Division I Coach, Olympian, National Champion, and a two-time All-American from the University of Maryland. He participated in the 1980 United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and was a medalist at the 1981 U.S. Track & Field Indoor National Championship.

Recipients of the School of Education Arthur H. Wilde Society Award

Alice A. Christie, SED’70
After completing her M.Ed. in Reading Education at Boston University, Alice Christie launched her career by teaching reading and writing to K-12 students struggling with their literacy skills. Her association with BU has been as an ambassador to the K-12 community and a model for teaching excellence over her extensive career as an educator.

Dr. Alice Christie has been an exemplary teacher for close to forty years. In that role, she has been a strong advocate for students and student success, first at the K-12 level, and more recently at the university level. During her years of service to elementary and secondary students, she learned she had a talent for instructing, inspiring and energizing teachers, a talent she has shared with students and faculty at Arizona State University for the last eleven years. She excelled as a teacher, a scholar, and a person committed to serving the university and community from the start, and has been contributing to the health of our college and university ever since. Overall, Dr. Alice Christie has indeed provided Distinguished Service to the Profession through her exemplary teaching, her solid scholarship, her outreach to local and global communities, and her deliberate effort to integrate her teaching, research and service. Teaching is a better profession because of Alice Christie’s significant contributions to the field.

Kathleen A. Hollowell, GRS’71, SED’77
Dr. Hollowell has devoted to the field of education. She began as a Mathematics teacher at Newton North High School and in Boston Public Schools. In 1988, she became the coordinator of in service programs for the Mathematical Sciences Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Delaware and later became the associate director of in-service programs for the University. Since 1996, Dr. Hollowell has served as the director of the Mathematics and Science Education Center at the University of Delaware. She has also published textbooks such as Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra and Building Foundations for Secondary School Mathematics. She has remained a loyal member of the BU community, donating $25,000 for the athletic director’s conference room at the Student Village. She has also endowed a professorship at the University of Delaware for the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Joanne Kimball Sherman, SED’82,’84
Determination and persistence are synonymous with Joanne Sherman’s desire to serve as a forward thinking educator in a socio-economic climate that is unsupportive of its best educators and makes the ethical and educational training of its future leaders a selfless arduous task at best. She has not sought for accolades of appreciation nor monetary rewards. But, in her own not so quiet way will not be intimidated by those who seek to short change the education promised our children. Her service and accomplishments are many. And all but a few were at the cost of extensive hard work and emotional strains few would have accepted. No one knows the burden born by an educator who truly loves her profession and cares on an individual basis for the children she serves. She has daily determination to do what is best for the future of the children under her stewardship.

Boston University School of Education provides comprehensive teacher preparation to students in more than 20 concentrations and maintains a variety of collaborative agreements with school districts in the greater Boston area. SED is one of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States.