January-February 2018 Issue
December 20, 2017


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Greg Perles, North Shore Schools Federated Employees, along with his family has raised more than $10,000 for the Northport Food Pantry. His family has hosted fundraising bake sales since 2005 to support the food pantry.

Barbara Wersten, Saratoga Springs Teachers Association, was recognized by the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York as the 2017 Blood Hero. Wersten holds an annual blood drive in memory of her son, Ryan. In 11 years, the blood drive has collected nearly 700 units and benefitted 2,000 lives.

Chris Widmaier, Rochester TA, is one of five teachers to receive the "Teaching Tolerance" award from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The award is given biennially to K–12 teachers who "excel at promoting respect and a passion for justice among students." Widmaier is the only honoree from New York State.

In print

Bill Altman, SUNY Broome Faculty Association, has published a series of e-books on the teaching of psychology. Teaching Tips: A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, gathers and indexes information from presentations at major psychology conferences to make research available about best practices. Visit http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/teachingtips.

Damian Schofield, United University Professions SUNY Oswego chapter; Kimberly McLain, SUNY Broome FA; Erin O'Hara-Leslie and Oswego grad student Francisco Ovalle published "Assessing Interactive Video Systems Used as a Training Tool for Medical Assistants" in the International Journal of Information Technology. The article describes virtual reality training modules for medical students facing drug-seeking behavior and managing a medical emergency. Visit www.ijitjournal.org/volume-3/issue-5/IJIT-V3I5P1.pdf.

"Kudos!" recognizes the accomplishments of NYSUT members. Have good news you'd like to share? Email united@nysutmail.org; include "Kudos!" in the subject line.