On Thursday, October 20th, more than 180 GSE alumni, faculty and students celebrated the Alumni Excellence in Education Award recipients in the CERAS 101 Learning Hall. Dean Dan Schwartz opened by describing the award program as the brainchild of a small group of GSE alumni who wondered how they might shine a brighter light on the many ways Stanford GSE alumni are advancing the field of education. They met beginning in March 2014 and for the next 18 months charted a plan of attack that resulted in our inaugural award last year. They established eligibility criteria that would open the door for all GSE alumni. Not an easy task given the school’s 21 doctoral, 7 masters and 3 joint programs. Each of this year’s 40 nominations were reviewed by at least two faculty members, and at least three alumni committee members. Dean Schwartz asked the Alumni Awards and Recognition Committee to stand and be recognized.
The dean expressed his deepest appreciation to Angela and David Filo and the Yellow Chair Foundation who have championed this idea since its inception. Their commitment to educators, especially those who are working with underserved students, offers inspiration that extends far beyond the Stanford community. The dean concluded his remarks by acknowledging the exceptionally competitive pool of nominations, and the many nominees in attendance.
The GSE proudly presented the 2016 recipients:
The Graduate School of Education hosted the Alumni Reunion Tailgate on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Taube Tennis Center Patio. More than 120 GSE alumni, students, faculty, and their guests gathered for a fun and festive tailgate prior to the Stanford Football Homecoming Game (Stanford v. University of Colorado, Boulder). Alumni who registered early received a GSE roll-up blanket and were quickly immersed in a sea of red t-shirts, laughter, and memories as they reconnected with each other, students, and faculty. Dean Schwartz connected with the crowd over brunch and spoke eloquently about the mission and goals for the GSE in 2016-17.
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