Message from the College of Education Alumni Society Board president

It’s hard to believe that 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the College of Education Alumni Society. I joined the Alumni Society Board (ASB) in 2009, and as a member and president have had countless opportunities to connect with alumni and students through mentoring, networking events and volunteerism. I am excited about the future of this energetic group of alumni.

Our ASB, approximately 25 strong, meets three times a year — in March, June and October. One highlight is our annual alumni awards banquet, held in conjunction with the October meeting, where we recognize alumni for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of education. For more information or to nominate someone for a 2019 award, please visit

A new addition to the Alumni Society’s strategic plan is a service project conducted at each of our meetings. The kick-off event this March involved ASB members donating nonperishable food items to the Lion’s Pantry.

The Alumni-Student Mentoring Program connects students with alumni who have taken similar career paths. This networking opportunity is coordinated through the Alumni Relations Office. For more information, please contact Stefanie Tomlinson at

Pam Peter (’92 GAS Erie; ’94 M Ed CN ED), assistant dean/director in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at Syracuse University, will take over as president of the ASB at the June meeting. We look forward to her leadership as the Alumni Society continues to serve the college and the University.

In closing, I would like to thank the College of Education for providing me with the education that enabled me to have a successful, 36-year career in public education. Our career has many rewards, allowing us to influence countless lives.

Tonya DeVecchis-Kerr, ’79 EK Ed, ’92 CNED

Last Updated May 23, 2018