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June 2016



In Praise of Mistakes - Uncovering the Creativity in Mathematics


by Carol Dennis


Cheryl Beaver speaking at a podium.

When I think of doing math, I think of trying to remember what equation to use to get the circumference of a circle, or some memorized but long forgotten phrase to solve for the hypotenuse of a triangle, or even the more basic Times Table chants we used to repeat in school.

But after spending an hour with WOU’s Cheryl Beaver, Ph.D. (Mathematics Professor and recent Pastega Award recipient for Excellence in Teaching), I learned that math could be something quite inspiring – something fun and creative. And I learned that mathematics is actually all about making mistakes.

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Doris Cancel-Tirado Named Abby's House Woman of the Year


Doris Cancel-Tirado


Each year at the end of spring term, Abby’s House honors a faculty or staff woman in the WOU community who exemplifies its mission. Specifically, a woman whose work has contributed to equity and non-violence.


The Woman of the Year 2016, Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado, is an associate professor in the Division of Health and Exercise Science.






Accessing the Dream - Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life


On a blue background, the letters DREAM in finger spelling and braile

Young adults who are deaf–blind experience significant challenges when transitioning from school to community living, employment, college, and career. The newest product from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life, is a multi-media presentation capturing the purpose and energy of the annual Transition Institute. 



Transition Institutes are an effort by state deaf-blind projects in the southeast region of the country to employ best practices in transition in combination with networking and mentoring opportunities.  Effective practice tells us that good transition planning builds the capacity of young people to become confident and engaged adults. In their own words, young adults who are deaf-blind, families, and service providers share their perspectives on self-determination, raising expectations and the elements of effective transition planning.



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