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College of Education alums to lead discussion March 21 on women’s education, empowerment

March 7, 2012

Three alumnae of the NIU College of Education will lead a panel discussion Wednesday, March 21, on “Women’s Education, Women’s Empowerment.”

Presented in partnership with the NIU Alumni Association, the College of Education Community Learning Series event begins at 5 p.m. reception in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m.

Cheryl Crates, Ana Donaldson and Darrylinn ToddSpeakers are:

Cheryl Crates
Chief financial officer
Carpentersville Community Unit School District 300

Crates received her doctorate and master’s degrees in educational administration from NIU. She has been in the education field for 30 years, splitting her time as a teacher and administrator. She has been chief financial officer in District 300, home to more than 20,000 students, 27 schools and a budget in excess of $160 million, since July 2004.

Ana Donaldson
Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Donaldson retired in 2009 as an associate professor of instructional technology from the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to her years of classroom and online experience in creating web-supported learning environments, she is a published author, keynote speaker and international presenter. She is co-author with Rita-Marie Conrad of “Engaging the Online Learner: Activities for Creative Instruction” (2004 and 2011). Their next book, “Continuing to Engage the Online Learner,” is currently in press. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science and her master’s and doctorate in instructional technology at NIU.

Darrylinn Todd
Vice president for Academic and Student Affairs
Malcolm X. College

Todd previously served as dean of the City Colleges of Chicago’s Center of Distance Learning, where she managed planning and implementation of distance learning programs across CCC’s seven colleges. She also has developed and/or taught education, business, leadership, computer application and college success courses for CCC, Chicago State, North Park, Northwestern and Roosevelt universities. At Malcolm X, she has been instrumental in managing academic and health science initiatives which empower students in an urban setting. Her NIU degrees include a master’s of business administration and doctorate in instructional technology.

Seating is limited. RSVP by Friday, March 16, to Jay Monteiro at (815) 753-8350 or [email protected].

Other sponsors include NIU Document Services, the Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Program.