WMU News

Golden Apple awards dinner honors top educators

Oct. 16, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's College of Education Alumni Society will honor three outstanding educators at its third annual Golden Apple awards dinner and reception on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Fetzer Center on the University campus.

"The Golden Apple is awarded by the society to outstanding educators who have been recognized by their peers for their dedication and commitment to their profession," says Dr. Dennis McCrumb, society president.

The awards dinner and reception is part of the annual WMU Homecoming celebration. Honorees this year are Diane E. DeFord, Ph.D. '78; Judy Brush Douglass, B.A. '69; and Charles Glaes, B.A. '76, M.A. '82.

DeFord is currently a professor at Ohio State University and specializes in reading. She is nationally known for her work in implementing the Reading Recovery program.

Douglass received her degree in elementary education. She is currently teaching at the Louise Peacock Elementary School in Corunna, Mich. She has touched many lives and is remembered fondly by hundreds of students.

Glaes has served the Vicksburg, Mich., school district as an administrator for 17 years. He was first an elementary principal and is now principal of the middle school. He is an outstanding and dynamic speaker, instructional leader and child advocate.

The reception and awards dinner, hosted by the society, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center lobby. The cost to attend both the reception and dinner is $20.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Sharon Seabrook-Russell at the Western Michigan University Alumni Association, at (616) 387-8777 or <sharon.russell@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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