Julia Austin and Susan Spezzini UAB ESL 20-year Celebration










20-Year Celebration of the UAB ESL teacher education program
April 30, 2019

The first twenty years of UAB's ESL teacher education program were celebrated by over 200 people on April 30th, 2019 at the Hill Student Center Alumni Theater. A special presentation featured the program's milestones, challenges, and successes since 1999. Emotional testimonials from alumni and impressive statistics highlighted the powerful impact the program has had on teachers, students, families, schools, colleges, and communities in the state of Alabama and around the world. The formal part of the event culminated in the announcement of the Dr. Julia S. Austin Endowed Scholarship, presented to Dr. Austin by the Dean of the College of Education Dr. Autumn Cypr├Ęs, in the presence of Dr. Austin's proud family. Afterwards, attendees enjoyed catching up with former classmates, colleagues, and friends.




UAB ESL teacher education program Appreciation Reception
July 18, 2018

The inaugural Appreciation Reception for the UAB ESL teacher education program, held at Birmingham's Cantina Grill, was a phenomenal success. Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to a number of worthy recipients who have contributed to the success of the UAB ESL teacher education program. Dr Susan Spezzini, Program Director of ESL Teacher Education, recognised the ongoing support provided by ESL professionals to the UAB teacher education program: Adjunct Instructors; Supervisors of Interns, Student Teachers, and Apprentices; Cooperating/Host Teachers; Advisory Council Members; Institutional Partners; Program Evaluators; School of Education (SOE) Program Support; and SOE Administrators. Dr Spezzini also gave a brief overview of program accomplishments to highlight how far the program has come. The amazing milestone of 700 program completers by August 2018 was celebrated by all. Dr Autumn Cypres, Dean of the School of Education, provided an inspirational closing to this event.

Appreciation Reception Program
Accomplishments of UAB's ESL teacher education program


Appreciation Reception
Dr Susan Spezzini (top right), Program Director of ESL Teacher Education, thanks Dr Autumn Cypres (top left), Dean of the School of Education, for her inspirational talk which closed the Appreciation Reception.


Gonul Uguralp Rebecca Oxford



UAB ESL alumna Gonul Uguralp with adjunct Dr Rebecca Oxford














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