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Dr. Betty Porter Walls Named Harris-Stowe State University Educator of the Year
October 14, 2016  – Harris-Stowe State University is proud to announce that Dr. Betty Porter Walls, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Harris-Stowe has been named Educator of the Year. A native of St. Louis, Walls is a career educator – professor, administrator and teacher.  She has successful experience at all levels of education: elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate.  

As a graduate of Harris-Stowe, Dr. Walls was also named a Distinguished Alumna this year.  Dr. Walls holds graduate degrees from Webster University and Saint Louis University.

In her previous position, she was assistant professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within the Department of Education at the University of Missouri – Columbia, after years as a public school administrator and teacher.  Her teaching and research specializations are in the areas of literacy, diversity and social justice, leadership development - particularly for urban schools, curriculum and instruction, organizational management and group dynamics. 

“I believe that education is a civil right and that every student must have qualified classroom teachers and school administrators to achieve at the highest levels possible,” Dr. Walls said.

Dr. Walls is a noted consultant and professional development presenter for schools and educational organizations including the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), Missouri’s Early Learning and Write to Learn Conferences, International Literacy/Reading Association, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), International Education Consortium and National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).  

Dr. Walls is a recipient of several honors and awards including “Outstanding Literacy Instructor,” by the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, “High Flyer Award,” from University of Missouri – Columbia, “People Making a World of Difference” from the B’Nai B’rith, “Salute to Excellence in Education Award” from the St. Louis American newspaper and MoSTAR (Star Educator) from Missourians for Students at Risk.  

Dr. Walls is a member and campus counselor of Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Educational Society.  As a board member of the state and local councils of the International Literacy/Reading Association.  Dr. Walls served as the local arrangements chairperson for the 2015 convention in St. Louis.  She is also a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Alliance of Black School Educators (MSLABSE).

Dr. Walls’ volunteer activities include working with Community Women against Hardship (CWAH) and she is a member of the public service sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Beeson Recognized as Charles Morris NAIA Administrator of the Year
Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) is proud to announce that Athletic Administrator Valerie Beeson has been named the 2015-16 Charles Morris Administrator of the Year.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) celebrated National Awards Day on Thursday, announcing winners of 14 NAIA National Awards. The American Midwest Conference was represented by a pair of award recipients, including Beeson. She is the only Eligibility Chair the AMC has ever known - a position she has held since 1994.

Beeson and other NAIA national award recipients will be honored at the NAIA Awards Luncheon during the 76th NAIA Convention, which will take place April 8-12 in San Diego, Calif.

"Our entire team is extremely proud that Mrs. Beeson's contributions to student-athletes are being recognized with this very prestigious honor," said Harris-Stowe Athletic Director Jamaal Mayo. "During her many years of service, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to athletes on our campus and throughout the AMC and the NAIA."

Beeson began her service to HSSU Athletics in 1978 as the Hornets' Faculty Athletic Representative  – a position she held until 2001. She was a 2001 Inductee into the NAIA Hall of Fame and a charter member of the NAIA Alumni Association. She was Chair of HSSU's Athletics Committee from 1980-87 and in 1994 she assumed the position of Eligibility Chair for the AMC, then known as the Show-Me Collegiate Conference.

In addition, she has served on more than a dozen AMC and NAIA committees and task forces, including the Membership Evaluation Team, the Competitive Experience Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. She has volunteered at several National Championships as well, serving at the wrestling championship (1999-2001), the women's soccer championship (2001-2002), and the swimming and diving championships (2004-2005).

The University joins the NAIA National Awards committee in honoring her outstanding contributions over the past 38 years and celebrate this achievement with her. Scores of Harris-Stowe student-athletes contribute their success on and off the field of competition to the guidance and assistance of Mrs. Beeson.
Harris-Stowe State University Hosts Constitution Day Panel Discussion Featuring Women in Politics
Sept. 8, 2016 -- Harris-Stowe State University's College of Arts & Sciences Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host a panel discussion on “The Year of the Woman: Women in Politics,” to commemorate Constitution Day.

The panel will feature Hazel Erby, St. Louis County Councilwoman; Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis; Cara Spencer, Alderwoman, 20th Ward; and Mavis Thompson, License Collector, City of St. Louis. 
Terry Daily-Davis, Interim Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences  
and Chairperson, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harris-Stowe, will moderate the panel.

This year’s distinguished panel of guest speakers will explore topics including: the panelists’ inspiration for entering public service, women’s elect-ability and advice for aspiring female politicians.  Harris-Stowe State University hosts an event each year to commemorate the national observance of Constitution Day – September 17. 

The event takes place Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9:30 – 10:50 a.m. at the University's Henry Givens Administration Bldg. in Room 311.
The event is free and open to the public.
Harris-Stowe State University Admits Its Largest In-Coming Class in History!
Harris-Stowe State University Admits Its Largest In-Coming Class in History!
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