Sunday, October 4, 2015

Three UNO Alumni Inducted into College of Education and Human Development Alumni Hall of Fame

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The University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development has inducted three alumni into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Mary Brown Ballard, Martin Montgomery and Deborah Bordelon were chosen from a field of candidates who have distinguished themselves in their careers, making extraordinary contributions to improve teaching, leading and learning.

Ballard is a professor of counseling and assistant to the provost for student issues at Southeastern Louisiana University. She holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate in counselor education from UNO, obtained in 1990 and 1995, respectively. At Southeastern, she serves as graduate coordinator for the master’s degree program in counseling and is the 2015 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s President’s Award for Outstanding Service and Scholarship to the Profession.

Montgomery is the corporate wellness manager for Ochsner Health Systems. In 1992, he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from UNO and then went on to get his master’s in human performance and health promotion in 1998. He also chairs the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners’ Clinical Exercise Physiologist Advisory Committee and is past-president of the Louisiana Association of Exercise Physiologists, where he remains an active member.

Deborah Bordelon received a doctorate in special education from UNO in 1996. She is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Governors State University in Chicago. She has also served as a faculty member in special education and literacy education at Xavier University of Louisiana and was dean of the College of Education at Nicholls State University. She has held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations, has served as a program reviewer and member of the professional standards and ethics committee for the International Reading Association and is an accreditation chair for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation as well as a peer reviewer for regional accreditation for the Higher Learning Commission.

Also honored during the Sept. 23 Hall of Fame ceremony held at UNO were students Courtney Roblez and Callie Willcoz, recipients of the Lori A. and Peter J. Fos Endowed Scholarship.

Roblez is a junior at UNO majoring in secondary education in social studies. She graduated from Mandeville High School and plays on both the UNO indoor volleyball and sand volleyball teams. She is also a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority.

Callie Willcox is a senior who transferred to UNO from Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona. She is majoring in health promotion. She runs cross country and also participates in track and field and was awarded the Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2014-15.