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2012.04.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

College of Education Honors Five Alumni

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Education’s 24th annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon took place Wednesday, April 20, on campus. Five alumni were recognized for their achievements. Stephanie Koraleski and Paul Malcolm both received Lifetime Achievement Awards; Stanley Maliszewski and Beverly Petersen both received Distinguished Service Awards; and Ferial Person was honored with the Promising Professional Award.

During the 24-year tenure of the awards, 145 of the more than 17,000 living alumni have been honored. Short biographies of each award-winner follow below.

Stephanie Koraleski, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award, is the CEO of the A Time to Heal Foundation. The foundation, with 20 chapters in six states, was established by Koraleski and Kay Ryan. The organization’s work follows the success of a 12-week holistic cancer rehabilitation program called “A Time to Heal” that was developed by both women. Koraleski previously served as a psychologist at the Methodist Estabrook Hospital Cancer Center Behavioral Health Program. She earned her Master of Science in Agency Counseling from the College of Education in 1989.

Paul Malcolm, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award, was a pioneer in interpreting and analyzing test data to help teachers and principals develop informed instructional plans. He also developed school climate surveys that were utilized in school improvement planning and district strategic planning. During his career, he served as a mathematics teacher at Indian Hill Elementary School, a principal at both Pershing and Bancroft Elementary schools, and was the first central office administrator to oversee assessment and evaluation. Since retiring from the Omaha Public Schools, he has worked as an assessment consultant for CTB/McGraw Hill Publishing Company. Malcom earned his Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the College of Education in 1971.

Stanley Maliszewski, who received a Distinguished Service Award, recently retired as an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Director of the School Counseling and Guidance Program at the University of Arizona. He is a licensed Mental Health Practitioner and National Certified Counselor. He continues to be a graduate instructor in the Department of Counseling Psychology, Equine Assisted Mental Health Program, and School Counseling Program at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. Maliszewski began his educational career as a business and economics teacher at Garey High School in Pomona, California. After returning to Nebraska, he served as a counselor at Omaha Burke High School, the director of Guidance at Omaha Central High School, and the supervisor of Guidance and Counseling for the Omaha Public Schools. Maliszewski is past president of the Board of Directors of the National Board of Certified Counselors. He also served on the College Board Access Services Council and was chair of the College Board Midwestern Regional Council. He has served as a presenter on comprehensive guidance programs at many conferences across the nation as well as in Poland and Turkey, and has served as a consultant in comprehensive guidance programs for several school districts and for The Navajo Nation. Maliszewski earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and his Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the College of Education in 1968 and 1977, respectively.

Ferial Pearson, who received a Promising Professional Award, is a talent advisor for the Avenue Scholars Program. She previously was an English teacher at Omaha South High School where she also served as the sponsor of the African Club, the Unity Club and the Gay Straight Alliance Club. Pearson recently published a book, Walking in My Shoes, which was written with her students at South High School. She was the winner of the 2010 GLSEN National Educator of the Year RESPECT Award, and the National Education Association (NEA) 2011 Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights. Pearson is also fluent in six languages: English, French, Swahili, Gujarati, Hindi, and Kucchi. She earned both her Master of Science degree in Secondary Education and her Certificate in Urban Instruction from the College of Education in 2009.

Beverly Petersen, who received a Distinguished Service Award, is retired from the position of coordinator of Physical Education for the Denver Public Schools. She was one of the first three women to receive a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of Omaha. Prior to moving to Colorado, Petersen taught elementary physical education in the Omaha Public Schools for three years. When Title IX became law, Petersen was assigned the responsibility to begin the girls’ athletic program for the Denver Public Schools. In 1992 she was inducted into the Colorado Coaches of Girls Hall of Fame. Petersen received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the College of Education in 1955.


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