Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FALL 2010

Eleanor R. Baldwin Learning Studio Planned

Eleanor R. Baldwin and Penelope Peterson Dean Penelope Peterson with Eleanor Baldwin (MS66).

Eleanor R. Baldwin (MS66) was impressed with the Cognition in Context class that she observed at SESP in May, where students were studying new approaches to learning, especially the impact of digital media. Her interest led to plans for a technology-rich learning space, the Eleanor R. Baldwin Learning Studio on the third floor of Annenberg Hall.

To extend avenues for learning and collaboration, the studio will feature cutting-edge technology, including a 20-foot video wall and whiteboards equipped with cameras to save notes. With Baldwin's gift of $500,000, the learning studio will be revamped within the Tarry Center, where scientific study focuses on teaching and learning.

"I'm delighted to support the learn- ing studio renovation at SESP," says Baldwin. "I am happy that SESP students and faculty will have access to the very latest technology in this space for classes, lectures and other activities."

Kenneth Hutchison (BS04) Puts Urban Prep Students on Path to College

Kenneth Hutchison Urban Prep Photo Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

At Urban Prep, Chicago's only public all-male, all-African-American high school, where Kenneth Hutchinson (BS04) is director of college counseling, 100 percent of the first senior class was accepted to four-year colleges this year.

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Superdawg Owner Florence Berman (BS47) Discusses 62 Years of Success

Superdawg Owner Florence Berman
Jessica Garcia, adviser Megan Redfearn, Florence Berman (BS47), Jane Wong and Kayleigh Wettstein pose in front of Superdawg.

For 62 years Florence Berman (BS47) and her husband, Maurie, have run Superdawg, a successful family business and a Chicago landmark. Why are they still at it? "Pride in ownership, pride in creation," Berman told a group of SESP undergraduates on a visit through the learning and organizational change program.

After Berman graduated and married her high school sweetheart in 1947, she began teaching in Chicago while her husband attended Northwestern on the G.I. Bill in accounting. He suggested that they open a hot dog business from May to October, so they rented a 50-foot lot near the local swimming pool. Maurie Berman designed a distinctive structure topped with 12-foot winking hot dog sculptures and named the business Superdawg after the Superman comics of the 1940s.

Florence Berman attributes the success of the business to her husband's "creativity and determination." She says, "He created a brand that is unique." Hard work and pleasing customers have played a key role in their success too, Berman told the SESP students. In the early years the couple never worked fewer than 12 hours a day, she says. "Without watching over everything, it's not going to go," says Berman, who still works the lunch shift and during the summer. Now the Bermans' oldest son, daughter and son-in-law are involved in the business, along with a 27-year-old granddaughter.

Looking back, she muses, "So many things have changed in those 60 years." At the beginning, the now-busy Devon and Nagle location was open fields, where families took hayrides. A hot dog cost 22 cents, and a Coke cost 10 cents. Streetcars ran in front. One thing that hasn't changed since the 1950s is that Superdawg still has carhops — and is the only place in Chicago that does.

Sean Lindo

Sean Lindo(BS02) of Palo Alto, Calif., recently became product marketing manager at, a technology startup. He oversees product launches and is responsible for customer outreach strategy.

Tamica Daniel (BS03) of Washington, D.C., graduated from Georgetown University with a joint JD/MPP degree and passed the Maryland bar. She has been clerking for the Honorable Phyllis Thompson of the D.C. Court of Appeals and is starting work with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division in September.

Logan Shoemaker (MS06) of Chicago teaches Spanish at Oak Park School District 97. She was married in August and completed her first triathlon last year.

David Fine (BS07) of Chicago directs a college readiness program for Center for Companies That Care that connects students at three urban high schools with corporate mentors. This year 100 percent of the first graduating class is college-bound.

Daniel M. Reck

Daniel M. Reck (MS08) of Monmouth, Ill., volunteered at the Boy Scouts of America's National Scout Jamboree, serving as a copy editor for the event's daily newspaper. He is assistant director of Greek life, leadership and involvement at Monmouth College.

Heather Langerman

Heather Langerman (BS09) of Hoboken, N.J., is the member services coordinator with Up2Us, a nonprofit dedicated to using sports as a tool for positive youth development.

Natasha Matusova

Natasha Matusova (BS09) of Chicago is an integrated product development associate with Taproot Foundation, which provides assistance for nonprofits. She is working with the foundation's corporate consulting practice, product development team and pro bono action team.

Caitlin Watts (BS09) is teaching middle school students at two UNO charter schools on the South Side of Chicago about alternative energies and associated careers. She took the students on a field trip to Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering.

Jacob Elster (MS10) of Chicago, who started Crop to Cup coffee company, co-founded an initiative called Go Local Chicago to promote local products to corporations.

Meixi Ng

Meixi Ng (BS10) of Singapore is the first winner of the Ryan Prize for Community Service. As the winner of the Circumnavigator Club Foundation's Around-the-World Study Grant, she traveled over the summer to marginalized communities around the world to observe transformative education.

Nicole Pauly

Nicole Pauly (BS10) of Chicago was signed by the Chicago Bandits National Pro Fastpitch team.


Elissa L. Yancey (MS91) of Cincinnati is assistant director of the University of Cincinnati's journalism program and an assistant professor in the program. Her writing was featured during Cincinnati's annual FringeFest as part of an art installation entitled Walk in Our Shoes. She is building on the project for a series of essays and is also starting research on a narrative nonfiction book.

Mark Loretta (BS93) of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is now a member of the San Diego Padres coaching staff. An infielder for Major League Baseball for 15 years, he retired after the 2009 season.

Deanna Ding (MA97) of Milwaukee recently accepted a position as assistant dean and director of college relations for the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Carlee Alm LaBar

Carlee Alm LaBar (BS98) of Lafayette, La., most recently marketing and communications director for the Community Foundation of Acadiana, was appointed assistant to the city-parish president of Lafayette.

Annie Windrem Lyles

Annie Windrem Lyles (BS98) of San Diego is program manager at the Prevention Institute in Oakland, where she oversees projects in preventing violence and manages Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth, an initiative to strengthen local efforts to prevent violence in the nation's largest cities. She has coordinated the Alameda County Violence Prevention Initiative, Violence Against Women Prevention Connection Webinar Series and Ms. Foundation Childhood Sexual Exploitation Prevention Project.

Angela Papassavas (BS98) of Park Ridge, Ill., is a family physician at Access Community Health Network/ Genesis Center for Health in Des Plaines, which serves mainly uninsured or underinsured people.


Jeffrey Custer (BS86) of Lake City, Minn., who is operations manager at Xcel Energy in Red Wing, is a member of the board of directors for Workforce Development Inc., a nonprofit agency that serves job seekers and employers in southeast Minnesota.


Douglas Treadway (PhD71) of Livermore, Calif., who retired as president of Ohlone College, was selected to be interim president of San Jose City College.

Jane Pearl (MS73, PhD82) of New York City was reappointed by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg as a judge in the city's Family Court.

Nancy Norman

Nancy Norman (MA/MS76) of Morton Grove, Ill., was hired as an instructional technologist in the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Dentistry's new Office of Dental Education, to support and assist faculty in using new technology in instruction.

Lyn Robertson (MA/MS76) of Granville, Ohio, an associate professor in the Department of Education and Women's Studies Program at Denison University, was named interim director of the John W. Alford Center for Service Learning.

Linda Lincoln Diamond

Linda Lincoln Diamond (BS77) of Marietta, Ga., launched a professional organizing business, Captured Clutter … organizing therapy, LLC.

Vince Keenan

Vince Keenan (BS78) of Naperville, Ill., just celebrated his 21st year at the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, the last 18 as its executive vice president. His organization is deeply engaged in the health care system transformation that is underway.

Margaret Mason Kenda

Margaret Mason Kenda (BS64) of Sudbury, Mass., is the author of three new books for readers ages 8 to 12: Science Wizardry for Kids, Math Wizardry for Kids and Cooking Wizardry for Kids.


Stanley Krippner (MS57, PhD61) of San Francisco was a "VIP guest" at the 2010 G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C., which highlights films about the military. He was invited due to the favorable reviews for his co-authored book, Haunted by Combat.

Andora Freeman (BS58) of San Diego, Calif., is working as a tutor/ coach for Study Skills and Homework Survival.


Jean Campbell (MA/MS39) of Ann Arbor, Mich., who founded the Center for the Continuing Education for Women at the University of Michigan and became its first director in 1964, received an honorary degree, along with President Barack Obama, at the University's spring commencement.