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             Monday, December 30 2002  

Where are they now?
Dr. Jody Millward

Born July 23, 1952, Nanty Glo native Jody Millward is the daughter of Joseph (deceased) and Emma (Beard) Millward of Nanty Glo. Brothers and sisters include Howard, Arizona; Janet, Loretto; Anne, Maryland, and Richard, Tom, and Ellen, all of California.

Dr. Jody Millward

Jody is a graduate of Blacklick Valley High School, where she was salutatorian of her 1970 graduating class. A 1974 graduate of Penn State University with an undergraduate degree in English, she obtained a graduate degree (1978), and her doctorate (1983) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jody says she worked her way through Penn State. "I worked as a waitress in a donut shop and as a maid." While a student at Penn State, she belonged to an honor sorority that performed charitable works that included going to prisons and volunteering to write letters for the inmates and donating time at the Ebensburg Center.

Jody has been married to Mike Redmon of Redwood City, California, since July 31, 1992. The Redmons make their home in Santa Barbara, California, where Jody teaches composition and literature full-time at Santa Barbara City College. Teaching the underprivileged and minority members has been the focus of her teaching career.

From 1986 to 1991 she taught full-time and was the operator and supervisor of an English writing center where she trained tutors who worked one on one with underprivileged students to improve their writing ability. During this time, she also taught English and literature for one year (1982) at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. "It was growing up in Nanty Glo and working my way through college that led to my commitment to working with minorities and working-class students," She says. "It's easy to teach the students who have only themselves to be concerned about. But our students work, take care of children, parents, siblings, and often encourage their family members to go back to school. Sometimes there are as many as seven different languages spoken in the classroom at one time."

She proudly explains that many of her former students have gone on to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers.... "It's just wonderful, against all odds, they make it!" she says. "I like working with these students, they have the American dream and belief in education."

A dedicated and innovative instructor, she was recently chosen to be the recipient of the 2002 William Meardy Faculty Member Award, named in honor of the founding executive director of the Association of Community College Trustees, William H. Meardy, who championed faculty excellence as the foundation for success of the community college movement. ACCT says the central purpose of community colleges is teaching and learning and that achievement of excellence in that purpose relates directly to the quality of the colleges' faculty members. Hence, its faculty member award is given to thank all faculty members.

The award states:

Dr. Jody Millward is dedicated to the community college mission of inclusion and commitment to underserved students. She views the classroom her professional center, the inspiration for her professional development....Dr. Millward understands that many promising students are derailed by forces outside of the classroom. This led her to develop two innovative programs: Multicultural English Transfer Program (with Mark Ferrer), winner of California CC's "Exemplary Program Award" for Academic Achievement and the College Achievement Program, an interdisciplinary program co-taught with Ignacio Alarcon of mathematics. To address the digital divide, she led collegues in developing classroom software and served on @ONE, a consortium of California two-year colleges promoting technology and teaching. Dr. Millward has served on various state and national committees and on the California English Council, the national board of College Composition and Communications, and is currently national chair of the English Two-Year College Association.

To learn more about the Meardy Award and related subjects, visit www.acct.org.

The Nanty Glo Home Page congratulates Dr. Millward on her prestigious award and wishes her continued success and happiness in her teaching career.

Jody says she gets home to Nanty Glo every year to visit family and friends. "I loved growing up here, I liked the people, being able to play in the streets, having lots of friends...I loved the woods and the seasons, and I wish economic growth for the area." Anyone wishing to send greetings can send them to HRoses2@peoplepc.com for forwarding.

If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write Judy Rose.

Older than dirt...

Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about! Ratings at the bottom.

  1. Blackjack chewing gum
  2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
  3. Candy cigarettes
  4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
  5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
  6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
  7. Party lines
  8. Newsreels before the movie
  9. P.F. Flyers
  10. Butch wax
  11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive 6933)
  12. Peashooters
  13. Howdy Doody
  14. 45 RPM records
  15. S&H Green Stamps
  16. Hi-fi's
  17. Metal ice trays with levers
  18. Mimeograph paper
  19. Blue flashbulbs
  20. Packards
  21. Roller skate keys
  22. Cork popguns
  23. Drive-ins
  24. Studebakers
  25. Washtub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

—Forwarded by Paul Ceri

Thought for the day

Golden Rules For Living, 2:

If you borrow it, return it.
If you value it, take care of it.
If you make a mess, clean it up.
If you move it, put it back.
If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission.

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz
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