Campus News - April 23, 2001

COE creates endowed position
Professorship honors former dean, teacher education

The 1964 time capsule unearthed by the UNM College of Education (COE) last February included a document from the National Council of Accreditation on Teacher Education – a true reflection of then-Dean Chester C. Travelstead’s priorities.

Almost 40 years later, educating teachers is at the forefront again under the leadership of Dean Viola E. Florez, who recently launched a campaign to create the college’s first-ever endowed professorship and chair.

When funded and named, the Chester C. Travelstead Professorship in Teacher Education will honor the former UNM dean (1956-1968), vice president (1968-1976), and provost (1976-1977) for his contributions to the college and UNM.

It will also exemplify the UNM College of Education’s dedication and service to K-12 education in New Mexico, said Dr. Jeff A. Hale, COE development director.

“The COE is the only college or school at UNM without an endowed position. Under the leadership of Dean Florez, and supported by an outstanding faculty, the college is rapidly evolving toward a higher degree of excellence — and this is one very necessary step in that evolution,” Hale said.

Hale noted that the endowed professorship would improve the college’s overall academic quality, strengthen its Center for Teacher Education and increase the COE’s ability to attract and retain top professors in their fields.

Travelstead’s legacy is impressive. Under his direction, the COE acquired its first accredited doctoral programs, created a university-wide advisory council to improve teacher preparation, increased outreach and accountability to the Albuquerque Public Schools and the New Mexico State Department of Education and expanded UNM’s outreach to Latin America.

In 1963-64, Travelstead moved education from Hodgin Hall to a new eight-building COE complex where the time capsule was buried at the time of dedication. Designed and built by the local architectural firm Flatow, Moore, Bryan and Fairburn, the new college was the first campus complex that deviated from the traditional pueblo style of architecture. The COE complex was featured on the cover of a national publication, School and Society, in November 1963, and has won three awards from the American Institute of Architects, including a 1990 salute for a quarter century of influence on state architects and architecture.

Architect/Artist Max Flatow has again teamed with Travelstead and the COE in support of the endowed professorship campaign. His recent watercolor “Excitement I,” will be auctioned at a private, invitation-only reception for the Travelstead campaign on Thursday, June 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the COE Masley Hall Gallery (limited edition prints of the watercolor will also be available to supporters of the campaign). On June 8, prints will be for sale at a public reception and opening featuring a retrospective of Flatow’s art at Masley Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. refreshments will be served.

Flatow’s “Excitement I” resembles in style and colors the unique stained glass wall on the west side of the COE’s administration building designed by his firm nearly four decades ago.

“I’m influenced by it all the time,” Flatow admits.

His commitment to the project is based on a long-time friendship with Travelstead. “Chester has done such great things for the University,” Flatow says. “He’s one of the greatest men I know.”

Approximately $50,000 has been raised to date for the Chester C. Travelstead Professorship in Teacher Education. An anonymous $5,000 gift provided the initial investment for the $500,000 endowed position.

For information and to contribute, call Jeff A. Hale at 277-2915.

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