Chapter News

Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 1524

LIU Post

Long Island University

(Last updated March 5, 2012)

The Executive Board of Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 1524, would like to extend a well earned congratulations to Bryan Coopersmith.  He is being honored at The National AHPERD Conference,

as the National Major of the Year.

Congratulations to Professor Manju Prasad-Rao

For her dedication and hard work in obtaining the traveling exhibit:

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs 1910-1965

This exhibit will be held in the Hutchins Gallery of the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, LIU Post

from March 8 - April 12, 2012.

The programs are sponsored by Library, LIU Post and other partners.

PDK Chapter 1524 is one of the partners.

To view the list of events and further details, Click here...


PROGRAM REVIEW: “Understanding Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Presented by Dr. Kathleen Feeley, November 10, 2010

Submitted by Karin Vanderveer, Editor; Past President, Chapter 1524, 2009-10

Roberta Levitt President, Chapter 1524, 2010-11


Dr. Roberta Levitt, Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 1524 President and Assistant Professor at C.W. Post, opened the proceedings with a welcome to Chapter members, local Inter-Chapter members, and all guests in attendance. This warm welcome was followed by her introduction of the program presenter, Dr. Kathleen Feeley, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Community Inclusion at C.W. Post.

The Understanding Children With Autism Spectrum program was one of the most highly attended chapter events of the last five years. Over 100 people, including two graduate-level classes, attended the program which took place at the Top of the Commons, in Hillwood Commons. Notable attendees included Associate Dean Dr. Kathryn Lusteg from the College of Education and Information Sciences at C.W. Post. It was also noted that students of other universities, such as St. John’s, were also in attendance.

In conjunction with her Power Point presentation, Dr. Feeley provided an extensive handout. In addition to her bullet points; images of tools for intervention, and video clips were shown on the slides as well. Dr. Feeley began with the basic definition of autism as a qualitative impairment in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and restrictive, repetitive behaviors. She cited autism as the fastest growing developmental disability. Disturbingly, at 1 out of every 110 births, the prevalence of the disorder has become increasingly common. With the cost at $60 billion annually for adult services, it is important to note that two-thirds of the costs of lifelong care can be reduced with early diagnosis and intervention. Examples of impairments in behavior, communication, and social interaction were discussed along with some basic interventions such as awareness of “triggers;” types of visual, communication, and behavior supports; offering choices; distracters; collaborative activities; token (reward) systems; tolerance building, video modeling, and contexts for instruction.

All evaluation forms scored the speaker and the program at 4 out of 5 or higher. The consensus among participants, as reflected in the majority of comments on the evaluation forms, was that the program was “informative,” “interesting,” and “insightful.” “Well-presented” and “very organized” were other common comments. Although Dr. Feeley spoke for about 2 hours, some people were so interested that they said the program should have been longer! 

Phi Delta Kappa is the premier graduate society in professional education.

The C.W. Post / LIU Chapter #1524.

PROGRAM REVIEW: “What an Educator Needs to Know About Islam”

April 12, 2011

Submitted by Karin Vanderveer, Editor; Past President, Chapter 1524 2009-10

Roberta Levitt President, Chapter 1524 2010-11

       On Tuesday, April 12, Dr. Roberta Levitt, President of PDK Chapter 1524, welcomed guests to the Power Point presentation What an Educator Needs to Know About Islam” led by Zeshan Hamid, Regional President  Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association New York and the Muslim Student Advisor at CW Post. He was accompanied by Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry, Assistant to the National President Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association U.S.A., and Salaam Bhatti, President of Touro Law School's Muslim Law Student Association.

Fifty people, including LIU students and several board members of Chapter 1524 attended the program.  The event was held in the Long Island Room of the C.W. Post / LIU Winnick Center.   In advance of commencing with the Power Point slides, the audience was invited to ask questions that were then posted alongside of the screen to ensure that the answers were provided during a related aspect of the presentation.

Mr. Hamid began the program with a description of Islam as being both a belief and a way of life.  He further clarified that Islam means ‘peace, and submitting to God’s will,’ while Muslim is a term referring to ‘one who submits to God’s will.’  With 2.5 billion adherents, it is the second most widespread religion in the world.  

A slide showing the “family tree” of all the early prophets of Islam – including Adam, Noah, Moses, and Jesus - plus a listing of all ‘revealed books’ demonstrated the common origins of the religion to both Judaism and Christianity, which predate it.  Furthermore, Mr. Hamid pointed out other similarities between all three religions such as the belief in one God, the angels of the Biblical Old and New Testaments, and the existence of Heaven and Hell (but these are not exclusive to Muslims).  Related to the point about similarities, Saleh told an anecdote about how well he has been treated and gets along with others at the primarily Jewish oriented law school he attends.  While Muslims are bound to believe the words of all 124,000 + prophets – they do not believe that Prophet Muhammed was divine, although they do believe that certain things said in the Bible refer to the coming of Muhammed.

Additionally, along with a brief overview of the life of Prophet Muhammed, Mr. Hamid described some of the basic revelations of the Prophet; the Five Pillars of Islam; Duties; respect for Creation; and Prohibitions.  Other important aspects of Islam include no compulsion of religion; moderation; Halal regulation (similar to Kosher); rights; and being loyal to your country.  In fact, Saleh said, the U.S. Constitution and the Q’uran work well together with respect to people’s rights, including freedom of speech and the right to scientific inquiry. 

The question of Sharia and women’s rights was addressed specifically.  Muslims believe that all things beautiful ought to be protected and that women are automatically beautiful.  Women should not be looked at in a “bad way,” and men should avert their gaze to avoid staring.  Women dressing modestly helps maintain this balance.  Sharia can be considered a form of protection.  It is voluntary to Muslims.  While Islam doesn’t advocate any particular type of dress, certain parts of the body should be covered and dress should be moderate to make faith easy to follow.  Mr. Hamid said that extreme forms of Sharia and treatment of women are examples of tribal / cultural differences.  Muslim women, in fact. were the first among the major religions to enjoy rights to property, divorce, alimony, and child support.

Thirty evaluation forms were returned, all of which rated the speakers as “excellent” – 5 – on the 5 point scale.  Interestingly, a few people rated the program itself as a 4, while rating the speakers as 5s.  The rest of the forms rated the program at 5.  Overall, people were deeply moved in their appreciation of the insight they gained by attending the program. They described it as well organized, eye-opening, comfortable, and helpful.  

 Most attendees learned of the program through their professor.  Several attendees were not affiliated with the campus as has otherwise been the trend for the last few years and said they found out about the program from a listserve, and several others via e-mail.  One respondent found out from the website and another specifically cited a flyer.  A few people said that they were notified in several different ways.

Thoughts for future programs included:

A film screening of “The Race to Nowhere”

Cultural differences between Muslim majority nations

Cultural/religious awareness for other cultures and religions growing in the U.S. (multiple requests)

Budget issues and education


Bullying (2 requests)

Drug awareness

SMART Board program / technology in the classroom (4 requests)

Following the program, Roberta presented each attendee with a Certificate of Participation in a portfolio-ready archival sleeve stating the NY standard being met by the presentation.  

Phi Delta Kappa is the premier graduate society in professional education.

The C.W. Post / LIU Chapter #1524.

PROGRAM REVIEW: “Thinkfinity”

March 8, 2011


Submitted by Karin Vanderveer, Editor; Past President, Chapter 1524 2009-10

Roberta Levitt President, Chapter 1524 2010-11


       On Tuesday, March 8, Dr. Roberta Levitt, President of PDK Chapter 1524, welcomed guests to the “Thinkfinity” program being presented by Professor Jean Uhl in the Instructional Media Center of the B. Davis Schwartz Library.  She made an important announcement to the guests – many of whom were students or recent College of Education and Information Sciences graduates currently searching for jobs. The new NYS standards and expectations emphasize ongoing professional learning in education.  Additionally, she urged attendees to keep an updated portfolio that demonstrates how each attendee is keeping pace cumulatively in this fashion.   In conjunction with this announcement, Roberta presented each attendee with a Certificate of Participation in a portfolio-ready archival sleeve stating the NY standard being met by the program. 


       Thinkfinity is a search tool that packages education content that can be used rather than a Google search for quick, easy access to learning resources.  It features education news, blogs, lesson plans, sample letters, webinars, and special topics.  Among them, Jean demonstrated the Calendar feature, which provides topics for monthly and daily discussion, such as those associated with Women’s History month in March.  She also demonstrated links to Content Partners, such as National Geographic, which is an excellent map resource that can be adjusted to challenge students’ knowledge of geography.  Additionally, there are Interactives, such as the game “Power Up” designed to encourage players to make “green” decisions within the context of a budget.  In addition to all of the above, Jean showed several educational tools, like the shape poem feature.


       Following the Thinkfinity presentation, guests tried some of the features and then requested an overview of SMART Board technology.


All evaluation forms returned rated the program as “excellent.”  The near universal comments were that the program was “informative.”

Phi Delta Kappa is the premier graduate society in professional education.

The C.W. Post / LIU Chapter #1524.