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Inaugurated on March 4, 2010, NRFL is rather new, but its owner has a long history of success in the educational field.
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Milana ("Mim") Karlo Bizic earned a B.S. degree in three (3) years from the University of Pittsburgh where she had a four-year scholarship; a Master's Degree in 1967; School Library Certification in 1970; and Gifted and Talented Certification in 1981. Her professional experience includes teaching all Elementary grade level students K-6; Teaching Graduate level courses for Penn State University (Beaver Campus for nine years until 1994), Carlow College and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, where she taught fellow educators how to creatively integrate computers into their curriculums across all disciplines and all grade levels, K-12; working as a Supervisor of Student Teachers for the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) after she retired from working 40+ years teaching in the public schools, most notably for Quaker Valley School District.
Over the years, Mim has served as an Educational Consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Apple Computer Co, Scholastic Magazine, and the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. A national presenter for the U.S. Patent Office, Mim has shared her creative and inventive thinking skills expertise with teachers from Portland, OR to Toldeo, OH. She did similar work with the INVENT AMERICA! foundation, reaching out to teachers in Chicago and Washington. She's been a Co-Keynote Speaker for the Ben Franklin Computer Conference held at Carnegie-Mellon University and the Computer Using Educators (CUE) of Delaware.
Apple Computer Co. and Modern Pictures Services asked Mim to use her creativity and computer technological know-how to write lesson plans in workshops held in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Maui, Hawaii.
Bizic helped write the educational resource handbook for the permanent Smithsonian exhibit, "Beyond the Limits, Flight Enters the Computer Age." She wrote lesson plans on Clean Coal Technology for the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center.
She was a member of the National Advisory Board of Scholastic Inc.'s TEACHING AND COMPUTERS
She has piloted several programs for the University of Pittsburgh's Regional Computer Resource Center, including the popular "Voyage of the MIMI" series.
Mim and her students won numerous awards, including First Place National Awards for Apple Computer Co. 1985 (Ancient Egypt); 1986 (Ancient Greece and Rome); and 1987 (Space) before being placed in the Apple Hall of Fame, and then again in 1989, with a unit on Women's History, that also garnered a First Place State Award from the Pennsylvania Commission for Women's "Women's History Month Contest."
On Saturday, October 13, 1984, Mim was honored by the American Legion Post # 4 at the Charles "Bud" Merriman dinner, receiving the Legion's FIRST "Special Award of Merit " for "her diligent work with the students on the elementary level in teaching democracy and patriotism."
Mim was named "Woman of the Year" in 1987 by the Sewickley HERALD, recognized for her many achievements on behalf of the children of the Valley.
In May,1988, she won the Judge's Choice Award sponsored by the Boston Apple Fest, and traveled to Boston to accept the great honor on behalf of her hard-working students.
She also earned an "Excellence in Teaching" Award from the PA Assoc. of Gifted Education in 1989.
In August of 1990, she was a Grand Prize Co-Winner with Dr. Merle Marsh of Delaware, for the FIRST "Johnny Appleseed National Awards Contest, sponsored by the Computer Users for Social Responsibility and the Macintosh Users Group (MUG) News Service.
Mrs. Bizic was named the National Honoree for the Smithsonian's ASTC Award (Association of Science and Technology Centers) for National Technology Week in 1989.
She was named a First Place Honoree for the FIRST "Thanks to Teachers" contest sponsored by Group W Broadcasting (KDKA), Westinghouse, Pitt, NFIE and NAB in June, 1990, the first year of the Award.
Bizic was appointed a panel member to U.S. Congressman Rick Santorum's "18th Congressional District's Schools of Excellence Recognition Program" in 1991-1992.
She served as a panelist in Washington, DC for a conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1992 after winning an appointment for the Elementary Teacher Research Internship (ETRI) in 1991.
Mim earned a scholarship award on Fossil Energy at LaRoche College (1992) and a Science Funding Proposal Grant from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) 1992.
She was listed in the "Who's Who in American Teaching" of 1992, nominated for the award in the first year of the award by senior high school student, Melissa Barrick.
During the 1992-93 school year, Mim was a "Piloteer" on the INTERNET for the PA Department of Education, where she successfully had Sewickley teachers and students conducting scientific experiments, sharing poems and plays with students throughout the USA and the rest of the world community.
Her Internet travels led to her being named as an Educational Ambassador for the state of Pennsylvania to the city of Omija, Japan, in 1993.
Mim was named to Marquis' "Who's Who of American Women," in January, 1995.
In June of `95, Mim was selected as one of twenty recipients of a five week National Endowment for the Humanities Grant entitled "Japanese Culture Through Literature."
June '96 found Mim accepting a CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR LEADERSHIP from the PA School Librarians Association for her roll in helping to bring the World Wide Web to the Sewickley community.
In 1997, she and fellow innovators, Dr. Robert Fusco and Dr. Joseph Marrone, along with the SNET Board of Directors, accepted a CITIZEN OF THE YEAR award from the Sewickley HERALD for SewickleyNET, the community's first official presence on the WWW.
Mim has spoken to various groups and clubs across the nation on Molas (folk art of the Kuna Indians of San Blas Islands, Panama), Love Tokens from the Victorian Era, and Hobo Nickels. She has had mola displays in museums in PA, OH, and WV.
She led a group of PA residents to Iptingen, Germany, birthplace of Fr. Rapp from the Old Economy Museum Site in Ambridge, PA, when she served on the Board of the Harmonie Associates.
Bizic has traveled extensively in other countries throughout Europe (England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, all of the old Yugoslavia, Finland), Mexico, Russia in 1999, and Greece, Egypt, Israel and Turkey in 2000, Ireland and China in 2004 and a tour of Serbian Monasteries in 2006, including her 3rd trip to Kosovo, and again to Kosovo in 2008 with the Kosovo Men's Choir of Eastern Ohio. In 2007, sister Rose treated her two sisters to a trip to Viet Nam, where Rose worked as Director of the Red Cross in 1966-67 and again in 1969-70. Brunei, Sanya China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Phillipines were also a part of the 2007 journey. Multiple international trips have taken place since, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Malta, Italy.
Bizic has written numerous articles on the above and on Serbian history for national newspapers and magazines. In July, 2001 she was the Curator/Author of the Serb National Federation's Centennial Historic Photo Exhibit that was held in Pittsburgh. The gala SNF "Century of Serbdom" event was televised in Yugoslavia, parts of Australia, England, and several other countries throughout Europe. She is also listed in "Who's Who in the Serbian Diaspora."
Bizic was enthusiastic over a PowerPoint project she implemented in the school library entitled "Literary Leader Reader" for her 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students that gave her students an opportunity to use technology in a creative way while proving they knew requested library skills. Bizic created CyberHunt-Webquests on The Lewis & Clark Expedition 1803-1804, General Alexander Hays and the Civil War, and especially made for Edgeworth's Centennial---webquests about Edgeworth Borough and the Edgeworth Female Seminary, and the English/Irish author the school was named after, Maria Edgeworth.
Above: Children get ready to salute Edgeworth Boro's Centennial. The Boro and School were named after the famous English woman from Ireland, Maria Edgeworth.
Below: The Edgeworth Library featured the beautiful LIBERTY tree (lanterns from the Revolutionary War classic JOHNNY TREMAIN), huge cardboard dinosaurs, a flying Dumbo, the famous monkey Curious George on his bike, THE WILD THINGS, one of the 5 Chinese Brothers on the ceiling, the wooden U.S. soldiers from all branches of the Armed Forces saluting the readers, and so much more!
Mim brought intellectual excitement to many ground-breaking projects, guiding her students to understand, analyze, and connect knowledge and skills across subject areas, where they were expected to think critically, creatively, and apply their knowledge in new ways, all the while having fun doing it.
Bizic officially ended her elementary teaching/library career in 2004, but not before hosting long-time friend, Steve Wozniak, to her library, and receiving a school-wide, community surprise party. A magician brought forth long-time PA Senator, Rick Santorum who presented Bizic with a beautifully framed letter from First Lady Laura Bush, also a school librarian.
Mim formally retired from teaching June, 2004, but she didnt retire from education. Shes too busy learning about her granddaughters latest achievements and demonstrating the wonders of her new incredible iphone everywhere she goes!
Bizic continues to write on a variety of topics for the SRBOBRAN, a national Serbian newspaper, and several local magazines.
Steve Wozniak visits Edgeworth
After exchanging pleasantries and Christmas cards with Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak for almost 20 years, Edgeworth Elementary School librarian Milana 'Mim' Bizic had to threaten to retire to get him to visit the school.
|Bob Donaldson, Post-Gazette|
Edgeworth Elementary School librarian Milana Bizic, center, introduces old friend and Apple Computer Co. co-founder Steve Wozniak, right, to the school's pupils during his visit May 18. Bizic and Wozniak became acquainted in the early '80s, when Bizic received awards for her implementation of computers in elementary education. The pupils gave a presentation on how they use Apple computers at the school. Edgeworth Elementary is in the Quaker Valley School District.
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And just how did the 62-year-old woman, dedicated to education for 41 years, come to be on a first-name basis with the California mogul who designed the first personal computer?
"[I met Wozniak] at an awards presentation in 1985 [hosted by Apple Computer Clubs International], and I had this huge display up of these word processing, database and spreadsheet projects that the students did on the Apple II's," said Bizic. "He was impressed, and told me he always wanted to inspire kids like that, and that he wanted to send his son Jesse to Edgeworth," which is part of the Quaker Valley School District.
The unlikely friendship progressed from there. Bizic and her family took Wozniak on a whirlwind tour of Pittsburgh during a visit in '88, and Wozniak gave Bizic one of the first 20 Apple GS's to roll off the assembly line. And though his son never ended up at Edgeworth, Jesse Wozniak graduated from Carnegie Mellon University on May 16.
Though Quaker Valley communications coordinator John Hanna credited the visit to Bizic's personal relationship with Wozniak, Quaker Valley also was honored recently with the 2004 President's Technology Award from the American Association of School Administrators for its use of technology in advancing teaching, learning and achievement.
A 2001 technology grant from the state was used to create a digital school district: Beginning in fourth grade, all Quaker Valley pupils get laptop computers to use during the school year. All are Apple products.
"When I ask how many of [the students] use Apple computers, all of their hands go up," said Bizic. "So it's just great that the inventor can come here and speak to them."
The "inventor" tag dates to 1975, when Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs, a friend from his job at calculator-maker Hewlett Packard and a member of his computer hobbyist group. The two came up with a preassembled computer with several key improvements over computer kits of the time, and launched the Apple I in 1976.
The Apple I launched the personal computer revolution, and Apple Computer Co. made Wozniak a multimillionaire. He turned his attention to philanthropy and personal projects two decades ago.
At Edgeworth on May 18, Wozniak was greeted warmly by a library filled with pupils. He was shown a PowerPoint presentation charting his early life through the Crayola renderings of one third-grade class. Second-graders sang a song about world peace and first-graders offered a slightly altered version of 'This Land is Your Land,' substituting computer terms in one of the verses.
An Einstein cardboard cutout even donned a sweat shirt bearing the words 'Welcome Woz!"
Wozniak then took the floor, telling the story of the birth of the Apple computer, from his persistence in designing and redesigning the machines on paper to the first model he and Jobs built and sold.
He also encouraged the children to pursue their passions.
"Know what direction you want to go. Others may try to direct you, but you've got to know inside what you want to do in life," Wozniak said. "That's why it's important to be educated, so you can be a master ... in control of your life."
Fourth-grader Nathan Pawlik, designer of a PowerPoint presentation shown during the welcoming ceremony, called the event "cool" and "really awesome."
"I use my computer a lot, and after my football career, I want to go into artistic engineering, and a computer will help me with that. So it's great that I got to meet the inventor," he said.
This sentiment was echoed among other pupils, including fellow fourth-grader Emily Kuzma.
"I was happy because we got to know [Wozniak's] opinion of Apple and how he made computers," she said. "I think I'm going to write about this in my diary."
As parent volunteer Donna Kosanovich said, the success of the day was thanks to the passion of Bizic, who "jazzed" up the children and made sure they knew the importance of their visitor.
"Mim is just a wonderful lady, so full of enthusiasm. She not only motivates the students, she motivates me," added volunteer Lori Kuny.
"Mrs. Bizic took us into the age of computers long before the rest of Western Pennsylvania thought about it, and she was instrumental in getting our kids and the teachers acquainted with the computers. She will absolutely be missed," said fourth-grade teacher Sandy Wilson, who will also retire at the end of the year.
"This presentation was just fabulous ... a beautiful way for me to retire," Bizic said. "The children all came through, and got to learn about the magic Woz made possible.
"And that's just what it is: Magic."
Who's Who of American Women-1995
National Endownment for the Humanities Awardee-1995
Educational Cultural Ambassador to Japan-1993
Who's Who in American Teaching: 1992
Citizen of the Year with Drs. Fusco and Marrone for SewickleyNET: 1997
National Science Awardee from the Smithsonian-ASCT: 1990
Thanks to Teachers Award (Pitt/Westinghouse/KDKA): 1990
"On behalf of all Pennsylvanians," this proclamation came from the Governor Casey's office.
Woman of the Year-Sewickley, PA 1987
National Awards from Apple Computer 1985-86; 1986-87; 1987-88; 1989-90.
Judge's Choice Award at Boston Fest: 1988
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Serbian History 101
I attended a Healthways Conference at the end of April 26-28, 2011, Four Seasons in Dallas, TX. It was outstanding in so many ways, from the Conference set-up to the incredible speakers during the day, to the kindness and creativity among all attendees. Idea was to drive positive change to enhance workforce well-being to transform the health, productivity and engagement of any organization. They used the best experts who helped identify emerging trends in health and well-being, and the impact social, emotional, and physical health has on our well-being.
The Well-Being Effect: Define, Measure and Transform.
Believe me, they DID! An outstanding job was done by all.
I was so proud to have been with Dr. Deepak Chopbra (Senior scientist/Poet-Prophet of alternative medicine) and Dan Buettner (National Geographic writer and explorer-author of THE BLUE ZONES), and Dan Pink (Author of DRIVE: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us-shared secrets of high performance and satisfaction in today's world), I asked them to sign my admission card!
Astronaut Mark Kelly and the HALYARD OPERATION of WWII, featuring the rescue of 500 U.S. Airmen from behind German-occupied lines in Serbia, were both featured in the January, 2012 issue of the Smithsonian's AIR & SPACE Museum magazine. Healthways Conference, 2012, in Boulder, Colorado, in May, 2012.
Sister Dr. Rose K. Gantner, the famous Martin Seligman, and Mim Bizic at the International Positivity Confenrece in Philadelphia, PA. From the IPPA website, we learn more about Martin:
"Martin E.P. Seligman is the Zellerbach Family professor of psychology and director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethno-political conflict, and optimism. He is a best-selling author of several books including, most recently, Flourish. He received the American Psychological Society’s William James Fellow Award for basic science and Cattell Award for the application of science, and two Distinguished Scientific Contribution awards from the American Psychological Association. In 1996, Seligman was elected president of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. His current mission is the attempt to transform social science to work on the best things in life—virtue, positive emotion, good relationships, and positive institutions—and not just on healing pathology."