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News: 01-28-2013

Announcements/Events

Rick Reitzug Appointed ELC Department Chair

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Congratulations to Rick Reitzug, who was appointed Department Chair for ELC. Rick had previously served as ELC Department Chair prior to Carol Mullen’s appointment and was most recently serving as Interim Department Chair for ELC. Congratulations, Rick!

 

MAS Awards Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the SOE Mentoring/Advising/Supervising (MAS) Award. The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, February 25 at 5:00pm. Please view for more information on the MAS Award and the Nomination Form.

 

Nominations Now Open for UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please nominate a School of Education alumnus/a by Friday, March 1 in one of the following Award categories: Early Career Award, Distinguished Career Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, and Distinguished Service Award. Recipients and nominators will be notified via email if chosen for award. Awards will be presented in May 2013 (details forthcoming). Contact Rachel Williams for more information at r_willi8@uncg.edu.

To submit a nomination, please click here

 

LIS Faculty Candidate Presentations

Please join LIS faculty to meet three school library assistant professor faculty candidates and hear their respective presentations. In partnership with the TRC and Lori Warner, all attendees will be loaned an iPAD 3 so that evaluations of each candidate can be completed in real time. Candidate CVs will be available for review at the presentations.

  1. Heather Moorefield-Lang – Wed. 1/30 from 3-4 p.m. in SOE 401.
  2. Kathleen Alley – Wed. 2/6 from 2-3 p.m. in SOE 401
  3. Rebecca Morris – Fri. 2/8 from 3-4 p.m. in SOE 401

 

Upcoming CED Research Presentation

Please join the CED faculty and students this Wednesday at the research presentation for school counseling faculty position candidate:

Dr. Marte Ostvik-de Wilde
Wednesday, January 30, 11:00 am

248 Ferguson
“School Counselors’ Role in Promoting College-going Culture in High Schools”

 

Save the Date – Value Added Information Workshop
Friday, February 22, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
UNCG School of Education Building

Please join the SOE Office of Research for a half-day workshop on Value Added Information – what it is, how it is being used to evaluate classroom teachers, and potential areas for research.

RSVP your attendance interest by Friday, February 8 to Rachel Williams at r_willi8@uncg.edu.

Speakers to include:

Dr. Roderick A. Rose, Senior Research Associate, School of Social Work, UNC Chapel-Hill

Dr. Rachel McBroom, Professional Development Consultant, Sandhills/South Central Region

Dr. Don Martin, Superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Dr. Marty Ward, Director of Research, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

There will be an open brainstorming session with guest speakers following lunch from 1:30pm-2:30pm for those of you able to attend.

Who Should Attend: All SOE faculty and graduate students, as well as Council of Program Coordinators (CPC) members.

Why Should You Attend? All faculty need to better understand exactly how Value Added is determined and how organizations like NCATE (CAPE) plan to use this information to assess and compare the quality of licensure programs.

Additional information will be sent out prior to the workshop date.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Terry Ackerman at taackerm@uncg.edu.

 

SOE Book Club

This month, the SOE Book Club will be reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The SOE Book Club will meet at the end of February to have a lunch time discussion about the book – date TBA. If you are interested in joining the SOE Book Club or have additional questions, please contact Meggan Reggan at mlreaga2@uncg.edu.

 

Women and Gender Studies Inaugural Book Talk

Dr. Mark Rifkin, an associate professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at UNCG, will lead a book talk on his book, “When Did Indians Become Straight?” on Tuesday, January 29, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm in Room 338 of the Curry Building (WGS Library). Please see the informational flyer for more information.

 

UNCG Community Engagement Series

The UNCG Community Engagement Series continues the campus-wide discussion on the critical interconnections and synergies between and among key institutional priorities, particularly community engagement, student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, and interdisciplinarity. Last year, the Series focused on setting roots for thinking about publicly engaged work at UNCG. Using the tools of our disciplines, this year the Series explores what happens as the seeds we planted thrive and a verdant spring unfolds. For a full listing of Series lectures for Spring Semester, please visit the Community Engagement Series website.

Dr. Tim Eatman, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Syracuse Universityand Co-Director, Imagining America: Artists & Scholars in Public Life, will be presenting the Keynote address on January 31. Dr. Eatman will also be presenting two professional development Series events co-sponsored by the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities that are specifically targeted to SOE faculty and/or graduate students:

AN EXIT WITH A VIEW: Next Generation Scholars + Collaborative Technologies
Thursday, January 31, 2013

2:00pm-5:00pm
Room 224, School of Education Building
Registration Requested: Sign Up Online

This session, designed specifically for graduate students and those who support them, will first share the motivations and identities that contribute to an interest in engaged scholarship, and how the practice of
engaged scholarship relates to the graduate school experience. Dr. Eatman will then facilitate a two hour workshop on collaborative technology tools to foster reciprocity, transparency, participation, and dialogue.

ENGAGING DIVERSE COMMUNITIES WITH INTEGRITY
Friday, February 1, 2013

12:00pm-1:30pm
Room 307, School of Education Building
Registration Requested: Sign Up Online

In this lunchtime dialogue, Dr. Eatman will facilitate discussion among faculty who seek positive social change with diverse communities through community-university partnerships. Discussion will be grounded in the “catalyst paper”, Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/pdfs/Full_Participation.pdf

(Sturm, Eatman, Saltmarsh, Bush, 2011), but will focus particularly on the experiences, insights, and questions brought by faculty colleagues in the School of Education.

(Lunch will be provided by the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities)

The LIS department will be live streaming the presentation portion of this event. People who want to attend virtually can link to this URL: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cdlc-live

 

Campus Conversations: UNCG Authors on Inclusive Excellence

Please join us for the next Campus Conversations: UNCG Authors on Inclusive Excellence event that will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at noon in the Faculty Center. Professor Watson Jennison of the History Department will share insights on his newly published book: Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia 1750-1860.  

Also, please save the date for the March 21st Campus Conversations event with Professor Spoma Jovanovic of the Department of Communication Studies for discussion of her new book: Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro.

The Campus Conversations series is sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resources.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

Summer Course – Approaches to Discourse Analysis in Education (TED 723)

Dr. Amy Vetter (TEHE) will be teaching a summer course at UNCG entitled ‘Approaches to Discourse Analysis in Education’ (TED 723), May 12 – July 22, 2013. This graduate course will explore various approaches to discourse analysis within a range of educational contexts. Students will examine exemplar studies and engage in discourse analysis of current research studies that have investigated specific aspects of structure, function, and communicative production to answer questions related to education. For more information on this course, download the flyer.

 

Welcome

Deana Hasty

Welcome to Deana Hasty, who joined the SOE staff January 22 as the Post-Award Research Coordinator. She will be working with Terry Ackerman and Sheila Gambardella. Deana comes to us from the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG as the post-award research administrator. She has a strong understanding of the grant cycle and the system at UNCG. Welcome Deana!

 

Student/Faculty/Alumni Accomplishments

Dr. Deborah J. Taub (TEHE) was selected by the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2013 NASPA Annual Awards in the Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member Category, for her outstanding commitment and contribution to the student affairs profession. Dr. Taub will receive the award in March during the 2013 NASPA Annual Conference Awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida. The Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member Award was established in 1986 to honor the contributions of Robert H. Shaffer, dean and professor emeritus at Indiana University. This award is given to a tenured faculty member who is teaching full-time in a graduate preparation program in student affairs. Nominees must be a personal inspiration to graduate students, have served on doctoral committees, have distinguished records of scholarly achievement including publication in relevant literature, and have made significant contributions to professional associations.

 

Anthony Chow (LIS) and LIS has been asked by the State Library of North Carolina to help create a new library for the last remaining county in North Carolina without a library.Camden, NC, a population of only 10,000 people, is a bedroom community that is the only North Carolina county out of 100 counties without its own library. Dr. Chow has been asked to help manage the project and will help Camden establish its first library board, conduct a community wide needs assessment, and create an organizational strategic plan that will help ensure its services are modern, innovative, and well aligned with its community’s needs.

 

UNCG HR Information

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work open to Students, Faculty and Staff

The UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work is open to the entire UNCG community including students, faculty and staff!

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from 12:15-1:15 pm with weigh-in starting at noon.

UNCG Weight Watchers at Work is now offering a Monthly Pass. The pass is not only their best value, it gives employees flexible access to meetings in their workplace or their local community, plus free eTools to help keep employees on track. With the monthly pass, you can attend any Weight Watchers center meetings.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to their Open House on Monday, January 28, 2013 in Bryan 113 at 12:15 pm. Or attend any of the Monday meetings for free. Coming to a meeting provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.

 

UPDATE ON PAYROLL TAXES AND NEW ELECTRONIC ACCESS

Payroll Tax Information Effective January 1, 2013

FICA OASDI.  The employee tax rate for Social Security is increasing from a rate of 4.2% (which was in place during 2011 and 2012) to 6.2%.  The employer tax rate for Social Security remains unchanged at 6.2%. The Social Security wage base limit is $113,700.

FICA Medicare.  The Medicare tax rate is 1.45% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2012. There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax.

FICA Additional Medicare Tax. For an employee with wages in excess of $200,000, a new additional tax Medicare tax of 0.9% withholding applies. There is no additional employer share of the additional Medicare tax.

Federal Tax Withholding.  New Federal Tax withholding tables have been applied, and will be reflected in employees’ net pay.  For all earning levels, the tables have been changed by the IRS, although higher wage earners may notice the largest difference versus the prior year levels.  The Federal Income Tax Withholding tables can be reviewed at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/n1036.pdf.

Access to New Payroll Forms through UNCGenie

Form W-2.  Electronic W-2s are now available in UNCGenie self-service. Each employee may now view their W-2 for 2012 and for prior years selected back to 2008 (the first year UNCG was on Banner HR).  The W-2 can be printed from UNCGenie by the employee, if needed.  Instructions to access this new feature, as well as the applicable Notice to Employee for the applicable year previously pre-printed on the back of paper W-2s, can retrieved from the Payroll Forms webpage at http://fsv.uncg.edu/payroll/payroll_hrforms.html.

Form W-4.  As a new feature, each employee will have the ability to update their Federal W-4 Tax forms for future activity within UNCGenie self-service. Instructions to access this new feature can retrieved from the Payroll Forms webpage at http://fsv.uncg.edu/payroll/payroll_hrforms.html.  (An electronic version of the North Carolina NC-4 Tax form is not available at this time.)

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