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News: 04-08-2013


Class Project – The Human Race

Students in SES 460-01 are selling t-shirts to raise funds for mental health awareness in memory of the victims at Newtown and in conjunction with The Human Race on April 13 ( The t-shirts are $10. Students will be selling the t-shirts in SOE building lobby on Tuesday, April 9 from 2pm -4pm and Wednesday, April 10  from  9am – 3pm.


Summer 2013 Blackboard Courses

Summer 2013 Blackboard courses will be released to instructors on Reading Day (Wednesday, May 1st) by 10 am.

Students will be able to see their courses once instructors have made them available.


Varieties of Understanding – Request for Proposals

The Varieties of Understanding project will be a three-year initiative based at Fordham University in New York. It will examine the various ways in which human beings understand the world, how these types of understanding might be improved, and how they might be combined to produce an integrated understanding of the world.  For more information on the project, as well as information on funding opportunities, please visit


Current SOE Student to Present at UNCG SafeZone Lunch and Learn Series Tuesday, April 9

Current HED M.Ed. student Samyntha Francis will be presenting “What Equals a Family?” as part of the UNCG SafeZone Lunch and Learn series. Her presentation will be April 9, 12:30-1:30 pm. The Lunch and Learn series is a brown bag event.


Research Office News

The SOE Office of Research would like to spread the word about the following event on behalf of the Office of Sponsored Programs.  SOE faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all chats!

The Office of Sponsored Programs and University Libraries is hosting a “Round-Table Chats” on the following topic:

  1. Collaborations and Partnerships – Not Just A Response to the RFP (April 10th)

Location: Elliott University Center – Conference Room A

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Please drop-in anytime between 11:30-1:30, bring lunch and eat while taking the opportunity to ask questions and/or talk about each topic on those specific dates.

The chat will be hosted by Michelle Cole, Proposal Development Specialist in OSP, along with other invited guests depending on the topic. If successful, OSP will begin to offer more round-table ‘chat’ opportunities with various topics relating to grant-seeking in the fall…and eventually offer more in collaboration with other organizations and institutions.


2013 UNCG School of Education Alumni Awards Celebration

Featuring a special panel discussion on NC Education Reform in Early Literacy

Friday, April 12, 2013 • 3:00pm

School of Education Building, Room #120

Please join the UNCG School of Education as we celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished School of Education alumni for their dedicated service to UNCG and their communities during our annual Alumni Awards ceremony.

2013 Alumni Award Recipients

Early Career Award

Lynda Kellam

Laura Welfare

Distinguished Career Award

Kimberly Bowie

Larry Coble


Outstanding Achievement Award

Gail Marion

Donna Sundre


Distinguished Service Award

Melony Allen

Nancy & Tommy Teague

The Alumni Awards Celebration will begin at 3:00pm with a panel discussion on North Carolina Education Reform in Early Literacy, followed by the Awards Ceremony.

Topics to be discussed at the panel discussion include the Read to Achieve Initiative, description of reading 3-D assessments required in K-3 grades for the State of North Carolina, the impact on school systems, principals and administrators on these initiatives, as well as discussion on how the Read to Achieve Initiative, including the new Foundations of Reading teacher licensure exam, affects higher education faculty in their teacher preparation planning.


Guest panelists to include:

* Beth Folger, Chief Academic Officer, Guilford County Schools

* Carolyn Guthrie, Head of Division of Early Literacy, NC Department of Public Instruction

* Constance Hash, Principal, Forest Park Elementary School (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

*Pamela Williamson, Associate Professor, Specialized Education Services, UNCG School of Education

Dean Karen Wixson of the UNCG School of Education will serve as moderator for this discussion.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Reception to immediately follow awards ceremony.

For additional questions regarding the event, please contact Rachel Williams at or 336-256-1317.


American Sign Language Idol 2013 – Saturday, May 4

The SES department presents the 2013 American Sign Language Idol, taking place Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 3:00pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. Come enjoy students enjoying popular songs in ASL with music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, all the way to today’s songs! Money from ticket sales and donations will go to help our Deaf-Blind friends attend Camp Dogwood. For more information, click here to download the flyer.


2013 School of Education Commencement Information


The 2013 School of Education Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00pm in the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing).

Information regarding the 2013 SOE Commencement Ceremony for graduating students can be found on the SOE home page ( by clicking on the ‘Commencement Information’ graphic; or you can click here.

Please direct students to this web link if they have any questions regarding SOE Commencement.

For Faculty

  • All Faculty who plan to participate in the School of Education Commencement should fill out the Faculty RSVP Commencement Form.Please RSVP your participation interest no later than Thursday, April 25.
  • If you require regalia rental from the UNCG Bookstore, please indicate by completing the required fields in the link to the Faculty RSVP Commencement Form above by Thursday, April 25 so that we may place your regalia order. The Dean’s Office will place the order and will pay for your regalia; however, ALL FACULTY are responsible for picking up and returning their rental regalia to the UNCG Bookstore for the SOE Commencement Ceremony in a timely manner. (This is a new procedure this year; information on pickup and drop off deadline dates from the Bookstore will be included in the SOE News announcements closer to the event.)
  • All faculty are asked to arrive no later than 5:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) on the 10th for line up for the Commencement Ceremony. The Faculty Holding Area will be in Meeting Room #2 of the Special Events Center. Please note that the UNCG Bryan School of Business & Economics will be hosting their Commencement Ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) directly prior to School of Education’s ceremony, so please allow additional time for arrival and parking.

Students Graduating in May

  • Students graduating in May interested in participating in the Ceremony will need to complete the SOE Commencement Student Registration Form by Friday, April 5 for inclusion in the printed program. PLEASE NOTE: Doctoral students need to have defended by Friday, April 19 in order to have their names listed in the May Commencement program. If Doctoral students defend before SOE Commencement they are still allowed to walk in the SOE Commencement ceremony, however their names will not be listed in the Commencement program.

Students Graduating in August 2013

  • If you know of students who will be graduating in August but would like to participate in the May ceremony, please have them fill out the SOE Commencement Student Registration Form by Friday, April 5 for inclusion in the printed program. PLEASE NOTE: Doctoral students need to have defended by Friday, April 19 in order to have their names listed in the May Commencement program. If Doctoral students defend before SOE Commencement they are still allowed to walk in the SOE Commencement ceremony, however their names will not be listed in the Commencement program.


Student Speakers for SOE Commencement

  • We are seeking nominations for student speakers for the ceremony. Please submit names of nominated student speakers to Rachel Williams at Students should submit proposed remarks no later than Wednesday, April 17 to Rachel Williams at
  • Remarks for student speakers should be no longer than 600 words in length (max).

Updated information and deadline reminders regarding the 2013 SOE Commencement Ceremony will be posted in SOE News each week under the ‘Commencement Information’ graphic, so please keep checking SOE News for Ceremony updates.

If you have any questions regarding the SOE Commencement Ceremony, please feel free to contact Rachel Williams at or (336) 256-1317.



UNCG HR Information

Michael Arner, our Fidelity Investments Representative, will be on campus on Friday, April 12th in the Mossman HR Conference Room conducting 1:1 Retirement Planning Sessions from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Consider meeting with your Fidelity Workplace Planning & Guidance Consultant if you need help:

  • Managing your retirement savings goals
  • Choosing from among a wide range of investments
  • Building an investment plan that’s easy to put into action

To schedule an appointment, please go to or call 1-800-642-7131.

Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

SOE was well represented at the Graduate Research & Creativity Expo, held in Cone Ballroom on April 2.
Megan Kemmery, Margo Appenzeller, and Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh (SES) won First Place in the Professional Programs division for their presentation entitled “When Your Car is Your Classroom”. They will receive $1,000 and will be invited to represent UNCG at upcoming events such as the Graduate Fellowship Reception on April 18 and Graduate Education Day at the State Legislature in Raleigh on May 22.

Lucy Lewis (CED) won an Honorable Mention (2nd place) award in the Social Sciences category for her presentation of her research, “‘I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends’: The Role of Facebook on the School Adjustment of Newcomer Refugee Students.”


Terry Ackerman (SOE Associate Dean) has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Samuel Messick Memorial Lecture Award, sponsored by the TOEFL Grants and Awards Program at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Terry will receive the award during the Language Testing Research Colloquium in Seoul, South Korea in July 2013, which is the annual conference for the International Language Testing Association. Congratulations, Terry!


On March 28thBarbara Levin and Ye He, co-directors of the TESOL for ALL grant, Colleen Fairbanks, TEHE department chair, and Traci Bellas, TEHE doctoral student, hosted six educators from Russia who came to the SOE to learn more about the preparation of pre-service and in-service teachers to work with the growing population of English learners in North Carolina. The visitors were invited by the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. During their 28-day stay in the U.S, they visited other states and attended the TESOL International Conference in Dallas. During their afternoon in the SOE they learned about SOE’s TESOL courses and professional development offerings. They also heard about the ESL program in Guilford County Schools from two members of the ESL Department at GCS: Soledad Lardies-Dunst and Jacqueline Martinez-Vesga. The guests also visited the Newcomer School in Greensboro, and were headed across campus to learn more about INTERLINK. They also had plans to visit the International Civil Rights Museum, and then they were off to Washington, DC and New York City. As a result of this meeting we look forward to future collaboration with our Russian guests.


First year CED student Chris Graham has recently been informed that he was selected as part of a competitive application process for paid summer interns through the Southern Education Foundation’s leadership program.  Per their website, “SEF aspires to develop the next generation of education policy leadership, and since 2004 has provided trainings and paid summer internships to a diverse and inspired group of 150 college and graduate level students interested in working with nonprofits and foundations to make systemic changes in Southern education policy and practice.”  Chris will be working with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in San Antonio, TX.  We wish him a wonderful Texas-sized experience!


Bradley McKibben, a first year CED doctoral student, has been appointed as the student representative for the Publications Committee of the American Counseling Association.  Bradley begins his one year term on July 1, 2013.


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