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News: 04-15-2013



The 2013 Alumni Awards Celebration was hosted this past Friday in the SOE, recognizing the accomplishments of distinguished SOE Alumni for their service to the educational field and the community.  Visit a complete listing of Alumni Awards recipients. (Pictured above, from left: Nancy Teague, Tommy Teague, Donna Sundre, Larry Coble, Melony Allen, and Kimberly Bowie. Photo by Ted Richardson.)


LIS is Recipient of 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant

The Library and Information Studies department is the recipient of a 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant for their project, “Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars: New Americans Educated for Community College Librarianship”. The Award is in the amount of $442,063, with an additional Matching Grant Amount of $157,797. The goal of the project is to increase the number of immigrants and refugees in community college librarianship. The project includes a recruitment drive, a targeted and focused curriculum that emphasizes multicultural, multilingual, and community engaged librarianship, and a proven practicum model, the Real Learning Connections. The project will result in a sustainable curriculum as well as a multilingual and multicultural cadre of 10 librarians, ready to serve diverse community college students, and ready to work in community college library environments.

Below is a short press release here on the awards announcement:

View the list of the program winners by state here:


SOE Kayak/Canoe Excursion Trip – Saturday, April 27

The first SOE Kayak/Canoe excursion trip will take place on Saturday, April 27 at 8:30am at Lake Brandt ( visit the Lake Brandt website for directions and more info).  Kayak rentals cost $12; Tandem Kayak or Canoe (2 people if you want to buddy-up) rentals are $20.  If anyone is interested attending, please contact Sheila Gambardella at


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.


SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic – Saturday, May 18

SOE Faculty, Staff, and their families are invited to the 2013 SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic, taking place on Saturday, May 18 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm at Bur-Mil Park, Shelter #2 (5834 Bur-Mil Club Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410).  Join us as we celebrate the conclusion of another school year with food, games, and family fun. Event will take place at Bur-Mil Park, rain or shine.


 Save the Date – Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series 2013-2014

The Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education has been announced for the 2013-2014 academic year. Click here to read the Series flyer. These talks are hosted by the UNCG Mathematics Education Group in the School of Education with generous support from the James D. and Johanna F. Yopp Endowment.


UNCG Campus Events

The UNCG Spartones Celebrate 16 Years on April 16th

The Spartones will be holding a very special spring concert this month to commemorate 16 years as an organization at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Although the group has changed and grown over the years, our commitment to our alma mater and our community remains the same.  Come celebrate our continuing legacy and enjoy new exciting Spartones music.

Night-a-Cappella: “Super Sweet Sixteen CD Release Show”

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Aycock Auditorium

Doors 7:00pm

Show 7:30pm

Tickets available at the UNCG Box Office call (336) 334-4849 for more information. Free Parking available after 6pm behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Tate Street.

This concert will feature the release of In Retrospect, the newest Spartones album produced by Liquid 5th productions.  For over a year, we have been pushing ourselves to complete this album and produce a high quality product for our fans. Through crowd sourcing we were able to fund our project and make this album a reality.  We want to thank all of our KickStarter donors for their help.  We cannot wait to share the new CD with you.  To see more of the recording process and learn more about how you can get a copy go to

The UNCG Spartones are the premier all-male acapella group at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Since 1997, the Spartones have provided musical enjoyment and educational outreach to the Greater Greensboro area.  The principles of community, cooperation, and fun are important to this organization.  To learn more about the Spartones contact


The UNCG Spartones will be performing at this year’s School of Education Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2013.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

The following SOE students were recognized at the 25th annual Scholars Recognition Program on April 14 in Aycock Auditorum, hosted by the UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs:

  • Melissa Ayers
  • Stacy Bishop
  • Craig Blevins
  • Kaitlin Burris
  • Madison Craft
  • Kaila Dollard
  • Kaiesha  Favors
  • Jennifer Green
  • Laken Hall
  • Cynthia Hancock
  • Alana Howie
  • Nakeya  Lackey-Pinkney
  • Rebekah Malizia
  • Meaghan Mehling
  • Melanie Merritt
  • Tonya Peterson
  • Payton Price
  • Yazmin  Ruiz
  • Erica Salone
  • Leanna   Self
  • Lauren Strickland
  • Katie Sutherland
  • Lena Troxtell
  • Sonya West
  • Heather Wilde
  • Carlee Willey

Please take a moment to congratulate these students for their outstanding achievement at UNCG when you see them this week!


Congratulations to the following CED doctoral students who recently accepted their first assistant professor positions beginning in Fall 2013:

Janee’ Avent – University of Texas San Antonio
Lewis Bozard – University of West Georgia
Cheryl Fulton – Texas State University
Laura Jones – University of Northern Colorado
Lucy Lewis – Western Washington University
Ryan Reese – Oregon State University at Cascades
Laura Shannonhouse – University of Maine, Orono
Edward Wahesh – Villanova University
Ben Willis – University of Scranton


ELC faculty Craig PeckUlrich C. Reitzugand Anna Brady (executive director, Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy) are included in the AERA Special Interest Annual newsletter called “The Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership SIG” in an AERA 2013 multi-paper session titled “How Race to the Top Funds Are Helping to Prepare Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”:

Congratulations to Jennifer Stephens, who has accepted the position of Student Placement Coordinator with UNCG SOE.  Her position became effective in March, and she has already begun meeting with local school officials and university representatives in the planning for next year’s placements.

UPDATE – Since March 1, the SOE Walking Team participating in the ‘Miles for Wellness’ Walking Challenge has traveled up the coastline of Florida, past Georgia, South Carolina, and are now in NC; as of last week, they were midway between Carolina Beach and Cape Lookout Lighthouse! The total team mileage as of last week is 853 miles, and as of the last posting they were in listed in third place of the tortoise teams participating in the program. Congratulations to team members Carol Resch, Jennifer Stephens, Cheryl Greenberg, Deb Ackerman, Allyson Lugo, Christina O’Connor, Babbette Mabe, Meggan Reagan, Annette Cline, and Holly Downs on their progress, and keep up the good work. Walk On, Team!!!


Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations

Mary V. Compton (SES Associate Professor) and doctoral students Megan Kemmery, Margo Appenzeller, and Stephanie- Gardiner-Walsh presented ‘On the Road Again: Itinerant Teachers of Students with Hearing Loss’ at the 2013 Council on Exceptional Children Convention and Expo on April 4 in San Antonio, Texas.


UNCG alumnus J. Ako Barnes, ELC faculty member Carol Mullen, and doctoral student Sheryl J. Lieb recently authored the following publication:

Barnes, J. A., Mullen, C. A., & Lieb, S. J. (2013, in press). Critical race theory in action: The freshman educational experience for students of color. Education Leadership Review.


UNCG alumna Bonnie Kosiczky and ELC faculty member Carol Mullen recently authored the following publication:

Kosiczky, B., & Mullen, C. A. (2013, in press). Humor in high school and the role of teacher leaders in school  public relations. Journal of School Public Relations34(1).


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