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News: 04-29-2013


Shontria and Belinda at the Race

Students in SES 460 designed a t-shirt to sell and raise money supporting mental health awareness and to honor the families of Newtown, Connecticut. $339.87 was raised to donate to the Mental Health Association of Greensboro for this project. To further raise awareness for mental health, some of the students and faculty in the class participated in The Human Race, a 5k walk on April 10, 2013. In the words of one SES 460 student, Shontria Fonville, “It brought me great joy to help advocate for individuals with mental health challenges. After such an amazing experiencing and meeting other people with deep passion to help the community, I can only excitedly look forward to showing continued support. (Photo of Shontria Fonville and Belinda Hardin)


SOE Reading Day Luncheon – Wednesday, May 1, 12:00pm-1:30pm in SOEB #118

We trust you are having an outstanding semester. This semester’s Reading Day Luncheon will be on Wed. 5/1 in SOEB room #118 from noon-1:30pm. If you bring something for the Luncheon, please drop it off by 11:30am.

As always, we will have lots of food and drink and great company to celebrate another outstanding semester at the SOE.

1) What to bring:

CED – fruits/salads/vegetables (Social Committee Representative: Laura Gonzalez)

TEHE – fruits/salads/vegetables (Social Committee Representative: Edna Tan)

ELC – *meats/vegetables (Social Committee Representative: Dodie Booton)

ERM, CERE – *meats/salads (Social Committee Representative: Rachel Hill)

LIS – drinks/ice/dessert (Social Committee Representative: Anthony Chow)

SES – pasta/vegetables (Social Committee Representative: Teresa Little)

CESC, PTEC, SAC, TED, TRC – desserts/*meats (Social Committee Representatives: Lori Warner/Carol-Ann Resch)

2) Slide One:

This semester’s theme: Something fun we do not know about you.

Please submit one PowerPoint slide to Anthony Chow at by no later than Sunday 4/28 and your slide will be part of a compilation of slides from across the SOE.


 4th Annual Triad Teacher Researcher Conference – Wednesday, May 1

The Triad Teacher Researcher Conference will take place this Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30pm-9:00pm in the SOEB.  For more information, please visit:


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.

Want to see a sneak peek at this year’s ASL Idol?


Blackboard Downtime for Upgrade Scheduled for 6 PM, Fri, 5/10 through 8 AM, Mon, 5/13

Summer 2013 Blackboard courses have been released early to UNCG faculty. This is anticipation of the Annual Blackboard Learn upgrade, which will begin at 6 PM on Friday, May 10th.

Blackboard Learn will be unavailable from 6 PM, Friday, May 10th until 8 AM, Monday, May 13th.

On Monday, May 13th at 8 AM, one of the Blackboard Learn servers will be available to first Summer Session faculty, staff and students. With only one server available, there may be a degradation in performance. Therefore, we encourage limited use of Blackboard Learn during the first few days of the summer session.

The other Blackboard Learn servers will become available by Wednesday, May 15th at 5 PM.  

More information about the latest features in Blackboard Learn SP10 are available at

If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or


2013 School of Education Commencement Information

2013 Commencement

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 Attending Commencement

  • 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 emailed to those of you who have requested rented regalia when it is ready to be picked up.)
  • 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.

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. Please RSVP the names of everyone you will be bringing to the picnic by Wednesday, May 8 to Rachel Williams at


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Three faculty members in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development (Drs. Laura M. Gonzalez, Erik M. Hines, and L. DiAnne Borders) received internal funding this spring to pilot a 6 week parent curriculum they created in both English and Spanish.  The three developed the parent curriculum (along with Dr. Villalba, now at Wake Forest) with funding from a College Access Challenge Grant grant to UNC GA and the College Foundation of North Carolina  (located on the UNCG campus;  The curriculum was developed to inform and support parents as they worked with their children on the steps of planning for college/career options.

This spring, the three faculty members delivered the curriculum in two locations.  With funding from the School of Education Dean’s Office, Drs. Hines and Borders oversaw the delivery of the curriculum to African American parents and grandparents at Smith High School.  With funding from the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities, Dr. Gonzalez and Donna Weaver (CFNC/GEAR UP Services Manager) delivered the parent curriculum to Spanish-speaking middle school and high school parents in the Asheboro City School system. Parents/grandparents at each site lauded the appropriateness of the curriculum as it assisted them in better understanding the college admissions process as well as it providing a platform and specific activities for initiating conversations with their children about well-informed decisions related to college planning.

The three faculty members collected pre-post data at both locations, including program evaluations and self-efficacy reports by parents as the curriculum is based in Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), a well-established self-efficacy based approach to college planning and career decision-making.  The three faculty members are working with Deana Hasty, SOE Pre-award Research Coordinator, to identify external funding opportunities for larger scale implementation and validation studies.


Dr. Deborah Taub (TEHE) has been elected to the Directorate of the ACPA Standing Committee for Women.


Katrina P. Cummings, a SES doctoral student and EC LEADS scholar, received funding from the Public Scholarship Graduate Network for the research project:  Understanding Parent Participation in Social-Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL).  This community-engaged research project is being conducted in partnership with the North Carolina Early Learning Network, parents, and teachers across North Carolina.


Melissa Wheeler (CED doctoral student) has been notified that she has been selected to receive a $500 research grant from the national Career Development Association in support of her dissertation study, “Measuring the Effectiveness of ‘The Major Decision’:  A Counseling Group for Undecided and Re-Deciding First year, First-Generation College Students.”  The award will be presented at the NCDA’s national conference In Boston this summer.  Congrats!


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