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NEWS: 05-05-2014


Touger with Dean Wixson

Congratulations to Touger Vang, who was awarded the SOE Staff Excellence Award at the Reading Day Luncheon on April 30.


Congratulations to Deb Ackerman

Congratulations to Deb Ackerman, who retired from UNCG on Wednesday, April 30 after almost 10 years of service. Deb is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren, William (4 ½ years) and Emma & Andrew (2 ½ years). We will miss you!


2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony – Event Information Available Online

The 2014 School of Education Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Information on the Ceremony can be found on the SOE website: 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony

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

Reminders For Faculty

  • All faculty are asked to arrive no later than 5:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) on the 9th for line up for the Commencement Ceremony. The Faculty Holding Area will be in Meeting Room #3A of the Special Events Center (new location). 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.


TeachLivE Demonstration – Friday, May 16

There will be a demonstration of the TeachLivE ( ) mixed-reality teaching environment on Friday, May 16 at 10:00am in SOEB #302.

At the demonstration, we can expect:

1) to have a brief overview of what TeachLivE is and how is it being used.

2) have our own time to interact with the avatars. We can ask them any question we would like or teach a lesson.

3) ask any additional questions that we may have about the system or how to set it up in our location.

Contact Christina O’Connor at with questions.


SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic – Saturday, May 17

UNCG School of Education Faculty and Staff members, you and your spouse, significant other, children, and family are invited to the 2014 SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic, taking place on Saturday, May 17 from 2-6pm at Bur-Mil Park, Shelter #2 (5834 Bur-Mil Club Road, Greensboro, NC). Come join us for a day of fun outdoor activities and the opportunity to unwind together after another school year.

We will provide the main meal – please bring your favorite snacks to share with everyone.

Rain or shine – there is no rain location for this event, the shelter is covered in the event of rain that day. However, in the event of any severe weather threats, we will cancel the picnic for your safety – please check your email for any updates that day.

This is a kid-friendly event – children are welcome to join us for the day. Dress is casual.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 9 by clicking on the following: 2014 SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic RSVP Form. Please include the number of guests you will be bringing with you that day so that we know how many to expect.


Summer Leadership Conference – June 22-25

Click here to view Summer Leadership Conference Flyer


Strengthening Our Profession: Year One Academy for UNCG OSTEs and Clinical Teachers – June 24-26

We are pleased to announce the dates and registration for Strengthening Our Profession: Year One Academy for UNCG OSTEs and Clinical Teachers, to be held in the UNCG School of Education Building June 24-26, 2014.  For more information about the Academy and the link to registration, please view the event flyer.


UNCG Young Writers’ Camp – July 14-25, 2014

The UNCG Young Writers’ Camp, a two-week camp in its third year, is for students in grades 3-12. It will be offered July 14-July 25, 2014, in the UNCG School of Education Building. Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports a variety of writing styles. Visit for registration and additional information.


New Fall 2014 Course Offering – ELC 375 Philosophy of Education

ELC 375 Philosophy of Education, a new General Education course available for all undergraduates, is now included in the fall 2014 course listings. For more information on the new course, please view the event flyer.


NCATE Invitation to Public Comment

In Fall 2014, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) will review UNCG’s preparation of teachers and other professional educators. As part of this re-accreditation process, we invite our community and professional partners to share their perspectives about the quality of our programs.

For full details, please visit:


Awards/Funding Opportunities

Staff Senate Scholarship Available for UNCG Staff – Deadline to apply is May 16

Staff senate scholarship flyer 3.5



Post Award Administrator Transition Schedule

(message from Terry Ackerman)


The Office of Research appreciates your patience with the transition of responsibilities since Sheila Gambardella left her Post-Award Administrator position.  We were in the process of hiring a replacement, but those efforts have been put on hold due to budget considerations.  We anticipate the vacancy lasting no less than three months before we post the position again.  During this time, the Dean’s Office staff is working together to make sure you have the support you need for contract and grant pre- and post- award activities.

Deana will continue to do all of her pre-award administrator duties.  However, we have decided to divide up the post award responsibilities among Deana, Sue and Terri. Please note that Sue will only be available to help out with post-award responsibilities on MWF from 8:30-12:30.  Thus, if you have to see her please make it during those times.

Below is how we divided up the post-award responsibilities:

Deana Hasty

  • Award set-up, no-cost extension requests and close-out
  • Budget transfer and inquiry/summary
  • Processing of honoraria, and BANFIN / reimbursement requests, and contracted services forms
  • Processing of Travel forms that DO NOT include the use of PCard
  •  Student tuition forms
  • Hiring paperwork for students and staff to be put on grants (Deana will work with Terri Lawson for hiring process)
  • Communication regarding course release and add-pay personnel actions (Deana will work with Terry Lawson to schedule grant-related EPAF creation)
  • Primary contact for Contracts & Grants

Terri Lawson

  •   EPAF creation and documentation
  • Hiring paperwork

Sue Miller

(Note: office hours for grant-related activity:  MWF 8:30am – 12:30pm)

  • PCard purchases and Purchase Orders
  • Conference registration and flight purchases for travel
  • Processing of Travel forms that include the use of PCard

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.



Blackboard Summer Course Shells

Please note that Blackboard Summer course shells are available to faculty beginning April 21, 2014.


Qualtrics Offline Surveys App

The Qualtrics Offline Surveys app is now available to anyone with a UNCG-Qualtrics account. The app is only a method for collecting survey results when not connected to the Internet. Creating, editing, distributing, reporting, and downloading results are still done through the online, browser-based application. Go to Available/Survey/ for more information and installation instructions, or register for ITS’s Qualtrics workshops by visiting



SOE Book Club Update

(message from Meggan Reagan)

Due to low interest over the past couple of months, the SOE Book Club will go on hiatus for the rest of the Spring/Summer. We will pick up in August with a book discussion of UNCG’s First Year Summer Read, Little Princes by Conor Grennan. Happy Reading!!!
Here is the link with more information on UNCG’s First Year Summer Read:



On Thursday, May 1, the Good Morning Show on WFMY featured several graduates and a current student in Professions in Deafness (PID) to share the work of PID with a new mentoring program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing developed by alumnus Timothy Hodges (Advocacy concentration) through the Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Appearing on the show were Isaac Stearns, a B-12 deaf or hard of hearing teacher licensure major and Mark Lineberger, a graduate of the interpreting program. Click here to view the interview: CSDHH Recruits Kids and Volunteers for Mentoring Program



James Benshoff (CED) has been selected as the Tenure Track Mentoring Fellow for the next academic year by the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.


Brad Johnson (TEHE) was recently elected President of the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) for 2014-2016.  This marks the 2nd time that Johnson has served the association as its President. The North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA), a state division of American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – College Student Educators International, is committed to the education and development of post-secondary students in North Carolina and exists for the benefit of all student personnel professionals in the state.  NCCPA also provides leadership in the college student development profession, contributes to the continuing education of student development educators, and offers networking opportunities among its members.  NCCPA is one of the most active and recognized state divisions within ACPA, having been awarded Outstanding State & International Division 7 times, the Award for Innovation 5 times, Outstanding State & International Division for Membership, Recruitment, & Retention 2 times, and Outstanding State & International Leader 3 times.


Kelly Wester (CED) will be the invited speaker on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) for several Guilford County Schools groups over the next few weeks:

1). On May 7, she will be speaking to 36 Guilford County School Nurses on ‘Understanding and Working with Youth Who Self-Injure.’ The nurses have requested information on self-injury and what they can do when presented with it in the schools.

2). On May 6, Kelly will provide a parent informational seminar on self-injury, including topics such as: what is self-injury, how to understand it, how to recognize signs in children, and how to talk to and interact with children who may engage in NSSI.

3). On May 23, Kelly will speak with 7th and 8th graders at a local middle school about coping behaviors – both adaptive and maladaptive (including NSSI). Earlier that week, on May 20, she will provide a parent informational seminar and do a consultation regarding two students of concern at that school.

Finally, in July Dr. Wester will provide a parent training/informational seminar on NSSI for the Therapeutic Foster Care Agency, Community Support Service in Greensboro.


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