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News: 05-06-2013


Note: Beginning in May, SOE News will be published every other Monday during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be on Monday, May 20.


2013 School of Education Commencement – Friday, May 10

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.


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


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


SOE Kayaking Group Update

The SOE Kayaking group had their First Paddle excursion on 04/27/2013. Dr. Cheryl Greenberg, Dr. Joseph Hill, Carol Resch and Sheila Gambardella paddled a good portion of Lake Brandt.  Fun was had by all.

We would like to get a group together for a guided “Night Paddle” one evening during the week.  The paddle is usually 2 hrs starting at 7PM in May and 8PM starting in June for rest of the season.  Please contact Sheila Gambardella if interested in participating.  If we get at least 10 commitments we can have our own guide/session.  Less than 10 we will need to go to a Wednesday night paddle.  We would like to go in May.

Also, we should start to look for interest in a day of kayaking, canoeing or tubing the Dan River this June.  Those interested should also contact Sheila Gambardella at

UNCG HR Information

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

TIAA-CREF is holding individual counseling sessions at UNCG and invites you to attend.

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. This individual counseling session can help you simplify your retirement by:

·      Consolidating your retirement accounts to make managing your holdings easier, particularly when it comes to tax preparation;

·      Offering any needed estate planning, including addressing life insurance needs and wealth transfer strategies;

·      Reviewing your retirement income options to provide you with the most flexibility possible.

Sessions can be scheduled during the following time periods:

May 14    8:30 am – 4:30 pm   Long Leaf Rm (EUC)
May 15    8:30 am – 4:30 pm   Sharpe Room (EUC)

To schedule an appointment, please go to or call 866 843-5640.


Fidelity Holding Individual Counseling Sessions This Summer

Fidelity is holding individual counseling sessions at UNCG and invites you to attend.

Joshua Soucy, our Fidelity Investments Representative will be conducting 1:1 Retirement Planning Sessions this summer. Consider meeting with your Fidelity Workplace Planning & Guidance Consultant if you need help with:

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

Sessions can be scheduled during the following time periods:

May 9th 8:00AM – 5:00PM White Oak Room (EUC)
May 30th 8:00AM – 5:00PM White Oak Room (EUC)
June 27th 8:00AM – 5:00PM MHRA Building Room 2603
July 26th 8:00AM – 5:00PM MHRA Building Room 3603
August 8th 8:00AM – 5:00PM White Oak Room (EUC)
August 23rd 8:00AM – 5:00PM White Oak Room (EUC)

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


May is Asian/Pacific American History and Older Americans Month

The Governor of North Carolina has proclaimed May 2013 as Asian/Pacific American History Month and Older Americans Month.

This year’s national theme for Asian American Heritage Month is “ Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion.”  You may attend events such as the 14th  annual Charlotte Asian Festival and  the 8th annual Dragon Boat Festival Race to learn more about the  Asian American culture. The festival begins on May 4th and celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history.

Additionally, this year’s national theme for Older Americans Month is “Unleash the Power of Age.” This year’s celebrations highlights the significant contributions made by thousands of older Americans across our nation through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities.

Older Americans Month 2013

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

CED Group Photo


CED master’s counseling students in Lucy Lewis’ ‘Counseling Children’ course recently designed and delivered bullying prevention curriculum for refugee children in three after-school programs at Glen Haven, Oakwood Forest, and Ashton Woods Community Centers as their service learning project for the course.  The students, elementary, middle, and high school ages, included Liberian, Nepalese, Burmese, Congolese, Vietnamese, and other backgrounds who reported being bullied at school as well as being targets of racism.
The master’s counseling students included these issues in their curriculum.  Their goals were to increase students’ knowledge on types of bullying, how to respond to bullying, ways to deal with feelings associated with being targets of bullying, encourage a positive ethnic and cultural identity, and process what it was like to transition to life in the US.

Pictured above is the group who delivered the curriculum at Ashton Woods Community Center, including Rachel Howard, Heather Ratti, Kate Sutton, Sara Simpson, Ashley Smith, Dejanell Mittman, and Lucy Lewis (course instructor).


Recent Faculty Presentations and Publications

C. P. Gause (TEHE) keynoted the 7th Annual National Student Teaching and Supervision conference at Slippery Rock University on April 29, 2013.  He also presented a guest lecture on, “iPad, iTune, iPod, and iPhone: Creating Dynamic and Engaging Learning Communities for the iGeneration.” Visit the conference website at:



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