Note: Beginning in May, SOE News will be published every other week during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be on Tuesday, May 27.
Faculty Award Winners from SOE Commencement Ceremony
The following SOE faculty members were recognized at the 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 9:
Holly Downs (ERM) and Laura Gonzalez (CED) were recipients of the 2013-2014 Mentoring / Advising / Supervising Awards
Karen De Naples (SES) was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Teaching Excellence Award
Congratulations to our award recipients!
Security Reminder to Faculty/Staff in SOEB
As the semester comes to a close, please be aware of your surroundings for the safety of you and others. Please remember:
- close and lock the SOEB mail room to ensure packages don’t walk away.
- close and lock your office when you are not in it.
- watch for and report any unfamiliar people in the building to campus police.
SOE Staff, as you plan your vacations and days off please add it to the SOE Staff Calendar. This calendar worked well last year allowing others to know when you are out of the office.
Thanks and enjoy the summer parking!
TeachLivE Demonstration – Friday, May 16
There will be a demonstration of the TeachLivE ( http://sreal.eecs.ucf.edu/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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Summer Leadership Conference – June 22-25
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 http://www.youngwriterscampuncg.com/ for registration and additional information.
Save the Dates – 2014-15 Yopp Speaker Series
The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are pleased to announce the Fall and Spring speakers for the 2014-2015 Yopp Distinguished Speakers Series in Mathematics Education. Dr. Randy Philipp will visit on September 8, 2014 and Dr. Elham Kazemi will visit on March 23, 2015. Each will give two talks: a research talk (11 am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5 – 6:30 pm). The afternoon talks are intended for the broader community so please invite interested educators from the community.
For more information, view the event flyer
We hope that you will be able to join us for these events!
Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson
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: http://soe.uncg.edu/about-us/accreditation/invitation-comment/
Staff Senate Scholarship Available for UNCG Staff – Deadline to apply is May 16
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:
- 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
- EPAF creation and documentation
- Hiring paperwork
(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 http://its.uncg.edu/Software/ Available/Survey/ for more information and installation instructions, or register for ITS’s Qualtrics workshops by visiting http://workshops.uncg.edu.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
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: http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2014/02/10/littleprinces/
Anthony Chow and Rebecca Morris (LIS) took part in the ‘Happy’ library advocacy dance outside the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on May 6. Check out their moves in the video: http://nclibraryadvocacy.wordpress.com/nc-libraries/north-carolina-leads-national-rally-for-libraries-in-washington/nlld-happy-dance-may-6-2014/
Keith Mobley (CED) was just elected as president-elect for 2014-15 for the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He will chair the 2015 Conference in Philadelphia and assume the role of president in July 2015.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Catherine Matthews (TEHE) and doctoral students Lacey Huffling and Aerin Benavides just had their article ‘The Ins and Outs of Developing a Field-Based Science Project: Learning by Lassoing Lizards’ published in the May issue of The American Biology Teacher.