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News: 05-20-2013


Note: Beginning in May, SOE News will be published every other Monday during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be on Monday, June 3.

The Specialized Education Services department of the UNCG School of Education hosted American Sign Language Idol on Saturday, May 4, 2013. A total of $1,841.00 was raised to send our Deaf-Blind friends in the Greensboro area attend Camp Dogwood! (Hey, that Cowboy looks a little familiar…)


On May 16, SOE staff members volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help construct a home in Greensboro. They began the day with a just a foundation (no walls), and by the end of the day the walls were up (you can see their result in the photo above). Congrats to Dodie Booton, Brenda Jones, Babbette Mabe, Ciara Marable, Meggan Reagan, Carol Resch, and Breon Williams on a job well done!


May SOE Faculty and Student Spotlight

May’s SOE Faculty and Student Spotlight features ERM professor Ric Luecht and ERM Ph.D. student Shureka Hargrove. Read more about Ric and Shureka on the SOE home page (, or click here.


ERM Faculty Candidate Colloquium – Monday, May 20

ERM will have Dr. Andrew McConney, a Faculty Candidate coming in from Australia, and the SOE Faculty & Staff are invited to attend his colloquium on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 1:30-2:30 pm in #222 SOEB.  The title of his colloquium is:  Synthesizing Findings within Mixed (or Multi-) Method Program Evaluations.


Veteran and Military Affiliate Education Institute – June 6 – 7


The Office of Undergraduate studies will host the Veteran and Military Affiliate Education institute on June 6-7, 2013 (see ad below).  All faculty participants will receive a stipend of $420 for attending the two-day institute.

The goal of the institute is to equip faculty with information, tools, and skills, which will better prepare you to provide effective learning environments and opportunities for military populations at our institution. Faculty will participate in a series of information sessions over the course of the two-day period, addressing topics which include:  Understanding UNCG’s military demographic, The Value of Veterans in the Classroom, Hearing the Stories of Transition for our Military Population, Curriculum Design for Military Populations, and Opportunities for Research.

The workshop will take place on both days from 10am-4pm. Please RSVP to Love C. Keys at Keep in mind that space is limited.


Summer Volunteer Opportunities

CWS Immigration and Refugee Program needs volunteers for the two following events. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Shannon Green at to RSVP for the day and time you would like to volunteer.

1. June 1st from 9am-5pm – The event is a Citizenship Workshop. Click on this link for details.

2. June 8th in two hour increments between 9am-10pm. You can choose a two (or more) hour time slots to volunteer at the Mosaic Festival: International Food, Art, and Music in downtown Greensboro. To learn more, visit and click here.


Summer Building Security Reminder

From Angel Biegert:

As the summer begins I’d like to remind all individuals of the importance of securing our buildings, (SOEB, Curry & Ferguson Buildings).  Please remember to lock your office doors, even when stepping away for only a few minutes.
Also, departmental workrooms, mailrooms, GA offices, etc. should remain closed and locked unless an individual is occupying the space.

Thank you in advance for your assistance regarding the importance of securing office equipment and your personal items.
If you have questions and/or concerns please contact me at 336-340-0827 or


SOE Kayaking Group

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

PPO Annual Enrollment Part 1 Information

By now you may have received a brochure from the State Health Plan regarding Annual Enrollment that will run May 20 – May 31, 2013.

You do NOT need to do anything during Annual Enrollment if you are satisfied with the plan in which you are currently enrolled. If you take no action, you will remain on your current plan, along with any covered dependents. Any plan changes made during Annual Enrollment will become effective July 1, 2013. There are no changes to member or dependent premiums.

There will be another enrollment period in October (Part 2), during which there will be massive changes to the health plan’s structure, premiums, cost design.  The details of those changes are still being worked out in Raleigh, and we’ll pass along more information as soon as we get it (probably closer to October).

This will also be the time for our NCFlex open enrollment.  For 2014, both will finally run together on a calendar plan year. For questions, please contact the UNCG Human Resources office at 334-5009.


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 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.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Catherine Matthews (TEHE) was awarded the Outstanding 9-16 Educator Award in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education for her work mentoring future educators. Matthews boasts a 40-year career in science and 20 years with UNCG. One of her notable accomplishments is the design and implementation of the Environmental Education Professional Development for Schools program (PDS), where Matthews has mentored future educators as undergraduate students and helped usher them into their teaching career. The award recipients were nominated by their colleagues as outstanding champions of STEM education in the state of North Carolina. For more information about the SMT Center, award winners or additional STEM resources, visit


Deb Taub (TEHE) has had her manuscript, “Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Resident Assistants’ Intention to Refer At-risk Students to Counseling,” as the Association of College and University Housing Officers International ‘s Betty J. Harrah Manuscript of the Year. The manuscript was co-authored by several of Deb’s former colleagues at Purdue and appeared in the Journal of College and University Student Housing. Deb and her colleagues will be recognized at ACUHO-I’s conference in Minneapolis in June.


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