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News: 07-01-2013


Note: SOE News will be published every other Monday during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be sent out on Monday, July 15. Please make sure to email News items to as early as possible for the publication. The deadline to submit SOE News items for the next publication is 9:00am on Friday, July 12.


SOE Summer Professional Development Symposium

Last week marked the successful completion of the SOE Summer Professional Development Symposium.   This year’s Yopp Institute was featured in last week’s Campus Weekly: Yopp Institute Supports First-Year Teachers.

Engineering is Elementary Workshop

The first Engineering is Elementary Workshop was held in SOEB last week. This project is a partnership with the Museum of Science in Boston and the Engineering is Elementary curriculum development team. Teachers taking part in the Workshop were from Bluford, Irving Park, Lindley, Murphey, and Siler City Elementary Schools. The UNCG team includes science education and ERM professors and graduate students and a Project Enrich staff member. Last week, teachers designed hand pollinators, acting as “agricultural engineers” to help a farmer with integrated pest management. Participants also acted as materials engineers to replicate an “ancient” artifact, and as “green engineers” to design a solar oven. They’ll implement these units in their classes in the fall.

SOE Welcomes Nanette DeBerry as New Instructional Technology Consultant

Nanette DeBerry

Nanette DeBerry is joining the School of Education as the Instructional Technology Consultant (Blackboard support, online course development, etc.) starting Monday, June 17th.  Nanette comes to us from Carilion Technology Services where she served as an Applications Analyst. Nanette holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Winston-Salem State University, a MS in Instructional Design and Development from Towson University, and a MS in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University. Welcome, Nanette!

SOE All Staff/EPA Non-Faculty Retreat – Wednesday, July 10

Please mark your calendars for the SOE all Staff/EPA non-faculty retreat on Wednesday, July 10th from 8:30am-4:30pm. It will be held at Piney Lake and lunch will be provided.

Meggan Reagan will be sending a medical release and a participant release closer to the retreat. Meggan will need to have a final head count 2 weeks prior, so if you cannot make it please let her know at

TEHE Welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr. Aceng Ruyani from Bengkulu University in Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education & the UNCG community are pleased to welcome visiting scholar, Dr. Aceng Ruyani. Dr. Ruyani (Mr. Aceng) is the Head of the Science Education graduate program at Bengkulu University in Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia. He arrived in the United States (his first visit here) on June 10th and will depart on July 18th.

While visiting with us at UNCG he has had and will continue to have extensive involvement with the NSF-funded project, Herpetology Education in Rural Places & Spaces. He will also join us for some of our GK12 work.  He hopes to establish a formal relationship between Bengkulu University and UNCG.

If you have an interest in Indonesian education, science education or herpetology education or would just like to talk with Mr. Aceng to share ideas about international education please contact him at Aceng Ruyani or Catherine Matthews at

Mr. Aceng is housed at Elon University because their herpetology program, as a part of Elon Academy, is a month-long program. He will be on campus occasionally and would welcome an opportunity to talk with interested faculty.

Mr. Aceng with Christine Peckman, Chestnut Ridge Environmental Educator & Student Abbey

Mr. Aceng with Christine Peckman, Chestnut Ridge Environmental Educator & Student Abbey


SOE Book Club Update

Thanks for all who have participated in our book club throughout the year. We have had some great discussions! We are going on hiatus for the summer and will reconvene in August/September. This gives everyone a chance to check off some reading on their personal lists.

The next book we are going to read is going to be the UNCG freshman summer read, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Stay tuned for campus wide events and discussions surrounding the book.
Hope to see some new faces in the fall! Everyone is welcome!

(from Meggan Reagan)


2013-2014 Faculty Assembly Retreat and Meeting Dates

Below please find the dates for the 2013-2014 Faculty Assembly Retreat and monthly meeting dates. All monthly meetings are scheduled to take place from 2:00pm-3:30pm; the Retreat times are TBD and will be sent out soon. For questions, please contact Annie Smith at

August 23 – Faculty Assembly Retreat in Virginia Dare Room (time TBD)

September 10, 2013 – EUC Claxton

October 8, 2013 – EUC Kirkland

November 19, 2013 – EUC Kirkland

January 28, 2014 – EUC Kirkland

March 4, 2014 – EUC Kirkland

April 15, 2014 – EUC Kirkland


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


UNCG HR Information

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:

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

Dr. Paula Myrick Short ’67 has been appointed as the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston. Dr. Short most recently served as the interim provost of the University of Houston. A previous member of the UNCG SOE faculty, Dr. Short also serves UNCG through her establishment of the Pauline Fields Myrick Scholarship in honor of her mother and as a new member of the Excellence Foundation.


Recent Publications & Presentations

TEHE graduate students recently published the following book review:

The Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools.

The Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools.

Bellas, T & Myers, J. (2013). Review of the education nation: Six leading edges of innovation in our schools.  Journal of Language and Literacy Education [Online], 9(1), 67-69.


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