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News: 07-29-2013


Note: SOE News will be published every other Monday during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be sent out on Monday, August 12. 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, August 9.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Opening of Camden County Public Library

(Message from Clara Chu, LIS department chair)

Camden County will be holding a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new Camden County Public Library.  (See feature:   Prior to this, Camden County was the last county in North Carolina that did not have a public library or a joint use public and school library facility.  However, the County did have school libraries and also received bookmobile service from Pasquotank and Camden county.  You are invited to the ceremony, scheduled for Monday, August 5th, at 11:00 a.m., to celebrate this momentous occasion and Kristen Ross.  The library is located at 104 Investors Way in Camden.  Facebook:

While serving as a consultant during the community assessment/planning phase of the new library, Dr. Chow shared with the Camden team the tragic loss of Kristen Ross (MLIS, Dec. 2012) and that she had always dreamed of becoming a librarian and serving the community.  The Library Planning Committee was deeply touched and wanted to recognize Kristen’s dream by dedicating a portion of the Children’s Area of the library in her memory.  Members of the Ross family plan to attend the ceremony, and Dr. Chow and I plan to attend.


Dean’s Welcome Back Reception – Friday, August 23

To celebrate the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, Dean Wixson will be hosting a Welcome Back Reception at her home (5201 Bodie Lane, Greensboro NC 27455) on Friday, August 23 from 5-8pm. SOE faculty, staff, and their significant others are welcome to attend. To RSVP for the event, please respond to the invitation sent out via email, or contact Annie Smith ( if you have any questions.


Storyteller/Musician Bill Harley on Campus Monday, September 9

 Storyteller/Musician Bill Harley

2-time Grammy Award Winner, NPR commentator, and acclaimed storyteller/musician Bill Harley will perform in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Greensboro: Monday, September 9, 7 pm – Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG campus

Winston-Salem: Saturday, September 7, 12:30 pm and 4 pm BOOKMARKS Festival, Arts District (Main Stage)

Both events are free and open to the public, with book signings following

Sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG, with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Series Fund

For More Information: (336) 256-0112 or visit

“He combines wry observation with well-crafted folk, pop and rock music to tell tales that tickle the funny bone and tease the brain.” – Boston Globe

“Harley delivers an uninhibited performance with wry sense of humor and has a love of life we can all share…”

Los Angeles Times

A two-time Grammy award winning artist, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and family life. Poignant and hilarious, his work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and featured on PBS. Harley joined the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours worldwide as an author and performing artist.


Learning Management System (LMS) Study Underway

UNCG has used Blackboard Learn (Bb) as its Learning Management System (LMS) for a number of years. Bb Learn has served the needs of faculty for distance learning & for other technology-assisted learning & academic support. At the same time, a number of UNCG faculty have expressed concerns regarding some of the characteristics of the Bb product.  Other large campuses, including UNC campuses, have undertaken detailed studies or pilots of alternative LMSs. In November 2012, Provost David Perrin & Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter charged the Academic Technology Coordinating Committee (ATCC) with carrying out such a study here at UNCG, with the goal of determining which solution best meets faculty and student needs & what the University can cost-effectively support. Click on the link below to find out more on the study:

Sandra Bates-Hart and Nanette Deberry represent the SOE on the LMS project team.  Several SOE faculty have volunteered to pilot test the identified LMS products.


Spring 2013 SES Newsletter Now Online

The Spring 2013 edition of the SES Newsletter is now online – Click here to read the Newsletter.


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:

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

Ye (Jane) He (TEHE) was featured in last week’s Campus Weekly as a recipient of the 2013 SOE Teaching Excellence Award: Excellence in Teaching Throughout UNCG


Kathy Matthews (TEHE) was featured in a video in last week’s Campus Weekly See/Hear section on the HERPS Project: RISE – Kathy Matthews HERPS Project


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