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News: 08-12-2013


2013 Young Writer’s Camp

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2013 Young Writer’s Camp! We would like to personally thank the following instructors for their time, dedication, and energy in making this year’s Camp a success:

Melissa Adams-Budde: Elementary School Researcher
Tyler Anderson: High School Instructor
Thomas Baker: Middle School Instructor
Jennifer Belcher: Elementary School Researcher
Laura Cameron: Middle School Instructor
Sharon Dixon: Elementary School Instructor
Miguel Gomez: Middle School Volunteer
Colleen Fairbanks: Middle School Volunteer
Elizabeth Joyce: Elementary School Instructor
Claire Lambert: Middle School Researcher
Brooke Langston-Demott: Elementary School Researcher
Tresha Layne: High School Volunteer
Barbara Levin: Elementary School Volunteer
Jennifer Mangrum: Elementary School Co-director
Nicole Martin: Elementary School Co-director
Mark Meacham: High School Researcher
Joy Myers: Elementary School Researcher
Katie Roquemore: High School Instructor
Amy Vetter: Young Writers’ Camp Director

Melody Zoch: Writing Coach Instructor

Please take a moment to check out the published works from the 2013 Campers, posted online at:

The Young Writer’s Camp was featured as a headline article on the UNCG homepage this week – Read here for more information on how SOE student researchers used this experience as a learning tool, and on how the Camp is working with the Melon Project to expose Kenyan schoolchildren to English language and culture.


SOE Technology Orientation Available Online 

For an overview of technology services and resources available to faculty and staff in the SOE and campus, click on the School of Education Technology Orientation.


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards – Deadline Friday, September 27

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards, to be presented during UNCG Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Alumni Awards will be presented in the following categories: Early Career, Distinguished Career, Outstanding Achievement, and Distinguished Service Awards. To submit a nomination form online, please visit:

The deadline to submit Alumni Award nominations is Friday, September 27. Winners will be selected and announced in early October.


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.


Online Webinar: Scholarly Writing and Publishing for LIS Students – Thursday, September 12

(from the LIS Department)

Dear friends,

The Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve is planning the launch of a column that will gather articles from LIS students on their experiences and knowledge of library services including interlibrary loan, document delivery, reserves, digitization, and electronic accessibility.  To kick off this column, we’d like to share what we know of scholarly publishing and are offering an online webinar:  Scholarly Writing & Publishing for LIS Students on September 12, 2013 at 1-2:30 p.m. EST.  Webinar registration at this address:  We hope that this will be an opportunity for LIS students to gain experience and confidence with the publishing process.

We’d like to get your feedback and partnership, as an LIS student organization, in making this column come to life.  Please help us spread the word about the webinar and publishing opportunity.


LeEtta Schmidt, MLS

Associate Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

University of South Florida, Tampa Library

4202 E Fowler Ave LIB 102

Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974- 1627 voice

Rebecca Donlan, M.A.

Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserves

Florida Gulf Coast University Library Services

10501 FGCU Blvd. South

Fort Myers, FL 33965-6501

239-590-7641 voice

239-590-7609 fax


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.


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


UNCG HR Information

Fidelity Holding Individual Counseling Session This Summer

Fidelity is holding individual counseling sessions at UNCG and invites you to attend the final summer session.

Joshua Soucy, our Fidelity Investments Representative will be conducting a 1:1 Retirement Planning Session. 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

The final session is scheduled for:

August 23rd       8:00AM – 5:00PM          White Oak Room (EUC)

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


Fond Farewell


We wish Brenda Jones well in her new role at the Pierce Jefferson Funeral Services in Kernersville.  She has worked at UNCG for 15 years, 7 of those years in the SOE. Brenda will be missed in the SOE. Please see Terri Lawson or Meredith Walther Carlone if you have work related items previously handled by Brenda.



Wedding Photo 1

Congratulations to Meredith Walther and Mike Carlone, who were married on July 23 in Westport, MA by David Carlone, Heidi Carlone’s husband!


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Dean Karen Wixson was featured in Campus Weekly for her participation in a cultural exchange delegation to Turkey in July: click here to read more.


The Engineering is Elementary workshop was featured in this week’s Campus Weekly: UNCG makes engineering elementary for kids


Anthony Chow (LIS) & Becky Croxton’s (TEHE/LIS doctoral student) article, Information-seeking behavior and reference medium preferences: Differences between faculty, staff, and students, has been selected by The American Library Association’s (ALA) RSS Research and Statistics Committee for inclusion in the Reference Research Review for 2012. This annual bibliography focuses on research published within the last complete calendar year, annotating items of importance to the practice of reference. The Reference Research Review was announced during the 2013 Reference Research Forum on Saturday, June 29th during the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

The Reference Research Review 2012 can be found here:

Previous Reference Research Reviews can be found here (scroll down the page):


Anthony Chow and Becky Croxton also had two different conference proposals accepted for this year’s 2013 SLOAN e-Learning conference :

  • Developing an Effective e-Learning Infrastructure: Ends, Means, and Processes – An overview of results of an e-Learning needs assessment of the School of Education, the Division of Continual Learning, and a random sample (25%) of UNCG faculty.
  • Online Instructional Self-Efficacy & Acceptance: Aligning Self-Efficacy, Attitudes, & Needs with Institutional Goals – Statistical analysis of faculty self-efficacy, attitudes, and needs using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) as a theoretical framework.


Anthony Chow (LIS), Kim Hewitt (ELC), and Holly Downs (ERM) work entitled,  Systems Thinking and Technology Integration as Catalysts for School Change in High Need Schools: IMPACT V and the Alignment of Organizational Ends and Means, was recently published in Nelson Mandela University’s journal Educational Research for Social Change. Per the editor’s comments about their research findings examining technology integration in high need schools: “…implications that could be taken into consideration and even be adapted within similar contexts, worldwide.”


In collaboration with Associate Professor Hamid Nemati and doctoral student Jeff Wall of UNCG’s Information Systems department, Anthony Chow’s conference proposal, “An Exploratory Study of Privacy Coping and Information Sharing Behaviors in Social Media: A Comparison of US and Chinese Users” has been accepted to the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2013 in Milan, Italy. Worldwide this conference has a 10% acceptance rate.


Clara Chu (LIS) is profiled in the August/September edition of the Guilford County Women’s Journal ( for her work with the Greensboro Public Library’s 2013 One City, One Book project.


Joseph Hill (SES), alongside colleague Dr. Carolyn McCaskill conducted interviews during the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) conference in New Orleans in early August, as part of a DVD and book project for Black Deaf Families.


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