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NEWS: 08-18-14


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Welcome to the Start of the 2014-2015 School Year!

Personnel Updates in Student Services & Advising

Ciara Marable has accepted the position of Associate Director of Student Services & Advising.  Ciara has served in the office for the past 3 years, and continues to demonstrate her ability to grow professionally in the support of students. We are very happy to have her in this new position of leadership for OSS.

Demetrice Smith has accepted the position of Assistant Director for Student Services & Advising.  We are equally happy to have Demetrice join us in the School of Education.  She plans to begin work on August 25th.


Welcome New SOE Faculty Members

We would like to welcome the following new faculty members joining us for the 2014-2015 school year:

Jill Chouinard, Assistant Professor (ERM)
Symphony Oxendine, Visiting Lecturer (TEHE)
Diane Ryndak, Department Chair (SES)
Carrie Wachter Morris, Associate Professor (CED) (beginning in January 2015)

Also, congratulations to the following SOE faculty who have received a promotion by the UNCG Board of Trustees for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Nora Bird (LIS), Anthony Chow (LIS), and Craig Peck (ELC), who have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Teresa Little (SES), who has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
  • A. Keith Mobley (CED), who has been promoted to Clinical Full Professor


SOE Technical Support and Website Update Procedures – CHANGE


As of July 1, Bob Englert and Doug Taylor, Technical Support Analysts from the Bryan School, are assisting SOE with technical support requests.

Faculty and staff should email all technical support requests to (please note this is a different email address than was previously listed) and 6-TECH will be notified so an incident ticket can be created and Bob, Doug, and Sandra will be notified.

Note: The above email address should only be used to report the initial technical requests to 6-Tech and not as a direct communication method to Bob and Doug. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Bates-Hart ( or 334-3402).



Note: This does not include grant funded projects.

1. All web updates and additions must be approved by your department chair or manager. Once approved, complete and submit the form below.

2. Faculty/staff needing content changes on the website will need to complete a request using the following form: SOE Web Update Request Form

3. Accompanying attachments and image files should be sent to by the requestor.

4. Web updates will be made by a SOE Website Content Contributor or DCL Web Specialist. Faculty/staff will receive an email confirmation when their request has been completed.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Bates-Hart ( or 334-3402). 


 SOE Faculty Retreat – Friday, August 22

SOE Faculty Retreat will take place on Friday, August 22, 2014 in the Alexander Room of the EUC from 9:00am-3:00pm. All SOE faculty are invited to attend.


2014-2015 Faculty Assembly Meeting Dates

Below please find the dates for the 2014-2015 Faculty Assembly meetings. All meetings are scheduled to take place on a Tuesday from 2:00pm-3:30pm in the EUC Kirkland Room. For questions, please contact Annie Smith at

September 30, 2014

November 11, 2014

January 27, 2015

March 3, 2015

April 14, 2015


2014-2015 Staff Assembly Meeting Dates

Below please find the dates for the 2014-2015 Staff Assembly meetings. All meetings are scheduled to take place on a Wednesday from 9am-11am on the dates and at locations listed below. For questions, please contact Dodie Booton at

September 17, 2014  (Room #301 SOEB)

October 15, 2014 (Room #401 SOEB)

November 19, 2014 (Room #401 SOEB)

December 17, 2014 (Room #401 SOEB)

January 21, 2015 (Room #301 SOEB)

February 18, 2015 (Room #301 SOEB)

March 18, 2015 (Room #301 SOEB)

April 15, 2015 ( Room #301 SOEB)

May 20, 2015 (Room #301 SOEB)


Welcome Back Celebration – Friday, August 22

Dean Karen Wixson & Wiley Massingill invite all SOE Faculty, Staff, and spouses/significant others to a Welcome Back Celebration at their home on Friday, August 22 from 4-7pm. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be served as we celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Attire is casual – please RSVP by August 18. For additional questions about this event, contact Annie Smith at


Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series – Monday, September 8

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Randy Philipp to UNCG on Monday, September 8, 2014.  He will give two talks as part of the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education — a research talk (11 am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5 – 6:30 pm).  The afternoon talk is intended for the broader community, so please invite interested educators from the community.  Details about the talks are included in the flyer.

We hope that you will be able to join us for these events!

Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson


Changes in the LIS Department

Clara Chu stepped down as Chair of the LIS Department at the end of July 2014 to dedicate herself to her academic work. She is remaining at UNCG as full professor in the Department. Lee Shiflett is serving as Interim Chair for the Department this academic year.


TRC – Under Construction


Construction to the TRC is complete. Areas that have been affected in SOEB are rooms 312, 307, 302, 007 and the TRC. While the main construction to the TRC and the new makerspace (307) is completed, the TRC and the makerspace will not be fully open as furniture, books and materials need to be restored to a working condition.

Lori Sands, Director of the TRC, is doing her best to keep the TRC open for business. Please email her if you need materials to be sure they can be accessed.


Changes to Facility Services Beginning July 1

(message from Facility Services Department)

Dear Campus Community,

Due to staff and budget reductions, the Facility Services Department will be making changes to our current services. A decision was made after evaluating importance of certain services and researching practices of our sister institutions within the system along with procedures at other educational facilities. Beginning on July 1, 2014 trash and recycling pickup in private areas (offices) will be reduced to once per week and will coincide with the weekly cleaning of these areas. These changes will not affect services in public areas (ex: classrooms, labs, restrooms, labs, hallways, break areas) or student funded facilities. Faculty and staff will also still be able to request large roll-carts if there is an anticipation of a large amount of office trash (ex: end-of- semester office clean-outs). We are in the process of evaluating additional locations for public bins in the event that daily overflow is generated. The housekeeping supervisors are currently working on individual facility plans and will contact each of the building contacts to share information and solicit suggestions on how to make this transition with the least amount of disruption to daily building operations. If you wish to contact a housekeeping supervisor with a question, please contact Sherry Stevens at or 334-3603 for the SOEB, or Willie Dowd at or 256-1207 for the Curry Building.


SOE Work Order Instructions

The following information is to assist you in completing work order requests and other needs in the SOE.



In order to submit an online request for a work order, go to:

You will see this in the middle of the page: “Submit online via TMA”, click on TMA.

That takes you to another page: “Requesting a Work Order”

Says “Click on link TMA”. When you click on that, it will take you to the online form.


There will be several items in the color red. These MUST be filled out.

The first drop down box is the requestor’s name, when you start typing your name in, it might pop up and it might not. Just continue to type your name and then go to the next box, which is phone number. Next is “requestor e-mail”.

The next item is not in red, but you should fill it in. It is Building Name and if you click in the empty space and type the letter C, then wait, you will see as one of the drop down items “Curry” or if you type the letter F, then wait, you will find Ferguson. Finally, type in “School of Education”, you can select the SOEB. Then click on the appropriate name to insert building name.

Do not fill in: Floor Code or Area #

Department is optional (some of our departments are not listed, so it is not necessary to fill this in).

The “Request Type Desc” is already done, so leave as is.

Do not fill in: Repair Center

The “Action Requested” box is very important. Please be very specific. Some must haves are: SOEB, Curry or Ferguson room number, floor number, if it is a bathroom issue please indicate stall number (counting from door), state issue and then state what you would like them to do.

Something to avoid: cannot say women’s bathroom on 3rd floor, you must have the room number of the women’s bathroom. Do not say Dr. Smith would like someone to check the heat in his office, you must give the room number of Dr. Smith.

The “notify me” box should be checked.

Then click Submit.

IF SOMETHING NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, you can call the work order phone number:



  • trash not getting emptied
  • no toilet paper in bathroom
  • no paper towels in bathroom
  • no soap in bathroom
  • light bulbs that need replacing
  • faucets won’t turn off or on
  • clogged drains
  • spill on carpet or other carpet issues
  • outside doors of building locked
  • water fountain issues
  • rooms too hot or too cold
  • graffiti on walls
  • odd smells
  • clocks not showing correct time (this is usually in classrooms)
  • elevator not working correctly
  • clean up vomit
  • mouse droppings
  • spills in the elevators or hallways
  • upholstery cleaning
  • low battery on e-key door (if it beeps repeatedly when you pull key out)


Everything you need to know about telephones is listed online:

Information you may find includes:

  • Directory Information
  • Repairs
  • Voicemail Information
  • Telephone services for Faculty and Staff

Please check here before asking Sharlene for assistance.


Please see Annie first with any key card issues. Key cards may be approved by Annie Smith, Sharlene O’Neil or Meredith Carlone.

The SOEB Millennium card system is changing to Blackboard. Robert Walker (334-9709) in the ID Center in the EUC will be the new contact. Ferguson will switch too, but at a later date.


Annie will work with University Police for any after-hour building access issues.

Meredith will work with University Police on all security issues and incident or accident reports.


Scheduling SOE Conference rooms or the front or back lobby for special events will go through Annie. You may check conference room availability here:

Classroom reservations go through Ava Johnson at the Registrar’s Office.

Table and easel reservations currently may be done through Annie but will be changing to a check out system when the TRC reopens in Fall 2014. Tables and/or easels will need to be picked up and returned after an event.


Sharlene and Department Admins will be working with any office changes.


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:


American Association of School Librarians Fall Forum – October 17-18

UNCG’s Department of Library and Information Studies is pleased and excited to have been selected as a satellite site for this year’s AASL Fall Forum.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will hold its multi-day national institute, the Fall Forum, October 17-18, 2014 in St. Louis, MO. Attendees may also choose to participate at one of nine satellite locations: Greensboro, NC, Montgomery, AL.; Atlanta, GA.; Johnston, IA; Houston, TX; Mercedes, TX; Richardson, TX; Norfolk, VA., or Vancouver, WA.

Held during non-AASL national conference years, the Fall Forum is a more intimate event and focuses on one topic of importance to the profession. The 2014 theme is School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape.

Registration is now open. Rates prior to Sept. 17 are AASL member: $289; ALA member: $339; and nonmember: $404. AASL members can also opt to attend with their administrator, technology/curriculum specialist, or an AASL student member at a special AASL member PLUS rate of $520. The PLUS member rate includes the AASL member and one of the above guests. Registration rates increase on Sept 18.

Event Website:        Event Hashtag: #aasl14

Contact Dr. Rebecca Morris ( with questions.

Please plan to join us on the campus of UNCG in October for this extraordinary professional opportunity.


Bridging the Gap STEM Ed Conference – October 28-29

Bridging the Gap unites K-12 education, higher education, industry, government and other STEM groups to work toward the common goal of strengthening K-16 STEM education in North Carolina.

This year’s conference will be held October 28–29, in Raleigh, organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.

To participate in one of the leading efforts to strengthen K-16 STEM education in North Carolina, head to to get involved with this year’s Bridging the Gap conference. At the website, you can register to attend, apply to be a presenter or apply for the poster session. (Below please find information and registration links for those interested in attending, presenting, or taking part in the poster session.)


Register to Attend

Anyone involved with K-12 education, higher education, industry, government or other STEM groups who wants to help strengthen STEM education in North Carolina is encouraged to attend Bridging the Gap.

Before August 1, “early bird” registration prices start at $195/person ($75 for students). For every 3 registrations purchased as part of a single order, you automatically receive an additional registration for free.

For the first time, K-12 attendees of this year’s conference will be eligible to apply for special funding for their schools to support K-12 STEM education programs and resources. Additional information will be provided at the conference.



Possible impact to your computer’s UNCG network connectivity – intervention may be needed

All computers that connect to the UNCG Campus General Computing Network (GCN) require a piece of software called a “root certificate.”  As announced on May 6, the GCN “root certificate” was updated because the existing certificate was scheduled to expire in mid-May. If you did not have your computer turned on when on campus this summer, your computer will have missed the root certificate update and manual intervention will now be needed to get the update installed.

For more information about this issue and how to determine if you need to take action, please see today’s ITS News article.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or


Blackboard Learn Maintenance Calendar, 2014-2015

2014-2015 Blackboard Learn version upgrade dates

The Academic Technology Coordination Committee (ATCC), which includes representatives from the University’s academic units, has approved version upgrades for the Blackboard Learn environment twice a year, in order to keep the system as current as possible.  For the 2014-2015 academic year, these version upgrades will occur as follows:

•          Friday, December 12th, 6pm until Sunday, December 14th, 6pm

•          Friday, May 22nd, 6pm until Monday, May 25th, 6pm

2014-2015 Blackboard Learn standard maintenance windows (typically, the second weekend of each month)

The ATCC has also approved standard maintenance windows for the 2014-2015 academic year. These maintenance windows are used as needed for Blackboard Learn updates and patches. Downtime will not be required in all cases. In cases where downtime is required, additional notices regarding the downtime will be provided prior to the maintenance window.

•          Saturday, September 13th, 6pm until Sunday, September 14th, 6am

•          Saturday, October 11th, 6pm until Sunday, October 12th, 6am

•          Saturday, November 8th, 6pm until Sunday, November 9th, 6am

•          Saturday, January 18th, 6pm until Sunday, January 19th, 6am

•          Saturday, February 14th, 6pm until Sunday, February 15th, 6am

•          Saturday, March 7th, 6pm until Sunday, March 8th, 6am

•          Saturday, April 11th, 6pm until Sunday, April 12th, 6am

•          Saturday, June 13th, 6pm until Sunday, June 14th, 6am

•          Saturday, July 11th, 6pm until Sunday, July 12th, 6am

Additional, briefer, periods of downtime are expected for server patching:

•          Friday, September 5th, 5:30am – 7:30am

•          Friday, December 5th, 5:30am – 7:30am

•          Friday, February 7th, 5:30am – 7:30am

For questions, visit: 


Canvas Selected as UNCG’s New Learning Management System

UNCG will begin the move to Canvas as the University-wide LMS. Information Technology Services will continue to support Blackboard Learn for the transition period, as all courses are moved to Canvas.

If you would like to know more about the transition timeline, you can review it here.  If you would like to volunteer to be among the first faculty to migrate your courses to Canvas and teach via this LMS, please contact Nanette DeBerry at


Announcing Google Educator Groups

Google is pleased to announce the launch of Google Educator Groups, a program supporting communities of educators who learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond. GEG empowers educators around the world to expand their social and professional networks, and gain skills to deliver the best possible education through open technology.

GEG takes place both online and offline, and provides a space for educators to build relationships, collaborate, and learn through Google+ communities and hangouts or in-person events and workshops. Whether you’re a teacher, professor, or principal, anyone is welcome to join GEG to learn. Each GEG is organized by a local volunteer (GEG leader) and is entirely independent from Google.

Know of educators who might be interested? Check out the website at to learn more, spread the word, and get involved.


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 Available/Survey/ for more information and installation instructions, or register for ITS’s Qualtrics workshops by visiting



SOE Book Club Meeting – Wednesday, September 3

The SOE Book Club is back! We will pick up Wednesday, September 3 from 11:30am – 12:30pm in Room 301 SOEB (bring your lunch!) with a discussion of UNCG’s Summer read, Little Princes by Conor Grennan. Happy Reading!!!



Holly Downs (ERM) was featured as the faculty spotlight story in last week’s Campus Weekly: Dr. Holly Downs and her Applied Educational Evaluation students assist community partners



Julie Hersberger (LIS) has been named a Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her two-year appointment will involve periodic on-campus lectures and visits to campus.

Ciara Marable (OSS) was accepted into the Leadership Greensboro program and awarded a full scholarship to cover the tuition.  Leadership Greensboro is offered through the Greensboro Partnership division of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.  There are typically only two individuals selected from UNCG for this leadership program.

Holt Wilson (TEHE) received additional funding from North Carolina State University for the project “Contextual Research – Empirical: Building a Conceptual Model of Learning-Trajectory Based Instruction.” This project will develop a web-based system and professional development for math teachers.



David F. Ayers (ELC) and Allison L. Palmadessa (Ph.D., 2014) had an article titled “The community college and a rising global imaginary: An analysis of practical reasoning, 1950-2013” accepted by The Journal of Higher Education.

Jim Carmichael (LIS), along with UNCG librarians Lynda Kellam and Jenny Dale, have authored chapters in a new publication from the American Library Association titled “The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work,” edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby. Kellam and Dale co-authored their chapter, “At the Corner of Personality and Competencies: Exploring Professional Personas for Librarians” with UNCG alumna Lauren Pressley, now at Virginia Tech.

C.P. Gause (TEHE) recently published a new edited volume, Black Masculinity in America: Can I Get a Witness?, with a foreward by Dr. Lemuel Watson – for more information, read here: New Edited Volume from Dr. C. P. Gause with Foreword from Dr. Lemuel Watson

C.P. Gause (TEHE) has been invited to serve as a panelist for the community workshop Where is the Black Male? The Invisible Man on High School and College Campuses at UNC Charlotte Center City this Thursday, August 21, as part of the year-long series of candid community conversations on the relevance of the American black male in the 21st century, hosted by UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South – for more information, visit:



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