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NEWS: 08-25-14


Yunsong Wang     Soosang Lee

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our two visiting scholars joining us in SOE this year:

  • Yunsong Wang (TEHE), joining us from Shanghai Maritime University in Shanghai, China
  • Soosang Lee (LIS), joining us from Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea


2014-2015 SOE Curriculum Committee Guidelines

Information regarding the 2014-2015 SOE Curriculum Committee guidelines and procedures can be found here.


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). 


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)


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


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.


 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.



SPSS Licenses

SPSS licenses expire on an annual basis.  Currently all SPSS licenses will expire on August 31st, with a “grace period” until September 30th. As an alternative to paying the fee for a license that will expire shortly, SPSS is available for use at no charge in the following ways:

  1. Virtual Computing Lab – VCL
  2. Log in to the VCL with your UNCG username and password at:
  3. VCL will be replaced at some point during the fall semester with UNCG’s MyCloud offering.  An announcement will be made to campus when the transition occurs.
  4. ITS computer labs
  5. SPSS version 22 is installed in the ITS computer labs.
  6. For lab locations, see:
  7. SPSS demo copies
  8. You can get a 14-day trial version directly from IBM
  9.  (or just search on “IBM SPSS trial”)

Version compatibility

Please note the following version compatibilities:

SPSS Version Windows OS version Mac OS version
19 XP, Vista, 7 OSX 10.5, 10.6
20 XP, Vista, 7 Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7
21 XP, Vista, 7, 8 Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
22 XP, Vista, 7, 8 Mac OSX 10.7, 10.8, 10.9

Versions 21 and 22 of IBM SPSS Home Premium are available for purchase for $40 through the UNCG online software store:

DVDs for versions 20 only are available through ITS for a fee of $10 per year per module for Statistics Base (required with any SPSS installation), and your choice of Regression, Advanced Statistics, Missing Values, and Forecasting modules (max $50 for all 5 modules). To purchase the module DVDs, go to SPSS Lease:

Note: ITS cannot guarantee how long we will be able to sell and generate licenses for version 20, or that work produced in the older versions will be compatible with work produced by using the versions in the ITS labs.

For more information, please visit .


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: 


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.



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!!!





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