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News: 09-16-2013


Miles for Wellness Walking Program – SOE Faculty vs. Staff Challenge

Last semester, the ‘SOE Walkaholics’ Walking Team participated in the ‘Miles for Wellness’ Walking Challenge, placing second in the Tortoise division completing 4,451,376 steps, or walking a distance of 2,226 miles. This semester, the Wellness Challenges begins a new adventure with a 10 person SOE staff team already in place, and they have issued a challenge to all SOE faculty – are there 10 SOE faculty members willing to create a team of their own? We can race each other and hopefully both teams can make it to the end of the trail!

For the Walking Challenge, there will be a virtual map showing the teams walking a trail from Wilmington, NC to the Four Corners Monument in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico & Colorado. Steps are kept on individual spreadsheets and the total for each week is submitted to their team captain. Participants will need to wear a step tracker (pedometer) and can convert other activities to steps using a conversion table. The program begins on September 30 and runs through November 24. You can view more on the Miles for Wellness program at :

For more information on the SOE walking teams and to sign up, contact Deb Ackerman at

Let the games begin!


Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Dr. Megan Franke – Monday, September 16

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Megan Franke to UNCG on Monday, September 16, 2013.  She will be the inaugural speaker in the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education! The event flyer describes the two talks Dr. Franke will give that day — a research talk (11am – 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.



Upcoming Learning Management Systems presentation – Tuesday, September 17

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:

An important series of presentations will be held in the coming weeks to introduce the campus to the four LMSs under consideration: Canvas, Desire2Learn, OpenClass and Blackboard.

Vendor presentations for the selected LMSs will take place in the EUC Auditorium. Interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Sept. 17 – Blackboard Note – this presentation is for a newer version of Blackboard Learn – service pack 13. UNCG is currently running service pack 11. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation 3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

The presentations will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend.

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 All School Meeting – Friday, September 20

All SOE faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2013 All School Meeting, taking place on Friday, September 20 from 2-5pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House. Dean Wixson will provide a review of the 2012-2013 year, highlight school-wide accomplishments, and discuss the strategic vision and plans for SOE for the 2013-2014 school year. Light refreshments will be served.


5th Annual Deaf “Kiss-Fist” – Saturday, September 21

The 5th annual “Deaf Kiss-Fist” event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the EUC Auditorium from 1:30pm-3:30pm, showcasing talent by deaf children and adults in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week.

Cost: $5.00 per person, $3.00 for children age 6 – 12, FREE for age 5 & under (Parking is FREE in Walker Ave Parking Deck)

Come enjoy a variety of entertainment by Deaf children and adults – ABC stories, Deaf jokes, skits, playing with fingerspelling, etc.  Lots of fun and lots of laughs! Exhibits will be on site of crafts/talent and professional work by Deaf people, as well as information booths with several organizations/agencies that provide services for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

For more information, email Karen De Naples at or view the Event Flyer.


SOE Book Club – Wednesday, September 25

SOE Book Club is back!

Hope everyone is enjoying The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

We will be meeting to discuss the book on Wednesday, September 25th at 12pm in SOEB room #336 (or outside if it is really nice).

Hope to see some new faces! Everyone is welcome!

(from Meggan Reagan)


Center for Legislative Studies Fall Lecture Series Event – Wednesday, September 25

The Center for Legislative Studies will be presenting the first program of their Fall Lecture Series on Wednesday, Sept 25, at 7:30pm in the Curry Building Auditorium (room 225). Dr. Kristin Goss, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University will be presenting After Sandy Hook: Gun Rights, Gun Reform, and the Politics of Mobilizing for the Long Haul. The event is free and open to the public with a reception following the talk. For more information, please view the event flyer.  (Please add link to CLS Flyer PDF here)


Teachers Academy Council of Program Coordinators Partners Meeting – Friday, September 27

The Teachers Academy Council of Program Coordinators will be hosting a Partners Meeting on Friday, September 27 from 9:00am-2:00pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. In preparation for our NCATE accreditation visit, each licensure program is inviting their school partners to campus to learn more about what they/we do and to discuss our licensure programs. For questions, please contact Barbara Levin at 334-3437 or


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.


UNCG Asian Autumn Festival – Saturday, September 28

The annual UNCG Asian Autumn Festival will be held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, September 28 this year in the Sullivan Science Building.

International and Global Studies at UNCG invites you to celebrate the rich diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures. This free event offers fun and entertaining demonstrations, exhibits, food samples, cultural performances and children’s activities. Everyone welcome! Admission and parking (McIver Street parking deck) are free.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Matlosz,


Textured Dialogues: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives on the Meaning of Education Gala – Saturday, October 5

You are invited to attend the gala to celebrate Textured Dialogues: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives on the Meaning of Education on Saturday, October 5, from 4-6pm in the SOEB Front Lobby. This project brought together diverse cultural communities throughout Greensboro to create a tapestry and accompanying book to illustrate the perspective on the meaning of education in their community. Representatives from each community who worked to complete the tapestry will share their experiences with this project. Event is free and open to the public – light snacks & beverages will be served. For more information, view the event flyer.


SOE “All Staff Lunches” – Fall Semester

“All Staff Lunches” for SOE staff will be held on the first Monday of each month (12:00-1:00pm) and the first dates are set for October 7 and November 6. More information to come!

alumni awards ceremony

First American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum – Monday, November 11

The first American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum, cosponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) (NCSU); the College of Education (NCSU); the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNC General Administration; and the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill is scheduled for November 11th (8 am – 5 pm) at the Friday Institute on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bryan Brayboy (Lumbee), Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice and Director of the Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University.

The primary goal of this event is to promote networking and collaboration among American Indian faculty at the UNC member institutions and ultimately to assist in retaining American Indian faculty.

Online registration is available at:

We are in the process of developing a website for this event. Please check the address below for updates (e.g., forum agenda) throughout the semester:

If you have questions or need additional information regarding this event, please contact Susan Faircloth, Associate Professor of Education/Faculty Liaison, OIED, NCSU by phone at 919-515-6249 or by email at


 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.


Welcome New Staff

We welcome Mitzi Lorenz to the SOE staff that will be serving as the new admin in the CED Department beginning on Monday, Sept. 16. Mitzi lives in Greensboro, NC and most recently joins us from the UNCG Public Health Education Department.


SOE In the News…

Anthony Chow (LIS) was interviewed by WGHP Fox8 News for a Buckley Report story that aired on Sunday, September 9.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

ELC Alumna Gail Brady was recently featured in an article on the Loudoun County Public Schools website describing her journey to becoming a principal. Gail is now the principal at Sugarland Elementary in Loudon County, Virginia.


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