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News: 12-09-2013



walking challenge totals

Congratulations to the SOE Staff S”Mile”ers! for finishing first in UNCG’s hare division in the Miles for Wellness walking challenge! Team captain Deb Ackerman is proud of all her teammates: Barbie Brown, Meredith Carlone, Nanette DeBerry, Cheryl Greenberg, Terri Jackson, Terri Lawson, Christina O’Connor, Meggan Reagan, and Carol Resch. Team totals in the UNCG hare division are listed above.


Spring 2014 Course Shells Now Available in Blackboard

Spring 2014 course shells are now available in Blackboard!

If you would like any course content copied from spring 2013 or fall 2013 semester(s), please contact Nanette DeBerry (

If you would like to have course sections combined, please complete a Blackboard Course Combine Request Form.  The Registrar’s office will combine the sections and contact you once this action is complete.


Office Reminder

SOE faculty and staff, please make sure to turn off all of your personal lamps and under light task lamps when you are leaving your offices for the end of the day. If your office is located on the first floor, please make sure to shut your window blinds when you leave for the day.


Holiday Safety

As the holiday season approaches please remember to lock all offices and labs.


Building Temperature Change Over Holiday Break

Please be aware that from Saturday, December 20 through January 2, the internal heating system will be turned down throughout all buildings on campus in an effort to conserve energy. If you are intending to work on campus throughout this time, please be prepared for a significant temperature change during this time. When heating is restored on January 2, it may take up to two days for the building temperature to return to regular settings, so please plan accordingly.


SOE Staff Holiday Project

(from Deb Ackerman)

This year’s SOE Staff holiday project will be collecting and creating packets for the homeless through the IRC (Interactive Resource Center). Website:

Matt Fisher has created an electronic sign-up sheet which all of you can access through the following link:

We are hoping to make at least 20 packets (10 for men and 10 for women). There are also gently-used items listed at the bottom that we can also collect for the IRC to disburse, as needed.

Please sign up for the items (most are in sets of 5) you wish to donate by filling in your name in one or more spaces on the spreadsheet.  We need a name in every space in order to fill the 20 bags!!

All items should be turned in to Deb Ackerman by Monday, December 16th.

We will assemble the bags and take them to the IRC on Tuesday, Dec. 17th.

Assembly:  1:00-1:30pm in room 301

Delivery: after assembly of bags  (407 East Washington St.  Greensboro)

Contact Deb Ackerman at for questions.


SOE Staff Assembly Meeting – Wednesday, December 11

The next SOE staff assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 9:00am in SOEB #307.


SOE Book Club Next Read – Friday, December 13

(from Meggan Reagan)

SOE Book Club is reading A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel by Wiley Cash. We will meet on Friday, December 13th from 12-1pm in room 336 for an informal discussion. Feel free to bring lunch and hope you can join us!

For questions about the SOE Book Club, please contact Meggan Reagan (  Thanks!


Greensboro Chinese School Talent Show – Sunday, December 15

To showcase the Greensboro Chinese School students’ talents and skills and demonstrate students’ cultural heritage, the school will host a Talent Show from 2-4pm on December 15, 2013 at 118 School of Education Building. Student artwork will be displayed in the hallway during the Talent Show.

All are welcome to attend! Light refreshments will be provided.


SOE Staff Appreciation Breakfast – Tuesday, December 17

All SOE Staff are invited to attend a complimentary staff appreciation breakfast on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:30am at Tex and Shirley’s in Friendly Center (708 Pembroke Road, Greensboro, NC 27408; Please contact Annie Smith ( for additional questions.


SOE New Year Reception – Saturday, January 11

Dean Wixson invites all SOE faculty and staff to the SOE New Year Reception, taking place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 7-9pm at the UNCG Alumni House (404 College Ave, Greensboro, NC, 27412).  Please join us for an evening of light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, music provided by jazz pianist Thomas Linger, and fellowship as we welcome the arrival of a New Year and a new semester!

Spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome to attend – however we do request that the evening is for ‘Adults Only’. Dress for the evening is casual.

RSVP your attendance by Friday, January 3, 2014 to Rachel Williams (

We hope you will join us for this special evening!

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


Save the Date – 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony

The 2014 School of Education Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Spring and Summer Semester 2014 graduates will receive an email with additional details and instructions on registering for the Ceremony. More details on the SOE Commencement Ceremony will be posted on the SOE website in January.


NCLA Student Library Ambassadors Program

The North Carolina Library Association is accepting applications for elementary, middle, and high school students to serve as Student Library Ambassadors for their May 2014 trip to Washington, DC. For additional details on the program and how to apply, please read the event flyer.


LMS Study Underway

(message from Nanette DeBerry, SOE Instructional Technology Consultant)

UNCG ITS and the Academic Technology Coordination (ATCC) Committee are conducting a detailed LMS study at the request of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of ITS. UNCG’s Blackboard Learn contract expires in a few years. Therefore, we are exploring the strengths & weaknesses of other LMSs.

ITS/ATCC are seeking faculty volunteers from each unit to pilot test the latest versions of Blackboard, Canvas and Desire2Learn beginning Spring 2014.

The pilots of these LMSs will begin Spring semester 2014.  Please contact Nanette DeBerry if you would like to participate in the LMS pilot testing.

Please be advised that Nanette DeBerry ( and Matthew Fisher ( will be available to provide any support on the pilots that you may need. Please contact Matt or Nanette if you have any questions regarding the LMS study. Thank you for your consideration, and we hope to hear from you soon.


 SOE ITS Training Options

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. In response to the faculty retreat evaluations, SOE ITS is offering a variety of options for instructional technology support. A full listing of training options can be found  here.


Teacher Education Faculty Professional Learning Community

Through Project ENRICH, we are establishing a faculty professional learning community around facilitating teacher candidate use of technology in teaching. The group is open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty and advanced graduate students who teach in the initial licensure programs. Participants will set their own individual goals to develop an activity or assignment for their courses that enhances candidate use of technology in teaching (either online teaching or face-to-face using technology). Participating faculty will contribute to the School of Education online repository of resources for teaching with technology.  Those who participate regularly will be eligible to receive a stipend, money to purchase technology needed for the activities that they develop, and travel funds to present on their work at conferences such as ISTE or Lilly.  If interested, please contact Christina O’Connor 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.


Training and Educational Resources

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Click here for more information.


UNCG HR Information


Access to NC-4 Payroll Tax Withholding Form through UNCGenie

As a new feature, beginning Monday, Dec. 9, employees will have the ability to update their NC-4 State Payroll Withholding Tax information for activity effective Jan. 1, 2014, or later, as well as view history of tax election (withholding status and number of allowances claimed), within UNCGenie self-service. Instructions to access this new feature can be retrieved from the Payroll Forms webpage at

North Carolina Payroll Tax Withholding Tax Information Effective Jan. 1, 2014

The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted House Bill 998, which is effective Jan. 1, 2014. As a result, how you determine the number of allowances for tax year 2014 will differ from previous years. Under this new law, taxpayers may no longer claim a personal exemption for themselves, their spouse, children, or other qualifying dependents. Additionally, many deductions and tax credits that impact North Carolina withholding tax are no longer available for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1. Most taxpayers will not be entitled to as many allowances and, as a result, more taxpayers should claim zero (0) allowances. Additional information is available at

In accordance with the new regulations, employers must set the default NC withholding status to “Single” with “0” allowances unless the employee specifically provides documentation otherwise. To comply with the new North Carolina tax law, your NC-4 tax withholding record in the Banner Payroll System has been changed to reflect the status of “Single” with “0” allowances and “$0” additional withholding, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Beginning, Dec. 9, 2013, if you determine that your withholding information should differ from this standard default of “Single” with “0” allowances and “$0” additional withholding, you should update your applicable Form NC-4 withholding information in UNCGenie.

Although the Payroll Office staff cannot provide tax (including withholding) advice, if you have general questions, please contact


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