The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster.  This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.

The maximum award amount per academic year is $1,000.  Awards are not automatically renewable.  The scholarship can be applied to the cost of tuition, fees, books, or registration fees.  Payment will be made directly to the school, provider, or vendor.

Deadline for Spring 2017 has been extended to October 31, 2016.

For more information and to apply:

Request for Magazines

The SELF Design Studio needs to resupply its magazine stock – if you have any magazines that you would like to get rid of, bring them to the studio!

Working Papers in Education

We are excited to announce the publication of Volume 2 of the UNCG Working Papers in Education Thank you to the editors Saed Qunbar (ERM), Patrick Hales (TEHE), Carrie Hart (ELC), and to J.B. Weir (ERM) and Cherese Childers-Mckee (ELC) for their dedication. This issue features three papers by Robyn Thomas Pitts and Oksana Naumenko; Lalenja Harrington, Kimberly D. Miller, Denise Sumiel; and Kelly M. O’Donnell. Thank you to the authors for the contributions to the journal!
The focus of the journal has shifted to for our next issue be inclusive of all graduate programs in the School of Education. Please see the attached flyers with details of the Call for Papers (January 20, 2017 deadline) and upcoming workshops. The first workshop on December 1, 2016 from 1-3pm in SOEB 301 provides information about getting involved in the journal from editorial roles to authorship.
Contact faculty advisor Jamie Schissel with your questions.
wpjcfp2017 wpe_workshops

ELC School Supply and Notecard Drive

As I normally do every year my class is working on a few projects, we would love to have every UNCG member participate.
1.  Backpacks-we are getting book bags donated from local stores…we are going to fill them will school supplies to donate to a few high poverty elementary schools in GCS.  Items needed: pencils, notebook paper, notebooks, glue sticks, pens, etc.  We would like to have the supplies to deliver by October 31st.
2.  Notecards…we are working with some other local elementary schools to write encouraging cards to the students to do their best and to tell them that we believe in them and their success.  It does not have to be a long card.  Please just get a notecard of any color and write a brief note to a student.  Of course, you will not know their name…so just address it to….pal, buddy, etc..the students will be happy to get some encouraging notes from some community members.  We will do this 4 times during the school year….November 4, January 6, March 17, and May 5.  You can choose when you want to participate or participate each time.  Please have the notecards in the box in the work room by the 4 dates listed.  We have spoken with some principals and they are excited about this.
There will be a box in the ELC work room for you to contribute supplies and note cards.
Should you have questions, please email me directly.
Thanks for considering.
Brian Clarida

“Make the Dean Pay” – A SECC Challenge

School of Education Dean Randy Penfield recently announced an incentive for SOE participation in the 2016 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). SOE faculty and staff, he said, could “make the Dean pay” if at least 60% make a pledge to the campaign. If the SOE reaches 60% participation, the Dean will donate $1 for each employee who participated in the campaign – over and beyond his own individual pledge.

In addition, SOE SECC solicitor, Ramon Martinez, offered SECC-donated prizes to the first five persons in the SOE to complete their pledge.

These incentives are in line with the “friendly competition” initiative by this year’s UNCG SECC campaign committee, said campaign chair DiAnne Borders. “We hoped some of UNCG’s leaders would offer such incentives to help us reach our 2016 goal of $199,999 – a realistic and fun goal. In fact, Chancellor Gilliam has said that, if we reach that goal, he will donate a dollar to make the total $200,000.”

Borders added, “I very much appreciate Dean Penfield’s support, and hope departments and offices in the SOE will think about their own goals for this year – and perhaps issue a challenge or two of their own.”

The SECC distributed over $3.8 million to charities and agencies across the state in 2015. The most popular charities supported by UNCG faculty and staff included Greensboro Urban Ministry, the Triad Health Project, Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, and Hospice and Palliative Care in Greensboro. In addition, two UNCG entities, the Center for New North Carolinians and Beyond Academics, also received pledges.

Across all SOE departments and offices, 40.5% of faculty and staff pledged $18,396 in 2015. The SOE’s participation rate was the 4th highest across the seven academic units at UNCG.

Around this year’s campaign, Dean Penfield noted, “The SECC is an amazing cause that supports so many important services in our community. The key here is participation. Having as many people as possible participating is critical, and I am excited to join the generosity of others in the School of Education to help the SECC reach its goal.”

Martinez added, “There is truly no amount too small for this campaign. If you make a donation of just $1 a week, your $52 a year can provide five grocery bags filled with essential food items to a local family in need. As recently as 2014, the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area was ranked No. 1 in the nationwide hunger list by the Food Research and Action Center. Every donation is greatly appreciated, and your participation will directly impact your community and help countless individuals.”

All SOE faculty and staff should have received a SECC packet with information about the 1,000 charities supported by SECC this year as well as pledging information. Each employee also should have received several emails from the SECC and from the Chancellor with a link to the e-pledge site. Those who prefer paper pledges may return their envelopes (provided in the SECC packet) to Roman Martinez (Dean’s Office). Payroll deduction (starting in January 2017) is available through either pledge option. The campaign runs through November 9, 2016.

For additional information see and

Any questions can be directed to Ramon Martinez ( or DiAnne Borders (

Be a part of The Power of UNCGGiving!

Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) Grant Applications Available

Applications are due November 6. Please visit this link for grant application information.

UNCG Researchers Seeking Participants for Survey on Relationships and Families in Guilford County

Researchers in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro are conducting a study to inform the new Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI), which is a community-wide initiative to infuse the local community with resources and information to support safe, healthy, and satisfying relationships. The HRI is being launched in partnership with the Phillips Foundation and a number of other community partner organizations.

The focus of this study is to learn about the perspectives and resource needs related to relationships and families among residents of Guilford County. To be eligible to participate in this study, prospective participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently reside in Guilford County, NC. Eligible volunteers will be asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire that will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The study will be conducted anonymously, and participants who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of two $100 store gift cards.

To learn more or participate in this research study, please visit the following website:

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at UNCG. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. Christine E. Murray, Associate Professor in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, at 336-334-3426 or


Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Workshop

Thursday, October 13 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in SOE 301


North Carolina College Personnel Association Conference

October 27-28, Elliott University Center

Friends & Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that registration for the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) conference (celebrating it’s 50th anniversary) is now up and available on the NCCPA website.  Come help us celebrate 50 years of student affairs and higher education in North Carolina on the beautiful campus of UNCG October 27-28, 2016.  Register now to take advantage of early-bird rates!

In addition to NCCPA’s 50th Anniversary conference, the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) M.Ed. program at UNCG is proud to co-sponsor with NCCPA and present its annual Careers in Student Affairs/NextGenNC Conference, also on the beautiful campus of UNCG, on October 28, 2016.  Tracks for undergraduate, graduate, current professionals, and those considering doctoral study will be offered.  Graduate programs in student affairs and higher education will also be invited to an information fair to speak with conference attendees about their programs.  Registration is now available.

Finally, recognize your colleagues for all the great work they’re doing in student affairs and higher education in support of our students.  Submit nominations for one of the many awards that NCCPA will give out at its annual conferenceOctober 27-28, 2016For more information, click here.

Please pass this information along to your student affairs/student life colleagues–we want to get the word out as widely as possible.

On behalf of the Executive Board of NCCPA, we look forward to hopefully seeing you at the 50th anniversary celebration and/or the Careers in Student Affairs conference as well as reading your award nominations!

Brad Johnson

Beppie Van den Bogaerde Presentation

November 4 at 10 a.m. in EUC Alexander Room


The Miracle Worker

Runs November 14-20 at the Studio 1 theater in Holy Hill Mall (Burlington)

This is our third Sign Language Shadowed production in conjunction with a local theatre in Burlington, Studio 1.  A shadowed production is one where, instead of sign language interpreters standing off to the side of the stage, the interpreters (our students and graduates and members of the local Deaf community) are actually onstage with the actors, working together to portray the characters and action of the story.
There are quite a few interesting angles to the production this year- we have some of the local Deaf/Blind community volunteering, students from all 3 of our PID major concentration areas are involved, a local Deaf family are involved as shadows (former graduates of our program) AND their daughter, 8 year old Natalie, who is Deaf, is sharing the role of Helen Keller!
To view show times and purchase tickets, click here.


Internal Research Awards applications (New Faculty Research Awards and Regular Faculty Research Awards) are due Oct. 19.

Faculty First Awards are due on Feb. 28. There will be two workshops on Applying for Faculty First Awards (12/5, 2:00-3:00 pm, and 12/6, 9:00-10:00 am). Register for the workshops at under Office of Research workshops.

Follow this link for an updated list of workshops related to research. It includes several new workshops (see below) For registration and more information, see the document.

  • Introduction to Online Surveys using Qualtrics

11/2/2016, 3:00-4:30 pm

  • Connecting To and Documenting Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG

Additional session added in the spring on 4/5/2016, 12:00-1:00 pm


macOS Sierra

On September 20th, Apple will release macOS Sierra to the public. SOE IT ask that everyone in our MAC community hold off on updating your systems for a minimum of 30 days while we assess the impact of the new operating system.

Fall Instructional Technology Training

There are still sessions and dates left for SOE Instructional Technology training in Fall 2016.  This year sessions are offered in-person or virtually, and all training have a self-guided option.  Training is available for SOE instructors and staff.  Some topics being offered include Canvas, WebEx, polling, Google, Box, and Office 365 – and more.
Please view the full list of trainings and sign up for each training here:
You can also see a Google Calendar and sign up for training through the SOE Instructional Technology Services Workshops and Training page:

Turnitin Integration with Canvas

Turnitin Originality Detector has changed the way it integrates in Canvas.  It now works through an LTI integration with Assignments, which significantly changes the way it works and looks in Canvas versus how it worked in past semesters.
For more information about the Turnitin integration with Canvas, please review this SOE Instructional Technology Guide:
You can also sign up for Turnitin workshops through SOE Instructional Technology:

New Phishing Protections

Go Mobile with UNCGmobile

Now in Effect: New Password Policy for University Accounts

6-TECH Tips: Protect Yourself Against Phishing

Classroom Technology Support

Contact classroom technical support at 334-5207 for technical and training assistance in UNCG classrooms and conference rooms.


Noah Lenstra (LIS) will present the paper, ‘Community informatics in an aging society: Studying public libraries and senior centers to understand the digital literacy of older adults.’ The U.S. is aging, and more and more older adults, especially those in the age range 65-85, remain actively involved in their local communities. Many active older adults are coming to spaces like public libraries and senior centers to maintain and expand their digital literacy in retirement. Based on a year-long ethnographic study, this paper discusses how learning currently takes place in these spaces, and how it could be better supported by better understanding this growing population.