We’re thrilled to welcome Kim Kaufmann to the Dean’s Office staff as External Engagement and Outreach Coordinator.  Kim’s focus will be on working with each of our departments and programs to assist with the cultivation and engagement of their alumni, including helping establish alumni associations, advisory boards, award programs, and increasing fundraising efforts.  She will work to involve “champions” and supporters of the SOE in meaningful ways in our program so they can see first-hand the opportunities they are helping make possible.  Kim is an alumna of UNCG, and brings with her a wealth of experience working with community organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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

Volunteers Needed for Guilford County Schools Librarians

Guilford County schools desperately need volunteers to help them process ELA materials they have received as part of a new district-wide program. The materials need to be in classrooms by October 10th. This is an excellent opportunity to support Guilford County Schools and gain valuable volunteer hours as well. Any student help would be welcomed and training will be provided. If you can help, please contact Tammy Gruer at 336-370-2355 or by email at

“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

SELF Design Studio – Maker in Residence Program – Fall 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 2.34.42 PMAre you looking to gain teaching experience and learn amazing new skills?  This is your opportunity to work, learn and serve UNCG students in one of the most innovative learning spaces on campus!

In the SELF Design Studio — our STEAM education lab — School of Education students have access to state-of-the-art tools such as 3D printers, a laser engraver, circuitry invention kits, computer graphic applications, virtual and augmented reality tools, robotics, and art and craft supplies.

What will I do as a Maker in Residence?  

    • Serve as an ambassador and recruiter for the studio at open house events, including workshops for UNCG students and community members, and regional makerfaires
    • Introduce and assist SOE students on integrating new technologies such as 3D printers, robots, and art/engineering building projects in curriculum
    • Promote and assist in leading Fall workshops for:
      • Building your own green screen studio
      • 3D printing your own phone case
      • Building your own art robot
      • Soldering a blinking LED pin
      • …  as well as opportunities to create your own workshops based on YOUR interests!
  • Engage students in pop-up making activities:
    • Cardboard and plastic straw construction
    • Paper rocket building and launching
    • Rain art creation
    • Green screen photography and movie-making

How can I become a Maker in Residence?  

  • We are searching for students who enjoy learning new skills, are open to taking risks, and are excited for the opportunity to share knowledge with others.
  • Prior experience with creative teaching is not necessary, but can be a plus!  If you have a passion for the arts (fine arts and crafting, music, puppetry, sewing), technology (computer coding, use of tablet apps, video/photography), and/or engineering (building structures with random materials) share it with the SOE community.
  • This opportunity is open to any freshman, sophomore, or junior considering a career in education or already admitted to the SOE program.
  • Makers in Residence will volunteer for at least 30 hours over the Fall semester.

Apply here or visit Room 307: SELF Design Studio for more information.



2016-2017 Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education Fall Speaker

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Robert Berry to UNCG on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  He will give a talk from 5–6:30 pm focused on Black boys who are successful with school mathematics. The 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!

Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson


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


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.

Annual Conflict of Interest Forms are due 9/30/2016. Detailed instructions for completing disclosures via AIR can be found here. Contact Dr. Lisa A. Goble, Export Control & COI Official in the Office of Research and Economic Development with questions at or 336-256-1173.

URSCO is accepting requests for support through the general URCA (Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award) and Globally Engaged URCA fund lines for Spring 2017.  GE URCA proposals may include requests for Spring – Summer terms.  Don’t miss this October 2 deadline.  (Full Summer requests are due Feb 12.) 

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

10/3/2016, 3:00-4:30 pm; 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

  •  Grant Writing for Maximum Impact

10/11/2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

  •  CFRN Conference – Healthy Relationships, Healthy Lives Conference

10/12/2016, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Va Dare Room, Alumni House


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.


Ashley McLain (SES alumna) was named Guilford County Elementary Teacher of the Year – Congratulations, Ashley!

One of the L2L scholars, Mel Sullivan Walker, received word that her article has been published. This article was a result, in part, from her LINK-2-LEAD summer externship experiences. It is an important practitioner piece that will ultimately yield a positive impact on students with disabilities and their families who experience homelessness. She is continuing with this topic for her dissertation research.

Sumur Neace (SES) wrote “The unfunny truth about your casual joke” in The Carolinian:

Chris Allman (LIS) was one of 14 graduate students recently selected from universities from across the U.S. to receive travel scholarships to attend Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Online News, a conference next month where they will take active steps toward preserving digital news. Allman, of Charlotte, North Carolina, studies library and information science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He wants to learn more about how the local news startup Charlotte Agenda is preserving its born-digital news content, and develop additional guidelines for how Charlotte Agenda staff can improve those efforts.

During the conference, which will be held at UCLA, students will work side by side with journalists, technologists, librarians and other stakeholders to craft a national agenda for preserving born-digital journalism — content created on a computer or digital sensor. The forum is an initiative of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s (RJI) Journalism Digital News Archive. Attendees will hear from speakers from organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Library of Congress. RJI is located at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

As part of being selected to receive a scholarship, each student has been asked to propose and complete a project that supports one of the conference goals. They will also pitch their project ideas to the assembly during the forum.