Soups for Hoops

The UNCG Department of Athletics, Wesley-Luther, and OLSL have challenged student groups to collect as many non-perishable food items as possible in the month leading up to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. All food items will go back to fellow Spartans through the Spartan Open Pantry! The winners will be recognized on-court at the men’s Basketball Spartan Showcase Game against Presbyterian on Monday, November 14th at 7:30pm.

More information about the week as a whole can be found here, and the soups for hoops registration form can be found here.

Feel free to email me with any questions/concerns,

Joy Hunt

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

“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.”

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!


Financing Higher Ed in the US


International Education Week

Join us in celebrating International Education Week (IEW) on Nov. 12-18 this year! Learn about the tapestry created by local immigrant families from various countries of origin and reflect on the meaning of education in a global context. The tapestry will be on display in EUC. Take a selfie with the tapestry or the poster of tapestry, share your thoughts on education in a global context, and participate in the tapestry selfie photo contest. Winner of this contest will be announced at the IEW closing event on Friday, Nov. 18.

How to Participate:

  • Take a selfie with the tapestry or tapestry poster
  • Write a brief comment regarding your understanding of the tapestry project and education in a global context
  • Submit your photo and comment on the SOE Global Facebook group:
  • Share your submission with friends & the UNCG Community by adding #SOEGlobal #IEW2016
  • The photo/comments with the most ”likes” will win the contest

For more information about SOE Global, check out our website ( and the artifact display in Mossman Building and UNCG Library!


The Miracle Worker

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

UNCG’s Professions in Deafness program is once again thrilled to be teaming with Studio 1 in Burlington to present our third Sign Language Shadowed production. This year is especially exciting because we have 7 Deaf people involved as shadows and one as an actor! The play is “The Miracle Worker”- you won’t want to miss it!  Showtimes areNovember 14-19 at 7:30 and November 19 & 20 at 2:00.  Tickets are available online at

A “Shadowed” production is unique!  The Sign Language interpreters are onstage with the actors and work with the actors to become part of the story onstage.  This means deaf audience members have full accessibility to everything happening onstage!!


So You Have a Deaf Kid in Your Class…Now What?


SOE Faculty and Staff Holiday Party

Join us in the TRC on Friday, December 16 from 1-3 p.m. for hot chocolate and desserts before the winter break!


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.

  • Connecting To and Documenting Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG

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


NVivo to be Removed from UNCG Network – July 31, 2017

SOE Instructional Technology: Canvas Arc

UNCG ITS has paid for a trial of Canvas Arc for Spring 2017, an interactive video management system integrated with Canvas.

“Arc is a communication tool that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video through all elements of Canvas with a Rich Content Editor (Pages, Discussions, Assignments, etc).”

Please contact Samantha Harlow ( for more information about the trial.

UPDATED: Adobe campus-wide licensing discontinued Fall 2017 – Feedback requested for licensing in ITS labs

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.


Ayesha Boyce of ERM featured on the UNCG RISE Network website for being awarded the 1st RISE Small Grant Research Award.

Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor in UNCG’s department of Library and Information Studies, will have a chapter in the forthcoming book Participatory Heritage, edited by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe and Andrea Copeland, to be released in February. More information can be found here. Congratulations, Noah!