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Chartered in 1996, the Watson College of Education (WCE) Alumni Chapter has distinguished itself by serving UNCW, the WCE and the UNCW Alumni Association. Through its fundraising efforts, the chapter has established an endowed alumni scholarship, the naming of the student lounge on the ground floor of the WCE, and the awarding of two annual student scholarships.

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Kim Gargiulo
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910.962.2587
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Watson School of Education Alumni during Homecoming 2010

Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter

WCE Alumni Spring Dinner

The Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter hosted their annual spring dinner on Tuesday, April 29 at the beautiful Wise Alumni House. The group enjoyed dinner followed by an interesting and educational program. Guest speaker, Rodney Ellis, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators, spoke about prospective changes in North Carolina education. Kathleen Lynch-Davis ’93,’95M was recognized as the Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the year. Three current WCE Students, Maya Bassett, Stephie McCumbee and Courtney Polland were announced as the winners of the WCE Alumni Chapter 2014-2015 Scholarship.

Click here to view Rodney Ellis' presentation

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Virginia Teachey - President  
Sarah Payne - Vice President  
Elizabeth Godwin - Secretary Janis Norris
Joyce Huguelet Diane Evers
Julia Davis Vicki Hayes
Kimberly Stokes Ann Grose

Fall Dinner 2013 The Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter hosted their annual fall dinner on Tuesday, October 1 in the Education Building. The group enjoyed dinner and hearing about current education laws from keynote speaker, Brian Lewis, Chief Lobbyist and Political Director of NCAE.

Spring Dinner 2013
The Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter hosted their annual spring dinner on Tuesday, April 30 at the beautiful Wise Alumni House. The group enjoyed dinner followed by an interesting and educational program. Kelly Batts '97, '00, '10Ed.D., Elementary Instructional Coach for NC Department of Public Instruction presented on the topic of the implementation of Common Core standards. Caroline Courter '11M, was recognized as the Watson College of Education's Distinguished Alumni of the year. Three current WCE Students, Martha Boehm, Courtney Polland and Gallen Spencer, were announced as the winners of the WCE Alumni Chapter 2013-2014 Scholarship. Take a look at photos!

Homecoming Luncheon 2013 The Watson College of Education hosted a luncheon on Saturday, February 16 in celebration of UNCW Homecoming 2013. Children of alumni attendees had a great time in the Education Lab while their parents were captivated by the learning robots demonstration. Guests enjoyed socializing with former classmates and faculty in the beautiful Education Building. Take a look at photos!

Fall Alumni Dinner 2012
Watson College of Education alumni gathered on Thursday, October 25 in the UNCW Education Building for their annual Fall Alumni Dinner. Attendees enjoyed an evening of networking and dinner with friends. Guest speaker Lisa Burris, the Lead School Counselor and Social Worker for New Hanover County Schools, spoke about dropout prevention initiatives. Dean Teitelbaum updated the group on the new programs and current events in the Watson College of Education. Take a look at photos!

Spring Dinner Meeting 2012 The annual spring dinner meeting was held on Tuesday, April 24 at the beautiful Wise Alumni House. Dawn Rowe McKernan '07M, '11Ed.D., was recognized as the Watson College of Education's Distinguished Alumni of the year. Dawn was chosen as the 2012 award recipient based on her achievements as an educator accompanied by her extensive community involvement. Two current WCE Students, Martha Boehm and Claire Primrose, were announced as the winners of the WCE Alumni Chapter 2012-2013 Scholarship. Another highlight of the evening was a special presentation from guest speaker, Dr. Cathy Barlow, UNCW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, about providing a quality education during challenging economic times. The attendees enjoyed the evening and look forward to the next WCE Alumni dinner in the fall.Take a look at photos!

Homecoming Alumni Luncheon
In celebration of UNCW Homecoming 2012, on Saturday, February 4, the Watson College of Education (WCE) and UNCW Alumni Association hosted a luncheon in the School of Education Building Atrium for WCE graduates. Alumni, faculty and current students had a great time talking about WCE future and past. Alumni and their children also enjoyed touring the beautiful School of Education building. Take a look at photos!

Spring 2011 Dinner Meeting
The WSE Alumni Chapter hosted their annual spring dinner meeting on April 14. WSE alumni enjoyed dinner and conversation amongst friends and colleagues. Guest speaker, Ivy Murrain '96M, Principal of Wilmington Early College High School, spoke about the accelerated program and the difference that it is making in the lives of Wilmington's youth by expanding social development through school, community college and mentors. After the presentation, the new officers for the chapter were announced. Everyone enjoyed the educational dinner and the group looks forward to the next WSE Alumni event in the fall.

Fall Dinner Meeting
WSE Alumni Fall Dinner at the Wise Alumni HouseThe Watson School of Education Alumni Chapter met on Thursday, September 30 at the Wise Alumni House for a complimentary light supper and an evening with friends. Guest speaker, Tilly Gurley, Principal of Isaac Bear Early College High School, spoke about their accelerated program and it's integration at UNCW. Take a look at photos!

2010 Spring Dinner Meeting

The Watson School of Education hosted their spring dinner meeting on April 29. Over 40 WSE alumni and retired educators enjoyed dinner and conversation amongst friends and colleagues. Guest speakers, Dr. Robert Smith from WSE and Jerry Oates '95, '03M, Principal of the Mary S. Mosely PLC, spoke about high school reform. The new officers for the Chapter were announced and Dr. Wetherill, Interim Dean, outlined plans to launch a new program for retired educators in the Cape Fear Region. Everyone enjoyed the educational dinner and the group looks forward to the next WSE Alumni event in October 2010. View photos from the dinner meeting.

WSE Homecoming Alumni Reception 2010
The Watson School of Education (WSE) and the UNCW Alumni Association hosted a luncheon in the Education Building atrium. Alumni, faculty and current students had a great time sharing stories and learning about the past and the future of WSE. The interactive displays entertained the children and the tours made the alumni proud to return to their alma mater. Take a look at photos!

Nominations

Each year the UNCW Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to education and who represents the commitment to excellence typified by the Watson College of Education. Nominations are accepted from alumni, faculty, staff and community members until March 31 and the award is given at the WCE graduation reception in May.

Congratulations to Caroline Courter '11M!

Caroline Courter '11M was recognized as the Watson College of Education's Distinguished Alumni of the year at the Alumni Chapter's annual spring dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 30 at the Wise Alumni House. She was chosen as the 2013 award recipient based on her achievements as an educator accompanied by her extensive educational research and involvement.

Caroline Courter received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 2004 from Western Carolina University. She received her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Supervision from UNCW in May 2011. Courter is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UNCW.

In addition to her studies, Courter is a First Grade Teacher at Malpass Corner Elementary School in Burgaw. Courter has served on numerous committees, worked with the Department of Public Instruction and created Science and STEM programs for the betterment of her students, colleagues, and community. Courter received a grant from the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington for the 2012-2013 academic year which provided funding to create a STEM materials resource center at Malpass Corner Elementary.

As a recipient of the Ralph Brauer Fellowship, Courter will travel to Boston, MA during the summer of 2013 to complete an educational internship in collaboration with Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Boston. She will study STEM education in urban classrooms and analyze research related to urban STEM outreach programs.

Additionally, Courter has volunteered on numerous committees for the betterment of the education system. She served as a Title I School Improvement Team Member and Team Leader in 2004-2006 and 2009-2012, Science Leadership K-2 School Representative in 2009-2010 and 2011-2013, and "Energy Eagles" School Coordinator in 2012-2013.


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