Watson Chronicle


Congratulation to 2015 Graduates

Faculty, staff and students celebrated graduation at a reception at the Watson College of Education before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum May 8. Earlier in the week, an event was held to honor doctoral graduates Caroline Courter, Laura Jennings, Mark Phelps, Tryphina Robinson and Stephanie Smith.More

Watson College News

Watson College Honors Four Razor Walker Award Recipients

The Watson College of Education hosted the 23rd annual Razor Walker Awards April 27 to celebrate individuals and organizations committed to improving the lives of young people across the state. This year’s honorees are Yevonne S. Brannon, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, Jana Jones Halls and Frankie A. Roberts.More

WCE Hosts Faculty Research Showcase; Faculty Present at AERA

The Watson College held a Faculty Research Showcase in the atrium of the education building on April 27. Also in April, Dean Teitelbaum and 16 faculty members attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Chicago where they participated in paper presentations, panels and roundtable discussions.More

Susan Catapano Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Susan Catapano has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for teaching and research in Belize. During the spring of 2016 she will work at the University of Belize focusing on early childhood development, a priority of the Belize Ministry of Education.More

New EYC Master’s Program Attracts Enrollment from Across the State

The Watson College of Education introduced an online program in leadership, policy and advocacy in early childhood in fall 2014. Eighty-six professionals from across the state enrolled in the two-year master’s program during the fall and spring semesters, and an additional 40 individuals have enrolled for summer or fall 2015.More

WCE Launches Ad Campaign, New Webpage

The Watson College launched a digital advertising campaign on WECT in April to promote the college and the teaching profession. A second campaign featuring graduate programs began in May. Both promotions feature student testimonials and introduce a new promotional webpage.More

Watson College Recognitions

Brad Walker was selected by the UNCW student body to be the keynote speaker for 2015 convocation, and Denise Ousley-Exum won the 2015 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. These and other faculty and staff recognitions are found here.More

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Education Updates and Features

2014 Alumni Survey Results Posted; 2015 Survey Underway

Since 2013, the Watson College has conducted an annual alumni survey as part of the continuous improvement work of the college. Results of the 2014 survey are available on the Assessment Office webpage. The 2015 survey will be conducted in May and June. More

Online Learning is Topic of Scholarship Brown Bag Event, Recent Publication

Somer Lewis and Amy Garrett Dikkers shared research titled “Online and Blended Learning for At-Risk Youth” at a Scholarship Series Brown Bag event at the college in April. During the presentation they discussed New Hanover County’s transition to online summer coursework, a move that may provide a model for credit recovery programs in other school districts in the state and nation.More

Student Opportunities & Student News

Pre-Service Teachers Volunteer at Family Science Day

Twenty-eight students enrolled in Watson College undergraduate programs joined math faculty and more than 20 community partners, including UNCW’s CESTEM and MarineQuest, for a day of science exploration and discovery at the NC Aquarium in Fort Fisher on April 19. The event, part of the NC Science Festival, attracted more than 1,500 participants.More

Sole Sisters Founded by WSL Michaela Moran Helps Children Around the World

Watson Student Leader Michaela Moran and her sister Ariana started the non-profit Sole Sisters in 2013. The organization collects sneakers for donation to people in need around the world. This summer the sisters will personally deliver sneakers to children living in an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, a trip made possible by Sole Sisters’ affiliation with the Corazon de Vida Foundation and a Keds Career Grant.More

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Shows Appreciation for Teachers with Thank You Video, StarNews Ad

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the PDS Office worked with faculty, staff and students to create a video thanking more than 2,000 partnership teachers. The college also placed a full-page ad in the StarNews expressing thanks to all teachers in southeastern North Carolina for their commitment, hard work and dedication to children and families.More

WCE Hosts Spring Partnership Teacher Celebration

The Professional Development System Office held a dinner to celebrate the dedication of spring 2015 partnership teachers on April 19. The event was attended by 160 partnership teachers and WCE student interns. More

Students Showcase Documentaries at WCE

Twenty-six students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at the Watson College participated in the UNCW International Field Experience to Belize during the spring semester. The students created documentaries that were shared with faculty, family and friends at a Red Carpet event at the Watson College May 7.More

Programs for P-12 Students

Pen Pal Project Links Watson Students and College Park Fifth Graders

This spring, WCE faculty member Georgie Bramley partnered with College Park Elementary School fifth grade teacher Allison Munford ’08, M’14 on a literature circle/pen pal project. Students enrolled in Bramley’s EDN 348 class and Munford’s fifth grade class read the book Wonder and corresponded about it throughout the semester. Upon completion, the pen pals met for a group book discussion and celebration at the school.More

Poetry Slam Celebrates End of 10-Week Poetry Collaboration at Williston

Twenty-one students in Candace Thompson’s EDN 200 class paired up with 32 Williston Middle School sixth graders for a 10-week program designed to read, write and perform poetry during the spring semester. On April 16, the student poets shared their work at a Poetry Slam performance attended by Williston’s principal and the students’ middle school peers. More

WCE Hosts 50 Students from Laney and North Brunswick High Schools

Students enrolled in the secondary education program at the Watson College tutored students at four area high schools this spring. On April 27, participating students from Laney and North Brunswick High Schools spent a day at UNCW. The event was coordinated by Robert Smith, Angie Reid-Griffin and Amy Rottmann.More

WCE Students Reenact Wilmington History for Craven Early College Sophomores

WCE professor Janna Robertson and six students enrolled in the secondary education program organized a live history lesson for students from Craven Early High School on April 17. Serving as actors in the “Wilmington Insurrection Murder Mystery” in downtown Wilmington, the pre-service teachers helped students deepen their understanding of events that occurred in the city in 1898.More

Our College Community

EEMLS Holds Focus on Teaching Retreat

The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS) held an end-of-year retreat, “Our Day IN, ON and FOR Teaching,” on April 30. The event featured a series of workshops developed by department chair Kathy Fox and nine faculty members who attended the ASCD conference in March. The purpose was to share knowledge gained at the conference with other faculty members.More

Alumni Hold Annual Spring Dinner at WCE

The Watson College of Education alumni chapter hosted their annual spring dinner in April. Chris Furr received a distinguished alumni award, four student scholarship awards were announced, and two alumni, both Teachers of the Year, were featured speakers at the event.More

Faculty and Staff Celebrate Life Milestones

Faculty and staff gathered in the Ed Lab to honor Cathy Heglar and celebrate her service to the Watson College on April 27. In May, faculty and staff attended a baby shower for Stephanie Glowa, who is expecting her first child in June.More