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WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Congratulations to 2016 Graduates

In May, 189 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 94 enrolled in graduate-level programs. The Watson College held a reception for graduates and their families before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum May 8. Earlier in the week, a reception was held to honor WCE’s nine new Ed.D. graduates. more...

Watson College News

Somer Lewis, Dean Dempsey, and Margaret Spelling

UNC System President Visits the Watson College on Tour of UNCW’s Campus

Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina system, visited the Watson College of Education during her tour of the UNCW campus on April 22. UNC Wilmington marked the 13th stop on her 100-day tour of the UNC campuses. Spellings called the university a “Beachside Powerhouse” in a blog she authored following the visit. more...

Event Held to Honor 2016 Razor Walker Award Recipients

The Watson College hosted the 24th annual Razor Walker Awards on April 18. More than 250 community leaders, faculty and friends of the Watson College joined UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer and WCE Dean Van Dempsey to celebrate the achievements of 2016 honorees June Atkinson, Hannah Gage, Clifford Barnett Sr., Wanda Marino and Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. more...

Watson College Introduces Ad Campaign, “It Begins with Teachers”

The Watson College introduced an advertising campaign in May to promote the teaching profession by sharing inspirational teacher stories. The campaign will run on WECT, WRAL and WITN through June 17. “It Begins with Teachers” follows #Teaching Matters, a Twitter campaign initiated by WCE’s PDS Office in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day. More than 500 individuals participated in #TeachingMatters on May 3. The StarNews, WECT and PortCityDaily also supported the effort. more...

UNCW Hosts Regional STEM Expo

The Watson College of Education served as the main hub for a regional STEM Expo, held on the UNCW campus April 8 as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. More than 500 people participated in the event, which featured interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math stations for families and children of all ages. more...

MarineQuest Introduces iRefuz, a Free App for Tracking Trash to Prevent Marine Debris

UNCW’s MarineQuest team, in partnership with NOAA through their Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Program, has developed an app for tracking trash called iRefuz. The team hopes students, teachers and parents will use the app to help prevent marine debris. iRefuz is available in the Google Play store and through the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad. more...

WCE Faculty and Alumnus Featured in Local News

The Watson College is pleased to share recent local news stories about the work of faculty members Donna DeGennaro, Marsha Carr and Janna Robertson. Ashley Melton ’15M was also featured in the news after being named 2016 Camp Lejeune District Teacher of the Year. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Joanne Nottingham and Harry Davis are featured in a “We Are UNCW” Profile, Sue Kezios’ work that led to an Informal Educator Award is featured in a new video and Jeanne Swafford has received the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other faculty, staff, student and alumni news and recognitions. more...

Upcoming Events

Warner Temple Summer Camp – Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help out at a summer day camp for rising 1st through 4th graders beginning June 20. The camp, now in its second year, is a joint initiative of Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Port City Community Church, UNCW and New Hanover County Schools. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

Elementary Ed, Higher Ed Students Collaborate on Semester-Long Arts Integration Project

WCE faculty members Christine Liao and James DeVita developed a large-scale arts integration project during the spring semester that brought together 63 students enrolled in elementary education and higher education programs. Using Dance-a-lorus as a model, students produced videos and choreographed dance movements to portray social justice issues. The effort culminated in a live performance in Kenan Auditorium on May 2. more...

Leadership Studies Students Raise $7,000 to Help Veterans

Students enrolled in LED 411, Contemporary Applications of Leadership, raised $7,000 during the spring semester to help local veterans. The checks were given to Step Up for Soldiers’ national president Kim Munley at the conclusion of Leadership Challenge presentations in Friday Annex on April 29. more...

Videos Chronicle 2015-16 Activities of WSLs, ELCs

WCE’s Watson Student Leaders completed 1,559 hours of service to the college, the university and the community during the 2015-16 school year, serving as ambassadors, hosting events, volunteering in the community and mentoring freshmen in UNCW’s Education Learning Community (ELC). New videos highlight some of the activities of WCE’s WSLs and ELCs. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

AIG Technology Conference Draws 150 Area Teachers

150 area teachers attended the UNCW Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) conference titled “Powering Up Potential” at the Watson College on April 22. Nationally acclaimed AIG speakers Del Siegle and Brian Housand were featured speakers at the event. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Registration Underway for Summer Camps

UNCW offers outstanding academic enrichment programs and summer camps for youth of all ages and interests. There is still time to enroll children in the Engineering Expectations, Junior Seahawk Academy and MarineQuest programs. more...

WCE Elementary Ed Students Participate in Pine Valley Skype-a-thon

Elizabeth Crawford and 20 undergraduate and MAT students enrolled in elementary education programs at the Watson College participated in the second annual Skype-a-thon at Pine Valley Elementary School April 14-15. Skype Master Teacher Beverly Ladd organized the 24-hour program, which connected students with classrooms all over the world. more...

CESTEM and WCE’s Center for Assistive Technology Host Spectrum of STEM Event

WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) and Center for Assistive Technology hosted a special STEM event titled “Celebrating the Full Spectrum of STEM Learners” as part of the N.C. Science Festival. The event, designed for learners on the autism spectrum, was held in Hanover Gymnasium on April 16 in conjunction with an adapted physical education program coordinated by CHHS faculty member and WCE Ed.D. student Jordan Weber. more...

Our College Community

Watson Joins Spring Alumni Dinner at WCE

MarineQuest’s ‘Watson the Whale’ made a special appearance at the annual spring dinner hosted by the Watson College of Education alumni chapter on May 17. Sue Kezios and Harris Mulstein also attended the event to demonstrate how MarineQuest uses Watson to educate students on the dangers of marine debris. more...

WCE Faculty and Staff Bid Fond Farewell to Amy Rottmann

A reception was held May 31 to honor Amy Rottmann, thank her for her many years of service to UNCW and wish her well as she transitions to a new life adventure and new phase in her career. Rottmann is moving with her family to Arden, North Carolina in July. more...

Photos from Graduation Reception at the Watson College

Nearly 500 graduates and their families, faculty and staff gathered in the atrium of the Education Building on May 6 for a reception prior to official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum. The Watson College proudly shares photos from this wonderful event! more...

Photos from WCE’s Reception for Ed.D. Graduates

WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership hosted a reception to honor WCE’s nine new Ed.D. graduates on May 4. UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer and Vice Provost Cathy Barlow joined Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, Educational Leadership Department Chair Susan Faircloth, WCE faculty, graduates and their families at the event. more...