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MEHE Hosts Higher Education Showcase

Monday, May 05, 2014

Annual Higher Education Showcase and Graduate Recognition event

More than 75 faculty members, graduate students, alumni and friends from across campus gathered for the annual Higher Education Showcase and Graduate Recognition event held at the UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship May 7. The event was hosted by Watson College of Education Higher Education program faculty and Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.

Annual Higher Education Showcase and Graduate Recognition eventStudents enrolled in the Masters of Education in Higher Education (MEHE) program at the college showcased their work through presentations, posters and blogs displayed at the event.  Course presentations were:

EDL 552/652: Critical Issues in Higher Education
Topic presentation:  Mock University: Activities and Reflections on Wilmington State University

EDL 555: Legal Issues in Higher Education
Topic Presentations: Affirmative Action, Free Speech, Liability & Negligence on Campus, the College/Student Relationship, and Title IX

EDL 556: Technology in Higher Education
Technology Consultation Projects: GLSEN, NCPPA, UNI, MHE and Athletic Advising

EDL 557/657: The Community College
Project Title: Adopt a Community College
Presentations: 16 North Carolina Community Colleges Represented in Blogs

During the event, Associate Professor Michele Parker was recognized for her contributions to the Higher Education program at the college. Also, the 2014 spring and summer M.Ed. graduates were honored. Spring graduates are Lavon Davis, Jeremy Brown, Andrew Murray and Andrea Hanselmann. Brandon Bell, Dean Heath, Josh Kinchen and Summer Parisi are slated to graduate in summer 2014.

Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum said the event allows the college to share the scholarship of its students, recognize outstanding graduates and enhance the camaraderie that is evident in the program.

Annual Higher Education Showcase and Graduate Recognition event“What really amazes me is that just two years ago, there was no such gathering because we had no such graduate program,” Teitelbaum said. “Now, after just two years, we have a wonderful, thriving Higher Education program, with terrific students and strong partnerships with our colleagues across campus.  All thanks for the success of this program go to Michele, James DeVita, Andy Ryder and to Department Chair Susan Catapano."

Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society was formed on the UNCW campus in February 2014. The organization’s focus is on promoting scholarship in higher education and organizing social activities and events. During the 2014-15 school year, a key goal is to introduce a mentoring program, where Ed.D. students will mentor students in the master’s degree program. Josh Kinchen was the president of Chi Sigma Alpha. Kanalyn Jackson will assume the role for 2014-15. Andrew Ryder, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, is chapter advisor for the organization. Currently, there are 23 student and honorary members of Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.