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Watson College Recognitions

Monday, January 01, 2018

Tiffany Campbell ’13, ’15M earned her master’s in higher education at the Watson College in 2015. She was featured in We are UNCW in January 23!

Nicole Martin ’13M, Onslow County Teacher of the Year, was featured in a story in The Globe on Dec. 7.: Nicole Martin: making an impact on students’ lives. Martin earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at the Watson College. She teaches biology at Northside High School.

Faculty Recognitions

WCE associate professor Elizabeth Crawford and MAT graduates Lauren Breen ‘17M, John Clark ‘17M and Meredith Mitchell ‘17M were featured in Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary: Harnessing Natural Curiosity for Learning that Transfers. The book references a unit they wrote, Climate, Let’s Make a Change!” in the first chapter titled “What Are the Essential Elements of Concept-Based Curriculum Design?”

The book was authored by Julie Stern and published by Corwin, a Sage Company, in 2018. View the entire unit authored by Crawford and her students here.

James DeVita, William Sterrett and Sue Combs are the recipients of a $40,000 2-year CAA grant to work with Elon University, Drexel University and College of Charleston to better understand, and to enhance engagement in, student-athlete High-Impact-Practices at CAA institutes. DeVita is an assistant professor and coordinator of WCE’s M.Ed. in higher education, Sterrett is an associate professor and coordinator of WCE’s MSA program and Combs is a professor in UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services and coordinator of WCE’s MAT in physical education and health.

Amy Garrett Dikkers and Kerry Robinson received a $5,000 Community Engagement grant for spring 2018 titled, “Leadership in practice: Developing a partnership between the leadership studies minor and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.” Garrett Dikkers is an associate professor and Robinson is an assistant professor in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership.

Symphony Oxendine has received the 2018 Coalition and Network Advocate Award from the University of Oklahoma. Oxendine is an assistant professor of higher education at the Watson College.

Dana Stachowiak and UNCW philosophy professor Don Habibi were featured guests on WHQR’s Coastline. They discussed extremism and polarizing thought in our contemporary cultural climate. Stachowiak is an assistant professor in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership. Listen here.

Alumni and Student Recognitions

Congratulations to Sydney Kong ’15, Katy Leonard ’15 and Adriana Poveromo ’14, nominees for New Hanover County Schools’ second annual Rookie of the Year Award. Kong is a kindergarten teacher at The International School at Gregory, Leonard teaches 7th grade social studies at Trask Middle School and Poveromo teaches 3rd grade at Forest Hills Global Elementary School. The Rookie of the Year program is offered by NHCS in partnership with the Wilmington Downtown Rotary Club. The news was announced in a press release on Jan. 24.

Sara Thorndike was promoted to UNCW Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs and CFO in December. Thorndike is a student in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at the Watson College. In 2017 she was selected by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, a professional development initiative designed to prepare promising professionals for leadership positions in higher education business and finance, for its 2017-18 NACUBO Fellows Program. In August, she was named a Rising Star by the same organization. Her promotion was announced in a UNCW home page story on Dec. 20.

Congratulations to M.Ed. student JD Hastings! He competed for Team USA at the World Flying Disc Federation’s Under-24 world Championships in Perth, Australia and his team brought home a Gold Medal! JD recorded an assist on an early score in the team’s 13-11 victory over Japan. He also served as his team’s Spirit Captain, a position awarded to a team leader for their ability to remain calm under pressure.

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