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Alumna Marjorie Buckley to receive honorary degree from UNC

School of Education alumna Marjorie Bryan Buckley (A.B.Ed. ’62) will be among the five people to receive honorary degrees from Carolina at Commencement ceremonies this weekend. Among her contributions, Buckley led the effort to establish the North Carolina Outward Bound School. At the School of Education, Buckley endowed the Thomas James Distinguished Professorship Fund in Experiential Learning. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UNC-Chapel Hill, she began her career as a teacher in Raleigh and in London, England. Later, she joined the staff of former Gov. Terry Sanford. In 2005, the University awarded her its highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award.

Alumna Lynn Williford wins UNC’s Mary Turner Lane Award

Lynn Williford (M.Ed. ’86, Ph.D. ’92) has been honored with Carolina’s Mary Turner Lane Award, given to recognize her work to examine gender equity in faculty salaries, campus diversity and faculty retention. Established in 1986, the award recognizes people who make outstanding contributions to the lives of women students, faculty, staff and administrators at Carolina. It is named after the late Mary Turner Lane, founding director of the Curriculum in Women’s Studies and the first recipient of the award. Williford, assistant provost for institutional research and assessment, was presented the award on April 30 at the Association for Women Faculty and Professionals’ annual meeting and spring luncheon. You can read more about Williford here.

Houck makes presentation to legislative subcommittee

Associate Professor Eric Houck presented on April 30 a policy brief he wrote with first-year policy, leadership and school improvement graduate student Becca Merrill to a subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee of the N.C. General Assembly. The topic of the brief was weighted student funding, a funding mechanism used by some districts to more directly fund student needs at the school level. Houck made the presentation at the invitation of Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, a chair of the committee.

Shelby Dawkins-Law wins research grant

Shelby Dawkins-Law, a graduate student in the policy, leadership and school improvement Ph.D. specialty area, has won a Summer Research Grant from the UNC Center for the Study of the American South. Dawkins-Law will use the grant to complete a project called "Student Perspectives of Resegregation in North Carolina Public Schools." The project will conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups with UNC undergraduates who attended Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to investigate whether they perceived their schools as segregated and what influence their parents’ school choice for them might have had on their own school choices for college.

Graduate student Jessica Page presenting at conferences

Graduate student Jessica Page will present at the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute later this month. Page will be on a discussion panel discussion the topic “Dilemmas for Inclusion. Roundtable Discussion for Practitioners and Administrators: Classroom-Focused Inclusion Challenges and Strategies.” In June, Page will present at the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education in Minneapolis. She will be in a roundtable discussion of the topic “Play, what is it good for? Bridging the Standards of Early Education.” The presentation will focus on challenges and success stories of incorporating play while implementing the Common Core State Standards within kindergarten.

Kleinhenz, Williams selected as UNC Phillips Ambassadors for study abroad in Asia

Two students in the Minor in Education -- Joseph Kleinhenz and Molly Williams – are among the 21 UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University students selected as UNC Phillips Ambassadors for summer and fall 2014 study abroad programs in Asia. The Phillips Ambassadors is a program of UNC’s Carolina Asia Center, in association with the study abroad office. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each. Selection is based on strong communication skills, intellectual curiosity and engagement, academic achievement, evidence of generous service to the campus and wider community, and a previous record of leadership. Kleinhenz will study through CET Harbin Intensive Chinese Language program. CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization based in Washington, D.C. He is an Asian studies and Linguistics double major. Williams will study through the UNC Summer in India program. She is a public policy and sociology double major.

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