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School of Education honors six with Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education honored six Carolina alumni at its 15th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday. The school gave its highest honor, the Peabody Award, to Tom Lambeth, former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Alumni who received awards:
  • Ron Haskins, senior fellow and co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families, who received an Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Amy Rickard, principal at Morris Grove Elementary School in Orange County, who received an Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Carol Malloy, who retired from the faculty at the School of Education in 2009 after teaching at Carolina for 15 years. She received a Distinguished Leadership Award.
  • Cindy Parlow Cone, a four-time All-American in Carolina women’s soccer and member of three NCAA championship teams, received an Outstanding Young Alumna Award.
  • Elaine Townsend, who has led mentoring programs for Latino and Korean students during and after her years as a Carolina undergraduate, was given an Outstanding Young Alumna Award.

BASE holds 4th annual celebration luncheon

The Black Alumni of the School of Education – BASE – held its 4th annual celebration luncheon on Saturday. The group gave former School of Education faculty member Bill Malloy will be presented with the 2014 Impact Award. They also awarded their first BASE Fellowship, a $1,000 scholarship, to Nitasha Clark, who works as a graduate research assistant with the First School Project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Photos from the event are available on the School of Education’s Facebook and on the SOE’s Smugmug site.

Education entrepreneur Earl Phalen takes part in Education Minor events Tuesday

Phalen, founder of Phalen Leadership Academies and UNC’s CUBE Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence, will take part in a series of events on Tuesday involving the Minor in Education. Ed Minor students will gather for a poster session at the Davis Library Research HUB at 10 a.m. and to hear Phalen talk about his work. Attendees will view the posters starting at 10:50 a.m., followed by a presentation led by Students for Education Reform at 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Phalen will give a talk in a session for students taking part in the Minor and for students interested in the Minor. That event starts at 5 p.m. and will be held in Peabody Hall’s Room 206. The event will include orientation information and an advising session for students newly admitted into the Minor in Education. George Noblit, coordinator of the Minor, and advisor Kara GrawOzburn will be on hand to answer your questions about the Minor. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with Aarti Sharma of Teach For America.

Guest speaker to explore race in education topics on Friday

Faculty, students and staff are invited to hear Jessica DeCuir-Gunby of N.C. State University, guest speaker in Sharon Derry’s EDUC 990 seminar. DeCuir-Gunby’s talk is entitled “The Experiences of African Americans in Educational Contexts: An Exploration of Race and Racial Identity.” The talk will be on Friday, starting at noon, in Room 204.

Dean McDiarmid included in WUNC’s #TeachingInNC project

WUNC has published an interview with Dean Bill McDiarmid as part of the radio station’s #TeachingInNC social media project. McDiarmid reacted to comments made on Twitter by teachers who described their work. In the #TeachinginNC project, WUNC asked teachers to give a snapshot of their lives, either in words or pictures. McDiarmid said the comments illustrate the commitment teachers bring to their work. McDiarmid’s interview is here.

Former faculty member Dave Lillie dies

Former School of Education faculty member Dave Lillie has died. He was 79. Lillie joined the School in 1968 and also held a dual appointment with the School of Medicine. During his time at Carolina he also worked with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Lillie retired from the School in 2000 and went to work for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and was a principal investigator in the N.C. Partnership Training System for Special Education, working in an initiative for special education teachers who teach reading to students with learning disabilities. He and his wife Patricia celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary just two weeks before his death. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church. More details from his obituary are here.

GSA seeking applications for conference participation awards

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is encouraging graduate students to apply for Conference Participation Awards. The awards are available to help School of Education graduate students with some of the costs necessary to attend a regional, national, or international academic conference or professional society meeting to present a paper or poster session of the students’ original research/scholarship. Students must be enrolled in a School of Education graduate degree program to apply. Preference will be given to students who are presenting their research, but students attending conferences are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for fall semester travel is Nov. 12. More information can be found at:

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Tuesday, Nov. 4

Earl Phalen/Minor poster presentations
10 a.m.
Davis Library Research HUB

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Earl Phalen/Minor orientation
5 p.m.
Peabody 206

Friday, Nov. 7

EDUC 990 guest speaker: DeCuir-Gunby
Peabody 204

Saturday, Nov. 8

SCALE 25th Anniversary Celebration
5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.
N.C. Botanical Gardens

Monday, Nov. 10

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Melissa Van Dyke
“Successes and Failures of Using Evidence and Implementation Science to Strengthen Education and Human Services”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A&B

Tuesday, Nov. 11

SOE Brown Bag: Sherick Hughes and doctoral students
"Recent Research from the Carter Qualitative Thought Laboratory"
Peabody 02

Thursday, Nov. 13

Exploring Careers in Education Policy
Co-sponsored by CEPSA & Young Education Professionals (YEP)
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Peabody 02

Monday, Dec. 1

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: FPG Visiting Scholar Weiya Li (Zhejiang Normal University)
“Research on Intervention and Education for Children with Autism in China”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Dec. 15

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Kate Gallagher, Connie Wong, Leslie Fox and Jessica Page
“Toddlers and Families Together: Year 1”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B