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School Counseling student Simone Diggs wins essay award

Simone Diggs, an M.Ed. candidate in the School Counseling program, has won a runner-up award in the American Counseling Association’s Student Ethics essay competition. The competition was open to both master’s and doctoral-level students from across the country. Diggs’ essay said “ethics teams” of counselors and support personnel should be established at the school and district levels. The teams would meet occasionally to discuss relevant issues and serve as accountability partners. Diggs is a native of South Carolina who previously worked as a therapist with children with autism.

Keith Sawyer cited in Forbes article

After the Seattle Seahawks pulled off a come-from-behind victory to win a spot in the Super Bowl, Forbes.com published an article citing faculty member Keith Sawyer to describe the “group flow” that led to the win. The article cites Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, in saying that there are certain triggers for creating group flow, a gelling of team effort that can lead to success. The article then describes how businesses can incorporate the lessons into their organizations. The article is here.

MEDX holding Open House on Saturday

The School of Education is hosting an open house on Saturday for prospective students interested in the Master of Education for Experienced Teachers program. The open house, beginning at 10 a.m., will offer prospective students an opportunity to meet with faculty and to learn more about the part-time, two year program. The open house will include breakout sessions for more detail in the program’s specialty areas. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to share word about the event with people who might be interested in the program. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Rachel Winters, rwinters@email.unc.edu or 919-962-6025. More details about the open house are available here.

Alumnus Jody Harpster named president of Shippensburg University

George F. “Jody” Harpster (Ph.D. ’85) has been named president of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Harpster had been serving as interim president of Shippensburg since 2013. Shippensburg University, located in Shippensburg, Pa., is a comprehensive university with about 7,400 students. It has 325 full-time faculty members and offers 100 undergraduate and 57 graduate programs. Harpster previously was the university’s executive vice president for external affairs and government relations and also held the position of interim president from June 2005 to February 2007. He joined Shippensburg in 1995 as vice president for student affairs after having earlier earned a master’s degree there. He has also worked in student affairs at Carolina and UNC-Charlotte.

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Events

TODAY

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Christina Kasprzak and Katy McCullough
“The ECTA System Framework for Building High-Quality early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Systems”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Saturday, Jan. 31

MEDX Open House
10:00 a.m.
Peabody Hall

Monday, Feb. 9

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Jessica Kinard
“Parent-Mediated Intervention for Spanish-Speaking Families of Young Children with ASD”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Feb. 23

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Kirsten Kainz and John Sideris
“Designing Intervention Research, Discussing a Broader Framework for Study Power”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 284

Wednesday, Feb. 25

SOE Brown Bag: Jocelyn Glazier and colleagues
Noon
Peabody 02

Monday, Mar. 2

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Melissa Van Dyke, Laura Louison, Ellen Nacik and Oscar Fleming
“Our Magic Bean:” Enabling Community-Level Early Childhood Successes”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Mar. 16

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Laura Kuhn
“The Role of Language in the Development of Preschoolers’ Executive Functions”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Wednesday, Mar. 18

SOE Brown Bag: Bill McDiarmid and Katie Caprino
Noon
Peabody 02

Monday, Mar. 23

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Genna Durante
“Family-Centered Care as a Predictor of Early Intervention Outcomes for Ethnically Diverse Families”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Apr. 27

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Ximena Franco
“Classroom Quality, Teacher-Child Interactions, and Child Outcomes in the Nuestros Ninos School Readiness Project”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, May 11

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Kara Hume, Lauren Turner Brown and Brian Boyd
“Training Community Providers to Support Families and Their Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, May 18

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Meghan Swanson
“The Neural Circuitry of Early Language Development in Human Infants”
Noon
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B