It is quiet in the halls of the School of Education. Seniors graduated last Saturday and are now busy preparing to enter a new phase of their lives that will take them to a new job or perhaps graduate school, undergraduates are enjoying some time away from the classroom and faculty are away taking a much deserved break. It is the time of year I reflect on the past year and what a busy and exciting year it was. It seems like just yesterday that new students arrived on campus excited to be college freshmen and anxious about how to deal with their new environment. They are now seasoned college students ready to mentor the new students when they arrive on campus this fall.
Opportunities abounded this past year for students in the School of Education providing them a chance to participate in extracurricular activities that enhanced what they were learning in the classroom and allowing them to get to know faculty and staff on a more personal basis as they traveled together and enjoyed time learning and socializing outside the classroom.
- Social Work students visited rural North Carolina and saw firsthand what rural poverty is all about.
- Education students took a trip to Charleston , SC where they toured the Charleston Promise Neighborhood and saw the positive things that can happen when schools and communities work together to make the lives of children better.
- Psychology students engaged in research activities some even researched how chickens learn best.
- Social Work students took a trip to Greensboro to see firsthand the “lunch counter” that made history in the fight for social equality.
- Education students attended the musical “Wizard of Oz” at the Durham Performing Arts Center
- Psychology students are currently on a study abroad trip to Germany and France.
- The annual School of Education Convocation held in February was an exciting time as family and friends gathered to participate in the ceremony commissioning seniors to lives of service.
- Students in all areas of study attended professional conferences which provided additional opportunities to present research and become active at the regional or state level as a student officer.
Check the website regularly for stories about these and other exciting events students participated in.
As we prepare for the new academic year we are already planning new adventures for students. The education trip to Charleston has already been scheduled, Social Work faculty are working on another experience involving rural poverty and Psychology has ordered new equipment for the lab to enhance research opportunities. We are looking forward to an exciting year.