Fall 2015 is here and we are off to a great start. New and returning students began classes August 19th and we are enjoying a great new academic year. We miss those students who graduated in May and August and are not back on campus this fall, but we are so proud of their accomplishments. Many of our Psychology and Social Work graduates are now in graduate programs, and Professional Education graduates are entering their first year of teaching. We wish them all the best as they enter a new phase of their life.
Exciting activities are planned for this fall including the annual professional education trip for juniors and seniors in October. Clubs are busy planning their projects for the year and enjoying social activities, and students are looking at professional develop opportunities they can participate in such as attending professional conference and presenting their research.
Visit our webpage often to keep up with what is going on in the School of Education. We will do our best to provide you with a glimpse of the many exciting things our students are involved in.
Fall semester has come and gone. It is almost March and we have just had our annual Convocation and Commissioning Ceremony. What a great event it was, honoring seniors and commissioning them to service knowing they will be great servant leaders in their chosen professions. The ceremony was followed by a beautiful reception for students and their family and friends in the Rumley Center. It is so exciting to see the seniors in their academic regalia for the first time. They have worked hard and the end is in sight. We are so proud of them.
What a great time we had during fall semester, professional education juniors and seniors enjoyed a trip to Charleston, SC to visit Charleston Promise Neighborhood and see the amazing things going on in that impoverished area. Visit the Charleston Promise Neighborhood website http://charlestonpromise.org/ to get a glimpse of what we saw. In addition to our school visits we also enjoyed the aquarium, carriage rides, a dinner cruise, and time to enjoy the beauty of Charleston.
In early February the professional education seniors enjoyed the annual senior dinner and play. Students, faculty, staff, and executive cabinet members enjoyed a delicious meal and attended the awesome performance of Wicked at the Durham Performing Arts Center. What a wonderful night!!
Psychology students are gearing up for the annual Southeastern Psychology Association (SEPA) conference. Several students will be presenting at the conference. I am so proud of our students. Getting the opportunity to present at a regional conference shows how strong our students are academically and how hard they are working to prepare for graduate school. Best wishes to them all as they make the final preparations on their presentations.
The Social Work Club again hosted the Hunger Banquet and other events related to hunger and homelessness as part of Hunger and Homelessness week. The events were well attended and brought in much needed supplies for local food shelters. Dr. Mallard Barnes had worked over the summer to revise the banquet to make it more representative of hunger in America. The Americanization of hunger week made it much more realistic for those attending.
We are looking forward to spring arriving and watching our seniors prepare for graduation. We will miss them, but know that they are well prepared to tackle the future whether it is enjoying their first “real” job in their chosen profession or going on to graduate school.