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College of Education Spotlight Awards

Brothers United in Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D.) Summit

 Passport to Success Culminating Reception

The Light In Her Eyes

Teaming with the Tigers

Multicultural Admitted Student Overnight Stay


Final Exams
Monday, May 1- Wednesday, May 10
Final Exams Spring 2016 College of Education Undergraduate Commencement
Saturday, May 13
4:00 p.m. 
Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts
2 East South Street, Raleigh
Wednesday, May 17- Tuesday, June 6
Summer Session I
Wednesday, May 17- Monday, June 22
Summer Session II
Monday, June 26- Tuesday, August 1
Summer Session II
Monday, June 26- Tuesday, August 1

Congratulations CED Graduates!

Best wishes to the following students graduating spring 2017

David Branch
Amber Buergermeister
Kimberly Burris
Melissa Coto
Malik Edwards
Arthur Francis, Jr.
Melissa Goto
Briana Green
Cayla Green
Sarah Hugh
Michael James
Grace Kim
James LaPlante
Deming McDowell
Carlos McClaney
Mayra Navarro
Keisha Richardson
Asia Serrano
Ja’Lesa Smith
Jayda Smith
Taylor Webster
Taylor Winnix
Esther Yoo
Charlena Zell

 College of Education Spotlight Awards

By: Melissa Goto
Senior, Elementary Education


Michael James and Dr. Anona Smith Williams take part in the festivities.
On April 5, College of Education students and faculty members gathered at the Friday Institute for the 6th Annual Spotlight Awards. Hosted by the Education Council, the Spotlight Awards presentation and reception is a time to recognize students for their outstanding leadership, service and involvement in the college throughout the year. 

This year the 2017 Spotlight Awards went to:

CED Spirit Award: Sara Bowen
Outstanding Community Service Award: Briana Green
Rising Leader Award: Anna-Claire Bousquet
Golden Apple Future Teacher Award: Melissa Goto & Lauren Slenker

Outstanding club members, presidents, advisors and student ambassadors were also recognized for their hard work and dedication. 
Melissa Goto, President of Ed Council, accepts her award from Dean Danowitz.
As a graduating senior, this ceremony was rewarding but also saddening. As I stood at the podium overlooking the audience, I felt a reminiscent wave flood over me. For the last four years, I have attended the Spotlight Awards each April. I remember sitting in the audience as a freshmen, receiving the Rising Leader Award, and feeling a strong desire to join the executive team. I watched as students hugged faculty and colleagues celebrated colleagues. At the time, I was merely a new member of the NC State student body, but I was able to understand how unique of a place our college truly is. I felt at home.

The College of Education is a truly special place. It is home to many, a true home where people feel supported, loved, and valued. I believe everyone at the Friday Institute could feel that heart-warming presence on the evening of the Spotlight Awards. I know I could. 

As a soon to be alumnus, my hope is that the Spotlight tradition carries on, carrying on the magic of the College of Education with it. 
The student ambassadors who were present at the ceremony pose with advisor Audrey Fulton and Dean Danowitz.

 Brothers United in Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D.) Summit

By: Mackenzie Hunt
Freshman, Science Education
The participants and volunteers of the BUILD Summit 2017.

On March 25 the College of Education hosted the Brothers United in Leadership Development (BUILD) Summit. This summit is targeted towards high school males, specifically males of color, in order to help those students develop greater leadership skills and raise interest in post-secondary education. The theme of this year’s summit was “Building Together to Create Connections.” This one-day event was housed in Poe Hall, and was run by student leaders and volunteers. The focus of the event was to rally male students to use connections to better develop and utilize their leadership abilities.

BUILD participants and volunteers get to know each other during an ice breaker.
During this event I was able to serve as a student group leader, which enabled me to work more closely with those students who were participating in the summit. This allowed me to experience the same things that the students did. The day started off with a keynote speaker, Tru Pettigrew, who challenged the students to always lead with love. Next, the students moved to small groups where they did an icebreaker to build connections within their own group. After the small groups, students moved to breakout sessions. The breakout sessions talked about forming a movement, taking care of oneself, and how to balance multiple roles. Students also later heard from a staff panel during lunch, which talked about what it means to be a man of color in today’s society. After lunch, the students moved outside to the Court of North Carolina to view a student organization showcase, as well as hear from current NC State students about college life. The students then rejoined their small groups for one final debriefing. It was a great opportunity to be able to reach out to students in the community to help them grow as leaders and future professionals. I can’t wait for next year!
The event would not have been possible without the hard work of many NC State students, staff and community volunteers.

Passport to Success Culminating Reception

The Passport to Success spring 2017 program graduates.
On April 12, the College of Education Passport to Success program held their annual Culminating Reception. The Culminating Reception is the final event for Passport scholars to complete in order to graduation from the program. For this event, each Passport scholar was asked to create a five-minute presentation outlining their experiences in the Passport program to be presented at the Culminating Reception to College of Education faculty, staff, and students. Dean Danowitz was present at the event in order to provide some congratulatory words to our Passport scholars and to talk about the importance of their experiences as future educators. The Culminating Reception is a time for faculty, staff, and students to see the importance of the Passport to Success program and the role the program plays in the lives of College of Education students.
Congratulations to the following scholars for graduating from Passport to Success:

Sara Bowen
Mariam Elias
Elise Saenger-Heyl
Hannah Hunt
Kimberly Jones
Cristina Chase Lane
Sydney Levine
Tyra Kornegay
Rebecca Pridgen

Tyra Kornegay (above) and Mariam Elias (below) share their experiences in Passport to Success.

The Light In Her Eyes

By: Tyra Kornegay
Junior, Elementary Education

On March 29, The Light in Her Eyes was screened in the Women’s Center in the Talley Student Union in partnership with the Muslim Student Association. At this event, students first watched the documentary, which was a little over an hour, and then participated in a discussion following the film on the takeaway points. It was a great cultural experience that provided opportunities to have our eyes opened to Muslim culture and way of life.
Students in attendance engage in a discussion following the screening.
The film focused on the life and work of a woman name Houda al-Habash who worked in Damascus as a teacher and ran a school for young girls, who had to study and memorize the Qur’an. In the film, one begins to understand how powerful and meaningful Houda’s work is for these girls as you hear how some people perceive a woman’s role in Islam. There is a belief that women should not be educated or go to the mosque to study the Qur’an because their roles should be to stay home and take care of the children and the needs of the family; Houda believes otherwise. She encourages these girls and women to be strong and independent, to take care of their own needs, and have the power of knowledge so they can go on to do great things and honor their God; this included her own daughter who was sent to college in America to further her education. 

This film really opened my eyes to how education can be seen as such a luxury and gift for some people around the world. Not everyone has the ability or freedom to have access to gain an education that will give them the skills and knowledge to become independent. In America, we tend to take things for granted because of how common it is around where we live. By the end of the film and the discussion, the students had more of a solid understanding of the struggles and challenges some people have to face just to better their lives. The Light in Her Eyes was truly a moving film that will impact the lives of anyone who watches it. I highly recommend others to watch it, too!

Teaming with the Tigers

  By: Chantal Warfield
Middle Grades English Language Arts & Social Studies Education, Sophomore

This school year, the Multicultural Young Educators Network (MYEN) mentored a group of amazing fourth and fifth grade students at Creech Road Elementary School in an effort called, Teaming with the Tigers. The goal of Teaming with Tigers was to help instill life skills development in students so that they can be successful and resilient young leaders in their community. We went out to the school once a month for an hour.

During the first semester, we introduced topics such as, Peer to Peer: Working Together and Building Relationships: Good Citizens in Schools and Communities: and Dealing with Roadblocks to Success. The mentors facilitated activities and discussions to get the students thinking about the topics and how to apply them in their everyday lives. For example, for the Dealing with Roadblocks to Success lesson, one part of the activity was creating phone trees. They wrote down who they could call for support and guidance.
The mascot of Creech Road Elementary and Teaming with the Tigers.
In the second semester, we separated the students into three groups and each group was assigned one of the topics. The students then created poster board presentations and pamphlets about their topics and presented them at the end of the year during a culminating presentation day. It was amazing to work with this awesome group of students. I loved working to broaden their horizons and think about who they want to become and how to get there. We were able to see these students grow and become rising leaders in their community. 

Multicultural Admitted Student Overnight Stay

By: Aaliyah Whitfield
Freshman, English Language Arts & Social Studies

Photography courtesy NC State Admissions Official Instagram.
This year, the multicultural overnight stay went off without a hitch. On April 21, the College of Education had two students come and spend the night with current students. Once the students settled in their host’s room, they met in the lounge with Dr. Regina Gavin Williams and some guests. For dinner, everyone walked to Clark Dining Hall and met up with Ms. Tremaine Brittian, College of Education’s Director of Advising. While eating dinner, Dr. Gavin Williams asked the hosts and fellow students questions about college life. All of the current students shared their NC State experiences, and gave advice that will last for ages. After dinner was done, all of the students went to Hunt Library to take a tour. It was an amazing experience to see the two students see how big NC State is. To end off the night, all of the students attended the new member presentation of the Kappa Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. After that, it was lights out.

The next morning, the hosts and their students met Dr. Gavin Williams for breakfast. Then the two students were off to go to Experience NC State. While there, they were able to attend the student services fair to see all that NC State has to offer. By noon, the students returned to Poe Hall to listen to a college student panel give their experiences of NC State. Once 1 p.m. hit, it was time for the students to say farewell to NC State and return home.
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