College of Education Newsletter

September 2017

Message from the Dean:

Dear UCA College of Education Community,

It is with great excitement that we enter the fall semester. COE faculty and students are committed to reshaping education and leadership in the state of Arkansas. In fact, fall 2017 is our 110 year anniversary! The Arkansas State Legislature created The Arkansas State Normal School (now UCA) in 1907, to train students to become professional teachers. Classes began in 1908 with nine academic departments, one building, 80 acres, 107 students and seven faculty members. This year the College of Education begins the year with 58 full-time faculty and over 1,000 majors. The University has more than 10,000 students and over 400 full time faculty, with 75 undergraduate degree programs, 37 graduate degree programs, 81 buildings, and 301 acres of land.

I must admit that even though I'm starting my third year at UCA, every time someone calls me dean, I have to pinch myself. It's a privilege to work in the College of Education with such amazing, dedicated, and progressive faulty and staff, not to mention the chance to help shape our incredible students. I hope this newsletter will serve as an opportunity to share all of the wonderful things happening in the College of Education.

Vicki Groves-Scott

iPad Launch:

On Tuesday, August 22nd, we hosted the 2017 launch for the Apple 1:1 Mobile Initiative. Approximately 40 students attended and about 70 iPads were distributed throughout the days surrounding the launch. There were four faculty volunteers and approximately five COE Ambassadors throughout the day to help. We're so excited to integrate this technology into our classrooms and teach students how to do it in their future classrooms! You can learn more about our Apple Mobile Initiative at

New Freshman Welcome:

We had a great time at our COE Freshmen Welcome on Monday, August 21st. We love seeing new faces and having more people join the College of Education! There were 74 freshman at the event. If you're interested in Teacher Education, please check out our website at!

Graduate Program Orientations:

The College of Education recently hosted new student orientations for several of their Graduate Programs.

The CSPA program orientation was held August 22 with approximately 30 students in attendance including 11 new students. Dr. Susan Barclay, Program Coordinator, organized the meeting. The orientation was supported by other program faculty. The new students attended both morning and afternoon. The afternoon session included the returning students.

The PhD program orientation was held August 22. Dr. Rhonda McClellan and returning doctoral students planned the event. The 15 new students attended. They were joined by returning students and recent graduates for a reception that evening at Dr. McClellan's home. Faculty members that teach in the program were invited for the evening reception, and some faculty participated in the earlier session. Summer program graduates were honored during the reception.

The EDLP, ITEC, LIBM, SLMA, and SCCN programs had a combined new student orientation on Saturday, August 26. Program coordinators planned the meeting. Students participated in a general session that outlined program expectations and support systems. Students received training on the use of Blackboard/Collaborate and participated in a program level orientation. Approximately 40 students attended.

The MAT program orientation was held Saturday, September 9th. Mrs. Sunny Styles-Foster, MAT Program Coordinator, ran the orientation that featured the following speakers: Amber Wilson (Torreyson Library), Jessica Keener (Arkansas IDEAS), and MAT faculty (Dr. Michael Mills, Dr. Jason Trumble, Mrs. Chris Hogan, Dr. Donna Wake, and Dr. Charlotte Green. The last hour of orientation was spent

advising and helping the 38 new students leave with a plan for coursework.

Faculty Accomplishments:

Student Awards


The COE and Department of Teaching & Learning recently launched new blogs. The UCA COE Collaboration Space is a blog where faculty and students can share their thoughts/ideas with others. The Teaching Voices blog is geared towards students in Mrs. T. J. Hendrix's MSIT 4328 class. Students in this class will write blog posts that will be critiqued.

TLC Renovation:

Our Technology Learning Center (TLC) is undergoing some fantastic renovations that will make it a state of the art collaboration space. Construction should be complete by the first of October. We looking forward to showing off our new space.