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020911Feature_StudentsOfficeDr. Brett Carter, dean of students, got this comment from a staff member recently: “I appreciate the support you all provide for students. It seems so many are struggling with difficult issues!”

The Dean of Students Office helps students navigate through issues – and helps staff and faculty throughout the campus learn how to better support students. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of listening and pointing the student in the right direction. Often, more is involved. Many around campus want to know how they can help.

To that end, the office will offer a spring workshop series designed for faculty and staff, to foster this culture of care on campus.

“Our outreach focuses on giving faculty and staff the tools necessary not only for them to support students but so they feel supported and well equipped to deal with difficult situations inside and outside of the classroom,” says Mary Anderson, an assistant dean of students.

Visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/ to register to attend any or all of these workshops. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Cares
Feb. 18
2–4 p.m.
Bryan Building, Room 111
During this two-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Feb. 24
3–4 p.m.
EUC, Dogwood Room
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

Academic Integrity: What Faculty Need to Know
March 3
1:30–2:30 p.m.
EUC, Claxton Room
Students often balance many challenging personal issues and academic demands. These issues and demands often facilitate academic misconduct among students. To cheat or not to cheat….to plagiarize or not to plagiarize… those are questions many college students ask themselves quite often. The purpose of this workshop is to engage faculty in education discourse concerning academic misconduct among college students; UNCG’s effort to promote academic integrity in the classroom; and best practices for reducing academic misconduct.

UNCG Cares about VETS
March 15
10–11:30 a.m.
EUC, Joyner Room
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 allows more veterans to enter colleges and universities to pursue their education. With concerns of veterans returning home with serious psychological and emotions issues, colleges are trying to ensure their campuses have services that are adequate to meet the needs of these students. UNCG Cares about VETS will provide a discussion about today’s veteran, barriers preventing student veterans from staying in college, and on-campus support for UNCG student veterans.

Not only caring – but showing that caring in productive ways – can make a big difference in students’ lives and their ultimate achievement. Students see the UNCG Cares sticker near the door of many staff and faculty offices around campus.

Anderson particularly noted this program and workshop, the first in the series. “UNCG Cares resonates most with me because in creating a community of care, the Dean of Students Office tries to be proactive by reaching out to students in distress before they rise to a level of crisis. If students have the support and resources necessary to get through difficult times in their lives, they are more likely to be retained at the university and persist toward graduation.”

Carter adds, “We believe the workshops will inform as well as equip faculty and staff with the tools in terms of best practices for helping students with personal and academic difficulties be successes.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English.

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