School of Education Provides Service and Celebration in Honor of Homecoming
November 10, 2011 - The School of Education celebrated Union University’s Homecoming with several events. On Tuesday, November 1, the School of Education sponsored a service project for Union’s “Campus and Community: A Day of Remembrance and Service” program. Professor Sandra Hathcox led this effort that involved 100 Union students and employees delivering 550 books to 26 different classrooms in the Jackson Madison County area schools. The classroom pupils enjoyed hearing the books read to them and were excited about the books donated to their classrooms.
Later in the week on Friday evening, November 3, 2011, the School of Education participated in a new Homecoming event, called “Union Nights.” This event utilized Union’s Great Lawn to give academic departments and various student groups the opportunity to further their causes. To continue with the School of Education’s emphasis on the significance of reading, SOE faculty members and students from Union’s Student Tennessee Education Association gave children the opportunity to make book marks and hear a favorite book read. While children were enjoying the books and bookmarks, their parents enjoyed a cup of hot coffee. Dr. Kenneth Newman, full-time faculty member and member of Union’s class of 1962, was especially “impressed at the number of families that not only participated in the reading activities, but lingered at the booth to visit with one another.” Assistant Dean of Education Dr. Dottie Myatt observed, “It’s so much fun to see former students with their families and their interactions with their children.” “Seeing how responsive the children were to the book marks made our participation in this event a powerful one,” Dr. Michele Atkins, Assessment Coordinator for the School of Education, relayed. The evening concluded with stellar fireworks and music and the knowledge that over 80 book marks would be used to support the reading of good books. Dr. Ann Singleton, Associate Dean of Education, summed up the evening, “What a great event and a powerful way to connect with our students, both former and current!”