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Student Newsletter

February 1, 2021


Student Social Hour

In a recent survey of Program graduates, students expressed a desire for more connection with other students and faculty while in the Program.  

As a faculty, we brainstormed some ideas for how we might accomplish this during this challenging time.  

We have decided to provide some dedicated online space and time on a regular basis for students to have the opportunity to socialize with their fellow nccuCounseling students.  This will be an opportunity to network, to get your know your colleagues outside of the "classroom", and to be able to interact with faculty in a different context.

Every two weeks, a faculty member will open and be present in a WebEX room.  Faculty will take turns hosting this social time. The time will be informal, with no set agenda.  You can come to socialize, ask questions, talk about professional (or non-professional) issues, play games, or just hang out.  There is no requirement that you attend....but your presence would be welcome.

Below is the schedule for the spring semester.  All social hours are held from 4pm to 5pm (eastern time).

Date Host Faculty  Host Faculty   Host Faculty
 Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021  Royal  Barrow  
 Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021  Scott  Royal  Kurian
 Sunday, March 7, 2021  Beckwith  Becton  Whiting
 Sunday, March 21, 2021  King  Lupton-Smith  
 Sunday, April 11, 2021  Lupton-Smith  Beckwith  
 Sunday, April 25, 2021  Williams  Barrow  

WebEX link to join the social hour:

Meeting #: 120 026 4011

Sorry, the social hour is for current nccuCounseling students ONLY.  If you are a prospective student, you may wish to participate in the nccuCounseling Hangout.



February Webinar


February 2021 Webinar

Title: DREAMS Program: Supporting Students Academically At-risk

Date: February 9, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Presenters: Drs. Regina Gavin Williams and Taheera Blount (and two graduate assistants from the Program)


Discussing, REalizing, and Achieving Maximum Success (D.R.E.A.M.S.) was a five-week college and career readiness and drop-out prevention program for high school students who repeated the 9th grade at least once. The presenters will share the components and outcomes of the program, and walk through the curriculum, which was designed to support academic development, career aspirations, post-secondary expectations, and enhance decision-making skills to work towards building participants' college and career readiness self-efficacy.


Chi Sigma Iota, Nu Chi Chi - International Counseling Honor Society

Do you have a GPA average of 3.5 or above? Have you completed more than 9-credit hours in the program? Do you have a desire to serve your program, department, and community? If you answered, “YES,” to the above, why not become a member of Nu Chi Chi, NCCU’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI). CSI is the leading counseling honors society and carries wide recognition nationally.

If you have all of the above qualities follow the process below:

  1. Send an email to Drs. Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and King (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 19, 2021 with an attached letter where you indicate (a) your current GPA, (b) the number of hours you have completed in the program (excluding credits you are currently enrolled for), and (c) why you want to become a member of Nu Chi Chi.
  2. You will receive a letter via email from Drs. Scott or King by February 22, 2021 indicating whether you have been accepted. This letter will outline in more detail the steps you can take to register through CSI’s website. If your application is accepted, you will need to register by March, 8, 2021.
  3. In preparation for the April 8, 2021 induction ceremony, send an appropriate picture of you by yourself or with supportive family member(s)/significant others to Nu Chi Chi Secretary Emone Black (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Send this photo by March 15, 2021 for it to appear in the induction powerpoint slide show (so make sure it is a good photo!). If not sent by March 15th you will have no picture (just a rose).
  4. After we receive notice of your registration from CSI Headquarters, you will receive a letter from Ashley Goss, President of Nu Chi Chi by March 30th.  It will contain information about the CSI induction ceremony held on Thursday, April 8th at 6pm and other chapter information.

If you have any questions, please contact Drs. Scott or King.


February 1-5 is National School Counseling Week!

National School Counseling Week 2021 (#NSCW21), "School Counselors: All In for All Students," will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.


Taking the CPCE this spring?

The CPCE testing window for the spring semester of 2021 is March 15-26, 2021.  If you intend on taking your comprehensive exam this spring, please read this announcement for important information and instructions.


Mid-program Review

This spring's Mid-program Review is for students applying for Practicum in the summer or fall of 2021.

Students must complete the Mid-program Review before they can be placed in Practicum. This review time is only for students who are in Pre-practicum this spring semester and will take Practicum either this summer or next fall.  Students taking Pre-practicum in the summer will complete their Mid-program Review in the summer.

The review will consist of an oral examination of the student’s work. During this 15-minute review, the faculty and student will discuss the student’s field placement plans. 

The reviews are scheduled for March 1-5.

To sign up for the review, click HERE.

Final Defense

Attention students graduating this spring and summer: Please sign up for an appointment time for your final defense. The defense is a mock-interview and is intended to sharpen your job seeking and interviewing skills. 

We will conduct your defense using WebEX.  You will need to sign up for an appointment time HERE.  A faculty member will send you a WebEX invitation sometime before the defense is to take place, but after you have scheduled an appointment.  

Defenses for spring and summer graduates are scheduled for April 5-9.  Summer graduates need to schedule their defense this spring; defenses are not held during the summer break.


North Carolina Central University is switching to a new assessment system (Watermark/Taskstream).  The School of Education will no longer use Foliotek.  We will make information about this new system available as things progress.  For now, you do not need to create or renew a Foliotek account.  You will not need to upload any more documents into the Foliotek system.  Please be assured that faculty will still have access to what you have already uploaded in Foliotek. 


Upcoming Dates to Remember for nccuCounseling: 

  • February 1-5: National School Counseling Week (#NSCW21)
  • February 3: School of Education Graduate Council Meeting
  • February 7 @4pm: Student Social
  • February 9: SOE Faculty Meeting
  • February 9 @1pm: February Webinar
  • February 12: Last day to withdraw from a course and still receive a tuition or fee adjustment
  • February 19: Deadline to indicate interest in Chi Sigma Iota for Spring 2021.
  • February 21 @4pm: Student Social
  • February 23: Departmental Faculty Meeting
  • February 24-27: NC Counseling Association Annual Conference (virtual)
  • March 1-5: Mid-program reviews
  • March 5: Last day for a graduate student to withdraw from a course
  • April 5-9: Final defenses


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