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Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

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april5thApril 5th, 2013

On April 5, 2013, a signature event is planned to bring together UNC's Graduate School alumni and friends.


During the trustees meeting, UNC was presented with a certificate of special recognition by Sen. Mark Udall's
office for 100 years of graduate education. Bryan VanDriel of Udall's office and acting Graduate School dean
Linda Black pictured with the certificate.

UNC Graduate School to Bestow ‘Century of Scholars’ Awards

Photographs from the event are below.

Read about the awardees time at UNC by clicking on their name in the story.

The University of Northern Colorado Graduate School's celebration of 100 years of providing graduate degrees and certificates continues Friday when the school's Century of Scholars Awards will be presented during a reception in the University Center ballrooms.

Graduate School alumni will receive the following awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lydia Ruyle (MA 1972) will be recognized for her significant contributions over several decades as an artist and educator, who in addition to teaching at UNC, has conducted workshops and exhibited her work across the U.S. and internationally.

Raymond Tschillard (MA 1991), director and president of the board of directors of the Poudre Learning Center, will be honored for his lifetime devotion to science education, which has included teaching the subject in grade six through the graduate level.

Service Award

Becky Safarik (MA 1975), assistant city manager for the city of Greeley, will be acknowledged for her record of service and volunteerism for the betterment of the community.

Vernon Brown Ingraham (MA 1974), executive secretary the Scottish Rite Foundation of Colorado, will be honored for his work in providing funding for scholarships for graduate students in UNC's Speech-Language Pathology program.

Research Award

George Sage (MA 1957), UNC professor emeritus of Kinesiology and Sociology, will be recognized for outstanding research achievements in his field that resulted in the publishing of 21 books.

Educator Award

Mark Kolokoff (MA 2010) will be honored for his 26-year exemplary career as an educator in RE-6 schools.

Century of Scholars Award - College of Natural and Health Sciences

George Sage (MA 1957) will be recognized for his nearly 30 years of service to the college as a faculty member, department chair and graduate coordinator.

Century of Scholars Award - College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Elizabeth Kozleski (Ed.D 1985), chair of the Special Education program at the University of Kansas, will be honored for her internationally recognized work in special education teacher education.

Century of Scholars Award - College of Performing and Visual Arts

Lowell Graham (MA 1970), chairman of the music department and director of orchestra activities at the University of Texas-El Paso and former conductor of the United States Air Force Band, will be honored for his long and distinguished career as a musical conductor and his ongoing support of UNC's School of Music.

Other Awards

Susan Hutchinson, UNC professor of Applied Statistics and Research Methods, will be presented with the Friend of the Graduate School Award in recognition of her service to graduate students on campus, and Carl Gerbrandt, professor emeritus of Voice, will be given the Faculty Emeritus Award for his contributions to graduate education while a UNC faculty member.

Tickets for the reception, which begins at 6: 30 p.m. April 5, are sold out.

The Graduate School's 100th anniversary celebration includes the Century of Scholars website at www.unco.edu/grad100, which features a place for alumni and others to share their stories, a detailed history of the Graduate School and a timeline marking 100 years of milestones.

The website is a window through time. More than 100 stories from recent and not-so-recent graduates are already available for reading. They and numerous photos allow visitors to the site to easily compare the experiences of someone who graduated in 1965 to those of someone who graduated as recently as 2011.

In 1914, what was then called Colorado Teachers College awarded its first advanced degrees when three students received master's degrees in teaching. Today, the Graduate School has 2,395 students enrolled and more than 100 programs of study. The school has awarded a total 53,457 graduate degrees.