Be The Difference

Be the Difference by Supporting the College

Dear Friends of HSS,
My name is Kelly Richardson, and I am the Director of Development and a proud graduate of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As a result, I know as well as anyone the impact private support has on bringing in exceptional students, retaining quality faculty, and advancing programs. I have the distinct privilege of meeting with alumni of this college on a daily basis and seeing how they impact the world in positive ways. I thank you for your gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and the philanthropic support that has allowed for a number of existing scholarships that help deserving students continue their educations. In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to supplement higher education with the private philanthropy of individuals and businesses. Our college is deserving! Our students are deserving! We welcome each of you to campus and hope this newsletter will provide you with information regarding events and opportunities of interest to you. Please come back!

Please contact me for information about how you can give back through setting up a scholarship for a deserving student, setting up a memorial endowment, leaving a legacy in your estate or supporting a faculty member or program that helped transform your life.

Kelly Richardson Kelly Richardson
Director of Development
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Preserving Dearfield

September 26, 2010, will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Dearfield, Colorado. Dr. George Junne, Professor of Africana Studies, has devoted almost 30 years to investigating the history of the town and ensuring its legacy.

Dearfield was the first all-black town in Colorado, founded in 1910 as an agricultural community. During its heyday in the 1920s, Dearfield boasted some 700 residents, a grocery store, and two churches. Though the original settlement was abandoned by 1940, today there are again residents who live in and around the old buildings.

The city of Greeley, Greeley Museums, the Black American West Museum in Denver, Junne, and others are working to stabilize the buildings that remain standing and to preserve other artifacts left by the former residents. Junne continues to give town tours and has written papers and given presentations about Dearfield's history and significance. He will be there in September to share his knowledge with visitors and to celebrate the centennial of this piece of Colorado history.

Service Learning

Students have a rich opportunity to learn skills in their field of study with internships and independent study. College credit can be earned with both types of study. With internships, students work with a specific organization. Independent study allows the student the guidance of a faculty member, while working as an individual. Often students use this opportunity to work within the community. One independent study student, Sierra Patterson, Anthropology major, has spent the last semester working with Burmese refugees in Greeley. She recently presented her work at the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. Patterson appreciates the time that she has to work outside of the classroom. In turn, she gives community service. She stresses the importance of the faculty guidance she had from her professor, Dr. Barbara Hawthorne. Fieldwork for undergraduates is an invaluable experience that helps HSS students be the difference.

Study Abroad Scholarship

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences aims to enrich the lives of our students and to produce well prepared graduates for the 21st century workplace by opening a window to the world. To help provide all students with the opportunity to personally experience other cultures, HSS is well on the way toward building an endowed scholarship fund that will support students' international experiences. Once the fund is endowed, qualified undergraduates may apply for an HSS Study Abroad Scholarship while graduate students in Humanities and Social Sciences will be able to apply to this fund to support research or scholarly presentations abroad. Our goal is to make it possible for all HSS majors to have an international experience during their college careers. Many of our alumni who have had the opportunity to study or travel abroad describe their experiences as life changing. Your support of the HSS Study Abroad Scholarship Fund will help us meet these goals.

A Donor Making the Difference

Dr. Walter M. Francis was born and raised in Greeley and attended UNC for his undergraduate degree in Social Science and Sociology, with a minor in History. He also earned his M.A. degree in Sociology at UNC in 1973. Dr. Francis received a second M.A. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany in 1979 and earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from Meridian University in 1991.

Walt Francis has held academic positions, including associate professor of criminal justice and sociology at Central Wyoming College, where he also served as the director of the college's Criminal Justice program. In addition, Francis taught Sociology for three years at UNC. He has also worked in law enforcement as an investigator for the State of Colorado Organized Crime Strike Task Force, as a criminal investigator for the Weld District Attorney's Office, and as a defense investigator for the Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel. He has testified before a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives during a Congressional investigation of police misconduct.

Francis is the author of American Policing: Changing the Quality of the Process, and has contributed to publications such as Law Enforcement News and FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. His ongoing professional interests include issues of police misconduct, community policing, civil rights litigation, and homicide investigation.

In 1995, Francis was named an Honored Alumnus by the UNC Alumni Association and received the association's Community Service Award. He remains an active supporter and friend of UNC, where he volunteers considerable time in support of the university's athletic programs. Francis also sponsors scholarships for Sociology and Jazz Studies students at UNC. Through his efforts and generosity the Ford Cleere and Walter Francis Lecture Series on Justice Issues was inaugurated in spring semester 2010 in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

On April 22, 2010, Dr. Walt Francis (far right) inaugurated the Ford Cleere and Walter Francis Lecture Series on Justice Issues. To his left is Dr. James Acker, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany – SUNY, who spoke on "Paradoxes of the Death Penalty." Also pictured are HSS Dean David Caldwell and at far left Dr. Phil Reichel, Director of the School of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Professor Ford W. Cleere is commemorated on the display at center. Dr. Cleere was Professor of Sociology at UNC from 1967 to 1988. (Photo by: Jay Hinrichs)