Around Campus: Monday, October 23, 2017

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UNC Gets a Jump on Halloween with Events Starting Wednesday

Halloween-related events at UNC start this week with the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration (Wednesday), screenings of the 2017 horror film It Comes at Night (Wednesday and Thursday) and the always popular Haunted Harrison (Friday and Saturday). There's even an event for dogs and their owners (Howl-O-Ween Festival on Friday). Trick-or-treaters will have two safe on-campus options for fun and goodies on Halloween next week.

Pre-Halloween Events

Day of the Dead

Students in the Mexican American Studies program will lead a celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from 5:15-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Panorama Room in the University Center. A buffet and presentations by students will highlight this traditional Mexican celebration of life that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to honor and remember those who have died. Admission is free and open to all. View the event poster. Free parking is available in all UNC lots after 5 p.m.

Scary Movies

Enjoy a pre-Halloween screening of the 2017 horror film It Comes at Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 25 and 26, in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library. Costumes are encouraged. One lucky winner will win a raffle prize courtesy of the film's sponsor, UNC's International Film Series. Admission is free and open to anyone 17 or older. Those younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Free parking is available in all UNC lots after 5 p.m. View a trailer from the film.

UNC's Latin Film Series will screen Juan of the Dead, Cuba's first zombie movie, from 5:45-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in room 1260 in Candelaria Hall. Shot in Havana, the raucous horror comedy is deeply schooled in the zombie genre, with a uniquely Cuban flavor. Admission is free and open to all.

Haunted Harrison

Haunted Harrison, the popular haunted house in the basement of Harrison Hall dormitory, will be open for tours on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28. Tours from 5-6 p.m. will be "Little Scare" with no interaction between actors and participants. Tours from 7-9 p.m. will be "Full Scare" with complete interactivity between participants and actors.

Admission to Haunted Harrison, which is open to anyone, is $1 or a donation of non-perishable food. Proceeds go to UNC Bear Pantry, which supports UNC students who are struggling to buy food or other personal items.

Free parking is available on the west end of J lot, accessed via 11th Avenue.

Howl-O-Ween Festival

Join students and faculty from UNC's FETCH LAB, which tests the hearing of dogs, for a fun, Halloween-themed festival from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, on the Gunter Green. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will include several events for dogs and their owners, including a costume contest, an obstacle course, a 25-yard dash, and competitions for best trick, home run commands, Frisbee catch and toy retrieve. More Information.

Halloween Events

Trick or Treating at the UC

On Halloween, trick-or-treating will be available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the University Center, 2101 10th Ave. Bring the family and check out the decorated offices and shops as costumed staff celebrate Halloween by handing out treats. Trick-or-treaters can support UNC's Bear Pantry, which provides assistance to students in need, by donating a non-perishable food item at the information desk on the second floor.

Trunk or Treat

The National Residence Hall Honorary will host Trunk or Treat, a safe trick-or-treating alternative where campus community members will have their vehicles decorated and offer treats, games or both from 6-9 p.m. on Halloween in the C parking lot south of the University Center.

For event locations, consult the campus map.

Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m. and weekends, except for in L and M lots during football and basketball games. Hourly parking permits, available at self-service stations at the entrance to most lots, are required 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Registrations for Nov. 18 UNC Military Challenge Now Being Accepted

Support the more than 400 veteran and military-connected students on campus and the UNC Veterans Scholarship fund by entering the fourth annual Military Challenge on Military Appreciation Day at UNC, Saturday, Nov. 18. The Challenge is an urban adventure-style race that consists of an 18-stage obstacle course around campus that will test both physical and mental toughness.

The race briefing will begin promptly at 7:15 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m.. Registration for the event includes a race shirt, breakfast from Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q, craft beer from Crabtree Brewing Company and assorted Pepsi products. All proceeds from the event benefit UNC Veterans Scholarship fund.

More details and an entry form are available on the Military Challenge webpage. Registration the day of the race is available. Register online by Nov. 13 in order to receive an event shirt.

View the event poster.

CPE Breast Cancer Awareness Tables

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so join the Center for Peer Education for some fun activities and prizes from 12:30-2:30 p.m. today at their table in the lower level of the UC or Wednesday in the McKee breezeway. Answer Jeopardy questions and collect points to win a Bear Pride package or Fritzler Corn Maze tickets and help decorate cards to send to local hospitals in support of patients going through treatment and the staff helping them.

Alternative Break Info Session Oct. 26

If you're interested in spending your winter or spring break traveling and doing community service, UNC's Alternative Break program offers student-developed, drug- and alcohol-free trips to various locations around the country, including Utah (animal rehabilitation), Arizona (immigration) and Texas/Florida (hurricane relief). There's also a winter break trip planned to Dallas (homelessness). Find out more at an info session from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the UC's Spruce C room.

The estimated cost of trips ranges from $250-$550 (depending on locaiton and number of participants), which covers all transportation, lodging and food.

Also, if you think you have what it takes to lead a trip, two Site Leaders are needed for each trip. No prior Alt Break experience is needed, just a desire and commitment to make the trip safe and enjoyable for all participants.

Find more info about the trips and get an application form to be a participant or site leader on the Alternative Break website.

Spring site leader applications are due Friday, Oct. 6. Spring participant applications are due Friday, Oct. 27.

GSA Flu Shot Clinic Wednesday

The Graduate Student Association and the UNC Student Health Center are offering a free flu shot clinic for all UNC students from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Ross Hall lobby. There'll be a priority line for graduate students. Students also can get free flu shots by dropping by the SHC in Cassidy Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Cases of the flu have already been confirmed in Greeley, so get your flu shot now!

Math Festival Oct. 25 Includes Guest Speaker, Magic, Games

The UNC Math Club and School of Mathematical Sciences will celebrate the life of recreational mathematician and puzzle creator Martin Gardner during the eighth annual Celebration of Mind Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The celebration includes an evening of mathematical fun with puzzles, games, activities, magic and refreshments from 6:30-8 p.m. in the University Center Pikes Peak Ballroom, and "An Interconnected World: The challenges and mathematics of large networks," a guest lecture by Professor Paul Horn of the University of Denver from 5-6 p.m. in Ross 1040.

No math experience is required. The celebration is free and open to everyone.

View the event poster (PDF).

Presidential Search Committee Progresses on Leadership Characteristics

University of Northern Colorado's presidential search committee met Friday as members continue to make progress on finalizing the characteristics sought in UNC's next leader.

The 15-member group — composed of faculty, staff, students and UNC trustees — spent the meeting discussing the draft of the original 10 leadership characteristics shared with the campus and surrounding community as part of a survey. Continue Reading.