UNC Today: Friday, January 12, 2018

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Opportunities to Provide Further Input for Presidential Search

On Wednesday and Thursday, Jan- 17-18, Alberto Pimentel, managing partner of executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, will be on campus to meet with key stakeholder and constituent groups regarding UNC's presidential search. This is an opportunity to provide further input about the personal and professional qualities and characteristics sought in the next president. The search consultant and search committee will use your input to inform the position profile and to assist in the recruitment of a diverse and highly qualified candidate pool. Specifically, the search consultant is most interested in exploring the following questions:

  • Based on your experience at the University of Northern Colorado, what do you see as the short-term (immediate) and long-term (three to five years) challenges and opportunities facing the next president?
  • Given the opportunities and challenges you've described, what professional experiences and qualifications must the successful candidate possess? What personal qualities must the new president have in order to be a good "fit" with the University of Northern Colorado community?
  • What are the immediate initiatives that the president must be aware of and embrace?
  • What are the key positive attributes of University of Northern Colorado and the local community that the search firm should communicate to candidates? What are the most attractive features of University of Northern Colorado and how might those be used to attract the right candidates?

Following are the meetings for faculty and staff as well as the meetings that are open to everyone on campus.


  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 12:15-1 p.m. in the University Center Spruce B
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 9:30-10:15 a.m. in the University Center Spruce B.

Exempt staff

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2-2:45 p.m. in the University Center Spruce B
  • Thursday, Jan. 18th, 8:30-9:15 a.m. in the University Center Spruce B

Classified staff

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 3-3:45 p.m. in the University Center Spruce B
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 10:30-11:15 a.m. in the University Center Spruce B

Open to all of campus

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 5-5:30 p.m. in the University Center Spruce B
  • Thursday, Jan. 18th, 12:30-1 p.m. in the University Center Spruce B.

Because the search consultant is meeting with many stakeholders, it will be important to adhere to the schedule. Therefore, it would be helpful if you prepare your thoughts and comments prior to your scheduled meeting. If you have any questions, please direct them to Vicki Niccum at 351-1152.

MLK Day Celebration Jan. 15 to Feature March, Ceremony; UNC Offices Closed

Greeley's Jan. 15 celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. will include the traditional three-block march in downtown and a post-parade ceremony.

The celebration, in its 23rd year, will begin at 10:15 a.m. with pre-march activities at the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, 902 7th Ave. At about 10:40 a.m., the march will make its way to the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., where a variety of presentations beginning at 11 a.m. will honor King's legacy.

Programming is presented by the University of Northern Colorado's Marcus Garvey Cultural Center and Colorado community members.

The MLK Day celebration, sponsored by UNC, the city of Greeley, the city's Human Relations Commission and Aims Community College, is free and open to the public.

2018 is an important one as it highlights the 50th anniversary of the assassination of King on April 4, 1968. It also celebrates the founding of the King Center on June 26, 1968. The theme established by the King Center is "MLK50 Forward: Together We Win with Love for Humanity." This is also the theme of the Greeley celebration. In addition, the 2018 Black History Month theme, "African Americans in Times of War," is incorporated into the Greeley celebration.

UNC Offices Closed for Holiday

UNC's administrative offices will be closed and classes will not be held on Monday.

Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall will serve brunch and dinner instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bears Bistro and Gourmet To Go locations will be closed. In the University Center, Subway will be open 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Munchy Mart will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. All other retail dining locations and the UC Food Court will be closed.

Michener Library will be open from noon-10 p.m. and Skinner Music Library will be open from 1-10 p.m.

The University Center will be open its normal hours as will be the Computer Commons in the center.

Residence halls will operate normally.

The Campus Recreation Center will be open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Some amenities in the center may not be available.

To contact specific university departments for information about schedules and services available on MLK Day, visit http://www.unco.edu/contact.shtml.

UNC Group Joins Multi-University Effort to Establish Hearing Conservation Program in Guatemala

A group of faculty and students led by University of Northern Colorado Professor Deanna Meinke implemented a hearing conservation program at a sugar mill in Guatemala last month. Meinke, UNC graduate students Jennifer Ruths and Ashley Stumpf, and Colorado State University graduate student Grant Erlandson spent a week in Guatemala to teach about the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The effort included implementing best practices in the hearing conservation program at the work site of the Pantaleon sugar mill. Continue Reading

UNC Faculty Author Writes Book on Embracing Culture Shock to Bridge Divides

Contemplative anthropologist and mindfulness teacher Michael J. Kimball has a new book for people who want to bridge cultural divides. It's called Ethnowise: Embracing Culture Shock to Build Resilience, Responsiveness & Connection. Continue Reading

UNC Professor’s International Research Used to Assess Species Extinction Risk

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that publishes the Global Red List of Threatened Species has focused attention on a paper published by University of Northern Colorado Professor Rick Adams with colleagues Frank Bonaccorso (USGS) and John Winkelmann (Gettysburg College) to reassess the extinction risk of an African bat species. Continue Reading

Defenses of Dissertations and Doctoral Capstone Projects, Oral Comp Exams

The following defenses of dissertations, defenses of doctoral capstone projects and oral comprehensive examinations are scheduled: Continue Reading

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