UNC Today: Monday, January 14, 2013

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MLK Day Celebration Jan. 21 to Feature March, Speakers; UNC Offices Closed

Greeley's Jan. 21 celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. will include the traditional three-block march in downtown, live music, poetry and a keynote address by former NFL cornerback Wade Davis.

The celebration, in its 18th year, will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a march from the Greeley Chamber of Commerce at 902 7th Ave. to the Union Colony Civic Center at 701 10th Ave., where activities, including Davis' address, continue at 11 a.m.

Davis played briefly for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks before moving to the NFL Europe league, where his career was cut short by knee injuries after winning a league championship with the Berlin Thunder.

He entered the national spotlight this summer when he became the third former NFL player to speak publicly about what it was like to be a closeted gay man in the league.

Davis, a nationally recognized speaker, activist, writer and educator, currently works with youth 14-24 as assistant director of job readiness at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City.

His writings have been included in The Huffington Post, The New York Times and OutSports.com, and he's appeared on NPR, CNN and BET. His autobiography, Interference, will be published later this year.

Davis will be available for pictures and autographs following the event.

The MLK Day celebration, sponsored by the city of Greeley and the University of Northern Colorado, is free and open to the public.

UNC Offices Closed for Holiday

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

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

Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall will serve brunch and dinner instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Residence halls will operate normally.

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

UNC Chemist to Discuss LEDs on National Radio Program

A taped segment featuring UNC Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robin Macaluso will air on more than 50 radio stations throughout the country on Thursday, Jan. 17.

As part of The Academic Minute, Macaluso will address her research on the next generation of energy-saving LED lighting. She her team of researchers are analyzing an underexplored class of materials known as pyrochlore oxynitrides, a ceramic that's inexpensive to produce and shows promise for use in LEDs.

Related: Grant Supports LED Research at UNC

The segment also will be available on The Academic Minute website and on Inside Higher Education's site.

The Academic Minute invites contributions from faculty who would like to record a 1:40 essay related to their area of expertise. Email Nate Haas for more about this opportunity.

Head Off the Flu with Vaccine, Other Preventative Actions

Colorado continues to be one of the hardest hit states for this year's highly contagious and strong strain of influenza. The medical professionals at the Student Health Center encourage everyone to get a flu shot (available for $25 at the SHC in Cassidy Hall; no appointment needed) and to help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible. Covering your cough also will help reduce the spread of airborne pathogens.

It's not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The flu vaccine is the first and most important thing you can do to protect you and your family from the flu and associated complications that sometimes result in hospitalization.

UNC's custodial staff have increased the frequency they're disinfecting and wiping down of high-traffic hand-touching areas such as door knobs and handles, tables and countertops, computers, and restrooms.

Remember: "A healthy campus is a happy campus."

For more information, visit the Student Health Center in Cassidy Hall, check out their website or call 970-351-1919.


Additional information about preventative flu measures is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.

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Interim Session Grades Due Jan. 16

The deadline for submitting final grades for interim session courses is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Grades submitted after the deadline will negatively affect students' financial aid or graduation. Please direct questions to Michelle Heiny in the Registrar's Office, 351-1839. Grade explanations and instructions for assigning final grades are available on the Registrar's website.

Please note that:

  • A grade of "F" is for those students who did attend/participate but are no longer going to class and did not drop or withdraw. Remember to include the last day of attendance for these students.
  • A grade of "UW" indicates an unauthorized withdrawal and is assigned only when the student has never attended the class for which they were enrolled.
  • A grade of "I" is assigned due to unanticipated circumstances the last week of the term that made the student unable to complete course requirements within the allotted time (e.g. they missed the final examination due to sickness, an emergency in the family).

For technical support when submitting grades in Ursa, contact the Technical Support Center at 351-4357 or http://help.unco.edu.

Sessions Scheduled for Users of UNC Foundation Funds

If you code or approve payables (invoices, payroll, travel, etc.) using UNC Foundation funds, you need to find out how the Foundation's chart of accounts change affects you by attending one of two informational sessions in January.

  • Thursday, Jan. 10: 10-11 a.m., University Center Columbine A or
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16: 2-3 p.m., University Center Columbine A

If you're not sure if the change affects you, please contact Geneve Monnes, 351-1378 or Eileen Erickson, 351-1373.

Dining Services Featured Item: Chef Essig's Excellent Culinary Adventure

UNC Executive Chef Aran Essig, whose essay in a food industry competition earned him a trip to France to attend the 2013 Bocuse d'Or culinary competition, will be sharing his tales from the road, as well as pictures of anything and everything culinary, on the new Chef Essig's Travels website.

In the meantime, don't forget that Dining Services offers a variety of dining options in Holmes Dining Hall, Tobey-Kendel Dining Room, the University Center Food Court and Bears Bistro, where you can enjoy meals for $5.85 (includes tax) each using the Faculty/Staff Payroll Deduction Plan (meals and purchases at campus retail dining outlets are deducted monthly from your paycheck).

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