UNC Today: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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UNC to Hold Event on Resources for Military Veterans

The University of Northern Colorado will host a daylong event Jan. 24 to provide information on campus, community, state and federal resources available for students who are military veterans or military connected such as dependents.

Students are invited to drop in on the sessions, led by experts who can answer questions about housing, healthcare, veterans benefit claims, certification for tuition and fees, counseling, and academic support.

The event will be held at UNC's Office of Veterans Services at Roudebush Cottage, west of the intersection of 8th Avenue and 18th Street. Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., and lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will be provided. Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the day.

The schedule, with names and/or organizations on hand to discuss the corresponding topics, is below:

  • 8-10 a.m. - Deb Thompson and Valerie Nielsen, campus housing specialists, on- campus housing alternatives and options
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Cheyenne VA Mobile Medical Center, healthcare services and information for veterans
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Tim Marquart, Weld County Department of Human Services, assistance with job searches and veteran training programs
  • 10-11 a.m. - Quill Phillips, UNC Career Services, resume building workshop
  • 10-11 a.m. - Alexa Williams, Monfort Business College, strong interest inventory career assessment
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Speak with Representatives from the offices of Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Kathleen Dunemn, UNC associate professor of Nursing and Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs member
  • Noon-5 p.m. - David Fry, Greeley Vet Center, register for Veterans Benefit Claims
  • Noon-5 p.m. Diane Levas-Luckman, UNC's Psychology Services Clinic offering low-cost counseling and psychological assessment for students and families
  • 1-3 p.m. - Michele Kane, Fort Collins Vet Center, individual and group readjustment counseling; Mobile Vet Center
  • 1-5 p.m. - Betsy Sullivan, Volunteers of America, information on housing for low-income veterans
  • 2-4 p.m. - Kimberly Fenner, UNC Academic Support and Advising, academic advising, tutoring, study skills, academic probation policy, and time management
  • 2-5 p.m. - Marissa Boston, UNC VA Certifying Official, available for questions regarding certification, tuition and fees

A PDF of the schedule is available to download here.

Annual Science Fair Seeks Volunteers

The MAST Institute needs approximately 100 volunteers to serve as safety inspectors and judges during the 43rd annual Long's Peak Science and Engineering Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the University Center.

Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students and interested family members and friends are invited to volunteer. A two-hour minimum commitment is needed; half- and all-day volunteers are essential. Refreshments and lunch are provided for all volunteers.

Categories to be judged during the fair, which this year is presented by Noble Energy, are:

  • animal science, behavioral and social science
  • chemistry
  • earth and space science
  • energy and transportation
  • engineering
  • environmental science
  • math and computer science
  • medicine and health
  • microbiology
  • physics
  • plant sciences.

Up to 300 middle and high school students from Weld and Larimer counties are expected to present 260 projects.

The mission of the LPSEF is to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a venue for middle and high school students to showcase their scientific and creative talents and interact with professionals from industry and academia, as well as the collegial population.

Contact Lori Ball via email or at 351-2976 to volunteer or for more information about the day's schedule and responsibilities. For more information about the fair, visit the LPSEF website.

MCB Maintains Prestigious AACSB Accreditations

The Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado has maintained both its business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education. To maintain accreditation a program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students. The college must also demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

The Monfort College of Business has been accredited by AACSB since 1992.

2012 W-2s Available Online, Now Contain Insurance Cost Info

Your 2012 W-2 Wage and Tax Statement is now available in Ursa. To view and print your W-2 form, log into Ursa, click on the Employee tab, then the Banner Self-Service folder/link, then the Employee folder/link and then the Tax Forms folder/link.

As of 2012, The Affordable Care Act requires employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan. This means that you will see an amount in box 12DD on your W-2 if you have medical, dental, or vision insurance plans through UNC. This amount is the total of the employee and employer costs of your coverage. For more information on this law, please visit http://www.irs.gov/.

Note: Payroll will still provide printed W-2s to those who still prefer to get them in the mail. They'll be mailed out the week of Jan. 21.

Questions can be directed to Payroll Services at 351-2700.

NASS Indian Taco Lunch Jan. 18

Native American Student Services invites the campus community to the Kohl House 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to share Native American culture during a free lunch featuring authentic Indian tacos, music and conversation.

Reminder to Faculty, Staff, Students Who Conduct Research

It's the policy of the University of Northern Colorado that research involving human subjects must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (see University Regulation 3-8-104). This policy applies to UNC faculty, students and staff. The major responsibility for maintaining ethical standards and protecting human rights rests with individual researchers and research advisors.

The Institutional Review Board offers an added measure of assurance and serves as a local resource for the interpretation of ethical guidelines. You can read more about UNC policy governing research with human beings on the Office of Research website.

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