UNC Today: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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On Her Chosen Path

When the invitation to attend an inaugural ball in Washington D.C. arrived in her mail, University of Northern Colorado graduate student Amanda Skenadore had to read it twice. Continue Reading

UNC Trustees to Meet Jan. 18

The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the Panorama Room at the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

Action items on the agenda are two new academic programs for fall 2013 (an M.A. in Dance Education and an endorsement in Secondary English Education), a room naming recommendation for the Hank Brown Wrestling Coaches Office in Butler-Hancock Hall, a board policy manual amendment that updates an employee's current title, and an interruptible service option credit agreement between UNC and Public Service Company of Colorado.

The remaining 2012-13 dates of board meetings are March 8 and June 7.

Reminder: Applications for March 7-8 Engaged Faculty Institute Due Jan. 17

Applications for Service Learning 101: An Engaged Faculty Institute on March 7-8 at the UNC Loveland Center at Centerra are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

The EFI provides an opportunity for faculty to participate in a multi-faceted training experience around service learning - a dynamic teaching/learning strategy that has been shown to augment students' mastery of course content, enrich campus/community relationships, and positively impact retention rates. Service learning is an experiential, student-centered pedagogy that enhances classroom learning while addressing community needs.

Participants commit to attend all the EFI sessions, build service-learning partnerships and integrate tools and methods into at least one course within one academic year, with the intention of ultimately engaging students in the community while enhancing their classroom learning.

Participants must commit to attend both sessions at UNC - Centerra and will receive a stipend of $500 upon successfully completing the Institute.

The EFI will employ readings, hands-on workshops, and discussions with regional experts to provide the best practices for service-learning and guide participants as they integrate service-learning into their own curricula and in the context of engaged scholarship. Participants will leave the EFI with a new or modified syllabus for one (or more) of their courses that demonstrates the principles and best practices of service-learning.

The institute is part of the Colorado Campus Compact and the March 7-9 sessions are co-sponsored by UNC's Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Faculty from UNC, the University of Wyoming, Front Range Community College-Larimer County, Casper College and Colorado State University will be selected to join the current cohort.

For questions about the Engaged Faculty Institute or to submit your completed application form either in hard copy or electronically, please contact Deborah Romero. 351-2458.

New Procedure for Scheduling Open Computer Labs for Class Use

Information Management and Technology has implemented a new procedure to streamline the process of reserving IMT-managed open computer labs for periodic class/event use.

Email the following information to lab.reservations@unco.edu:

  • Instructor name and contact information
  • Course information, e.g., ENG122, College Composition
  • Preferred computer lab, or close-to location, e.g., Location class is regularly held so a nearby lab can be reserved.
  • Preference of Macintosh or PC computers
  • Whether a projector, sound system, DVD player or VCR will be needed
  • Date and start/end time to be reserved
  • Number of attendees

For more information about existing open computer labs, visit IMT's website.

Student Speaker Sought for Undergrad Commencement

The Dean of Students office is looking for a student speaker to represent the class of 2013 at the spring undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 11. If you know any students who'll be graduating with a GPA of 2.8 or higher, were involved in campus life and who would be interested in sharing their thoughts, encourage them to pick up application materials in the Dean of Students Office on the third floor of the University Center or download them from the DOS website.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Contact Sherri Moser, 351-2824 for more information.

UNC Alumna to Begin Reign as Miss Rodeo Colorado

UNC alumna Sarah Wiens will begin her reign as Miss Rodeo Colorado during the 7 p.m. pro rodeo Thursday, Jan. 17, at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Wiens, who graduated from UNC last year with a bachelor's degree in English, won the Miss Rodeo Colorado title in a four-day pageant held during the Greeley Stampede in July, picking up the horsemanship and personality awards, as well as scoring the highest on the written test.

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.

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