UNC Today: Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Call for Nominations: Honored Alumni and Service Awards

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for its annual Honored Alumni and Service Awards, which recognize the university's most distinguished alumni and friends of the university.

Nominations for the 2013 awards are sought in five categories:

Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award
Bestowed in recognition of exemplary personal and professional achievement in a graduate's or former student's chosen field. Achievement may be manifested through lifelong distinguished achievements or a one-time significant and distinguished achievement.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Acknowledges significant contributions of time and talents on behalf of UNC and the Alumni Association by a graduate or former student.

Alumni Spirit Award
Honors a graduate or former student of the last decade for exceptional achievements in career, public service or volunteerism that brings honor to the university.

Distinguished Service Award
Recognizes a former faculty or staff member for outstanding teaching, service or research contributions at UNC.

Distinguished Honorary Alumnus/a of the Year Award
Bestowed upon friends of the university who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to UNC through leadership, vision, creativity, generosity or by increasing UNC's stature and impact in the larger community.

The deadline for nominations is Feb 1.

Recipients of the awards, the highest the Alumni Association bestows, will be honored at a ceremony during UNC's homecoming weekend this fall.

Additional nomination guidelines and a nomination form are available on the Alumni Association's website.

Entrepreneurial Challenge Finalists Announced

Five finalists have been selected to compete for $50,000 in prize money during the fourth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge March 7 at the University of Northern Colorado, with first place earning $25,000, second place $15,000 and third place $10,000. Continue Reading.

Dining Services Featured Item: Food Adventures from Europe

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

Reminder: Schulze Speaker Proposals Due Jan. 31

Proposals for Schulze Speakers for the 2013-14 academic year are due Thursday, Jan. 31. Send submissions and requests for further information to Bob Mondi, 351-1565.

Free Statistical Consulting Offered by MAST Institute

Statistical consulting is available at no charge to faculty, staff and graduate students through UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute. Consulting is available in Ross 1210 on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-6 p.m. Thursdays until the end of the semester.

Consulting services are provided by the Applied Statistics and Research Methods program.

For more information, contact Edward Lopez, 351-1289.

UNC Writing Center Open for Spring Semester

UNC's Writing Center is a free service for enrolled students, faculty and staff. Representatives from the center are available to visit classes and present a brief introduction of the services offered, which include free and confidential tutoring assistance for all writing, professional writing assistance from faculty and teaching assistants, and useful handouts covering almost every writing concern.

To schedule a presentation in a class, e-mail Crystal Brothe, providing three days advance notice to facilitate scheduling. Faculty can also refer students directly to the center, which is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday in Ross 1230.

Learn more about the Writing Center at its website.

New USPS Prices, Services Effective Jan. 27

The cost of sending a piece of first-class mail weighing one ounce or less will increase to 46 cents effective Sunday, Jan. 27, when the U.S. Postal Service implements new pricing and services for 2013. Postcards will cost 33 cents to mail, also a penny increase.

The new 46-cent "forever" stamps will be good for mailing a one-ounce letter anywhere in the U.S. anytime in the future, regardless of price changes.

The Postal Service also will introduce a global "forever" stamp, allowing senders to mail letters anywhere in the world for a set price of $1.10.

2013 Single-Piece First-Class Mail Pricing Highlights

  • Letters (1 ounce.): 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters (additional ounces): unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 ounce): $1.10
  • Postcards: 1-cent increase to 33 cents

Several new shipping product services will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail priority mail and parcel post (recently renamed standard post).
Also new, customers shipping critical mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.

A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for express mail and priority mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat-rate envelopes, will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.

2013 Domestic Priority Mail Flat-Rate Pricing

  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95

If you have any questions or concerns regarding postal rates, contact Mail Services, 351-2026.

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