UNC Today: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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UNC Music Professor to Guest Conduct in Japan

A University of Northern Colorado music professor leaves Sunday for a 10-week stint as a guest conductor at one of the oldest and largest music academies in Japan.

UNC Music Professor Richard Mayne will serve as an invited guest conductor of the Musashino Wind Ensemble at the prestigious Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. Ten weeks of rehearsals with the renowned ensemble will culminate in December with a performance in a Tokyo concert hall followed by a session in a professional recording studio.

The Musashino Academia Musicae, is a college-level conservatory of music founded in 1929. As an indication of its size, the piano program alone includes 55 faculty and 1,000 students.

The Musashino Wind Ensemble, respected throughout the world through more than a dozen recordings released, occasionally tours internationally. In 2006, it was the featured ensemble at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, the largest convention of its kind in the United States.

One of Mayne's selections for the performance and recording session in Tokyo is a concerto for piano and wind that will feature Musashino professor of piano Hidesato Uemura, who previously spent a year at UNC as a visiting scholar. Mayne served as his primary contact and host during his stay and the two became friends.

At UNC, Mayne serves as the associate director of bands and director of UNC's Pride of the Rockies marching band. He also conducts the UNC Symphonic Band, teaches conducting and music education courses, supervises student teachers and assists graduate students in their pursuit of advanced degrees.

UNC Honored Alumni to be Recognized During Homecoming

The University of Northern Colorado will recognize 2012 Honored Alumni during a Homecoming celebration Friday Oct. 5.

The awards presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. will include a dessert reception in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. To register to attend the celebration open to the public free of charge, and for the Homecoming Weekend schedule of events, visit http://www.uncalumni.org/Homecoming.

This year's honorees are:

  • Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award: Fernie Baca Hayes (BA-1961) of Denver. She served as a Denver Public Schools teacher and as associate vice chancellor for Research/Creative Activities, executive director of the International Training Academy and tenured professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. A published author, and prolific grant writer, she is the recipient of many awards for her work encouraging Hispanic youth to stay in school and attend college.
  • Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Theo Holland (BA-1961) of Colorado Springs. Holland has served as Alumni Association president, member of the UNC Foundation and is an inductee in UNC's Athletic Hall of Fame. An accomplished military veteran, he has dedicated numerous hours to mentoring at-risk high school and college students. Today, as a counselor at ComCor Inc., he mentors and encourages people to improve their lives.
  • Alumni Spirit Award: Autumn Hurlbert (BA-2002) of Astoria, NY. In a short period of time, Hurlbert has enjoyed a remarkable career on and off Broadway via national touring, regional theater, film and television. She achieved the first runner-up position on MTV's reality series: Legally Blonde: The Search for the New Elle Woods. Her career has included numerous performances on and off Broadway, with national touring companies, in regional theater, film and television.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Wayne Melanson (Educational Specialist degree -1975) of Littleton. Melanson is former UNC professor and chair of Journalism, founder of UNC's Association of Women in Communications, as well as champion and first faculty advisor of UNC's chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. A scholar, teacher and advisor, he has been instrumental in the development of the journalism program at UNC.
  • Distinguished Honorary Alumni of the Year Award: Bob and Betty Tointon of Greeley.?Founders of the Tointon Institute for Educational Change at UNC. Their institute has provided leadership training to countless K-12 administrators and teachers since 1995. Well-known at UNC and throughout northern Colorado, Bob is a past chairman of the UNC Board of Trustees and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from UNC. Betty has received the United Way Humanitarian award and was a co-founder of the Weld County Women's Fund endowment.

For a list of past recipients, and for nomination information, click on "Awards" at http://www.uncalumni.org

High-resolution images of the honorees:

Fernie Baca Hayes

Theo Holland

Autumn Hurlbert

Wayne Melanson

Bob and Betty Tointon

Hispanic Semi-Pro Baseball Exhibit Opens at Michener Library

An exhibit of Hispanic semi-pro baseball, "Beets, Baseball and Beyond," is now on display in Michener Library's Mari Michener Gallery through Nov. 3. An opening reception will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, with introductions beginning at 5:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

This exhibit's 55-plus panels chronicle Hispanic baseball and the beet industry in Greeley and the Front Range from the 1920s through the 1960s. Baseball was the main diversion for many Hispanic men working in the local beet fields.

The exhibit includes more than 180 photos, oral histories and exhibit cases containing a variety of baseball artifacts from the collection of Gabe and Jody Lopez. It features the Greeley Grays teams and more than 35 other Front Range teams.

The reception also will include readings by UNC Professor of Hispanic Studies Alfonso Rodriguez and a display of artwork by Wyoming artist Carlos Mellizo.

9News featured the exhibit. See video below:

NHS Administrative Specialist Job Opportunity

The College of Natural and Health Sciences has an internal job opportunity for an Administrative Specialist. Go to Human Resources website for details and to apply online. Closing date is Friday, Oct. 12.

Registrations for LEAP Summit Due Today

The Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership seeks faculty and staff's assistance in identifying potential participants for the fourth annual Leaders Engaging in Action through Passion Summit Nov. 2-3, with a registration deadline of today, Oct. 3. This year's LEAP Summit, themed "Empathy Powered," will again focus on developing emerging leaders' concepts of civic commitment through presentations by guest speakers, seminars and interactive activities. Additional information, including leadership paths participants can select and how to register, is on the LEAP Summit website.

Campaign Restrictions for State Employees

As the 2012 election nears, keep in mind that Colorado law prohibits state employees from using university resources to endorse or oppose an issue or candidate. Under the Colorado Fair Campaign Practice Act, state employees may not campaign while on the job, take a position on behalf of the university or any part of it, or use the university's infrastructure including phone, fax and e-mail to express political views.

Employees are free to campaign on their own time and expense.

Again, be sure that your views are not represented as the university's or any part of it.

To discuss further the statute or its requirements, please contact Dan Satriana, vice president and General Counsel, at daniel.satriana@unco.edu.

UNC VP to Discuss Community Fest on KFKA

Chuck Leonhardt, vice president of University Relations, is scheduled to appear this week on KFKA 1310 AM to discuss Community Fest. Tune in at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, and 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, to catch the segments.

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