UNC Today: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Making Monsters

Tucked away in a nondescript warehouse on 13th Street in Greeley, Distortions Unlimited's scary monster designs include everything from zombies to demonic babies. Yet the most interesting part of the business is its owners. Continue Reading

Examples of Students' Transformative Research, Creative Works Available Online

The Office of Research has posted summaries of UNC students' research and creative works on its website. Profiled students have approached their work with inspiration, analysis with meticulous care and interpretation with insight. In each case, one or more faculty members encouraged students, behind the scenes, to ask big questions and to think optimistically about how they might integrate their interests into plans for the future.

Mock Trials in Courtrooms to be Used in Legal Interpreting Training Program Delivered Nationally by UNC

Production crews filmed mock trials this month in Denver courtrooms as part of a legal interpreter training program that the University of Northern Colorado will distribute nationally.

The footage will be used in a presentation for participants of the Institute of Legal Interpreting Conference August 2014 in Denver. The presentation will offer the opportunity for participants to engage in the observation and analysis of team interpreting performance in the courtroom with a special focus on promoting the work of deaf-hearing interpreting teams.

"The final filmed work will also have a life beyond the conference in that it will be packaged and shared with other individuals and organizations who are involved in training and/or supervising the work of legal interpreters across the United States," said Leilani Johnson, director of UNC's Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training (DO IT) Center.

The center is collaborating on the grant-funded project with professionals from around the United States, as well as the Colorado Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Denver courts.

The mock trials present a civil case involving a child-custody dispute. The case involves four primary witnesses — each parent who is deaf, a psychologist, and a Guardian ad Litem. All of these witnesses will testify during direct and cross-examination. In addition, there is an out-of-court meeting between the Guardian ad Litem and a deaf child who is at the center of the custody dispute. These characters will be played by Denver community members from a script of an actual trial. The lawyers and judges are actual court personnel, and the interpreting teams are nationally recognized specialists coming in for the filming.

This project is one of several initiatives that is part of the Mid-America Regional interpreter Education Center funded by the Department of Education grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (2010: H160A100007), which is managed by Anna Witter-Merithew, the Assistant Director of the DO IT Center.

For more information about the center, visit http://www.unco.edu/MARIE/

Volunteers Needed by UNC Researchers

Volunteers are needed for research projects being conducted at the University of Northern Colorado. Participation is open to anyone who meets the stated criteria and wants to help support discoveries in the public interest. Projects currently in need of subjects include a study of moral challenges faced by first-year nurses. Others include:

  • Barriers to Physical Activity Among Gay Men
  • Persons with Below-Knee Amputations for Functional and Rehabilitative Outcomes Study
  • Stereotype Threat in College Students with Reading Disabilities
  • Social Language Intervention for Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 10- to 17-Year-Olds for Study on Math Ability and Social Judgment
  • Healthy Adults 18-65 for Biomechanics Research

Details are available at http://www.unco.edu/research/seeking.

Open Forums with Athletic Director Finalists Announced

The campus community and public are invited to open forums with finalists for the position of Director of Athletics. The forums, which begin at 11:45 a.m., will provide an opportunity to meet the finalists before their 12:15 p.m. presentations and Q&A sessions that follow. Lunch will be provided. Both forums will be held in the Panorama Room at the University Center. The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Oct. 31: Darren Dunn, deputy athletics director at the University of Houston. With 23 years of experience in athletics, he has served at Northern Illinois, Tulsa and New Mexico. A four-year letterman in baseball at the University of Denver, he earned his bachelor's degree in political science/business administration in 1991. He also hold a master's degree in sports administration from New Mexico in 1992.
  • Friday, Nov. 1: Brandon Macneill, executive associate athletic director at Tulane University. Macneill previously served eight years in athletics administration at the University of Kansas, three years at Princeton, two years at Dartmouth, and in collegiate marketing for a group based at the University of Hawaii. Macneill earned a bachelor's degree from Tulane in 1993 and a master's from the University of Connecticut (where he also interned in athletics) in 1997.

UNC Halloween Events to Include Trick-or-Treating, Haunted House

The University of Northern Colorado will host a variety of free Halloween activities that include a haunted house and safe trick or treating for children and families from the community.

Trick (and Trunk) or Treating

  • Trick or Treating will be held at the University Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Bring the family and check out departments and shops as they celebrate Halloween. Free popcorn will be available at the UC Information Desk.
  • Members of the campus community will have their vehicles decorated and hand out treats during Safe Trunk-or-Treat from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween in the C parking lot south of the UC.

Haunted House

  • Haunted Harrison, the popular haunted house in the basement of Harrison Hall dormitory, will be free and suitable for younger children from 7-8 p.m. before changing to "full-fright" mode from 8-11 p.m. and an admission charge of $1 or a canned food donation. All proceeds go to the Weld Food Bank. This year's theme is "Janitor's Halloween Party." Haunted Harrison runs from Oct. 29-31.

Scary Literary Reading

  • "Thrillers and Chillers for All Hallow's Eve" reading from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, on the first floor of Michener Library. Volunteers will read from works of published authors that address ghoulish themes found in literature.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Carving @ the UC, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. Free pumpkins and pumpkin-carving kits will be provided to students, faculty, staff and community members by the University Center. Student carvings can be entered to win a gift certificate to the UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop.

Related Events

  • Zombie Survival: Race to the Cure, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31, on the lawn outside Turner Hall. Can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Come to the first-ever zombie race. $2 per person or $10 for teams up to 6. All proceeds go to Coats for Colorado.
  • Enjoy two special Halloween showings of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's work as part of the International Film Series. Check out "Pan's Labyrinth" Oct. 30 and "The Devil's Backbone" Oct. 31. Both movies show at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library. Admission is free for students or $3 for family and friends.

For event locations, consult the campus map.

New Issue of Student Magazine Available

The Claw, a student-run magazine featuring arts, nightlife and entertainment, has released its first issue of the year, covering UNC's disc golf course, seasonal fashion and the winners of The Claw's Dorm Decor contest. Printed copies are available at select campus locations. Read the online version here.

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