UNC Today: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Cameron Friend, who played his last football game as a Northern Colorado Bear Nov. 17, was one of four captains on the team, and there probably wasn't a player on the roster better suited for that role. . Continue Reading

UNC to Observe Fall Break, Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 21-25

The University of Northern Colorado's annual fall break is Nov. 21-25. Classes will not meet on those days. University offices will be open Wednesday, Nov. 21, but most offices and operations will be closed Nov. 22-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Days and hours of operation for some campus facilities may vary. Consult the following list for specific information:

Offices and operations supporting UNC's hosting of the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament Nov. 23-24 will be open on an as-needed basis. They include Athletics, Facilities Management and Dining Services (concession stands).

To contact specific university departments for information about schedules and services available on holidays, visit http://www.unco.edu/contact.shtml.

UNC Graduate Student Earns Award for Research

University of Northern Colorado graduate student Belkasim Khameiss was recognized by the Colorado Scientific Society for his research on marine reefs and age dating of tertiary sections in northeastern Libya.

Khameiss, a master's degree candidate in Earth Sciences, presented his paper during the CSC's annual graduate student competition Oct. 18. The CSS is the oldest scientific organization in Colorado, founded in 1882. According to current CSS president Pete Modreski, Khameiss is the first Middle Eastern student to win the award from CSS.

The organization selected Khameiss' paper for the fourth-place prize, which included $50 and CSC membership through 2013.

Faculty Bookshelf: Child’s Early Speech Production in Spanish

John M. Ryan, assistant professor of Spanish Linguistics with the Department of Hispanic Studies, has published his first research book titled The Genesis of Argument Structure: Observations of a Child's Early Speech Production in Spanish.

The book represents the Spanish portion of Ryan's Early Verb Project, which traces the acquisition of verbs in children. Expansion of the project was supported by UNC via a Summer Support Initiative Grant as well as a Faculty Development and Research Dissemination Grant.

The grants facilitated the review of child datasets of other languages including Italian, French and English, and with the collaboration of Elly van Gelderen of Arizona State University, will soon also include Catalan, Dutch, German and Portuguese as well.

The Early Verb Project promises to be the first comprehensive cross-linguistic study of early verb emergence in children.

Calling All Experts: Share Your Knowledge

The current edition of UNC's Experts List is available on the University News and Public Relations website. The list is shared with reporters who are seeking sources to provide perspective on relevant topics. See examples of university coverage at the UNC in the News website.

News and PR staff also rely on the list in working with Academic Minute, a program that airs on radio stations across the country. The Academic Minute is open to faculty who would like to record a 100-second essay related to their area of expertise. Email Nate Haas for more about this opportunity.

If you'd like to be included in the UNC Experts List, fill out the online registration form.

If you're already included in the list and would like to make changes to your entry, send the revisions to Sara Regan via email.

Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser Set for Dec. 4

The eighth annual Colorado Combined Campaign Chili Cook-Off will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the University Center ballrooms. Visit with local charities and members of the UNC community while you eat a variety of homemade chili and freshly-baked cinnamon rolls for $3.

If you make an awesome chili, enter before 4 p.m. Friday, Nov.30, by emailing Lori Brachtenbach.

Trophies will be awarded for the most unique, best green and best red chili.

Call for Volunteers: Fall Commencement Ceremonies

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers and assist in the graduate line-up area for UNC's commencement ceremonies Dec. 14-15. Responsibilities include greeting and directing graduates and guests, answering their basic questions and distributing programs as guests enter the building. A brief training session for volunteers will be conducted before each ceremony.

Dates, ceremonies, location and times are:

  • Friday, Dec. 14: Graduate School ceremony, 5-9 p.m., Butler-Hancock Hall
  • Saturday, Dec. 15: Undergraduate ceremonies, 7-11:30 a.m. and 10:30-2:30 p.m., Butler-Hancock Hall

Volunteer using the convenient online signup form. For more information, contact Eva Rodriguez at 351-2424 or via email.

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