UNC Today: Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Campus Voice and Data Network Unavailable Midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Information Management and Technology will be performing maintenance on the campus voice and data network from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov.25. Starting at midnight, all voice services and all data services including the campus telephone and email systems will be intermittent. IM&T will have voice and other life-safety services available to campus as soon as possible during this time. For questions or concerns regarding this maintenance, please contact the Technical Support Center at 351-4357.

Assistant Director of Interpreter Center to Appear on NPR Program

Anna Witter-Merithew will appear on NPR's Talk of the Nation at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss the role of facial expression and body language as part of interpreting from spoken English into American Sign Language.

The topic has drawn interest following a public address by New York City's Michael Bloomberg with interpreter Lydia Callis by his side gesturing and using facial expressions for ASL users. Witter-Merithew is the assistant director for UNC's Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Center and director of the Mid-America Regional Education Center.

Talk of the Nation is NPR's mid-day newstalk show carried on close to 400 stations nationwide. You can find a station in the area or find a station to access a live stream at http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/schedule/index.php. NPR will provide live captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals at http://captions.npr.org.

Community and Civic Engagement Committee Seeks Input for Plan

The Community and Civic Engagement Committee invites members of the campus community to contribute their voices to the development of a strategic community and civic engagement plan that will become part of UNC's overall planning process. You can share your ideas at one of several upcoming drop-in sessions during the committee's "listening tour" (see below) or submit them using an anonymous submission form.

If you plan to attend a drop-in session, the committee wants to frame the conversation around the themes and broad questions listed on the electronic submission form. The themes are informed by experiences of other institutions of higher education as they have infused public engagement into all aspects of their campuses. They are intended to guide our discussion regarding UNC's distinctive vision and planning process.

Community and civic engagement is one of the nine strategic plans being developed as part of UNC's overall planning process. A growing body of research and practice shows that teaching, research and service-learning activities engaged in local or global communities are high-impact practices.

Drop-In Sessions (coffee and refreshments provided)

  • Monday, Nov. 26; 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Kepner 0040
  • Monday, Nov. 26; 4:30-5:30 p.m. UC Spruce A
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27; 11 a.m.-noon; McKee 282
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27; 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Candelaria 1375
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28; 8-9 a.m.; Michener Library Gallery
  • Thursday, Nov. 29; 11a.m-noon; Skinner Music Library, 139
  • Friday, Nov. 30; 9-10 a.m.; Carter 2010

If you are not able to attend a drop-in session, please feel free to share your anonymous comments electronically at https://unco.us.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_38drLeryTO0uJIp

New Financial Forms and Policies Available

Accounts Payable reminds everyone that new and improved forms and a newly prepared policy regarding travel and official functions have been adopted and are now available on the Accounts Payable website for viewing and downloading. The new documents are:

  • Official Function and Training Form
  • Travel Authorization Form
  • Office Function and Training Policy
  • UNC Fiscal Rules

Please note the publication of UNC Fiscal Rules, found on several Financial Services web pages or this PDF.

If you have any questions, please contact Terri Thomas (351-1836), Stephanie Kontour (351-2387) or Scot Stockwell (351-2565).

Education Honor Society to Induct New Members

UNC's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, will induct several Education majors into its membership during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the University Center.

The society inducts only those individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society in education, representing 582 undergraduate and professional chapters and more than 45,000 active members. Its most distinguished members over the last century have included Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver and current leaders in education Howard Gardner, Maxine Greene and Carol Gilligan.

Superstorm Sandy Coat/Clothing Drive Nov. 19

UNC's chapter of the Association for Women in Communications will hold a clothing drive from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the University Center, with all proceeds benefiting those on the East Coast affected by Superstorm Sandy. Items most needed include coats, sweaters, warm clothing, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves and gift cards from Walmart or Lowes.

Look for collection bins throughout the UC.

UNC Trustees to Meet Friday, Nov. 16

UNC's Board of Trustees will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Panorama Room at the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

Action items on the agenda are room naming recommendations, Faculty Senate approved revisions to board policy to reflect contract-renewable rank, and a resolution recognizing trustee Jerry Morgensen, whose term will end Dec. 31, for his years of service.

The remaining 2012-13 dates of board meetings are Jan. 18, March 8 and June 7.

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