UNC Today: Monday, November 18, 2013

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Trustees Discuss Strategic Academic Plan, Enrollment

University of Northern Colorado's Board of Trustees on Friday, Nov. 15, discussed UNC's academic strategic plan, fall 2013 enrollment and the governor's proposed budget, in addition to recognizing departing trustee Dee St. Cyr.

  • Innovation@UNC: Provost Robbyn Wacker presented an overview of the initiative that will provide $1 million in funding over two years for academic innovations that have the capacity to be "game-changers." Read more about the initiative at www.unco.edu/innovation
  • Proposed state budget: UNC President Kay Norton outlined what Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposed budget would mean for UNC. The 2014-15 proposal calls for an additional $100 million in state funding for higher education. The 11 percent across-the-board increase in operating dollars would equate to a $3.7 million increase in state funding to UNC's operating budget - currently $33.6 million — which would bring UNC to 1999 funding levels. "We certainly appreciate the work the lieutenant governor and governor have made to attempt to make a significant reinvestment in higher education." More details on the budget request (PDF).
  • Fall 2013 enrollment: Wacker and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Michelle Quinn discussed fall enrollment following the university's official fall census date Sept. 9. UNC's overall enrollment increased from 11,865 on the first day of classes to 12,084 on the census date. While total enrollment was down 3 percent from Fall 2012, undergraduate students identifying with an ethnic minority group increased 2 percent (25 percent), international students increased (undergraduates by 6 percent and graduate students by 23 percent) and 36 percent of undergraduates are the first in their family to attend college. The census data is available at: www.unco.edu/iras/enrollment.html
  • Resolution for St. Cyr: Trustees honored their colleague, whose four-year term ends Dec. 31, with a resolution recognizing her commitment to the board. Both Secretary and General Counsel Dan Satriana and APASS director Alethea Stovall shared background on St. Cyr, a nationally known advocate for American Indian initiatives. For a bio, visit www.unco.edu/trustees/trustee_cyr.html

The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Great Discounts Available at Bear Logic Black Friday Sale Nov. 22

Only UNC students, faculty and staff with a current UNC Card are eligible for discounts during Bear Logic's Black Friday Sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. In addition to reduced prices on Apple and Microsoft hardware, headphones and other computer accessories, the first five customers who purchase any Apple products that day only will receive free Apple gifts. To see all the deals, view the sale flyer (PDF).


Bear Paw Art Gallery Walk Nov. 22

UNC's Student Council for Exceptional Children will sponsor the Bear Paw Art Gallery Walk - a display of artwork produced by local K-12 students with disabilities - on Friday, Nov. 22, in Columbine A/B in the University Center. An early showing from 4-5 p.m. is available for the UNC community, with a public showing and awards ceremony taking place from 6-9 p.m.

Student LEAF Seeks Environmental Sustainability Proposals

The Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (Student LEAF) committee will host workshops next week to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet with committee members and create proposals for sustainability projects.

All that needs to be brought along for the workshop is a project idea. Proposals usually take only a half-hour to complete.

Members of the UNC community are also invited to learn more about sustainability on campus and to engage in dialogue about how the university can continue to move forward toward a sustainable future.

The location and day for each workshop:

  • Nov. 18., University Center Aspen A
  • Nov. 19, University Center Spruce C
  • Nov. 20, University Center Spruce C

Each workshop lasts from 7-9 p.m.

Those interested in attended can send an RSVP email to studentleafpr@gmail.com.

Donations Sought for School of Communication Toy Drive

The School of Communication has partnered with the Weld County chapter of Toys for Tots for the first-ever "Message of Hope" toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the school's office in Candelaria 1265.

The toys will be displayed in the corner display case on Candelaria's first floor until they're donated to Toys for Tots over the Thanksgiving break.

If you can't make it to Candelaria to drop off your donation, call the school at 351-2045 and someone will pick up your toys from any campus location.

Biology Professor to Appear on Colorado Public Radio

UNC Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Adams will be interviewed by Colorado Public Radio about his newly released book Into the Night, a collection of essays on what courageous researchers face in the field. Adams, a foremost authority on bats, is scheduled to go on air at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. To tune in, visit http://www.cpr.org.

For more about Adams' book, and an excerpt from his essay, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?5861.

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