UNC Today: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Winners Of Undergrad Research Competition Announced

The winners of the Office of Undergraduate Research's Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium and NCUR competition last week were:

Miles Wentland
"Architecture of Oolitic Sand Bodies of the Upper Sundance Formation in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming"
Faculty Mentor: Emmett Evanoff

Seth Morones
"Overcoming Barriers: Resource Relationships for Homeless Youth Accessing Higher Education Opportunities"
Faculty mentor: David Musick

Alexandra Krumtum
"An Ethnographic Review: Understanding Greeley's Female Refugee Reproductive Health Experiences with Biomedicine"
Faculty Mentor: Whitney Duncan

Seven finalists were chosen through an earlier application process to present their research in 10-minute oral presentations during the Nov. 13 symposium, held in conjunction with the Engaged Scholarship Symposium.

UNC was prepared to select two winners to represent the school at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 11-13 in La Crosse, Wisc., however, due to the high quality of the presentations, the OUR, with additional support from University College, selected three winners.

The three students will submit their final abstracts to the NCUR and if selected to present, will represent UNC with full funding for their travel.

Evaluators for this year's presentations included: Lyda Ellis, Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Research; Stephen Mackessy, Professor of Biological Sciences; Travis Boyce, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies; and Angela Henderson, Assistant Professor of Sociology (abstract review).

The other finalists were:

Mariah Brothe
"The Influence of Symbolic Immortality-Themed Media on College Students Social Drinking Culture"
Faculty Mentor: Sally McBeth

James Dickson
"Evidence of the Holocaust in Lithuania, Latvia, and the Soviet Union"
Faculty mentor: Joan Clinefelter

Kyle Jones
"Using the Social Media to Reinforce Binge Drinking Normative Behaviors: A Comparison of American and Australian College Students"
Faculty Mentor: Diane Schott

Robert Small
"The Social Impact of Women in Combat; A Comparative Study of Policies Between the United States and Australia"
Faculty Mentor: Kyle Nelson

For additional information, please contact Loree Crow, 351-2940 or visit the OUR website.

UNC's Inaugural Young Alumni Council Announced

After an extensive interview and screening process, the university's first Young Alumni Council has been formed and charged with strengthening connections between the university and its young alumni.

The group of 40 graduates from the last 10 years will focus on areas such as young alumni programming, career networking, student mentoring, regional outreach and effective alumni communication strategies, working closely with the Alumni Board of Directors, the Student Alumni Association and the Alumni Association staff.

See who the council members are by visiting the Alumni Association's website.

If you know a young alum who would be a good addition to the council, contact Jeremy Allen, 970-351-3633.

AFLAC Rep On Campus Nov. 26

AFLAC representative Barb Santella will be on campus from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the University Spruce C room for those benefits-eligible employees who wish to add or drop AFLAC coverage.

ISET Book Sale Nov. 28-30

The Interdisciplinary Studies Elementary Teaching program will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 28-30 in McKee 102. The fair is an excellent opportunity to purchase children's literature (preschool-third grade, including books in Spanish).

Scholastic Books are an affordable way to add to your personal and professional libraries, and get holiday ideas and gift ideas for children. Only cash and credit cards will be accepted (no checks).

For more information, contact Jaime Donahue, 351-1602.

Brief Power Outage at Ross Hall Nov. 21

There will be a brief power outage from approximately 7-7:30 a.m. at Ross Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 21, while Facilities Management staff test the emergency power system in preparation for a future extended duration power outage.

Please contact Ken Cochran at 351-2381 or Nate Reinhard at 351-2383 if you have any questions or concerns.

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.


The Monfort College of Business' new promotional videos are for its undergraduate Business Administration program and its master's degree in Accounting. An item in the Nov. 19 UNC Today misidentified the subject of the undergraduate video. Read the corrected announcement.

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