UNC Today: Monday, November 26, 2012

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Champions ... Again!

UNC's women's volleyball team captured its third Big Sky Championship title Saturday night with a dramatic comeback victory over Idaho State. On Friday, the Bears will make their third trip to the NCAA Tournament when they play the University of Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore. Continue Reading

Faculty Researcher to be Featured on National Radio Program

A taped segment featuring UNC Assistant Professor of School Psychology John Froiland will air on more than 50 radio stations throughout the country on Thursday, Nov. 29. As part of The Academic Minute, Froiland will address his study's findings that parents' early expectations have twice the effect of home-based involvement in predicting children's academic achievement: http://www.unco.edu/news/releases.aspx?id=4165

The segment also will be available on The Academic Minute website and onInside Higher Education's site.

The Academic Minute invites contributions from faculty who would like to record a 1:40 essay related to their area of expertise. Email Nate Haas for more about this opportunity.

Priest Who Inspired Book, Film on Exorcism to Speak at UNC

A Vatican-trained exorcist whose experiences inspired a book and a 2011 movie will share some of his experiences with demonic possessions Nov. 27 at the University of Northern Colorado.

The Rev. Gary Thomas, who's been a Catholic priest for 30 years and conducting exorcisms for the past seven, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The Rite, the film that Thomas inspired, will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Panorama room in the University Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking in lots adjacent to the UC will be available.

Thomas has conducted exorcisms on 10 people since studying under an Italian exorcist in Rome and being certified by the Vatican. He was asked to study exorcism by the bishop of the Catholic diocese in San Jose, Calif. Thomas is a full-time priest at a church in nearby Saratoga.

The team that assists him with exorcisms includes a medical doctor, a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist and if needed, a lay person he describes as having a gift for discerning demonic presences.

Thomas used his $25,000 consulting fee from the film to start a fund to help those he sees when they need a referral for mental health or medical services and don't have insurance or the ability to cover the costs.

The film, co-starring Anthony Hopkins, is based on the 2009 book of the same name by journalist Matt Baglio, who attended exorcisms with Thomas while the priest was apprenticing in Rome.

Thomas' appearance and the showing of The Rite are sponsored by Bear Catholic, a chartered student organization on the UNC campus.

Wanted: Chili Experts

Do you make the best green or red chili or have a very unique recipe? The 8th annual Colorado Combined Campaign Chili Cook-Off needs more employee entrants for folks to try and vote for on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the University Center ballrooms. 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.

Exhibit at Michener Coincides with Community and Civic Engagement Committee's Listening Tour

As part of UNC's investment in and movement toward becoming an increasingly engaged campus, Michener Library will showcase books and scholarly materials related to community and service-based learning, as well as the growing body of work now referred to as the "Scholarship of Engagement."

The term is used by the Clearing House and National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement because it "captures scholarship in the areas of teaching, research, and/or service. It engages faculty in academically relevant work that simultaneously meets campus mission and goals as well as community needs. In essence, it is a scholarly agenda that integrates community issues. In this definition community is broadly defined to include audiences external to the campus that are part of a collaborative process to contribute to the public good."

Source: http://www.scholarshipofengagement.org/about/FAQs.html

The exhibit includes an interactive comment board for community feedback and coincides with the Community and Civic Engagement listening tour which will be held across campus during the week of Nov. 26. For more information or to contribute to the development of a strategic community and civic engagement plan that will become part of UNC's overall planning process, share your ideas at one of several drop-in sessions (see below) or submit them using the anonymous submission form.

Community and civic engagement is one of the nine elements 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 Listening Tour 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

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.

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.

Reminder: Nov. 28 Open Enrollment Deadline for Faculty/Exempt Staff

The benefits open enrollment for faculty and exempt staff will run through Wednesday, Nov. 28. Employees can change medical or dental plans, enroll in or change optional life insurance, enroll in or change optional accidental death and dismemberment coverage, enroll in or discontinue the Vision Service Plan, change from pretax to after-tax (or vice-versa), change optional retirement program vendors, enroll in flexible spending plans, and enroll in or discontinue AFLAC plans during open enrollment. Contact Julie Nava at 351-2621 with questions.

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