UNC Today: Monday, November 4, 2013

Back to UNC Today Archives

UNC to Introduce Darren Dunn as Next Athletics Director

The University of Northern Colorado announced Monday that Darren Dunn will become director of Athletics.

UNC will officially introduce Dunn during a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the High Plains Room at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road.

"Darren Dunn brings the energy, passion and commitment we were looking for in the next leader of UNC Athletics," said UNC President Kay Norton. "I'm confident that he will lead us to compete at the highest levels of the Big Sky Conference by an unwavering focus on academic and athletic success for our student athletes."

Dunn, currently deputy athletics director at the University of Houston, has 22 years of experience in athletics.

"First, I would like to thank President Norton, the Board of Trustees and the search committee for selecting me through this thorough process. My family and I are excited to join the UNC family and the Greeley community," Dunn said. "It's obvious to me there's great passion for this university and I look forward to working closely with university administration, faculty, staff, coaches, student-athletes and the City of Greeley and Weld County."

Dunn has served in a number of roles at Houston, Northern Illinois, Tulsa and New Mexico — managing and overseeing a host of areas including multimedia rights, advertising, sponsorship, TV/radio game broadcasts, fund raising, communication and marketing.

A four-year letterman in baseball at the University of Denver, he earned his bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in business administration in 1991. He also holds a master's degree with emphasis in sports administration from the University of New Mexico.

Dunn visited campus last week as a finalist for the nationally-advertised position and presented during an open forum with the community — who provided written feedback that factored into the hiring decision. Coaches, athletic department staff, student-athletes, and outside supporters previously provided input into a university-tailored leadership profile for the position. In addition, a search firm screened applicants.

Norton thanked the groups for their involvement. "I particularly want to thank the members of the athletic department and university staff who, by their steady management of daily activities, have allowed us to take the time necessary to find the right leader for UNC athletics," she said.

Dunn's first official day on the job will be the first week of January. For more about him, visit www.uhcougars.com/genrel/dunn_darren00.html

NASS to Host Annual 'Thanksgiving is Everyday' Celebration

Join Native American Student Services for their annual "Thanksgiving is Everyday" feast to celebrate from the Native American perspective. The event runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Kohl House. Enjoy free food, conversation, fun and musical entertainment while hanging out with friends.

First Wednesday Book Sale

Friends of UNC Libraries will host the First Wednesday Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6 on the first floor of Michener Library. A wide variety of books and music will be available, and a special focus table will feature seasonal and holiday books. Proceeds benefit projects and events of University Libraries. For more information, call 351-2640.

RSVPs for Free Health Screenings Due Nov. 6

Human Resources will host a free Health Fair for all employees (classified, exempt and faculty) and an Open Enrollment Benefits fair for faculty and exempt staff from 7-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the University Center.

You must RSVP by Nov. 6 for the free blood and health screenings, which include blood pressure, body mass index, pulse and oxygen readings, lung function, fitness test, height, weight and bone density screen. Additional information is available on this PDF.

Contact Julie Nava at julie.nava@unco.edu or 351-2621 to RSVP. Please share this information with employees who don't have regular access to their email accounts.

The Open Enrollment Benefits Fair for faculty and exempt staff will be held in the University Center Panorama room from 7-11 a.m.

It's Not Too Late to Enter Thursday's Chili Cook-Off

If you make an awesome chili, enter it in the ninth annual Colorado Combined Campaign Chili Cook-Off before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, by emailing Lori Brachtenbach.The cook-off will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the University Center ballrooms.

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

During the cook-off, visit with local charities and members of the UNC community while you eat a variety of homemade chili and freshly-baked cinnamon rolls for $5.

Geography Program Selling Photography to Help UNC Disaster Relief Funds

A variety of photographs taken by Geography/GIS faculty are available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting UNC's Disaster Relief Funds for employees and students. The suggested donation for an unframed 8x10 print is $10 and $25-30 for 8x10 for a print with a frame handmade by Professor Charles Collins. Cash or checks made to the UNC Foundation will be accepted.

View photography samples.

All proceeds will go to the UNC's Disaster Relief Funds. Sale ends Dec. 31.

For more information about the sale or to order a print, contact Karen Barton or speak with Brooks Pardew in the Geography/GIS Department in Candelaria 2200, 970-351-2715.

Today's Events