UNC Today: Monday, December 10, 2012

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American Foundation for the Blind Recognizes UNC Professor with Highest Honor

The American Foundation for the Blind today announced that University of Northern Colorado Professor Kay Ferrell is one of two 2013 winners of the Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field.

The Migel Medals will be presented to Ferrell in April at the 2013 AFB National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Ferrell, Ph.D., is professor of Special Education at UNC and the author of Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child who is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow. She has taught all ages of individuals with visual and multiple disabilities, from infants through adults.

She holds a special interest in working with young children and their families, having written extensively for parents and professionals, and has published on topics including education, personnel preparation, distance education methodologies, and image description.

Ferrell has received numerous state and national awards for her work with and on behalf of children and youth who are blind and visually impaired, including the Mary Kay Bauman and Josephine L. Taylor Awards from the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER), AFB's Corinne M. Kirchner Research Award, the Ray McGeorge Award from the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, UNC's Winchester Distinguished Scholar Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Visual Impairments, and the Alumni Award for Research in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

For more information about the award, visit http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=1&SectionID=47&DocumentID=6215.

Related: Professor to be presented with two national awards

UNC Researcher Earns $197,090 Grant to Offer Math Teacher Program

University of Northern Colorado researcher Jerry Overmyer recently earned a $197,090 grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education to enhance teacher quality in high-need, rural school districts.

The one-year grant will allow Overmyer to offer a comprehensive professional development program to high school math teachers and provide them with technology and instruction addressing state standards to improve teaching quality and student achievement in math.

The program will admit 30 teachers and cover their costs of graduate-level courses and implementing technology in their classrooms. The curriculum consists of an online course beginning this spring followed by a hybrid online and face-to-face course in the summer. Teachers will then implement aspects of the professional development course in Fall 2013.

The program expands on an existing course, MED 341: Tools and Technology of Secondary Mathematics, a course created for pre-service teachers in secondary mathematics education by UNC's William Blubaugh, who is part of the project.

One of the goals is to create a professional learning community of rural Colorado math teachers.

Overmyer is the outreach coordinator for UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute. For more information, visit http://mast.unco.edu/people/jerry_overmyer.php

Project Name: "Tools and Technology for Rural Colorado Mathematics: Improving Teacher Quality Project"
Funding: $197,090 from Colorado Department of Higher Education

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PASC Book Scholarship Applications Due Jan. 4

UNC's Professional Administrative Staff Council is offering four $100 book scholarships for UNC professional administrative staff enrolled in the upcoming spring semester in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at UNC. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.

For application guidelines and an application form, visit the PASC website.

Submit completed application forms to Chris Freeman, Campus Box 79, Michener L149. If you have questions, please contact Chris Freeman, 970-351-1429.

Free Improv Theatre Performance Dec. 11

The Theatre Improvisation Workshop, taught by Sondra Blanchard, will present a free evening of improvisational comedy and drama, games and long-form improve from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Gray 4 (adjacent to the Norton Theatre lobby). All members of the university community are invited to attend.

Dining Services Featured Item: Eggnog

Among all the wonderful things that bring warmth to our hearts this season, eggnog is a culinary concoction that can bring warmth to the rest of the body and warm the spirit. As you raise your glass this season, give thanks for family, friends and those around you who bring you good cheer. Find out more on theDining Services website.

Dining Services offers a variety of dining options in Holmes Dining Hall, Tobey-Kendel Dining Room, the University Center Food Court and Bears Bistro, where you can enjoy meals for $5.85 (includes tax) each using the Faculty/Staff Payroll Deduction Plan (meals and purchases at campus retail dining outlets are deducted monthly from your paycheck).

Download the application form.

See this week's menus.

Discounted Copper Mountain Lift Tickets Available from Outdoor Pursuits

Through a partnership between UNC Outdoor Pursuits and Copper Mountain Resort, UNC students, faculty and staff can purchase Copper Mountain single-day lift tickets for $70 each with no blackout dates and all tickets are good until April 14. The same ticket costs $104 at the resort.

The number of tickets you can purchase is unlimited. If you would like to purchase your Copper Mountain lift tickets in advance of the ski season, contact Daniel Lawrence via email, at 351-2643 or stop by the Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop in the west entrance of Harrison Hall.

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