UNC Today: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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New Veterans Services Program to Help with Textbooks

Boots to Books is a new initiative by the Veterans Services office to provide veteran- and military-connected students quick access to textbooks if they experience delays receiving VA book stipend benefits. If you have recent editions of textbooks for courses that are currently offered at UNC and want to help out a UNC student who's served his or her country or is a dependent of someone who did, drop them by Veterans Services in Roudebush Cottage, just east of Gray Hall.

For more information, contact Veterans Services at 351-1403.

Talking and Listening Program has Openings for Employees’ Preschoolers

The Audiology and Speech Language Clinic will have several openings starting spring semester for preschool-aged children of UNC employees in its Talking and Listening with Preschools program.

TALP provides individual speech therapy along with a preschool class setting for children with or without language problems Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m.

Please contact the Speech and Audiology Clinic at 970-351-2012 for more information.

West Campus Power Outage Dec. 29, Brief Outages Jan. 2-3

Electrical power will be turned off to most of West Campus Saturday, Dec. 29, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The only buildings that will not be affected are the Judy Farr Center, Nottingham Field and Patton House. Also, there will be a few brief (5-10 seconds) power outages from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Thursday, Jan. 3.

The service interruptions are part of a project to add 100 percent generator power to the West Campus electrical distribution system. Construction of this facility will occur during December in the south end of J Lot. Read more about the project.

Building coordinators have been briefed on the impacts of this outage. Please route your questions related to this outage to your building coordinator or contact Nate Reinhard at 970-351-2383.

How to Donate to the Colorado Combined Campaign

The 2012 Colorado Combined Campaign is under way. To reduce administrative costs and be kinder to the environment, all of the campaign information including the list of more than 700 charities for which the campaign receives funds and instructions for donating online or printing a pledge form are now available on the CCC website. Please email Lori Brachtenbach if you have any questions.

Call for Nominations: 2013 Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research

Nominations and self-nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research, with a deadline of Jan. 18. The award is given annually to a faculty member in a selected academic field who has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarly activity related to civic engagement projects and programs.

This award is the result of a generous endowment from Robert Brunswig, Rebecca Brunswig, and Ken Coleman. A new award of $1,000 is offered each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary scholarship in engaged research and civic engagement.

Nominations are welcome for faculty members from one of the following UNC departments and academic programs: Anthropology, Africana Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Gerontology, Political Science, Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality, Social Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Eligible individuals must also be term or tenure track lecturers or assistant professors with M.A. or Ph.D. degrees (or both). The nominator must be a faculty member from one of the listed departments or programs. Self-nominations are welcome. The award recipient will be selected by a committee of social science faculty members.

More information is available here.

Contact Teresa McDevitt, 351-2482 with any questions.

Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 14-15

UNC's fall commencement ceremonies will be Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, in Butler-Hancock Hall.

The Graduate School ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14.

The featured speaker will be UNC professor emerita of Visual Arts Lydia Ruyle, a world-renowned artist and author who continues to create and exhibit her art, hosts workshops and speaks at conferences around the world. She earned her master's degree from UNC.

The ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and University College begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

The ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, and the College of Performing and Visual Arts ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

The featured speaker for both ceremonies will be UNC alumnus Tim Jorstad, a nationally recognized financial accountant and business manager whose high-profile clients include Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Journey and the Doobie Brothers. Jorstad graduated summa cum laude from UNC in 1975.

Faculty participating in a ceremony should be in regalia at the line-up area in the Campus Recreation Center no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time.

For more information, visit the Commencement website.

About the Fall 2012 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 786
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 588
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 198 (159 master's, 6 certificate/specialists, 33 doctorates)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 20-68; Grad: 23-62
  • Average age: Undergrad: 26; Grad: 34
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.2; Grad: 3.78
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 12 terms
  • Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Psychology, Communication Studies; Grad: Special Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Education, Educational Psychology, Clinical Counseling
  • Countries Represented: 12 (Canada, Columbia, Iran, Japan, Libya, Kenya, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United States)
  • States Represented: 36 (AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA,ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 36 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Conejos, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Jefferson, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Summit, Teller, Weld, Yuma)

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