UNC Today: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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International Ambassador Program Seeks Volunteers

The Center for International Education is looking for faculty and staff interested in joining its International Ambassadors Program by volunteering to help UNC international graduate students adjust to living in the United States.

The International Ambassador Program focuses on creating a mutual learning opportunity between Americans and international students. Ambassadors help international students' adjustment to living in the United States by providing both support and friendship through correspondence that begins even before international students arrive on campus.

In return, international students have the opportunity to share their unique cultures, experiences and perspectives with their domestic mentors. Through this collaboration, both mentors and international students enhance their intercultural communication, leadership and global awareness skills.

If you're interested in making a difference and becoming a part of the International Ambassador Program, please complete this application on the CIE website and return it to cie@unco.edu.

UNC Institute to Host Annual Science Fair Feb. 19

Approximately 300 middle and high school students from Weld and Larimer counties will compete in the 43rd annual Longs Peak Science and Engineering Fair Tuesday, Feb. 19, on the University of Northern Colorado campus.

The all-day event in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street, will open for free public viewing at 5:15 p.m. after judging of projects has been completed. Parking is free in adjacent UNC lots after 5 p.m.

Students will present individual or team projects in one of 11 categories included in the fair's junior (fifth- through eighth-graders) and senior (ninth- through 12th graders) divisions.

Categories to be judged are animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, energy and transportation, engineering, environmental sciences, math and computer sciences, medicine and health, microbiology, physics, and plant sciences.

Judges will include science educators, graduate and undergraduate students, and community professionals from the region's science and technology industries.

The event, organized and hosted by UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, is one of 13 regional fairs in the state.

Up to 20 projects from the Longs Peak region will qualify for the 2013 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair April 11-13 in Fort Collins, and at least one project will qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair May 9-12 in Phoenix.

The mission of the LPSEF is to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a venue for middle and high school students to showcase their scientific and creative talents and interact with professionals from industry and academia, as well as the collegial population.

For more information, visit http://mast.unco.edu/programs/science_fair/.

Leadership Coach to Speak at MCB Feb. 20

Margaret Benefiel, a leadership coach with 20 years of experience working with leaders in businesses, non-profits organizations and educational institutions, will present "The Soul of Leadership: Authentic Leadership for the 21st Century" from 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Kepner Hall's Milne Auditorium (room 2050).

Benefiel, who holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America, is the author of two books on leadership and co-editor of another and has written for numerous professional publications. More information about her is available on her website.

Her presentation is free and open to UNC students, faculty and staff.

Feedback Sought on Community and Civic Engagement Draft Plan

The Community and Civic Engagement Committee invites all members of the university community to comment and provide written feedback on a draft of the CCE plan that's now available for review and downloading on the CCE website. Deadline for feedback and comments is midnight, Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Please help in the development of a comprehensive and effective plan by encouraging your colleagues to provide their input.

Questions about the plan can be directed to Deborah Romero or Michael Kimball, co-chairs of the Community and Civic Engagement Committee.

Popular Music Series Continues Feb. 19 with University Bands Performance

The University of Northern Colorado School of Music's popular UNC@UCCC Music Series continues Tuesday, Feb. 19, with a performance by the University Bands at 7 p.m. at Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center.

Next week, the University Choirs perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, and the Jazz Lab Bands take the stage on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The rest of the series, which features the school's top jazz groups, choirs, bands and orchestras performing world-class music in the world-class setting of the UCCC, is:

  • April 1: University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
  • April 2: Vocal Jazz, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and are available at the UNC Performing Arts Box Office at 970-351-2200 or at the UCCC box office (701 10th Ave.), 970-356-5000 or http://ucstars.com.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships Available for UNIV 101 Program

UNC's University 101 program, an LAC elective course to support first-semester freshmen, is recruiting instructors for the 2013 fall semester. Applicants should have at least a master's degree and have been accepted into a UNC doctoral program (areas in education and psychology are preferred). Positions are 20-hour per week graduate teaching assistantships and include tuition remission and doctoral-level stipend (for the fall semester only).

Review of applications will begin March 15 and continue until all appointments are made.

For more information about the course, instructor requirements and the application process, contact Angela Vaughan, 351-1175.

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