UNC Today: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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UNC AVP, Dean of Students Earns National Award

Katrina Rodriguez, assistant vice president for Student Engagement and dean of Students at UNC, recently earned the 2012-13 Wise Woman Award by the American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Women.

Rodriguez was nominated by a former student for the annual award and selected "based on the history of her contributions toward women in student affairs and on her efforts to promote the professional and personal development of women." She has served at UNC since 1998, holding positions as coordinator and assistant director of Residence Life and director of the Stryker Institute for Leadership Development. She's also received a number of teaching and service awards as assistant professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership. A member of many professional organizations, she has published numerous research articles on topics such as equity and access to higher education in academic publications and has received a number of awards for outstanding teaching.

Rodriguez holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership from UNC, a master's degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor's degree in General Studies and Business Administration from Northern Arizona.

The Standing Committee for Women each year presents four awards for service, research and scholarship, and emerging professional.

Rodriguez will be presented with her award during the association's annual international convention March 2-7 in Las Vegas, Nev.

UNC Writers’ Conference Features Internationally Renowned Sci Fi Author

The 2013 Rosenberry Writers' Conference at the University of Northern Colorado March 4-6 will feature readings by an internationally renowned, award-winning science fiction author and two other writers who also have Colorado roots.

Greeley's own Connie Willis, whose 15 novels and seven collections of short stories have earned an unprecedented seven Nebula awards and 11 Hugo awards, will close the three-day conference with a reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Panorama room in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The reading and a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing that follow it, are free and open to the public.

In addition to her Nebula and Hugo awards, two of the genre's most prestigious, Willis received the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 2011 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizing her lifetime achievements and placing her in the company of science fiction and fantasy writers such as Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.

Willis, a 2009 inductee of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, earned her bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education from UNC in 1967. She last appeared at the Rosenberry Writers' Conference in 2006.

The conference's other readings will be by Dan Beachy-Quick on Monday, March 4, and Aaron Abeyta on Tuesday, March 5. Both will start at 7 p.m. in the Panorama room and also will include a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing. Free parking will be available in lots adjacent to the building.

Beachy-Quick's works include five full-length books of poetry, five poetry chapbooks and a book of interlinked essays on Moby Dick. He grew up in Colorado and after graduating from the University of Denver, he attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He's taught at Grinnell College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching in the MFA Writing program at Colorado State University.

Abeyta, a Colorado native, is an associate professor of English at Adams State College. Two collections of his poetry have been published, including Colcha, which received a 2002 American Book Award and a 2001 Colorado Book Award. He won a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 1998 and received the grand prize from the Academy of American Poets while a graduate student at Colorado State University. His first novel was published in 2007.

In addition to the readings, the writers will hold informal discussion sessions with students and faculty from UNC's literature and writing classes.

Now in its 12th year, the conference is named in honor of the late philanthropist and English teacher Walter Rosenberry, who supported the conference and nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.

For more information, contact conference organizer Lisa Zimmerman, assistant professor of English, at 970-351-2033 or lisa.zimmerman@unco.edu.

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Call for Presenters: 2013 Teaching and Learning Fair

CETL is accepting proposals to present at the 2013 Teaching and Learning Fair on April 9, with a deadline of Sunday, March 24. Graduate students, faculty, student affairs professionals and librarians interested in sharing their experiences, professional practices, activities or general ideas related to teaching and learning are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Guidelines for proposals, a submission form and more information about the fair, held in conjunction with Academic Excellence Week, are on the Teaching and Learning Fair website.

Purchasing/Contract Office to Host Vendor Show

The Purchasing and Contracts Department will host its second annual UNC Vendor Show from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the University Center ballrooms. Open to all UNC employees, the show will include representatives from more than 30 vendors, short training sessions every 30 minutes between 9 and 11:45 a.m., dedicated exhibit hall time from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., lots of giveaways, free chair massages and a light lunch.

Free parking will be available in the UC north lots.

For more information, contact Cindy Vetter, 970-351-2821.

Readers, Listeners Sought for Women’s History Month Read-In

The University Libraries/English Department Read-In from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Michener Library will celebrate Women's History Month. For more information and to find out how to read, email Jeri Kraver or like the Read-In's Facebook page.

Call for Nominations: Graduate School's Century of Scholars Celebration

The Graduate School welcomes nominations of noteworthy alumni who will be formally recognized at the Century of Scholars reception on Friday, April 5. Please consider nominating alumni for one of the following awards:

Century of Scholars Life Time Achievement Award is bestowed on an alumnus who has made significant contributions over their professional and personal lifespan. The honoree will have advanced his/her profession in broad capacities and distinguished his/her work with depth and scope of service and commensurate dedication.

Century of Scholars Service Award acknowledges an alumnus who has generously given of their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their communities. This award bestows recognition on those individuals who have demonstrated support of various civic, charitable, philanthropic and social welfare organizations. In the instance where candidates are employed in community service-related professions, the individuals shall have an extraordinary record of service and volunteerism well above and beyond the job description of the position held.

Century of Scholars Research Award acknowledges an alumnus for outstanding achievements in his/her research field.

Century of Scholars Educator Award recognizes an alumnus for individual excellence in teaching. Exemplary teaching incites intellectual curiosity, engages individuals fully in the enterprise of learning, and creates a transformative experience.

Century of Scholars Award recognizes an alumnus from each college who has demonstrated achievement in his/her career or has a record of scholarly achievement within his/her discipline, has provided outstanding service to his/her community and has been an outstanding role model for the UNC community.

Friend of the Graduate School recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership, vision, creativity or generosity to UNC's Graduate School or to a UNC graduate program by increasing the University's reputation for graduate education at the state, national or international level.

Faculty Emeritus Award is awarded to a member of the Emeriti Faculty who made significant contributions during his/her employment to his/her respective graduate program or to graduate education at UNC.

Please submit nominations online to the Graduate School by March 1. The nominator will be the contact person until the honorees are chosen.

How to Nominate a Potential Honoree

Fill out the online nomination form to submit the nominee's contact information, your contact information and a one-page biography of the nominee. In the biography, please detail the nominee's noteworthy accomplishments and how those accomplishments align with the category in which the alumnus is nominated.

Submissions that omit either the current nomination form or exceed the one-page biography will not be considered. Although not required, a curriculum vita or résumé, letters of support or other relevant data may be submitted.

Honorees will be selected by the Graduate Council. The Graduate School will contact honorees with information about the April 5 event.

Please direct all questions to Stephanie Burchett at stephanie.burchett@unco.edu.

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