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Open Space Festival of New Music Returns to UNC March 28-29

The University of Northern Colorado School of Music's Open Space Festival of New Music returns for its fifth year March 28-29 featuring internationally renowned experimental music pioneer Alvin Lucier.

The festival will include lectures and informal talks by Lucier and performances of his music by UNC students, alumni and faculty. All are free and open to the public.

Lucier, a composer of experimental music and sound installations that use science to explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception, earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's of fine arts from Brandeis University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

He toured internationally as a co-founding member of Sonic Arts Union, the influential collective of experimental musicians that included Robert Ashley, David Behrman and Gordon Mumma.

Lucier taught at Brandeis for eight years before beginning a 40-year career as a professor of music at Wesleyan University, from which he retired in 2011.

His innovative compositions have included using amplified alpha waves detected by electroencephalography electrodes attached to a performer's scalp to vibrate percussion instruments and having performers use hand-held echolocation devices to locate the approximate physical center of a room to deepen their understanding of acoustical perception.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 28

  • Lucier will answer questions about music composition during a "Composer's Talk" from 4:40-5:30 p.m. in Kepner Hall's Milne Auditorium.
  • "Music & Sound: A Life of Exploration" will include a pre-concert presentation by Lucier at 7 p.m. and a concert of his music at 7:30 p.m. in Milne Auditorium.

Friday, March 29

  • The School of Music will host a luncheon for Lucier from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Centennial Hall room in Brown Hall.
  • The winners of the festival's inaugural composition competition will be joined by the By the Numbers Soundpainting Ensemble, made up of UNC students and alumni, for a concert featuring a wide variety of styles from 5-7 p.m. in Milne Auditorium.

Free parking is available in UNC lots after 5 p.m. and on nearby streets all day.

For more information about the festival, including an extended biography of Lucier, visit the festival's website.

Classified Position Opportunity

Custodian I Hiring Pool - This applcant pool will be used to fill multiple custodian positions at UNC. Apply by March 29 online or in the Human Resources office in Carter 2002.

Grade Replacement Policy Change Announced

UNC's Grade Replacement policy is undergoing a number of changes starting fall 2013 and students and advisors should be aware of the following important information:

  • Students must submit an application for Grade Replacement.
  • Because of the new limits on the number of courses that can be used with Grade Replacement, a student must submit a Grade Replacement Application no later than the drop deadline of the repeated course in order to be eligible for Grade Replacement.
  • Grade Replacement may now only be used once per individual course.
  • Previously, a student could repeat a course any number of times and the last grade received was the one that was used to calculate the cumulative GPA. The revised policy only allows one (1) previous grade to be removed from the GPA calculations for any given course. This aligns the policy with recent changes to federal financial aid regulations that prevent a student from getting aid for multiple repeats of a course. This limit applies to courses repeated Fall 2013 forward, so a student who had previously used Grade Replacement on a course may repeat it Fall 2013 or later and have one old grade removed from their GPA calculations.
  • There are now limitations on the number of courses that can be used with Grade Replacement.
  • The revised policy allows a student to apply Grade Replacement to up to six (6) different courses. This limit also starts with courses repeated Fall 2013 forward, so students who used Grade Replacement in previous semesters will still receive up to six Grade Replacement opportunities.

The application can be found at http://www.unco.edu/regrec/Current%20Students/Forms/Index.html.

The policy can be found at http://www.unco.edu/regrec/Current%20Students/Grades/Gradereplacement.html.

Door Volunteers Needed for Teacher Employment Days

Career Services seeks faculty and staff volunteers during Teacher Employment Days April 4-5 to check attendee and employer credentials at entrance doors and answer general questions. Shifts are available between 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days. Sign up for one or multiple 1.25-hour shifts here.

Teacher Employment Days is the largest job fair for teachers and educational administrators in the Rocky Mountain region.

Contact Elizabeth Mahoney, 351-2552 if you have questions or require additional information.

Reminder: Classified Staff Evaluations Due March 31

All final evaluations for classified staff are due in the Human Resources office (Carter 2002, Campus Box 54) by March 3l. If you have any questions about evaluations, please contact Sue Stone, 970-351-2631.

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