UNC Today: Monday, March 24, 2014

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Special Education Professor Earns UNC's Top Faculty Honor

Kay A. Ferrell, professor of Special Education, has been named winner of this year's M. Lucile Harrison Award, the university's top faculty honor. Awarded by the Office of the Provost, it recognizes a faculty member with a long career of professional excellence in teaching as well as in professional activity and service, all accomplishments that marked the career of M. Lucile Harrison.

Ferrell, a member of the UNC faculty for 22 years, will be honored at spring commencement ceremonies in May and will be profiled in an upcoming feature story appearing in UNC's e-newsletters and the UNC home page.

Cesar Chavez Week at UNC to Include Play, Dancing and More

The Cesar Chavez Cultural Center at the University of Northern Colorado will host a variety of events in observance of Cesar Chavez Week, March 24-April 3. Free events celebrating the life of the civil rights activist and labor organizer include movies about men and women prominent in Latino culture, Latino dance lessons and a play about immigration.

Presentation: "Power of Women" - March 24

Professor Priscilla Falcon will discuss her experiences with Cesar Chavez and his struggles from 7-9 p.m. in the University Center Panorama Room.

Theater: 'Do You Know Who I Am?' - March 25

Join the CCCC from 6-8:30 p.m. in the University Center ballrooms for this play about immigration that's based on monologues written by undocumented Americans, with original music by Brian Mullins. Talk to the performers after the show.

Cesar Chavez Blood Drive - March 26

Come out to the University Center parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to donate blood. Free snacks and water will be given to donors.

Latin Dancing: "Baille Latino" - March 27

Join the dancing and the fun from 5-8 p.m. in the UC's Spruce suite. $2 suggested donation to enter. Choreographer Soraya Leon Sepulveda will teach dance lessons for the first hour.

Documentary Film: 'Latino Americans' - March 31

Head to Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library at 6:15 p.m. to watch a portion of Latino Americans, a PBS series that explains the history and experiences of Latinos in America.

Movie: 'Cesar Chavez' Movie - April 3

Join the UNC community for Cesar Chavez, which chronicles the life of the civil rights activist and labor organizer. Scheduled for release March 28, the film starring Michael Pena, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson will be showing at Cinemark Theatres in Greeley. Call the CCCC at 970-351-2424 for the special show time.

Building and parking lot locations are available at http://www.unco.edu/uncmap/. Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m. Before then, parking permits can be purchased at automated dispensers located at lot entrances.

For more information about Cesar Chavez Week, call the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center at 970-351-2424.

New Program Will Benefit Students Who ‘Pay It Forward’

The Office of Community and Civic Engagement seeks nominations by March 28 for the Phelps Family CAP Awards - a new UNC program that will reward eligible students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to improving the lives of others through volunteerism and other acts of giving back to the community.

The program will annually award a maximum of three students who have earned at least 60 credits and meet other program and financial-need eligibility criteria up to $5,000 to be used for their educational expenses.

CAP stands for contribute, achieve and pay it forward, the program's overarching criteria.

The program is funded by a gift of more than $200,000 by a California family whose son graduated from UNC and is administered by the university's Office of Community and Civic Engagement.

Any faculty or staff member may nominate a student for a CAP award by the March 28 deadline.

For complete eligibility criteria and a nomination form, visit the CCE website.

Call for Applications: Faculty in Residence Program

Housing and Residential Education seeks faculty members who would like to live and learn with students in the residence halls through the Faculty in Residence program. The application deadline for two or three anticipated openings is April 15.

You must be a term, adjunct, tenure track, or fully tenured faculty member able to start in August. Move in dates vary by need.

An application and position description are available on the HRE website. If you have any questions, please contact Whitney Newman.

The timeline is as follows:

  • April 15: Applications due
  • April 16-18: Application review, interview scheduling
  • April 21-25: In-person Interviews with small committee
  • April 30: Position announcements

Student Employee Recognition Banner Contest Seeks Entries

In preparation for National Student Employee Appreciation Week April 14-18, the Student Employee Recognition Team encourages offices that employ student staff (hourly, work study, or salaried) to create a banner that symbolizes their appreciation of their student employees. The winning office will receive a pizza party from Roma's Restaurant in Greeley.

All entries will be displayed at the Student Employee of the Year Recognition Event Tuesday, April 15, in the University Center ballrooms. The winning office will be announced during the event.

For banner requirements, how to enter your banner, entry deadline and other information about Student Employee Appreciation Week, visit the Student Employee of the Year website.

Research Day Registration Deadline Extended to March 26

Faculty and staff are asked to let students know that the registration deadline for Research Day has been extended until Wednesday, March 26. Spaces are still available for poster sessions and oral presentations at the April 10 event.

Individual, group and class presentations related to research or other scholarly endeavors (such as humanities paper presentations, creative stories, etc.) are accepted. Both graduate students and undergraduates are invited to present, and faculty may be part of the presentation.

Students or faculty can upload abstracts and sign up for a time slot for Research Day in Ursa by using the "Register for Research Day" link under the Student, Faculty or Staff tab. Faculty will input the names of the student presenters using BearMail addresses, and students will need to input the name of their faculty mentor using his or her UNC email address.

Please note that there will be no corrections allowed to information submitted late, so be sure that all information on the registration form is accurate. Also, late entrants will not be considered for Research Excellence Awards.

Contact Loree Crow if you have any questions or specific out-of-the-ordinary requests for Research Day.

Creators of Award-Winning Documentary to Present at UNC

The creators behind The Ghosts in Our Machine will offer a presentation at the University of Northern Colorado Tuesday, March 25, and attend the screening of their critically acclaimed documentary on Thursday, March 27.

Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur will present We Animals at 6 p.m. in the Columbine B room at the University Center, 2101 10th Ave. Copies of her book, We Animals, will be available for purchase, and McArthur will be there for book signing after her presentation.

She and filmmaker and director Liz Marshall will also attend the screening Thursday and answer audience questions following the 7 p.m. showing of their film about the treatment of non-human animals at Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library, 1400 22nd St. The documentary will also be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Lindou (Marshall and McArthur will not be present for Wednesday's viewing.)

The events are open to the public free of charge.

The Ghosts in Our Machine is an award-winning documentary that addresses a modern-day moral dilemma of whether "non-human animals are property to be owned or used or sentient beings deserving of rights."

The programming at UNC is sponsored by the Youth for Environmental Sustainability. It's also part of UNC's International Film Series. For information on the film visit http://www.unco.edu/ifs/spring_2014_films/ghosts_machine.html

Marshall and McArthur will also attend other screenings organized by UNC Associate Professor Keiko Krahnke. Here's the rest of their schedule:

  • Friday, March 28: University of Denver, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 29: Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins, 7 p.m.

Garden Theatre Roofing Work Will Create Extra Traffic, Odors

The re-roofing of the Garden Theatre March 17-25 will cause increased noise and traffic in the area, and pedestrians may notice unusual smells that are normal for the products being used. For additional information, please contact your building coordinator or Chris Bowers at 351-2725.

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