UNC Today: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Celebrating 125 Years

On April 1,1889, Colorado Gov. Job A. Cooper signed Senate Bill 104, establishing the State Normal School in Greeley and starting a tradition of educational excellence that's now in its 125th year. We kick off the celebration with the debut of an anniversary website that includes a historical timeline, photographic and video memories, UNC traditions and more. Continue Reading

UNC to Celebrate Academic Excellence April 6-12

The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate academic excellence with a variety of activities and ceremonies during the school's annual Academic Excellence Week, April 6-12.

The highlights of the many activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements during the celebration include:

  • Research Day: Nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic field at UNC will share information about their research projects during 200 presentations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 10 throughout the University Center's second floor. Top research projects will be selected for recognition. List of presenters.
  • Distinguished Scholar Luncheon: UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board will honor the 2014 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar, college scholars and faculty achievements from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, April 7. RSVPs were due March 27.
  • College- and School-Hosted Events: A variety of UNC's colleges, schools and programs will honor faculty and student academic achievement with convocations, banquets and other events during the week.

For a complete schedule of activities or additional information about UNC's celebration of academic excellence, visit the Academic Excellence Week website at www.unco.edu/aew or contact the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership at 970-351-2940.

Academic Excellence Week is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research; the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership; and the Graduate Student Association along with academic departments and programs across campus.

OSP to Host Grant Writing Workshops

The Office of Sponsored Programs will host three half-day workshops April 21-22 presented by Robert Porter, director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee. RSVPs for the workshops are due April 10. The schedule is:

  • "Writing Proposals to the U.S. Department of Education" - Monday, April 21, from 1-4 p.m.
  • "Writing Successful Grants" - Tuesday, April 22, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • "Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research" - Tuesday, April 22, 1-4 p.m.

The workshops will be held in the Centennial Room of Brown Hall.

Porter's proposals have won more than $5 million in awards from government agencies and private foundations. He's presented papers and workshops on grant writing at national conferences and has published prize-winning articles on this subject in the Journal of Research Administration.

Descriptions of the workshops are on the OSP website.

RSVP by April 10 to valerie.glynn@unco.edu specifying the workshop(s) you plan to attend.

Make Summer Count

Registration for Summer Session courses begins April 7. Hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and Extended Studies courses are available online and on-campus in six-, eight- and 12-week formats. A complete list of courses and additional registration information can be found on the Summer Session website.

CEBS Diversity and Equity Lecture Series Continues April 3

The CEBS Diversity and Equity Committee Spring Brown Bags Series continues from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in McKee 282 when Harvey Rude, professor and director of Special Education presents "Walking in Beauty: Challenges of Recruiting and Educating Native American Students in a Western Context."

The increasing emphasis regarding the complementary aspects and value of Native and Western ways of learning can address many of the significant challenges that currently exist for Native American students. A significant challenge for Western-leaning universities such as the University of Northern Colorado is to develop proactive recruitment and retention strategies to ensure that talented Native American students have opportunities to attend college and persist through graduation.

The following considerations are offered in the spirit of generative change for culturally responsive education that meets the needs of American Indian children and their families in the transition from secondary to post-secondary education:

  1. There is a compelling need to develop a definition of what constitutes culturally responsive Native American education that promotes harmony between Native and Western culture;
  2. Programming approaches for Native American students must be developed in a manner that meets the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical diversified needs of these learners;
  3. Teacher education programs are encouraged to include the content and processes of individualization to meet the needs of diverse learners, including Native American students, in undergraduate and graduate degree and licensure programs; and
  4. Ongoing professional development for teachers and other staff who educate Native American students must be provided, with special emphasis on learners who are identified as exceptional (including those with disabilities and gifted/talented), under-served, and educationally disadvantaged.

Alumni Campus Employees Group Organized

Alumni Relations, after consulting with members of PASC, CSC and Faculty Senate, has established the Alumni Campus Employees group - ACEs - to provide a forum for the more than 300 current employees who are also alumni to get to know each other away from their offices via events that will include social outings, family events and professional development opportunities.

Details about the first ACEs event, currently scheduled for May, will be made available in the coming weeks. To get connected to other ACEs around campus, be sure to join the official Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNCBearsACEs.

If you have questions, please contact Matt Brinton (BS-05) at matthew.brinton@unco.edu.

First Wednesday Book Sale Features $2 Bag Sale

The Friends of UNC Libraries First Wednesday Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2 in Michener Library features a $2 Bag Sale all day. A wide variety of books and music will be available and the sale is open to the public. Proceeds benefit UNC Libraries projects and events. For more information, contact 970-351-2640.

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