UNC Today: Thursday, April 18, 2013

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City Recognizes UNC's Environmental Efforts

The University of Northern Colorado has been named one of three recipients of the city of Greeley's sixth annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, marking the second time that the school has been honored since the awards' inception.

The awards recognize individuals and businesses for outstanding efforts and strategies that protect and enhance local environmentally quality.

The accomplishments leading to UNC's selection included:

  • More than 180,000 pounds of paper, nearly 139,000 pounds of cardboard, and more than 47,000 pounds of co-mingled plastic and aluminum were collected in 2012.
  • The recent installation in high-traffic areas around campus of 20 outdoor recycling kiosks made from recycled materials is expected to increase recycling totals by 10 percent.
  • Thirty-two bottle-filling water stations installed the past year across campus have already diverted more than 500,000 plastic water bottles from landfills.
  • The student-run and -funded Student Leaf organization has several education programs around campus and is actively engaging students as well as staff in resource conservation efforts.
  • Over the past two years, more than 20 old refrigerators have been replaced with new energy-efficient models.
  • The UNC Sustainability Council and its subcommittees, comprised of faculty, staff and students, take a multi-faceted approach to sustainability, from energy conservation and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework.
  • An Environmental and Sustainability bachelor's degree program was added to the university's offerings in 2011.

Future plans include additional performance contracting to identify more energy conservation opportunities, more on-site renewable energy and replacement of parking lot lights with LEDs.

More information about UNC's resource conservation program is available on the Resource Conservation website.

Temple Grandin to Speak April 22

Internationally known autism and animal welfare advocate and activist Temple Grandin will give a free public lecture titled "The Autistic Brain" from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the University Center ballrooms.

Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Grandin will offer a personal perspective on autism, sensory issues and social issues along the autism spectrum.

Drawing from her soon-to-be-released book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, Grandin will talk about her own experience with autism and discuss neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior.

Grandin advocates the benefits of treating autism symptom by symptom, and suggests that raising and educating children on the autism spectrum should focus on new ways to foster their unique contributions.

She's authored nine other books, including Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, which was the basis for the 2010 acclaimed biographical film Temple Grandin.

Also renowned for her insights into animal behavior and her innovations in livestock handling that have revolutionized food-animal welfare, Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

Her appearance is part of "ED Talks," a series of lectures from leading teachers, authors and scholars in the education field, sponsored by UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

More information about Grandin is at http://templegrandin.com.

Annual Shred Fest Set for April 22

Get rid of your old, sensitive office or personal documents in a secure way at no cost by bringing them for shredding at the fourth annual Shred Fest from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Kepner Hall parking lot. Everyone who brings paper for shredding will be eligible to participate in a raffle for prizes.

Be sure to follow your office's and the state's document retention guidelines when shredding materials.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Information Management and Technology and College Credit Union.

Retirement Reception for Gary Carwin

Facilities Management will host a retirement reception for Gary Carwin from 3-4 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Parsons Hall training room. All members of the university community are welcome to stop by to wish Gary well.

Make Summer Count

Registration for Summer Session courses is now underway. 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.

Volunteers Still Needed to Help Make Commencement a Memorable Event

A few volunteers are still needed to help make UNC's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 11 memorable for the class of 2013. Duties will include greeting graduates' families and friends and answering their questions. A brief training session will be held prior to each ceremony, and volunteers who sign up by tomorrow, April 19, will be provided with a polo shirt.

To sign up and see time commitments, visit SignUp Genius. Be sure to include your shirt size.

For more information, contact Eva Rodriguez, 351-2424.

Order Cookies from PASC for Administrative Professionals Day

Join PASC in celebrating Administrative Professionals Day April 24 by having some Eileen's cookies delivered to a co-worker, your admin, yourself or your whole team. Cookies are $6 per bundled dozen and $4 per bundled half-dozen. Each bundle must be of the same flavor, but multiple bundles can be purchased. Pre-orders will be accepted through noon April 22 by emailing PASC@unco.edu.

Include flavor, quantity and recipient. Choose from chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip w/walnuts, M&M, monster oatmeal, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal scotchies, oatmeal chocolate chip, peanut butter, peanut butter chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, sugar, macadamia nuts w/ white chocolate chip, or lemon.

Pay in advance, or at the time of delivery. Deliveries will be made after lunch on April 24.

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