UNC Today: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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A Matter of Culture

Alumnus Brandon Barnholt, president and CEO of the second-largest natural and specialty foods distributor in North America, will return to the Monfort College of Business April 9 to share his perspectives on corporate culture. He talks about those perspectives - and how UNC's culture motivates him to stay involved with his alma mater - in an Alumni Association Bear Den blog. Continue Reading

Mines, UNC Enter Innovative Partnership to Address Shortage of STEM Teachers

Colorado School of Mines and the University of Northern Colorado are leading the way with an innovative new partnership in response to state and national shortages of teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Mines, Colorado's premier engineering university, and UNC, the leading teacher preparation institution in the state, will team up to create the unique program. It will serve as a national model amid a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade.

Mines students in the program will complete their STEM content requirements on the Mines' campus and then complete the education courses necessary to become a high quality teacher through UNC — via a hybrid online and on-campus program. Required field experiences will occur at middle and high schools near the Mines' campus. There is substantial interest in this program among Mines students in the chemistry, physics and mathematics disciplines.

Mines students who complete the program can graduate with a degree in an existing STEM area and apply for state licensure through the Colorado Department of Education.

It's anticipated that the program will begin Fall 2015. Next steps include Mines and UNC building the program while faculty from both campuses look for external funding to assist in the development of the project. A proposal for national grant funding for the program, titled the CO-STEM Capacity Building Project, has been submitted.

The work of the UNC / Mines Collaborative is supported by the deans of UNC's Colleges of Education and Behavioral Sciences and Natural and Health Sciences as well as the deans of Mines' Colleges of Applied Science and Engineering, Engineering and Computational Sciences, and Earth Resources Science and Engineering.

For more information, contact Karen Gilbert (kgilbert@mines.edu) at Mines and Nate Haas (nate.haas@unco.edu) at UNC.

"This partnership has resulted in a program that should increase the number of STEM teachers graduating from Colorado universities," said Eugene Sheehan, dean of UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. "As far as I know there's not another collaborative inter-university program of its kind in the country."

"This distinctive new program will provide Mines' math and science students with a satisfying alternative career path and will help meet the critical need for qualified educators in the STEM fields," said Tony Dean, dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines.

Discounted Tickets Available for Greeley Blues Jam

Through April 30, UNC faculty, staff and students can buy tickets to the June 14 Greeley Blues Jam, featuring Tab Benoit, Marcia Ball and seven other acts, for $20 each, $5 less than the regular advance purchase price and $10 less than the day of the event. Stop by the University Center information desk with your UNC ID to receive the discounted price. For more information about the Jam, visit its website.

Help Save Lives with the Candelaria Blood Drive

The Dean's Office of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a blood drive from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the parking lot in front of Candelaria. To sign up, click here. If you're interested in donating, remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water beforehand. Don't forget to bring a valid driver's license or photo I.D. with a date of birth.

The North Colorado Medical Center relies on volunteer blood donors. Over 50 blood donors are needed daily for trauma, surgery and cancer patients in our community. In less than an hour, your blood can save up to 22 lives.

Parking Alternatives Suggested for Teacher Employment Days

During Teacher Employment Days April 3-4 in Butler-Hancock Hall, there'll be a limited number of available parking spaces in L, M and Y lots by 10 a.m. and use of other parking lots, carpooling and alternative transportation methods are recommended.

Career Services expects 800-1,000 job seekers and 300 recruiters from school districts for the event, the largest educational job fair in the region. Recruiters will be hiring for teaching and administrative positions in all levels of K-12 schools.

For more information, visit http://www.unco.edu/careers.

Team UNC Helps Employee Gifts Go Further Through April 30

The mission of Team UNC - the university's annual faculty and staff giving campaign - is to help you identify the best way to support your favorite on-campus causes and provide special opportunities to maximize the impact of your support. There are more than 850 funds to help you target your resources and contributions made by April 30 are eligible for a matching gift thanks to a generous anonymous donor.

With the campaign nearly half-way complete, 308 employees have already made their pledge! The finish line is fast approaching, so join the team and make your gift today.

The sooner you give, the further your funds will go.

For more information, visit the Team UNC website or contact christina.nichols@unco.edu

UNC Performing Arts Series Continues April 3 with Unique Dance Performance

The University of Northern Colorado's College of Performing and Visual Arts' 2013-14 Performing Arts Series, which features students from the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, shifts gears April 3-5 with Bring on the Men: Dance 2014, an evening of dance performance choreographed by male choreographers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Langworthy Theatre in Frasier Hall on the UNC campus.

Directed by UNC Professor of Dance Monte Black, Bring on the Men aims to show the audience a different side of dance, one that reveals that what seems a feminine art form is actually full of testosterone and not just by its inherent athleticism.

The series concludes with Jackie and Me (comedy, rated G): April 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. in Langworthy Theatre

For performance descriptions and ticket information, visit the Performing Arts Series website.

Call for Creative Writing: 'A Community of Voices'

The UNC Summit on Social Justice and Diversity, scheduled for Monday, April 14, invites students, faculty and staff to submit original creative writing by April 7 for consideration as part of "A Community of Voices," the creative writing reading held during the Summit. For additional details, including criteria for submissions and how to submit your writing, click here.

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