UNC Today: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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What Do YOU Think about UNC's Logos?

University Relations is looking for faculty and staff who can help evaluate UNC's logos through focus groups. As part of a focus group, you'll have an opportunity to share your thoughts on UNC's logos and the image they convey of the university. The sessions are 60-minutes long, include a free meal and are held on campus. If you're interested, you can select from the following dates:

  • Faculty: Monday, April 29, noon or Tuesday, April 30, 9 a.m.
  • Staff: Monday, April 29, 9 a.m. or Tuesday, April 30, noon

Please RSVP to Adrienne Miller at adrienne.miller@unco.edu to reserve your slot and complimentary meal.

This research is an important part of a process headed by a UNC logo review committee made up of members from across campus and the community. The committee will gather opinions and perspectives from a number of focus groups as a follow-up to a survey on the logos. When the committee finishes its overall evaluation, it will create a report to recommend next steps, which may suggest a change, or no changes, depending on its findings.

Banner, Ursa Unavailable Early Saturday

Banner and Ursa will be unavailable from 5-9 a.m. Saturday, April 27, for an Accounts Receivable upgrade. For additional information, contact Technical Support, 970-351-4357.

UNC Receives NEA Grant to Support Research into Student Movement and Arts Institute for K-12 Teachers

The National Endowment for the Arts today awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $25,000 grant to support research of student movement and professional development for K-12 teachers through the Center for Integrated Arts Education.

UNC was the only university to receive a grant of this kind in Colorado.

The funding supports a two-year study to determine how much school-age children move throughout the school day. In addition, the grant provides funding for the long-running Arts Education Leadership Institute for K-12 teachers.

UNC's Center for Integrated Arts Education annually hosts the institute for Colorado educators. The institute focuses on improving quality of arts programs and arts integration practices in schools.

"The purpose of the CIAE Institute is to bring new awareness of the importance of the arts to our culture and to the education of our children," said Connie Stewart, associate professor of the School of Art and Design and director of the institute.

The NEA grant supports the summer institute in 2014, and the center is planning to accommodate 15 school teams of up to eight members of teachers and administrators in addition to 30 teachers and students attending as individuals.

Registration details for the 2014 institute will be forthcoming. Information for this summer's institute, "Mapping New Terrain: Arts Applied," which features live performance, workshops and speakers, is at: http://www.arts.unco.edu/ciae/institute

In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

Acting NEA Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

For more on UNC's Center for Integrated Arts Education, visit http://www.arts.unco.edu/ciae/

UNC to Host 9Health Fair April 28

UNC will host Greeley's 9Health Fair for the first time from 7 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 28, in the University Center. The 200-plus volunteers staffing the fair will include approximately 135 UNC students and 15 faculty members, including Assistant Professor of Nursing Deborah Rojas, who is the fair's site coordinator. Read more about the volunteers next week in UNC Today. Find out more about health screenings available during the fair on the 9Health Fair website.

Applications for Teaching Academy for Online Learning Due April 30

Applications for the Teaching Academy for Online Learning - an opportunity to learn how to plan and develop an online course using Quality Matters standards - are due April 30. The academy will be held online and also includes classroom sessions June 7, 14 and 21 at UNC's Loveland Center at Centerra. Stipends are awarded for successful completion of the academy. For more information and an application form, visit the Instructional Design and Development team's website.

UNC Sustainability Council Seeks Members

If you'd like to help UNC meet its goals for sustainability - from energy conservation, recycling and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework - consider adding your expertise and energy to the UNC Sustainability Council or one of its subcommittees. Membership is open to faculty, staff and students.

The council and its subcommittees - Buildings/Equipment/Operations, Communications, Student and Community Engagement, and Academics and Curriculum - identify and create opportunities to improve existing sustainability efforts, adopt new sustainable practices and communicate those opportunities to the campus community.

Each group meets once a month and members typically spend additional time doing project work such as drafting policies/procedures, designing brochures or researching potential new projects.

For more information about the Sustainability Council, its subcommittees and the university's sustainability, visit the Sustainability at UNC website.

To join the council or a subcommittee, contact any council member or co-chairs Richard Jurin or Kirk Leichliter.

OSP to Hold Office Hours in Ross, Candelaria This Week

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold office hours in Ross 2570 Wednesday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. and in Candelaria 1100 Thursday, April 25, from 1-4 p.m. The focus of Wednesday's session will be budgets and post-award issues,and Thursday's focus will be pre-award issues, but all questions related to sponsored programs are welcome.

Mona Castor will be available for faculty and staff Wednesday and Arlene Hansen will be available Thursday.

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