UNC Today: Friday, April 26, 2013

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UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance Receives National Accreditation

The National Association of Schools of Theatre has awarded full accreditation to the University of Northern Colorado School of Theatre Arts and Dance, making it one of only two undergraduate theater programs in Colorado to earn the designation.

The school offers a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts with acting, design technology and theatre studies concentrations; a bachelor's in Musical Theatre; and a bachelor's and a master's in Theatre Education for theater teachers.

The master's degree becomes the only NAST-accredited graduate degree program in the state.

Institutional accreditation is gained only through an extensive peer review process every six years.

NAST, founded in 1965, has approximately 178 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

For more information about the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, visit www.arts.unco.edu/theatredance.

Assessment Project Mini-Grants Available

The Office of Assessment and the University Assessment Council invite applications from individuals, programs or departments for assessment project mini-grants, with a deadline of May 31. The grants can be used to develop or improve assessment practices related to course or program-level student learning outcomes assessment. Complete details can be found on the Office of Assessment website.

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.

Alumni’s Video Parody of TV Commercial Goes Viral

A video parody of a Dove skin care TV commercial by UNC Theatre Arts alumni Scott Kruse, Kurt Quinn, Keir Kirkegaard and Erin Watkins has racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube in the past 10 days.

Described by the Huffington Post as a "pretty brilliant video parody," un-credited portions of the video have been used by The Today Show and CNN in news stories about the controversial commercial and the inevitable parodies that it spawned.

The four alumni perform as New Feelings Time, a Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group. Theatre Arts alumnae Abby Ritt and Andi Davis also appear in the video.

View Dove Commercial | View Alumni's Video

Annual UNC Neighborhood Clean-Up Saturday to Include Celebratory Tree Planting

The annual Bears Pay It Forward neighborhood clean-up Saturday, April 27, will include a joint celebration of Arbor Day with the city of Greeley and planting of several trees in honor of UNC's inaugural designation as a Tree Campus USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The Arbor Day celebration will begin at 10 a.m. south of Frasier Hall near the intersection of 10th Avenue and 17th Street. Attendees will receive seedlings, and refreshments will be provided by the city's Forestry Program.

Tree Campus USA designation is given to campuses with effective forest management that engages students and staff in conservation goals.

During the Bears Pay It Forward from 9 a.m.-noon, community members and UNC students, faculty and staff will work together to clean up some of the more neglected areas in Greeley neighborhoods. Community partners will supply the tools (rakes, hoes, hoses, trash bags and gloves). Lunch will be provided for everyone who participates.

To sign up for the event, go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0E4CAFA92BA20-bears.

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