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UNC Graduate School to Bestow ‘Century of Scholars’ Awards

The University of Northern Colorado Graduate School's celebration of 100 years of providing graduate degrees and certificates continues Friday when the school's Century of Scholars Awards will be presented during a reception in the University Center ballrooms.

Graduate School alumni will receive the following awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lydia Ruyle (MA 1972) will be recognized for her significant contributions over several decades as an artist and educator, who in addition to teaching at UNC, has conducted workshops and exhibited her work across the U.S. and internationally.

Raymond Tschillard (MA 1991), director and president of the board of directors of the Poudre Learning Center, will be honored for his lifetime devotion to science education, which has included teaching the subject in grade six through the graduate level.

Service Award
Becky Safarik (MA 1975), assistant city manager for the city of Greeley, will be acknowledged for her record of service and volunteerism for the betterment of the community.

Vernon Brown Ingraham (MA 1974), executive secretary the Scottish Rite Foundation of Colorado, will be honored for his work in providing funding for scholarships for graduate students in UNC's Speech-Language Pathology program.

Research Award
George Sage (MA 1957), UNC professor emeritus of Kinesiology and Sociology, will be recognized for outstanding research achievements in his field that resulted in the publishing of 21 books.

Educator Award
Mark Kolokoff (MA 2010) will be honored for his 26-year exemplary career as an educator in RE-6 schools.

Century of Scholars Award - College of Natural and Health Sciences
George Sage (MA 1957) will be recognized for his nearly 30 years of service to the college as a faculty member, department chair and graduate coordinator.

Century of Scholars Award - College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Elizabeth Kozleski (Ed.D 1985), chair of the Special Education program at the University of Kansas, will be honored for her internationally recognized work in special education teacher education.

Century of Scholars Award - College of Performing and Visual Arts
Lowell Graham (MA 1970), chairman of the music department and director of orchestra activities at the University of Texas-El Paso and former conductor of the United States Air Force Band, will be honored for his long and distinguished career as a musical conductor and his ongoing support of UNC's School of Music.

Other Awards
Susan Hutchinson, UNC professor of Applied Statistics and Research Methods, will be presented with the Friend of the Graduate School Award in recognition of her service to graduate students on campus, and Carl Gerbrandt, professor emeritus of Voice, will be given the Faculty Emeritus Award for his contributions to graduate education while a UNC faculty member.

Tickets for the reception, which begins at 6: 30 p.m. April 5, are sold out.

The Graduate School's 100th anniversary celebration includes the Century of Scholars website at www.unco.edu/grad100, which features a place for alumni and others to share their stories, a detailed history of the Graduate School and a timeline marking 100 years of milestones.

The website is a window through time. More than 100 stories from recent and not-so-recent graduates are already available for reading. They and numerous photos allow visitors to the site to easily compare the experiences of someone who graduated in 1965 to those of someone who graduated as recently as 2011.

In 1914, what was then called Colorado Teachers College awarded its first advanced degrees when three students received master's degrees in teaching. Today, the Graduate School has 2,395 students enrolled and more than 100 programs of study. The school has awarded a total 53,457 graduate degrees.

Call for Volunteers: Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Volunteers are needed to help greet graduates' families and friends and answer their questions at UNC's commencement ceremonies May 10-11. A brief training session will be held before each ceremony, and volunteers who sign up by April 19 will be provided with a polo shirt.

To see available positions and time commitments, as well as to sign up for either ceremony or both, visit SignUp Genius. Be sure to include your shirt size.

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

Faculty Author’s New Book to Offer Roadmap to Successful Acting Careers

An accomplished actor and faculty member in the University of Northern Colorado's theatre program interviews 12 award-winning actors in an upcoming book that sheds light on what makes actors successful.

Inside Act: How Twelve Actors Made It and How You Can Too by Ken Womble documents the experiences of the working actors by exploring the choices they made at critical moments in their careers and how those choices led to substantial results.

"The inspiration for the book arises from my work with aspiring professional actors," Womble said. "I've seen there is a chasm between learning how to act and becoming a successful actor, which many talented actors are never able to bridge. That is what this book will do."

The book will include interviews with each actor's "success team," their agents, managers, directors and teachers, to get their perspective on each actor. Each chapter will conclude with an analysis of the keys to each actor's success. The book's final chapter will compare the stories and note the results of each actor to create a master list of keys that every successful actor shares.

Womble teaches acting at UNC, one of the country's top professional actor training programs — with six grads recently on Broadway, dozens more working in film and TV and one-third of graduating actors placed with talent agencies the past three years.

Inside Act will be published by Hansen Publishing Group in late 2013.

Actors interviewed to date include Debra Monk, Richard Portnow, John Tartaglia, Krysta Rodriguez, Robert Clohessy, Gary Beach, Eric Ladin, Tony Yazbeck, James Earl and Jose Llana. Success team members include Jon Jory, Meg Mortimer, Bonnie Monte, Lori Swift, Walt Witcover, Steven Unger, Michael Einfeld, Patrick Welborn, and Penny Luedtke.

For more information on Womble, visit www.arts.unco.edu/pva/faculty/bios/womble.html.

Date Changed for Student Employee Recognition Banner Contest Judging

The Student Employee Recognition Banner Contest will be judged Friday, April 5. Previous communications about the contest contained the incorrect date.

Offices with student employees (hourly, work study or salaried) are encouraged to create a banner for National Student Employee Appreciation Week (April 7-13) that symbolizes your appreciation of your student employees. The office with the winning banner will receive a pizza party.

For complete contest details, visit the Student Employee of the Year website.

OSP to Offer Office Hours in Gunter April 10

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold office hours in room 1070 in Gunter Hall Wednesday, April 10. Mona Castor will be available from 1-4 p.m. to meet with faculty and staff. The primary focus will be on proposal budgeting and post-award management issues. but all questions and concerns related to sponsored projects are welcome.

Parking Alternatives Suggested for Teacher Employment Days

During Teacher Employment Days April 4-5 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 more than 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.

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