UNC Today: Friday, April 5, 2013

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National Report: UNC’s School of Special Education Responds to Shortages

The University of Northern Colorado's School of Special Education was recognized for preparing "high-quality special educators in significant numbers" in a study conducted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

In the report, "The Changing Teacher Preparation Profession," AACTE acknowledges UNC for responding to the high-need field through recruitment strategies, which include strong relationships with area school districts, and for providing "ample support" for teacher candidate throughout the program.

"One way the school has strengthened the support it provides candidates is through its use of an ‘early warning system' to identify early on those teacher candidates struggling in the program and to develop professional improvement plans to support them," the report stated.

The note on UNC appears in the report's findings that "teacher production shortages persist in key areas" — specifically, English language acquisition, mathematics, science and special education. Among the findings, the report recommends:

  • Better alignment between teacher production and workforce needs
  • Improving induction programs and working conditions to ensure that highly trained professionals remain the teaching field

For more information, including key findings of the report, visit the AACTE website.

To download the full report (the UNC entry appears on Page 14), visit secure.aacte.org/apps/rl/res_get.php?fid=145

UNC to Celebrate Academic Excellence April 7-13

The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate academic excellence with a variety of activities and ceremonies during the school's annual Academic Excellence Week, April 7-13.

The highlights of the many activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements during the celebration include:

  • Teaching and Learning Fair: Faculty from a variety of disciplines will exchange ideas, strategies, assignments and other tools that foster academic excellence through teaching and learning during the fourth annual Teaching and Learning Fair from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the University Center Panorama room and Aspen suites. Schedule.
  • Hewit Distinguished Professor of History Lecture: Susan Schulten, professor of History at the University of Denver and the 2013 Hewit Distinguished Professor of History at UNC, will present "The Meaning of Maps," a free public lecture and book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Panorama room at the University Center. Full details.
  • Research Day: More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic discipline at UNC will share information about their research projects during 258 presentations from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, throughout the University Center's second floor. Top research projects will be selected for recognition. List of presentations.
  • Distinguished Scholar Luncheon: UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board will honor the 2013 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar, college scholars and faculty achievements from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the University Center Panorama room.
  • College- and School-Hosted Events: A variety of UNC's colleges, schools and programs will honor faculty and student academic achievement with convocations, banquets and other events during the week.

For a complete schedule of activities or additional information about UNC's celebration of academic excellence, visit http://www.unco.edu/hsl/aew.html or contact the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership at 970-351-2940.

Academic Excellence Week is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research; the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership; and the Graduate Student Association along with academic departments and programs across campus.

Help ASA Find Tutors

The Academic Support and Advising Tutoring Center seeks faculty and staff assistance in identifying students to serve as tutors for Peer and Supplemental Instruction programs starting fall semester. Tutors in a variety of subject areas are needed.

Applicants must be sophomore status or higher with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Additional information, including pay rates, application procedures and application forms are available on the Tutoring Center website or at ASA in Michener L-149

Contact Melissa Hoffner at 351-1904 with referrals or questions.

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.

Geophysical Survey of Area to Include Campus

Mineral Resources Inc. and Geokinetics will conduct a geophysical survey throughout Greeley as part of oil and gas development in the area. In the coming days, they will place sensors (similar to those pictured here) in numerous campus locations to record data from trucks that will perform "acoustic wave" tests on city streets near the university.

The devices will be arranged in two-foot-diameter circles. In general, they will be placed next to trees, fences, signs and other locations to avoid interfering with pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Employees of Geokinetics will be on campus several times during the month-long survey to download data from the sensors.

For more information, download a flier from Mineral Resources, a local company working with the city and UNC in PDF format by clicking here.

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