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Lewis Jackson Named 2017 Harrison Award Winner

Lewis Jackson, professor of Special Education, has been named winner of this year's M. Lucile Harrison Award, one of UNC's top faculty honors. The award recognizes a faculty member with a long career of professional excellence.

While outstanding teaching has always been a major factor in selecting the recipient of the Harrison Award, career achievements in professional activity and service are also essential components in the evaluation and recognition of an outstanding professor. It is these accomplishments that marked the career of M. Lucile Harrison.

Jackson joined UNC's School of Special Education in 1989. He earned a master's degree in Severe Disabilities and a doctorate degree in Human Communication from John Hopkins University, where he taught from 1982-89.

His research interests include language, literacy and cognition; integrated education; and socialization processes and outcomes (positive behavior support).

He's been published in numerous journals and magazines including Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, Inclusion and the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.

In 2012, he received an International Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care to develop a positive behavioral support training program for the United Arab Emirates.

His many professional awards include the Don B. Davidson Award for Excellence in Inclusion in Education from the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council.

Jackson will be honored at spring commencement ceremonies this week.

UNC Researchers Develop Unique Community Safety Program for S.D. Reservation

University of Northern Colorado researchers have developed unique programming for a grant-funded project to address community safety on the Cheyenne River Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Assistant Professor of School Psychology David Hulac and graduate assistant Lauren Rankin are finishing the project with the South Dakota District of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services (FPPS). They were asked to developed training manuals to help prevent crime and reintegrate those who've committed crimes.

Rankin recently presented the Community Coaches manual and provided training to mentors who will be paired with court-involved Native Americans to provide support as trusted advisors. The Community Coaches program will start this spring.

"Coaches and participants work on activities designed to help participants gain personal insight and independence on their journey to being productive community members," Rankin said. "Based on our own literature reviews and our work with South Dakota Federal Probation, it was clear that there was very little precedent for such a program. However, it was important to everyone that Native values, practices and perspectives were included in any supervision and treatment plan.

"The coaches' manual is part of a series of manuals for the program that includes group counseling, behavior management, and individual problem solving, all of which are evidence-based in their design."

Hulac and his colleagues got involved in the project based on his previous work to evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral interventions that FPPS was providing across the state.

"Due to a quirk in federal law, Native Americans are far more likely to be tried in federal court, which has harsher prison sentences," he said. "A Native American who commits a similar crime to a non-Native in South Dakota is more likely to face a longer prison sentence.

"Alternatives to incarceration are important, and so this program was designed to provide a better cognitive behavior therapy program that incorporated Native values with the intention of helping program participants understand that criminal thinking and behavior did not align with traditional Lakota values."

About the Grant

  • Project Title: The Cheyenne River Program
  • Grant award: $69,000, July 2016-June 2017
  • Funding Agency: South Dakota District of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services
  • Researchers: UNC Assistant Professor David M. Hulac (primary investigator), UNC graduate assistant Lauren Rankin, and Irene Harper (co-primary Investigator), Bellevue University
  • Of note: The mission of the project is: "To help participants overcome barriers to lawfulness and community engagement and to keep community members safe." In addition to pairing mentors with court-involved Native Americans, the program includes group counseling, behavior management, and individual problem solving, all of which are evidence-based in their design, Rankin said.

UNC Graduate School Announces Student Awards

The University of Northern Colorado's Graduate School has announced the recipients of awards recognizing superior academic achievement and outstanding research in graduate studies. The winners, who will be honored at the May 5 Graduate School commencement ceremony, are:

Citation for Excellence

The Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence is awarded to students nominated by their school in recognition of superior academic achievement in graduate studies.

  • Julie Barritt: Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology
  • Harjit Dhesi: Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing Education
  • Amy Graefe: Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Psychology
  • Jeffrey King: Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Mathematics
  • Andrew Thompson: Master of Arts, Criminal Justice
  • Niloofar Ramezani: Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Statistics & Research Methods

Citation for Outstanding Dissertation/Capstone/Thesis

The Graduate Dean's Citations for Outstanding Dissertation, Capstone and Thesis are awarded to students recognized for outstanding research in graduate studies.

Outstanding Dissertation

  • Rasha Alhammad: Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Technology - "Click, Explore, and Learn: Graduate Students' Experiences and Attitude Toward Using E-books for College-level Courses"
  • Laura Heiker: Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Education - "Environmental contaminant exposure and effects on bats: studies in Sichuan Province, China and Colorado, USA"

Outstanding Capstone

  • Kristina Gulbrandsen: Doctor of Audiology, Audiology - "Audiologist's knowledge regarding patients with dementia and cognitive decline"
  • Bo Martinez: Doctor of Audiology, Audiology - "Noise Exposures of Basketball Officials"

Outstanding Thesis

  • Benjamin Kugler: Master of Science, Sport and Exercise Science - Exercise Physiology: "Effects of Dietary Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation and Resistance Training on Late Onset Doxorubicin-Induced Myotoxicity"

Banner Users Advised Not to Update Java

Information Management and Technology advises all Banner users to not update their Java version when prompted. More information is available on this IM&T Knowledge Base page. If you've updated your Java version and are unable to access your Banner account, please submit a support ticket online, email the Technical Support Center or call the TSC at 970-351-4357.

Parking Lot Maintenance Closure Schedule

Crews will conduct maintenance (LED lighting upgrades, crack sealing and patching) on numerous campus parking lots from May 8-31, which will require short-term closures of lots. A list and map of scheduled lot closures are available in the "What's New at Parking Services" section of Parking Services' homepage. All closures are weather-dependent.

Two New Bear in Mind Podcasts Cover Betsy DeVos, Volcanoes

In the latest editions of UNC's Bear in Mind podcast, School of Education Director Ginny Huang talks about the new U.S. Secretary of Education and Professor of Earth Sciences Steven Anderson shares his research on volcanoes. To listen, visit the Bear in Mind website.

PASC/CSC Guest Speaker Series Continues Today

The PASC/CSC Guest Speaker Series continues from 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 3, in the University Center Council Room with Provost Robbyn Wacker, University and External Relations VP Dan Weaver and representatives from UNC's enrollment planning team providing an update on ongoing work to increase undergraduate and graduate enrollment, discussing how the university will support additional students and welcoming suggestions about the future efforts.

Information about future sessions, which coincide with PASC's monthly meetings, is available on the PASC website. PASC meetings are open to the UNC community.

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