UNC Today: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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UNC Graduate School Announces Student Awards

The University of Northern Colorado's Graduate School this week announced recipients of awards recognizing superior academic achievement and outstanding research in graduate studies. The winners, who will be honored at the May 9 Graduate School commencement ceremony, are:

Citation for Excellence

  • Kristine Bibbey - Master of Arts, Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree Program
  • Christine DeSimone -Doctor of Education, Educational Studies
  • Kimberly Kaufeld - Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Statistics & Research Methods
  • Adam LeWinter - Master of Arts, Earth Sciences
  • Donna MacLauchlan - Doctor of Education, Special Education
  • Michael Mahoney - Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology
  • Nathanial Warning - Master of Science, Biological Sciences
  • Brian Zielenski - Master of Arts, History Practice, Nursing

Citation for Outstanding Dissertation

  • Christine DeSimone - Doctor of Education, Educational Studies, for "Students as Designers: Implementing a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies In a Third Grade Design Workshop"
  • Michael Mahoney - Doctor of Psychology, Counseling Psychology, for "Homecoming Experiences of Student Military Veterans: Implications for Counseling Psychologists"

Citation for Outstanding Capstone

Nancy McGee - Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing, for "Evaluation of Suicide Risk Training for Primary Care Providers in a College Health Center"

Citation for Outstanding Thesis

  • Adam LeWinter - Master of Arts, Earth Sciences, for "Characterization of the Overlook Crater and Lava Lake of Kilauea Volcano Through Terrestrial Laser Scanning"
  • Nathanial Warning - Master of Science, Biological Sciences, for "Canyon Wren and Rock Wren Coexistence in the Northern Colorado Foothills"
  • Brian Zielenski - Master of Arts, History, for "Altered Remembrance: Historical Memory of the Yellow Turban Rebellion 184 CE, From the Late Han to the Ming Dynasty"

Spring Semester Grades Due May 14

The deadline for submitting final grades for spring semester courses is 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. If you have questions about grading, contact Michelle Heiny in the Registrar's Office at 351-1839. Grades submitted after the deadline will negatively affect students' financial aid and/or graduation.

Grade explanations and instructions for assigning final grades, are available on the Registrar's website.

For technical support when submitting grades in Ursa, contact the Technical Support Center, 970-351-4357 or visit the Technical Support website.

Please Note

  • A last date of attendance (last date of a student's last "academic-related activity") is required for the submission of "F" or "U" grades and is necessary to ensure that any student receiving a failing grade actually attended the class per U.S. Department of Education guidelines (34 CFR 668.22).
  • A grade of "UW" indicates an unauthorized withdrawal and is assigned only when the student has never attended the class for which they were enrolled.
  • At the discretion of the instructor, a temporary grade of Incomplete - "I" may be given to a student who demonstrates that he/she could not complete the requirements of the course due to circumstances beyond the student's control and not reasonably foreseeable. A student must be passing a course at the time that an Incomplete is requested unless the instructor determines that there are extenuating circumstances to assign an Incomplete to a student who is not passing the course.
  • Please remember to never share your passwords for any reason. Providing your Ursa password gives others access to many other things you have access to such as your pay information, email, etc. Sharing passwords is a violation of the University Regulations. If you need access you do not currently have, please call the Technical Support Center at 970-351-4357.

Alumnus to Share His Path to International Career

Alumnus Matthew Kennedy will share how his academic and study abroad experiences while attending UNC set him on a path toward an international career during a presentation Thursday, May 15, at 2 p.m. in the University Center's Aspen suite.

Kennedy is currently on a Peace Corps mission in the small village of Mahasoabe in Madagascar, where he serves as a health volunteer. He trains local community health workers on issues such as sanitation, nutrition, family planning, malarial care and HIV prevention.

Kennedy graduated from UNC with honors in 2011, double majoring in International Studies and Economics, with minors in Chinese, Asian Studies and Spanish. During his time at UNC, he studied abroad in Spain, Taiwan and China, and worked at the North Colorado Medical Center.

The event is presented by the UNC community in collaboration with the Center for International Education, Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations.

UNC alumnus Matthew Kennedy poses with some of the young residents of the village of Mahasoabe in Madagascar. Photo courtesy of Matthew Kennedy

Last Chance for Blackboard Workshops

If you need some help with Blackboard, be sure to check out the workshops sponsored by the Instructional Design and Development team. Next week's schedule includes Planning Your Online Course, Blackboard Bootcamp, a new seminar - Advanced and New Features in Blackboard - and along Open Lab, where you can get help from instructional designers. To sign up, see the IDD Workshops page.

Applications for Final Assessment Leadership Institute Due May 30

Academic schools and departments interested in participating in UNC's Assessment Leadership Institute are invited to apply for the 2014-15 session. This will be the last year of the ALI; take advantage of this opportunity to improve assessment practices and receive a $2,500 grant. The call for applications is available here. The deadline to apply is May 30.

Bicycles Left on Campus after May 11 to be Removed

In an effort to prevent thefts, the UNC Police Department regularly removes bicycles left in the racks after spring semester. On Sunday, May 11, the department will "tag" bicycles left in the bicycle racks on campus. Beginning Monday, May 12, any tagged bicycle left in any UNC bicycle rack will be considered abandoned and will be collected. For additional information, contact the UNC Police Department at 351-2245.

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