UNC Today: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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UNC Alumna Named Colorado Biology Teacher of the Year

Windsor High School teacher and UNC alumna Tamara Pennington has been named the Outstanding Biology Teacher of 2014 in Colorado by the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Colorado Biology Teachers Association.

She graduated from UNC in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Biology,

Pennington, a teacher for 23 years, will be honored at the CBTA Biology Spring Symposium and at the 2014 NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland Nov. 12-15 and at the Colorado Science Conference on Nov. 21 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

The award, given annually since 1961 by NABT, identifies outstanding biology teachers in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada and overseas territories. Teachers who teach the majority of their career in the life sciences in grades 7-12 in public or private schools are eligible. Colorado honorees are selected by actual classroom visitations and observations.

For more information, visit the CBTA website.

Little Theatre of the Rockies Continues with 'The Marvelous Wonderettes'

The University of Northern Colorado's Little Theatre of the Rockies will continue its 80th season with the musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes, playing June 19-21at 7:30 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. in Langworthy Theatre in Frasier Hall.

Directed and choreographed by UNC faculty member John Leonard, the play tells the story of the Wonderettes, four girls during their high school prom. As we learn about their lives and loves, this smash off-Broadway hit features classic '50s and 60s' songs like "Lollipop," "Heatwave," "Mr. Sandman, "Respect" and more than 20 other classic hits.

The rest of the series' performances are:

  • Altar Boyz - July 9, 17-18 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and July 27 at 2 p.m. in Norton Theatre in Gray Hall
  • Sylvia - June 26-28, July 12, 23-25 at 7:30 p.m.; June 29 and July 13 at 2 p.m. at Norton Theatre, Gray Hall
  • God of Carnage - July 3-5, 10, 11, 16 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; July 6 and 20 at 2 p.m. at Norton Theatre
  • Swing! - July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., August 3 at 2 p.m. at Langworthy Theatre

For performance synopses, casts and ticket information, visit the LTR website.

Retirement Reception for Peg Morgan Postponed

The retirement reception for Peg Morgan scheduled for Thursday, June 19, has been postponed due to an out-of-town family emergency.

DSS Event Moves to Larger Venue

Due to a higher-than expected response, Wednesday's informational session and reception kicking off Disability Support Services' web-based training courses on assessing and developing websites with accessibility in mind has been moved to Michener 335. Attendance isn't required to take the courses, but registration for the event is required by emailing Alyse Campbell.

The courses, "Accessibility Concepts" (course outline) and "Web Accessibility Basics" (course outline) offer information about changes in compliance requirements under Section 508 and the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

If you're unable to attend the informational session but would like to take advantage of the courses, contact Alyse Campbell, 970-351-2289.

The courses are offered by SSB Bart Group, a leader in software, training and consulting to address the needs of organizations affected by accessibility requirements.

Farewell Reception for Michelle Behr

All members of the university community are invited to stop by a farewell reception for Michelle Behr from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in Candelaria 0215. Refreshments will be available.

UNC Today Summer Publication Schedule

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Emergency Alert System to be Tested June 18

A test of UNC's Emergency Alert Messaging System will be conducted about noon on Wednesday, June 18. The test message will be sent to UNC email accounts, text-enabled campus phones, subscribed cell phones (text and voice messages) and campus emergency poles. If you want to sign up to receive emergency alert messages on your cell phone or if your cell phone number changed recently, instructions are available on the Emergency Alert System website.

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