UNC Today: Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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Director of New Business Incubator Program at MCB Named

The Monfort College of Business has named Ryan Speir as the director of its new business incubator program.

Prior to joining the Monfort College of Business, Speir worked in a variety of capacities at Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Innosphere from 2006-2012, including serving as chief operating officer and interim CEO.

Speir is also a member of the editorial board of the Northern Colorado Business Report and serves on the Colorado State Office of Economic Development and International Trade Steering and Tactical Committee for Electronics. He is a popular speaker and advisor for angel investment and business advisory groups and technology companies.

"Ryan has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and funding for start-up and growth stage companies," said Don Gudmundson, dean of the college. "With him at the helm, our new business incubator program will be positioned to support economic growth in Northern Colorado."

The new business incubator program, which will be launched this fall, will help nurture and grow entrepreneurial business ventures in the region.

"It will supplement efforts already in place by the City of Greeley Economic Development Department, Upstate Colorado, the Northeast-East Central Small Business Development Center, area Chambers of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority and, of course, the Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge," Gudmundson continued. "The program will help clients quickly achieve financial goals and establish sustainable business operations."

UNC to Help 60 High School Students Realize Their College Potential

The University of Northern Colorado will host 60 high school students from low-income families in Denver and Greeley this week as part of a national program that helps students realize their - and their peers' - college potential.

The College Summit workshop June 6-9 on UNC's Greeley campus will help the students take steps toward starting a college education - something many of them previously considered an unattainable goal. They'll practice preparing a personal statement, fill out college applications, identify possible "good fit" colleges and learn about obtaining financial aid.

They'll also receive leadership skills training that will prepare them to serve as peer leaders when they return to high school this fall and help strengthen the schools' "college-going cultures" by showing classmates that the college application process isn't just for the most gifted or talented students.

The students will stay in a residence hall, eat in a campus dining hall and participate in sessions that give them a feel for a college setting. They'll be taught by staff from College Summit's regional office in Denver, UNC personnel, adult volunteers and alumni of the program, including UNC sophomore Noemy Rodriguez.

This is the first College Summit workshop hosted by UNC. It and Regis University are the only schools in Colorado currently participating in the program, which includes 180 high schools in 12 states.

College Summit, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., involves more than 50,000 high school students annually.

Alumni Association to Host June 22 Event at History Colorado Center

Join the Alumni Association at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver, Saturday, June 22. The registration deadline is June 14 and space is limited.

The event at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver Saturday, June 22, begins at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast and a presentation by history instructor Mary Borg. Borg has taught history at the school for more than 20 years and is the author or co-author of several history books, including Go to the Source: Discovering 20th Century U.S. History Through Colorado Documents.

At 10 a.m., UNC attendees will be the first guests admitted to the museum for the day and will be free to tour the facility at their leisure.

The $110 million center, which opened April 28, brings history to life with $33 million worth of hands-on and high-tech exhibits, including one about the Weld County town of Keota that uses a reproduction of a Model T and video and sound to simulate how it looked, sounded and felt to bounce down a dirt road on the grassy plains in the early 1900s.

Other features of the center include a two-story "media wall" with 132 interlocking LCD screens that in 20 minutes show a 10,000-year video timeline of the state's history and a ski jumping simulator that incorporates video from Steamboat Springs' Howelson Hill.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public as well as UNC alumni, are $15 for adults, $10 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under, and include the continental breakfast and presentation, entrance to the museum and parking.

The deadline for ticket orders is June 14.

For complete information and to register, visit the Alumni Association website. For more information about the History Colorado Center, visit http://historycoloradocenter.org/. the History Colorado Center
The History Colorado Center, which opened April 28.

Fiscal Year-End Visa Card (PCard) Deadlines

To help ensure that UNC Visa card (PCard) transactions post into FY13, please complete all FY13 purchases with the card no later than Thursday, June 20.

Be aware that even when you adhere to that deadline, some card charges could still post into FY14 if a vendor doesn't post your transaction in a timely fashion.

Also, all reallocations for the May 26-June 25 cycle must be completed online in the Wells Fargo system by the end of the day on Friday July 5.

Classified Position Opportunity

  • # 219 - IT Tech II - Network Engineer. Requires an associate's degree plus two years of experience. Apply online at Human Resources' website or in the HR office (Carter 2002) by June 14.

Colored Paper Clearance at UNC Warehouse

The UNC Warehouse has a limited amount of colored paper in various sizes available for departments to purchase. Since the inception of the Office Depot bid, the warehouse has discontinued stocking paper and has to clear out what remains. Please call Mick Schuch at 970-351-2250 for information on remaining colors and sizes.

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