UNC Today: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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HLC Self-Study Committee Has Openings

In preparation the Higher Learning Commission's March 2015 visit that's part of the HLC re-accreditation process, three faculty or staff are sought sought to serve during fall semester on the self-study committee charged with evaluating Criterion 1: Mission.

To volunteer, email Kim Black, HLC Self-Study co-coordinator, by Friday, Sept. 6. For more information about the HLC Self-Study, visit www.unco.edu/hlc.

UNC Study Supports Link Between Motivation, Literacy Development

Self-motivation, perceived competence and classroom engagement in fifth grade significantly predict reading achievement in eighth grade, according to UNC researchers.

The study by University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor John Mark Froiland and doctoral graduate assistant Emily Oros was recently published in Educational Psychology.

Leveraging a nationally representative sample of U.S. students, Froiland and Oros examined the effects of motivation to learn and teacher rated classroom engagement on the development of reading achievement from 5th to 8th grade.

They found that reading development over the course of middle school/junior high was predicted by intrinsic motivation, perceived competence and classroom engagement, as well as the value that students placed on getting good grades.

"It is hoped that these results, combined with a plethora of previous studies on the value of intrinsic motivation in the academic realm, help educators, policy-makers and psychologists to realize that promoting reading motivation and classroom engagement can contribute to literacy development," the authors write in the study.

"These findings provide additional corroboration for self-determination theory applied to academics, because intrinsic motivation and related positive engagement in the classroom predict the development of reading achievement across a nation."

For more information, visit http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01443410.2013.822964

In a previous study, Froiland offers advice to parents to support their children's academic success, http://www.unco.edu/news/releases.aspx?id=4165

Bears Baseball Youth Skills Camp Discounted for Employees

Children of UNC employees will receive a 25 percent discount off the $140 regular price for the UNC Bears baseball skills camp being offered for youth ages 10-14 four Sundays in September beginning Sept. 8.

Sessions with Bears coaching staff will run from noon-3 p.m. at Jackson Field. More information is on Athletics' website, but contact Patrick Perry, 970-351-1203 to reserve a spot and receive the discount.

A/PASS to Host Obon Dance Aug. 29

The students and staff at Asian/Pacific American Student Services invite the campus community to join them for an Obon dance with free music, food, fun and fellowship from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the backyard of the Kohl House. An Obon dance is a traditional Japanese dance honoring and welcoming the spirits of ancestors back to their hometown. Students will guide beginners in the basics of the dance.

Free UNC Student Planners Available

UNC's 2013-14 student planners, featuring university event listings, fun UNC facts and phone numbers for important campus resources, are now available in bulk quantities for departments to order at no cost and give to students.

The free planners use a weekly format (one week over a two-page spread) and provide room to write appointments and notes on each day.

To place an order, email the UNC Warehouse, and the planners will be delivered to your office.

Pedestrian Safety Reminder

The weather is warming and with an increased number of pedestrians, dogs, skateboarders, bicyclists, in-line skaters and other forms of transportation to campus, please remember to travel courteously and safely along walkways, streets and parking lots.

This is especially important when traveling near individuals with disabilities, including those who use guide/service dogs, wheelchairs or other adaptive measures for whom well-meaning but over-exuberant dogs, rapidly approaching/overtaking bikes and boards, and other sudden changes in the flow of traffic can be hazardous.

Dog owners are also reminded to pick up after their pets to help make campus a cleaner and safer place.

Women's Resource Center to Host Open House

The Women's Resource Center will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in Scott-Willcoxon Hall. Join WRC staff for trivia provided by Quizmaster Entertainment, food, prizes and information about the center and how to become involved in its programs.

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