UNC Today: Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Bear Welcome in Photos and Video

With classes under way, here's a look at some of the past week's Bear Welcome activities that celebrated the start of the new academic year at UNC. More welcome activities are planned in the coming days, so be sure to check out the online calendar for the full slate of events. Continue Reading

UNC Names New Director of Engagement

University of Northern Colorado Provost Robbyn Wacker announced that Deborah Romero has been appointed director of Engagement.

In her role, Romero will be responsible for working with the campus community on launching UNC's Civic and Community Engagement strategic plan.

"I am honored for this opportunity to serve our institution and very much look forward to engaging with faculty, students and others from across campus and our extended communities," Romero said.

Romero has served as associate director for Faculty Development at the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. This past year she served as co-chair of UNC's Community and Civic Engagement Committee developing a plan to institutionalize engagement at UNC. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at UNC in English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics and Spanish, and she actively encourages engaged learning and research in her courses.

"When students have the opportunity to connect and apply classroom learning and theories to real-world experiences, they are able to construct new situated knowledge," Romero said. "In turn, community-based, engaged learning promotes critical analysis and reflection, along with a heightened commitment to democratic and civic responsibility in today's global society."

With more than 20 years of experience in education, Romero brings with her an established record of leadership, scholarship, community engagement and development. She previously served as assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and The Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, and as program chair at the Autonomous University Queretaro, Mexico.

Romero's research interests focus on engaged scholarship and collaborations with local teachers and culturally and linguistically diverse immigrant communities, supporting and understanding multilingualism, literacies, and identity development. She has published journal articles and book chapters in both English and Spanish. She has extensive experience working and collaborating with K-12 schools in California, Nevada, and in the United Kingdom.

She begins her new role effective immediately.

UNC to Host Immigration Conversation Sept. 12

The University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a community conversation about immigration in northern Colorado Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5:30- 7 p.m. in the University Center's Panorama room. Cost is $5 per person (free for UNC students with current ID), and the deadline for reservations is Friday, Sept. 6.

Professor of Hispanic Studies Priscilla Falcon will present an analysis of the issue, including how the community as responded to immigrant populations in the past, how new populations integrate into traditional settlements and recent legislative changes to immigrant populations' access to higher education.

An interactive, open dialogue will follow for attendees to share their concerns, experiences and informational resources on immigration. Light refreshments will be served.

To register or for more information, visit the Alumni Association website or call 351-2551.

NASS Open House Set for Sept. 5

Native American Student Services invites the campus community to an open house starting at 2:30-p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Kohl House. Stop by to learn more about the many resources and programs NASS offers.

Open Auditions for UNC Choirs This Week

Your last chance to attend an open audition for UNC's Concert Choir, Women's and Men's Glee Clubs or Chamber Choir is from noon- 3:30 p.m. today, Aug. 29, in Frasier 123B and 103.

Concert Choir callbacks will be held Friday, Aug. 30.

Auditions are not required to join the University Singers.

For more information, contact Galen Darrough, 351-2290 or Jill Burgett, 351-2039.

For descriptions of the different groups, visit the choirs' website.

National College Colors Day Friday

Friday, Aug. 30, is National College Colors Day, and every Friday is Bear Pride Day at UNC so be sure to wear UNC's blue and gold colors, a Bear Pride T-shirt, UNC logo or other spirited item to show your university pride. And don't forget the Bears open their volleyball and football seasons at home Friday and Saturday, respectively. Check UNC's online calendar for details. Go Bears!

Summer Student Employee Accounts Expire Aug. 31

If you have a student employee who worked during the summer sessions and will continue working for you during fall semester, you can extend his or her student employee account through Dec. 31 by sending an email to Technical Support with the students' first and last name (e.g., John Doe) before the account expires on Saturday, Aug. 31. You don't have to extend accounts of students hired the past few weeks in anticipation of fall semester. Additionally, include the names of students who are no longer working for your department with the word "Delete" (e.g., John Doe - Delete) so their access to employee resources can be removed.

Please, don't include students' Bear Numbers.

If you have any questions, contact Technical Support, 351-4357.

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