UNC Today: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Entrepreneurial Challenge Workshop Oct. 3; Entries Due Nov. 14

The Monfort College of Business' fourth annual Entrepreneurial Challenge, featuring $50,000 in prize money, will get underway with a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, to provide contestants with information about application guidelines, judging criteria and local resources to help with business plan preparation.

Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 14. For guidelines and format, visit the challenge's website.

The competition is open to start-up ventures in Colorado and the prize money has increased significantly. The first place winner will receive $25,000, second place $15,000 and the third place prize is $10,000.

A start-up venture is defined as an organization engaged in initial operations, focusing on business development, researching intended markets and product development, and has yet to take payment for the sale of its product. All ventures must be based in Colorado.

Preliminary Challenge semi-finalists will be notified by November 29, 2012. They will present their business concept to a panel of experts on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the University of Northern Colorado Center at Centerra, located at 2915 Rocky Mountain Avenue in Loveland.

Five finalists will be selected and notified by January 22, 2013. They will present their business plan in a Shark Tank format during the Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge on Thursday, March 7 at the University Center on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The event will be open to the public and the winners will be announced that night during the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards, a Northern Colorado Business Report event sponsored by the Monfort College of Business.

"A lot of people have great business ideas, and this could be the motivation for them to take that first step toward making their dream come true," said David Thomas, assistant professor of management at the college. "Our previous winners have gone on to much success. Vet DC was a winner last year and just won first prize in the Colorado Bioscience Association's BioWest Venture Showcase and 2011 winner Panda Bicycles was featured on the Discovery Channel."

"At the Monfort College of Business, we believe it's our responsibility to provide opportunities for growth, education and success in our community," said Don Gudmundson, dean of the college. "We hope this competition provides the motivation for aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of starting a business."

Help Celebrate Fifth Annual Dearfield Day Sept. 22

The fifth annual Dearfield Day celebration and 5K run is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, at the once-thriving black agricultural community 30 miles east of Greeley on U.S. 34.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with an informal program, followed by walking tours led by University of Northern Colorado archaeologists and members of the Dearfield Preservation Committee.

The 5K "Ghost Town Run starts at 9:30 a.m. and culminates with an awards ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Registration on race day is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs, games and umbrellas or shade canopies. Food and drink vendors will be on site starting at 11 a.m.

Recent archaeological excavations at Dearfield and research of historic documents at UNC have revealed new information about life in the historic town.

For more information, visit the Dearfield Dream Project website.

Open Forums for Housing and Res Ed Position

Housing and Residential Education will host open forums on Thursday, Sept. 20, for two candidates for the position of assistant director of (Residential) Conduct and Student Development. All members of the university community are welcome to attend and provide feedback on the candidates. The schedule of forums is:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m., University Center, Spruce A - Toby Toland
  • 4-5 p.m., University Center, Spruce C - Darren Wibberding

Copies of the candidates' resumes will be available at the forum. For more information, email Brad Shade or Montez Butts.

Read-Ins Return Starting Oct. 2, Readers Sought

The English Education program and University Libraries will host a series of "read-ins" from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in Michener Library to literally give "voice" to and commemorate different occasions. The first session, scheduled for Oct. 2, will commemorate Banned Book Week.

Sign-ups for 15-minute reading slots are now being accepted from anyone who'd like to get in touch with their inner orator. To volunteer to read or for more information email Jeri Kraver.

Events being commemorated in future read-ins include Election Day (November) and Pearl Harbor Day (December).

Reminder: RSVP for State of the University Address

Don't forget to RSVP for President Kay Norton's annual State of the University Address and Campus and Community Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 25, by emailing Elaine Quam by Sept. 19.

Complimentary lunch will be served in the University Center ballrooms beginning at noon and the president's address will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public and space is limited. Free parking will be available in University Center lots during the event.

Please share this information with staff who don't have regular access to email.

Student Speakers Sought for Fall Undergrad Commencements

The Dean of Students Office is looking for student speakers to give the welcome message at each of the two undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15. If you know any students who'll be graduating with a GPA of 2.8 or higher, who have been involved in campus life and who would be interested in sharing their thoughts with their fellow graduates at their college's commencement ceremony, please encourage them to apply. More information and application forms are on the Dean of Students' website.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 5.

Contact Sherri Moser, 351-2019 for more information.

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