Arthritis Researcher Kicks Off UNC Speaker Series Spring Schedule

The University of Northern Colorado's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series begins its spring schedule Feb. 5, when Nancy Gyurcsik, associate professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan, presents her research on physical activity and arthritis at 7 p.m. in Milne Auditorium (room 2050) in Kepner Hall, 800 17th St.

In "Exercising is Good for Arthritis: the Importance of Self-Regulation and Pain Acceptance in Helping People Adhere to an Exercise Plan," Gyurcsick will focus on how an individual's physical activity and disease-specific beliefs such as pain acceptance affect adherence to a regular program of physical activity and discuss self-regulatory strategies needed to improve adherence to physical activity.

Gyurcsick, who earned a Ph.D. in exercise psychology from Canada's University of Waterloo, is a federally funded researcher who's published several articles on the role of physical activity as a disease management strategy for arthritis.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gyurcsick's presentation is co-sponsored by the Colorado School of Public Health Community Health Education Program at UNC and the UNC Gerontology Program, College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The rest of the series includes:

  • Laura Vick,Ragland Professor Emeritus of International Studies and Anthropology at William Peace University, will present "Lessons From the Ya'axche: Preserving the Forest of Maya" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the University Center's Panorama Room. Co-sponsors: Anthropology Department and the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Department.
  • Gabriela Ortiz, composer and instructor of composition at the University of Mexico, will perform her work following the presentation of "Unicamente La Verdad- Only the Truth" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Milne Auditorium (room 2050) in Kepner Hall. Co-sponsors: School of Music and College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Steven Dietz, professor of Playwriting/Directing at the University of Texas, Austin, will present "Here and Now Art Form" at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Frasier 63. See the play "Jackie and Me" by Dietz immediately following the 7:30 p.m. presentation in Langworthy Theatre, Frasier 135 (performance ticket required). Co-sponsors: School of Theatre Arts and Dance, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

All presentations are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

The speaker series is co-sponsored and coordinated by UNC's Schulze Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Life of the Mind program.