Around Campus: Monday, January 14, 2013

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MLK Day Celebration Jan. 21 to Feature March, Speakers; UNC Offices Closed

Greeley's Jan. 21 celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. will include the traditional three-block march in downtown, live music, poetry and a keynote address by former NFL cornerback Wade Davis.

The celebration, in its 18th year, will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a march from the Greeley Chamber of Commerce at 902 7th Ave. to the Union Colony Civic Center at 701 10th Ave., where activities, including Davis' address, continue at 11 a.m.

Davis played briefly for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks before moving to the NFL Europe league, where his career was cut short by knee injuries after winning a league championship with the Berlin Thunder.

He entered the national spotlight this summer when he became the third former NFL player to speak publicly about what it was like to be a closeted gay man in the league.

Davis, a nationally recognized speaker, activist, writer and educator, currently works with youth 14-24 as assistant director of job readiness at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City.

His writings have been included in The Huffington Post, The New York Times and, and he's appeared on NPR, CNN and BET. His autobiography, Interference, will be published later this year.

Davis will be available for pictures and autographs following the event.

The MLK Day celebration, sponsored by the city of Greeley and the University of Northern Colorado, is free and open to the public.

UNC Offices Closed for Holiday

UNC's administrative offices will be closed and classes will not be held on Monday.

The University Center will be open its normal hours as will be the Computer Commons in the center.

Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall will serve brunch and dinner instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Residence halls will operate normally.

To contact specific university departments for information about schedules and services available on MLK Day, visit

Head Off the Flu with Vaccine, Other Preventative Actions

Colorado continues to be one of the hardest hit states for this year's highly contagious and strong strain of influenza. The medical professionals at the Student Health Center encourage everyone to get a flu shot (available for $25 at the SHC in Cassidy Hall; no appointment needed) and to help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible. Covering your cough also will help reduce the spread of airborne pathogens.

It's not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The flu vaccine is the first and most important thing you can do to protect you and your family from the flu and associated complications that sometimes result in hospitalization.

UNC's custodial staff have increased the frequency they're disinfecting and wiping down of high-traffic hand-touching areas such as door knobs and handles, tables and countertops, computers, and restrooms.

Remember: "A healthy campus is a happy campus."

For more information, visit the Student Health Center in Cassidy Hall, check out their website or call 970-351-1919.


Additional information about preventative flu measures is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.

Winter Welcome Heats Up with 'UNC's Got Talent'

Start the semester off right with Winter Welcome - three weeks of awesome activities with something for everyone. Events this week include Open Mic Night, Movie in the Pool, UNC's Got Talent and more. For a complete list of events, visit the Winter Welcome website or consult UNC's online calendar.

UNC Chemist to Discuss LEDs on National Radio Program

A taped segment featuring UNC Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robin Macaluso will air on more than 50 radio stations throughout the country on Thursday, Jan. 17.

As part of The Academic Minute, Macaluso will address her research on the next generation of energy-saving LED lighting. She her team of researchers are analyzing an underexplored class of materials known as pyrochlore oxynitrides, a ceramic that's inexpensive to produce and shows promise for use in LEDs.

Related: Grant Supports LED Research at UNC

The segment also will be available on The Academic Minute website and on Inside Higher Education's site.

The Academic Minute invites contributions from faculty who would like to record a 1:40 essay related to their area of expertise. Email Nate Haas for more about this opportunity.

Discounted Copper Mountain Lift Tickets Available from Outdoor Pursuits

Through a partnership between UNC Outdoor Pursuits and Copper Mountain Resort, UNC students, faculty and staff can purchase Copper Mountain single-day lift tickets for $70 each with no blackout dates and all tickets are good until April 14. The same ticket costs $104 at the resort.

The number of tickets you can purchase is unlimited. If you would like to purchase your Copper Mountain lift tickets in advance of the ski season, contact Daniel Lawrence via email, at 351-2643 or stop by the Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop in the west entrance of Harrison Hall.