Around Campus: Monday, January 21, 2013

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Discovering for Discovery

University of Northern Colorado Professor Stephen Mackessy's research showing that a protein in prairie rattlesnakes' venom has allowed them to adapt and survive in harsh environments, such as those in Yellowstone National Park, is featured on the Discovery Channel. View Video

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UNC Conducting Image Survey

Every two years UNC surveys students, alumni and employees about perceptions of the university - from its strengths/weaknesses and unique personality, to its sense of community and approach to teaching and learning.

Those surveyed are randomly selected; only some people from each of these groups will receive a survey. If you receive the survey in your email, your input would be appreciated.

The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and your insight and those of other respondents help to shape how we describe, market and advance the university. If you have any questions about the survey, please email Director of Assessment Kim Black.

Adopt-A-Spot Program Readies for Fifth Year

The recent snow and freezing temperatures has more than a few people desperate for warmer weather and spring. With sunshine on our minds Landscaping and Grounds reminds faculty, staff and students that it's not too early to have green daydreams, and consider contributing to the fifth year of the Adopt-A-Spot Beautification and Campus Cleanup Partnership.

Adopt-A-Spot beautification and maintenance projects encourage community ownership of the UNC campus and discourage littering. Individuals, groups, offices, departments and campus organizations can partner with Landscaping and Grounds to assist in beautifying the campus landscape.

Spots available for adoption include flowerbeds in need of regular maintenance during the growing season, and street and parking lot locations that need to be cleaned up on a monthly or more frequent basis.

Contact Landscaping and Grounds at 351-1263 for specific spots that need adoption. Additional information, including program guidelines, application forms and frequently asked questions, are available on the Adopt-A-Spot website.

UNC Celebrating 100 Years of Graduate Education

The University of Northern Colorado's Graduate School will commemorate 100 years of providing post-baccalaureate education this year and is starting the celebration by asking its alumni to share memories of their experiences as grad students and where they are now on the "Century of Scholars" website.

The website is a window through time, containing a detailed history of the Graduate School, a timeline marking 100 years of milestones, an events calendar and a place for alumni and others to share their stories.

Black and white photos of the Classes of 1913, 1920, 1956 and many others appear throughout the site, and several stories from recent and not-so-recent graduates are already available for reading, allowing visitors to the site to easily compare the experiences of someone who graduated in 1965 to those of someone who graduated as recently as 2011.

In 1913, three students at what was then called Colorado Teachers College received the first master's degrees - in teaching, of course - awarded by the school. Today, the Graduate School has 2395 students enrolled and more than 100 programs of study. The school has awarded a total 53,457 graduate degrees.

UNC to Hold Event on Resources for Military Veterans

The University of Northern Colorado will host a daylong event Jan. 24 to provide information on campus, community, state and federal resources available for students who are military veterans or military connected such as dependents.

Students are invited to drop in on the sessions, led by experts who can answer questions about housing, healthcare, veterans benefit claims, certification for tuition and fees, counseling, and academic support.

The event will be held at UNC's Office of Veterans Services at Roudebush Cottage, west of the intersection of 8th Avenue and 18th Street. Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., and lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will be provided. Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the day.

The schedule, with names and/or organizations on hand to discuss the corresponding topics, is below:

  • 8-10 a.m. - Deb Thompson and Valerie Nielsen, campus housing specialists, on- campus housing alternatives and options
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Cheyenne VA Mobile Medical Center, healthcare services and information for veterans
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Tim Marquart, Weld County Department of Human Services, assistance with job searches and veteran training programs
  • 10-11 a.m. - Quill Phillips, UNC Career Services, resume building workshop
  • 10-11 a.m. - Alexa Williams, Monfort Business College, strong interest inventory career assessment
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Speak with Representatives from the offices of Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Kathleen Dunemn, UNC associate professor of Nursing and Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs member
  • Noon-5 p.m. - David Fry, Greeley Vet Center, register for Veterans Benefit Claims
  • Noon-5 p.m. Diane Levas-Luckman, UNC's Psychology Services Clinic offering low-cost counseling and psychological assessment for students and families
  • 1-3 p.m. - Michele Kane, Fort Collins Vet Center, individual and group readjustment counseling; Mobile Vet Center
  • 1-5 p.m. - Betsy Sullivan, Volunteers of America, information on housing for low-income veterans
  • 2-4 p.m. - Kimberly Fenner, UNC Academic Support and Advising, academic advising, tutoring, study skills, academic probation policy, and time management
  • 2-5 p.m. - Marissa Boston, UNC VA Certifying Official, available for questions regarding certification, tuition and fees

A PDF of the schedule is available to download here.

Enjoy Snow in the Rocky Mountains with Outdoor Pursuits

More often than not, cold weather in Colorado means snow in the mountains. Enjoy the snow while it's here and hit the slopes with Outdoor Pursuits! See the complete list of skiing/snowboarding and snowshoing adventures for the semester here.

Sign up for a spring adventure - or two or three - at the Campus Recreation Gear Shop. All trips are available on a first come, first serve basis and pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For more information on Outdoor Pursuits, send an email to

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.

Annual Science Fair Seeks Volunteers

The MAST Institute needs approximately 100 volunteers to serve as safety inspectors and judges during the 43rd annual Long's Peak Science and Engineering Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the University Center.

Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students and interested family members and friends are invited to volunteer. A two-hour minimum commitment is needed; half- and all-day volunteers are essential. Refreshments and lunch are provided for all volunteers.

Categories to be judged during the fair, which this year is presented by Noble Energy, are:

  • animal science, behavioral and social science
  • chemistry
  • earth and space science
  • energy and transportation
  • engineering
  • environmental science
  • math and computer science
  • medicine and health
  • microbiology
  • physics
  • plant sciences.

Up to 300 middle and high school students from Weld and Larimer counties are expected to present 260 projects.

The mission of the LPSEF is to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a venue for middle and high school students to showcase their scientific and creative talents and interact with professionals from industry and academia, as well as the collegial population.

Contact Lori Ball via email or at 351-2976 to volunteer or for more information about the day's schedule and responsibilities. For more information about the fair, visit the LPSEF website.