Around Campus: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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UNC Celebrates Black History Month

The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events and activities ranging from presentations and films to special menu items at dining facilities to a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the school's African American cultural center.

The celebration begins Jan. 31 with a presentation by UNC Professor of Africana Studies Hermon George about the national Black History Month theme, which recognizes the 150th anniversary of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

The presentation is from 3-4 p.m. in the Columbine B room in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. A reception from 4-5 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, across 10th Avenue from the UC, will follow George's remarks.

The rest of the month's events are:

Soul Food Night - Feb. 4

Enjoy free cultural food from 6-8 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center.

Black History Knowledge Bowl - Feb. 12

Students can "learn without lectures" at the Black History Knowledge Bowl from 4-6 p.m. in the lounge at Harrison Hall.

Black History Read-In - Feb. 13

Travis Boyce, UNC assistant professor of Africana Studies and Social Sciences, will host a read-in honoring Black Americans of the past and present from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Michener Library.

Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 30th Anniversary - Feb. 15

A celebration of the 1983 founding of UNC's Marcus Garvey Cultural Center will begin with an open house at the center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street from 3-5 p.m. and be followed by presentations and sharing of memories about the center from 5-6 p.m. in the University Center ballrooms with special guests former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, Wilma. Wellington Webb is a 1964 graduate of UNC.

Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free for UNC students and $10 per person for others. Tickets are required and available through the UNC Alumni Association at 970-351-2551 or

Keynote Speaker - Feb. 21

Motivational speaker Byron Embry, who President Barack Obama has described as "as dynamic as they come," will present "The Whistle that Changed America: The Murder of Emmett Till," from 7-8 p.m. in the University Center's ballrooms.

His presentation about the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago while he was visiting relatives in Mississippi, is free and open to the public. The incident brought the issue of violence against blacks by whites in the South to the attention of the rest of the nation and was an early impetus of the Civil Rights Movement.

Africana Night Presentation - Feb. 25

Members of the Black Student Union will present "Living Out Our Dreams" at 7 p.m. in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library.

Featured Lunch Films - Feb. 1-27

Bring your own lunch to the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center and enjoy a Black History Month feature film from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Glory - Feb. 1
  • Four Little Girls - Feb. 6
  • The Tuskegee Airmen - Feb. 8
  • The Rosa Parks Story - Feb. 20
  • Ghost of Mississippi - Feb. 22
  • The Untold Story of Emmitt Till - Feb. 27

Other Activities

  • UNC's dining facilities on campus will feature soul food dishes during their lunch and dinner hours throughout the month of February.
  • Books related to Black History Month will be featured in a display in Michener Library during February.

All events are open to the public and free unless noted otherwise.

A map of campus is available at Parking is free after 5 p.m. weekdays in UNC parking lots. Before 5 p.m., paid parking is available by purchasing an hourly permit from an automated vending machine at most parking lot entrances. Parking is free on weekends.

Black History Month at UNC is sponsored by the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, the Africana Studies program, Black Student Union, Black Women of Today, Black Men of Today, Michener Library and Dining Services.

For more information, call the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center at 970-351-2351.

Related: Read UNC Professor Hermon George's history of Black History Month (PDF).

Career Services 'How to Work a Job Fair' Workshop

Career Services is hosting a workshop to help UNC students and alumni prepare for the Feb. 21 Spring Job and Internship Fair. The workshop will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 13, and will be repeated Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Both sessions will be from 4-5 p.m. in the University Center's Aspen C room.

Information presented will include what you can do before the fair to prepare, what to wear to the event, how to get noticed and stand out in a positive way with employers at the fair, and what to expect when attending the event.

For more information, visit the Career Services website.

Questions can be directed to

UNC Men's Basketball Returns Home for Two-Game Homestand

Bears men's basketball is home this week to take on conference foes Idaho State on Thursday night and Weber State on Saturday night. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. Bring your student ID to get in free and check out the "Sports" link in the "Upcoming Events" section at the top of the page to see what other sports action is coming up. Men's basketball loves home-court advantage, so bring your school spirit!

Leading Education Technology Scholar to Speak Feb. 4

Scholar, author and educator Yong Zhao, named one of 2012's 10 most influential people in education technology by Tech & Learning magazine, will present a guest lecture from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the University Center ballrooms.

Zhao, who focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education, is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education and serves as the presidential chair and associate dean for Global Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

Zhao's presentation, titled "Doing the Wrong Thing More Right: The Damages of Misguided Educational Reforms and What We Must Do to Bring the Change We Need," is free and open to the public.

His appearance is sponsored by UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Updated ’Ask Me: I Can Help’ Guide Available

"Ask Me -- I Can Help," UNC's guide to help faculty, staff and students answer students' and visitors' questions and refer them to the correct office or resource, was recently updated and is available for viewing or downloading on the Ask Me website.

The document is updated regularly by the Office of Student Engagement and Dean of Students.

NHS Scrapbooking Social Fundraiser Feb. 16

The College of Natural and Health Sciences will host its fifth annual NHS Scrapbooking Social from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb.16, in the University Center ballrooms. Proceeds will help fund research projects and travel for NHS undergraduate and graduate students.

The event is open to the public. Cost and registration information is available on the NHS website.

UNC’s Online Graduate Education Program Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Northern Colorado's online master of education degree program among the best of its kind in the nation in the magazine's annual evaluation of online degree programs.

UNC's program ranked ninth among the 208 evaluated and was the top-ranked program in Colorado.

The magazine evaluated programs' student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity in making the rankings. UNC's highest scores were in student engagement, which evaluated student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness, and faculty credentials and training.

"UNC has roots as a teacher preparation university and has a long-standing and strong reputation as a leader in preparing teachers and other education personnel," said Eugene Sheehan, dean of the UNC College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. "Recognition by U.S. News and World Report is a testament to the quality of education and service provided by our faculty and staff and our Extended Studies division."

UNC offers online advanced degrees in Special Education with multiple teaching specializations, Special Education Administration, Curriculum Studies and Educational Psychology with a Teaching Applications emphasis.

Online education has become an essential part of higher education with the number of schools offering fully online degree programs nearly doubling in the past 10 years, according to a study by the Babson Survey Research Group.

The complete list of rankings with school's scores in the categories evaluated is available at