Around Campus: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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UNC Celebrating Michener Library’s First 40 Years

The University of Northern Colorado is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the naming and dedication of its Michener Library this week with a variety of activities culminating Friday with a ceremony that will include a presentation by a Michener biographer.

The "James A. Michener Library: Dedicated for 40 Years" ceremony from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, will feature a presentation by author Stephen J. May, whose 2005 book, Michener: A Writer's Journey, reveals how the aspiring writer became a Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling novelist. It's the only Michener biography that draws on his complete papers, which he donated to UNC shortly before his death in 1997.

Contrary to common belief, the library wasn't named after Michener because he contributed to the building's $5 million cost. When completed in May 1971, the new facility was named University Library. University officials' subsequent decision to name the library after a famous alumnus coincided with Michener's rise in popularity as a writer and his return to Colorado in the early-1970s to research and write Centennial.

Michener earned his master's degree from what was then known as Colorado State College of Education in 1937 and taught teacher education courses until 1941.

Friday's ceremony also will include an audio recording of Michener's speech at the Oct. 27, 1972, dedication and naming of the library, which was attended by more than a 1,000 people, and a slide show of the construction and history of the library, which at 235,000 sq. ft., is the largest building on campus..

In addition, UNC Professor of History Michael Welsh will speak on the role of libraries at the university, how they've changed over the years and how they'll continue to change.

Guided tours of the facility will be conducted at 2, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and a reception in the library's Mari Michener Gallery will follow the ceremony from 4:30- 6 p.m.

The tours, ceremony and reception are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in UNC lots L, M and Y west of Michener Library after 2 p.m.

Other celebration activities this week include:

In addition to commemorating the 40th anniversary of the original naming and dedication ceremony, the week's activities are designed to familiarize UNC students with Michener's place in literary history and why the library is named after him.

For more information, contact Kalen May, the celebration's coordinator, at 351-2601.

RSVPs for NASS-Hosted Premiere of PBS Documentary Due Nov. 9

Native American Student Services will host its annual free "Thanksgiving Is Everyday" dinner 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Kohl House. The dinner will be followed by the premiere of a Rocky Mountain PBS work-in-progress documentary from 7-8:30 p.m. in the University Center's Panorama room (RSVPs required). NASS staff and students were interviewed for the program, and a film crew followed NASS on its annual buffalo hunt on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

"Urban Rez" is a 60-minute program that explores the history and modern-day effects of 1950s policies that encouraged American Indians to leave their homelands to relocate to urban areas.

To RSVP to attend the screening, open to the public free of charge, contact Pat Dlug at (970) 351-1909 or by Nov. 9, or RSVP online at

The finished documentary is scheduled to air on Rocky Mountain PBS in May 2013 and will have national PBS distribution in fall 2013.

Rocky Mountain PBS director Lisa D. Olken is scheduled to attend the screening and answer audience questions.

The event is sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS, KUNC 91.5 FM and UNC.

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Info Session

The Office of Undergraduate Research will host an information session about two exceptional summer research opportunities for undergraduate students on Monday, Nov. 5, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership (Michener L-98.) The two opportunities include the Leadership Alliance's Summer Research Early Identification Program and UNC's Summer Undergraduate Research Stipend Program. View flyer.

Call the Office for Undergraduate Research at 970-351-2940 for more information or e-mail

HRE to Host "B Kind: Recognize” Project

Housing and Residential Education invites the campus community to "B Kind: Recognize" by stopping by the table outside the bookstore in the University Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, to create a free note of kindness to give someone who has made a difference in your life or to anyone you'd like to recognize. Note paper and writing and decorating supplies will be provided.

"Race to Nowhere" Documentary to be Shown

UNC's Educational Psychology Society will host a showing of the documentary film Race to Nowhere from 4:15-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Michener Library's Lindou Auditorium. The film, which examines what some consider to be Amerca's achievement-obsessed culture, also looks at the pressure many K-12 students feel to perform in school and the price they pay for the ensuing "race to nowhere. The film is free and open to all members of the university community.

For more information, visit the society's website.

Expert on Interest Development, Motivation to Speak

David Bergin, associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Missouri and past president of the educational psychology division of the American Psychological Association, will present "Conjectures and Evidence for Different Types of Interest" from 11 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 5, in the Spruce suite in the University Center.

Bergin will share information about ongoing research on how and why humans develop an interest in something, whether it's school-prompted interest, vicarious interest, transformative experience, cultural influences, competition or public performance. He'll review specific studies and also provide examples of different types of interest. Bergin's research focuses on student motivation and how teachers understand students' interactions in the classroom.

Bergin earned a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and also holds an Ed.S. in program evaluation from Stanford. He taught at the University of Toledo for 13 years and has been at the University of Missouri for 11 years. He serves on the editorial boards of and has been published in of numerous professional journals.

The presentation, which is free and open to all members of the university community, is sponsored by UNC's Educational Psychology Society.

Engaged Scholar Awards Nominations Due Nov. 5

Monday, Nov. 5, is the deadline for submitting nominations for UNC's 2012 Engaged Scholar Awards, which recognize and honor outstanding efforts and achievements made in the development and practice of community engagement on and off the UNC campus.

Categories of awards include undergraduate student; graduate student; faculty; staff (exempt and classified); and Weld County, regional, or global organizations having close partnerships with UNC. Nomination form and criteria

The awards, sponsored by the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership, will be presented at the sixth annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 13.