Around Campus: Friday, November 16, 2012

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UNC to Observe Fall Break, Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 21-25

The University of Northern Colorado's annual fall break is Nov. 21-25. Classes will not meet on those days. University offices will be open Wednesday, Nov. 21, but most offices and operations will be closed Nov. 22-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Days and hours of operation for some campus facilities may vary. Consult the following list for specific information:

Offices and operations supporting UNC's hosting of the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament Nov. 23-24 will be open on an as-needed basis. They include Athletics, Facilities Management and Dining Services (concession stands).

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

15 Minutes of Campus-Wide Fame: Audition for UNC's Got Talent

Show off a secret or not-so-secret talent and try out for UNC's Got Talent from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, in the Longs Peak Ballroom, located in the University Center.

First place recevies a $500 cash prize, second place $200 and third place $100; the top 10 acts will be featured in UNC's Got Talent on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Take a moment to sign up here. For more information, please contact Shanice Clarke at (970) 351-3204.

Priest Who Inspired Book, Film on Exorcism to Speak at UNC

A Vatican-trained exorcist whose experiences inspired a book and a 2011 movie will share some of his experiences with demonic possessions Nov. 27 at the University of Northern Colorado.

The Rev. Gary Thomas, who's been a Catholic priest for 30 years and conducting exorcisms for the past seven, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The Rite, the film that Thomas inspired, will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Panorama room in the University Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking in lots adjacent to the UC will be available.

Thomas has conducted exorcisms on 10 people since studying under an Italian exorcist in Rome and being certified by the Vatican. He was asked to study exorcism by the bishop of the Catholic diocese in San Jose, Calif. Thomas is a full-time priest at a church in nearby Saratoga.

The team that assists him with exorcisms includes a medical doctor, a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist and if needed, a lay person he describes as having a gift for discerning demonic presences.

Thomas used his $25,000 consulting fee from the film to start a fund to help those he sees when they need a referral for mental health or medical services and don't have insurance or the ability to cover the costs.

The film, co-starring Anthony Hopkins, is based on the 2009 book of the same name by journalist Matt Baglio, who attended exorcisms with Thomas while the priest was apprenticing in Rome.

Thomas' appearance and the showing of The Rite are sponsored by Bear Catholic, a chartered student organization on the UNC campus.

Campus Voice and Data Network Unavailable Midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Information Management and Technology will be performing maintenance on the campus voice and data network from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov.25. Starting at midnight, all voice services and all data services including the campus telephone and email systems will be intermittent. IM&T will have voice and other life-safety services available to campus as soon as possible during this time. For questions or concerns regarding this maintenance, please contact the Technical Support Center at 351-4357.

Big Sky Volleyball Tournament Student Tickets

As a result of the UNC volleyball team winning the Big Sky conference last year, UNC will host this year's Big Sky Volleyball Championship next week ... Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, to be exact. About 150 free student tickets will be passed out at the UNC football game tomorrow, Nov. 17, so be sure to get to Nottingham Stadium early. Then come support the Lady Bears as they host the Big Sky tournament in Butler-Hancock next week.

For those unable to attend the football game, tickets are still available to purchase at

Superstorm Sandy Coat/Clothing Drive Nov. 19

UNC's chapter of the Association for Women in Communications will hold a clothing drive from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the University Center, with all proceeds benefiting those on the East Coast affected by Superstorm Sandy. Items most needed include coats, sweaters, warm clothing, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves and gift cards from Walmart or Lowes.

Look for collection bins throughout the UC.

Education Honor Society to Induct New Members

UNC's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, will induct several Education majors into its membership during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the University Center.

The society inducts only those individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society in education, representing 582 undergraduate and professional chapters and more than 45,000 active members. Its most distinguished members over the last century have included Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver and current leaders in education Howard Gardner, Maxine Greene and Carol Gilligan.