Around Campus: Monday, November 18, 2013

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Great Discounts Available at Bear Logic Black Friday Sale Nov. 22

Only UNC students, faculty and staff with a current UNC Card are eligible for discounts during Bear Logic's Black Friday Sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. In addition to reduced prices on Apple and Microsoft hardware, headphones and other computer accessories, the first five customers who purchase any Apple products that day only will receive free Apple gifts. To see all the deals, view the sale flyer (PDF).

http://www.unco.edu/bearlogic/PDF's/BLACKFRIDAY%202013.pdf

Student LEAF Invites Students to Proposal Workshop, Forum This Week

The Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (Student LEAF) committee seeks student-proposed environmental sustainability projects to be supported by Student LEAF funding. The committee has more than $175,000 to award for sustainability projects on campus this year and the process for submitting a proposal is quick and easy!

Students who would like to submit a project proposal or learn more about the proposal process are welcome to attend one of the three Student LEAF Proposal Workshop & Open Forum events listed below.

The workshops are an opportunity to submit proposals and to engage in a discourse on sustainability at the university. Even if you don't have a project idea, you can still join the discussion on sustainability at UNC!

The location and day for each workshop:

  • Nov. 18., 7-9 p.m., University Center Aspen A
  • Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m., University Center Spruce C
  • Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m., University Center Spruce C

Be sure to like Student LEAF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/studentleaf and follow them on Twitter @StudentLEAF.

You can contact the committee anytime at studentleaf@gmail.com.

UNC Addressing Challenges Through Innovation Initiative

In response to the convergence of the "most significant and complex" external challenges ever faced by the University of Northern Colorado, the university has launched a two-year, campuswide initiative for innovative ideas to offer new programs, reach new learners, deliver programs in new formats, develop new teaching techniques, and find new ways to support success.

"President Norton has long been a champion of focusing on transformation instead of restoration, and Innovation@UNC is our way of acting on that idea," said Provost Robbyn Wacker.

The initiative is intended to tap into the creativity and expertise of the campus community to identify unique ways to address these specific issues:

  • Permanently constrained state funding (2012 state funding is at the same level as 1996)
  • Declining number of high school graduates
  • Growing competition in higher education
  • Emerging strategies to deliver programs through new technology
  • Declining number of students who can afford college
  • Increasing oversight by federal and accreditation bodies
  • Public questioning of the value of a college degree

"Innovation@UNC is about responding to the most significant and complex external challenges we have ever faced as a university," Wacker said. "In the past, we were more focused on the singular issue of state budget, but responding to a convergence of multiple challenges requires the ingenuity of our entire campus community."

Innovation@UNC will invest $1 million in the most innovative proposals submitted by faculty and staff in the following areas:

New Programs: Respond to Emerging Needs

  • Propose new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates, endorsements, professional development opportunities, or other types of programs to serve traditional learners or new populations of students, which respond to current and emerging social, cultural, and economic contexts.

New Learners: Reach Beyond Boundaries

  • Propose ways to reach new populations of learners with new program structures/models and/or delivery modes.

New Pedagogies: Re-imagine Teaching and Learning

  • Propose projects that transform student learning experiences using innovative pedagogies and/or technologies.

Student Success: Educate to Graduate

  • Propose projects to enhance student persistence, retention and degree completion through effective orientation, advising, supplemental instruction, and career development.

For more information, including a timeline and the provost's memo to campus, visit http://www.unco.edu/innovation

Photographers Needed for Public Awareness Campaign

The Center of Peer Education needs photographers willing to volunteer their time to be part of a public awareness campaign against the stigmas of mental illness. To apply, submit a portfolio by Friday, Dec. 13, by emailing Alyssa Hayes or contacting Casey Fogel in the CPE office at 970-351-2573.

Bear Paw Art Gallery Walk Nov. 22

UNC's Student Council for Exceptional Children will sponsor the Bear Paw Art Gallery Walk - a display of artwork produced by local K-12 students with disabilities - on Friday, Nov. 22, in Columbine A/B in the University Center. An early showing from 4-5 p.m. is available for the UNC community, with a public showing and awards ceremony taking place from 6-9 p.m.

CIE's International Education Week to Include Salsa Dancing, Global Monologues

International Education Week, which runs from Nov. 18-22, celebrates the interconnectivity of the world, its influences on UNC and UNC's influences on the world. Special events include students, faculty and staff sharing their stories about international experiences; salsa dancing; ramen-swagging; and more.

Monday, Nov. 18

  • Going Global at UNC - Explore clubs and organizations promoting international education from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the UC's lower level.
  • Swag Your Ramen - Learn how to dress up your ramen from 4:30-6 p.m. in the UC Panorama Room.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

  • International Education Week Keynote Address - Karen Barton of the Geography Department and Roger DeWitt from the Anthropology Department will deliver the keynote address for International Education Week at 2 p.m. in the UC Panorama Room.
  • Fulbright International Awards: Faculty Opportunities - Michelle Behr, acting dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Maureen Ulevich, director of UNC's Center for International Education, will present from 3:30-5 p.m. in Candelaria 1375.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

  • Global Monologues - Members of the UNC community will share stories about their personal cultural encounters and international experiences from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the UC Fireside Lounge.
  • Salsa Night - Want to learn the rhythms of Latin America? Head over to , which lasts from 6-7:30 p.m. in the UC's Longs Peak ballroom.

Thursday, Nov. 20

  • New York Times Round Table - Political Science Professor Sarah Romano, who has extensive experience researching water sanitation in Latin America, will lead a discussion that will draw comparisons between water sanitation in Latin American and Weld County from noon-1 p.m. in McKee 0424. Free lunch will be provided by the New York Times in Education program, which also is providing free copies of the New York Times in the CIE office (UC 2205) until Nov. 22. UNC students also have free full access to the New York Times online.
  • International Trivia Night - Test your knowledge of all things international at Crabtree Brewery from 6-8 p.m. Food and prizes will be available.

Friday, Nov. 21

  • International Movie Night - Watch a free showing of The Kite Runner from 7-9 p.m. in Wilson Hall's first floor lounge.

International Education Week is hosted by UNC's Center for International Education. For more information, visit the center's website.

Biology Professor to Appear on Colorado Public Radio

UNC Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Adams will be interviewed by Colorado Public Radio about his newly released book Into the Night, a collection of essays on what courageous researchers face in the field. Adams, a foremost authority on bats, is scheduled to go on air at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. To tune in, visit http://www.cpr.org.

For more about Adams' book, and an excerpt from his essay, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?5861.