Around Campus: Monday, November 19, 2012

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Around Campus Taking a Break, Too

Around Campus is going to join you on fall break and kick back for a few days. Look for us to return on Nov. 26. Have a great break and a wonderful holiday!

ASB Trips to Arizona, L.A. Still Accepting Applications

Alternative Spring Break is still accepting applications to fill the Arizona and Los Angeles spring 2013 trips. For more information and the application, please visit the ASB website.

Student Tickets Available for Big Sky Volleyball Tournament

If you missed out on getting a free ticket for the Big Sky Volleyball Championships this Friday and Saturday (Nov. 23-24), there are still tickets available to purchase. Tickets for the entire tournament (five games) are $5 with a student ID and can be purchased at the info desk on the second floor of the UC or at the gate. Come support your Bears as they host their first-ever Big Sky Volleyball Championship Tournament!

UNC Announces 2012 Engaged Scholar Awards

UNC's sixth annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium last week included the second annual UNC Engaged Scholar Awards honoring outstanding efforts and achievements made in the development and practice of community engagement on and off the UNC campus.

The symposium, held Nov. 13 in the University ballrooms, featured presentations and informational displays prepared by community groups and UNC faculty members, students and organizations about UNC/community partnerships that are making a difference in the lives of Weld County residents and point out the need to prioritize, strengthen and solidify community-based learning and research between UNC and the greater Weld County community.

The outstanding efforts toward meeting that need were the basis for the Engaged Scholar Awards in five categories: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Faculty Member, Staff Member and Community Organization. The winners were:

Community Organization
The Creative Community, a project organized by Greeley non-profit Women2Women, was recognized for its work helping refugee women learn sustainable crafts and skills such as sewing, gardening and cooking. By reaching out to UNC to offer students internships, the program has grown in capacity and significance in the community in just a year.

Undergraduate Student
Alexandra Krumtum, a senior Anthropology major working with the Creative Community refugee program, is currently researching women's reproductive health issues in the Burmese refugee community in Greeley.
Her work utilizes the skills and knowledge that she has developed in class to enhance and drive her work within the community, exemplifying the "bringing theory to practice."

Graduate Student
Sarah Wyscaver, a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program, is working as program coordinator for Aims Community College's STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program. She also has served as a co-instructor and developed innovative and engaging assignments for UNC's Confluence of Culture course and has participated in the school's Soliya Connect Program, a program that provides intercultural experiences to college students through internet-based technologies. She also taught an international service-learning course as part of UNC's Expedition Yucatan study-abroad program.

Staff Member
Solomon Little Owl, director of Native American Student Services, organizes service learning trips to the Northern Montana Crow Reservation, providing opportunities to undergrad students for scholarship and outreach revolving around reservation issues. His annual buffalo hunt on the reservation, which immerses students in the Crow culture, is highlighted in an upcoming Rocky Mountain PBS documentary.

Faculty Member
Andy Creekmore, assistant professor of Anthropology, has worked for the past two years with the Poudre Learning Center to establish a public education program to educate students and community members, at all age and grade levels, about the principles of archaeology. He works with college students, younger students and the general public in learning scientific methods, understanding the importance of heritage sites and becoming responsible stewards of the past.

More About the Engaged Scholarship Symposium
The Engaged Scholarship Symposium and Engaged Scholar Awards are organized by UNC's Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership. For more information, visit the center's website at http://www.unco.edu/hsl/index.html.

Acknowledging Students' Efforts
UNC students are now able to highlight their extracurricular activities with the implementation of co-curricular transcripts, a supplemental transcript introduced two years ago. The transcripts contain information about students' involvement with clubs and organizations and volunteer efforts as well as their awards and achievements.

Find Out about Studying in China or the Yucatan This Summer

If you're interested in a faculty-led study abroad experience in China or the Yucatan this summer, attend one of the following informational sessions to find out about the application process, meet the faculty leaders and get your questions answered.

Summer Study Abroad Informational Sessions

  • China - Monday, Nov. 19; 5-6 p.m.; Candelaria 0260. Courses available include Intensive Chinese Language (FL296) and Great Traditions of Asia: India, China, and Japan (MIND 181). More info
  • Yucatan - Monday, Nov. 19; 4:30-6 p.m.; Cesar Chavez Cultural Center. Courses available include Global Systems/Global Citizenship (MIND 295), Culture and Community in the Yucatan (ANT 296) and Spanish Language Study Abroad Experience (FL 296). View flyer. More info.

For information about summer study abroad opportunities to other countries, visit the Study Abroad Summer Programs website.

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.

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.