Around Campus: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Celebrating International Education

International Education Week at UNC celebrates the sharing of students, scholars and knowledge across borders. The Center for International Education provides programs and services for students and faculty who want to learn or teach abroad, and for international students studying at UNC. Here are some of their stories.

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Basketball Tonight, Volleyball Tomorrow Night

Support the Bears when the women's basketball team hosts Adams State in a non-conference match-up tonight (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. in Butler-Hancock and the volleyball team welcomes conference rivals Southern Utah for a 7 p.m. match tomorrow night. Bring your student ID for free admission! Tickets for visiting friends and family can be purchased at the University Center Info Desk, by calling 970-351-4849 or at the gate on a space-available basis. Go Bears!

"Big Man on Campus" Features Talent, Swimwear

Delta Zeta's "Big Man on Campus," a male beauty pageant that judges men based on swim wear, "bro wear," formal wear and talent, will be held from 6-9 tonight (Nov. 20) in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library. Admission is $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Cultural Center Hosts Pre-Kwanzaa Event Tonight

Want to learn about Kwanzaa? The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center will host their annual pre-Kwanzaa event from 6-8 tonight (Nov. 20). Enjoy a catered dinner by MGCC staff, play Jeopardy and find out what Kwanzaa is all about.

Biology Professor Appears on Colorado Public Radio

UNC Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Adams was 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. Listen to the interview here. Read more about the book and an excerpt from his essay here.

Donations Sought for School of Communication Toy Drive

The School of Communication has partnered with the Weld County chapter of Toys for Tots for the first-ever "Message of Hope" toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the school's office in Candelaria 1265.

The toys will be displayed in the corner display case on Candelaria's first floor until they're donated to Toys for Tots over the Thanksgiving break.

If you can't make it to Candelaria to drop off your donation, call the school at 351-2045 and someone will pick up your toys from any campus location.

Trustees Discuss Strategic Academic Plan, Enrollment

University of Northern Colorado's Board of Trustees on Friday, Nov. 15, discussed UNC's academic strategic plan, fall 2013 enrollment and the governor's proposed budget, in addition to recognizing departing trustee Dee St. Cyr.

  • Innovation@UNC: Provost Robbyn Wacker presented an overview of the initiative that will provide $1 million in funding over two years for academic innovations that have the capacity to be "game-changers." Read more about the initiative at www.unco.edu/innovation
  • Proposed state budget: UNC President Kay Norton outlined what Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposed budget would mean for UNC. The 2014-15 proposal calls for an additional $100 million in state funding for higher education. The 11 percent across-the-board increase in operating dollars would equate to a $3.7 million increase in state funding to UNC's operating budget - currently $33.6 million — which would bring UNC to 1999 funding levels. "We certainly appreciate the work the lieutenant governor and governor have made to attempt to make a significant reinvestment in higher education." More details on the budget request (PDF).
  • Fall 2013 enrollment: Wacker and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Michelle Quinn discussed fall enrollment following the university's official fall census date Sept. 9. UNC's overall enrollment increased from 11,865 on the first day of classes to 12,084 on the census date. While total enrollment was down 3 percent from Fall 2012, undergraduate students identifying with an ethnic minority group increased 2 percent (25 percent), international students increased (undergraduates by 6 percent and graduate students by 23 percent) and 36 percent of undergraduates are the first in their family to attend college. The census data is available at: www.unco.edu/iras/enrollment.html
  • Resolution for St. Cyr: Trustees honored their colleague, whose four-year term ends Dec. 31, with a resolution recognizing her commitment to the board. Both Secretary and General Counsel Dan Satriana and APASS director Alethea Stovall shared background on St. Cyr, a nationally known advocate for American Indian initiatives. For a bio, visit www.unco.edu/trustees/trustee_cyr.html

The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Scholastic Book Fair to Benefit ISET Scholarship Fund Goes Online

If you won't be able to stop by the Interdisciplinary Studies Elementary Teaching program's annual on-site Scholastic Book Fair (Dec. 4-6 in McKee 102), you can browse an expanded book selection and order books here through Dec. 3, with free shipping to the ISET office in McKee 227.

The fair is an excellent opportunity to purchase children's literature, including Storia eBooks.

Scholastic Books are an affordable way to add to your personal and professional libraries, and get holiday ideas and gift ideas for children.

Proceeds benefit ISET's Scholarship Fund.

For more information, contact Jaime Donahue, 351-1602. View the fair's poster here.