Around Campus: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Didn’t Get a Spring Semester Course You Need?

If you weren't able to get into a course you need or want when you registered for spring semester, don't forget to see if it's being offered during UNC's interim session Dec. 17-Jan. 11. Two easy-to-read lists of the courses being offered are now available: LAC courses | Non-LAC courses It's not too late to register and get closer to degree completion.

For additional information, visit the interim session website.

TPS Opens Two Library of Congress Workshops to UNC Teacher Prep Community

One of the best ways to keep a student interested in the classroom is by incorporating interesting material into every lesson. Soon-to-be-teachers, take advantage of UNC's Teaching with Primary Sources program, which offers free professional development to K-12 educators, and register for one or both of the final two workshops listed here:

Essentials Exploration
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., UNC Center at Centerra, Loveland

Primary Source Creation Station
Friday, Dec. 28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Michener Library, L74

For more information or to register, visit the TPS website.

Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Dec. 14-15; Speakers Announced

Below is a brief summary of when and where each ceremony will be, along with descriptions of the designated speakers...

UNC's fall commencement ceremonies will be Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, in Butler-Hancock Hall.

The Graduate School ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Featured speaker Lydia Ruyle, UNC professor emerita of Visual Arts, is a world-renowned artist and author who continues to create and exhibit her art, host workshops and speak at conferences around the world. She earned her master's degree from UNC.

The ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and University College begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

The ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, and the College of Performing and Visual Arts ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Associate to the rockstars and featured speaker of both ceremonies is Tim Jorstad, whose high-profile clients include Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Journey and the Doobie Brothers. He graduated summa cum laude from UNC in 1975.

For more information, visit the Commencement website.

UNC Concert Choir to Perform at Michener

The Friends of the UNC Libraries will sponsor a free holiday concert by the UNC Concert Choir at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Michener Library. Galen Darrough, professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, will conduct.

Winners Of Undergrad Research Competition Announced

The winners of the Office of Undergraduate Research's Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium and NCUR competition last week were:

Miles Wentland
"Architecture of Oolitic Sand Bodies of the Upper Sundance Formation in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming"
Faculty Mentor: Emmett Evanoff

Seth Morones
"Overcoming Barriers: Resource Relationships for Homeless Youth Accessing Higher Education Opportunities"
Faculty mentor: David Musick

Alexandra Krumtum
"An Ethnographic Review: Understanding Greeley's Female Refugee Reproductive Health Experiences with Biomedicine"
Faculty Mentor: Whitney Duncan

Seven finalists were chosen through an earlier application process to present their research in 10-minute oral presentations during the Nov. 13 symposium, held in conjunction with the Engaged Scholarship Symposium.

UNC was prepared to select two winners to represent the school at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 11-13 in La Crosse, Wisc., however, due to the high quality of the presentations, the OUR, with additional support from University College, selected three winners.

The three students will submit their final abstracts to the NCUR and if selected to present, will represent UNC with full funding for their travel.

Evaluators for this year's presentations included: Lyda Ellis, Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Research; Stephen Mackessy, Professor of Biological Sciences; Travis Boyce, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies; and Angela Henderson, Assistant Professor of Sociology (abstract review).

The other finalists were:

Mariah Brothe
"The Influence of Symbolic Immortality-Themed Media on College Students Social Drinking Culture"
Faculty Mentor: Sally McBeth

James Dickson
"Evidence of the Holocaust in Lithuania, Latvia, and the Soviet Union"
Faculty mentor: Joan Clinefelter

Kyle Jones
"Using the Social Media to Reinforce Binge Drinking Normative Behaviors: A Comparison of American and Australian College Students"
Faculty Mentor: Diane Schott

Robert Small
"The Social Impact of Women in Combat; A Comparative Study of Policies Between the United States and Australia"
Faculty Mentor: Kyle Nelson

For additional information, please contact Loree Crow, 351-2940 or visit the OUR website.

Educate Yourself on World Aids Day - Wednesday, Nov. 28

Nearly 35 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS, according to a study in 2010. Learn more about this disease today, on World AIDS Day, and attend events sponsored by GLBTA, University Program Council and the Center for Peer Education starting at 9 a.m. in the University Center ballrooms. The schedule is as follows:

Experience: 9-10 a.m.

Enjoy a display of the World Aids Quilt at the memorial, with music provided by the UNC Quartet.

Education: Noon-4 p.m.

Take advantage of knowledge that is available to you and find out more about what Aids resources are available in the Greeley community.

Entertainment: 6-9 p.m.

End the day on a happy note with a Rent sing-a-long while enjoying popcorn, pretzels and and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Shanice Clarke at (970) 351-3204.