Around Campus: Monday, December 10, 2012

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American Foundation for the Blind Recognizes UNC Professor with Highest Honor

The American Foundation for the Blind today announced that University of Northern Colorado Professor Kay Ferrell is one of two 2013 winners of the Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field.

The Migel Medals will be presented to Ferrell in April at the 2013 AFB National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Ferrell, Ph.D., is professor of Special Education at UNC and the author of Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child who is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow. She has taught all ages of individuals with visual and multiple disabilities, from infants through adults.

She holds a special interest in working with young children and their families, having written extensively for parents and professionals, and has published on topics including education, personnel preparation, distance education methodologies, and image description.

Ferrell has received numerous state and national awards for her work with and on behalf of children and youth who are blind and visually impaired, including the Mary Kay Bauman and Josephine L. Taylor Awards from the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER), AFB's Corinne M. Kirchner Research Award, the Ray McGeorge Award from the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, UNC's Winchester Distinguished Scholar Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Visual Impairments, and the Alumni Award for Research in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

For more information about the award, visit

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Free Improv Theatre Performance Dec. 11

The Theatre Improvisation Workshop, taught by Sondra Blanchard, will present a free evening of improvisational comedy and drama, games and long-form improve from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Gray 4 (adjacent to the Norton Theatre lobby). All members of the university community are invited to attend.

Fill Up for Breakfast with Finals Week Fundraiser

No time for breakfast? No problem. Stop by Ross Hall's center corridor from 7:45-10:45 a.m. Dec. 10-14 (Finals Week) and get coffee and donuts for $1.50, courtesy of the Future Secondary Educator's Alliance. All proceeds will benefit future teachers at UNC and schools in the Greeley community.

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.

Hours Changed for Some Operations During Winter Break

Some campus buildings and services will have reduced operating hours during winter break in addition to being closed for university holidays Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. They include:

For information about possible changes in hours for other buildings, offices and programs, use the online office directory to contact them directly.