Around Campus: Monday, December 2, 2013

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UNC's Got Talent Auditions Dec. 3-4

If you think you've got what it takes to be one of the final 12 performers in the UNC's Got Talent competition in January, you have to start by auditioning Dec. 3 or 4. Dancers, jugglers, magicians, singers, instrumentalists and everything in between are welcome to try out.

Each audition slot between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the UC ballrooms is 10-minutes long and seen by a panel of judges to decide the final lineup on Jan. 16.

  • Sign up for Tuesday, Dec. 3, here.
  • Sign up for Wednesday, Dec. 4, here.

For more info, contact Kacie Thomas, 351-3204.

How to Find Out About University Closures

There's a variety of ways to find out if UNC is closed due to weather or for some other reason.

  • You can call the inclement weather line at 970-351-4100 or log on to and look in the "News" section for updates on the university's operating status.
  • Closures are also reported to area media outlets, including Denver TV stations.
  • Notifications of closures are sent to campus phones and computers through voice, e-mail and text messages and to subscribed cell phones through text and voice messages from UNC's Emergency Alert system.

To find out how to sign up your phone, visit

If you receive an emergency alert saying the university is closed, calling the UNC Police Department to confirm the information is not necessary.

UNC faculty, staff and students who commute to campus are reminded that when hazardous travel conditions prevent them from getting home, overnight lodging on campus is available for $38.36 (includes tax) by calling Housing and Residential Education at 970-351-2721 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

UNC Student Team Wins Regional Tax Competition, Advances to National Contest

A team of five accounting students from the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business won the 2013 Deloitte FanTAXtic Regional Case Competition held Nov. 1-2 in Chicago, beating collegiate teams from Michigan State, DePaul, Northern Illinois, Loyola and the University of Illinois.

The teams solved a complex tax case and presented it to a panel of judges made up of tax professionals from Deloitte's offices.

The UNC team of seniors Katelyn Keith, Erick Leonard and Joshua Ramirez, and sophomores Kacie Bohm and Matthew Schoewe will travel to the national FanTAXtic competition Jan. 17-19 in Dallas. They'll be accompanied by their faculty advisor, Ryan Cahalan, an assistant professor of Accounting..

There they'll go up against the winners of eight other regional contests, including schools such as Fordham, BYU, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, William & Mary, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Teams, which will have their travel, meals and lodging provided by Deloitte, will vie for $50,000 in student and scholarships..

The Deloitte FanTAXtic national planning team, in an email message announcing the regional winners, wrote, "We were genuinely impressed by the quality of presentations submitted by the participating teams, and hope your students found the experience to be a good investment of their time."

Deloitte FanTAXtic is an interactive program sponsored by Deloitte and the Deloitte Foundation to familiarize students with the tax profession early in their careers, with local Deloitte tax professionals offering support and guidance.

Members of the UNC Tax Competition Team

Members of UNC's team were (front row, left to right) Kacie Bohn and Katelyn Keith and (back row, left to right) Erick Leonard, Matthew Schoewe, Joshua Ramirez and faculty advisor Ryan Cahalan.

Volunteers Needed by UNC Researchers

Volunteers are needed for research projects being conducted at UNC, some of which offer rewards for participation. Projects are open to those who meet stated criteria and want to help support discoveries in the public interest. Some researchers specifically need college students for their projects. Projects currently in need of subjects are:

  • Barriers to Physical Activity Among Gay Men
  • Stereotype Threat in College Students with Reading Disabilities
  • Social Language Intervention for Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 10- to 17-Year-Olds for Study on Math Ability and Social Judgment
  • Healthy Adults 18-65 for Biomechanics Research
  • Persons with Below-Knee Amputations for Functional and Rehabilitative Outcomes Study
  • UNC Community Members to Help Improve University Libraries website.

Details are available at

Grad Student’s Work Recognized with Prestigious Scholarship

School Psychology doctoral candidate Katherine Sanchez Castejon is one of only five students in the United States - including ones from Temple University and the University of Maryland - to win a prestigious scholarship that recognizes graduate-level students in the mental health field who demonstrate commitment to helping others with empathy and wisdom.

This is the second time Castejon has been awarded the $2,500 scholarship from the Melanie Foundation.

During the past year, Castegon interned at North Range Behavioral Health in Greeley, where she provides therapy to children and adolescents. Starting this fall, she'll intern at two high schools, offering mental health services to at-risk adolescents.

Soccer Team Earns National Academic Award

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.