Around Campus: Friday, December 6, 2013

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Crime Scene Investigators

Students in a Forensic Anthropology class at the University of Northern Colorado get a taste of what it's like to conduct a crime scene investigation, including finding a grave, unearthing a skeleton and analyzing it in a lab, and also learn that real life crime scenes differ from those portrayed by TV and Hollywood.

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UNC Hosts Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 13-14

The University of Northern Colorado will host fall commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

The Graduate School ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. About 250 candidates are scheduled to receive their master's, doctoral and specialist degrees.

The featured speaker will be educator, author, therapist and UNC alumnus William J. Rowley. Rowley, who earned his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from UNC in 1973, worked for 16 years as a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego before joining Seattle Pacific University, where he held a tenured faculty position, served as associate dean of Graduate Education and as dean of the School of Education before retiring in 2008.

Rowley and his wife, who now live in Fort Collins, are co-authors of On Wings of Mourning: Our Journey through Grief and Recovery, published following the death of their infant daughter. Rowley also authored a guide for counselors who work with teenagers.

He currently serves on the board of Directors of the UNC Alumni Association and on the Council of Regents of Seattle Pacific University.

About 650 undergraduates are scheduled to receive their degrees during two ceremonies in Butler-Hancock Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, College of Natural and Health Sciences, and College of Performing and Visual Arts will be at 9 a.m.

The ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University College will be at 12:30 p.m.

The featured speaker for both ceremonies will be another UNC alumnus, Patrick Sherwood, an award-winning communications and branding professional whose 27-year career with large global communications agencies included work on brands such as Saturn, EA Sports, Dockers, Cadillac and Kia.

He currently is a principal with San Francisco-based Step One Branding, which he co-founded. He earned his master's degree in Speech Communications from UNC.

Tickets are not required to attend any of the ceremonies. Parking also is free. Entrances for parking lots are located at the corner of 14th Avenue and 20th Street or 11th Avenue and 22nd Street.

All ceremonies will be broadcast live online. Go to for instructions about the live video feed.

For more information, visit

About UNC's Fall 2013 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 909
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 657
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 252 (225 master's, 22 doctorates, 5 certificate/specialists)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 21-65; Grad: 23-64
  • Average age: Undergrad: 27; Grad: 34.5
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.21; Grad: 3.80
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 4 years / 11 terms
  • Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Communication Studies, Psychology; Grad: Special Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Educational Psychology, Education, Clinical Counseling
  • International Countries Represented (students earning degrees): 13 (Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates)
  • Countries of Exchange Students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): 18 (Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom)
    States Represented: 40 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 39 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Garfield, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Routt, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)

(Tentative as of Dec. 5, 2013)

Women's Basketball at Home Saturday

The women's basketball team is ready to get rowdy! Join them as they host the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at 2 p.m. Saturday at Butler-Hancock. Bring your student ID to get free entry. Tickets for visiting guests and family can be purchased at the University Center Information Desk, by calling 970-351-4849 or at the gate on a space-available basis. Go Bears!

Campus Cable TV Conversion Starts This Week

This week, UNC will begin the process of changing cable TV service providers on campus from Comcast to Campus Televideo, which provides digital TV service to more than 240 campuses across the United States.

The switch, which will take until late-December or early-January to complete, will be relatively seamless for the majority of campus and will affect some TVs more than others.

  • Generally, users will see a single-day or shorter outage and when you turn on your TV, the new service will be present.
  • Some TVs will require re-tuning, usually via an auto-programming feature in the menu of your television, in order to capture all new channels and eliminate unused channels.
  • TVs more than 5 years old may require the purchase of a digital-to-analog converter box (QAM tuner) in order to view the new channels since the old analog system is being replaced with a digital signal.
  • The conversion will alter the available channels and channel numbers, and will add some new HD channels. Channel line-up details will be available soon.
  • When the installation team is ready to switch over to the new system, the order of the building conversions will be publicized prior to the change.

Should you have any questions regarding the new service, call Housing Services at 351-1984.

Free Flu Shot at SHC is Your Best Defense

In light of increased instances of flu locally, the Student Health Center reminds students that a flu shot is your defense against the flu. Free flu shots are available for students at the SHC in Cassidy Hall while supplies last. Other simple steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Sneeze into the bend of your arm or a tissue, not into your hands.
  • If you're sick, stay home as much as possible except to get medical care.
  • Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

For health center hours and additional information, consult the SHC website.

If you have questions, call the SHC at 351-2412.

Campus Housing Options Now Available for Commuter Students

Do you commute to UNC? Are there times when you wish you could stay on campus for the night or the week? UNC's new Commuter Flex Plans were designed for commuter students. Stay on campus overnight or weekly for academic, social or emergency purposes.

When you might use the Commuter Flex Plans:

  • The weather is bad or you don't feel well enough to drive
  • You need time to study and don't want to waste time on the road
  • You have a late-night study group or need to stay late at Michener Library
  • Your home environment is difficult to study in

Benefits of the Commuter Flex Plans include convenience, zero commitment needed, no hidden fees, flexibility, affordability, and charges that go to your student account.

For more information, visit Housing and Residential Education's website. In addition to plans offered there, one-night stays are available for $35/night for single-occupancy or $50 for double-occupancy, plus 9.6 percent tax.

If you have questions, contact HRE via email, or call 970-351-2721.

Dates for 2014 Academic Excellence Week, Research Day Announced

Academic Excellence Week, which includes Research Day, will take place April 6-12. A preliminary schedule of events is included on the AEW website.

Research Day, scheduled for Thursday April 10, invites undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and other scholarly projects. Submission of abstracts for participation in Research Day will open on Jan. 31 and close on March 13.

Faculty are encouraged to include Research Day in their spring syllabi as a required or extra credit event to introduce more students to research and scholarly works in a public forum.

Research Excellence Awards, held in conjunction with Research Day, celebrate exceptional research through a juried awards process. All undergraduate Research Excellence Award finalists will have their abstracts published in the summer edition of the Undergraduate Research Journal.

More information about the 2014 Research Day is available on the Research Day website.