Around Campus: Friday, February 1, 2013

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Arbor Day Foundation Names UNC a 2012 Tree Campus USA

The University of Northern Colorado is a Tree Campus USA for the first time, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

UNC achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA's five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

"We're thrilled to receive this designation as we take great pride in the beauty of our trees, which serve as an outward reflection of the vibrant education and community here," said UNC President Kay Norton. "This distinction represents not only an acknowledgment of sustainability through the years but also validates the foresight of previous campus leaders, whose shared vision transformed a barren landscape in the 1890s into the thriving tree-lined canopy that it is today."

Last summer, UNC Manager of Landscaping & Grounds Pat McDonald and colleague Brent Engel canvassed the 246-acre campus on foot to officially catalog by hand 3,695 trees — about 1,300 more trees than previously estimated from combining a 1987-88 survey with a tally of new and deceased trees since 2002.

UNC is home to the Colorado Tree Coalition state champion trees based on their size:

  • a Kentucky coffee tree (northwest of Frasier Hall)
  • two Amur cork trees (north of Gray Hall and south of Gray Hall in the parking lot island)
  • a pecan tree (northeast of the intersection of 9th Avenue and 19th Street).

The university plans on designing a self-guided walking tour of the campus arboretum using the information collected by Engle and McDonald, who also leads groups of student volunteers that plant trees on campus throughout the year, including annually on Arbor Day/Earth Day.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA sponsor Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

Coming Monday: Info about Student Senate Elections

Be sure to check out Around Campus on Monday for important information about the upcoming Student Senate election.

Deadlines for Study Abroad Trips Fast Approaching

If you've been thinking about studying abroad this summer... quit thinking and start applying. Feb. 15 is the deadline to sign up for some of the Center for International Education's summer trips, including most of the faculty-led trips such as Language and Culture in China, Intercultural Leadership in the Yucatan, Art History in Tuscany (Italy), French Language in Provence and Sultans, Eunuchs and Harems: The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire (Istanbul, Turkey).

  • The UNC faculty leading the trip to China and CIE staff will answer questions about that trip from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in Candelaria 0065.
  • The faculty leading the Yucatan trip will host an informational session at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center.

For information about all the different summer study abroad opportunities, visit the CIE website.

Winter Welcome Weekend: A Magician and His Magic Show

Everybody loves a good magic show, and that happens to be Joel Meyers' specialty. Let him "capture your imagination" from 7-9 p.m. tomorrow in the UC ballrooms as he combines magic, stagecraft and mindblowing illusions that will leave you asking, "How did he do that?" You're guaranteed a good time if you check out the show, and you'll find out the artist of this years Spring Concert, too. Sounds like a win-win to us.

Popular UNC@UCCC Music Spring Series Kicks Off Feb. 4

The University of Northern Colorado School of Music's top jazz groups, choirs, bands and orchestras perform world-class music in a world-class setting during the UNC@UCCC Music Series at Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. The spring series begins Monday, Feb. 4, with a performance by the University Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. The rest of the series' schedule is:

  • Feb. 19: University Bands, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 26: University Choirs, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 27: Jazz Lab Bands, 7:30 p.m.
  • April 1: University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
  • April 2: Vocal Jazz, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and are available at the UNC Performing Arts Box Office at 970-351-2200 or at the UCCC box office, 970-356-5000 or

Mask Yourself in Mystery at Valentines Masquerade Ball

Hide your identity and have a spec'Mask'ular time at UPC's Valentines Masquerade Ball from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in the Pikes Peak Ballroom. No mask? No problem. Create a mask that's yours to keep, look into your future with a free palm reading, mingle with friends around the chocolate fountain or float across the dance floor as an alternate you.

With only one other night a year to mask your identity, this event is a must. For more information please contact Shanice Clarke at (970) 351-3204.

Free Statistical Consulting Offered by MAST Institute

Statistical consulting is available at no charge to faculty, staff and graduate students through UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute. Consulting is available in Ross 1210 on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-6 p.m. Thursdays until the end of the semester.

Consulting services are provided by the Applied Statistics and Research Methods program.

For more information, contact Edward Lopez, 351-1289.

‘Let’s Talk About It’ Book Group to Renew Chats

The English Department and Michener Libraries seek to revitalize the "Let's Talk About It" Jewish book discussion group that met during 2006-2007 and invite all members of the campus community to help the non-sectarian group renew its chats beginning with the topic "Jewish Conversation over Three Millennia."

Through texts read together, the group will trace the Jewish conversation and culture not only across time and space but also through the peaks and valleys that have defined the Jewish experience.

The group will meet from 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in Michener 113, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, with a discussion of the book of Isaiah, which will be examined as a cultural text.

For more information and a reading list, please contact Jeri Kraver.