Around Campus: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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UNC Writers’ Conference Features Internationally Renowned Sci Fi Author

The 2013 Rosenberry Writers' Conference at the University of Northern Colorado March 4-6 will feature readings by an internationally renowned, award-winning science fiction author and two other writers who also have Colorado roots.

Greeley's own Connie Willis, whose 15 novels and seven collections of short stories have earned an unprecedented seven Nebula awards and 11 Hugo awards, will close the three-day conference with a reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Panorama room in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The reading and a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing that follow it, are free and open to the public.

In addition to her Nebula and Hugo awards, two of the genre's most prestigious, Willis received the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 2011 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizing her lifetime achievements and placing her in the company of science fiction and fantasy writers such as Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.

Willis, a 2009 inductee of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, earned her bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education from UNC in 1967. She last appeared at the Rosenberry Writers' Conference in 2006.

The conference's other readings will be by Dan Beachy-Quick on Monday, March 4, and Aaron Abeyta on Tuesday, March 5. Both will start at 7 p.m. in the Panorama room and also will include a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing. Free parking will be available in lots adjacent to the building.

Beachy-Quick's works include five full-length books of poetry, five poetry chapbooks and a book of interlinked essays on Moby Dick. He grew up in Colorado and after graduating from the University of Denver, he attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He's taught at Grinnell College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching in the MFA Writing program at Colorado State University.

Abeyta, a Colorado native, is an associate professor of English at Adams State College. Two collections of his poetry have been published, including Colcha, which received a 2002 American Book Award and a 2001 Colorado Book Award. He won a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 1998 and received the grand prize from the Academy of American Poets while a graduate student at Colorado State University. His first novel was published in 2007.

In addition to the readings, the writers will hold informal discussion sessions with students and faculty from UNC's literature and writing classes.

Now in its 12th year, the conference is named in honor of the late philanthropist and English teacher Walter Rosenberry, who supported the conference and nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.

For more information, contact conference organizer Lisa Zimmerman, assistant professor of English, at 970-351-2033 or

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Research Workshops for Social Sciences Students

Mark Anderson and Wendy Highby, reference librarians at Michener Library, are offering drop-in library research workshops for all students of the social sciences from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 27, in Michener 335 and 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Michener 303. Highlights will include census data and social science-related indexes.

Women's Basketball Play Final Two Home Games of the Season

It's a big week for the Lady Bear's with home court advantage on their side. Support the women's basketball as they battle for a conference championship and honor the seniors during their final home game. First up is Eastern Washington at 7:05 p.m Thursday, Feb. 28, followed by Portland State at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Both games are in Butler-Hancock and as usual, students with an ID get in free. For more UNC sports action, check out the "Sports" link under "Upcoming Events" at the top of the page.

First Year Scholars Announced

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of UNC's First Year Scholar Award - listed on this web page - who earned a 3.5 or higher GPA in their first semester at the university.

The recipients are invited to the award's annual recognition banquet at 2 p.m. March 3 in the University Center ballrooms, where they'll be presented a token acknowledging their accomplishment and be recognized on stage.

For more information about the event, contact Jaime Ingrisano.

Final Info Meeting for 2013-14 UPC Positions March 14

Put your planning skills to good use and help coordinate events at UNC with a leadership position in University Program Council (UPC). Attend a mandatory informational meeting from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow, March 14 in the Student Activities Office lobby to be eligible for one of the open positions. Applications must be turned in no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

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

UNC Student Takes Top Honor at Prestigious Acting Competition

Jessica Henderson, a senior Acting major, won the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival last week in Sacramento, Calif., and will represent UNC at the KCACT national festival April 15-21 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Henderson and five other UNC students nominated to take part in the competition traveled with their acting partners and School of Theatre Arts and Dance Director David Grapes to the campus of American River College for the festival.

Henderson and classmate Amber Cook both advanced from the starting field of 300 to the semi-final round of 32 but Cook failed to make the cut to 16 for the final round, which Henderson won.

The regional festival, part of the largest and most prestigious student acting competition in the nation, brought together nearly 1,000 students from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, northern California, northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

UNC was represented in the competition by the following students and their acting partners (in parentheses):

  • Amber Cook (Drew Simon)
  • Jessica Henderson, (Arielle Yoder)
  • Malloree Delayne Hill (David San Miguel)
  • Caylie Rae Kalmbach (David San Miguel)
  • Ray D. Seams (Anneliese Farmer)
  • Devin Ashley Whitten (Tyler Richmeier)

Call for Research Day Proposals - Registration Open Through March 14

Undergraduate and graduate students currently involved in research or other scholarly projects may now submit proposals for UNC's annual Research Day on Thursday, April 11. To register log in to Ursa, then click on the Student, Employee or Faculty tab. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight on Thursday, March 14.

Room arrangements for oral presentations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about Research Day, contact Loree Crow, 970-351-2940 or visit the Research Day website.

French Film Series: "Comme un Chef" (Like a Chef)

The French Film Series continues tonight with "Comme un Chef" (Like a Chef) at 6 p.m. in Candelaria 0045 (lower level). A French film with English subtitles, "Comme un Chef" takes a peek into the life of Chef Alexandre Lagarde, a French chef struggling to prove himself against a much younger, more modern replacement. Will Chef Lagarde prove his worth, or flounder? In the world of French cuisine, it's anyone's guess.