Around Campus: Monday, March 11, 2013

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Winners Announced in UNC's Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge

Don't Forget! Deadline to Order Items for Commencement is March 25

Students graduating in May: Don't forget the last day to order cap and gowns, invitations and any other items is Monday, March 25. Be sure to purchase everything you'll need before the deadline. For more information. please contact Stacy Sharp, 970-351-2231 Ext. 3.

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker, Films, Presentation This Week

Women's History Month keynote speaker Mary Alice Hill, who in 1982 became the first female director of athletics at a NCAA Division 1 university, will present "From Field to Hill Top: Shattering the Glass Ceiling for Women in Athletics" at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the Panorama room at the University Center,

Hill's tenacity as a track and field competitor carried over to the male-dominated arena of intercollegiate athletics after the 1972 enactment of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

During her history-making tenure at San Diego State University, Hill rose to the rank of president of the Western Athletic Conference and was elected to the then all-male NCAA Council.

Her efforts helped establish balance in funding of collegiate athletics programs, including creating scholarships for female athletes and bringing women's college sports to television.

Her presentation is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the center.

Other upcoming events commemorating Women's History Month include:

My Black is Beautiful

March 11, 7-9 p.m., Michener Library (Lindou Auditorium)
Black Women of Today brings a local spin to a national conversation led by African-American women about how American society defines and promotes beauty standards.


Iron-Jawed Angels
March 12, 7-9 p.m., University Center Panorama room
This 2004 film follows political activists Alice Paul (Hillary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) as they use peaceful and effective strategies, tactics and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. Presented by the University Program Council.

The Invisible War
March 14, 7-9 p.m., University Center Panorama room
This 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the United States military includes interviews with multiple victims and has already led to far-reaching changes in the military's response to sexual assaults and treatment of victims. Presented by the Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate Center.

Discounted Tickets for Greeley Blues Jam 2013

Buy your tickets to Greeley Blues Jam 2013, featuring blues legend John Mayall, now through April 30 for a discounted ticket price of $20 (full price is $25). Enjoy a stellar five-band line-up on June 7 and have fun hanging out with family and friends too. Tickets can be purchased at 970-351-4TIX (4849) Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5.p.m. or at the University Center Info Desk from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Presentation Brings Perspective to Genocide, Violence

Educator Heidi Rickard will present "The Rice Experience" from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Kepner Hall's Milne Auditorium (room 2050). The presentation is based on a lesson originally created for her history class at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs that helps those of any age grasp the incredible numbers of people around the world who have suffered and perished due to acts of genocide, violence, disease and torture. It's designed to provide an experience that allows the audience, through an analogy, to hear about these events and put them into perspective.

The lesson equates one individual grain of rice to one person. Using over 600 pounds of rice, the grains are slowly displayed to represent the number of people that have been lost in various genocides and conflicts around the world throughout the past 100 years.

Door Volunteers Needed for Teacher Employment Days

Secondary and Elementary Education students: Career Services needs volunteers to work with school districts during the Teacher Employment Days job fair April 4-5. If you're not attending the fair as a job candidate, check out the times volunteers are needed, the schedule for a required one-hour training session and how to sign up at the bottom of this Career Services web page.

Trustees Discuss 2013-14 Budget

University of Northern Colorado trustees discussed the 2013-14 budget currently being developed during the board's regularly scheduled meeting March 8.

An update was provided on the work to date involving state funding, pricing, compensation and capital projects. A recommended budget will be brought to the board at the trustees' next meeting June 7.

While no permanent solutions have been identified for state fiscal challenges, state funding to UNC is expected to increase by $1.7 million to $33.6 million (partially restoring $12 million lost since 2008-09).

UNC considers a number of factors when setting rates, including prices of competitors, investments aligning with university planning to provide quality education to students, and students' willingness and ability to pay while taking into account the availability of financial aid. As in years past, the university will use 25 percent of new undergraduate and 30 percent of new graduate tuition revenue to increase institutional financial aid.

The pricing that will be part of the recommended budget will include: a 5 percent ($284/year) increase in resident undergraduate tuition, up to a 4 percent increase in resident graduate tuition, small increases in fees, and about a 3 percent increase in room and board.

Room rates will continue to fall into one of six tiers, based on the residence hall's amenities. Tier 1 prices will be reduced by $114 ($4,800/year) and Tier 6 will be $6,522 for freshmen. Returning residence hall students will be offered a discounted rate.

During the 2013-14 academic year, UNC will continue to progress on its goal identified in the compensation identity plan to offer competitive and fair compensation, which includes moving toward 90 percent of the average salaries of university peers by 2016-17, to recruit and retain employees. About 40 new positions are planned to meet increased demand in areas such nursing, education and counseling.

The financial plan also calls for $14 million in capital and deferred maintenance projects that will be covered by university reserves. One potential project would be to update Butler-Hancock Hall, site of indoor commencement ceremonies and sporting events, with air conditioning.

In other news, the board approved:

  • Naming a room, The Phelps Family CAP (Contribute, Achieve, Pay it forward) Teaching Lab, in the new Financial Education Center in the Monfort College of Business. The naming recognizes a gift from Robert and Bonnie Phelps of San Jose, Calif., to support increased financial literacy among students. The Financial Education Center will replace the trading room, which is home to the award-winning Student and Foundation Fund class that manages an investment portfolio valued at more than $1 million. More details on the center at:
  • A Faculty Senate amendment to the board policy manual to include "senior lecturer" as a title in faculty ranks.