Around Campus: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Mark Your Calendar: Registration for Summer, Fall Begins April 7

Registration for summer session classes begins for all students on Monday, April 7. No PIN is required. Currently enrolled students will begin registering for fall semester on Monday, April 7, according to the schedule available in Ursa. PINs for fall are now available by contacting your major advisor, and they're required for fall registration for undergraduates except for Nursing majors and junior and senior Business majors. Fall semester registration continues through April 30. For more information, contact the Registrar's office at 351-2231.

UNC Music Festival to Feature Latin Grammy-Nominated Composer

Latin Grammy-nominated composer Gabriela Ortiz will visit Colorado for the first time as the featured guest composer for the sixth annual Open Space Festival of New Music, March 27-28 at the University of Northern Colorado.

Ortiz will perform with UNC faculty and students during a concert featuring her music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall, 800 17th St.

The concert will include the premiere of a new set of songs that she composed specifically for UNC soprano and doctoral student Juanita Ulloa.

A pre-concert lecture by Oritz, part of UNC's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series, begins at 7 p.m. in Milne Auditorium.

Ortiz was commissioned by Assistant Professor Paul Elwood and the UNC School of Music to compose the new songs titled Canciones de Agua (Songs of Water) for Ulloa. The music is set to poetry by Mexican and South American poets Octavio Paz, Jose Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. Additional Ortiz works will be performed by UNC voice faculty, including mezzo-soprano Melissa Malde and doctoral saxophone student Mark Pipes.

Both events, as well as the festival's other events, are open to the public free of charge. The festival is sponsored by the UNC School of Music and a grant from the Schulze Speaker Series Fund.

In 2013, Ortiz, from Mexico City, received her first nomination for a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition as well as the premiere of her first opera in multimedia style titled Unicamente la Verdad (Only the Truth). Her compositions are played worldwide, and she has written commissions for Dawn Upshaw, Kronos Quartet and many others.

Ortiz trains, writes and teaches composition and has a global background in music studies ranging from Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and Mexico City's National Conservatory to the University of London, where she earned her Ph.D.

Her parents were folk musicians from the famed Latin American group Los Folkloristas. Ortiz taught at Indiana University in the United States, and currently teaches at, the National Autonomous University in Mexico City.

The festival will conclude with a concert in Milne Auditorium featuring the winners from the Call for Scores Competition.

Building and parking lot locations are available at Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m. Before then, parking permits can be purchased at automated dispensers located at lot entrances.

A complete schedule of events is at

Fracking in Greeley Presentation Today at 10 a.m.

The UNC Hydrofracturing Task Force will host a presentation by Sara Barwinski of Weld Air and Water from 10-11 a.m. today, March 26, in Spruce B of the University Center. Barwinski will discuss her experiences with the oil and gas drilling operations planned for her west Greeley neighborhood near Northridge High School and Sheep Draw Trail (4th Street and 66th Avenue).

Please join us to learn about these plans for our local community! For more information, contact or visit the UNC Hydrofracturing Facebook page:

UNC Audiology Student Earns $5,000 Student Research Award

The National Hearing Conservation Foundation awarded University of Northern Colorado graduate student Alyssa Lerner a $5,000 Student Research Award.

Lerner, a second-year graduate student studying Audiology, received the award during the National Hearing Conservation Association's annual conference March 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. The award is designed to assist student research studies, such as special projects, theses or dissertations relating to hearing loss prevention and hearing conservation.

"This is a highly competitive scholarship and included competition from Ph.D. students from other disciplines and universities; both nationally and internationally," said UNC Professor of Audiology and research adviser Deanna Meinke, who also co-directs Dangerous Decibels, an award-winning public health campaign to reduce the incidence and prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

Lerner is researching how ear impressions taken in open and closed jaw positions affect noise reduction in custom-fit hearing protection devices for individuals. Lerner will return to the association's meeting in 2015 to present her findings.

"I am truly honored that I was chosen to receive this competitive research award and I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to present my research at 2015 NHCA meeting," Lerner said. "I could not have accomplished this without the support of my research advisor, Dr. Meinke, and I am so thankful that I have had such an extraordinary mentor throughout this process."

As a graduate assistant in the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences program, Lerner coordinates and performs hearing screenings for the Weld County Headstart program. She also assists the mobile occupational hearing testing services. She's a certified educator of Dangerous Decibels.

In addition, she is actively engaged in community outreach efforts using educational mannequins that are equipped with sound-level meters to measure the sound-pressure levels produced by personal music players. The mannequins educate kids about the often-overlooked topic of noise-induced hearing loss and the long-term effects that can come from too much time with the volume up too high on personal music players.

Resource Conservation Starts with You

You can recycle old cell phones and empty laserjet and inkjet cartridges (and support the Classified Staff Council) at the campus locations listed on the CSC website.

Women's History Month at UNC Concludes Monday with Presentation by Renowned Social Theorist

The University of Northern Colorado's celebration of Women's History Month concludes March 31 with a presentation by a social theorist internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education.

The presentation by author, educator, filmmaker and social theorist Jackson Katz at 7 p.m. in the University Center ballrooms, 2101 10th Ave. is free and open to the public.

Katz has long been recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. He's the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, a candid look at the cultural factors that lend themselves to tolerance of abuse and violence against women.

He co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention, a program that has worked with thousands of high school and college-aged men to prevent violence against women, and he's the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

Katz, who was the first man to minor in women's studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, earned a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Bernadette Cordova, 970-351-2941.

Call for Creative Writing: 'A Community of Voices'

The UNC Summit on Social Justice and Diversity, scheduled for Monday, April 14, invites students, faculty and staff to submit original creative writing by April 7 for consideration as part of "A Community of Voices," the creative writing reading held during the Summit. For additional details, including criteria for submissions and how to submit your writing, click here.