Around Campus: Monday, March 4, 2013

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Talk by Title IX Pioneer to Highlight Women’s History Month at UNC

A presentation by a pioneer in the movement to provide equal opportunity for female athletes in collegiate sports will highlight Women's History Month events at the University of Northern Colorado during March.

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, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th St.

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 events commemorating Women's History Month include:

Women's History Month Read-In

March 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Michener Library (main floor)
The University Libraries and English Department will host readings by students, faculty and staff of literature and speeches that celebrate women's roles in history.

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.

First-Ever UNC Athletics & RHA Attendance Competition

Students living on campus, this announcement is for you. Round up your residence hall (and your student ID) and cheer on the UNC men's basketball team at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in Butler Hancock Sports Pavilion. The residence hall with the most attendees wins a pizza party with the men's basketball team themselves; their hall will also be the first engraved on the official Attendance Competition Trophy.

Be sure to check-in at the Klawz Crew Tent when you arrive. The date of the pizza party is TBD, but will be disclosed later in March. For more information, please contact Jordan Williams.

First Wednesday Book Sale

At UNC, a new month means books... and lots of them. Swing by Michener Library from 9-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 for The Friends of UNC Libraries First Wednesday Book Sale. There will be a special focus table on history and paperpack books, hardcover books and more for less than $2 each. Proceeds from the sale benefit projects and events of the University Libraries. For more information, contact 351-1546.

CEBS Diversity Lecture Series: 'Mexican American College Men: Perceptions of Mental Health Services'

All members of the university community are invited to a brown bag lunch presentation by Jesse Valdez, a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program, about the cultural importance of understanding Latino/a students in higher education through the concepts of familismo and caballerismo from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in McKee 282.

In "Mexican American College Men: Perceptions of Mental Health Services," Valdez will also explore the implications for a Hispanic-serving institution of these sorts of cultural beliefs and expectations.

The presentation is sponsored by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences' Diversity and Equity Committee and is free.

Final Research Workshop for Social Sciences Students

Mark Anderson and Wendy Highby, reference librarians at Michener Library, are offering their second drop-in library research workshop for all students of the social sciences from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Michener 303. Highlights will include census data and social science-related indexes.

UNC's Spring Theater Series Continues with 'Legally Blonde'

The University of Northern Colorado School of Theatre Arts and Dance's spring Performing Arts Series, featuring the schools' top theater majors, continues March 6, with Legally Blonde, the Broadway musical adapted from the movie of the same name.

Legally Blonde plays March 6-9 at 7:30 p.m.; and at 2 p.m. March 10 in Langworthy Theatre in Frasier Hall, intersection of 9th Avenue and 17th Street.

Directed and choreographed by Theatre Arts Professor John Leonard, the PG-rated production features a student orchestra from the UNC School of Music under the direction of Associate Director of Bands Richard Mayne. Musical direction is by Richard Shore, musical director for the School of Theatre Arts and Dance.

The rest of the series includes:

  • Intimacies (student dance perfomance) - April 10-13 at 7:30 p.m.; April 14 at 2 p.m., Norton Theatre, Gray Hall
  • A Year with Frog and Toad (musical) - April 13 at 1 and 3 p.m., Hensel Phelps Theatre, Union Colony Civic Center
  • Medea (Greek tragedy) - May 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., May 5 at 2 p.m., Langworthy Theatre

For ticket prices, call the Performing and Visual Arts Box Office at 970-351-2200.

For performance descriptions, visit the series' website.

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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