Around Campus: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Researching Totem Teddy

A UNC Anthropology major who dug deep into university history for a project she'll present during this year's Research Day shares some of her thoughts about the project and what she learned about a totem pole from Alaska that changed the course of history at the school.

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Academic Excellence Week: Research Day

More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic discipline at UNC will share information about their research projects during 258 presentations from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, throughout the University Center's second floor.

Top research projects in undergraduate and graduate oral and poster presentations will be selected for recognition through a competitive judging process and winners will be announced at the Research Excellence Awards and Graduate School Celebration of Research from 4:45-5:30 p.m. in the Mount Evans ballroom. The winner in each of the four categories will receive a $100 cash prize.

The Research Day program, which includes information about the finalists in the competition and a complete list of presentations is available on the Research Day website.

Research Day is one of several activities during Academic Excellence Week April 7-13. Other activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements include:

Teaching and Learning Fair: Faculty from a variety of disciplines will exchange ideas, strategies, assignments and other tools that foster academic excellence through teaching and learning during the fourth annual Teaching and Learning Fair from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the University Center Panorama room and Aspen suites. Schedule.

  • Hewit Distinguished Professor of History Lecture: Susan Schulten, professor of History at the University of Denver and the 2013 Hewit Distinguished Professor of History at UNC, will present "The Meaning of Maps," a free public lecture and book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Panorama room at the University Center. Full details.
  • Distinguished Scholar Luncheon: UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board will honor the 2013 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar, college scholars and faculty achievements from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the University Center Panorama room.
  • College- and School-Hosted Events: A variety of UNC's colleges, schools and programs will honor faculty and student academic achievement with convocations, banquets and other events during the week.

For a complete schedule of activities or additional information about UNC's celebration of academic excellence, visit or contact the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership at 970-351-2940.

Academic Excellence Week is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research; the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership; and the Graduate Student Association along with academic departments and programs across campus.

Memorial Service for UNC Student

A memorial tree planting project for Alex Heit, a UNC student who was killed in a single-car accident in Greeley last week (Greeley Tribune story), is being planned by his family and will be scheduled for spring or early summer. Please contact the Dean of Students office, 351-2796 for more details.

As a reminder, licensed counselors from UNC's Counseling Center are available to students and employees impacted by the tragedy. Counselors are available for all students 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. Sessions are confidential and free. Walk-in services are also available. The Counseling Center can be reached at (970) 351-2496 or after business hours at (970) 351-2245.

In addition, the Dean of Students office can assist impacted students in communicating with their faculty about how this situation may impact attendance and participation in courses. The office can also direct students to additional resources that may be of help during this difficult time. To schedule an appointment, contact the dean's office at (970) 351-2796, or visit the office on the third floor of the University Center across from the Panorama Room. Should you know of individuals needing assistance, please let them know that the Counseling Center and the Dean of Students Office are available to help.

Reminder: Presidential Prize for Leadership Nominations Due April 19

Friday, April 19, is the deadline to nominate undergraduate students for a 2013 Robert and Ludie Dickeson Presidential Prize for Leadership, which acknowledges and rewards student leadership at UNC. A cash award of $600 will be made to one male and one female undergraduate student at the May 11 commencement ceremony.

Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff and students.

Nomination criteria, procedures and a nominee information sheet that must be completed by the nominee are available on the Dean of Students website.

Nomination materials are due in the Dean of Students office by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19.

For more information, contact Sherri Moser, 351-2824.

Photo Exhibit Tells Story of ‘Totem Teddy’

A photo exhibit that recognizes the inspiration behind UNC's mascot and tells the story of "Totem Teddy" will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Fireside Lounge, second floor of the University Center. The exhibit honors the legacy of the totem pole featuring a bear carving at the top. Nicknamed Totem Teddy, it became a source of school spirit — in 1923, the mascot was changed from the Teachers to the Bears.

The photos in the exhibit showcase Totem Teddy's history from the time it arrived in a crate as a gift from an alumnus in 1914 to its rightful return to the tribe in Alaska it belonged to in 2003.

For more about the story of Totem Teddy, visit

Schedule of Events

  • 3:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception
  • 3:45 p.m. - Display unveiling
  • 4 p.m. - Provost's remarks

Another Reason to Go To Research Day

When you're at Research Day tomorrow, stop by Aspen A from 1-2:15 p.m. to learn about the Education Innovation Institute's internship in Education Research Methods. Four interns will be presenting their research, and faculty and former interns will be available to answer questions about the internship.

The one-semester program exposes selected graduate students to rigorous quantitative techniques using large, longitudinal data sets for research into current issues in education policy and practice.

More information is availale on the EII's website.

Safe Zone Training Offered for Students

The GLBTA Resource Office seeks students to help grow a visible and supportive campus network of allies to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities by participating in the office's Safe Zone training session from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

The training informs participants about issues surrounding the GLBTQ communities and how they can be supportive allies.

To register for a training session and find out the location, email the GLBTA office.

Former Catalyst Participants, Facilitators Sought for April 11 Surge

The Student Activities Office invites former participants and facilitators of Catalyst: A Social Justice Retreat to take part in an addition to the Catalyst curriculum called "Catalyst 2.0: A Social Justice Surge," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Harrison Hall den. The surge is another place for students, staff and faculty to come together and continue the conversations started at Catalyst.

The surge will focus on ally development (including self-work and continuing to define ally characteristics) and giving/receiving feedback (with real life scenarios).

Please RSVP to Samantha Hyland if you plan to attend.

Reminder: Student Employee of the Year Recognition Event April 10

Help celebrate student employees' contributions to UNC by attending the annual Student Employee of the Year Awards event from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the University Center ballrooms.

The 2013 SEOTY winner and the four runners-up will be announced and every student nominated will receive a prize.

National Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 8-12.