Around Campus: Friday, April 11, 2014

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When In Rome

UNC's Chamber Choir spent spring break in Italy singing in the annual Festival of Peace and Brotherhood. They did a little sightseeing and sang at a variety of venues in and near Rome, including a unique one they were invited to and one they weren't.

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Information about Heartbleed SSL Vulnerability

Chances are you may hear about a major security vulnerability named Heartbleed that came to light earlier this week in media reports around the world.

Currently, there is no evidence that the attack was used against any UNC centrally managed systems, but Information Management and Technology recommends that if you're using any non-UNC system, particularly those that use your university email address as a login, you change the password. It is extremely important that you do not use the same password as your current university password.

IMT staff will continue their investigation since the vulnerability existed for two years before it was announced.

To find out if a website may be affected by the vulnerability, you can visit a Heartbleed test site and put in the name of the website you are concerned about to see if it is currently vulnerable.

For more information about Heartbleed:

Any questions or concerns may be directed to

Undergrad Presidential Prizes for Leadership Include $1,000 Award

All members of the university community are invited to submit nominations for the 2014 Robert and Ludie Dickeson Presidential Prize for Leadership, which acknowledges and rewards undergraduate student leadership at UNC. A cash award of $1,000 will be made to one male and one female at the May 10 commencement ceremony.

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 18.

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

Become a Member of Golden Key International Honour Society

Do you have a grade point average of 3.7 or higher? If so, you are invited to become part of the University of Northern Colorado's local chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society. With a one-time $80 membership fee, you can gain access to more scholarships, networking events and study abroad opportunities. Student officers can also gain leadership experience by hosting community service and social events as part of Golden Key.

You must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student with a 3.7 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale to qualify for membership. To join, email Brandi Green with a copy of your transcript and contact information.

UNC to Host Denver Broncos Salute to Fans Tour April 14

The Denver Broncos Mile High Salute to Fans Tour will make a stop at the University of Northern Colorado from 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Campus Recreation Center. The event, open to the public free of charge, will feature appearances by Broncos players (Mitch Unrein, Virgil Green and Malik Jackson), cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot.

Free parking will be available in lots east of Nottingham Stadium (turn at entrance at 14th Avenue and 20th Street). For more information, visit

Professor Wins Regional Award for Communication Excellence

Lin Allen, professor of Communication Studies, received the Award for Communication Excellence from the Rocky Mountain Communication Association at the annual RMCA conference held April 5 in Loveland. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to the communication discipline.

Allen is a McNair and Honors mentor, and a Faculty in Residence at Harrison Hall. She serves as chair of the Communication and Law group for the National Communication Association and as chair of the Freedom of Expression and Legal Communication division for the Western States Communication Association.

She earned her master's degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. in Speech from the University of Oregon.

Previous UNC recipients of the award include Communication Studies faculty Heidi Muller and Thomas Endres.

Tax-Season Tips for Protecting Personal Information

It's tax season again and the security analysts in Information Management and Technology remind everyone that it's also the time of year when identity theft criminals step up their attempts to find victims. Help reduce your risk of being victimized during tax season by following the tips on IMT's Cyber Security website.