Around Campus: Friday, April 12, 2013

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Student Employee of the Year Awards Announced

Keaton Near, who works in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and was nominated by Tessa Johnson, was named the 2013 UNC Student Employee of the Year during the annual student employee recognition event Wednesday, April 10. Four runners-up were chosen for recognition by the award's selection committee. The students and their nominators were:

  • Tetrianna Silas (nominated by Sam Penn, Information Management & Technology)
  • Samantha Hyland (nominated by Rob Essaf, Housing & Residential Education)
  • Ryan Pfeifer (nominated by Brett Ford, Campus Recreation)
  • Jennifer Gray (nominated by Aimee Rogers, Office of Financial Aid)

The winner of the first SEOTY Banner Contest was the Monfort College of Business Advising Center, submitted by Christy Taylor and Audrey Nelson. Their office will receive a pizza party donated by Roma's Restaurant.

Pictures and more information regarding the Student Employee of the Year Award will be available for viewing at

Goats, Ponies and Bunnies, Oh My!

Who says college students can't enjoy a petting zoo? Certainly not UPC, which is bringing farm animals to UNC on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the South UC Parking Lot. Hang with goats, ponies, bunnies and more while enjoying cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones, too. Bring your siblings, roommates - animal lovers of all ages are welcome at this free event.

22nd Annual Beyond Paradise Lu’au Brings the Tropics to UNC

The University of Northern Colorado will get a taste of the tropics with this year's Beyond Paradise Lu'au, a traditional Hawaiian celebration on April 13 involving native food, dances and other activities.

The event, hosted by UNC's Ha'aheo ‘O Hawaii Club and open to the public, starts at 4:30 p.m. in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 20th Street and 10th Avenue.

Food at the lu'au will include traditional favorites such as haupia, a pudding-like dessert made from coconut milk, and kalua pig, which is traditionally cooked by lining a pit with hot coals and burying the pig in it. The dinner menu also includes chicken long rice, teriyaki chicken, vegetable kabobs, pineapple, rice and green salad.

The celebration will feature a variety of dances from the Pacific islands with student dancers performing both ‘auna (modern) and kahiko (traditional) Hawaiian hulas and slow and fast Tahitian dances, with a special performance by the club's graduating seniors.

There'll also be a women's chant, a "haka" warrior chant performed by the men and poi-ball dances, which involve the swinging of tethered weights in intricate geometric patterns.

After their popular performance at last year's lu'au, Fort Collins-based reggae band Trichome will return to the stage at this year's event.

The Beyond Paradise Country Store will offer a variety of Hawaiian treats, gifts and souvenirs for sale, and children will be able to play games and win prizes in the Keiki Corner while their parents shop, and have their picture taken in front of a Hawaiian-themed backdrop.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for adults, $10 for children under 13 and free for children under 5, and are available in person at the UNC Ticket Office in the University Center, by calling 970-351-4849 or at

Free parking will be available in lots adjacent to the University Center.

Help Make Commencement a Memorable Event

Help make UNC's commencement ceremonies on May 10 and 11 memorable for the class of 2013 by volunteering to help greet graduates' families and friends and answer their questions. A brief training session will be held prior to each ceremony, and volunteers who sign up by April 19 will be provided with a polo shirt.

To sign up or see available positions and time commitments, visit SignUp Genius. Be sure to include your shirt size.

For more information, contact Eva Rodriguez, 351-2424.

Live On Campus This Summer

Students enrolled in six, eight or 12-week courses this summer are eligible for housing in North Hall or the University Apartments. Sign-up is online this year; log in on the Housing & Residential Education website to apply.

Spring 2013 UNC Undergraduate Research Journal Published

The newest issue of the University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate Research Journal, published April 11 in conjunction with Academic Excellence Week, is available here. Articles accepted into the journal undergo a blind review process. Five articles were accepted into the spring issue.

The fall issue will include the abstracts from the 2013 Research Excellence Awards.

Manuscripts may be uploaded for consideration for the spring 2014 issue. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Federal Reserve Bank Officer to Lecture April 15

Alison Felix, assistant vice president and head of the Denver branch of the regional Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, will present "An Economic Update for Colorado and the United States" from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, in Lindou Auditorium (Michener L110). The presentation is free and open to the public.

Whether you're worried about the economy in general, lie awake at night wondering about where you'll land that dream job after graduation or wonder whether the U.S. economy will be strong enough to allow Baby Boomers to retire comfortably, Felix's presentation, sponsored by UNC's Economics program, will enlighten you.