Around Campus: Friday, April 19, 2013

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Temple Grandin to Speak April 22

Internationally known autism and animal welfare advocate and activist Temple Grandin will give a free public lecture titled "The Autistic Brain" from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the University Center ballrooms.

Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Grandin will offer a personal perspective on autism, sensory issues and social issues along the autism spectrum.

Drawing from her soon-to-be-released book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, Grandin will talk about her own experience with autism and discuss neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior.

Grandin advocates the benefits of treating autism symptom by symptom, and suggests that raising and educating children on the autism spectrum should focus on new ways to foster their unique contributions.

She's authored nine other books, including Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, which was the basis for the 2010 acclaimed biographical film Temple Grandin.

Also renowned for her insights into animal behavior and her innovations in livestock handling that have revolutionized food-animal welfare, Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

Her appearance is part of "ED Talks," a series of lectures from leading teachers, authors and scholars in the education field, sponsored by UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

More information about Grandin is at http://templegrandin.com.

Lavender Graduation - GLBTA Recognition Ceremony

Nominations are now open for Lavender Graduation, a GLBTQ recognition ceremony for outstanding students, faculty, staff and allies. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their contributions in the GLBTQ community, nominate them before Friday, April 26. The categories are:

  • Outstanding Supportive Faculty Member to LGBTQ Communities
  • Outstanding Supportive Staff Member to the LGBTQ Communities
  • Outstanding Student Ally
  • Outstanding LGBTQ Student Leader to the Northern Colorado LGBTQA Communities-
  • Outstanding LGBTQ Student Leader to the UNC LGBTQA Communities

Happy nominating!

Take Advantage of the Bear Biz Student Discount

Whether you are staying in Greeley for the summer or heading back home, now is the time to take advantage of your Bear Biz student discount. Check out the list of participating businesses around town, then grab some friends and see what's out there. Be sure to bring your student ID, too.

City Recognizes UNC's Environmental Efforts

The University of Northern Colorado has been named one of three recipients of the city of Greeley's sixth annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, marking the second time that the school has been honored since the awards' inception.

The awards recognize individuals and businesses for outstanding efforts and strategies that protect and enhance local environmentally quality.

The accomplishments leading to UNC's selection included:

  • More than 180,000 pounds of paper, nearly 139,000 pounds of cardboard, and more than 47,000 pounds of co-mingled plastic and aluminum were collected in 2012.
  • The recent installation in high-traffic areas around campus of 20 outdoor recycling kiosks made from recycled materials is expected to increase recycling totals by 10 percent.
  • Thirty-two bottle-filling water stations installed the past year across campus have already diverted more than 500,000 plastic water bottles from landfills.
  • The student-run and -funded Student Leaf organization has several education programs around campus and is actively engaging students as well as staff in resource conservation efforts.
  • Over the past two years, more than 20 old refrigerators have been replaced with new energy-efficient models.
  • The UNC Sustainability Council and its subcommittees, comprised of faculty, staff and students, take a multi-faceted approach to sustainability, from energy conservation and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework.
  • An Environmental and Sustainability bachelor's degree program was added to the university's offerings in 2011.

Future plans include additional performance contracting to identify more energy conservation opportunities, more on-site renewable energy and replacement of parking lot lights with LEDs.

More information about UNC's resource conservation program is available on the Resource Conservation website.

Annual Shred Fest Set for April 22

Get rid of your old, sensitive office or personal documents in a secure way at no cost by bringing them for shredding at the fourth annual Shred Fest from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Kepner Hall parking lot. Everyone who brings paper for shredding will be eligible to participate in a raffle for prizes.

Be sure to follow your office's and the state's document retention guidelines when shredding materials.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Information Management and Technology and College Credit Union.

UNC Class Leads Asset Mapping Project in Local Refugee Community

Twelve students in a University of Northern Colorado honors class are working this semester with members of the local refugee community to identify resources that are available to help refugees' transitions into their newly adopted culture.

Three teams, each comprised of three or four students and two members of the refugee community, are canvassing neighborhoods in Greeley and Evans and researching organizations and other resources throughout the region that are part of the refugee community.

The teams are using a community asset mapping model developed at Northwestern University as an alternative to the more typical "deficit-based" community needs assessment.

In asset mapping, the community self-evaluates its available resources and assets - identifying institutions and individuals who play leadership roles and can be further developed - rather than identifying what's missing.

The class will present its results April 18 to community stakeholders.

UNC's Honors Program received grants through the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Colorado Campus Compact to support the design and implementation of the course and service learning project.

The course, Honors Connections II: Global Citizenship in your Backyard, is co-instructed by UNC Honors and Scholars Director Loree Crow and Sarah Wyscaver, an Honors program faculty member.

Photo of UNC Student Finalist in Service in Action Competition

A photo of UNC student Caitlin Miller working with members of Greeley's Somalian refugee community is a finalist in the third annual Service in Action Photo Competition sponsored by Colorado Campus Compact. Voting for the best photo expressing a student's commitment to civic engagement is open on the CCC Facebook page through April 26 by clicking on the "Contests" tab. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship.