Around Campus: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Celebrating 125 Years

On April 1,1889, Colorado Gov. Job A. Cooper signed Senate Bill 104, establishing the State Normal School in Greeley and starting a tradition of educational excellence that's now in its 125th year. We kick off the celebration with the debut of an anniversary website that includes a historical timeline, photographic and video memories, UNC traditions and more.

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UNC to Celebrate Academic Excellence April 6-12

The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate academic excellence with a variety of activities and ceremonies during the school's annual Academic Excellence Week, April 6-12.

The highlights of the many activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements during the celebration include:

  • Research Day: Nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic field at UNC will share information about their research projects during 200 presentations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 10 throughout the University Center's second floor. Top research projects will be selected for recognition. List of presenters.
  • Distinguished Scholar Luncheon: UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board will honor the 2014 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar, college scholars and faculty achievements from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, April 7. RSVPs were due March 27.
  • 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 the Academic Excellence Week website at 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.

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.

Bears Baseball at Home This Weekend

It's baseball weather and the UNC Bears are glad to be playing at home for the first time in almost a month when they host New Mexico State Friday (April 4) at 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at noon. All you need to bring is your Bear Pride because admission this season is again free for everyone. Go Bears!

Winners Announced in Fifth Annual E-Challenge

Winners of the fifth annual University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge were announced during the televised event on Saturday, March 29, on 9News/Channel 20. A replay of the event is now available on-demand at The winner of the challenge was IX Power Clean Water, second place was Tabrific LLC and third place was Congo.

The five finalists presented their business plans to a panel of judges in a "Shark Tank" format at 9NEWS studios in Denver. Judges for the Entrepreneurial Challenge included Dick Monfort, owner and CEO of the Colorado Rockies; Brad Cheedle, senior vice president of Business Services for WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone; and Chris Onan, co-founder and managing director of Galvanize. Gregg Moss, business reporter and 9NEWS anchor, was again the emcee for the event. The winners received a total of $50,000 in prize money and business incubator services from UNC BizHub, the new business incubator at the University of Northern Colorado.

The first-place prize of $25,000 went to IX Powerclean Water, which commercializes clean water and safe power innovations that were developed at U.S. Department of Energy laboratories. Its first product, OrganiClear, was developed to remove toxic organic hydrocarbons from water used in oil and gas operations, agriculture, mining and other industrial processes.

"Although we've been working on the launch of our product OrganiClear for over a year, the program the challenge put us through really focused our thinking on the market, prospective customers, and how we can raise capital to achieve our business goals. We are excited to be this year's E-Challenge grand prize winner," said IX Power Clean Water CEO John R. "Grizz" Deal.

Second place and winner of $15,000 is Tabrific LLC, which offers customers a more personalized gifting option for creating experiences around an idea, product or event. Text, video and audio can be used in a secure email message to the gift recipient, also allowing for last-minute and long-distance gifting.

"We are very grateful for being an integral part of the Entrepreneurial Challenge. This competition delivered invaluable exposure to the northern Colorado entrepreneurship community and furthermore, yielded great feedback from potential consumers," said Carl Truong, co-founder of Tabrific LLC. "As a consumer facing platform, one of the exciting parts of this challenge was the ability to share our product and observe which functions our potential users were most excited about. Tabrific plans to use the funds for customer acquisition strategies and technical development including the implementation of military grade SSL encryption to keep our users safe. The prize money will help us launch our Beta platform, expected to go live this summer."

Third place and winner of $10,000 is Congo, an online platform providing users with instant access to a fee-based live video chat with a qualified doctor or lawyer of their choice. In-person visits with pre-qualified providers are also available.

"Congo is developing a platform solution that will change the way individuals and expert professionals interact. While the $10,000 cash prize will immediately be put to use in driving our business forward, the biggest reward comes from the validation and exposure that comes with winning" said Willy Ogorzaly, Founder and CEO of Congo. "We were honored by the opportunity to put our concept in front of the knowledgeable and well-respected judges at the Monfort College of Business E-Challenge and are encouraged by their vote of confidence. The event was only made possible by the amazing people involved. Everyone associated with the event was passionate about entrepreneurship and always willing to help. I can say with 100 percent confidence that our company is stronger because of the Monfort College of Business E-Challenge."

"The judges were very impressed with the caliber of business plans presented," said David Thomas, assistant professor of management and director of the Entrepreneurial Challenge. "We are looking forward to another highly competitive event. The 9NEWS partnership and broadcast on Channel 20 was a great addition to this year's challenge and has provided a broader audience with a view of the exciting ventures being built here in Colorado. We are looking forward to making next year's competition bigger and even better."

For more information about the competition visit
To learn more about the finalists who competed in this year's challenge, visit their respective websites.
IX Powerclean Water:
Omirown Entertainment LLC:
Tabrific LLC:

About the Monfort College of Business
The Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado is recognized for delivering excellence in business education. It is the first and only business program to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States (2004). The college has been accredited by AACSB International for 20 years — the "gold standard" for accreditation. The college is one of an elite few worldwide that are accredited in both business administration and accounting. Over 10 successive years Monfort's graduating seniors have scored in the top 4 to 10 percent on nationwide standardized exit exams. For more information, visit Monfort's website at

Call for Creative Writing: 'A Community of Voices'

The UNC Summit on Social Justice and Diversity, scheduled for Monday, April 14, invites students, faculty and staff to submit original creative writing by April 7 for consideration as part of "A Community of Voices," the creative writing reading held during the Summit. For additional details, including criteria for submissions and how to submit your writing, click here.

Parking Alternatives Suggested for Teacher Employment Days

During Teacher Employment Days April 3-4 in Butler-Hancock Hall, there'll be a limited number of available parking spaces in L, M and Y lots by 10 a.m. and use of other parking lots, carpooling and alternative transportation methods are recommended.

Career Services expects 800-1,000 job seekers and 300 recruiters from school districts for the event, the largest educational job fair in the region. Recruiters will be hiring for teaching and administrative positions in all levels of K-12 schools.

For more information, visit