Around Campus: Monday, April 21, 2014

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On Top of the Rockies

Over the years, UNC alumnus Dick Monfort (BA-76) has pursued his passion for athletics in many different arenas: as a fan, as a competitor and now as owner and CEO of the Colorado Rockies. He talks about the team's approach for the 2014 season and how his time at UNC shaped his professional philosophy in an exclusive interview in the Alumni Association's Bear Den blog.

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Returned Collection on Display in Michener

A new exhibit opening at 4 p.m. April 24 at the University of Northern Colorado will feature a portion of a returned collection of Native American artifacts, some believed to be from 2,000 years ago.

"Lost, Now Found: Plains Indian Artifacts from the Hewett Collection," on the first floor of Michener Library, is the first of many exhibits that will showcase Plains Indians artifacts that were once housed on campus. Moccasins, a beaded and porcupine-quilled pipe case, and a parfleche (also known as an Indian suitcase) will be among the first items on display.

Future exhibits will include a portion of more than 200 Southwest pots and basketry that were also returned from a collection held on loan at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center since 1983 when the anthropology museum in Candelaria Hall ceased operating.

Sean Clason, a senior history major who minors in anthropology, organized the exhibit as a part of a class project in Assistant Professor Andy Creekmore's Public Archaeology class. The collection is named after Edgar Lee Hewett, a faculty member in the 1890s and archaeologist who is believed to have excavated some of the artifacts. Students and faculty are researching the collection, including its origins.

The opening April 24 in the reference area on the first floor of Michener will include refreshments.

National Denim Day to Raise Awareness of Victim-Blaming

Prevention Education and Advocacy Services invites you to join them in observing national Denim Day Wednesday, April 23, to raise awareness about the prevalence and injustice of victim blaming and how readily it continues to be utilized in attempts to prosecute sexual violence.

Wear jeans to make a social statement that there is "No Excuse and Never an Invitation to Rape."

Denim Day was triggered by an Italian court case that took place in the late 90s after an 18-year-old woman was raped by her driving instructor. While the perpetrator was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. It was argued that "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them…and by removing the jeans…it was no longer rape but consensual sex."

For more information about Denim Day, visit

Make Summer Count

Registration for Summer Session is now open on Ursa and does not require a PIN. Hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and extended studies courses will be offered in six-, eight- and 12-week formats both online and on campus. For more information about maximum course loads and tuition, visit the Summer Session website.

UNC to Hold 2014 Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 9-10

The University of Northern Colorado will hold ceremonies marking the 124th spring commencement May 9-10 on campus.

The Graduate School ceremony to award specialist, master's and doctoral degrees will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

About 265 spring graduates will receive degrees. Another 155 students expected to complete degree requirements this summer will also be included in the spring ceremony. UNC doesn't offer a summer commencement ceremony.

UNC alumnus and award-winning science fiction writer Connie Willis will be the featured speaker.

Willis' novels and short stories have won a record number of Hugo and Nebula awards - the genre's most prestigious honors. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2011.

Willis graduated from Colorado State College, now UNC, in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in English. She currently works with UNC's English honor society and recently donated her manuscripts to the university's Michener Library.

She and her husband, UNC Professor Emeritus Courtney Willis, live in Greeley.

The undergraduate commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road. About 1,190 spring and 390 summer graduates will receive degrees.

Two-time UNC alumnus and art educator Daniel Augenstein will be the featured speaker.

After earning his bachelor's degree in visual arts in from UNC in 1976, Augenstein began a 32-year career teaching art in Greeley public schools, including Greeley West High School, where he also served as director of Advanced Academics and coordinated the school's gifted program, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs.

Augenstein received his master's degree in painting from UNC in 1985, and since retiring from teaching in 2007, has pursued a full-time career as an artist, working in a variety of media. His work is owned by collectors in the United States and Europe.

He lives in Greeley with his wife Deborah.

Distinguished faculty and student leadership awards will also be presented during the ceremony.

Tickets are not required to attend either of the ceremonies and seating is available on a first-come basis.

Parking is free in UNC lots.

For additional information, including ceremony etiquette and protocols, the inclement weather plan for Saturday's ceremony and how to view a live webcast of the ceremonies, go to

About UNC's Spring 2014 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 1,996
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 1,580
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 418 (320 master's, 72 doctorates, 26 certificate/specialists)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 19-66; Grad: 22-65
  • Average age: Undergrad: 25; Grad: 33
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.22; Grad: 3.79
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 4 years / 11 terms
  • Most popular majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies-Elementary Education, Business Administration, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sport and Exercise Science. Grad: Special Education, Educational Leadership, Music, Sport and Exercise Science, Nursing, Clinical Counseling.
  • International Countries Represented (students earning degrees): 13 (China, India, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirate, United Kingdom)
  • Countries of Exchange Students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): 15 (Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom)
  • States Represented: 40 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 43 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Pueblo, Routt, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)

Tentative as of April 18, 2014.

Student Employee of the Year Awards Announced

Natalee Gonzalez, who works at the Campus Recreation Center and was nominated by Brett Ford and Brad Logar, was named the 2014 UNC Student Employee of the Year during the annual student employee recognition event April 15. Four runners-up were chosen for recognition by the award's selection committee. The students and their nominators were:

  • Dayna DeHerrera (nominated by Tiffany Wood, Information Management and Technology)
  • Taylor Symons (nominated by Evan Welch, Student Activities)
  • Carissa King (nominated by Tessa Johnson. Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Jennifer Beck, Bands and Orchestras)
  • Perla Borunda (nominated by Berlina Saenz, Marina Orozco, Kyle Castro and Lori McKellar; Center for Human Enrichment)

The winner of the SEOTY Banner Contest was the Office of Financial Aid. The office will receive a pizza party donated by Roma's Restaurant.

The Student Employee Recognition Team congratulates the winners and thanks all who submitted nominations. Pictures and more information regarding the Student Employee of the Year award will be available for future viewing at

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 fifth annual Shred Fest from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the B parking lot south of the University Center. 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.