Around Campus: Friday, April 26, 2013

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Weekend Round-Up

The semester may be winding down but there are still quite a few things happening around UNC. Check out what is on the agenda this weekend:

Friday, April 26 -

Chamber Music Marathon | 6-11 p.m.
Location: Milne Auditorium (Kepner Hall)

There's no better way to transition into the weekend than with a little bit o' music, plus this event is free.

Earth Week: Thrift Store Prom Dance Party for the Environment | 7-10 p.m.
Location: Small Gym (Recreation Center)

Donate old prom dresses to Greeley-Evans School District 6, raise awareness about the environment and get your dance on at Thrift Store Prom. Be sure to bring your student ID and dress in your second-hand best; rumor has it there will be a photo booth... for second-hand swag, only.

Saturday, April 27 -

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day | 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: University Center

Rid your house or apartment of any unwanted or unneeded medicines. It may sound strange, but better to give the medicine a proper disposal then have it end up in landfills or our water system. More information, including other locations, available here.

Sunday, April 28 -

9Health Fair | 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: University Center

UNC is hosting the 2013 9Health Fair. Get up early and check it out; being out and about before noon is healthier than laying in bed.

Alumni’s Video Parody of TV Commercial Goes Viral

A video parody of a Dove skin care TV commercial by UNC Theatre Arts alumni Scott Kruse, Kurt Quinn, Keir Kirkegaard and Erin Watkins has racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube in the past 10 days.

Described by the Huffington Post as a "pretty brilliant video parody," un-credited portions of the video have been used by The Today Show and CNN in news stories about the controversial commercial and the inevitable parodies that it spawned.

The four alumni perform as New Feelings Time, a Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group. Theatre Arts alumnae Abby Ritt and Andi Davis also appear in the video.

View Dove Commercial | View Alumni's Video

Tell Us What YOU Think about UNC's Logos, Get a Free Meal

UNC's logo review committee needs students who can help evaluate UNC's logos through focus groups. As part of a focus group, you'll have an opportunity to share your thoughts on UNC's logos and the image they convey of the university. The sessions are 60-minutes long, include a free meal and are held on campus. If you're interested, you can select one of two dates: Monday, April 29, at 5 p.m. or Tuesday, April 30, at 5 p.m.

Please RSVP to Adrienne Miller at to reserve your slot and complimentary meal.

This research is an important part of a process headed by a UNC logo review committee made up of members from across campus and the community. The committee will gather opinions and perspectives from a number of focus groups as a follow-up to a survey on the logos. When the committee finishes its overall evaluation, it will create a report to recommend next steps, which may suggest a change, or no changes, depending on its findings.

CIE to Host Annual International Banquet May 2

The Center for International Education will host the annual International Banquet from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the University Center ballrooms. The banquet includes dinner, entertainment by international students and recognition of scholarships and awards for international and domestic students. For ticket information, contact Vanja Pejic, 351-2396.

RSVP Quilt Raffle Tickets Now Available

Who wouldn't want a nice, warm, handmade quilt to call their own? Purchase a raffle ticket, or two or ten, for your chance to win a queen-size quilt made by RSVP volunteers. Claim your entries between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from now through May 15 in the RSVP office, located in Brown Hall.

Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, 12 for $10, 18 for $15 and 24 for $20, cash or check only and proceeds benefit RSVP services.

Academic Excellence Awards Announced

Provost Robbyn Wacker has announced this year's Academic Excellence Awards recipients, who were recognized at the annual Academic Excellence Reception April 23. The recipients are:

  • Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education: Robert Heiny, Mathematical Sciences (More Info)
  • Teaching Excellence in Graduate Education: Priscilla Falcon, Hispanic Studies (More Info)
  • Excellence in Faculty Service: Richard Schwenz, Chemistry and Biochemistry (More Info)
  • Excellence in Faculty Advisement: Robert Reinsvold, Biological Sciences (More Info)
  • School/Program Excellence in Service: School of Theatre Arts and Dance (More Info)
  • Excellence through Performance Assessment: Tutoring Services (More Info)

Criteria for the awards include a thorough knowledge of the academic or professional field, ability to communicate that knowledge in an effective and organized manner, ability to create a positive learning environment, demonstration of respect and concern for students, ability to inspire enthusiasm for learning and high expectations for students' performance.

Pedestrian Safety Reminder

With the approach of spring and nicer weather that will bring increased numbers of pedestrians, dogs, skateboarders, bicyclists, in-line skaters and other forms of transportation to campus, please remember to travel courteously and safely along walkways, streets and parking lots.

This is especially important when traveling near individuals with disabilities including those using guide/service dogs, wheelchairs or other adaptive measures for whom well-meaning but over-exuberant dogs, rapidly approaching/overtaking bikes and boards, and other sudden changes in the flow of traffic can be hazardous.

Also, dog owners are reminded to pick up after their pets to help make campus a cleaner and safer place.