Around Campus: Friday, April 5, 2013

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UNC Student Returns from South Korea with New Perspectives

A University of Northern Colorado undergraduate student recently returned from a 10-day study abroad trip in Korea with a new perspective on the country, its culture and its relations with North Korea and the United States.

Kacey Kropp, a sophomore in UNC's Honors program majoring in International Affairs, was one of only 40 college students in the nation selected to receive a highly sought-after scholarship for an all-expenses-paid study trip to South Korea during spring break.

The scholarship was funded by the Korea Foundation, and the selection process and trip was administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange.

The study abroad program, hosted March 16-26 by Yonsei University in Seoul, allows U.S. students with little or no previous exposure to Korean culture to better understand the country, its people and its relationship with North Korea through academic lectures, site visits and cultural excursions.

The academic lecture sessions included learning some basic "survival" phrases in Korean, a historical overview of the country, information about South Korea's relations with North Korea and the U.S., and American's perceptions of Korean society.

"We were given first-hand, professionally-informed commentary and opinion on North Korea and the threat, or lack thereof, that this communist neighbor poses," Kropp said. "There was also a sense of pity for the North Korean people themselves and a sense of annoyance and distaste for the North Korean government and its antics."

The students learned about Korean culture and history through foot and bus tours of Seoul and a traditional Korean village; visits to the National Museum of Korea, the Demilitarized Zone and one of Seoul's ancient palaces; and nighttime trips to sample the city's shopping and dining experiences.

Other students on the trip came from universities that included Yale, Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Vassar, Miami, Duke and Temple.

Smooth Tunes at UNC's Jazz in the Lounge

Get to the Fireside Lounge (second floor, University Center) before 11:15 a.m. Monday, April 8, and snag a table for Jazz in the Lounge... Yes, the title is self-explanatory. Spread the word, bring a lunch and enjoy the hour-long performance in solitude or with friends.

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.

Shop Yard Sale Tomorrow, Support Relay for Life

Don't miss the UNC Care Bears Yard Sale from 8-3 p.m. tomorrow, April 6, at Arlington Park Apartments, 2315 Ninth Ave. Homemade burritos and baked items will also be for sale to help raise money for the American Cancer Society and support the fight for more birthdays of survivors around the world.

National Report: UNC’s School of Special Education Responds to Shortages

The University of Northern Colorado's School of Special Education was recognized for preparing "high-quality special educators in significant numbers" in a study conducted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

In the report, "The Changing Teacher Preparation Profession," AACTE acknowledges UNC for responding to the high-need field through recruitment strategies, which include strong relationships with area school districts, and for providing "ample support" for teacher candidate throughout the program.

"One way the school has strengthened the support it provides candidates is through its use of an ‘early warning system' to identify early on those teacher candidates struggling in the program and to develop professional improvement plans to support them," the report stated.

The note on UNC appears in the report's findings that "teacher production shortages persist in key areas" — specifically, English language acquisition, mathematics, science and special education. Among the findings, the report recommends:

  • Better alignment between teacher production and workforce needs
  • Improving induction programs and working conditions to ensure that highly trained professionals remain the teaching field

For more information, including key findings of the report, visit the AACTE website.

To download the full report (the UNC entry appears on Page 14), visit

Greeley Video Contest Deadline - April 15

Submit a video to show future UNC students why Greeley is the place to be, and you could win $500 cash. The submission deadline is a little over a week away so get out, get creative, and get your video submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

Questions? Send an email to UNC's Web Communications department.

Jump-Start Your Career Planning at Counseling Forum

Students interested in becoming professional counselors and attaining quality internships prior to graduation are encouraged to attend the Counseling Forum from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 in Kepner Hall. The deadline to register for the event (CSI Rho Epsilon members-$0, UNC Student-$5, UNC Alumni/General Public-$10) is Thursday, April 11 at midnight.

Meet with professionals in your field of interest and ask questions during a panel session with counseling graduates working in the real world. Learn how to excel as an intern, and ultimately see how five hours can impact your future. With various informational booths, raffle prizes and refreshments this event is a must for students pursuing a career in counseling.

For more information on this event, including details on the keynote speaker and session topics, visit the Programs in Professional Counseling website.