Around Campus: Monday, April 7, 2014

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A Matter of Culture

Alumnus Brandon Barnholt, president and CEO of the second-largest natural and specialty foods distributor in North America, will return to the Monfort College of Business April 9 to share his perspectives on corporate culture. He talks about those perspectives - and how UNC's culture motivates him to stay involved with his alma mater - in an Alumni Association Bear Den blog.

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UNC Academic Excellence Week: Distinguished Scholars to be Recognized

The Faculty Research and Publications Board, College Deans and Office of Sponsored Programs will recognize faculty achievement in research and other academic pursuits at the Distinguished Scholar Luncheon on Monday, April 7. RSVPs for the luncheon were due March 27.

Nine faculty will be presented with awards.

Steven Anderson, professor of Earth Science and director of the Mast Institute, will receive the 2014 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar award - given annual to a faculty member who's consistently demonstrated outstanding scholarly performance.

Awards for college scholars will be presented to:

  • Rashida Banerjee, associate professor of Special Education; College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • Steven Seegel, associate professor of History; College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Michael Martin, associate professor of Business Law; Monfort College of Business
  • Anton Dzhamay, associate professor of Mathematics; College of Natural and Health Sciences
  • Caleb Harris, associate professor of Music; College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Andrea Falcone, assistant professor of University Libraries; University College

In addition, Elizabeth Franklin, professor of Hispanic Studies, will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Sponsored Programs Award, and David Hydock, assistant professor of Sport and Exercise Science, will receive the Sponsored Programs New Faculty Recognition Award.

Read honorees' profiles at

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.
  • 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.

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.

Celebrate the Final Paint Strokes of the Main Street Matters Program

UNC will join the city of Greeley in celebrating the conclusion of the Benjamin Moore Main Street Matters program from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 11, at DP Dough, 901 16th St. Witness the final paint strokes applied to the last building, then enjoy refreshments, entertainment and give-aways. Greeley Mayor Tom Norton, along with local dignitaries, will recognize Greeley for its efforts to bring the program to town.

Greeley is one of 20 communities across North America selected by the program to have a main street fixed up and repainted with Benjamin Moore providing the paint.

For more information about the program, visit Main Street Matters or contact Becky Safarik at 970-350-9785.

Annual PAY It Forward Effort Saturday

Join Bears PAY It Forward and the UNC Alumni Association from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, to assist in neighborhood clean-up and flood recovery projects. Help enhance the Evans community by cleaning the State Farm neighborhood (next to the Monfort Family Clinic) or clean up flood damage near the South Platte River about one mile east of Greeley.

To sign up for the event, click here. Groups will meet at the University Center's west patio at 8:30 a.m. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and clothes you won't mind getting dirty. Tools and lunch will be provided.

For more information, email Jimmy Kohles, Chris Garcia, call 970-351-2172 or visit the Bears PAY It Forward website.

April 10 Read-In Canceled, Readers and Listeners Sought for April 21 Session

The UNC Read-In scheduled for April 10 has been canceled but readers and listeners are sought for the April 21 Read-In commemorating the Holocaust. Read or listen to published works about the Holocaust from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Michener Library. Anyone interested in reading can sign up online for a 15-minute time slot and listeners can drop by as their schedules permit.

The series is co-sponsored by the English Education Program and Michener Library.

For more information about the series, contact Jeri Kraver.

Help Save Lives with the Candelaria Blood Drive

The Dean's Office of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a blood drive from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the parking lot in front of Candelaria. To sign up, click here. If you're interested in donating, remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water beforehand. Don't forget to bring a valid driver's license or photo I.D. with a date of birth.

The North Colorado Medical Center relies on volunteer blood donors. Over 50 blood donors are needed daily for trauma, surgery and cancer patients in our community. In less than an hour, your blood can save up to 22 lives.