Around Campus: Monday, April 8, 2013

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Call for Homecoming Themes

OK, it's Bearly spring. But we want you to picture next fall's UNC homecoming for just a few minutes. Can you think of a great theme for Spirit Week? We'd love to hear your ideas. What's a theme that captures the week's pride, color and spirit? Email with your ideas by April 26. If yours is chosen, you'll receive a $25 gift card to Bear Logic!

Registration for Summer, Fall Terms Now Underway

Registration for summer session classes is now underway for all students. No PIN is required. Currently enrolled students will register for fall semester according to the schedule available here and in Ursa.

Undergraduate students must have a PIN (available from your major advisor) to register for fall courses unless you're a Nursing major or a junior or senior Business major.

Fall semester registration continues through April 30.

For more information, contact the Registrar's office at 351-2231.

Reminder: Student Senate Elections April 10-11

Don't forget to cast your vote for 2013-14 Student Senate candidates from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11. Stop by the University Center and find an official polling booth to make a positive impact on the future of UNC.

Spring Campus Clean-Up April 18

Help the Center for Peer Education clean up cigarette butts and other unsightly trash (and earn some volunteer hours) during the center's annual Spring Campus Clean-up from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

Send your name, contact info and the number of people in your group (individuals are also welcome) to by April 17 and then meet up with everyone on the 18th outside the Student Activities office on the second floor of the University Center. Event Poster

Goats, Ponies and Bunnies, Oh My!

Who says college students can't enjoy a petting zoo? Certainly not UPC, which is bringing farm animals to UNC on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the South UC Parking Lot. Hang with goats, ponies, bunnies and more while enjoying cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones, too. Bring your siblings, roommates - animal lovers of all ages are welcome at this free event.

Sigma Kappa Presents: All-You-Can-Eat Mac n' Cheese Bowl

The only thing better than leftover mac n' cheese is homemade mac n' cheese. Eat as much as your mind and/or stomach can handle for just $5 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Sigma Kappa House (10th Avenue and 18th Street), and enjoy live music by the Leghounds, too. All proceeds go towards the Sigma Kappa Foundation, which then donates the money to Alzheimer's research and the Maine Seacoast Mission.

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 8. RSVPs for the luncheon were due

Nine faculty will be presented with awards.

Rick Adams, professor of Biological Sciences, will receive the 2013 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar award - given annually to a faculty member who's consistently demonstrated outstanding scholarly performance.

Awards for college scholars will be presented to: Robyn Hess, professor of School Psychology; Nicholas Syrett, assistant professor of History; Isaac Wanasika, assistant professor of Management; Robin Macaluso, associate professor of Chemistry; Melissa Malde, professor of Music; and Jennifer Leffler, associate professor and manager of Resource Maintenance at the University Libraries.

In addition, Paula Conroy, associate professor of Special Education, will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Sponsored Programs Award, and Jill Bezyak, assistant professor of Human Rehabilitative Services, will receive the Sponsored Programs New Faculty Recognition Award.

Read honorees' profiles.

Other activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements during the celebration include:

  • Teaching and Learning Fair: Faculty from a variety of disciplines will exchange ideas, strategies, assignments and other tools that foster academic excellence through teaching and learning during the fourth annual Teaching and Learning Fair from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the University Center Panorama room and Aspen suites. Schedule.
  • Hewit Distinguished Professor of History Lecture: Susan Schulten, professor of History at the University of Denver and the 2013 Hewit Distinguished Professor of History at UNC, will present "The Meaning of Maps," a free public lecture and book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Panorama room at the University Center. Full details.
  • Research Day: More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic discipline at UNC will share information about their research projects during 258 presentations from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, throughout the University Center's second floor. Top research projects will be selected for recognition. List of presentations.
  • 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 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.