Around Campus: Friday, May 3, 2013

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UNC History Major Wins Prestigious National Award

A University of Northern Colorado senior is just one of 15 university students in the U.S. to receive a prestigious award recognizing academic excellence in the study of American history.

Owen Volzke, a history major with a secondary education emphasis, will accept a 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award during activities at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History June 7-10 in New York City.

The award provides travel, lodging and meals, including a celebratory awards dinner. Winners will also participate in a program of special presentations, including meetings with eminent history scholars, and take tours of the historic Gilder Lehrman archives.

Volzke will be joined by peers from several Ivy League and private universities, which traditionally dominate the competition that requires students to submit a writing sample, letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Volzke, who has a 3.98 GPA, used his research paper for his capstone history seminar as his writing sample. In it he examined how the Oglala Lakota protestors during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, went about creating a new identity that drew upon a collective memory of Lakota culture in the 19th century, as well as an understanding and interpretation of Lakota-U.S. history during that period.

Last year Volzke won the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student Scholar Award. He plans to use his history major with a teaching emphasis to teach American history at the high school level.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is devoted to the improvement of history education and has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers and students that now operate in all 50 states. Its website features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Lower Level of University Center Closed May 20-June 2

If you're going to be taking classes or working on campus this summer, listen up. From May 20-June 2 there will be no pedestrian access to the lower level of the University Center, and except for the UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop, the businesses on that level will be closed while workers remove all the floor tiles, which are significantly deteriorated. The bookstore will observe normal summer operating hours, but access will be from an exterior entrance on the south side of the building. Please be aware of these other aspects of the anticipated two-week closure:

  • All retail dining outlets will be closed. Since the dining halls are also closed for their annual thorough cleanings, there will be no food service on campus for those two weeks. Please plan accordingly.
  • The Computer Commons will be closed. However, the computer lab in room 101 in McKee Hall will be open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday- 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 20-June 2. The Computer Commons will re-open Monday, June, 3.
  • Information about other lower level businesses can be found on the UC website, which also contains dates when the businesses are scheduled to re-open and up-to-date information regarding project progress and potential service disruptions.

Please be aware that installation of the new floor tiles after June 2 will be an ongoing process and is likely to last through the end of July or early August. As you navigate the University Center this summer, please be mindful of signs and other identifying markers designating walkways and construction work areas.

UC staff apologize for the inconvenience this important upgrade to your student center will cause and appreciate your patience and understanding. After months of planning, it was determined that there wasn't any way to safely provide pedestrian access while the tiles are being removed.

Magazine Names UNC Jazz Band, Orchestra Among World's Best

The country's leading jazz magazine has once again recognized a UNC jazz band and the university's symphony orchestra among the world's best.

UNC's Jazz Lab Band I (Best College Big Band) and the University Symphony Orchestra (Best College Classical Ensemble) were winners of DownBeat magazine's 36th Annual Student Music Awards, "Setting the Pace, Raising the Bar."

UNC jazz ensembles have received more than 100 DownBeat awards. UNC Jazz Lab Band I, directed by Dana Landry, has won seven DownBeat awards in the past nine years — four of those awards were for "Best College Big Band." Landry said the following recorded performances were submitted as part of the application for the award:

  • Everything I Love, composed by Cole Porter and arranged by UNC alumnus Steve Owen.
  • Wail, composed by UNC Jazz Studies Associate Professor Erik Applegate.
  • Sneak Out, composed by David von Kampen and published by UNC Jazz Press.

For the University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Russell Guyver, the award marks the 10th time since 1999 the group has been named best college orchestra or classical ensemble. Guyver said they submitted recordings of live performances of excerpts from Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, and Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.

"This is an international award, any college classical ensemble is eligible to enter, so this represents a significant achievement for the UNC School of Music," Guyver said.

The winners were announced in Downbeat's June issue available at

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Helping Heroes Book Drive Continues

Instead of selling your textbooks or packing them away and never using them again, consider donating them to UNC Veterans Services' Help Heroes Book Drive. Look for their table in the UC main level from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 through Friday, May 10 and help veteran- and military-connected students get books if they experience delays receiving VA book stipend benefits.

For more information, contact Veterans Services at 351-1403.

Students Select Monfort Professors of the Year

Students in the Monfort College of Business annually select Professors of the Year in each of the college's five departments, with one faculty member named Professor of the Year for the entire college. Those selected for awards this year are:

  • Chris Vegter - Professor of the Year for the College and Computer Information Systems Professor of the Year
  • William Wilcox - Accounting Professor of the Year
  • Vish Iyer - Marketing Professor of the Year
  • Cris de la Torre - Finance Professor of the Year
  • David Thomas - Management Professor of the Year
  • Robert Lynch - General Business Professor of the Year

The winners were announced at the college's annual student-sponsored picnic.

2013 Inspiring Women Awards Announced

The Women's Resource Center and Stryker Institute for Leadership Development recently hosted their annual Women's Recognition Reception and announced the 2013 Inspiring Women Awards nominees and recipients. The recipients in each award category were:

  • Staff Award - Dora Frias, Center for Human Enrichment
  • Student Award - Ashley Safford, Interdisciplinary Studies Elementary Education Major
  • Faculty Award - Linda Leon, School of Teacher Education

The staff of the WRC thank all the women nominated this year for their inspirational leadership and tireless efforts to our students and the campus community.

Bears Baseball and Softball at Home This Weekend

UNC baseball and softball kick off home series Friday, May 3, with baseball hosting Utah Valley. Bears softball will take on Weber State in their final series this season. Softball's series begins at 1 p.m. and baseball starts at 3 p.m.. Admission is free. check out the "Sports" link at the top of the page for more information.