Around Campus: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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UNC Trustees Approve 2014-15 Budget

The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees approved the 2014-15 budget Friday, June 13, during the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

As previously discussed at the March meeting ( the budget planning process takes into account factors including affordability and price relative to UNC's peers in setting rates. Resident undergraduate tuition for 2014-15 will remain the lowest among Colorado's research universities, and the budget continues to set aside institutional discounting for scholarships and need-based aid at a rate of 25 percent of tuition, the equivalent of $24.7 million in institutional aid for students.

Tuition, fees, room and board account for 67 percent of university revenue while state funding represents 21 percent of the budget. Rates for the upcoming year:

  • Average resident undergraduate tuition: $6,024 per year (a 4.8 percent, or $276, increase from 2013-14). A primary planning objective is to normalize tuition rates to provide students and their families predictability from year to year.
  • Graduate on-campus tuition rate increase of 3 percent.
  • Extended campus and online rate increases between 2.9-7.7 percent depending on program.
  • Room and board: Room rates will remain flat for incoming freshmen ($4,800-$6,522 a year based on room amenities) with an increase of just over 1 percent for a 19 meals-per-week plan for the academic year ($5,560).
  • Fees: $1,284 for a full-time student — for Student Services, the Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), and Student Capital Fee.
  • Detailed rates and information will be posted at within the next week.

In other board action, trustees approved:

  • The Campus Commons Plan. The 114,000 square foot student-centric model features an integrated facility that completely transforms the way UNC provides support. Students will be connected with opportunities the moment they arrive in mapping out their personal path to graduation. With a single conversation a student will be able to access a full range of opportunities — from academic advising, financial aid, class registration, community connections, career planning, and co-curricular learning experiences. The Campus Commons will also become the gateway to campus for visitors, including alumni and community members, and will provide space for academic programs (Performing and Visual Arts, Nutrition, Hospitality and Business), rehearsals and performances, and exhibits. The facility will be connected to the University Center and be located south of the UC. Funding will come from a combination of state funds, donor funds and student fee-backed bonds. Pending state funding approval, design is expected to begin in 2015 with an anticipated opening in Fall 2017.
  • Tenure, promotions (PDF) and emeritus status (PDF) for recommended faculty.
  • Multiyear employment agreements for football, volleyball and women's basketball head coaches.
  • Faculty Senate-approved amendments to board policy to clarify course overload compensation rates, add a statement covering the procedure for academic appeals brought to faculty during a non-contractual period, and changes to subsections to describe procedures for biennial faculty reviews. (View PDF of changes)

In other news, Provost Robbyn Wacker announced the name changes for the following programs:

  • Social Studies Secondary Teaching B.A. - Africana Studies (formerly Africana Studies B.A. - Secondary Teaching Emphasis)
  • Social Studies Secondary Teaching B.A. - Mexican American Studies (formerly Mexican American Studies B.A. - Secondary Teaching Emphasis)
  • Elementary Education B.A. (formerly Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.)

Wacker also announced the following new minors, certificates and emphasis areas:

  • Criminal Investigation - Undergraduate Certificate: A five-course program through Extended Studies designed for criminal justice majors or working professionals in the field. It will provide students with knowledge to apply hands-on procedures and the latest scientific techniques for evaluating and processing crime scenes.
  • Geographic Information Science - Undergraduate Minor: Open to all UNC students, the minor includes courses necessary for anyone working with GIS technologies for mapping and analyzing spatial information — areas of expected demand include Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Business.
  • Sports Coaching emphasis (B.S. Sport and Exercise Science): The major, the only one of its kind in the state, combines sport specific content, scientific knowledge and pedagogical practices to prepare coaches to become leaders in the profession.

UNC Alumna Named Colorado Biology Teacher of the Year

Windsor High School teacher and UNC alumna Tamara Pennington has been named the Outstanding Biology Teacher of 2014 in Colorado by the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Colorado Biology Teachers Association.

She graduated from UNC in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Biology,

Pennington, a teacher for 23 years, will be honored at the CBTA Biology Spring Symposium and at the 2014 NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland Nov. 12-15 and at the Colorado Science Conference on Nov. 21 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

The award, given annually since 1961 by NABT, identifies outstanding biology teachers in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada and overseas territories. Teachers who teach the majority of their career in the life sciences in grades 7-12 in public or private schools are eligible. Colorado honorees are selected by actual classroom visitations and observations.

For more information, visit the CBTA website.

International Residence Hall Organization Names UNC School of the Year

The University of Northern Colorado has been named school of the year by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, the largest student-run organization in the world.

The award was presented to students in UNC's Residence Hall Association (RHA) and their advisor, Christina Schwiderski, during the association's annual conference at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

In selecting UNC for the school of the year award, the national association evaluated RHA and its host department (Residential Education) on a number of criteria, including RHA goals, programming and community outreach — which included volunteering to help with area flood relief initiatives last September. The 30-page bid was written by UNC sophomore Shannon Mulqueen, who also won the NACURH Communications Coordinator of the Year Award. Leslie Baughman also won NRHH Student of the Year

UNC was last selected as the school of the year in 2010. The Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls has recognized UNC with seven regional school of the year awards (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2003, 2004 and 2010).

RHA executive board members for 2013-2014 were: Alicia Martinez, president; Angela Wirsching, National Residence Hall Honorary president; Shannon Mulqueen, NACURH communications coordinator; Raye Sims, social and traditional events coordinator; Regan Teagarden, business administration and technology coordinator; and Katie Barglowski, public relations and fundraising coordinator.

Volunteers Sought for Poudre Learning Center Flood Restoration

UNC's educational partner, the Poudre Learning Center, seeks volunteers to help with flood restoration efforts at the center 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 11. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register here or call 303-715-1010.

Volunteers will work to re-seed areas around the center that were inundated with sediment earlier this summer, restore washed out trails and pick up flood debris.

No experience is necessary. The minimum age for volunteers is 8.

UNC to Remove Parade Tarps, Other Damaging Items

The University of Northern Colorado will install temporary signs on campus asking Greeley Stampede parade-goers to avoid using tarps and similar items that distress grass when saving spots along the east side of 10th Avenue between 16th and 20th streets.

Those wishing to reserve a spot for watching the parade July 4 should instead use tape, ribbons, rope or string anchored by stakes or landscaping pins.

UNC crews will remove tarps and other potentially damaging items each morning and throughout the day as they are discovered. Items will be folded and left along the curb in front of the "reserved" space for owners to pick up.

According to Pat McDonald, manager of landscaping and grounds for UNC, tarps, plastic sheeting, sleeping bags, heavy blankets and similar items will damage and possibly kill grass in a few days or sooner, if temperatures are in the 80s or 90s because they restrict the amount of water and oxygen the grass gets.

McDonald said that parade-goers are welcome to bring tarps, plastic sheeting and the like to sit on the day of the parade, and should take the items with them after the parade.

UNC officials remind those viewing the parade that alcohol in open containers is prohibited on campus.

Little Theatre of the Rockies Continues with 'The Marvelous Wonderettes'

The University of Northern Colorado's Little Theatre of the Rockies will continue its 80th season with the musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes, playing June 19-21at 7:30 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. in Langworthy Theatre in Frasier Hall.

Directed and choreographed by UNC faculty member John Leonard, the play tells the story of the Wonderettes, four girls during their high school prom. As we learn about their lives and loves, this smash off-Broadway hit features classic '50s and 60s' songs like "Lollipop," "Heatwave," "Mr. Sandman, "Respect" and more than 20 other classic hits.

The rest of the series' performances are:

  • Altar Boyz - July 9, 17-18 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and July 27 at 2 p.m. in Norton Theatre in Gray Hall
  • Sylvia - June 26-28, July 12, 23-25 at 7:30 p.m.; June 29 and July 13 at 2 p.m. at Norton Theatre, Gray Hall
  • God of Carnage - July 3-5, 10, 11, 16 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; July 6 and 20 at 2 p.m. at Norton Theatre
  • Swing! - July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., August 3 at 2 p.m. at Langworthy Theatre

For performance synopses, casts and ticket information, visit the LTR website.

Emergency Alert System to be Tested June 18

A test of UNC's Emergency Alert Messaging System will be conducted about noon on Wednesday, June 18. The test message will be sent to UNC email accounts, text-enabled campus phones, subscribed cell phones (text and voice messages) and campus emergency poles. If you want to sign up to receive emergency alert messages on your cell phone or if your cell phone number changed recently, instructions are available on the Emergency Alert System website.