Around Campus: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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International Piano Academy at UNC to Include Free Performances

The University of Northern Colorado's School of Music will host the fourth annual Colorado International Piano Academy July 20-Aug. 2, featuring world-renowned pianists and piano teachers from top music schools in the U.S., Asia and Europe presenting concerts, master classes and lectures.

Evening performances open to the public by academy guest artists and faculty include:

  • Wednesday, July 23 - Faculty Joint Concert: "A Journey Around the World through Piano," featuring Changxin Guan, professor of piano at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing; South African pianist Stephen Pierce; and Lei Weng, professor of piano at UNC and organizer of the academy.
  • Sunday, July 27 - Guest Artist Concert: "Masterpieces of the 20th Century Transcription," featuring award-winning soloist Michael Chertock, chair of keyboard studies at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Thursday, July 31 - Guest Artist Concert: "Piano Masterpieces," featuring award-winning German pianist Thomas Duis, winner of the Sydney, Rubinstein and Bachauer international competitions and rector/professor at Germany's Hochschule des Saarlandes für Musik und Theater.

All three concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall, 800 17th St. Free parking is available in UNC parking lots after 5 p.m. and all day on weekends.

Adult tickets are $10 for each concert. A pass for all three is available for $20. Non-UNC students, anyone under 18 and those over 60 pay $5 per concert. Tickets for UNC students and employees with current UNC identification are free. Tickets include a post-concert reception.

Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Box Office, 351-2200, or at Tickets may be available at the door, space permitting.

The academy also includes two free concerts on July 28 and July 30 performed by emerging young artists from notable music programs throughout the United States and Asian conservatories and universities.

A complete schedule and additional information is available at

Northern Colorado Swimming & Diving Team Ranks Seventh in Nation Academically

Northern Colorado's swimming & diving team had the seventh highest grade point average spring semester among Division I teams in the nation, marking the eighth consecutive semester the team earned the Scholar All-America award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The Bears' 3.57 GPA for the semester also was the second highest among their Western Athletic Conference rivals -- just behind Northern Arizona's 3.58 GPA -- and the highest among Colorado schools.

The University of Kentucky topped the CSCAA's list for spring semester with a 3.72 GPA, followed by the University of Arkansas - Little Rock with a 3.68. Other top 10 schools included Alabama, UNLV, New Mexico and Illinois State.

The Bears recorded the 11th best GPA in the country for the 2013 fall semester.

"I'm really proud that the girls continue to improve in the classroom as well as in the water," Head Coach Kelly McClanahan said. "It shows that their hard work paid off and resulted in well-deserved recognition for them, the program and the university."

The CSCAA requires a minimum 3.0 team GPA for the Scholar All-America Team award. Founded in 1922, the association is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America and teams with Nike to support the Scholar All-America program.

CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams

2013-14 Northern Colorado Swimming and Diving Roster

Kira Alger

Carleigh Barrett

Brenna Boese

Kellie Burke

Erika Etz

Jasmine Fryrear

Elleanour Gawronska

Kimberly Kuni

Jennifer Laporte

Sarah Miller

Claire Mills

Tara Olson

Alexia Peterson

Laura Ramirez

Kellye Rather

Regina Riggle

Haley Schneider

Kelsey Smith

Renee Stephens

Melissa Tillman

Courtney Van Oost

Taylor Walsh

Casey Wolter

Blackboard Unavailable Early Morning July 17

Blackboard will be unavailable 2-7 a.m. Thursday, July 17, for scheduled maintenance and performance tuning. For additional information, contact the Technical Support Center, 970-351-4357.

2014-15 Parking Permits Available Starting Aug. 1, Prices Unchanged

UNC annual parking permits for faculty, staff, and students for the 2014-15 academic year will be available starting Aug. 1. Current permits expire Aug. 16. The cost of permits has not increased.

Remember that all payroll deduction, student bill and credit card purchases must be made in Ursa.

For prices and how to purchase a permit online, please visit the Parking Services website.

All that Jazz

The 11th annual UNC Jazz Camp July 13-18 includes several free concerts, highlighted by a special performance by the Colorado Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, in the Garden Theater. The complete schedule of free concerts open to the public is:

  • Sunday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert, Frasier 90
  • Monday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert, Frasier 90/63 (Instrumental/Vocal)
  • Tuesday, July 15, 8 p.m.: Colorado Jazz Orchestra Concert, Garden Theater
  • Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m.: Student Small Group/Solo Concert, Frasier 90/63 (Instrumental/Vocal)
  • Thursday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert, Frasier 90/63 (Instrumental/Vocal)
  • Friday, July 18, 1:30 p.m.: Student Large Ensemble Concert, Garden Theater

Designed to be intensive, challenging and inspiring, the UNC Jazz Camp will be led by UNC faculty and special guests trumpeter Clay Jenkins, saxophonist Don Aliquo, trombonist Paul McKee and vocalist Julia Dollison.

Jenkins, currently teaching at the Eastman School of Music, is a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and was formerly with the Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, and Count Basie orchestras.

Aliquo, who teaches at Middle Tennessee State University, is a former member of the Buddy Rich Big Band and has recorded with jazz bass virtuoso Rufus Reid.

McKee is a member of the faculty at Florida State University, has toured extensively with and is a former member of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd Big Band.

Dollison, currently teaching at Metropolitan State University in Denver, is a member of the acclaimed vocal group, Vertical Voices, and serves as a clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festival.

UNC jazz faculty at the camp include Dana Landry (piano), Jim White (drums), Erik Applegate (bass), Kerry Marsh (voice) Andy Dahlke (saxophone), Nat Wickham (trombone), John Adler (trumpet), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar), and David Caffey (composition).

The camp for middle, high school and college students features student big bands and combos, instrumental master classes, jazz theory and listening classes and student jam sessions.

Complete jazz camp information is available at

For additional information or questions, contact Amy Murphy, 970-351-2394.

2012 jazz camp student

A student in UNC's 2012 Jazz Camp shows his stuff during a jam session in the Garden Theater.