Around Campus: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Making a Difference in Teacher Education

There are many reasons why UNC has an enduring reputation as the premier preparer of teachers in Colorado. An example is a unique aspect of a teacher prep course where students tutor elementary school children in the Loveland trailer park where they live.

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Women's Basketball Scores Nationally in the Classroom

UNC Chapter of Hispanic Honor Society Recognized Nationally

UNC's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2013-14. It's the eighth consecutive year the local chapter has earned the award.

Only 12 of the society's 600 chapters nationally were recognized for the caliber of chapter projects that reflect the Sigma Delta Pi mission of honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society.

Efraín Garza, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, is the local chapter's advisor and a previous recipient of the Jose Martel Award, which is given once every three years to the society's most outstanding advisor.

With its national office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

For more information, visit the society's website.

UNC Chemist to Present Research on Using Cannabis to Treat Cancer

University of Northern Colorado Professor Richard M. Hyslop and colleague Corina Brown will discuss their cutting-edge research and preliminary findings on developing cannabis-based cancer treatments as featured speakers at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, Aug. 10-14.

Hyslop has been involved in cancer research for 35 years and is leading a team of scientists from UNC in the research on behalf of Nuvilex in developing targeted cannabis-based cancer treatments through the use of the company's live cell encapsulation technology. The goal of the research is to develop an approach to treating "solid" tumors, initially those of the brain and pancreas, with cannabinoids of the cannabis plant.

Related: Hyslop, Research in the News

National Grant Funding Awarded for Unique Teacher Prep Program

Nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation will provide grant funding to build the framework for an innovative teacher preparation partnership between the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Northern Colorado.

The new program will focus on increasing the number of highly qualified science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in response to a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade. The Mines-UNC initiative draws on the strengths of the two research institutions in providing Mines students with a path to becoming a science or math teacher.

Collaboration is underway to develop the courses for Mines students to earn a degree in an existing STEM area and apply for teacher licensure through the state.

Once in place, the program will serve as a national model that other engineering and teacher institutions can adopt.

For more details about the partnership, visit

About the Award


Parking Lot Closures - Aug. 1-8

Repair and maintenance work on campus parking lots and lot entrances continues this weekend and next week, requiring drivers to use alternate parking and entrance detours per the following schedule:

Friday, Aug. 1

  • Ke-Lot: Closed
  • H-Lot: Closed
  • I-Lot: one drive lane closed

Saturday, Aug. 2

  • Ke-Lot: Closed

Sunday, Aug. 3

  • Kw-Lot: Closed

Monday, Aug. 4

  • A-Lot (North): Closed

Tuesday, Aug. 5

  • J-Lot Entrances: Closed (alternate entrance through I-Lot)
  • 14th Ave south of 20th St.: Closed (alternate entrance south of Nottingham)
  • D-Lot: Closed
  • E-Lot: Closed

Wednesday, Aug. 6

  • J-Lot Entrances: Closed (alternate entrance through I-Lot)
  • 14th Ave south of 20th St.: Closed (alternate entrance south of Nottingham)
  • D-Lot: Closed
  • E-Lot: Closed

Thursday, Aug. 7

  • 14th Ave south of 20th St.: Closed (alternate entrance south of Nottingham)
  • D-Lot: Closed
  • E-Lot: Closed

Friday, Aug. 8

  • D-Lot: Partially closed along drive lane entrance
  • E-Lot: Partially closed along drive lane entrance
  • Ze-Lot: Closed

For alternate parking, visit the UNC Parking Lot map.

Please contact Parking Services at 970-351-1971 if you have any questions.

Move-In Volunteers Sought

Housing and Residential Education seeks volunteers to staff move-in information tents and help families and students move their belongings into residence halls on Move-In Day, Thursday, Aug. 21. Two-hour shifts are available performing the following duties:

Move-In Tents
This is suggested for faculty and staff who can help at the five information tents across campus. You'll be handing out campus maps, providing information and guiding families on where to park and unload as they move into the halls. Tent locations and more information will be emailed the week prior to Move-In Day. Sign up online.

Move-In Assistance
This is suggested for anyone who would like to assist families and students carry and move things into their rooms. More information, including expectations and location assignments will be emailed the week prior.

Groups such as Greek Life, Athletics, Ambassadors, etc., should list a lead contact and approximately how many people will be assisting with move-in. Sign up online. Please note that all volunteers are expected to assist families and students carry and move things into their rooms.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shannon Mulqueen.

2014-15 Parking Permits Now Available, Prices Unchanged

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

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.