Around Campus: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Electric Trams to be Used for Campus Tours, Help Naming Them Sought

To allow visitors to see more of campus with less walking, the UNC Visitors Center will soon begin using three electric trams for its daily guided tours and wants you to help name each of the new vehicles, which will incorporate UNC branding.

Vote for your favorite tour tram names here. Voting closes at midnight on Monday, Sept. 16.

Two of the trams seat 13 guests while the third, which is wheelchair accessible, accommodates nine. They include "zip-down" walls that can be used in cold weather and in rain, and are equipped with a heater and a window defroster. UNC blankets will be provided for guests to use while riding in colder weather.

The trams, which will replace the Visitors Center's van, will primarily use UNC's sidewalks and parking lots. Student Ambassadors who serve as tour guides will be trained to give pedestrians the right of way. If you see a tour group driving or pausing near you, wave and welcome them to UNC.

UNC hosted more than 17,000 visitors to campus through the Office of Admissions last year, 1,000 more than the previous year, and numbers so far this year indicate that number might go up again this year.

If you have questions about the new UNC Trams or campus tours, email Chris Bierdeman, assistant director of Admissions for Visitor Services & Events.

UNC's tour trams look like this one but will incorporate UNC branding.

Test of Emergency Alert System Scheduled for Sept. 18

A test of UNC's Emergency Alert Messaging System will be conducted about noon Wednesday, Sept. 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.

Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Starts with 16th of September Celebration

Join the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center from noon-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, for a celebration commemorating 200 years of Mexican independence and Hispanic Heritage Month. There'll be free food, music and other entertainment. Learn about Latino culture and meet with various clubs and organizations.

Other events observing Hispanic Heritage Month include:

  • UNC Community Conversation: Immigration in Northern Colorado; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the University Center's Panorama room.
  • Bachata Dance: Roots, Style and Evolution; 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the University Center's Mount Evans ballroom
  • Viajes de Aqui Y Alla (History of Immigration); 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center
  • Bringing the Mural to Life; 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the east entrance of Candelaria Hall.

Career Services Workshop Series Begins Sept. 12

Who will you be after UNC? Career Services offers students the tools to succeed after graduation with a series of free workshops that provide guidance on interviewing, resumes and cover letters, how to work a job fair and more. The first workshop on interviewing skills starts 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the University Center, Aspen B. The rest of the series includes:

Interviewing and Professionalism
• Monday, Sept. 16 at the University Center, Aspen A
• Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the University Center, Aspen A
• Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the University Center, Aspen A

Resumes and Cover Letters
• Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the University Center, Aspen A
• Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the University Center, Aspen C
• Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the University Center, Aspen A
• Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the University Center, Aspen C

How to Work a Job Fair
• Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the University Center, Spruce A
• Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the University Center, Aspen B

Where are the Jobs?
• Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the University Center, Aspen A
• Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the University Center, Spruce A

All workshops start at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Career Services website.

Film Series Starts Season with ‘Honor Flight’, Veterans Panel Discussion

The University of Northern Colorado's International Film Series will celebrate the start of its fall schedule with a special free showing of the documentary film Honor Flight at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, followed by a panel discussion featuring World War II and Korean War veterans who are members of the local Honor Flight chapter.

The 2012 documentary follows a team of Midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local World War II veteran to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor.

More than 1,000 World War II veterans die every day in the U.S. The panel discussion provides an opportunity to hear the recollections of some of the "Greatest Generation" who live in our community.

The event in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library is open to the public and free, courtesy of UNC's chapter of Student Veterans of America. Tickets are available only at the door.

The rest of the series is:

  • Blancanieves (Spain, 2012): Oct. 2, 7 p.m.; Oct. 3, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • Amour (Germany, 2012): Oct. 16, 7 p.m.; Oct. 17, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • Pan's Labyrinth (Spain, 2006): Oct. 30, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • The Devil's Backbone (Spain, 2001): Oct. 31, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • Moonrise Kingdom (U.S., 2012): Nov. 13, 7 p.m.; Nov. 14, 7 and 9:15 p.m.

Unless stated otherwise, admission is free for UNC students and $3 for all others. Tickets are available only at the screening. Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

All films are shown in Lindou Auditorium. Non-English language films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

For more information about the IFS, including movie synopses, visit the series' website.

Volunteers Sought to Help with After-School Program

The Mexican American Studies Club needs more volunteers for the arts-based after-school program it hosts from 3:45-4:45 p.m. every Thursday at Dos Rios Elementary School in Greeley. If you're interested in working with kids, teaching art and learning more about Mexican American culture, attend a training session at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Candelaria 0295.