Around Campus: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Mid-Week Jazz Session in the Garden Theatre

Kick back, relax and enjoy the first ensemble performance of the semester by UNC's Jazz Studies Department from 11-2:30 p.m. today at the Garden Theatre, located on Central Campus. It's the middle of the week, so why not treat yourself to time with friends and five big bands playing cool music? Go, and you'll be in a good mood the rest of the day - guaranteed.

Seek Adventure with Outdoor Pursuits

After the fourth week of school, academic minds start to feel a little stir crazy. Which is why Outdoor Pursuits, part of the Campus Recreation Center, offers students trips throughout Colorado - to enhance their knowledge of the outdoors and have a little bit of nature-oriented fun.

For a complete list of trips this semester, click here. Sign-up by visiting the Campus Recreation Gear Shop in the West entrance of Harrison Hall, adjacent to the Rec Center. The next two trips scheduled with Outdoor Pursuits are as follows:

Horseback Riding - Sept. 29
Location: Estes Park
Cost: $60

See the Rocky Mountains as the pioneers once did while riding through forests and streams.

Coney Flatts Backpacking - Oct. 6-7
Location: Coney Flatts
Cost: $25

Take part in this overnight trip to experience a quality hike and wildlife sightings while en route to a secluded, picture perfect alpine lake. Then hiking back, of course.

Of Note:
Trips are open on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration and pre-payent is required.

Questions regarding any of this information can be sent to

Seniors: One Week Left to Apply to Speak at Commencement in December

If you're a senior graduating in December and want to share your unforgettable moments and stories from college during commencement ceremonies, there's only a week left to apply. You need to have a 2.8+ GPA, and have been involved with UNC campus life. More information and application forms are on the Dean of Students' website (bottom of the page). Be sure to apply for the commencement ceremony of the college you are graduating from.

Honor a Piece of History at Dearfield Day Sept. 22

The fifth annual Dearfield Day celebration and 5K run is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. at the once-thriving black agricultural community 30 miles east of Greeley on U.S. 34.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with an informal program, followed by walking tours with University of Northern Colorado archaeologists and members of the Dearfield Preservation Committee.

The 5K "Ghost Town Run starts at 9:30 a.m. and culminates with an awards ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Registration on race day is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs, games and umbrellas or shade canopies. Food and drink vendors will be on site starting at 11 a.m.

Recent archaeological excavations at Dearfield and research of historic documents at UNC have revealed new information about life in the historic town.

For more information, visit the Dearfield Dream Project website.

Last Day to Nominate Homecoming Royalty

Today is the last day to nominate your choice for Homecoming Royalty. If you know a graduating senior who is a positive role model, a good student and passionate about UNC, nominate them on the Homecoming website sometime today.

The 2012 Homecoming Royalty election is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. To find out more about SAA contact Jeremy Allen, assistant director of alumni relations.

Reminder: Bears P.A.Y It Forward Sept. 29

Bears P.A.Y It Forward is a chance for UNC students, faculty and staff and the Greeley community to come together to help clean up the parks, alleys and yards throughout the University District from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, just in time for Homecoming. If you're interested in volunteering your time to help make Greeley a beautiful place to live, meet new people, enjoy a free lunch and win prizes, sign up here.

Please contact Taja Werner, 351-1274 or Jimmy Kohles, 351-2871 if you have any questions.

Entrepreneurial Challenge Workshop Oct. 3; Entries Due Nov. 14

The Monfort College of Business' fourth annual Entrepreneurial Challenge, featuring $50,000 in prize money, will get underway with a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, to provide contestants with information about application guidelines, judging criteria and local resources to help with business plan preparation.

Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 14. For guidelines and format, visit the challenge's website.

The competition is open to start-up ventures in Colorado and the prize money has increased significantly. The first place winner will receive $25,000, second place $15,000 and the third place prize is $10,000.

A start-up venture is defined as an organization engaged in initial operations, focusing on business development, researching intended markets and product development, and has yet to take payment for the sale of its product. All ventures must be based in Colorado.

Preliminary Challenge semi-finalists will be notified by November 29, 2012. They will present their business concept to a panel of experts on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the University of Northern Colorado Center at Centerra, located at 2915 Rocky Mountain Avenue in Loveland.

Five finalists will be selected and notified by January 22, 2013. They will present their business plan in a Shark Tank format during the Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge on Thursday, March 7 at the University Center on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The event will be open to the public and the winners will be announced that night during the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards, a Northern Colorado Business Report event sponsored by the Monfort College of Business.

"A lot of people have great business ideas, and this could be the motivation for them to take that first step toward making their dream come true," said David Thomas, assistant professor of management at the college. "Our previous winners have gone on to much success. Vet DC was a winner last year and just won first prize in the Colorado Bioscience Association's BioWest Venture Showcase and 2011 winner Panda Bicycles was featured on the Discovery Channel."

"At the Monfort College of Business, we believe it's our responsibility to provide opportunities for growth, education and success in our community," said Don Gudmundson, dean of the college. "We hope this competition provides the motivation for aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of starting a business."