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University of Northern Colorado Professor Stephen Mackessy's research showing that a protein in prairie rattlesnakes' venom has allowed them to adapt and survive in harsh environments, such as those in Yellowstone National Park, is featured on the Discovery Channel. View Video Continue Reading
Every two years UNC surveys students, alumni and employees about perceptions of the university - from its strengths/weaknesses and unique personality, to its sense of community and approach to teaching and learning.
Those surveyed are randomly selected; only some people from each of these groups will receive a survey. If you receive the survey in your email, your input would be appreciated.
The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and your insight and those of other respondents help to shape how we describe, market and advance the university. If you have any questions about the survey, please email Director of Assessment Kim Black.
University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees at a regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 18 approved two new degree programs, the naming of a room for former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown who also served as UNC president, and adopted a resolution supporting state legislation to provide tuition equity for undocumented students.
In other news:
New Student Orientation's website at www.unco.edu/orientation has been updated with a new look and improved functionality, and also is now mobile-friendly. Even though the old URL should redirect to the new site, web authors are asked to update links on their site.
Also, with the help of Undergraduate Admissions, NSO is now sending to all new students an informational brochure that includes information about the new student, parent and extended orientation programs. View the brochure (PDF).
As a reminder, faculty and staff can access important information related to orientation and advising by clicking on the New Student Orientation Resources link in the Important Links section under the Employee tab in Ursa. The link is the only way to access the information.
Alumna Hannah Porter tells Bloomberg Businessweek magazine how she's using what she learned in UNC's Monfort College of Business to help her in her current role as Miss Colorado. To view the story and see other examples of UNC in the news, visit the UNC in the News website.
Colorado continues to be one of the hardest hit states for this year's highly contagious and strong strain of influenza. The medical professionals at the Student Health Center encourage everyone to get a flu shot (available for $25 at the SHC in Cassidy Hall; no appointment needed) and to help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible. Covering your cough also will help reduce the spread of airborne pathogens.
It's not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The flu vaccine is the first and most important thing you can do to protect you and your family from the flu and associated complications that sometimes result in hospitalization.
UNC's custodial staff have increased the frequency they're disinfecting and wiping down of high-traffic hand-touching areas such as door knobs and handles, tables and countertops, computers, and restrooms.
Remember: "A healthy campus is a happy campus."
For more information, visit the Student Health Center in Cassidy Hall, check out their website or call 970-351-1919.
Additional information about preventative flu measures is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.
The Professional Administrative Staff and the Classified Staff councils have teamed up to host the first-ever Bears Dessert Competition from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in the University Center's Columbine suite.
There's no entry fee to compete; the taster fee is $3 at the door. Prizes will be awarded for the best desserts as voted by the tasters.
The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Visit the PASC website or the CSC website for entry forms. View the event poster (PDF).
UNC's Geography program will host a community roundtable on the natural gas and oil exploration industry's use of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Columbine suite of the University Center.
The session, which is co-sponsored by the Weld County League of Women Voters, is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be provided.
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