UNC Today: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Recent Gifts to UNC Benefit Students

In partnership with campus colleagues, the university's Office of Development builds relationships with individuals and organizations to match the interests of donors with the strengths and funding opportunities of UNC. Private gifts of all amounts play a crucial role in supporting students, faculty and programs. Here's a summary of some recent notable gifts to UNC.

Bob and Bonnie Phelps, parents of a College of Humanities and Social Sciences alumnus, committed $190,000 to scholarships for Communication Studies majors.

The MacAllister Foundation has supported College of Education and Behavioral Science students with a commitment of $200,000 in scholarship funding.

Karen Shirey endowed the Raymond J. Kruse Wrestling Scholarship with a $50,000 gift in memory of her father.

President Kay Norton and her husband Tom have endowed a scholarship fund with a gift of $50,000 for first-generation students with financial need who are involved in public service.

The Langworthy Theater Lobby renovation will proceed with a gift of $40,000 from the Schramm Foundation.

A grant of $50,000 from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation will fund the teacher mentor program at the Center for Urban Education, as well as support workshops and seminars that will prepare our teachers-in-training for success in work and life.

A $50,000 grant from Mile High United Way also will support the mentoring program at the Center for Urban Education, while another $50,000 from Mile High United Way will support student scholarships there.

The Colorado Health Medical Group donated $35,000 to benefit students in the College of Performing and Visual Arts through scholarships.

Banner Health has completed a multi-year commitment of $500,000 that endowed a distinguished professorship in nursing.

Thurm Wright (BA-51) established a $50,000 scholarship endowment in honor of his and his brother Bill's (BA-57, MA-61) UNC experience. The scholarship will benefit student-athletes in the men's basketball and baseball programs.

UNC friend Karen Clugston donated $27,000 to provide scholarships for Native American students.

The Monfort College of Business' Garth Allen Distinguished Chair Endowment grew by $35,000 with a gift from alumnus Scott Treiber (BS-81).

Additionally, 1,500 alumni and friends gave almost $117,000 during the first six months of the fiscal year to the University of Northern Colorado Scholarship Fund. The UNC Scholarship Fund is unrestricted and gives the university great flexibility to recruit and retain students. Gifts ranged in size from $5 to $4,000.

For more information, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 351-2551.

Test of Emergency Alert System Scheduled for Jan. 30

A test of UNC's Emergency Alert Messaging System will be conducted about noon Wednesday, Jan. 30. The test message will be sent to UNC email accounts and text-enabled office phones and via text and voice messages to subscribed cell phones. 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.

Adopt-A-Spot Program Readies for Fifth Year

Landscaping and Grounds reminds faculty, staff and students that even though we just celebrated the start of a new year, it's not too early to be thinking about green things growing and the fifth year of the Adopt-A-Spot Beautification and Campus Cleanup Partnership.

Adopt-A-Spot beautification and maintenance projects encourage community ownership of the UNC campus and discourage littering. Individuals, groups, offices, departments and campus organizations can partner with Landscaping and Grounds to assist in enhancing the campus landscape.

Spots available for adoption include flowerbeds that need regular maintenance during the growing season, and street and parking lot locations that need to be cleaned up on a monthly or more frequent basis.

Contact Landscaping and Grounds at 351-1263 for specific spots that need adoption. For additional information, including program guidelines, application forms and frequently asked questions, visit the Adopt-A-Spot website.

NHS Scrapbooking Social Fundraiser Feb. 16

The College of Natural and Health Sciences will host its fifth annual NHS Scrapbooking Social from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb.16, in the University Center ballrooms. Proceeds will help fund research projects and travel for NHS undergraduate and graduate students.

The event is open to the public. Cost and registration information is available on the NHS website.

IMT Says No Need to Disable Java

Although recent media reports have recommended that computer users disable Java because of a security vulnerability, Information Management and Technology is confident that its multi-layered use of security technologies is protecting devices connected to the university's computer network very effectively, and that Java, which is critical to many things we do on our computers at work or in the classroom each day, doesn't need to be disabled.

While there is no such thing as 100 percent security, at UNC several technologies are stacked, each acting as its own wall to keep as much malicious activity out as possible, including the latest threat to Java.

IMT's teams keep abreast of the latest news and threats, and diligently respond accordingly to keep computer users as safe as possible.

If you have specific concerns you would like addressed, please contact the Technical Support Center at 970-351-4357.

UNC to Hold Event on Resources for Military Veterans

The University of Northern Colorado will host a daylong event Jan. 24 to provide information on campus, community, state and federal resources available for students who are military veterans or military connected such as dependents.

Students are invited to drop in on the sessions, led by experts who can answer questions about housing, healthcare, veterans benefit claims, certification for tuition and fees, counseling, and academic support.

The event will be held at UNC's Office of Veterans Services at Roudebush Cottage, west of the intersection of 8th Avenue and 18th Street. Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., and lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will be provided. Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the day.

The schedule, with names and/or organizations on hand to discuss the corresponding topics, is below:

  • 8-10 a.m. - Deb Thompson and Valerie Nielsen, campus housing specialists, on- campus housing alternatives and options
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Cheyenne VA Mobile Medical Center, healthcare services and information for veterans
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Tim Marquart, Weld County Department of Human Services, assistance with job searches and veteran training programs
  • 10-11 a.m. - Quill Phillips, UNC Career Services, resume building workshop
  • 10-11 a.m. - Alexa Williams, Monfort Business College, strong interest inventory career assessment
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Speak with Representatives from the offices of Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Kathleen Dunemn, UNC associate professor of Nursing and Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs member
  • Noon-5 p.m. - David Fry, Greeley Vet Center, register for Veterans Benefit Claims
  • Noon-5 p.m. Diane Levas-Luckman, UNC's Psychology Services Clinic offering low-cost counseling and psychological assessment for students and families
  • 1-3 p.m. - Michele Kane, Fort Collins Vet Center, individual and group readjustment counseling; Mobile Vet Center
  • 1-5 p.m. - Betsy Sullivan, Volunteers of America, information on housing for low-income veterans
  • 2-4 p.m. - Kimberly Fenner, UNC Academic Support and Advising, academic advising, tutoring, study skills, academic probation policy, and time management
  • 2-5 p.m. - Marissa Boston, UNC VA Certifying Official, available for questions regarding certification, tuition and fees

A PDF of the schedule is available to download here.

2012 W-2s Available Online, Now Contain Insurance Cost Info

Your 2012 W-2 Wage and Tax Statement is now available in Ursa. To view and print your W-2 form, log into Ursa, click on the Employee tab, then the Banner Self-Service folder/link, then the Employee folder/link and then the Tax Forms folder/link.

As of 2012, The Affordable Care Act requires employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan. This means that you will see an amount in box 12DD on your W-2 if you have medical, dental, or vision insurance plans through UNC. This amount is the total of the employee and employer costs of your coverage. For more information on this law, please visit http://www.irs.gov/.

Note: Payroll will still provide printed W-2s to those who still prefer to get them in the mail. They'll be mailed out the week of Jan. 21.

Questions can be directed to Payroll Services at 351-2700.

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