UNC Today: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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UNC Celebrates Black History Month

The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events and activities ranging from presentations and films to special menu items at dining facilities to a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the school's African American cultural center.

The celebration begins Jan. 31 with a presentation by UNC Professor of Africana Studies Hermon George about the national Black History Month theme, which recognizes the 150th anniversary of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

The presentation is from 3-4 p.m. in the Columbine B room in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. A reception from 4-5 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, across 10th Avenue from the UC, will follow George's remarks.

The rest of the month's events are:

Soul Food Night - Feb. 4

Enjoy free cultural food from 6-8 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center.

Black History Knowledge Bowl - Feb. 12

Students can "learn without lectures" at the Black History Knowledge Bowl from 4-6 p.m. in the lounge at Harrison Hall.

Black History Read-In - Feb. 13

Travis Boyce, UNC assistant professor of Africana Studies and Social Sciences, will host a read-in honoring Black Americans of the past and present from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Michener Library.

Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 30th Anniversary - Feb. 15

A celebration of the 1983 founding of UNC's Marcus Garvey Cultural Center will begin with an open house at the center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street from 3-5 p.m. and be followed by presentations and sharing of memories about the center from 5-6 p.m. in the University Center ballrooms with special guests former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, Wilma. Wellington Webb is a 1964 graduate of UNC.

Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free for UNC students and $10 per person for others. Tickets are required and available through the UNC Alumni Association at 970-351-2551 or www.uncalumni.org.

Keynote Speaker - Feb. 21

Motivational speaker Byron Embry, who President Barack Obama has described as "as dynamic as they come," will present "The Whistle that Changed America: The Murder of Emmett Till," from 7-8 p.m. in the University Center's ballrooms.

His presentation about the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago while he was visiting relatives in Mississippi, is free and open to the public. The incident brought the issue of violence against blacks by whites in the South to the attention of the rest of the nation and was an early impetus of the Civil Rights Movement.

Africana Night Presentation - Feb. 25

Members of the Black Student Union will present "Living Out Our Dreams" at 7 p.m. in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library.

Featured Lunch Films - Feb. 1-27

Bring your own lunch to the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center and enjoy a Black History Month feature film from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Glory - Feb. 1
  • Four Little Girls - Feb. 6
  • The Tuskegee Airmen - Feb. 8
  • The Rosa Parks Story - Feb. 20
  • Ghost of Mississippi - Feb. 22
  • The Untold Story of Emmitt Till - Feb. 27

Other Activities

  • UNC's dining facilities on campus will feature soul food dishes during their lunch and dinner hours throughout the month of February.
  • Books related to Black History Month will be featured in a display in Michener Library during February.

All events are open to the public and free unless noted otherwise.

A map of campus is available at http://www.unco.edu/uncmap/. Parking is free after 5 p.m. weekdays in UNC parking lots. Before 5 p.m., paid parking is available by purchasing an hourly permit from an automated vending machine at most parking lot entrances. Parking is free on weekends.

Black History Month at UNC is sponsored by the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, the Africana Studies program, Black Student Union, Black Women of Today, Black Men of Today, Michener Library and Dining Services.

For more information, call the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center at 970-351-2351.

Related: Read UNC Professor Hermon George's history of Black History Month (PDF).

Call for Proposals: Summer Support Initiative

Proposals for the 2013 Summer Support Initiative for faculty and academic staff are now being accepted with a submission deadline of noon on March 15. The program supports research, scholarship, creative works and grant writing in a competitive call for proposals. Information on the program, including eligibility considerations, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria is included on the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

Email questions to Teresa McDevitt, Acting Assistant Vice President for Research.

Leading Education Technology Scholar to Speak Feb. 4

Scholar, author and educator Yong Zhao, named one of 2012's 10 most influential people in education technology by Tech & Learning magazine, will present a guest lecture from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the University Center ballrooms.

Zhao, who focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education, is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education and serves as the presidential chair and associate dean for Global Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

Zhao's presentation, titled "Doing the Wrong Thing More Right: The Damages of Misguided Educational Reforms and What We Must Do to Bring the Change We Need," is free and open to the public.

His appearance is sponsored by UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

First Wednesday Book Sale

Friends of UNC Libraries will host another First Wednesday Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Michener Library. There'll be a wide variety of books and music, and a special focus table featuring health and sports books. Proceeds benefit projects and events of University Libraries. For more information, call 351-1546.

2013-14 Catalog/Curriculum Changes Due March 1

The deadline for all curriculum changes to be submitted to the Registrar's office for the 2013-14 catalogs is Friday, March 1. Any curriculum or catalog changes received after the deadline will not be included in the 2013-14 catalogs.

Also, please remember to also check your non-curriculum catalog information (college narrative, faculty and general information pages). Please contact Shelly Mock. 351-1847 with any questions or concerns about the catalogs or the curriculum review process.

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.

Free Statistical Consulting Offered by MAST Institute

Statistical consulting is available at no charge to faculty, staff and graduate students through UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute. Consulting is available in Ross 1210 on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-6 p.m. Thursdays until the end of the semester.

Consulting services are provided by the Applied Statistics and Research Methods program.

For more information, contact Edward Lopez, 351-1289.

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