UNC Today: Friday, November 1, 2013

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IT Group Warns Against Installing New Apple OS

UNC's Innovative Technology Group recommends that university computer users do not install Apple's latest operating system -- OS X Mavericks. The ITG, a subsidiary of the Information Technology Committee, is currently reviewing the software, which was released last week as a free upgrade. The group tests all new software in a controlled environment prior to campus-wide deployment. If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Support Center at 351-4357.

Top Undergraduate Researchers Present Tomorrow

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites the university community to attend the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, the University Center's Columbine B room.

The seven selected undergraduate students with outstanding research projects who will be competing to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky are:

  • Ana Caudillo - "Serine Proteases in the Venom of the Yucatan Rattlesnake" - Faculty mentor: Steve Mackessy, Biology
  • Rachel Stice - "What Fosters a Successful Resident Assistant? A Qualitative Study on Resident Assistant's Development of Self-Authorship" - Faculty mentor: Matthew Birnbaum, Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
  • Jennifer Wright - "Reconstructing activity patterns at Epidamus, Albania: Impacts of Greek and Roman Colonization" - Faculty mentor: Britney McIlvaine, Anthropology
  • Austin Seeley - "Experiences of Fire Survivors: What Factors Predict Resilience?" - Faculty mentor: Nancy Karlin, Psychology
  • Sara Harvey - "The Wren Upon her Nest: Gendering Language in Emily Dickinson's Master Letters" - Faculty mentor: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, English
  • Carlos Cruz - "Retention and Persistence in Underrepresented Students in Multicultural Greek Life: A Case Study" - Faculty mentor: Gabriel Serna, Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
  • Kelsey Eickelman - "Individuality in Canyon Wren Birdsong" - Faculty mentor: Lauryn Benedict, Biology

Each student will summarize their research during a 10-minute presentation to a panel of judges, who will then have five minutes to ask questions about the project. The three top presenters will be eligible to apply to present at the national conference, with UNC paying their expenses.

For more information, visit the OUR website.

Blackboard Tip of the Month: UNC's Virtual Classroom Tool

Blackboard Collaborate enables you to hold synchronous sessions - like a webinar or virtual office hours - in your online or hybrid courses. It's available in your Blackboard course now. For more information, visit the Blackboard Tips Page.

Advisors, Be Aware of Federal Financial Aid Regulations

Federal regulations limit a student's eligibility for federal financial aid. For example, courses that are not needed for degree completion are usually not eligible for federal financial aid.

Be aware that students may have to return federal funds if they take classes not needed for degree completion including courses for elective minors.

Please advise students to review the regulations for federal financial aid eligibility before they register.

Please do not advise students to take "extra" courses in order to reach full-time status if the only reason to do so is for financial aid purposes.

Further information may be found at http://www.unco.edu/ofa/aid/maintaining/index.asp under "Satisfactory Academic Progress."

Documentary Film Prelude to Animal Behaviorist's Presentation

In advance of Schulze Speaker Series presenter Marc Bekoff's visit to the UNC campus on Nov. 7, the documentary film Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in McKee 0150. The film will be a prelude to Bekoff's evening lecture titled "The Emotional and Moral Lives of Animals: Rewilding Our Hearts and Compassionate Conservation."

The film is narrated by Sigourney Weaver and features an appearance by Bekoff.

Admission is free.

Classified Employment Opportunities

  • Administrative Assistant III - General Hiring Pool. This applicant pool will be used for approximately six months to fill multiple full-time and part-time Administrative Assistant III positions at UNC as vacancies occur.
  • Current Administrative Assistant III Vacancy - #645 - Audiology - full-time.

Apply online or in the Human Resources office in Carter 2002 by Monday, Nov. 4. A multiple-choice basic clerical exam will be required. An application must be submitted to be invited to the test.

Defenses of Dissertations and Oral Comp Exams

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