UNC Today: Monday, November 12, 2012

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UNC Faculty to Receive More than $2.1 Million in Funding to Prepare Educators

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded two separate grants, expected to total more than $2.1 million combined, to University of Northern Colorado faculty to provide specialized training in critical areas to boost both the quality and quantity of teachers of students with disabilities.

Associate Professor Paula Conroy will lead a program to prepare teachers of students with visual impairments and orientation and mobility, while Professor John Luckner will direct a separate project to prepare teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Conroy's project, titled "Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Instructors: Personnel Preparation to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners," will provide specialized training to improve skills of up to 10 beginning teachers annually. The online program will lead to a credential as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals in addition to a teacher educator license from most states, including Colorado. The project was awarded $247,503 for the first year, with anticipated funding totaling $1,244,128 over five years. The project is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Other UNC faculty working on the project include Silvia Correa-Torres, Kay Ferrell and Madeline Milian.

Luckner's project, "ACCESS4ALL: A Western Regional Training Program to Prepare Teachers of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing," will address critical needs in the field. That includes increasing the number of and improving the quality of teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Forty teacher candidates will be selected to enroll in the nationally approved, four-year program that will be delivered online. Upon completion, students will earn a master's degree and state licensure. First-year funding of the project is $232,845, with a total of $943,651 anticipated over four years. The project is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information on the U.S. Department of Education's grant competition, "Combined Priority for Personnel Development" (CFDA #84.325K), Special Education - Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/osepprep/index.html.

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UNC Student Art Sale Nov. 12-16

UNC art students will hold their annual fall art sale Nov. 12-16 in in the University Center. Stop by from 10 a .m.-3 p.m. to purchase affordable art that includes ceramics, prints, photographs, sculptures, paintings and more.

Director of ‘Gasland’ Anchors Speaker Series at UNC Nov. 13-15

A presentation by the maker of an Academy Award-nominated documentary film about the use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas will anchor three events this week that are part of a popular interdisciplinary speaker series at the University of Northern Colorado.

Filmmaker Josh Fox will discuss hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, in the Colorado, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the University Center ballrooms, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

Fox chronicled the cross-country trip he took to understand the concerns posed by the controversial drilling process in Gasland, which was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award in the Documentary Feature category.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but free tickets must be obtained through the UNC Ticket Office by calling 351-4849 or stopping by the information desk in the UC.

Fox's appearance is the final event in a trifecta of events that are part of UNC's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series. The other events include:

  • The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will perform a live musical score to the 1927 silent film Chicago beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Milne Auditorium (room 2050) in Kepner Hall, intersection of 8th Avenue and 17th Street. The event is free and open to the public. More information
  • A presentation by University of Georgia Professor Lorilee Sandmann on the importance of community-engaged scholarship, especially in times of shifting economic and social landscapes. "Cracks in the Ivory Tower" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the University Center's Panorama room, also is free and open to the public. More information

Free parking is available in university parking lots after 5 p.m.

The series is sponsored by UNC's Schulze Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Life of the Mind Program.

Reminder: RSVPs for Assessment Lightning Talks Due Nov. 12

If you haven't already, don't forget to RSVP for the University Assessment Council's upcoming Lightning Talk by emailing Marsha Woodruff by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

Lightning Talks are a fun, fast way to find out about data you can use when working with students. Each of three quick presentations over the course of an hour will provide information about student athletes, first-generation students and sixth-year seniors.

Plan on attending the first lighting talk, either Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in McKee 44E, or at an encore presentation on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 10-11 a.m. in the University Center's Spruce C room. Light refreshments will be served.

Two additional lightning talks with presentations about different datasets will be offered spring semester.

Unique Play at UNC Women’s Conference Open to All

You don't have to be registered for the third annual UNC Women's Conference to attend "That Takes Ovaries! Bold Women, Brazen Acts," from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the University Center ballrooms. The play is a chance to hear and share real-life stories from women and girls about the courageous, outrageous things they have done.

Co-writer Bobbi Ausubel will be present and you don't need to be registered for the conference to attend.

Those who choose to present get a chocolate egg wrapped in gold foil to symbolize a Golden Ovary.
For more information, visit the Women's Resource Center website or contact the center at 970-351-1492.

Tobacco Awareness Week Nov. 12-16

The Center for Peer Education is sponsoring Tobacco Awareness Week Nov. 12-16. Activities and events include the signing of a petition for a tobacco-free UNC, an effort to clean up cigarette butts, tobacco-themed bingo and more, all featuring information on tobacco awareness and education.

Monday 11/12: Tobacco Awarenesss Begins
'Like' the Center for Peer Education on Facebook to keep up-to-date on Tobacco Awareness Week.

Tuesday 11/13: We Want a Tobacco Free UNC
Sign a petition in the University Center from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to pledge for a tobacco-free UNC. Cessation resources and "Quit Kits" will be provided.

Wednesday 11/14: Bingo
Get five in a row for a prize at Tobacco Awareness Bingo, which starts at 8:30 p.m in the University Center ballrooms.

Thursday 11/15: Kicking Butts Campus Clean-Up Challenge 2012

Join the UNC Community and help clean up the campus of all cigarette butts. Be sure to sign up in groups of 10 by emailing Elizabeth Aramuu.

DSS Director to Present at Brown Bag Discussion

Ann Murphy, director of Disability Support Services, will discuss disability issues affecting students and answer questions about services for students with disabilities during a brown bag discussion from noon-1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Candelaria 1100. The session, which is open to all members of the campus community, is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Advisory Board.

French Film Series Continues with 'Julie et Julia'

UNC's French Club and the Department of Modern Languages will show Julie et Julia at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Candelaria 0025. This is the French version with English subtitles. The film is free and open to all.

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