UNC Today: Friday, November 15, 2013

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Biology Professor to Appear on Colorado Public Radio

UNC Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Adams will be interviewed by Colorado Public Radio about his newly released book Into the Night, a collection of essays on what courageous researchers face in the field. Adams, a foremost authority on bats, is scheduled to go on air at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. To tune in, visit http://www.cpr.org.

For more about Adams' book, and an excerpt from his essay, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?5861.

Pakistani Teachers Leave UNC with New Perspectives

Eighteen teachers from Pakistan are taking new perspectives, as well as new skills, back to their classrooms as the result of a six-week professional development program this fall at the University of Northern Colorado.

From late-August to mid-October, the teachers attended development courses and spent approximately 40 hours at local schools shadowing teachers. They also gave presentations about Pakistan at Greeley Place, where they also shared meals with senior citizens.

The group was part of the U.S. Department of State's Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.

"The purpose of this program is to improve the teachers' English and give them methods for teaching," said Madeline Milian, co-director of UNC's TEA program. "We also wanted them to learn more about our educational system and to enhance their understanding of the U.S."

The TEA participants attended grammar and ESL courses to improve their English skills and learned how to incorporate new technology into their classrooms in Pakistan.

A farewell reception showcased the skills they learned as part of the program. Some teachers sang songs, others read poems and still others presented a photo montage of their journey.

Science teacher Najma Khan said that the program helped her gain a better understanding of technology.

"At home, we just have a blackboard, but to be able to use this technology will help me greatly," Khan said.

Humaira Kamran was grateful for the opportunities afforded to her by the experience.

"I am glad for this opportunity," she said. "I can teach my students much more easily now."

In its third year, UNC's TEA program received $200,000 in federal funding. Fifty Pakistani teachers have completed the program at UNC since its start in 2011. Only 30 out of approximately 300 Pakistanis who applied were selected to come to the United States.

- Alyse DeVan, Senior Journalism Major

Outdoor Pursuits Adds Discounted Winter Park Lift Tickets to Offerings

UNC community members can now purchase discounted Winter Park and Copper Mountain daily lift tickets at the UNC Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop in the west entrance of Harrison Hall. Lift tickets cost $60 each until Dec. 15 and $70 after then. There are no blackout dates or purchase limits until April 20. The Gear Shop is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Spook-tacular Halloween Costume Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Spook-tacular Halloween Costume Contest, sponsored by the Professional Administrative and Classified staff councils (photos included) were:

Group Costume

  • 1st Place: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Registrar's Office
  • 2nd Place: Concession Stand - University Center
  • 3rd Place: Adams Family - Bear Logic
  • Honorable Mention: Star Wars - Morgan and Lauren Gray, Three Blind Mice - Student Orientation,

Individual Costume

  • 1st Place: Swedish Chef - Kara Odell
  • 2nd Place: Leprechaun - Brenda Rodriguez
  • 3rd Place: Voodoo Priestess - Kim Gray
  • Honorable Mention: Wicked Witch of the West - Marina Salazar, ZomBee - Jessica Massoletti, Scarecrow - Cindy Budde

A slide show on the CSC website also includes photos of the other contestants.

CIE's International Education Week to Include Global Monologues, Round Table Discussion, Salsa Dancing and More

International Education Week, which runs from Nov. 18-22, celebrates the interconnectivity of the world, its influences on UNC and UNC's influences on the world. Special events include students, faculty and staff sharing their stories about international experiences; salsa dancing; ramen-swagging; and more.

Monday, Nov. 18

  • Going Global at UNC - Explore clubs and organizations promoting international education from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the UC's lower level.
  • Swag Your Ramen - Learn how to dress up your ramen from 4:30-6 p.m. in the UC Panorama Room.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

  • International Education Week Keynote Address - Karen Barton of the Geography Department and Roger DeWitt from the Anthropology Department will deliver the keynote address for International Education Week at 2 p.m. in the UC Panorama Room.
  • Fulbright International Awards: Faculty Opportunities - Michelle Behr, acting dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Maureen Ulevich, director of UNC's Center for International Education, will present from 3:30-5 p.m. in Candelaria 1375.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

  • Global Monologues - Members of the UNC community will share stories about their personal cultural encounters and international experiences from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the UC Fireside Lounge.
  • Salsa Night - Want to learn the rhythms of Latin America? Head over to , which lasts from 6-7:30 p.m. in the UC's Longs Peak ballroom.

Thursday, Nov. 20

  • New York Times Round Table - Political Science Professor Sarah Romano, who has extensive experience researching water sanitation in Latin America, will lead a discussion that will draw comparisons between water sanitation in Latin American and Weld County from noon-1 p.m. in McKee 0424. Free lunch will be provided by the New York Times in Education program, which also is providing free copies of the New York Times in the CIE office (UC 2205) until Nov. 22. UNC students also have free full access to the New York Times online.
  • International Trivia Night - Test your knowledge of all things international at Crabtree Brewery from 6-8 p.m. Food and prizes will be available.

Friday, Nov. 21

  • International Movie Night - Watch a free showing of The Kite Runner from 7-9 p.m. in Wilson Hall's first floor lounge.

International Education Week is hosted by UNC's Center for International Education. For more information, visit the center's website.

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