UNC Today: Friday, November 16, 2012

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Priest Who Inspired Book, Film on Exorcism to Speak at UNC

A Vatican-trained exorcist whose experiences inspired a book and a 2011 movie will share some of his experiences with demonic possessions Nov. 27 at the University of Northern Colorado.

The Rev. Gary Thomas, who's been a Catholic priest for 30 years and conducting exorcisms for the past seven, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The Rite, the film that Thomas inspired, will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Panorama room in the University Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking in lots adjacent to the UC will be available.

Thomas has conducted exorcisms on 10 people since studying under an Italian exorcist in Rome and being certified by the Vatican. He was asked to study exorcism by the bishop of the Catholic diocese in San Jose, Calif. Thomas is a full-time priest at a church in nearby Saratoga.

The team that assists him with exorcisms includes a medical doctor, a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist and if needed, a lay person he describes as having a gift for discerning demonic presences.

Thomas used his $25,000 consulting fee from the film to start a fund to help those he sees when they need a referral for mental health or medical services and don't have insurance or the ability to cover the costs.

The film, co-starring Anthony Hopkins, is based on the 2009 book of the same name by journalist Matt Baglio, who attended exorcisms with Thomas while the priest was apprenticing in Rome.

Thomas' appearance and the showing of The Rite are sponsored by Bear Catholic, a chartered student organization on the UNC campus.

Deadline Extended for $50,000 Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge

Aspiring entrepreneurs have a little more time to get their entries ready for the fourth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado. The extended deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 30. Continue Reading

Call for Nominations: 2013 Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research

Nominations and self-nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research, with a deadline of Jan. 18. The award is given annually to a faculty member in a selected academic field who has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarly activity related to civic engagement projects and programs.

This award is the result of a generous endowment from Robert Brunswig, Rebecca Brunswig, and Ken Coleman. A new award of $1,000 is offered each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary scholarship in engaged research and civic engagement.

Nominations are welcome for faculty members from one of the following UNC departments and academic programs: Anthropology, Africana Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Gerontology, Political Science, Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality, Social Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Eligible individuals must also be term or tenure track lecturers or assistant professors with M.A. or Ph.D. degrees (or both). The nominator must be a faculty member from one of the listed departments or programs. Self-nominations are welcome. The award recipient will be selected by a committee of social science faculty members.

More information is available here.

Contact Teresa McDevitt, 351-2482 with any questions.

UNC to Host Annual State Piano Festival Nov. 17-18

The University of Northern Colorado's College of Performing and Visual Arts will host the fifth annual Colorado Piano Festival Nov. 17-18, featuring two days of concerts, master classes, workshops and a pre-college solo piano competition.

All events are open to the public free of charge. The festival's highlights include:

  • Guest artist Norman Krieger, professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California, will present a solo recital at 8 p.m., Nov. 17 in Hensel-Phelps Hall at the Union Colony Civic Center.
  • The final round of the pre-college solo competition takes place from 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Nov. 18, at the UCCC.
  • Piano faculty from UNC's School of Music will perform a program featuring solo pianists and chamber ensembles at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the UCCC.

For additional information, visit the festival's website.

Discounted Copper Mountain Lift Tickets Available from Outdoor Pursuits

Through a partnership between UNC Outdoor Pursuits and Copper Mountain Resort, UNC students, faculty and staff can purchase Copper Mountain single-day lift tickets for $70 each with no blackout dates and all tickets are good until April 14. The same ticket costs $104 at the resort.

The number of tickets you can purchase is unlimited. If you would like to purchase your Copper Mountain lift tickets in advance of the ski season, contact Daniel Lawrence via email, at 351-2643 or stop by the Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop in the west entrance of Harrison Hall.

Defenses of Dissertations and Oral Comp Exams

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