UNC Today: Monday, November 19, 2012

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UNC Announces 2012 Engaged Scholar Awards

UNC's sixth annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium last week included the second annual UNC Engaged Scholar Awards honoring outstanding efforts and achievements made in the development and practice of community engagement on and off the UNC campus.

The symposium, held Nov. 13 in the University ballrooms, featured presentations and informational displays prepared by community groups and UNC faculty members, students and organizations about UNC/community partnerships that are making a difference in the lives of Weld County residents and point out the need to prioritize, strengthen and solidify community-based learning and research between UNC and the greater Weld County community.

The outstanding efforts toward meeting that need were the basis for the Engaged Scholar Awards in five categories: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Faculty Member, Staff Member and Community Organization. The winners were:

Community Organization
The Creative Community, a project organized by Greeley non-profit Women2Women, was recognized for its work helping refugee women learn sustainable crafts and skills such as sewing, gardening and cooking. By reaching out to UNC to offer students internships, the program has grown in capacity and significance in the community in just a year.

Undergraduate Student
Alexandra Krumtum, a senior Anthropology major working with the Creative Community refugee program, is currently researching women's reproductive health issues in the Burmese refugee community in Greeley.
Her work utilizes the skills and knowledge that she has developed in class to enhance and drive her work within the community, exemplifying the "bringing theory to practice."

Graduate Student
Sarah Wyscaver, a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program, is working as program coordinator for Aims Community College's STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program. She also has served as a co-instructor and developed innovative and engaging assignments for UNC's Confluence of Culture course and has participated in the school's Soliya Connect Program, a program that provides intercultural experiences to college students through internet-based technologies. She also taught an international service-learning course as part of UNC's Expedition Yucatan study-abroad program.

Staff Member
Solomon Little Owl, director of Native American Student Services, organizes service learning trips to the Northern Montana Crow Reservation, providing opportunities to undergrad students for scholarship and outreach revolving around reservation issues. His annual buffalo hunt on the reservation, which immerses students in the Crow culture, is highlighted in an upcoming Rocky Mountain PBS documentary.

Faculty Member
Andy Creekmore, assistant professor of Anthropology, has worked for the past two years with the Poudre Learning Center to establish a public education program to educate students and community members, at all age and grade levels, about the principles of archaeology. He works with college students, younger students and the general public in learning scientific methods, understanding the importance of heritage sites and becoming responsible stewards of the past.

More About the Engaged Scholarship Symposium
The Engaged Scholarship Symposium and Engaged Scholar Awards are organized by UNC's Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership. For more information, visit the center's website at http://www.unco.edu/hsl/index.html.

Acknowledging Students' Efforts
UNC students are now able to highlight their extracurricular activities with the implementation of co-curricular transcripts, a supplemental transcript introduced two years ago. The transcripts contain information about students' involvement with clubs and organizations and volunteer efforts as well as their awards and achievements.

UNC Trustees Approve Room Naming, Policy Changes, Resolution

University of Northern Colorado trustees approved the following items at their regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 16.

  • Naming of the North Colorado Medical Center Conference Room in Kepner Hall and the Jo-Ellen M. Thornton Strength and Conditioning Room at UNC's Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI).
  • Faculty Senate approved revisions to board policy to reflect contract renewable rank for instructors and lecturers.
  • A resolution recognizing Jerry Morgensen, whose term expires Dec. 31, for nine years of service on the board.

Room Naming

The NCMC naming is part of the new Financial Education Center in UNC's Monfort College of Business and recognizes a $250,000 gift from NCMC Inc. The center will replace the existing trading room that is home to the award-winning Student and Foundation Fund (SAFF) class. Once renovated, the space will consist of a trading room, teaching lab, multi-use conference room and auxiliary classroom. Construction will begin when the university has raised $900,000 in private support from alumni, friends and organizations.

The Jo-Ellen M. Thornton Strength and Conditioning Room recognizes a $100,000 grant from a donor-advised memorial fund, which was designated to advance RMCRI in the Ben Nighthorse Campbell Center for Health and Human Sciences. The campus institute provides basic and clinical research to alleviate cancer treatment-related symptoms; advanced educational preparation and professional development to promote high standards in cancer rehabilitation; and scientifically based and individualized prescriptive exercise interventions for cancer patients. Thornton, a resident of Fort Collins and founder and president of Thornton Financial, passed away in August 2010.

Faculty Senate Revisions

The senate's Faculty Welfare committee unanimously passed updates to the board policy manual to clarify rank requirements, including promoting instructors and lecturers, adding to academic ranks the title of senior lecturer, and minimum preparation for lecturers, senior lecturers, instructors and assistant professors.

Resolution for Morgensen

Morgensen attended his final meeting as UNC trustee after serving on the board since September 2003. He was vice chairman of the board from October 2007 through September 2010. As chairman emeritus of Hensel Phelps Construction Co., a Colorado-based company that's the nation's 18th largest general contractor, Morgensen led the company from $550 million in annual construction to more than $3 billion. Since 1973, he's been employed with Hensel Phelps, including president in 1985 and CEO in 1989. The resolution reads:

WHEREAS, Jerry Morgensen will conclude his service to the University of Northern Colorado's Board of Trustees effective December 31, 2012, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Morgensen has served the University of Northern Colorado as Trustee from September 2003 through December 31, 2012 including as Vice Chair of the Board from October 2007 through September 2010, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Morgensen has contributed to the University of Northern Colorado through his dedicated efforts and exemplary leadership,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado that Jerry Morgensen is recognized and honored for his outstanding leadership and service to the University. The Board of Trustees extends its sincere appreciation to Mr. Morgensen for his many contributions to the University and extends to him its best wishes.

The board also received a fall enrollment update from Senior Vice President and Provost Robbyn Wacker. Among highlights of the fall census report following the student deadline for dropping classes:

  • Total enrollment is 12,497 (first-day enrollment was at 12,321) — total enrollment was down slightly (102 students) from the Fall 2011 census. This includes fewer first-time students and transfer students than last year — new freshmen residents were down across Colorado.
  • Undergraduate enrollment exceeded targets for: First-generation students (36 percent of students), ethnic minority students (23 percent of students) and Western Undergraduate Exchange students (the group, which includes students from eligible states that participate in the tuition discounting program, is up 27 percent from last year).
  • Graduate enrollment increased by 1 percent (2,395 students). Headcount likely will continue to go up as programs through Extended Studies start at different times throughout the year.
  • Graduate enrollment exceeded targets for: international students (10 percent increase from last year) and ethnic minority students (up 42 students from last year).
  • More facts and figures are at: http://www.unco.edu/about_unc/facts/institutional.html

In other news, the board received updates from:

  • Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Department of Higher Education Deputy Executive Director Matt Gianneschi. They provided an overview of statewide goals that included focusing on degree completion and closing the achievement gap among the traditionally underserved. Those indicators are included in the state's performance contracts currently being negotiated with institutions.
  • UNC President Kay Norton. She updated the board on the governor's budget proposal presented to the legislature on Wednesday. The budget calls for a modest reinvestment in higher ed and would result in an increase of $1.7 million for UNC from 2012-2013 state funding, which represents 16 percent of UNC's budget.

MCB Produces Videos to Promote Programs

The Monfort College of Business now has professionally produced videos promoting its undergraduate Business Administration program and its master's degree in Accounting.

The videos feature UNC faculty members, students and alumni, as well as parents and employers who have hired program graduates.

The videos can be found on the MCB home page under "New! Our Videos" or viewed on YouTube. Bachelor's Video | Master's Video

Bears at Home for Big Sky Volleyball Championships, Tickets Available

By virtue of the Bears volleyball team's first-place finish last season, UNC will host this season's Big Sky Conference Volleyball Championships Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The fourth-seeded Bears will play fifth-seeded North Dakota at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in the championship's first semi-final match. Only ticket packages for all five matches of the tournament are being sold. The package price for faculty and staff is $20, a $10 discount, with a current UNC Card.

Tickets are available at the Information Desk/Ticket Office on the second floor of the University Center, by calling 970-351-4849 or going to the Ticket Office website (convenience fee added).

For more information, visit Athletics' website.

Use UNC's Official e-Newsletters to Reach All Faculty, Staff, Students

Faculty and staff are reminded that the university's official electronic delivery method for communicating most campus news, announcements and events to faculty, staff and students is through its e-newsletters: UNC Today, which is emailed to all faculty and staff, and Around Campus, which is emailed to all students. Making announcements through the e-newsletters reduces, and in most cases eliminates, the need for sending a topic-specific e-mail to all faculty, classified staff, exempt staff and students through Listservs.

In certain cases, there are exceptions that warrant sending individual announcements directly to one or all
of the student, faculty and staff Listservs. These include:

  • Emergency messages sent from UNC's Emergency Alert System.
  • Messages deemed of critical importance from the offices of university president, provost, chief financial officer, UNC Police, university relations, general counsel, human resources,
    information technology and dean of students.

More information about UNC's regulations regarding mass emails to faculty, staff or students starts on page 88 of the University Regulations on the Board of Trustees website.

Reminder: Open Enrollment Benefits Fair Nov. 20

Human Resources will host an open enrollment benefits/wellness fair for faculty/exempt administrators from 7-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the University Center Panorama room. Representatives from MetLife, TIAACREF, VALIC, PERA, Thrivent Financial, AXA Equitable, AFLAC, Gallagher Benefit Services, Payflex and Anthem will attend.

Free blood and health screenings (blood pressure, body mass index, pulse and oxygen readings, lung function, fitness test, height, weight) will be provided until 11 a.m. but an RSVP to Julie Nava is required.

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