UNC Today: Friday, November 2, 2012

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Remember to Vote; UC a Vote Center for 2012 Election

Registered Weld County voters can cast Election Day ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the ballrooms in the University Center. Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Doors to the building will open at 6:30 a.m. so voters don't have to wait outside.

Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Be sure to bring appropriate ID such as a valid Colorado drivers license or identification card, a U.S. Passport or a UNC Card. If you've lost your UNC Card, you can get a replacement at the UNC Card Office in the University Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Mail-in ballots can be dropped off at polling places on Nov. 6. Make sure they're signed and sealed. If mailed, they must be received at your County Clerk's office before 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. Postmarks don't matter.

Double-check your registration online at http://www.sos.state.co.us/ to ensure it is complete and that you have not been purged. If incomplete, you must complete in person at your local County Clerk's Office.

Do your homework on the ballot issues by checking out the League of Women Voters Guide at http://www.lwvcolorado.org.

UNC Celebrating Michener Library’s First 40 Years

The University of Northern Colorado is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the naming and dedication of its Michener Library this week with a variety of activities culminating Friday with a ceremony that will include a presentation by a Michener biographer.

The "James A. Michener Library: Dedicated for 40 Years" ceremony from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, will feature a presentation by author Stephen J. May, whose 2005 book, Michener: A Writer's Journey, reveals how the aspiring writer became a Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling novelist. It's the only Michener biography that draws on his complete papers, which he donated to UNC shortly before his death in 1997.

Contrary to common belief, the library wasn't named after Michener because he contributed to the building's $5 million cost. When completed in May 1971, the new facility was named University Library. University officials' subsequent decision to name the library after a famous alumnus coincided with Michener's rise in popularity as a writer and his return to Colorado in the early-1970s to research and write Centennial.

Michener earned his master's degree from what was then known as Colorado State College of Education in 1937 and taught teacher education courses until 1941.

Friday's ceremony also will include an audio recording of Michener's speech at the Oct. 27, 1972, dedication and naming of the library, which was attended by more than a 1,000 people, and a slide show of the construction and history of the library, which at 235,000 sq. ft., is the largest building on campus..

In addition, UNC Professor of History Michael Welsh will speak on the role of libraries at the university, how they've changed over the years and how they'll continue to change.

Guided tours of the facility will be conducted at 2, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and a reception in the library's Mari Michener Gallery will follow the ceremony from 4:30- 6 p.m.

The tours, ceremony and reception are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in UNC lots L, M and Y west of Michener Library after 2 p.m.

Other celebration activities this week include:

In addition to commemorating the 40th anniversary of the original naming and dedication ceremony, the week's activities are designed to familiarize UNC students with Michener's place in literary history and why the library is named after him.

For more information, contact Kalen May, the celebration's coordinator, at 351-2601.

RSVPs for NASS-Hosted Premiere of PBS Documentary Due Nov. 9

Native American Student Services will host its annual free "Thanksgiving Is Everyday" dinner 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Kohl House. The dinner will be followed by the premiere of a Rocky Mountain PBS work-in-progress documentary from 7-8:30 p.m. in the University Center's Panorama room (RSVPs required). NASS staff and students were interviewed for the program, and a film crew followed NASS on its annual buffalo hunt on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

"Urban Rez" is a 60-minute program that explores the history and modern-day effects of 1950s policies that encouraged American Indians to leave their homelands to relocate to urban areas.

To RSVP to attend the screening, open to the public free of charge, contact Pat Dlug at (970) 351-1909 or pat.dlug@unco.edu by Nov. 9, or RSVP online at http://www.rmpbs.org/uncscreening.

The finished documentary is scheduled to air on Rocky Mountain PBS in May 2013 and will have national PBS distribution in fall 2013.

Rocky Mountain PBS director Lisa D. Olken is scheduled to attend the screening and answer audience questions.

The event is sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS, KUNC 91.5 FM and UNC.

Interim Session Courses Qualify for Employee Tuition Waiver Program

Courses offered during UNC's Interim session (Dec. 17-Jan. 11) are covered by UNC's Employee Tuition Waiver program, which includes tuition waivers for employees' dependents. Some courses are even approved for high school students to take and registration is now open.

For a list of courses being offered, consult the Interim Schedule of courses. All courses are offered only online.

High school students are eligible to take the following courses for credit (courses not covered by the Concurrent Enrollment Plan; information on costs here).

  • BACS 101 - Business Computing
  • COMM 102 - Introduction to Communication
  • GEOG 100 - World Geography
  • JMC 100 -Introduction to Journalism and Mass Communication
  • MET 110 - Meteorology: Our Violent Atmosphere
  • SCI 109 - Science: The Cosmos
  • SOC 100 - Principles of Sociology

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at 970-351-2231.

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Info Session

The Office of Undergraduate Research will host an information session about two exceptional summer research opportunities for undergraduate students on Monday, Nov. 5, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership (Michener L-98.) The two opportunities include the Leadership Alliance's Summer Research Early Identification Program and UNC's Summer Undergraduate Research Stipend Program. View flyer.

Call the Office for Undergraduate Research at 970-351-2940 for more information or e-mail our@unco.edu.

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