UNC Today: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 14-15

UNC's fall commencement ceremonies will be Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, in Butler-Hancock Hall.

The Graduate School ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14.

The featured speaker will be UNC professor emerita of Visual Arts Lydia Ruyle, a world-renowned artist and author who continues to create and exhibit her art, hosts workshops and speaks at conferences around the world. She earned her master's degree from UNC.

The ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and University College begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

The ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, and the College of Performing and Visual Arts ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

The featured speaker for both ceremonies will be UNC alumnus Tim Jorstad, a nationally recognized financial accountant and business manager whose high-profile clients include Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Journey and the Doobie Brothers. Jorstad graduated summa cum laude from UNC in 1975.

Faculty participating in a ceremony should be in regalia at the line-up area in the Campus Recreation Center no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time.

For more information, visit the Commencement website.

About the Fall 2012 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 786
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 588
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 198 (159 master's, 6 certificate/specialists, 33 doctorates)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 20-68; Grad: 23-62
  • Average age: Undergrad: 26; Grad: 34
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.2; Grad: 3.78
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 12 terms
  • Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Psychology, Communication Studies; Grad: Special Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Education, Educational Psychology, Clinical Counseling
  • Countries Represented: 12 (Canada, Columbia, Iran, Japan, Libya, Kenya, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United States)
  • States Represented: 36 (AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA,ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 36 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Conejos, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Jefferson, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Summit, Teller, Weld, Yuma)

Faculty in Residence Position Available for Spring Semester

Housing and Residential Education has an opening in the faculty in residence program for spring semester, with applications due by Dec. 17. An application form, position description and brochure about the program are available on the HRE website.

Questions about the program and vacancy can be directed to Whitney Newman, 970-351-3641.

UNC Associate Professor to Become President-Elect of Council for Exceptional Children

Robin D. Brewer, an associate professor in the University of Northern Colorado's School of Special Education, has joined the Board of Directors of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Brewer will begin her one-year term as president-elect on Jan. 1.

CEC is the premier membership organization for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. The 15-member board serves as the organization's administrative, general legislative and policy making body, establishing strategic direction for CEC, addressing issues of concern and setting policy.

Brewer has been a member of CEC for more than 25 years. Her contributions include serving as a member on the Board of Directors (2010-12) and the Student to Professional Transition Work Group (2006-08). Brewer served as a member on the Council for Children with Behavior Disorder's (CCBD) National Advocacy Committee (2001-02) and as consulting editor for Beyond Behavior (2003-10), CCBD's magazine. At the state level, Brewer is a past president of the Colorado CEC.

Brewer earned an associate's degree in psychology from South Oklahoma Community College, a bachelor's degree in special education from University of Oklahoma, and a master's degree and a doctoral degree in special education from UNC.

For more information about CEC, visit www.cec.sped.org.

Related: Brewer, colleague Tracy Mueller featured in story on autism in Northern Vision

Tour a Million Holiday Lights with the Alumni Association

Join the UNC Alumni Association on Sunday, Dec. 9, to celebrate the holiday season at one of Colorado's most beautiful and spectacular outdoor exhibits at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

Guests will enjoy holiday entertainment, light refreshments, arts and crafts, and over 1 million twinkling lights illuminating a winding path through the beautiful Colorado countryside.

To register and for additional information, click here.

Faculty Researcher to be Featured on National Radio Program

A taped segment featuring UNC Assistant Professor of School Psychology John Froiland will air on more than 50 radio stations throughout the country on Thursday, Nov. 29. As part of The Academic Minute, Froiland will address his study's findings that parents' early expectations have twice the effect of home-based involvement in predicting children's academic achievement: http://www.unco.edu/news/releases.aspx?id=4165

The segment also will be available on The Academic Minute website and onInside Higher Education's site.

The Academic Minute invites contributions from faculty who would like to record a 1:40 essay related to their area of expertise. Email Nate Haas for more about this opportunity.

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

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