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Arbor Day Foundation Names UNC a 2012 Tree Campus USA

The University of Northern Colorado is a Tree Campus USA for the first time, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

UNC achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA's five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

"We're thrilled to receive this designation as we take great pride in the beauty of our trees, which serve as an outward reflection of the vibrant education and community here," said UNC President Kay Norton. "This distinction represents not only an acknowledgment of sustainability through the years but also validates the foresight of previous campus leaders, whose shared vision transformed a barren landscape in the 1890s into the thriving tree-lined canopy that it is today."

Last summer, UNC Manager of Landscaping & Grounds Pat McDonald and colleague Brent Engel canvassed the 246-acre campus on foot to officially catalog by hand 3,695 trees — about 1,300 more trees than previously estimated from combining a 1987-88 survey with a tally of new and deceased trees since 2002.

UNC is home to the Colorado Tree Coalition state champion trees based on their size:

  • a Kentucky coffee tree (northwest of Frasier Hall)
  • two Amur cork trees (north of Gray Hall and south of Gray Hall in the parking lot island)
  • a pecan tree (northeast of the intersection of 9th Avenue and 19th Street).

The university plans on designing a self-guided walking tour of the campus arboretum using the information collected by Engle and McDonald, who also leads groups of student volunteers that plant trees on campus throughout the year, including annually on Arbor Day/Earth Day.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA sponsor Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

Call for Nominations: Staff Councils' Employee of the Year Awards

The Classified Staff Council and the Professional Administrative Staff Council are accepting nominations for each of their 2012 Employee of the Year Awards, with a deadline of Tuesday, March 5.

Details and the nomination form are on the CSC website and the PASC website. Contact any council member for more information.

The awards will be presented at the 42nd Annual Employee Recognition and Service Milestone Awards Banquet on March 25.

UNC Director of Sport and Exercise Science Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The Southern Sport Management Association has selected David Stotlar, director of the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado, as the recipient of the 2013 Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award will be presented at the Ninth Annual Southern Sport Management Conference scheduled for April 10-12.

Stotlar has been a professor at UNC for more than 25 years and UNC's Sport Management program was recently ranked no. 5 in the world. He has had more than 90 articles published in professional journals and has written more than 50 textbooks and book chapters in sport marketing and management. During his career, Stotlar has given more than 300 presentations and workshops at national and international professional conferences.

Stotlar has not only been a productive scholar but has also served as a consultant to many multinational corporations and Olympic Committees on sport sponsorship. Previous recipients of this award include: Packianathan Chelladurai, William "Bill" Stier, Janet Parks and William "Bill" Sutton.

Professor to Present about Cultural Oppression and Liberation

All members of the university community are invited to a brown bag lunch presentation by UNC Professor of Counselor Education Fred Hanna about cultural oppression and liberation from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in McKee 282.

In "The Power of Perception: Toward a Model of Cultural Oppression and Liberation," Hanna discusses his experience and research, and provides anecdotes of his travels to apply to a wide range of disciplines.

The presentation is sponsored by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences' Diversity and Equity Committee.

UNC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored at Basketball Game

The newest members of the UNC Athletics Hall of Fame will be honored at halftime during the men's basketball game against Weber State tomorrow, Feb. 2, which tips off at 7 p.m. in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

The 2012-13 Hall of Fame class includes:

  • O. Kay Dalton (Football Coach/Contributor, 1989-2005, 2012)
  • Mick Holmes (Football, 1966-69)
  • Toby Moser (Men's Basketball, 1986-90)
  • Ruth Nelson (Basketball, Field Hockey, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, 1966-70)
  • Bob Oliver (Director of Athletics, 1982-92)
  • Mike Pantoya (Wrestling, 1988-91)
  • Kiha Thomas Sutta (Soccer, 1999-02)
  • 1988-89 Men's Basketball Team

More information about the inductees is available on Athletics' website.

Reminder: Sign Up by Feb. 6 to Compete in Bears Dessert Competition

The Professional Administrative Staff and the Classified Staff councils have teamed up to host the first-ever Bears Dessert Competition from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in the University Center's Columbine suite.

There's no entry fee to compete; the taster fee is $3 at the door. Prizes will be awarded for the best desserts as voted by the tasters.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Visit the PASC website or the CSC website for entry forms. View the event poster (PDF).

Join the Young Alumni Council for Men's Basketball Tailgate

All UNC alumni, employees and friends of the university are invited to attend the Young Alumni Council's men's basketball tailgate event from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Old Chicago's in Greeley.

The $10 per person game package ($5 for children ages 13 and under) includes tickets for the game against Weber State and appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages at Old Chicago's. A cash bar and giveaways will be available, as will the chance to mingle with alumni, members of the Young Alumni Council and other members of the UNC community.

All registrants will be able to pick up tickets at Old Chicago's from Alumni staff upon arrival at the restaurant.
At 6:15 pm, following the pre-game tailgate, attendees will head over to Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion to watch the Bears take on their conference opponent. Transportation to and from Old Chicago's and the Pavilion is not provided in the cost of the ticket.

With the success of this event, online registration has closed. You can still purchase tickets for the basketball game through the UNC Ticket Office or at the gate on a space-available basis.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jeremy Allen, 970-351-3633.

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