UNC Today: Monday, March 11, 2013

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Trustees Discuss 2013-14 Budget

University of Northern Colorado trustees discussed the 2013-14 budget currently being developed during the board's regularly scheduled meeting March 8.

An update was provided on the work to date involving state funding, pricing, compensation and capital projects. A recommended budget will be brought to the board at the trustees' next meeting June 7.

While no permanent solutions have been identified for state fiscal challenges, state funding to UNC is expected to increase by $1.7 million to $33.6 million (partially restoring $12 million lost since 2008-09).

UNC considers a number of factors when setting rates, including prices of competitors, investments aligning with university planning to provide quality education to students, and students' willingness and ability to pay while taking into account the availability of financial aid. As in years past, the university will use 25 percent of new undergraduate and 30 percent of new graduate tuition revenue to increase institutional financial aid.

The pricing that will be part of the recommended budget will include: a 5 percent ($284/year) increase in resident undergraduate tuition, up to a 4 percent increase in resident graduate tuition, small increases in fees, and about a 3 percent increase in room and board.

Room rates will continue to fall into one of six tiers, based on the residence hall's amenities. Tier 1 prices will be reduced by $114 ($4,800/year) and Tier 6 will be $6,522 for freshmen. Returning residence hall students will be offered a discounted rate.

During the 2013-14 academic year, UNC will continue to progress on its goal identified in the compensation identity plan to offer competitive and fair compensation, which includes moving toward 90 percent of the average salaries of university peers by 2016-17, to recruit and retain employees. About 40 new positions are planned to meet increased demand in areas such nursing, education and counseling.

The financial plan also calls for $14 million in capital and deferred maintenance projects that will be covered by university reserves. One potential project would be to update Butler-Hancock Hall, site of indoor commencement ceremonies and sporting events, with air conditioning.

In other news, the board approved:

  • Naming a room, The Phelps Family CAP (Contribute, Achieve, Pay it forward) Teaching Lab, in the new Financial Education Center in the Monfort College of Business. The naming recognizes a gift from Robert and Bonnie Phelps of San Jose, Calif., to support increased financial literacy among students. The Financial Education Center will replace the trading room, which is home to the award-winning Student and Foundation Fund class that manages an investment portfolio valued at more than $1 million. More details on the center at: http://mcb.unco.edu/FinancialEducationCenter
  • A Faculty Senate amendment to the board policy manual to include "senior lecturer" as a title in faculty ranks.

Door Volunteers Needed for Teacher Employment Days

Career Services seeks faculty and staff volunteers during Teacher Employment Days April 4-5 to check attendee and employer credentials at entrance doors and answer general questions. Shifts are available between 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days. Sign up for one or multiple 1.25-hour shifts here.

Teacher Employment Days is the largest job fair for teachers and educational administrators in the Rocky Mountain region.

Contact Elizabeth Mahoney, 351-2552 if you have questions or require additional information.

Winners Announced in UNC's Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge

Three winners claimed a total of $50,000 in prize money at the fourth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge March 7 at the University of Northern Colorado. The winners were announced at the Northern Colorado Business Report Bravo! Awards sponsored by the college. 9News business reporter Gregg Moss emceed both events. Continue Reading

Banner INB Java Upgrade March 14

Information Management and Technology has scheduled a Java upgrade on Thursday, March 14, to keep current with Java technology for Banner INB. Banner INB users will be required to run through a Java upgrade installer. Please contact the Technical Support Center at 970-351-4357 with questions or for more information.

Proposals for FRPB New Project Program Due March 15

The Faculty Research and Publications Board invites faculty members who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment to submit proposals for the FRPB New Project Program, with a deadline of Wednesday, March 15.

Formerly referred to as "Small Grants Program," the New Project Program supports the initiation of new research and creative projects. Priority is given to junior faculty who are initiating research projects.

Each NPP grant will be limited to a maximum award of $2,500.

The deadline for spring proposals is Friday, March 15. Proposal guidelines and forms are available at http://www.unco.edu/osp/funding/internal/npp.html.

For more information, contact Sherry May at 351-1910 or sherry.may@unco.edu.

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker, Films, Presentation This Week

Women's History Month keynote speaker Mary Alice Hill, who in 1982 became the first female director of athletics at a NCAA Division 1 university, will present "From Field to Hill Top: Shattering the Glass Ceiling for Women in Athletics" at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the Panorama room at the University Center,

Hill's tenacity as a track and field competitor carried over to the male-dominated arena of intercollegiate athletics after the 1972 enactment of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

During her history-making tenure at San Diego State University, Hill rose to the rank of president of the Western Athletic Conference and was elected to the then all-male NCAA Council.

Her efforts helped establish balance in funding of collegiate athletics programs, including creating scholarships for female athletes and bringing women's college sports to television.

Her presentation is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the center.

Other upcoming events commemorating Women's History Month include:

My Black is Beautiful

March 11, 7-9 p.m., Michener Library (Lindou Auditorium)
Black Women of Today brings a local spin to a national conversation led by African-American women about how American society defines and promotes beauty standards.

Films

Iron-Jawed Angels
March 12, 7-9 p.m., University Center Panorama room
This 2004 film follows political activists Alice Paul (Hillary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) as they use peaceful and effective strategies, tactics and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. Presented by the University Program Council.

The Invisible War
March 14, 7-9 p.m., University Center Panorama room
This 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the United States military includes interviews with multiple victims and has already led to far-reaching changes in the military's response to sexual assaults and treatment of victims. Presented by the Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate Center.

Reminder: March 11 Last Day to Take Library Survey

Monday, March 11, is the last day to submit University Libraries' survey and help improve the quality of collections and services. They want to hear from you, even if you don't use the library.

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