UNC Today: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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High-Tech Prosthetic Device Earns $25,000 Prize

The makers of an innovative device placed inside a prosthetic to provide a more secure fit and monitor internal conditions will use the $25,000 they won in a UNC competition earlier this month to start fulfilling orders. Continue Reading

My Experience with Grants: Panel Presentation with Successful Grant Writers

Three of UNC's successful grant writers will present a panel discussion from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the University Center Spruce suite.

Tony Schountz (Biological Sciences), Jodie Novak (Mathematical Sciences) and Christiane Olivo (Political Sciences and International Affairs) will discuss their experiences as grant writers and grant managers. The panelists have expertise with a variety of sponsors and grant types.

Lunch will be provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Please RSVP to osp@unco.edu by April 1.

For more information, visit the OSP website.

Popular UNC Music Series Concludes with Three Performances This Week

The School of Music's popular UNC@UCCC Music Series wraps up its spring season this week with three performances of world-class music in the world-class setting of Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center.

  • Monday, April 1: University Symphony Orchestra
  • Tuesday, April 2: Vocal Jazz Ensembles
  • Friday, April 5: University Bands

All performances start at 7:30 p.m.

Single performance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and are available by phone, 970-356-5000, at www.ucstars.com, or in person at the UCCC box office, 701 10th Ave.

The series features performances by students in UNC's top jazz groups, choirs, bands and orchestras every spring and fall semester.

Reminder: Student Employee of the Year Recognition Event April 10

The organizers of the Student Employee of the Year Awards remind everyone to help celebrate student employees' contributions to UNC by attending the annual SEOTY awards event from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the University Center ballrooms and finding creative ways to show your appreciation to your student employees during National Student Employee Appreciation Week April 8-12.

The 2013 SEOTY winner and the four runners-up will be announced at the April 10 event and every student nominated will receive a prize.

The SEOTY team thanks all who submitted one of the 46 nominations received.

Suggestions for creative ways to show your appreciation to your student employees include a fun treasure hunt, small goodie bags or Bear bucks gift cards.

Alumni Association to Offer Tour of Alumnus-Owned Crabtree Brewery

Join the Alumni Association from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Crabtree Brewery in Greeley for a tour, tasting and program with Crabtree owner and UNC alumnus Jeff Crabtree, and homebrewer Jeremy Fusco.

The cost is $15, which includes a sampler, pint of your choice, commemorative pint glass, light appetizers and a chance to mingle with UNC alumni, faculty and staff. Due to the nature of the event, guests must be 21 years of age or older.

For registration and additional information about the evening's activities, visit the Alumni Association website or contact the UNC Alumni Association at 970-351-2551 or alumni@unco.edu.

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.

Open Space Festival of New Music Returns to UNC March 28-29

The University of Northern Colorado School of Music's Open Space Festival of New Music returns for its fifth year March 28-29 featuring internationally renowned experimental music pioneer Alvin Lucier.

The festival will include lectures and informal talks by Lucier and performances of his music by UNC students, alumni and faculty. All are free and open to the public.

Lucier, a composer of experimental music and sound installations that use science to explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception, earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's of fine arts from Brandeis University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

He toured internationally as a co-founding member of Sonic Arts Union, the influential collective of experimental musicians that included Robert Ashley, David Behrman and Gordon Mumma.

Lucier taught at Brandeis for eight years before beginning a 40-year career as a professor of music at Wesleyan University, from which he retired in 2011.

His innovative compositions have included using amplified alpha waves detected by electroencephalography electrodes attached to a performer's scalp to vibrate percussion instruments and having performers use hand-held echolocation devices to locate the approximate physical center of a room to deepen their understanding of acoustical perception.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 28

  • Lucier will answer questions about music composition during a "Composer's Talk" from 4:40-5:30 p.m. in Kepner Hall's Milne Auditorium.
  • "Music & Sound: A Life of Exploration" will include a pre-concert presentation by Lucier at 7 p.m. and a concert of his music at 7:30 p.m. in Milne Auditorium.

Friday, March 29

  • The School of Music will host a luncheon for Lucier from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Centennial Hall room in Brown Hall.
  • The winners of the festival's inaugural composition competition will be joined by the By the Numbers Soundpainting Ensemble, made up of UNC students and alumni, for a concert featuring a wide variety of styles from 5-7 p.m. in Milne Auditorium.

Free parking is available in UNC lots after 5 p.m. and on nearby streets all day.

For more information about the festival, including an extended biography of Lucier, visit the festival's website.

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