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The winner and four runners-up for UNC's fourth annual Student Employee of the Year Award will be announced at the SEOTY recognition event from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the University Center ballrooms.
The event will include hors d'oeuvres and cake, followed by a guest speaker and the recognition of all nominees. The first-place winner will compete in the National Student Employee of the Year competition.
The event is one of the ways UNC recognizes its student employees during National Student Employee Appreciation Week, April 14-18. All employers of students are encouraged to recognize their student employees during the week and to invite them to attend the recognition event.
For additional information, please contact Student Employment at 351-2628, or email Aimee Rogers or Cynthia Harling.
The finals of the University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge will be televised at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, on KTVD Channel 20. The event will be available later on-demand at mcb-echallenge.com. The finalists include Omirown Entertainment, a gaming app development company started by UNC freshman Raj Reddy.
The winners will receive a total of $50,000 in prize money and business incubator services from UNC BizHub, the new business incubator at the University of Northern Colorado.
The five finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges in a "Shark Tank" format at 9news studios in Denver. KUSA-TV/9News is partnering with UNC's Monfort College of Business to promote and broadcast the Entrepreneurial Challenge. Gregg Moss, business reporter and 9NEWS anchor, will again be the emcee for the event. The prizes awarded are $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place, and $10,000 for third.
"This year's business concepts are diverse, well presented and very impressive," said David Thomas, assistant professor of management and director of the Entrepreneurial Challenge. "We are looking forward to another highly competitive event. The 9NEWS partnership and broadcast on Channel 20 is a great addition to this year's challenge and will provide a broader audience with a view of the exciting ventures being built here in Colorado."
The Entrepreneurial Challenge has been instrumental in getting much-needed products into the marketplace. Last year's winner, Vertikle Enterprises LLC/5280 Prosthetics, developed a new generation of products that enable prosthetic devices to communicate with their users, relaying critical data to improve fit, function and the general health of the patient. Their prize money helped to produce units quicker and get them to patients who were waiting on the technology.
This year's five finalists include: IX Powerclean Water, which commercializes clean water and safe power innovations; an online platform from Congo that provides users with instant access to a fee-based live video chat with qualified doctors or lawyers; a diesel-fuel treatment and monitoring system from LogiLube designed for oil and gas operators to use in the field; "Food Factory" game from Omirown Entertainment LLC that challenges new chefs to manage food from the field and bring it to their restaurant's table; and Tabrific LLC which offers customers personalized e-gifting with text, video and audio.
Winners will also be recognized during the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards ceremony in Loveland a Northern Colorado Business Report event sponsored by the college.
Judges for the Entrepreneurial Challenge include Dick Monfort, owner and CEO of the Colorado Rockies; Brad Cheedle, senior vice president of Business Services for WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone; and Chris Onan, co-founder and managing director of Galvanize.
"The business concepts of the five finalists are impressive and should make for a very competitive Entrepreneurial Challenge," Monfort said. "The competition is truly serving as a real business initiative in northern Colorado. The broadcast of the competition will also expand economic development by encouraging more participation in future Entrepreneurial Challenge competitions."
For more information about the competition, visit www.mcb-echallenge.com.
The University of Northern Colorado's celebration of Women's History Month concludes March 31 with a presentation by a social theorist internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education.
The presentation by author, educator, filmmaker and social theorist Jackson Katz at 7 p.m. in the University Center ballrooms, 2101 10th Ave. is free and open to the public.
Katz has long been recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. He's the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, a candid look at the cultural factors that lend themselves to tolerance of abuse and violence against women.
He co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention, a program that has worked with thousands of high school and college-aged men to prevent violence against women, and he's the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.
Katz, who was the first man to minor in women's studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, earned a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.
Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m.
For more information, contact Bernadette Cordova, 970-351-2941.
Nominations to serve on the 2014-15 Professional Administrative Staff Council, the representative body for exempt staff at UNC, are being accepted through April 1 using the form on the PASC website. Self-nominations are accepted.
PASC advocates for and supports exempt employees. Being part of the council is a great way to meet new people from other areas of campus, demonstrate leadership, have a voice, advocate for your peers, set an example, and truly make a difference at UNC.
The Friends of UNC Libraries First Wednesday Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2 in Michener Library features a $2 Bag Sale all day. A wide variety of books and music will be available and the sale is open to the public. Proceeds benefit UNC Libraries projects and events. For more information, contact 970-351-2640.
UNC will again coordinate and host the 9Health Fair in Greeley from 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 29, in the University Center. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend, and volunteers are needed to assist health-care professionals and to serve in non-medical capacities. No previous medical training is needed. Volunteer positions available and the number needed for each are:
Sign up to volunteer at the 9Health Fair website. Be sure to check the "No" button for the "Are you a medical volunteer?" question unless you're qualified to perform any of the screenings listed and use the "Other" category in the list of non-medical skills.
If you have questions or need more information, contact Nicole Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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