UNC Today: Monday, March 4, 2013

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Talk by Title IX Pioneer to Highlight Women’s History Month at UNC

A presentation by a pioneer in the movement to provide equal opportunity for female athletes in collegiate sports will highlight Women's History Month events at the University of Northern Colorado during March.

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, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th St.

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 events commemorating Women's History Month include:

Women's History Month Read-In

March 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Michener Library (main floor)
The University Libraries and English Department will host readings by students, faculty and staff of literature and speeches that celebrate women's roles in history.

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.

Grant Writing Workshop for Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts, Education

The Office of Sponsored Programs will host a grant writing workshop Thursday, April 4, designed to help faculty and staff increase the competitiveness of their proposals for projects in the humanities, social sciences, arts and education. The workshop will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Columbine suites of the University Center. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

Participants should have some understanding of grant seeking, but want to acquire the skills to develop successful, consistently funded proposals.

"Grant Writing without Grief for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts and Education" will be presented by Lynn Miner of Miner and Associates, who will cover topics such as creating successful proposal components, persuasive proposal narratives, resubmitting previously declined proposals, and building a successful grant writing team. More information about workshop content is on the OSP website.

Registration is required by emailing Arlene Hansen that you wish to attend the Grant Writing without Grief Workshop and that you will attend for the full day.

'Legally Blonde' Pre-Performance Reception Canceled

The Alumni Association's reception Thursday, March 7, in Carter Hall for the cast, director and others involved in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance's production of Legally Blonde, has been canceled.

First Wednesday Book Sale March 6

Friends of UNC Libraries will host another First Wednesday Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Michener Library. There'll be a wide variety of books and music, and a special focus table featuring history. Proceeds benefit projects and events of University Libraries. For more information, call 351-1546.

UNC Writers’ Conference Features Internationally Renowned Sci Fi Author

The 2013 Rosenberry Writers' Conference at the University of Northern Colorado March 4-6 will feature readings by an internationally renowned, award-winning science fiction author and two other writers who also have Colorado roots.

Greeley's own Connie Willis, whose 15 novels and seven collections of short stories have earned an unprecedented seven Nebula awards and 11 Hugo awards, will close the three-day conference with a reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Panorama room in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The reading and a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing that follow it, are free and open to the public.

In addition to her Nebula and Hugo awards, two of the genre's most prestigious, Willis received the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 2011 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizing her lifetime achievements and placing her in the company of science fiction and fantasy writers such as Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.

Willis, a 2009 inductee of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, earned her bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education from UNC in 1967. She last appeared at the Rosenberry Writers' Conference in 2006.

The conference's other readings will be by Dan Beachy-Quick on Monday, March 4, and Aaron Abeyta on Tuesday, March 5. Both will start at 7 p.m. in the Panorama room and also will include a question-and-answer session, reception and book signing. Free parking will be available in lots adjacent to the building.

Beachy-Quick's works include five full-length books of poetry, five poetry chapbooks and a book of interlinked essays on Moby Dick. He grew up in Colorado and after graduating from the University of Denver, he attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He's taught at Grinnell College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching in the MFA Writing program at Colorado State University.

Abeyta, a Colorado native, is an associate professor of English at Adams State College. Two collections of his poetry have been published, including Colcha, which received a 2002 American Book Award and a 2001 Colorado Book Award. He won a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 1998 and received the grand prize from the Academy of American Poets while a graduate student at Colorado State University. His first novel was published in 2007.

In addition to the readings, the writers will hold informal discussion sessions with students and faculty from UNC's literature and writing classes.

Now in its 12th year, the conference is named in honor of the late philanthropist and English teacher Walter Rosenberry, who supported the conference and nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.

For more information, contact conference organizer Lisa Zimmerman, assistant professor of English, at 970-351-2033 or lisa.zimmerman@unco.edu.

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Free Statistical Consulting Offered by MAST Institute

Statistical consulting is available at no charge to faculty, staff and graduate students through UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute. Consulting is available in Ross 1210 on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-6 p.m. Thursdays until the end of the semester.

Consulting services are provided by the Applied Statistics and Research Methods program.

For more information, contact Edward Lopez, 351-1289.

Blood Buddies Blood Drive Returns to Campus March 6

The Blood Buddies blood mobile returns to campus from noon-4 p.m Wednesday, March 6,. in the service drive south of Turner Hall (west of Holmes Dining Hall). Grab a buddy (friend or family member) and make an appointment to donate blood while it's on campus.

Prior to donating, donors are asked to eat a healthy meal and drink a minimum of 20 ounces of water. A valid drivers license is also required.

If you are unable to make the drive on March 6, there are still other ways to donate in Greeley. The Blood Donor Center at the Northern Colorado Medical Center (1801 16th Street) is open on Monday and Friday from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Blood Buddies visit is sponsored by Delta Sigma Pi and the 2013 Leadership Weld County program.

For more information, contact Larissa Romero-Perry at 970-351-3475.

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