UNC Today: Friday, April 12, 2013

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Spring 2013 UNC Undergraduate Research Journal Published

The newest issue of the University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate Research Journal, published April 11 in conjunction with Academic Excellence Week, is available here. Articles accepted into the journal undergo a blind review process. Five articles were accepted into the spring issue.

The fall issue will include the abstracts from the 2013 Research Excellence Awards.

Manuscripts may be uploaded for consideration for the spring 2014 issue. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Sociology Faculty Member Receives UNC's 2013 Social Science Engaged Research Award

Kyle Anne Nelson, assistant professor of Sociology, has received the 2013 Social Science Engaged Research Award, given annually by UNC's Office of Research to a faculty member who's demonstrated excellence in research and scholarly activity related to civic engagement projects and programs.

Nelson has worked with numerous colleagues on campus and in the community in service, mentorship of students, and scholarship related to dropout prevention, support for refugees, and other critical concerns facing the community.

The recipient of the award, who is selected by committee of humanities and social sciences faculty members, receives $1,000.

The award is supported by an endowment by Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Robert Brunswig and Rebecca Brunswig.

For more information about the award program, visit the Office of Research website.

Student Employee of the Year Awards Announced

Keaton Near, who works in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and was nominated by Tessa Johnson, was named the 2013 UNC Student Employee of the Year during the annual student employee recognition event Wednesday, April 10. Four runners-up were chosen for recognition by the award's selection committee. The students and their nominators were:

  • Tetrianna Silas (nominated by Sam Penn, Information Management & Technology)
  • Samantha Hyland (nominated by Rob Essaf, Housing & Residential Education)
  • Ryan Pfeifer (nominated by Brett Ford, Campus Recreation)
  • Jennifer Gray (nominated by Aimee Rogers, Office of Financial Aid)

The winner of the first SEOTY Banner Contest was the Monfort College of Business Advising Center, submitted by Christy Taylor and Audrey Nelson. Their office will receive a pizza party donated by Roma's Restaurant.

Pictures and more information regarding the Student Employee of the Year Award will be available for viewing at www.unco.edu/seoty.

Guest Lecturer to Cover Monsters, Gender in Medieval Literature

Find out how mothers were portrayed as monstrous in medieval English literature during a free public lecture by Dana M. Oswald, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Centennial Hall room in Brown Hall.

Oswald, whose research focus is in English literature with secondary interests in gender, sexuality and the human body, has published numerous articles on monstrosity, gender, and sexuality in Old and Middle English literature. Her book, Monsters, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval English Literature, was published in 2010.

Her lecture, titled "Unmastered Mothers: Medieval Maternal Bodies as Monstrous," is sponsored by the Neal Cross Lecture Fund.

For more information, contact Kristin Bovaird-Abbo 970-351-2044.

22nd Annual Beyond Paradise Lu’au Brings the Tropics to UNC

The University of Northern Colorado will get a taste of the tropics with this year's Beyond Paradise Lu'au, a traditional Hawaiian celebration on April 13 involving native food, dances and other activities.

The event, hosted by UNC's Ha'aheo ‘O Hawaii Club and open to the public, starts at 4:30 p.m. in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 20th Street and 10th Avenue.

Food at the lu'au will include traditional favorites such as haupia, a pudding-like dessert made from coconut milk, and kalua pig, which is traditionally cooked by lining a pit with hot coals and burying the pig in it. The dinner menu also includes chicken long rice, teriyaki chicken, vegetable kabobs, pineapple, rice and green salad.

The celebration will feature a variety of dances from the Pacific islands with student dancers performing both ‘auna (modern) and kahiko (traditional) Hawaiian hulas and slow and fast Tahitian dances, with a special performance by the club's graduating seniors.

There'll also be a women's chant, a "haka" warrior chant performed by the men and poi-ball dances, which involve the swinging of tethered weights in intricate geometric patterns.

After their popular performance at last year's lu'au, Fort Collins-based reggae band Trichome will return to the stage at this year's event.

The Beyond Paradise Country Store will offer a variety of Hawaiian treats, gifts and souvenirs for sale, and children will be able to play games and win prizes in the Keiki Corner while their parents shop, and have their picture taken in front of a Hawaiian-themed backdrop.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for adults, $10 for children under 13 and free for children under 5, and are available in person at the UNC Ticket Office in the University Center, by calling 970-351-4849 or at www.unco.edu/tickets.

Free parking will be available in lots adjacent to the University Center.

Off-Campus Life Student Handbook Now Available

Copies of the new Off-Campus Life Student Handbook for 2013-14 are now available in the Student Activities office in the University Center or on the Off-Campus Life website.

The handbook provides students with a variety of off-campus resources, including information on all aspects of renting, being a good neighbor in Greeley and discovering and maintaining fun and worthwhile connections to both campus and community.

For more information or to request print copies for your office, contact Jimmy Kohles, Off-Campus Life program coordinator, at 970-351-2171 or james.kohles@unco.edu.

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