UNC Today: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Academic Excellence Awards Announced

Provost Robbyn Wacker has announced this year's Academic Excellence Awards recipients, who will be recognized at the annual Academic Excellence Reception from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the University Center Panorama room. Presentations will begin around 3:30 p.m. RSVPs are not required for the reception, which is open to all faculty and staff. The recipients are:

  • Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education: Robert Heiny, Mathematical Sciences (More Info)
  • Teaching Excellence in Graduate Education: Priscilla Falcon, Hispanic Studies (More Info)
  • Excellence in Faculty Service: Richard Schwenz, Chemistry and Biochemistry (More Info)
  • Excellence in Faculty Advisement: Robert Reinsvold, Biological Sciences (More Info)
  • School/Program Excellence in Service: School of Theatre Arts and Dance (More Info)
  • Excellence through Performance Assessment: Tutoring Services (More Info)

Criteria for the awards include a thorough knowledge of the academic or professional field, ability to communicate that knowledge in an effective and organized manner, ability to create a positive learning environment, demonstration of respect and concern for students, ability to inspire enthusiasm for learning and high expectations for students' performance.

Every Day is Earth Day This Week at UNC

The University of Northern Colorado is putting new meaning into "going green" and celebrating environmental awareness April 22-26, with each day assigned a different "green" theme, starting with Earth Day on Monday.

The week's events include:

Monday, April 22 - "Learn Green"
Earth Day Information Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center (lower level, and west patio)
A variety of organizations will provide information about resource conservation and environmental awareness efforts on campus and in Greeley with eco-friendly give-a-ways.

Third Annual Boys and Girls Club Service Project
4-6 p.m., BGC's Jerry Pawl Unit (2400 1st Ave.)
Students, faculty and staff will provide information and excitement about environmental sustainability to local youths while helping plant gardens and prepare play areas for warmer weather. More Info

Tuesday, April 23 - "Think Green"
Movie: "Bidder 70"
7:30-9 p.m., University Center (Columbine B)
This free film screening features the true story of a young man who tried to throw a monkey wrench into oil and gas exploration on federal lands when he bid $1.7 million on 22,000 acres of land at a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leasing auction with no intention of paying for or drilling on the land. His act of civil disobedience earned him two years in prison.

Wednesday, April 24 - "Eat Green"
Special Dining Facility Menu
5-9 p.m., Holmes Dining Hall, Tobey-Kendel Dining Room
Local cuisine and environmentally sustainable recipes will be on the dinner menus at UNC's dining halls.

Thursday, April 25 - "Buy Green/Buy Local"
Greeley Night Out
5-9 p.m., Downtown Greeley
Students will be encouraged to shop at locally-owned businesses and save money by paying just $5 for a dinner at the Rio, a cupcake at Batter Up Cakes and a movie at the Kress Cinema. More Info

Friday, April 26 - "Celebrate Green"
Thrift Store Prom
7-10 p.m., Campus Recreation Center

Prom-goers will wear their best second-hand garb and re-experience high school prom night, complete with a photo booth to capture all the wacky outfits.

Saturday, April 27 - "Live Green"
Bears PAY it Forward
9 a.m.-noon, University Center

Students, faculty and staff will be joined by community volunteers for this annual clean-up of some of Greeley's more neglected neighborhoods and UNC will celebrate its recent designation as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation with a special tree planting. More Info

Other "go-green" events for Earth Week at UNC include "Lunch Time Lights Out" and the "Tray-less Dining Incentive," with members of the campus community saving resources in dining facilities by eating lunch with the lights off and forgoing trays that have to be washed.

Student LEAF, UPC, SEA Club, Dining Services and Off Campus Life have collaborated to put together the week-long "Every Day is Earth Day" celebration.

For more information, visit: the Earth Week website.

UNC Art Professor’s Work Selected for Exhibition in Turkey

Artwork by UNC Professor of Art and Design Anna Ursyn, who leads the Computer Graphics program, has been selected through a juried process for a solo exhibition May 21-June 10 at the Emin Hekimgil Art Gallery in Ankara, Turkey.

Ursyn's research and pedagogy interests include integrated instruction in art, science, and computer art graphics through visual information strategies. The show will explore the use of computer graphics and programming in artistic explorations that further support instruction.

Work by some of her students will be included to demonstrate her teaching techniques.

The Emin Hekimgil Art Gallery is a part of the Turkish American Association, which promotes cultural exchange between Turkey and the U.S. by networking academics, members of the diplomatic community, students, Turkish American Association members and businessmen.

UNC Class Leads Asset Mapping Project in Local Refugee Community

Twelve students in a University of Northern Colorado honors class are working this semester with members of the local refugee community to identify resources that are available to help refugees' transitions into their newly adopted culture.

Three teams, each comprised of three or four students and two members of the refugee community, are canvassing neighborhoods in Greeley and Evans and researching organizations and other resources throughout the region that are part of the refugee community.

The teams are using a community asset mapping model developed at Northwestern University as an alternative to the more typical "deficit-based" community needs assessment.

In asset mapping, the community self-evaluates its available resources and assets - identifying institutions and individuals who play leadership roles and can be further developed - rather than identifying what's missing.

The class will present its results April 18 to community stakeholders.

UNC's Honors Program received grants through the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Colorado Campus Compact to support the design and implementation of the course and service learning project.

The course, Honors Connections II: Global Citizenship in your Backyard, is co-instructed by UNC Honors and Scholars Director Loree Crow and Sarah Wyscaver, an Honors program faculty member.

OSP to Hold Office Hours in McKee April 18

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold office hours in McKee Hall on Thursday, April 18. Michele Schwietz will be available to meet with faculty and staff in room 127 from 1-4 p.m. The day's focus will be on pre-award issues, but all questions and concerns about proposals and awards are welcome.

Counseling Psychology Students to Present Research

All members of the university community are invited to the Counseling Psychology program's second annual Research Day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in McKee 282. Counseling Psychology doctoral students will present their research.

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.

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