UNC Today: Monday, April 21, 2014

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UNC to Hold 2014 Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 9-10

The University of Northern Colorado will hold ceremonies marking the 124th spring commencement May 9-10 on campus.

The Graduate School ceremony to award specialist, master's and doctoral degrees will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

About 265 spring graduates will receive degrees. Another 155 students expected to complete degree requirements this summer will also be included in the spring ceremony. UNC doesn't offer a summer commencement ceremony.

UNC alumnus and award-winning science fiction writer Connie Willis will be the featured speaker.

Willis' novels and short stories have won a record number of Hugo and Nebula awards - the genre's most prestigious honors. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2011.

Willis graduated from Colorado State College, now UNC, in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in English. She currently works with UNC's English honor society and recently donated her manuscripts to the university's Michener Library.

She and her husband, UNC Professor Emeritus Courtney Willis, live in Greeley.

The undergraduate commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road. About 1,190 spring and 390 summer graduates will receive degrees.

Two-time UNC alumnus and art educator Daniel Augenstein will be the featured speaker.

After earning his bachelor's degree in visual arts in from UNC in 1976, Augenstein began a 32-year career teaching art in Greeley public schools, including Greeley West High School, where he also served as director of Advanced Academics and coordinated the school's gifted program, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs.

Augenstein received his master's degree in painting from UNC in 1985, and since retiring from teaching in 2007, has pursued a full-time career as an artist, working in a variety of media. His work is owned by collectors in the United States and Europe.

He lives in Greeley with his wife Deborah.

Distinguished faculty and student leadership awards will also be presented during the ceremony.

Tickets are not required to attend either of the ceremonies and seating is available on a first-come basis.

Parking is free in UNC lots.

For additional information, including ceremony etiquette and protocols, the inclement weather plan for Saturday's ceremony and how to view a live webcast of the ceremonies, go to www.unco.edu/commencement.

About UNC's Spring 2014 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 1,996
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 1,580
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 418 (320 master's, 72 doctorates, 26 certificate/specialists)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 19-66; Grad: 22-65
  • Average age: Undergrad: 25; Grad: 33
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.22; Grad: 3.79
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 4 years / 11 terms
  • Most popular majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies-Elementary Education, Business Administration, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sport and Exercise Science. Grad: Special Education, Educational Leadership, Music, Sport and Exercise Science, Nursing, Clinical Counseling.
  • International Countries Represented (students earning degrees): 13 (China, India, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirate, United Kingdom)
  • Countries of Exchange Students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): 15 (Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom)
  • States Represented: 40 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 43 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Pueblo, Routt, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)

Tentative as of April 18, 2014.

Free Prescription Drug Take-Back/Document Shredding Day April 26

Reduce the chance of your outdated or unneeded prescription drugs (pills, tablets) being misused or contaminating the local water system or landfill and get confidential documents shredded for free from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the University Center's north parking lot as UNC joins in the effort to help protect your community and your privacy.

Other local drop-off locations are:

  • Main entrance parking lot of the Greeley Police Department, 2875 W. 10th St.
  • Parking lot of the Sam's Club in Evans, 3247 23rd Ave.

All locations are open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for these free services.

National Denim Day to Raise Awareness of Victim-Blaming

Prevention Education and Advocacy Services invites you to join them in observing national Denim Day Wednesday, April 23, to raise awareness about the prevalence and injustice of victim blaming and how readily it continues to be utilized in attempts to prosecute sexual violence.

Wear jeans (if appropriate for your job responsibilities) to make a social statement that there is "No Excuse and Never an Invitation to Rape."

Denim Day was triggered by an Italian court case that took place in the late 90s after an 18-year-old woman was raped by her driving instructor. While the perpetrator was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. It was argued that "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them…and by removing the jeans…it was no longer rape but consensual sex."

For more information about Denim Day, visit http://denimdayusa.org/.

Denim Day bButtons are available in the PEAS office on the second floor of Cassidy Hall.

Student Employee of the Year Awards Announced

Natalee Gonzalez, who works at the Campus Recreation Center and was nominated by Brett Ford and Brad Logar, was named the 2014 UNC Student Employee of the Year during the annual student employee recognition event April 15. Four runners-up were chosen for recognition by the award's selection committee. The students and their nominators were:

  • Dayna DeHerrera (nominated by Tiffany Wood, Information Management and Technology)
  • Taylor Symons (nominated by Evan Welch, Student Activities)
  • Carissa King (nominated by Tessa Johnson. Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Jennifer Beck, Bands and Orchestras)
  • Perla Borunda (nominated by Berlina Saenz, Marina Orozco, Kyle Castro and Lori McKellar; Center for Human Enrichment)

The winner of the SEOTY Banner Contest was the Office of Financial Aid. The office will receive a pizza party donated by Roma's Restaurant.

The Student Employee Recognition Team congratulates the winners and thanks all who submitted nominations. Pictures and more information regarding the Student Employee of the Year award will be available for future viewing at www.unco.edu/seoty.

UNC to Host Holocaust Observance Events April 21-27

Greeley's Holocaust Memorial Observance April 21-27 includes several events on the UNC campus, including a Holocaust Literature Read-In, the International Film Series showing of The Passenger and the observance's featured speaker, Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin.

The schedule of events on campus includes:

Holocaust Literature Read-In

Take turns reading portions of Holocaust related books or poems from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 21 in Michener Library (west alcove, first floor). Bring your own books or choose from ones displayed at the library.

Reading of the Litany of the Martyrs

Victims of the Holocaust will be honored and remembered in this traditional reading of their names from 11 a.m.-2p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the University Center's Fireside Lounge.

Featured Guest Speaker

Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin will share her story at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in the Pikes Peak Ballroom of the University Center. Only ten years old when Hitler invaded Poland, Estelle and her family soon found themselves in the Warsaw Ghetto. Her harrowing experience is a testament to her indominable spirit and fierce determination to remain loving and compassionate even in the face of unimaginable evil.

Film: The Passenger

UNC's International Film Series will host a showing of The Passenger at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in Lindou Auditorium, Michener Library. The film portrays a German woman on a ship coming back from Europe who notices the face of another woman, which brings back recollections of the past. As she tells her husband that the woman was an overseer in Auschwitz during the war, her vision of the past is shown and then the actual events.

All events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the UNC lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

For the full list of Holocaust Observance Week events at UNC and Greeley, visit the Greeley Holocaust Memorial Observance website.

Immigrant and Refugee Students to Read from Their New Book

Immigrant and refugee students from three Greeley high schools will read stories from a new book about their homelands and experiences coming to the U.S. during a reception and book signing from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Michener Library's Mari Michener Gallery.

UNC pre-service teacher candidates, faculty and staff collaborated with students, faculty and staff from Greeley West, Greeley Central and Northridge high schools to publish the book, titled Same World, Different Lives. UNC Director of Engagement Deborah Romero edited the book.

4 p.m. - Reception
4:15 p.m. - Welcome and Opening Remarks
4:25 p.m. - Student Readings
5 p.m. - Open Discussion
5:15 p.m. - Meet the Authors

Light refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading. They're also available at http://blur.by/1gMsulD.

This is the third book published through the collaborative effort.

For more information, contact deborah.romero@unco.edu.

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