UNC Today: Thursday, April 4, 2013

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UNC Student Returns from South Korea with New Perspectives

A University of Northern Colorado undergraduate student recently returned from a 10-day study abroad trip in Korea with a new perspective on the country, its culture and its relations with North Korea and the United States.

Kacey Kropp, a sophomore in UNC's Honors program majoring in International Affairs, was one of only 40 college students in the nation selected to receive a highly sought-after scholarship for an all-expenses-paid study trip to South Korea during spring break.

The scholarship was funded by the Korea Foundation, and the selection process and trip was administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange.

The study abroad program, hosted March 16-26 by Yonsei University in Seoul, allows U.S. students with little or no previous exposure to Korean culture to better understand the country, its people and its relationship with North Korea through academic lectures, site visits and cultural excursions.

The academic lecture sessions included learning some basic "survival" phrases in Korean, a historical overview of the country, information about South Korea's relations with North Korea and the U.S., and American's perceptions of Korean society.

"We were given first-hand, professionally-informed commentary and opinion on North Korea and the threat, or lack thereof, that this communist neighbor poses," Kropp said. "There was also a sense of pity for the North Korean people themselves and a sense of annoyance and distaste for the North Korean government and its antics."

The students learned about Korean culture and history through foot and bus tours of Seoul and a traditional Korean village; visits to the National Museum of Korea, the Demilitarized Zone and one of Seoul's ancient palaces; and nighttime trips to sample the city's shopping and dining experiences.

Other students on the trip came from universities that included Yale, Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Vassar, Miami, Duke and Temple.

Spring Provost Awards for Travel Proposals Due April 12

The Faculty Research and Publications Board invites full-time faculty to submit proposals for Provost Awards for Travel. The spring deadline is Friday, April 12. Please note the maximum travel award is $5,000, and on collaborative projects, multiple recipients of a single award will split the funds. Proposal guidelines and forms are available on the OSP website.

For more information, contact Sherry May at 351-1910 or sherry.may@unco.edu.

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.

Blackboard Tip of the Month: Transfer Grades from Blackboard to Banner

If you track student grades in Blackboard, set up a "Banner Final Grade" column in the Blackboard Grade Center and the grades are automatically transferred over to Banner at the end of the semester. For full instructions, visit the Blackboard Tips Page.

RSVPs for Teaching and Learning Fair Luncheon Due April 5

If you're planning on attending the fourth annual Teaching and Learning Fair on April 9 and want to attend the luncheon and accompanying discussion about teaching and learning that will be led by UNC's Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows, reserve your seat by Friday, April 5, by contacting CETL, 351-2885.

The fair on Tuesday, April 9, runs from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Panorama room and Aspen suite in the University Center. The day will begin with a poster/display session, followed by the luncheon and discussion and finish with two concurrent 90-minute breakout sessions featuring several guest presenters.

Gerontology to Co-Present Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging May 1

UNC's Gerontology program will again partner with the Larimer County Extension Office and the CSU Aging Center of the Rockies to present the Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging - "Navigating Decisions with Older Adults" on Wednesday, May 1, with discounted early-bird registration available until April 5.

The one-day conference is for students, faculty, professionals and practitioners in all fields who are involved in decisions being made today by older adults and their families.

Topics include ethics, communication, and family dynamics, in addition to best practices regarding medical, financial, legal, transportation and living arrangement decisions.

For more information and to register, please see the Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging website.

Date Changed for Student Employee Recognition Banner Contest Judging

The Student Employee Recognition Banner Contest will be judged Friday, April 5. Previous communications about the contest contained the incorrect date.

Offices with student employees (hourly, work study or salaried) are encouraged to create a banner for National Student Employee Appreciation Week (April 7-13) that symbolizes your appreciation of your student employees. The office with the winning banner will receive a pizza party.

For complete contest details, visit the Student Employee of the Year website.

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