UNC Today: Monday, June 10, 2013

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UNC Trustees Approve 2013-14 Budget

The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees approved the 2013-14 budget and a new master's degree in Business Administration at a regularly scheduled meeting June 7 in the Panorama Room at the University Center.

The budget includes pricing and institutional financial aid for the next year. Resident undergraduate tuition will increase 5 percent ($284/year) while resident graduate tuition will increase up to 4 percent, and room and board by about 3 percent.

As in years past, the university will use 25 percent of new undergraduate and 30 percent of new graduate tuition revenue to increase institutional financial aid. The budget includes $17 million in institutional aid for low- and middle-income students.

Room rates will continue to fall into one of six tiers, based on the residence hall's amenities. Tier 1 prices will be reduced by $114 ($4,800/year) and Tier 6 will be $6,522 for freshmen. Returning residence hall students will be offered a discounted rate.

UNC considers a number of factors when setting rates, including prices of competitors, investments aligning with university planning to provide quality education to students, and students' willingness and ability to pay while taking into account the availability of financial aid.

Over the past five years, UNC's tuition increased $1,522 while the average increase at the state's other research universities was $2,466.

Costs of attendance will be updated in the coming days at: www.unco.edu/costs/fy14

As part of the multiyear planning, UNC will continue to progress on its goal identified in its compensation identity plan to offer competitive and fair compensation, which includes moving toward 90 percent of the average salaries of university peers by 2016-17, to recruit and retain employees. The budget includes a 2-percent salary increase for faculty and exempt staff (classified staff increases are set by the state) and a 3-percent pool available to address parity.

The budget also includes $14 million in capital and deferred maintenance projects that will be covered by university reserves. One project will update Butler-Hancock Hall, site of indoor commencement ceremonies and sporting events, with air conditioning.

In other news:

  • Trustees approved the MBA program, which will be offered at the Centerra center. The program, which includes online instruction, is unique in that it provides flexibility for the working professional by allowing 2-5 years for completion. The MBA will begin in summer 2014.
  • Trustees approved Faculty Senate changes to the board policy manual to extend the "tenure clock" for events such as birth or adoption of a child, serious personal for family health conditions, death of a family member or catastrophic damage to residential property. Other senate changes approved address degree requirement completion time periods for new hires within academic ranks and updated language to the academic appeals process to be more efficient.
  • UNC was presented with a certificate of special recognition by Sen. Mark Udall's office for 100 years of graduate education. For more information on the anniversary, including stories submitted by graduates, visit http://www.unco.edu/grad/grad100/
  • Provost Robbyn Wacker announced faculty earning promotions and tenure along with faculty being recognized with emeritus status.

June Pay Dates Information

In 2003, Senate Bill 03-197 moved the end-of-the-month payday for state employees for June to the first working day in July. Alert 198 from the state controller's office has moved the payday for employees paid semi-monthly back to the last business day of June.

If you have semi-monthly employees, please make them aware of this payday change.

  • Monthly payroll will be paid on Monday, July 1.
  • Semi-monthly, for time worked June 1-15, will be paid on Friday, June 28.

If you have questions, please contact Payroll at 351-2700.

UNC Dean, Director Part of State Delegation Heading to Japan

University of Northern Colorado's Michelle Behr and Maureen Ulevich will be part of a Colorado delegation visiting Japan the week of June 10.

Their visit is part of an effort to showcase educational opportunities for Japanese students through StudyColorado organizations, of which UNC is a member. The trip also will mark the inaugural nonstop flight from Denver to Tokyo aboard United Airlines' 787 Dreamliner.

Behr, acting dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Ulevich, director of the Center for International Education, will conduct outreach as part of the university's stepped-up recruitment and retention strategies for international students.

They also will visit partner university Aoyama Gakuin, one of 67 universities abroad where UNC has established exchange programs, and meet with UNC graduates -- Japan ranks in the top 5 countries with UNC alumni.

The delegation is being led by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Colorado Tourism Director Al White and Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. CEO Tom Clark. For more information, visit the city of Denver's website.

UNC’s Little Theatre of the Rockies Opens 79th Season June 13 with ‘The Fantasticks’

The University of Northern Colorado's Little Theatre of the Rockies, the oldest continually operating professional theater company in Colorado and one of the oldest in the nation, opens its 79th season June 13 with the ever-popular musical, The Fantasticks.

Directed and choreographed by UNC faculty member Matthew Herrick, the play includes memorable songs like "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" while telling a love story with twists and turns to keep the audience guessing how things will turn out.

The Fantasticks plays June 13-15 and July 10, 18, 19 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and June 16 and 28 at 2 p.m. in the Norton Theatre in Gray Hall.

The rest of the series' performances are:

  • On Golden Pond - June 20-22 at 7:30 p.m.; June 23 at 2 p.m. Langworthy Theatre, Frasier Hall
  • Escanaba in da Moonlight - June 27-29, July 13 and July 24-26 at 7:30 p.m.; June 30, July 14 at 2 p.m. Norton Theatre
  • Private Lives - July 4-6, 11-12, 17 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; July 7, 21 at 2 p.m. Norton Theatre
  • Little Shop of Horrors - Aug. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Langworthy Theatre

For performance synopses, casts and ticket information, visit the LTR website.

Internal Administrative Position Opportunity

The MAST Institute and the Office of Research have an internal job opening for a budget contracting coordinator. For details and to apply, go to Human Resources' website.

RSVPs Due Monday for June 14 Student Employer Training

Any employer who interviews, hires, supervises or works in any capacity with student employees (hourly, salaried or work study), or who is new to UNC within the last year is strongly encouraged by the Office of Student Employment to attend the Student Employer Training session from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday, June 14, in the Gunter Hall auditorium (room 1720).

Topics covered will include work study, I-9 forms and injury reporting, hiring of international students, payroll overview and forms, hiring students through the online job bank and other career resources, EPAF submissions, security issues, and any other student employment topics you would like covered.

Coffee and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Cynthia Harling by Monday, June 10.

Year-End Purchase Order Procedures Detailed

Purchasing and Contracts reminds those responsible for preparing purchase requisitions of upcoming deadlines for transferring current fiscal year standing purchase orders to the new fiscal year (June 13) and for reviewing purchase order encumbrances (July 9).

Standing Purchase Order Fiscal Year Transfer Procedures

If you currently have Standing Purchase Orders for Fiscal Year 13 and wish to transfer them to Fiscal Year 14, the Standing Order Fiscal Year Transfer Form can be found on the Purchasing and Contracts web page. Be certain to have an authorized signator (s) sign the form for all accounts that are represented on the form. Completed forms should be sent to Purchasing and Contracts, CB 61, no later than Thursday, June 13.

Note that a UNC Visa card may be used for services and recurring payments that do not exceed $5,000 per month. This should eliminate the need for standing purchase orders for these items. All agreements for services must still be renewed and approved by purchasing and contracts staff.

Reviewing Purchase Order Encumbrances Reminder

Please review FGIOENC purchase order encumbrances. Send an e-mail to Morgan Gray or Mary Jantz listing the Fiscal Year 13 POs you wish to remain open as well as the purchase orders you want to be liquidated. This information is needed prior to Tuesday, July 9.

For more information, please see the Fiscal Year End Purchase Order/Encumbrance Procedure Guide located on the Purchasing website.

Please contact Morgan Gray, 351-2287 with questions.

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