UNC Today: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Staff and Student Volunteers Sought for First-Ever Community Welcome Walk

Off-Campus Life and the city of Greeley seek faculty, staff and student volunteers to join community leaders the evening of Monday, Aug. 25, for the first-ever Community Welcome Walk, which will welcome students living in neighborhoods adjacent to campus back for the fall semester. The welcome will include helpful information on establishing and increasing good neighbor relationships between all residents (both students and long-term Greeley residents) and an invitation to enjoy all that UNC and Greeley have to offer throughout the academic year.

Volunteers are needed to help canvas UNC neighborhoods and distribute information and goodwill. If you're interested in helping out, register here.

Materials, training and neighborhood assignments will be provided during a light dinner prior to the walk.

Keeping Our Campus Healthy

With the return of thousands of people to campus, the University of Northern Colorado is taking steps to promote disease prevention, good hygiene and vaccinations.

Many health issues such as influenza, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), Ebola and a strain of flu labeled H7N9 can affect the entire campus community. To help protect ourselves and others, UNC urges the campus community to seek medical attention when ill, especially if you've traveled outside the United States, and to continue to be vigilant in adhering to good hygiene and sanitation guidelines that include:

  • Covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and washing hands afterward
  • Wearing a mask if you have a respiratory illness and avoid going to crowded places
  • Wash hands frequently after touching public objects such as door knobs
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth before hand washing can occur

Proper hand washing can be key to preventing the flu and colds. Contaminated hands play a significant role in the transmission of a variety of diseases including hepatitis A, meningitis, influenza and gastrointestinal infections.

Vaccinations are another effective way to prevent many of the illnesses. Getting your flu shot is the best way to reduce your risk of catching the flu and meningitis vaccines can save lives. As part of UNC's efforts to reduce influenza and meningitis on campus, the Student Health Center will be offering flu and meningitis vaccines throughout the year and it's never too late to vaccinate!

UNC Faculty, staff and students all have a personal responsibility to contribute to a safe and healthy campus. By following preventive measures, YOU can make a positive impact in preventing illness.

Upcoming FRPB Deadlines

Deadlines for the following fall Faculty Research and Publications Board funding and award programs are approaching. Note that some programs have deadlines that are different than in previous years.

  • Provost Award for Travel - Sept. 12
  • New Project Proposal - Oct. 15
  • Research, Dissemination and Faculty Development - Oct. 24
  • Winchester Award - Oct. 10

Contact Trent Lalonde for more information.

Wonder What You Missed Over the Summer?

If you didn't have Internet access or weren't able to check your email regularly over the summer and want to catch up on university news, check out the News Central website. Under "Faculty/Staff" in the left-hand navigation menu, you'll find links to past editions of UNC Today, feature stories, media coverage of UNC.and other information resources.

The site is searchable (click on "More News" at the bottom of the page) and a link to the UNC Today archives is available under "Faculty/Staff" in the left-hand navigation menu.

Blackboard Workshops Available in August

If you need some help with Blackboard, be sure to check out the workshops being offered in August that include a full-day Blackboard Boot Camp, Getting Started with Blackboard, Effective Uses of Discussions/Blogs/Journals/Wikis and virtual Blackboard Collaborate Demo sessions. You can also sign up for one-on-one consultations with Instructional Design and Development for personalized support. To sign up, see the IDD Workshops web page.

International Education Week: Call for Speaker Proposals

Faculty and staff members in all disciplines are invited to submit names of speakers to potentially bring to campus for International Education Week, to be held Nov. 17-21. The primary criteria for the speaker is that they have an international perspective in their field of research or practice. Up to $3,000 is available for funding of the speaker.

To suggest a speaker or for more information, email Vanja Pejic.

Campus Recreation Center Closed Aug. 18-20

The Campus Recreation Center will be closed Aug. 18-20 for maintenance and staff training. The center will begin fall semester hours (6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.) on Thursday, Aug. 21.

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