UNC Today: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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National Grant Funding Awarded for Unique Teacher Prep Program

Nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation will provide grant funding to build the framework for an innovative teacher preparation partnership between the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Northern Colorado.

The new program will focus on increasing the number of highly qualified science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in response to a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade. The Mines-UNC initiative draws on the strengths of the two research institutions in providing Mines students with a path to becoming a science or math teacher.

Collaboration is underway to develop the courses for Mines students to earn a degree in an existing STEM area and apply for teacher licensure through the state.

Once in place, the program will serve as a national model that other engineering and teacher institutions can adopt.

For more details about the partnership, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?6575

About the Award

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Women's Basketball Scores Nationally in the Classroom

For the fifth straight year, the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team has been named to a national academic honor roll for carrying the third-highest grade point average among teams at NCAA Division I institutions. Continue Reading

UNC Chapter of Hispanic Honor Society Recognized Nationally

UNC's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2013-14. It's the eighth consecutive year the local chapter has earned the award.

Only 12 of the society's 600 chapters nationally were recognized for the caliber of chapter projects that reflect the Sigma Delta Pi mission of honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society.

Efraín Garza, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, is the local chapter's advisor and a previous recipient of the Jose Martel Award, which is given once every three years to the society's most outstanding advisor.

With its national office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

For more information, visit the society's website.

Move-In Volunteers Sought

Housing and Residential Education seeks volunteers to staff move-in information tents and help families and students move their belongings into residence halls on Move-In Day, Thursday, Aug. 21. Two-hour shifts are available performing the following duties:

Move-In Tents
This is suggested for faculty and staff who can help at the five information tents across campus. You'll be handing out campus maps, providing information and guiding families on where to park and unload as they move into the halls. Tent locations and more information will be emailed the week prior to Move-In Day. Sign up online.

Move-In Assistance
This is suggested for anyone who would like to assist families and students carry and move things into their rooms. More information, including expectations and location assignments will be emailed the week prior.

Groups such as Greek Life, Athletics, Ambassadors, etc., should list a lead contact and approximately how many people will be assisting with move-in. Sign up online. Please note that all volunteers are expected to assist families and students carry and move things into their rooms.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shannon Mulqueen.

Getting UNC ID Cards, Computer Network Accounts, Building Access for New Employees

If you have new employees starting work this month, Information Management and Technology, the UNC Card Office and Facilities Management offer the following suggestions to help make the process go smoothly:

Technology Resources
You can request access to technology resources such as email, computer network access and Banner/Ursa for a new employee as soon as they have their Bear Number, even if they don't begin work until later in the month.

A PDID (Personal Digital ID) form must be submitted electronically by navigating to the Technical Support website and clicking on the Submit a Ticket tab. On the Submit a Ticket screen, select PDID Form from the drop-down list in the Website Request Types field and then complete the other fields with the new employee's information.

Submitting the form as soon as possible will help ensure that all requested access is available prior to the start of the fall semester.

If you have any questions, contact the Technical Support Center at 351-4357.

UNC ID Card
Before you have a new employee go to the UNC Card Office to have their photograph taken for a UNC Card, send their name in an email to Cindy Vetter, Donna Steffins and Cherise DeKraai to get them entered into the card system.

If you're sending the email securely, also include the employee's Bear Number, otherwise just include their name and remind them to bring their Bear Number to the Card Office in case it isn't in the card system yet.

An employee's first and last name on his or her UNC ID card must match the first and last name that's used in Banner. To use a different name on his or her ID card, an employee must legally change their name and submit supporting documents to Human Resources.

Sending the email in advance facilitates quick and prompt service to new employees.

The Card Office's summer hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information or questions, call 351-2821.

Building/Room Access
Access to campus buildings and rooms using a UNC Card or a key is provided by the Facilities Management Service Center in Parsons Hall. The UNC Card Office only issues UNC Cards.

To arrange for building or room access, complete and submit an Access Request Card and a photocopy of the employee's UNC Card to the Service Center in person or via campus mail to box 57. The request card must be signed by the employee and an authorized signer.

The Service Center's hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 351-2446 if you have any questions.

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.

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