UNC Today: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Students Share Summer Stories

Whether they were performing community service work abroad, doing an internship at one of the top medical facilities in the U.S. or learning how to fight wildland fires, University of Northern Colorado students had a variety of rewarding experiences over the summer. Continue Reading

Academic Excellence Awards to Be Revised

The Provost Office advises the university community that there will be a one-year hiatus from Academic Excellence Awards while the award program is reviewed during the 2013-14 academic year.

The endowed honors - the M. Lucille Harrison Award and the A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Award - will be administered as usual during 2013-14 and thereafter. Colleges, the Office of Sponsored Programs and the University Libraries also will continue to make their respective awards as usual.

Academic Excellence Award categories include:

  • Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education
  • Teaching Excellence in Graduate Education
  • Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Excellence in Faculty Advisement
  • School/Program Excellence in Teaching
  • School/Program Excellence in Service
  • School/Program Excellence in Scholarship
  • Excellence Through Performance Assessment
  • Academic Leadership Excellence

After the program is reviewed, potentially revised and reinstated awards will be announced in the 2014-15 academic year.

For more information about the existing Academic Excellence Awards program, visit the Provost's website.

Please send any suggestions for revision for the next generation of Academic Excellence Awards to Teresa McDevitt or Kim Black by Dec. 2.

Spring Semester Advising PINs Now Available

PINs for the 2014 spring semester are now available for advising. Faculty and advisors can access an individual student PIN via Banner Self-Service (Faculty & Advisors, Student Information Menu, Advisee Listing) or a group report of PINs for majors can be found through Insight (Production, Academic View, Advising tab, ACD029 PIN lists).

If there is no PIN for a student, please contact the Registrar's Office at 970-351-2231 so one can be assigned. PINs must be given to students by an academic advisor upon completion of advising.

Electric Trams to be Used for Campus Tours, Help Naming Them Sought

To allow visitors to see more of campus with less walking, the UNC Visitors Center will soon begin using three electric trams for its daily guided tours and wants you to help name each of the new vehicles, which will incorporate UNC branding.

Vote for your favorite tour tram names here. Voting closes at midnight on Monday, Sept. 16.

Two of the trams seat 13 guests while the third, which is wheelchair accessible, accommodates nine. They include "zip-down" walls that can be used in cold weather and in rain, and are equipped with a heater and a window defroster. UNC blankets will be provided for guests to use while riding in colder weather.

The trams, which will replace the Visitors Center's van, will primarily use UNC's sidewalks and parking lots. Student Ambassadors who serve as tour guides will be trained to give pedestrians the right of way. If you see a tour group driving or pausing near you, wave and welcome them to UNC.

UNC hosted more than 17,000 visitors to campus through the Office of Admissions last year, 1,000 more than the previous year, and numbers so far this year indicate that number might go up again this year.

If you have questions about the new UNC Trams or campus tours, email Chris Bierdeman, assistant director of Admissions for Visitor Services & Events.

UNC's tour trams look like this one but will incorporate UNC branding.

First Fall Flu Shot Clinic Tomorrow

UNC's Student Health Center will host multiple $25 flu shot clinics for faculty and staff at locations across campus this fall beginning tomorrow, Sept. 12, and the state of Colorado is sponsoring a free clinic on Oct. 8 for classified staff and dependents who are covered by either of the health plans available to them.

UNC Flu Shot Clinics

Checks or cash in the amount of $25 are accepted at the health center's clinics, which are also open to employees' dependents. A receipt is provided for reimbursement purposes. The schedule is:

  • Thursday, Sept. 12 - 2-4 p.m., University Center Council Room
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 - noon-2 p.m., Human Resources Office (Carter 2002)
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 - 3-5 p.m., Lawrenson Hall
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 - 3-5 p.m., Wiebking Hall

Free flu shots are available at these clinics for UNC students who present a current UNC ID Card.

State-Sponsored Free Flu Shot Clinic for Classified Staff

Free flu shots will be available for UNC classified staff and their dependents covered under either of the medical plans offered through UNC on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Aspen B in the University Center. Classified staff must show their medical ID cards from Kaiser Permanente or United Health Care.

The free shots were arranged for by the Colorado Department of Human Resources.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If a classified employee doesn't attend the free flu shot clinic on Oct. 8, where else can they go to still get a free flu shot without having to do the paperwork for the reimbursement?
A: They can go to a doctor's office or a covered pharmacy for their shots.

Q: If a classified employee is not on UNC insurance, can they still get the free flu shot?
A: No, it's only for classified employees on the United Healthcare or Kaiser Permanente plan.

Q: Can the spouse of a classified employee and the employee both get free flu shots?
A: If the spouse is a covered dependent, they can. Otherwise, no.

Q: Will any other vaccines be available that day, e.g., pneumonia?
A: No.

Film Series Starts Season with ‘Honor Flight’, Veterans Panel Discussion

The University of Northern Colorado's International Film Series will celebrate the start of its fall schedule with a special free showing of the documentary film Honor Flight at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, followed by a panel discussion featuring World War II and Korean War veterans who are members of the local Honor Flight chapter.

The 2012 documentary follows a team of Midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local World War II veteran to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor.

More than 1,000 World War II veterans die every day in the U.S. The panel discussion provides an opportunity to hear the recollections of some of the "Greatest Generation" who live in our community.

The event in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library is open to the public and free, courtesy of UNC's chapter of Student Veterans of America. Tickets are available only at the door.

The rest of the series is:

  • Blancanieves (Spain, 2012): Oct. 2, 7 p.m.; Oct. 3, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • Amour (Germany, 2012): Oct. 16, 7 p.m.; Oct. 17, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • Pan's Labyrinth (Spain, 2006): Oct. 30, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • The Devil's Backbone (Spain, 2001): Oct. 31, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
  • Moonrise Kingdom (U.S., 2012): Nov. 13, 7 p.m.; Nov. 14, 7 and 9:15 p.m.

Unless stated otherwise, admission is free for UNC students and $3 for all others. Tickets are available only at the screening. Parking is free in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

All films are shown in Lindou Auditorium. Non-English language films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

For more information about the IFS, including movie synopses, visit the series' website.

Psychological Services Clinic Now Accepting Clients

The University of Northern Colorado's Psychological Services Clinic is currently accepting clients for the fall semester, offering confidential low-cost counseling services for community members as well as UNC employees and students.

Counseling rates start at $60 for the entire semester (50-minute weekly sessions) and are available for individuals (adults, adolescents and children), couples and families Group counseling sessions also are available.

The cost for psychological assessments begin at $400 for an assessment battery.

Counseling is provided by advanced graduate students who are closely supervised by licensed mental health professionals in UNC's Counseling Psychology, School Psychology and Counselor Education programs.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from the clinic's services, call 970-351-1645 or stop by room 248 in McKee Hall.

For additional information, including clinic hours, visit the clinic's website.

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