UNC Today: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Flood-Related Information Available

The latest information related to flooding in the area, including what to do if you've been affected by the flood, ways you can help with relief efforts and more can be found at http://www.unco.edu/news/?5755.

$262,000 Grant to Help Denver Students Succeed at UNC

The Denver Scholarship Foundation recently received a multi-year, $262,000 grant from TG, a Texas nonprofit, to greatly expand student support services for its scholarship recipients, with most of the funding designated for students attending the University of Northern Colorado.

The TG grant will build on dramatic success achieved under a similar pilot program operated by the Denver Scholarship Foundation and Colorado State University - Pueblo, where 78 percent of first-year students returned to the campus for their second year of college last year, compared to 52 percent before the pilot program began.

Currently at UNC, 62 percent of first-year DSF Scholars return to the campus for their second year of college. With support from the TG grant, DSF aims to increase the success rate to 87 percent, including students who may choose to transfer to a different college after their first year.

"DSF has thoughtfully designed a strategy that strengthens the network of support for students," said Jacob Fraire, TG's vice president for student and institutional success. "We believe this approach has the potential to inform other partnerships between nonprofits and higher education institutions, and that it will ultimately result in higher levels of educational attainment - especially for students from low-income backgrounds."

The Denver Scholarship Foundation provides college advice, scholarships and ongoing support to Denver Public Schools graduates to help them earn a college or technical school degree. About 80 percent of DSF Scholars come from low-income families and 75 percent of them are among the first generation in their family to attend college.

DSF and UNC expect that 500 seniors in Denver Public Schools will consider applying to UNC in the coming school year. The grant will fund campus tours and advising services on admissions and financial aid to help the students better understand if the campus if a good fit for them. The grant will also provide support services, including mentoring, tutoring and community building activities for approximately 80 first-year students as well as other students with fewer than 30 credits at UNC.

"We will now be able to offer our services more intensively, especially to first-year students as they transition to college," said UNC's DSF academic coach Adam Alirez, who has advised and mentored scholars since 2008. "We know that the first year is critical in helping them make connections and stay focused academically so they persist."

"This grant will allow DSF and UNC to surround our scholarship recipients with support services to help them succeed in college and graduate," said Nate Easley, DSF Executive Director. "We'll work closely with our partners at UNC to ensure that our students quickly become part of the campus community, connect with resources that can help them succeed academically and socially, and get the help they need if their grades start to slip."

The National College Access Network, which last year awarded the Denver Scholarship Foundation's founders with the prestigious Champion of College Access award, lauded the college completion partnership between DSF, TG and UNC.

"We congratulate DSF on this award from TG to support students through college completion. Partnerships with institutions of higher education deepen our programs' work across the access-to-success continuum," said Kim Cook, Executive Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN).

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TG: TG is a nonprofit organization based in Round Rock, Texas, that offers resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college, learn the basics of money management, and repay their federal student loans. For more information, visit www.TG.org.

Denver Scholarship Foundation: The Denver Scholarship Foundation makes college possible for thousands of Denver students each year. It is a nonprofit organization that provides proactive college advice inside DPS high schools, scholarships to low- and middle-income students, and support services on college campuses to help students earn college and technical school degrees. Visit www.denverscholarship.org.

University of Northern Colorado: The University of Northern Colorado, the state's premier student-centered university since 1889, has more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying in a broad array of programs in education, the arts, sciences, humanities and business. The UNC experience combines a solid liberal arts foundation, relevant professional coursework, innovative technology and real-world experiences to prepare students for a life of learning. Visit www.unco.edu for more information.

Information about RSVPs for Sept. 24 State of the University Address

If you RSVPed for the president's State of the University address and can no longer attend because of the date change, please contact Elaine Quam, 970-351-2121. Otherwise, your reservation will be held. If you didn't RSVP for the original date and would like to see if seats become available for Sept. 24, let Elaine know.

Call for Nominations: Engaged Scholar Awards

The Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Engaged Scholar Awards, with a submission deadline of Oct. 15. The awards recognize and honor outstanding efforts and achievements made in the development and practice of community engagement on and off the UNC campus.

Categories awarded include undergraduate student; graduate student; faculty; staff (exempt and classified); and community organization partner. Additional information and a nomination form are available here.

The awards will be presented at the seventh annual Community Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 12.

Applications to present at the symposium are being accepted until Oct. 15. Additional information is available here.

Test of Emergency Alert System Postponed Until Oct. 16

The test of UNC's Emergency Alert System scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18, has been postponed until Oct. 16. For more information about the system, including how to sign up to receive emergency alert messages on your cell phone, visit the Emergency Alert System website.

5K Run to Support Cans to Candelaria

The Student Dietetic Association will hold a 5K race on campus starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, to raise money for UNC's annual Cans to Candelaria food drive to benefit the Weld Food Bank. Discounted advance registration of $20 is due by Friday, Sept. 13, but race day registration will be accepted. Cost the day of the race is $25 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under. For more information or to register, visit the Cans to Candelaria website.

MAST Institute Offers Free Statistical Consulting

Statistical consulting is available at no charge to faculty, staff and graduate students through UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute. Consulting by the Applied Statistics and Research Methods program is available in Ross 1210 on a walk-in basis on the following days and times for the remainder of fall semester:

  • Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m/
  • Tuesdays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9-11 a.m.

For more information, contact Edward Lopez, 351-1289.

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