UNC Today: Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Committee Recommends Changes to UNC Logos

Following a comprehensive evaluation of the University of Northern Colorado's visual identity, a committee including campus and community representatives has issued a report with its findings and 10 recommendations, which include embracing the UNC acronym and designing new logos.

The committee issued the recommendations following a review that included surveying students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and other university stakeholders to determine whether the current logos convey a positive image of the university and form a cohesive visual identity.

University logos were evaluated, along with acronyms, school colors and the official university seal.

Among the committee's key findings was that the university has too many logos — in particular, mascot logos and acronyms — which creates "symbolic vagueness."

The committee recommends to:

  1. Embrace the term "UNC" and design a new "UNC" logotype (text-only treatment) that differentiates the acronym from the University of North Carolina's logotype. Use the logotype for athletics and academics.
  2. Design a new "University of Northern Colorado" logotype that works in tandem with the "UNC" logotype.
  3. Design a new "Bears" logotype that incorporates the new "UNC" logotype for athletics, alumni and spirit-oriented purposes.
  4. Design a new mascot logo to be used for athletics and when a university spirit mark is needed. Eliminate all other mascot logos.
  5. Eliminate the "NC" and "Northern Colorado" logotypes.
  6. Develop a new graphic solution to be used on athletics uniforms. This may include one of the above graphics or a complementary graphic.
  7. Design a new university seal to be used for formal applications including diplomas, transcripts, commencement materials, and president and board of trustee uses.
  8. Standardize "UNC Blue" and "UNC Gold" colors for all applications, including electronic communication and print communication and on apparel (including athletic uniforms.)
  9. Replace "purple and gold" in the university alma mater with "blue and gold."
  10. Clarify the use of secondary and tertiary colors as part of the university's identity standards.

Next steps include bringing in an outside firm to create new logo options. University constituents will have opportunities to provide feedback to proposed options. The design and evaluation process will begin this fall and conclude next spring.

To read the full report, click here (PDF)

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.

Cans to Candelaria Food Drive - One Week and Counting

There's just one week left to help UNC's Cans to Candelaria food drive meet its goal of providing the Weld Food Bank with 50,000 pounds of food via non-perishable food and cash donations. Whether or not you register a team (deadline is Sept. 20) for the competition to see who collects the most, be sure to bring it by the parking lot west of Candelaria Hall on Sept. 26. See details. While all non-perishable food items and cash donations are appreciated, some food items are in higher demand than others, including:

  • canned meat or tuna
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • soups and stews
  • pasta
  • peanut butter
  • juices (boxed or jarred)

Cash donations help the Weld Food Bank purchase needed items and pay for transportation to bring donated food to Greeley from places throughout the country.

For groups collecting money, each $1 will count as the equivalent of six pounds of food for the final tally.

Registration forms and information about challenging other groups or organizing a food drive is available at the Cans to Candelaria website.

UNC PD to Auction Abandoned Bicycles Sept. 25

The UNC Police Department's annual auction of abandoned bicycles will be held beginning at noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, on the northwest corner of B lot south of the University Center. Bikes will be available for viewing beginning at 10:30 a.m. The auction is open to all members of the university community and the general public.

Bikes will be sold to the highest bidder.

The auction is part of UNC's annual Health and Safety Festival.

For more information, call 351-2245.

UNC Associate Professor Receives Grant to Conduct Research in Germany

University of Northern Colorado Associate Professor Christiane Olivo recently received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service to conduct research in the European country beginning in January.

As part of her sabbatical this spring, Olivo will spend six weeks in Leipzig and Dresden for a new research project examining efforts to combat far-right political extremism and the neo-Nazi movement in eastern Germany.

"I will be looking at all sorts of different ways people are trying to combat these movements -- from small, local grassroots associations to programs by the federal government," Olivo said. For now, my project is called ‘Whose Civil Society? The Battle for Democracy in Eastern Germany.' "

Olivo, a faculty member in UNC's Department of Political Science & International Affairs, has previously received funding to teach overseas. Most recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded her a $109,000 grant to direct a Summer Seminar for School Teachers for four weeks from June 23-July 19. The name of the seminar was "East-Central Europe, 1989: The History and Philosophy of the Peaceful Revolutions" and took place in Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.

Readers and Listeners for Read Ins Sought

Readers and listeners are sought for UNC's Read Ins, themed readings of published works held from 2-4 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Michener Library. The series continues Jan. 28 with the month's theme of "Our Furry or Feathered (or Scaly) Friends: The Blessing of the Animals." Anyone interested in reading can sign up online for a 15-minute time slot and listeners can drop in as their schedules permit.

The rest of the series' themes are:

  • Feb. 25: Black History Month
  • March 25: Women's History Month
  • April 29: Holocaust literature as UNC supports Greeley's annual Holocaust observation

The series is co-sponsored by the English Education program and Michener Library.

For more information contact Jeri Kraver.

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