Where & Who We Are
Office of Sponsored Programs
Suite #25 Kepner Hall
17th Street and 8th Avenue
Phone: (970) 351-1907
FAX: (970) 351-1934
Office of Sponsored Programs
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box #143
Greeley, CO 80639
SharePoint: requires UNC log-in
Official business hours are from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.
Michele Schwietz, PhD – Director
As Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at UNC, Dr. Michele S. Schwietz provides leadership and support in different areas of research administration including grant development, outreach and training, research compliance and ethics, and facilitating post award support for funded project directors.
Michele came to UNC in 2009 after more than 27 years of higher education and research administration experience at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) - a public, doctoral granting university. During her work at IUP, Michele worked closely with faculty, staff and students to promote research and scholarship, to advance graduate education, and to promote the responsible conduct of research. While at IUP she chaired the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB); co-chaired the Faculty Professional Development Council, co-chaired the Undergraduate Scholars Forum, and served as a member of the University Senate Research Committee.
Michele received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Social and Comparative Analysis of Education with a specialization in International and Development Education; a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Michele published a book, Internationalization of the Academic Profession: Faculty Attitudes, Beliefs, and Involvement in Public Universities in Pennsylvania in 2008; she received the Harold E. Josephson Award for professional promise in international education from the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) in 2006, and received a grant from the University of Pittsburgh to fund her dissertation research.
Arlene Hansen – Associate Director
Arlene came to UNC in 1998 as Assistant Director of the UNC Research Corporation. In a previous life, Arlene studied theatre at the University of Wyoming; however, after two years in summer stock and community theater and a brief time spent in aviation safety, her career has been in grant administration. One of the most interesting assignments she has undertaken while at UNC was serving as the chair of the Animal Care & Use Committee, which helped her to develop a better understanding and appreciation for the researchers and scholars she works with every day.
Arlene's background in grant administration includes ten years at Cornell University, first in the Office of Sponsored Programs and then with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Research Office. Prior to sponsored programs administration in higher education, Arlene spent 15 years with the Arkansas Department of Local Services in the Job Training Partnership Act and Comprehensive Employment and Training Act Programs, and later with the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission in the Community and Economic Development Block Grant Program.
If you stop by Arlene’s office in Kepner Hall, you’ll see a name plate outside her door that reads, “Arlene Hansen – Employee of the Month.” It was presented to her by, then Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton.
Sherry May – Electronic Research Specialist & IRB Administrator
Sherry’s career at UNC began in 1987 as a member of the Graduate School staff. She became a full time sponsored programs employee a short time later, and has been a part of the growth and success of the university's externally funded grants enterprise since then. With over 25 years of experience in sponsored programs, Sherry works closely with faculty and staff to ensure their grant proposals are complete and meet technical requirements before she submits them via a complex array of electronic systems such as Grants.gov and NSF Fastlane. In her role as IRB Administrator, Sherry works with IRB co-chairs and board members to ensure smooth board operation, and provides guidance to researchers navigating the IRB review process. She was instrumental in launching IRBNet, the electronic protocol submission and review system that UNC adopted in August of 2012, which required updating procedures and expanding training and outreach on topics related to the review of human subjects research.
Sherry is a member of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, a national organization that promotes ethical standards in research, including the use of human subjects. She has also been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society of Research Administrators..
Mona Castor – Senior Budget & Post-Award Management Specialist
Mona joined UNC in the Department of Human Services in 1988. She eventually moved to the UNC Research Corporation (now OSP) and began assisting more externally funded project directors in the development and management of their awards. Currently, as the Senior Budget & Post-Award Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs, she assists the faculty and staff of UNC in proposal budget development, award negotiation, effective administration and management of externally funded grants and contracts, and subaward negotiation.
Mona works closely with Information Management and Technology and other university personnel to ensure that the Grant Insight Reporting system is responsive to project directors’ needs for reporting and project monitoring functions. Mona enjoys working with faculty and facilitating the research enterprise while also balancing a myriad of details to help the university remain in compliance with the terms and conditions of externally funded awards.
Valerie Glynn – Office Coordinator
Valerie joined the Office of Sponsored Programs as Office Coordinator in April 2013. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in administrative, financial and organizational areas, including five years at the UNC Research Corporation in the 1990s. In addition to her university experience, her work history includes positions at Northern Colorado Paper, JBS Carriers, Boise Cascade Corporation, and as a self-employed business owner. Valerie also continues to work as a bookkeeper for Measner Properties, a family owned business. She has an Associate Degree in administrative support from Aims Community College and is a graduate of Greeley West High School
As Office Coordinator, Valerie is responsible for a wide variety of administrative, fiscal and organizational duties. She may be contacted for questions related to the administration of ASATS travel awards, and can also answer or refer inquiries related to the many research support services offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs.