Increasing Diversity and Growth in Graduates from Business College Headline Fall Class of 2023
December 1, 2023 — The University of Northern Colorado is hosting its fall 2023 commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. Approximately 765 students will graduate this semester with around 469 earning bachelor’s degrees and nearly 300 earning a master’s, specialist or doctoral degree.
Student Research Takes the Stage at Annual Symposium and Competition
November 27, 2023 — Graduate students are putting their scholarly skills on display during the fall 2023 Graduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, Dec. 5. This event also showcases the annual Northern Colorado Three-Minute Thesis competition, where students have three minutes and one slide to explain their thesis or dissertation projects in plain language.
Goal Achieved, Fall Grads’ Path to Commencement
November 22, 2023 — Meet seven of the University of Northern Colorado's fall 2023 graduates who shared their story with us about their time at UNC, both challenging and exciting, what their plans are after commencement and advice they would give to future Bears.
Student’s Research Aims to Shed Light on Invisible Barriers
November 21, 2023 — As a student in the University of Northern Colorado's Rehabilitation Counseling M.A. program, Allie Tate has conducted extensive research on the stigma surrounding mental health disabilities.
Alumna Named Colorado Teacher of the Year
November 14, 2023 — Jessica May will spend the next year serving as an ambassador of sorts for the state’s teachers and will join the education commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet, a state advisory panel of educators, according to the education nonprofit Chalkbeat Colorado.
Going to the Mat, From UNC Wrestler to a 2024 Summer Olympics Hopeful
November 13, 2023 — This year, Andrew Alirez will step away from his academic career and college wrestling in pursuit of realizing that goal next summer at the 2024 Olympics in France.
Supporting First-Generation College Students to Become Next-Generation Leaders
November 6, 2023 — Recognized nationally as First-Generation College Celebration Day, Nov. 8 serves as a special tribute to first-generation college students, defined as individuals whose parents and/or guardians did not complete a four-year degree.
New Veterans Services Director Creating Community for Student Veterans
November 5, 2023 — Community is very important to the University of Northern Colorado’s new director of Veterans Services LaChaune DuHart-Wood, because she has experienced the benefits that come from feeling that sense of belonging first-hand: from the Black community, the veteran community and even her online gaming community, just to name a few.
Special Ed Teacher-Turned-Professor Shares Secrets to Building Inclusive Classrooms
November 2, 2023 — Katrine Gosselin is one of the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) newest faculty members joining the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences this semester.
Day of the Dead: A Time-Honored Mexican Tradition
October 30, 2023 — For over two decades, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has been at the forefront of celebrating a cultural tradition that unites people in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away–también en español.
PHOTOS: Day of Art
October 18, 2023 — The sound of the University of Northern Colorado’s drumline commenced the second annual Day of Art last Friday. It is the biggest yearly event for the College of Performing and Visual Arts, showcasing the work of UNC’s artists with both the campus community, as well as the Greeley community.
$25 Million Gift, Largest in UNC History, Accelerates Plans for College of Osteopathic Medicine
October 10, 2023 — The University of Northern Colorado’s vision to meet the critical and growing demand for doctors across the state just received a major endorsement. The Weld Trust has committed $25 million earmarked for the university’s proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine.
NSF Grant to Focus on Entrepreneurship, Workforce Resilience and Development along Colorado's Front Range
October 2, 2023 — The ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovators in the fields of emerging technologies in Colorado’s Front Range just received a major investment in the form of a new stream of federal funding and the collective brainpower of researchers from four universities.
Inspiring Others Through Science: New Audiologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist Plans to Make Big Impact
September 26, 2023 — By leveraging her expertise in audiology and cognitive neuroscience, Hannah Glick, Au.D., Ph.D., wants to help students discover their purpose and passion in science.
Professor and Paralympic Champion Paves the Way for Inclusiveness to be Center Court in Tennis
September 20, 2023 — Scott Douglas, Ph.D., wants to create major changes in how all tennis players train to become champions. He sees the potential the sport has in becoming more accessible and well-known, and the way to get there, he says, is to have all tennis athletes, those with and without disabilities, train together.
Nursing Program Rises in U.S. News Rankings
September 19, 2023 — The University of Northern Colorado’s undergraduate nursing program has been ranked among the 2024 Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Celebrating the Complexity of Identities Through Latinx Heritage Month
September 11, 2023 — National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. At UNC, however, the annual observance is celebrated as Latinx Heritage Month.
Resurgence of the Press: Student-Run Newspaper Makes Triumphant Return
September 6, 2023 — This fall, after a couple of semesters on hiatus, it will be making a return and aligning with present-day media and demand, it will become an online newspaper.
New Business Dean Ken Colwell: ‘We Stack Up’
September 5, 2023 — Since Ken Colwell, Ph.D., took the leadership reins as dean of the Monfort College of Business July 1, the veteran dean has been listening and learning while shaping his vision for the college of business and where he wants to take it.
Get to Know Jim Doerner, new Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
September 5, 2023 — Joining the university in 1994 as an assistant professor of geography, Jim Doerner, a full professor of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability, became permanent dean in April 2023 for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).
Fusing Business and Health, Prestigious Scholarship Recipient Aims to Empower Healthcare Professionals
August 31, 2023 — First year Dylan Roseman is one of 50 Colorado students selected to be a 2023 Boettcher Scholar. The highly competitive scholarship program provides recipients with an annual fixed amount of $20,000 for four years.
Harmonizing Dreams: Successful Singer and Immigrant Rights Champion Earns Prestigious Scholarship
August 30, 2023 — Osuna’s range in involvement during high school made him a perfect candidate for higher education scholarship opportunities. His parents, both teachers, and counselor recognized this and introduced him to the Boettcher Scholarship Program.
Alumna Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship for Avian Conservation Research
August 24, 2023 — For Leah Crenshaw, M.S. ‘23 an active biologist and nature lover, finding harmony between the natural and human worlds is her dream.
The Power of a Humanities Degree
August 11, 2023 — Five years out, people with humanities degrees are making equivalent money to people from a STEM discipline. The kinds of things that folks in the humanities and the arts develop are the very things that corporations want in their employees
Climate Change Boiling Over into More Academic Courses
August 1, 2023 — The weather plays a huge role in every person’s life, even in very mundane ways. A morning routine consists of checking the forecast to dress accordingly, and a lull in conversation typically leads to comments about how hot/rainy/humid it has been lately. Recently, though, the topic of weather and the climate has been heating up, literally.
Monfort College of Business Earns Re-Accreditation
July 31, 2023 — University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business (MCB) was recently reaccredited in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) programs, underscoring the college’s outstanding leadership, faculty, curriculum and students.
New Study Explores Overcoming Stigma in Hiring People with Disabilities
July 24, 2023 — Recognizing and overcoming the barrier of stigma toward persons with disabilities is the goal of a new research project from Jill Bezyak, professor of Rehabilitation Counseling and Sciences. She's hoping her efforts to test newly developed tools designed to mitigate negative bias are successful, providing persons with disabilities with more employment opportunities and ultimately, a better quality of life.
Doctoral Student Aims to Improve Preschool Inclusion in Rural Kansas
July 23, 2023 — Lena Kisner’s passion for early childhood special education spurred her investigation of preschool inclusion rates in rural Kansas schools. She’s a special education director, overseeing children from birth to age 21 for five interlocal school districts.
Expanded Curriculum Makes a Pitch for more Students to Explore Innovative Art
July 13, 2023 — Beginning fall 2023, all UNC students will have more unique and diverse opportunities to pursue music and art during their college careers. In the process of revamping the College of Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) curriculum, Dean Cristina Goletti, MFA, is creating a cultural and creative hub to support the development of future artists, scholars and educators.
Local Band Kicks Off Their 10th Anniversary with Performance at UNC
July 12, 2023 — The Burroughs kick off their 10th anniversary at Concerts Under the Stars–También en español
New Certificate Programs Support Increasing Demand for GIS and Drone Technologies
July 10, 2023 — To meet the increasing demand for new GIS and drone technologies, the Department of Geography, GIS and Sustainability is launching two new GIS certificates in fall 2023, GIS and Cartography and Drone Operations and Spatial Analytics.
Novel and Interdisciplinary Research on Transgender Health
June 27, 2023 — Faculty and doctoral students conduct an interdisciplinary and novel research to improve transgender healthcare – También en español
Two New Degrees Prepare Students for Fast-Growing Fields of Statistics and Computer Science
June 22, 2023 — This fall, the University of Northern Colorado’s College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS) is launching two new degree programs, a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Computer Science.
New Entrepreneurship Certificate Expands the World of Business to Nonbusiness Majors
June 21, 2023 — Entrepreneurship classes are not just for business students anymore. The University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business (MCB) is launching a new Entrepreneurship certificate in fall 2023 designed for all students with an interest in developing and managing their own business.
Social Emotional Learning Drives Doctoral Student’s Research in the Arts
June 21, 2023 — Angie Keedy believes the arts, and their exploration of inner lives, are natural convergence points for Social Emotional Learning (SEL). As she pursues her Doctor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Music Education, the University of Northern Colorado student is also researching SEL.
Strategic Progress, Balanced Budget and Increase in New Students Top Board's End-of-Year Agenda
June 9, 2023 — The University of Northern Colorado’s Board of Trustees held its final meeting of fiscal year (FY) 2023 on Friday, June 9. Among several items on a lengthy agenda, the board received an update on phase II of the university’s strategic plan Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, heard a summary report from the Presidential Evaluation Committee regarding a comprehensive review of UNC President Andy Feinstein and approved the university’s FY24 budget.
Cathy J. Bradley, Ph.D., Named as Colorado School of Public Health’s Next Dean
June 8, 2023 — The Colorado School of Public Health announced the appointment of Cathy J. Bradley, Ph.D., MPA, as its next dean.
Doctoral Student Studies Pandemic-era Anxiety, Depression and Resiliency
June 7, 2023 — Kimberly Crystal Monroe is earning her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in a University of Northern Colorado building a stone’s throw from her former preschool on a campus where several of her family members studied.
Exploring the Dreamers, Magic Makers and the Legacies They Leave Through Theater
June 2, 2023 — Little Theatre of the Rockies (LTR) boasts three theater productions that explore the themes of hope, discovery and overcoming obstacles in its nine-week run as it enters its 89th summer season.
Professor Receives Prestigious U.S. Fulbright Award to Explore the ‘Big Questions of Democracy and Development in Nepal’
May 25, 2023 — Richard Bownas has a personal connection to Nepal. Rather than keeping that to himself, Bownas will be focusing his work and research around the Nepalese Civil War traveling to the country from January to July 2024 to conduct an oral history project. He’s able to do this through a U.S. Fulbright award.
Teacher of Teachers Driven by Student Success Receives Honor
May 24, 2023 — University of Northern Colorado Department of History Lecturer Kelly Langley Cook has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award.
Graduate Student Leverages the Power of Play to Support Kids’ Health
May 24, 2023 — Danielle Belcher spent her teenage years in Arvada, Colorado. When the former gymnast searched for an in-state college, she found the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Now she’s a first-year student in the Sport and Exercise Science master's program.
Doctoral Candidate Probes COVID’s Impact on Special Education
May 11, 2023 — When K-12 public schools shifted to online learning models during COVID-19, special education directors scrambled to meet students’ needs while adhering to strict legal requirements.
Grant Funds Tree Planting on Campus in Honor of Felled Silver Maple
May 5, 2023 — The grounds of the University of Northern Colorado received a welcome living, breathing facelift last week. As part of Arbor Day and Earth Day celebrations this year, students, faculty and staff picked up shovels and got their hands dirty planting 122 new trees across the university’s 250-acre campus.
Spring 2023 Commencement Showcases Increasing Diversity Among UNC Graduates
April 28, 2023 — The University of Northern Colorado is hosting its spring commencement ceremonies May 5-6, inside the Bank of Colorado Arena. This year’s spring class includes approximately 1,272 undergraduate and graduate students. An additional 342 students are expected to complete their degree requirements this summer and can participate in the spring ceremonies.
About to Give Up, Donor Funds Lead Future Teacher to Graduation Stage
April 28, 2023 — Education major Dakota Baer's goal was to graduate with no student loan debt. She was on track to meet this goal until her last semester during which time she had to student teach full-time without being paid–también en español.
Graduating in Just Two Years, Greeley Local Eager to Begin Pursuing Law
April 27, 2023 — Because Sociology major Jerry Guzman's parents were non-native English speakers and had not attended college themselves, they instilled in Guzman the importance of education and hard work in the classroom –También en español
Fresh Start Leads to Newfound Academic Drive
April 27, 2023 — After experiencing hardship in high school, multiple professors helped Business major Dante Cesare fall in love with education again –También en español.
Graduating Senior Triumphed Over Adversity as an Orphan in Haiti To Achieve His Dream of Becoming a Teacher
April 27, 2023 — As a first-generation, multilingual, graduating senior from Haiti, J.P. Gaspard’s accomplishment of earning his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is no small feat – and he has no plans to take a break from overcoming obstacles now. –También en español
Forging Connections Becomes Key Link to College Success
April 27, 2023 — First-gen Nursing major Rosemary Gonzalez know attending college without her parents fully understanding all the steps it takes to get there would create some obstacles and adversities. Facing those is when she realized that for her to be successful in higher education, she needed to find a new support system. –También en español
From the Personal to the Political: Unapologetic Existence Through Art
April 27, 2023 — For Nikaiya Lawson, an Art and Design student graduating from UNC this spring, art is a safe place. After a suicide attempt at age 14, it has been the space where she finds meaning and can freely express her identity without limits. —También en español
English Master’s Student Explores Clowns and Community in ‘Godspell’
April 24, 2023 — A tornado damaged the community theater where Karsen Gromm planned to act in “Godspell Junior” when he was 12. Although the show was canceled, Gromm was “hooked on it” – también en español.
Faces of Spring 2023 Graduates
April 21, 2023 — Meet fifteen of the University of Northern Colorado Spring 2023 graduates who shared their story with us about their time at UNC, both challenging and exciting, what their plans are after commencement and advice they would give to future Bears.
Decade of Student-Led Efforts Helping to Create a Sustainable Culture on Campus
April 20, 2023 — Every Tuesday after most classes have ended, a group of students meet inside a conference room in the University Center to discuss new initiatives the university could take on to become more environmentally sustainable.
Student's Research Reveals Risk of Noise Exposure at Hockey Games
April 19, 2023 — Sean Hoverson has attended hundreds of hockey games. Like most fans, he didn’t wear hearing protection, nor did he recognize the need. Conducted over a season of Colorado Eagles games, his doctoral scholarly project, “Spectator Noise Exposures During a Season of Minor League Hockey,” revealed the risk.
From UNC's Jazz Fest to International Stages
April 18, 2023 — University of Northern Colorado alumnus Julian Cary '19 never imagined that his pursuit of a career in music would lead him to the other side of the world. Now a successful musician in Bangkok, Thailand and an instructor of jazz voice at Silpakorn University, Cary’s journey began in Denver.
Student's Award-Winning Research Could Influence Future of Sports Marketing
April 13, 2023 — Alicia Romano combined her passions for sports, research and teaching in the University of Northern Colorado’s Sport and Exercise Science Ph.D. program. She chose a sport administration concentration and conducted novel research that could have major implications for sports marketing.
Empowering Faculty and Staff to Effect Systemic Change
April 10, 2023 — As the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) embarked on phase two of the institution’s ten-year strategic plan, Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, it set a goal to “create plans, structures and programs that foster an inclusive environment at UNC where all individuals feel welcomed and supported.”
UNC Selects New Dean for Monfort College of Business
March 29, 2023 — The University of Northern Colorado announced the selection of Ken Colwell, Ph.D., as the next dean of the Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business. He will begin his new role July 1, 2023.
UNC Recognizes 2023 Honored Alumni
March 26, 2023 — On March 25, the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association hosted its 2023 Honored Alumni Awards. The award, in its 76th year, is presented annually to five UNC graduates in recognition for career success and a commitment of service to the university.
The Show Behind the Show, What it Takes for Theatre Design and Technology Students to Create a Musical Production
March 23, 2023 — In UNC’s latest production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, 60 students were involved in the creation of the show, half of which were tasked with behind-the-scenes duties. Take a look at four specific roles seniors took on that helped make Cinderella’s glass slipper fit night after night a possibility.
Greeley Day at the Capitol Returns
March 22, 2023 — President Andy Feinstein, alongwithUniversity of Northern Colorado deans, staff and students traveled toDenver on Monday, March 20, for Greeley Day at the Capitol. The event is a collaborative effort between UNC and key leaders to promote the city and university with state elected officials.
Dissertation Examines Maya Education in Postcolonial Belize
March 15, 2023 — Jenny Pettit went to Belize three times to conduct research for her dissertation “Educational Experiences that Influence the Upward Mobility of Maya Women in Belize,” which was awarded UNC’s Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation last year. Pettit identified three Maya women who were leaders in their communities and examined how their educational and other life experiences had influenced their success.
UNC Hosts Inaugural Chicana/o/x and Latinx Film Festival to Connect Northern Colorado Communities
March 10, 2023 — Throughout the month of March, the University of Northern Colorado is hosting a Chicana/o/x and Latinx Film Festival. Each week, a film highlighting a different aspect of Chicana/o/x or Latina/o/x culture, history and contemporary issues will be featured at UNC.
Mother Daughter Legacy – More than Your Average Bears
February 17, 2023 — Following in her mother's footsteps, first-year Maddie Cabot is taking on the entertaining role of Klawz, UNC's mascot. Years earlier her mom, Dana Hoffman, did the same when she was a freshman at UNC.
Summit Brings Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focus to the Arts
February 1, 2023 — UNC's College of Performing and Visual Arts is hosting its second annual Arts Equity Summit on Friday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at UNC’s Campus Commons. The event is part of the college’s continued commitment to support the university’s strategic priority of empowering inclusivity.
New Investment Expected to Increase Diversity and Add Numbers to Denver Metro’s Teacher Workforce
January 27, 2023 — Since 2000, UNC's Center for Urban Education has been enrolling and graduating paraeducators working in local schools, offering a hybrid program that pairs bachelor’s-level coursework with clinical teaching experience that starts the first day of the program. CUE's educator programs have consistently high graduation and placement rates (over 90%) and its students—70% of whom are people of color and 94% of whom are first-generation—bring diversity to Colorado’s educator workforce.
Future Teacher Conference Inspiring the Next Generation of Educators
January 17, 2023 — University of Northern Colorado’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is hosting its 8th annual Future Teacher Conference on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
New Dining Options Welcome Students Back to Campus
January 9, 2023 — Students returning to campus for spring semester will find three new restaurants at the University Center (UC), with a fourth one opening soon.
Leaving No Stone Unturned, Life-Long Learner Returns to Higher Education Exploring Geology
December 21, 2022 — Following a long career as an optometrist, retirement gave 81-year-old Joseph Lavaux the opportunity to pursue one of his lifelong interests: geology. This led him to the University of Northern Colorado, where, this past August, he began studying the subject.
Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Education Excellence
December 12, 2022 — For six decades, the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Nursing in the College of Natural and Health Sciences has had a strong history of educating nurses to provide compassionate, courageous and competent care to patients across Colorado and beyond through research and practice.
2022 Year in Review
December 12, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado has had a lot to celebrate throughout 2022. Relive some of the achievements and progress UNC students, faculty, staff and community members have made in 2022, including a collection of photos throughout the year.
Cubs Temporarily Roaming, Learning Among Bears on Campus
December 7, 2022 — Along with the thousands of students learning on the University of Northern Colorado’s campus this year, there are about 125 of them that look a little different. If you’ve seen them walking through buildings or playing on Gunter Green, you may have noticed they're about half the age of a typical UNC student and their peals of laughter are an entertaining and welcome reminder of just how much fun school can be.
Big Sky Champion Ed Lamb Named Head Football Coach at Northern Colorado
December 6, 2022 — University of Northern Colorado Director of Athletics Darren Dunn has named Ed Lamb as the next head coach of the Bears football program. The announcement was made Tuesday, Dec. 6.
2023 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Announced
December 5, 2022 — Emily Holt, Ph.D., a professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, has been chosen as the 2023 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar by UNC’s Faculty Research and Publications Board.
Faces of Fall 2022 Graduates
December 2, 2022 — Meet nine of the University of Northern Colorado Fall 2022 graduates who shared their story with us about their time at UNC, both challenging and exciting, what their plans are after commencement and advice they would give to future Bears.
UNC's Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremonies, Dec. 9-10
December 1, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado is hosting its fall commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. Approximately 927 students will graduate this fall with around 526 earning bachelor’s degrees and around 401 earning a master’s specialist or doctoral degree.
Infusing Empathy into Art and Design
December 1, 2022 — Changing the world by using empathy to solve the concrete needs of users is what moves the design and teaching approach of our new faculty member for the School of Art and Design, Hye Jeong Park, Ph.D.
Graduate School Showcasing Student Research at Fall Symposium
November 28, 2022 — Graduate students from the University of Northern Colorado are putting their scholarly skills on display during the fall 2022 Graduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, Dec. 6. This year’s symposium is the first of its kind, combining the university's biannual Graduate Research Evening with its second annual Northern Colorado Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.
New Associate Director of Bands Shares His Love for Music
November 22, 2022 — Since he was very young, Daniel Farr, DMA, has had a love for music. He found the University of Northern Colorado the best place to share that love while combining two of his passions: conducting bands and teaching.
From Military to Civilian Life, UNC Student Veteran Grateful for Resources During Tough Transition
November 9, 2022 — Sociology major and student veteran Rachel Frohnapfel grew up in a military family, so she understood from an early age what military life could be like. This inspired her to later join the Marine Corps. She served from 2018-2021 first as an administrative specialist and later as an admin chief.
UNC GIS Students Co-lead Annual Mapathon in Support of Humanitarian Efforts
November 8, 2022 — GIS students and faculty at the University of Northern Colorado are putting their skills to work during their annual mapathon, spearheading a humanitarian effort that will impact communities across the globe.
UNC Celebrates First Generation Students
November 2, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado has a lot to celebrate during the sixth annual national First-Generation College Celebration this November. Not only did UNC have its highest fall-to-fall retention rates for first-generation students in over a decade this year, the university was also recently ranked number one in social mobility in Colorado according to ColoradoNet’s Social Mobility Index.
Students Create Art to Raise Awareness: Black is Punk
November 1, 2022 — Black is Punk is a collaborative art movement organized by UNC students through the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center with the goal of raising awareness about blackness on campus, particularly in creative spaces.
All You Need to Know About Día de los Muertos
October 28, 2022 — Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life and joy in which every year on Nov. 2, families gather to honor the lives of those who have departed.The Mexican traditionwill be celebrated again this year at the University of Northern Coloradowith activities on and off campus.
UNC’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Helps Student Back Eco-Friendly Fashion in Thrifty Way
October 26, 2022 — Kennedy Dechant, a sophomore Environmental and Sustainability Studies major at the University of Northern Colorado, never imagined that she would one day be running her own business. Now the owner of the online thrift store, Eclecticism, her business began as a website she created for her web design class in high school.
UNC Selects New Vice President for Finance and Administration
October 24, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Pratt as the university’s next vice president for Finance and Administration and chief financial officer effective November 1. This follows a national search launched in June.
Grad Students Researching Methods to Strengthen Mental Health Training in Rural Schools
October 19, 2022 — Third-year graduate students, Ashley Coburn and Breanna King are on their way to becoming licensed psychologists. Before they earn a Ph.D. from the School of Psychology program, they’re taking a deeper look into a topic affecting youth across the country, especially those living in the rural mountain west – mental health.
¡Adelante! Helps Local Students Find Path to College
October 13, 2022 — ¡Adelante! is a new initiative at UNC that was designed to better support Hispanic and/or Latinx-identifying students and their families as they consider college options. The program will present information in English and Spanish about the college search process, the application and admissions process and ways to pay for college. —También en español
Study Success, UNC’s Peer-To-Peer Tutorial Services Consistently Improves Course Grades
October 10, 2022 — A resource provided to University of Northern Colorado undergraduate students since the 70s has proven to help with course grades. Located on the lower level of Michener Library in L149 is the Tutorial Services office where fellow classmates provide peer-tutoring and academic skill sessions for 130 subjects.
A Champion’s Last Stand — UNC's Silver Maple Tree to be Removed
October 7, 2022 — A majestic landmark on the University of Northern Colorado’s central campus, the former state champion silver maple tree that stretches across the lawn in front of what was once faculty housing, is coming down.
All in the Family – Generational Duo Reflects on the Pages of Michener’s History as Library Turns 50
September 28, 2022 — Nancy and Monique Becker hold a special bond as grandmother and granddaughter. The family members both landed the same staffing position at Michener Library years apart.
New Chemistry Professor Sharing the Science of Solving Real World Problems
September 22, 2022 — The lure of exploring endless possibilities and the challenge of solving puzzles is what drew Bonnie Buss to the field of chemistry. That combination is something she hopes will also inspire and excite her students, both in the classroom and the lab, as she steps into her new role as assistant professor in UNC’s Chemistry and Biochemistry department this fall.
UNC's Roadmap to HSI Designation Gains Momentum as Phase 3 Efforts get Underway
September 16, 2022 — As the University of Northern Colorado continues progress toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, it’s taking a moment to celebrate a key enrollment milestone. Fall reports indicate 25.5% of UNC's undergraduate students identify as Hispanic or Latinx; just over the 25% threshold required to apply for the federal HSI designation.
President Feinstein Celebrates UNC Being Well Positioned for the Future in State of the University Address
September 16, 2022 — Duringtheannual State of the University Address on Sept. 14, 2022, UNC President Andy Feinstein, along with several other university leaders, reflected on the accomplishments achieved during the firsttwo-year phase of UNC’s strategic plan Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, while also looking forward to the next chapter.
Cybercrime Expert Joins UNC’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
September 12, 2022 — Vivian Guetler’s research has taken her to some dark places. Specifically, the dark web, where she has spent considerable time analyzing communications on several forums commonly used by terrorist groups.
Celebrating Latinx Heritage at UNC
September 9, 2022 — This year, the University of Northern Colorado’s César Chávez Cultural Center (CCCC) is hosting several different activities to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month and to reflect together what it means to proudly carry this heritage. — También en español
Climbing from Life’s Bottom to the Top with a College Education
August 31, 2022 — Once he knew higher education was an option, it was easy for Lovato to decide what he wanted to study. He wanted to learn what he didn’t know before and what could have saved him from being homeless in his mid-twenties; he wanted to learn how to successfully launch a business.
Seeing Triple, Student-Athlete Siblings Reunite at UNC
August 30, 2022 — There is no shortage of talent in the Woods’ household. Out of seven total siblings, the two oldest are former student-athletes, and the middle three are current student-athletes who will all be sporting University of Northern Colorado uniforms this year.
Greeley Central Grad Pursuing Her Dream at UNC Thanks to Local Scholarship
August 30, 2022 — Natalia Lopez-Gutierrez has always had a clear vision of her future. She wants to go to college and be the first person in her family to graduate with a degree, specifically at the University of Northern Colorado just miles away from where she grew up so that she can stay close to her mom and siblings.
UNC Hires First-Ever Energy and Sustainability Manager to Continue Environmental Action
August 29, 2022 — After advocacy from UNC students, Chris Bowers, who previously worked in Facilities Management at UNC, was hired as the newly created energy and sustainability manager.
School of Teacher Education Faculty Member Wins Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
August 23, 2022 — University of Northern Colorado School of Teacher Education Professor Suzette Youngs, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award.
New Combined Department Widens Resource Umbrella for Students Interested in Wellness
August 9, 2022 — Starting in the fall 2022 semester, the School of Sport and Exercise Science and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics will combine to form the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Dietetics (KiND) under the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
UNC Student Triumphs Learning Disability and Invasive Aliens with One Book
July 11, 2022 — Michael Nolting, a business major at UNC who just finished his freshman year, is sharing his dream with the world — and it’s no ordinary dream. It’s one that came to him more than four years ago in a deep sleep, involving an apocalyptic alien invasion that he never quite got out of his mind.
UNC Hires Ombudsperson to Provide Faculty and Staff a New Resource on Campus
June 28, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado is restoring a former staff position intended to further foster an environment where faculty and staff feel supported personally and professionally to develop an enriching experience for UNC students. This position – an ombudsperson – has not existed at the university for the last two decades-plus, until now, with the recent addition of Johnny Armijo to serve in this role.
Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration Draws Hundreds to UNC’s Campus
June 23, 2022 — On Friday, June 17, the streets in front of UNC’s Marcus Garvey Cultural Center were alive with celebration for the first-ever community-wide Juneteenth celebration.
UNC Selects New General Counsel
June 22, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jacquie Rich Fredericks, Ed.D., J.D., as the university’s next vice president, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees. Fredericks, who has worked for the Colorado Department of Law (DOL) for the past 11 years, will begin at UNC on Aug. 15.
Adding Color to the Greeley Stampede
June 14, 2022 — The Greeley Stampede, which started in 1922, has always brought color and energy to the local community, so it’s fitting that as it celebrates 100 years, it does so with even more color greeting spectators. And two UNC alumni were chosen to paint the new murals.
Summer Arts Return with Theatre Performances and Free Outdoor Concerts at UNC
June 13, 2022 — After two years of canceled or shortened seasons due to the pandemic, the University of Northern Colorado’s Summer Arts Season is back with several productions from the Little Theatre of the Rockiesand the return of the popular series of free outdoor musical performances, Concerts Under the Stars.
Board of Trustees Approves FY23 Budget
June 13, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees moved through a lengthy agenda for its final meeting of fiscal year (FY) 22 on Friday, June 10, approving next year’s budget and receiving an update on the next phase of the university’s strategic plan, Rowing, Not Drifting 2030.
Climate Change in the Classroom – UNC Professor’s Second Fulbright Provides International Collaboration on Critical Issue
June 7, 2022 — Meteorology Professor Cindy Shellito, Ph.D., was recently named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, a highly prestigious and competitive award that will take her across the Pacific Ocean to Vietnam for five months starting in January 2023.
UNC-Supported Legislation Secures Stipends for Colorado’s Teacher Education Students
May 27, 2022 — Student educators across the state could have the opportunity to reduce the financial burdens they’re facing as they work their way toward becoming licensed teachers.
UNC Selects New Chief of Staff
May 20, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Almquist, Ph.D., as the university’s next chief of staff. Almquist, who comes to UNC with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, will begin in her new role on June 23.
Board of Trustees Reviews Preliminary FY23 Budget
May 12, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado’s Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Committee met on Friday, May 6, to discuss the fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 third quarter (Q3) financial report, an enrollment update and the FY23 preliminary budget preview.
Celebrating the Graduating Class of 2022
April 29, 2022 — Take a deeper look at six of the unique graduates, including a 78-year-old man who lived the history he studied, a record-breaking swimmer striving for Olympic gold, a performer eyeing the New York stage, a California business guru already successful in the field, an educator taking on a mountain of roles to support the youth and a future veterinarian who dealt with an inconceivable loss en route to her degree.
UNC 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremonies, May 6-7
April 27, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado held its spring commencement ceremonies Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Approximately 1,445 students graduated this spring with around 1,065 earning a bachelor's degree and around 380 earning a master's specialist or doctoral degree.
300+ Participants Laced-Up for UNC’s Female Student-Athletes
April 12, 2022 — On Saturday, April 9, the 14th Annual Women’s Walk – with more than 300 participants – raised nearly $30,000 to make a difference for the University of Northern Colorado’s female student-athletes.
Dr. Beth Longenecker named Founding Dean of UNC’s College of Osteopathic Medicine
April 12, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Beth Longenecker as the Founding Dean of the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNC-COM). Longenecker, who was hired after the university launched a national search in December, will start her position in June.
Breakout Musical Theatre Star and Former Lumineers Band Member to Deliver Commencement Address to 2022 University of Northern Colorado Graduates
April 6, 2022 — Neyla Pekarek ‘09 will deliver the address at both University of Northern Colorado (UNC) spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, at Nottingham Field. The first ceremony will be held for all Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business and College of Natural and Health Sciences graduates at 9 a.m. A second ceremony will follow at 12:30 p.m. for all College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Performing and Visual Arts graduates.
UNC Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Award for Audiology Research
April 1, 2022 — The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) recently granted UNC Professor Deanna Meinke, Ph.D., the 2022 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology.
UNC Recognizes 2022 Honored Alumni
March 28, 2022 — On March 26, the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association hosted its 2022 Honored Alumni Awards. The award, in its 75th year, is presented annually to five UNC graduates in recognition for career success and a commitment of service to the university.
UNC Offering Scholarships to Students Who Started College but Left Before Graduating
March 25, 2022 — UNC is one of 31 public institutions across the state enticing Colorado residents to return to college to earn their certificate or degree by offering financial assistance and support services through the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative’s (COSI) Finish What You Started program.
UNC’s Accounting Department Moves to Top in State and Global Rankings
March 21, 2022 — The Accounting and Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department at the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business (MCB) has been ranked as the number one program in the world for experimental research in Accounting Information Systems (AIS). The top recognition, from among more than 630 universities measured, comes from the annual Brigham Young University Accounting rankings.
UNC Gets Green Light From State to Offer Degree Programs in Osteopathic Medicine, Finalists for Founding Dean Identified
March 17, 2022 — The University of Northern Colorado made key progress in its ongoing exploration of creating a not-for-profit college of osteopathic medicine within the university when Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 56 on Thursday, March 17.
Little Altars, Big Impact
March 11, 2022 — The legacy of artist, activist and UNC alumna Lydia Ruyle‘72 is being celebrated during Women’s History Month through an exhibition featuring her lively banners of divine goddesses from around the world inside Campus Commons.
The Need for More Physical Education in Colorado Schools has UNC Alumni, Faculty and Doctoral Students Leaping for Change
March 3, 2022 — As a teacher preparation institute, those in UNC's College of Natural and Health Sciences take pride in pushing for more physical education classes in Colorado schools, though there is an uphill battle to overcome.
Resilience Showcased in Student Art Exhibition Reflecting Back on the Pandemic
February 28, 2022 — A group of UNC students reviewed their COVID-19 experience and showcased it through art creating pieces for University Libraries' Reflecting Back, Looking Forward student exhibition.
UNC Selects New Executive Vice President and Provost
February 23, 2022 — After a nationwide search launched last October, the University of Northern Colorado has selected Kirsten Fleming, Ph.D., as the university’s new executive vice president and provost. She begins her position in mid-May.
Doctoral Students Present Dissertation Projects in Three-Minute Competition
February 18, 2022 — Three minutes and a single presentation slide. That’s the challenge a handful of UNC doctoral students have accepted to describe their dissertation projects, using non-technical language anyone can understand.
UNC Launching DEI and HSI Inventory to Inform Strategic Planning and Overall Readiness
February 16, 2022 — As part of continued work toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the University of Northern Colorado’s HSI working group is launching a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and HSI inventory survey next week.
Who Will Win Big at Super Bowl LVI: Bengals, Rams or Sports Betting Fans?
February 8, 2022 — UNC doctoral students are going all in, researching the motivation behind the ever popular sports betting industry. Their goal is to find out what motivates people to place a bet and if the gamble is financially sound.
UNC Dean Named Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
February 8, 2022 — The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) named University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business Dean, Sher Gibbs, Ph.D., a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow. Gibbs is one of four recipients this year nationwide.
Grammy-Nominated Alumna Trades Concert Set for Musical Theatre
February 4, 2022 — Since graduating from UNC, Neyla Pekarek '09, has lived on a stage. For eight years she traveled across the world performing in front of massive crowds as a member of the highly successful folk-rock band, The Lumineers. Now she's entering a new stage in her career debuting the world premiere of her new musical Rattlesnake Kate at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
UNC Exceeds National Training Goals to Diversify Sign Language Interpreters in Legal Settings
January 28, 2022 — After receiving a $2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, and UNC’s contribution of more than $185,000, a program called Project CLIMB was created. Project CLIMB stands for Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds.
UNC Hosts Free Event to Inspire Future Teachers Across Colorado
January 19, 2022 — High school and community college students interested in teaching careers have an opportunity to hear from professional educators and gain valuable knowledge about the field during a free two-day event, Feb. 17-18.
Colorado Spring 2022 Legislative Preview
January 12, 2022 — On Monday, Jan. 10, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) convened a panel of state legislators and local leaders to preview the spring 2022 legislative session that kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Governor Appoints New UNC Board of Trustees Member
January 6, 2022 — On Dec. 21, Gov. Jared Polis announced the appointment of University of Northern Colorado alumna Annette Martinez to UNC’s Board of Trustees. Her four-year term is pending confirmation by the Colorado General Assembly.
2021 Year in Review
December 10, 2021 — The past year has been a cautious reemergence into a world still churning from the effects of a pandemic. Despite the uncertainty and changes of living with COVID-19, our university community continued to rise to the challenge in 2021, including successfully navigating a full return to in-person learning and events this past fall.
UNC 2021 Fall Commencement Ceremonies, Dec. 10-11
December 3, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado will hold its fall commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11. Approximately 903 students will graduate this fall with around 554 earning a bachelor's degree and around 349 earning a master's, specialist or doctoral degree.
Bows and Blazes, UNC Music Students Tune Up Their Community as Volunteer Firefighters
November 30, 2021 — Two UNC students pick up their violin bows and practice fast passages and rhythms whenever they can. But playing an instrument isn’t the only intense activity taking up their spare time. Alongside playing beautiful, eloquent and moving music, Taber Land and Katherine Muser also help battle raging fires that span hundreds of acres at a time.
2022 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Announced
November 24, 2021 — David Hulac, Ph.D., a professor of School Psychology in the College of Educational and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, has been chosen as the 2022 Winchester Distinguished Scholar by UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board.
Faces of 2021 Fall Graduates: Together Again
November 23, 2021 — Meet some of the approximately 903 undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11.
Board of Trustees Authorizes UNC to Move Forward With Exploration into Creating Osteopathic Medical School
November 16, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees met on Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12, to discuss a variety of topics, including governance group reports, a president's report, an update on the university's Students First Framework and action items related to the pursuit of creating an osteopathic medical school.
UNC Moving Forward with Next Steps in Pursuit of Osteopathic Medical School
November 15, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is moving forward with their exploration of creating an osteopathic medical school in Greeley, a not-for-profit enterprise within the university.
UNC Celebrates First-Generation Students
November 8, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado is proud to join the fifth annual First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8. The event, launched in 2017 by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-generation Student Success, is designed to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of first-generation students, faculty, staff and alumni.
UNC Students Honor Mexican, and Chicano Studies Program Tradition Through Creating a New One
November 2, 2021 — El Día de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated annually on Nov. 1-2. The festivity showcases the love and respect for deceased loved ones. Every year, families and communities gather to remember their relatives through building altares or ofrendas.
UNC Nursing Students Provide Care to Those in Need in Weld County
October 27, 2021 — This time, more than ever, has served as a reminder of how important it is to give back to those in need throughout the community, and the University of Northern Colorado’s nursing students are doing just that.
Alumni-led Production of Rent Gives Current Students A Taste of Broadway
October 21, 2021 — In the early 2000s, two eager University of Northern Colorado Theatre Arts majors had their eyes set on New York’s biggest stage. Taking dance course after dance course and performing in multiple student productions, Jason Veasey and Aléna Watters achieved that dream, using the skills they perfected on campus and eventually showcasing them on Broadway.
Colorado’s Free Application Day Extended to Three Days
October 13, 2021 — There are a few changes to the fourth annual Colorado Free Application Day. This year, it has expanded to three days instead of just one starting on Tuesday, Oct. 19 through Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. During that time, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is waiving application fees for undergraduate applicants submitted by Colorado residents.
Game On - Students Share UNC Experience Through Game Design Event
October 8, 2021 — Moving to Greeley from Denver to study early childhood education and starting her freshman year as a first-generation student, Alex Archuleta had a lot to learn about the college experience. She has an older sibling also attending the University of Northern Colorado to help her adjust to the changes here and there, but a resource she relies heavily on is her advisors.
Homecoming 2021: The Bears Are Back in Town
October 6, 2021 — Homecoming 2021 is here, and the Bears are Back in Town. Unlike last year’s virtual celebration from home, UNC’s Homecoming traditions, some of them dating back to 1923, are returning to in-person again.
UNC Selects New Vice President for Student Affairs
October 1, 2021 — University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has chosen Cedric Howard, Ed.D., as the university's new vice president for Student Affairs. Howard, who was selected through a national search the university launched last May, will start his position on Dec. 6, 2021.
UNC Faculty Members Using Advanced Technology to Explore Consumer's Willingness to Spend Online
September 30, 2021 — It’s an easy habit to fall into. While watching TV or folding laundry, it’s almost second nature for many to pick up their phone, browse a retail site and before they know it, they’ve clicked ‘purchase’ multiple times. This became especially popular during the beginning of the pandemic when many were staying at home. Though online shopping is convenient, it can also be costly.
UNC Launches Website Celebrating Initiative to Become a Hispanic Serving Institution
September 16, 2021 — This year, UNC's celebration of Latinx Heritage Month is coupled with an institutional commitment to better serve the growing population of Hispanic/Latinx-identifying students as the university launches a new website, affirming their journey and progress toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
President Feinstein Highlights Togetherness and Growth in State of the University Address
September 9, 2021 — During the annual State of the University Address on Sept. 8, UNC President Andy Feinstein, along with several other university leaders, reflected on the challenges over the past year brought on by the pandemic and the importance of working together to overcome those challenges.
UNC Receives Grant That Will Help Strengthen Colorado's Teaching Workforce
September 3, 2021 — UNC was selected in a highly competitive grant process, as a recipient of a $850,000 Colorado Scholarship Opportunity Initiative (COSI) Back to Work grant. The funding will provide new career paths for workers displaced by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while also addressing the need for teachers in Colorado’s classrooms.
UNC Donors Have a Long History of Helping to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
August 27, 2021 — Since the beginning of fiscal year 2021, several generous UNC donors have collectively gifted more than $925,000 in support of newly established scholarships that support diversity, equity and inclusion here at UNC.
UNC Awarded Grant for Dearfield Dream Project
August 6, 2021 — The National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Program recently awarded the University of Northern Colorado $497,776 to help fund rehabilitation efforts at the African American townsite of Dearfield.
UNC Professor Secures Seventh Fulbright Award, Encourages Students to Apply for Similar Intercultural Opportunities
July 27, 2021 — Karen Barton, a professor in UNC's Geography, GIS and Sustainability department, is adding another intercultural experience to her long list as she embarks on a journey to Mexico, taking advantage of her impressive seventh award from the very competitive and prestigious Fulbright Program.
UNC Appoints Interim Provost for 2021-22 Academic Year
June 17, 2021 — University of Northern Colorado President Andy Feinstein announced on June 17 that Lisa Vollendorf, Ph.D., has been appointed as interim provost for the 2021-22 academic year. Vollendorf brings 26 years of higher education experience to UNC and has held numerous leadership roles, including provost, dean, department chair and Academic Senate chair. She will start her new role on July 1, 2021.
June 18 Webinar to Showcase Outcomes of Anthropology Program's Reclaiming Heritage Project
June 16, 2021 — On June 18 at 9 a.m., Michael Kimball, Ph.D., a professor in UNC's Department of Anthropology, will facilitate a webinar showcasing the work students in his applied anthropology class completed as part of a grant-funded community project, Reclaiming Heritage II: Building Social Bonds and Bridges with Cultural Heritage.
Board of Trustees Approves New Budget, Extends President's Contract Through 2024
June 15, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees conducted its final meeting of the 2020-21 fiscal year on Friday, June 11, 2001.
Exploring the Relationship Between Social Gaming, Anxiety and Loneliness
June 8, 2021 — Two UNC faculty members and a UNC graduate student published research they hope influences the perspective that social video games can have a positive impact on individuals with higher anxiety.
2021 Open Educational Resources Awardees Announced
June 7, 2021 — UNC's Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee announces faculty members who were recently awarded stipends to transform a course from using commercial texts and course materials to implementing OER for fall 2021.
Feinstein Named to NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors
May 28, 2021 — Dr. Andrew “Andy” Feinstein, president of the University of Northern Colorado and current chair of the Big Sky Conference Presidents’ Council, has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors.
Meteorology Associate Professor Awarded Fulbright to Study Pollution in Italian Alps
May 26, 2021 — David Lerach, Ph.D., an associate professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at UNC, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to study how pollution in the northern Italian Alps may impact precipitation patterns across the region, specifically how much precipitation falls, where it falls and whether it’s being shifted between different watersheds.
Unanimous Vote Leads to Full Reauthorization of UNC Educator Preparation Programs
May 26, 2021 — After three years of working with the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously on May 12 to fully reauthorize UNC’s Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education programs.
Biology Faculty Member Wins Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
May 19, 2021 — UNC Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Emily Holt, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award.
UNC Biological Education Doctoral Candidate Receives $20,000 Award
May 18, 2021 — Karina Sanchez, a Biological Education Ph.D. candidate at UNC, has been awarded a $20,000 American Dissertation Fellowship award from the American Association of University Women, an organization that promotes education and equity for women and girls.
UNC Graduate School Announces Student Awards for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
May 13, 2021 — The UNC Graduate School has announced the recipients of awards recognizing superior academic achievement and outstanding research in graduate studies.
Bears Gave Back
May 10, 2021 — On April 14, through UNC’s “Bears Give Back” day of giving, more than 600 alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff did just that, supporting more than 80 funds across campus with more than $116,000 in contributions.
UNC Held In-Person Spring Commencement Ceremonies, May 8-9
May 10, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado held its spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, at Nottingham Field with more than 1,900 expected graduates. Joining this year’s graduates were approximately 200 of UNC’s 2020 graduates.
Kristen Mattio Announced as Women's Basketball Head Coach
May 8, 2021 — Northern Colorado athletics has announced the hiring of Kristen Mattio as the next head Women's Basketball coach.
Business Students Place First in Daniels Fund Ethics Initiatives Collegiate Program Case Competition
April 29, 2021 — On Friday, April 16, four undergraduate students from the UNC Monfort College of Business earned first place honors at the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s ninth annual Collegiate Program Case Competition.
University of Northern Colorado Breaks Ground on New Empower Center for Athletics
April 28, 2021 — This spring, UNC is breaking ground on the new Empower Center, a $4 million, entirely donor-funded sports performance building. Thanks to these donors, including lead investors John ’84 and Angela ’89 Schmidt, UNC Athletics will continue their momentum in Division I with this world-class strength and training facility.
Faces of 2021 Graduates: Adapting to a New, Virtual Society
April 22, 2021 — UNC students continued to adapt to an ever-changing world where the COVID-19 pandemic continued to sink its teeth into all areas of life including higher education. Here, seven of the around 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating this spring and summer share their stories.
University of Northern Colorado Plans for Full On-Campus Experience this Fall
April 14, 2021 — UNC is planning to return to a comprehensive, on-campus experience for the fall 2021 semester that will include a full schedule of in-person courses and restoring activities and events, allowing students to enjoy experiential learning, campus life and community engagement opportunities.
13th Women’s Walk Supports UNC’s Female Athletes
April 12, 2021 — Walking the annual Women’s Walk to support scholarships and the greatest needs of UNC’s female student-athletes has been a tradition for the UNC community for more than a decade. After a fully virtual walk last year, supporters this year will have the option of walking the approximately 1.25-mile course in the on-campus event or stepping out into their communities to support female student-athletes virtually.
UNC Faculty Provide Expertise, Student Involvement in Local Environmental Efforts
April 9, 2021 — Community involvement runs deep at UNC where campus community members are often involved in volunteering efforts and more. Four UNC faculty members share current efforts that they are involved in as well as how they involve their students:
COVID-19 Case Investigators on the Frontline: UNC Public Health Students Saving Lives
April 2, 2021 — UNC students in the Master of Public Health program in 2020 had an unique experience earning a graduate degree online during a global pandemic.
UNC Names New Natural and Health Sciences Dean
March 31, 2021 — UNC has announced that Kamel Haddad, Ph.D., will become the next dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
UNC Designated as All-Steinway School Thanks to Donor Funds
March 29, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado College of Performing and Visual Arts received a total of 96 new Steinway & Sons pianos, with most of them arriving in December of 2018, sealing the School of Music’s All-Steinway School status.
Leprino Foods Offered COVID-19 Vaccines to Eligible UNC Employees
March 25, 2021 — The local Leprino Foods plant in Greeley contacted UNC offering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that were unspoken for during the plant’s March 20 on-site vaccine clinic event. The doses were offered to eligible UNC community members who qualified for the state’s mandated vaccine Phase 1B.4.
UNC Immunology Expert Discusses COVID-19 Vaccines, Debunks Misinformation
March 9, 2021 — Nick Pullen, Ph.D., an associate professor of Biological Sciences at UNC, shares his expertise on the COVID-19 vaccines and debunks some of the conspiracy theories surrounding them.
University of Northern Colorado Plans for In-Person Course Delivery for Fall 2021 Semester
March 8, 2021 — UNC is planning to return to a full schedule of in-person courses for the fall 2021 semester, which begins on Aug. 23, and restoring activities and events that will allow students to enjoy experiential learning, campus life and community engagement opportunities.
UNC Names New Performing and Visual Arts Dean
March 8, 2021 — UNC announced that Cristina Goletti will become the next dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts.
UNC’s Future Teacher Conference Continues to Fuel the Teacher Pipeline
March 4, 2021 — In a never-ending quest to fuel the teaching pipeline in Colorado and nationwide, UNC virtually hosted its sixth annual Future Teacher Conference on Feb. 19 with keynote speaker Governor Jared Polis.
Faculty Member Part of Group Awarded for Teacher-Preparation Research
March 4, 2021 — A UNC faculty member was one of four individuals who received this year’s Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Student Wins Scholarship with Essay on COVID-19 and Climate Change
February 25, 2021 — UNC senior Emmy Scott was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for winning first place in Clearway Community Solar's 2020 Essay Contest Scholarship.
UNC Hires New Executive Director of Extended Campus
February 17, 2021 — UNC has named Arte Libunao as the new executive director of Extended Campus, which offers in-person learning opportunities in Loveland and Denver as well as distance online educational opportunities to students across the state, nation and world.
Recap: Finance and Audit Committee and Board of Trustees February Meetings
February 15, 2021 — UNC’s Finance and Audit Committee and Board of Trustees both met last week to discuss a range of topics and updates regarding the university.
Finalists Announced for 2021 Entrepreneurial Challenge
February 11, 2021 — The Monfort College of Business at UNC has announced the finalists for the 2021 Entrepreneurial Challenge who will present their business concept to a panel of experts on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
UNC Uses Chatbot to Reach Future and Current Students
February 9, 2021 — “Klawz” provides an avenue for students to get their questions answered quickly — and get reminders about important dates and topics right on their phones.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards UNC Grant to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Dairy and Beef Cows
February 8, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded UNC a four-year, $500,000 grant to improve pregnancy outcomes in dairy and beef cows.
UNC Names New Education Dean
January 28, 2021 — UNC has announced that Jared Stallones, Ph.D., will become the next dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
UNC is Hosting its Second Free App Day
January 15, 2021 — UNC has initiated its own Free App Days where anyone, anywhere in the world can apply as an undergraduate to UNC without paying the $50 application fee.
UNC Expert: The Capitol Riot and its Lasting Impacts
January 12, 2021 — On January 6, supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. As people not only in the U.S. but around the world try to understand the event and its ramifications, UNC Professor of History Fritz Fischer, Ph.D., offers context from a historical perspective.
Colorado Spring 2021 Legislative Preview Highlights Funding, Mental Health, Vaccines
January 12, 2021 — On Monday, Jan. 11, UNC convened a panel of state legislators and local leaders to preview the topics that will arise once the spring 2021 legislative session kicks off on Jan. 13.
2020 Year in Review at UNC
December 18, 2020 — The year 2020 has been marked by a number of unprecedented events taking shape around the world. Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact many areas of society including higher education. Despite the impacts, UNC’s campus community members continued to work on research, scholarship and creative works; strategic planning; academic programming; community, alumni and donor engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; and athletics.
$5 Million Donation to the Stryker Institute for Leadership Development Helps Women Succeed at UNC
December 17, 2020 — The Stryker Institute for Leadership Development at UNC, a participation-based scholarship program that serves women from underrepresented groups, such as transgender women and women of color, has received a $5 million donation to support the program over the next five years.
UNC Active Schools Institute Receives $125,000 to Evaluate Physical Education Pilot Program and Develop Re-Entry Guidelines
December 8, 2020 — The Active Schools Institute at UNC has received two grants totaling $125,000 from the Colorado Department of Education to improve the quality of physical education and physical activity opportunities for K-12 students in Colorado.
Faces of 2020 Graduates: Perseverance During a Pandemic
December 2, 2020 — Meet seven of the over 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students who have/are graduating this year. Learn about their time at the University of Northern Colorado, their future plans and advice to incoming and current students.
2021 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Announced
November 30, 2020 — Karen Barton, Ph.D., a professor of Geography in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNC, has been chosen as the 2021 Winchester Distinguished Scholar by UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board.
Recap of Board of Trustees Meeting, Nov. 13
November 13, 2020 — The UNC Board of Trustees met virtually on Friday, Nov. 13, with the board’s Finance and Audit Committee presenting first followed by the Regular Board of Trustees meeting.
UNC One of Top Three Universities with Received Applications on Free App Day
November 12, 2020 — UNC received 5,837 applications on the third annual Colorado Free Application Day on Oct. 13, an increase compared to last year’s Free App Day, resulting in UNC being one of the top three universities in receiving applications that day.
Music Student Places First in Arranging and Composing Competition
November 5, 2020 — Zach Rich, a Jazz Studies doctoral student at UNC, won first place in the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers’ Bill Conti Big Band Arranging and Composing Competition for his composition of “We Love You Madly” (dedicated to Duke Ellington).
UNC Expert: Wildfires to Become More Common with Longer Seasons
November 3, 2020 — Experts aren’t surprised that devastating wildfires events are occurring, including Scott Franklin, Ph.D., a professor of Biology at UNC. Franklin said that a combination of bark beetles damaging trees, drier and warmer weather events and vast availability of fuel from wood debris has created the perfect storm this fire season.
Speech-Language Pathology Programs Receive Support from Local Organizations During Pandemic
October 26, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t slow down programs offered through UNC’s Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program that assists underserved populations in Weld County, thanks to grants and support provided by local community organizations.
Professor Receives U.S. Department of Education Grant for Rehabilitation Counseling Program
October 16, 2020 — Jill Bezyak, a professor of Human Rehabilitative Services and program coordinator for the Rehabilitation Counseling program at UNC, has received a five-year, $958,778 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors who serve individuals with disabilities.
UNC to Waive Application Fees on Colorado Free Application Day
October 2, 2020 — UNC is waiving application fees for undergraduate applicants submitted by Colorado residents on Tuesday, Oct. 13, as part of the third annual Colorado Free Application Day.
Monfort College of Business' Entrepreneurship Challenge Applications Open, Oct. 5
October 1, 2020 — Applications open Oct. 5 for the 2021 Open, Greeley and Collegiate Divisions of the University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business (MCB) Entrepreneurial Challenge.
Researchers Improve Bail Risk Assessment Tool in Colorado
September 25, 2020 — Over a period of more than two years, two UNC faculty members have reviewed the Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool for accuracy when determining risk of new arrest or failing to appear in court for arrested individuals that have posted bond. They discovered room for improvement, resulting in the new Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool-Revised.
Feinstein Notes Overcoming Challenges, Work Ahead During Presidential Address
September 10, 2020 — Delivering the annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to a virtual audience, UNC President Andy Feinstein reflected on his second year as president at UNC.
Learning about Acoustics with Build-Your-Own Cigar-Box Guitars, PVC Pipe Didgeridoos
September 9, 2020 — Faculty members at UNC are finding creative ways to keep students involved virtually. Two Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences classes involve students receiving built-it-yourself kits of cigar box guitars and PVC pipe didgeridoos to learn about acoustics.
Research Indicates Emergence of COVID-19 Spatial Patterns in Colorado
September 8, 2020 — GIS tools were used to investigate the geography of COVID-19 pandemic across Colorado counties, and findings were was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Publish Health over the summer.
Back to Campus During the Coronavirus
September 4, 2020 — UNC’s move-in looked a little different this year, with new procedures in place to prevent any possible virus spread. What stayed the same was a sense of hope and excitement for the future.
Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Study Digital Screening Intervention Tool for Adolescents and Young Adults
August 26, 2020 — The Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $1 million grant to collaborate on the project with cliexa, a digital health technology company based in Denver.
5 Courses You’ll Wish You’d Taken
August 26, 2020 — As the semester kicks off, students and teachers alike are facing a unique menu of course delivery options. Even more unique, however, are some of the courses offered at UNC. Here are five such creative courses, offered this year at UNC, that you may not have heard of before.
Killing the Coronavirus, One Disinfected Doorknob at a Time
August 7, 2020 — Maintaining UNC’s buildings and grounds is a behind-the-scenes job, crucial for the smooth running of the university but often unnoticed until something goes awry. When COVID-19 hit, though, the quiet role of UNC’s Facilities staff became more crucial than ever — and they stepped up with aplomb.
Music to His Ears: Professor Offers Individual Lessons in Park
July 28, 2020 — The idea came to Professor Gal Faganel as he attended a family function at Glenmere Park, a few blocks north of UNC’s west campus.He hadn’t seen his cello students in person since the university moved classes online five months ago. Faganel adapted, and even found advantages in the virtual space (more on that in a moment), but still longed for side-by-side instruction.
UNC Professor Contributes to State Crisis Plans for Healthcare
July 20, 2020 — University of Northern Colorado Professor Thom Dunn helped lead the state of Colorado in developing its first set of healthcare plans addressing ethical standards of care in times of crisis, from natural disasters to pandemics, when healthcare systems are at risk of becoming overwhelmed.
Student Creates Twitter Account to Provide Resources for Black Students
June 30, 2020 — Joelle Jenkins, a UNC senior majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, has created a Twitter account to offer resources to Black students entering higher education.
Audiology Alumna Shared Case Studies to Deepen UNC Graduate Student Learning During COVID-19 Closures
June 24, 2020 — Hands-on learning is vital for students in the UNC's Audiology program, but COVID-19 has disrupted such learning environments. However, an Audiology alumna stepped up to share case studies for graduate students in Audiology at UNC.
UNC Plans In-Person Fall Semester Return Aug. 24
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UNC Faculty Land $1 Million Grant to Develop Assessment Tool
May 27, 2020 — The National Science Foundation awarded two University of Northern Colorado faculty a $1.077 million grant to improve teaching in college-level environmental science courses.
Students Ventured Out to Observe Rivers for Class
May 26, 2020 — Students in Sharon Bywater-Reyes’, Ph.D., Geomorphology course made observations of rivers accessible to them during Colorado’s Stay-at-Home order, which were then compiled into a Map Tour online, using ESRI’s mapping tool.
Making Filter-Enabled Masks for Frontline Workers
May 15, 2020 — Assistant Professor Marian Hamilton felt compelled to respond immediately to needs brought on by the coronavirus based on her experience with 3D printing and access to the equipment.
Celebrating UNC Spring 2020 Graduates
May 15, 2020 — Due to COVID-19, the University of Northern Colorado wasn't able to celebrate its spring 2020 graduates in May and plans to celebrate those graduates in December. Over 2,000 students graduated.
How an Art and Design Class Adapted to the New, Online Environment
May 15, 2020 — Anna Ursyn, Ph.D., a professor of Digital Media and head of the Digital Media Area at UNC, shares her and her students’ experiences in adapting to the new, online learning environment as well as to life during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Professor Receives $6,500 Grant to Create Digital Archive for Artifacts
May 13, 2020 — In May of 2019, Andy Creekmore, Ph.D., an associate professor of Anthropology at UNC, received a $6,500 grant from the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Micro-Grant Program.
Daniel Garcia: Aims2UNC Program "Tailor-Made for Me"
May 13, 2020 — Daniel Garcia discusses how the the newly developed Aims2UNC Program was "tailor-made" for him, where students start at Aims Community College, receive their associate’s degree and then directly transition to UNC for their bachelor’s.
Seeing a Need: Freshman Uses Extra Time to Help Others
May 11, 2020 — UNC freshman Ashley Buchholz had a little extra time on her hands after being laid off. She used that time to help others.
UNC Partners to Offer COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing on Campus
May 11, 2020 — The university has teamed up with the Colorado Emergency Operations Center and King Soopers to provide drive-thru testing for COVID-19 on campus this month. The service will be offered in the parking lot west of Candelaria Hall on May 14-16, May 21-23 and May 29-30.
Seeing the Silver Lining
May 8, 2020 — A recent Ph.D. student shares his thoughts about UNC and describes how he felt about defending his dissertation online.
Pivoting to Fulfill Needs: Inside a Weld Manufacturing Plant
May 8, 2020 — Packaging medical supplies has become the priority for UNC graduate and Mountain States Plastics owner Scot Gagnon as supplier’s race to meet healthcare demands. Gagnon and his global company in Johnstown routinely manufacture customized protective bags for the medical industry, but they are “swamped up to their eyeballs” as they package a steady stream of face shield bags and plastic sheeting for hospital gowns.
Riding the Rollercoaster
May 8, 2020 — As the stock market went through its acrobatic reactions to the Coronavirus, students in UNC’s SAFF Class took the volatile ride in stride – and gained real world experience in the midst of a financial crisis.
Student Receives $5,000 Fellowship from the National Collegiate Honors Council
May 7, 2020 — Gabriela Masztalerz, a junior Honors student majoring in Speech-Language Pathology at UNC, has received the National Collegiate Honors Council’s $5,000 2020 Portz Fellowship for her research project.
Food Supplies: Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Stocked
April 30, 2020 — UNC’s culinary experts help you make good food with limited supplies.
Lisa Zimmerman on Poetry During Isolation
April 27, 2020 — Professor Lisa Zimmerman shares some of her experiences with poetry during this crisis to remind everyone that there is hope through poetry and art, especially now.
Professor Helped Students with No-Contact Drop-Off of Supplies, Virtual Learning
April 22, 2020 — As courses transition to alternate delivery for the remainder of the semester, UNC Professor Anne Toewe discovered new ways to teach courses and prepare students for online learning.
Mindfulness in an Earthquake
April 21, 2020 — How an earthquake teaches mindfulness lessons, and how mindfulness can help us cope with the change and uncertainty of a pandemic is discussed by UNC Professor Mike Kimball.
Study of Immune Response Could Lead to SARS-CoV-2 Treatment
April 20, 2020 — UNC faculty researcher Ann Hawkinson, who studies virus-host interactions in animals and their immune response during infection, says a vaccine is not the only thing being developed in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Photos: Life in Greeley During the Coronavirus Pandemic
April 17, 2020 — Woody Myers, UNC’s staff photographer, has captured the new way of life for families in and around Greeley during the Colorado stay-at-home order made due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Ask the Expert: Police Interrogation and Confession
April 15, 2020 — In the recently released book Understanding Police Interrogation, William Douglas Woody delves into psychological science and legal theory to provide a better understanding of best practices for tactics and factors that influence confessions. The UNC professor of Psychological Sciences elaborates on the ramifications of confessions, the combination of integrated factors that can affect outcomes, and what can be done to ensure a fair and just process.
Staying Healthy During Coronavirus Pandemic
April 15, 2020 — Interim Associate Dean in the College of Natural and Health Sciences Danielle Brittain, Ph.D., shares tips and resources for staying fit and well as you stay home.
Summer Arts Season Canceled, Plans for 2021 Underway
April 13, 2020 — Following public health advisories, the University of Northern Colorado College of Performing and Visual Arts announced the cancellation of its 2020 summer arts season, including all Little Theatre of the Rockies productions and Concert Under the Stars performances.
Coronavirus Caused Rapid Changes in Education Model
April 10, 2020 — As K-12 schools, colleges and universities turn to online instruction, the dean of UNC’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers tips for students, parents and educators to succeed in this new reality.
UNC Education Students, Alumni Step Up in New Environment
April 10, 2020 — In addition to changes made at UNC to better support Bears going through the switch to online classes, UNC students and alumni in the teaching field are taking diverse approaches to supporting families in the switch to online learning for their children in preschool through high school.
UNC Reaching Out to Students Online with Entertainment, Community Connections
April 9, 2020 — With campus closed and classes being taught through online delivery methods for the remainder of the semester, the University of Northern Colorado is creating new ways to help with student success and engagement.
Making Things Better
April 8, 2020 — Julia Riley, a cook at Tobey-Kendal Dining Hall, decided to put her time to good use and has been making masks for her coworkers – as well as for health care workers.
Class for a Cause
April 6, 2020 — UNC values hands-on education, but what does that look like in various fields? In the case of Journalism and Media Studies 481: Strategic Communications Campaigns, it looks like raising thousands of dollars for a local cause.
Cybersecurity in the Age of Coronavirus
April 6, 2020 — The pandemic hasn’t stymied bad actors from attempting to infiltrate software and operating systems. A UNC expert on cybersecurity says the more things change the more they stay the same when it comes to defending against malicious attacks.
UNC Card Campaign Focuses on Lifting Spirits
April 2, 2020 — Kendyl Kelly, UNC’s program coordinator for Student Organizations, has initiated the United to Nurture our Community (UNC): A Card Campaign that involves sending handwritten cards to high-risk populations of the coronavirus pandemic in Greeley.
Pandemics, Like Earthquakes, Hard to Predict
March 30, 2020 — The way pathogens evolve make it inevitable that a variation such as the SARS-CoV-2 strain of coronavirus will lead to pandemics, says Gregory DeKrey.
Faculty Member Using 3D Printer to Make Face Shield Parts for Hospitals
March 30, 2020 — With a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers who are battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, UNC’s Chelsie Romulo is contributing to the effort to fill the gap.
History of Pandemics: A Thumbnail Sketch
March 30, 2020 — While the past century presents a number of examples, the influenza outbreak of 1918 may most closely resemble what our world is now experiencing with the current global pandemic. History Professor Fritz Fischer shares a portion of his classroom lesson here.
UNC Expert: Slowing Spread of Coronavirus Will Help Rebound Financial Markets
March 26, 2020 — The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating a different set of challenges for financial markets, and making future events incalculable, according to Joe French, a professor of Finance at UNC.
From PR Problem to Public Health Crisis: Coronavirus and Politics
March 24, 2020 — From Political Science Professor Stan Luger’s vantage, the U.S. presidential response over the past few weeks has transformed from treating the coronavirus as a pesky public relations problem to elevating it to the emergency status of a true public health crisis.
Students: How to Stay Sane and Grow Your Personal Brand on Social Media
March 24, 2020 — As the U.S. and other countries respond to the virus outbreak with recommendations for social distancing, and universities close their doors for the rest of the semester, Marketing Professor Denny McCorkle has some suggestions for how students can stay connected without getting drawn into the negative social media.
Making a Game of It
March 24, 2020 — Your kids’ schools are closed, and you’re working from home. Looking for some ideas to help all of you stay sane? Here’s how to engage your kids in something they love.
Coronavirus Update: UNC Moves Online Classes to End of Semester, Campuses Close March 17
March 23, 2020 — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNC President Andy Feinstein announced Monday that university courses will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester following spring break. UNC campuses also will close to everyone but essential personnel beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.
Bears Introduce New Head Coach
March 19, 2020 — Steve Smiley will be introduced as the 20th head coach of the UNC men's basketball program Thursday during a virtual press conference at 3 p.m. Friday available through this link.
Recap: Twitter Chat on Using Research Methods for Better Understanding
March 4, 2020 — On Wednesday, March 4, University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor Will Merchant, Ph.D., participated in a UNC Twitter chat on the topic of using research methods to better understand everyday issues.
With Rise in Food Allergies, UNC Responds with Research, Dining Options
March 2, 2020 — Each semester at UNC, over 50 new students who have food allergies work with Matthew Doyle, the assistant director for board operations and registered dietitian at UNC. What's the cause for the rise of food allergies and how has UNC responded?
Freshman is First Deaf Entrepreneur on Shark Tank Episode
February 25, 2020 — UNC Freshman Kobe Johnson is the first deaf entrepreneur on the television show Shark Tank as he and members of his family went live to make a deal with a Shark for their business, Tailgate N Go.
Study: $3.9 billion local income boost from Northern Colorado Public Colleges and Universities
February 25, 2020 — The four public colleges and universities in Northern Colorado added $3.9 billion in income to the economy of Larimer and Weld Counties and supported one of every eight jobs in the region in the fiscal year 2017-18, according to the results of a new economic impact study released Feb. 25.
Air Force ROTC Detachment Named Best in Country
February 24, 2020 — The Air Force ROTC Detachment 90 that supports UNC was recently recognized as the best in the nation after winning the prestigious Right of Line Award, the first time the detachment has won the award.
Recap: Twitter Chat on Game-Based Learning
February 13, 2020 — On Wednesday, Feb. 12, University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor Matt Farber, Ed.D., participated in a UNC Twitter chat on the topic of game-based learning on.
Students Save Over $63,000 in Course Materials
February 13, 2020 — Four faculty members helped approximately 450 students enrolled in their fall 2019 classes save a combined $63,775 in textbook fees by adopting open educational resources into their curriculum after the Colorado Department of Higher Education awarded grants for the project.
“We Love You Madly”: UNC Jazz Lab I Competes in New York
February 12, 2020 — Lab I, UNC’s premier jazz ensemble, was one of 10 collegiate jazz programs in the nation invited by Wynton Marsalis to the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship.
Two Students Attended International Education Celebration at Capitol
February 7, 2020 — The StudyColorado Advocacy Day took place at the state capitol last week to showcase the benefits of international education in higher education institutions around the state. Two UNC students participated at the event.
The Story of UNC's First African American Graduate
January 29, 2020 — Lucile Buchanan enrolled in a two-year teacher certification program at the now University of Northern Colorado in 1903 and was the only African American student in her 1905 graduating class and the first African-American student to earn a teaching degree at UNC. Learn more about her story.
UNC Snake Expert: Not Enough Evidence to Say Coronavirus Spreads to Humans from Snakes
January 24, 2020 — A new study published by researchers in China suggests that the origins of the coronavirus outbreak is due to contact with snakes. However, many researchers are skeptical of these findings including renowned snake-venom expert Steve Mackessy.
UNC Online Education Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
January 17, 2020 — University of Northern Colorado online graduate education programs were ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the publication's 2020 annual report.
For the Love of Video Games: UNC’s eSports Club Growing on Campus
January 14, 2020 — The eSports Club at UNC has grown to about 50 students on campus over the past three years. eSports have grown throughout the years nationally, and will be part of the Big Sky Conference starting this year.
UNC’s Work at State Level Covered During Legislative Preview
January 6, 2020 — During a panel discussion Monday to discuss the upcoming Colorado legislative session, UNC government relations staff member Kayla Tibbals reviewed some of UNC’s efforts at the state level.
Mental-Health Support for Students at the Counseling Center
January 3, 2020 — The UNC Counseling Center, housed on the second floor of Cassidy Hall, offers free counseling services and lower-cost psychiatric services to students, faculty and staff. Watch a video to learn more about what the center offers.
UNC’s Future Teacher Conference Introduces Students to Teaching
December 16, 2019 — UNC, in a never-ending quest to end the teaching shortage in Colorado and nationwide, will host the sixth annual Future Teacher Conference starting at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
Music Student Selected to Perform in Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo
December 10, 2019 — Domi Edson, a first-year graduate student from UNC’s School of Music, has been selected to perform as one of five members in the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo at the Jazz Education Network’s Annual Conference.
Need-to-Know Resources at the University Libraries
December 5, 2019 — The UNC Libraries have over 1.5 million physical items including the typical books, online databases with peer-reviewed journal articles, newspapers, magazines and more to assist you with your classwork.
Faces of 2019 Fall Graduates: Finding a Place at UNC
December 4, 2019 — Meet eight of the over 930 undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14.. Learn about their time at the University of Northern Colorado, their future plans and advice to incoming and current students.
UNC Volleyball Claims Big Sky Championship
December 2, 2019 — Winning a championship takes talent, yes, but it also takes heart and grit. University of Northern Colorado volleyball showed all three of those aspects in their five-set victory Saturday night in the Big Sky Championship match against Weber State.
Earnest Collins Will Not be Retained as UNC Head Football Coach
November 25, 2019 — Director of Athletics Darren Dunn announced today that Earnest Collins Jr. will not return as head coach of the football program for the 2020 season.
UNC Team Qualifies for National Ethics Bowl Competition
November 18, 2019 — On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative sponsored UNC in hosting the Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl where 10 teams from seven schools competed in an all-day ethics competition.
2020 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Announced
November 13, 2019 — Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D. , a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been chosen as the 2020 Winchester Distinguished Scholar by UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board.
UNC Soccer Claims Big Sky Championship
November 11, 2019 — Northern Colorado soccer is the 2019 Big Sky Tournament Champion! UNC defeated Eastern Washington, 1-0, in the finals to claim their second conference tournament title in program history and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Front Range Community College, UNC Team Up to Deliver Sign-Language Program
November 5, 2019 — A partnership between UNC and FRCC is one of the first in the state that allows students to take American Sign Language courses that apply to a bachelor’s degree program while working on an associate degree.
UNC Researcher Joins $1-Million Funded Project to Update K-12 Threat-Assessment Tool
October 30, 2019 — UNC Professor Sarah Goodrum is a co-principal investigator on a nearly $1 million grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to evaluate the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s threat-assessment tool to prevent school violence.
A Closer Look at Proposition CC
October 22, 2019 — As Election Day approaches, here’s what the ballot issue Proposition CC means for Colorado’s public colleges and universities.
UNC Makes Huge Strides in Reducing Energy Consumption and Costs
October 17, 2019 — UNC saved more than $2.2 million in energy costs since 2016 through a campus-wide energy conservation program called powerED that rolled out in partnership with McKinstry.
Bears Repeating: Elections, Registering, Restrictions and More
October 16, 2019 — Political yard signs, canvassing and campus voter registration tables popping up mean that it's election season in Colorado. This year, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and if you haven't registered to vote yet or have questions about voting in Colorado, then see below for all the information you need.
UNC Hosts 21 International Secondary Teachers from 20 Countries
October 15, 2019 — UNC is hosting a group of 21 international secondary teachers from 20 countries who are participating in the Fulbright Teacher Excellence and Achievement Exchange Program.
Meet Chef Cool Dre: UNC Student, Award-Winning Chef and Owner of Cool Dre’s Catering Business
October 14, 2019 — DeAndre Smith, a junior Communications major and Nutrition minor at the University of Northern Colorado, has another pastime outside of school as an award-winning chef where he is known as, Chef Cool Dre.
UNC Researcher Shares Tips for Coping with Math Anxiety
October 9, 2019 — Molly Jameson, a UNC associate professor of Educational psychology, discusses math anxiety, its prevalence and how to mitigate its effects while dealing with math in this podcast.
UNC to Waive Application Fees on Colorado Free Application Day
October 9, 2019 — UNC is waiving application fees for undergraduate applicants submitted by Colorado residents on Tuesday, Oct. 15, as part of the second annual Colorado Free Application Day.
UNC Trustees Approve Resolution for Higher Ed Funding
September 23, 2019 — The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees approved a resolution in support of Proposition CC during a special meeting to consider the action Monday, Sept. 23.
Educational Theatre Association Recognizes UNC Professor with Founders’ Award
September 23, 2019 — UNC Professor Mary Schuttler has received the Educational Theatre Association’s Founders’ Award which is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice.
Augmented-Reality Sandbox to Help Students Learn About Earth Sciences
September 18, 2019 — UNC has created a sandbox for students, but it’s not your normal, everyday sandbox — it uses augmented reality with the use of an Xbox 360 Kinetic sensor, projector and software to bring the sand to life.
UNC Expert: Apple’s Noise App ‘Step in the Right Direction’
September 17, 2019 — University of Northern Colorado Professor Deanna Meinke, a leading researcher of noise-induced hearing loss and prevention, applauded Apple this week for developing a watch app that aims to help people avoid damage to their hearing.
Feinstein Notes Progress, Work Ahead During Presidential Address
September 10, 2019 — Delivering the annual State of the University address on Tuesday, Andy Feinstein reflected on the “meaningful work” campus accomplished together during his first year as UNC president and offered a preview of the next phase of strategic planning.
Travel Back in Time to the Atomic Badlands of the American West
September 5, 2019 — Founded at the turn of the 20th century, the mysterious “Yucca Fountain” filled a void in the Nevada desert for travelers looking to beat the heat. Two Boston-based artists took the initiative to restore it in UNC’s Campus Commons Gallery.
UNC and McKinstry Installing Solar Array on Campus
September 3, 2019 — Students starting classes at UNC this fall will be greeted by a greener, more sustainable campus thanks to a new solar photovoltaic array installed by McKinstry, a national construction and energy services company.
Aims2UNC Program Kicking Off this Fall
August 25, 2019 — Aims Community College and UNC will unveil a joint-program initiative, Aims2UNC, on Sept. 5 at the Aims Greeley Campus with CEO/President Aims Community College Leah L. Bornstein and UNC President Andy Feinstein as featured speakers.
UNC Campus Commons Receives Gold Rating for Building Performance
August 9, 2019 — UNC’s Campus Commons was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council earlier this month.
Examining the Link Between Housing and Mental Health in Colorado
July 22, 2019 — Finding affordable housing in Colorado continues to make headlines and cause headaches for those who live in the state; however, a UNC researcher is investigating affordable housing and physical and mental health issues using GIS-mapping techniques.
Chasing Storms Over Seven States in 10 Days
July 11, 2019 — For the second year, a class of University of Northern Colorado students started summer by crisscrossing the Midwest in search of storms capable of producing tornadoes.
Game Design Studio Kicks Off on Campus for Two Weeks
July 10, 2019 — The University of Northern Colorado Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy's Creativity Lab has partnered with iThrive Games to host Game Design Studio, a two-week summer day camp program, on campus July 8-19.
Solar Flower Blooms for First Time on UNC’s Campus
July 3, 2019 — Nicknamed the Solar Flower, the device was installed on the front lawn of UNC’s César Chávez Cultural Center last month and provides 2,500 watts of power to meet the majority of the center’s needs.
UNC Grads Win Monthly Teacher Tuesday Contests
June 13, 2019 — Once a month, students, parents, school staff and community members nominate a teacher in a Northern Colorado K-12 school for being an outstanding educator, and two UNC grads have won.
Singer, Songwriter and Counselor-in-Training: Sofia Softas-Nall
May 20, 2019 — In this podcast, UNC graduate student Sofia Softas-Nall discusses how she’s using the award-winning study she produced as a graduate student at the National University of Ireland to help students with chronic physical and mental illness at UNC’s Psychological Services Clinic.
UNC-Backed Bill Signed into Law
May 14, 2019 — University of Northern Colorado staff in March testified in support of a bill that Gov. Polis signed into law this week that expands state financial aid to eligible undocumented students.
Up, Up and Away: UNC Students Launch 3D-Printed Vessel into the Atmosphere
May 10, 2019 — UNC Physics and Astronomy recent graduate Rydell Stottlemyer holds onto a payload, a box covered with aluminized mylar and filled with sensors, as it’s being connected to a huge weather balloon. This payload was developed by her and fellow, recent graduate Brian Smith.
UNC Students Take Second at Regional Ad Competition
May 7, 2019 — A UNC advertising class placed second at the District 12 American Advertising Federation’s annual National Student Advertising Competition held at the University of Colorado Boulder on April 27.
Speech-Language Pathology Awarded Grant to Support Migrant and Immigrant Families
May 6, 2019 — UNC’s Speech-Language Pathology Program has been awarded $36,000 in funding from the Buell Foundation to expand their work in partnering with the Migrant Education Program’s Project Literacy for Immigrant Families Everyday (L.I.F.E.).
Faces of 2019 Spring Graduates: Self-Discovery and Overcoming Barriers
May 1, 2019 — Meet six of the 1,132 undergraduate students graduating on Saturday, May 4. Learn how they overcame a variety of challenges and discovered their desired career paths as well as a better understanding of who they are and where they want to go in the future.
Greeley Treasure Chest Program Awarded $60,000 in Grants Since 2017
April 30, 2019 — UNC’s Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences program has been awarded a total of $60,000 since initiating the Greeley Treasure Chest Program in 2017. The program utilizes boxes filled with age-appropriate books and toys to improve children’s communication and language skills.
Physical Education Students Win Numerous Awards
April 29, 2019 — Three students from the University of Northern Colorado School of Sport and Exercise Science's Physical Education program were recognized for their achievements as students in the teaching field.
Philosophy Students Participate in Prestigious Events
April 22, 2019 — Three University of Northern Colorado philosophy students were chosen to participate in competitive events earlier in April as well as a future event in the summer.
Business Students Victorious at International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition
April 22, 2019 — Four students from the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business took first in two categories at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition held April 10-12 at Loyola Marymount University in California.
Ceremony Formally Introduces UNC’s 13th President
April 12, 2019 — A traditional ceremony April 12 officially welcomed Andy Feinstein as the 13th president of the 130-year-old institution.During the Presidential Investiture, Feinstein spoke in the new performance hall at the Campus Commons. The 600-member audience included UNC trustees, former UNC presidents, presidents and former presidents of colleges and universities across the country, and local and state officials.
A Song of Ice and Fire: Class Dives into “Game of Thrones”
April 11, 2019 — Imagine dissecting George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” in a classroom setting: Seven Kingdoms, the Wall, Lannister family and more. This sounds like the perfect class for die-hard fans, and this dream-come-true is offered through the “Contemporary Arts Connection” class taught by Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, an English associate professor at UNC.
UNC Spring Commencement Ceremonies, May 3-4
April 11, 2019 — The University of Northern Colorado will hold the 129th spring commencement ceremonies Friday, May 3, at Bank of Colorado Arena in Butler-Hancock Athletic Center, and Saturday, May 4, at Nottingham Field, with about 1,600 expected graduates.
Interviewing the Most Interesting People in Northern Colorado
April 5, 2019 — UNC doctoral student, instructor and podcast host Ivan Wayne is on a mission to interview the most interesting people in Northern Colorado for his podcast show, “The More You NoCo.”
UNC Updates Tree Tours with New Additions, Markers
April 2, 2019 — New additions of tree species are being added to the self-guided campus tree tours at UNC. The updates include newly planted trees around the Campus Commons as well as European Larch trees planted in the Carter Hall north lawn.
UNC Seniors Compete in International Business Competition
April 1, 2019 — The University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business sent six seniors to the Solvay Business Games Competition held in Brussels, Belgium, in early March.
Program Addresses Shortage of Certified ASL Interpreters in Rural Colorado
March 27, 2019 — Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind and live in rural Colorado may see an increase in qualified American Sign Language interpreters as a new certification training program begins. The Rural Interpreting Services Project was made possible by a partnership between UNC’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies and the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind.
UNC Student Wins 500 Condoms to Distribute During Public Health Week
March 25, 2019 — Every day, almost 25,000 young people age 15-25 are infected with an sexually transmitted disease. UNC School of Public Health graduate student Brianna Kelly plans on combating those rates by distributing free condoms that she won from the Great American Condom Campaign last fall.
CDHE Executive Director Tours Campus
March 21, 2019 — UNC welcomed Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, for a campus visit Wednesday. She joined President Andy Feinstein on a tour and met students, faculty and staff at cultural centers and in academic areas.
State Fully Reauthorizes UNC Educator Prep Programs with Areas to Address
March 15, 2019 — The Colorado State Board of Education recently reauthorized all UNC’s educator preparation programs, with conditions for reading instruction that UNC is already addressing.
UNC Music Education Student Wins Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
March 8, 2019 — UNC third-year music education student Jacie Matzke was awarded the $4,000 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award from the Presser Foundation. Watch an interview with her as she discusses the award, the UNC School of Music and plays her clarinet.
UNC Business Students Attend Renowned Retail Conference in New York City
March 7, 2019 — Eight students from UNC’s Monfort College of Business said they gained a better appreciation for the retail industry by participating in the student program of the 2019 National Retail Federation Conference in New York City.
Skulls, Animal Skins and Gold: Welcome to the History of Bookmaking
February 28, 2019 — Before the printing press was around, books were created with materials that might be considered shocking today, such as animal skins, gold, plant materials and other unique materials … skulls were even used as writing surfaces! These materials aren't uncommon in the UNC English 495 class, “History of the Book.”
UNC Receives Grant to Study Benefits of Kefir for Cancer Patients
February 26, 2019 — Earlier this year, uBiome awarded a $7,000 grant to researchers at UNC's Cancer Rehabilitation Institute to understand how kefir impacts the microbiome of cancer survivors who underwent chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.
2019 Summer Enrichment Program Offers New Day Program
February 21, 2019 — This year marks the 42nd year of UNC’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that serves children and youth who are gifted, talented and creative in a supportive academic and social setting. With a variety of programs to choose from, children of all ages will learn valued skills from leadership to critical thinking and more. New this year is the Summer Enrichment Day Program for fifth and sixth graders.
UNC's Answer to the Teacher Shortage: Future Teacher Conference Bigger than Ever
February 12, 2019 — In a never-ending quest to end the teacher shortage in Colorado and nationwide, the University of Northern Colorado is hosting the 5th annual Future Teacher Conference on Friday, Feb. 22.
Tackling El Niño’s Influence on Diseases Through GIS Mapping
February 8, 2019 — A UNC Assistant Professor and colleagues studied how El Niño affected numerous, climate-sensitive diseases there in 1998 using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping technology.
UNC Faculty Member Visits China to Help Get Kids Physically Active
January 31, 2019 — Brett Nichols, Ph.D., UNC instructor of Sport and Exercise Science, spent two weeks of December 2018 in Beijing, China, working with parents and youth athletes to highlight the importance of sport for youth.
Erin Hanke Brings Energy, Inclusivity to Campus Common’s Performance Hall
January 31, 2019 — The new, 600-seat performance hall in UNC’s Campus Commons building is planning to host exciting, affordable and diverse performances for the campus and surrounding communities.That’s the goal of the hall’s new Managing Director, Erin Hanke, D.M.A.
UNC Professor Participates in Conference on Teaching STEM to English Language Learners
January 24, 2019 — UNC education students can expect to take six-credit hours in preparation of better teaching of STEM subjects to English language learners. UNC Professor of Language Education and Associate Dean and School Director of Teacher Education Jingzi Huang, Ph.D., goes into more detail about these developments and her involvement in a recent conference.
Science Meets Communication: Understanding Differing Sides and Complex Issues
December 21, 2018 — A pair of Biological Sciences and Communication Studies professors are teaming up for a second year to deliver an interdisciplinary course whose aim is to clearly communicate science-based topics.
Governor Announces Trustee Appointment, Two Reappointments
December 14, 2018 — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday the appointment of Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D., to the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees.Hickenlooper also reappointed current trustees Dick Monfort and Janice Sinden.
Mariel Gutierrez: Professional Soccer in Her Sights
December 11, 2018 — UNC Coach Tim Barrera describes UNC alumna Mariel Gutierrez as one of the most decorated players in the history of Big Sky Soccer.
Danny Medoff: From Army Medic to Philosopher
December 11, 2018 — Danny Medoff founded two UNC student clubs after transferring from Seattle in summer 2016 and serving his country for eight years. Last fall, he started the Philosophical Kevlar club for military veterans.
UNC's School of Nursing Makes Positive Impacts in Community
December 6, 2018 — The UNC School of Nursing is deeply involved in health-related events in the Greeley community as it's vital for nursing students to volunteer at these events so as to serve the community, work with interdisciplinary teams and create a culture of inclusion for those who attend the events.
Physics Undergraduate Receives Grant to Study Nanotechnologies
December 3, 2018 — UNC student Jacob Fry received over $1,000 in grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research to compare the chemical make-up of shark teeth using two nanotechnologies as well as to develop lab curriculum on these technologies.
UNC Active Schools Institute Awarded Over $1.2 Million in Grants Since 2016
November 30, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado Active Schools Institute was awarded $510,000 in grant funding through the Colorado Health Foundation from 2018-20. This is in addition to TCHF’s 2016-18 grant of $710,000.
Volleyball Team Improves their Game with Biomechanics Technology
November 19, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado’s volleyball team is gaining insights on how to improve their off-season training programs with the assistance of the Biomechanics Lab's three-dimensional motion-capture technology.
Three UNC Faculty Members Receive Awards from Colorado Association of Science Teachers
November 16, 2018 — The Colorado Association of Science Teachers presented their Distinguished Service Award to Rob Reinsvold and Lori Reinsvold, as well as their Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching Award to Neva Nardone. The three are faculty members at UNC.
Introducing the Campus Commons
November 13, 2018 — The UNC Campus Commons building is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Learn about the different offices and teams moving into this new campus space in this video series.
UNC Professor to Co-Host 2019 ABA’s National Convention
November 1, 2018 — UNC Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands, Richard Mayne, will serve as the co-host at the 2019 American Bandmasters Association (ABA) National Convention March 6-9, 2019, in Loveland with the Director of Bands at Colorado State University, Rebecca Phillips.
Investing in Watersheds to Prepare for Growing Urban Populations
October 31, 2018 — UNC Assistant Professor in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program Chelsie Romulo, Ph.D., recently had her research on investments for watershed services published and discusses it in this podcast.
Grant Awarded for Zebrafish Eye Development Research
October 1, 2018 — UNC Assistant Professor of Biology Andrea James received the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant to fund her research on zebrafish eye development.
UNC President Feinstein: ‘Let’s Get Rowing’
September 18, 2018 — That was the message from University of Northern Colorado President Andy Feinstein during his first annual State of the University address Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the University Center. Feinstein, on his 80th day on the job, spoke to a capacity crowd in the ballrooms and wrapped up his remarks by quoting the Horace Mann Gate on 10th Avenue, a gift from the Class of 1910, that's contains the inscription: "Rowing, not drifting."
Slither Into the World of Snake Venom Research
September 7, 2018 — In this podcast, UNC Professor of Biology Steve Mackessy, Ph.D., goes into more detail about how he became interested in snake venom, his published and future research and other slithery topics.
Strengthening National Defense with Better Nutrition
September 6, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado’s Army ROTC program is receiving diet and nutrition support from the UNC Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Headed by Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Katie Kage, Ph.D., UNC is at the forefront of undertaking such a project nationwide.
UNC President's State of University Address Set for Sept. 18
August 23, 2018 — UNC President Andy Feinstein will deliver the annual State of the University Address, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the University Center Ballrooms.
UNC Professor Selected for Antarctic Expedition
August 23, 2018 — Meteorology Professor Cindy Shellito, Ph.D., has been selected to join an international group of 80 female scientists on a three-week expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition, departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, Dec. 31, is part of a global initiative called Homeward Bound. The project aims to elevate the status of women in science and empower them to take a leadership role in issues related to climate change and sustainability.
How UNC Researchers are Studying Cannabis
August 23, 2018 — This video series highlights how UNC researchers from various departments and colleges are studying legal cannabis in the areas of recreation and leisure, tax laws, biometrics and many others.
Convocation Ushers in New Academic Year
August 2, 2018 — Join UNC in a traditional ceremony that celebrates the start of an academic year.
UNC Researchers Discover Toxins in Venom of Snake
August 1, 2018 — A study by University of Northern Colorado Professor Stephen P. Mackessy and his colleagues including graduate research assistants identified two toxins in the venom of a species of snake that affect prey differently.
Arapahoe School Shooting: What Went Wrong and Future Preparedness
July 26, 2018 — Department Chair and Professor of Criminiology and Criminal Justice Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D. reviewed the Arapahoe High School shooting in 2013 and discovered three major failures made before the shooting took place.
Steve Anderson Answers Questions on Kilauea and Future Research
June 4, 2018 — Volcanologist Steve Anderson knows volcanoes and is especially familiar with the ongoing Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. He answers some questions about recent developments with Kilauea, his love of volcanoes and future volcano research plans.
Photographing World War II Japanese-American Camps
June 4, 2018 — John Tonai '90 discusses the Granada Relocation Camp, also known as Amache, where thousands of Japanese-Americans were incarcerated from 1942-45, including members of his family.
Professor Gives Update on Hawaii Volcano Eruption in Interview
May 16, 2018 — Last week, volcanologist Steve Anderson, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science at UNC, was interviewed by Discovery Channel's Daily Planet magazine about his research on the erupting Hawaii Kilauea volcano.
UNC Class Assignment: Find and Chase Storms for 10 Days
May 9, 2018 — A group of 12 students enrolled in a summer-session meteorology class at the University of Northern Colorado will get a unique field experience this month when they spend 10 days chasing severe storms across multiple states.
Spring 2018 Commencement In Photos
May 7, 2018 — A few of the stories and photos from Spring 2018 commencement.
UNC Researcher Earns Fulbright Scholar Grant to Nicaragua
April 25, 2018 — University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor Sarah Romano has earned a 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar grant to further study water management in rural areas of Nicaragua, where over 2.5 million people reside and are particularly vulnerable in a country susceptible to extreme climate conditions.
UNC Board of Trustees Announce Finalist for Next UNC President
April 10, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees announced today that Andrew “Andy” Feinstein, Ph.D., is the finalist to become the next president of the 129-year-old, doctoral research university.
UNC Class Startup Takes Third Place in State Competition
March 29, 2018 — A University of Northern Colorado student presentation of a startup business created as part of a Monfort College of Business class at the University of Northern Colorado resulted in a third- place finish in the 2018 University Startup Challenge on March 20 at the University of Denver.
Winners Announced in Ninth Annual UNC Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge
March 28, 2018 — Five winners of the ninth annual University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge were announced during the final competition Tuesday at the University Center on UNC’s campus. They received a total of $50,000 in prize money, and business incubator services from UNC BizHub, the business incubator at UNC.
UNC Scientist: Female Birds Sing, Too; Help Her Record More Instances
March 14, 2018 — When North American ornithologists hear a bird singing, they’re likely to assume it’s a male. But in many species, the females sing too — and a new commentary co-authored by University of Northern Colorado’s Lauryn Benedict argues that a better understanding of these unappreciated female songs could lead to advances in many aspects of bird biology. Benedict and co-author Karan Odom of Cornell University urge their colleagues to spread the word that female birds sing, to share resources, and to disseminate their findings. You don’t need to be a professional ornithologist in order to help expand knowledge of female song, either — Odom has created a website where any birdwatcher can upload their observations.
UNC Associate Professor to Appear on "Jeopardy!"
March 8, 2018 — Lynn Klyde-Allaman will appear as a contestant on "Jeopardy!" The segment featuring her is scheduled to be televised at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, on Fox (check local listings). The self-described trivia buff and associate professor of Journalism & Media Studies will become the second member of her family to appear on the game show.
National Taiwan Sport University Visits UNC to Explore Partnership Opportunities
March 5, 2018 — he agenda for the visit to UNC focused on expanding the current partnership to include study abroad exchanges, internships, visiting scholar opportunities and other mutually beneficial partnership activities.
UNC Instructor to Screen Her Film on Human Trafficking
February 28, 2018 — University of Northern Colorado's Emilie Upczak will screen her new film, “Moving Parts,” as part of the university's International Film Series. The screening will be held in the Lindou Auditorium in the Michener Library basement at 7 p.m. on March 7. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Upczak for audience members to discuss the film, filmmaking process, or any other questions.
MCB to Launch Fully Online MBA Program
February 23, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado has selected Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading comprehensive online service provider, to expand access to the Monfort College of Business’s Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program
Survey: UNC, Community Partnerships Exceed 130
February 12, 2018 — Over 130 community partnerships exist between the University of Northern Colorado and community, providing students with a host of opportunities for engaged learning outside of the classroom, according to a survey conducted by the Office of Engagement, in collaboration with UNC’s Social Reach Lab, and with support from a collective impact grant from the University of Denver.
UNC One of Two Universities Selected to Partner on National Collaborative
January 26, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado has been selected as one of two partner universities in the Active Schools national collaborative to address physical inactivity and obesity among youth.
UNC Faculty Author Writes Book on Embracing Culture Shock to Bridge Divides
January 12, 2018 — Contemplative anthropologist and mindfulness teacher Michael J. Kimball has a new book for people who want to bridge cultural divides. It’s called Ethnowise: Embracing Culture Shock to Build Resilience, Responsiveness & Connection.
UNC Group Joins Multi-University Effort to Establish Hearing Conservation Program in Guatemala
January 10, 2018 — A group of faculty and students led by University of Northern Colorado Professor Deanna Meinke implemented a hearing conservation program at a sugar mill in Guatemala last month.
UNC’s 36th Annual Arts Gala Puts Students Center Stage
January 5, 2018 — UNC’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is hosting the 36th annual Gala on Saturday, February 10th at the Union Colony Civic Center. Themed “A Celebration of Student Artists,” the event is a showcase of diverse talent from each of the College’s three Schools: the School of Art and Design, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre Arts and Dance.
UNC's Fall 2017 Graduating Class: By the Numbers
December 8, 2017 — A look at some of the numbers from the fall 2017 commencement ceremonies.
UNC Researcher’s Winning Bat Photo Takes Internet by Storm
October 10, 2017 — A stunning image of a bat fetus produced by University of Northern Colorado Professor Rick Adams is circulating widely online after placing 15th out of 2,000 entries submitted from 88 countries in Nikon’s annual Small World contest.
Reading for a Change: UNC Researcher’s Program Seeks to Strengthen Bonds Between Inmates and Their Children
October 6, 2017 — Kyle Ward, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, and undergraduate and graduate students who volunteer for the “Reading for a Change” program visit the Weld County jail weekly to record inmates reading children’s books.
GPS+ Announced As Name for New Integrated Student Services Center
October 4, 2017 — The University of Northern Colorado’s future integrated student services center received its permanent name and logo this week.
UNC's Monfort College of Business Seeks Colorado-based Entrepreneurs
September 26, 2017 — The $50,000 competition is open to pre-launch or early stage, Colorado-based startup ventures. Applications are now available at mcb.unco.edu/e-challenge and will be accepted until Monday, Nov. 13.
UNC President Kay Norton to Retire in June
September 12, 2017 — University of Northern Colorado President Kay Norton announced during her annual State of the University Address today that she will retire as president at the end of June.
Study: Doping in Sports Pervasive
September 7, 2017 — More elite athletes than previously thought are cheating by evading traditional biological drug testing, according to a University of Northern Colorado professor who contributed to groundbreaking research on the topic.
Study: $2.4 Billion Local Income Boost from Northern Colorado Public Colleges and Universities
August 29, 2017 — LOVELAND - The four public colleges and universities in Northern Colorado added $2.4 billion in income to the economy of Larimer and Weld Counties and provided an impressive return on investment in the fiscal year 2015-16, according to the results of a new economic impact study released today at the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance meeting.
UNC Again Hosting Teachers from Pakistan for Professional Development
August 28, 2017 — For the sixth consecutive year, UNC's School of Teacher Education is hosting English teachers from Pakistan as part of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board.
In Photos: Installation of Exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum
August 28, 2017 — See photos of the mockup exhibit co-produced by UNC Audiology & Speech-Language Sciences professors Don Finan and Deanna Meinke for the Musical Instrument Museum, which boasts a collection of 6,500 instruments including those from a host of legendary artists including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
Watch: UNC Student Detector Takes Flight During Eclipse
August 22, 2017 — A device created by UNC students to measure particles in the upper atmosphere went up in a NASA weather balloon during Monday's solar eclipse. Watch the launch, captured in video above by Assistant Professor Charles Kuehn, that took place in Camp Guernsey in southeastern Wyoming.
First UNC Honors Alum Gives Back to Future Educators
August 16, 2017 — A gift from alumnus Paul Heidger ’63, along with a matching grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, to provide $113,000 investment in UNC’s Honors Program.
UNC Student Project Selected to be Aboard NASA Balloon During Solar Eclipse
August 14, 2017 — A unique project conceived and designed by UNC Physics and Astronomy students will be aboard a NASA high-altitude balloon that will be launched during the solar eclipse Aug. 21.
Listen Up: Arizona Musical Instrument Museum to Feature UNC Faculty Exhibit
August 7, 2017 — An exhibit being developed by University of Northern Colorado faculty will take up permanent residence in the same museum that displays instruments from the likes of Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
UNC Biology Class, BLM Partner to Protect Endangered Plants
July 25, 2017 — University of Northern Colorado students last week worked alongside Bureau of Land Management botanist Carol Dawson to collect data aimed at protecting two endangered plants: Osterhout's Milkvetch and Fenland's Beardtongue.
In Photos: Tour of Campus Commons Site
July 19, 2017 — A tour Wednesday organized by Provost Robbyn Wacker of the Campus Commons construction site afforded the opportunity for an up-close look at the progress of UNC's signature project. When completed and occupied in fall 2018, the showcase building will offer a unique integrated student support function and state-of-the-art space for UNC's world-class performing and visual arts programs in addition to being the starting point for campus tours and all visitors.
Expert: Activity Dips, Weight Creeps up in Summer
July 14, 2017 — The summer slide isn’t limited to academics, according to a nationally-known expert who delivered a keynote presentation Friday on childhood obesity at UNC’s Physical Activity Leadership Academy.
Public Health Meets Public Art
July 14, 2017 — Colorado School of Public Health alumna Rachel Freeman, MPH ’14, is making her mark in public health. She is part of a team, which includes alumni artist Armando Silva BA '10, has recently transformed the exterior wall of a vacant building in northern Colorado into a colorful statement of health advocacy.
Study Led by UNC Researcher Shows Post-Exercise Benefits of Dairy Supplement for Cancer Survivors
July 13, 2017 — "Kefir may be a great way for cancer survivors to enjoy a post-exercise dairy drink in the future," said lead investigator Laura K. Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado, School of Sport and Exercise Science.
Sports Illustrated Documents UNC Student-Athlete's Path to the Azerbaijan National Team
July 13, 2017 — July 13, 2017 — Born in the U.S. to American parents, University of Northern Colorado's Jordan Davis had one reaction to an invitation to join Azerbaijan's U20 national team: "You can just do that?"
UNC Rural Education Center Featured in National Story
July 12, 2017 — "Most student teachers think that it would be really great to be in the bright lights of the big cities.... But the reality is there are great opportunities for teachers who would commit to student teaching in rural districts. We want to offer this as an incentive for them." — Center Director Harvey Rude to Christian Science Monitor
Video: UNC Professor Addresses Hearing Loss, Prevention at CDC
June 26, 2017 — Hear what UNC Professor Deanna Meinke has to say in the CDC panel discussion on global epidemic.
UNC Helping Build a Model for Healthier K-12 Schoolchildren
June 21, 2017 — A Colorado Health Foundation-funded project being led by the University of Northern Colorado aims to get K-12 students healthier and more active in their classrooms throughout the school day.
UNC Group to Conduct Research During 290-Mile River Expedition in Canadian Arctic
June 20, 2017 — University of Northern Colorado Professor Jimmy Dunn is leading a group that includes students on a 290-mile river expedition of the Canadian Arctic.