#BearTuesday 2018 was a smashing success! Thanks to more than 160 generous donors,
UNC raised more than $25,000, breaking last year's record and making this the best
Current UNC students also had a special opportunity to get involved and give back
on #BearTuesday this year. At various locations throughout campus, students were asked
the question: “If you had $500 to give to UNC, where would you give it?”
More than 450 students responded that they would designate their $500 to programs,
departments, and services throughout every corner of campus. Out of all the entries,
two campus causes were randomly selected to receive donations of $500 on behalf of
the students who nominated them!
The first recipient of this special gift is the Center for Human Enrichment (CHE),
which was nominated by Lizbeth Cortez-Contreras, a second-year student in Pre-Nursing
“I chose to nominate the Center for Human Enrichment because this program really made
me feel at home when I first came to UNC. I want CHE to keep helping and assisting
upcoming freshman and current students at UNC, just like they have and will continue
to help me,” Cortez-Contreras says.
The Center for Human Enrichment provides participants with the care, encouragement
and support they need to be successful at the University of Northern Colorado. Each
year CHE accepts approximately 70 new participants into the program. To be eligible,
students must identify as a first-generation college student and meet federal income
guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education.
CHE provides important services to these UNC students, including tutoring sessions,
financial literacy resources, and participation in conferences and workshops. Every
year they work to create new and meaningful opportunities for the students they serve.
“This gift will help us look at ways to continue sending students to professional
conferences,” Director of CHE Shawanna Kimbrough-Hayward says. “We’re limited in what
we can actually use our federal grant dollars for and student travel gets really sticky.
This gift will help us continue to provide other growth opportunities, so it’s exciting.”
For several years, CHE has worked hard to raise money for a small group of students
to attend the Hispanic Association of Colleges Professional Conference. The cost to
attend the conference is approximately $1,500 per student, but the rewards and opportunities
“The whole process was so transformative for the students,” says Flora Powells, coordinator
of CHE advising services. “Some of them had never seen the ocean before. Some of them
had never flown on a plane before, so it was really cool to give them those firsts
and they still talk about it to this day. We had two business majors who went, and
they got interviews on the spot, so it was huge for them. It was a really wonderful
process and it was great that we had so many go. Now we’ll see how many we’re able
to take this year.”
The second lucky beneficiary of this special #BearTuesday gift is the Department of
Geography and GIS, which was nominated by first-year Economics student Tom Bauer.
“I chose to nominate the Department of Geography & GIS for the donation because during
class one day Dr. Dunn mentioned a field study course that would take place over the
summer and I thought the $500 would be very helpful for the department in funding
this course or others like it,” Bauer says.
“This money may help out the department as well as students who are trying to further
their education. I hope this donation can make things like field studies more attainable
for students interested in participating.”
The opportunity Bauer is referring to is a summer field course, “Western Colorado
Rivers”, in which students go on a three-day river canoe trip after successfully completing
four weeks of course work. While on the trip, students complete field work and analyze
the geography of rivers in Western Colorado. These students apply conceptual skills
that address environmental issues by using specialized equipment, maps, data storage
devices, and field sampling methods.
“I was thrilled and honored that Tom saw the value of experiential education and saw
the opportunity to make that experience attainable for other students who might be
facing financial obstacles,” says Dr. James Dunn, Department Chair of Geography and
GIS. “I’m going to be able to take that money and reduce the price of the program
for everyone enrolled in the course. This is my 20th year teaching and you rarely
see a student who sees the bigger picture like that.”
Thank you again for making this the best #BearTuesday yet, and Go Bears!