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Great. From the Ground Up - University of Northern Colorado


Big Sky Athletes of the Week

The Big Sky Conference has selected the men's and women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week.  Three University of Northern Colorado student-athletes were recognized.  Rachel Hinker set the indoor school record in the long jump and also set the second fastest time in school history for the 55-meter dash.  Isaiah Grady took first in the men's 55-meter dash, while Trevor Evanson was named men's Field Athlete of the Week in the high jump, jumping 6 feet, 11-and-a-half inches.


Delloitte FanTAXtic Regional Winners

A team of five accounting students from the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business has won the 2013 Deloitte FanTAXtic Regional Case Competition, beating teams from Michigan State, DePaul, Loyola and the University of Illinois.  The team solved a complex tax case and presented to a panel of judges.


Arts Grant Awarded

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $25,000 grant to support research and professional development for K-12 teachers through the Center for Integrated Arts Education.  UNC was the only university in Colorado to receive a grant of this kind.


World Record Holder in Lifting

Congratulations to UNC student Lucian York for winning the International Powerlifting League world title in the 198-pound class.  He also set the world record for his weight and age division.  He lifted a total of 1,444 pounds which includes a deadlift of 562 lbs., a 540 lb. squat and a 342 lb. bench.  Lucian trains at Team Tom Fitness at the Greeley Mall.


National Soccer Coaches Academic Award

With a 3.27 team GPA, the Northern Colorado Women's soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's academic award for the 4th straight season; this is the 11th time overall that UNC student-athletes have earned the recognition.


Barden Named Big Sky Player of the Week

UNC Basketball Senior forward Derrick Barden was recognized with his second career Big Sky Player of the Week award for his outstanding play against Kansas State.


Math Leadership Award

Jerry Overmyer, outreach coordinator for UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, has received the Colorado Council of Teachers of Math Leadership Award for his contributions working with educators to improve mathematics learning for students.


UNC Cumbres Program Recognized by National Publication

Excelencia in Education has recognized the University of Northern Colorado's Cumbres teacher preparation program.  Each year, Excelencia releases the "What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium."  Excelencia was established in 2005 to identify and honor programs and departments that improve achievement for Latino students.


Top 25 Poll Recognition

After their big win against defending Big 12 Champions Kansas State, the UNC men's basketball team was rewarded with cracking the Mid Major Top 25 Poll.  This marks the second time in the last four seasons that UNC's basketball program has ranked amongst the top 25 mid-major programs in the country.


UNC Players of the Week

Congratulations to the following Univeristy of Northern Colorado athletes: Gina Riggle, a senior from Eaton, CO, was named Western Athletic Conference Swimmer fo the Week; Freshman, Ashley Guthrie was named the Big Sky conference Volleyball Player of the Week; Sophomore, Amanda Myers was selected as the Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week; Sophomore, Rikki Gonzalez became UNC's first ever All-Conference Cross Country runner by finishing in the top 10; Senior, Danielle Birdsall was awarded her second Big Sky Player of the Week honor; Ambree Belin was nominated for Defensive Player; and finally UNC's women's soccer continues to be honored by the Big Sky conference, placing an athlete in every position but one of the All-Conference first team.  Natalie D'Adamio earned her second straight Goalkeeper fo the Year Award.  Tara Rickenbach and Juliana Grove took midfielder and forward honors respectively.


Big Sky Player of the Week Designation

University of Northern Colorado women's soccer player Natalie D'Adamio has been named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week.  She was also named to the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer classic All-Tournament team.


UNC Women's Basketball Top 25 Academic Honor Roll

UNC women's basketball, which played in the Big Sky Conference championship game for the 2nd straight year and advanced to the Second Round of the WNIT, has grabbed the 25th spot in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 honor roll with a 3.365 grade-point average.  This is the 5th time in the past 6 years they have been on the list.


UNC Football Athletes Earn Preseason Awards

The University of Northern Colorado football team continues to earn accolades as four Bears are represented on Phil Steele's Preseason All-Conference and All-American teams, and five were tabbed by College Sports Madness on its Preseason All-Conference team.


Gilder Hehrman History Scholar Award

University of Northern Colorado senior Owen Volzke is one of 15 winners of the 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award.  Selected from candidates across the country, Volzke was recognized as an outstanding graduating college senior who demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American History and American Studies.


UNC Among Nation's Most Affordable

The University of Northern Colorado's online degree programs have been ranked among the nation's most affordable, with graduates who go on to successful careers.  Affordable Colleges Online, a resource for students as they consider options in higher education, analyzed several thousand four-year colleges that offer an online degree program and ranked the top 54, with UNC coming in at 43.


PEAK Awards Swept by UNC Students

Five students at the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business have captured awards at the American Marketing Association PEAK Awards competition in June.  This is the second year that students from the Monfort College of Business have swept the student competition.


Monfort College Students Continue Winning Tradition

For the 10th straight year, graduating seniors at the Monfort College of Business have scored in the top-10 percent of business students across the nation on the Educational Testing Service major field test in business.  Seniors have scored in the top 4 to 10-percent nationwide since 2003-04 academic year.


UNC Alumna Nominated for White House Post

President Barack Obama has nominated Katherine Archuleta as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.  If confirmed, she would be the first Latina to head the agency which oversees and sets policies for the federal government's civil service workforce.


UNC Baseball Great West Conference Champs

The University of Northern Colorado Baseball team has made their mark ... they worked hard achieving a huge winning streak at the end of the season which helped them clinch the Great West Conference regular-season title and allowed them to move into the Conference Tournament as a No. 1 seed.  We'd like to congratulate Head Coach Carl Iwasaki and assistant coaches Patrick Perry, R.D. Spiehls and John Haefeli, and most importantly all of the student athletes on their outstanding season and awesome post season tournament play.  Your accomplishments helped create the best season ever for the Bears after UNC's move to Division 1.  Your hard work and success are a positive reflection on the students, the coaches, UNC's baseball program, and the entire community.  We're looking forward to the program's move to the Western Athletic Conference next year.


UNC Chemist a Young Observer Fellow

UNC Associate Professor Robin Macaluso is one of 10 chemists nationwide selected as a Young Observer Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences.  Young Observer Fellows are chosen as a new generation of distinguished researchers who will address international scientific policy issues.  Robin also leads a grant-funded project exploring the next generation of efficient lighting.


UNC Graduate Earns Geological Grant

Adam LeWinter, a graduate researcher at Northern Colorado has earned a $1,500 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey.  His proposal to study the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii was one of three projects in the nation selected for the 2013 Kleinman Grant.  You may recognize Adam's name - his work was featured in the acclaimed TV documentary Chasing Ice.  He will be conducting research alongside a team that includes UNC Professor Steven Anderson, an internationally renowned volcanologist.


UNC Jazz/Symphony Orchestra Best in Country

The country's leading jazz publication, DownBeat magazine, named UNC's Jazz I Lab Band as the Best College Big Band and the University Symphony Orchestra as Best College Classical Ensemble in the 36th Annual Student Music Awards.  The Lab Band has won seven DownBeat awards in the past 9 years.  This is the 10th time the University Symphony Orchestra has been named the best.


Oosdyke Named to USA All-Star Team

University of Northern Colorado senior forward Lauren Oosdyke was named to the NetScouts USA All-Star Team.  As a result, she was able to compete in China, in a three-game tournament against teams from Australia, Brazil and China.


Big Sky Honors

UNC senior men's tennis player Brandon Lupo became the first Big Sky All-Conference First Team selection in school history.  And freshman Claire Uhle and sophomore Ben Gendron were honorable mention picks.


Capital One Academic All-District Teams

Three Northern Colorado student-athletes were selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District baseball and softball teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  They include softball senior Jamie Pollak and baseball seniors Ben Packard and Brooks Schneider.


SAAC Big Sky Conference Cup

After a season-long conference-wide competition, the University of Northern Colorado Student-Athlete Advisory Committee laid claim to the Big Sky Conference's second annual Conference Cup.  UNC's committee members competed in three community service projects: A T-shirt drive; a shoe collection; and volunteer hours.  They collected 1,462 T-shirts, 598 pairs of shoes, and contributed 3,098 volunteer hours.


UNC Athletes Receive Recognition

UNC athletes have had many successes, starting with senior Carleigh Silvers who was selected to the Women's Golf All-Conference First Team, her second first team selection.  Two UNC baseball players received honors as well.  Great West Player of the Week honors went to junior Nick Miller and College Sports Madness Player of the Week honors went to junior Colby Harrison.


Big Sky Player of the Week

University of Northern Colorado junior Stephanie Catlin was named the Big Sky Conference's Co-Women's Tennis Player of the Week - her first weekly honor.  With Stephanie's recent wins, the Bears clinched a berth in the Big Sky Championships.


Great West Player of the Week

University of Northern Colorado baseball pitcher Josh Tinnon has been honored as both the Great West Conference and College Sports Madness Great West Pitcher of the Week.


UNC Players of the Week Recognized

University of Northern Colorado women's basketball had an outstanding year in the Big Sky Conference as well as a big win over Wyoming in the WNIT.  Congratulations to the team and coaches.  Individual athletes at UNC continue to shine as well.  For the third time this season, junior D'shara Strange was named College Sports Madness' Big Sky Player of the Week.  D'shara and teammate Lauren Oosdyke were also awarded Women's Basketball All-Conference awards with D'shara named Big Sky Defensive Most Valuable Player for the second straight year and Lauren earning Second Team honors.  Senior Lindsey Smith was named Hitter of the Week in women's softball and junior Nick Miller was honored as the co-Great West Conference Baseball Player of the Week.  And, finally, men's basketball juniors Derrick Barden and Tate Unruh were both named to the Big Sky All-Conference squads.


Monfort Institute Director Honored for Research

John Lathem, the director of the Monfort Institute of Management, has been awarded the Gryna Award by the American Society of Quality. This award recognizes his paper "Management System Design for Sustainable Excellence: Framework, Practices and Considerations".  The award is given annually for the paper with the largest impact on furthering the understanding of quality management methods.


National Award Sounds Good

The University of Northern Colorado is among the winners of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards, by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association.  This innovation award honors the university for its collaboration on Dangerous Decibels, a multi-faceted, evidence-based intervention program dedicated to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.


Distinguished Educator Award

University of Northern Colorado special assistant to the president for equity and diversity, Anita Fleming-Rife, has been honored with the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award by the national Education Center.  Anita is being honored for her work representing the university in community discussions about diversity, equity and climate.


Wise Women Award

Katrina Rodriguez, UNC's assistant vice president for student engagement and dean of students, has been awarded the Wise Woman Award from the American College Personnel Association.  She was selected based on her contributions to women in student affairs and on her efforts to promote the professional and personal development of women.


Big Sky Recognition

University of Northern Colorado Junior forward Derick Barden has been named the Big Sky Conference Co-Player of the Week - his first award as a Bear.


Lifetime Achievement Award

David Stotlar, UNC's Director of the School of Sport and Exercise Science, has been selected by the Southern Sport Management Association to receive the 2013 Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award at their April conference.  He has been a professor at UNC for over 25 years and has published more than 90 articles and written 50 textbooks and book chapters.


Online Graduate Education Program Among Nation's Best

U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Northern Colorado's online Master of Education degree program among the best of its kind in the nation.  UNC's program ranked 9th among the 208 evaluated and was the top-rnaked program in Colorado.


Monfort College of Business Continues Accreditation

UNC's Monfort College of Business has earned business and accounting program accreditations from AACSB International and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Fewer than 5 percent of business schools across the globe earn these accreditations.  The Monfort College of Business has been accredited for 10 years.


Big Sky Recognition

University of Northern Colorado women's basketball forward Lauren Oosdyke has been named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week by both the league office and College Sports Madness.  This is the third time Lauren has been honored by the Big Sky Conference.  In men's basketball, Tate Unruh was selected as the conference's Co-Player of the Week, marking the first time this season that a men's basketball player was honored as the Big Sky's best of the week and Tate's first time garnering the honor.


Tree Campus USA

The University of Northern Colorado was recently recognized as a 2012 Tree Campus USA.  This Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North American, Inc. program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.


Migel Medal Award

University of Northern Colorado special education professor Kary Ferrell has been awarded the 2013 American Foundation for the Blind Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field.  Ferrell has received numerous state and national awards for her work with, and on behalf of, children who are blind or visually impaired.



UNC Big Sky Recognition

University of Northern Colorado student athletes put UNC on the map in November.  Recent recognitions include: Three football players - Dominic Gunn, Co-Special Team Player of the Week, 2012 All-Conference Football First Team Special Teams and All-Conference Football First Team Offense; Seth Lobato, Football College Sporting News National All-Star of the Week, National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter Player of the Week, College Sports Madness Big Sky and The ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week; and Marcel Gibbons, Big Sky Tri-Defensive Player of the Week and National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter of the week. Two Soccer standouts - Natalie D'Adamio, Goalkeeper of the Year and the 2012 All-Conference First Team; and Adrienne Jordan, 2012 All-Conference First Team.  And finally, in Golf - Steven Kupcho earned the Colorado Golf Association Les Fowler 2012 Player of the Year award.  Congrats to all of these student athletes!


UNC Mortar Board Chapter Wins Gold Torch Award

The University of Northern Colorado's Mortar Board chapter has received the national Golden Torch Award, presented to the most exceptional chapters that exceed standards, accomplish significant results in chapter management and contribute meaningful service to their institutions.  UNC's chapter was also recognized for teaming up with Colorado College, Colorado State University, the University of Denver, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming to clean up the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs.  Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors.


Women's Volleyball Team Takes Big Sky Conference Title

Go Bears!  After an outstanding year of play and academic achievement, the UNC Women's Volleyball team won the Division I Big Sky conference tournament, which was held in Greeley this year.  That earned the team a spot in the NCAA tournament among the top 64 teams nationwide.   Congratulations and thanks to these student-athletes and coaches for representing Greeley and UNC so well.


Pre-season Player and Coach of the Year

College Sports Madness has named UNC women's basketball coach Jaime White as the Pre-season Coach of the Year and junior guard D'shara Strange as Pre-season Player of the Year.  The UNC women started their season on November 2.


UNC Music Professor Selected to Conduct in Japan

UNC Music Professor Richard Mayne will serve as an invited guest conductor of the Musashino Wind Ensemble at the prestigious Musashino Academy in Tokyo, Japan.  Ten weeks of rehearsals will culminate in December with a Tokyo concert hall performance followed by a professional recording studio session.  The Academy is a college-level conservatory founded in 1929.  As an indication of its size, the piano program alone includes 55 faculty and 1,000 students.  Richard serves as UNC's associate director of bands and director of UNC's Pride of the Rockies marching band.


Big Sky Players of the Week

University of Northern Colorado athletes are getting noticed by the Big Sky Conference.  Several have been listed as Players fo the Week, including: Volleyball player Kelley Arnold as Co-Player of the Week - this is her 5th time earning this specific honor.  Marissa Hughes and Tambre Haddock were also recognized.  In soccer, defender Adrienne Jordan earned the Defensive Player of the Week along with goalkeeper Natalie D'Adamio.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom McNally, professor of Theatre Arts and artistic director for the Little Theatre of the Rockies at the University of Northern Colorado has received the Colorado Theatre Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award.  Tom was also named Higher Education Educator of the Year last year by the Alliance for Colorado Theatre.


2012 Project Team Award

UNC Professor Emeritus and University Research Fellow Bob Brunswig is a recipient of the 2012 Project Team Award from the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit.  Since 2003, Bob has been involved in excavations in North Park near Walden, Colorado.  These digs have revealed the earliest prehistoric Ute Indian site in the Rocky Mountain region.  He will share the award with colleague Frederic Sellet of the University of Kansas.


Greeley Professor Wins National Award

UNC Professor George Junne is the winner of the 2012 Strimple Award from the Council of the Paleontological Society.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement by someone who doesn't make a full-time living in paleontology.  Professor Junne has been involved in archaeological work, primarily in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, since 1981 and has had three new species named after him.


Rising Youth Professional

University of Northern Colorado assistant professor of African studies and social sciences Travis Boyce has been honored as a rising young professional in academia, government and industry by The Leadership Alliance.  The Alliance is a consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning that include the leading research and teaching colleges and universities in the United States.


Professor Receives Two National Awards

UNC Professor of Special Education, Kay Ferrell, has received two national awards recognizing her many contributions to the field of special education.  The Josephine L. Taylor Award and the Mary Kay Bauman Award were presented to her by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Former UNC Quarterback Going for Gold

Former University of Northern Colorado quarterback Dominic Breazeale, who played football for UNC from 2006-2007, qualified for a spot as a super-heavyweight on the U.S. National Boxing Team with his runner-up finish at the America's Qualifier tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Here's hoping Dominic is able to bring home gold from London.


AquaBears Listed as Scholar All-America Team

The Northern Colorado women's swimming and diving team was recently awarded a place on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America 2012 Scholar All-America Team.  The AquaBears have been named to the squad for three consecutive semesters.


UNC Faculty Member Receives ACS Grant

University of Northern Colorado faculty member David Hydock has been awarded a 3-year, $421,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to research ways to minimize the side effects of chemotherapy.  He, along with other UNC researchers and School of Sports Medicine professor Reid Hayward, will be looking at factors that lead to severe fatigue in cancer patients and investigate the benefits of exercise.


UNC Student Receives Melanie Foundation Scholarship

UNC psychology doctoral student, Katherine Sanchez Castejon, has been awarded a $2,500 Melanie Foundation scholarship.  Katherine has volunteered at Greeley West High and has traveled to Guatemala to educate teachers about trauma and grief.  The scholarship is named after Melanie Merola O'Donnell, who coordinated and managed 28 crisis response teams in New York City and 18 teams in Washington, DC following 9-11.


Collegiate Baseball Honors UNC Outfielder

Dubbed the "Flyin' Hawai'in" by his coaches for his spectacular diving catches, University of Northern Colorado freshman outfielder Jensen Park has been honored as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.  He also earned Great West All-Conference Second Team honors.  Jensen is the first Bear honored on the Collegiate Baseball team since 2010 and is one of only two Great West Conference players honored this year.


Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for Women's Basketball

The UNC women's basketball team earned a top-25 spot in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Honor Roll.  This marks the 4th time in five years that the women's team has received the honor.  This year the team finished 12th, with a 3.421 average GPA.


Graduate Program Ranked in Top 5 Worldwide

The Sport Administration graduate program at UNC is one of only two in the U.S. to make the top 5 in Sport Business magazine's rankings.  UNC graduates currently work in the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the Olympics and Paralympics, and in numerous college athletic departments.


UNC Professor Chosen President-Elect

UNC Monfort College of Business Assistant Dean Sharon Clinebell was elected president-elect of the national Academy of Business Education.  The Academy is dedicated to enhancing business education.


College of Business Students in Top 4%

Graduating seniors at the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business have scored in the top 4 percent collectively in a nationally administered standardized test.  This is the 9th consecutive year graduating seniors have scored in the top 4-10%.


UNC Women's Golf Take Conference Title

Congratulations to the University of Northern Colorado women's golf team for winning its first Big Sky Conference tournament title.  The top two finishers at the tournament were sisters, Carleigh and Chelsea Silvers, both of UNC.  The team is headed to their first NCAA Division I Regional competition.


UNC's Munchy Mart Design Earns National 'Best in the Business' Award

Munchy Mart at UNC was one of five campus convenience stores in the nation to be awarded the 2012 "Best in Business" award for excellence by the National Association of College and University Food Services.  Munchy Mart was recognized in the "New Store Design Innovation" category by judges representing Food Management Magazine and PepsiCo.


Big Sky Selects UNC Players

UNC men's basketball senior Mike Proctor has earned a spot on the All Big Sky Honorable Mention team.  He is the 11th UNC player since 2006 to earn All Big Sky honors.  UNC women's basketball sophomore D'shara Strange was selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the league's 2011-2012 All Big Sky Conference First Team.  Teammates Kaisha Brown and Lauren Oosdyke both earned Honorable Mentions.


UNC Swimming and Diving Program Earns Honors

UNC's swimming and diving program capped off its 2011-2012 regular season with individual and team honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and College Swimming Coaches Association of America.  The Bears earned three all-conference awards from the MPSF and were one of 165 NCAA Division I programs to earn a Scholar All-America Team award from the Coaches Association.  The CSCAA Scholar All America award is presented to the college and university swimming and diving teams across the country that have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 higher.


UNC Barerra is Coach of the Year

University of Northern Colorado's head coach Tim Barerra has been named the 2011 Big Sky Soccer Coach of the Year in a vote by the league's eight head coaches.  Tim has completed his 13th season in Greeley as head coach, his sixth season in Division I, and led Northern Colorado to its first Big Sky Conference regular season co-title.  The Bears were the No. 1 seed in 2011 and hosted the Big Sky Championship for the first time since joining the league in 2006.


Track Star Named Big Sky Athlete

For the second time this season, University of Northern Colorado junior sprinter Evan Taylor has been named the Big Sky Conference male track athlete of the week.  Evan is the defending Big Sky Conference champion in the 200 meters and holds the school record in the event.


Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Adds Beitzel & Carbajal

Former UNC Basketball standout Devin Beitzel has been named the state's 2011 Male Collegiate Athlete of the year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.  Devin, who led the Bears to the first NCAA tournament appearance in school history, averaged 21.5 points per game last season, and was named the MVP of the Big Sky Conference.  Also inducted is Greeley native Frank Carbajal who played basketball and baseball for UNC from 1958 to 1961.  As a Division I all-region pitcher in 1960, he helped the Bears to a pair of College World Series appearances.  He then coached for 41 years at high schools and community colleges, accumulating more than 500 basketball wins.  They will join other Athlete of the Year selections, including Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, elite swimmer Missy Franklin and hockey standout Peter Forsberg.


Faculty Receives CDE Grant

University of Northern Colorado faculty research project director Elysia Clemens and researchers Lisa Rue, Robyn Hess, Sonja Rizzolo and John Froiland, have been selected by the Colorado Department of Education to develop, design and implement an evaluation system for five federal and state funded programs.  The three-year, $179,000 contract will allow them to review current practices and provide a recommended framework for measuring outcomes for dropout prevention and student engagement programs for at-risk students.


Graduate Students Score High

Graduate students in UNC's Professional Counseling programs achieved scores on the National Counselor Examination for licensure and certification that were significantly above the national average and significantly above the average for other accredited programs.  The examination tested knowledge in a range of areas, including Human Growth and Development, Group Work, Appraisal, and Professional Orientation and Ethics.


Nursing Professor Recognized by Vietnam's Ministry of Health

Faye Hummel, professor of Nursing at the University of Northern Colorado, was recently recognized by Vietnam's Ministry of Health for her leadership in establishing the first and only master's of science nursing program in their country.  Hummel was recognized by Vietnam's University of Medicine and Pharmacy for her contribution to Vietnamese medical education and for her tutoring of Vietnamese students over the past two decades.  Vietnamese officials noted that nursing education and practice in Vietnam has improved drastically as a result of Hummel's work. (Hummel also volunteers her time to co-direct the Friendship Bridge Nurses Group, a non-governmental organization that partners with Vietnamese educators and policymakers to advance the profession of nursing and improve health care in Vietnam.  In addition to developing the master's program, Hummel and her colleagues have sponsored nine nurses from Vietnam on study tours of nursing education and practice in the United States.  The exchange program has allowed Vietnamese nurses to benefit from the knowledge of the U.S. nursing system.) 




Professor Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Charmayne Cullom, professor of Computer Information Systems at the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business, has been honored by the International Information Management Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award.


Monfort College Seniors Score in Top 4 Percent

Graduating seniors at the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business scored in the top 4 percent collectively on a nationally administered standardized test for business students.  All Monfort College of Business students must take the "Major Field Test in Business" in their final year of study.  Monfort seniors have scored in the top 4 to 10 percent every year since 2003.  More than 32,000 students take the exam nationwide in the areas of accounting, finance, quantitative business analysis, management, marketing, legal/social environment, international business and economics.


UNC Authors Receive Book Award

A book authored by two University of Northern Colorado professors has received national attention from the annual Eric Hoffer Book Award.  Tracy Mueller and Robin Brewer, both associate professors of special education at UNC, authored the book "Strategies At Hand: Quick and Handy Positive Behavior Support Strategies" - a bookmark style, child-focused resource for teachers, parents and others who work with children.


UNC Women's Volleyball Name Conference and Tournament Champions

This is another incredible year for the UNC Bears volleyball team.  For the third year in a row, the Bears are the Big Sky Conference women's volleyball champions.  In addition, Coach Lyndsey Benson has been named the 2011 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.  The honor is the second for coach Benson.  That's not the only recognition the Bears have earned.  This year, Junior Kelly Arnold was named the Big Sky Conference's Most Valuable Player and was honored as the National Player of the Week from the Collegiate Volleyball Update for matches played between November 21-27.  Kelly is the first Northern Colorado player to earn that honor.  The Bears have a history of winning: they also won the Big Sky postseason title in 2009 and shared its 2010 regular-season title.  In Hawaii, the Bears lead all three sets against No. 3 Hawaii, but Rainbow Wahine edged them out.  We are proud of their efforts and representing our community so well.


Player of the Week

Northern Colorado's Lauren Oosdyke has been named the Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the games played the week of November 21-27.  This is Oosdyke's second career Player of the Week honor.


National Institutes of Health Grant Assists Professor

University of Northern Colorado Associate Professor Mark Thomas has received a second national grant this year to study how dopamine is regulated in the brain.  Disruptions in dopamine have been linked to schizophrenia.  The $349,000 grant comes from a division of the National Institutes of Health.


Grant Supports Amputees and Biomechanics Lab at UNC

University of Northern Colorado assistant professor of Sport and Exercise Science Jeremy Smith and colleagues Gary Heise, David Hydock, and Carole Schneider have been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation Program grant totaling over $348,000 in combined funding from the National Science Foundation and the university.  Jeremy's studies of movement in amputees fitted with prosthetics, has the potential to lead to better design of the devices and rehabilitation programs.  He and his colleagues will also examine the benefits of exercise on mitigating side effects of treatments for cancer survivors struggling with balance.  The Science Foundation portion of the grant, which will cover 70 percent of the project's total costs, is designed to help researchers purchase equipment that will improve their work in the Biomechanics Lab in UNC's Gunter Hall and at UNC's Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Center.


P.A.Y. it Forward Event Connects UNC Students to Community

More than 100 UNC students, local high school students and community members spent their Saturday morning on September 17 collecting 150 bags of trash in areas surrounding the university as part of the inaugural Bears P.A.Y. It Forward Community Clean Up ... the PAY standing for parks, alleys and yards.  The event was coordinated in an effort to help improve Greeley's University District.


Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry Honored for Research Achievements

Loretta Jones, professor emeritus of chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado, has been awarded the Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry from the American Chemistry Society.  Her pioneering work positively affected countless graduate students and fellow researchers, ranging from those who have been influenced by her research on multimedia and visualizations to her work in building the viability of chemical education research nationally and internationally.  She has also secured more than $7 million in grants and worked to build and sustain the Chemistry Education doctoral program.


Bears Assistant Coach Invited to National Team Camp

UNC Bears assistant soccer coach Nikki Marshal has been invited to a team camp for the U.S. women's national team.  Overall, 24 athletes were invited to the camp and Nikki is one of only two Colorado-born players invited.  Nikki already has a ton of international playing experience, as she was a member of the 2007 team that played in the Pan-American games in Rio de Janiero.  Nikki helped lead Team USA to the finals.


UNC Dean Receives Honorary Doctorate from University in Thailand

UNC's Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Eugene Sheehan has received an honorary doctorate from Burapha University in Thailand recognizing an international exchange program he created for faculty and graduate students from both universities.  In the past 2 years there have been 100 faculty and graduate students from Burapha attending UNC.  There are currently 6 doctoral students auditing courses in UNC's educational leadership program.


Player of the Week Honored

Northern Colorado junior Kelly Arnold has been honored as the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for matches played between September 26 and October 2.  This is Kelly's fourth career Big Sky Player of the Week award.


Sigma Delta Pi Named Honor Chapter

The University of Northern Colorado chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding community activities during the past year, marking the 5th consecutive year the chapter has received the recognition.  The UNC chapter has participated in cultural activities including the 7th Annual Hispanic Poetry Contest, Latin dances, canned food drives and holiday wrapping for School District 6 during the 2010-2011 school year.


UNC Receives Department of Education Grant

The University of Northern Colorado has been awarded a grant totaling over $1.8 million over 5 years from the US Department of Education for a national professional development program.  The program will improve instruction for students with limited English proficiency and will provide resources to educators who work with them.  UNC will be partnering with Centennial and Dos Rios elementary schools on the project as well as schools in Poudre School District and Denver Public Schools.


Spring All-Academic Teams Announced

The Big Sky and Great West Conferences have announced their spring All-Academic teams.  The University of Northern Colorado had 30 student-athletes named to the teams in baseball, women's golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field.


Science Project Heads to Space

A science project designed, engineered and built by a team of University of Northern Colorado physics students was launched into space in July.  While not the first UNC project to be launched by NASA, this was the first time one has entered the environment of outer space.  The project collected data that will be used to better understand a part of Earth's atmosphere normally not studied because space craft tend to pass through too fast and research balloons can't take data-gathering equipment high enough.  The UNC project was funded through NASA's Colorado Space Grant Consortium, which helps NASA develop the scientists who will play key roles in the country's future space exploration.


UNC Education Programs Re-Accredited

University of Northern Colorado education programs have received full re-accreditation from the National Council of Accreditation and Teacher Education.  The education programs are also accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Learning.


UNC Student's Receive Coveted U.S. Scholarships

Two University of Northern Colorado students are among 14 students from Colorado colleges selected to receive highly coveted U.S. Department of State scholarships to study abroad.  Ryan Ballard, a senior, will receive $4,500 to study in Taiwan.  Grant Thoresen, a junior, will receive a $5,000 award to study in Kazakhstan.  Funding is through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.  Approximately 2,300 scholarships are awarded annually.


Women's Basketball Academic Top 25

The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team has been named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the third time in four seasons.  The team has a combined 3.358 grade-point average making them one of three Big Sky Conference schools to rank among the top 25.


Monfort Students Score Nationally

Graduating seniors at the University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business scored in the top 10 percent collectively on a nationally administered standardized test given by the Educational Testing Services Major Field Test in Business.  Monfort students have scored in the top 5-10 percent of students every year since 2003.  They are tested in areas including accounting, finance, quantitative business analysis, management, marketing, legal/social environment, international business and economics.  All UNC College of Business students must complete the online exam in their final year of study.


El Pomar Grants Passed to Four Students

Four University of Northern Colorado President's Leadership Program students were selected by their peers in the El Pomar Scholars Program to earn a $1,000 state grant from the El Pomar Foundation.  The grant will support a project by Katy Nikkel, Gena Sturgon, Lexi Ververs and Lauren Koppel to benefit A Kid's Place of Weld County.


UNC Junior Drafted to Rockies

University of Northern Colorado Junior Jarod Berggren has been drafted in the 32nd round by the Colorado Rockies.  He is the first Bear to be drafted by the Rockies.  He is the 17th player in school history since 1965 to be selected to the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  Jarod was also named to the Great West All-Conference First Team this season.


Track & Field Standout Earns All0District Honors

University of Northern Colorado senior track & field standout Justine Sandersfeld capped her stellar college career by earning Capital One's Academic All-District 2nd-Team honors.  She is the 7th Northern Colorado student-athlete honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2010-11.  Justine is the school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor 400 meters and is a member of the school's 4x400 meter record holding relay team.  She is also a five-time Big Sky All-Academic selection.


Big Sky Announces All-Academic Teams

The Big Sky Conference has announced the members of the 2010-2011 Winter All-Academic teams for women's basketball, men's basketball and men's and women's indoor track and field.  The University of Northern Colorado had 24 student-athletes named to the team, including Devon Beitzel in men's basketball who was named a Capital One Academic All-American and Kaisha Brown in women's basketball, a Capital One Academic All-District selection.


UNC Music Programs Keep Tradition of Success

Over the last 30 years, the University of Northern Colorado music programs have upheld a grand tradition of success, winning over 100 awards.  Recently, UNC has taken home three awards from DownBeat Magazine.  UNC Jazz Lab Band I was recognized as the college winner for large jazz ensemble, the Vanguard Combo won for jazz group, and the UNC Symphony Orchestra was recognized as the college winner for classical group.  The Symphony Orchestra has won eleven awards over the last eleven years.


UNC's Beitzel Added to All-America First Team

Northern Colorado senior Devon Beitzel has been selected as one of five players on this year's Lowe's Senior Class All-America First Team.  Beitzel was one of 30 national semi-finalists for the prestigious award in November and one of just 10 finalists in January.  The Senior Class Award and subsequent honor teams are chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I head coaches, national media, and fans to honor the most outstanding senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I men's basketball.  The award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.


UNC Student Wins National Service Award

University of Northern Colorado Honors student, Rachel Rose Jackson, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship as one of just three winners in the 2011 National Students In Service Awards competition.  This award recognizes college students for their commitment to addressing social and environmental challenges.  Ms. Jackson was honored for her work, establishing a non-profit organization that serves women and children living on the streets of Ghana.  In addition to the scholarship, the Students in Service program will award UNC with a $2,500 grant to support civic engagement programs for students.


Fund Class Wins First at GAME Forum

The Student and Foundation Fund class at the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business won first place at the Global Asset Management Education forum at Quinnipiac University.  The class won in the Undergraduate Core Student Fund category, competing against students from 24 countries.  The students manage a portfolio of more than $1 million (actual dollars) donated to the UNC Foundation.  The program enables students to interact with business professionals while studying portfolio management and security analysis.


MVPs Abound

UNC Senior Devon Beitzel, one of the top scorers in the country, has been named the Big Sky Conference MVP.  Devon is the first UNC Bear to win the award.  Senior Neal Kingman earned a spot on the All-Big Sky Second Team and senior Chris Kaba received Honorable Mention.


UNC Men's Basketball Wins Big Sky

Way to go Bears!  The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team won the Division I Big Sky Conference title and the Big Sky Tournament - for the first time in the school's history.  They play the #2 seed San Diego Aztecs March 17 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


Brain Grant Awarded to Professor

Mark Thomas, University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, recently earned a $60,000 grant for his research on cognitive functions in the brain.  The grant was awarded by The Brain and Behavioral Research Fund of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.


Peace Corps Recognizes Volunteer Spirit at UNC

For the third year in a row, the University of Northern Colorado ranks in the top 25 on the Peace Corps annual college list.  UNC is 17th this year in the number of alumni with bachelor's degrees who currently volunteer with the international organization.  Since the inception of the Peace Corps 50 years ago, more than 500 UNC alumni have served.


UNC Professor of Chemistry Receives National Science Foundation Grant

University of Northern Colorado assistant professor of Chemistry, Robin Macaluso, has received the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant.  The grant is given to junior faculty who exemplify the teacher-scholar role through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.  The $460,000 5-year award will be used to enhance research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will work with Robin and researchers at national laboratories to develop a better understanding of magnetism and superconductivity in inter-metallic compounds.  The project also calls for UNC's Math and Science Institute to train high school chemistry teachers in developing K-12 solid-state chemistry instructional materials.


Oosdyke Name Big Sky Player of the Week

University of Northern Colorado's Lauren Oosdyke has been named the Big Sky player of the Week for games played January 10-16.  For the week, Lauren averaged 25.4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals per game.


UNC Faculty Awarded Archival Monitoring Grant

University of Northern Colorado library faculty members Jay Trask and Kay Lowell have been awarded a $3,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help fund the "Archival Environmental Monitoring for the James A. Michener Library" project.  The project will focus on developing an environmental monitoring system including humidity and temperature monitors for the archival, rare books and special collections of Mr. Michener for long-term preservation of his materials.


Beitzel Selected as Big Sky Winner

UNC's Devon Beitzel was selected as the Big Sky Conference men's basketball Player of the Week on January 3.  This is his fifth career Player of the Week honor.


Dean Appointed to State Board

Eugene Sheehan, dean of the UNC College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed to the State Leadership Academy Board by the Colorado Department of Education.  Dr. Sheehan will serve a three year term on the 14-member committee that advises the State Board of Education on topics that include recruitment of and professional development for current and future public schools principals.


Professor Receives Grant to Further Testing of Snake Venom

University of Northern Colorado Professor Stephen Mackessy recently earned a $50,480 bio-science grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade to further test and analyze the use of snake venoms in anti-cancer drugs.  His lab is one of a few in the world conducting bio-chemical analysis of venoms.  If the results hold up under further evaluation, there is potential for the development of drugs specifically for treatment of breast, colon and skin cancers.





Faculty Member Earns Hearing Conservation Award

University of Northern Colorado faculty member Deanna Meinke recently earned the Natalie Stukas Hearing Conservation Award from the Illinois Academy of Audiology.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement in clinical practice, consumer education, product development, or research in the area of hearing conservation.  Deanna's research includes the early detection and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.  She is leading research to develop testing for military personnel.  Noise-induced hearing impairment accounts for nearly 10 percent of the total number of disabilities among veterans.


Student Wins International Competition

Hayden Holbrook, University of Northern Colorado student and former Northridge High student, has won the 2010 International Drum Set Competition at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana in November.


UNC Vice President Appointed to Advisory Committee

University of Northern Colorado Senior Vice President and Provost Abe Harraf has been appointed to the advisory committee for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.  He will serve as the academic affairs representative.


UNC Receives Governor Energy Grant

The University of Northern Colorado is one of two state universities that has received a grant from the Governor's Energy Office to study energy efficiency among campus buildings.  the university was awarded $31,000 to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in existing buildings.  The certification emphasizes green landscapes, custodial practices, recycling, energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable purchasing practices and air quality.


UNC Assistant Professor Published

University of Northern Colorado assistant professor of Biological Sciences Chhandak Basu and grad student Brenda Thornton have co-authored an article that was published in Science Express, the electronic edition of Science magazine, which is known for articles written by Nobel Prize winners.  The article confirms the National Center for Atmospheric Research model which shows plants world-wide absorb more pollutants than previously thought - up to 36% more.


UNC Professor to Chosen for Crime Symposium

Philip Reichel, professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado, is one of four U.S. professors selected to participate in a symposium on Transnational Crime Prevention and Policing Strategies in Hangzhou, China.  Reichel will use research from the United Nations as well as research he conducted in Europe to explain the importance of countries working together to help prevent crimes such as human trafficking.  He will propose strategies such as information sharing and mutual legal assistance agreements as part of the solution.


UNC Receives Grant

A national leader in the field of teacher education, the University of Northern Colorado recently received a $1.2 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support and prepare math and science teachers to serve in high-need school districts, especially in rural areas.  Scholarships will be awarded through a competitive process to 22 qualified UNC upperclassmen majoring in STEM disciplines - Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.  In addition, 80 freshman and sophomores will receive paid internships that provide them with K-12 teaching and tutoring experiences.


Health Psychologist of the Year

Greeley psychologist Daniel Bruns, Psy.D., was named Health Psychologist of the Year by the American Psychological Association.  Bruns earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and has maintained a practice in Greeley for 25 years.


UNC Faculty Member Recipient of First Award

University of Northern Colorado's College of Natural and Health Sciences, School of Biological Sciences faculty member Chhandak Basu is the recipient of the first Biology Mentor Award given by the Council on Undergraduate Research at the assistant professor level.  The national award recognizes Basu's outstanding contributions as a student mentor and as an excellent role model for other mentors of undergraduate research students.


UNC Honor Society Honored

The University of Northern Colorado chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, has been named as Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2009 and 2010, marking the 3rd consecutive year the local chapter has received the recognition.  UNC's chapter also received the prestigious Octavio Paz award that was granted to only six chapters nationwide for maintaining Honor Chapter status for 3 years in a row.


Women's Basketball Team Tops Academically

The University of Northern Colorado Women's Basketball team has been hitting the books as well as the court.  The Bears were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll with a combined grade point average of 3.351.  The Bears rank 2nd overall among Big Sky schools.


UNC Residence Hall Wins - Again

The University of Northern Colorado's Residence Hall Association has received the National Association of College and University Residence Halls' School of the Year and Commitment to Diversity awards.  This is the second time UNC's residence hall association earned the two awards.  The diversity award is given to schools that involve student-directed, year-long, campus-wide commitments to awareness and education concerning diversity issues.


UNC Football Team Honored for Academics

The University of Northern Colorado football team is not only winning on the field but in the classroom.  The Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association has honored the Bears with one of its inaugural Academic Progress Rate Awards.  The awards recognize one institution at each of the 14 subdivision conferences for having the highest academic progress score.  The Bears had the highest score in the Big Sky Conference during the 2008-2009 academic year.


UNC Freshman named All-American

UNC Freshman, Mark Shannon, a pitcher and slugger for the UNC baseball team, has been selected as a Louisville Sluggers' Freshman All-American.  He is the first Freshman All-American in school history and the 14th UNC player to be named.  This season, Shannon hit .326, which included an 11-game hitting streak including six triples.  He also posted a 4.52 Earned Run Average.


UNC Graduate Earns Fellowship

Yeni Violeta Garcia, a UNC graduate student pursuing her doctorate in Biological Education, has been awarded a prestigious graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.  Yeni is one of 2,000 students offered the fellowship and the only scholar studying Biology Education.  She is the first UNC student to earn the award.  Ms. Garcia also developed a summer research program for girls at the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley and has worked with Dos Rios Elementary School helping teachers develop inquiry-based lesson plans for exploring science.


Orchestra, Jazz Combo Named Best Among Colleges

The country's leading jazz publication, DownBeat Magazine, has recognized the University of Northern Colorado's Music Program with eight awards for excellence, the most ever in one year in university history, including naming the symphony orchestra and jazz combo the best among colleges.  It is the 8th time in 11 years that UNC's symphony orchestra has earned the distinction.


UNC Professor Earns Regional Award

University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor Connie Stewart has been selected by the National Art Education Association to receive the 2010 Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award.  Connie teaches art history and art education classes and is executive director of the Center for Integrated Arts Education at UNC.


UNC Receives Daniels Fund Dollars

The University of Northern Colorado recently received $60,000 from the Denver-based Daniels Fund to provide 12 need-based scholarships to non-traditional students over the next two academic years.


UNC Basketball Member Into Academic All-American

UNC men's basketball team member, Devon Beitzel, has been honored with a selection to the 2010 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine, Academic All-American Men's Basketball team.  The announcement marks him as one of the finest men's basketball student-athletes in the entire country.  Devon has also been selected to the 2010 Big Sky All-Conference First Team.


UNC Men's Basketball Coach Earns Awards

Tad Boyle, coach of the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team, has earned some outstanding recognition.  He has been added to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' list of 2010 Division I All-District Coaches and was selected as the co-District 6 Coach of the Year.  In addition, Sporting News named him the best coach in the Big Sky Conference.


UNC Professor Earns 2nd Fulbright

UNC assistant professor of Geography, Karen Barton Ph.D., has been awarded a Fulbright Hays grant - her second such award from the U.S. Department of Education.  Barton will be researching ways in which large-scale modernization has affected cultural traditions, heightened economic struggles, and altered critically sensitive marine ecosystems in the Kuwait/United Arab Emirates region.


UNC Men's Basketball Sets New Record

With the UNC basketball team's win over Portland on March 17th, the men's team set a new school record with 25 wins and only 7 losses.  Congratulations to Coach Boyle and team members for an outstanding season.


Peace Corps Rank UNC in Top 25

UNC has been ranked 14th in the Peace Corps annual ranking of medium sized colleges and universities, with 24 alumni currently serving in the organization.  This is the 2nd year in a row that UNC has been ranked in the top 25 - last year the school was ranked 21st.


UNC Residence Halls - School of the Year

The Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls has named UNC as its "School of the Year" for the residence hall association's organizational structure and its ability to involve students in activities and reach its goals.  The university also garnered the regional chapter's Commitment to Diversity Award.  President of the residence hall honor society, Jaime Ingrisano, received the Distinguished Service Award.


Chef Wins National Culinary Award

Aran Essig, executive chef and trainer for UNC's dining services operations, has earned the Western Region Chef Professionalism Award from the American Culinary Federation.  This recognition means that Essig is now eligible for the National 2010 Chef Professionalism Award which will be awarded in August.




UNC Coach Named Best of 2009

University of Northern Colorado Volleyball head coach Lyndsey Benson has been named the 2009 Big Sky Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to their first-ever conference title.


UNC Director Receives National Sports Marketing Award

David Stotlar, Director of UNC's School of Sport and Exercise Science program, has been awarded the 2009 National Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award from the Sport and Entertainment Venue Association.


UNC Receives Great Plains Award

The University of Northern Colorado's Center for Urban Education received the 2009 University Continuing Education Association's Great Plains Credit Program Award.  The award recognizes programs for excellence in achieving educational objectives.  Students spend weekday mornings in K-12 classrooms with veteran teachers in an apprenticeship.


UNC Cumbres Program Earns National Recognition

Cumbres, University of Northern Colorado's innovative teacher preparation program for students committed to working with Hispanic school children, has been recognized by Excelencia in Education, a leading proponent in the US for accelerating Hispanic student success in higher education.  The Cumbres program was established in 1996 when a group of Hispanic alumni expressed concern about the shortage of Hispanic teachers.


Professor wins Chemical Education Award

Henry Heikkinen professor emeritus at UNC, has received the 2009 George C Pimentel Award in Chemical Education from the American Chemical Society.  Among his many accomplishments, Henry helped establish UNC's nationally recognized PhD program in chemical education.


UNC Receives $1.17 Million Grant

UNC will receive $1.17 million from the National Science Foundation to lead a collaborative national initiative focusing on the advancement and retention of women faculty members in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  UNC ranked among the top 10 in percentages of women who are full-time faculty, tenure-track faculty, and those who are tenured faculty.  UNC also placed among the top 10 in the average salary of women full-time faculty relative to that of their male counterparts. 


UNC Selected for National Social Media Project

The University of Northern Colorado has been selected to participate in a national project to study social networking and research innovative ways for institutions to harness the technology in preparing students to be active and engaged members of society.


UNC Counseling Professor Earns National Award

Heather Helm, assistant professor of Counselor Education and coordinator of UNC's Professional Counseling programs has been named the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy's National Service Award.  The association's mission is to promote the value of play, play therapy and credentialed play therapists.


Second Fulbright Grant Awarded to Svedlow

UNC's Andrew Svedlow, Ph.D. has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant - his second such award in the past three years from the prominent U.S. international exchange program.  Svedlow, dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts and professor of Art and Design, will lecture and conduct research in the Ukraine.


2009 M. Lucile Harrison Award Goes to Willis

UNC professor Courtney Willis of the College of Natural and Health Sciences has earned the 2009 M. Lucile Harrison Award, the university's top faculty honor.  The annual award recognizes a faculty member with a distinguished career in teaching, professional activity and service.


Walt Whitman Award for Poetry

University of Northern Colorado writing instructor J. Michael Martinez has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Walt Whitman Award by the Academy of American Poets.  Mr. Martinez, a Greeley native and graduate of UNC, will have his collection of poems called "Heredities" published next spring.


National Honor for Dissertation Given to UNC Assistant Dean

Assistant Dean of Students, Rachel Heiftz King, is the recipient of the 2008 National Dissertation of the Year award from the Association of Student Judicial Affairs.  King earned the award for her doctoral dissertation "Students' Perceptions of the Educational Value and Fairness of Their Experiences in the College Student Discipline Process."




Monfort Seniors Maintain National Ranking

For the fifth consecutive year, Monfort College of Business seniors have scored at or above the 90th percentile on a nationally administered exit exam.  The scoring comes from The Major Field Test in Business, a standardized test produced by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, NJ, and is the most widely used instrument at business schools to assess core business knowledge.


Julian W. Smith Award Given to Local Educator

Jim Stiehl, professor of Sport and Exercise Science at UNC, has been named the recipient of the Julian W. Smith Award by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Jim has devoted himself to under-served youth by developing partnerships that promote safety, healthy choices and social skills.  He is known to many in the area for developing UNC's Challenge Ropes Course.


UNC Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Jim Gall, associate professor of Educational Technology at UNC has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar.  The Fulbright Program is an education exchange program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Part of Jim's Fulbright will involve teaching multi-media at a design institute in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.


Outstanding Faculty Adviser Named

Allen McConnell, professor of accounting at UNC Monfort School of Business, has been named a 2008 Outstanding Faculty Advisor by Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.  He was among six faculty advisors nationwide who were recognized.


Women's Basketball Boasts Best Grade Point Average

The University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team had one of the best cumulative grade point averages in the nation this past season.  Their 3.414 GPA places the Bears in 10th place among Division I programs according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.


UNC Receives Diversity Award

University of Northern Colorado's Housing and Residence Life has been named the sole recipient of the Commitment to Diversity Award by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.  The award recognizes UNC's student-directed diversity awareness and education programming and the university's commitment to diversity.


Monfort College of Business Marketing Students "Clean House"

Marketing students at the UNC Monfort College of Business made a clean sweep, claiming first, second and third place in the student category at the annual Peak Awards.  The Peak Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Champter fo the American Marketing Association.  The awards recognize marketing excellence in Colorado.


Upward Bound Grant Awarded

The U.S. Department of Education will be awarding the University of Northern Colorado a $1 million, four-year grant to implement a new Classic Upward Bound Program.  The federally funded TRIO program will serve 50 low-income/first-generation students from Greeley Central High School and will emphasize literacy and language development, math, science, ESL and foreign language.  Students will attend on-campus classes 6-8 hours a week and participate in activities as well as receive advising, tutoring and mentoring through high school graduation.



Special Education Teacher Earns Prestigious Award
Diane Bassett, professor of Special Education, earned the prestigious Oliver P. Kolstoe Award for her work on the transition to adulthood of youth with disabilities. The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition presents the national award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of career development and transition through means other than direct classroom instruction.


UNC Receives Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence

The University of Northern Colorado has received the 2007 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The award recognizes UNC’s elementary and secondary elementary teacher education programs.  The award will be presented at the Association’s annual meeting November 18-20 in San Francisco.

Monfort College of Business Receives Best College Ranking

The Monfort college of Business at the University of Northern Colorado has been ranked 126th by the US News and World Report "America's Best College" placing it among the elite business schools in the U.S.

Monfort College Student Recipient of Wall Street Journal Award
Lea Araki, of Hawaii, a senior at the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado is a recipient of the 2007 Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. The Wall Street Journal award is given annually to top business students at each school program in the U.S. accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Monfort College of Business is one of five undergraduate-only programs in the country to hold such accreditation.

Brown Named Hockey Coach of the Year
Al Brown, UNC’s club hockey team coach was named the Coach of the Year by the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Northwest Club Hockey Division.  Al also is on the staff of the Greeley Ice Haus and serves as the Ice Haus’s Hockey Director responsible for the Greeley Youth Hockey Association.

UNC Men's Rugby Team Wins Western Regionals
The University of Northern Colorado men's rugby team advanced to nationals after winning the Western Regional Rugby Championships. Nationals were held in Orlando, Florida.

UNC Hockey Team Ranked No. 1
The University of Northern Colorado Hockey team has been ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Region with a perfect 22-0 record. The ice hockey team finished in fifth place in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III playoffs.

UNC Earns First Big Sky Win
The UNC men’s 4X4 relay team became the first team in school history to earn a Big Sky Conference championship capping the Bears first ever Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships. The team also set a new school record.


Department of Revenue Awards UNC Police With Funds
The Colorado Department of Revenue's Liquor Enforcement Division awarded the University of Northern Colorado Police Department more than $46,000 to enforce underage drinking laws and to supplement education efforts.

Monfort Students Claim Marketing Recognition
Four University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business students claimed second place out of 120 entries in the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation's annual Leonard J. Raymond Collegiate ECHO competition. The team developed a direct marketing campaign for the U.S. Postal Service. This marks the eighth time a direct marketing team from UNC has placed in the top three.

Concert Under the Stars Returns
The UNC "Concert Under the Stars" has made a come back in 2006. The free concerts were held in the UNC's Garden Theater on Tuesday evenings.

University of Northern Colorado Partners with North Colorado Medical Center
The University of Northern Colorado has partnered with North Colorado Medical Center to operate the Student Health Center. The partnership ensures that the Center continues to offer top-notch, affordable health care to students. NCMC also offers a $10,000 scholarship each year for nursing and is the primary training ground for nursing students completing their clinical. NCMC also employs a number of UNC graduates from the Nursing Program.