University of Northern Colorado
|Motto||Sapientia in aeterum est|
Motto in English
|Wisdom is eternal|
|Established||April 1, 1889|
|Provost||Robbyn R. Wacker|
|Location||Greeley, Colorado, U.S.|
260 acres (1.1 km2)
|Colors||Navy blue and gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division I FCS – Big Sky|
|Mascot||Klawz the Bear|
The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public baccalaureate and graduate research university with approximately 12,000 students and six colleges. Founded in 1889, the university’s main campus is located in Greeley, Colorado, about an hour north of Denver, with extended campus locations in Loveland, Denver, and Colorado Springs.
Established as the State Normal School of Colorado, the university has a long history in teacher education, and was an early innovator in the field. In addition to education awards and rankings, UNC has nationally ranked programs in business, performing and visual arts, nursing, and sports and exercise science. UNC’s 19 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I athletics.
- 1 Campus
- 1.1 Other locations
- 1.2 Libraries and collections
- 1.3 Art collections
- 2 Organization
- 3 Student life
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Further reading
- 9 External links
The campus is divided into two main areas: central and west. UNC's Central Campus includes the areas north of 20th Street and west of 8th Avenue in Greeley, Colorado. The residence halls on Central Campus have been designated a state historic district. UNC's Central Campus was the original part of the campus and currently houses the College of Performing & Visual Arts, schools in the College of Natural & Health Science, and the Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business. Central has a quieter, more traditional "collegiate" feeling. Historically, UNC's annual convocation ceremony begins in Cranford Park located on Central Campus. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the marching band leads attendees to Turned Green on West Campus for Taste of UNC and Bear Fest.
West Campus includes the areas south of 20th Street and west of 10th Avenue, including the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Education & Behavioral Sciences, and schools in the College of Natural & Health Sciences. West Campus houses 2,000 students and is generally the more social area of campus.
The university operates satellite centers in Loveland, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Denver campus hosts two programs of note - the Center for Urban Education (focuses on providing opportunities for working teachers), and the DO-IT Center (ASL-English interpreter training).
Old Man Mountain is a group of cabins owned by the university located in Estes Park, Colorado, and serves as a common retreat location for the community.
Libraries and collections
Michener Library was named after Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist James A. Michener, who attended Colorado State College of Education, now the University of Northern Colorado, from 1936 to 1937. He was a Social Science educator at the Training School and at the College from 1936 to 1941, and later went on to set his novel Centennial in the school's home of Weld County. Michener Library's collections include approximately 1.5 million items in monograph, periodical, government document, audio-visual and microform formats. The Library also houses the James A. Michener Special Collection.
Skinner Music Library
The Howard M. Skinner Music Library specializes in curricular support of the School of Music and Musical Theatre Programs but is open to everyone. This library has more than 100,000 scores, books, periodicals, and recordings, housed in a facility that opened in October 1997. In 2005, the building was named for Dr. Howard M. Skinner, former Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, in honor of his many years of dedication to UNC and to the Greeley music community.
This digital online repository service offered by the University's libraries captures, stores, organizes, indexes, preserves, and provides access to University of Northern Colorado information resources and intellectual output. It brings together selected digital materials from across campus to create a repository of the educational, scholarly, research, and historical assets of the University.
GREE (shortened from "Greeley") is the standard acronym for the UNC Herbarium, which has about 35,000 specimens, about 10,000 of which are backlogged (not mounted and filed). In recent years, GREE has been the fastest growing herbarium in the region on a percentage basis, having increased its holdings by over 300 percent. Estimated specimens by geographical origin include: Southern Rockies, 75 percent; High Plains, 5 percent; North America at large, 15 percent; world at large, 5 percent. The university's facilities provide storage capacity for about 65,000 specimens.
Southern Rocky Mountain Reference Collection (SRMRC)
The SRMRC is a separate collection of one or two specimens (flower and fruit) of each taxon of vascular plant known to occur in the Southern Rocky Mountain region. The SRMRC is also used to provide a source of specimens for educational demonstrations to school classes, civic groups, and other interested visitors. The collection has over 2,200 taxa and is expanding continuously.
The Mariani Gallery, created in 1972 to show a variety of art exhibits, is located in Guggenheim Hall, Room 100.
Oak Room Gallery
The Oak Room Gallery ocuses on undergraduate and graduate student work and is located in Crabbe Hall, Room 201.
The Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art
This is a collection of 48 original works by 40 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Bridget Riley, Louise Nevelson, and Kathe Kollwitz. It is located in Guggenheim Hall.
Mari Michener Art Gallery
Located in Michener Library, this gallery hosts shows by locally and nationally known artists and often displays the work of alumni, faculty, and staff of the university.
The Board of Trustees for the university oversees the administration and approves the university annual budget. Several members of the University's administrative team are ex officio members of the Board (for example, the Vice President for Finance & Administration is also the Treasurer to the Board).
- Thomas J. Gray 1890–1891
- James H. Hayes. Interim 1891, November 11, 1915 – 1916
- Zachariah Xenophon Snyder. 1891–1915
- John Grant Crabbe. Late summer 1916–1924
- George Willard Frasier. 1924–1947
- William Robert Ross. 1947–1964 (assumed office December 20, 1947)
- Darrell Holmes. 1964–1971
- Frank P. Lakin. 1969, 1971 Interim President
- Richard R. Bond. 1971–1981
- Charles Manning, Acting President. 1981
- Robert C. Dickeson. 1981–1991
- Richard Davies. 1987 Acting President January 1 – August 29, 1987
- Stephen T. Hulbert. 1991 Interim President July 1 – September 30, 1991
- Herman Lujan. 1991–1996
- Howard Skinner. Interim President June 1996 – June 1998
- Hank Brown. July 1998 – June 2002
- Kay Norton. July 2002 –
- Dick Monfort, Chairman
- Richard James "Jim" Chavez, Vice Chairman
- Richard S. Gast
- Paul Washington
- Christine Scanlan
- Sue Carparelli
- Tony Salazar
- R. Vishwanathan "Vish" Iyer, Faculty Trustee
- Alpha Kappa Lambda
- Delta Chi
- Delta Sigma Phi
- Delta Tau Delta
- Kappa Sigma
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Pi Kappa Phi
- Sigma Chi
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Omega Psi Phi
- Asian/Pacific American Student Services
- César Chávez Cultural Center
- Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
- Native American Student Services
- Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
- Women's Resource Center
The university has 17 student residence halls; 12 on Central Campus and five on West Campus. Additionally, the university offers student housing on East Campus through the University Apartments (formerly known as Student Family Apartments), and the Arlington Park Apartments located roughly one block east of West Campus and three blocks south of Central Campus. These alternative housing options offer students a more "apartment-style" of living.
- West Campus Residence Halls
- Harrison Hall
- Lawrenson Hall
- North Hall
- South Hall
- Turner Hall
- Central Campus Residence Halls
- Belford Hall
- Bond Hall (Presidents Row)
- Brown Hall (Presidents Row)
- Decker Hall
- Dickeson Hall (Presidents Row)
- Gordon Hall
- Hansen-Willis Hall
- Lujan Hall (Presidents Row)
- Sabin Hall
- Snyder Hall
- Wiebking Hall
- Wilson Hall
When choosing on-campus housing, options include same-gender communities for males and females, co-educational communities, and co-educational rooms. Room options include traditional suite-style rooms to fully furnished on-campus apartments.
The "living & learning communities" at UNC include floors for elementary education majors, performing and visual arts majors, quiet lifestyles, GLBTA, leadership focused and healthy-living/wellness in certain dormitories.
UNC Student Radio (UNCSR) broadcasts 24/7 on the internet. The station generally plays pre-programmed rock/pop during the day, with live, student-hosted shows in the afternoons and evenings during the school year.
The station, first chartered in 1995 and which is almost entirely student-run, operates from the basement of Davis House and streams to all the UNC dormitories via cable TV channel 3.
Founded in February 1919, The Mirror is the university's student-operated newspaper. It is published every Monday during the fall and spring semesters. It is not published during school breaks. The publication is funded by student fees as well as advertising from local businesses. The newspaper operates out of its own building on 16th Street, one-half block from campus, and employs an average of 80 students a year.
Sports teams at the school are called Bears. Northern Colorado joined the Big Sky Conference on July 1, 2006. The school mascot is Klawz the Bear and the school colors are navy blue and gold. The Fight Song is the "UNC Fight Song". Northern Colorado's Athletic Director is Darren Dunn.
The Bears play their football games at Nottingham Field, while the men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team play at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. "Fear The Claw" is the student section slogan. Northern Colorado won its first Big Sky Championship in 2009 when the women's volleyball team beat Portland State to capture the Big Sky Volleyball Championship.
A number of the university's alumni have gone on to have professional sports careers. Vincent Jackson attended and played football at Northern Colorado from 2001 to 2004 before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft. Other football alumni for the school include punter Dirk Johnson, safety Reed Doughty, and defensive lineman Aaron Smith.
Before upgrading to NCAA Division I in 2006, UNC was a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference from 1923 to 1972 and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (1972–76). Following several years of being conference independent, the university joined the North Central Conference. The Bears have won two Division II Football National Championships in 1996 and 1997. On March 9, 2011, the Bears won the Big Sky Conference tournament championship in men's basketball, clinching a trip to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the first in the school's history. The Northern Colorado men's baseball program also ranks among the top 15 schools for most all-time NCAA College World Series appearances, tied with the University of Oklahoma at ten appearances apiece. The Northern Colorado women's softball team appeared in the first eleven Women's College World Series ever held in 1969–1979, advancing to but losing the title game in 1974.
The bear became UNC's mascot in 1923. Before the school adopted the bear, athletes used the nickname "the Teachers." The bear was said to be inspired by a bear on top of an Alaskan totem pole donated by an 1897 alumnus in 1914. The totem pole was kept in the University Center, but under the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, the pole was reclaimed by the Tlingit in 2003.
Klawz is the mascot that attends all university sporting events. Klawz is the newest addition to the long line of Bears' mascots over the years at the university. Klawz made his first appearance in Nottingham Field on August 30, 2003, before the UNC football team opened their season against New Mexico Highlands.
- Glen Alps, printmaker, coiner of term collagraph
- Bob Bacon, former Colorado State Senator
- Gregg Brandon, college football coach of Colorado School of Mines
- Pat Burris, two-time Olympian judoka, Pan American Games bronze medalist
- Jack Cassinetto, plein air painter
- Sa'ra Charismata, singer/songwriter (real name is Sara Haile)
- Earnest Collins Jr., football player and head coach for UNC
- Kimberly Corban, victims' rights advocate
- Margaret L. Curry, state parole officer
- Steven Dietz, playwright
- Reed Doughty, football safety for Washington Redskins
- Ben Dreith, AFL and NFL referee
- Rhonda Fields, member of Colorado State House of Representatives
- Bill Frisell, jazz guitarist
- Walt Conley, folk singer, musician and actor, 
- Justin Gaethje, professional mixed martial arts, currently competing in the UFC
- Greg Germann, actor from Ally McBeal
- Margaret Hayes Grazier, born Denver 1916, librarian, educator and author
- Pat Haggerty, NFL referee
- Vincent Jackson, football player for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Virgil Jester, baseball pitcher for Milwaukee Braves
- Dirk Johnson, NFL punter
- Dave Keller, baseball minor league player and coach
- Bill Kenney, quarterback for Kansas City Chiefs and politician
- Maryanne Kusaka, politician
- Carlotta Walls LaNier, member of Little Rock Nine
- Mike Madden, former baseball pitcher for Houston Astros
- Beth Malone, Tony Award-nominated actress
- James A. Michener, author
- Steven Moore, literary critic and Washington Post book reviewer
- Carol Mutter, Marine Corps Lieutenant General
- Lisa Poppaw, former Fort Collins city council member
- Sayyid Qutb, author and leading Islamist of 20th Century
- Jeannie Ritter, former First Lady of Colorado
- Jed Roberts, former CFL linebacker, defensive lineman, Edmonton Eskimos
- Mary G. Ross, first Native American female engineer
- Neal Rubin, The Detroit News columnist and author of comic strip Gil Thorp
- Frankie Saenz, (attended) wrestler; professional Mixed Martial Artist, UFC Bantamweight
- David N. Senty, Air Force Major General
- Kyle Sloter, NFL quarterback
- Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, Captain of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 that successfully landed in Hudson River in 2009; has a M.A. in Public Administration from UNC
- Aaron Smith, football defensive end for Pittsburgh Steelers
- Dave Stalls, football defensive end for Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Raiders and Denver Gold
- Tom Tancredo, R-CO, member of United States House of Representatives, presidential candidate
- Herve Tonye-Tonye, Canadian Football League linebacker, Toronto Argonauts
- Frank Wainright, former football tight end for New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens
- Tom Walsh, R-WY, mayor of Casper and member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (2003–2008); received Ed.D. through UNC
- Tyler Ward, musician and producer
- Wellington Webb, former Mayor of Denver
- Ed Werder, reporter for ESPN
- Connie Willis, science-fiction author
- Kenneth W. Winters, member of Kentucky State Senate
- Anna Brackett, first female principal
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