UNC’s Department of Housing & Residential Education is committed to the education and development of student potential, both academically and personally. We offer an inclusive learning community that emphasizes the connection, support and diversity that makes it possible for the individual to succeed in their college pursuits.
Diversity Mentors work and collaborate with all levels of Housing & Residential Education staff. They focus their time, talents and enthusiasm on making our residence halls safe, welcoming and celebrative for all students, and they plan programs and events that deal primarily with diversity topics.
Their mission is to:
Help build a community of respect and appreciation
Educate with passion
Assure dignity and respect
Support community learning
Facilitate and provide a variety of initiatives and programs highlighting diversity awareness on campus and in the broader community
Place a priority on educating students in a way that increases awareness and sensitivity about the differences each student brings to campus
Each residence hall/community has one Diversity Mentor. To find our who your Diversity Mentor is, contact your Hall Director or RA! Be sure to check out their Facebook page. If you have any questions, please contact our office of Housing and Residential Education via email or call 970-351-2721.
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We are a month into the semester, and some of the excitement of going to college may have dissipated. Homesickness is something that many students will experience. It is important for both students and parents to be aware and prepared.
Adapting to a new place can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you adjust and confront your homesickness.
Explore your new environment. Walk/drive/bike around so you become familiar with the way to class, food, recreation, entertainment and the nearest stores. The more familiar you are, the less foreign your new environment will feel.
Get connected by introducing yourself to at least one new people every day. Having familiar faces can help you feel less lonely in your new environment.
Bring memories and the comforts of home to college. Decorate your room with familiar pictures, your favorite pillows, posters, etc. to help it feel more like home.
Homesickness can also be a challenge for caregivers. Here’s tips to help your student navigate.
Be aware of your own reluctance to “let them go” and how this can influence your student’s experience. Share with your student that you miss them and you are excited for their college experience.
Listen to your child and validate any difficult feelings they might be having. Help them understand that being homesick is normal and ok.
Limit your advice giving. Empower your student to make the smaller decisions on their own. This helps them own and invest in their experience.
Encourage them to utilize campus resources that may help them with their transition.
Feel free to send them care packages with comforts from home. This can serve as a reminder that even though you may be distant, you are still there for support.
University of Northern Colorado’s Mathematical Sciences Professor Dr. Igor Szczyrba and his team of researchers have been conducting investigations for the past ten years in how traumatic brain injuries unfold. Through mathematics and computer simulations, they are providing an effective way to represent how brain matter or brain tissue behaves during accidents.
Their research is currently being applied in collaboration with Intel Corporation and helmet manufacturer Riddell to simulate collisions on the football field. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, approximately 85 percent of sports-related concussions are typically undiagnosed, which can negatively affect players’ health and well-being, both short and long term.
Approximately 1.4 million people experience a traumatic brain injury and 50,000 people die from head injuries annually. More than 5 million Americans who have survived traumatic brain injuries need ongoing help in performing daily activities (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke).
To read more about Dr. Szczyrba’s team and their research, click here.
How SWEET is that?! Not only is honey a very versatile, sweet, and convenient product, but it’s also a local product! Did you know that Rice’s Honey is headquartered right here in Greeley?
Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey LLC was founded1924. This women-owned, family operated company, now in its 5th generation, remains a leading producer of authentic, high quality, raw, and unfiltered honey. The company’s honey is 100% pure, local United States, raw and unfiltered honey.
UNC loves supporting local, Colorado businesses, especially when those local businesses are right in your back yard! Dining Services is proud to carry Rice’s Honey in all of our dining rooms. Next time you’re needing to flavor your hot tea or to add a bit of sweet to your morning toast, just head to the condiment section in one of our dining rooms and look for the Rice’s Honey bear!!
Research tells us that students who get involved on their college campuses are happier, more successful and have higher graduation rates than students who do not get involved. As such, we want UNC students to find an organization or activity that they can connect with this fall. One of the easiest ways for our residence hall students to get involved is through their hall’s community council. A community council is a place for residents to come together and create activities for their community. It is also a place for them to advocate for their needs and wants in their living environment. Examples of community council activities include homecoming activities, haunted houses, community service programs, advocating for more recycling bins and social events. Students within the community council get to manage their own budget, make new friends and develop leadership skills. Many students involved in community councils become RAs or executives for the Residence Hall Association. If a student is interested in joining community council, they only have to ask their RA or hall director for more information.
Additionally, members of our community councils have opportunities to participate in leadership opportunities hosted by the Residence Hall Association. One of these opportunities is our regional student leadership conference IACURH, at the University of Idaho this fall. Student who are interested in attending this conference can apply to be a UNC delegate.
Fall is right around the corner, and you know what that means… Pumpkin Spice is BACK! Soon you’ll start seeing Pumpkin flavored treats available everywhere you look! Be sure to stop by one of our coffee locations to get your Pumpkin Spice fix… from sweet treats to hot coffee and chai tea, we have what you need!
Get your coffee fix here: Einstein Bros® Bagels, Starbucks®, or one of our 3 Coffee Corners locations in Kepner Hall, Michener Library and Turner Hall.
Unlocking the Mystery: Searching for Keys to Prevent the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
UNC Professor Dr. Susan Keenan has spent more than a decade researching and developing compounds to help prevent the growth of mosquito-borne viruses. The most widely-known flaviviruses are West Nile, yellow fever and dengue fever.
Dr. Keenan recently received a $1.4 million grant from the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institutes of Health, for her collaborative work with a colleague at Colorado State University. Through their unified approach, which combines computational modeling tools with molecular biology and pharmacology, the team members have discovered compounds that will bind to a flavivirus enzyme and prevent the viruses from replicating. This discovery comes after testing more than 300,000 compounds for antiviral activities. Another grant is allowing the team to test another 300,000 compounds in hopes of discovering even more disease-preventing compounds. The researchers have initiated live-virus studies with the long-term goal of developing the small molecules into drugs that would help combat mosquito-borne diseases.
“These diseases are killers, and there are really no drugs to combat them,” she said. She optimistically expects new drugs and targets to be developed in about five to 10 years.
Dr. Keenan’s research team also includes undergraduate and graduate students at UNC. These students have an opportunity for hands-on research experiences in the laboratory, which is a huge benefit of a UNC education. Students gain technical skills, substantive knowledge of biology, and inspiration from being part of a cutting-edge research program.
To read more about Dr. Keenan and her research with mosquito-borne diseases, click here. To learn more about the University of Northern Colorado’s Biological Sciences program, click here.
Looking for ways to get involved and meet new people?
Did you know that UNC has over 100 clubs on campus? Joining a club or organization is a great way to meet people on campus with the same interests as you, relieve stress from classes and develop leadership skills!
Student Activities offers many opportunities to get involved such as Bear Welcome, Homecoming, Student Involvement Fair and Friends and Family Week.
Outdoor Pursuits sponsors trips and workshops throughout the semester. Everything from rafting (pictured above), ski trips, camping, bike maintenance, fishing, climbing, caving and more! Also, check out the Rec Center for more activities like the climbing wall, group fitness classes, the the Gear Shop where you can check out equipment free-of-charge.
If you’re interested in Housing and Residential Education, you might want to take a look at the Residence Hall Association (RHA). RHA is the voice of 3000+ students living on campus and offers leadership opportunities and positions.
UNC has 20 Greek Organizations that offer opportunities for leadership, service, personal growth and unity.
Our four Cultural Centers are also a great way to connect and meet other students.
How have you gotten involved and met new #UNCBears?
Start Your College Experience Off on the Right Foot!
The UNC Campus Recreation Center (CRC) engages students and the UNC Community through programs and services that create learning and leadership opportunities, embrace diversity and equip individuals to live healthy lifestyles.
The CRC offers programs in many different areas including: Informal Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Education, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Outdoor Pursuits and Student Staff and Leadership. Check out all of the fun stuff they offer here!