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Tis the season… for graduation. Campuses around the country will be holding their ceremonies, ushering a mass of young professionals into the workforce. Many of these graduates will be walking across that stage with regalia from honors societies and official student organizations. These ceremonial…
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Over the years, Dick Monfort (BA-76) has pursued his passion for athletics in many different arenas: first as a fan, then as a competitor on UNC’s Hall-of-Famer ‘72/’73 Swimming & Diving Team, and now as owner and CEO of the Colorado Rockies. With pro baseball just starting to get into full swing, Mr. Monfort took some time to give us an exclusive look into the team’s approach to the 2014 season and explain how his time at UNC was instrumental in shaping his professional philosophy.
Are there any key takeaways from last season that have really helped shape your approach to this season?
After the season, you always take some time to reflect on what went well and what you need to improve on for next year. Then, when you’ve finished that assessment, it’s time to dive right in and take action, start making definitive steps toward the place you want to be.
It’s my belief that, at our core, we’re a strong offensive team. We’ve done a good job of showcasing that in our home games, but that talent hasn’t always shone through on the road. So we’ve spent a lot of time working on a new approach to get that consistency we’ve been looking for. Things like getting more ground balls, having more power arms in the bullpen, and pitching to contact have been major areas of focus for us.
What are you most excited about this season?
The development of our players. We have several extremely talented, young guys on our roster who are ready to step up to that next level and start playing to their true potential, so I’m really excited to see how that plays out on the field. Our third baseman, Nolan Arenado, and our catcher, Wilin Rosario are going to be players to watch. I also think our starting pitching this year is some of the best in our team’s history. Some of our other young guys—Tyler Chatwood, Chad Bettis, and Juan Nicasio—are all showing a lot of promise in that respect.
What would you say are some of the qualities that really define the Rockies as an organization and set them apart?
I think we’re more fan-driven than any other team in the sport. We think of every one of those 3 million people that come through the gate as our very best customers and we try to make sure that we have everything in line so they can have the best experience possible—from the quality of our park to the character of our players.
That attitude of respect and support is reflected in our interactions within the organization as well: everybody calls each other by their first names, nobody is afraid to approach a colleague to work out a solution to a problem, and we just have a tremendous amount of trust in each other. The same goes for our approach to advancing the development of our players. It’s a long-term commitment. We don’t trade away our young guys just to get somebody that can help us out for a month. We try to keep them within our system where they can truly progress and grow.
Are there elements of your own experience as a student-athlete at UNC that inform the Rockies’ commitment to their players?
You know, I had a great experience at UNC and I think so much of what I did there, inside and outside the classroom, has had a lasting impact on who I am today. I competed as a collegiate swimmer and played just about every intramural sport I could. Now those are different games and different levels of play, but I think having that opportunity to experience athletics from the standpoint of a competitor has been hugely beneficial.
Nobody likes to talk about it, but nervousness, and making mistakes are all a part of playing the game. I felt those butterflies first-hand when I was competing. Being able to understand what it’s like to compete under those conditions is a huge asset, because if you think of your players as robots who can just go out and make it happen every time without fail you’re never going to take the necessary steps to prepare them for those high-pressure situations. With coverage of games and commentary on individuals’ performances extending into more and more media platforms that anxiety isn’t going away. Baseball has increasingly become a game of confidence and the mentorship and leadership structures we’ve set in place are going to keep us out ahead of that.
Do you see that same ethic of support reflected in your relationship with UNC and your ongoing Bears fandom?
Like I said, I loved UNC as a student, as an athlete, as a fraternity president, and as a member of the community. I still love it today. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished by embracing who we are and leveraging those unique qualities into some of our biggest assets. That approach takes a lot of hard, coordinated effort and I’m always excited to see what we’ll be able to do next.
Has all this talk about UNC and the Rockies made you want to get together with your fellow Bears for a day at the ballpark? You’re in luck! Registration is now open for the UNC Alumni Association’s Second Annual Picnic at the Rockies on 6/8.
Get registered now for a day of good food, fellowship, and family-friendly fun! You can check out our photo gallery from last year’s event to get a sneak peek into the excitement that’s in store for you.
Looking for a meaningful way to make your mark on UNC athletics? Our 6th Annual Women’s Walk on 4/26 isn’t just a critical fundraiser supporting student-athletic scholarships, it’s a chance for you to personally interact with all the players, coaches, and staff who make our programs great.
There has been a lot of recent discussion around the cost of getting a college degree and the value of higher education. This visual.ly infographic shown above shows that a college education can increase the mean earning potential and lower the risk of unemployment.
Discover how the University of Northern Colorado, UNC, is bringing education to life and how a UNC education can help with future career plans. UNC has six academic colleges and gives students the best of both worlds – a wide choice of majors in quality educational programs and personal support and connections. Visit us online today to learn more about our comprehensive array of baccalaureate programs and master’s and doctoral degrees and admissions process.
Current UNC Students and UNC Alumni can take advantage of UNC Career Services and their Bears Career Connection (BCC) Job Bank. UNC Career Services can assist with deciding on majors and careers; starting/updating resumes and cover letters; discovering job and internship searching techniques and resources; searching and applying for graduate programs; developing interviewing skills; changing career paths; and locating career information. BCC assists in searching for jobs and internships and can even arrange for you to have on campus interviews with various organizations.
To schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor, call 970-351-2127 or stop by for a drop-in appointment, located on the 2nd floor of the University Center across from the Information Desk. Drop-In appointments are approximately 15 minutes and are held Monday-Friday from 12:00-3:00 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters.blog comments powered by Disqus
We know that you are probably anxiously awaiting summer break and that cleaning your dorm room may not be at the top of your ‘To Do” list. We want to remind you to keep your room tidy and smelling fresh through these last few weeks of the semester.
As you are going through your items, you may find things that you would rather leave behind than haul home. Did you know that you can donate them to the Bear Essentials program? Bear Essentials is designed to help students reduce, reuse and recycle unwanted items they’ve collected throughout the year and also to help those in need! What better way to clean-up!
Some items Bear Essentials can accept are:
- Food items
- Clothing that is in good condition
- Shoes that are also in good condition
- Furniture items
Some items will be donated to charities while others will be sold for scholarship and professional development funds.
Residence Hall front desks will have areas to leave your things, and there will be areas around campus to place larger furniture items. For more details, please see your residence hall front desk or hall staff.blog comments powered by Disqus
Want to get involved with the community? The University of Northern Colorado is looking for volunteers to help us at our booth at a couple of events.
The first event is the Denver Heartwalk event on Saturday, June 7 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This is a great event by the American Heart Association to help raise awareness and funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. Volunteers will receive a UNC T-shirt! You can read more details and sign up here.
We are also looking for volunteers to help us at our booth at the PrideFest in Denver on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. Denver PrideFest is now the third largest pride festival and seventh largest pride parade in the United States. Volunteers will receive a UNC T-shirt! You can read more details and sign up here.
UNC to Receive Tree Campus USA Award
The State of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado love trees! Did you know that UNC has almost 3,700 trees on campus? In 2013, UNC canvassed 246 acres of campus to identify and catalog all the trees; it took 57 days.
Colorado Arbor Day is April 18, 2014. Arbor day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The first Arbor Day was held April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.
On Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9am at the Visitor Center, a representative from the District State Forester’s office will be here to present our Tree Campus USA Recognition/Award. The Tree Campus USA®program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests.
We will have tables set at the Visitor Center Front Lawn as well as the University Center, Main entrance, and the Ross Hall Lobby/Courtyard, which are the Trail head locations for the three New Tree Trails. We hope that you can stop by and join us!
Pictured: the oldest tree on campus, possibly an American Elm. It’s believed that it was planted in 1895, and it was a gift from the graduating class. It stands in front of President’s Row on Central Campus.blog comments powered by Disqus
Taking classes over the summer and need housing? No problem! Summer housing is available in Hansen-Willis Hall for UNC students who are enrolled in summer courses. And it’s only $100 per week!
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In today’s politically correct society, it often makes it difficult to know what to say in certain circumstances. One of the situations that I always encounter is when a civilian realizes that I am a vet. There is often this awkward dance around political beliefs and stances, with the usual “thank…
It’s that time of year when we pull out the flip flops, shorts and tank tops so we can go outside and soak up the sun around campus. We all know the warm weather of summer is just around the corner, and while some of us are looking forward to catching some rays and a break from school, others are signing up for summer classes as a way to get caught up on a missing class or to try to get ahead in school. Whatever your reason is for taking summer classes, you may be wondering if financial aid is available.
We have a Summer Financial Aid Application on our website. You can fill out the application after you have registered for summer classes, and we’ll take a look at your account to see if any aid is available to help you fund the summer courses.
Once your application is received, please keep an eye on the Financial tab in your Ursa account. This is where you’re going to find your Financial Aid Award Letter (on the bottom right of the page). The summer session is part of the 2013-14 academic year, so make sure you’re in the right award letter. From there you’ll want to accept or decline the aid provided to you.
Now, if you’ve used all of your aid and refund money for the fall and spring semesters, then more than likely you are looking at a PLUS loan. Summer aid is strictly loans, whether it is a Stafford loan or Grad/Parent PLUS loan. There are no scholarships or grants available for the summer session.
The process takes about a week from the time we receive your Summer Financial Aid application. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to come in and speak to a counselor. There’s no need for an appointment as we have a walk-in counselor available to help you out from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday or give us a call at 970-351-2502. We’re located in Carter Hall, room 1005 on Central campus.
And if you’re walking on down to see us, don’t forget to wear some sunscreen. We’d hate for you to get a sun burn.blog comments powered by Disqus
Outdoor Pursuits New Student Orientation Trip
Join Outdoor Pursuits as we team up with New Student Orientation and Off Campus Life for a 5-day, 4-night trip full of service and fun. This Extended Orientation trip will occur Wednesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 3, 2014. The cost is only $150, and it includes all meals, overnight accommodations, trips and transportation. We will be completing service projects in Weld County and in Estes Park to help with flood relief, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and camping at St. Mary’s Lake in Estes Park. Visit us online to learn more about this year’s orientation adventure.blog comments powered by Disqus