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UNC Professor to Address Hearing Loss, Prevention at CDC Headquarters

University of Northern Colorado Professor Deanna Meinke will be among the featured experts speaking at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel discussion on the global hearing loss epidemic. The discussion will be streamed live from 11 a.m.-noon MDT Tuesday, June 20, from CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

Meinke's presentation will address child and adolescent hearing health. It will be broadcast live at www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds as part of the event, titled "It's Loud Out There: Hearing Health Across the Lifespan."

Meinke serves as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization's Make Listening Safe initiative and is co-director of the Dangerous Decibels national intervention program. She been invited to speak on noise-induced hearing loss and prevention numerous times, including twice at WHO. On Tuesday, she will join fellow experts who will discuss the problem of hearing loss, its causes, prevention strategies, and public health solutions.

According to the CDC, some 360 million people worldwide live with disabling hearing loss and that number is growing. Young and older people are at risk. One in three older adults have hearing loss, and 1.1 billion young people are at risk for hearing loss around the world. Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss. In addition to loud noises, the daily sounds of life play a role in the decline of the world's hearing health: lawn mowers, recreational vehicles, power tools, and music are some of the culprits. Other causes of hearing loss include aging and certain pharmaceuticals.

While hearing loss is largely preventable, nearly 70 percent of people never or seldom use noise protection. People with hearing loss often are unaware they have a problem. One in four U.S. adults who reported "excellent to good" hearing already have hearing damage. Health professionals recommend avoiding loud noises, wearing hearing protection, and turning the volume down on loud music. Hearing health checks also should be part of routine health screenings.

Bear Pantry, SOS, CSCR Move to Michener Library

The Bear Pantry, Student Outreach and Support and Community Standards and Conflict Resolution, which are part of the Dean of Students Office, are in transition and have moved from Decker Hall to Michener L15. Staff members are still unpacking boxes but are ready to support students and connect with their colleagues.

Discounted Tickets Still Available for LTR's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' June 15-18

Discounted tickets for UNC faculty, staff and students are still available for Peter and the Starcatcher, which plays June 15-18 in Frasier Hall's Langworthy Theatre as part of the Little Theatre of the Rockies 2017 season.

LTR is the oldest continually operating professional theater company in Colorado and one of the oldest in the nation.

David Grapes, director of UNC's School of Theatre Arts and Dance, is in his second year as producing artistic director for the theater's 83rd season.

For a performance schedule and synopses, information on guest artists and ticket information, visit the new LTR website.

UNC Trustees to Meet Friday, June 16

The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 16, in the Panorama Room at the University Center, 2101 10th Ave.

Trustees will take action on:

  • the 2017-18 budget, including tuition, fees, and room and board rates;
  • capital construction priorities, as required by the state, for fiscal year 2018-19;
  • faculty promotion and tenure recommendations;
  • emeritus faculty recommendations;
  • Faculty Senate approved amendments to clarify portions of three sections in the Board Policy Manual;
  • a resolution related to the renewal of bonds.

During the meeting, the board will adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel issues pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402 (3)(b)(I).

The board's tentative 2017-18 meeting schedule is:

  • Nov. 16 (working session)
  • Nov. 17 (regular meeting)
  • Jan. 19 (regular meeting)
  • March 1 (working session)
  • March 2 (regular meeting)
  • June 15 (regular meeting)

Degree Works Unavailable June 16

Degree Works will be unavailable Friday, June 16, while required upgrades are installed. It will be available again on June 17. Email Stacy Sharp to report any issues or problems you encounter after the upgrade.

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