From the Bear Network
January 09, 2024
Women’s Basketball Coach Mattio Speaks to the Importance of Supporting University Athletics
When watching Bear athletes compete, the skill and mental focus they have honed in practice is on full dislay. What can be less obvious are the specific areas behind the scenes that an athletics program could use improvement on. This fall, the women’s basketball team recevied a generous matching gift for their Excellence Initiative to help them advance in the areas unseen by fans. Coach Kristen Mattio speaks to the numerous areas this gift will help improve for her team this year and into the future.
December 07, 2023
Inspired to Change Lives, the Longs Designed the Way
Patricia Long, M.A. ’76, moved to Colorado soon after graduating with her undergraduate degree. When she began teaching, she felt prepared, but she soon learned that there was more to being an educator than meets the eye. Providing for students who had special needs was something she felt entirely unprepared for. UNC’s Special Education masters program is what brought Long into the Bear Network, but it’s UNC’s commitment to supporting all students that keeps Long engaged. Mentoring children from underrepresented backgrounds through middle and high school opened Patricia Long and her husband James’s eyes to the need for better representation in classrooms and the impact of financial support at all points in a student’s education.
November 10, 2023
Bearnanza Showcases Funding Opportunities for Student Basic Needs and Emergencies
Every fall, Bearnanza allows alumni, faculty, staff and the greater University of Northern Colorado (UNC) community to make a collective, meaningful impact on UNC students. With different funds highlighted every year for the crowd-sourcing campaign, it sheds light on the many areas where students need support. This year, the two main funds being highlighted for Bearnanza are the Bear Pantry and the Student Emergency Support Fund (SESF). These two resources are invaluable for students facing financial insecurities and hardship.
October 26, 2023
UNC Alum, Pat Varney Creates Pathways for Wealth Management and Philanthropic Giving
Pat Varney, ’99, was drawn to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) for its exceptional business school and smaller class size compared to the larger Universities in Colorado, but what kept Varney was his experience on campus. Making life-long friends, getting involved with Greek life and studying under professors who he keeps in contact with, Varney made the most of his time on campus.
September 11, 2023
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: How Faculty and Staff Support Students Through Them All
As the school year kicks off, faculty and staff are gearing up to support our University of Northern Colorado (UNC) students. Faculty and staff support students every day through their roles at UNC, but some choose to go above and beyond by donating their time, expertise and funding. A popular method of giving is through payroll deductions, which make it easy to support the various areas in need across campus. At UNC, there are seemingly endless causes to support depending on a donor’s passions and aspirations. In recognition of National Workforce Development month, we have taken a deep dive into just a few of the donor-funded causes that UNC faculty and staff support. All are welcome to support these vital scholarships and services (and many alumni employers offer matches for employee donations!).
February 09, 2021
UNC Scholarship Application Connects the Dots
The UNC Scholarship application provides a centralized avenue for students to raise their hands and receive gifts from UNC’s generous donors. In turn, student thank-you notes demonstrate the power of donors in building up scholarships and building up future college graduates.