College of Education
Two from COE earn national honors from Kappa Delta Pi
A College of Education student and a recent graduate earned national recognition from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
Aston Thompson, of Arlington, earned the 2013-14 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award from Kappa Delta Pi, given to current or immediate past chapter officers for displaying the ideals of the organization.
Julie Williams, a doctoral candidate from Sulphur Springs, earned the Hollis L. Caswell Laureate Scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi. The $3,200 scholarship is given to a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction. Full story…
GenTX Day at UNT introduces middle schoolers to campus, promotes college enrollment
On May 2, nearly 200 seventh graders and 15 staff members from Calhoun Middle School in Denton ISD visited the UNT campus as part of GenTX Day, an annual initiative that celebrates college enrollment across Texas. Full story…
Kinesiology student Kedron Sowells receives C-USA Spirit of Service Award
The sophomore is pursuing a bachelor of science in kinesiology while competing for the Mean Green track and field squad. He earned two top-10 finishes during the 2014 indoor season, competing in the 55-meter dash and 800-meter relay. Full story…
College of Information
Michele Lucero Villagran new UNT College of Information Alumni Society President
Michele A. Lucero Villagran brings ideas and enthusiasm to her role as College of Information Alumni Society president. From her roots of Sin City to the humidity of Houston to the beaches of Southern California, there is no better time or place than now to be invigorated and involved with our profession and College. She said, “UNT COI is my home away from home and I’m excited to help grow our community at such a crucial time within our profession.”
As an accomplished law librarian and business, educator, leadership, and dispute resolution professional, she is adept at combining her in-depth knowledge with skillful relationship building. She is Director of Client Development with LAC Group based in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Michele is adjunct faculty with Woodbury University Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, local coordinator for UNT COI LIS master’s program cohorts in California, and adjunct faculty with the LIS master’s program. She is a certified level 1 & 2 cultural intelligence facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center (CQC). Michele has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors including with the LA Law Library; West, Thomson Reuters business; Mayer Brown; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Lionel Sawyer & Collins; and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.
Michele is twice a UNT alumna. After earning a BS in Management and International Business from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she earned an MSLS in Law Librarianship and Legal Informatics and an MBA in Strategic Management from UNT. At Pepperdine University, she completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and a Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) and is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (EDOL) with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence. Michele holds offices and serves on committees in many professional associations in the library, legal, dispute resolution, and education fields.
COI Alumni Reception in Las Vegas, NV on June 28
More than 100 alumni and guests showed up to mix and mingle in a private room at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Las Vegas, NV. Tables were marked with our various locations around Texas, the U.S., and offshore to help alumni find each otherat the reception. UNT System Board of Regents member Judge Michael R. Bradford of Midland attended, as did two alumni of the master’s cohort program in the South Pacific. Great time was had by all!
Alumni Society President Michele Lucero Villagran (’04 ‘08), Katherine Koziar (’13), Christal Young (’13),
Evelyn Keolian (’13), Evelyn Keolian (’12), Cindy Holsey (’13),
Alumni Society Board member Mary-Alexandra Smith (’13)
College of Information Department of Library and Information Sciences Chair Suliman Hawamdeh
addressing the audience
Dr. Yvonne Chandler with Anna Francesca Garcia (’08) and current student Erik Lee
Mayborn School of Journalism
UNT alum publishes book in October
Robert Darden, a UNT journalism alum who is an associate professor at Baylor University, will have a new book out in October 2014.
He co-founded the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor which is now the world’s largest initiative to identify, acquire, digitize, catalogue and make accessible America’s fast-vanishing legacy of gospel music vinyl from 1940-70. As result of widespread publicity on the project over the past few years, Baylor entered an agreement with the Smithsonian’s in-progress National Museum of African American History & Culture, set to open 2015 on the Mall in Washington D.C.
He has a two-volume book coming out from Penn State University Press: “Nothing But Love in God’s Water: The Influence of Black Sacred Music on the Civil Rights Movement.” Volume I will come out in October.
College of Engineering
Save the Date!
UNT College of Engineering
Tailgating Tent – Apogee Stadium
September 6, 2014
The UNT College of Engineering departments will host their next Alumni Tailgating event before the UNT vs. SMU game on Sept. 6, and we hope that you will join us. Enjoy breakfast tacos (meat and vegetarian) and beverages while networking with fellow Engineering alumni and learning about the College’s latest accomplishments.
The tailgating will end prior to the 11 a.m. kickoff at UNT’s Apogee Stadium, Bonnie Brae & Interstate 35, Denton. Further details including instructions on how to reserve your spot will be mailed soon.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
UNT Community Engagement
UNT STEM Nights at the Fort Worth Cats Game
The UNT Division of Community Engagement and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Engineering hosted two “UNT STEM Nights” at LaGrave Field, home of the Fort Worth Cats. Thanks to the support of Lockheed Martin, UNT alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends enjoyed two fun evenings of Cats baseball and networking on July 19 and August 1.
Planned giving allows you to establish your legacy now, while leaving you in control of your assets throughout your lifetime. In addition to bequests, planned giving includes gifts made with appreciated assets such as stocks, insurance, income producing asset or real estate. Planned giving may also utilize techniques that create a source of income for life. UNT offers complimentary consultation with planned giving professionals to its alumni and friends. To learn more, please visit www.unt.edu/giftplanning or call 940-565-3683.
Beer Sales To Begin At Apogee Stadium This Fall
Home Opener Against SMU Will Mark Beginning Of Beer Sales
At Apogee Stadium
The University of North Texas will begin selling beer on the concourse level of Apogee Stadium for all home football games this fall, beginning with the home opener against SMU on Sept. 6.