Browse > Home

| Subscribe via RSS

UNT Alumni Association Honors Alumni with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
The University of North Texas Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni at the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards dinner at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 in UNT’s Apogee Stadium HUB Club. Reception starts at 6 p.m.

This is the 52nd anniversary of the alumni awards program, which showcases the caliber of the university’s alumni and celebrates the depth and breadth of their professional accomplishments and service to the community. This Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards coincide with the university’s homecoming weekend, which sees the return of many alumni. Seven recipients will receive awards this year, including:

Distinguished Alumni Awards – First presented in 1965, this is the most prestigious award given by the UNT Alumni Association. It recognizes alumni for distinguished professional achievement that has merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues. These individuals have made significant contributions to society, supported the University, and served their fellow man, reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Don Millican (ʼ74), will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for his service and dedication to the UNT community. Millican is a CPA and CFO for George B. Kaiser in Tulsa, OK and is a retired partner with Ernst & Young. He spends as much time as he can championing UNT’s accounting program. Millican and his wife established the Don and Donna Millican Endowed Chair in Accounting, which attracts nationally recognized scholars to UNT’s accounting department, and he is a founding member of the Diamond Eagles Excellence Fund.

Gayle W. Strange (ʼ67), will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for her outspoken support and tireless efforts on the behalf of UNT. Strange is General Partner of Strange Holdings, a commercial property management company, and owner of Tremont Construction Corporation. Strange, former Chairwoman of the UNT System Board of Regents, is a lifelong member of the UNT Alumni Association, Board Member of the UNT Foundation, founding member of the Diamond Eagle Excellence Fund and strong supporter of the Mean Green Club.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Created in 2011 in the image of the Distinguished Alumni Award, this award recognizes young alumni under the age of 40 for distinguished professional achievement that has merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues.  These individuals have made significant contributions to society, supported the University, and served their fellow man, reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Emily Mauzy (ʼ06, ʼ06 M.S.), will receive the 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award for her outstanding UNT spirit and industry work. Mauzy is a CPA and Assistant Vice President of Corporate Taxes for General Motors Financial in Fort Worth. She established the Emily Mauzy Accounting Scholarship in 2010, hoping to help students like herself succeed at UNT. This pairs well with her volunteering as a mentor for Fort Worth ISD students and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.  Mauzy received the Outstanding Tax Student Award in 2006 and was selected as the Keynote Speaker for her College of Business graduation ceremony in 2006.

Outstanding Alumni Service Award – First presented in 1974, this award honors individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT or the community.

Elliotte Dunlap (ʼ97), will receive the Outstanding Alumni Service Award. Dunlap spent 12 years in sales at IBM, and is currently a Senior Enterprise Partner Solution Sales Executive at Microsoft. As a student, he was involved in various organizations from student leadership to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. One of his proudest accomplishments is leading the charge in developing UNT’s Multicultural Center to teach diversity through engagement and promote student success. Dunlap was the keynote speaker at the 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Multicultural Center in 2014 as well as presented with the Founders Award. Currently Dunlap is involved in various mentorship organizations for college students and professionals. One of his proudest accomplishments is the development of A Few Good Men, an alumni group designed to mentor minority men at UNT to promote graduation and success. He and his co-founders help diverse men and women get mentally prepared to compete in today’s business climate.

Ulys Knight Spirit Award – Presented since 1975, this award is given to any individual or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family.

Jim Fincher (ʼ69), will receive the ULYS Knight Spirit Award for his enthusiastic spirit and contributions to UNT. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas and Louisiana.  He retired in January 2013 as Vice-President and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Burch, Fincher and Company, a Texas Professional Corporation of Certified Public Accountants after 38 years at that position. Fincher serves as the treasurer and chair of the budget committee for the UNT Foundation Board of Directors. He has been active in the UNT Alumni Association, serving on the Board for many years, including a term as president. He is a devoted fan of UNT Athletics. He is a Club Seat football season ticket holder at Apogee Stadium. He has attended all home games played at the stadium. He is a member of the Mean Green Scholarship Society and contributes annually to help fund a student-athlete’s scholarship. He encourages others to support all UNT athletic programs.

Generations of Excellence Award – First presented in 2009, this award honors and recognizes a family that has exhibited an extraordinary dedication to higher education, that has supported the university through its service by many family members who have attended or graduated, and has demonstrated the value and support of family in their individual and collective lives.

The Waddell Family, composed of three generations of UNT alumni ― Freddy J. Waddell (ʼ72 Ed.D.), his son, Stephen “Steve” F. Waddell (ʼ75,ʼ96 Ed.D.), and Steve’s daughter, Sarah (ʼ05) ― will receive the 2017 Generations of Excellence Award. Freddy was a principal and superintendent in California, as well as Executive Director of Region V Education Service Center, passing his love as an educator down to his son and granddaughter. Steve’s career as a principal and superintendent has taken him all over Texas,
most recently as Superintendent of Lewisville ISD, where he retired in 2015. Steve serves on the College of Education Development Board, helping to move education-centered thinking and teaching forward at UNT. Sarah is developing her own career in education. In addition to their enthusiastic engagement and advocacy, the family has showed its appreciation for UNT by endowing a scholarship for future school superintendents.

Find more information on the UNT Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards here.

Fall Regional Receptions

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
Do you know your UNT alumni neighbors? Network and reconnect with alumni in your area at the UNT Alumni Association’s Fall Regional Receptions. Alumni and friends will wine and dine on fantastic drinks and appetizers and receive a mini State of the University presentation from President Smatresk. These signature events are scheduled across DFW to allow alumni to choose the time and location most convenient to them.

Collin County Fall Regional Reception
October 18, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, TX
Tarrant County Fall Regional Reception
October 10, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX
$10 – UNT Alumni Association members
$15 – Non-members
Registration is required before each event. RSVP here to the location of your choice.

RHA Reception

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
The UNT Residence Hall Association invites all RHA members to a reunion event at the UNT Alumni Pavilion. Past and current RHA members can reminisce about their time in housing and share memories with others who have common experiences. Access to the reception, tailgate and football game are included with the ticket price.

November 18, 2017
2:30 p.m.
The Alumni Pavilion
Northeast entrance of Apogee Stadium
1251 S Bonnie Brae St, Denton, TX 76207

Event Includes:

  • Admission to the UNT Alumni Pavilion prior to kickoff for a meet and greet with current RHA Members
  • Tailgate celebration at the Alumni Pavilion and RHA tent
  • Catered food and cash bar
  • Tickets to UNT vs. Army in the reserved RHA members section

$20 – Non-Student RHA Alumni
Free – Current Student RHA Alumni

Find more details and register here before November 14.

Did You Know?

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Did You Know?
The Current IRS Discount Rate is 2.2%

Also known as the AFR or Applicable Federal Rate, the IRS Discount Rate is part of the calculation used to determine the charitable deduction for many types of planned gifts, such as charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities. The rate is the annual rate of return that the IRS assumes the gift assets will earn during the gift term.

If you are considering a planned gift to the University of North Texas, you may use the discount rate for the month in which the gift is made or for either of the prior two months to calculate the planned gift deduction.

If you have questions on how to utilize the current IRS discount rate for planned giving or major gifts, please give the Office of Planned Giving a call at 940-565-3683 or email Roy Grisham at

North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes Class Of 2017

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics
DENTON — The University of North Texas hosted its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the club level at Apogee Stadium Friday night.

Friends, family, administrators and Mean Green supporters attended as North Texas added six members to its hall of fame.

The class of 2017 includes former Mean Green men’s basketball player Josh White (2011), football player Paul Drapper (1967), women’s soccer player Kendall Juett (2010), women’s basketball player Ramona Black (1991) and former North Texas football coach Darrell Dickey (1998-2006).

This year’s Fred McCain honorees are Don and Patty Lovelace. 

Darrell Dickey, football – In 1998, Dickey took over a North Texas team that had not been to a bowl game since 1959 and had not won a bowl since 1946. After two losing seasons, Dickey’s squad turned it around with a 24-21 upset victory over Sun Belt Conference favorite Middle Tennessee. It was the start of a 26-game conference win streak which powered the Mean Green to four-straight league championships and berths in the New Orleans Bowl, highlighted by a 24-19 triumph over Cincinnati in the 2002 New Orleans Bowl. During Dickey’s tenure, North Texas produced back-to-back national rushing champions in Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas and sent seven players to the NFL. Dickey finished his Mean Green career with a record of 42-64, then went on to coach at Utah State, New Mexico and Texas State before becoming offensive coordinator at Memphis. As a player, Dickey was the starting quarterback at Kansas State for four years (1979-1982), setting a school record for most passing yards by a freshman, and is still the only player in K-State history to lead the school in passing and total yards four-consecutive seasons. He spent two years in the NFL with Seattle and New Orleans before beginning his coaching career.

Josh White, men’s basketball – White played at North Texas from the 2007-08 season to 2010-11, and finished his career as the No. 4 scorer in North Texas history with 1,668 career points. Among his school records are most career starts (123), best 3-point percentage in a season (45.8 percent in 2007-08) and best free-throw percentage in a season (90.6 percent in 2008-09). He ranks second in school history with a career free-throw percentage of 84.94, and his 331 career assists trail only Pat Hicks (526) and Walter Johnson (350) on the NT all-time list. White was the first player in NT history to amass 1,600 points and 300 assists, and he notched three of the top-10 free throw seasons in NT history. He connected on 185 career 3-point shots, which ranks fourth in school history, and his 37.2 percent clip from deep ranks 10th. White’s 485 made free throws rank fifth in school history, and his 499 field goals rank ninth. White was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 2007-08, was a two-time all-conference honoree, and was twice named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team. White was a member of the most recent North Texas team to reach the NCAA Tournament, in 2010.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Josh White

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Josh White

Kendall Juett, soccer – Juett manned the midfield from 2006 to 2009, and was just the second Mean Green player in school history to be named first-team all-conference all four years at North Texas. She recorded 34 points as a freshman in 2006, which tied for 10th most in a season in school history. Juett finished her career ranked eighth in career points with 89 and third in assists with 29. She also ranks 10th in career goals with 30. She had 10 game-winning goals, tied for eighth best in school history; had 267 career shots, sixth all-time; and had 137 shots on goal, second all-time. Her single-season marks include five game-winning goals, seventh highest at NT; and 12 assists, good for fourth all-time.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Kendall Juett

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Kendall Juett

Paul Draper, football – Draper was part of North Texas’ powerful 1960s offensive lines, particularly at center, where NT earned first-team all-conference honors six times in seven years. The run of dominance began with two-time all-league center Bob Sanders, who was drafted to the NFL after the 1965 season. Draper stepped into the starting center role in 1966, and, working with all-conference and future NFL quarterbacks Vidal Carlin and Steve Ramsey, was named first-team Missouri Valley all-conference in ’66 and ’67 and Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 1967. Draper was succeeded at center by Willie Parker, who was first-team in 1969. Off the field, Draper was named to the Missouri Valley’s Academic All-Star honor roll three years in a row, then earned a post-graduate scholarship from the NCAA.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Paul Drapper and University President Neal Smatresk

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Paul Drapper and University President Neal Smatresk

Ramona Black, women’s basketball – A two-time all-conference selection, Black ranks third all-time in scoring in program history with 1,452 points. In her four years, from 1987-88 to 1990-91, Black averaged 14 points per game. Her 16.5 points per game as a freshman is the second-highest scoring average in program history for a true freshman, and her 416 career assists ranks second all-time. Black had 263 steals, second all-time in program history, and had 84 career 3-pointer field goals, eight most all-time.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Ramona Black and University President Neal Smatresk

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Ramona Black and University President Neal Smatresk

Don and Patty Lovelace, Fred McCain honorees – The Lovelace lineage can best be described as a family of North Texas supporters. Don and Patty, along with son Dillon, have provided steadfast contributions, both personal and financial, to the campus for decades, including to intercollegiate athletics. The Mean Green softball facility bears their name, as does one of the original suite purchases at Apogee Stadium. The Lovelaces have also been instrumental in the hiring of top tier coaches. Don serves on the President’s Leadership Board, Foundation Board, Murphy Enterprise Center Board and Athletics Advisory Board. He is the founder and owner of Lily of the Desert, a company founded in 1970 that is a grower, processor and manufacturer of aloe-vera based products marketed in more than 50 countries. Patty worked in the wholesale gift industry for 15 years at the World Trade Center in Dallas. She served as a volunteer at Liberty Christian School as Parent Teacher Fellowship president for seven years, Warrior Club co-founder and active supporter for 17 years, and with the Grandparents Association. She was also a volunteer with The American Cancer Society, Denton State School and Serve Denton. Don and Patty are Merit Scholar supporters and lifetime supporters of the UNT Kuehne Speakers series. While attending North Texas, Patty was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and a Golden Heart.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Patty and Don Lovelace and University President Neal Smatresk

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Patty and Don Lovelace and University President Neal Smatresk

Partner Profile – Liberty Mutual

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Partner Profiles


You could save hundreds on Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance. We offer personalized coverage, Multi-Car and Multi-Policy Discounts, 24-Hour Claims Assistance and more. Liberty Mutual is trusted countrywide for quality coverage and exceptional service. Visit Liberty Mutual or call 1-855-323-2150 for a free quote!

*Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

Calendar of Events

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Events


2017 Highlights


October 7
UNT at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

October 10
Tarrant County Alumni Chapter Fall Reception
The Colonial

October 18
Collin County Alumni Chapter Fall Reception
Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, TX


November 9
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

November 10
Homecoming Bonfire
Alumni Pavilion

November 11
Golden Eagles 50th Reunion Breakfast
UNT Union

Alumni GameDay Grille
UNT Pavilion

Apogee Stadium

November 25
UNT vs. Rice Tailgate

UNT News Briefs

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Celebration of milestones culminates in Carnegie Hall concert for UNT Regents professor

It’s a year of milestones for University of North Texas Regents Professor of Double Bass Jeff Bradetich. His treasured bass turned 250 years old this year; he celebrated his 60th birthday – 50 of those years have been dedicated to playing bass; he marked 30 years of honing the skills of talented musicians in his summer strings institute; his foundation just celebrated its first decade; and now he plans to commemorate it all by performing at Carnegie Hall 35 years – almost to the day – after his debut in the prestigious venue.

“There’s something very special about a New York concert,” Bradetich said. “It’s a place people will travel to from across the world to see a performance. There are even a number of people from this area who are travelling there just to be a part of the experience.”

Click here to read the full story.

UNT’s fundraising total for 2017 breaks university record

The University of North Texas Division of Advancement achieved its highest annual fundraising total ever with more than $30.1 million in commitments.

The fiscal year 2017 total includes $19.6 million in cash contributions, as well as multi-year pledges and estate gift commitments.

“Our alumni and friends made a real difference this past year in supporting UNT’s vision and making an impact on the university,” said David Wolf (Ph.D. ’04), vice president for advancement who joined UNT in May 2015. “The increase in support is the result of strategic goals set by Advancement that aim to re-engage alumni and donors with the university and focus dollars on helping students and UNT as a whole be more successful.”

Click here to read the full story.

UNT faculty member honored by Wildlife Society of Mexico

Ricardo Rozzi, professor in the University of North Texas Department of Philosophy and Religion, has received the 2017 Enrique Beltran Prize for the Conservation of Natural Resources from The Wildlife Society of Mexico. Rozzi is the first researcher and scholar from outside of Mexico to receive the award.

The prize, named for the founder of the Mexican Institute for Sustainable Natural Resources, was presented in conjunction with the International Council on Natural Resources and Wildlife at the 2017 International Congress for Natural Resources. The prize recognizes contributions to interdisciplinary research and practice of environmental ethics.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Highlights
College of Health and Public Service

Ask an Expert: Stan Ingman

How can I help my loved ones receive the best care as they age? Health becomes a greater concern as you and your loved ones age. Stan Ingman, gerontology professor and an expert in senior health care, spends his time teaching and researching health care options and trends around the…

PADM alumnus Hart receives lifetime achievement award

At a recent meeting in Austin, the Texas City Management Association presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Public Administration alumnus Bob Hart (’78 MPA). He currently serves as city manager for the City of Corinth.

HPS alumna named next UNT provost

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, a UNT alumna with more than a decade of experience in higher education leadership, has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Texas.  She will have a faculty appointment in HPS’ Public Administration department….

College of Business
UNT announces 2017 Innovator Award winners

A University of North Texas faculty member, a graduate student and an undergraduate student have been recognized as UNT’s 2017 Innovator Award winners.

This is the second year the Office of Research and Innovation has recognized faculty and students for finding creative solutions to today’s most pressing issues. The awards include cash awards or scholarships.

“Our university is working to expand its multi-disciplinary research and offer faculty and students opportunities for them to bring innovation to light,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “Our faculty discoveries help move science and society forward and allow the university to play an even more significant role in economic development for our region and state.”

PPEF/SAGE pledges first college scholarship in Texas to UNT College of Business

A $10,000 commitment from the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) will provide UNT College of Business students with the support to build a strong foundation for their marketing careers.

PPEF has been awarding scholarships to promotional products industry employees and their children since 1989 – totaling more than $1.7 million since their inception. In 2016, they expanded their support to include commitments to universities and colleges that are preparing students for careers related to their industry.

Eagle Business Network: Happy Hour

Reconnect with your College of Business alma mater at the Eagle Business Network Happy Hour on October 17. Food and fun will be provided.

Cost: $18.00
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Del Frisco’s Grille
1200 E Southlake Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092

College of Education
UNT education honor society wins national awards

The University of North Texas chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, won three national awards for the 2016-17 school year. The chapter, co-counseled by College of Education faculty members Ricardo González and Jeanne Tunks, earned the 2016-2017 Gold Literacy Alive! award for the chapter’s project Variety is the Spice of Life; the 2016-2017 Achieving Chapter Excellence Award; and the 2016-2017 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award for the chapter’s president, Cynthia Molina.

The awards will be presented at the 51st Biennial Convocation in Pittsburgh Oct. 26-28. Additionally, several members of the Alpha Iota chapter will present their accepted sessions at the conference.

Project NEXUS offers professional development for current and future teachers

This fall, the UNT College of Education will offer pre-service teachers a workshop and review sessions that will help them better connect with English learners in Texas schools. The professional development opportunities are part of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration’s Project NEXUS, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the past five and a half years.

Project NEXUS is a unique collaborative partnership between UNT, five schools from Denton ISD, five schools from Lewisville ISD, and the Texas Education Agency’s Region 10 Education Service Center.  Through this partnership, the project has been able to provide high-quality professional development for 200 in-service teachers, 15 UNT teacher education faculty members and 150 UNT pre-service teachers, said Rossana Boyd, director of the project and COE principal lecturer. 

The professional development has focused on how teachers can enhance their knowledge and skills to teach mathematics and science to English learners (ELs) in grades four through 12. English learners have difficulty accessing subject area content because they are learning English as their second language (ESL) at the same time, Boyd said.

Grant to help UNT provide support for families dealing with autism

Thanks to a $489,000 grant, the University of North Texas’ Kristin Farmer Autism Center (KFAC) will continue to provide support to families across the state who have a child with autism spectrum disorder.

The grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Autism Grant Program will enable the center and the Texas Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters to continue its partnership for the next two years.

“The new grant will allow UNT’s KFAC and the Texas HIPPY collaborative program to reach even more families around the State of Texas, especially in areas where autism support services are challenging to find,” said Kevin Callahan, executive director at KFAC. “The A+HIPPY curriculum will ensure that all the children enrolled in the program are better prepared to maximize their success in public schools.”

Toulouse Graduate School

UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School expands offerings in analytics

UNT is now offering three new accelerated online master’s degree programs that focus on analytics: M.S. in Advanced Data AnalyticsM.S. in Digital Communication Analytics; and  M.S. in Health Services Administration with a concentration in Health Data Analytics. The M.S. is Advanced Data Analytics is not only in the accelerated online format, but also in the traditional format at New College at Frisco. Accelerated online programs are offered in 8-week online formats with five available start dates so that students have the option of finishing their degrees in less than two years.

More information about all the AOP options can be found at .

Other AOPs include M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Texas Principal Certification,M.S. in Learning Technologies, and an MBA in either Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management or Strategic Management.


#NFLMeanGreen: Week 3 In Review
Week three of the National Football League season is in the books, and has you covered for 2017’s third regular season installment of #NFLMeanGreen.

Two of the three former North Texas players in the NFL, Oakland Raiders fullback Jamize Olawale made his season debut, while New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson saw action again this week. Los Angeles Rams running back Lance Dunbar remains out with a knee injury and is on the PUP/Reserve list, meaning the earliest he can return to the field is Week 7.

Latest Mean Green Headlines

Women’s Volleyball — North Texas Sweeps Florida International
Men’s Golf — Forslund Sits Second at Four-Under In Collegiate Debut
Women’s Tennis — Mean Green Tennis Dominates Two Tournaments
Women’s Tennis —Kononova, Kutubidze Win Milwaukee Classic