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Alumni GameDay Grille

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni News
Alumni GameDay Grille

Celebrate with the UNT Alumni Association and fellow alumniAlumni association members and their guests are invited to tailgate for FREE two hours before all UNT home football games at the UNT Alumni Association Pavilion at Apogee Stadium.

Come mingle on the pavilion’s 3,200-square-foot patio with high definition TVs. Beverages are for sale and the UNT Student Alumni Association is grilling for scholarships. In return for the free food, the student association would appreciate donations to its scholarship fund.

Learn more about the UNT Alumni Association by visiting www.UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.

PACS Actively Caring for People Movement

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni News

Caring for People MovementJoin UNT’s College of Public Affairs & Community Service (PACS) as they roll out the Actively Caring for People (AC4P) movement.  It’s a large-scale movement to establish a more compassionate, interdependent, and empathic culture within schools, businesses, organizations, and throughout entire communities. AC4P refers to any behavior that goes above and beyond on behalf of the health, safety or welfare of another person.  As a result of the April 16, 2007, school shootings at Virginia Tech, Dr. Scott Geller, Professor of Psychology, has applied behavioral science that is the foundation of AC4P.  By encouraging people to actively care, individuals are inspired to perform intentional acts of kindness as part of their daily routine, which ultimately leads to an actively-caring culture and community.  Many high school and college campuses have implemented AC4P and found reductions in bullying and at-risk behaviors.  To learn more about the AC4P movement check out the following website and video.

PACS is bringing the AC4P to Denton with a three part approach:

  1. Fall Forum—October 2 at 11 a.m.: Dr. Geller will address UNT, TWU and Denton ISD students about AC4P in a large lecture setting.  The idea is to bring all of the students in the community together to introduce AC4P, encourage them to make an impact one person at a time, pass out bracelets and inspire small acts of kindness and recognizing them.  Closing remarks with be presented to students by UNT alumnus Johnny Quinn calling students to action.  The event is October 2nd at 11 am in the coliseum and will be followed by a community engagement fair with local nonprofits available to provide information on how to get connected in communities.
  2. Community Think & Drink Event—October 2 at 6 p.m.: Dr. Geller will address Denton change makers (elected officials, local nonprofits, etc.) in a more intimate evening event.  The event is October 2nd at 6 pm at Oak Street Draft House.
  3. Monthly Touch Points: To sustain the movement, monthly touch points will identify and solve problems in the community, recognize impact and give people opportunities to get involved.

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/DentonHumanityRestored

UNT’s Quality Enhancement Plan

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni News
As UNT starts the 2014-15 school year, alumni can help the university develop an important initiative – the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). UNT is preparing for its reaffirmation of accreditation. In 2016, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges will visit UNT to examine the high standards of the university and reaffirm UNT’s accreditation. Part of that reaffirmation is the development of a QEP. The UNT community helped narrow down potential QEPs to four choices:

  • Engaging the Global Generations, which prepares students here at UNT and through outside partnerships to become thoughtful and engaged global citizens
  • FlightPath for Success, which helps students focus their career and higher education goal, guiding them to develop professional skills and competencies
  • Soar Beyond the Classroom, which uses community engagement to help students develop social responsibility and develops their critical thinking and communication skills
  • Undergraduate Scholarship, which establishes a broader, institution-wide approach to undergraduate research and offer incentives to support that research

Alumni are invited to hear more about these plans and give feedback on what you think would have been helpful during your time here – and what might help current students – at the upcoming public forum. The forum will be held:

  • 11 a.m. to Noon Sept. 23 in Discovery Park, room B155, and Chilton Hall, room 245

Alumni can also learn more about the proposals at UNT’s QEP website, www.qep.unt.edu.

Career Corner

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Career Corner
Career Center Home

Fall 2014 Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair

You are cordially invited to register for our Fall 2014 Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair to be held on Thursday October 2nd, 2014 from 10 AM to 2:00 PM-UNT Discovery Park Campus. There will be several hundred students eager to meet and network with employers.

For more information, check out the career center at https://careercenter.unt.edu/alumni

Church Hill Classics

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Partner Profiles

National Student Day

Free Shipping for your Alumni on October 9, 2014

Church Hill ClassicsChurch Hill Classics is participating in National Student Day, a nationwide event where college bookstores celebrate student volunteerism.

We are showing our support by offering free shipping on all diplomaframe.com orders, and we’d like to pass the offer on to you and your alumni!

On October 9th, customers can use the code SYB81 at checkout to receive free domestic ground shipping**.

**Code SYB81 should be entered in the SPC field located at the top right of the billing screen at checkout. Offer only valid on retail orders placed and not applicable on wholesale orders placed on October 9, 2014.

Calendar of Events

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Events

Highlights

September

September 20
Family Weekend
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Nicholls State Football
Apogee Stadium

October

October 18
Mean Green Pride
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Southern Miss Football
Apogee Stadium

November

November 8
Homecoming
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Florida Atlantic Football
Apogee Stadium

November 22
UNT Preview
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Florida International Football
Apogee Stadium

2015 – April 17

Alumni Awards
Gateway Center Ballroom

UNT News Brief

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT professor receives award for editing book on social media

alan-albarran For the second time in 10 years, Alan Albarran, chair of the UNT Department of Radio, Television and Film, has received the annual Robert G. Picard Book Award by the Media Management and Economics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Click here to read the full story.


UNT appoints Ligon, Cox interim deans

Two UNT faculty members and current administrators – Eric Ligon and Dr. Gloria Cox – have been named interim deans for the College of Visual Arts and Design and the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science respectively, by Dr. Warren Burggren, UNT provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Click here to read the full story.


UNT receives $480,000 grant for South Texas writing project

UNT’s North Star of Texas Writing Project received the grant from the Texas Education Agency to organize professional development workshops for South Texas teachers, who will take their newly learned tips back to the classroom.

Click here to read the full story.


UNT students receive scholarships from National Retail Federation

UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism students, Khuyen Nguyen and Adriana Solis, each received $2,500 scholarships for being named semifinalists in the 2014 Ray M. Greenly Scholarship Competition.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Denton students, community gather thousands of books to help children in Uganda in project started by faculty member

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Students at E.P. Rayzor Elementary School in the Denton Independent School District helped gather thousands of books to be sent to children in Uganda as part of a project started by College of Education Associate Professor Marc Cutright.     Read the full story…

Distinguished Alumni
Superintendents of Lewisville, Denton ISDs honored as distinguished alumni

The College of Education honors Stephen F. Waddell (’75, ’96 Ed.D.) and Jamie Wilson (’91, ’99 M.Ed., ’12 Ed.D.) as distinguished alumni for their inspiring careers and commitment to education. Their diplomas, awards and accomplishments can be viewed in a special display case located on the first floor of Matthews Hall, the main building of the College of Education. Read more…

Alumni Spotlight: Ross Acker from Counseling and Higher Education

Ross Acker ('05 M.S.)Ross Acker (’05 M.S.), alumnus of the College of Education’s Counseling Program, began his counseling career in 2005 and has professional experience in addictions, private practice, corrections and community mental health.  He has served on the Brief Therapy Crisis Team of the Coos County Mental Health Department in North Bend, Oregon for four years where he performs crisis intervention and brief therapy, acts as a liaison to the hospital psychiatric unit and conducts pre-commitment investigations for the State of Oregon.

We recently caught up with Acker to discuss how his experience at UNT influenced his work today. Read on…


College of Information

Roosevelt Weeks, Summer 2014 Graduate

Roosevelt Weeks“The road to becoming a librarian was non-conventional for me”, says Mr. Weeks. He had visited a public library only once or twice while growing up in his Mississippi home town. It was not a place where he saw opportunity for employment or a glamorous place for an African- American male. Roosevelt was a star athlete in high school and earned an athletic scholarship to college. “I was a “jock” that loved computers and working in a library was not part of my plans. I got my degree in Computer Science and worked in corporate America for 20 years and liked what I did,” said Roosevelt.  He found his love and passion for libraries when he volunteered for the Pasadena (TX) Public Library (PPL). A good family friend was the director, Shelia Ross Henderson and she allowed him to teach computer classes in the computer lab. “Teaching those classes and helping people get better jobs was an awesome experience. I was hooked,” says Roosevelt.

He left his job in corporate America and was hired by Henderson for a third of what he was making at his previous job. It was a struggle financially, but he loved what he was doing…helping people and making a difference in the community. After working for two years at PPL, he joined the Houston Public Library (HPL) as the Chief Technology Officer. Weeks progressed in his career in HPL to become the Deputy Director for the library. He was happy in his role and accomplishments in the library industry, but something was missing. “I found out what that was when two young ladies came to HPL to talk about the library program at the University of North Texas (UNT). Dr. Ana Cleveland and Dr. Yvonne Chandler talked about UNT online Master’s program and the importance of having library credentials,” said Roosevelt. On August 8, 2014, he got that “something” that was missing…his degree in library science! “The Master program at UNT was delightful and I learned a lot from the faculty, staff, and students at UNT. With my degree in hand, I am on my way to serving more people in a bigger and better way,” says Roosevelt.

Tammy Westergard – Summer 2014 Graduate

Tammy WestergardTammy Westergard is the Deputy Director of the Carson City Library. She graduated Summer 2014 with a Master of Science in Library Science in Denton and was initiated into Beta Phi Mu, the International Honor Society of Library and Information Professionals. Tammy started online at the University of North Texas College of Information about a year after a transfer from a position as the Deputy Manager of the Carson City (Nevada) Office of Business Development, to the Deputy Director position at the Carson City Library. Before starting at UNT it had been 24 years since she had been responsible for an academic syllabus, and a blackboard required chalk. The only thing “on line” at that time in her life was a load of towels when they needed to smell especially breezy. 

As the Deputy Manager of Carson City’s Office of Business Development, she gained tremendous insight from local employers about workforce training and the need to align learning partnerships to keep the community’s few high-tech manufacturers, who provide good paying jobs, and to have any hope to attract more and build the community’s primary job base. But to attract this sector the workforce must have the right stuff. Folks need marketable skills, particularly those skills relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M). How to make that happen is no easy task. Fortunately at that time UNT doctoral student and then Carson City Library Director, Sara Jones, was blazing a trail to leverage technology and “anytime, anywhere” learning with public library services, as a radical solution to workforce development. Sara could see the obvious value of the public library as the ultimate learning center. Hers was the first voice that encouraged Tammy to consider the UNT College of Information Library Science program. Sara knew distance learning would provide a robust immersion into the virtual world, sharpening her own S.T.E.M. skills. “I could not have imagined the ways I would be personally “re-developed” by joining Sara’s team and through the UNT program, its faculty, staff and my stellar and unwavering advisor, Dr. Yvonne Chandler,” says Tammy.
She took to heart lessons from the degree program, which included a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management.

From July through December of 2013 Tammy led the development of the Carson City Library’s current strategic plan titled “Level UP: a strategic plan for learning 2014-2019.” The focus of the plan emphasizes the public library as the community’s premier resource for free workforce training and it sharply focuses K-12 technology partnerships to improve digital competences throughout the student community, especially with the teens. The Library is working directly with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development wherein the public library is the first point of entry in a S.T.E.M skills learning continuum that includes the school district and community college. More about the library’s strategic plan is available at www.carsoncitylibrary.org. “My future is bright, for sure. Libraries matter and I’m well prepared to do this good work. I chalk it up to life-long learning and UNT Department of Library and Information Sciences,” says Tammy.


Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn Alumni Updates

UNT Mayborn alumnus Michael Felder is a production artist at Ziosk, which makes interactive tablets for the restaurant industry. “I use the skills I was taught over at the Mayborn every day, through the Adobe Creative Suite,” Felder says. “I’m responsible for maintaining menu updates and changes for multiple franchise restaurants, including Olive Garden, Chili’s and more.”

Congratulations to UNT Mayborn alumna Rebecca Hoeffner Smith (MJ ’10), who has joined Tyler, Texas-based Next Step Community Solutions as its coalition coordinator.


College of Engineering

UNT College of Engineering
 Supports Alums in Rotary

Rotary

Following alumni met in Frisco to hear UNT Athletic Director address the Noon Rotary club;
Todd Samuels, 1993 BS Computer Science
Cheryl and Mark Miller, 1963 BBA Finance
Donna Chandler, Development Officer-College of Arts & Sciences
Chris P. Xeros, 1949 BA Music


UNT Community Engagement

UNT Travel Learn Trip: Christmas Lights in London & Paris

Join UNT Professor Peter Johnstone as he leads a Travel Learn trip to London and Paris.  The theme of this tour is Christmas past and Christmas present. With London native and UNT  professor of criminal justice Peter Johnstone and his Parisian wife, Christine Pincemin, you will have the opportunity to explore these great cities with the special insight of two locals. Start your journey back in time and visit London in the time of Dickens. His famous novel A Christmas Carol draws upon the author’s extensive personal knowledge of the people and places of Victorian London to describe a world in which miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of the past, present and future. Together we will retrace some of the steps of Dickens’ famous characters and see for ourselves the places that inspired his wonderful novels.

Charles Dickens had more influence on Christmas than perhaps any other person; the only other possible contender was another Victorian, Prince Albert, who introduced the Christmas tree and the singing of carols.  During the writing of A Christmas Carol, Dickens would walk the streets of London at night, sometimes walking as much as 20 miles, searching for characters, situations, scenes and inspiration. His masterpiece was published the week before Christmas 1843.

“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.” – A Christmas Carol

See the beautiful sights of London and Paris decorated for the holidays.  Shop at Harrods and take the fast train between London and Paris.  Experience these two famous cities as only a native can show you!

UNT’s Travel Learn trips offer a unique educational opportunity to broaden your horizons as you travel the world alongside a member of the UNT faculty.  All Travel Learn trips are small group experiences that combine leisure and sightseeing along with lifelong learning.  For more information: http://call.unt.edu/travellearn.


Planned Giving

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.


Athletics

Beyond the Green – North Texas Football 2014
Tailored after HBO’s Hard Knocks and ESPN’s All-Access, the award-winning series Beyond The Green gives viewers an unprecedented look inside North Texas football.

The goal of Beyond The Green is to humanize the Mean Green’s players and coaches, and present the story lines that develop throughout the season. The executive producer of the show is Ashton Campbell, an NT graduate who has produced shows for CBS College Football Confidential, the Big Ten Network and Yahoo Sports.

Beyond The Green won the Outstanding Special Feature Award at the 2014 College Sports Media Award show in May over entries from Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland and San Francisco.

WHERE TO WATCH

Beyond The Green is seen in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico on Fox Sports Southwest, nationwide on Fox College Sports, and online at MeanGreenSports.com All-Access and the Conference USA Digital Network.

Beyond The Green airs on Thursdays on Fox Sports Southwest at 4 p.m., on CSN-Houston on Friday at 4 p.m., and repeats Friday afternoons on Fox Sports Southwest.

Metroplex Speaker Series Features Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

August 7th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Events

Metroplex Speaker Series presented by the UNT Alumni Association’s Young Professionals – Features Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

DFW Rawlings

Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

Edison’s–1724 Cockrell Ave. Dallas, Texas 75215

The Metroplex Speaker Series continues with the third quarterly luncheon presented by the UNT Alumni Association’s Young Professionals Committee and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings, will be speak about Dallas’ Next Generation of Leaders.

The program takes place Thursday, August 28, at Edison’s in Dallas from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Tables of 10 are available for purchase at $250. Individual tickets are available for UNTAA members at $25 each or $35 for non-members.

To RSVP, click here.