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Catch the Coaches Caravan

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
Experience a spirited, family friendly evening by joining the Mean Green Club and the UNT Alumni Association for the 2017 Coaches Caravan. Catch up on the latest athletics news while enjoying a relaxed pep rally atmosphere.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker will discuss the future of the UNT athletics program and will share highlights from the new strategic plan. Coaches and student athletes will mingle with the crowd to personally meet attendees and discuss UNT and athletics.

While in attendance, you can also visit tables hosted by the UNT Alumni Association, the Mean Green Club, the Barnes and Noble Bookstore and the ticket office.

The 2017 Coaches Caravan will have a total of six stops. Select the one that best fits your schedule and location and we’ll see you there!

May 8, 6-8 p.m.
Collin County
Park Place Lexus
6785 Dallas Pkwy., Plano, TX 75024

May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Dallas County
Dot’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard
2615 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226

May 10, 6-8 p.m.
Denton County
Audacity Brew House
1012 Shady Oaks Dr., Denton, TX 76205

May 11, 6-8 p.m.
Tarrant County
Collective Brewing Project
112 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104

May 17, 6-8 p.m.
Houston
Karbach Brewery
2032 Karbach St., Houston, TX 77092

May 18, 6-8 p.m.
San Antonio
Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling
4834 Whirlwind Dr., San Antonio, TX 78217

Admission for UNT Alumni Association and Mean Green Club members – $5
Admission for non-members – $10

RSVP at UNTalumni.com/CoachesCaravan

Wingspan Gala Soars

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
With boots and flowing gowns, the 2017 Wingspan Gala was not an event to miss. As guests entered the UNT Union, they were greeted with a special photo opportunity with bails of hay and a historic wagon. Presidential awards were presented and College of Music groups provided entertainment during the dinner program. After dinner, guests were treated to an intimate acoustic performance by Eli Young Band. Following the Wingspan Gala, Eli Young Band performed an exclusive concert at Apogee Stadium to a lively crowd.

2017 Presidential Award Winners
Wings of Eagles Presidential Award – G. Brint Ryan (’88, ’88 M.S.)
Presidential Excellence Award (Faculty) – Richard DeRosa
Presidential Excellence Award (Student) – UNT senior Marisa Nowicki

To see all the photos taken outside prior to the gala beginning, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskRSLgck

To see all the photos from the gala, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskRTaaTP

To see all the photos from the Eli Young Band concert at Apogee Stadium, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskRKg3Cd

Thank a Teacher

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News

Has a UNT teacher made a positive difference in your life? Let them know.

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students. They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures. When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students and alums have the opportunity to say “Thanks” through the “Thank a Teacher” Program here at UNT. Current students and alums will have until May 12, 2017 to complete the form at http://thanks.unt.edu/ to share their thanks with their UNT teacher(s). You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank). You may also choose to remain anonymous. Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition from the Provost with copies to their Deans and Department Chairs!

Grant McCasland Hired as Men’s Basketball Head Coach

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics

Grant McCasland has been hired as North Texas men’s basketball head coach, Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker announced on Monday, March 13, 2017.

“I am excited to welcome Grant McCasland as our 18th head men’s basketball coach,” Baker said. “Coach McCasland is a rising superstar in college basketball and possesses all of the qualities we desired when we began our search. He has been successful at every step of his career. He’s a proven coach and recruiter, but most importantly, he has demonstrated the ability to help young men grow and develop as people. We are fortunate to have a coach of his integrity and caliber leading our men’s basketball program. He and his family are from the area and understand Texas values. They will be tremendous assets to this campus and community.”

McCasland is an 18-year coaching veteran and arrives at North Texas after leading Arkansas State to a 20-win season for only the fourth time in ASU history. McCasland’s career winning percentage is an eye-popping 80 percent.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as the next head basketball coach at the University of North Texas,” McCasland said. “I am honored by the confidence that both Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker and President Neal Smatresk have demonstrated as we went through this process. Their commitment and vision for men’s basketball at North Texas is inspiring and I look forward to working with them to build champions and prepare leaders with the young men we have in our program. We are going to strive daily for excellence in every aspect of our program, do things the right way, and establish a winning culture that values relationships throughout. Our family looks forward to joining Mean Green nation and I can’t wait to get started in Denton.”

Grant and his wife Cece have four children: daughters Amaris and Jersey and sons Jett and Beckett.

Check out a video recap of McCasland’s First Week at North Texas

Did You Know?

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Did You Know?


Did you know that faculty and staff of UNT also donate to scholarships and programs, just like alumni? Each April, the Annual Fund at UNT hosts the
We Care We Count Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign which encourages UNT full-time employees and retirees to pick a place on campus they care about and donate to it! Last year, 720 faculty and staff members broke the record for number of donors during We Care We Count—a record which we hope to break again this year. UNT students benefit immensely when the entire UNT community of alumni, parents, and faculty and staff come together and showcase the giving spirit of the Mean Green.

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April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Partner Profiles

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Calendar of Events

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Events

2017 Highlights

May

May 2
UNT Official Ring Presentation Ceremony

May 8
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Collin County
Park Place Lexus

May 9
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series – Charles Gasparino

May 9
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Dallas County
Dot’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard

May 10
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Denton County
Audacity Brew House

May 11
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Tarrant County
Collective Brewing Project

May 12
Thank A Teacher Deadline

May 12-13
UNT Commencement

May 17
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Houston
Karbach Brewery

May 18
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
San Antonio
Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling

UNT News Briefs

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in UNT News Briefs
UNT’s Early Childhood Music program adds new Maymester session

The College of Music’s Early Childhood Music Program helps young children develop an inherent musical understanding. Classes are offered for children from birth to five years old. Registration by May 1 preferred.

Click here to read the full story.


UNT librarian wins national award

Julie Leuzinger, associate librarian and head of library learning services, has been awarded the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Politics, Policy and International Relations Section Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award.

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UNT student creates device aimed at helping those with arthritic knees walk easier

Jenn Cao, a graduate student in UNT’s College of Engineering, has created a working exoskeleton prototype aimed at helping those who struggle to walk because of osteoarthritis in their knees.

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