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April 5th, 2011 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Dr. Jane B. Huffman, Associate Professor, Educational Administration, travels to Taiwan and Singapore, March 8 – 22, 2011, to conduct research, professional development, and collaborative planning with researchers from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia. Their transnational work centers around professional learning communities (PLCs) and distributed leadership. The researchers and their teams are developing  five-year plans to utilize the concepts and practices of PLCs in Taiwanese and Singaporean schools. The professional learning community model is Dr. Huffman’s research area in which she has conducted research for the past 13 years. She and her research team have recently published a book titled Demystifying Professional Learning Communities: School Leadership at Its Best (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010).

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

The College of Public Affairs & Community Service Appreciation Banquet took place on April 1. The event recognizes the work of four individuals and one organization in the area of community service. Below are this year’s recipients.

Martha Garber
Staff Award for Community Service

Antonio Puente, Jr.
Daniel M Johnson Award of Distinction for Community Service & Leadership

David W. Hartman, Ph.D.
Hiram J. Friedsam Award for Distinguished Faculty Service

Rachel L. Rachel
William A. Luker Award for Student Involvement

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Award of Distinction for Organizations Involved in Community Service & Leadership

College of Visual Arts and Design

Check out the Communication design blog to see UNT winners at the 2011 Fort Worth Addy’s. Of the 29 awards presented, 21 of them went to UNT students. This posting begins on March 3. To see more:

Greek Life

The annual Greek Awards Ceremony was held on March 6 in the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Sam Moon, member of Sigma Phi Epsilon was recognized as the seventh recipient of the Outstanding Greek Alumni Award.

Sam received his Bachelor’s degree from UNT in 1990 in Marketing with a minor in retail. Sam joined Sigma Phi Epsilon in the fall of 1985 and was an active member of the fraternity throughout his collegiate career. As an alumnus, Sam is currently the President of the Sam Moon Group, with five locations in the region and over 350 employees under his leadership.

Previous winners of the award include Martha Brown, Tony Goolsby, Debbie Denmon, Gayle Strange, Phil Glauben and Paula Shepard.

Multicultural Center

TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie to speak at UNT

Blake Mycoskie
TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver
Live Speaking Engagement
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
4:30 pm
Auditorium Building

Join Blake for an inspirational talk about how he started TOMS and what it has taught him about business and life.  Come learn about the One for One movement and how you can do well by doing good!

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 21 through the Union Information Desk.

1 free ticket with a UNT Student ID, $5 for UNT faculty/staff/alumni, $10 for community members

For more information about the event, please call the Multicultural Center at 940-565-3424.

School of Merchandising and Hospitality

‘Creating Global Consumer Experiences Symposium’ slated for April 14

Understanding the global consumer in the 21st century is the nexus of successful retail and hospitality companies.  Whether creating memorable experiences, extending the essence and reach of a brand, or exploring new technologies and online formats, successful businesses clearly understand what makes these techno-savvy consumers tick.

On April 14, 2011, the School of Merchandising and Hospitality (SMHM) will explore how companies are engaging the new global consumer at the 7th Creating Global Consumer Experiences Symposium.  The annual event is held in conjunction with the SMHM research competition.

Dave Goodman, CEO of Goodman Experiences, will be the featured keynote speaker.  Touted as a catalyst for creative collaboration, Goodman’s work with companies such as Disneyland Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery, and Tokyo Disney resort will provide the foundation for rethinking global branding and entertainment in the new millennia.  Industry experts joining Goodman on the panel are:

   • Rhonda Levene, Senior Vice President/GM National Accounts, PepsiCo Foodservice

   • Sid Keswani, Senior Vice President, Target Stores

   • Bob Meyers, CEO, Sheplers Western Wear

The free event, open to the UNT community, will be held in the Silver Eagle Suite from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  For more information contact Joy Wright, Director of Development, at


Watch as Coach McCarney hosted members of UNT Greek Life at the new football stadium to reach out to them and get them excited for the football season and team.

North Texas Announces 2011 Football Schedule with the season opener a Sun Belt Conference game at Florida International on Sept. 1. See the whole schedule at

Get Your UNT Gear Online

Did you know UNT has an online merchandise store?  You can get all your UNT merchandise and apparel at — UNT’s official online merchandise store.  Show your pride in UNT and support UNT athletics with every purchase.  Look out for a spring sale coming soon on summer clothing, polos and hats!  Support UNT, show your pride!

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