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Solar panels to make new stadium more
environmentally friendly

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

In an effort to make UNT’s new football stadium even greener, the university will install a high-efficiency solar panel system on a section of the roof of the student entrance. In September 2010, UNT submitted a grant application to the State Energy Conservation Office for $1 million. The grant will fund the purchase and installation of the 126kW solar panel system. Construction crews are moving forward with the installation in expectation of receiving the grant. The solar panels will be one more environmentally friendly feature of the stadium, which is expected to earn gold level certification form the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system.

To purchase tickets for the inaugural season at the new stadium, visit

UNT to offer Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

This summer, the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurs at the University of North Texas will introduce the process of starting a business, boot camp style. The 2011 Entrepreneurs Boot Camp is an event for anyone who has wanted to start their own business but has not known where to get started. Participants will work with UNT graduate students to build business plans and present their work to potential investors and business professionals. Meetings will be held 6-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 8 through July 6 with a wrap up Saturday meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 16. The 2011 Entrepreneurs Boot Camp costs $250 for UNT students, and $600 for UNT faculty and others in the DFW area.

Applications are available at

Career Corner

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Career Corner

Take Flight Program Soars With Success

The UNT Take Flight/Job Shadow program held March 14-18 was a great success.  Nineteen companies hosted 65 students and of the 14 who responded to an online survey following the program, 93 percent indicated they would participate in the Take Flight program again next year and 99 percent rated the program “good” to “excellent” overall.

Companies that hosted UNT students during Spring Break 2011 included:

  • City of Denton
  • Colleyville Parks & Recreation Department
  • DoubleTree Hotel-Dallas
  • Fairmont Hotel Dallas
  • Freeman Company
  • Good Samaritan Village-Denton
  • Habitat for Humanity-Dallas
  • Heart to Heart Hospice
  • Hyatt Regency DFW
  • MarketWave
  • Mohr Partners
  • NCH Corporation
  • North Texas Commission
  • Park Place Dealerships
  • Solutions of North Texas
  • Suddath Relocation Systems of Texas, Inc.
  • Texas Industries, Inc.
  • TracyLocke
  • Weber Air Craft LLC

Partner Profile- Budget

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Partner Profiles

As a member of the UNT Alumni Association, you can count on saving money and time with Budget whenever you need to travel on the road, with as much as a 20 percent discount. No matter what kind of vehicle you need, you’ll find it at Budget. Choose from a large selection of cars, vans and SUVs available at any of the convenient airport or neighborhood locations. Be sure to use the exclusive Budget Customer Discount (BCD) for alumni members each time you reserve a rental car for business or pleasure. Discounts include $25 off a weekly rental, free Sundays and free upgrades.

For additional savings and information or to make a reservation, visit

Calendar of Events

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Events


The Second Annual Open Access Symposium
May 20
Willis Library, UNT

The conference will feature speakers discussing current trends in the Open Access movement and specific ways that open sources software tools are improving access to scholarship.

Alumni in Career Transition: Reentering the Workforce after a Layoff or Time Away
June 14
UNT Career Center
4-6 p.m.

Re-Entering the workforce can be overwhelming and challenging. Join the UNT Career Center and Alumni Association in discovering “What’s Next?” Learn advanced skills, techniques and strategies for job search. This workshop is for the unemployed or underemployed.

Teachers in Career Transition: Finding Jobs Related to Education
June 15
UNT Career Center
1-3 p.m.

Educators experiencing a layoff and/or seeking teaching positions are facing job market challenges. Join the UNT Career Center and Alumni Association in discussion about finding “detour jobs” related to education.

UNT News Briefs

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

TAMS students win $19,000 in scholarships from the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition

Four students from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at UNT won awards in the 2011 Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition. The competition honors outstanding research projects conducted by high school juniors and seniors that focus on behavioral, biological, environmental and social factors that affect health and identify ways to improve the health of the public.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT art professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. D. Jack Davis, a longtime professor of art and founding dean of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA).

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UNT offering graduate certificate in rehabilitation counseling, first program of its kind in Texas

The Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions within the College of Public Affairs and Community Service is now offering a post-graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling, both online and on campus.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Highlights

Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning

The UNT Travel-Learn programs offer a unique educational opportunity to broaden your horizons as you travel the world alongside a member of the UNT faculty. Trips are designed with you in mind, and every trip is built around the expertise and insider knowledge of our faculty. But we haven’t forgotten that travel can be great fun, too! Each customized itinerary combines leisure and sightseeing with the center’s commitment to lifelong learning. For information on these trips, please click on or call Dianne Gibbons at 940-565-3482.

Friday, April 29 – Plano tea and tour day led by Stephanie Miller, who is the Associate Editor of Tea in Texas. The $35 fee includes a tea and lunch at Nee Nee’s Tea Room, tour of the historic Carpenter House and the Interurban Railway Museum, and a lecture on tea covering the origins and history of tea and how to brew the perfect cup.

May 20 -22 – Mark Twain trip to Hannibal, MO, boyhood home of Twain.  This tour will be led by Emeritus Provost and Professor Emeritus David Kesterson. We have space left for three people on this tour. If you are interested, please contact Gibbons as soon as possible.

July 27 – July 31 – Iceland golf trip led by UNT golf coach, Jeff Mitchell. USA TODAY named Iceland the top travel destination for 2011. Golf on three different courses and enjoy golf clinics by coach Mitchell.

September 22 – October 2 – Travel to Prague and Southern Moravia with Dr. Milan Reban. Dr. Reban has 40 years of experience teaching and conducting research on and in the regionand has hosted 25 study trips there. His interests are rooted in his Czech heritage and escaping Communist Czechoslovakia years ago.

College of Education

The third Texas-Jalisco Conference in Education and Culture, “Celebrating 200 Years of Mexican History and Culture,” was held April 28 in the Golden Eagle Suite. Keynote addresses were given by Ambassador Juan Carlos Cué Vega, Consul General of Mexico in Dallas; Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director of PEW Hispanic; and various UNT faculty and students.

College of Information

Outstanding Alumna Service Award

Margaret Irby Nichols (’45, BA Library Science) completed the master of library science program at the University of Texas at Austin after earning her bachelor’s degree at what was then North Texas State Teachers College. After working 10 years in the library and information field, she returned to Denton in 1955 to a faculty position in the School of Library and Information Sciences, which ended with her retirement in 1996.

Throughout her many years of teaching, she acted as mentor and friend to thousands of information professionals who subsequently endowed the Margaret Irby Nichols Scholarship. Her influence as an educator was not limited to teaching at North Texas. She conducted more than 400 workshops throughout the country and published six books and numerous articles on reference and information services.

Her peers have recognized her contributions by electing her president of the Texas Library Association (TLA), including her as a TLA Twentieth Century Library Champion, and honoring her as recipient of the TLA Distinguished Service Award. Since 1988, Mrs. Nichols has edited the alumni magazine for the College of Information.

Outstanding Alumna of the Year, Library and Information Sciences is Wendy Beecham, MS ’87. Wendy was honored at the annual alumni dinner held at the Texas Library Association. Wendy also hosted a presentation. “Untraditional Careers for Information Professions & How to Find Them.

Mayborn School of Journalism

In an effort to nurture the next generation of storytellers and journalists, the organizers of the University of North Texas’ Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference have teamed up with the Education Department at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum to create literary nonfiction programming and an annual biography writing competition.

The new literary competition invites students to research and write biographies about individuals who have left a deep and lasting legacy in their community in order to help students build life skills applicable in a variety of fields and encourage intergenerational conversations.

Biographies will be submitted to UNT’s Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism by May 13. Five Texas winners will be selected and another five will be selected through a national campaign, led by the Mayborn Institute and its partner, Big Thought, a nationally renowned non-profit organization building partnerships that allow all children access to quality learning opportunities.

Each winner and a teacher of his or her choice will be awarded scholarships to this summer’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, which will be held July 22-24 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas. The winners will be recognized during the conference’s Literary Lights dinner on July 23, and the winning biographies will be published in The Dallas Morning News.

For additional information about the biography competition or the Mayborn Conference, contact Jo Ann Ballantine, conference manager, at 940-565-4778 or

Toulouse Graduate School

For the first time in recent memory, UNT alumni holding advanced degrees gathered at an event hosted by the Toulouse Graduate School and Alumni Association. Invitations were sent for an evening of reunions and opportunities to connect as graduates. More than 50 alumni representing different graduate programs attended the event, many of whom had both a masters and doctoral degree from UNT!

The evening kicked off with a wine and cheese reception held at the Alumni Center, located at the UNT Gateway Center. Dr. James Meernik, Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School, made remarks inviting alumni to participate in reconnecting themselves with the UNT community by attending events, lectures and other activities. Dr. Meernik also extended an offer to those attending to become ambassadors for UNT graduate programs. After the reception, those attending were also invited to hear Jorge Cham, creator of Piled Higher and Deeper comics, as a guest speaker for UNT graduate students during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 4-8.

Dr. James Meernik talking with UNT graduate alumni at the wine and cheese reception.

For more information on how to engage with the graduate school, please contact


May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Athletics

Spring Football Game Highlights

You’re invited to the 2011 Mean Green Club Coaches Caravan

Join UNT Coaches Dan McCarney, Sujay Lama, Jeff Mitchell, Karen Aston, Brad Stracke, Ken Murczek and Johnny Jones this May for the 2011 Mean Green Club Coaches Caravan. There will be free food, beverages and fun for the whole family. The event is free, but registration is encouraged by e-mailing