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Dr. Phil Speaks to UNT grads

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

Alumnus and television star, Dr. Phil McGraw, brought his message to master’s and doctoral graduates during the 2011 Spring Commencement ceremonies, 32 years after he received his doctorate in clinical psychology from UNT. McGraw’s speech drew applause and laughter as he urged graduates to pursue success by setting clear goals, taking risks, and knowing their “authentic self” while referencing his own success story. He also talked about his own time at UNT in the 1970s and spoke of the university as “one of the best-kept secrets in America.”

The commencement ceremonies honored the achievements of almost 4,000 students. This spring, about 3,210 undergraduate students, 702 master’s students and 82 doctoral candidates applied for graduation.

Membership Benefits

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

Membership in the UNT Alumni Association, which is open to all former students, parents and friends, is a way to express your loyalty to the University of North Texas. Membership in the association supports student programs, alumni events and scholarship. It also comes with a number of services and benefits that everyone can enjoy, including:

   • Texas Monthly magazine (One-year complimentary subscription)

Career and Life Access
   • Alumni career services
   • Dallas Business Club membership (MBA Grads Only)
   • Insurance program opportunities

   • Alumni car rental/hotel discounts
   • Alumni center rental rate discount
   • 20 percent discount to College Optical Express and discounted eye examines (excluding
   • Student rates for you and a guest at Studio Movie Grill
   • Discounted rates to events at the Murchison Performing Arts Centers
   • Alumni Preferred Partner and Student Savings Program allows alums and students to save
     money at area restaurants and retailers, online discounts

   • Alumni networking events
   • Alumni programs, events and outreach
   • Student scholarships

Campus Privileges
   • Option to join the UNT Pohl Recreational Center (not open to public) at a discounted rate

To learn more about these and other benefits, visit

Career Corner

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in Career Corner

Summer workshops offer training, advice:

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

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 under-employed.

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

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

Alumni Mentor Lunch
July 27th,
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
UNT Career Center

Interested in mentoring a student? Perhaps, you are already in the Alumni Mentor Database and would like to get more involved! Please join us at the UNT Career Center for an appreciation event and learn more about programs to get re-connected to our students in the fall.


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On the Day of the Event…

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2. Click on “Participant Login” (no username or password)

3. Scroll down and click on “UNT Career Center”

RSVP your in-person or online attendance to

Professional Career Institute
Saturday, July 16th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, July 23rd, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
UNT Career Center

The UNT Career Center will be hosting the first annual Professional Career Institute, made possible by a grant from Target. This “beyond the job search” training will take place in a two-day format and is for newly employed or soon to be employed graduates of UNT. Industry and Career Center professionals will teach workplace skills and competencies necessary to excelling in a career. Participants must be available for both days of training. There is no cost to participate! Please be watching the Career Center homepage for application materials, or contact Alison Delicati at for more details!

Partner Profile

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Looking for some summer fun that won’t break the bank? Visit your local Studio Movie Grill. You can choose from more than a hundred delicious menu and bar items served in the theater directly to your seat while you enjoy a movie. If you are a member of the UNT Alumni Association, show your ID card and receive student ticket pricing for you and one guest. See show times, browse the menu and purchase tickets at

Calendar of Events

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in Events


Exhibit: “War Cuts” by Don Schol and “Ether” by Pam Burnley-Schol
May 19, 2011 – June 16, 2011
UNT on the Square: 109 N. Elm

“War Cuts” is an exhibition of woodcut prints by Professor Don Schol based on his personal experience in the Vietnam War. “Ether” includes cloudscape paintings by Pam Burnley-Schol.

Summer Explorers Camp
June 13, 2011 – July 8, 2011
UNT – Elm Fork Education Center

With something for every child between 2nd and 8th grade, the Elm Fork Education Center’s Summer Explorers Camp offers weeklong learning adventures that get children involved with the wonders of science.

The Money Club
June 22, 2011
UNT Business Building Room 231

The Student Money Management Center will be sharing information on free community events and discounted or free events at UNT during the summer months. The program will also look at ways to save money on road trips and vacations.

UNT News Briefs

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT named to “Green College” list by The Princeton Review

UNT named one of only three Texas universities on the “Green College” list featuring institutions of higher education that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability.

Click here to read the full story.

“Hispanic Outlook” magazine names UNT among Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics

UNT ranked 31st in undergraduate degrees, awarding more degrees to Hispanics than any other university in North Texas.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT kinesiology professor named 2011-12 Alliance Scholar

James R. Morrow Jr., Regents Professor of kinesiology, was chosen for his research in the area of measurement of physical fitness and physical activity. The honor is the top recognition for research in the field of kinesiology.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

The College of Education recently awarded its Outstanding Dissertation Award to Ryan Holliman, recent graduate from the department of Counseling and Higher Education (CHE).

His dissertation focused on the development of a parent assessment report form – the Child Interpersonal Relationship and Attitude Assessment (CIRAA) – which marks a significant contribution to the field of play therapy. The CIRAA allows researchers to gain more pertinent data about the effects of play therapy, which will then influence practitioners’ use of it.

Holliman is the son of Laura Holliman, long-time staff member in the CHE. “Before my mother began working in the CHE, I was unaware of the existence of licensed professional counselors or play therapy,” said Ryan. “However, my mother sang the praises of the professors with whom she worked, and convinced me to take a few undergraduate classes in the CHE. After my first undergraduate counseling class, I was in love with it. Were it not for my mother, I doubt I would have discovered the field of counseling and play therapy, which has enriched my life so very much.”

Holliman has recently accepted a position at Walden University as a contributing faculty member in the mental health counseling program. He will continue to collaborate with his major professor, Dr. Dee Ray, to develop the CIRAA further, with the eventual goal of making it available commercially to researchers and clinicians.

College of Information

Places and Spaces: Mapping Science- A traveling exhibit from the University of Indiana of more than 70 maps, interactive globes and illustrated diagrams. This exhibit was created to demonstrate the power of maps to not only assist people with navigating and managing physical places, but also abstract topic spaces. The exhibit’s first stop in Texas will be the University of North Texas. UNT will also be the world premier site of the 10 new maps that are visual interfaces to digital libraries. Exhibits will be held at the Discovery Park building September 28th, 2011 – Jan 28th, 2012.

Cost is free. For more information contact

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

After a 55-year journey, Burlyce Logan donned her cap and gown to graduate this May. Logan was one of the first black students to integrate UNT in 1956. After two years of struggles, Logan left UNT and north Texas. However, a desire for a college diploma brought her back to the UNT campus in 2001 and on May 14, 2011, she graduated with a 3.1 grade point average and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs. She plans to be back in the fall to begin work on a master’s degree. Logan is the third of the 11 black students who enrolled in 1956 to receive a degree from UNT.

Watch a video interview with Burlyce Logan.

College of Visual Arts and Design

What started out as elementary school children’s drawings of monsters with many eyes and hairy arms turned into original 12-inch stuffed animals. Students taking an introductory 3D art class made the creations, based on sketches drawn by second grade students at Hodge Elementary School, as part of a dual-class assignment and outreach project called “Taming the World’s Monsters.” The goal of the assignment was to show how the process of a real-life art commission works. The second-graders were paired with 17 UNT art students, who used a variety of materials to create the creatures. When they were complete, the stuffed-animal monsters were presented to the second graders along with a response letter about how they were created.

School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management

Lane Cardwell, UNT Distinguished Alumnus and founding member of the UNT hospitality management board of governors, was recently named as the president of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, a $1 billion concept in the upscale casual dining category. Cardwell brings more than 32 years of experience in the restaurant business including his most recent post as president and CEO of Boston Market, Inc. He has worked on the development of 35 different restaurant chains, holding executive positions with industry leaders such as Brinker International, Eatzi’s Market and Bakery, and S & A Restaurant Corporation.

To stay current on industry trends, Cardwell makes it a point to eat in at least 600 restaurants each year, a feat not easily accomplished but necessary to understand evolving consumer tastes. He attributes much of his success to his keen ability to stay ahead of the curve. He offers this advice to students looking to launch their careers: “Growing companies always promote faster than companies that are not growing. Always look for the upward trend.”

Cardwell, a native Texan, completed a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a master’s in business administration in finance. In 1997, he was recognized as the UNT Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for his career achievements and his involvement with the UNT hospitality management program. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of this UNT soaring eagle at your local neighborhood restaurant!

UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts/ UNT on the Square

Do you own artwork produced prior to 1970 by a UNT faculty member?  If so, would you consider loaning it to UNT on the Square for an exhibition that will be held December 2011 through February 2012 featuring eight decades of art at UNT?  Contact us if you are interested or if you have a piece and wish to verify that it is by a UNT artist. For more information on the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, contact us at 940-369-8257 or visit


Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the commercial shoot about the new stadium featuring Mean Joe Greene!