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UNT Alumni Pavilion Set to Open September 10

August 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

The University of North Texas Alumni Association will open the new UNT Alumni Pavilion, located just northeast of the new Mean Green Stadium on Saturday, September 10. The association’s preliminary schedule of events is as follows:

   • 2:30 p.m. – Alumni Pavilion
     Dedication Ceremony

   • 3 p.m. – Inaugural Alumni Pavilion
     Party begins

   • 6 p.m. – Inaugural Mean Green Stadium game begins (UNT versus Houston)

Alumni Pavilion Party policies and notes:

   • Alumni Pavilion Parties will be hosted prior to all Mean Green home football games.

   • These events open three hours prior to kickoff and close 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

   • Multiple 55-inch LCD HDTVs will deliver some of the day’s other college football action.

   • Food and beverage (including adult beverages) will be available for purchase.

   • Misting fans will provide a break from the heat inside the alumni pavilion as well as on the
     exterior patio.

   • The inaugural Alumni Pavilion Party on September 10 is open to all alumni and friends.

   • After September 10, entry to all Alumni Pavilion Parties is reserved exclusively for alumni
     association members and their guests.

   • Non-members are encouraged to join/renew now at or at the pavilion
     on September 10.

   • UNT Alumni Association members must present their valid membership cards for expedited
     entry into pavilion parties beginning September 24.

   • Please submit requests for replacement membership cards at any Alumni Pavilion Party or by
     contacting the association at or 940-565-2834.

   • Members may bring one guest into the pavilion per membership card at no charge.

   • Additional guests and non-members may also purchase a $10 temporary membership, good
     for a one-time entry.

   • Visiting team fans may only gain entry as guests of UNT Alumni Association members.

   • Outside food and beverage will not be allowed into the pavilion.

   • Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

   • If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an Alumni Pavilion Party, please
     contact Rob McKinney at 940-565-3162 or Please allow sufficient
     time to arrange the accommodation.

   • Alumni Pavilion recognition markers are still available for purchase on an ongoing basis.
     Speak to an alumni association staff member for details.

   • Policies are subject to change without notice.

Thank you to our sponsor Liberty Mutual. For more information about member benefits, visit

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Coming to UNT

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will be speaking at the next University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series event at 8p.m. Wednesday, September 7 at the UNT Coliseum. Discounted floor seating for alumni, faculty, staff and veterans is $30. Discounted general admission seating for these groups is $20. Prices for the general public are $40 and $25, respectively.

Reserve your seats early by calling the University Union Information Desk at 940-565-3805. For additional information on the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series, please visit

In addition, the UNT Alumni Association will hold a special gathering prior to the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series Event with Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates. A reception will begin at 5:30 with a program including a guest speaker starting at 6:15. The event will be held at the UNT Alumni Center located at 801 North Texas Boulevard, Suite 170 in Denton, Texas.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are welcome.

Please RSVP for the reception by September 2 via or by calling 940-565-2834.

Career Corner

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Career Corner

Alumni Career Mentor Gatherings
The UNT Career Center is hosting a handful of alumni mentor gatherings during the fall semester aimed at connecting our students to alumni mentors. If interested in attending one or more of the networking events listed below, please contact Alison Delicati at

Alumni Mentor Expo for Undecided Majors

Tuesday, October 25 
3-5 p.m.

120 A & B of Chestnut Hall

Alumni Mentor Expo for Business Majors

Wednesday, September 14 2-3 p.m.

Letterman’s Lounge of the UNT Coliseum

Alumni Mentor Expo for Engineering Majors

Wednesday, October 19 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Discovery Park

Partner Profile

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Partner Profiles

College Optical Express centers provide convenient access to low-cost, time-saving optical services directly on campus – at colleges and universities nationwide. Each College Optical Express center has a fully licensed professional staff dedicated to providing the best service. As a member of the UNT Alumni Association, you can receive 20 percent off our products (excluding contacts) and discounted rates on exams.

College Optical Express UNT
1800 W. Chestnut St., Ste 101
Denton, TX 76201
Phone: 940-369-7441
Fax: 940-369-7403

Calendar of Events

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Events


Mean Green Fling
August 24, 2011
5-8 p.m.
Willis Library Mall

The University of North Texas invites you to participate in the 13th Annual Mean Green Fling! Mean Green Fling is the event that kicks off the start of the school year. This welcome-back event will feature free food, giveaways, live entertainment and other activities.

UNT Fine Arts Series Presents: Beneath Recognition
August 25, 2011 – September 24, 2011
UNT Art Gallery

Inspired by the work of three contemporary American artists, Beneath Cognition combines artworks in varied media that convey, from unique viewpoints, a sense of knowing that lurks just beneath the surface of thought, action or emotion. With these works, the artists provide moments or glimpses of understanding that temporarily take us away from our own lives, only to deposit us back with heightened awareness of self and circumstance.

UNT News Briefs

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT receives software donation equivalent to $1.22 million for visual merchandising

Beginning this fall, the UNT merchandising degree program will create layouts and plans for store concepts using the same software used by international retailers, thanks to a gift from vrSoftware Ltd.

Click here to read the full story.

Team of UNT researchers awarded $600,000 NSF grant to develop sustainable building materials

Four UNT researchers received grants from the National Science Foundation to develop sustainable, energy-efficient and multifunctional bioproducts for construction such as natural alternatives to fiberglass and other commonly used non-biodegradable building materials.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT to build Zero Energy Research Laboratory

Construction has been slated to begin on a facility to test emerging technologies that allow building systems to have a net-zero consumption of energy. The lab will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

COE receives grant for national study on American Indian student success

Amy Fann, Marc Cutright, Bonita Jacobs and Janet Marling from the program in Higher Education, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, received a $139,234 grant from the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation for conducting a national study on American Indian transfer and degree/certificate completion.

They will investigate American Indian/Alaska Native success (degree/certificate completion) and transfer to four-year institutions for students attending two-year Tribal Colleges or two-year Native American-Serving, Non-Tribal Institutions. The researchers will collect data from two-year tribal colleges and two-year NASNTIs on AI/AN student success and transfer and data on institutional factors and practices that support AI/AN student success and/or transfer.

Although restricted to AI/AN students, the investigators believe this study has potential for national replication of practice and policy for other under-resourced populations; especially rural, first-generation, and economically disadvantaged students.

College of Information

Sam Passey, UNT Library and Information Sciences alumnus, library director and 2011 Utah Librarian of the Year, received a $5 million grant to build the Vernal Library and Community Resources Center. Sam Passey and 60 young adults and community leaders celebrated the ground breaking of their new 33,000-square foot building in May. Read the full story at,1482531

College of Publics Affairs and Community Service

We will be participating in First Flight week August 21-29 and we want you to get involved! Come learn how you can make a difference by participating in various service activities, including making cards for soldiers, bookmarks for children or a drop-off area for donations.  Faculty, staff and students will be on-hand to showcase programs in PACS and ways to get involved in both UNT and the local community. There will also be free pizza and popcorn.

School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management

Hospitality Students Exhibit at National Restaurant Association Show

Hospitality management students were busy this year attending trade shows and exhibiting for the Hospitality Management program of the University of North Texas. Fourteen students represented the program at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show in Chicago in May.

Hospitality Management chair Dr. Lea Dopson and Career Development Coordinator Rosa Malave accompanied the students to the show. People visiting the UNT booth included prospective students, of governors members, industry representatives, hospitality education professionals, and alumni.

Pepsico Foodservice sponsored the UNT students at the NRA Show by providing show badges and rooms at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The students attended a reception hosted by the Hospitality Industry Recruiting Executives (HIRE), and they also worked with industry executives at the Pepsico booth.

UNT Libraries

UNT Libraries to host Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

Through September 2, the UNT Libraries will host Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, an exhibit that explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.

The exhibit is available for viewing in the Library Forum, on the first floor of Willis Library, during regular library hours. There is no fee and members of the community are encouraged to visit. Supplementary resources from the UNT Library collections will be on display and available for checkout; these resources include titles on alchemy, mythical beasts, herbalism and the significant scholars of the day, as well as analyses of the Harry Potter series.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information on the exhibit, please see the NIH website at

A Glimpse of the Stadium

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Athletics, Videos

Want to get a glimpse of the stadium before it opens? Watch this video and get an inside view of the new stadium before the Sept. 10 game.