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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

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