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New UNT Business Leadership Building designed for tomorrow’s business education

September 12th, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

UNT business students started the Fall 2011 semester in a new, high-tech building, designed to prepare them for a changing business world.

Some of the 180,000-square-feet of the new Business Leadership Building (BLB) features include a securities trading room with a dozen Bloomberg kiosks and stock tickers, an executive board room, 24 classrooms, a café, computer labs, study and tutor rooms, and an entire floor dedicated to faculty offices and meeting spaces. In a departure from academic tradition, faculty offices will not be organized by department, a design feature encouraging interdisciplinary research.

The BLB is expected to receive gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which means the building’s design and construction met strict environmental standards.

“Not only will the Business Leadership Building visually change the face of the UNT campus, it will also mark a major change in how we facilitate student learning,” said Finley Graves, dean of UNT’s College of Business. “The building’s infrastructure will combine energy efficiency, high-tech amenities and more opportunities for faculty-student interaction. This facility reinforces our commitment to academic excellence and to leadership in business education.”

UNT President V. Lane Rawlins said the new Business Leadership Building is part of a wave of new university facilities symbolizing that UNT’s dedication to providing students the best education has never been stronger.

“Everything we do at UNT is in support of our students, so when we build, it’s not just to make room for more students on a booming campus. We’ve created a state-of-the-art environment to inspire students and help them become the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs,” Rawlins said.

The building will use cloud computing as its main computing platform, which allows all students and faculty to access College of Business software and applications from anywhere in the world, at any time, without having to be in a computer lab in the building. Each classroom features two video projection screens, document cameras, fast internet connections for using live video with HD video cameras, and fast wireless internet access. Meeting rooms have video conference capabilities, document cameras, projection screens, wireless microphones and telephones.

Construction on the $70 million building began in 2009. It is designed to accommodate more than 7,500 students.

For more information, visit  Giving opportunities for the BLB are still available.  Contact David Broughton, Director of Development, to learn more at 940.891.6855.

UNT alumnus pledges largest gift in university history

September 12th, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

A pledge of $22 million from entrepreneur and alumnus Charn Uswachoke  – the largest gift in UNT history – was announced Aug. 15 in Denton and Bangkok. The pledge gift focuses on enhancing UNT’s already outstanding student experience while elevating UNT’s prominence in music, engineering and business.

“I wanted to help the next generation have a better education so that we all can have a better world,” Uswachoke, said. “UNT is a top-quality school and continues to grow and strengthen as it expands into new areas.”

President V. Lane Rawlins said Uswachoke’s pledge is significant for its size, breadth and unmitigated support of the university’s quest for excellence in providing a student-focused, high quality education and growing as a major public research university.

Some of Uswachoke’s pledged gift dollars are expected to qualify for matching funds under the state’s program to help emerging research universities, such as UNT, become national research universities, which would further boost the impact of his pledge.

Uswachoke’s $22 million pledge will be divided among UNT’s world-renowned College of Music, the College of Engineering and the College of Business.

The College of Music will receive $10 million:

   • $5 million for endowed professorships and chairs in music

   • $3 million to fund touring and recording opportunities for students

   • $2 million for highly sought-after, competitive scholarships in music

The College of Engineering will receive $6.5 million:

   • $5 million to create the Charn Uswachoke Center for Energy Efficient Materials, a center
     that will help UNT and its materials science and engineering department become a leader
     in energy-related materials research.

   • $1.5 million to create an endowed professorship in materials science and engineering to
     attract a top researcher to head the center.

The College of Business will receive $5.5 million:

   • $5 million to fund the Charn Uswachoke Scholarships for Study Abroad for undergraduate
     and MBA students

   • $500,000 to establish the Charn Uswachoke Graduate Suite in the new Business
     Leadership Building

Previously, Uswachoke donated $1 million in 1995, the largest cash gift up to that time. He quickly followed with a $1.2 million gift that same year. The gifts supported music, business and international endeavors.

“These types of gifts are so important to a university’s sustained growth,” said Lisa Baronio, vice president for advancement and director of development for the UNT Foundation. “They allow us to build on and maintain our rich history of excellence.”

For more, visit

Photo by Luke Duggleby/Bangkok.

Apogee Stadium commemorative coin – Own a piece of UNT History

September 12th, 2011 | Posted in Alumni News

For this year’s fund raising event, the Denton Chapter of the UNT Alumni Association will be selling commemorative coins to celebrate the opening of APOGEE Stadium at UNT. The coins will be exact replicas of that used for the coin toss at the first game on September 10, 2011. The coins will be 2” in diameter and approximately 3mm thick and come with a presentation capsule to protect and show off the coin. The coin will be in limited supply and will be sold for $15 each. In addition, the Denton Chapter will offer the Omega/Alpha package which includes a Fouts Field Farewell Tour mug for the end of Fouts and a Commemorative Coin for the beginning of the new stadium for $20. Pre-orders are recommended. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this coin to celebrate and commemorate the inaugural game in our beautiful new APOGEE Stadium. Proceeds will benefit scholarships at UNT.

Find the order form here.

Career Corner

September 12th, 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 mentor resources. If interested in attending one or more of the networking events listed below, please contact Alison Delicati at

Alumni Mentor Expo for Business Majors
Wednesday, September 14th
Letterman’s Lounge of the UNT Coliseum

Alumni Mentor Expo for Engineering Majors
Wednesday, October 19th
Discovery Park

Alumni Mentor Expo for Undecided Majors
Tuesday, October 25th
120 A & B of Chestnut Hall

Partner Profile

September 12th, 2011 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Earn Cash Back on Electricity Bills through our Newest Partner

The University of North Texas Alumni Association has partnered with Energy Plus®.  Now, UNT alumni have the opportunity to choose a retail energy provider that offers Activation Bonuses and Cash Back rebates on electricity.

Alumni will receive these great benefits:

–          $25 Activation Bonus for each account enrolled after just two months of service

–          3% Cash Back every year on the supply portion of your bill automatically

–          Month-to-month rate plan – where you are not locked into a long-term commitment

–          No early cancellation penalties, enrollment fees, or monthly service charges

You also have the opportunity to support 100% wind power.  Choose the Energy Plus Green Option on your application and you can make the environmentally responsible choice to cut pollution, reduce your carbon footprint, and expand renewable energy, while still earning Cash Back.

Learn More or Sign Up!


Or call Energy Plus at 877-770-3373 and mention offer code “UNT-5516”.

This program is available within select service areas of seven states including Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Calendar of Events

September 12th, 2011 | Posted in Events


“The Wall”
9 p.m. Thursdays and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays through Fall 2011
UNT Sky Theater, located in the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building

The UNT Sky Theater will be presenting “The Wall,” a planetarium show set to the historic 1979 album of the same name by British rock group Pink Floyd. The program was created by Aaron McEuen at the Utah-based Starlight Productions, which creates planetarium shows for venues around the world. Tickets are $6 for UNT students, faculty and staff with UNT ID and $7 for the general public. Only cash or check is accepted.


Beneath Cognition
Through October 1
UNT Art Gallery in UNT Art Building

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.


Garth Fagan Dance
8 p.m. September 22
Margo Jones Performance Hall at Texas Women’s University

The internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance — led by artistic director Garth Fagan, the Tony and Olivier award-winning choreographer of Broadway’s The Lion King — will showcase new works and revivals in celebration of its 40th anniversary season.

$30 for general public; $15 for faculty, staff and seniors and non-UNT students; free for UNT students with ID

UNT News Briefs

September 12th, 2011 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT dedicates memorial flag poles to honor fallen students

UNT dedicated three new memorial flag poles on Aug. 22 in honor of deceased students and will serve as a notification to the community of the university’s loss.

Click here to read the full story.

Director of Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification program elected president of the National Association for Bilingual Education

Dr. Rossana Boyd will oversee the NABE, work with policymakers in Washington, D.C., and serve as a representative at national events as NABE President.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT and Texas Department of State Health Services form partnership

The partnership will help advance state research priorities by connecting valuable public health information with academic researchers.

Click here to read the full story.

Bill Lively to join UNT System as Vice Chancellor

Bill Lively will fill the new position of Vice Chancellor of Strategic Partnerships and will work closely with each UNT campus president and their staffs to help shape and meet their growing development and fundraising needs.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

September 12th, 2011 | Posted in Highlights

College of Arts and Sciences

The UNT English Department is proud to claim over 4,000 alumni and friends. Our graduates have gone on to illustrious careers in business, education, journalism, law, publishing, and other fields. The new Alumni Pages at provide opportunities for departmental alumni and supporters to reconnect with the department and with each other. Visit today to share your accomplishments or to find ways to support our programs.

College of Education

COE Dean featured in Sports Illustrated magazine

Dr. Jerry R. Thomas, dean and professor, was recently featured in Sports Illustrated magazine as part of a new series on sports science. The article, written by David Epstein, is entitled “It’s All About Anticipation” and is featured on pages 54-57 of the August 8, 2011 issue. It investigates batter anticipation in response to a pitcher’s throwing, how the batter processes the nuance of a pitcher’s throwing motion and the reason baseball players can hit 100-mph fastballs but miss 70-mph softballs. In the article, Thomas references mid-20th century softball pitcher Eddie Feigner (King and his Court) and his ability to strike out baseball greats Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Maury Wills, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente.

Thomas, who has studied expert athletes and played against Feigner in a game in 1958, states, “He knew baseball players couldn’t hit the softball. People assume it’s easier to hit because it’s bigger. But it comes from a different distance with a different motion.”

In addition to being interviewed, Thomas works with Epstein on developing the sports science series and has been asked to continue in this advisory role.

People and animals share social responses, Chandler says in magazine

Cynthia Chandler, professor of counseling and director of both the Center for Animal Assisted Therapy and the Biofeedback Lab, is featured in an article Counselor’s best friend in the August issue of the American Counseling Association magazine, Counseling Today.

The subheading of the article reads, “There’s science behind the ability of counselor-pet teams to break down barriers with even the toughest of clients.”

The article brings further national attention to the UNT Center for Animal-Assisted Therapy, as well as to the second edition of Chandler’s groundbreaking text, Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling, due out in September, and to the association’s recently formed Animal-Assisted Therapy in Mental Health Interest Network.

Chandler spearheaded the network’s founding and co-facilitates it with Amy Johnson, animal assisted therapy program project coordinator at Oakland University.

Chandler’s innovation and collaboration in the counseling specialty area of animal-assisted therapy contributes to the Counseling Program’s national recognition.

College of Information

UNT Libraries and the College of Information have received more than $800,000 in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library services to study the challenges of curating and preserving digital information.

William Moen, associate dean for research at COI and Martin Halbert, associate professor in library sciences and dean of UNT libraries, received grants from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The grants support recruitment and education of the next generation of librarians and faculty. This award will aid in the development in new graduate-level courses in digital curation and data management, to begin in 2012. The courses will be integrated in the proposed Graduate Academic Certificate in Digital Curation and Data Management. To read more news stories, follow our RSS feed at

College of Music

UNT College of Music presents Fall 2011 Season
For a complete list of events in the UNT College of Music, including faculty and student recitals. For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit Some concerts are streamed live at


7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 (Thursday)
An American Tribute in memory of 9/11
Symphonic Band
Dennis W. Fisher, conductor
Music of Gould, Ticheli, Ives
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center

8 p.m. Sept. 27 (Tuesday)
Jerry McCoy, coordinator
A Cappella Choir, Chamber Choir, Collegium Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 (Thursday)
Wind Symphony
Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center

8 p.m. Sept. 30 (Friday)
Symphony Orchestra
David Itkin, conductor
Emanuel Borok, violin
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center

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College of Public Affairs and Community Service

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of North Texas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The MPA program has received national recognition from U.S. News and World Report as the best in Texas and the Southwest and 9th among the nation’s top schools in the area of city management and urban policy. The more than 1,200 MPA alumni work in all levels of public service including local, state, and federal government as well as the non-profit sector, business, and international affairs. The program will receive special recognition at UNT’s homecoming football game in October for this great achievement. To celebrate the milestone, alumni of the program will host a year-long celebration with several events that culminate with a 50th anniversary gala in April 2012. For more information about UNT’s MPA program, visit

Apogee Stadium Naming Rights Press Conference

September 9th, 2011 | Posted in Athletics