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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

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