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October 4th, 2011 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Counseling alumna accepts Harvard position

Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds recently announced the appointment of Lisa “Lee” Forest as the first director of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Queer (BGLTQ) Student Life. Forest (M.Ed., 2005, Counseling) will take the reins of the newly created position beginning Nov. 1, 2011. She will report to the assistant dean of student life, and will oversee all initiatives related to supporting BGLTQ undergraduate student life.

When asked how she anticipated using her UNT counseling master’s degree at Harvard, Forest stated, “UNT gave me an excellent education, and I am extremely happy that I earned my M.Ed. in counseling there. I have relied on my counseling skills to develop strong relationships with colleagues and students, but most importantly to foster learning and development in my students. My counseling background provides me with the ability to accurately assess students’ needs and to utilize techniques that encourage students to grow in their understanding of the world, themselves, and their relationships to others. I anticipate relying on these skills at Harvard as well.”

Senior wins Next Generation Nonprofit Leader award

Senior Development and Family Studies major Consuela Miller was recently granted the $4,500 Next Generation Nonprofit Leader (NextGen) award, available exclusively to students who are actively pursuing a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics). The UNT chapter of that alliance is run by Rachel Yedlowski, within the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS). The function of the internship, and of the Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program, is to prepare a new generation of non-profit leaders and administrators, and the award recognizes extraordinary students completing their internship at a non-profit organization.

College of Information

The New COI Colloquium

The College of Information has a new lecture series- The COI Colloquium.  This series is intended to serve the needs of doctoral students in all of the College’s programs. We believe that there is a sufficient cross-disciplinary interest in topics that we could bring in speakers who focus on topics of relevance to all IIS (interdisciplinary information science) doctoral students as well as students in the two doctoral programs in Learning Technologies (Applied Technologies Performance Improvement, Educational Computing). 
There will no longer be an IS PhD Colloquium, but the new series will serve to nurture a culture of scholarship and research among all COI doctoral students.

UNT to display ‘Places & Spaces’ national traveling exhibit of maps used by researchers

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science — A traveling exhibit of 70 maps, three interactive globes and an illuminated diagram. The maps include weather forecasting maps, maps for economic decision makers and maps for science policy makers. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, Places & Spaces is being sponsored by the University of North Texas College of Information.

Exhibit will be open through Jan. 24. during the following hours :
Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.;
Mondays-Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Exhibit closed Nov. 24-25, Dec. 24-Jan. 2 and Jan. 16.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

UNT’s Success for Life through Reading receives boost to aid preschool literacy program
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board announced that The Success for Life through Reading program will receive a $91,000 service-learning grant.  Together Denton ISD  high school students and UNT volunteers will work together to improve literacy rates and school readiness in area pre-school children.  For 10 years UNT students have read and distributed books to low income preschool children in Denton. But with the State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant this year’s program will reach 1,200 area children.

About the Youth Advisory Board: The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Advisory Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to grantees.

Applications for the YAB are available for interested, passionate youth aged 17-20 to become a Youth Advisory Board member.  More information can be found at  Applications must be submitted online by October 3.

For more information or to contribute to Success for life, contact

MPA Program celebrates 50th anniversary
Kimberly Tolbert and her team have been hard at work planning a year-long series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the first graduate – Jim Starr (’62) — of the predecessor to the MPA program walked across the stage to receive his diploma. Since then, more than 1200 graduates have followed suit.

Honorary co-chairs for the 50th celebration are Dr. Charldean Newell and Dr. Chet Newland.  Both are UNT alumni and both played pivotal roles in the program’s growth and success. Charldean was a member of the MPA faculty for 37 years and was instrumental, as chair of Political Science, in the program’s successful inaugural accreditation by NASPAA in 1980. She was part of the founding group of faculty who moved the program out of political science and into the new Department of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.  Chet Newland became chair of the political science department shortly after the establishment of the MA program in urban management, the MPA program’s predecessor, in 1961.  It was his vision that laid the foundation for the transition of this MA program into the MPA program in 1969.  It is most fitting that these two pillars of the program be selected by the planning committee as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The Planning Committee has selected as the theme for the year UNT-MPA Golden Year: Producing Public Servants for 50 years.  Please save the following dates to join fellow alumni, professors, and friends in celebration of this milestone:

October 22 UNT Tailgate and Homecoming, Park in Fouts Field
Honorary event chair:  Bill Lively, UNT Vice Chancellor of Strategic Partnerships
3:00 – 5:30: Tailgate in PACS Tent, Mean Green Village
6:00: Game (UNT v. Univ. of Louisiana, Monroe). Tickets are $20 for reserved seating with MPA alumni.  Alumni will be introduced on the field at halftime. To reserve tickets, please respond to the E-vite by October 13.
November 19 National Family Volunteer Day
December 3 Annual Alumni-Student Holiday Social, Addison Town Hall
January 2012 UNT-MPA Night @ the Super Pit
Feb 24, 2012 Annual MPA Spring Conference and Luncheon, Gateway Center and Apogee Stadium, 9:00 – 3:00
Mar 31, 2012 UNT The Big Event Community Service
April 28, 2012 MPA 50th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction
May 2012 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament;  Annual dinner with MPA Alumni in Austin; Annual dinner with MPA alumni in Washington, D.C.

College of Visual Arts and Design

Alumnus garners national attention with “Stellar” project

Beginning with a theory that “humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death,” alumnus Ignacio Torres has created a project that uses three-dimensional animated GIFs to portray models in a west Texas desert setting. Torres used dust and reflective confetti to create the galaxies seen in the pictures. “The models organic bodily expressions as they are frozen in time between the particles suggest their celestial creation,” Torres said on his website. “Their movement serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness though time.”

See Ignacio Torres’s “Stellar” project and others on his website at

Students gain experience through internship positions
The last academic year and summer provided CVAD students with many internship opportunities. The students below were able to gain new experiences and knowledge in various art settings.

   • Rachel Albright: Currents; Santa Fe International New Media Festival (In association with El
     Museo Cultural de Santa Fe; The New Mexico Museum of Art; The Santa Fe Complex; The
     Center for Contemporary Art; and Axel Contemporary et al.)
   • Laurel Benson: The Tramell Crow Collection of Asian Art
   • Amy Bragg: Tacoma Art Museum
   • Adriana D’Alba: The Dallas Museum of Art
   • Karen Colbert: McDermott Fellow, Dallas Museum of Art
   • Katie Gibbs: Shango Gallery
   • Jennifer Hartman: North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA)
   • Mary Nangah: The Rachofsky House
   • Jessica Nelson: The Rachofsky House
   • Nicole Newland: The Dallas Museum of Art
   • Kristi Reese: The Meadows Museum of Art
   • Lynda Wilbur: The Nasher Sculpture Center
   • Casey Wilson: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
   • Holly York: The Dallas Museum of Art

Many of these students will be participating in an Internship Symposium to take place on 29 November, 5-7pm in ART 219. This will be a public symposium to introduce students to internship opportunities in the area and elsewhere and to educate potential future interns about the internship application process as well as the possibilities that exist. It will also be a great moment to recognize the work that has been done and the continued work of our students and, in particular, our historical and continued strengths in art museum education.

Toulouse Graduate School

Toulouse Graduate School Hosts Open House

The Graduate School Open House is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 to showcase available graduate degree options to prospective students.  Open to anyone, information sessions will be available along with campus tours and lunch.  This event is one of many fall recruitment efforts planned by the Toulouse Graduate School.  They will also be attending numerous graduate fairs at Texas universities, the national conference for the Society of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, along with other on-campus events to attract more and better graduate students to UNT.

If you are interested in attending the Graduate School Open House, check out for more information.

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