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Join UNT Alumni for the Emerald Ball Goes Green

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Join fellow UNT alumni Feb. 25 for the Emerald Ball Goes Green at UNT’s Apogee Stadium. The annual event helps to raise money for UNT’s standout Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which helps high-achieving but financially challenged students achieve their college dreams. The program provides students with financial and academic support and campus connections to help them succeed in college and earn their degrees. Since its inception in 2007, the award-winning program has helped more than 2,400 students — most of whom are first-generation college students — attend UNT. Already, nearly 170 Emerald Eagle Scholars have graduated early or on time.

By attending the sixth annual Emerald Ball, you can meet scholars and hear how the program and its supporters have changed their lives. You also will spend the evening in UNT’s green stadium, the nation’s first newly constructed LEED Platinum-certified college football stadium, and get an intimate look at the stadium’s Club Level and suites. In keeping with the sustainability theme, the ball will feature recycled and reusable material and local vendors who provide the food and music.

The “Green-Tie” event will be held in the Club Level of UNT’s Apogee Stadium starting at 6 p.m. and includes cocktails, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $200 each, with proceeds supporting the Emerald Eagle Scholars program. Ball attendees also can purchase a table of eight for $5,000, which also entitles them to be listed as a sponsor. There will be complimentary valet parking.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact or at 940-565-4851.

Board of Directors – Call for Nominations

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

We are seeking nominations for highly motivated leaders to serve as future leaders of the UNT Alumni Association’s board of directors. Help lead us to identify a diverse pool of candidates who can expand our worldwide network of alumni for the generations to follow. Please see the attached information for qualifications and expectations. The submission deadline is February 29, 2012.

Career Corner

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

Alumni Career Center Webinar Series

Preparing for a Career Fair- Wednesday, February 8th noon- 1pm

Resume Basics- Wednesday, Wednesday, February 29th noon-1pm

Social Media and the Job Search- Wednesday, March 7th noon-1pm

Navigating a Career Transition- Wednesday, March 21st noon-1pm

Easy Steps Prior to the Webinar

1. Click on
2. Run through the “Set up Wizard” – 3 minutes

On the days of the webinars

1. Click on
2. Click on “Participant Login” (no username or password)
3. croll down and click on “UNT Career Center”

Please RSVP your participation via the EventBrite links following the Webinar you are interested in.

Business Career Fair & Engineering Career Fair
Career and internship fairs offered by the UNT Career Center are free to alumni job-seekers. Scheduled are the Business Career and Internship Fair, 3 to 7 p.m. February 22nd at the UNT Coliseum, and the Engineering Career and Internship Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 23rd at Discovery Park.

Alumni Career Mixer
Alumni job seekers and employers, please join the UNT Alumni Association and Career Center for an Alumni Mixer from 6:30-7:30pm in the Alumni Center (at the close of the Business Career and Internship Fair).

Please RSVP your attendance via

Partner Profile

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Go green with Energy Plus!

It may be time to think about making yourlife a little bit greener. The University of North Texas Alumni Association has partnered with Energy Plus® to offer members acustom electricity program that includes an Activation Bonus, annualCash Back AND the chance to go green.

Energy Plus has a green option that supports 100% wind generated power – one of the cleanest forms of energy available. By choosing the green option, you will be offsetting the impact that standard electricity has on our environment.

How does it work?  The windpower you’re purchasing through the Energy Plus green option is returned to the facilities that generated the wind power in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). RECs allow you to directly reduce our nation’s dependency on electricity generated from the combustion of fossil fuels and to help build a market for renewable electricity. The more clean electricity we produce, the less “dirty” electricity we’ll need and that helps all of us.

There are no costs to enroll, no monthly fees, no long-term commitments, and no early termination fees. This program is available in select service areas of Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Go green today!


Or call Energy Plus at 877-770-3373 and mention Offer Code “UNT-5516.

Calendar of Events

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in Events


Places & Spaces: Mapping Science
Now through January 24
Discovery Park

The University of North Texas is proud to be the first Texas host of the world traveled, 10-year exhibition Places & Spaces: Mapping Science. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, Places & Spaces is meant to inspire a cross disciplinary discussion on how to track and communicate scientific progress on a global scale. At the UNT exhibit, you will discover power of maps to navigate and make sense of physical places and abstract topic spaces. The exhibit consists of 70 science maps, 3 globes, and an illuminated diagram display. Each year, 10 new maps are added which will result in a total of 100 maps by 2014. UNT is proud to host the world premier of the 7th iteration of maps, Science Maps as Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries.

Laying the Foundation: UNT Art Faculty, 1890-1970
Now through February 11
9am-Noon, 1pm-5pm Mondays- Fridays; 11am-3pm Saturdays
UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

The exhibition explores the roots of the visual arts program at UNT, looking at art works from early faculty members who provided the foundation for UNT’s award-winning art programs. The exhibition is sponsored by the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and the College of Visual Arts and Design.

“The Long March”
March 3
8 pm
Murchison Performing Arts Center

Author, actor and former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins will be talking about his travels around the globe in a speech presented by the North Texas Fine Arts Series. The event is part of his talking tour, “The Long March.”

Tickets will be available at starting January 23.

UNT News Briefs

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT launches Books-to-Books loan program for student veterans The program will allow student veterans to buy textbooks and other class materials while waiting for their veterans benefits to process.

Click here to read the full story.

Bicycle repair stations available at University Union entrances Two bike repair stations have been installed near the University Union and are equipped with air pumps, tire gauges, and various tools.

Click here to read the full story.

Remodeled Bruce Hall Cafeteria opens with pizza, pasta serving area After being closed during the Fall 2011 semester for a complete remodel, the Bruce Hall Cafeteria will now better serve the growing number of students and guests visiting the dining hall.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Engineering

Engineering graduate students receive recognition at entrepreneurship competition

Engineering graduate students Yiwen Wan and Samu Chakki received 2nd prize as a team in a competition in which UNT student teams presented their mobile/iPad app ideas to Dallas-Fort Worth business and technology leaders.

The event, “The Innovation Challenge,” was held on Nov. 19 at the Alcatel-Lucent Gravity Center in Plano, Texas. UNT and Alcatel-Lucent sponsored the competition for which around 15 teams were originally entered. Each team was required to describe an innovative idea for a mobile/iPad app, a product based on the idea, a marketing plan, and a business model that supported it.

In addition to Wan, a research assistant in Computer Science and Engineering, and Chakki, an M.S. student in Electrical Engineering, the team included Michael Wang, a senior at the Texas Academy of Math and Science. The product proposed by the team is called funNECT, a fun mobile app that connects people with family and friends across the world through a long distance virtual PhotoBooth and real-time interactive fun using photos, video and other media.

College of Information

Fulbright Senior Specialist appointment awarded to Knezek

Regents Professor Dr. Gerald Knezek has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist appointment to the University of Twente, The Netherlands, to carry out collaborative research and writing, and to conduct three two week seminars during the 2011-12 school year. The collaborative research will be to extend the work begun with European colleagues while serving as co-chair of the International Summit on ICT in Education at UNESCO, Paris, in June 2011. The three seminars will be for doctoral candidates and junior faculty in the areas of psychometric instrumentation, scaling methods, and research symposium presentation design. Dr. Knezek previously served as a Fulbright Scholar to Japan in 1993-94 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Ecuador during 2006-07.

College of Music

The Jazz Lecture Series was started by Neil Slater in 1982. Here’s the Spring 2012 lineup:

Carol Welsman, vocalist, January 31

Rakalam (Bob) Moses, drums, February 7

Dave Kikoski, piano, February 14

John Clayton, bass, March 6

Mary Halvorson, guitar, March 13

Jason Marshall, baritone saxophone, March 27

Brian Lynch, trumpet, April 10

Steve Turre, trombone, April 17

More news from the division of jazz studies can be found at

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Retirement reception for Rudy Seward

All Sociology and Gerontology alumni are invited to a retirement reception for Rudy Seward.

Learn More Here

Tacoma hires MPA graduate as city manager

The Tacoma, Washington City Council voted to hire T.C. Broadnax as the next city manager. Broadnax has been an assistant city manager in San Antonio since 2006. In Tacoma, he will replace Eric Anderson who was fired in July. Broadnax is a 1993 graduate of the MPA program.

New Veteto publication available

The Slaw and the Slow Cooker is a new book edited by James Veteto and Edward Maclin. The publication focuses on exploring a deeper understanding of barbeque in the cultural context of the mid-South. James Veteto is the Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Anthropology at UNT and the Southern Seed Legacy project. He is an environmental anthropologist specializing in ethnoecology, agrobiodiversity studies, sustainable agricultural systems, sustainable development, food and culture, and ecotopian possibilities. James has worked with local and indigenous communities in southern Appalachia, the Ozarks, and the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of NW Mexico.

College of Visual Arts and Design

Communication design alumus creates spicy elixir

Rahul Panchal (’04), president and CEO of Prometheus Springs Elixirs, says he was just playing around when he created the prototype for his spicy-sweet elixirs from a jar of tap water and spices left to steep on the window sill of his room in Bruce Hall.

“I wasn’t even planning on really drinking it,” he says. As a freshman in 2000, Panchal found himself craving his parents’ fiery Indian food. His mother sent him Indian spices, but without a kitchen, Panchal was frustrated.

“I wanted a way to get more spices in my diet without cooking a whole new meal,” he says. So he experimented. First, he loaded the spices into a saltshaker and sprinkled them on his cafeteria food. When that didn’t work, he did some research and decided to steep them to extract their nutrients. He made a rustic tea out of a jar of water mixed with spices and left in the sun.

“I was just doing it to see what would happen,” Panchal says. “Over time, I noticed the spices releasing vibrant colors into the water, and when I tried it, it was surprisingly good. I realized if I could find a way to balance the pungent flavors, this could be huge.”

Panchal continued to brew the tea for himself and friends as he earned his degree in communication design and went on to work at top advertising agencies for brands including Coca-Cola and Burger King. In 2006, he came across market research that showed spicy food sales were spiking in the U.S.

Panchal realized that, besides a version of V8 and a handful of spiced beers, no one made a spicy drink. That was the catalyst for launching Prometheus Springs Capsaicin Spiced Elixirs. In 2007, Panchal tweaked his tea and pitched it to one Whole Foods store. The store buyer suggested he find a distributor.

Initially, the drinks were sold as a “nutritional supplement” because of the health benefits from the added capsaicin, a chili pepper extract. But the product is now marketed simply as a “refreshing spicy beverage.” Panchal encourages consumers to research the health benefits of capsaicin online. “We’ve seen a lot of companies get squished by the FDA, and we didn’t want to fight a fight we couldn’t win,” he says. “So now we’re just making sure people know it’s spicy and it tastes great.” So great that the tea is now sold in 45 states by more than 1,000 stores nationwide. It is available in Texas at Central Market and Whole Foods.

The company is based in New York and currently offers six flavors: pomegranate black pepper, lychee wasabi, lemon ginger, citrus cayenne, spicy pear and mango chili. All of the drinks are spiked with capsaicin and all are organic and gluten-free.


January 17th, 2012 | Posted in Athletics

Register to play in the Don January Golf Classic

Mark your calendar now for the 22nd Annual Don January Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, April 2, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. at Trophy Club Country Club. The event is open to men and women. The price to play is $325 for individuals or $1300 for a foursome and all registrants get lunch at the golf course and dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse. All funds raised go to the North Texas Athletic General Scholarship Fund.

To register, call Matt Phillips at 940-369-8409 or Jon Burkett at 940-369-8916. Online registration will also be available soon through Ticketmaster. Those who register in January will have their business advertised on the Mean Green marquee on I-35.

More info here.