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UNT Business Leadership Building Awarded LEED Certification

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Business Leadership Building at the University of North Texas Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

The Business Leadership Building has become the third LEED certified building on the UNT campus. In 2011, the UNT Life Sciences Complex received Gold-level certification and UNT’s Apogee Stadium became the first Platinum-level certified new construction collegiate stadium in the U.S.

The 180,000-square-foot Business Leadership Building, which opened in Fall 2011, features numerous environmentally friendly components including:
   •  Recycling stations
   •  Water-efficient plumbing features
   •  Electricity generated in part by wind power provided by the city of Denton
   •  A sustainable water management and irrigation system
   •  Landscaping featuring native plants requiring less water and maintenance

The Business Leadership Building was constructed on previously developed land, which limited damage to the native environment. Recycled materials and materials found within 500 miles of the building were used during construction. The building is located within ¼ mile of campus and public bus stops, provides space for more than 140 bicycles, and features lockers and shower facilities for cyclists, all helping to reduce transportation pollution and dependency on motorized vehicles. The building’s landscape plan promotes biodiversity by providing restored open space equal to the building’s footprint. Hard surfaces surrounding the Business Leadership Building, including sidewalks, are light in color to reflect heat, and the building’s near-white roof reflects significant amounts of sunlight and heat.

Honors College hosts Great Conversations 2012

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Learn more about topics ranging from wine to film to football and even rocket science at Great Conversations 2012, the signature fundraising event of the UNT Honors College, a challenging program for academically talented students.

You’ll find the conversations varied – from the outrageous to the cerebral – but always fun. Great Conversations features 35 to 40 tables, each with a host or conversation leader. Guests may sign up to join a leader and topic of their choice, but some tables are already sold out.

Great Conversations 2012 will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Gateway Center Ballroom. Check-in begins at 6 p.m., and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. At 8:15 p.m., guests may enjoy the dessert bar and mix and mingle with all conversation leaders.

Individual tickets are $65; tables are $1,000 and presenting and event sponsorships are available. Proceeds benefit Honors College programming and scholarships.

   • Find a list of conversation leaders.

   • Select a table and topic and buy tickets online or by contacting,

This engaging program brings together individuals of accomplishment, knowledge and skill to facilitate conversations on important, diverse and stimulating topics. Conversation leaders act as hosts at their table, encouraging conversation among guests much as one would at a dinner in one’s own home.

Our experience is that guests are often very excited about the opportunity to visit with their conversation leader, and anticipate a wonderful evening. Dinner is served at the start of the event, and conversations follow, lasting approximately 90 minutes. The conversation leader promotes conversation in his or her area of expertise and experience. We expect many great conversations during the evening.

Board of Directors – Call for Nominations

February 15th, 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

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

Alumni Career Center Webinar Series

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

On the days of the webinars

  1. 1) Click on
  2. 2) Click on “Participant Login” (no username or password)
  3. 3) Scroll 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

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

CIR is pleased to announce improvements to the Alumni Insurance Program’s Medicare supplement plan.  Previously known as SupliMed65+, we are now marketing the plan under a new brand name, Medicare MarketPlace®.  Medicare MarketPlace offers a choice of plans and helps alumni compare their options.  Alumni can receive premium quotes from 10 “A” rated insurance companies online or over the phone.

Calendar of Events

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Events


The Devil’s Sonata
February 24 & 25 at 7:30pm
February 26 at 2pm
Studio Theatre

The Devil’s Sonata explores the legend behind composer Giuseppe Tartini’s “La Sonata Del Diavolo in G Minor.”  Satan enters the composer’s dreamscape and offers Tartini a deal he cannot possibly refuse: a piece of music so sublime that none will match it, and all he has to do is play it.  The Devil’s Sonata explores faith, grief, loss, and the divine in this fresh take on the Faustian story.

Tickets are $5.00 for adults, students, UNT faculty/staff & seniors

“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.

Art and Science of Animal Training
March 10
8:30 am – 6:30 pm
UNT University Union, Silver Eagle Suite

The Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA) is a student organization in Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. In an effort to bring together the science of behavior with animal training, ORCA is proud to announce their 4th annual Art and Science of Animal Training conference. Eight world-renown animal trainers and behavioral scientists, whose experiences range from the laboratory to zoos with a variety of taxa, will share their insights with the public. For more information on the conference, speakers, and ORCA please visit:

Registration is $75 for students

UNT News Briefs

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

TAMS student named finalist in 2012 Intel Science Talent Search  Kurtis Carsch will present his work on developing a way to more efficiently convert methane gas into methanol in Washington, D.C. March 8 through 13.

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UNT Feral Cat Group to sponsor animal welfare conference Representatives from animal rescue groups from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas are expected to attend the first animal welfare conference sponsored by UNT’s Feral Cat Group.

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UNT Libraries acquire historic publication focusing on equality for African-American students, teachers in Texas The Texas Standard, a publication recently placed on UNT’s Portal to Texas History, provides history on how members of the Colored Teachers State Association of Texas worked to bring quality education to African American children in Texas.

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UNT physics researchers working to advance infrared technology Professors Littler and Syllaios have received two grants totaling more than $1 million to research how changes in temperature and other properties affect the electrical conductivity of thin wafers of amorphous silicon.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Arts and Sciences

UNT researcher developing advanced forensic tool for military labs

A forensic tool being developed by University of North Texas professor Dr. Guido Verbeck could soon make the analysis of evidence faster and more accurate, giving military investigators the upper hand in the wars against drugs and terror.

Using a grant from the Department of Defense Battlefield Forensic Program, Verbeck, an assistant professor of chemistry at UNT, is developing a small-scale forensic workstation for use in military field labs. The station combines the ability to manipulate samples on the nano-scale with mass spectrometry to allow scientists to collect and analyze chemical samples from within the ridges of a fingerprint using a single device.

Verbeck says that integrating these abilities into one, portable tool will save military investigators both time and money, and also contribute to more accurate findings.

Particle accelerator settled in new Physics Building home

The scene: a 15,000 pound cylindrically-shaped, tan-colored can being lowered into the building’s basement by a 50 foot high crane.

The scene was the realization of the Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory’s (IBMAL) long-standing desire to relocate a National Electrostatic Corporation 9SH Linear particle accelerator. The IBMAL is one of the most sophisticated ion beam facilities in the country, and the recent installation of the 3 million volt particle accelerator will further expand laboratory capabilities.

College of Business

Mardy Navalta joins PLP Board of Directors

Mardy Navalta, Senior Agency Development & Recruiting Director at Farmers Insurance, has been elected to the University of North Texas Professional Leadership Program Board of Directors.

Mardy has been a supporter of the PLP for the past 4 years serving as an advocate for the program and mentor for its student members.  PLP Director, Renée Hebert stated, “Mardy will be an asset to our team.  He supports PLP in every aspect and is constantly thinking of ways to assist us.  Anyone who works with volunteers wants someone like Mardy in their corner.”

Mardy’s term begins February 2012.  He recently stated that he is ready to hit the ground running and commented, “UNT PLP is one of the most exciting leadership programs in Texas. I look forward working with all the Board members in building the best and finest program in the country.”

College of Music

Armando Núñez Portillo, a 2004 master’s graduate of UNT, who published a book last year, is playing an important leadership role in jazz education in Mexico. He was appointed on Jan. 3, 2012 as Academic Director at Chihuahua’s Music Conservatory. He also serves on the faculty at the Universidad de Chihuahua. Last week he succeeded in getting the administration to approve a jazz program at the bachelor’s level. The program will include jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz composing and arranging, jazz history and jazz combos, in addition to the private instrument lessons.

Alumnus composer Yo Goto (MM 2004) has been awarded the American Bandmasters Association 2011 Sousa/Ostwald Award for his work Songs for wind ensemble. Previous winners of this prestigious award include North Texas alumni Michael Daugherty (2007) and Fisher Tull (1970), and former faculty composer Martin Mailman (1983, 1989).

There Are Ghosts, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011), has been selected for performance at the international film and video festival, CINESONIKA, which takes place February 18-19, 2012 in British Columbia, Canada. In addition to the performance, all accepted works will be eligible for international distribution on DVD, public exhibition, museum curatorial, video on demand, and touring festival.

Mayborn School of Journalism

Graduate accepts position at Southern Living

Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism alumnus Noah Bunn is packing his bags for destinations across the South. As Assistant Travel Editor at Southern Living, he joins recent Mayborn grads Sarah Perry (Our State), Michael Mooney (D Magazine) and Paul Knight (Texas Monthly) in sharing the school’s rich tradition of storytelling with readers nationwide.

Toulouse Graduate School

Toulouse Graduate School Hosts Open House

The Toulouse Graduate School hosted its first open house last fall to approximately 165 prospective graduate students.  The attendees were able to meet with department program faculty and representatives from 11 colleges to learn about opportunities for graduate school.  The open house also gave the attendees an opportunity to learn about UNT’s community of scholars, researchers and artists.   They also attended information sessions on applying to grad school, financial aid and scholarships and preparing for the GRE.


2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament

The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament takes place in historic Hot Springs Arkansas March 3rd – 6th. Both North Texas Basketball programs are in contention for regular season titles and are poised to make a run for an NCAA Tournament bid by winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Head Coaches Johnny Jones and Karen Aston encourage you to make your plans now to join us in Hot Springs for all the Sun Belt Tournament action. Below please find additional information and links to assist in making your plans to join us in Hot Springs.

Tickets – $90 all-tournament packages include tickets to every tournament game and seating located behind the team bench during North Texas games. For the best pricing and reserved seating, purchase your tickets through the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office. Purchase online or call 940-565-2527 or 1-800-UNT-2366.

Accommodations – To reserve a room for the Sun Belt Tournament please visit or by calling David Fast at 817-907-4229.

Events – Don’t miss all the extra events taking place in conjunction with the tournament including the Pep Band Spectacular, Dribble Drive to Summit Arena, Alumni and Friends Champagne Reception, North Texas Hot Spring Headquarters and Radio Show at Lucky’s Bar and Grill, team send-offs and so much more. Visit for details and additional information.

Official Conference Tournament Site – Visit the following link for additional information provided by the Sun Belt Conference regarding the 2012 SBC Tournament March 3rd – 6th in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Can’t Make It To Hot Springs – Stay up to date with including live chat(s), daily video content, learn about local watching parties, and much more. Follow us on Twitter @MeanGreenSports, Like MeanGreenSports on Facebook.

For additional information visit or call the North Texas Ticket Office at 940-565-2527.