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Four Bold Goals, One Great University: UNT in a Whole New Light Event

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university gathered in the Murchison Performing Arts Center Feb. 13 for the Four Bold Goals, One Great University: UNT in a Whole New Light event. As the UNT Symphony Orchestra performed, the university celebrated its 122-year history and announced the goals of the University of North Texas Strategic Plan 2012-17, which will guide UNT as it grows as a major public research university offering the best undergraduate educational experience in Texas. UNT’s four bold goals, the cornerstones of its strategic plan, are:

Goal 1: Provide the best undergraduate educational experience in Texas

Goal 2: Provide superior graduate education, scholarship and artistic endeavors and achieve status among the nation’s tier-one research institutions

Goal 3: Become a national leader among universities in student support, employee relations, operational effectiveness and service to constituencies

Goal 4: Establish UNT as a nationally recognized, engaged university and regional leader by building and expanding mutually beneficial partnerships and resources

“The strategic plan and the new theme line aren’t just about increasing our quality and cultivating our image, they also represent our ultimate promise to students: To be a place where you can become the best because of all that we provide,” UNT President V. Lane Rawlins said. “Everything we do is in service to our students and we want to be a catalyst for their greatness.”

Rawlins also emphasized that by making quality of service and community engagement key goals of UNT’s strategic plan, the university is stretching in ways that it hasn’t before.

“We want to ensure that UNT is a fulfilling environment for the students who study here and the faculty and staff who work here. And at the same time, we want to make sure that we find new ways to reach out to our communities and support them,” Rawlins said.

By striving to reach these goals, UNT will deliver an education to its students that will rival that of the nation’s best higher education institutions and will ensure UNT students’ ability to compete with anyone, anywhere. In doing so, with this plan, UNT is reinforcing its commitment to students and to keeping the North Texas region, state and nation strong and competitive.

Photo attributed to URCM.

Career Corner

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

Navigating a Career Transition – Alumni Webinar
RSVP Event #1338 in the Eagle Network

Wednesday, March 21st noon-1 PM

Easy Steps Prior to the Webinar

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

On the day of the webinar

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

UNT/TWU Education Career Fair
RSVP Event #1243

Friday, April 13, 2012
9 AM-1 PM
UNT Coliseum

Government & Non-Profit Career Expo
RSVP Event #1304

Thursday, April 19, 2012
1 PM-3 PM
Career Center-Chestnut Hall 120 A&B

Partner Profile

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions has helped millions of students prepare for standardized exams for over 70 years.  We are proud to be a corporate partner with the University of North Texas Alumni Association to offer special discounts and free events for members.  As a member, Kaplan students receive 10% off all comprehensive test prep course options to help you or a family member get into college or graduate school.  To take advantage of the discount, contact Kaplan at 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit and enter promo code: UNTALUM10

Calendar of Events

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Events


Nick Cave: Soundsuits
Now through March 24
9 am- 5 pm
UNT on the Square

This semester, the renowned artist is capping his appointment as 2011-12 artist-in-residence of the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts with a free exhibition of his Soundsuits and a highly collaborative performance piece featuring 30 newly created horse-like Soundsuits — made and performed with the help of UNT students. Cave’s Soundsuits — wearable sculptures that make sounds when the materials brush together — have been lauded internationally in performances and exhibitions. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit or call 940-369-8257.

College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series: Melisa Denis
March 30
10:00-11:30 am
Business leadership Building 170

Ms. Denis, Partner-in-Charge of International Executive Services for KPMG in Dallas brings more than 24 years of international tax and human resource consulting services to her clients. She also serves as the overall global lead partner for several multinational corporations tasked with bringing firm-wide resources throughout KPMG and its international affiliates.

UNT News Briefs

March 8th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT students win big at international wind energy competition

Graduate students Joseph Koruth and Carlos Pena-Sanchez beat students from the world’s top schools at the Winnovation case competition in Denmark.

Click here to read the full story.

Four UNT students participating in National Debate Tournament

Four UNT students have qualified for competition in the 2012 National Debate Tournament, the most prestigious tournament in competitive policy debate for U.S. college and university students.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT professor helps solve mystery of high-speed energy storage

UNT professor Dr. Marco Buongiorno-Nardelli and his colleagues at North Carolina State University have solved the puzzle of how a specially designed polymer is able to store and release large amounts of energy.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

March 8th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Information

The College of Information sponsors a monthly Colloquium Series at which renowned researchers and professionals address topics of interest to our students and faculty. Our Colloquium Series nurtures the community of scholars and provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage in the scholarly and research life of the College. For more information visit

College of Music

Two recordings by UNT jazz alumni were nominated for “Jazz Recording of the Year” by the East Coast Music Association, a non-profit that supports the music of Atlantic Canada: Jake Hanlon (with Graham Richards, Colin Hinton and Ryan Hagler–all UNT alumni) and Paul Tynan (and UNT alumnus Fred Kennedy), for Ocean Sounds Quartet – Live at Ship’s Company Theatre. Both are UNT M.M. (Jazz Studies) alumni now teaching on the faculty of St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. The awards ceremony is April 15th, 2012.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

50th Aniversary Grand Gala
Master of Public Administration
University of North Texas
Honorary Chair: Jim Starr

Casino Night

Saturday, April 28, 7:00p – 11:00p

Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Business Formal – Black Tie encouraged
$35 per person/$50 per couple
For reservation information
940-565-2165 or

Mayborn School of Journalism

Spike Johnson:

Immersed inside a rebel group in England and the mosques that they target, Mayborn alum and photojournalist/writer Spike Johnson brings the story of Mosquebusters to life in his February 2012 article for Foreign Policy magazine. Not only did Spike report on this gripping UK subset, he produced the thought-provoking accompanying photos. Multi-talented individuals? That’s what the Mayborn is all about.

Using his lens as an “in,” Spike gathers inside information on the “new wave of anti-Islamic campaigners in England,” and writes a powerful account of the world inside this anti-Islamic group and the effects they are having on mosques throughout England.

Stories like this are often the most risky but most rewarding for journalists, and Spike is in the thick of it. Armed with a graduate degree from the Mayborn, Spike tackles the big issues, becoming part of the rebellious group before daringly visiting the mosques at the center of the struggle.

This is important. This is world changing. This is totally Spike.

Toulouse Graduate School

UNT Hosts Annual Lone Star Graduate Diversity Colloquium

The Lone Star Graduate Diversity Colloquium (LSGDC) is an annual event that provides information about graduate study to diverse populations who are traditionally under-represented in graduate education. Each year, a different Texas university hosts the event, and the University of North Texas (UNT) Toulouse Graduate School was selected to host this year’s LSGDC on March 30-31 at the UNT campus. With support from UNT’s Office of the Provost and Office of Equity and Diversity, the event will feature presentations by graduate education experts and a recruitment fair with representatives from colleges and universities throughout the state.  UNT is piloting a virtual component for this year’s event that will video conference to five satellite locations attracting students that may be unable to travel to the live conference.  UT-San Antonio, UT-El Paso, Texas Tech, and the University of Houston-Downtown will host students as the satellite campuses.

The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about attending graduate school.  You can find out more information at or contact Dana Mordecai at 940.369.7387.

Sun Belt Championship Game Photos

March 8th, 2012 | Posted in Athletics

Check out photos from the Sun Belt Championship Game. North Texas lost 74-70 in the finals against Western Kentucky University.