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April 12th, 2012 Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

FEMA Region VI and the University of North Texas will be co-hosting Recipe for Resilience, the theme for the 2012 Region 6 Mitigation Conference, on May 1-3 in the Union on the UNT campus.  For conference registration, which is free, contact FEMA at .  A luncheon on Tuesday, May 1, is a separate ticketed event that features as the speaker Dr. James Kendra, Director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. The cost of the luncheon is $13. Contact UNT at 940-565-2165 for tickets. UNT is home to the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in Emergency Administration and Planning, established in 1983 as a joint venture with FEMA Region VI.  The program, located in the Department of Public Administration, has over 800 graduates serving in disaster-related positions in local, state, and federal governments and with such nonprofit disaster service providers as the American Red Cross.

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

Behavior Analysis Alumni & Friends Dinner

Join the University of North Texas President, V. Lane Rawlins in recognizing:

UNT’s Department of Behavior Analysis
2012 Award of Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis

When: May 27, 20012, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Show your pride & support of Behavior Analysis at UNT… For more information contact Tena Burley, Director of Development.

Mayborn School of Journalism

2012 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference to explore the relationship between nonfiction and fiction

The preeminent Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, now in its eighth year, will be the first literary conclave ever to explore the myriad ways in which journalists and authors crisscross the murky terrain between fiction, nonfiction and other genres.

The Mayborn’s keynote speakers are Luis Alberto Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist who has published extensively in all genres, including poetry; Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and editor of 26 works of fiction, history, biography and memoir; and Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize. For her epic narrative, The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson played the role of a Broadway casting director – interviewing 1,200 people across America to find three perfect protagonists to tell the untold story of black America’s great Diaspora.

The 2012 conference will also host a special panel comprised of Little, Brown and Company’s top nonfiction editor and four prominent literary agents who will unveil the mystery of writing, editing and publishing for the literary market.

The conference is hosted by the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, and will be held July 20 – 22 (Friday through Sunday) at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas.

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.

Recent Alumni Accomplishments

Rachel Slade, a former NT Daily editor, is a general manager with Community Impact Newspaper, the largest-circulated newspaper in Texas and the fastest-growing private media company in the state.

Andrew McLemore, former NT Daily editor, recently became a staff writer at the Fort Worth Weekly.

Graham Douglas, a copywriter at Droga5, and alumni of the Mayborn School of Journalism, is a creative guy.  He recently designed a bandage that can save a life while covering a cut. His innovative work was on the covers of the magazines Creativity and Fast Company.  See the story here. To see a fun teaser video on the product, go to You Tube. Graham is the guy in silver body paint!

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