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May 10th, 2012 Posted in Highlights

College of Information

Come meet other alumni, faculty, and students from the first cohort of the distributed Learning Technologies PhD Program at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown
Hotel PFC Atrium
601 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California
(619) 233-9922

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
R.S.V.P. to
 or (940) 369-8087

Stephanie Fulton receives alumni award

Each year, the University of North Texas’ College of Information Alumni Society nominates candidates for the Alumni of the Year award. This year the award went to Stephanie Fulton, executive director of the Research Medical Library.

Fulton received her Master of Library Science from UNT and has been involved in the Department of Library and Information Sciences ever since. She has served as an adjunct faculty member, as a member of the department’s Board of Advisors and has been active in the department’s Houston program.

On April 19th, at an alumni gathering of more than 130 people at Minute Maid Park, Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., senior vice president for Academic Affairs, introduced Fulton and highlighted her contributions at MD Anderson. Ana Cleveland, Ph.D., and director of UNT’s Houston Program, talked about Fulton’s contributions to the program and her time as a student.

College of Music

Current College of Music/student accomplishments

  • UNT received the most Downbeat Student Music awards of any other institution in the country.  These awards are considered the most prestigious honor in jazz education.
  • UNT’s Opera program earned first place in the National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition in Division V – the highest division among conservatory and university programs – for its production of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina.
  • UNT Collegium Singers (Richard Sparks, conductor) have been awarded an Early Music America grant to perform at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in June.
  • Laura Krumm has been selected for a prestigious Adler Fellowship with the San Francisco Opera.
  • Monica Gastelumendi, graduate student in Jazz Studies, has won a $10,000 Philanthropic Educational Organization International Peace Scholarship.
  • Carlos Daniel Flores, senior student of Jesse Eschbach, won first prize in the 41st annual Hall Organ Competition in San Antonio.

Alumni Accomplishments

  • Soprano Latonia Moore, UNT College of Music student of Dr. Pattye Johnstone in the late 1990’s, made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as AIDA in March.
  • Matthew Wilshire (BM/BME 2011) was appointed tubist with the American Wind Symphony and will tour with the AWSO this summer.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Department of Behavior Analysis Dinner

Alumni and Friends are invited to join the UNT President, V. Lane Rawlins in recognizing UNT’s Department of Behavior Analysis 2012 Award of Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis

May 27, 2012
Sheraton Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, Washington
7:00 pm

Alumni Accomplishments

  • Sean Hughes, North Richland Hills fire department veteran and the city’s emergency management coordinator has been named fire chief of Cooperas Cove in Central Texas.
  • Sociology Alum Leads PA School Library Study Dr. Keith Curry Lance (’84) is the lead researcher for a 2011-12 National Leadership Grant study funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Assessing the Infrastructure Needs of 21st Century School Library Programs is a joint venture of the HS Library Consortium, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, and the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania.  Lance and his RSL Research Group colleagues have conducted 14 of the 26 quantitative statewide studies of school library impact conducted since 2000.  A frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences, Lance was a featured speaker at the 2002 White House Conference on School Libraries.

Mayborn School of Journalism

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, now in its eighth year, will explore the myriad ways in which storytellers crisscross the murky terrain between fiction, nonfiction and other genres. Speakers include Luis Alberto Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist who has been 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; Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize; Debby Applegate, a Pulitzer Prize winning biographer; Tom Junod, Writer-At-Large for Esquire; Jeanne Marie Laskas, a bestselling nonfiction author and journalist whose narratives in GQ, Esquire and other magazines capture the voice of her subjects more adroitly than a ventriloquist; Alisa Valdes, a former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, who has become a bestselling novelist; and many more nationally acclaimed storytellers. The conference, held in Grapevine, TX, sponsors a national writing competition that awards $15,000 in cash prizes and publication in its renowned literary journal, “Ten Spurs,” for the best essays and narratives submitted to the conference. It also offers cash awards and a book publishing contract for the three best manuscript submissions. For more information and to register, go to:

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