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Experience the South Pacific on the Tahitian Jewels Oceania Cruise

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Savor the tropical splendor of emerald-green palms, white sand beaches, and brilliant turquoise waters as you sail aboard the luxurious Oceania Cruises Marina to the most stunning destinations in the South Pacific, the gorgeous Polynesian islands. Experience a cruise with the finest service, accommodations and cuisine at sea, where every port of call is an island paradise. Admire multihued lagoons around Moorea, be engulfed by magnificent tropical beauty at Huahine, “The Garden Island,” and discover the region’s cultural heritage on beautiful Raiatea. Watch a sunset on romantic Bora Bora, and wander the black sand beaches of Nuku Hiva. Sail to Hiva Oa, artist Paul Gauguin’s idyllic island home, and enchant your senses with colorful sea life on Rangiroa before returning to Papeete on the lovely island of Tahiti. Set adrift, catch the breeze, and discover Polynesia’s most beautiful gems on this exceptional voyage.

Date: April 7 – 18, 2013
Price: From $3,117 per person, double occupancy (including airfare)

Learn More Here

Call for 2013 Alumni Awards Nominations

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

A long-standing university tradition, Alumni Awards is an annual event that recognizes the outstanding achievement, service and support of UNT alumni and friends. Awards are bestowed each spring at a special dinner. We need your assistance in identifying those most deserving of these prestigious honors.

Nominate someone you know for one or more of the following:

Distinguished Alumni Award

First presented in 1965, this is the university’s most prestigious award. It is given to individuals who have achieved prominence in their profession, thereby reflecting a positive image of UNT.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Created in 2011 in the image of the Distinguished Alumni Award, this honor was established to recognize young alumni under the age of 40 for distinguished career achievement.

Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Originally presented in 1974, this award honors individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT.

Ulys Knight Spirit Award

Presented since 1975, this award is given to any individual or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family.

The deadline for nominations is August 12, 2012. The 2013 Alumni Awards Dinner will be Friday, February 22, 2013 at Apogee Stadium. For more information about the awards or past recipients, visit

Career Corner

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

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Mynavi Global Career Expo 2012

This summer we are having job fairs in 3 different cities in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya! These job fairs are:

  • Specifically designed for Japanese speaking bilinguals
  • Mainly for entry level positions (recent graduates also welcome)

Mynavi Global Career Expo 2012:

6/23 & 24: Tokyo
6/27: Osaka
7/2: Nagoya

Partner Profile

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Help others enjoy the advantages of a University of North Texas education.

As a UNT alum, you know the value of a good education. Now you can help support other students’ goals through Liberty Mutual’s partnership with your alma mater. Simply get a free quote on Liberty Mutual auto, home or renters insurance between June 1st and August 31st.1 For each individual quote, we will donate $5 directly into the UNT Alumni Association scholarship fund. And by insuring with Liberty Mutual you could save hundreds on quality auto, home and renters protection.2

Visit Liberty Mutual or call (800) 813-0468 today for a free, no-obligation quote.

1No purchase of a policy is required. Limit one quote per policy type per person. Not available to residents in IA, MA, ME, NJ, NM, NV, NY, PA or UT or to existing Liberty Mutual Insurance customers.

2Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

This organization receives financial support for allowing Liberty Mutual to offer this auto and home insurance program. Coverage provided and underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. © 2012 Liberty Mutual Insurance

Calendar of Events

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Events


UNT Grandparents University
June 21-22
UNT Campus

Grandparents University gives multi-generational families the opportunity to experience college life together during the summer.  It is also an optimal time to help alumni and other adults supportive of the UNT mission to become re-acquainted with the campus and to introduce their grandchildren to the many learning opportunities available at UNT. Grandparents (or other special adults) and grandchildren (ages 7-12) can earn a Grandparents University® degree by “majoring” in two topics. Participants have the opportunity to spend the night in a UNT dorm and to experience college life.

Visit to register and learn more about what classes are being offered this year.

Now through July 21
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UNT on the Square

UNT on the square will open its doors to the community for a summer long watercolor exhibition called “H20HUE/UNT.” The exhibition will be on display through July 21 (Saturday), and will showcase the work of 21 undergraduate and graduate painters from the watercolor concentration. The event will feature 3-D animals, including a skunk, raccoon, and badger, as well as a paint-in-motion film and hyper-realism pieces that described are “more real than real”. This exhibition is dedicated to UNT graduate student and watercolor painter, Lisa Tseng, who died earlier this year.

UNT News Briefs

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT ranked among top 25 best value online MBA programs in the country
UNT’s College of Business offers fully online MBA programs in strategic management, finance and marketing, and a partially online program in health services management.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT employee receives national award for student service
Paul Goebel, senior director of Campus Life for UNT, has received an award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administration for his service to UNT students.

Click here to read the full story.

Two UNT faculty members named fellows in Institute for the Advancement of the Arts
Vincent Falsetta and Miroslav Penkov have been selected as faculty fellows in UNT’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts in the 2012-13 academic year.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT helping area teachers bring research into the classroom
Teachers from DFW will participate in UNT’s Research Experiences for Teachers in Sensor Networks, a program that gives teachers research opportunities while helping them translate experiences into classroom lessons.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Arts and Sciences

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College of Education

Autism Center set for Fall 2012 opening

The University of North Texas is set to open an autism center this fall, providing families in the North Texas region a resource for comprehensive autism spectrum disorders treatment, research and support.

The center, founded with the help of donor and alumna Kristin Farmer, founder of Autism Comprehensive Educational Services, will provide high quality services designed and implemented by top researchers, professors and professionals in the field of special education, applied behavior analysis, early childhood intervention, speech and language pathology and other fields in autism and disabilities intervention.

“This will be a place where parents and families in the community can receive access to the top, cutting-edge interventions and treatments in autism in one location, and where researchers can conduct innovative research,” Kevin Callahan, director of the center, said.

The center will be housed within the ACES Kristin Farmer Education and Research Center building, located near the intersection of Interstate 35-E and Teasley Lane in Denton. Services are planned to include diagnostic testing and evaluation; special education for elementary-aged students with autism spectrum disorders; behavior analysis and therapy; speech and language therapy; play, music and art therapy; psychological counseling for families, parents, siblings and individuals; nutritional services; occupational and physical therapy; and social skills training.

College of Engineering

UNT engineering students showcase their projects during design day

The College of Engineering’s 2012 Design Day featured a wide spectrum of engineering and technology prototypes encompassing vehicles, food creation, power generation, pollution monitoring, and software implementations. Engineering students displayed their depth of knowledge and keenness for technological innovation with their presentations.

More than 35 teams of students participated in the event, which allows students to present the results of their senior design. Design Day 2012 was well attended by students, professors, and invited industry guests.

“I would like to congratulate and thank all our students and faculty for making Design Day a success. We had more projects on display compared to last year. In addition to visitors from industry, we had high school students and students from local community colleges. Some industry folks remarked that the projects on display were of very high quality,” said Vijay Vaidyanathan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and coordinator of Design Day.

The senior design courses provide students the opportunity to work in teams on challenging projects, some of which are sponsored by industry. One of the projects involved the Mean Green Machine, a 1931 Model A seen at football games and spirit events. The team led by senior Brent Elliott worked for two semesters to convert the car, which had fallen into disrepair in recent years, to an electric vehicle. The Student Activities Department brought the idea to the Department of Engineering Technology.

The Senior Design course sequence gives the students problem-solving, teamwork and presentation skills, as well as hands-on experience in working with industry. The program benefits both the students who carry these skills beyond the classroom and industry professionals who work with the seniors on their projects.

College of Information

Hang Ten with the UNT College of Information Alumni Society

Anaheim LIS invite

Join the UNT College of Information at the ISTE Conference

ISTE San Diego Invite

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

The Child Abuse Awareness Event was part of a project for the Child Welfare Policy Practices class taught by Brenda Sweeten.  In an effort to increase awareness about child abuse, on April 25, 2012 the class donned posters and signs and handed out 2,267 blue ribbons, hundreds of flyers, and about 500 bottles of water tagged with a message about child abuse awareness and prevention in a rally outside the union.  The class also pre-sold t-shirts and took donations.  They raised over $600 which is being donated to kinship families in Denton County who have taken in abused and neglected children in the custody of Child Protective Services.

PACS Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Niki Dash as the recipient of the 2012 Exemplary Online Teacher and Course Designer Award presented by the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign.

Dr. James Veteto and the Southern Seed Legacy Lab were recently featured in the Texas Gardener Magazine.

Dr. Shahla Alai-Rosales was recently selected to receive the ‘Fessor Graham Award at this year’s honors reception.

UNT Honors College

Honors College alumna, Laura Dominguez, Program Associate for the Academy for Educational Development, will be among the UNT graduates in the Washington DC area who will have the opportunity to visit with Dean Gloria Cox and other UNT alums at an Alumni event planned for October 2012 in DC. Ms. Dominguez has been in the capital city since her internship with another organization, DATA, in 2005.

Ms. Dominguez is most drawn to promoting girls’ and women’s education. Her vast experience has helped her learn a tremendous amount about not only the technical area of international education but also about project administration and government regulation. In her current position with the Academy for Educational Development, she is involved with two international education projects in the Global Education Center: 1) Malawi Education Decentralization Support Activity and 2) Southern Sudan Technical Assistance Program.

This trilingual UNT Honors College alumna credits her early volunteer work with connecting her to the wide variety of audiences in need of assistance. She published an article in the North Texas Daily about the refugees in Darfur, Sudan, through her work with the committee for International Peace (CIP) where she served as General Secretary. To highlight the issue of hunger in Darfur and in the country of Niger, she organized and participated in a 24-hour fast on the UNT campus, raising money for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Laura Dominguez says that she feels privileged and also fulfilled to be able to contribute to efforts to improve the lives of others on a global scale.

“When it comes to academic and personal excellence, Laura Dominguez is at the forefront of Honors College graduates, having been the only UNT student or alumna ever to win two Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships. She has devoted her professional life to global endeavors of service above self, both at home and abroad, and  never fails to bring new distinction to herself, and therefore to the Honors College and to UNT,” according to Dr. James Duban, Director of the Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships at UNT.

Dr. Cox and the Honors College staff would love to know where your UNT degree has taken you! Please send your contact information to Please be sure to keep in touch, especially those UNT and Honors College alumni in the DC area who would like to attend the event in October.


June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Athletics

Watch the 2012 Season Highlight video for the Mean Green Softball team who had its second winning season in school history and finished third in the SBC Tournament.