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The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Each summer, the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism produces the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, a nationally acclaimed annual event where journalists, writers, readers, students, and educators meet to discuss their accomplishments, aspirations and angst.

While registration for the conference has closed, you can still purchase tickets to see our Sunday Keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize winner, Isabel Wilkerson. She is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for individual reporting and is the author of the New York Times best-seller, The Warmth of Other Suns.

For The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel interviewed more than 1,200 people over 15 years to tell the saga of the Great Migration, the exodus of 6 million blacks from the south.

Isabel Wilkerson never met her grandfather, but she keeps his typewriter on the shelf next to her Pulitzer Prize. Although he had a college degree, and dreamed of being a writer, her grandfather was not permitted to walk through the door of a local newspaper. He bought the typewriter for his children, hoping that they would do something with it. Isabel did something. She became a reporter and realized her grandfather’s dreams. Then she wrote The Warmth of Other Suns and realized that she is a child of the Great Migration.

We are pleased to open up the talk by Isabel to the public, recognizing that it is a rare opportunity to hear this remarkable writer. To purchase tickets for this prestigious event, visit Tickets are only $30.

The conference attracts speakers such as Ira Glass, Ted Conover and Gene Weingarten, and features $15,000 in cash awards for personal essays and reported narratives. To sign up for our mailing list, please visit and click on “Sign up for email updates.”

We hope to see you there!

Cover Credit: Joe Henson

Denton County Chapter Sponsoring Oktoberfest

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

The Denton County Chapter of the UNT Alumni Association will be sponsoring an Oktoberfest beer tasting event on September 15, 2012 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at the UNT Alumni Pavilion. Music will be provided by the Phi Mu Alpha – Das Oom-pahs. Please see the link below for further details, to purchase tickets or reserve your spot. Tickets are available with or without the commemorative beer mug.

Call for 2013 Alumni Awards Nominations

July 12th, 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

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

The UNT Career Center has opportunities for Alumni! Whether you are Looking to get involved, recruit students or are looking for a new job the UNT Career Center can help.

Get Involved: We still have openings for Employer hosts for the Take Flight Job Shadowing program this December. If you are interested in having students job shadow at your company please contact Nancy Eanes at 940-565-2705. The Career Center is also rolling out an enhanced Alumni Mentoring program this fall! If you are interested in mentoring a student or participating in a semester long mentor match program please contact Glenn Jensen at 940-369-6525.

Get Help: If you are looking for employment or are in career transition you can schedule an alumni career advising appointment with your alumni career advisor. We can help answer questions about career transitions, resumes, interviewing and job search. To schedule an appointment please call 940-565-2105.

Help Others Enjoy the Advantages of a University of North Texas Education

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

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

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized


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.

August 28 – September 22
Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
UNT Art Gallery

Featuring sculptures by Austin Ballard, photographs by Robin Dru Germany and paintings by Kirsten Macy and Gary Passanise, this exhibit will be sponsored by the UNT Fine Arts Series. Admission is free.

UNT News Briefs

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Alumni influence DFW metroplex culture
Several alumni who are helping to shape the cultural face of the Dallas-Fort Worth by operating galleries and museums, leading dance troupes and managing theatre companies are featured in the Summer 2012 issue of The North Texan.

Click here to read the full story.

Graduate student awarded peace scholarship
UNT graduate student Hagar Abdo, who will earn her master of science degree in women’s studies next spring, has been awarded with a $10,000 Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International Peace Scholarship to enhance women’s lives in her native country of Egypt.

Click here to read the full story.

Mural class gives students real life experience
The 27 undergraduate art students in the new mural class offered through the College of Visual Arts and Design are teaming up to fill two huge blank canvases – white walls in the Lightwell Gallery of the Art Building.

Click here to read the full story.

$2.5 million bequest to honor esteemed former CVAD faculty member Jack Sprague
An estate gift from an anonymous donor will ensure that the communication design program in UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design continues to flourish under a new name, the Jack Sprague Communication Design Program, in honor of one of the college’s most distinguished former faculty members.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

UNT to host Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference

The UNT Autism Center and the UNT autism graduate programs will host the Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the UNT Gateway Center, located north of the intersection of Eagle Drive and North Texas Boulevard.

The conference will include more than 20 presentations by nationally recognized autism researchers and practitioners, discussions of current research highlighting new developments in autism intervention, and presentations by keynote speakers Linda R. Watson from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Jennifer Zarcone from the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurobehavioral Unit.

Watson’s keynote address will cover social-communication intervention for public school classrooms serving preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders, and Zarcone’s keynote address will cover evidence-based practices related to challenging behavior and psychotropic medication.

COE Student Advising Office awarded grant for orientation advising study

Dr. Gwenn Pasco, Assistant Dean for Educator Certification and Undergraduate Academic Services and the Student Advising Office were awarded a $500 grant to study the academic success of new students based on the type of orientation advising received. Two delivery methods will be employed: traditional and interactive. The project seeks to explore any differences between the two groups of students in terms of knowledge acquisition and content mastery during freshman orientation sessions. One group will participate in traditional face-to-face orientation sessions while the other group will participate in interactive orientation sessions grounded in collaborative learning and interactive technologies.

Dr. Jason Simon receives international advancement award

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Foster Simon (’11 PhD), Director of Research, Assessment and Planning for Student Affairs at UNT, who received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement, outstanding doctoral dissertation, for “Does Campus Type Really Matter? National Patterns of Alumni Giving in the 2008 Voluntary Support of Education Study.” Simon’s research focused on the relationships between campus typology and total alumni giving, restricted giving and unrestricted giving across 652 institutions of higher education.  Simon found that alumni make differentiated choices concerning their gifts based on the institution type attended. Simon’s research has practical significance for campuses who are grappling with expanding degree offerings.  In these situations, academic leadership may not be aware how these degree decisions affect overall alumni fundraising. Simon found that not only did differences emerge in giving patterns but that additional work is needed to increase alumni support for higher education in certain sub-categories of institutions.  Simon’s dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Marc Cutright, Associate Professor in Counseling and Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education.

The Grenzebach Awards recognize the work of established researchers and encourage young scholars to continue their work in advancement. The awards program is cosponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Giving USA Foundation.  CASE includes more than 3,400 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 74 countries and represents over 64,000 advancement professionals worldwide.  The awards are named in honor of the late John Grenzebach, founding chair of John Grenzebach & Associates Inc., development consultants to educational institutions. Grenzebach was a leader in educational philanthropy with a strong interest in promoting scholarship in the advancement field.

In his role as Director of Research, Assessment and Planning for the Division of Student Affairs, Simon is responsible for facilitating Division progress on assessing its strategic, student development/learning and administrative goals. He is also leading the wide scale adoption of direct evidence across the UNT campus via ID Card scanning at programs, services and events. Simon is also tasked with helping to provide leadership to the Division’s strategic grants personnel to secure external foundation funding to improve student success.  Simon currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Education teaching Higher Education Resource Development.

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service mourns the loss of their former dean, Dr. Bill Luker. He was a force for PACS and for UNT but most of all he was a genuinely good man and anyone who knew him was proud to call him a friend.

College of Visual Arts & Design

CVAD has lost a great friend and a wonderful supporter when Dr. Charles O. Onstead, died on May 18 after a brief illness. Along with Dr. Onstead’s contributions to the Art Education program at CVAD, the Onstead family has been great supporters of UNT as a whole, their most visible gift being the Onstead Plaza and Promenade between the Willis Library and the Student Union.

During the 2004-2005 academic year, the Onstead Plaza and Promenade were funded by donations from Dr. Charles O. Onstead, a 1947 alumnus, the Charles and Jody Onstead Foundation and the Robert and Kay Onstead Foundation. Jody’s Fountain is named in honor of Jo Ann Park Onstead, Dr. Charles’s wife, a 1944 graduate who was a distinguished elementary school teacher with a passion for art education.

The Onstead Plaza and Promenade include a water feature located between Jody’s Fountain and Cartwright Plaza, as well as renovated and improved landscaping, paving and seating areas.

“Charles and Jody Onstead met on campus as students at North Texas and wanted to establish a place that students could relax and reflect,” says Brent Davison, then vice president for advancement.

More recently, Dr. Onstead established the Jo Ann and Charles O. Onstead Masters Fellows Fund, which pays full tuition and fees as well as other educational expenses, for selected CVAD art education graduate students.

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Watch Behind the Scenes Footage of the UNT Mean Green Football Intro Video Shoot

July 11th, 2012 | Posted in Athletics