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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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