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Students Approve Fee to Build New Union

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Students voted to approve a fee increase of $115, beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, to fund a renovated and expanded university union.

“The new union will provide enhanced services, facilities and programs for the entire UNT community,” said Zane Reif, director of activities and the University Union. “The new union design concept also will be a home away from home for all current and future students, and the building’s sustainable design will continue UNT’s legacy as an environmentally friendly campus.”

The current union, built in the 1970s, was designed to serve about 17,000 students. Enrollment has grown to about 36,000 students, and more than 2.5 million students visit the union every year.

The new union, which is expected to cost $130 million, is designed to more than double the amount of student organization space now available, and will double the amount of lounge and art gallery space. The new union also will provide more food service and entertainment space, auditorium and meeting areas, a larger bookstore, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable design.

The new union is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Construction on the new union is expected to begin in June 2013 and is expected to take about two years. During that time, all programs and services housed in the current union will continue to operate in nearby locations convenient to students, faculty and staff.

College Colors Day

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

HEY Mean Green FANS! We need you to show your UNT spirit! Help us win the College Colors Day Pledge Your Allegiance Contest!  Go to ESPN.com/CollegeColorsDay and pledge your support for the UNT Mean Green. The school with the most pledges wins $10,000 for their university. All registrants that sign up and pledge their support for their University will be entered to win weekly prizes.

Let’s win! Share this with other Mean Green fans on your netowrks. We need to show our spirit. Contest ends Friday, August 31, 2012!  Go to ESPN.com/CollegeColorsDay now and pledge your support for UNT! Look for North Texas Mean Green when voting!

Denton County Network Sponsoring Oktoberfest

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

The Denton County Network 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.

http://untoktoberfest.eventbrite.com/

Career Corner

August 7th, 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

August 7th, 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

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Events

Highlights

Now through August 14
9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
UNT on the Square

By day, they’re construction managers, academic advisors, professors, IT managers, administrative assistants and librarians. But in their spare time, many University of North Texas faculty and staff members are artists. This August, their creative talents will be on display in the On My Own Time exhibition at UNT on the Square. The free exhibition will feature 58 artworks from 34 UNT employees.

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

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Materials science student awarded prestigious NSF Fellowship
Jessica Rimsza, a first-year graduate student, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to further her research in materials science and engineering.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT names Goven acting dean of arts and sciences
Dr. Arthur J. Goven to serve as UNT’s dean of the College of Arts and Sciences while Michael Monticino, dean since 2010, serves as interim vice president for advancement and director of development of the UNT Foundation.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT research investigates factors influencing Hispanic student transfer rates in Texas
Diversity in community college faculty is the strongest influence determining whether Hispanic students transfer to four-year universities, according to a recent study from UNT.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Future bilingual educators attend summer academy

UNT and the Fort Worth Independent School District jointly hosted a summer camp introducing bilingual high school students to the field of teaching and encouraging them to consider a career in bilingual education. 21 Fort Worth high school students who are proficient in English and Spanish, are in good academic standing and have shown an interest in teaching were chosen to attend the Future Bilingual Teachers Academy, held at UNT and in the Fort Worth ISD June 4-8, 2012.

Autism Recognition & Response Training Workshop to be held on campus August 16

International expert Dennis Debbaudt will provide a four-hour training session on autism pre-escalation techniques, broad based development, communication and socialization skills, victimization and harassment, dilemmas, safety risks, recognition, response and law enforcement safety strategies. The workshop will also feature a Community Autism Professionals Panel Q&A session that will include the UNT Autism Center’s Executive Director Kevin Callahan and Associate Executive Director Heather Hughes.

The Autism Recognition and Response Training Workshop is Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Wooten Hall room 122.

The workshop will be hosted by the UNT Autism Center in collaboration with 4u Academy, the UNT Police Department, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, and the Texas Autism Research and Resource Consortium.

The event is free and open to the public, and it may be of special interest to law enforcement, EMS, nurses, doctors, dentists, social services providers, parents, childcare workers and educators.

Registration required. For additional information or to register, contact Brent Carmichael at autism4u@ymail.com.

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

PACS Fall Forum

PACS invites the community to their “Fall Forum” on September 27 in the Union from 11-12 with a picnic following. Speakers from New Friends, New Life will be discussing sex trafficking.

Martha Garber appointed to Rehabilitation Council of Texas

Martha Garber, director of applied research and development and leader of the University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) and JOB FIT programs, has been appointed to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas by Governor Rick Perry.

The Rehabilitation Council of Texas advocates for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process. The Council is federally mandated, and members are appointed by the Texas governor and serve three-year terms. The Council reviews, analyzes and advises the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Division for Blind Services (DBS) on policy, scope and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services and eligibility requirements. The Council also works in partnership with the divisions to develop, agree to and review state goals and priorities.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with DRS, DBS and other Council members to increase opportunities for Texans with disabilities,” Garber said.

UNTWISE and JOB FIT are housed within the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addiction in UNT’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service.  The department’s rehabilitation counseling program is ranked 13th in the U.S. and 1st in Texas by U.S. News & World Report.

“Martha is an extraordinary individual and UNT is lucky to have her,” said Linda Holloway, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addiction. “She is passionate in her mission to ensure that people with disabilities have access to good jobs and are fully included in their communities. She is an excellent choice to serve on the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. I can think of no better advocate for people with disabilities than Martha.”

Alumni News

MPA student, Emily Hudson, was selected for the Academy of Crisis Management, Emergency Planning, and Civil Protection (AKNZ) in Germany. Emily is one of 93 participants from 26 countries and 46 universities.

Emily completed a BS degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from UNT and is nearing completion of the MPA degree.