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Paint Houston Green!

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

UNT’s Division of Advancement, Athletics, Alumni Association, and Admissions invite you to a MEAN GREEN Weekend Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6!

Friday, October 5

  • Houston Marriott South Hobby Airport, 9100 Gulf Freeway – for room reservations, call 713-943-7979 and ask for North Texas Fan Block or go online to
  • SPECIAL GUEST – Coach Dan McCarney
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. free hot dog meal/cash bar
  • 8:00 p.m. Musical Performance featuring UNT alum Mat Slovacek
  • First 500 guests receive free MEAN GREEN T-SHIRT

Saturday, October 6

  • 3:00 p.m. Tailgating – Meal available on site ($10 per person)
  • 6:00 p.m. UNT vs. University of Houston
  • To purchase game tickets ($35) call 940-565-2527 or Email


In addition to the above festivities, appearing in Houston the weekend of the Mean Green vs. University of Houston Cougars, will be the




Also, from New York:
Rich Perry, saxophone
Alex Sipiagin, trumpet
Donald Edwards, drums

Friday, October 5
(after pep rally!)

Cezanne Jazz Club
4100 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Shows at 9:00 and 10:45 p.m.
$ 20 per show
Further info:

UNT Alumni Association Announces New Board Members

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Denton, Texas, September 2012 – The University of North Texas Alumni Association, Inc. (UNTAA) recently added thirteen new members to its board of directors. The board of directors is responsible for the governing of the organization and overseeing all aspects such as raising funds. New members are selected through nomination and admitted by vote of the current board of directors.

Elected/Appointed were:

Byron Campbell – Byron is a senior partner with Capitol-Insights, a Dallas-based legislative and business consulting firm. He is a 2005 BA Political Science graduate and 1999-2002 Mean Green football player and Letterman.

Aldo Davila – Aldo is an Exercise and Training Operations Panel Officer in Washington, DC. He is already giving to the Department of Emergency Management at UNT, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in 2004.

Neil Foote – Neil resides in Dallas and is the Founder/Owner of Foote Communications, a public relations/media strategy firm. He is also a senior lecturer with UNT Mayborn School of Journalism.

Holly Friedman – Holly lives in Dallas and received her BS in Social Work from UNT in 1998.  She has extensive experience serving on and fundraising for nonprofit boards, including the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association.

David Gorman – David lives in Plano and received a BBA in Strategic Management from UNT in 1993.  As Managing Director of DNG Holdings, LLC in Plano, David has not only achieved success in the private sector, but he also has the time and desire to pour his entrepreneurial energy and skills into the alumni association.

Emily Klement – Emily resides in Muenster and is the Dean of Bowie and Graham campuses for North Central Texas College. She is actively involved in developing partnerships with UNT for recruiting NCTC transfer students. She has BS, MEd, and Ed. D. degrees from UNT in Higher Education.

Jay McAnelly – Jay is the President and CEO of Investment Professionals, Inc. and lives in the San Antonio area. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Andrew Olivo – Andrew is an attorney with Iconoclast PLLC who received his BA in Political Science at UNT in 2007. He received his JD from St. Mary’s University School of Law and his areas of practice include aviation, probate, juvenile, business organization and GLBT/constitutional law.

Juliet Patterson – Juliet received her BA in Psychology in 1971. Though retired as an administrator, she teaches the Continuing Education/Comprehensive GED course at the northwest campus of Tarrant County College.

Karen Permetti – Karen lives in Flower Mound and is the Executive Director of Communications for the Lewisville Independent School District. She received her BA in Journalism – Public Relations from UNT in 1997.

Kimberly Reasoner (UNT Presidential Appointee) ­– Kimberly is the Director of External and Government Relations at UNT. After she received her JD from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2004, Kimberly worked briefly at the U.S. Small Business Administration before returning to Capitol Hill as the Legislative Counsel for U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26).

Telea Stafford – Telea lives in Dallas and is Principal of Phoenix Marketing, LLC. She also owns Common Grounds Coffee in Farmers Branch. She received her Executive MBA in Management from UNT in 2003.

George Wendt (UNT Presidential Appointee) – George is the Assistant Vice President for Advancement Service at UNT. He oversees annual giving, donor relations, special events, research and performance along with information systems and processing. George received his BS in Speech Pathology, Audiology and Psychology in 1973 from Northern Michigan University.

Anyone can nominate a person to serve on the UNTAA board of directors. The Nominating Committee receives each person’s resume and interviews him/her. If approved by the committee, the person is then voted on by the full board to determine membership. Nominations are accepted annually. Please contact the UNT Alumni Association at 940-565-2834, or at, if you are interested in participating.

The University of North Texas Alumni Association, Inc., supports the mission and vision of the University of North Texas by enhancing its institutional reputation, community engagement and advancement with UNT constituents. For information on becoming a member of the UNT Alumni Association, call 940-565-2834 or visit

Career Corner

September 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.


Partner Profile

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Supporting your mission is our mission. We take great care in passionately helping people:

– Express themselves

– Celebrate experiences and traditions

– Recognize achievements

– Share their stories

We proudly partner with the UNT Alumni Association in the Official Ring Presentation Ceremonies held bi-annually. This ceremony is where students receive their rings, the symbol of pride and commitment to the university. Students who order a ring will be invited to this time-honored ceremony.
Visit us online by clicking here.

Calendar of Events

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Events


Now – 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.

September 24
7 p.m.
UNT Coliseum

Savage and Hyneman will speak as part of UNT’s Distinguished Lecture series. The event includes a moderated interview, audience Q&A and videos. No demonstrations will be performed and no myths will be busted on stage. MythBusters is among the Discovery Channel network’s highest rated shows. Its 160-and-counting episode hours have tackled more than 750 myths and performed nearly 2,500 experiments. Tickets can be purchased at the UNT Union Information Desk or by calling 940-565-3805. Faculty, staff, and alumni tickets are $20, and general public tickets are $25. Floor seating for faculty, staff, and alumni is $30 and $40 for the general public.

Now – September 29
9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
UNT on the Square

Central to the textile traditions of the Ashante of Ghana, West Africa, are Adinkra and Kente cloths. Printed or woven, these fabrics are a visual embodiment of proverbs, events and cultural values. “Cloth Talks” presents a collection of these textiles, subtle and striking, drawn from private collections and from the Boakye family workshop in Nthonso, one of the only remaining traditional Adinkra villages. Admission is free.

UNT News Briefs

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT’s Green Brigade Drumline named No. 1 in College Football by Bleacher Report
The University of North Texas Green Brigade Drumline has been named the No. 1 drumline in college football by Bleacher Report, a national sports website that compiled a top 10 list of college football’s best drumlines.

Click here to read the full story.

National Academy of Sciences member to advance UNT plant science research
UNT has hired Dr. Richard A Dixon, a world-renowned specialist in metabolic engineering of plants, to further its goal to become one of the nation’s preeminent research hubs in plant science research.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT to hold symposium on campus history of Latinos
A free symposium at the University of North Texas September 21 will focus on the history of Latino student organizations and leadership at the university.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Business

The College of Business Graduate Student Alumni Association will host a happy hour on Sept 20 at the Porch from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP at

The College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Joe DePinto, President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. is September 28 at 10:00a.m. in BLB 180. Details at

College of Education

Mark your calendar for Homecoming!
Saturday, Nov. 3
9 -11 a.m.

UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center Open House

Stop by UNT’s new Kristin Farmer Autism Center to meet our staff and get a closer look at our newly renovated 20,000 square-foot facility. 490 S. I-35E Frontage Road. For information: or 940-369-7426 and or 940-891-6849.

COE experts offer back-to-school tips

As school gets underway, College of Education experts offer advice to get through the new academic year — whether you’re a student transitioning to a new school or a teacher turning your classroom into an enriching environment for students.

Dr. Wendy Middlemiss, associate professor of educational psychology at UNT, says children face the four biggest milestones of their school years when they enter kindergarten, first grade, middle school and high school.

“What makes a transition so difficult or challenging are the unknowns, so I think the parent has to convey the sense that this is an exciting change, rather than to be nervous,” Middlemiss says. “It’s important for the parent to help the child understand.”

Middlemiss has the following tips:

  • Explain the changes students may face. Kindergartners should be reminded that there may be new rules. “Rules may be different, so they have to listen and be respectful,” she says. First graders frequently spend more time on tasks than kindergartners. “Tell them they may be sitting more — and show them that they are already doing some of those things, like we sit when we do this or that,” Middlemiss says. “In middle school, they’re transitioning to new people and a new school, and parents need to prepare them for how they can organize their time.”
  • Convey a sense of calm.
  • Go to the orientation, and if you can’t make the scheduled orientation, visit the school. Introduce students to teachers ahead of time. “Just like us as adults, students are most frightened by something they haven’t done,” she says.
  • Regardless of the children’s ages, talk to them to find out how they feel about the transition.
  • Keep asking questions and listen, Middlemiss says.
  • Parents need to remember to take the same advice they give their children, she says. “Although it may be a frightening time for the parents as well, they can follow some of the same suggestions – be aware of what’s going on and become part of that transition. The more unknown it is for us, the harder it will be.”

Dr. Lisa L. Schulz, clinical assistant professor in the counseling program at UNT, says teachers can use the following tips to create an emotionally safe and culturally responsive classroom environment.

  • Look around your classroom – how inviting is it? Are there pictures of people and places that are familiar to all the students who will be in your class? Would you feel comfortable as a student? As a parent?
  • Communicate high expectations for all students.
  • Maintain positive perspectives of parents and families.
  • Create student-centered curriculum. Allow students to participate in the creation of their own learning objectives and process. Support their desire to learn the material through an exploration of their culture of origin.
  • Teach about and talk openly about similarities and differences.
  • Explore personal experiences concerning power and oppression in education.

Dr. Micheal Sayler, senior associate dean of the UNT College of Education and associate professor of educational psychology, is available to talk about gifted education and standardized testing.

Autism center celebrates ribbon cutting

The ribbon cutting ceremony for UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center was August 25. Check out the Denton Record Chronicle’s coverage of the event.

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.

PACS celebrates Homecoming

Join the College of Public Affairs & Community Service at the Homecoming tailgate for BBQ, games, and fun!

Alumni News

Sage Garber, Rehabilitation Graduate, was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Texas Advocates.  Texas Advocates is a self advocacy group with 20 local chapters across the state. Sage is currently the president of the ARC of Denton County and works closely with the Texas Advocates local chapter in Denton.

Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences Alum, Robbie Hazelbaker, assistant director of parks and recreation for the City of Richardson, was recently honored as an Outstanding Community Leader by Special Olympics Texas Area 10 and the local Richardson Roadrunners Delegation.

Congratulations to Sarah Kirkle (MPA ’05) and Skylar Wilk (MPA ’11) and their team at the Sunset Advisory Commission on winning the National Conference of State Legislatures 2012 Excellence in evaluation Award.

Geoff Gabrina, Anthropology graduate, recently accepted a position as a Research Coordinator for a 20 month government sponsored study being conducted by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International based out of Durham, North Carolina.

UNT Black Alumni Network

Join our newest affinity network, the UNT – Black Alumni Network

We are proud to announce the formation of our newest affinity network, the UNT – Black Alumni Network (BAN). The UNT – BAN was formed in an effort to promote the interests and support the relationships of the African-American constituency of UNT while showing support for our University and it’s policies. The Group is open to all former students of UNT and undergraduates through our mentoring program. Join us in our efforts.

For more information, contact:
Nathaniel Hickman –
Yolanda Knight –
Lena Hatcher –
Steven Bradley –

2012 Football Season

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Athletics

Get your tickets for the 2012 Football Season! North Texas Athletics offers several options to best fit your all of your game day needs.

Season Tickets

2012 Season Tickets start as low as $65 per seat!  For additional information call 940-565-2527 or visit

Mean Green Tailgate Package

Includes 40 Reserved or General Admission Tickets, 40 Chairs, (1) 20’ x 20’ Tent, (6) 8’ Tables and 2 Priority Parking Passes.

2012 North Texas Mean Green Football

For Mean Green tickets, parking, tailgating, and Apogee Stadium information
call 940-565-2527 or visit