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Once Upon a Homecoming 2012

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Homecoming 2012 will take place on Oct 29-Nov 3. This year’s theme, selected by the students on the Homecoming Crew, is Once Upon a Homecoming. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to attend many of the Homecoming events that are planned throughout the week like the Homecoming Picnic, Spirit March and Bonfire and the Homecoming game as we watch the Mean Green take on Arkansas State.

Alumni Events

Friday, Nov.2

11:30 a.m. 
Golden Eagles Luncheon/Reunion ¾  Class of ʼ62

University Union, Silver Eagle Suite. Reservations, $20. RSVP: or 940-565-4851.

7:30-10 p.m.
 Black Alumni Network Reception

UNT Alumni Center, Gateway Center. For information: or 940-369-8234.

Saturday, Nov. 3

10 a.m. to Noon
 Chi Omega Open House

Refreshments served. 930 S. Welch St. For information: or 817-275-2940.

10 a.m.
 Black Alumni Network Brunch
University Union, Golden Eagle Suite. For information: or 940-369-8234.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Floyd Graham Society

40th anniversary celebration featuring Jack Petersen, guitar, with UNT jazz alumni and faculty. 115 S. Elm St. Petersen attended UNT, and later was the Resident Artist in Jazz from 1976 to 1988. Reservations, including lunch, $30 prepaid by 5 p.m. Oct.. 31. RSVP: 940-565-0804, or fax 940-891-0690, VISA/MC, Paypal to or mail checks to Floyd Graham Society, 815 Ector St., Denton, Texas 76201.

11 a.m. 
Homecoming Parade

Begins at Welch and Hickory Streets, travels around the Denton town square and up Oak Street. From Oak to Welch, right on Hickory (going the wrong way on Hickory through campus), left on North Texas Boulevard to Highland Street.

1-3:30 p.m.

Tailgating around campus starts early and ends 30 minutes before kickoff. Organizations, department and college tents at UNT’s Apogee Stadium add to the Homecoming spirit along with live music, the Junior Mean Green Fun zone, and the Mean Green March featuring the cheerleaders, dancers, marching band, Head Coach Dan McCarney and the Mean Green football team. For tent reservations:

Alumni Pavilion Party*

Join UNT Alumni Association members and friends three hours prior to kickoff at the alumni pavilion near UNT’s Apogee Stadium. For information: or 940-565-2834.

Black Alumni Network*

For information: or 940-369-8234.

College of Business*

Refreshments served. For information: or 940-565-4333. RSVP:

College of Education Alumni Reunion/Teacher of the Year Recognition*
Special honors for alumni who were named 2012 Teachers of the Year by area school districts. RSVP to: or 940-369-7805.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service*
BBQ and games. For information: or 940-369-7349.

Department of Political Science & Legal Eagles*

RSVP: or 940-565-2276.

Department of Psychology* 

RSVP: or 940-565-2339.

Speech and Hearing Sciences*

Refreshments served. For information: or 940-565-2481.

TAMS Alumni Reception*

Featuring the Class of 2007’s 5th anniversary, Class of 2002’s 10th anniversary, Class of 1997’s 15th anniversary and Class of 1992’s 20th anniversary. Photos and cake at 3 p.m. For information: or 940-565-3726.

UNT Career Center*

Second annual Cake Decorating Contest, theme “Dream Jobs.” For information: or 940-565-2706.

4 p.m.
 Mean Green vs. Arkansas State
Ticket options start at $15. For information:, 800-868-2366 or visit

*Events are part of Mean Green Village at UNT’s Apogee Stadium.

For more information visit

Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship’s Leadership Luncheon to feature Ambassador Karen Hughes

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to announce its 11th annual Leadership Luncheon, to be held at the Hilton Anatole hotel on November 9th. The luncheon is one of UNT’s premier events, honoring outstanding entrepreneurs in the North Texas area. This year we are proud to present the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship award to Jerry Jones. We are also thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Ambassador Karen Hughes, who served as Counselor to President George W. Bush. John McCaa, from WFAA New 8, will be serving as Master of Ceremonies for his fourth year and we are ecstatic for his all-around support to the Murphy Center and UNT.

Please come join us, to register go to, The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship Leadership Luncheon is the University of North Texas’ largest event!  All proceeds from the luncheon go to support our entrepreneurial students through scholarships, prize money for student businesses and other programs offered through the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship.

Thank A Teacher

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students.  They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures.  When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students and alums have a new way to say “Thanks” through the “Thank a Teacher” Program here at UNT.  Beginning October 3rd, current students and alums will be able to complete the form at to share their thanks with their UNT teacher(s).  You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank).  You may also choose to remain anonymous.  Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition from the Provost with copies to their Deans and Department Chairs!

Career Corner

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

This fall 2012 semester, the UNT Career Center has enhanced the Alumni Mentor database in the Eagle Network.  We have expanded the educational and professional information areas to allow Alumni and Friends of UNT to better communicate their experiences to UNT student mentees. There has also been a Mentor-Drive in the Career Center’s Eagle Network and Linked-In communities to increase the number of Alumni Mentors in the Eagle Networks’ Mentor Match database.

The importance of the Mentor Match database for first and second year students cannot be overstated! More often than not, a first year or transfer student is required to select a major during the orientation process. They do not have much time to work through the career discovery process before they begin their major coursework. Having access to a database of Alumni Mentors to ask questions about their career path, or what they can do professionally with their major provides the student with invaluable career direction.

However, the benefits of the Mentor Match database is not reserved for first and second year students. Students in their Junior and Senior years are looking to mentors for information and networking necessary to get their first internship or their first job after graduation.

If you have any questions about being a mentor for a UNT student please contact Glenn Jensen at or 940-369-6525. If you are interested in participating in the UNT Career Center’s Mentor Match database please visit the Eagle Network at


Partner Profile

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

UNT alumni have the opportunity to choose Energy Plus®, a retail energy provider, to earn a sign-up bonus and cash back rewards on something they use everyday—electricity.  You’ll receive a $25 Activation Bonus just for signing up and you’ll earn 3% Cash Back on the supply portion of your electric bill every year.  Energy Plus offers a month-to-month variable rate plan where you are not locked into a long-term commitment.  CLICK HERE or call 877-770-3373 and mention Offer Code “UNT-5514” to inquire today.

Calendar of Events

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Events


October 9 – November 10
UNT Art Gallery

In his 38th year at the University of North Texas, Regents Professor of Art Elmer Taylor shares in this exhibition four decades of pottery and other elements that tell the story of form. The show concentrates on selected ceramic pieces from 2010-2012 that meet Taylor’s exacting standards in melding the inherent qualities of clay and glaze with the craftsman’s skill. Historical pieces chronicle influences on and references for Taylor’s decades-long practice, including collected pottery, 1940s-era handmade Japanese furniture, photographs, and memorabilia. For Taylor, from the neon in his hometown city of Los Angeles, to his experience pheasant hunting in Nebraska and his love of writing with a fountain pen, his pots need to reflect who he is and what he has experienced. Early, during his apprenticeship in England with Master Potter Michael Leach, Taylor learned to set a standard to meet each day in the studio—a practice he has imparted to thousands of students at UNT and continues to demonstrate today.

October 14
4 p.m.
Winspear Hall

Savor an afternoon of American music featuring original arrangements by UNT’s Richard DeRosa along with jazz-inspired music by Gershwin and Bernstein. All will be performed by the UNT Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Itkin, joining forces with an array of vocal and instrumental soloists, leading to a grand finale that adds the Jazz Singers and A Cappella Choir. Take part in this delightful afternoon of audience favorites and join us for a spectacular dinner afterward. Tickets for the dinner and concert package are $100 per person. Tickets for the concert only are $25. For additional information and for the purchase of dinner and concert packages, call 940.369.8417.

Sundays, November 11 and 18 at 3 p.m.
Friday, November 16 at 8 p.m.
Lyric Theater

Shakespeare’s immortal story of “two star-cross’d lovers” becomes the ultimate French grand opera: compelling, lyrical and unforgettably passionate. Join us for another incredible production from the award-winning UNT Opera, directed by Paula Homer and conducted by Stephen Dubberly with the UNT Symphony Orchestra. “In the Know” pre-performance lecture begins 45 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets are $35/$25/$15 by section; for full ticket information including discounts visit or call 940.369.7802.

UNT News Briefs

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys
For the 17th consecutive year, UNT has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc.

Click here to read the full story.

New UNT laboratory named Center of Innovation
A new laboratory at UNT aimed at helping researchers better understand the biological world has been named a Center of Innovation by the Waters Corporation, one of the leading producers of mass spectrometry technology.

Click here to read the full story.

Two UNT students named NextGen Leaders
The Next Generation (NextGen) Nonprofit Leaders Program, a national competition that provides scholarships to students conducting internships in the nonprofit sector, has listed Raven Dickerson and Sara Chavez from UNT to be recognized.

Click here to read the full story.

Being Mean Green and Proud can save you money. Wear your green to local participating businesses and you can receive great discounts. Whether you fee like a burger, pizza or want to stock up on your green wardrobe, showing your pride can earn you savings. Support Denton businesses who are Mean Green proud – and save. Check out for all the details.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Business

College of Business Graduate Student Alumni Association Happy Hour at the Pourhouse in Denton on October 18. RSVP at

College of Education

UNT Phi Kappa Phi awarded grant for President’s E.D.G.E. computer literacy efforts

The University of North Texas Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the national Phi Kappa Phi organization for their support of the President’s EDGE program. The One University/One Community Computer Literacy Initiative will help provide one-on-one tutoring, computer guides, software and flash drives. It seeks to improve the computer literacy skills of more than 200+ University of North Texas employees who lack a high school diploma and are participating in the President’s Employee Directed General Education (E.D.G.E.) Program in pursuit of a high school equivalency diploma, or GED.

Frisco middle school named after alumna Billy Thompson Vandeventer (’65)

Read the story from the Frisco Enterprise:
A lifetime of teaching: Vandeventer Middle School named after longtime educator

Alumna Kelly Carrero named CEC Outstanding Grad Student

Congratulations to alumna Kelly Carrero (MEd ’07, PhD ’12), who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Council for Exceptional Children at the organization’s annual convention.

Special Education graduate students make presentations at annual conference

Nicole Caldwell, Lindsey Eason, and Susie Nichols made presentations at the annual conference of the International Association for Positive Behavior Support in Atlanta, GA. Susie Nichols (pictured) and Dr. Smita Mehta made an oral presentation on Nichols’ dissertation, “Increasing the Social Initiations of Children with Autism During Natural Language Training.” Lindsey Eason, Nicole Caldwell and Dr. Mehta presented a poster on Computer Assisted Instruction for Students with Autism: Existing and Future Research.

Dean Jerry Thomas’ throwing research cited in Washington Post

College of Education Dean Jerry Thomas’ research on throwing was recently cited in the Washington Post: Throw like a girl? You can do better. The article explores the differences between how boys and girls throw a ball from a very young age.

College of Visual Arts & Design

Lane One of Top 100 Creatives in Houston

Lynn Lane (BFA, 1993, Drawing & Painting) was named one of the Top 100 Creatives in Houston by the Houston Press. Primarily focusing on dance, fashion and portrait photography, he is the main photographer for Karen Stokes Dance and NobleMotion Dance, and his photos are regularly featured in CultureMap, Dance Source Houston, the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press. His “Portrait Project” — shots of well-known Houston arts figures — was exhibited in celebration of Houston’s 175th anniversary.

After spending nearly two decades in New York, the Houston native quickly entrenched himself in Houston’s performing arts scene upon moving back to Houston a year and a half ago.

In his past artistic life, he has been a painter, a furniture designer, a documentary filmmaker, a curator of film festivals and a music video director. Today, he primarily focuses on dance, fashion and portrait photography.

Simply put, Lane loves people. “I’m drawn to human emotion and motion,” said Lane during an interview at his studio in the Spring Street Studios. He has found both of these things in dance, shooting rehearsals for companies, or creating site-specific works that don’t have an audience. The challenge to him is to not take what he calls “lottery shots” – where you fire 30 shots at once, and maybe you get one good photo among the lot. Rather, he shoots with intent, without the crutch of presets, Photoshop or even cropping.


October 5th, 2012 | Posted in Athletics

Whether you are looking to celebrate Homecoming in style with the Mean Green Tailgate Package or wanting tickets for the 2012-13 basketball season, North Texas Athletics has what you are looking for.

2012 Homecoming – 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.  For additional information contact Langston Adair at (940)369-5381 or by email at

2012-13 Basketball Season Tickets

2012-13 Men’s Basketball Season Tickets start as low as $105 per seat.  Women’s Basketball start as low as $55.  For additional information call (940)565-2527 or visit

2012-13 Basketball Group Ticket Package

Come enjoy an evening with friends, family and co-workers.  Package includes 50 Reserved Tickets, Catering from Metzler’s BBQ, Exclusive Pre-Game Hospitality area, Public Address Announcement, Video Board and Radio Recognition.  For additional information call (940)565-2527 or email

Scrappy’s Pals

North Texas Athletics is committed to providing groups in the community with opportunities to attend Mean Green sporting events.  Scrappy’s Pals is designed to offer at-risk youth, disabled person and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to experience the higher education atmosphere offered through Mean Green sporting events.  Find out how you can help support this program by contacting the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office at (940) 565-2527 or

2012 North Texas Mean Green Football

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