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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.

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