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New Student Alumni Association

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Beginning the this fall semester, the UNT Alumni Association, Student Affairs and Development worked together to establish a new organization on campus—the UNT Student Alumni Association (SAA). This organization was founded as the future alumni working together to ensure the future for student success. As a branch of the NT40, the SAA will work closely with the NT40 leaders to promote the pride, spirit and positive image of UNT. They will accomplish this by encouraging student philanthropy, UNT spirit and tradition, and involvement in campus activities.

By joining the SAA, students receive benefits similar to regular alumni association members like discounts and savings, as well as membership in SAA giving them added membership in the UNTAA at time of graduation.

This group meets bi-monthly and has already created events to fulfill their mission. The SAA’s first major event took place on November 1—Tuition Stop Day.

This is a symbolic day that represents the day tuition would run out if UNT was run on tuition alone. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness to the millions of dollars given each year to UNT by donors. Students were asked to write thank you notes and take a picture holding a thank you poster, which will then be sent to donors.

Click here for more information about the UNT Student Alumni Association

Mean Green Pride — We’re All In

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Mean Green Pride –We’re All In product is now available at both Walmarts in Denton (on 288 and University) and there are new items also available at the Walmart in Roanoke.  For alumni unaware of the program, here’s a brief note:

We want to show how proud we are of UNT by wearing the Mean Green Pride — We’re All In shirt.  The We’re All In shirts contribute half their proceeds to support The Big Event our annual volunteer program that addresses local needs in Denton. There are many designs to choose from at the UNT Bookstore, Voertman’s and both Walmarts in Denton. And there are great ways to save on purchasing this item like:

  • Voertman’s offers 20% off branded apparel when you wear green on Fridays
  • Walmart on 288 and Walmart on University both have several lower cost designs available
Additionally, Sports Authority offers a Mean Green Pride discount every Friday when you wear green — $10 off a $50 purchase. For details on Mean Green Pride visit

2012 Alumni Association Commemorative Ornament

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

This year’s commemorative ornament features the soaring eagle statue that resides near the clocktower of the Hurley administration building in the center of campus. Trimmed in 24-carat gold, this ornament shines with UNT pride. This annual collectable ornament provides a great opportunity to remember your alma mater and show your eagle spirit. It can also serve as a memorable gift for the Mean Green alumni in your life. A portion of the proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund.

$20, plus $2.50 shipping

Order your ornament today at or by calling 940-565-2834.

Quantities are limited.

Career Corner

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Homecoming Cake Decorating Contest

The UNT Career Center would like to thank the following companies for participating in the 2nd Annual Cake Decorating Contest during “Once Upon A Homecoming”.  The theme for the contest was “DREAM JOBS”  A special thank you goes to Multiview for sponsoring the event for the Career Center and Alumni Association.

Davis Purity Bakery 1st Place Winner  “Out of this World”

NV Cupcakes-2nd Place Winner  “King of the Castle”

Sweet Stuff by Vickie Lowe-3rd Place Winner  “Rock Star”

Honorable Mentions:

Hyatt Regency DFW-“Rapunzel’s Hairdresser”-Staff Favorite

LifeScience Logistics

PepsiCo- “Dream Chip-Maker”

Super Target Denton-“Climbing To Leadership”


Mark Franklin, Director of College Recruiting, Multiview

Marty Newman, Associate VP University Relations, Communications, and Marketing

Mark Miller, President-Elect, Alumni Association Board of Directors

For a list of upcoming Career Center Activities, like workshops and career fairs, check out

Partner Profile

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Join the UNT tradition, and frame your diploma! Our officially licensed, Made-in-the-USA frames feature the University of North Texas name and seal, and will preserve your hard-earned diploma for a lifetime. Frames are customizable so that you can match your own style and décor.  Desk accessories are also available.  Plus, a portion of all sales goes to support The University of North Texas Alumni Association!

Order your custom frame online at or share with a loved one for a perfect holiday gift suggestion!

Calendar of Events

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Events

UNT News Briefs

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT soccer team wins 3rd Sunbelt Conference tournament championship

UNT earned a 1-0 win over Florida International. The game, the last one to be played by UNT in the Sun Belt Conference, gives the Mean Green an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament field.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT Visual Arts and Design students win national awards

Students in the communication design program in UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design have been recognized in three large competitions this year including the Dallas Society of Visual Communications National Student Show as well as the Addy Awards in both Dallas and Fort Worth.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT professor working with Corning Inc. to improve glass materials

Dr. Jincheng Du received a National Science Foundation grant to study ways to improve the properties of glass materials using sophisticated modeling techniques.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

With mentor support and a grant, first year teacher sets up classroom for success

Lauren Dicken (’12), a kindergarten teacher at Timberline Elementary in Grapevine, Texas, received a grant last spring to help set up her first classroom with containers and storage materials. She submitted these photos of her classroom and shared a few words with us about how she is doing in her first year.

Autism center opens for services, university classroom experiences

UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center opened for services September 17 for full- and part-time educational and therapeutic services including Applied Behavior Analysis, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physical therapy. The center also provides university training for UNT undergraduate students in the Introduction to Autism course within the Department of Behavior Analysis and utilizes video capture technology to remotely view all clinical rooms and classrooms in real time.

Program helps UNT staff members reach educational goals

Craig Stone, who works as a Tech II in the Facilities department, dropped out of school in the eighth grade. But he’s getting his high school equivalency diploma, or GED, thanks to the President’s EDGE – Employee Directed General Education – which allows employees to study for their GED while working at the university regardless of academic background or language abilities.

College of Visual Arts & Design

Check out the latest issue of the Avant-Garde.

Paula Gaetano-Adi receives prestigious VIDA Art and Artificial Life Award
CVAD Assistant Professor of New Media Art Paula Gaetano-Adi wins prestigious international award for her work in art and artificial life.

Mayborn School of Journalism

Making Headlines: Journalist Gives Back to the UNT Program That Led Him to Newsroom Success
When Mike Whitehead (’81) thinks about his days at the University of North Texas, he remembers a sense of belonging.

“It was love at first sight,” says Whitehead, who came to UNT from his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. “I’ll never forget walking across campus on a crisp fall day thinking that I’m part of something greater than myself, something special.”

That feeling of connection is still there for the veteran journalist, who credits his professors for instilling in him the rigor required in professional journalism. For more than 40 years, Whitehead has had a successful career in daily newspapers. Part of the time he worked for the media giant Gannett Company, including stints as the managing editor for the local newspaper in San Bernardino, Calif. and later as executive editor for the Salem Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore. and The Times in Shreveport, La. Whitehead also worked in various editing positions for The Orange County Register and The Dallas Morning News.

In gratitude to his former professors, Whitehead has bequeathed in his will a $100,000 planned gift to the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism to create the C. Michael Whitehead Scholarship. The endowed scholarship awards $4,000 a year to one journalism student attending UNT full time. A scholarship committee will select the scholarship recipient.

Whitehead credits his success to being taught by journalists who had worked in the profession and therefore understood the high standards expected in the newsroom.

“They made us understand that integrity mattered. Credibility mattered,” says Whitehead. “With responsibility comes accountability. They made sure we were accountable for our work.”

Whitehead was taught by the likes of C.E. “Pop” Shuford, who founded the UNT journalism department; Barbara Colegrove, a teacher so popular that for decades former students would return faithfully to her annual reunions; and Roy Busby, who is the director of the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism and graduate associate dean.

“The faculty prepared me for my career, but they did so much more,” Whitehead says. “They taught me life lessons, and they gave me a sense of worth that was so important for me as a human being. I just want to give someone else the same opportunity.”

Other Mayborn News:

Alumnus, Nick Ricco, and his wife, Anna, pledged $50,000 in 2012 to create the Nicholas and Anna Ricco Ethics Award. This award will be given annually for students across the university. A $1,000 award will be given annually to the leading undergraduate or graduate student proponent of ethical behavior and concepts from the 13 colleges and schools on the UNT campus.

Andrew McLemore, 2010 graduate and a former NT Daily editor-in-chief, won the national $10,000 Livingston Award for young journalists.  Award given in 2012 for a 2011 effort.

Alumnus Bob St. John was named a 2012 Living Legend of North Texas Journalism by the D Press Club of Dallas for his important contributions in the field of journalism. St. John was the feature columnist and sports writer for The Dallas Morning News and the author of several books, including Landry: The Legend and the Legacy and Heart of a Lion: The Wild and Woolly Life of Bobby Layne


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

2012-13 Basketball 4 for $40 Mini Plan
Premium reserved seating for your choice of any 4 Men’s or Women’s games during the 2012-13 Basketball Season. For additional information call (940)565-2527 or email

Mean Green Family Fun Pack
The Mean Green Family Fun pack is a great deal including 4 tickets to the game, 4 food items from the Mean Green Concession stand and 4 drinks.  Fun Packs are $35 pre-ordered and $40 at the gate.  Season packs can be purchased for $345.  For additional information call (940)565-2527 or email

2012-13 Mean Green Basketball Hospitality 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

Birthday Parties at the Super Pit
Have your kids birthday party at the Super Pit!  Packages start at $90 and feature 10 tickets, pizza/ drinks for 10 and a space with tables and chairs in the concourse area.  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

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

Pohl Recreation Center

Did you know Alumni Association members are able to purchase memberships at discounted rate to the Rec Center? All Fall memberships are half price right now ($67.50 and valid through December 23), and Spring memberships go on sale December 1. For more information, contact Stuart Birdseye at 940-565-2275

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