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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


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Scrappy’s Pals
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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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