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February 11th, 2013 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Online programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report

The College of Education was ranked 13th in the nation for Best Online Graduate Education Programs, including its master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education and a new accelerated online master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

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Counseling doctoral student Kara Hurt selected as inaugural CACREP fellow
Kara M. Hurt, a University of North Texas doctoral student from Swink, Colo., has been selected as an inaugural CACREP Research Initiative for Graduate Students (CRIGS) Fellow in the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Hurt is one of two doctoral students chosen from a national pool of candidates to collaborate on research endeavors in the one-year fellowship, which begins in January. The program will provide access to data, funding for research materials, and incentive stipends for publications and presentations resulting from the fellowship.

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Nominated by nearly 90 former and current students, Dr. Lyndal Bullock receives Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Lyndal Bullock, Regents Professor in Educational Psychology and Director of the UNT Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children at the organization’s annual conference. This award recognizes his service, commitment and contributions during his career.

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College of Information

Meet the 2012 College of Information Department of Learning Technologies Outstanding Alum


COLLEEN SWAINWe are proud to announce that Colleen Swain, MS CECS ’93 and PhD ATPI ’97, was awarded the College of Information (COI) Department of Learning Technologies (LT) Outstanding Alumni at the end of 2012. In the College’s four year history, Dr. Swain is the second LT alum to be honored with this award.

Dr. Swain received her B.S. in Secondary Education with cognates in mathematics and computer science from Baylor University.  She taught in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD for seven years in conjunction with earning her master’s degree in Computer Science and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas.  Dr. Swain earned her doctoral degree in Applied Technology, Training, and Development from UNT in 1997. As the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Teacher of the Year at University of Florida, she considers her work with students some of the most important work she does.

She serves as Professor and Director of the School of Education at The University of Texas at Tyler, as well as on the school board of UT-Tyler’s charter school, the Innovation Academy. She is part of a research team examining the effectiveness of the Innovation Academy’s model in terms of student learning, parental involvement, professional development and the use of technology to promote learning for all stakeholders.

Throughout her career, Dr. Swain has had the good fortune to be involved in a variety of research projects. She co-directed a research project associated with the federal PT3 grant program and was a professor in residence at P.K. Yonge, the K-12 Developmental Research School associated with the University of Florida.  She has also conducted research in the areas of the digital divide, effective uses of technology, culturally responsive pedagogy in at-risk middle and high schools, teacher professional development, teacher evaluation, and best practices by teachers serving traditionally marginalized students.

Examples of her research can be found in Teacher Education & Practice, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Middle Ground, Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, Learning & Leading with Technology, and the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

Mike SpectorMike Spector, Department of Learning Technologies Chair at the UNT College of Information, will be in Luxembourg as one of three external evaluators on a large European Network of Excellence in the area of game-based learning called GaLA (Game and Learning Alliance). This is the second year evaluation of this four year project; the other two evaluators involved are from England. This project has an open website that might be of interest to many at UNT – please see for more information.

This Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning is predicated on the view that in today’s society, people are not only confronted with classical transitions from school to university, but from university to a company and so on. They are also faced with additional transitions, for example, between companies, between formal institutional learning and informal learning, between, learning for personal growth and learning for work. Dr. Spector served as an external evaluator in the previous European Network of Excellence, in the area of technology-enhance learning (STELLAR, Sustaining Technology Enhanced Learning at a LARge scale) also has an open website that might be of interest to UNT students, faculty and alumni – for more details, please go to

Mayborn School of Journalism

Mayborn Alum Updates

Graham Douglas, 28, Creative Director, Droga5 — named one of Forbes 30 under 30: Marketing and Advertising

Has driven Droga5’s growth from a 75-person operation when he was hired in 2010 to a 162-person shop today. His client work has ranged from helping creative kids make commercials for Honey Maid snacks to raising water-crisis awareness through the UNICEF Tap Project to rebranding Prudential with a campaign named one of only 10 Ads Worth Spreading at TED.

Agnes O’Hanlon (December 2012, photojournalism) is starting an internship on Thursday with the Clinton Global Initiative in Bill Clinton’s office in NYC.

Christena Dowsett (May 2010, photojournalism) has a book coming out in March called “Africa by Road.”

George Getschow, director of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and principal lecturer at the Mayborn, has been selected as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prizes. He was a finalist himself at one time when he worked for the Wall Street Journal.

Becky Dennis, has a new book out called Brainwreck. It’s her journey of being healthy, then forgetting how to walk, and encountering a long ordeal trying to get to the bottom of her neurological problem. Here’s a snippet from Becky.

“I’m part of UNT’s class of 1992, where I graduated cum laude with a journalism major and business minor. I noticed some of the profiles on the alumni page and thought it would be fun to share the role that UNT had in forming a highly successful career. My start as a communications intern with the United Way in Denton blossomed to now being the Chief Marketing Officer for a publicly traded company based in NYC. In addition to my role as CMO, I recently published a book that reached #4 on Amazon’s best seller list in its category within just a few weeks of being published. “

Wende Zomnir, was featured in the recent Marie Claire fashion magazine with a full page photo and a snippet about her. Wendy is the creative director for the big makeup line called “Urban Decay.”

Noah Bunn, is one of two people who work for Spirit magazine (Southwest Airlines publication) and he was featured on the cover in a special story in January.

New Student Union Update
New Student Union Update

The Higher Education Coordinating Board voted Jan. 24 to approve construction on a new union at UNT.

Students voted April 2 – 6, 2012, to approve a student fee increase up to $115 that will go into effect Fall 2014 for the construction of a renovated and expanded University Union. The building is expected to open in 2015.

From the beginning one of the main questions asked was why does UNT need a new union? The current union was built in the 1960s for a campus population of 17,000. Now, more than 17,000 people visit the current union every day, almost a quarter of those are visitors to UNT. The current Union is at capacity with the 36,000 students that attend UNT.

A quality union plays an important role in enrollment recruitment and retention, can help improve the quality of student academic careers, and the construction of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified union will help UNT become a more sustainable campus.  A new UNT Union will also provide faculty and staff with facilities and technology to host conferences, professional seminars and events that will enhance the academic reputation of UNT, and a new UNT Union will serve as a legacy and a source of Green Pride for UNT Alumni.

During the time of construction students, faculty and staff in the current Union, Stovall Hall and Scoular Hall will relocate to various spaces around campus with minimal disruption to academic programs.

A new union will improve the quality of campus life students, prospective students, faculty, staff and alumni. It will create a space to learn, grow and enrich UNT Mean Green Pride.

Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship

Thursday January 30th Ken Murphy founder of The Murphy Enterprise Center joined Dr. Tony Mendes’s Entrepreneurship class to share his knowledge as a University of North Texas alum and successful Entrepreneur. Mr. Murphy started his talk with how he started as entrepreneur when he was a student at UNT. He did what he had to do to pay his way through college, working several jobs and being entrepreneurial in the process, even though he had no formal education in entrepreneurship. Mr. Murphy graduated from UNT in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management with a natural flare for entrepreneurship.

Mr. Murphy also emphasized the importance of “sales experience” in being successful. He stated, “It doesn’t matter what it is your trying to sell, what matters is how you present the idea.” Something every entrepreneur should remember. With a great idea presented – the money will come”. Mr. Murphy has proven the importance of this concept throughout his career.

Ken Murphy is the founder, and was the president and chairman of the board, of The Mail Box Inc. of Dallas. In describing the history in developing The Mail Box, he stated that he actually sold his company three times, leveraging each sale and repurchase to capitalize on his entrepreneurial know-how.

Ken and his late wife Shirley Murphy wanted to give back to their alma mater, so in 1997 they established a $100,000 scholarship endowment for upper classmen pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship. The Murphy’s continued to give their support to up and coming entrepreneurs by establishing The Murphy Enterprise Center, now known as The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, with a donation of $1 million to UNT.


2013 Football Schedule

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