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Emerald Eagle Honors

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Alumni News


The Eagle Has Landed…in Dallas!

Calling all UNT Alumni!

Please join more than 1,000 UNT alumni and friends on Monday, April 15, 2013, for a star-studded evening at the first annual Emerald Eagle Honors celebrating fellow Eagles “Mean” Joe Greene, Mary Suhm and Roy Orbison.

In lieu of the annual Emerald Ball, the UNT Foundation has established the Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape. This entertaining Kennedy Center Honors-type event will be at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and will recognize Pro Football Hall of Fame member “Mean” Joe Greene (’69); rock and roll icon, the late Roy Orbison (’55, represented by his family); and Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm (’74, ’84). Actor and Academy Award Nominee Peter Weller (’69) and Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars Champion Melissa Rycroft (’05) co-host the evening which will include entertainment, music and special-guest appearances.

Proceeds from the event benefit the UNT Emerald Eagle Scholars program. Since it began in 2007, the program has raised more than $1 million to make a UNT education possible for high-achieving students with financial need.

A host committee of UNT alumni and friends is selling sponsorships and tickets for this benefit. We need your support as we showcase UNT and the difference it has made not only in the lives of Emerald Eagle Scholars, but in the American cultural landscape as a whole.

Tickets range from $150-$300. To purchase, please contact Lynne Richards at (940) 369-8678 or Find out more at

If you are unable to attend the event, please consider a donation to the UNT Foundation to the Emerald Eagle Scholars by clicking on the link below.


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Quotes for Scholarships

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Alumni News

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Career Corner

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Spring Events

Following is a list of our upcoming events for this semester. These include a number of career fairs and expos, industry interview days, etiquette dinner and many other opportunities for you to connect with UNT students and alumni.

Major Career Fairs
UNT/TWU Education Career Fair Fri, April 12th, 2013 9AM-1PM
UNT Coliseum Registration: $75

Industry-Specifc Expos
Journalism Expo Wed, April 3, 2013 1-4PM
Chestnut Hall, 120 A and B and Rotunda

Sales Expo Thurs, April 4, 2013 3-6PM
BLB Atrium

Management Expo Wed, April 17, 2013 3-6PM
BLB Atrium

Government/Non-Profit Expo Thurs, April 18, 2013 12-4PM
Golden Eagle Suite, UU

Interview Days
Finance Tues, April 9, 2013
Communication, Media, and Journalism Fri, April 19, 2013

Interview Days are designed to coordinate with your company’s attendance at the career fairs. This is an opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with students that meet your minimum qualifications for a particular job.

Spring Events 2013 Career Center-

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

Partner Profile

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Partner Profiles

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Like you, Energy Plus® is committed to contributing to a cleaner environment. Energy Plus is an electricity supplier serving customers in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. By choosing the Energy Plus Green Option for your electricity supply, you will be choosing to receive a Green-e Energy certified product that helps cut pollution, helps reduce your carbon footprint, and helps support renewable electricity. As an alum of The University of North Texas Alumni Association, you’ll also receive a $25 Enrollment Bonus after two months of active service and earn 3% Cash Back after twelve months of active service on the supply portion of your home’s electric bill. Additionally, you can sign up your business account to receive a $50 Enrollment Bonus after two months of active service and an automatic 5% Cash Back reward after twelve months of active service on the supply portion of your electric bill.*

Here’s how it works: You select the Green Option when enrolling your electric account with Energy Plus, which will cost approximately $0.01 additional per kWh over Energy Plus’ supply rate. Energy Plus will then purchase Green-e Energy certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset your electricity usage. RECs represent the use of 1,000 kilowatt-hours (or 1 megawatt-hour) that has been placed into the power grid by a certified wind electricity producer. Once this green electricity reaches the power grid, it disperses to homes and businesses in the region. As a result, your choice to fund the use of wind generated power will help offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. For more information about RECs, please visit

Enrolling with Energy Plus is easy. There are no monthly service fees, cancellation fees, or long-term commitments. In fact, nothing about the way your service is delivered will change. Your utility company will continue to deliver your electricity, read your meter and handle any service emergencies. To be eligible you just need an address within the Energy Plus service area.

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Calendar of Events

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Events


April 6
The Big Event
UNT Campus

April 11
UNT Ring Ceremony
Gateway Ballroom

April 13
Spring Football Game and Alumni Pavilion Party
Apogee Stadium

April 18
Senior Student BBQ
Alumni Center

April 15
Emerald Eagle Honors
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, TX

May 10-11
Commencement and Reception
UNT Coliseum and Gateway Ballroom

May 14
UNT Young Professionals – Alumni Networking Happy Hour
Cool River
Dallas, TX

May 21
UNT Young Professionals – Alumni Networking Happy Hour
The Woodshed
Fort Worth, TX

UNT News Briefs

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT mezzo-soprano named Presser Scholar

UNT’s College of Music has named mezzo-soprano Alyssa Narum the 2013-14 Presser Scholar. She received the $4,800 Presser Scholarship. The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is presented annually to a student entering his or her senior year who has shown extraordinary musical and academic accomplishments.

UNT researcher developing advanced forensic tool for military labs

A forensic tool being developed by UNT professor Dr. Guido Verbeck could soon make the analysis of evidence faster and more accurate, giving military investigators the upper hand in the wars against drugs and terror.

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.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Highlights

College of Business

Business Students Compete in Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition

The University of North Texas College awarded more than $6,000 in prizes to student winners of the Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition on Dec. 1.

The Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition provides graduating seniors in the UNT College of Business the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to solve a complex business problem. Each semester students are divided into teams and given a case study for an actual company. The competition is designed to reward creative solutions that cut across traditional functional boundaries.

Five teams, selected out of 28 total teams, moved into the finals and presented their strategic recommendations for the ReStore operations of the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

ReStore sells new and gently-used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help build and renovate more homes and communities. There are 825 ReStores in the United States and Canada.

The winning teams were:

First Place: Justin Caldwell, Linda Braund, Preston Pavla’T, Aleksey Gurov, Benjamin Dethlefs and Sunny Malik

Second Place: Christopher Bennett, Maria Gloria, Steven Hicks, Robert Knox, Jonathan Moncrief, Patrick Russell, Trevor Sailors and Andrew Shuster

Third Place: Grant Saab, Emily Johnston, Michael Patterson, Brendan Knickerbocker, Caroline Cremer and Vinh Truong

Judges for the competition included Ron Collins, vice president of ReStore, Bernardino (Dino) Martinez, store manager of ReStore, Patrick Matthews and Hugh McFadden, managing directors at Northwestern Mutual – The Texas Financial Group and Dr. Finley Graves, dean of the College of Business.

First Place Winners: Justin Caldwell, Linda Braund, Preston Pavla'T, Aleksey Gurov, Benjamin Dethlefs & Sunny Malik. Also pictured are Hugh McFadden (2nd row left) and Patrick Matthews (2nd row right) of Northwestern Mutual.

First Place Winners: Justin Caldwell, Linda Braund, Preston Pavla’T, Aleksey Gurov, Benjamin Dethlefs & Sunny Malik. Also pictured are Hugh McFadden (2nd row left) and Patrick Matthews (2nd row right) of Northwestern Mutual.

“The competition provides a great opportunity for students to showcase how much they have learned throughout their entire education at UNT,” said Dr. Grant Miles, course instructor and associate professor of management. “They put countless hours of work into creating presentations that will ultimately provide useful recommendations for ReStore.”

In Fall 2011, Tait Cruse, a 1989 UNT graduate and managing partner of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network -The Texas Financial Group Dallas, made a four-year commitment to name the Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition. The agreement solidified a partnership with the College of Business which fully funds student cash prizes and logistical costs for the program.

“I chose to sponsor this program for four years, to the amount of $100,000, because I truly believe, as an Alumnus, this class ties everything together that they’ve learned in the last four years in the Business School,” said Cruse. It requires the students to use real world experience to develop their case presentation in order to qualify in the final round of the competition. This is truly a hands-on class that helps them prepare for the real world. I could not be more excited about sponsoring this program.”

For more information about the Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition, visit

College of Education

Project NEXUS helps prepare educators to teach math and science to English language learners

This UNT program is enhancing math and science teachers’ skills and knowledge to help them more effectively teach middle school and high school students who are English language learners, thanks to a $985,000 Title III National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Bullying, hazing among topics at higher ed law conference

Bullying, hazing, social media and other key issues of higher education will be discussed at this year’s 17th Annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas. Featuring nationally renowned speakers, the two-day event is considered the premier higher education law conference in Texas.

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Conference on Parent Education and Parenting to be held April 25-26

The 2013 International Annual Conference on Parent Education will focus on issues that most affect families in an ever changing world. Strategies for educating and supporting parents and families of diverse cultures and nationalities will be highlighted. Issues related to program evaluation and research will also be featured.

Learn more and register today at

The Mayborn School of Journalism

The Mayborn School of Journalism has a new dean! Welcome Dorothy M. Bland.

Mayborn grad Chip Somodevilla won First Place in the Pictures of the Year Campaign 2012 Picture Story Category!

“UNT helped me start my journey. I couldn’t have done it without Susan Zavoina and the whole faculty and staff. Thanks!” – Chip


2013 Football Schedule

The 2013 North Texas Mean Green football schedule of opponents has been released.  For additional information go to or visit

2013 Football Season Ticket Deposit

Book your deposit today!  Deposits are $50 per seat.  For additional information call (940)565-2527 or email or book online HERE

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