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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, 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.

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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

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