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April 8th, 2013 Posted in Highlights

PembertonCollege of Business

UNT student named finalist for Collegiate Marketer of the Year

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UNT College of Business student Thomas Pemberton, a junior studying marketing, has been named one of two finalists for the DFW American Marketing Association Collegiate Marketer of the Year.

College of Education

Doctoral graduate Mandy Stewart wins national dissertation award

Mary Amanda “Mandy” Stewart has earned the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from PDK International for research that she conducted while earning a doctoral degree in literacy and language studies from the University of North Texas’ College of Education.

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College starts new student teacher exchange program with Spain

A new international student teacher exchange offered through the University of North Texas’ College of Education in collaboration with the University of Seville in Spain aims to help students learn about other cultures – while giving the future teachers real-life experience in the classroom.

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Doctoral alumni gathered in Dallas for 4th annual reunion
The College of Education held its 4th Annual Doctoral Alumni Reunion at the home of Dr. Terry Crane (’75, ’79) in Dallas, Texas on March 5, 2013. More than 30 alumni and retired faculty gathered for a fun, fiesta-themed evening. Cathy Bryce (’91), who is chair of the College of Education’s Campaign Action Team, co-hosted the event with Dr. Crane.

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College of Visual Arts & Design

Check out the latest issue of Avante-Garde here.

College of Information

Joe W. Specht

The UNT College of Information is to induct Joe W. Specht into the 2013 Hall of Fame at the Alumni Dinner on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Ashton Train Depot in Fort Worth. Specht is one of only nine prominent alumni to receive the prestigious award.

Specht graduated from Denton High School in 1963.  He earned his B.A. degree in History from then North Texas State University (NTSU) in 1968.  After a two year stint in the U.S. Army, Specht returned to NTSU in 1970 to continue graduate studies.  He received an M.L.S. in Library Science in 1972 and M.A. in History in 1973.

Specht’s library career began at NTSU as Professional Library Assistant in the Library Science Library.  From 1973 to 1975, he was Social Sciences Reference Librarian at the Texas Tech University Library.

In 1975, Specht became Director of the Jay-Rollins Library at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.  At McMurry, he assumed a leadership role in the creation of the Abilene Library Consortium (ALC), a unique cooperative partnership between the Abilene Public Library and the libraries of Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University.

Specht also contributed to the formation of the Llano Estacado Information Access Network (LEIAN) and the Texas Independent College and University Librarians (TICUL), which later merged into the Texas Council of Academic Libraries (TCAL).

After thirty-two years of service, Specht retired from McMurry in 2007.  He is currently Collection Manager of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation.

Specht and his wife Alice Wilson Specht, Dean of Libraries at Hardin-Simmons University, have one daughter Mary Helen Specht, who teaches creative writing at St. Edwards University in Austin.

He is the author of The Women There Don’t Treat You Mean: Abilene in Song (State House Press, 2006) and co-editor of The Roots of Texas Music (Texas A&M University Press, 2003) and Abilene Stories, From Then to Now (Abilene Christian University Press, 2013).

In addition, he has published several articles on a variety of Texas music topics.  He is currently working on an oil field song project, Smell That Sweet Perfume: Oil Patch Songs on Record.  Specht told Contemporary Authors: “The Lone Star State and all things Texan continue to inspire my writing.”

Alumni ticket price is $30 and student ticket price is $20. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Alumni Dinner, visit

Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship

Tuesday April 2, 2013 the Spring 2013 IDEA Competition finalists came forward to present their creative ideas to five North Texas professionals. This is The Murphy Center’s seventh semester of holding this competition, and with over 36,000 students on the UNT campus there are hundreds of ideas that can change the world. The Murphy Center offers this IDEA competition to provide an opportunity for students to express their creativity.

The twelve finalists were given five minutes to pitch their ideas to the panel of North Texas Entrepreneurs. Each presentation had its own unique and innovative idea and each finalist was challenged by the panel of entrepreneurs; making the students expand their thoughts to make their idea a real-world application. All twelve finalists were able to benefit just by getting the chance to see where their idea could be expanded, how it could be integrated into world-live applications and to hear the thoughts of professionals who have already succeeded in their own ideas.

The final four winners were Jonathon Gathy presenting his idea of Flashbotz, an action figure with a unique code allowing you to unlock that character and other exclusive content on a vast, browser based video game website. Kelly Mason presenting Rentable Bicycles, she envisions rentable bicycle stations set up at main areas around UNT, allowing a student to rent a bike for an hour or two or even the whole day if needed. Kinnari Rulkar, a TAMS student, won with her idea of wanting to discover and protect the stories of war veterans; Preserving History: One Story at a Time. Derrick Wright presented a way to solve university marketing with an online tool called, “Notify,” this tool would be available to UNT students and faculty and would provide an effective way to connect marketer’s advertisements to the people they are relevant to.

All twelve finalists provided excellent presentations but only four could be chosen. Each winner received $250 and dinner with the judges on the night of the event. The Murphy Center welcomes all UNT Alumni to attend our next competition, Fall of 2013, to hear the ideas’ first hand.

Student Alumni Association

SAA will be serving food at the alumni pavilion 11-1:30 prior to the spring game April 13th. They will accept donations to help their scholarship fund!


2013 North Texas Hall of Fame Weekend (April 12-14)

The weekend’s events include the Green and White Spring Football Game, the athletic-surplus equipment garage sale, recruitment programs for admitted and prospective Greek students, ribbon cutting of the new basketball practice facility, Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, North Texas Touchdown 5k and the Flag Football game, and two North Texas tennis matches at Waranch Tennis Complex. The North Texas All-Century Football Team will also be revealed during the Green-White game.   For additional information go to

2013 Football Schedule

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

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

UNT Foundation

Ken Newman Receives Dean Duce Award
Since 1976, Trinity University’s Health Care Administration Alumni Association has annually presented the Leonard Duce Award to a distinguished alumnus for his or her leadership and significant contribution in the field of Health Care Administration.  This award is in honor of the late Leonard A. Duce, Ph.D., who served as the first Dean of the Graduate School at Trinity University, in 1962.  He also played a key role in establishing the Health Care Administration department which is now one of the top programs in the nation.

This year at the Alumni Association’s annual Dean Duce Award Dinner, held in Chicago, Ken Newman (’70) was named the 2013 recipient of this award.  Ken received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UNT and went on to complete his Master of Science degree in healthcare administration at Trinity. He is the original co-founder of Horizon Health Corporation in 1981.

In addition to being Chair of the UNT Foundation, Ken is also involved in numerous civic organizations and corporate boards.

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