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North Texas Officially Joined Conference USA July 1

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Alumni News

North Texas’ much-anticipated, long-sought move to Conference USA officially takes place on July 1, 2013, inaugurating an era that finds the Mean Green with the most geographic rivals since the 1950s and with more post-season opportunities than ever before.

“This is validation that the progress we have made in our athletic programs in conjunction with our university’s academic reputation has made us a suitable fit for the high standards of Conference USA,” athletic director Rick Villarreal said. “It is a tremendous opportunity for North Texas athletics.”

One of the biggest perks of the move to C-USA is chance to establish something that has been missing at North Texas since its days in the Gulf Coast and Lone Star conferences – rivalries.

The new conference means North Texas will be in a league with three other schools in Texas and three schools in bordering states. In all, seven members of the new Conference USA are within 650 miles of Denton, whereas only three of football-playing Sun Belt members were within that radius. The Mean Green suddenly gains geographically-close adversaries to play in every sport, every year.

That is the stuff of rivalries.

“It’s cool for the players, because they’re going to have grown up playing against and sometimes with a lot of kids who get recruited in this conference, especially this division,” said women’s basketball coach Mike Petersen, a veteran of the intense rivalries in the ACC.

“I’m excited because I think it’s going to help all the sports in general, our fan base, recruiting and being able to build rivalries,” said soccer coach John Hedlund.

The move will also be an enormous boost in visibility for North Texas. The football team will be on national television eight times this year, as opposed to three such appearances last season. Also, more North Texas road games in a variety of sports will be streamed live than in previous years, a benefit of the North Texas move to C-USA and’s move to CBS Interactive, which also takes place July 1.

Conference USA also sends more schools to post-season play than the Sun Belt. The league owns tie-ins to seven football bowl games; has sent multiple teams to the NCAA soccer tournament every season since 2005; sent three teams to the NCAA volleyball tournament in 2008 and two in 2009; and ranks eighth in the nation in bids to the NCAA basketball tournament.

“Kids want opportunities to be on television and to go to bowl games, and Conference USA just enhances all of those things for all of us,” said football coach Dan McCarney. “C-USA has tremendous bowl tie-ins and great television exposure.”

The Mean Green’s first Conference USA contests take place on September 27, 2013, in Denton, when the North Texas volleyball team hosts East Carolina and the soccer team plays Southern Miss. Football begins C-USA play a week later on October 5 at Tulane.

Tickets for the inaugural Conference USA season are available through the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office online at, in person at Apogee Stadium Monday through Friday from 8 to 5, or by phone at 800-868-2366.

2013 Conference USA West Division:

  • Louisiana Tech
  • North Texas
  • Rice
  • Southern Miss
  • Texas-El Paso
  • Texas-San Antonio
  • Tulane
  • Tulsa

2013 Conference USA East Division:

  • Alabama-Birmingham
  • East Carolina
  • Florida International
  • Florida Atlantic
  • Marshall
  • Middle Tennessee
  • North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Old Dominion

Join Us at the UNT Alumni Pavilion

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Alumni News

logoCelebrate our first year in Conference USA with fellow alumni and the UNT Alumni Association. Alumni association members and their guests are invited to tailgate three hours before home games throughout the season at the UNT Alumni Association Pavilion at Apogee Stadium. Nonmembers can purchase a one-day pass for $10 to mingle on the pavilion’s 3,200-square-foot patio with high definition TVs. Beginning this season, the UNT Student Alumni Association is joining in the tailgating fun by hosting a cookout with free food. In return for the food, the student association would appreciate donations to its scholarship fund. Learn more about the UNT Alumni Association by visiting or contact the association at alumni@unt.eduor 940-565-2834.

Career Corner

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Career Corner

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Spring Events

Bonita VinsonIn June, the UNT Career Center welcomed Dr. Bonita Vinson as their new director.

Dr. Bonita Vinson holds degrees from Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University, and Texas A&M. Dr. Vinson began her work in career services as a peer advisor at Mississippi State University and has worked in various Career Centers since, including the Dallas Educational Center at LeTourneau University as Director. She also owns a consulting company for non-profit organizations, and is a trained and certified financial education instructor and coach. Additionally, she is a successful public speaker and author of her most recent book Purses, Pearls & Pumps: Straight Talk About Women and Finances. She is a contributing member of several national organizations, such as College Student Educators International (ACPA), a former board member for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and serves on the Education Committee of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

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

Alumni Preferred Partners

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Partner Profiles

handshakeThe UNT Alumni Association has launched a program to help alumni and students save money at area restaurants and retailers, online discounts. The programs, Alumni Preferred Partners and Student Savings Club, are available now to all UNT students and alumni at no cost. Discounts are redeemed by showing a valid alumni member card or college ID when making a purchase.  Some discounts require a coupon or online code, which are available from the programs’ websites.  The Student Savings Club also includes many national and online discounts that students receive as cash back on an existing debit or credit card.  Cash back discounts are only available for students.

Alumni Preferred Partners

Student Savings Club

Calendar of Events

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Events


July 20
UNT Black Alumni Network (BAN)
Kappa Conversation
Dallas, TX

August 9-10
UNT Commencement
Denton, TX

August 31
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Idaho Football
Apogee Stadium

UNT News Briefs

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Eleven students receive awards for 2013 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

Eleven UNT students will attend this year’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference after receiving awards that cover registration and meals and lodging during the conference. The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is held every summer by UNT’s Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism.

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Hopeful entrepreneurs learn from pros in UNT boot camp

UNT Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship will offer an intense five-week Entrepreneurs Boot Camp this summer. Budding entrepreneurs will get the fundamental skills they need to grow and start a new business.

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UNT newest partner of U.S. Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center

UNT has become a partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center. UNT Distinguished Research Professor of Biology Dr. Richard Dixon will work with the center on a research project investigating how to develop liquid biofuels from genetically engineered switchgrass.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Higher Education graduate student chosen for national GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy

A first-generation college graduate, Leslie Jimenez wants other students to know that education can change their lives. Jimenez, who expects to earn a master’s degree in higher education from the University of North Texas’ College of Education in August, has been chosen to share her story and become an advocate for education as part of the inaugural class of the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy. She was one of 30 people from across the country selected for the 12-month leadership academy, a program of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.

Program gives staff members the EDGE

The President’s Employee Directed General Education (EDGE) program honored its volunteers, donors and participants April 24 – and celebrated an important milestone. The program allows employees to study for their GED and improve basic academic and literary skills while working at the university. Craig Stone, who works as at Tech II in the Facilities department, is the first participant to take and pass his GED.

College of Information

College of Information Ph.D. Alumna Heather Hall receives Outstanding Alumni Award

Heather HallThe University of North Texas College of Information awarded Heather Hall its 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award in a ceremony on April 25, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hall earned her doctorate in the Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. program in 2005.

Hall serves as the deputy director of information technology at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). As a certified project management professional, she oversees the DADS Project Management Office and its multi-million dollar project portfolio, as well as helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the IT department at DADS.

After working in the private sector for many years, Hall began her career with the state of Texas in 2001. She has managed several large-scale projects including major system upgrades as well as implementations of new systems. She helped establish a new Project Management Office at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in 2007 and rebuilt a Project Management Office at DADS in 2010.

Hall said her doctoral dissertation, “Knowledge Management in Times of Change: Tacit and Explicit Knowledge Transfers,” looked at the impact of major transition on knowledge workers and documents. The context of her study was the consolidation of health and human services agencies implemented in 2004 under Texas House Bill 2292—a change of unprecedented size in the state and possibly the country.

In her state career, Hall has managed a number of projects that have used technology to retain or share information either within the organization, among other state and federal institutions, or with the public. In every project, as recommended in her dissertation, Hall includes a knowledge transfer component and/or training, which gets information from the experts who have it and shares it with the workers who need it.

Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Baylor University, a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of North Texas.


2013 Football Schedule

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

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