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September 13th, 2013 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

U.S. Senator touts success of Teach North Texas

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn visited UNT Aug. 19 to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) education and the impact of Teach North Texas— a program that addresses a national shortage of qualified teachers in these critically needed areas by training students to earn teacher certification while also earning undergraduate degrees in math and science. Full story…

The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center hosts annual conference, benefit concert

Nationally recognized autism researchers and practitioners gathered July 27, 2013 to speak about the latest developments in their fields at the University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center’s 5th Annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference. Over 250 special educators, behavior analysts, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, parents and other autism service providers attended. Over fifty parents received grant funds from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities to attend at no cost. Full story…

Alumna named Rookie of the Year teacher at local high school

Congrats to Teach North Texas and College of Education alumna Kailan Kinkel Bell (’12) on being named Rookie of the Year and recipient of the ACE award at Creekview High School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, where she teaches Algebra. Full story…

College of Engineering

The UNT College of Engineering is planning several events for alumni:

  • College of Engineering  representatives will meet with North Georgia alumni on Friday, Sept. 20 in Atlanta, and Saturday, Sept. 21st prior to Mean Green vs. University of Georgia Bulldogs football game in Athens, GA.
  • The College of Engineering Dean will meet with Houston area alumni on Friday, October 11th.
  • An alumni mixer is planned at the home of the College of Engineering Dean in Frisco, TX, on Thursday, October 17th.
  • The College of Engineering will invite alumni to its Nov. 9th Homecoming tailgating tent. Invitations will be sent in October, and a reminder notice will be sent at least a week prior to Homecoming. Details will be posted soon at

For more details about any of these activities, please contact Reginald Grant at (940) 565-2180 or

You also can check for other College of Engineering upcoming events at

In addition to these events, alumni are welcome to request a tour of the College of Engineering and its departments:
– Computer Science and Engineering
– Electrical Engineering
– Engineering Technology formerly Industrial Arts
– Materials Science and Engineering
– Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Tour reservations are available by contacting Landon Ellison at or

College of Information

In 1999, the College of Information Department of Library and Information Sciences began offering the master’s degree in out-of-state-locations in partnership with local institutions in an electronic format.  The first was offered in Minnesota when an agreement was entered with St. Cloud State University.  The second and third Minnesota cohorts continued.  In 2002, the Nevada cohort was formed in partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  Other cohorts in Nevada have continued.  These out of state grant based cohorts have continued to thrive with programs now in Virginia, Georgia, Los Angeles California (jointly with the University of Southern California Northridge), four states in the northwest and most recently in the Pacific Islands.

This summer, special ceremonies for graduates and their families took place in two of these regional cohorts.  WELCOME UNT ALUMNI from the Pacific Islands first graduating class that took place in Susupe, Saipan, part of the Northern Mariana Islands and to the second graduating class of the California cohort.

LA cohort class of 2013

LA cohort class of 2013

Pacific Islands class of 2013

Pacific Islands class of 2013

Emerald Eagles Honors



Center Of Leadership & Service

Amy Simon, director of the Center for Leadership and Service, is one of the first UNT staff members to sign up for Mentor Denton, a new initiative between UNT and Denton community partners to help 10,000 at-risk schoolchildren.

Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship


College of Music

Festival Brasileiro

Festival Brasileiro

Explore Brazilian classical, jazz and traditional music during a five-day festival September 24-28 organized by Trio Vientos Tejanos – UNT faculty James Ryon, oboe; Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet; and Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon. The festival offers performances by UNT faculty and students, the Symphonic Band, and a variety of guests including two ensembles from Brazil: the University of Brasília faculty wind quintet Quinteto UnB, and the jazz ensemble Trio Assum from the Federal University of Goiás. Concert repertoire ranges from Brandão to Villa-Lobos and features chamber works by guest composer, conductor and lecturer João Guilherme Ripper. After a concert of Brazilian chamber orchestra music on September 28, the festival concludes at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, where you can relax on the patio while listening to traditional Brazilian music and jazz played by Trio Assum and DFW favorite Brasuka! — a Sérgio Mendesinspired Latin jazz ensemble featuring UNT faculty Rosana Eckert, Jennifer Barnes and José Aponte. Most events are free; find details at

CEMIcircles Festival of Experimental Music and Intermedia

This October 4-6, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) celebrates its 50th anniversary with CEMIcircles, a festival of experimental music and intermedia by faculty, students, alumni and friends from around the world. A panel discussion and seven concerts will explore the possibilities of multi-channel computer music, video, live interactive performance and novel instruments. Events will take place in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Voertman Concert Hall, the Perot Museum of Science and Nature in Dallas (in conjunction with their Social Science program on Sound), and the newly renovated UNT Sky Theater. Find more details at


2013 Football Schedule

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

Watch this video story about football players who have already earned their degree but are still eligible to play for the Mean Green

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