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October 8th, 2013 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Alumna named Bilingual Teacher of the Year by TABE
Amy Molina, a dual language/English as a Second Language coach, was recently named Bilingual Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Bilingual Educators.

Molina will be recognized by her peers at the Texas Association for Bilingual Educators state conference in Houston next month. She was selected as the state’s top bilingual educator for her dedication to helping English language learners and for her outstanding leadership of other educators in meeting their needs. Full story…

$1.2 million grant trains special education teachers focusing on autism intervention

A new University of North Texas grant project called Project STArT — or Systematic Training for Autism Teachers — will provide on-the-job coaching and full scholarships to special education teachers who are seeking master’s degrees in special education with a concentration in autism intervention, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Full story…

North Texans can count on UNTs legacy of autism research, services

UNT’s College of Education, College of Public Affairs and Community Service and College of Arts and Sciences all offer programs designed to prepare students for careers that address the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Many UNT students are also gaining valuable hands-on experience through the university’s research and community service efforts. Full story…

College of Engineering

Save the Date!

UNT College of Engineering Homecoming Tailgate Party, November 9

UNT’s Homecoming Game day is Saturday, November 9, and the College of Engineering will again host a Homecoming Tailgate Party before the game. We are looking forward to greeting alumni and are making plans for a family friendly event that will include food and beverage, as well as a chance to visit with the dean, faculty, staff and fellow alumni. The Homecoming Tailgate Party will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m., and the game’s kickoff is at 3 p.m.

Be sure to visit the UNT College of Engineering’s Homecoming webpage for updates on the Tailgate Party. We will also send out additional information about the Homecoming Tailgate Party as the date approaches.

Career Fairs
The UNT Career Center ( will host an Engineering & Computer Science Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Discovery Park Commons. College of Engineering students and alumni will have the opportunity to talk to company representatives about potential internships and permanent positions.

Employers that have been at previous events include Burlington Northern Santa Fe, L-3 Communications, Oncor Electric Delivery, PepsiCo, and TDIndustries, and many College of Engineering alumni have represented their companies looking for new hires.

Students and alumni can find out more about upcoming career fairs as well as career-related resources by visiting the UNT Career Center website. Keep up with this and other upcoming College of Engineering-related events at

College of Information

Congratulations Alums!

Sherry SiphoSherry Sipho
A graduate of the BAAS (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences) degree in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement graduated in August 2011, went on to complete a Master’s in business administration from Texas Woman’s University Denton. She is now the department chair at Tarrant County Community College Southeast Campus for the Culinary, Dietetics, and Hospitality Department. Sherry Sipho received an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Tarrant County College SE Campus, The BAAS degree in ATPI from the College of Information Department of Learning Technologies, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University Denton, Texas. While attending Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas, Sherry Sipho received numerous academic awards. Chef Sherry has over twenty years’ experience in the food industry. During her twenty year tenure at Fort Worth ISD Sherry Sipho worked as a Child Nutrition Manager, and a child nutrition trainer developing other employees to become Child Nutrition Managers for various sites within Fort Worth ISD. Chef Sipho has been an instructor at Tarrant County College SE Campus in the Culinary Arts Department for 5 years. Chef Sipho is a certified ServSafe food protection manager.

The BAAS in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement offers all the specialized courses for this degree online. Congratulations Sherry!

Diane Rasmussen Pennington PhD 2006

Diane edited 2 books in 2013. She serves as President, Canadian Association for Information Science and Director-at-Large, Association for Information Science and Technology

She is an assistant professor in the College of Business at Ashford University teaching online.

Erin (Dorris) Cassidy

Erin (Dorris) Cassidy (Master of Science in Library Science, 2006) has earned tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), effective September 1, 2013. Erin is the Web Services, History, and Foreign Languages Librarian at SHSU and has published several articles in peer-reviewed library science journals.

The College of Information is pleased to announce the new board members for the College alumni organization, the Alumni Society. The organization strives to keep UNT, the College of Information, its students and alumni linked together regardless of distance or time. The organization recognizes outstanding alumni of both departments in the college, participates in events, travel programs and assist with the College alumni magazine. The Alumni Society is governed by its elected board members from various geographical areas, cohorts and academic degrees in the College. Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2013-2015:

 Carolyn  Bogardus  MS 07  Manager
 Kristen  Burgess  MS 10  Clinical and Research Informationist
 Gayla  Byerly  MS 99  Library Instruction Coordinator
 Alaina  Doyle  BAAS 07  Learning & Development Director
 Kathy  Edwards  MS 90  Chair
 Michele  Lucero  MS 04 MBA 08  Director of Business Development & Recruiting
 Barbara  Mitchell  MS ’08  Adult Services Reference Librarian
 Angie  Rackler  PhD 2011  CMSB Sales Learning Consultant
 Vicki  Read  MS ’06  Head of Patron Services
 Lynne  Simpson-Harding  PhD ’09  Assistant Professor
 Angie  Lugo  MLS ’09  Library Director
 Mary  Dziorny  LT PhD ’12  Information Security Office
 Vikki  Curtis  MS ’10  
 Ann  Blackman  MS’11  e-Collin Coordinator
 Janis  Test  MLS’79  Information Services Manager
 Chris  Strauss  PhD’06  Call Tracking Administration Manager

Emerald Eagles Honors



Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship

Fashion icon Daymond John to speak at UNT’s Murphy Center luncheon; Norm Miller of Interstate Batteries to receive lifetime achievement award

Daymond John, founder of the fashion brand FUBU and a cast member of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” will speak about entrepreneurship at UNT’s Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship’s BDO USA, LLP Leadership Luncheon Nov. 8. UNT alumnus Norm Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries, will receive the annual Murphy Award, given to an entrepreneur for a lifetime of achievement in business.

Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students. They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures. When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students and alums have a wonderful way to say “Thanks” through the “Thank a Teacher” Program here at UNT. Beginning September 23rd, current students and alums will be able to complete the form at to share their thanks with their UNT teacher(s). You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank). You may also choose to remain anonymous. Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition from the Provost with copies to their Deans and Department Chairs!

Toulouse Graduate School

Toulouse Graduate School and UNT Researchers Awarded $300,000 NSF Grant to develop Ethics Training for Graduate Students

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to a group of UNT researchers led by Dr. Joseph Oppong, Associate Dean for Research and Professional Development, to develop ethics training for graduate students. The 3-year grant is a collaborative effort between the Toulouse Graduate School, Chemistry Department (Angela Wilson), College of Engineering (Kuruvilla John), the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity (CSID) (Britt Holbrook and Adam Briggle), and CLEAR (Patrick Pluscht and his team) to use gaming to teach research ethics to graduate students in Science and Engineering.

The research thesis is simple: while ethics training for researchers is a recognized need and both NSF and NIH mandate ethics training for students participating in funded projects, current research doesn’t show a clear relationship between training and actual ethical behavior. In effect, we don’t know if ethics training translates into actual ethical behavior or even how to measure such a change. The research approach immerses students in situations that call for ethical decision making. Rather than instructing students in “the right thing to do,” then testing whether they know “the right thing to do,” this project places students in situations in which they must decide what to do. We hypothesize that such an environment will serve as an effective training ground for developing the practical skills necessary for sound ethical decision making in the conduct of research. Games mimic more accurately the ambiguous, dynamic, and complex situations that scientists and engineers face than any pre-packaged, static, and unidirectional content-delivery module.

Graduate School Open House to be held October 12

Do you know someone who could benefit from a graduate degree from UNT? Are you thinking about pursuing another advanced degree? Our open house still has room for you.

The Toulouse Graduate School will be hosting an Open House, Saturday, October 12th, 9a.m. – 11:30a.m., at UNT’s Business Leadership Building.

Attendees will learn about our community of researchers, scholars and artists and get the inside scoop about the admission process, graduate student funding and taking the GRE/GMAT. Faculty and staff are eager to talk to you about their programs and the outstanding support you can expect from UNT. Tours of the UNT campus will be offered.

Registration for the Toulouse Graduate School Open House can be done online at or by calling 940-565-2383.

UNT System Human Resources

Job Postings

Job PostingsDirector Human Resources – System/Dallas
University of North Texas System is currently seeking a Human Resources Director – HR Business Partner role located at its Dallas campus. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and previous experience in human resources management. To view the full job description and apply online please visit
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Senior Director Human Resources – Denton
University of North Texas system is currently seeking a Human Resources Director – HR Business Partner role located at its Denton campus. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and previous experience in human resources management. To view the full job description and apply online please visit
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Human Resources Generalist
University of North Texas System is currently seeking a Human Resources Generalist located at its Denton campus. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and previous experience in human resources. To view the full job description and apply online please visit
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2013 Football Schedule

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

Check out what’s new with Athletics

UNT Letter Winners

Attention UNT Letter winners!

The Athletic Department is updating their records and asking all letter winners to provide their contact information. If you lettered in any sport during your time at North Texas please email your current contact information to Reggie Johnson at

Be sure to include your Name, address, email, preferred phone number, your sport played and the years you played.

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