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UNT Heart of Dallas Champions!

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

Jan. 1, 2014

UNT Heart of Dallas Champions!Dear UNT community,

What a victory! And what a way to enter Conference USA! Thank you to the Mean Green football team, and the entire Mean Green Nation, for earning a hometown championship. Winning the Heart of Dallas Bowl is the crowning glory to a winning season and a great way to start the next 100 years of football at UNT.

The Mean Green beat the UNLV Rebels 36 to 14 today — our first bowl game win since 2002.

We took every advantage of playing on a national stage while still being in our own backyard. With such an important win and a sea of green in the Cotton Bowl stands, we showed the world that UNT is the home team for the entire North Texas region.

I want to thank our athletic director, Rick Villarreal, and Coach Dan McCarney for their dedication and leadership. Our football team played their heart out today and all season long, with every player helping to make the Mean Green a winning team. Congratulations to the players!

And I want to thank the UNT community and all of our Mean Green fans for filling the stands and cheering loudly and proudly on gamedays. Together, we are a proud Mean Green Nation — united and strong.

Go Mean Green!

Sincerely,

V. Lane Rawlins
UNT President

For a recap of the game, check out meangreensports.com.

Neal Smatresk named UNT’s president effective February 3

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

Dr. Neal SmatreskOn December 12, the University of North Texas System Board of Regents voted unanimously to name Dr. Neal Smatresk president of UNT, the flagship campus of the UNT System.

Smatresk (pronounced SMAH-TRESK), 62, will succeed V. Lane Rawlins who announced in March that he planned to retire at the end of 2013. Smatresk will begin his presidency February 3, 2014, and Rawlins will continue in the role until that time.

“It is an incredible privilege to be selected as the next president of the University of North Texas. My wife Debbie and I are excited about returning to Texas and becoming members of the UNT community,” Smatresk said. “UNT is a strong and thriving institution. We hope to build our reputation as an emerging nationally prominent research institution and ensure that the good initiatives launched by past administrations continue to flourish. With additional input from our community, we will chart a course for how our great university can best serve Denton and the greater North Texas region.”

Smatresk will join UNT after serving as president of the University of Nevada Las Vegas for four years. He has led UNLV to become one of the nation’s most popular universities among students and an essential resource in one of the country’s fastest-growing cities.

At UNLV, Smatresk emphasizes the importance of student access and success as well as research and innovation. Under his direction, UNLV completed a $537 million fundraising campaign that included creating UNLV’s largest active scholarship program, established an Academic Success Center to help students graduate on time, and opened Brookings Mountain West in partnership with the prestigious Brookings Institution.

At UNT, Smatresk will be charged with leading the university to build stronger community partnerships and strengthen its research, scholarship and artistic endeavors while continuing to expand the quality of its student body and faculty.

While Smatresk grew up in Buffalo, New York, he spent the first 25 years of his career in Texas, mostly at the University of Texas at Arlington. During his years at UTA, he served as a faculty member as well as chair of biology and dean of science. He also served as the chief academic officer for the University of Hawaii at Manoa before joining UNLV.

A biologist, Smatresk holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He conducted post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has published more than 50 papers and book chapters about his research in cardiorespiratory physiology and has earned many highly competitive grant awards from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Events

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The news that American secrets were leaked from the National Security Agency dominates international headlines. One of the few experts most qualified to discuss international security is the man who built his career as America’s secret keeper, retired U.S. Air Force four-star General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Hayden will be the keynote presenter at the University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security at noon Tuesday, February 4, in Dallas.

A limited number of tickets and tables are still available for the luncheon program.

When: Noon Tuesday, February 4

Where: Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas

Cost:

  • $45 for UNT alumni
    Members of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Dallas Regional Chamber, UNT’s supporting organizations, may also purchase tickets at the discounted rate.
  • $60 for the general public
  • A limited number of tables are also available. Reservations for a table of eight are $500 for UNT alumni and members of the supporting organizations or $650 for the general public.

 

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Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Kim Wendt at wendt@unt.edu or 940-453-7697.

About the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security
The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security is made possible by a generous donation from UNT alumnus Ernie Kuehne. The series capitalizes on UNT’s internationally recognized programs and faculty engaged in issues such as military history, political science, economics, sustainability, logistics, cyber security and engineering. UNT’s reputation for excellence in these fields uniquely positions it as a leader in the global conversation on national and economic security.

The next presentation of the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series, scheduled for noon May 6, 2014, features author and geopolitical analyst Robert D. Kaplan. Kaplan was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for his work including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate. 

Bowl Highlight Video

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Athletics

Career Corner

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Spring 2014

Career Fairs:

Thursday, Jan 16- Part Time Job Fair 1-4pm @ UNT Coliseum

Wednesday, Feb19- Journalism/Media/Communication/Design 1-4pm Location TBD

Thursday, Feb 20 – College of Engineering Career Fair 10-2pm @ Discovery Park

Wednesday, Feb 26 – College Of Business Career Fair 3-7pm @ UNT Coliseum

Friday, April 4 – College of Education Career Fair 9-1pm @ UNT Coliseum

Thursday, April 17- Government and Non-Profit/Criminal Justice 1-4pm @ UNT Coliseum

Tuesday, May 20- Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers (Mac3) 6-8pm @ Grapevine Convention Chair

For a list of upcoming Career Center Activities, like workshops and career fairs, check out http://careercenter.unt.edu/events

Partner Profile – Commerce Bank

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Commerce Bank introduces University of North Texas Alumni Association Visa ® Rewards Credit Card

creditcardUniversity of North Texas (UNT) alumni have a new way to show their school pride.  Commerce Bank is offering a Visa ® credit card with rewards to members of the University of North Texas Alumni Association (UNTAA).

The card offers reward points with unlimited earnings, as well as no annual fee.  Cardholders are able to redeem points for cash, gift cards, merchandise, or travel.  Additional features and benefits include $100,000 travel insurance, emergency card replacement and cash advance, 24/7 customer service, Visa Zero Liability coverage, e-statements, and optional auto pay.

“We’re excited to join forces with The University of North Texas Alumni Association to offer a valuable and customized credit card product,” said Carl Bradbury, Director of Consumer Card Products.  “The North Texas Alumni card will allow alumni to show their school spirit, while enjoying the many benefits that come with a Commerce Bank credit card.  Commerce Bank is committed to developing innovative and valuable products for our partner organizations.”

Located in Denton, Texas, UNT is the nation’s 24th largest university with a current enrollment of over 36,000 and approximately 350,000 living alumni.  The card will be available through the Commerce Bank website at www.commercebank.com/UNT as well as the UNT Alumni web page, www.untalumni.com. The UNTAA Visa Signature card is accepted anywhere Visacards are accepted.

About Commerce Bank

Commerce Bank, is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH), a $21.9 billion regional bank holding company, as of June 30, 2013. For more than 140 years, Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses. Commerce Bank provides a diversified line of financial services, including business and personal banking, wealth management, financial planning, and investments through its affiliated companies. Commerce Bank operates in more than 360 retail locations in the Central United States and has a nationwide presence in the commercial payments industry.  Commerce Bancshares also has operating subsidiaries involved in mortgage banking, leasing, credit-related insurance, private equity and real estate activities.

For additional information, please visit www.commercebank.com.

UNT Alumni Credit Card with Rewards

Show your school spirit everywhere you shop, dine or travel with the UNT Alumni Credit Card with Rewards!

  • No Annual Fee!
  • Unlimited point earning – Use your card for purchases, earn points for purchases and on interest accrued monthly.
  • Redeem online or by phone for cash back, gift cards, travel, merchandise and more!
  • Point redemptions start as low as 2,000 points
  • Low introductory rate for first 6 months*

Get the card that rewards you, and help support the UNT Alumni Association every time you make purchase!

*Visit www.commercebank.com/UNT for more information and apply today!

Calendar of Events

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Events

Highlights

February

February 4
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series featuring Gen. Michael Hayden

The news that American secrets were leaked from the National Security Agency dominates international headlines. One of the few experts most qualified to discuss international security is the man who built his career as America’s secret keeper, retired U.S. Air Force four-star General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Hayden will be the keynote presenter at the University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security at noon Tuesday, February 4, in Dallas.

A limited number of tickets and tables are still available for the luncheon program.

When: Noon Tuesday, February 4
Where: Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas
Cost:

  • $45 for UNT alumni
    Members of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Dallas Regional Chamber, UNT’s supporting organizations, may also purchase tickets at the discounted rate.
  • $60 for the general public
  • A limited number of tables are also available. Reservations for a table of eight are $500 for UNT alumni and members of the supporting organizations or $650 for the general public.

Register now!

March

March 1
Second Annual University of North Texas Graduate Exhibition

March 5
Emerald Eagle Honors
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas

March 29
The Big Event
UNT Denton Campus

April

April 10
Ring Presentation Ceremony
Gateway Ballroom

April 11
Alumni Awards
Gateway Ballroom

May

May 6
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series featuring Robert D. Kaplan

May 9-10
Commencement
Coliseum

Commencement Reception
Gateway Ballroom

May 14-22
Greek Isles Cruise

UNT News Briefs

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

U.S. News and World Report ranks UNT’s online graduate business
program among nation’s best

The University of North Texas College of Business is ranked 17th in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s newly released list of 2014 Best Online Graduate Business Programs — rising from No. 20 in 2013. UNT offers an online Master of Business Administration degree program with concentrations in marketing, strategic management and finance.


Games will teach research ethics to University of North Texas graduate students

A group of UNT researchers has received a $300,000, three-year National Science Foundation grant to develop three interactive games focusing on research ethics that graduate students will use to add to the ethics training already offered by UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School.


UNT Quail receives funding for conservation research

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The UNT Quail program and laboratory, which is working to preserve North Texas quail populations, has received more than $100,000 from Texas conservation organizations for research. The funding has come from various Quail Coalition chapters across the state.


New UNT Inspiration Awards encourage student creativity

UNT will honor student creativity with the first-ever Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards, made possible by a $350,000 gift from longtime UNT supporters Bob and Bette Sherman. UNT faculty and staff members can nominate students for the awards online through Feb. 1, 2014.