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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!


V. Lane Rawlins
UNT President

For a recap of the game, check out

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


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


  • $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.



Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Kim Wendt at 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

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 as well as the UNT Alumni web page, 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

UNT Alumni Credit Card with Rewards

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Calendar of Events

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Events



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

  • $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 1
Second Annual University of North Texas Graduate Exhibition

March 5
Emerald Eagle Honors
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

March 29
The Big Event
UNT Denton Campus


April 10
Ring Presentation Ceremony
Gateway Ballroom

April 11
Alumni Awards
Gateway Ballroom


May 6
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series featuring Robert D. Kaplan

May 9-10

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

North.Texas_.Quail_.CorridorReyna.Bobwhite.Quail in Grass

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.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Student publishes children’s book on understanding autism

Department of Educational Psychology, has published a children’s book inspired by her three adopted children: Laura, Koby and Troy. Why Won’t He Look At Me? A Book for Children Struggling to Understand Autism was released this month. Full story…

College honors alumni at Homecoming tailgate party

Check out all the fun we had at Homecoming at

The College of Education hosted its annual Homecoming tailgate in November to celebrate the accomplishments of our distinguished alumni and welcome all of our alumni back to campus. See more photos and read the full story…

Educational Psychology alumni & student present to CCBD conference

Five doctoral alumni mentored by Lyndal Bullock, Regents Professor in the department of Educational Psychology, recently presented at the Bi-Annual International Council for Children with Behavior Disorders(CCBD) conference in Chicago. Full story…

College of Engineering

Save the Date!

Keep up with upcoming College of Engineering-related events at

College of Information

Attention: College of Information San Antonio Area Alumni
Mark Your Calendar
College of Information Alumni Reception
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Place: Marriott Plaza San Antonio Hotel Gardens (across from Gonzalez Convention Center)
Address:  555 South Alamo St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person
Contact: for more information

UNT College of Information Alumni News

Mark Allen

Mark Allen MS ’92 new assistant director
Assistant Director for Research and Instruction Services
Angelo State University, Porter Henderson Library

Starr Hoffman MS ‘06
New position at Columbia University

Starr HoffmanStarr Hoffman left UNT and her library position in November 2010 to move to Kharkov, Ukraine and to work on her Higher Education dissertation fulltime (she surveyed 700+ academic library administrators about their education and training).In 2008 her husband started working for a start-up tech company in Plano, and he managed the company’s Ukrainian development team, traveling and working there. They moved to Ukraine fulltime in November 2010, and stayed until the company he worked for sold to Google at the end of 2012.

She finished the PhD in Higher Education (from UNT) December, 2012. In February 2013, they moved to New York City.

Currently, Starr is the Journalism & Digital Resources Librarian at Columbia University, and teaching at Pratt School of Information and Library Science (SLIS). In her position at Columbia, she is physically embedded in the illustrious Columbia School of Journalism (home of the Pulitzer Prize), where her primary duties include providing reference and information literacy instruction for the 330-ish graduate students and faculty. She also works in the Digital Social Sciences Center, which is housed in Columbia’s Lehman Library, providing reference and data research consultations.

Christina BaileyChristina Bailey MS ‘09
Recipient of a Library of Congress Grant

UNT LIS Alumni Christina Bailey MS ‘09 (right), current Library of Congress employee, was recently named a recipient of a grant from the Continuing Education Fund that is sponsored by the Library of Congress Professional Association (LCPA). The current LCPA President Yvonne Dooley MS ‘01 (left), presented the award to Christina this month.  Bailey currently works in the Congressional Research Service department.

Eun-Kyung Chung PhD ’06
Assistant Professor in Seoul Korea

Dr. Chung is teaching Social Science and Information Retrieval in the Department of Library and Information Science at Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. Previous to returning home, she was Assistant Professor at University of Southern Mississippi.

Elvis Zodiacal MS ‘13 Named Director of Learning Center

Recent Library and Information Sciences graduate Elvis Zodiacal has been announced Director of the Talofa American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Learning Resource Center. Zodiacal recently graduated from UNT with a Master of Science in Library Science and a Graduate Academic Certificate in the area of Advanced Management of Libraries and Information Agencies.

Zodiacal completed this degree through the Library Education for the U.S. Affiliated Pacific (LEAP) Program. The LEAP program, under the direction of UNT Professor Yvonne Chandler, provides scholarships to students from the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands from a grant made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Elvis Zodiacal

Erin Cassidy Dr. Erin Cassidy MS ’06 Earns Tenure

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, 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.

Dr. Barbara Schultz-Jones PhD ’07 elected to the School Library Section of International Federation of Library Associations

Barbara Schultz-JonesPlease join me in congratulating Dr. Barbara Schultz-Jones on her election as Chair and Treasurer of the School Library Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). This is a 2 year term.

Dr. Schultz-Jones states “We will be working hard to advance the recognition of the value that school libraries add to the school learning community and extend the opportunities for areas where school libraries can contribute. We are very excited about the international membership of the School Library Section committee.” Dr. Schultz-Jones’ appointment in this prestigious international association brings great recognition to the UNT College of Information Department of Library and  Information Sciences where she is an associate professor and contributes to the fact the school library program, under her leadership, is ranked 8th in the nation.

Emerald Eagles Honors

Join us March 5, 2014!

Emerald Eagle Honors:  Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas 
6:00 p.m. Reception and 7:30 p.m. Program

The Emerald Eagle Honors evening raises funds in support of the university’s premier college-access scholarship program to help more students achieve their educational dreams at UNT.  The 2014 honorees for this annual event are North Texas alumni actor Peter Weller, actress and former sportscaster, 1971 Miss America Phyllis George, and another honoree expected to be announced later this year.

All proceeds from the sale of tickets and corporate sponsorships will benefit the Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which helps high-achieving but financially challenged students pursue their college dreams. The program provides students with financial and academic support and campus connections to help them succeed in college and earn their degrees. It has allowed nearly 3,500 students – most of whom are first generation college students – to attend UNT.

To learn more about sponsorships or to buy tickets to the event, call Molly Morgan, Director of UNT Foundation Marketing and Communications, at 940-565-4555 or

Mayborn School of Journalism

Narrative Writing Conference

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference has selected its three keynote speakers for next summer’s tenth gathering in Grapevine. They are writer/journalist David Quammen, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright and physician/journalist Sheri Fink. These three and two dozen additional speakers will address the conference July 18-20, 2014. The theme is Narratives on the Cutting Edge:  Writing about science, technology, medicine and innovation. Online registration will open late January at Contact:  Jo Ann Ballantine at 940-565-4778 or

Workshop for High School Students

The Mayborn School of Journalism has created a week-long Mayborn Multimedia High School Workshop for July 2014. Information on how to apply can be found at Contact:  940-565-2205 or write to Dave Tracy at

Mayborn Alumni Win Writing Awards

Mayborn alumnus, Michael J. Mooney (’09, M.J.), of the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism is listed in Best American Sports Writing 2013 (BASW). His story The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever in D Magazine was one of 26 selected for this edition. Previously, Mooney was selected for BASW 2011 for a story on Rangers manager, Ron Washington, published in D Magazine. His first selection was in 2009 for a poker story published by Miami New Times. Mooney has also had a crime story selected for the Best American Crime Reporting anthology in 2009. Alumnus Jesse Sidlauskas (’10 M.J.) was listed in Notable Mentions of the BASW 2013. Sidlauskas works for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Mooney works for D Magazine.

College of Music

UNT’s College of Music events

For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar at For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website at Some concerts are streamed live online at 

Toulouse Graduate School
Graduate Exhibition

Save the Date

The Toulouse Graduate School, along with the Graduate Student Council, is sponsoring the second annual University of North Texas Graduate Exhibition, Saturday March 1, 2014. This exhibition is designed to showcase the diversity, passion, and accomplishments of doctoral and MFA students at UNT. On Saturday morning MFA visual artists and doctoral students will exhibit their academic talents in the University Union. In the afternoon doctoral students from the College of Music will exhibit their academic talents in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

All presenters will be judged and $10,000 will be awarded in prizes. Judging will focus on how well presenters explain what they have done, why they did it, and what they want the average person to understand about the significance of their work. In other words, presentations will not be judged strictly on the technical aspects of the discipline represented by the research, scholarship, or creative activity.

Consider being a judge and joining us for this celebration of graduate education at UNT. No special expertise will be required. Go to for more information.


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.