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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.

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