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April 7th, 2014 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

International student teacher exchange program marks second year
International Student Teacher Exchange Program

An international student teacher exchange with the University of North Texas College of Education and University of Seville in Spain continued this year with five students from the University of Seville teaching in Denton Independent School District schools through March 8. Full story…

Alumna takes education beyond the classroom, introduces soccer to children in underserved community

While pursuing a master’s degree in Ohio, recent College of Education graduate Sam Parker (’13) leads PLAY SOCCER Appalachia (PSA), and after school program that focuses on health, social and soccer skills for elementary age children in underserved Appalachia areas. Read more…

College of Engineering

College of Engineering

From left to right:
PACCAR Professor Yong Tao, Chair of the department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering.
Landon Sproull, Chief Engineer, Peterbilt
Darrin Siver, Vice President and General Manager, Peterbilt.

PACCAR is the parent company of subsidiary Peterbilt based in Denton, TX. The PACCAR Foundation endowed the PACCAR Technology Institute and the PACCAR Professorship in 2004.

College of Information

Corinne HillCorinne Hill (MS ’95) – UNT Department of Library and Information Sciences – 2014 Outstanding Alumna

Corinne Hill has always been a change agent in the library profession and has actively participated in the evolution of the modern public library. She has been in the library business for 19 years and was named Executive Director of Chattanooga Public Library in 2012.

In January, Library Journal named her its 2014 Librarian of the Year. “We knew Corinne Hill was destined to be a star back in 2004, when she was named an LJ Mover & Shaker,” said Editor-at-Large John N. Berry III. “She has transformed what consultants June Garcia and Susan Kent called the ‘ugly, irrelevant, and mismanaged’ public libraries of Hamilton County, TN, into the new and vibrant CPL,” he said.

Ms. Hill earned a Master of Science in Information Science degree in 1995. She has been an avid supporter of the College of Information Alumni Society. She served as president, board member and liaison to the Alumni Society and the UNT Alumni Association. She has been active in mentoring students, creating student tours of the Denton and Dallas Libraries, and personally recruiting students to UNT.

Dr. Holly M. HutchinsDr. Holly M. Hutchins (PhD ‘04) – UNT Department of Learning Technologies – 2013-14 Outstanding Alumna

Holly M. Hutchins’ career path exemplifies her dedication to improving quality in the workplace, both outside and inside the academy. Dr. Hutchins is Associate Professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Houston, where she teaches courses in research design, training and development, adult learning, program evaluation, facilitation, and global leadership. She earned her PhD in Applied Technology, Training & Development in 2004.

Dr. Hutchins’ primary research areas are transfer of learning, organizational crisis management, and faculty development. Her publications have appeared in US and international journals. She is currently conducting research on a National Science Foundation grant that investigates increasing recruitment, retention and advancement of women STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) faculty. In 2013, she was recognized as a “Difference Maker” by the University of Houston’s Commission on Women to acknowledge leadership and work toward gender inclusiveness and diversity on campus.

Dr. Hutchins has taught at the university level for over 15 years, having begun at UNT as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Communication Studies and then as a Lecturer in the College of Business Administration while completing her doctoral work. Before going to Houston, she taught in the University College at Tulane University.

College of Music

Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus

The Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus, led by David Itkin and Jerry McCoy, join forces on April 23 to present a program of dramatic, large-scale masterworks written during the last 150 years. Linda Di Fiore, Regents Professor of Voice, gives her farewell performance as a UNT faculty member in Brahms’ haunting Alto Rhapsody for alto, male chorus, and orchestra, and the symphony presents one of Stravinsky’s earliest masterpieces, L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird). The program will also include contemporary composer J.A.C. Redford’s elegy Rest Now, My Sister for choir and orchestra and Poulenc’s Gloria featuring UNT faculty member Carol Wilson (soprano) with the combined ensembles.

UNT at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

Enjoy three days of musical performances by UNT groups at the annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival this April 25-27. The Showcase Stage features performances by 28 UNT ensembles including the famed One O’Clock Lab Band, the UNT Jazz Singers, the Mariachi Águilas, the African Percussion Ensemble, and many more. Visit for more details about this free event.

Center for Learning Enhancement

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 March 3rd, 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!

Emerald Eagle Honors

Emerald Eagle Honors

A crowd of 1,000-plus supporters gathered March 5 at the Meyerson Symphony Center for the 2014 Emerald Eagle Honors event saluting distinguished UNT alumni Phyllis George, the first female sportscaster on national TV, actress and 1971 Miss America; Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter; and Peter Weller, actor and Academy Award nominee.

Presented by the UNT Foundation, the Kennedy Center Honors-type production benefited the Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which helps high-achieving but financially challenged students pursue their college dreams by providing financial aid and academic support.

Introducing the honorees were actress Ali MacGraw, legendary sportscaster Brent Musburger, and Robert Edsel, New York Times best-selling author of The Monuments Men. UNT alum George Dunham of the Sportsradio 1310am/96.7fm The Ticket and former MLB announcer Dave Barnett co-hosted the event.

In addition to stellar video and musical tributes, UNT president Dr. Neal Smatresk emphasized the importance of the program, and Emerald Eagle Scholars shared their inspirational stories.

Mayborn School of Journalism

Jo Virgil (’94 M.J.) serves as community outreach and information coordinator for the Committee on People with Disabilities and helped lead the effort to for UNT to host the 31st annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards luncheon March 20. The event was a huge success.

  • Hats off and best wishes to Jo Ann Ballantine, who retired Feb. 28, as marketing specialist III from UNT’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism. She holds degrees in journalism and received a M.S. in Library Science from UNT in 2008.
  • Congratulations to Samra Bufkins (’87 M.J.). She will receive the Honors Professor Award, a student-nominated award presented at the Honors Day Convocation in the Murchison Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 3-5 p.m.

Kelly Briggs, who attended UNT and graduated from Metro State University in Denver, started today as the marketing specialist III for the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.

She comes to UNT after working as an advertising manager and corporate communications manager for the Dallas Stars. She has experience in social media marketing, media planning and placement, event planning, project management, copywriting and content development.

Prior to joining the Dallas Stars, she worked as a digital media specialist with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She has worked for Citadel Media in creative services and as manager for broadcast standards for Radio Disney. Kelly worked for Clear Channel three years in a variety of roles including national marketing/promotions coordinator, traffic network producer/reporter and as a morning on-air personality at KZPS. She is a Denton native, attended UNT and earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Metropolitan State University in Denver. Please extend a hearty welcome to Kelly.

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UNT Community Engagement

UNT Community Engagement

University of North Texas Community Engagement winners top from left, Michael McPherson, Wendy Middlemiss, Bruce Nacke and Danielle Cooper standing in for Whitney Peake. Bottom from left, Rosanna Boyd, Oscar Garcia and Casey Barrio. Photograph taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at UNT in Denton. (Gary Payne/UNT Photo)

UNT Community Engagement GrantsA local soup kitchen, victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse, people with Parkinson’s disease, high-risk infants, family businesses and Hispanic students who want to attend college will all find help through UNT’s new community engagement partnerships. The offices of Community Engagement, Provost and Research and Economic Development recently awarded seven grants to UNT faculty members to provide services in those areas around the Denton-Dallas- Fort Worth region.

UNT System Human Resources

UNT System is growing! We need people like you to fill these, and other great positions. To view a full list of available positions and apply online visit

Web Developer – The Institutional Research & Effectiveness department is seeking to hire a PHP competent IT Specialist IV to join their team. Extensive knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP 5 with MySQL extensions, experience with relational database design and complex SQL statements, and knowledge of XML & SOAP are highly preferred.

HR Director – Talent Acquisition – This position will be based in the System Human Resources office located in Fort Worth, and reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. We have recently completed our transition to shared services which will allow us to be the strategic partner needed by our customers while providing outstanding programs and services. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, ten years experience in Human Resources, and at least three years experience managing a team of recruiters.

HRIS Business Analyst – The HRIS Business Analyst is an intermediate level position that works with HR Directors and their customers to analyze work process design and flow, improve processes, and leverage the return on technological capabilities. This position serves as a technical point-of-contact and IT liaison for assigned functional areas and assists subject matter experts with ensuring data integrity, testing of system changes, report writing, and analyzing data flows for process improvement opportunities. This position will be responsible for regular communication with customers, and will need to possess the ability to translate customer requests into workable HRIS updates. In this position, building and maintaining customer relationships will be equally important to HRIS programming knowledge.

Facilities Planner – Campus Planner – This position researches, develops, and prepares preliminary and final plans for short- and long-range campus planning projects. This position is responsible for the management of planning projects, including managing studies and projects associated with physical planning and public approvals to support project specific needs. Performs various aspects of campus planning including area plans, land use studies, campus zoning, impact analysis, public/private development, historic preservation, transportation, sustainability/environmental, development controls and demographic and economic studies.

UNT System is an AA/EOE/ADA employer. For employment questions, please contact


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2014 Football Season Tickets On Sale NOW

Fans can renew season tickets and purchase new season tickets online and in person at the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office at Apogee Stadium, or by phone at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366. Those fans with season tickets for the 2013 season have until June 1, 2014 to renew their tickets. Click HERE to renew now!

2014 Coaches Caravan – Save the Dates!

May 19 – Denton, TX (6-8pm)
Apogee Stadium, HUB Club
Denton, TX 76207

May 20 – Plano, TX (6-8pm)
Park Place Lexus
Plano, TX 75024

May 21 – Gainesville, TX (6-8pm)
First State Bank Conference Center
837 E. California St.
Gainesville, TX 76240

May 22 – Dallas, TX (6-8pm)
Cotton Bowl, Club Level
One AT&T Way
Arlington, TX 762011

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