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UNT Alumni 125th Anniversary Alumni Directory Publication

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

University of North TexasUniversity of North Texas grads change emails, jobs and locations so it’s often hard to keep up with them. The UNT Alumni Association has contracted with Harris Connect to update contact information for UNT’s alumni around the world so that they can keep up-to-date on news and activities from campus and other alumni. Harris will also help produce a beautiful hardcover publication that will allow our alumni to find their old university buddies and to use for personal and professional networking.

The easiest and fastest way to track down an old school friend is through the Alumni Today publication as it will include up-to-date contact information. You will be able to reconnect with classmates in your major or from your school of study. The publication will feature an introduction with full color pictures, prominent UNT personas and a history of the university. The publication will also include a section for photos and memories from your days at UNT.

Harris Connect is a leading provider of multi-channel solutions for non-profit organizations. Harris specializes in alumni publications and the data needs involved with this type of project. UNT grads will be contacted – by phone, email and mail – over the next few months to verify and update their contact and career information.

Eagle Express

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

What will graduating in 4 years get you? At UNT, up to $4,000

Eagle Express

Incoming freshmen and new transfer students to the University of North Texas in the fall of 2014 can sign up for a new flat-rate tuition plan that offers students graduating in four years a $3,000 reduction in tuition and fees plus a $1,000 bonus.

The new Eagle Express tuition plan was approved Thursday by the UNT System Board of Regents and locks in tuition rates for four years. Students who sign up for the Eagle Express plan and earn the graduation incentives could effectively pay the same price for four years of tuition and fees as they would pay if this year’s rates were locked in.

“This plan reflects the spirit of our university,” said Neal Smatresk, UNT president. “It’s new, it’s innovative and it is student friendly. The Eagle Express plan gives our students a strong impetus to graduate in four years. It gives students and their families an opportunity to plan their budgets for four years. And it will allow UNT to continue to offer a high-quality education at an affordable rate.”

Academically talented students who receive a merit scholarship will be eligible for the plan in addition to their scholarship, potentially allowing them to pay little to nothing in tuition and fees for their education.

Regents also approved a traditional tuition plan for students not wishing to participate in the Eagle Express plan. The plan will increase the total academic cost by 3.9 percent per year for the next four years, a rate of increase in line with the cost of inflation and increased cost of doing business. Room and board will continue to be billed separately for both plans.

“Eagle Express is more than a tuition plan, it’s a graduation plan,” Smatresk said. “Our ultimate goal is to help students succeed and earn a degree. UNT is committed to strengthening its advising support, course offerings and career path guidance to help students make informed degree choices to graduate in four years.”

Eagle Express is available only to Texas residents seeking a bachelor’s degree. The incentive and time frame changes depending on how many hours a student has completed.

For more information on the Eagle Express Tuition Plan, check out

Join US at Coaches Caravan

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

2014 Coaches Caravan

The Mean Green Club and the UNT Alumni Association brings you the 2014 Coaches Caravan.  The event kicks off in Denton on May 19 and will be making its way through the metroplex, including Plano, Gainesville, and Dallas.

Come enjoy FREE food, beverages and fun for the whole family!  Don’t miss your chance to Meet Dan McCarney, Tony Benford, Mike Peterson and other North Texas coaches and administrators in your hometown as part of the 4th Annual Mean Green Club Coaches Caravan.

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

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

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

May 22 – Dallas, TX (6-8pm)
Cotton Bowl, Club Level
3750 The Midway
Dallas, TX 75215
RSVP Here for Dallas!

Career Corner

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Career Advising (e.g., consulting and/or coaching on topics such as professional development, work-place communication, conflict management, career transitions, career research, resume preparation, networking, interview preparation, negotiation, social media etc.)

Alumni Career-Advising Appointments

If you would like to meet for an individual or group career-advising appointment for alumni with an industry-specific career advisor of the UNT Career Center, please call (940) 565-2105, email the Center at or sign up for one of the available times in the Eagle Network.*

For more information, check out the career center at

Partner Profile – Church Hill Classics

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Church Hill Classics
The University of North Texas Alumni Association has partnered with Church Hill Classics to offer you an exclusive selection of diploma frames & gifts featuring the University of North Texas name and seal. Customize your favorite frame style with your choice of frame moulding and matting. All frames are handcrafted in the USA and feature archival quality materials that meet stringent Library of Congress standards for document preservation. A portion of the proceeds from this official fundraiser directly supports the University of North Texas Alumni Association. Order here now.

Calendar of Events

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Events



May 19
Coaches Caravan – Denton
6-8 pm
Apogee Stadium, HUB Club

May 20
Coaches Caravan – Plano
6-8 pm
Park Place Lexus, Plano, TX 75024

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

May 22
Coaches Caravan – Dallas
6-8 pm
Cotton Bowl, Club Level
3750 The Midway – Gate 3
Dallas, TX 75215


July 18-20
Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference


August 9-10

Commencement Reception
Gateway Ballroom

UNT News Briefs

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Students from across the U.S. enroll in UNT online doctoral degree

When Josh Gordesky learned that the UNT College of Information would be offering its doctoral degree program in learning technologies mostly online, he knew it was the right academic program for him.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT offers a variety of summer workshops for all ages

UNT will offer a variety of workshops for students, professionals and families this summer.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT’s renowned One O’Clock Lab Band welcomes interim director

The six-time Gramm0y nominated One O’Clock Lab Band will welcome Jay Saunders as interim director in the 2014-15 season.

Click here to read the full story.

Designs of 29 seniors showcased at UNT’s annual ArtWear fashion show

The runway show, sponsored by Neiman Marcus, features garment designs selected by fashion industry professionals in the fashion design program in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT engineering graduate student wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Natalie Parde, a graduate student in the UNT College of Engineering, has won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her work researching natural language processing – which makes it possible for computers to understand how humans talk and write.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Bratton and Giordano earn awards from American Counseling Association

Sue Bratton, professor of counseling, earned the ACA Extended Research Award for two decades of research on play therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy, or CPRT. Amanda Giordano, assistant professor of counseling at UNT, earned the ACA Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Award for her research on addiction among college students. Full story…

Leaders in Family Education (LIFE) earns accolades from National Council on Family Relations


LIFE is a student organization at UNT for future family educators that is a student affiliate of National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the Texas Council on Family Relations (TCFR) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). The group was recently recognized for successful projects by NCFR. Read more…

Doctoral student attends conference in Ghana, makes valuable connections

Susan Namalefe

Susan Namalefe recently attended the 8th Annual Regional Conference of the Higher Education Research and Policy Network (HERPNET), an African higher education group, in Legon-Accra, Ghana. Namalefe is a Higher Education doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. Full story…

College of Information

College of Information Receives Recognition at Texas Library Conference

John Trischitti receives TLA award

John Trischitti receives TLA award

John Trischitti III, (UNT MS ’09) director of the Midland County Public Library system, won the Texas Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award at the Texas Library Association’s annual conference in San Antonio in April, 2014.

The vision Trischitti brought to Midland was more than an update to a traditional library system.  In 2010 the Commissioners’ Court took a look at the library’s budget and low circulation and began searching for options to update the library system. Trischitti came on as library director in spring 2011. With exhibit and community meeting spaces and a focus on technology and multimedia formats, he created a Centennial branch facility that looks nothing like most people’s idea of a traditional library. Projectors display colorful images on the floor. Children play inside giant letters next to a bubble wall or inside a hot-air balloon. Patrons sit on benches next to life-size realistic trees. Others browse through moveable bookshelves or walk through whatever exhibit is currently on display.

In its first year, Centennial has offered the community more than reading materials, by hosting live performances from the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, an artist-in-residence program complete with lectures and workshops and a number of activities for patrons of all ages. With more than 8,000 new library patrons this year and support for the Library Foundation that was established last year to help fund special programs and exhibits, it seems the community has embraced the facility and John’s innovative management. The Texas Library Association has acknowledged and awarded John Trischitti for his tenacity and leadership.

Congratulations to Dr. Yvonne Chandler, TLA President

Yvonne Chandler

Yvonne Chandler Associate Professor at University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences – College of Information serves as the 2013-2014 President of Texas Library Association (TLA).  TLA is the largest state library association in the U.S. Its 7,000+ members are employed in all types of libraries: academic, public, school, and special. The annual conference April 8-11, 2014 was very successful with content-rich programs and fun-filled events.

Dr. Chandler was recognized at the UNT alumni reception held Thursday, April 10th in San Antonio Texas. Congratulatory wishes and a Vera Wang vase were presented to her by her former students.

Corinne Hill

College of Information Alumni Society President, Michele Lucero, MS’04 and MBA‘08, presents Corinne Hill MS’95 the 2014 Department of Library and Information Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award at the UNT alumni reception in San Antonio.

Texas Library Association Tall Texans

Texas Library Association Tall TexansCongratulations to UNT-LIS graduates for making it to the 2014 TALL Texans Leadership Institute. The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, teambuilding, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders. The University of North Texas alumni represent almost half of the 2014 class, far more than any other school.

The UNT graduates for the 2014 TALL Texans are:

  • Dreanna Belden, 2003
  • Carolyn Booker, 2001
  • Christina Gola, 2004
  • Elizabeth Hensley, 2012
  • Kimberly Herrington, 2008
  • Troy Lawrence, 2005
  • Liane Martins, 2011
  • Kayla Middleton, 2010
  • Richelle O’Neil, 2009
  • Lynette Roberson, 2008
  • Cheryl Rowan, 2009

College of Engineering
College of Engineering
From left to right:
Reginald Grant, Director of Development for the College of Engineering.

Aldo Davila, 2005 BS Emergency Administration & Planning. Serves as a UNT alumni ambassador and UNT Alumni Association Board member.

Julie K. Lowe, an alumna with a communications design degree. She works at Mutual Mobile.

Andrea, girlfriend of alumnus Chris Latham.

Chris Latham, 2000 BA Communication Design. Owns business, Latham Design.

Britney Harrison Dieng, 2006 BS Criminal Justice. She’s a family law attorney.

William Haliburton, 2005 BBA Marketing. He works at the American Heart Association.

Jaime Ortiz, 1981 BA Speech and Drama. News Director at Fox TV Channel 7. His daughter, Gabriela Ortiz, is a sophomore and is on UNT’s Soccer team. He serves as a UNT alumni ambassador.

Martin Mandengu, 2011 BBA Business Computer Information Systems.

Chris Chapman, Director of Development for the UNT Alumni Association arranged this meeting of Austin area alumni. Chris is planning alumni events around UNT vs. UT-Austin football game on Saturday, August 30th in Austin.

Gentleman crouched below UNT alumni banner is David “Dave” Rightmer, 2000 BA Applied Arts & Sciences. He’s owner of Silo’s Bar and Restaurant, 1300 E. 7th Street, where alumni reception was held.

UNT Community Engagement

UNT Canstruction® 2014
UNT Canstruction® 2014

The 2014 University of North Texas Canstruction® project, in its sixth year, was a great success.  Held this year in the Coliseum, 23 student organizations participated and donated over 22,000 pounds of food for the local food pantry at the Denton Community Food Center.

The UNT Canstruction®, held in conjunction with “Greek Week” on campus, involves building structures, shapes or symbols out of canned goods in a competition for trophies.  The awards are symbolic of the event using a silver tin can at the top of the trophies.  The event is a fun and creative way to conduct a food drive.  The true winners of the contest are the local families who receive the food donated by the student organizations to the Food Center.  Last year the DCFC distributed over 240 tons of food to families in our local community.  That represents over 25,000 bags of groceries for struggling families.

This year’s winners were in first place Greek Week Team Omicron with a Madonna-themed structure with 6,240 cans, second place Greek Week Team Phi with a Las Vegas theme, with 3,607, and other organization winner, Alpha Phi Omega with a slice of UNT Pie.

The annual competition has grown from 4000 pounds in 2009 to over 22,000 pounds in 2014.  A great collaboration between UNT and the Food Center, this event exposes students to the broader community they live in.  Many would be surprised to find that some of the individuals seeking food assistance are their fellow students at UNT.

“I think it is wonderful that UNT encourages events such as Canstruction® to help educate and expose students to issues and challenges beyond the walls of the traditional academic curriculum,” said Tom Newell, Chair, Board of Directors, Denton Community Food Center. “Hunger is a significant national issue.  Our society provides many social service programs designed to improve the quality of life for struggling individuals and families.  Food and shelter are two of the lowest common denominators in human survival.  Adults are not productive contributing members in the workforce, and children do not learn in school if they are hungry.”

Newell extends thanks to all the UNT students for supporting the Denton Community Food Center and its mission to provide food from one central community storeroom, free of charge and on a temporary basis to people who are in emergency situations.

DCFC works with Amy Simon in the Center for Leadership and Service office at UNT to coordinate the event each year.

Digital photos (taken by Tom Newell) were electronically provided to Marilyn Wagner

Article written by Tom Newell who is Chair, Board of Directors for the Denton Community Food Center (DCFC) and a UNT Alumni (BAAS ’79) and UNT Staff retiree (’07).  He can be reached at 940-390-0528.

Fraternity/Sorority News
Geezle Fraternity

On April 11, alumni members of the Geezle Fraternity unveiled their new historical marker on UNT’s campus.  Located at the corner of Welch and Union Circle, the historical marker commemorates the approximate location of the original Geezle Fraternity house and the significant impact that Geezles fraternity members have had on UNT’s history.  The fraternity, which received the Ulys Knight Spirit Award at the 2014 UNT Alumni Awards, counts business and civic leaders, professional athletes, UNT regents, university professors and scores of coaches, athletic trainers, administrators and teachers among its members. The Geezles were instrumental in installing “Spiriki,” the bronze eagle statue at UNT’s Apogee Stadium. The name is an old fraternity greeting believed to be the combination of the words “spirit” and “kee,” the cry of an attacking eagle.


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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!