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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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