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Alumni Awards Nominations: Deadline—August 1

June 10th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

2014 Alumni Awards Artwork Stacked

The deadline to submit nominations for Alumni Awards is August 1.  Click here to find out more about criteria, past winners and to download a nomination form.

UNT Alumni Travel

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

Athens to Barcelona (8 nights)

Date: October 4-13, 2015   Riviera  

Price: From $2,999 per person, double occupancy (Airfare included from select cities)

1782pre_a7f31b999d8fcdfHistory comes to life on this impressive voyage that reflects the heart and soul of the Mediterranean. Uncover a dazzling mosaic of cultural and historical treasures as you sail to Greece, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain aboard Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, Riviera. Depart Athens for the Sicilian town of Taormina, boasting an incredibly preserved Greek theater and breathtaking views of Mount Etna. Visit Sorrento, a delightful seaside resort with its fragrant lemon groves, winding cobblestone streets and majestic mountain vistas, or travel to Capri, where idyllic seascapes and quaint villages await. Cruise to Civitavecchia and visit theEternal City of Rome, abounding with marvelous ancient structures, including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. Explore the magnificent Renaissance museums and architecture of legendary Florence, stand before Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, or admire the picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany. Then it’s on to glamorous Monte Carlo, a small, affluent enclave famous for its casino and stunning locale on the Riviera’s winding Grand Corniche, followed by colorful Marseille. Explore its lively markets and charming old quarter, or experience the rich Provençal countryside dotted with picturesque medieval towns, before your odyssey concludes in Barcelona.

Link to photos and map: Mediterranean Mosaic   October 4–12, 2015   Riviera

Link to photos: American Queen Steamboat Company


Memphis to New Orleans (8 nights)

Date: May 1-9, 2015

Price: From $3,999 per person, double occupancy (Airfare is additional)

1710pre_92f541356264fefTake in the compelling history and splendid architecture of the South as you cruise the Mississippi River aboard the elegant American Queen, visiting celebrated ports in Mississippi and Louisiana. Begin with a stay in dynamic Memphis, abounding with American icons, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Then board the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world and cruise south to Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Red Carpet City of the South,” boasting a vibrant downtown district and the famous Vicksburg National Military Park. Revel in the antebellum splendor of Natchez, a glorious city sprinkled with restored mansions, and take in the many charming 19th-century homes found amid the scenic countryside in St. Francisville. Visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s semi-tropical capital, rich with historic treasures both in and outside of the city, including the renowned Plantation Country. Stroll paths fringed by marvelous greenery and view the plush interior of Houmas House Plantation, the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” before concluding your adventure in New Orleans.

Link to photos and map: Southern Culture   May 1–9, 2015     American Queen

New UNTAA Executive Director

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

UNT hires new Alumni Association executive director

University of North Texas. Photo taken on 6-3-14 (German Torres/UNT Photo)Robert McInturf recently joined the University of North Texas as executive director of the Alumni Association. He comes to UNT from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he was director of alumni relations and executive director of the UNCW Alumni Association.

McInturf said he hopes to capitalize on the university’s growing academic reputation, entrepreneurial spirit and athletics success to help build alumni engagement.

“Engaging alumni in the life of the university needs to be at the core of everything we do,” he said. “We will work to create a culture where our alumni and our current students understand that their relationship with UNT does not end at commencement — it is a lifelong relationship.”

The UNT Alumni Association will continue to build on outreach efforts across the state and programs such as the UNT Young Professionals networking events, McInturf said.

Mark Miller (’70, ’80 M.B.A.), president of the UNT Alumni Association Board of Directors, said McInturf will help the alumni association build its momentum of growth in membership and programs.

“Rob’s leadership qualities and professional experience in alumni relations made him the ideal fit for us,” Miller said. “Where we are, as an association, he has been, and he has a record of success in building relationships within both a university community and an alumni community.”

McInturf has a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Alabama and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He previously worked for his alma mater the University of West Alabama as director of alumni affairs and interim director of marketing and communication.

The UNT Alumni Association is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. The association is open to all former students, graduates and friends of UNT.

Mean Green Night at the Rangers

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

First 1,000 Mean Green Fans to Buy Tickets Receive North Texas-Themed Rangers Cap

Mean Green Night at the Rangers

The Texas Rangers’ July 9 game against Houston will be Mean Green Night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, a promotion that will feature reduced-price tickets and a limited edition Texas Rangers cap in North Texas colors for the first 1,000 fans that purchase the special tickets.

Tickets for Mean Green Night are available online at through the page on Mean

Career Corner

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Check out our updated alumni network online for tips about networking, conducting employer research and career exploration.

For more information, check out the career center at

Partner Profile – Liberty Mutual

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Partner Profiles


A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

Help the next generation of Eagles receive a UNT education.

Get a free quote on Liberty Mutual Insurance between April 15, 2014 and July 15, 2014, and we will donate $10 to the UNT Alumni Association’s Scholarship fund 1 What’s more, we’ll donate up to $10,000 to the top two alumni associations with the most quotes1!

You, too, can benefit from quality insurance coverage, which could include Accident and Loss Forgiveness, if you qualify, Better Car Replacement™, and discounts that could save you hundreds of dollars2.

Visit Liberty Mutual call 855-323-2150 for a free quote!


1 No purchase of a policy is required. Limit one quote per policy type per person. Not available to existing Liberty Mutual Insurance customers.

2 Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

Calendar of Events

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Events



June 19
Bankston, Shugart and Stryker, Horse Country Photographers
UNT on the Square


July 1
Deadline for Professional Leadership Program (PLP) Mentor Application

July 9
Mean Green Night at the Rangers

July 18-20
Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference


August 1
Deadline for 2015 Alumni Awards Nominations

August 9-10

Commencement Reception
Gateway Ballroom

August 18
Distinguished Lecture Series
Steve Wozniak


September 6
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. SMU Football
Apogee Stadium

September 11
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. LA Tech Football
Apogee Stadium

September 20
Family Weekend
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Nicholls State Football
Apogee Stadium


October 18
Mean Green Pride
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Southern Miss Football
Apogee Stadium


November 8
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Florida Atlantic Football
Apogee Stadium

November 13
Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship Leadership Luncheon

November 22
UNT Preview
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Florida International Football
Apogee Stadium

2015 – April 17

Alumni Awards
Gateway Center Ballroom

Colleges and Schools Highlights

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Graduating student Kelly Savage finds inspiration at UNT to help others


Success doesn’t happen overnight. Kelly Savage knows that better than anyone. Nineteen years after her high school graduation, Kelly Savage is realizing her dream of earning a college degree. And now, she wants to become a teacher, helping others on that same path to education. More…

Why take a family vacation? Doctoral student Debbie Farr weighs in

Summer months are looming. Should your family plan a getaway? Is it worth the time off work and the hassle of planning? College of Education doctoral student Debbie Farr, who has studied family vacations, can discuss changing perceptions of vacations throughout the decades and can talk about a body of research that shows the benefits of family vacations. Full story…

College of Education news roundup and message from the dean – spring 2014

We are closing out another great semester and I’m proud of our students, faculty and alumni who continue to shine. We have continued our global initiatives through the second year of our international student exchange program, and we are engaging with our local region through a variety of projects and programs that will leave a lasting impression on our communities. More…

College of Information

Information about the College of Information Department of Learning Technologies Alumni event – Spring Fling

Some 68 alumni, faculty and staff attended the May 2, 2014, Department of Learning Technologies annual Spring Fling event. The day was filled with the Learning Technologies Board of Advisors meeting, along with the LT Outstanding Alumni Holly Hutchins visiting individually with PhD students and capping the day off with the delightful Hawaiian themed Spring Fling event. PhD students were thrilled to have Dr. Hutchins share her expertise with each on a one to one basis. Department Chair Mike Spector remarked, “ Thank you all for your many contributions … it was a very good event.”

Present were Milt Nielsen, Jerry Wircenski, Mickey Wircenski, Gerald Knezek, Mike Spector, Phil Harris, and Jennifer Smolka

Present were Milt Nielsen, Jerry Wircenski, Mickey Wircenski, Gerald Knezek, Mike Spector, Phil Harris, and Jennifer Smolka

A great advisory board meeting was held, with invited faculty and administration for lunch and alumni, staff, faculty for an evening of food and fun at Spring Fling.

– See more at:

Samuel Muwanguzi, PhD 2014

Samuel Muwanguzi with wife Dorothy Muwanguzi

Samuel Muwanguzi with wife Dorothy Muwanguzi

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, UNT held the 2014 National Scholarship, Fellowship & Distinguished Placement Recognition Banquet. The evening’s program was dedicated to Samuel Muwanguzi, the Alice Jones Givens Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Blind Students in Academics and Leadership. Dr. Muwanguzi recently earned his PhD in Information Science with an emphasis in information policy. His dissertation research focused on adoption of open source software in Uganda.

Samuel received his master’s degree from the UNT Communication Studies department in 2005. For over four years, he worked as a teaching and research assistant in the College of Information. Three years ago, he was selected as the UNT International Student of the Year. In a former life, because of his achievements in the Ugandan communications industry, he was known as the “Larry King of Uganda.”

“Samuel is a person who defies limitation, whose teaching inspires, and whose outreach spans several cultures and communities,” said Dr. James Duban, Director of the UNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships. “He has enriched our campus by his presence. He is more than an outstanding graduate student and alum; he is everything an exemplary human being can become.”

Dr. Muwanguzi expressed appreciation for the assistance received from UNT throughout his academic journey. “Without help from fellow students, administrators, faculty, and my family, these accomplishments would have been much more difficult,” he said.

College of Music
UNT offers a variety of summer workshops for all ages
The University of North Texas will offer a variety of workshops for students, professionals and families this summer.

Several workshops are offered all summer long through the College of Music for students, professional musicians and teachers. Camp Communicate, from June 9-13, offers children ages 5-12 with speech, language and hearing disorders a chance to make friends and practice communication. Grandparents University, offering an opportunity for grandparents and family members to receive a college experience with their grandchildren, will take place June 19-20. Throughout the month of July, the Mean Green Workshops offer debate workshops for middle and high school students, who can opt to take a one-week camp or all four weeks.

For a complete listing….

College of Engineering

EngineeringJason Cinek, 1990 BS Engineering Technology, Lettie Haynes, 1981 BS Computer Science, Etta Clark, 1980 BS Computer Science, Lee Palmer, 1994 BS Engineering Technology, Chris Pearce, 1992 BS Computer Science and other members of the College of Engineering Advisory Board view newly constructed labs in the College. Dean of the College of Engineering, led the tour of expanded facilities for Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical and Energy Engineering.

UNT Community Engagement

President’s Community Engagement Honor Roll-Spring 2014

Over 400 UNT graduates were added to the UNT’s President’s Community Engagement Honor Roll in May 2014.  During their time at UNT, these graduates contributed over 130,000 hours of service to our community.  The dollar value of this service is estimated at over $3 million.  To see the full list of recipients, please visit

Toulouse Graduate School

Dr. Richard Simms (right), Chair, UNT Retiree Association and
Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education and Administration presenting to Dr. Robert B. Toulouse (seated), founding dean of the Toulouse Graduate School.

Dr. Richard Simms (right), Chair, UNT Retiree Association and 
Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education and Administration presenting to Dr. Robert B. Toulouse (seated), founding dean of the Toulouse Graduate School.

On May 6 the Toulouse Graduate School and College of Education celebrated the 96th birthday of Robert B. Toulouse, along with the Alpha Chi and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Societies. During the celebration Toulouse was presented with a UNT blanket embroidered with “In celebration of Dr. Robert B. Toulouse.” Toulouse began working for the university in 1948 as a professor in the College of Education. During his time at UNT he served as graduate dean, provost, and vice president of academic affairs. The graduate school was named in his honor in 1990.

The Toulouse Graduate School recently hosted a panel on teaching at a community college. Panelists from Eastfield College and the North Texas Community College Consortium provided an overview of the hiring process.  Graduate students learned how to build a strong resume, prepare for an interview, impress a hiring committee, and engage in student life.


UNT Foundation

125th Anniversary Tartan Project

TartanProjectThe celebration for UNT’s 125th anniversary celebration, which takes place in 2015, began this spring in style.

The Tartan Project, sponsored by the UNT Foundation, invited alumni, students, faculty, staff and the general public to vote online for an official tartan specifically designed for UNT.

Fibers students from the College of Visual Arts and Design created plaid designs, incorporating UNT’s official colors and themes representative of our university culture and history. Three finalists were chosen and the UNT community voted in April for their favorite design.

The winning design is a double-layered map by Casey Heidt, a senior metalsmithing and fibers major from Arlington. The first layer is the campus with the Hurley Administration Building in the center with the white lines representing the streets of campus. The other map is the city of Denton with the downtown square — UNT’s original campus location — in the center.

UNT will submit the winning entry for registration in The Scottish Register of Tartans, and if accepted, that plaid will be used for the creation of scarves, ties, blankets and other merchandise, with proceeds from sales benefitting student scholarships. The hope is that the display of our tartan will be an enduring UNT tradition.


Professional Leadership Program (PLP)

Apply to be a mentor today! 
Deadline is July 1st, 2014

With over 100 confirmed PLP students next year, the largest class in the program’s history, PLP is in need of additional mentors! Mentoring a PLP student is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity to give back and make an ever-lasting impact on a student. At the same time, it’s an educational experience unlike any other. Mentors are asked to meet with their mentee at least once a month (which does not have to be in Denton), but more importantly, provide guidance, insight, and feedback throughout the year. For most, it becomes an enjoyable lifetime commitment.

Have questions? Email

Ready to apply?


Football Season Tickets

Great story on Chancellor and Orr

Record Setting Softball Season

Beyond The Green Nominated for most outstanding program series

UNT News Briefs

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Twenty UNT students to study sustainability in university’s study abroad class to Cuba

The UNT faculty — James Kennedy, Regents Professor of biological sciences; Bruce Hunter, director of UNT’s Center for Spatial Analysis and Mapping in the Department of Geography; Melinda Levin, professor of radio, television and film; and David Taylor, senior lecturer in the Department of English — will accompany 20 students to Cuba, after recruiting them from their academic areas.

Click here to read the full story.

Steve Wozniak to speak at UNT Aug. 18

Steve Wozniak, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will speak Aug. 18 (Monday) as part of the University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series.

Click here to read the full story.

Literary agents available to meet with attendees of Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

Attendees of this year’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, hosted annually by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism in the UNT Texas’ Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, will learn about the larger literary world from a book editor and several literary agents in “Unveiling the Mystery: Writing, Editing and Publishing for the Literary Market,” a panel discussion.

Click here to read the full story.

New string workshop led by UNT faculty and Dallas Symphony musicians

Music faculty and two principal players from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will give master classes, private lessons and chamber music coaching at the UNT Summer String Institute, a new workshop for string players.

Click here to read the full story.

Two photography exhibitions at UNT on the Square show life on the prairie and in the horse industry

Images of rural life in Texas will be on display in two UNT exhibitions running June 16 (Monday) – July 19 (Saturday) at UNT on the Square.

Click here to read the full story.