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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.

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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

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Football Season Tickets

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Record Setting Softball Season

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