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Mean Green Game Day Your Way

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

Mean Green Game Day Your Way

By: Kim Phillips

MEAN GREEN GAME DAY is all about saying, “Welcome back to Denton, Alums!”

Since you’ve been gone, UNT has grown to become the 25th largest public university in the country and racing to beat University of Houston as the 3rd largest in Texas. UNT has more than 36,000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff, plus some 130,000 alumni in the immediate DFW region. There’s Apogee Stadium and Coach Dan McCarney’s now-stellar football team. Home game attendance averages 21,000 since Apogee opened. Where are the rest of you on game days?

Introducing Mean Green Game Day, an all-new experience that seamlessly connects Dallas to downtown Denton, the Mean Green Tailgating Village and Apogee Stadium with complimentary transportation for a complete, original and independent game-day-in-Denton adventure.

Ride the DART’s Green Line from Dallas to Trinity Mills in Carrollton, connect to the DCTA A-train, and land at the top of the line­–the Euline Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center, which in the smack-dab in the heart of Downtown Denton’s vibrant entertainment district. Restaurants, bars, live music, shopping, and museums are all options for building your own Mean Green Game Day your way. Free DCTA shuttles make two stops in downtown on the way to and from the UNT pedestrian bridge, no car necessary.

The momentum for Mean Green Game Day has been building for the past two years.   Mean Green Sports and related website pages have experienced a 200 percent audience increase during 2013. UNT’s exciting 9-win inaugural Conference USA season in 2013 drew attention from all over, in and out of the sports world. The 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl win, still fresh in fans’ minds, sealed the deal: Mean Green Game Day’s time is NOW.

C’mon back to your Alma Mater. If you haven’t seen Denton recently, you haven’t seen Denton.

UNT Student Leaders

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

The UNT Alumni Association believes in supporting our students and providing opportunities so they can receive the best possible experience while on campus. Your membership dollars help us provide activities and opportunities like these listed below.

Student Alumni Association Scholarships

The UNT Alumni Association contributes to student success each year by gifting a portion of its graduation tassel sales from the GRADitude program to support the Student Alumni Association scholarship program. This spring, the alumni association awarded junior Kathleen Spriggs and senior Chris Weatherspoon, Student Alumni Association members, $1,000 scholarships. They are awarded based on need, community involvement and Mean Green pride.

Weatherspoon, a mechanical and energy engineering major, has participated in campus activities to promote class identity and student giving for UNT-related causes.

“Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me and encourages me to donate as a student as well as continuing to give back once I graduate,” he says.

Spriggs, president of the Student Alumni Association and a family studies major, says the scholarship will help her with out-of-pocket costs to attend UNT as an out-of-state student.

“I’m excited about the opportunities this scholarship brings me,” says Spriggs, who hopes to become a child life specialist.


UNT Student Leaders

UNT Center for Leadership & Service offers students leadership training

On May 11-16, the Center for Leadership & Service took 61 of the top student leaders at UNT to Bridgeport, Texas for UNT’s fourth annual LeaderShape Institute. LeaderShape is a nationally recognized program and is designed to help students improve their leadership skills, help make a change on campus and in the community, and help students lead with integrity and high ethical standards.  The University of North Texas now has over 250 students and alumni leading with integrity across the nation.

The Center for Leadership & Service is thankful for the relationship we have the UNT Alumni Association. During Guest Leader Night at the Institute, students engaged with a panel of leaders in their respective fields. Guest leaders included Chrissy Baloga (2007), Janet Pittman (1983), Scottie Smith, II (2009) and Philip Witcher.

The program would not be successful without our sponsors. The Center for Leadership & Service would like to thank Wells Fargo, Enterprise, NT Alumni Association, Dean of Students, Student Activities Center, Dining Services, Housing & Residence Life, University Union and UNT Auxiliary Services.

UNT STEM Nights at LaGrave Field

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News
Join UNT as we spread Mean Green pride in Fort Worth. The UNT Division of Community Engagement and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Engineering invite you to UNT STEM Nights at LaGrave Field, home of the Fort Worth Cats. Enjoy food, family and fun as you network with other members of the UNT community and their families.

Thanks to support from Lockheed Martin, the Rahr Bar Upper Party Plaza at LaGrave Field will be available to members of UNT community with an interest in STEM fields and their families. This event is presented free of charge. You may reserve up to six tickets per person. Reservations are required and can be made using the links below. Don’t forget to wear your green!

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Game time:7:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Cats vs. Brownsville Charros
Please R.S.V.P by July 14, 2014.
Reserve your spot today.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Game time: 7:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Cats vs. Rio Grande Valley White Wings
Please R.S.V.P by July 28, 2014.
Reserve your spot today.

Your reservation entitles you to food and beverage in the Rahr Bar Upper Party Plaza and general admission in Premium Section G for the baseball game. Your admission passes will be available at the LaGrave Field will call. Please reference UNT.

Questions regarding this family-friendly opportunity can be directed to Emily Boykin at or (940) 565.2048.

Career Corner

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Please join us for the Fall 2014 Employer Meet and Greet. You must register to attend this event. Please contact Amy Ferman at (940) 565-3151 if you wish to attend.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Gateway Center Ballroom
801 North Texas Blvd.
Denton, TX 76201

This is a free networking event offered by the UNT Career Center!
Come and meet our director, Dr. Bonita Vinson and staff.
Network with other recruiters while hearing about the UNT community and upcoming events for the 2014-2015 year. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Career Advisors who are assigned to the colleges you recruit from as well as participate in breakout sessions with faculty and staff from your areas of interest. Refreshments will be served!

For more information, check out the career center at

Quotes for Scholarships

July 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 or call 855-323-2150 for a free quote!

1No 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

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Events


July 18-20
Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

July 19
STEM Night at LaGrave Field
7:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Cats vs. Brownsville Charros


August 1
Deadline for 2015 Alumni Awards Nominations

STEM Night at LaGrave Field
7:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Cats vs. Rio Grande Valley White Wings

August 2
6th Annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference
UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center

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

UNT News Briefs

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Baroque ensemble from UNT tours three European countries

2014_baroque-orchestra Students, faculty and alumni from the UNT College of Music are headed to Europe for an 11-concert, three-country tour in Germany, Austria and Croatia from July 1 (Tuesday) to July 21 (Monday).

Click here to read the full story.

UNT College of Business earns top 25 national ranking from

The UNT College of Business has been ranked 21st in the nation in’s list of the top 25 Student-Ranked Online MBA Programs.

Click here to read the full story.

Drone research at UNT improves communication after disasters, earned faculty invite to White House and U.S. summit

2014_smart-america-drone-disaster-communication Shengli Fu, electrical engineering associate professor and interim department chair, and Yan Wan, electrical engineering assistant professor, were part of a 15-person team that developed a Smart Emergency Response System that could someday be used to save lives in areas too dangerous or inaccessible to humans.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT students earn prizes at Northwestern Mutual case competition

2014_northwester-first-place Three teams of UNT students earned cash prizes totaling $7,400 in the Spring 2014 Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition. The competition has been held twice every year at UNT since 1995 as part of the capstone course for graduating seniors in the UNT College of Business.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Autism Conference welcomes parents, professionals to Denton August 2

Join UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center for our 6th Annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference on Saturday, August 2.

  • Discover the latest in autism research and intervention from 20+ experts
  • Earn CEU’s and gain new skills
  • Network with 200+ parents and professionals from the autism community
  • Free childcare available

Open to the public. Learn more and register today.

College honors outstanding graduate research, grant recipients

Dean Jerry Thomas

Dean Jerry Thomas hosted a special reception May 8 to celebrate the success of our master’s and doctoral graduates for the 2013-2014 academic year. See pictures, download winning abstracts and more.

Veterans with PTSD find help from horses in UNT doctoral student’s research study

Hallie SheadeAs a counseling student, Hallie Sheade uses horses to help military veterans heal.

And now, the UNT doctoral student has embarked on a research project to find out how much they can help.

Sheade is examining the effectiveness of equine-partnered counseling – when counselors work with horses to offer therapy to military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling while working with UNT’s Animal Assisted Therapy program. Read more…

Bullock earns award from Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders


Lyndal M. Bullock, Regents Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the University of North Texas College of Education, was presented in April with the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders for his contributions to the field. Read the full story…

College of Music

Young mariachis learn from Grammy-nominated musicians at UNT Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp

Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp

The internationally-renowned Mariachi Sol de Mexico — a Grammy-nominated ensemble — will be the headline performer of the University of North Texas Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp, an annual week-long workshop that teaches musical skills to middle school and high school mariachi players.

The concert with Mariachi Sol de Mexico takes place at 7 p.m. July 26 (Saturday) in the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center, located at 2100 N. I-35E in Denton, and is funded in part by the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series. For ticket information, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website at The Mariachi Sol de Mexico performance follows the campers’ free, public concert at 1:30 p.m., also on July 26 (Saturday) in the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Both events will be the culmination of four days of instruction, rehearsals and jam sessions at the UNT Mariachi Camp, which runs July 22 – 26 (Tuesday – Saturday). The founder of Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Jóse Hernàndez, will also serve on the camp’s faculty for the week — his fifth year as guest instructor. Along with other teachers, including members of UNT’s mariachi ensemble Mariachi Águilas, he will help the dozens of aspiring musicians work on traditional mariachi skills, including singing and playing the guitarron, trumpet, guitar, vihuela and violin.

But camp organizer Donna Emmanuel said the aguilitas, or “little eagles,” learn more than music.

“The campers really value coming together with other students to share their love for mariachi, to make new friends and to study with renowned experts, all while experiencing a college environment,” said Emmanuel, a UNT professor of music education.

While the campers come from a variety of backgrounds, Donna noted that for a few attendees each year, this camp is the first time they have been on a university campus.

“Some of our campers come from families where no one in their family has gone to college,” said Emmanuel. She added that roughly 30 first-generation students have enrolled at UNT since the camp began.

Throughout the week, workshop sessions are held in classrooms in the UNT Music Building, located at 415 S. Avenue C in Denton. Campers also spend additional time in UNT residence and dining halls. Additionally, Emmanuel tries to make sure information about college is readily available and that the students are introduced to processes such as admissions, financial aid and on-campus housing.

The Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp has grown every year since it first began in 2008 as a limited-enrollment, pilot program with 25 campers. Since then, additional days have been added. Enrollment doubled each year until it reached 120 students. It is now capped at 100 attendees, with students coming from across the United States.

Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp

  • When/Where: July 22 – 26 (Tuesday – Saturday) in the UNT Music Building.
  • Register: The cost is $300. Get an informational flyer and registration forms. (Scroll down to “mariachi summer camp.”)
  • Contact: Donna Emmanuel at 940-369-7973 or
  • Free, Public Camp Concert: 1:30 p.m. July 26 (Saturday) in theUNT Murchison Performing Arts Center. Tickets are not required.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico Concert

  • When/Where: 7 p.m. July 26 (Saturday) in the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center.
  • Tickets: $15 for general admission, $5 for ages 8 to 18 and free for children under 8 and for the UNT mariachi campers. For ticket information, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website at

College of Engineering
College of Engineering Lunch at Texas Instruments
College of Engineering Lunch at Texas Instruments
From left to right,
James (Jim) Buchanan, Computer Science and Engineering faculty/staff
Izuchukwu Nwachukwu, 2012 MS Computer Engineering, Digital Design Engineer
Farica Mascarenhas, 2011 BS Computer Engineering, IT Automation Engineer

Kathy Foster, 1979 MS Computer Science; Shannon Smith, 1992 Communication Studies; and Brian Arrington, 1997 BBA Accounting, weren’t available for photo.

UNT Community Engagement

Addressing the Needs of Denton’s Homeless and Hungry: A Collaboration between the University of North Texas and Our Daily Bread

A University of North Texas Community Engagement Project

Our Daily BreadA group of graduate students and faculty from UNT’s Economics Department has begun work on a project that will help a local soup kitchen stretch its resources farther by designing a statistical model to better forecast the number of meals needed each day.

Our Daily Bread (ODB) began serving weekday lunches in 2000, and has grown dramatically since then. On a typical day, ODB serves 200 meals, and recently served its 500,000th meal. ODB now has about 1,200 clients formally enrolled and has branched out since its beginning. Nowadays, ODB provides basic clinic services, snack packs for weekend consumption by homeless clients, free distribution of more than 2,500 hygiene items every month, free bus passes to allow clients access to job interviews and medical appointments, referrals to other social service agencies, assistance with applications for other forms of assistance, and many other services. Remarkably, ODB managesto accomplish all of this with one full-time staff member and 3 part-timers and a limited budget. UNT’s Community Engagement project aims to help ODB stretch this budget a bit farther.

While on an average weekday ODB serves 200 lunchtime meals, this number fluctuates from day-to-day according to factors including weather, season, day of the month (assistance checks come out on the first of the month), the local unemployment rate, and others. Accurate forecasts of the number of meals required on a given day would allow a more efficient use of ODB’s resources. Over the spring and summer of 2014, our group will collect data and develop what we expect will be an accurate forecasting model. Our intention is that this model will be developed in an easy-to-use spreadsheet format. Forecasting is the very sort of activity that Professors Margie Tieslau of UNT’s Department of Economics teaches her Master’s students. With coordination help from Professor Michael McPherson, three of Professor Tieslau’s students, Suzanne Beltran, Keegan Johnson, and Justin Martin, will have the opportunity to put these statistical skills to use in a very real-world application.


Additional Ticket Options Available For Texas Football Game

Every Mean Green Fan Will Have Ticket Availability For Texas Game

Dan McCarney led North Texas to a 9-win season and a 36-14 win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Dan McCarney led North Texas to a 9-win season and a 36-14 win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

In an effort to accommodate all Mean Green football fans, the North Texas Ticket Office has announced additional opportunities for the game at Texas on Aug. 30.

Tickets to the game are set at $100 by the Texas athletic department, and are on sale now for Mean Green Club members with season tickets. On June 2, North Texas season ticket holders (without Mean Green Club membership) will have their chance to purchase tickets. From July 1-15 the tickets will be available to the general public.

Tickets will not be available through the North Texas Ticket Office after July 15.

To purchase tickets or for more information please contact the North Texas Ticket Office in person at Apogee Stadium Gate 2 or at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.

Texas Ticket Availability Chart

Timeframe Ticket Availabililty
Now – July 15 Mean Green Club Members with Season Tickets
June 2 – July 15 North Texas Season Ticket Holders
July 1 – July 15 General Public
July 15 Tickets returned to Texas athletic dept.