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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.
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