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Metroplex Speaker Series Features Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Events

Metroplex Speaker Series presented by the UNT Alumni Association’s Young Professionals – Features Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

DFW Rawlings

Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

Edison’s–1724 Cockrell Ave. Dallas, Texas 75215

The Metroplex Speaker Series continues with the third quarterly luncheon presented by the UNT Alumni Association’s Young Professionals Committee and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings, will be speak about Dallas’ Next Generation of Leaders.

The program takes place Thursday, August 28, at Edison’s in Dallas from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Tables of 10 are available for purchase at $250. Individual tickets are available for UNTAA members at $25 each or $35 for non-members.

To RSVP, click here.

UNT Distinguished Lecture Series presents Steve Wozniak

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Events


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

Wozniak will speak at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in the UNT Coliseum, located at 600 Ave. D, at the southeast corner of North Texas Boulevard and Highland Street. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 (Friday), and can be purchased online.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

Wozniak currently serves as chief scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his The New York Times best-selling autobiography, “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon” by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Big Bang Theory.” In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity.”

The Distinguished Lecture Series program introduces the UNT community to the excellence of world-class speakers whose messages enhance student learning outside the classroom. Previous speakers include President George W. Bush, Robert M. Gates, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., John Legend, Bill Nye, Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, Suze Orman, Rainn Wilson and Vicente Fox.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by UNT’s Division of Student Affairs. For more information, contact UNT Student Affairs Coordinator of Special Projects Michelle Bradley at 940-565-3355.

Tickets will be available Aug. 1 (Friday). Student tickets are free and students will swipe their student ID cards at the UNT Coliseum doors prior to the event. Student guest tickets are $10; UNT faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10 and tickets for the public are $15. All tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

UNT vs. UT Austin Alumni Rally

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Events


Join the UNT Alumni Association at The Silo on 7th in Austin on Friday, August 29, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for an Austin Alumni Rally.

Come and network with other UNT alumni and friends as the Mean Green gets ready to take on the Texas Longhorns in the opening season football game!

The game takes place on Saturday, August 30, at 7 p.m. Come and cheer on the Mean Green!
RSVP by August 25 to

Career Corner

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Alumni Mentoring

At the University of North Texas Career Center, the role of mentor can encompass as much or as little as you have time and energies for.  Your role could be as simple as answering questions from students via e-mail or personally meeting with a student or students aspiring to obtain a career similar to yours.

Mentoring Opportunities:

Mentor Match-is a database of alumni who have volunteered to assist UNT students with their career development questions via e-mail correspondence.  Mentors can determine the number of student contacts per month depending on time available. As a mentor, you may be contacted to participate in the following:
• Email Networking with Students
• Conduct Informational Interviews
• Provide Resume/Cover Letter Critiques and/or Mock Interviews

Mentor-On-Duty-The Career Center has designated a handful of days throughout the academic year to host “Mentors on Duty.” The Mentor on Duty program is a small commitment of time and allows students the opportunity to meet one-on-one for 15-30 minutes with an alumni or employer in an occupation of interest. As a Mentor on Duty, you’ll answer questions of the students, provide insight and share advice.

Click here to register in the Mentor Match Database!

For more information, check out the career center at

Partner Profile – Jostens

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Jostens_ochre_black_RSupporting your mission is our mission. We take great care in passionately helping people:
– Express themselves
– Celebrate experiences and traditions
– Recognize achievements
– Share their stories
We proudly partner with the UNT Alumni Association in the Official Ring Presentation Ceremonies held bi-annually. This ceremony is where students receive their rings, the symbol of pride and commitment to the university. Students who order a ring will be invited to this time-honored ceremony.
Visit us online at here.

Calendar of Events

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Events



August 18
Distinguished Lecture Series
Steve Wozniak

August 29
Austin Alumni Rally
The Silo on 7th


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 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

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT to host Collegiate World Series for Latino high school seniors

While the most elite college and university baseball players in the U.S. head to Omaha every summer for the College World Series, some of the most accomplished Hispanic high school seniors in the U.S. play their own series every summer — the Collegiate World Series offered by the National Hispanic Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Texas.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT researchers create new, stronger plant-based carbon fiber

Researchers at the University of North Texas have created a new carbon fiber from plants that can replace common petroleum and coal-based products in wide range of goods including parts for cars, aircraft, electronics and sports equipment. The patent-pending carbon fiber also is stronger and lighter than similar products on the market.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT forensic chemist creates analysis device for U.S. Department of Justice to detect fraudulent documents

UNT Associate Professor of Chemistry Guido Verbeck has created a device for the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow investigators to analyze inks, paints, papers and other materials criminals use to create counterfeit documents

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Two from COE earn national honors from Kappa Delta Pi

A College of Education student and a recent graduate earned national recognition from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Aston Thompson, of Arlington, earned the 2013-14 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award from Kappa Delta Pi, given to current or immediate past chapter officers for displaying the ideals of the organization.

Julie Williams, a doctoral candidate from Sulphur Springs, earned the Hollis L. Caswell Laureate Scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi. The $3,200 scholarship is given to a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction. Full story…

Aston Thompson

Aston Thompson

Julie Williams

Julie Williams

GenTX Day at UNT introduces middle schoolers to campus, promotes college enrollment

On May 2, nearly 200 seventh graders and 15 staff members from Calhoun Middle School in Denton ISD visited the UNT campus as part of GenTX Day, an annual initiative that celebrates college enrollment across Texas. Full story…

GenTX Day

Kinesiology student Kedron Sowells receives C-USA Spirit of Service Award

Kedron Sowells

The sophomore is pursuing a bachelor of science in kinesiology while competing for the Mean Green track and field squad. He earned two top-10 finishes during the 2014 indoor season, competing in the 55-meter dash and 800-meter relay. Full story…

College of Information

Michele Lucero Villagran new UNT College of Information Alumni Society President

Michele A. Lucero VillagranMichele A. Lucero Villagran brings ideas and enthusiasm to her role as College of Information Alumni Society president. From her roots of Sin City to the humidity of Houston to the beaches of Southern California, there is no better time or place than now to be invigorated and involved with our profession and College. She said, “UNT COI is my home away from home and I’m excited to help grow our community at such a crucial time within our profession.”

As an accomplished law librarian and business, educator, leadership, and dispute resolution professional, she is adept at combining her in-depth knowledge with skillful relationship building. She is Director of Client Development with LAC Group based in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Michele is adjunct faculty with Woodbury University Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, local coordinator for UNT COI LIS master’s program cohorts in California, and adjunct faculty with the LIS master’s program. She is a certified level 1 & 2 cultural intelligence facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center (CQC). Michele has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors including with the LA Law Library; West, Thomson Reuters business; Mayer Brown; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Lionel Sawyer & Collins; and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Michele is twice a UNT alumna. After earning a BS in Management and International Business from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she earned an MSLS in Law Librarianship and Legal Informatics and an MBA in Strategic Management from UNT. At Pepperdine University, she completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and a Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) and is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (EDOL) with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence. Michele holds offices and serves on committees in many professional associations in the library, legal, dispute resolution, and education fields.

COI Alumni Reception in Las Vegas, NV on June 28

More than 100 alumni and guests showed up to mix and mingle in a private room at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Las Vegas, NV. Tables were marked with our various locations around Texas, the U.S., and offshore to help alumni find each otherat the reception. UNT System Board of Regents member Judge Michael R. Bradford of Midland attended, as did two alumni of the master’s cohort program in the South Pacific. Great time was had by all!

Alumni Society President Michele Lucero Villagran (’04 ‘08), Katherine Koziar (’13), Christal Young (’13), Evelyn Keolian (’13), Evelyn Keolian (’12), Cindy Holsey (’13), Alumni Society Board member Mary-Alexandra Smith (’13)

Alumni Society President Michele Lucero Villagran (’04 ‘08), Katherine Koziar (’13), Christal Young (’13),
Evelyn Keolian (’13), Evelyn Keolian (’12), Cindy Holsey (’13),
Alumni Society Board member Mary-Alexandra Smith (’13)

College of Information Department of Library and Information Sciences Chair Suliman Hawamdeh addressing the audience

College of Information Department of Library and Information Sciences Chair Suliman Hawamdeh
addressing the audience

Dr. Yvonne Chandler with Anna Francesca Garcia (’08) and current student Erik Lee

Dr. Yvonne Chandler with Anna Francesca Garcia (’08) and current student Erik Lee

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT alum publishes book in October

Robert Darden, a UNT journalism alum who is an associate professor at Baylor University, will have a new book out in October 2014.

He co-founded the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor which is now the world’s largest initiative to identify, acquire, digitize, catalogue and make accessible America’s fast-vanishing legacy of gospel music vinyl from 1940-70. As result of widespread publicity on the project over the past few years, Baylor entered an agreement with the Smithsonian’s in-progress National Museum of African American History & Culture, set to open 2015 on the Mall in Washington D.C.

He has a two-volume book coming out from Penn State University Press: “Nothing But Love in God’s Water: The Influence of Black Sacred Music on the Civil Rights Movement.” Volume I will come out in October.

College of Engineering

Save the Date!
UNT College of Engineering
Tailgating Tent – Apogee Stadium
September 6, 2014

The UNT College of Engineering departments will host their next Alumni Tailgating event before the UNT vs. SMU game on Sept. 6, and we hope that you will join us. Enjoy breakfast tacos (meat and vegetarian) and beverages while networking with fellow Engineering alumni and learning about the College’s latest accomplishments.

The tailgating will end prior to the 11 a.m. kickoff at UNT’s Apogee Stadium, Bonnie Brae & Interstate 35, Denton. Further details including instructions on how to reserve your spot will be mailed soon.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

UNT Community Engagement

UNT STEM Nights at the Fort Worth Cats Game

UNT STEM Nights at the Fort Worth Cats Game

The UNT Division of Community Engagement and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Engineering hosted two “UNT STEM Nights” at LaGrave Field, home of the Fort Worth Cats. Thanks to the support of Lockheed Martin, UNT alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends enjoyed two fun evenings of Cats baseball and networking on July 19 and August 1.

Planned Giving

Planned giving allows you to establish your legacy now, while leaving you in control of your assets throughout your lifetime. In addition to bequests, planned giving includes gifts made with appreciated assets such as stocks, insurance, income producing asset or real estate.  Planned giving may also utilize techniques that create a source of income for life. UNT offers complimentary consultation with planned giving professionals to its alumni and friends. To learn more, please visit or call 940-565-3683.


Beer Sales To Begin At Apogee Stadium This Fall

Beer Sales To Begin At Apogee Stadium This Fall

Home Opener Against SMU Will Mark Beginning Of Beer Sales
At Apogee Stadium

The University of North Texas will begin selling beer on the concourse level of Apogee Stadium for all home football games this fall, beginning with the home opener against SMU on Sept. 6.