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Homecoming 2014

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News


UNT Homecoming 2014 will take place from November 3-8.  This year’s theme, The Greatest Homecoming on Earth – Mean Green Circus, was selected by the students on the Homecoming Crew. We look forward to seeing Mean Green fans at traditional Homecoming events, including Bonfire and the Parade.  The week’s activities end with the Mean Green taking on Florida Atlantic at Apogee Stadium.

Highlight of the weeks activities for alumni include:

Friday, November 7
2014 Zeke Martin Homecoming Golf Classic
The Golf Club at Champions Circle – Register now!

Alumni at the Bonfire
Join us for the best seats in the house! Watch Bonfire from the UNT Alumni Pavilion.

Saturday, November 8
Golden Eagles Reception – Class of 1964
11:30 am at the Gateway Ballroom

Celebrate your 50 year reunion! For more information, contact or 940-565-4851.

Alumni GameDay Grille
For Homecoming, the Alumni Association encourages all alums to “come home” to UNT and join us at the Alumni Pavilion prior to the game. This games admission to the Pavilion is FREE for all. We will be open from 4-5:30 pm.

Some other helpful links for Homecoming specific activities include:

Tent and Tailgating Packages

Student Affairs Homecoming site

Learn more about the UNT Alumni Association by visiting or contact the association at or 940-565-2834.

Keith B. Alexander, longest-serving NSA director, to speak Nov. 5 as part of UNT Kuehne Speaker Series

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

Gen. Keith B. AlexanderRetired Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who was named director of the NSA in 2005 and served until he retired in March 2014, will speak in Dallas Nov. 5 (Wednesday) for the University of North Texas’ Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security luncheon. The event begins at noon at Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd.

Tickets are $70 for individuals, with reservations for a table of eight costing $1,000. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets may be purchased at

The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series was created in fall 2013 with support from UNT alumnus Ernie W. Kuehne, a 1966 graduate who is the president and board chairman of Kuehne Oil Co. The series showcases UNT’s nationally and internationally recognized programs on national and human security, and faculty members who are engaged in research related to national and human security issues.

Alexander was appointed director of the NSA and also chief of the Central Security Service in 2005 by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. As one of the Army’s first digitally proficient general officers, he expanded the NSA’s powers and influence and, in 2010, became the first leader of U.S Cyber Command, a new organization devoted to planning, coordinating and conducting operations and defense of Department of Defense computer networks.

Before becoming director of the NSA, Alexander was deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Army headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 2003-2005; commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 2001-2003; director of intelligence at the U.S. Central Command at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base from 1998-2001; and deputy director for intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-1998.

He served in a variety of command assignments in Germany and the U.S., and held key staff assignments during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia for the 1st Armored Division. Alexander also served in Afghanistan on a peacekeeping mission for the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

Alexander retired from the NSA several months after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information about the agency’s global surveillance programs to the Washington Post, the Guardian and other news outlets. He has started his own company to provide cybersecurity services to American companies.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University and master’s degrees in systems technology (electronic warfare) and in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also received a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

2014 Alumni Association Ornament

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

2014 Alumni Association Ornament

This year’s UNT Alumni Association holiday ornament highlights the Hurley Administration Building. This limited-edition ornament is cast of lead-free pewter and sculpted for depth and detail. The cost of the ornament, which comes in a custom box, is $20 plus $2.50 shipping, including tax. Supplies are limited. To order, email or call 940-565-2834.

Mean Green Game Day

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

MEAN GREEN GAME DAY is all the rage this 2014 football season.
-Kim Phillips


Fans are pouring into Denton every home game to take advantage of the whole, uniquely Denton-centric, game day experience. Some arrive at Denton’s downtown entertainment district via the A-train. Others park where they can find a spot around downtown. Still others shuttle from their hotels to downtown. And everyone is greening up: filling up at Denton’s many local eateries, loosening up at favorite watering holes, and perusing shops for game day gear.

This all-new experience in Denton that seamlessly connects vibrant and original downtown to the Mean Green Tailgating Village and Apogee Stadium comes with free transportation. Dedicated Mean Green Game Day Shuttles, sponsored by the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), are comfy shuttles making two stops in downtown on the way to and from the UNT pedestrian bridge. No car necessary. No traffic dilemmas. No parking frustrations.

Fans swarm back into downtown after the game, too. Many catch some live music with a burger and beverages. Others linger over a nice steak and bottle of wine. Still others stay for the later hours when Denton’s nightlife scene really cranks up the volume.

The point is that the Mean Green Game Day experience is just so Denton. Everyone’s ideal game day is unique and yet everyone finds their ideal right here. That’s how we roll in Denton. We’re original and independent. And so are you.

Come on back to your alma mater. It’s a brand new Denton with same heart and soul.

UNT Alumni Credit Card

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Partner Profiles

The UNT Alumni Credit Card with Rewards


As a valued member of the UNT Alumni Association, we are excited to offer you the UNT Alumni Credit Card with Rewards!

Apply today and start enjoying these great cardholder benefits:

  • No Annual Fee!
  • Low Introductory APR for first 6 months [or]
  • 1.99% Introductory1 APR on Purchases and Balance Transfers, for 6 monthly billing cycles after account 
opening, then a competitive variable rate of 12.24% to 18.24% APR2.
  • UNLIMITED point earning – Use your card for purchases, earn points and redeem online or by phone.
  • Flexible Rewards Program with thousand or rewards options including merchandise, gift cards, travel & more!

Apply Online Today by visiting

1We may end your Introductory APR and apply the Penalty APR of 27.24% if you fail to make the required minimum monthly payment within 60 days of the respective payment due date. 
2Your standard APR will be determined based on your creditworthiness at Account opening and will be disclosed in your Account Opening Disclosure with your new credit card approximately 7 – 10 business days after Account approval. This APR will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. The Prime Rate used to determine the APR on your Account is the U.S. Prime Rate published in The Wall Street Journal in its column called “Money Rates” on the last business day of each month.

3Customer must notify Commerce Bank within 60 days of receiving statement with unauthorized account activity.

4″Net Merchandise Purchases” means purchases of merchandise or services on the Account, less any returned merchandise credits or service credits posted to the Account. Net Merchandise Purchases does not include Cash Advances, Balance or associated fees, money transfers or other fees, gaming chips, or fees or premiums for coverage or insurance to protect the balances of an Account holder’s Account. Questions concerning eligible transactions and what constitutes Net Merchandise Purchases will be determined in the sole discretion of Commerce.

Calendar of Events

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Events



November 7 – Homecoming
2014 Zeke Martin Homecoming Golf Classic
The Golf Club at Champions Circle

UNT Alumni at Bonfire
7:30-9:30 pm
UNT Alumni Pavilion

November 8 – Homecoming
Golden Eagles – 50 Year Reunion – Class of 1964
11:30 am
Gateway Ballroom

Greek Life
3:30 pm
Greek Life Center

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

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Plant-based building materials boost energy savings up to 20 percent, UNT researchers find

Plant-based building materials boost energy savings up to 20 percent, UNT researchers find University of North Texas researchers discovered that plant-based building materials can provide up to 20 percent energy savings, reduce energy consumption and the overall carbon footprint compared with synthetic building materials currently on the market.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT logistics students win national competition

UNT logistics students win national competition Three UNT College of Business students won the Intermodal Association of North America’s fourth annual Intermodal Challenge at the 2014 Intermodal EXPO this September in Long Beach, California, making it the second year in a row that UNT students took top honors in the competition.

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UNT to offer math competitions for middle, high school students

The UNT Department of Mathematics will offer free American Math Competitions for middle and high school students in the North Texas region during the 2014-15 academic year. UNT is the first university in the DFW area to host the competitions, which help students strengthen their math skills.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT College of Business names first recipient of endowed professorship

UNT College of Business names first recipient of endowed professorship Professorship, endowed by alumnus Byron Baird (’78 M.B.A.) and his wife, Marilyn, honors Henry Hays’ 42 years of service to UNT business education.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT fall enrollment remains strong at 36,216

Half of incoming freshmen take advantage of Eagle Express Tuition plan

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Counseling students, alumni and faculty featured for research on schizophrenia

Elizabeth ProsekKara Hurt

Assistant professor of Counseling Elizabeth Prosek and doctoral candidate Kara Hurt wrote a Practice Brief for an American Counseling Association writing project and then were interviewed for ACA’s magazine, Counseling Today. And alumna Kathleen Hoy’s (PhD ’12) doctoral dissertation was recently published in the new Chi Sigma Iota journal, Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy. Jan Holden, department chair and professor of Counseling, served as Hoy’s major professor.

Wickstrom receives $480,000 grant for South Texas writing project

This year, students in South Texas will learn tips to strengthen their writing skills in a variety of classes — including math, science, reading, English and more — with the help of the University of North Texas’ North Star of Texas Writing Project. UNT’s North Star of Texas Writing Project received a $480,000 grant from the Texas Education Agency to organize professional development workshops for South Texas teachers, who will take their newly learned tips back to the classroom. Full story…

Outstanding faculty recognized during Salute to Faculty Excellence Week

Salute to Faculty Excellence Week

As part of UNT’s Salute to Faculty Excellence Week, the College of Education recognized faculty who received awards from the college and university throughout the past year at a special reception on September 23 at the UNT Alumni Center. See photos & read more…

Mayborn School of Journalism
UNT Mayborn Alumni Updates

Congratulations to Farrah Cox, a UNT alumna and executive director, global practice leader and digital leader for Golin, who’s been honored in PR Week’s 40 under 40 to Watch list.

Barbara Colegrove

Barbara Colegrove, a retired UNT journalism professor, is surrounded by some of her former students during her 85th birthday party in July.

College of Engineering
UNT College of Engineering
 – Alums Enjoy Game Day

Lambda Chi Alpha

Freddie Fifer, 1984 BS Industrial Technology and Lambda Chi Alpha member reconnected with classmate, Jay Chenault, 1984 BS Industrial Technology, prior to kickoff of UNT vs. Nicholls State football game.

UNT vs. Nicholls State

Troy Wolf, 1986 BS Engineering, 1993 MS Engineering Systems alumnus, enjoys UNT vs. Nicholls State football game with friend, Julie.

UNT vs. Nicholls State2

Eileen Moran visits with Andre Chenault and his brother, Jay, 1984 BS Industrial Technology, during UNT vs. Nicholls State football game at Apogee Stadium.

UNT Community Engagement

Early Voting at UNT

This fall, Texas residents will have the opportunity to elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and consider a wide variety of proposals. To make it easier for you to get to the polls, the Division of Community Engagement and the UNT Libraries have arranged for an early voting site at UNT for all Denton County residents. Early voting at UNT will take place from Oct. 27 (Monday) to Oct. 31 (Friday) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Sycamore Hall room 142.

Registered and eligible voters may vote at any early voting location located in their county of residence. For more information about Texas Voting visit this website.

UNT International

US Alumni Fair

US Ambassador to Thailand, The Honorable Kristie Kenney, stopped by to cheer on a team of UNT alumni at the US Alumni Fair (Higher Education Promotion) in Bangkok on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.

Also present were UNT Honorary Thai Alumni Ambassador for CAS, Dr. Somporn, Professor of Mathematics at Ramkhamhaeng University; UNT Honorary Thai Ambassador for PACS, Ms. Tanittha Poonsin at the Thai Drugs Enforcement Council; and Ms. Somying ‘Mod’ Soonthornwat, UNT Representative in Thailand, among others.

Greek Life

Greek Life

The Greek Life Center will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on homecoming weekend November 8th at 3:30pm.

The Greek Life Center is the University of North Texas’s newest facility. At 6.000 square feet, The Greek Life Center is the first in the nation stand-alone structure with programmable space that serves the Greek Life community.

Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign

thanksOutstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students.  They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures.  When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students and alums have the opportunity to say “Thanks” through the “Thank a Teacher” Program here at UNT.  Current students and alums will have until December 5th to complete the form at to share their thanks with their UNT teacher(s).  You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank).  You may also choose to remain anonymous.  Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition from the Provost with copies to their Deans and Department Chairs!


Homecoming Tailgate Tent Packages

Looking for Homecoming Tailgate Tent packages? Check out website to reserve Homecoming Tailgate tents.


2014 Zeke Martin Homecoming Golf Classic
Friday, November 7 at The Golf Club at Champions Circle

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start to follow. The Homecoming Golf Classic will be hosted at The Golf Club at Champions Circle. Come out and support the North Texas Lettermen’s Association.
Individual Golf Only…..$150
Tee Box Sponsorship…..$200

Please contact Reginald Johnson at 940.369.8268 or email Reginald at to register.

Click here to register on-line

Click here to pay dues on-line