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Homecoming 2014 Remembered

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News


UNT Homecoming 2014 took 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. Check some photos from this year’s Homecoming from special events like Golden Eagle Reunion-the Class of 1964’s 50th Class Reunion, the Parade, Alumni GameDay Grille at the Pavilion and the many college tent tailgates. The week’s activities ended with the Mean Green beating Florida Atlantic 31-10, a great honor for the 1,000th football game in Mean Green history!

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

UNT Alumni Rally in San Antonio

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News

Ford Holiday River Parade

Join the UNT Alumni Association at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio
for an Alumni Rally.
Friday, November 28, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Come and network with other UNT alumni and friends as UNT gets ready to take on UTSA! Enjoy food and beverages while catching up on the latest Mean Green news.

Also, check out the annual Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting with your Mean Green friends! For more than 30 years, this spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio’s River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly costumed participants.

UNT Alumni Association Members – $10
Adults – $20
Children (ages 5-12) – $10
Children (5 & under) – Free

*Cash or check only accepted at the door.

And don’t forget the game takes place on Saturday, November 29, so come and cheer on the Mean Green!

RSVP here now!

2014 Alumni Association Ornament

November 18th, 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.

Holiday Sales! Up to 40% off UNT Merchandise!

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Alumni News


Shop MeanGreenSports to find your favorite North Texas item…just in time for the holidays!

Partner Profile – Church Hill Classics

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Partner Profiles


The University of North Texas Alumni Association has partnered with Church Hill Classics to offer you an exclusive selection of diploma frames & gifts featuring the University of North Texas name and seal. Customize your favorite frame style with your choice of frame moulding and matting. All frames are handcrafted in the USA and feature archival quality materials that meet stringent Library of Congress standards for document preservation. A portion of the proceeds from this official fundraiser directly supports the University of North Texas Alumni Association. Order here now.

Calendar of Events

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Events



November 22
UNT Preview
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Florida International Football
Apogee Stadium


December 12-13
UNT Commencement

Commencement Receptions
Gateway Ballroom

2015 – April 17

Alumni Awards
Gateway Center Ballroom

UNT News Briefs

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT to offer new Ph.D. in mechanical and energy engineering

The UNT College of Engineering now offers a Ph.D. in mechanical and energy engineering, the first degree of its kind in Texas and one of the only doctoral programs specializing in energy applications in the field of Mechanical Engineering in the United States.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT College of Music acquires collection of Grammy-winning vocalist and vocal arranger Gene Puerling

UNT College of Music’s newly acquired Gene Puerling collection will be housed in the Music Library. The collection of music and memorabilia from the Grammy-winning vocal arranger will be available for research by the UNT community and other library guests by special arrangement.

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UNT TAMS students earn more 2014 Siemens Competition placements than any other school in the U.S.

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s leading original research competition in math, science and technology for high school students. In total, 22 TAMS students were named semifinalists and seven were named regional finalists.

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UNT College of Engineering joins research consortium

The UNT College of Engineering has joined the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium (CFSRC), which brings together leading research teams across North America to provide the world’s most comprehensive research on cold-formed steel structures.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

How connected are college freshmen to their parents? Student study looks at electronic contact with Mom and Dad

image019How often do college freshmen talk with their parents by cell phone, text message or email in the first semester of college? And what kinds of parenting styles affect how frequently students communicate with their parents and how autonomous they are in their first year of college?

A University of North Texas College of Education doctoral student will examine these questions this fall in a doctoral dissertation about “Parenting Style, Frequency of Electronic Communication with Parents, and the Development of Autonomy in First-Year, First-Semester College Students.” Continued…

Education Leadership Conference set for Nov. 12


Educational researcher Michael Fullan, an internationally recognized expert on educational reform, will speak about “Leadership for Maximizing Impact in Schools and Districts” at this year’s University of North Texas’ Education Leadership Conference. More…

UNT earns grant to research adult literacy program this fall


This fall, University of North Texas students are designing and implementing an adult literacy program — called the Extensive Reading Program — in collaboration with the Denton Public Library, thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Read on…

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn Alumni Updates

  • Wendy Moore (M.J. 2008) is an assistant professor and faculty adviser for the Island Waves student newspaper at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.
  • Brantley Hargrove (B.A. 2006) of the Dallas Observer was a winner in the Metropolitan/Statewide Spot News category at the Dallas Bar Association Reporting Contest for his article headlined “The Killings in Kaufman.”
  • Amanda Gleason (M.J. 2011) has been named a senior communication specialist at Marketwave, a strategic public relations and digital marketing firm in Addison, Texas.
  • Noah Bunn (M.J. 2011) is the director of communications at First United Methodist Church of Dallas. He also is an adjunct instructor at UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism and editorial director for Denton Live

UNT Community Engagement

With the help of a UNT Community Engagement Grant, UNT Management faculty are working with local family businesses through networking events and are delivering an undergraduate level family business course for the first time this fall. In November, the department will sponsor a Family Business Networking Breakfast to bring together students interested in family business, UNT alumni involved in family businesses, and other owners of family businesses in the area. Family businesses are unique from other businesses, because they have relationship, governance, and other family-level concerns that may not affect nonfamily businesses. The undergraduate course will help students identify these issues through a case written by faculty and a graduate student about Candy Haven and Cakes, a Denton family business owned by Jane Boyle. The undergraduate students will then compete as consultants to provide feasible and practical solutions to the case for Candy Haven.


Candy Haven and Cakes, the site of the family business case developed for UNT management students.


Jane Boyle, owner of Candy Haven and Cakes, was presented with the UNT Department of Management’s first ever “Family Business of the Year Award.”

Toulouse Graduate School

Beyond the Academy
PhD alumni present in career exploration workshop to current PhD students

Recently, the Toulouse Graduate School and Career Center held a workshop for current PhD students and postdoctoral scholars that included a panel of PhD alumni who have been successful in finding careers outside of academia. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Terry Brewer (’69 PhD), who spoke of his experiences in deciding whether to pursue life at the university or seek opportunities in industry that led to the company he founded. The workshop was designed to bring together alumni and students/postdocs to interact with each other and provide information about alternative careers. The panelists shared experiences that varied because of their disciplines, but all agreed that education and the economy must align in order to better incorporate PhDs into industry.

In reality, the vast majority of PhDs never hold a tenure-track job at a university or a liberal arts college. For example, only about 17% of engineering PhDs find their way into the academy, whereas about 25% of the physical and life science PhDs find academic positions.   However, 83% of earned doctorates say they were encouraged to seek teaching and research opportunities, whereas 64% who state they received less information than desired or no information about alternative careers.

Dr. Mark Wardell, dean of the Toulouse Graduate School, states why the event is so important. “Clearly, we have an obligation to provide our doctoral students opportunities to learn about the process of looking for employment outside the academy and the various reasons for doing so.”  Students attending the event called it “amazing”, “eye opening” and “informative”.

The alumni panel included:

  • Terry Brewer (’69 PhD) – President of Brewer Science
  • Helen Harkness (’78 PhD) – Author and founder of Career Design Foundation
  • Petronel Malan (’01 DMA) – Performance artist and entrepreneur
  • Freeman Moore (’95 PhD) – Raytheon (retired)
  • David Wachira (’13 PhD) – World Bank

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Terry Brewer, Dr. Freeman Moore, Dr. David Wachira, Dr. Petronel Malan. Not pictured: Dr. Helen Harkness