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2015 Alumni Directory Released

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

2015 Alumni Directory Released

The 2015 UNT Alumni Directory has been released and is in the mail to those who purchased a copy. This collector’s edition will be the most complete and up-to-date reference of more than 216,000 UNT alumni worldwide.

Thank you for all your updates and purchases. We hope you enjoy this beautiful hardcover publication that will allow our alumni to find their university buddies and to use for personal and professional networking.

If you have questions on the book or your listing please contact Harris Connect customer service number, 800-877-6554 or 800-546-6411. Any other questions or comments, please contact the UNT Alumni Association at 904-565-2834 or

Southern Culture Trip Special Offers

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

Southern Culture Trip Special OffersTake in the compelling history and splendid architecture of the South as you cruise the Mississippi River from May 1-9, 2015, aboard the elegant American Queen, visiting celebrated ports in Mississippi and Louisiana. Begin with a stay in dynamic Memphis, abounding with American icons, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Then board the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world and cruise south to Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Red Carpet City of the South,” boasting a vibrant downtown district and the famous Vicksburg National Military Park. Revel in the antebellum splendor of Natchez, a glorious city sprinkled with restored mansions, and take in the many charming 19th-century homes found amid the scenic countryside in St. Francisville. Visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s semi-tropical capital, rich with historic treasures both in and outside of the city, including the renowned Plantation Country. Stroll paths fringed by marvelous greenery and view the plush interior of Houmas House Plantation, the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” before concluding your adventure in New Orleans.

Special Offers if booked by February 27,2015:
• FREE 1-NIGHT PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM (for 2 departures this is 2-NIGHT)

The disclaimer is as follows:
+The free 2 category upgrade offer (based on stateroom availability) expires February 27, 2015.. The 2 category upgrade means that guests will be placed in cabin(s) that are 2 sequential categories above initial cabin(s) requested at time of booking.

*Special offers cannot be combined with other offers, promotions or discounts. Additional terms and conditions may apply—call for details.

Above special offers are retroactive for all existing bookings in A to D staterooms.

For more information, visit or call 800-842-9023.

Mean Green Club Launches Recruit 15 Challenge

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

Join the Mean Green Club in a new initiative to recruit 1,000 new members and raise MGC’s total membership to over 2,000 by August 31, 2014. Click here to read more on how you can get involved. For questions call the Mean Green Club Office at 940-369-7284 or email #Recruit15

Partner Profile – Church Hill Classics

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Church Hill Classics
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

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Events



The Big Event
UNT Denton Campus


April 23
Ring Presentation Ceremony
Gateway Center Ballroom

UNT News Briefs

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT students earn cash awards in Northwestern Mutual competition

Three teams of University of North Texas students earned cash prizes for analyzing a technology vendor for the hospitality industry in the Fall 2014 Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition.

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UNT students named finalists in National Retail Federation Student Challenge

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 researcher named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

UNT Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow.

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UNT student chosen to interview for National Retail Federation Scholarship

Ashley Nudge, a sophomore merchandising and digital retailing major, is one of five college and university students in the U.S. to be chosen as a finalist for the National Retail Federation’s Next Generation Scholarship.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

BilingualESL Student Organization Bilingual/ESL Student Organization hosts panel discussion for future educators

Within the next five years, it is expected that Texas will need 11,000 new bilingual/ESL teachers. Bilingual/ESL Student Organization (BESO) hosted its annual discussion for current and future bilingual/ESL education students who will help meet that need.
Full story…

Single mother of three and Dean’s List student earns bachelor’s degree, plans to return for master’s

Finishing a bachelor’s degree and preparing to apply for a master’s is no easy task. Add in being a single mother of three, and the challenge could seem overwhelming. Do it all while making the Dean’s List every semester, and you have a student like Mandy Wright (’14), a recent graduate of the Development and Family Studies program in the department of Educational Psychology at the College of Education. Read on…

Mandy Wright
Homecoming tailgate party Photos and more from the 2014 Homecoming tailgate party

The College of Education hosted its annual Homecoming tailgate November 8 to welcome all of our alumni back to campus and celebrate the accomplishments of our distinguished alumni. Each year, we honor our alumni who have been named Teacher, Principal or Superintendent of the Year by local school districts from Regions 10 and 11.
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College of Information

UNT Department of Library & Information Sciences is pleased to announce the 2014 American Library Association’s 2014 Emerging Leader Award Winner

Lynette RobersonTezeno Lynette Roberson, M.L.S.
Class of 2008

Lynette Roberson received her M.L.S. with certification in Advanced Management in Libraries and Information Agencies from the University of North Texas in 2008, and holds a B.A. in Art from Centenary College of Louisiana. She is currently a district manager with Dallas Public Library, and has worked for The Colony and Plano public libraries. She is a member of Texas Library Association’s 2014 Texas Accelerated Library Leadership Institute (TALL Texans), a 2014 American Library Association Emerging Leader, and a 2006 ALA Spectrum Scholar. She serves on various ALA committees, and her poster session “’S.T.E.M’-ulating Young Minds: Creating Science-Based Programming @ Your Library,” was presented at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, and has been converted into an article for publication in the Journal of Library Administration in 2015. She is passionate about library advocacy, developing community partnerships, and mentoring and training the next generation of library professionals.

President of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Jodi PhilbrickAlum Jodi Philbrick (Ph.D. 2012) Presiding

UNT Department of Library & Information Sciences faculty members, Drs. Ana Cleveland and Jodi Philbrick attended the Quint Chapter Meeting of the Medical Library Association held from October 12-16, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  This was a joint meeting of five chapters of the Medical Library Association, including the South Central Chapter, the Mid-continental Chapter, the Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona, the Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group, and the Pacific Northwest Chapter.   Dr. Jodi Philbrick finished out her year as President of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association at this meeting.  Also, three UNT LIS students received the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region’s Library Student Outreach Award.

Susan Whitmer
Alum Susan Whitmer, LIS former student is the new Humanities Reference Librarian at Texas Woman’s University Library.

Susan is a 2012 MS graduate who serves on the College of Information Alumni Society Board and was previously a reference librarian at the UNT Libraries

Josh Hanagarne with LIS Faculty Member Dr. Yvonne Chandler

Josh Hanagarne with
LIS Faculty Member
Dr. Yvonne Chandler

Joush Hanagarne (MS 2007) gave a huge shout out to UNT

Author, The World’s Strongest Librarian and Keynote Speaker at the Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA
At first glance, Josh seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6’7″, competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette Syndrome. But books were his first love: Josh’s earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life–from his Mormon upbringing to finally finding love of learning would control his tics along with lifting and books. His book The World’s Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of Tourette Syndrome as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries.

Currently, Josh is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn Alumni Updates

Mendy Sass, B.A. ‘14, is the community manager and PR specialist for the Balcom Agency.

Amber Freeland, M.J. ‘14, is an account executive and project manager with QuickSilver Interactive Group.

Sarah Duke, B.A. ‘12,  is the marketing coordinator for the Manhattan Construction Group.

Loren Bolton, B.A. ‘12, is the assistant director of marketing for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas Chapter.