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March 11th, 2015 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Alumna launches online family consulting business

Debbie_FarrDebbie Farr (’14 PhD), parent consultant and educator, has launched an online business to assist with some of the road bumps of parenthood.

Her business, Flourishing Familiesoffers parents consulting over Skype, over the phone and in face-to-face sessions. She even holds evening consultations for parents who have jobs preventing them from attending day consultations or parents who prefer talking during the slow time after their kids are in bed. Many of her clients come to her with issues such as a toddler who is biting, a teen refusing to communicate, or an elementary school-aged child who balks at doing their chores. View the full story…

Department chair, alumna receive national awards from American Counseling Association

Janice Holden, chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education, earned the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person from the American Counseling Association for her contributions to the field.

Kara_Holt Kara Holt, an alumna of the doctoral counseling program at UNT, earned the ACA Best Practice Award for her dissertation research and resulting article in Journal of Counseling and Development. This award recognizes research projects that further the evidence-base for counseling practice. Full story…

Verizon grant to expand UNT’s Code Camp program


The University of North Texas Code Camp program, which began in 2014, will expand thanks to a $20,000 gift from Verizon. Code Camp advances science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by teaching computer coding to Denton Independent School District elementary and middle school students. Read more…

KHPR student organization hosts fun run, helps fund scholarships


The Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation Professionals (KHPRos) student organization hosted a Halloween Costume 5K run in October to benefit scholarships in the department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation. The College of Education’s dean Jerry Thomas matched the funds they raised, and three $500 scholarships will benefit students in the KHPR department next year. Full story…

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn Alumni Updates

UNT_Mayborn_Alumni Hal Hilliard, B.A. ’06,  received the Highly Commended Applied Paper Award at Corporate Communication International’s Conference on Corporate Communication 2014, held June 3 – 6, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong for his paper, “ ‘AP’ Stands for ‘Associated Press:’ Defining the Success of the World’s Oldest Media Company’s First Rebranding.”  Corporate Communications: An International Journal, published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited (UK), sponsors the annual award. Presenting the award was Michael B. Goodman, PhD, North America Regional Editor of Corporate Communications: An International Journal and CCI Director.
Theresa Gage, B.A. ’90,  has been promoted to vice president for the western Region  of Undertone, a digital advertising firm. She’ll be based in Southern California. She is pictured with Roy Busby, one of her former professors and a mentor, at her going away party in Dallas in January 2015. She will continue to serve on the Mayborn School of Journalism Board of Advisors. Theres_Gage

College of Music

UNT voice professor Jennifer Lane sang on the recording of Milhaud’s L’Orestie D’Eschyle, which was produced by the University of Michigan’s School of Music.

Although the opera categories will not be announced during the Grammy broadcast on CBS, they will be shown as part of the pre-broadcast ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. EST online at

If you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign

Has a UNT teacher made a positive difference in your life?  
Let them know. 

Outstanding 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 May 8, 2015 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!

College of Visual Arts and Design

MFA graduate, Anila Agha, won the world’s largest cash art prize for contemporary art last October at ArtPrize. Agha won $300,000—the first time anyone has won both the public vote and the jurors’ vote (she split the prize money on the latter).

Interestingly, ArtPrize, which has historically always been held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is coming to Dallas in April of 2016.

Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning

UNT’S Emeritus College

UNT’s outreach program of non-credit classes for adults 50+ is now in its sixth year, with almost 500 members who enjoy 150+ classes a year. The Emeritus College began in Fall 2009, with about 100 people and 15 classes and has grown so popular that many classes have waiting lists.

Classes are taught by active and retired UNT and TWU faculty, as well as area professionals, with topics that appeal to an intellectually curious, engaged group of adults. Classes are short, with one to three sessions of 90 minutes, and are held during the day at UNT, TWU and Robson Ranch (an active living residential resort).

One day, a professor can be lecturing about her exciting research, with the members touring her labs. Another day, a retired faculty member could be mesmerizing the audience with Civil War history.

To find out more about the Emeritus College, view a video and see the spring classes at

Contact: Dr. Marilyn Wagner, Lifelong Learning,

UNT International

UNT System named a top U.S. institution for Fulbright Scholars

The UNT System has been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars — faculty and staff members and administrators who go to other nations to conduct research, teach and/or attend seminars — for 2014-2015 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The UNT System was listed earlier this month in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s online edition in the category of Research Institutions. The system is the only Texas institution on the list of 13 institutions. UNT tied with eight other universities for fifth place, with six Fulbright Scholar Awards given to faculty and staff members and administrators from two of the four campuses in the UNT System.

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