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UNT Commencement 2015

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

UTN Commencement 2015Commencement marks a passage, the transformation from student to graduate. It’s the beginning of a new journey of discovery and the start of a lifelong affiliation with UNT as alumni. UNT will celebrate this milestone in new and exciting ways this spring, embarking on new commencement traditions that we hope will stay with our graduates for years to come. Starting in May 2015, UNT will hold a University-wide Commencement to celebrate our entire graduating class each year. This ceremony will feature a nationally known speaker, degree conferral and Jazz on the Hill pre-commencement celebrations. Graduates also will celebrate their academic achievements at Undergraduate College Recognition Ceremonies and Doctoral and Masters Convocation with Doctoral/MFA Hooding, enabling them to enjoy the more personal and traditional moments of graduation with fellow graduates from their program.

UNT graduates will show their green pride during commencement with new regalia that prominently features UNT green to clearly distinguish them as graduates of UNT, home of the Mean Green, and proud UNT alumni. Regalia also now differs by the type of degree a graduate earns — bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral — and there are different colored tassels to distinguish graduates by college.

UNT is proud to celebrate our graduates, who are newest alumni, with traditions that will forever bind them to their alma mater. Learn more about UNT commencement at

Fox News Channel co-host Andrea Tantaros upcoming speaker for UNT Kuehne Speaker Series

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

Andrea TantarosAndrea Tantaros, once described by The Washington Times as “the most pragmatic personality” on Fox News Channel’s“The Five” for “calm, yet reasoned, personality mixed with a quick tongue and biting sense of humor,” will speak at University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security spring luncheon May 12 (Tuesday).

The event begins at noon at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd. Tickets are $75 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.

Mean Green Club Coaches Caravan

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

Come enjoy free food, beverages and fun for the whole family. Don’t miss your chance to meet Dan McCarney, Tony Benford and other North Texas Coaches and administrators in your home town as a part of the 5th Annual Mean Green Club Coaches Caravan. Save the following dates:

May 19 – Gainesville, TX (5pm – 7pm)

May 20 – Ft. Worth, TX (11:30am – 1:30pm)

May 21 – Dallas, TX (11:30am – 1:30pm)

May 26 – Plano, TX (6pm – 8pm)

May 28 – Denton, TX (6pm – 8pm)

Click HERE for more information on how you can make a difference or call the Mean Green Club office at 940-369-7284.

Partner Profile – Jostens

April 14th, 2015 | 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 here.

Calendar of Events

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Events



April 16
Senior BBQ
UNT Alumni Center

April 18
UNTAA GameDay Grille
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion
Noon-1:30 pm

April 18
Spring Green and White Football Game
Apogee Stadium
2 pm

April 23
Ring Presentation Ceremony
Gateway Center Ballroom


May 1-9
Southern Culture Cruise

May 12
Kuehne Speaker Series – Andrea Tantaros
Hyatt Regency Hotel – Dallas

May 16
Apogee Stadium

May 19
Coaches Caravan
Gainesville, TX
5-7 pm

May 19
Coaches Caravan
6-7 pm

May 19
Coaches Caravan
6-7 pm

May 20
Coaches Caravan
Fort Worth
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

May 20
Coaches Caravan
11:30 am – 1:30 pm


September 19
UNTAA GameDay Grille
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

September 19
UNT vs. Rice
Apogee Stadium


October 10

UNTAA GameDay Grille
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Portland State
Apogee Stadium

October 15
UNTAA GameDay Grille
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Western Kentucky
Apogee Stadium

October 31
UNTAA GameDay Grille
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

Apogee Stadium


November 28
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

Apogee Stadium

UNT News Briefs

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT center evaluates alternative treatments aimed at helping kids with autism

The University of North Texas’ Kristin Farmer Autism Center has been tapped by the state to identify ways to help underserved families with children on the autism spectrum.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT showcases top jazz ensembles at Arts & Jazz Festival

The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and other College of Music jazz ensembles will perform jazz standards, mariachi, steel drum and a variety of other music at the University of North Texas Showcase Stage April 24-26 at Denton’s Arts & Jazz Festival.

Click here to read the full story.

National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security name UNT a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of North Texas a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. UNT is one of about 60 designated research centers in the U.S.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

When choosing a major, many students wonder, “Will there be a job in this field in four years? Would this major limit me to just one or two job possibilities?” For those questions, our department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation (KHPR) has some encouraging answers.
Full story…
KHPR majors see bright future for job market
Jesús Luján Jesús Luján graduated from UNT’s College of Education in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6 generalist with bilingual). Immediately following in January 2014, he began teaching a third grade bilingual classroom at WS Ryan Elementary School in Denton ISD. We caught up with Jesús to see how his first semester is going and to look back on his experience at UNT. Read the Q&A…

Prevention and handling of sexual assault and harassment. The growing student debt crisis. Cyberbullying. And the ongoing Texas legislative session. These topics, as well as other major legal considerations for university and college professionals and attorneys, will be discussed at the Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas. Full story…

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn Alumni Updates
  • Michael J. Mooney, Mayborn M.A. ’07, led a discussion and book signing for his book “The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy Seal” this evening at the Barnes & Noble off Northwest Highway in Dallas on March 25.
  • Grace Stevens, B.A. ’09, is now a corporate social responsibility associate with NBC Universal in NYC.
  • Carli Baylor (MJ ’13) Transportation Program Assistant for the North Central Texas Council of Government

Toulouse Graduate School

3rd Annual Graduate Exhibition Success

Focusing on the diversity of graduate student research, the 3rd annual Graduate Exhibition was a great success. One hundred twenty students in master’s and doctoral programs participated in the exhibition on March 7 and presented research or creative efforts in eight categories through poster presentations, music and visual arts.

The Graduate Exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavors to a general audience and offers an unusual opportunity for professional development by challenging graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields.

Eight first place winners were selected from each broad category; computer sciences and information technology, engineering, humanities, life sciences, physical and mathematical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, visual arts and music. Click here for a complete list of winners in each category.

“This experience is critical for many of these students to share and explain their research projects, some for the first time.” says Dr. Mark Wardell, Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School. “The skills they use in this venue are ones they will use in finding jobs, writing grants or collaboration opportunities. The Toulouse Graduate School, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Council, is proud to offer this experience for UNT graduate students.”

This was also the second year students from Denton High School had the opportunity to present their research next to Graduate Students. Ten high school students joined the poster presentations.

Winners of the 3rd annual Graduate Exhibition will be honored at a reception on April 28 at UNT on the Square.

Pictured at the Graduate Exhibition is College of Music faculty, Dr. Paul Dworak, who was a judge at the exhibition, and Mahdi Ahmadi, a presenter in the engineering category.


25th Annual Don January Golf Classic – April 13

Click HERE to visit the official Don January website or click HERE to register now.

Hall of Fame Induction Banquet – April 18

Tickets on sale: $20 for individual seats or $150 to reserve table of eight

Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the HUB Club Level in Apogee Stadium followed by the Green & White Spring Football Game at 2pm.

For more information visit

Green & White Spring Football Game – April 18

Call the ticket office at 940-565-2527 to get your spring game tickets now! The game starts at 2pm at Apogee Stadium.