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One O’Clock Lab Band’s New Director

June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

Alan BaylockThe One O’Clock Lab Band, UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, will see a familiar face in the director spot starting this summer. Alumnus Alan Baylock, leader of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra and chief arranger for the Airmen of Note military jazz ensemble, has been named the new director for the One O’Clock.

“The College of Music and the Jazz Studies Division at UNT have such rich history,” said Baylock. “I’m honored to join the college as director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. I’m not alone in thinking it’s the best collegiate jazz ensemble in the world. To be a part of this program is a real thrill.”

Baylock received his master’s in jazz studies at UNT in 1995 and is very familiar with the jazz program. As a student Baylock was involved in the lab bands, jazz combos, the UNT Jazz Singers and the UNT Gamelan orchestra, which performs traditional Indonesian music. After graduation, he kept in touch with professors and students in the Jazz Studies Division, and the One O’Clock performed and recorded some of Baylock’s compositions.

In 2001, he formed the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. The band released their first CD in 2003 and their most recent one just six months ago. He has also worked with the Airmen of Note, an elite Air Force jazz ensemble that includes six UNT alumni in its ranks. Baylock’s music has been performed and recorded by jazz greats, including Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Kurt Elling and more. He has also arranged music for Wynonna, Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra and others.

“Alan’s connection to UNT made him a strong candidate to direct the One O’Clock, and his experience as an internationally renowned composer and bandleader gives our students the chance to work with someone who can show them how to achieve success,” said John Murphy, chair of the Jazz Studies Division.

Baylock hopes to put the One O’Clock in the spotlight by concentrating on international touring and continuing to record a CD every year. He also hopes to highlight more pieces by student composers and expand the band’s social media presence.

“It’s important to be consistently out there so that people can hear your music, so that you’re recognized and talked about,” said Baylock. “The appealing thing about this job is that there is already tremendous forward momentum with this group. The students and the faculty here are so positive and of such high caliber. I want to be a part of that and keep it moving forward.”

New Staff in UNT Alumni Relations

June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

image003The UNT Office of Alumni Relations has added two new staff members to implement and lead new strategic alumni engagement initiatives. This expansion will provide alumni more programming opportunities to stay connected and engaged with their alma mater.

Annie Carter, Director for Affinity Alumni Programming, comes to UNT with a background in alumni and parent relations, annual giving and stewardship from her time at North Park University in Chicago and at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Most recently she served as the community development manager at a Dallas non-profit.

Carter will be building and leading several signature alumni programs including Alumni Awards, Homecoming, the Class Ring Presentation Ceremony, and others. She will also liaise with academic and campus partners regarding UNT’s affinity alumni programming.

Coming to UNT from the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Kara Klement brings a strong background in programming and donor relations to the role of Director of Regional Alumni Programming.

Klement officially started in May and will focus on building official UNT alumni networks throughout the DFW region that offer consistent and sustainable engagement programming. Her plans are to start with areas with large concentrations of alumni.

“With the addition of Annie and Kara, we will now be able to concentrate on building our regional alumni programming here in DFW where more than 135,000 degree-holding graduates reside as well as enhance and grow our campus-based programs,” said Rob McInturf, Executive Director of the UNT Alumni Association. “This enhancement will aid us in reconnecting our alumni to UNT through programming in their areas of interest and locale.”

Please join us in welcoming Annie Carter and Kara Klement to the UNT alumni family.

Mean Green Night at the Ballpark

June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News
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Join UNT and the Texas Rangers for Mean Green Night on July 11 vs. the San Diego Padres. First 2,000 fans get a Mean Green themed Rangers cap!

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June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Partner Profiles

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Calendar of Events

June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Events

Highlights

July

July 11
Mean Green Night at the Ballpark

July 30
Helmets and Heels
Denton
5-9 pm

September

September 19
UNTAA GameDay Grille
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

September 19
UNT vs. Rice
Apogee Stadium

October

October 4-10
Mediterranean Mosiac Cruise

October 9
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

October 10
Homecoming

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

UNT vs. UTSA
Apogee Stadium

November

November 17
Ring Presentation Ceremony

November 28
UNTAA Pavilion Party
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. UTEP
Apogee Stadium

UNT News Briefs

June 9th, 2015 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT Quail honors Chuck Ribelin with Lifetime Quail Conservation Award

On May 7, Ribelin received the Chuck Ribelin Lifetime Quail Conservation Award presented by UNT Quail. The award is named in honor of Ribelin and recognizes individuals who, during their lifetimes, have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of quail conservation.

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UNT students take top prize at national logistics competition for first time

For the first time, a group of logistics students at UNT have won first place in the Intermodal Association of North America – University of North Florida case competition.

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UNT computer science degree ranked a top return on investment by PayScale.com

Computer science degrees from the UNT College of Engineering ranked fourth in the country for the best annual return on investment value by PayScale.com.

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David Wolf named UNT Vice President for Advancement

David Wolf, a UNT alumnus with more than a decade of experience in higher education fundraising, will be named the new vice president for advancement at UNT.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

Clark Family Photography Collection coming to Denton Square

Junebug and Kay Clark, working on the photo exhibit, hold a portrait of Joe Clark, HBSS, the Hillbilly Snapshooter.   Photo credit: Tyler Cleveland

Junebug and Kay Clark, working on the photo exhibit, hold a portrait of Joe Clark, HBSS, the Hillbilly Snapshooter. Photo credit: Tyler Cleveland

Fifty framed pictures that tell a story of real people doing real things from the 1930s to today taken by Joe Clark and his son, Junebug, photography consultant with the Frank W. & Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, will be exhibited June 1 through July 22 in the UNT On the Square Gallery. Opening Reception. UNT on the Square. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5.

Joe Clark embarked on a photographic journey in the late 1930s to document the lives of his family and friends in rural Tennessee. His images of Appalachian culture were featured in prominent national magazines such as LIFE and National Geographic.

During the 1950s, Joe began shooting images for Jack Daniels and captured not only the process of making whiskey as well as the spirit of the distillery, its employees and the community of Lynchburg, Tenn.

Junebug Clark, Joe’s son, followed suit, shooting images as soon as he was able to hold a camera. The two men have distinguished themselves as professional photographers both in their commercial work and in photojournalistic endeavors.

Junebug and Kay Clark, his wife, donated The Clark Family Photography Collection 1939-2000 to the UNT Special Collections Library. The Collection is being digitized and appears in the UNT Digital Library as the Clarks begin to add their personal narration.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

College of Information

Alums Sally Wiant and Joseph Lawson Win Top Honors!

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UNT alum Sally Wiant, Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, has been honored with the top award of the American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. This immense honor congratulates Wiant’s relentless service to the field of law librarianship, the association and contributions to professional literature.

Another Alum, Joseph Lawson of the legal information and Houston programs, has received the Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award for his article, “What About the Majority? Considering the Legal Research Practices of Solo and Smaller Firm Attorneys,” 106 Law Library Journal 377 (2014). This is the second student of Dr. Yvonne Chandler to win this particular award. The first was Matt Cordon from Baylor University.

The College of Information and Department of Library and Information Sciences extend a hearty congratulations to our esteemed alums.

Kuehne Speaker Series

Sponsorships available for fall Kuehne Speaker Series featuring Richard W. Fisher

Richard W FisherSponsorships are now available for the fall presentation of the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security. The series will present Richard W. Fisher, retired president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, on Tuesday, November 10.

Sponsorships range from $2,500 to $50,000 and include entrance to the luncheon presentation and VIP reception with the speaker, an advertisement in the event program, logo placement on marketing materials, and more. Previous sponsors include BNSF Railway, Texas Capital Bank and Trinity Industries Inc.

Fisher joins an illustrious group of previous speakers in the Kuehne series, including General Keith B. Alexander, General Michael Hayden and, the most recent speaker, Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros.

For more information about sponsorships, visit kuehneseries.unt.edu or contact David Broughton at 940-367-0995 or David.Broughton@unt.edu.

Athletics

North Texas Student-Athletes Improve Academic Progress Rates
Mean Green Combines for Best Single-Year APR Average Ever

Ortiz Returns Home As The PGA Tour Stops In DFW
Former Mean Green Great Enjoying Success In His Rookie Season On The PGA Tour

Soccer Announces 2015 Fall Schedule
Mean Green Faces Kansas, TCU and Texas A&M

North Texas Softball’s #SCHOtime Named to 2015 NFCA All-Region Team
Junior Taylor Schoblocher Becomes Second Player in Program History to Receive Honor

North Texas Completes Outdoor Track and Field Season
Track Completes NCAA West Prelims, Looks to Next Season

Volleyball Releases 2015 Schedule
North Texas To Face Three NCAA Tournament Teams In Search Of First C-USA Title