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July 10th, 2015 Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

2015 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

Building on a decade of success, the 2015 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference will bring hundreds of aspiring writers and authors together with nearly two dozen award-winning speakers and workshop leaders from across the narrative world. This year’s conference, to be held July 17-19 at the DFW Lakes Hilton in Grapevine, Texas will feature Anne Fadiman, Barbara Ehrenreich and Alex Tizon as keynote speakers, and noted writers like “Bernie” author Skip Hollandsworth, as seminar hosts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with agents and publishers. “The Mayborn Tribe has achieved critical mass year after year,” says George Getschow, conference director and Mayborn Writer-in-Residence. “This year promises to be three full days of total immersion in the art and science of narrative nonfiction – a must-attend event for writers at all experience levels.” In addition to daily lineups of presenters, including many Pulitzer-Prize winners, the conference offers cash and other prizes for writing contests including unpublished manuscript, published news or feature, biography, student submissions and other categories. Each year, many Mayborn attendees secure publishing contracts and agent agreements at the conference. For more information or to register, visit

College of Information

Tammy Westergard Named Director of Jackson County Library Services Successor

Tammy WestergardWith more than 25 years of experience as a community organizer, project manager, and as the former Interim Director and Director of Development for the Carson City library system Tammy Westergard assumed the Jackson County Library District directorship position Monday, June 1.

With a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Masters in Library Science with an extended certification in Advanced Management of Libraries from the University of North Texas, and as an invited member of Beta Phi Mu, the national honor society of information professionals, Westergard specializes in leadership. She is a keynote speaker and has participated in numerous local, state, and national panels including the American Library Association, Nevada Library Association, and other discussions regarding the significance of strategic planning when developed and co-adopted across institutions.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to lead the library system and provide residents of Jackson County top-notch resources, programs, and services,” Westergard said. “Public libraries in the 21st century are helping people become increasingly digitally literate in order to develop essential marketable skills. Libraries are fundamentally gathering places and the more we connect online to learn, to work, or to socialize the more we need to connect in person. There is no better place for that than at the library.”

The newly formed Jackson County Library District was looking for a candidate with a proven track record of engaging both staff and the community about the importance of strategic planning and plan implementation.

“Tammy’s role will be to bring great new ideas to the strategic plan and then to implement the plan when the community decides on it. I see her bringing a great deal of energy to the process,” said District President Jill Turner.

Department of Library and Information Sciences
Kathy Hillman

Kathy Hillman, MLS ‘76

In November 2014, Kathy R. Hillman was elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), becoming only the second woman to hold that position. The BGCT is the oldest surviving Baptist convention in the state with approximately 5,300 churches and more than 2 million members. Hillman served previously as first and second vice president and has chaired the Committee on Convention Business and the Committee to Nominate Executive Board Members.

Hillman currently holds positions as Associate Professor and Director of Baptist Collections, Library Advancement, and the Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society at Baylor University, Waco. She earned a BA, summa cum laude, from Baylor in 1973 and an MLS from the University of North Texas in 1976.

Department of Learning Technologies Outstanding Alumni 2014-15
Travis Brewer

Travis Brewer, PhD 2007

Travis Brewer is the 2014-2015 Learning Technologies Outstanding Alumni and is the speaker at the College of Information Undergraduate Ceremony scheduled May 15, 2015 at 11 o’clock.

Travis K. Brewer, Ph.D. brings experience and depth to Human Resource Development. He has worked in government, nonprofit, telecommunications, engineering & construction and manufacturing organizations.

Dr. Brewer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and Master of Education degree in Adult Education from University of Central Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement at the University of North Texas in 2007.

Dr. Brewer supported Executive Development and global Talent Development initiatives for Fluor Enterprises and served as Dean of the College of Management and Leadership for Fluor University. In this role, he partnered with leaders in the business to provide best-in-class customized solutions to help address human performance issues and opportunities for improvement.

Dr. Brewer is currently the Director of Talent Development for Flowserve Corporation. He leads a global team that delivers leadership and functional development to a global audience. Dr. Brewer is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Learning Technologies for the University of North Texas

College of Music

June 2015 Congratulations


Jazz Studies doctoral teaching fellow Justin Binek and Western Michigan University professor emeritus Diana Spradling co-authored “Pedagogy For The Jazz Singer,” which was published in the June issue of the Choral Journal, the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association.

DMA candidate Bryan Burns was invited to lecture on JS Bach and the implications of rhetorical analysis and interpretation at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition June 26.

Jazz Studies doctoral teaching fellow Aaron Hedenstrom just became a Buffet Group USA, Keilwerth Saxophone Artist.

Stephen Lochbaum just won first prize in the Louisville International Guitar Competition and 1st prize at the Tennessee International Guitar Competition. He won over $7000 in cash and prizes including a $5500 guitar and a short concert tour.

Eldred Marshall, DMA student of Pamela Mia Paul, was guest conductor of the Black Sea Philharmonic in Constanta, Romania and received the following review in Online Telegraf Constanta: “Marshall’s performance of the Mozart Concerto in D minor was captivating….He conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 without score.”

Ethnomusicology graduate student Yuxin Mei gave lecture/demonstrations on Chinese traditional music and pipa performance at Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy on May 13. The program was funded by the DFW World Affairs Council.

Yalira Machado Montejo (master’s student of Nathan Olson) recently won the position of Associate Concertmaster with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, starting in the 2015-16 season.

Tuba Artist Solo CompetitionSenior tubist Keith Packman won first place in the Tuba Artist Solo Competition at the Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Oklahoma City University in May. Graduate tubist Jesse McConnell, senior tubist Keith Packman and senior tubist Ben Lyon were finalists in the Mock Orchestra Audition Competition at the same Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference. Picture, l to r: Jesse McConnell (MM student), Benjamin Lyon (BM student), Eli Westerfield (BME 2012), Bryan Patterson (BME Texas A&M-Commerce student of Jeff Baker [DMA 2012]); Keith Packman is not pictured; Don Little, conductor.

Alexandre TansmanDanny Zelibor, DMA student of Joseph Banowetz, has just released on Toccata Classics Alexandre Tansman: Piano Music, Volume One (Quatre Danses miniatures*, Mazurkas, Book I, Sonata Rustica, Étude-Scherzo; 5 Impromptus*, Sonatina No. 1, 7 Préludes*). The pieces with asterisks are first recordings. Danny performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Orquesta de Santa Cecilia de Cullera at the Valencia International Piano Academy and won first prize in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. He earned the MM at TCU with Tamás Ungár. Danny’s passion is for the music of Spain and Latin America.

UNT organists Henry McDowell, David T. Summers, Michael Conrady, Eldred Marshall, Damin Spritzer and Hentus van Rooyen participated in the inaugural recital of the new Juget-Sinclair organ at Christ the King Church in Dallas. Six of the nine performers had UNT backgrounds.


Steve DeCrow (MMED, 2009) and Bethany Hardwick (MUED, 2010) were nominated and chosen as quarterfinalists by the Grammy Foundation for the Music Educator Award! This is an incredible honor as there were over 4,500 nominations from across the country! Steve is a choir director at Lewisville High School in Lewisville, TX. Bethany is an orchestra director at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound, TX. Each year, one recipient will be selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to host city of the GRAMMY Awards to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company.

Bai Hui Ding (MM, 2014, student of Pamela Mia Paul) is now working as assistant to the general manager for Arts and Education projects at Beijing Financial Street Investment Group.

Dr. Diane Helfers Petrella (DMA 2002, student of Pamela Mia Paul) has just been hired by the Cincinnati College-Conservatory as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies. Prior to this appointment Diane was head of the Piano Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and also an assistant dean.

Daniel Kirkpatrick (BM 2010, former timpanist of the UNT Orchestra) won the principal timpanist position with the Greenville (SC)  Symphony.

Jessica Morel has accepted the positions of Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville (Indiana) and Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  This summer Jessica serves as the Assistant Conductor for the Hot Springs Music Festival, and will also study with Gerard Schwartz as a Conducting Fellow at the Eastern Music Festival.

David Reinecke (BM 2013, principal timpanist of the UNT Orchestra) won the assistant principal percussion position with the San Antonio Symphony. David studied with Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, José Aponte, Mike Drake, and Henry Okstel.


Vietnam TV covered two stories on Clay Couturiaux’s All-Beethoven performance with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

In early June he has a performance with the Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestra.

Dennis Fisher has just finished conducting in Russia with the Волга Банд, Professional Wind Band in Saratov Russia. He has conducted there each year since 2002, and in 2005 was named Principal Visiting Conductor. He has been invited to conduct a special concert on April 9, 2016 with them in commemoration and celebration of Yuri Gagarin, first man to fly in space (April 12, 1961).

Among other faculty members from San Francisco Music Conservatory and USC, Felix Olschofka was invited to adjudicate the semi-final and final rounds of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego Competition awarding $83,000 to 12 outstanding finalists. Prior to the competition Olschofka followed invitations to teaching and performing residencies at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas in Bogotá, Colombia.

Cathy Ragland spoke at the Conference on Education and Culture: Cross-Border Challenges and Opportunities on May 1. It was co-hosted by UNT, Secretariat of Education in Jalisco, Mexico and the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas.

Cynthia Roberts (baroque violin) and Christoph Hammer (fortepiano) performed works by Beethoven, Eberl and Schubert at Klosten Ensdorf on May 31. Hammer is professor at Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universität Augsburg. See them celebrating afterwards:

Richard Sparks will be the head clinician at the Halifax Choral Conducting Symposium in Halifax, Nova Scotia this summer.


Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria has now gone over one million hits on YouTube:

Collegium Singers has been selected to perform at the national conference for the National Choral Conductors Organization in Portland, OR in November.

A review of the UNT Symphony Orchestra (and faculty soloists) performance of Beethoven’s Ninth by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs appeared in Theater Jones on May 22.

College of Engineering

AZZ Galvanizing plant visit in Hurst, Texas
On Wednesday April 15, 2015, graduate students from the Engineering Technology and Mechanical and Energy Engineering departments enrolled in MSET 5800.004 (Corrosion Engineering Technology) visited the AZZ Galvanizing plant in Hurst, Texas, and observed the metallic coating process of Hot Dip Galvanizing. Mr. Gordon Briggs, who is the AZZ Galvanizing Plant Manager and an alumnus of the Engineering Technology Department, sponsored the event that included transportation to and from the plant, lunch, and a technical presentation. Each participating student received a certificate of participation offered by the plant manager.

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Researchers Awarded Patent for Method to Innovate Mixed-signal Integrated Circuit Design
Two University of North Texas (UNT) engineering researchers and an alumnus were awarded a U.S. patent for their work to advance the design of mixed-signal integrated circuits, which are used in cell phones and other portable technologies.

Dr. Saraju Mohanty and Dr. Elias Kougianos, both with the UNT College of Engineering, as well as Dr. Geng Zheng, who received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from UNT, are the co-inventors of an “Intelligent metamodel integrated Verilog-AMS for fast and accurate analog block design exploration.”

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 or contact David Broughton at 940-367-0995 or

Career Center

Coffee. Cake. Handshakes.

coffeecakeWhat: 2015 Employer Meet & Greet

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – 9:00am – 11:00am

Gateway Center Ballroom 801 North Texas Blvd. Denton, TX 76201

Sign Up:
Eagle Network Event ID 2287

The UNT Career Center Invites You To The 2015 Employer Meet & Greet

Please join us for a morning of networking and fun as we tell you all about our upcoming events for the 2015-2016 academic year!
• Meet our career advisers
• Attend breakout sessions with faculty and staff from your industry
• Network with fellow employers

Questions and RSVP:


Assistant Coach Aisha Stewart Completes WBB Staff
Ten-Year Coaching Veteran Comes From Sun Belt Success

North Texas Football Adds Two More Television Games
American Sports Network Picks Up UTSA And MT Game

Cotton Makes History With Texas State Amateur Title
Mean Green Golfer Wins After Firing A Back-Nine Of 29

Mean Green Graduate Named to C-USA Spirit of Service Award List
Pitcher Madison Thompson Notches One Last Career Honor

Swimming & Diving Release 2015-16 Schedule
North Texas To Face Top Texas Talent, No. 5 Texas A&M

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