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LAB 2015

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

LAB 2015 is here! You can order your copy on our online store. The first One O’Clock Lab Band CD under the direction of Jay Saunders features compositions by Drew Zaremba, Aaron Hedenstrom, Rich DeRosa, Garrett Wingfield, Kevin Swaim, and Brad Kang and arrangements by Drew Zaremba. The dynamic artwork is by UNT alumnus and saxophonist Dustin Mollick [].

Lab 2015 has been submitted for GRAMMY consideration for:
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Instrumental Composition – “Neil” (Rich DeRosa)
Best Instrumental Arrangement – “All the Things You Are” (Drew Zaremba, arranger)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Sergio Pamies on “Neil”)
Best Engineered Album (Phil Bulla)

Check out this video about the album on YouTube.

2015 UNT Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

On October 8, the UNT Alumni Association celebrated the 50th anniversary of the UNT Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. This program showcases the caliber of the university’s alumni and celebrates the depth and breadth of their professional accomplishments and service to the community.

2015 Alumni Award Winners: Leroy Whitaker (’50 and ’52), Bob Kimmel (’61), Cathy Bryce (’91), Mark Miller (’70 and ’80), Tiffaney Dale Hunter (’01), Julie Anderson (’91) and the Hoke Family.

Check out this video for a glimpse of our outstanding alumni award winners!

Mean Green Soccer Repeats as C-USA Regular-Season Champions!

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Athletics

The North Texas soccer team captured the program’s 10th conference championship with a 2-1 victory against Rice on Sunday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

The Mean Green went undefeated in conference play to secure its second straight regular-season Conference USA championship. The game was a rematch of last year’s conference tournament championship game, but this time the Mean Green came out on top.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

DENTON, TX - OCTOBER 25: Rice University Rice vs North Texas Mean Green Women's Soccer at Mean Green Soccer Complex on October 25, 2015 in Denton, Texas. (Photo Rick Yeatts)

DENTON, TX – OCTOBER 25: Rice University Rice vs North Texas Mean Green Women’s Soccer at Mean Green Soccer Complex on October 25, 2015 in Denton, Texas. (Photo Rick Yeatts)

Did you know?

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Did You Know?


didyouknowlogoIn the spring of 2015, the University of North Texas established a way to address the growing issue of food insecurity in the region. Through the help of the Dean of Students Office and community support, UNT established a pantry to provide an accessible on-campus food source for current UNT students in need. The food panty ensures that student success is not thwarted by a lack of healthy, affordable food options and that hunger does not have to prevail. With the holidays just around the corner, there is no better time than now to support your UNT food pantry. Food contributions are accepted in the Dean of Students Office, Monday through Friday, and monetary support can be given at any time through:

Church Hill Classics

November 1st, 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

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Events



November 17
Ring Presentation Ceremony

November 28
UNTAA GameDay Grille (UNT vs. UTEP)
UNT Alumni Pavilion

UNT News Briefs

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT launches four Institutes of Research Excellence

The University of North Texas launched four Institutes of Research Excellence, bringing together a critical mass of knowledge and faculty collaborating on projects designed to create a stronger platform for interdisciplinary research and partnerships with industry to create solutions and further contribute to the North Texas region’s economic growth.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT’s Texas Fashion Collection exhibition features intricate wearable art clothing made for Dallas collector

A new exhibition, organized by the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas, will feature a unique collection in which the art adorns the clothing. An Artistic Alliance: Art and Couture by Amy Zerner from the Collection of Torie Gibralter will run Nov. 21 (Saturday) – Dec. 12 (Saturday) at UNT ArtSpace Dallas, 1901 Main St., Dallas. A reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. with a gallery talk by curator Myra Walker at 4 p.m. Nov. 21 (Saturday).

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UNT displays wide media of work from art faculty and staff at Nov. 12-Dec. 10 exhibition

Works of tenured professors to new faculty members will be displayed at the Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition at UNT on the Square. The show will include ceramics, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and even fashion design.

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New co-directors named at Teach North Texas

Two new co-directors, Rudi Thompson and Pamela Harrell, have been named for UNT’s Teach North Texas program, which prepares science and math teachers for the classroom.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

Pamela Skjolsvik, current UNT student in the MLS program, recently launched her new book Death Becomes Us on November 1 at the Neptune Society in Fort Worth. Skjolsvik is a three-time winner at the Mayborn Nonfiction Conference. Death Becomes Us won second place at the Mayborn in 2013.


College of Engineering

Check out these College of Engineering updates:

UNT Engineering Career Fair Draws Record Number of Attendees

IEEE Computer Society Hosts Guest Speakers Team IlluminUNTis

IEEE Computer Society Hosts Guest Speakers Team IlluminUNTis

College of Engineering Undergraduate Student, Alumna Earn Recognition from UNT


College of Arts and Sciences

xREZ Lab at UNT: Where the Arts and Sciences Collide

The xREZ Art + Science Lab and Creative Studio might be UNT’s best kept secret. Their workspace housed in Hickory Hall is small, but the ideas that come out of it are anything but. The research team is purposely made up of a variety disciplines, such as psychology, computer engineering, sculpture, and composition. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at the University of North Texas, and naturally was curious how students from disciplines with seemingly no overlap were working together.


Get Funded! Workshop, developed and co-led by Prof. West, Prof. Duban and Librarian Barham.

Emma Carnes sat down with the team to find out what it is like to do interdisciplinary research between the arts and sciences. Meghan Kajihara, a senior in anthropology, said, “We get along weirdly well.”

The team agreed that they feel well prepared to enter an interdisciplinary world and have learned how to internalize new information quickly. Political science major, Lucero Cantu, enjoys what she calls the “multi-dimensional thinking and problem-solving” of the workplace.


Figure 2 Interacting with large-scale metagenomics data in a virtual world. ATLAS in silico is
one of Prof. West’s art-science research projects.

Ruth West, the xREZ lab director, classifies
herself as a creative catalyst. She is an
associate professor at UNT, cross-appointed in multiple colleges, including CVAD, COI, COE and a courtesy appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology. She hopes to open new portals between art and science to create breakthrough solutions to our most pressing global problems.

The xREZ lab has already demonstrated that they can create solutions. Their collaborative project with researchers at WUSTL and UVM, Re-Photo is in use worldwide, and is being used to monitor water management in Tasmania, and their ongoing research in 3D segmentation will affect researchers in many disciplines, including archeologists who use 3D segmentation to make models before excavation and surgeons who make 3D models before surgery. Ruth says, “All of the projects create change by getting people to think about things they took for granted, that they thought they understood, in a new way.”


Figure 3 White board of discussion in the lab on bridging art and science.

The lab has been open since the spring of 2014. “This lab”, West says, “is still an experiment.” The College of Arts and Sciences looks forward to seeing future interdisciplinary research between our students in the college and beyond.

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College of Business

Student Investment Group Summit

The Student Investment Group (SIG) is a financial management organization based in the College of Business with a vision “to offer students and SIG members the opportunity to experience investing, receive education on investment related topics, and empower them academically and professionally to achieve their desired financial goals.” To stay true to their vision, they hosted their 1st SIG Summit on September 29, 2015.

The SIG Summit hosted around 135 students, and everyone greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meaningfully interact with the distinguished panelists. Students gleaned from the wisdom and professional experience of the panelists, gained insight on how to achieve a successful career post-graduation, and received education on business related topics. Our distinguished panelists thoroughly enjoyed visiting our campus and sharing their wisdom and experience with students, and they were greatly impressed with the quality of SIG students!

SIG graciously thank their partners: FMA, BAP, ALPFA, WIB, NABA, Econ Club, SGA, the Division of Student Affairs, and Event Planning for their hard work and tremendous support ensuring the success of the first summit. A special thank you to the FIREL Department and the UNT Foundation for the mentorship provided to SIG members, and the continuous support to the organization.


Thank A UNT Teacher

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 December 10, 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!



image027If you have driven by Mean Green Village recently you may have noticed construction going on next to the Lovelace Softball Stadium. The new building going up will house concessions, a ticket office and restrooms for the softball complex.

This will be a great addition for our fans who attend both soccer and softball games.

CLICK HERE for the full story.


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