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Welcome Coach Seth Littrell

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News

University of North Texas Mean Green football reception at the UNT student union for Seth LittrellOn Saturday, Dec. 5, the University of North Texas named 37-year old Seth Littrell as its 19th head football coach. Littrell comes to North Texas after serving as assistant head coach for offense and tight ends at North Carolina.

Since coming to UNT, Coach Littrell has been busy assembling his coaching staff with the hires of Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator and Joel Filani as wide receivers coach. Both assistant coaches come to Denton from Washington State, where Harrell was the outside receivers coach and Filani was offensive quality-control coach.

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Great Conversations 2016

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News

UNT Honors College Presents:  Great Conversations 2016

UNT alumna Blythe Beck, center, speaks to guest during Great Conversations a Honors College fundraiser were people have dinner with interesting people and talk about subject matter related to a field that interesting person has experience with. Photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the University of North Texas in Denton. (URCM Photo/Gary Payne)

UNT alumna Blythe Beck, center, speaks to guest during Great Conversations a Honors College fundraiser were people have dinner with interesting people and talk about subject matter related to a field that interesting person has experience with. Photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the University of North Texas in Denton. (URCM Photo/Gary Payne)

Great Conversations is a unique event benefiting the Honors College at the University of North Texas. This engaging program brings together individuals of accomplishment and skill to facilitate conversations on important, diverse, and stimulating topics, ranging from the intellectual to the lighthearted.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, in the Apogee Stadium Clubroom at UNT (1251 S. Bonnie Brae, Denton, TX 76207) from 6:00-9:00pm. Check-in and a social hour for guests begins at 6:00 p.m. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. Guests will be invited to begin conversations with the expert of their choice while enjoying a superb dinner. Tickets are $75.00.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit Honors College students by supporting insightful and exciting programming, as well as scholarships for Honors College students.

Please join us for an evening of fascinating people, interesting ideas and Great Conversations!

IMPORTANT:  Real time ticket information available through the Buy tickets link.

Please bring your e-ticket to Great Conversations 2016!

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UNT’s New College at Frisco

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News


Collin County and Frisco are at the heart of this economic boom, as one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation and the state. To meet industry needs and keep pace with the demands of this rapidly growing area, UNT will open an off-site instructional facility in Frisco in January 2016 called the University of North Texas New College at Frisco.

Strategically located at Hall Office Park, near the intersection of Dallas North Tollway and Sam Rayburn Tollway, UNT’s New College will offer programs and classes that give students and working professionals the business, communication and technology skills they need for success. There will be a mix of disciplines represented, collaborating to offer classes and programs built to suit the corporate world. The New College will be a collaborative laboratory that meshes traditional learning and hands-on experience in dynamic ways.

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Did you know?

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Did You Know?

Did you know?

The Inspire UNT Fund inspires the future of exceptional students at UNT by contributing toward the university’s greatest needs. From life-changing scholarships and innovative research, to co-curricular experiences and academic excellence — the Inspire UNT Fund contributes directly toward student success.

Become an inspiration today and strengthen UNT’s presence as the academic powerhouse of North Texas:

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January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Partner Profiles


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Calendar of Events

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Events

2016 Highlights

February 23
Great Conversations 2016

February 26
UNT CoB Distinguished Speaker Series Presented Tom Nally
UNT Business Leadership Building 80

March 14
Spring Break – UNT Alumni Offices Closed

April 1
Alumni Award Nomination Deadline

April 2
The BIG Event

April 5
Graduate Student Commencement Celebration

April 13
Senior BBQ
UNT Alumni Center

April 14
Union Fest
UNT Union

April 15
University Day
UNT Campus

Wingspan Gala

April 19
Halfway There
UNT Alumni Center

April 28
UNT Official Ring Presentation Ceremony

May 10
Kuehne Speaker Series featuring T. Boone Pickens
Hilton Anatole – Dallas

May 13-14
UNT Commencement

June 13-24
Regal Routes of Northern Europe Cruise

UNT News Briefs

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

COE alumna named Kilgore College’s first female president

Brenda Kays, a 2001 alumna of the UNT College of Education’s Higher Education doctoral program, was unanimously selected Kilgore College’s ninth president by the college’s Board of Trustees Nov. 23. Kays, who has served as president of Stanly Community College in North Carolina since 2011, is Kilgore’s first female president.

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2016 Denton Black Film Festival

Coming to Denton’s historic downtown Denton Campus Theatre on January 29-31 is the 2nd Annual 2016 Denton Black Film Festival, a 3-day venue of engaging, entertaining films and events for diverse film fans. The Festival offers programming for the family inspired by the African-American experience. It offers the works of local, national and international filmmakers often not seen by broad audiences or recognized through major theatrical release. Entertaining, educating, inspiring, and communicating, the festival reaches across cultural lines to share the Black American cultural mindset over multiple generations of film-making.

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UNT College of Music’s spring season showcases world-renowned musicians; empowering operas; talents of students and faculty

The University of North Texas College of Music’s spring concert season includes exciting symphonic and jazz performances, two unique and passionate operas, and visits by musicians from around the world. For a full list of UNT College of Music events, including recitals by faculty and students, visit the online calendar at

Colleges and Schools Highlights

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

Check out these Journalism updates:

Welcome back to Adam Reese, who starts Jan. 4 as the NT Daily director. Reese is a UNT alum with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. While a UNT student, he worked as an NT Daily ad sales manager from 2003-2008.  He lives in Denton and has formerly owned Reese Marketing. He also was an assistant vice president for Point Bank. Reese has been involved with a variety of local nonprofit organizations ranging from the United Way of Denton County to the Denton Chamber of Commerce.

College of Music

News from the Jazz Studies Division:

Rich DeRosaUNT Jazz Studies faculty member Rich DeRosa, Professor of Jazz Composition and Arranging, has been nominated for a GRAMMY® AWARD in the Best Instrumental Composition category for his composition “Neil” which he wrote as a tribute to his friend and mentor Neil Slater, Professor Emeritus, former jazz division chair and former director of the One O’Clock Lab Band.

“Neil” was recorded on the CD Lab 2015 by the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders. To listen to the complete track, visit or visit the facebook page for North Texas Jazz or The One O’Clock Lab Band to watch a short video of the piece. Here is the YouTube link to the North Texas Jazz channel:

Lab 2015This is the seventh Grammy nomination resulting from UNT One O’Clock Lab Band recordings in a span of 40 years. The band has been nominated at least once in each decade since the 1970s: Lab ’75, Lab ’76, Lab ’89, Lab ’91, Lab 2009 (two nominations), and Lab 2015. The One O’Clock Lab Band is the first and only college jazz band to have been nominated by NARAS in the categories of Best Large Jazz Ensemble, Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

The Grammy ballots from voting NARAS members are due January 15, and the winners will be announced at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016.

College of Education

COE alumna named one of state’s three Student Teachers of the Year

Alyssa WaldroupAlyssa Waldroup, a May 2015 graduate of UNT’s College of Education, was recently named one of three Student Teachers of the Year by the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education.

Now a fourth-grade teacher in Lewisville ISD, Waldroup majored in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6. Students in this major complete two semesters of clinical practice with the same mentor teachers through the college’s Professional Development School (PDS) model, said Tim Sutton, director of clinical practice for UNT’s College of Education.

Waldroup said her student teaching experience allowed her to not only apply what she had learned in the classroom, but also form connections with her students.

“I have spoken to colleagues on my teaching team and we all agree that UNT really prepared us for the real deal,” she said. “UNT did a wonderful job preparing us for different scenarios we may experience in our future fields, and the PDS experience put those scenarios into practice. That time was so special because we had the chance to put our newly learned skills to use.”

That’s precisely what the college’s field-based program is designed to do – and what sets UNT apart from other teacher-preparation programs, Sutton said.

UNT’s College of Education is the only institution that utilizes the PDS model within the North Texas area, he said. “PDS students complete over 200 hours of field work prior to the student teaching semester. This time provides the students with opportunities to practice the instructional strategies they have learned in their methods courses.

“Local school districts value the amount of time our students spend in their districts and seek to employ them when they have graduated.”

Waldroup, whose parents both have degrees from UNT and whose mother is also a teacher, said she has known since childhood that she wanted to be in education. Winning this award from CSOTTE was just validation of her career decision, she said.

“I had begun my career and fallen head over heels in love with my chosen profession, so to hear that I had won an award from my student teaching experience just supported that this was the right path for me,” she said.

CSOTTE, a nonprofit organization providing support for Texas educators, has given the student teaching awards since 1988. Waldroup received a plaque and a scholarship to further her education during a ceremony October 26 in Frisco.

College of Business

Distinguished Speaker Series Presented Tom Nally



Friday, February 26, 2016
Business Leadership Builiding 80
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tom Nally
President, Institutional Services
TD Ameritrade Institutional

Tom Nally oversees the strategy and deployment of initiatives for the Advisor segment at TD Ameritrade. He also serves as a member of the Company’s senior operating committee (SOC), which shapes the strategic focus of the organization.

College of Information

College Updates:

2 alums have received awards from the American Library Association
Doug Campbell (MSLS, 2004) works at UNT Libraries.
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kYmberly Keeton (MS 2014) is an Emerging Leader for 2016
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Michele Villagran has joined the LIS faculty
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Peggy Rouh—2015 Department of Learning Technologies Outstanding Alumni

The UNT College of Information Alumni Society is pleased to announce the 2015 Department of Learning Technologies Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, Peggy Rouh, (MS ATPI ’95 and PhD ATPI ’01).

Peggy Rouh

Alaina Doyle named 2015-16 President of the College of Information Alumni Society
Doyle (‘08) is the first Learning Technologies Department alumni to serve as the organization’s president.

Alaina DoyleAlaina joined the military, after high school served a tour in South Korea, and finished her active duty at Fort Riley, Kansas. Her military service allowed her to earn money for college. Being a first generation college student, she understands the importance of having supporters during school and post-graduation.

Alaina has over 15 years of financial services experience and 13 years of Learning and Development experience; her career highlights include Instructional Design and Development, Facilitation, Project Management and Relationship Management. Alaina has facilitated leadership and soft skills training and collaborated with domestic and international clients in the customization of soft skills and functional courses utilizing blended training methods.  She has lead a team of learning and development associates at JP Morgan Chase, held various positions on cross-functional teams, and most recently an Instructional Design lead for multiple business units and over 32,000 team members at Wells Fargo.

American Samoa Community College LibraryShe is a new Doctoral student, and thrilled to be in this University of North Texas program. She is back home leveraging her knowledge gleaned over the years and looking forward to contributing to the academic community.

The GPO congratulated the American Samoa Community College Library as they celebrate 30 years in the Federal Depository Library Program!  Applause to the American Samoa Community College Library staff as they celebrate 30 years in the U.S. Government Publishing Office – Federal Depository Library Program! Congratulations to UNT LEAP – Library Education for the U.S. Affiliated Pacific graduates Elvis Zodiacal, Director of the ASCC Library and Faailoa Afalavato, Cataloger.

UNT International

Global InteractGlobal Interact is a community organization that fosters friendship with international students at the Univeristy of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. Its members are area residents who have a deep interest in international students and their cultures.

The organization was founded by the late Dr. James Riddlesperger, a professor in the government department at North Texas State College, in the early 1960s. Global Interact provides students the opportunity to witness and experience U.S. culture at the most meaningful level while opening the doors of diversity to the Denton community. Global Interact was awarded the Ulys Knight Spirit Award by UNT in 2010.

Currently, Bob and Penny Ashley are co-chairs of the organization, joined by Joe and Betty Roy (past chairs), Hal and Dale Conway, Scott Lent, and Linda Creagh. Many volunteers join them to welcome students to Denton.

On November 15, Global Interact hosted an American Thanksgiving for international students at the Denton Senior Center.



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