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January 14th, 2016 Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

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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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