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Nominate Now for Alumni Awards

March 14th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News


The UNT Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievement, service and support of UNT alumni and friends and are presented as part of Homecoming each fall.

The deadline to submit nominations is April 15, 2016. Nomination forms are available at

“With more than 230,000 graduates as part of the UNT family, our alumni are changing the world for the better. They are entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, artists, teachers, scientists and change agents,” said Rob McInturf, executive director of the UNT Alumni Association. “As such, they represent the best in our alumni body and inspire all of us.”

Mike Friedman  University of North Texas 2013 Alumni Award winner. Photo taken at Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in Denton. (UNT Photo/Gary Payne)

Mike Friedman University of North Texas 2013 Alumni Award winner. Photo taken at Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in Denton. (UNT Photo/Gary Payne)

Award recipients are selected based on distinctive success in their career field or profession, community service, and support of the advancement of the university.

“As a student, UNT provided me with a great education, a fun campus life and the ability to be a part of something bigger,” says Mike Friedman (’72), who received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2013 for his service to the community and university. “This award was one of the most meaningful honors in my life and has made me so proud.”

Friedman is a senior vice president of retail brokerage services for CBRE Group Inc. and for many years also was known as “Smiley the Clown,” bringing laughter to terminally ill children at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Medical City Dallas.

There are five categories of Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. Specific criteria for each award is listed below:

Distinguished Alumni Award—the most prestigious award given, recognizes alumni for distinguished professional achievement as well as their contributions to society, support of the University, and service of their fellow man; thus reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award—recognizes alumni under the age of 40 for distinguished professional achievement as well as their contributions to society, support of the University, and service of their fellow man; thus reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Outstanding Alumni Service Award—honors individuals who have provided outstanding service to the community as well as the University.

ULYS Knight Spirit Award—is named for alumnus Ulys Knight, also known as “Mr. North Texas,” and is given to an individual or group who has shown spirit, enthusiasm, and motivation through the contributions to a UNT program or activity.

Generations of Excellence Award—celebrates a family legacy of having multiple members attend UNT and support the university through their giving, leadership, service, and advocacy.

Alumni Award nominees are your friends, classmates and fellow student leaders at UNT, and today they are the alumni who most embody the true spirit of the University of North Texas. If you know of someone deserving recognition, please download and return the nomination form by April 15.


March 14th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News

image005In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, the College of Visual Arts and Design has partnered with the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center to present Art+Autism, March 31-July 23, 2016 at UNT ArtSpace Dallas.

Sponsored by Kristin Farmer, founder and CEO of ACES (Autism Comprehensive Educational Services) and benefactor of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, this one-of-a-kind exhibition will showcase the talents and abilities of artists diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition to remarkable artwork, Art+Autism will feature artist talks, family hands-on art activities and panel discussions designed to create Autism awareness. For dates and details about specific events, please visit

UNT ArtSpace Dallas is located at 1901 Main Street in the University Center Building, First Floor. Hours are Thursday-Saturday, 10am-2pm. Parking is available in the Elm Street Garage for an hourly fee, or in metered spots along Main Street.

2016 North Texas Football Schedule

March 14th, 2016 | Posted in Athletics


North Texas will play six home games and six road contests, will face the same conference opponents as it did a year ago, and, unlike 2015, will have a midseason bye week. This year’s non-conference schedule features home dates against SMU and Bethune-Cookman and visits to Florida and Army.

This is the second year in a row North Texas will open the season against SMU, and the second time the Mean Green will host the Mustangs at Apogee Stadium. It will be the 36th meeting all time between the two.

Game times have not been determined.

Season tickets for 2016 are currently on sale through the Mean Green athletics ticket office and are available for as little as $60 for general admission to $160 for premium reserved seats. The price per ticket for 2016 is decreased from last season, with premium reserved sideline seating priced under $27 per game as opposed to $28 per game in 2015. Click here to purchase season tickets online. For more information, visit the Football Ticket Information page or call the ticket office at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.

Did you know?

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

image009Faculty and staff members at the University of North Texas spend countless hours helping students succeed in and out of the classroom. They are committed to what they do and are willing to take any steps necessary to ensure their students receive nothing but the best.

Their dedication to the UNT community is further proven each April when UNT hosts its annual We Care We Count Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. This campaign gives faculty and staff a chance to give back to any fund across campus that they feel passionate about.

In 2015, more than 500 employees participated, helping to raise $375,564 — all of which assisted with scholarship funding, program support and student development. UNT is now excited to begin its 2016 campaign and looks forward to another year of generosity.

Having the support from those that know the university best, proves that UNT is a worthy investment. Follow in the footsteps of UNT’s award winning faculty and staff and make your investment in UNT’s future today, by visiting:

Partner Profile – Jostens

March 14th, 2016 | Posted in Partner Profiles

Jostens_ochre_black_RSupporting your mission is our mission. We take great
care in passionately helping people:

– Express themselves
– Celebrate experiences and traditions
– Recognize achievements
– Share their stories

We proudly partner with the UNT Alumni Association in the Official Ring Presentation Ceremonies held bi-annually. This ceremony is where students receive their rings, the symbol of pride and commitment to the university. Students who order a ring will be invited to this time-honored ceremony.

Visit us online here.

Calendar of Events

March 14th, 2016 | Posted in Events

2016 Highlights

March 23
The BIG Event – Volunteer 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
Alumni Award Nomination Deadline

University Day
UNT Campus

April 16
Wingspan Gala
University Union

April 19
Halfway There
UNT Alumni Center

April 23
Spring Green and White Game
Apogee Stadium

April 26
Coaches Caravan – Plano
Park Place Lexus
6-8 pm

April 28
UNT Official Ring Presentation Ceremony
UNT Union

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

May 12
Coaches Caravan – Fort Worth
Billy Bob’s
5:30-7:30 pm

May 13-14
UNT Commencement

May 17
Coaches Caravan – Gainesville
First State Bank
5:30-7:30 pm

May 19
Coaches Caravan – Denton
North Texas Fair Grounds
5:30-7:30 pm

June 13-24
Regal Routes of Northern Europe Cruise

UNT News Briefs

March 14th, 2016 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT spring enrollment continues upward trend as 35,141 students enroll

Spring enrollment at the University of North Texas increased over 2015 with 35,141 students enrolled. In addition, students are taking more class hours, indicating a continued focus on academic achievement.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT College of Music student only American composer featured at
international festival

A composition by University of North Texas College of Music student Sam Mikulewicz has been selected for performance at the Sound of Dragon Chinese Music Festival in Vancouver on April 24. The piece, titled “Himawari,” will be played by The Sound of Dragon Ensemble, the festival’s house band. Mikulewicz is the only American composer or performer featured at the festival. He says “Himawari,” Japanese for sunflower, was inspired by his love for the large, bold blooms.

Click here to read the full story.

Commemorative book celebrates 125 years of UNT through unique, sometimes quirky, tales

A literal mammoth find, a touchdown boogie in a great football comedy and the near resignation of a jazz icon – these unique and sometimes quirky anecdotes make up the storied history of the institution now known as the University of North Texas and, along with more traditional tales, will be unveiled in a commemorative book celebrating UNT’s 125th anniversary.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT TAMS student launches free online SAT tutoring

Anyone with Internet access now can receive free livestreamed SAT tutoring from students enrolled in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT engineering students host STEM conference for girls, parents and educators

University of North Texas Society of Women Engineers will co-host the 2016 Design Your World conference for girls in grades 6 through 12, parents and educators on April 2.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

March 14th, 2016 | Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn School to present business journalism speaker series

Jonathan Clements will visit UNT in March to give public lectures on the fast-growing field of business journalism, in the Reynolds Business Speaker Series sponsored by UNT’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.

Jonathan Clements, who was the Wall Street Journal‘s personal finance columnist for almost 20 years, will speak at 7 p.m. March 28 (Monday) in Room 333A of the University Union. He is the author of Jonathan Clements Money Guide 2016.

The speakers are being brought to UNT through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which provided the Mayborn School of Journalism with funding for a Reynolds Visiting Professor during the Spring 2016 semester. Veteran financial journalist Karen Blumenthal is currently teaching two courses in the Mayborn School this semester as its visiting professor. Blumenthal worked for the Wall Street Journal for more than two decades and was the newspaper’s Dallas bureau chief for eight years.

Each Reynolds Visiting Professor receives a $10,000 renewable grant to bring industry professionals to their campuses for free lectures. For more information on the speaker series, contact the Mayborn School at 940-565-2205.


College of Music

image019UNT College of Music alumni win Grammy Awards in three categories

UNT College of Music alumni won in three categories at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Monday night. Snarky Puppy is taking home their second Grammy Award, this year in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Dave Pietro plays saxophone for the Maria Schneider Orchestra that won the Grammy Award in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category.

UNT College of Music student takes home win from Coeur d’Alene Symphony

College of Music doctoral student Laura Pillman, who is a flute performance major, received a trophy and will perform with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra on March 11 and 12 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

UNT College of Music highlights March events

The spring semester is in full swing, and the UNt College of Music is
offering a variety of concerts, recitals and symphonic performances.


College of Education

Latest issues affecting Texas higher education to be addressed at UNT law conference

Hazing, sexual violence, trans students on campus, the student loan crisis and the implementation of concealed carry, as well as other major legal considerations for university and college professionals and attorneys, will be discussed at the 20th annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas, March 21-22.


College of Arts & Sciences

UNT researcher elected to national board of directors

Associate Professor of biology Pamela Padilla has been elected to the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Board of Directors.


College of Business

Upcoming College of Business Events:

Distinguished Speaker Series: G. Michael Slovak, Vice President of Fidelity Investments
Date: Friday, March 25, 2016
Time: 10:30am -11:30am
Location: BLB Classroom #080

Eagle Business Breakfast
Date(s): Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 7:30am–9am
Location: Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Dallas

Distinguished Speaker Series: Edithann Ramey, Vice President of Marketing for
Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 10:30am -11:30am
Location: BLB Classroom #080


Thank A Teacher

thanksHas 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 May 12, 2016 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!


Toulouse Graduate School

Doctoral student places at national Three Minute Thesis

Garima Bajwa, the UNT contestant, emerged as a semi-finalist out of 40 contestants in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). The CSGS comprises over 200 graduate schools. The 40 contestants were the winners of the 3MT competition at each university.

When most people visit a physician for an annual exam, they can expect to have their blood pressure, heartbeat, respiratory rate and temperature checked.

Doctoral candidate Garima Bajwa said her research could result in physicians and patients routinely monitoring yet another vital sign — Neuro-Sign, which correlates cerebral blood flow and blood pressure with EEG brain waves. Her work implements a framework on android devices that allows people to monitor their brain signals in unconventional environments.

Bajwa, who will graduate this spring with her doctoral degree in computer science and engineering, wrote more than 80,000 words for her thesis on mathematical modeling of EEG to introduce it as a vital sign. But on Feb. 20, she had only three minutes to summarize her work when she represented UNT at the Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT®, competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Annual Meeting. Bajwa qualified for the competition, which had participants from universities in 16 states, by being the winner of the Toulouse Graduate School’s first 3MT® competition in November.

The University of Queensland started 3MT® competitions in 2008. The competitions are now held at more than 200 universities around the world, including nearly 40 universities in the U.S. Each competition consists of preliminary rounds and finals. Students must give oral presentations of their research methodology, major findings and relevance of the research in no more than three minutes, using only one PowerPoint slide as a reference. Judges grade the students based on comprehension and content of their presentation to a general audience, and their engagement with the audience and stage presence.

Bajwa said Ram Dantu, professor of computer science and engineering and her major professor, encouraged her to enter the UNT 3MT® competition.  “He wants students in his lab to participate in events that showcase what our research really means. As it is with most PhDs, we have been trained to give long, technical talks about our research, but fumble when asked for a concise narrative of our work,” she said. “Getting out of the comfort zone and conversing with a general audience is challenging for me.”

Originally from India, Bajwa received her bachelor’s degree in technology, electronics and communication engineering from Mody Institute of Technology & Science in India. She learned about Dantu’s research on a new 9-1-1 software system using smart phone technology while she was earning her master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Bajwa said she came to UNT specifically to work with Dantu.

She is hoping an application for monitoring brain signals will lessen the “stigma of neuroscience.”

“Going to a doctor for a checkup is viewed as common, but going to a neuroscientist is viewed as abnormal. When you talk about brain waves, it sounds so scientific,” Bajwa said. “But the brain regulates other vital signs, and brain waves indicate mental disorders and also impending physical disorders, such as a stroke.”

After graduating in May, Bajwa plans to continue her research on applications for biomedical data in a teaching or post-doctoral research position.




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