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Alumni Travel

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in Events

Join us for one of our special alumni cruises below in 2017. It’s never too early to start planning!


SPARKLING SOUTH PACIFIC – OCEANIA CRUISES** Papeete to Papeete (10 nights)

Date:    January 25–February 4, 2017 Sirena
Price:    From $4,299 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

From dreamy white-sand beaches fringed by sweet-scented vanilla groves and gently swaying palms to velvety emerald mountains towering over translucent lagoons that dazzle in every hue of electric blue, awaken your senses with the wonders of French Polynesia. Board the elegant Sirena, Oceania Cruises’ newest masterpiece, and sail the sparkling South Pacific to Moorea, Tahiti’s “Sister Island.” Admire its stunning beaches and crystalline lagoon, and then relax on the sugary white-sand beaches of Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Encounter the pearl farms and pink-sand beaches of Rangiroa; snorkel in Bora Bora’s postcard-perfect lagoon, a wonderland filled with colorful coral and tropical fish; and take in ancient temples set amid gorgeous scenery on Raiatea. Before concluding your tranquil odyssey in Papeete, Tahiti, visit the “Garden Island,” Huahine.


ALASKA CHARMS– OCEANIA CRUISES* Seattle to Seattle (7 nights)

Date:    July 21–28, 2017 Regatta
Price:    From $1,999 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Let the rugged charms of Alaska—America’s last frontier—captivate you as you sail aboard Oceania Cruises’ intimate Regatta, a state-of-the-art haven of elegance. Depart from Seattle and cruise through the Inside Passage en route to one of Alaska’s oldest towns, Wrangell, renowned for its unique Petroglyph Beach and intriguing gold rush history. Continue cruising through Tracy Arm, a breathtaking fjord whose pristine waters reflect its ice-blue tidewater glaciers and soaring granite cliffs. Watch more glorious scenery unfold at Sitka, home to Sitka National Historical Park. Before returning to Seattle, explore British Columbia’s delightful maritime port, Prince Rupert, known as a gateway to Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary. Take in the majesty of ancient glaciers, towering mountains, and picturesque coasts on this remarkable Alaskan voyage.

*Date, price, and itinerary are subject to change.

Check out for more info on each of these trips.

Kuehne Speaker Series 2016-2017

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in Events

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We are very excited to announce the 2016-2017 season for the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series featuring lectures from Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City, and Charles Gasparino, senior correspondent for Fox Business Network.

The series will welcome Giuliani on October 27, 2016 and Gasparino on May 9, 2017 during luncheons at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Tickets will be sold via table sponsorships that will cover both luncheons.

For more information on the Kuehne Speaker Series, contact David Broughton at 940-565-3641 or

New Beginnings

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in Athletics

DENTON, TX - APRIL 23: NT Mean Green Hall of Fame and Inter squad Game at Apogee Stadium in Denton on April 23, 2016 in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Rick)

DENTON, TX – APRIL 23: NT Mean Green Hall of Fame and Inter squad Game at Apogee Stadium in Denton on April 23, 2016 in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Rick)

The Seth Littrell era for North Texas football is about to begin! Littrell, who was hired in December, will begin his first season with the Mean Green when SMU comes to Denton on Sept. 3 for the season opener. North Texas will have six games in beautiful Apogee Stadium this fall, and season tickets begin at just $60 for general admission and $110 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling the athletics ticket office at 940-565-2527 or emailing

Littrell has assembled a coaching staff with some of the best young minds in college football, including Texas high school all-star and former Texas Tech All-American Graham Harrell. Read more about Harrell’s decision to join Littrell here:

To lead the defense, Littrell hired Mike Ekeler from Georgia where he was the Bulldogs inside linebackers coach. Ekeler, who played at Kansas State, has also coached at Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska, Indiana and USC before his time at Georgia. For an inside peak at Ekeler during his first spring at North Texas watch here:

Did you know?

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in Did You Know?


We Mean Green Fund

You can make a green difference on campus through the We Mean Green Fund (WMGF). The WMGF is an initiative driven primarily by UNT’s student-body to fund projects aimed at reducing the campus’ carbon footprint and increasing its sustainability. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit their ideas throughout the year for increasing environmental sustainability on campus.

Projects funded through the WMGF not only promote a more sustainable future for UNT, but also provide educational opportunities for our students and visitors. Current projects funded through the WMGF include TAMS bike share, the UNT Tree Replacement Project, Big Belly Solar Compactors, and the Five for Five Project. To learn more, visit: or make your green gift here:

UNT Alumni Credit Card

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in Partner Profiles

The UNT Alumni Credit Card with Rewards


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Calendar of Events

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in Events

2016 Highlights


July 19
UNT Alumni Tarrant County Chapter Mixer
Bar Louie—2973 W. 7th St., Fort Worth
5:30-7:30 pm

July 26
UNT Alumni Collin County Chapter Mixer
Mexican Sugar—7501 Lone Star Dr., Plano
5:30-7:30 pm


August 2
UNT Alumni Dallas County Chapter Mixer
Happiest Hour—2616 Olive St., Dallas
5:30-7:30 pm

August 9
UNT Alumni Denton County Mixer
Hula Hut—210 E. Eldorado Pkwy., Little Elm
5:30-7:30 pm


September 3
UNT vs. SMU – Home opening football game

September 20
UNT Alumni Dallas County Chapter – Fall Reception
Belo Mansion, Dallas


October 14-22
European Empires of Artistry Cruise
Barcelona to Rome

October 20
UNT Alumni Collin County Chapter – Fall Reception
Gleneagles Country Club, Plano

October 25
UNT Alumni Tarrant County Chapter – Fall Reception
The Colonial, Fort Worth

October 27
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series
Rudy Giuliani
Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas


November 5


January 25-February 4
Sparkling South Pacific Cruise
Papeete to Papeete


May 9
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series
Charles Gasparino
Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas

UNT News Briefs

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in UNT News Briefs
UNT hospitality program ranked in Top 50 worldwide

CEOWORLD Magazine has named the University of North Texas hospitality program among the best in the world.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT doctoral student wins national dissertation fellowship

Nydia Sánchez has won the prestigious National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Click here to read the full story.

Former UNT orchestra leader, conductor & author wins award

Retired author and conductor Anshel Brusilow won Gold in Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. The honor was for his memoir Shoot the Conductor: Too Close to Monteux, Szell, and Ormandy, co-written with Robin Underdahl.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT provost travels to China for historic graduation

Texas history was made this month when UNT Provost Finley Graves traveled to China to bestow degrees on four students. The four graduated with two degrees from two universities in two countries at the same time – one from the University of North Texas and the other from a participating university in China.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT student wins international playwriting award

University of North Texas senior Jacob Sampson has won one of the most prestigious playwriting awards for students – the Václav Havel Library Foundation Award and DAMU Contest for the U.S. Students of Drama and Performance Studies.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

The North Texan: Speech and Hearing

When parents of a 10-month-old little girl born with a severe hearing impairment realized their daughter could not hear them and was having issues with delayed speech, they turned to Phallon Doss (’11 Au.D.) for help. After fitting the baby with hearing aids in her clinic in Schertz, Doss was reminded of the personal fulfillment she receives from her work. More…

Alumna featured in Denton Record Chronicle story, video on service dogs

Jessica Naert, a UNT alumna who studied rehabilitative studies and is legally blind, uses her best friend Makiko as a guide dog to get around the city of Denton. Read the full story…


College of Engineering

UNT’s Narendra Dahotre, alumnus Hitesh Vora, and coauthor have article published online in the Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

Other Engineering alumni news:


Kinshuk starts his new position as Dean of the College of Information on Aug. 15

Kinshuk starts his new position as Dean of the College of Information on Aug. 15

College of Information

New dean named for UNT’s College of Information

The University of North Texas College of Information has named Kinshuk, who goes by a single name, as its new dean. Kinshuk is formerly the associate dean of the Faculty of Science of Technology at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada.


Gilbert King

Gilbert King

Mayborn School of Journalism

Tickets available for Mayborn Conference speakers July 22 and 23

Presentations open to those not registered for conference.

News crews cover the Brexit vote in London. Photo courtesy of UNT Principal Lecturer Neil Foote.

News crews cover the Brexit vote in London. Photo courtesy of UNT Principal Lecturer Neil Foote.

UNT journalism students in London experience Brexit live

News crews cover the Brexit vote in London. Photo courtesy of UNT Principal Lecturer Neil Foote.[/caption]Journalism students and faculty from the University of North Texas are watching history unfold and are experiencing global news coverage at work while on a study abroad trip to London.

UNT Mayborn School graduates win national SPJ Mark of Excellence Award

Three graduates of the University of North Texas’ Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism won the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award in the category of online feature reporting for work they did while they were students.


College of Education

UNT Education alums gather for spring reunion

 Danielle Levitt, a 2015 KHPR master’s graduate, accepted the Outstanding Thesis Award from Dean Jerry Thomas.

Danielle Levitt, a 2015 KHPR master’s graduate, accepted the Outstanding Thesis Award from Dean Jerry Thomas.

Master’s and doctoral alumni of the UNT College of Education gathered to reminisce and learn about the college’s current events at the annual spring reunion June 9 in the UNT Union. Dean Jerry Thomas, who is retiring in July, also gave an overview of the college’s accomplishments from the past year, including recognition of 26 alumni across North Texas who were named teachers or administrators of the year in their districts.

“Students often form tight bonds and friendships when they’re earning their master’s and doctoral degrees, as they’re working in smaller groups and on more focused subjects,” Thomas said. “This reunion gives them a chance to catch up with their classmates as well as faculty members, who are always eager to hear how their former students are doing.”

Also at the event, two College of Education alumni received awards for their outstanding scholarly work as graduate students. Anthony Duplanty, a graduate of the Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation (KHPR) doctoral program, earned the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award. Duplanty is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Louisiana State School of Medicine in New Orleans. Danielle Levitt, a 2015 KHPR master’s graduate, earned the Outstanding Thesis Award. Levitt is now working on her doctoral degree in the KHPR department.

Another graduate-level alumni reunion is planned for spring 2017. For more information about the UNT College of Education, visit


Toulouse Graduate School

Victor Prybutok

Victor Prybutok

UNT names new vice provost for Toulouse Graduate School

Victor Prybutok, Regents Professor of decision sciences at the University of North Texas, has been named vice provost for UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School.

Faculty and student by "The Process of Education" mural in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Faculty and student by “The Process of Education” mural in Guadalajara, Mexico.

UNT education faculty, students make special trip to Mexico

Faculty and doctoral students from the University of North Texas traveled to Guadalajara recently to solidify a partnership between the university and the Secretariat of Education for the State of Jalisco, Mexico.


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Denton Convention & Visitor Bureau

Congratulations to the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau!

Discover Denton (the Denton CVB) announces the grand opening of the new Discover Denton Welcome Center at 111 W. Hickory Street, on the Courthouse Square in the heart of Denton’s famed entertainment district.  The cutting edge infotainment center is staffed with “Dentoning Experts” trained to help visitors craft their own original, independent #dentoning experience.  Grand opening activities will last throughout the month of July.




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Football Season Tickets are on sale for the 2016 season. Contact the Ticket Office at 940-565-2527.