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Wren Baker UNT’s New VP and Director of Athletics

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News, Athletics

Wren Baker Director of Athletics

The University of North Texas System Board of Regents voted unanimously to appoint Wren Baker as the new UNT Vice President and Director of Athletics.

Baker, who currently is the interim Director of Athletics at the University of Missouri, was officially introduced to the UNT community during a press conference Aug. 1, 2016, in The Hub Club (Level 3) of Apogee Stadium.

“Wren Baker’s passion for college sports is unmatched, and he is a proven effective leader with critical experience in hiring coaches, efficiently administering an athletics department, increasing support across the board and taking care of student-athletes,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “I believe he will move athletics at UNT to the next level of success, and I am excited for the future.”

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National Pep Rally

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Athletics


It’s coming! Classes are starting, athletes practicing, band members marching—the fall full of academics, athletics, alumni and the first ever National Pep Rally. Watch your email in the coming weeks for this exciting new campaign!  You can win prizes but most of all you can show your Mean Green pride!

Fall Chapter Receptions

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News

Fall Chapter Receptions

Whether you graduated forty years ago or yesterday, you will always be an integral part of the Mean Green family. Stay connected to your alma mater by joining us at one of the upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Receptions.

“We used feedback from our alumni survey to design and implement two Fall Receptions last year,” said Rob McInturf, executive director for the UNT Alumni Association. “The feedback from alumni was so positive we added another one this year. They really enjoyed being able to network with fellow alumni and reconnect with their alma mater.”

Select the event that best fits your schedule and location. These events were made to give you the opportunity to reconnect with other UNT alumni in your area for networking, University updates and fun.

Dallas County

September 20, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Belo Mansion & Pavilion, Dallas, TX
With more than 36,000 alumni in Dallas county, we will be painting the town Green! President Smatresk will give a brief update on the University as we dine on heavy hors d’oeurves and drinks in the elegant ballroom at the Belo Mansion.
RSVP by September 18

Collin County
October 11, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, TX
Collin county boasts more than 20,000 proud UNT alumni. A brief University update will be given by President Smatresk as we nosh on plentiful appetizers and drinks.
RSVP by October 9

Tarrant County

October 25, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 pm
The Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX
A brief University update will be given by President Smatresk as we dine on fantastic appetizers and drinks all while overlooking the beautiful Colonial golf course.
RSVP by October 23

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 940-565-2834.

Did you know?

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Did You Know?



Did you know there’s a program at UNT that aims to help students who were in foster care or part of the child welfare system? The program is called PUSH, or Persevere UNTil Success Happens, and it has made life-changing impacts on numerous UNT students. Founded in 2012, PUSH provides college students with the day-to-day essentials needed to help make their college experience possible. Not every student has a mom or dad they can turn to for help at college, but with the UNT’s PUSH program, they always have a family.

You can help the PUSH program by making a donation through the Annual Fund at UNT today. Follow this link and help us grow our family tree:

Partner Profile – Jostens

August 15th, 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

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Events

2016 Highlights


September 3
Alumni GameDay Grille
UNT Alumni Pavilion

North Texas vs. SMU – Home opening football game
Apogee Stadium

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

September 24
North Texas at Rice Tailgate and Game


October 1
Alumni GameDay Grille
UNT Alumni Pavilion

October 8
Alumni GameDay Grille
UNT Alumni Pavilion

October 11
UNT Alumni Collin County Chapter – Fall Reception
Gleneagles Country Club, Plano

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

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

October 27
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series
Rudy Giuliani

October 29
North Texas at UTSA Tailgate and Game
San Antonio


November 3
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards – Homecoming
UNT Union

November 4
Alumni Bonfire at the Pavilion – Homecoming
UNT Alumni Pavilion

November 5
Alumni GameDay Grille – Homecoming
UNT Alumni Pavilion

November 5
North Texas vs. SMU – Homecoming
Apogee Stadium

November 19
Alumni GameDay Grille
UNT Alumni Pavilion


December 6
Official Ring Presentation Ceremony
UNT Union

December 16-17
UNT Commencement


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


May 9
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series – Charles Gasparino

UNT News Briefs

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in UNT News Briefs
UNT forms partnership with Dallas Cowboys to increase awareness, create unique opportunities for students

A new partnership has been formed between the University of North Texas and the Dallas Cowboys which includes educational benefits for UNT students and an extensive advertising and promotional program designed to raise awareness of the UNT brand.

Click here to read the full story.

Recent UNT graduate wins Rotary Global Grant to attend London School of Economics

While volunteering for a nonprofit organization serving children in El Salvador, Ingrid Panameno, a recent University of North Texas graduate, began to realize the barriers the children faced to getting an education, including destroyed school infrastructures, lack of transportation and scarce school supplies.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT leaders, students to visit Cuba

University of North Texas ambassadors – both faculty and students, as well as President Neal Smatresk – are heading to Cuba in May 2017 to pursue educational and cultural opportunities. UNT will be one of the first American universities to collaborate with Cuba.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT engineer elected to national board of directors

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Thomas Scharf has been elected to the national Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) board of directors.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Criminal Justice degree now offered through New College at Frisco

New College at Frisco

Starting this fall, UNT will offer a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at our new off-site instructional facility in Frisco. This degree will give you the opportunity to further your career in law enforcement or criminal justice and gain new skills to give you an edge, from fighting street crime to combating cybercrime. Learn more at and


College of Information

Happy 100th birthday Mabel Dickinson!


UNT College of Information receives $1.2 million endowment to fund new data science professorship

The University of North Texas College of Information has created an endowed professorship fund called The Reinburg Professorship in Data Sciences.
 The fund is named after Jesse Reinburg who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in library science in 1941. She passed away in September 2015, leaving an estimated $1.2 million to create a data science professorship in the Department of Library & Information Sciences. “Jesse was the most wonderful woman you could imagine,” said Sharon Coulborn, Reinburg’s close friend. “She led quite an interesting life.” 
After graduating from UNT, Reinburg worked with the U.S. Intelligence Department decrypting messages during World War II. Her group intercepted and decoded the message that Japan was planning to bomb Pearl Harbor. She also worked with the U.S. State Department establishing and managing libraries all over the world. She later returned to Texas to work at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
” She was very proud of the fact that she went to UNT and that she was one of the first women to graduate in library sciences,” said Coulborn. “She always loved to learn, she loved adventure and she absolutely loved to travel. She was always very encouraging to other people.” Reinburg’s gift will give UNT students an advantage in the growing field of data science. 
”The career path is extremely in demand right now,” said Suliman Hawamdeh, chair of the Department of Library & Information Sciences. “Corporations need experts to break down the massive amounts of data they collect and turn it into easy to use information that benefits their business.”


Mayborn School of Journalism

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference awards $18,000 in cash prizes in writing competitions

David Collins of Fulton, Missouri,received the top prize of $3,000 and a provisional book contract with the University of North Texas Press in the Book Manuscript competition sponsored by the 2016 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.


College of Visual Arts and Design

Artists/scholars to discuss role of art, politics as part of “Conversations” series at UNT

What: Conversations: Art, Politics and North Texas, a series of five Dallas-Fort Worth artists/scholars discussing the intersection of art and politics, at the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 27, Feb. 2 and March 2
Where: Room 101, Art Building
Cost: Free

Five prominent Dallas-Fort Worth artists/scholars will speak about the intersection of art, politics, cultural equity and history during a series of conversations at the University of North Texas.

Conversations: Art, Politics and North Texas, which will take place throughout the 2016-17 academic year, will feature the artists/scholars discussing their socially engaged work as it relates to urban contexts, civic institutions, culture and history within various cities in North Texas.

The event is sponsored by the College of Visual Arts and Design and its Department of Art Education and Art History.

Schedule of speakers:

Sept. 29 – Christopher Blay, installation artist and curator at Art Corridor Gallery at TCC Southeast Campus

Oct. 27 – Lauren Woods, multimedia artist and visiting assistant professor at Southern Methodist University

Feb. 2 – Sara-Jayne Parsons, curator of TCU Art Galleries, and Giovanni Valderas, assistant director of Kirk Hopper Fine Art and former vice chairman of the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

March 2 – Darryl Ratcliff, artist specializing in socially engaged art and co-founder of Ash Studios and Michelada Think Tank Center


New College at Frisco

The power of UNT in the heart of Frisco

As a UNT alum, you know the power of a UNT education. We’re now bringing that power to Collin County, a corporate hotspot and one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas through the University of North Texas New College at Frisco, our new off-site instructional facility. If you’re thinking about continuing your education or making a career move, UNT’s New College is a great choice. This fall, the New College will offer a variety of courses, including university core, undergraduate and graduate level classes, as well as new degree programs. UNT’s New College programs include:


Denton Convention & Visitor Bureau




Click the links below to read further about what is happening in North Texas Athletics!


2016 football season tickets and parking have been mailed and should begin arriving this week.

Football season tickets have been mailed to anyone that renewed their season tickets by the June 30th deadline and are fully paid on both their season tickets and required Mean Green Club donation (for piority 1 & 2, club, and suites).

Those that still owe on their season tickets or their Mean Green Club donation should call the North Texas Ticket Office at (940) 369-7284 to complete their payment. Accounts must be fully paid by Friday, August 12th if they would like their tickets to be mailed. Otherwise, they will be placed at will-call in the North Texas Ticket Office to be picked up during office hours or on game-day.

Single-game and away-game tickets are now available for purchase. CLICK HERE to purchase single-game tickets or call the North Texas Ticket Office at (940) 369-7284 to purchase single-game and away-game tickets.


Junior Mean Green ClubThe Junior Mean Green Club will host its first event of the 2016-2017 membership year on Tuesday, August 16th at 5 PM in front of the North Texas Athletic Center. The event will allow members to register, receive their Junior Mean Green Club membership packet, enjoy Beth Marie’s Ice Cream, and meet their football buddy for the year.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Junior Mean Green Club.










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