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Fall Alumni Receptions

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News
University of North Texas Dallas County Alumni event. Photograph taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. (Gary Payne/UNT Photo)

University of North Texas Dallas County Alumni event. Photograph taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. (Gary Payne/UNT Photo)

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.

Away Game Tailgates

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News


Join your UNT Alumni Association and the Mean Green Club for a pre-game tailgate before the UNT games against Rice and UTSA. We’ll have Scrappy, UNT Cheer and the pep band along with plenty of food and beverages. Put on your Mean Green spirit wear and join us!

Rice Tailgate
Saturday, September 24, 2016
2-4:30 pm (Kickoff at 5pm)
Tailgate Owley
Rice Stadium
6100 Main St. Houston, TX 77005

Registration is FREE. Food is included with a cash bar. Parking is $5 at any surrounding lot. UNT alumni should use Entrance 17 and 18 when entering the stadium.

RSVP for Rice Game by Wednesday, September 21, 2016


UTSA Tailgate
Saturday, October 29, 2016
3-5:30 pm (Kickoff at 6 pm)
Sunset Station, La Dahlia Room
1174 E Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX

Registration is FREE. Food is included with a cash bar.

RSVP for UTSA Game by Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mean Green Game Day 2016

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News

MEAN GREEN GAME DAY is all the rage this 2016 football season.

Fans are pouring into Denton every home game to take advantage of the whole uniquely Denton-centric game day experience.  Some arrive in downtown Denton’s entertainment district via the A-train.  Others park where they can find a spot around downtown.  Still others shuttle from their hotels to downtown.  And everyone is greening up:  filling up at Denton’s many local eateries, loosening up at favorite watering holes, and perusing shops like the Discover Denton Welcome Center and Store for game day Denton gear.

This uniquely Denton experience seamlessly connects vibrant and original downtown to the Mean Green Tailgating Village and Apogee Stadium with free transportation.  Dedicated Mean Green Game Day Shuttles sponsored by Jagoe Public make stops in downtown and in the Fry Street area on the way to and from the UNT pedestrian bridge, no car necessary, no traffic dilemmas, and no parking frustrations.  “We think sponsoring the game day shuttle was the appropriate way to travel to a Mean Green football game on the roads that Jagoe has been building and maintaining for almost 100 years!” says Jagoe Vice President and UNT alum Billy Cheek.

Fans swarm back into downtown after the game, too.  Many catch some live music with a burger and beer.  Others linger over a nice steak and bottle of wine.  Still others stay for the later hours when Denton’s nightlife scene really cranks up the volume.

The point is that the Mean Green Game Day experience is just so Denton.  Everyone’s favorite game day is unique; yet we all find our ideal right here.  That’s how we roll in Denton.  We’re original and independent.  And so are you.

Come on back to your alma mater.  It’s a brand new Denton with same heart and soul.

Did you know?

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Did You Know?


Did you know that on Thursday, September 22 the eighth annual North Texas Giving Day will be back for another record-breaking year?

Sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas, North Texas Giving Day is an online event bringing together thousands of people across the region (and nation) in support of their favorite charities. Since its inception, the annual giving day has driven more than $119 million into the community, and in 2015 over $50,000 of that went to the University of North Texas.

This September 22, from 6:00 a.m. until midnight (central time), you have the opportunity to inspire your community once again through your love for education. With a gift to the University of North Texas, you will be joining the movement of UNT pride that unites us all.

So, save the date for a full day of excitement, inspiration and record-breaking generosity on Thursday, September 22and don’t forget that every gift of at least $25 will be amplified by North Texas Giving Day bonus funds and prizes!


On September 22 visit and search for the University of North Texas Foundation to make your donation. After you’ve given, share your pride on social media with @NorthTexasGivingDay and watch your support grow here:!

Partner Profile – Liberty Mutual

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Partner Profiles



A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

You can help support your university’s scholarship fund and provide much-needed help to students.

Simply get a free quote on Liberty Mutual Auto, Home, or Renters Insurance between September 1st and November 30th, and we will donate $5 to the UNT Alumni Scholarship Fund 1

You, too, can benefit! Did you know you’re eligible for discounts on your auto and home insurance from Liberty Mutual?1 And with benefits such as Multi-Policy Discount, Personal Property Replacement2, and 24-Hour Claims Assistance, you’ll worry less and save more.

Visit Liberty Mutual or call 1-855-323-2150 for a free, no-obligation quote and we’ll contribute to the UNT Alumni Scholarship Fund.


1 No purchase of a policy is required. Limit one quote per policy type per person. Not available to residents in in CT, FL, IA, MA, ME, MO, ND, NM, or PA; or to existing Liberty Mutual Insurance customers.

2Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.
3Optional coverage.

Coverage provided and underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA. © 2016 Liberty Mutual Insurance

Calendar of Events

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Events

2016 Highlights


September 15
2016 State of the University
Murchison Performing Arts Center

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 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

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

2016 State of the University


At the 2016 State of the University, President Smatresk will review UNT’s accomplishments for the past year and unveil UNT’s priorities for the 2016-17 academic year. Join us for the 2016 State of the University on Sept. 15 and help celebrate UNT’s past and future.

  • When: 3-5 p.m. Sept. 15. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. Presentation begins at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Murchison Performing Arts Center
  • Info: Reception to follow immediately in the Horace and Euline Brock Grand Lobby
  • Streaming: The event will be streamed live from this site on the day of the event.

UNT study shows lack of sleep contributes to higher glucose levels in college students

The research results show that students who voluntarily slept fewer hours over a week’s time had higher serum glucose levels than other college students, putting them at risk for possible medical problems.

Click here to read the full story.

Exhibition features UNT alumnus’ paintings and drawings

Pursuance of Image, a new exhibition at UNT on the Square features the paintings and drawings of University of North Texas alumnus and staff member Sam Ivie.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT’s student-run restaurant makes “Best of” list

The Club at Gateway Center, a student-run restaurant at the University of North Texas, has won the 2016 Best of Denton Award in the restaurant category. The recognition comes from the Denton Award Program, which honors exceptional venues that “help make the Denton area a great place to live, work and play.”

Click here to read the full story.

UNT named first Bee Campus USA in Texas

The University of North Texas has become the first university in the state of Texas to be named a Bee Campus USA. Bee Campus USA is a sustainability organization focused on supporting pollinator species populations, which are declining rapidly across the globe.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Students create video about recovery program

Students create video about recovery program

Members of UNT’s Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) produced a 2-minute video about the peer-based student program. The CRP gives students in recovery the opportunity to experience college life in a safe, nurturing and substance-free environment. Watch the video on YouTube.


Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT event to bring back alumni winners, finalists of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism

Five University of North Texas journalism alumni who received Pulitzer Prizes and four who were finalists will discuss their recognized works and the expectations of Pulitzer winners and finalists on Sept. 29 (Thursday).


College of Visual Arts andDesign

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




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

Mean Green Coach’s Show Kicks Off Tonight at Rudy’s BBQ
The Seth Littrell radio show hits the air Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m. from Rudy’s BBQ in Denton.

The show can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network, KHYI 95.3 FM, KNTU 88.1 FM or KGAF 1580 AM as Dave Barnett and Hank Dickenson visit with North Texas head coach Seth Littrell about the season opener against SMU. 

Rudy’s BBQ is located at 520 S. I-35E and food and drink specials will be offered beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show will air live every Tuesday night throughout the football season. Trivia questions and prizes will be part of the hour-long show along with a live microphone for fans to ask questions of Coach Littrell.

CLICK HERE for more details.


VIDEO: Cruisin’ Denton With Dave – Part One – HC Seth Littrell

VIDEO: Cruisin’ Denton With Dave – Part Two – HC Seth Littrell

Mean Green Host Mavericks Before Heading To Utah

North Texas Soccer Moves To 3-0 With Win Against Islanders