Browse > Home / Archive: October 2016

| Subscribe via RSS

Homecoming 2016

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News

We hope you will return home to experience the tradition and excitement that encapsulates the University of North Texas! Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends come together to celebrate old friendships, make new memories and cheer on the Mean Green.

This year’s Homecoming is scheduled for the week of October 31-November 5, 2016, and will culminate with the Homecoming football game on November 5 versus Louisiana Tech. This year’s theme, selected by students, is “Mean Green Eaglempics.”

Highlight of the week’s activities for alumni include: 

Nov. 3 (Thursday)

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony: 6 p.m. inside the ballroom of the University Union, 1155 Union Circle. This ceremony will showcase the caliber of the university’s alumni and celebrate their professional accomplishments and service to the community. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 940-369-7001 or emailing

Yell Like Hell: 7 p.m. at the UNT Coliseum, 600 Ave. D. The Progressive Black Student Organization and Student Activities are putting on this event full of dancing, stepping and UNT spirit.

Nov. 4 (Friday)

Spirit March: 7 p.m. The march is led by the UNT Talons and will begin at Fraternity Row on Maple Street. It will proceed to the bonfire site at Eagle Point on the northwest side of UNT’s Apogee Stadium.

Bonfire: 8 p.m. at the Alumni Pavilion, 2323 N. Interstate 35 E. The Homecoming Bonfire has been a tradition for more than 50 years and is built entirely by the UNT Talons. Alumni can attend a special bonfire event that includes reserved seats and dinner from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are required for the alumni event and must be purchased by Oct. 31 (Monday) for $25.

Nov. 5 (Saturday)

Homecoming Fun Run: 7 a.m. beginning in front of the Pohl Recreation Center, 1900 Chestnut Drive. The run takes place on campus in distances of .75 miles, 1.5 miles and 5K. Call 940-565-2275 or visit the Pohl website for information.

Golden Eagles Class of ’66 Breakfast/Reunion: 9 a.m. at the University Union Ballroom, 1155 Union Circle. Alumni from the class of 1966 will celebrate their Golden Eagle 50th year reunion with breakfast, parade viewing and a campus tour. To participate, purchase tickets by Nov. 2 (Wednesday).

College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Brunch: 10 a.m. The brunch for PACS alumni will held at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. RSVP online.

Parade: The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Highland Street and Avenue C and will travel west to Welch Street before heading north on Hickory Street. Review the full parade route, which is new, before choosing the best spot to view the parade. Community members and UNT students, faculty and staff are encouraged to create floats and enter them in the parade. The registration deadline is Oct. 24 (Monday).

Mean Green Village Tailgating: 1:30 p.m. at the Hill at Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. Organizations, departments and colleges will host tents to add to the homecoming spirit, along with live music, the Junior Mean Green Fun Zone and the Mean Green March featuring the cheerleaders, dancers, marching band, head coach Seth Littrell and the Mean Green football team.

Alumni GameDay Grille: 2:30 p.m. at the Alumni Pavilion, 2323 N. Interstate 35 E. The UNT Alumni Association will offer free admission to all during homecoming. There will be food, drinks, live music, lawn games, face painting and lots of Mean Green spirit. Call 940-565-2834 or email for information.

Homecoming Football Game: 4:30 p.m. at Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. The Mean Green will face the Louisiana Tech football team. Tickets are free for students and start at $12 for other fans. For more information about game tickets and packages for tailgating before the game, visit Mean Green Sports.

Registration for homecoming tailgate tents ends Oct. 21 (Friday) and community registration for the homecoming parade, which has a new route, ends Oct. 24 (Monday). Visit the homecoming website or contact for registration forms for the two events and details about additional events.


UNT Alumni Achievement Awards

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni News


The University of North Texas Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni at the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in UNT’s University Union. Reception starts at 6 p.m.

This is the 51st anniversary of the alumni awards program, which showcases the caliber of the university’s alumni and celebrates the depth and breadth of their professional accomplishments and service to the community. This Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards coincide with the university’s homecoming weekend, which sees the return of many alumni. Seven recipients will receive awards this year, including:

Distinguished Alumni Awards – First presented in 1965, this is one of the university’s most prestigious awards. It is given to individuals who have achieved prominence in their profession.

bryan-milner Bryan Milner (ʼ00) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Milner is senior vice president of loan originations at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. He is responsible for originating corporate loans from $30 million to $5 billion or more in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. As a member of the board of directors for UNT’s Professional Leadership Program, he was instrumental in helping the program grow from 40 students to more than 100 annually. He is a member of the College of Business FIREL Advisory Board and Campaign Action Team, and a lifetime member of the UNT’s Kuehne Speaker Series.
Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer, Jr. (ʼ65) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Westheimer is president of Valbel West, an oil and gas producer and geology business in Ardmore, Okla., and president and CEO of the Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation. He is a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association and, a lifetime member of the the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series steering committee and a member of the President’s Leadership Board. jerome-bruzzy-westheimer-jr
jim-mcnatt Jim McNatt (ʼ66), will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. McNatt built an automobile empire and successfully sold Jim McNatt Auto Group in 2014. He continues in the industry as a partner in Luttrull-McNatt dealerships in Sanger and Gainesville, and is vice president of McNatt Properties LC, a real estate construction and apartment management business. He is a member of the UNT Alumni Association, a lifetime member of the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series steering committee, a member of the UNT Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the President’s Leadership Board.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Created in 2011, this honor was established to recognize alumni under age 40 for distinguished career achievement.

beau-lamothe Beau LaMothe (ʼ07), will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. LaMothe is the chief commercial officer for PGL, a third-party logistics provider. He is responsible for PGL’s long-term strategic direction, marketing, sales and service offerings. He is the youngest person to serve on the College of Business’ Advisory Board.
Laura Dominguez (ʼ05), will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Dominguez works on humanitarian projects in the United States, Central America and Africa. She is a program officer for FHI 360, an international human development non-profit focused on health, education, economic development, gender, civil society and youth. She provides operational and administrative support to the USAID-funded Haiti Ann ALE and the Ghana Partnership for Education. laura-dominguez

Outstanding Alumni Service – First presented in 1974, this award honors individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT or the community.

peggy-rouh Peggy Rouh (ʼ95 M.S., ʼ01 Ph.D.), will receive the Outstanding Alumni Service Award. Rouh retired from IBM as a senior manager responsible for corporate training and development, consulting, sales, marketing and customer service. She has been a supporter of UNT’s College of Information, having served as the college’s recent Capital Campaign co-chair. She also provided an endowed scholarship for students in UNT’s Department of Learning Technologies, and has worked as an adjunct professor and lecturer in the department since 2004. She serves on the college’s Academic Affairs Committee and is chairwoman of the Learning Technologies Awards Committee.

Ulys Knight Spirit Award – Presented since 1975, this award is given to any individual or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family.

benjamin-joyner Benjamin Joyner (ʼ74 and, ʼ76 M.B.A.), will receive the Ulys Knight Spirit Award. Joyner serves as senior vice president of commercial banking with Meridian Bank Texas. He has held similar roles at BBVA Compass Bank, Texas Bank and First State Bank. He serves on the UNT Foundation Board, is past-president of the UNT Alumni Association and a long-time member of the Mean Green Club.

Check out our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards video here!

For information about the UNT Alumni Association or the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards, call 940-565-2834 or email

UNT Alumni Tailgate at UTSA

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Athletics


Join your UNT Alumni Association and the Mean Green Club for a pre-game tailgate before the UNT game against 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!

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

Did you know?

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Did You Know?


Did you know that even faculty and staff members can personally see the value of supporting the Annual Fund at UNT? That’s because when you donate to UNT’s Faculty Staff Scholarship Fund, you help provide tuition scholarship benefits throughout campus and beyond. Your gift enables employees, dependents and retirees to further develop their talents and pursue career goals without financial constraint—which ultimately makes us a stronger campus from within.

The University of North Texas firmly believes in making quality education accessible and affordable, and your gifts help facilitate these goals. With your help, we can create a rich and sustainable future for all of UNT.

Please visit: to make your gift and support the future of UNT.

Quotes for Scholarships

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Partner Profiles

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

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

libertySimply 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 Fund1

Did you know you’re eligible for discounts on your auto and home insurance from Liberty Mutual?* Call 1-855-323-2150 or visit Liberty Mutual to get a free quote.

1No 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.

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

Calendar of Events

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Events

2016 Highlights


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
Golden Eagles Reunion
University Union

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

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in UNT News Briefs
For second year in a row, UNT hits record high with enrollment

The University of North Texas continues to see an increase in enrollment and, for the second year in a row, has posted a record for students enrolled with 37,973 students, which is a 2 percent increase over last year.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT researchers collaborate on cancer breakthrough

A team of researchers working in two countries and several universities, including the University of North Texas, has made a major discovery that could help fight some deadly forms of cancer.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT alumna, Grammy Award winner Norah Jones awarded UNT Presidential Medal of Honor during campus visit Sept. 21

University of North Texas alumna and musician Norah Jones received a big welcome home Sept. 21 (Wednesday) when she returned to the university she attended before launching her Grammy Award-winning career.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT doctoral students tackle the newest threats in cybersecurity

The University of North Texas is the only university in the country to receive National Science Foundation funding of more than $1 million for a Scholarship for Service program exclusive to Ph.D. students studying cybersecurity.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Highlights
 College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Join us November 5 for PACS’ Homecoming Brunch

emergency-administration-and-planning-forms-new-academic-departmentCatch up with PACS faculty and alumni over mimosas and light brunch fare at UNT on the Square, an arts and meeting space located just minutes from the UNT campus in Downtown Denton. Later you can take in the Homecoming parade from a prime location on The Square, then stop by the PACS tailgate tent before cheering on the Mean Green against Louisiana Tech.

RSVP by October 15 for your chance to win tickets to the football game. Learn more at

Emergency Administration and Planning forms new academic department

Gary Webb serves as chair of the new Emergency Management and Disaster Science (EMDS) department within PACS. EMDS houses the EADP program, formerly part of PACS’ Public Administration department.

Read this story from the NT Daily student newspaper for details on the change and future plans.

Holloway receives UNT Community Award

As part of UNT’s Salute to Faculty Excellence Week, Linda Holloway, chair of the Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department, received the UNT Community Award for her outstanding service to the university community. The award recognizes faculty who give time and concern to individual or groups of students, gives assistance consistently to other faculty and staff and other involvement in the university community.

 College of Music

Check out these upcoming events from the College of Music:

Come dressed in your Halloween best for spooky thrills and haunting chills with the Concert Orchestra‘s “Halloween Spooktacular” on October 31 at 8:00pm. Conducted by Clay Couturiaux, they will perform Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and themes from your favorite movies including Young Frankenstein, Ghostbusters and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Tickets available at

Relive the soundtracks of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters with a concert featuring four decades’ worth of beloved scores from film composer John Williams performed by the Wind Ensemble and conducted by Nicholas E. Williams on December 1 at 7:30pm. Tickets available at

On December 3 at 8:00pm, enjoy a festive musical celebration at the annual Sounds of the Holidays. Directed by Mark Ford, this year’s concert, “Twelve Drummers Drumming,” will feature many UNT percussion ensembles including the 2:00 Steel Drum Band, adding an international flair to holiday classics. Tickets available at

 College of Education

Curriculum & Instruction master’s goes online

learn-moreThe UNT College of Education’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, which aims to give current educators the skills they need to pursue leadership roles at the campus and district level, is now available almost completely online.

Program advisor Mei Hoyt said the program’s move to the web opens it up to more educators who are looking to expand their career opportunities.

“The program is designed for current teachers, but it’s often difficult for them to get to campus for classes,” she said. “Online we can offer more flexibility without compromising the high-quality education our students need.”

The program offers three concentrations: literacy, bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL), math, or a specialization in a select area of the student’s interest. Hoyt said students take 10 total courses — four core, four in the chosen concentration area and two electives — in addition to completing an online portfolio.

“Our students will gain critical digital literacy skills and research-based learning at an affordable cost,” Hoyt said. “We also work with students individually and try to cater the program to their needs.”

Learn more!

To learn more or to apply for admission, visit Application deadline is October 15!

 College of Engineering

ram-dantuUNT computer engineering professor wins high-profile award

University of North Texas professor Ram Dantu has received a D Magazine CIO/CTO Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer award. Dantu was named the 2016 “Outstanding Technology Advocate” by the magazine. He was the only person in academia who was even nominated.

 College of Information

UNT’s Department of Library and Information Sciences becomes Department of Information Science

A name change is taking place within the University of North Texas’ College of Information. As of Oct. 1, the Department of Library and Information Sciences will be known as the Department of Information Science.

 College of Business

Don and Donna Millican pledge $1.5 million to establish new accounting chair at UNT


A $1.5 million commitment from a University of North Texas alumnus has established an endowed chair in Accounting at the UNT College of Business.


Mean Green Tailgate at Army


Join us for North Texas vs Army football game on Saturday Oct 22nd at Noon.

Army Tailgate and Ticket Info:

  • Tailgate runs from 9-11 am.
  • Advance tickets and tailgate passes must be purchased by Thursday Oct 20th at Noon
  • Call (940) 565-2527 or 1 (800) 868-2366 to secure game tickets and tailgate passes.
  • Tickets will be mailed up until Monday the 10th. Tickets purchased after Oct 10th can be picked up at the Visiting Team Will Call at Michie Stadium in West Point.

Mean Green Club Members: Renew your Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tickets Now!!!

To renew your tickets please CLICK HERE . Please do not create a new account if you do not remember your login information. Instead please contact the ticket office at (940) 565- 2527 and they will assist you in recovering your information.

Get Up-To-Date With The Mean Green Minute

Men’s Basketball Announces TV Schedule For 2016-17