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January 25th, 2017 Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Criminal JusticeCriminal Justice online master’s ranked most affordable in US

College Choice has ranked UNT the Most Affordable Online Master’s in Criminal Justice out of 50 US programs. The program was also ranked 24th in the nation overall. UNT’s 36-hour online degree is geared toward criminal justice practitioners interested in advancing their careers and working professionals interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice. Students can earn their degree in as little as two years.
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Support from teachers, each other helps students from foster care succeed in college

José Whitten and Kiara Powell

Students José Whitten and Kiara Powell both lived in foster homes as children. They’ve found support from other students with similar backgrounds in PUSH, a UNT student organization in which former foster care students mentor children currently in the child welfare system. Read on…

Program for veterans gives student chance at first four-year degree in family

Program for veterans

“I was hesitant because I knew I’d be doing something that no one in my family had ever done,” said Igou, who will be the first in his family to graduate with a four-year degree when he is awarded a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree with a specialization in logistical operations… Read on or watch video on NBC5.

College of Music

TMEACheck out these upcoming events from the College of Music:

This February, over 27,000 attendees will meet in San Antonio for four days at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention. Music educators of kindergarten through college levels, college student members, high school students planning careers in music education, performers, exhibitors, family members and other visitors will attend more than 300 workshops, listen to over 100 performances and visit 1,300 exhibit hall booths.

The UNT College of Music will host an alumni reception in the Hilton Palacio del Rio (La Vista Room). Join us on Friday, February 10 from 9:30-11:30pm.

UNT alumna Emily Pulley will return to campus this spring for a month to share her expertise with current vocal students. Pulley has sung with opera companies and symphonies across the country and around the world, including nearly 200 performances as a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera. On February 19 at 3:30 PM, Pulley will collaborate with faculty pianist Elvia Puccinelli to present “For the Birds!,” a free concert in Voertman Hall featuring songs about birds in styles ranging from classical to musical theatre, jazz and gospel.

UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band led by new director, Alan BaylockThe Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, led by Alan Baylock, will perform with world-renowned vibraphonist and composer, Stefon Harris, on February 23 at 8:00 PM in Winspear Hall as part of the Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies. Harris has toured the world as both a sideman and a leader, and is one of the most in-demand performers and educators in the music industry today. The concert will feature music composed by Harris, highlights from past One O’Clock Lab Band recordings and new music written by current UNT students. Tickets are available at

Roomful of TeethRoomful of Teeth will continue their yearlong residency at UNT with a special concert in Winspear Hall on March 9 at 8:00 PM. By studying with masters of singing traditions around the world, this innovative, Grammy-winning, eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and forges a new repertoire without borders. Come hear Inuit throat singing, yodeling, belting, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing, all in one evening. Tickets are available at

College of Information

UNT College of Information announces 2016-2018 Alumni Society Board

Ann Blackman Ann Blackman, 2011
Alumni Society President

Ann Blackman is a MS 2011 Computer Education & Cognitive System graduate, College of Information Department of Learning Technologies. She has also completed UNT’s Graduate Academic Certificate of Community College Leadership. She is the Director of Instructional Technology for Collin College, McKinney TX. In addition, she is an adjunct for the Education department.

Alaina Doyle Alaina Doyle, 2008
Alumni Society Past President 

Alaina Doyle (LT BAAS ’08) serves as an Instructional Design Manager at Wells Fargo where her team develops leadership, manager skill, and professional development solutions for all Wells Fargo employees. In 2013, Alaina received an MSHRM and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently enrolled in the PhD ATPI program at UNT. Alaina served on various alumni board committees since 2010 and served as the Alumni Society President from 2014-2016.

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, 2004, 2008
Executive Board Advisor

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is based in the Los Angeles area. She is a Lecturer and LIS Coordinator for the University of North Texas Master of Library & Information Science programs. She serves as President and CEO for CulturalCo. She is a Certified Level 1 & 2 cultural intelligence facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center (CQC), and Conflicts Dynamic Profile (CDP) consultant. Dr. Villagran earned her undergraduate degree in Management and International Business from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, her M.L.S. degree in Legal Informatics from UNT, and her M.B.A. in Strategic Management from UNT. She completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, her Masters of Dispute Resolution, and her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University.


Board of Directors

Representing the Department of Learning Technologies:
Beth Dolliver, 2003
Morgan Carter, 2014
Deanna Flanagan, 2015
Gloria Ofelia Natividad Beltrán del Río, 2016

Representing the Department of Information Sciences:
Matt Beckstrom,  2012
Joseph Lawson, 2012
Patsy Palacios, 2006
Emily Rushing, 2007
Christopher Shaffer, 1994
Edward Smith, 1997
Mary-Alexandra Smith, 2013
James Spence, 2007
Melinda Townsel, 2007
Michele Whitehead, 2011

Representing the Department of Linguistics:
Rachel Raidenkov, 2005

Mayborn School of Journalism

Journey of UNT’s Stylish Sista

Stylish SistaUNT alumna Taelor Pawnell, 23, is an Art Director with Cline Davis & Mann, an advertising agency based in New York City.

Before she came to UNT, she’d already been the editor-in-chief and graphic designer for her high school paper. Having a passion for art and design, she knew she wanted to work in one of those businesses.

UNT’s advertising program ended up being the right place for her to start. She became a resident advisor for the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) and joined organizations such as the Ad Club, SWOOP, and Orientation Leaders, all while juggling a full load of classes. In 2014, she flew to New York for the Mayborn’s Maymester advertising program with Dr. Sheri Broyles.

After graduating from UNT, Pawnell started working on her Stylish Sista blog, which has grown to become part of her brand. Within a month, she headed back to New York with a full-time job at Cline Davis & Mann, the company that she’d shadowed during her semester in New York.

“It started out as me thinking it might be a step into the door of me getting into New York, but it’s turned into something way bigger,” Pawnell said. “It’s helping me grow, and helping to inspire other people to take chances. That’s a large part of me and something I want to keep doing.”

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