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Catch the Coaches Caravan

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
Experience a spirited, family friendly evening by joining the Mean Green Club and the UNT Alumni Association for the 2017 Coaches Caravan. Catch up on the latest athletics news while enjoying a relaxed pep rally atmosphere.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker will discuss the future of the UNT athletics program and will share highlights from the new strategic plan. Coaches and student athletes will mingle with the crowd to personally meet attendees and discuss UNT and athletics.

While in attendance, you can also visit tables hosted by the UNT Alumni Association, the Mean Green Club, the Barnes and Noble Bookstore and the ticket office.

The 2017 Coaches Caravan will have a total of six stops. Select the one that best fits your schedule and location and we’ll see you there!

May 8, 6-8 p.m.
Collin County
Park Place Lexus
6785 Dallas Pkwy., Plano, TX 75024

May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Dallas County
Dot’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard
2615 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226

May 10, 6-8 p.m.
Denton County
Audacity Brew House
1012 Shady Oaks Dr., Denton, TX 76205

May 11, 6-8 p.m.
Tarrant County
Collective Brewing Project
112 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104

May 17, 6-8 p.m.
Karbach Brewery
2032 Karbach St., Houston, TX 77092

May 18, 6-8 p.m.
San Antonio
Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling
4834 Whirlwind Dr., San Antonio, TX 78217

Admission for UNT Alumni Association and Mean Green Club members – $5
Admission for non-members – $10


Wingspan Gala Soars

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
With boots and flowing gowns, the 2017 Wingspan Gala was not an event to miss. As guests entered the UNT Union, they were greeted with a special photo opportunity with bails of hay and a historic wagon. Presidential awards were presented and College of Music groups provided entertainment during the dinner program. After dinner, guests were treated to an intimate acoustic performance by Eli Young Band. Following the Wingspan Gala, Eli Young Band performed an exclusive concert at Apogee Stadium to a lively crowd.

2017 Presidential Award Winners
Wings of Eagles Presidential Award – G. Brint Ryan (’88, ’88 M.S.)
Presidential Excellence Award (Faculty) – Richard DeRosa
Presidential Excellence Award (Student) – UNT senior Marisa Nowicki

To see all the photos taken outside prior to the gala beginning, visit

To see all the photos from the gala, visit

To see all the photos from the Eli Young Band concert at Apogee Stadium, visit

Thank a Teacher

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News

Has a UNT teacher made a positive difference in your life? Let them know.

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students. They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures. When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students and alums have the opportunity to say “Thanks” through the “Thank a Teacher” Program here at UNT. Current students and alums will have until May 12, 2017 to complete the form at to share their thanks with their UNT teacher(s). You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank). You may also choose to remain anonymous. Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition from the Provost with copies to their Deans and Department Chairs!

Grant McCasland Hired as Men’s Basketball Head Coach

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics

Grant McCasland has been hired as North Texas men’s basketball head coach, Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker announced on Monday, March 13, 2017.

“I am excited to welcome Grant McCasland as our 18th head men’s basketball coach,” Baker said. “Coach McCasland is a rising superstar in college basketball and possesses all of the qualities we desired when we began our search. He has been successful at every step of his career. He’s a proven coach and recruiter, but most importantly, he has demonstrated the ability to help young men grow and develop as people. We are fortunate to have a coach of his integrity and caliber leading our men’s basketball program. He and his family are from the area and understand Texas values. They will be tremendous assets to this campus and community.”

McCasland is an 18-year coaching veteran and arrives at North Texas after leading Arkansas State to a 20-win season for only the fourth time in ASU history. McCasland’s career winning percentage is an eye-popping 80 percent.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as the next head basketball coach at the University of North Texas,” McCasland said. “I am honored by the confidence that both Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker and President Neal Smatresk have demonstrated as we went through this process. Their commitment and vision for men’s basketball at North Texas is inspiring and I look forward to working with them to build champions and prepare leaders with the young men we have in our program. We are going to strive daily for excellence in every aspect of our program, do things the right way, and establish a winning culture that values relationships throughout. Our family looks forward to joining Mean Green nation and I can’t wait to get started in Denton.”

Grant and his wife Cece have four children: daughters Amaris and Jersey and sons Jett and Beckett.

Check out a video recap of McCasland’s First Week at North Texas

Did You Know?

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Did You Know?

Did you know that faculty and staff of UNT also donate to scholarships and programs, just like alumni? Each April, the Annual Fund at UNT hosts the
We Care We Count Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign which encourages UNT full-time employees and retirees to pick a place on campus they care about and donate to it! Last year, 720 faculty and staff members broke the record for number of donors during We Care We Count—a record which we hope to break again this year. UNT students benefit immensely when the entire UNT community of alumni, parents, and faculty and staff come together and showcase the giving spirit of the Mean Green.

Partner Profile – Liberty Mutual

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Partner Profiles


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Calendar of Events

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Events

2017 Highlights


May 2
UNT Official Ring Presentation Ceremony

May 8
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Collin County
Park Place Lexus

May 9
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series – Charles Gasparino

May 9
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Dallas County
Dot’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard

May 10
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Denton County
Audacity Brew House

May 11
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Tarrant County
Collective Brewing Project

May 12
Thank A Teacher Deadline

May 12-13
UNT Commencement

May 17
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Karbach Brewery

May 18
Coaches Caravan
6-8 p.m.
San Antonio
Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling

UNT News Briefs

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in UNT News Briefs
UNT’s Early Childhood Music program adds new Maymester session

The College of Music’s Early Childhood Music Program helps young children develop an inherent musical understanding. Classes are offered for children from birth to five years old. Registration by May 1 preferred.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT librarian wins national award

Julie Leuzinger, associate librarian and head of library learning services, has been awarded the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Politics, Policy and International Relations Section Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT student creates device aimed at helping those with arthritic knees walk easier

Jenn Cao, a graduate student in UNT’s College of Engineering, has created a working exoskeleton prototype aimed at helping those who struggle to walk because of osteoarthritis in their knees.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Highlights

College of Health and Public Service

PACS renamed College of Health and Public Service UNT’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The college is comprised of seven main academic departments:… Read More
Recovery groups to host Spring Benefit Art Gala April 14 The UNT Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) and Eagle Peer Recovery (EPR) are hosting a Spring Benefit Art Gala on April 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the University Union Green Roof. CRP and EPR student artwork will be available for purchase, in addition to items donated by professional artists…. Read More
Behavior Analysis offers free research talks throughout semester HPS’ Behavior Analysis department will host several Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium (BARC) events during the spring semester. BARCs are typically held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and are free and open to the UNT community. An offsite, informal social gathering often… Read More
Photos: Dean’s List students recognized at special reception February 28, HPS (PACS) students who were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in 2016 were honored through a special reception held outside the HPS Dean’s Office. View more photos on Flickr. HPS students who made the Dean’s List in Fall 2016 can… Read More

College of Music

UNT alumni perform in 2017 Inaugural Parade as part of U.S. Military Bands
UNT alumni proudly represented their alma mater and their respective branches of the U.S. Military in Washington, D.C. at the 2017 Inaugural Parade.

The U.S. Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.

From left: MSgt Jeff Martin, SMSgt Blake Arrington (’02, ’04), TSgt Matt Penland (’12), TSgt Ben Polk (’08), TSgt Erik Lundquist (’14, ’16), CMSgt Bill Marr and TSgt Ricky Parrell (’08). Photo: CMSgt Kevin Burns.

The U.S. Army Field Band, Fort Meade, MD

Front from left: Luke Brimhall (’11) and Sarah Williams (’93). Back from left: Sean Casey, Phillip Johnson (’03), Andrew Layton (’99), Ryan Brewer (’14), Dustin Mollick (’10), Thomas Davis, Zachary Steele, James Wood (’07), Bradford Danho (’06), Kevin Watt (’91), Christopher Sarangoulis (’03), Ward Yager (’04) and Nicholas Althouse. Not pictured: Lauren Curran (’05, ’07), Pat Shook (’97), Tim Young (’97) and Joshua Fox (’08). Photo: CMSgt Kevin Burns.

The U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C.

From the left: MU1 Daniel Geldert (’09), MU1 Robert Behrend, MUC Jason Ayoub (’00), MU1 Philip Eberly (’08), MU1 David Perkel (’91), MU1 Thomas Eby (’08), MU1 Tyler Mire (’10, ’12), MUCS Luis Hernandez (’96), MUC Cynthia Wolverton (’02), MUCM Philip Burlin and MUCM James Logan (’88). Photo: CMSgt Kevin Burns.

Jazz Singers with Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson:

The Jazz Singers spring concert will feature one of the jazz scene’s most dynamic duos: vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist/composer/arranger Josh Nelson. The Jazz Singers will perform as a stand-alone ensemble as well as with the pair, featuring new arrangements and adaptations of music from Gazarek and Nelson’s recent album, Dream in the Blue. There are two chances to see the performance in Voertman Hall – April 21 and April 22.

Symphony Orchestra Puccini’s Turandot:

The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Itkin, in collaboration with the Grand Chorus, directed by Allen Hightower, will present a concert performance of Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot on April 26 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Puccini’s final opera is set in ancient China where Princess Turandot reigns with an iron fist and an ice-cold heart. With a forbidden romance, soaring melodies and nearly 300 performers including faculty and student soloists as well as guest artist Arnold Rawls, don’t miss what promises to be an enthralling evening of music.

John J. Haynie Tribute Concert: Legendary UNT professor emeritus of trumpet John J. Haynie’s 40-year impact on the College of Music will be celebrated during a tribute concert on April 28 in the Lyric Theater. In addition to performances by current trumpet faculty and students, the evening will feature a return of the famous “Haynie Cornet” and other historical treasures. Join us in honoring a legendary professor whose brilliant career impacted decades of students.

Seventy years ago, the University of North Texas launched the now-acclaimed Jazz Studies program, the first of its kind in the nation. To commemorate the milestone, UNT’s College of Music will release aseries of special, limited CDs to the public this spring and fall. The first CD, Perseverance — The Music of Rich DeRosa at North Texas, has been released. All CDs will be available for purchase through CD Baby and Amazon; digital distribution via iTunes, Pandora and Spotify; and through the UNT College of Music online store, and Penders Music.

College of Business

Eagle Business Network Breakfast: May 4
Each month, the College of Business hosts a special networking opportunity for alumni to come together, share ideas and learn from prominent business leaders in the DFW region. This May, we will a special breakfast by hosting a panel of young alum for a morning of lively discussions.

Bring your appetite and your business cards to the next Eagle Business Network Breakfast on Thursday, May 4 at Lawry’s in Dallas. For additional information, and to purchase ticket, visit the College of Business website:

Annual logistics fundraiser set for May 19
Please join us for the Center for Logistics Education and Research’s 5th Annual Transportation Breakfast on Friday, May 19. The event, which will take place at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Irving, will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and feature guest speakers Chuck Cooperstein, Dallas Mavericks radio play-by-play, and John Sharp, group president for TFD Group Companies.

Following the program, attendees are invited to an open house at the home of logistics entrepreneur and longtime UNT logistics supporter William “Bill” LaMothe, chairman of the board for PGL. The event at his home provides an afternoon of networking and access to the annual AT&T Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament.

Tickets are on sale now for $99 a seat, or $699 for a table of eight. This is a great way to support our well-deserving students and have the opportunity to experience the PGL in a new light.  READ MORE…

MBA in Energy: coming fall 2017
Combine the integrated business perspective of an MBA and the specific tools for the energy industry with the College of Business’ newest MBA in Energy.

Coming this fall, you can prepare for one of the fastest-growing job markets in the region and world, here at UNT. From careers as a business stock analysts, to a logistics supply chain manger, an MBA in Energy will provide you with infinite possibilities. 

Become a leader in the upstream energy industry and get ahead with the in-depth knowledge needed to succeed. For more information, email or call the College of Business MBA Advising Office at, or 940.369.8977.

College of Information

2017 Movers & Shakers Announced
Two UNT College of Information, Information Science Department alumni have been named among Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2017. Congratulations to Sara Bean Thompson (’11) and Melissa Dease (’08). Now in its 16th year, LJ’s Movers & Shakers provides an annual snapshot of the transformative work being done by those in libraries of all types and sizes and across the field. A total of 52 people were selected for the honor. Read about all of them and our alumni here.

Denton Convention & Visitor Bureau

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
Get ready to jazz it up April 28-30, 2017 at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. Enjoy great music, good food, and beautiful art in Denton, Texas, where FUN IS THE THING and JAZZ IS KING! Thirty-two-acre Quakertown Park in the heart of downtown is the perfect setting for the 2 ½ day event, and admission is FREE.

Headlining 2017’s nearly 3,000 musicians, artists and performers are Jack DeJohnette Trio on Friday night, Aaron Neville on Saturday night and Denton’s own multi-Grammy award-winning Brave Combo on Sunday night.

Stop by the University of North Texas Showcase Stage to hear all of the lab bands, including the world famous One O’Clock Lab Band, as well as many other UNT ensembles. Come create your own original, independent Denton adventure.


Former NFL and Mean Green football player, Zach Orr, will join Fox 4 Sports anchor Mike Doocy as key note speakers for the “Doing the Most Good” luncheon, benefitting the Salvation Army of Denton County. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 18th inside the “Hub Club” at Apogee Stadium. Orr, a DeSoto high school product, will share his story of overcoming adversity and the devastating injury that ended his promising career with the Baltimore Ravens.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 am and there are individual and table prices available by calling the Salvation Army Shelter in Denton at 940-566-3800.

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