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May 19th, 2017 Posted in Highlights

College of Health and Public Service

Students build Little Free Pantries for local community


Earlier this semester, 35 students came together to build Little Free Pantries that will be installed around the Denton community. The day of service was organized by PACE as part of the college’s Hungry For Change initiative.

Sharma and students visit Arkansas for Alternative Service Break

Rachita Sharma, clinical instructor and internship coordinator for programs in rehabilitation, led an Alternative Service Break (ASB) trip to Little Rock, Arkansas for 10 students in March. They volunteered all week at Arkansas Childrens Hospital and Camp Aldersgate, a facility that provides summer camps for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Read more…

Videos: HPS student survives five days in the desert

HPS student Amber VanHecke was profiled on ABC’s 20/20Nightline and Good Morning America and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for surviving after being stranded in the Arizona desert for five days.


College of Music

Two New Faculty Members Announced

The following announcements are from John W. Richmond, dean of the College of Music:

I am very pleased to announce the first in a series of faculty appointments joining our distinguished college this coming fall. Dr. David M. Mooney has accepted our offer to become the new Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies (Guitar).

Dr. Mooney currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans and an instructor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as part of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s “Jazz in the Classroom” program and at the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music.

He earned his B.M. in Jazz Studies at University of North Texas, M.M. in Music with the Louis Armstrong Quintet Assistantship at University of New Orleans, Artist Diploma at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, and Ph.D. in Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University. To learn more about Dr. Mooney’s impressive career, please visit his website

I am very pleased to announce that Mr. Quincy Davis will be joining our distinguished college this coming fall as Assistant Professor of Jazz Drumset. Mr. Davis currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Drumset studies at the University of Manitoba (Canada).

Mr. Davis earned his B.M. in Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Billy Hart. Soon after, he established himself as a professional jazz percussionist in New York.

Mr. Davis can be heard on over 30 albums playing with many notable jazz artists. In 2014, Mr. Davis released his debut album as a leader, Songs in the Key of Q, which in its second week of being released, reached top five of Jazz Week’s jazz chart of new jazz recordings. To learn more about Mr. Davis’ impressive career, please visit his website

Students recognized in the DownBeat Student Music Awards

Congratulations to our students who have been recognized in the DownBeat Student Music Awards and their mentors!

Jazz Soloist
Undergraduate College Outstanding Performances
Howard Dietz, Alto Saxophone
University of North Texas
Brad Leali
Denton, TX

Small Vocal Jazz Group
Graduate College Outstanding Performances
Anna Jalkéus Group
University of North Texas
Rosana Eckert
Denton, TX

Latin Group
Graduate College Winners
Christian Valdes Sextet
University of North Texas
José Aponte
Denton, TX

Latin Group
Graduate College Winners
Pepe Valdez Quintet
University of North Texas
Fred Hamilton
Denton, TX

Jazz Arrangement
Undergraduate College Outstanding Arrangement
Gregory Santa Croce, “Dance of the Infidels”
University of North Texas
Richard DeRosa
Denton, TX


College of Business

Westheimer New Venture Competition awards top team $10,000
In a room full of twelve DFW business leaders and venture capitalists, UNT students competed to win cash prizes of up to $10,000, thanks to UNT alumnus and competition founder, Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer.

With only twelve finalist teams selected to compete in the final round, students aimed to convince a panel of judges that their business ideas were worth investing in, using only a PowerPoint presentation and 15 minutes of their time. Much like Shark Tank, judges brought heat to the situation by interjecting presentations with thought-provoking questions to keep contestants on their toes and thinking like an entrepreneur.

“It all seems unreal,” said Natalie Boyd, who pitched the winning business idea and took home $10,000. Boyd, a College of Business senior majoring in real estate, was skeptical to submit her idea in the first round, but ultimately “decided to just go for it and see what happens.”

Texas ranch helping trauma survivors gets help from UNT class
A North Texas ranch that helps people and animals when other therapies fail received some help itself from a group of University of North Texas marketing students.

Founder Bob Williams started Ranch Hand Rescue as a combined rescue facility for animals and counseling center for trauma survivors who don’t respond well to traditional therapy. The organization’s mission is strong, but as many small nonprofits with limited budgets understand, marketing resources are limited.

To help the ranch, teams of marketing students enrolled in an Applied Marketing Problems course created business plans to help Ranch Hand Rescue deal with its biggest issues: how to expand throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region, how to make the brand recognizable and how to improve the message of what it does.

“I’ve gotten to apply what I’ve been learning, and it’s very rewarding to be able to say I’ve helped rebrand this organization that touches you personally,” said Robin Kelley, UNT senior majoring in marketing.

FEI job shadowing program gives students inside perspective
Each spring, the Dallas Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI) invites UNT students to follow in the footsteps of local executives. This “Financial Executive Experience” gives students an inside perspective of what it is like to be in a senior-level position – and this year, ten UNT accounting and finance students were welcomed to participate.

The three-part program involved an etiquette dinner, a day of job shadowing, and an evening of networking at the local Dallas chapter meeting in April. Christian Sutanto, accounting major graduating in 2019, was partnered with executive vice president and chief financial officer of T-System, Paul Miller.

Sutanto learned, first hand, about the day-to-day operations of a CFO, while also getting to meet with other high-level officers and controllers of the company.

“I just wish [the job shadowing] was more than one day,” said Sutanto, who appreciated the opportunity to network and learn about life outside of the classroom. READ MORE…

North Texas Community College Accounting Conference becomes annual event
Spearheaded by Bruce Runyan, Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the College of Business, UNT hosted its first North Texas Community College Accounting Conference on April 7. With nearly twenty participants, the conference shared best practices across colleges and districts, including excel certification and qualifying exam boot camps.

Attendees benefited not only from earning 3 hours of CPE credits, but also from the value of content provided. One attendee wrote, “As an adjunct accounting/business professor I found this very informative. My goal was to learn a few tidbits of advice on instruction and class management, but I found the day so much more nourishing given the breadth of topics discussed.”

The overwhelmingly positive feedback from every participant reinforced the idea of continuing the conference on an annual basis. Be on the lookout for future dates in 2018.

ISACA supports UNT students with $5,000 contribution
Information Systems Audit and Control Association, or more commonly known as ISACA, is an international association whose aim is to promote the IS audit, control and security profession.

ISACA’s support of UNT College of Business students has been invaluable over the years, including a CISA boot camp in 2016, which led to its 19 student participants earning a 71% pass rate on the CISA exam.

This April, ISACA announced its continued support in the form of a $5,000 contribution to help fund scholarships, student groups, and CISA review materials to UNT.

“Their ongoing commitment to our academic excellence is recognized as a key component to our coverage of accounting systems and its associated IT audit components,” said Ananth Seetharaman, accounting department chair for the College of Business.


Planned Giving

Create a legacy that can provide students with opportunities previously only imagined!

This month Planned Giving is celebrating the act of leaving a legacy to the University of North Texas through your will or trust. Let us be the first to state that UNT knows that you have many priorities when working on your estate plan. You must take care of spouses, children, grandchildren, church and pets. It’s a daunting task! So, how are you supposed to work in leaving a legacy to UNT too?

First, you must decide what you want that legacy to look like:

Do you want to help students?
Do you want to support a specific program?

Then, you must decide how to distribute your assets to your selected friends and family members. You can do this by stating a specific amount to be given to each individual, or by providing a percentage of your estate to each individual.

Finally, your legacy at UNT can be secured with either a set amount or a percentage of the estate after the needs are met of those who are most precious to you.

For help in shaping that legacy, or for ideas on where to start, please contact Roy Grisham at 940-565-3686 or Taryn Houghton at 940-369-8337.

The Office of Planned Giving looks forward to working with you to accomplish all of your estate planning goals.



Former WNBA Coach Joins Women’s Basketball

Former WNBA coach Carlos Knox has been added to the North Texas women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant.

A veteran coach of 15 years, Knox joins the Mean Green after a seven-year stint as an assistant/player development coach with the Indiana Fever, where he won a WNBA championship and was instrumental in the development of Tamika Catchings, the former Duncanville star who is the WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder.

“When I first met Carlos several years ago, his passion for the game was obvious,” Mitchell said. “He has done some special things in his career and I look forward to him adding that experience to our staff.”

Knox has performed as a head coach in men’s professional leagues in Canada and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Knox has been an assistant on the women’s staff at San Diego State and on the men’s team at his alma mater IUPUI.

“Knox brings a wealth of knowledge in player development, mental and physical preparation, scouting and game strategy.” Mitchell said. “We are eager for him to get to work.”

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