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July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Highlights
College of Health and Public Service

MPA alumni return to UNT for annual conference
Over 170 alumni joined current Public Administration students at the UNT Gateway Center for the annual MPA Alumni Conference in April. The morning panel session focused on making smart decisions through data and included these… Read More
Video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans
University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT’s University Union. Watch the video and read the story by WFAA-TV:  UNT students help train…Read More
Giving “Mean Green Family” new meaning
The summer of 1996 was a busy one for Eric and Cheryl Fritsch. After earning his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University the previous year, Eric had just accepted a position as an assistant professor with the University of North Texas. The new job meant the young couple would… Read More
 

College of Business

Networking event to begin September 7

Stay connected to your UNT alum at the next Eagle Business Network event on Thursday, September 7. You will also have the opportunity to learn about new developments in UNT athletics with the month’s featured speaker Wren Baker, UNT Vice President and Director of Athletics.

Time: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 205 NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
Cost: $18

Event Details:
7 a.m. Registration and Networking
7:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8 a.m. Program begins (ends at 9 a.m.) 

Register online, and don’t miss your chance to network around the breakfast table: https://one.unt.edu/the-eagle-business-network 

The College of Business takes home top prizes in Big Data Challenge

UNT College of Business students represented two of the winning teams at this year’s Big Data Challenge. Sponsored by Sabre and DHISCO (two leading technology companies in the travel industry), the annual competition gave students the opportunity to team up and find solutions to industry-related challenges using real-world data sets.

Putting their analytical skills to the test to develop a case study portfolio, Team Inception and Team Browncoats took home a grand total of $2,000, and the winning titles. Ryan Fellers, Mike Pratt and Rhida Joudah (master’s students studying business analytics), won the overall prize in the Sabre category of the challenge, while business logistics doctoral student Amit Malhan and business analytics master’s student Crystal Janes represented Team Inception and first place in the DHISCO category.

“I was enrolled in several decision science classes at UNT and when I heard about this challenge in which we get an opportunity to work with real data and solve real-world problems, I jumped onto it,” said Malhan. “With the growth of GPU and increasing computational power, big data and machine learning are gaining tremendous popularity.” READ MORE…

Fidelity Investments Integrated Case Competition

Advancing business efficiencies and developing industry solutions can be a challenging task for any student, but when developing said solutions for one of the best online brokers of 2017, challenging becomes an understatement.

Each year, Fidelity Investments charges students with developing real-world solutions to industry dilemmas as part of their College of Business capstone course, Business Policy. This corporate-sponsored competition, titled the Fidelity Case Competition, involves an integrated academic approach, bringing together teams of students from varying majors. Using their diverse backgrounds, and past four years of academic experiences, teams compete against each other to offer their best solutions and a chance at cash prizes.

This year, students from the Empowerment Consulting Group team took home first place on April 29, and with it $800 cash each. Team members included Natalie Boyd, Jacob Bryant, Koffi Ettiegne, Kristopher Galbreath, Jonathan Hamp, Brionna Jones, Michela Mollica McCune and Cade Robertson.

“The most rewarding thing was a chance to find my passion,” said Michela Mollica, College of Business senior majoring in Business Computer Information Systems. “I felt passionate about the proposal we came up with. I knew we had a great idea and I wanted Fidelity to hear it.”
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Faculty pursue research efforts to strengthen the classroom experience

Dr. Paul Hutchison, associate professor of accounting, began working at UNT in 1988 and has been an asset to the classroom ever since.

With his varied research interests and dedication to the field, Hutchison has been published in nearly a dozen journals, and this year, he added two more publications to his extensive list of accomplishments. The Journal of Case Studies, a double-blind reviewed journal, accepted Hutchison’s coauthored works focusing on business valuation in the context of a privately-owned service company, Mantras Ambulance Services, Incorporated.

Working alongside Dr. Janet R. Jones at University of Minnesota Duluth and Dr. Amy F. Holmes at Trinity University, the cases Hutchison helped develop shared a common core of knowledge – one focusing on seller-side decisions, and another on buyer-side decisions.

“From my perspective, this was a very positive experience in that I got to work with two educational research colleagues who are passionate about teaching like myself.  We really wanted to develop short cases that we could actually use in our own accounting classes,” said Hutchison.

Accounting Scholars Program kicks off fall 2017

Beginning this fall, the Accounting Program at UNT will offer top-tier students the opportunity to get on the fast track to success. Incoming freshman and transfer students interested in a major in accounting will now be eligible for the unique and elite UNT Accounting Scholars Program. With benefits such as an assigned accounting faculty mentor in the student’s first year, an assigned professional mentor to students in their junior year, guaranteed admission to the integrated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program in Accounting or Taxation and priority consideration for graduate level scholarships, the Accounting Scholars Program is the best way to get ahead, early.

Be on the lookout for additional details as we kick off our programming this fall.

 

College of Education

COE alumna set to open Denton’s first children’s museum

Anyah Martinez (‘99 BA; ’04 M.S.) needed a project. It was 2012. With her twins about to enter kindergarten and her youngest child gaining independence, she was looking for something that would engage her mind and draw on the skills and training she learned in the UNT College of Education’s Human Development and Family Science program.

The idea came to her during a morning run: Denton needs a children’s museum. And while she doesn’t have museum or nonprofit experience, Martinez said her training in the Development and Family Studies master’s program through the UNT College of Education (she also has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UNT), combined with her experience as a very hands-on mom and her dedicated board of volunteers, have given her a leg up on making her dream a reality.

“In the beginning, I had the educational background but not a lot of experiential background, except raising my own kids in this fantastic community that had a void we didn’t realize was there,” she said. “Over the last five years I’ve visited children’s museums all across Texas and other states, building ideas of what will work here in Denton.”

The project first started to take shape with hands-on projects for children at the Denton Community Market and programming in Denton schools, preschools and daycares, which Martinez managed with the help of volunteers. Now, after years of fundraising and building support for the project, the Explorium Denton Children’s Museum has secured a physical location – in Stonehill Center off I-35 in north Denton – that Martinez hopes will be open in late 2017 or early 2018.

“We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community so far. Denton is growing at a phenomenal rate, and the number of families coming in is staggering,” she said. “We want to create a welcoming atmosphere not only for those young families, but also for older kids, grandparents and visitors to our community.”

Since signing the lease on the Explorium’s space, Martinez has hit the ground running, hiring the design firm Roto, which specializes in children’s museums, to advise her on best use of the space, exhibit ideas and more. Martinez plans to then hand those ideas over to a local architect to bring them to life.

“We want the museum to be experiential – a really wonderful place for children and families to learn and play together,” she said.

Before the museum opens, Martinez hopes to gain support from fellow COE graduates and Denton residents who want to volunteer their time and expertise.

“Right now we have a small volunteer board, but we’re looking for new people who can offer input and feedback and who have a vested interest in family engagement, parent involvement and education,” she said. “Volunteering with the museum board would be perfect for young alums who need experience working with a nonprofit or a family interested in getting involved with a community project.”

Martinez said parent and grandparent engagement with children’s learning is something she especially values, after learning about its benefits during her graduate studies. Professors like Arminta Lee Jacobson, Rebecca Glover, Barb O’Donnell and more taught her the fundamentals of parent education – lessons she has used in raising her own family and will now put into practice at the museum.

“I want this to be a place where any parent can either be hands off or really engage,” she said. “I say, let kids explore on their own if that’s the way they learn. But if you are a parent who wants to get involved and work with their kids, we welcome that too!”

To make a donation or for more information about volunteer opportunities, visit ExploriumDenton.org.

 

College of Information

The College of Information, along with the Texas library community, mourn the passing of Professor Margaret Irby Nichols.  Professor Nichols was a cornerstone of the department for many years.  She was one of the earliest graduates of the department, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1945 back when UNT was still known as North Texas State Teachers College. She worked in several public school and academic libraries before returning to the department to teach in 1968.  She was named Emerita Professor upon her retirement in 1996.  

Professor Nichols was a renowned and award winning American librarian, educator, and information scientist. Throughout her many years of teaching, she acted as mentor and friend to thousands of information professionals. Her influence as an educator was not limited to teaching at UNT: She conducted more than 400 workshops throughout the country and was a prolific author. 

Professor Nichols will be dearly missed and fondly remembered for her many accomplishments and contributions. 

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Athletics

Kelli Schkade’s Final Inning

The name Kelli Schkade is familiar in North Texas softball circles. Schkade, a three-year letterwinner for the Mean Green, recently completed her playing career as one of the greatest players in the history of the softball program.

The Albany, Texas, native was a two-time Conference USA First-Team selection and an NFCA All-South region selection in her tenure.

Schkade is the program leader in stolen bases (50) and ranks in the top five in career runs scored, on-base percentage, batting average, triples, multi-hit games and slugging percentage.

Schkade’s impact didn’t stop on the field. She graduated with a 3.88 grade-point average and majored in kinesiology with a biology minor. She was selected to C-USA’s All-Academic team in each of her three seasons and was named a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American, the first in program history.

Schkade also received the 2016 Spring Spirit of Service award from C-USA for her efforts in the Denton community and her hometown of Albany. 

 

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in Highlights

College of Health and Public Service

UNT emergency management researchers to study factors for recovery after disaster Faculty members Laura Siebeneck and Ronald Schumann and graduate student Britt-Janet Kuenanz will speak with New Jersey residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy to determine what factors led to them returning to their communities.

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

UNT Speech and Hearing Center offers reading program for students in second to seventh grades After a successful after-school program its first semester, the reading clinic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings this summer for nine weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 13. Registration is now open.

 

College of Music

UNT College of Music jazz students win five ‘DownBeat’ Student Music Awards Jazz students, faculty and ensembles from the University of North Texas College of Music have been honored by the national jazz and blues magazine “Downbeat” with a total of five student music and outstanding performance awards. The awards, considered the most prestigious in jazz education, will be announced in the June issue of the magazine.

UNT College of Music names Undergraduate Presser Scholar Maggie Ng, an oboe music performance student from Plano, has been named the University of North Texas College of Music’s 2017-18 Presser Scholar and recipient of a $4,000 Presser scholarship.

UNT College of Music doctoral student awarded $25,000 fellowship Andrea Recek, a University of North Texas College of Music doctoral student in musicology, has been awarded the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies.

 

College of Business

Logistics entrepreneur launches UNT fundraising challenge A big fundraising challenge is underway for the University of North Texas logistics program thanks to William “Bill” LaMothe, PGL chairman of the board.

Google, Facebook, Amazon headquarters give UNT students peek at digital operations A “dream trip” hosted through the University of North Texas is giving students the chance to experience major retail and digital operations up close.

 

College of Education

UNT doctoral student awarded $20,000 fellowship University of North Texas doctoral student Ana Guadalupe Reyes has been selected for a $20,000 fellowship from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Reyes is a doctoral student in the College of Education counseling program specializing in equine-assisted psychotherapy and LGBTQ+ issues.

 

Athletics

Women’s Basketball Adds Transfer Guard

Plano native and University of the Pacific transfer Callie Owens is joining the North Texas women’s basketball program as announced by Mean Green head coach Jalie Mitchell on Thursday.

The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 5.8 points per game last season as a freshman and made 30 percent of her 3-point attempts. Owens played in 27 games for the Tigers and scored 20 points and had seven rebounds, both season-highs, in a win over Pepperdine.

She scored in double figures six times last year, including 10 points against Marquette.
“You can never have enough players on the roster with Callie’s mentality and character,” Mitchell said. “We are excited to bring another one home and look forward to the leadership, energy and skill that she will bring to our program.”

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Owens will not be allowed to play this coming season but will have three years of eligibility starting in the 2018-19 season.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

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 www.davymooney.net.

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 http://www.quincydavis.com

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.”
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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.
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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.

 

Athletics

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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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: https://www.cob.unt.edu/eaglebusiness/

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 mbacob@unt.edu, 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.


Athletics

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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March 13th, 2017 | Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Walkathon raises awareness, funds for aphasia UNT Speech Pathology students and volunteers celebrate the 100-lap success of UNT Aphasia Support Group member, Karl Heller (center). National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) volunteers helped teach participants about…Read More
EMDS alumni spotlight: Bradley Wilson (’07) This alumni spotlight on MSgt Bradley Wilson (’07) first appeared in the fall 2016 issue of The Mitigator, the EMDS department newsletter. “My path in Emergency Management (EM) post EADP has taken me down a few unique roads. I actually began my career long before actually studying EM at…Read More
Program for veterans gives student chance at first four-year degree in family As seen in: Veteran Graduates after a Decade of Putting Together the Pieces (NBC 5) University of North Texas senior Johnathan Igou says the military is in his blood. Part of a military family dating back three generations, Igou planned for a career in the Air Force and started taking distance… Read More
Corinth appoints PADM alumnus as city manager The Corinth City Council recently appointed Bob Hart (’78 M.P.A.) as city manager. He will begin his new position February 6. Read the full announcement on the City of Corinth website.   See also: Corinth looks to continue building on good foundation (LakeCitiesSun) City Manager Bob… Read More

College of Music

Mnozil Brass
One of the world’s premier brass ensembles, Mnozil Brass will perform in Denton for one-night-only on April 6 in Winspear Hall. Dubbed the “Monty Python of the music world,” Mnozil Brass seamlessly blends musical virtuosity and comedic brilliance creating an unforgettable live performance. With diverse repertoire appropriate for all ages, this is the perfect evening for families to enjoy together. Tickets are available at www.thempac.com
UNT Opera Presents Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites

In April, UNT Opera will present Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, the true story of the Carmelite nuns of Compiègne martyred during the French Revolution and subsequent Reign of Terror. With beautiful music that is at times lush and others hauntingly spare, Poulenc creates a compelling theatrical atmosphere that wonderfully captures the spiritual struggles and the sacrificial love of an extraordinary band of women. Conducted by Stephen Dubberly and directed by David Ward, the workshop production with sets, costumes, and a small instrumental ensemble will be sung in French with English supertitles. Join us on April 6, 7 and 8 at 8:00pm and April 9 at 3:00pm in the Lyric Theater. Tickets are available at www.thempac.com

Lydian String Quartet
Since its formation in 1980, the Lydian String Quartet has embraced the full range of the string quartet repertory from the acknowledged masterpieces of the classical, romantic, and modern eras to the remarkable compositions written by today’s cutting edge composers. The Lydians will share their expertise with UNT students during a two-day residency in April with performances, masterclasses, and coachings. A free concert in Voertman Hall on April 13 will be the culmination of their residency and will include the premiere performance of faculty composer Jon Christopher Nelson’s new work Spinning Silence in the Possible Blue.

College of Business

Jordan Case speaks to room full of College of Business alumni at the Eagle Business Network Breakfast on March 2.

Each month, the College of Business hosts a special networking opportunity for alumni to get together, share ideas and learn from prominent business leaders and alum in the DFW region. In March, the college hosted featured speakers, Dr. Ted Farris and Mr. Jordan Case.

Dr. Ted Farris, the event’s spotlight speaker and UNT logistics professor, gave audience members a look into his innovative classroom agenda. Farris spoke about how he brings a global perspective to his students by offering them the opportunity to work with other universities around the world to solve case studies in a team setting. Not only does his curriculum expose students to the real-world challenges of differing time zones, languages and cultures, but it also strengthens their abilities to be team players and see the bigger picture.

UNT alumnus and president/managing partner of Park Place Lexus, Jordan Case, followed Farris’ presentation by describing the best business practices and strategies that have made his company a success. Case urged that “Failure to plan is planning to fail,” and emphasized the link between his days as a UNT football player and his current duties as president/managing partner. “The better we practice, the better we perform,” and performing is what Park Place Lexus is known for. Under his leadership, the company has ranked in the top ten nationally in sales, fixed operations and profit, and was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for excellence in client focus in 2016.

It was a pleasure to host both Dr. Farris and Jordan Case, along with a room full of proud UNT alumni, at the Eagle Business Network Breakfast.

If you missed this special networking opportunity, we invite you to save the date (and your appetite) for the next breakfast on Thursday, April 6.

Learn more about the Eagle Business Network Breakfast,
or RSVP for next month’s event, here.


College of Information

Congratulations to Morgan Carter on her new Position

In November of 2016, Morgan accepted a new position at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. She is the Instructional Designer for the Health Information Technology program. She develops engaging learning modules using Captivate, evaluates courses using Quality Matters, researches, incorporates eLearning tools to enhance materials, supports Desire2Learn, the learning management system, and assists with accessibility. One of her favorite things is to help faculty overcome hurdles in technology so they can focus on teaching. Morgan received a Bachelor of Applied Technology and Performance Improvement at UNT in 2014.

College of Education

COE, ACES to present Temple Grandin lecture in Dallas

The University of North Texas and ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) will present prominent autism activist Temple Grandin April 13 in Dallas.

9“+Autism: A Lecture and Discussion with Temple Grandin” will begin at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, including educators, parents and health practitioners. Tickets are $20, and pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected to sell out. Proceeds will support UNT’s work in autism.

Grandin is considered one of the most important voices in the ASD community. She was diagnosed with autism as a young child and went on to earn a doctoral degree in animal science. She is a best-selling author and was the subject of an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO film starring Claire Danes.

Grandin will discuss her journey and offer her thoughts on the mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a lecture titled “Educating Students with Different Kinds of Minds.”

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Grandin and experts from UNT and UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, who will answer questions from the audience and offer insights into current research and best practices.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event. The lecture is appropriate for ages 12 and older, and light refreshments will be served. To register, submit a question for Grandin or the panel, or for more information, visit http://www.coe.unt.edu/grandin.


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Athletics

The 2016 North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame class, a group that comes from four decades and three sports, will be inducted on April 8, 2017.The induction ceremony and brunch will take place at 10:30 a.m., prior to the annual Green-White spring football game at Apogee Stadium, and will be held in Apogee’s HUB Club.

Tickets for the brunch and induction are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight, and are now on sale through the North Texas Ticket Office. Click here to purchase online or call the ticket office at 940-565-2527. Attendees will be able to watch the spring game from the HUB Club. The induction brunch is sponsored by UMB Bank.

The Mean Green Club invites you to play in the 27th Annual University of North Texas Don January Golf Classic, benefitting the North Texas Athletics Scholarship Fund and presented by HUB International.

The Don January Golf Classic is a five-person scramble played in three flights. Teams of four players will be teamed with a coach, administrator, personality, or athlete from North Texas Athletics, which may include members of the men’s and women’s golf teams.

Click here for more information and to register for this year’s Classic.

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February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Ala’i-Rosales Ala’i-Rosales to present at ABAI Conference in Paris

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Photos: Commencement Fall 2016

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Over 400 students participated in the PACS Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2016. Congratulations to all new PACS alumni! View photos from the day.

Cyber Forensics Lab to open at UNT New College at Frisco

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College of Music

Pulley 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 www.thempac.com
Roomful of Teeth Roomful 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 www.thempac.com

College of Education

COE, ACES to present Temple Grandin lecture in Dallas

RW Temple headshotThe University of North Texas and ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) will present prominent autism activist Temple Grandin April 13 in Dallas.

“+Autism: A Lecture and Discussion with Temple Grandin” will begin at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, including educators, parents and health practitioners. Tickets are $20, and pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected to sell out. Proceeds will support UNT’s work in autism.

Grandin is considered one of the most important voices in the ASD community. She was diagnosed with autism as a young child and went on to earn a doctoral degree in animal science. She is a best-selling author and was the subject of an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO film starring Claire Danes.

Grandin will discuss her journey and offer her thoughts on the mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a lecture titled “Educating Students with Different Kinds of Minds.”

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Grandin and experts from UNT and UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, who will answer questions from the audience and offer insights into current research and best practices.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event. The lecture is appropriate for ages 12 and older, and light refreshments will be served. To register, submit a question for Grandin or the panel, or for more information, visit http://www.coe.unt.edu/grandin.


College of Visual Arts and Design

CVAD alumna Susan Gabbard is being honored by the NAEA (National Art Education Association) after being named National Art Educator of the Year. Gabbard will be presented the award at the NAEA conference in New York City on March 3, 2017, 3:00pm at the General Session.

One College One Building – On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, officials from University of North Texas and the College of Visual Arts & Design broke ground on a new home for UNT CVAD. The new art building project will be a new $70 million, four-story, 128,354-square-foot addition to the current art building that is located at 1201 W. Mulberry in Denton, Texas.

Upon the completion of this project, slated to be in Fall 2018, more of the College’s programs will be housed together in one place. Currently, art courses are taught not only in the Art Building, but also in Curry, Hickory, and Oak Street Hall, and the Welch Street Complex.

Stay updated on the project by visiting https://art.unt.edu/newCVAD

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Athletics

On Saturday, February 18th, North Texas Basketball will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sun Belt Conference and NCAA Tournament participant team.  Members of the 2007 Championship team will be honored at halftime of the basketball game against UTSA.  Tip off set for 3 pm.

The 2007 North Texas basketball team was only the 2nd team in UNT history to go to the NCAA tournament.  They earned their way to the NCAA tournament by defeating Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game by a score of 83-75.  Calvin Watson was named SBC tournament MVP.  The Mean Green lost their first round game in the NCAA Tournament against the Memphis Tigers by a score of 58-73.  The Mean Green finished the season with a 23-11 record.

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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.
Learn more…


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 www.thempac.com


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 www.thempac.com


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.”

Colleges and Schools Highlights

November 21st, 2016 | Posted in Highlights
College of Music

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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 www.thempac.com

College of Information

Photo attached of attendees with Dean Kinshuk and Dr. Chandler

Photo attached of attendees with Dean Kinshuk
and Dr. Chandler

Dean Kinshuk, COI Dean and Dr. Yvonne Chandler hosted an alumni reception in Las Vegas in conjunction with the Nevada Library Association Annual Conference on October 17, 2016, at the Clark County Branch Library.

Planned Giving

Create a Lasting Legacy with a Charitable Remainder Trust

We are all passionate about UNT and the role our time here as students has played in our success. A Charitable Remainder Trust will enable you to give a significant gift to UNT and benefit from your generosity at the same time. A Charitable Remainder Trust is an especially efficient and generous way to deal with real estate (especially commercial) in cases where a large capital gains tax would apply to the sale. Recent examples we’ve seen include a strip center, an office building and rental properties.

If you’ve built a sizeable estate and are looking for ways to receive reliable payments, you may want to check out the benefits of setting up a Charitable Remainder Trust. Some of your fellow alumni have already added a Charitable Remainder Trust to their estate plans.

Benefits of a Charitable Remainder Trust include:

  • A partial charitable income tax deduction.
  • Potential for increased income.
  • Up-front avoidance of capital gains tax.

There are two ways to receive payments:

The Annuity Trust pays the same dollar amount each year that you choose at the start. Your payments remain the same, regardless of fluctuations in trust investments.

The Unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. Your payments will be adjusted each year based on the value of the assets. If the value of the trust increases, so do your payments. Likewise, if the value decreases, so will your payments.

UNT will work with you, your CPA, attorney and financial planner to ensure that the Charitable Remainder Trust fits well with your overall financial estate plans.

For more information, please contact Roy Grisham at roy.grisham@unt.edu or 940-565-3683.

Athletics

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.

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