graduate programs received top-tier rankings from U.S. News
and World Report this year. The master's and doctoral degree
programs in counselor education ranked in the nation's
top 20, and the master of fine arts program in art and design
is listed among the nation's top 50. The counselor education
program was the highest-ranked Texas program, and only one other
Texas M.F.A. program ranked in the top 50. These latest U.S.
News and World Report rankings join other top-tier rankings for
UNT graduate programs, including library science, health librarianship,
information systems, city management and urban policy, music,
jazz studies, conducting, composition and art education.
medicine have to do with geography? Joseph Oppong, UNT associate
professor of geography, can answer that question. Oppong, who
will serve as the chair of the Medical Geography Specialty Group
of the Association of American Geographers for the next three
years, tracks the spread of diseases and the geography of health
care services. He says medical geographers study "who gets
what diseases and health care where and why," using geographic
information systems and concepts such as demographics, ethnomedicine
and cultural mores. The UNT Department of Geography will host
the International Medical Geography Symposium in Fort Worth in
2005 to provide a venue for cutting-edge studies and reports
on the spread of diseases. For more information, contact the
department at (940) 565-2091.
this year's annual North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison,
everything was coming up awards. The festival unveiled its new
Leon Breeden Award for the best middle school or high school
big band. The St. Charles West Jazz Ensemble, a high school big
band from St. Charles, Mo., received the inaugural award, created
to honor the former One O'Clock Lab Band and jazz studies
program director and his dedication to jazz education. Also presented
was the first $1,000 Town of Addison Jazz Scholarship, which
went to Clay Pritchard, a UNT freshman jazz tenor saxophonist.
He is a second-generation member of the UNT One O'Clock
Lab Band, following in the footsteps of his father, baritone
saxophonist Jim Pritchard ('74), who was a student at UNT
and a member of the band in the 1970s. Jim Pritchard is now a
music educator in Grapevine.
did well in national scholarship competitions this year.
Scholar: Rebekah Hurt of Dallas, a May graduate of UNT's
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, was one of four students
from Texas and one of 50 in the nation to win a $20,000 scholarship
from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation this year. Established
in 1986, the foundation provides scholarships to high school
seniors who have excelled academically; demonstrated motivation
to serve and succeed; held leadership positions in school, civic
and extracurricular activities; and have strong personal character.
TAMS graduates Hutch Ice of Nocona and John Varghese of Hickory
Creek were named semifinalists in the competition.
Scholars: For the third year in a row,
UNT leads other Texas universities in the number of students
receiving Barry M.
Goldwater Scholarships, which are considered among the country's
most prestigious. All four of UNT's Goldwater Scholars — Daniel
Birt from Corpus Christi, Shinjita Das and Andrea Runyan from Fort
Worth and Andrew Liu from Highland Village — are May graduates
of UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. No more
than four students from each college or university can receive
the scholarships, awarded to students planning careers in mathematics,
science and engineering. This year, UNT had more scholars than
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute
of Technology and Stanford and Yale and tied with 10 other universities,
including Harvard, Princeton and Cornell, in having the maximum
number of scholars. UNT is one of only two universities in the
nation to have the maximum number three years in a row. The other
is Duke University.
Semifinalists: Five recent Texas Academy
of Mathematics and Science graduates were honored as semifinalists
in the 2003
Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's premier program
to recognize high school student research in science, mathematics
and engineering. Adam Hinze of Granbury, Juliet Howe of Crowley,
Andrea Runyan of Fort Worth, Cindy Wang of San Antonio and Jessica
Yih of Arlington were among 14 Texas students named semifinalists
in this year's competition. Nationwide, 300 Intel semifinalists
were selected from more than 1,500 applicants. TAMS has produced
27 semifinalists for this honor since 1993.
Finalist: For the sixth time since 1998, a UNT student was selected as
a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Senior Sandra Ehlert, who is earning a bachelor's degree
in anthropology, was one of nine finalists from Texas and one of
213 finalists in the nation in this year's Truman Scholarship
competition. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students
who have demonstrated interest in federal, state or local government
careers. Three UNT students have won Truman Scholarships since
Brown ('39), 88, of Houston, former North Texas track standout
and world record holder, died May 1.
a world record in the medley relay in 1938 with his twin
brother, Elmer ('38, '49 M.S.), and twins Wayne ('40) and Blaine
('40) Rideout, Brown coached track and worked in athletic training
at universities including Baylor and Texas Tech.
He retired from
Texas A&M at Commerce in 1980 and lived in
Galveston before moving to Houston in 2001 to be closer to his
Lee Eldridge Huddleston
Huddleston, 67, of Denton, associate professor of history since
1967, died May 29 in Denton. He received his bachelor
of arts degree from Texas Tech University in 1959 and his doctorate
from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966.
He had taught at PMC Colleges in Chester, Pa., the University
of Arkansas, Colorado State University and Kansas State University.
At UNT he taught courses in Latin American history and the ancient
Near East and served as an undergraduate adviser in the history
His book Origins
of the Indians: European Concepts, 1492-1729,
was published by the University of Texas Press in 1967, and he
had written numerous articles, abstracts for the Handbook of
Latin American Studies and book reviews.
He was currently researching the origins and development of certain
social and theological concepts in the ancient Near East and Pre-Columbian
America. The research was for a book he had tentatively titled
Footnotes in the Name of God.
Gail Smith Rola
Smith Rola ('84 M.Ed.), 47, of Flower Mound, assistant
dean of the School of Community Service and lecturer in rehabilitation,
social work and addictions since 1998, died May 19 at Baylor
University Medical Center in Dallas.
She was formerly
the dean of student services at Brookhaven College in Dallas
where she began her career as a receptionist
in the counseling center. She received her bachelor's degree
in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and her
master's in counseling and student services from North
Texas and was working on her doctorate in higher education at
UNT. She was also a licensed professional counselor with a private
practice in marriage and family counseling.
Among her professional memberships were the National Career
Development Association, the National Academic Advising Association
and the National Coalition Building Institute.
Rola was founder of the Imani Institute at Horizon Unitarian
Universalist Church in Carrollton and served on the board of
directors of the Dallas Kindness Foundation and the Denton Unitarian
donations may be made to the Gail Rola Service Learning Scholarship
in care of Trey Anderson, University of North Texas,
School of Community Service, P.O. Box 305248, Denton, Texas 76203-5248.
Olive Smith Selby
Velma Olive Smith Selby, 92, retired assistant professor of music,
died May 5 in Denton. She taught at North Texas from 1939 to 1942
and from 1960 to 1975.
She earned a bachelor's degree in music from Texas Christian University
and a master's degree from the Teacher's College at Columbia University.
When she first worked at North Texas, she supervised student teachers
in the music education department. She then married and moved to
California, returning to Denton after World War II. She taught
music at Jefferson Davis Elementary School in Denton before rejoining
the North Texas faculty.
a longtime member of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and
the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a longtime
member of the First United Methodist Church of Denton. She and
her husband, George D. Selby, recently contributed to UNT's Oral
History Collection. George Selby grew up in what is now Denton's
Bayless-Selby House Museum.
Ron Shanklin, 55, a former football player who coached at North
Texas from 1982 to 1991, died April 17 at his home in DeSoto.
Shanklin played for the Mean Green from 1967 to 1969 and holds
school records for most receiving touchdowns in a game (three),
season (13) and career (31). He ranks second in school history
in reception yards with 2,465 and third in receptions with 144.
who played six seasons in the National Football League, was the
ever drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers coach
Chuck Noll — the first was Terry Bradshaw. Shanklin led the
Steelers in receptions each of his first three seasons (1971-73),
earned a Pro Bowl berth and was a member of the Super Bowl IX championship
Richard Swerdlin, 73, retired associate professor of teacher education
and administration who taught at North Texas from 1970 to 1997,
died April 17 at his home in Denton.
born in New York City and graduated from the Bronx High School
of Science. From 1953 to 1958 he served in the Air Force,
studying electronics and navigation and doing a tour of duty in
his bachelor's degree from the City College
of New York and master's and doctoral degrees from the University
of Cincinnati. He taught elementary school in Ohio and was a faculty
member at Southern Illinois University and the University of Louisville
before joining the elementary education faculty at North Texas.
He was a member of several professional organizations, including
the American Association of University Professors, the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Education Association,
Phi Delta Kappa and the Texas State Teachers Association.
He was interested
in languages, gardening and writing and was an advocate for children's
education, civil rights and animal rights. He was a supporter
of the Denton Public Library, the Humane
Society, the Lions Club and the Esperanto League.