North Texan Spring 2024


North Texan magazine connects UNT alumni and friends to the university and keeps them up to date with what's happening on campus and with our community members.

The magazine's mission is to "demonstrate UNT's vibrant and continued relevancy within the lives of alumni and friends as it showcases how the university and its alumni make a difference in the world."

North Texan magazine is brought to you by the Division of University Brand Strategy and Communications.

University Brand Strategy and Communications Leadership

Sr. Associate Vice President

Kelley Reese ('95)

Magazine Staff

Executive Editor

Julie Elliott Payne ('97)

Managing Editor

Jessica DeLeĆ³n


Scott Brown ('10)

Amanda Fuller

Jill King ('93 M.S., '00 M.A.)

Heather Noel

Lisa Sciortino

Walker Smart

Art Director

Angilee Wilkerson

Design Editor

Nola Kemp ('92)

Photo Editor

Gary Payne ('99)

Project Management

Jan Clountz ('92)

Harsh Sangani ('23 M.S.)


Shelby Bahnick ('17)

Christopher Knapp


Robert Bratcher

Cliffton Caster

Natalie Crawford

Kenny Failes ('17)

Nola Kemp ('92)

Ivy Tani


Peter Comparoni

Ahna Hubnik ('03)


Carlos Marquez

Paul Slavonik

Timothy Stevens ('13)

Paige Thomas


Christiana Flores

Chelsey Gilbert

Amanda Lyons

Bess Whitney ('13, '15 M.A.)

Social Media

Melisa Brown ('93)

Erika Fox

Alicia Zartman ('22)

Online Communications

Jacob King

Eric Vandergriff

Student Contributors

Sky Allen

Natasha Drake

Paige Heyl

Madison Graner

Nabeela Iqbal

Michael King

Michael king Katie Neumann

Maeci Ray

North Texan magazine (ISSN 0468-6659) is published two times a year (in March and September) by the University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311070, Denton, Texas 76203-5017, for distribution to alumni and friends of the university. Periodicals postage paid at Denton, Texas, and at additional mailing offices. The diverse views on matters of public interest that are presented in the North Texan do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the university. Publications staff can be reached at or 940-565-2108.

The University of North Texas (UNT) prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law in its application and admission processes; educational programs and activities; employment policies, procedures, and processes; and university facilities. The university takes active measures to prevent such conduct and investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate. Direct questions or concerns to the equal opportunity office, 940-565-2759, or the dean of students, 940-565-2648. TTY access is available at 940-369-8652.

The UNT System and the University of North Texas are the owners of all of their trademarks, service marks, trade names, slogans, graphic images and photography and they may not be used without permission.