The North Texan 2018 Summer


The 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."

The North Texan is brought to you by the Division of University Relations, Communications and Marketing.

University Relations, Communications and Marketing Leadership

Interim Vice President

Kelley Reese ('95)

Magazine Staff

Executive Editor

Julie Elliott Payne ('97)

Managing Editor

Randena Hulstrand ('88, '07 M.J.)


Erin Cristales ('11 M.S.)

Jessica DeLeon

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

Art Director

Angilee Wilkerson

Design Editor

Nola Kemp ('92)

Photo Editor

Gary Payne ('99)

Project Management

Spring Atwater

Erica Blount

Jan Clountz


Jack Fraser ('11)

Marybeth Menz ('08, '12 M.A.)


Cliffton Caster

Clay Davis ('96)

Ciera Schibi


Michael Clements

Ranjani Groth ('16)

Ahna Hubnik ('03)


Christopher Bryan ('08)

Brad Holt ('09)


Amy Armstrong

Monique Bird ('10 M.J.)

Amy Brundeen

Leigh Anne Gullett

Kris Muller

Jim Rogers

Courtney Taylor ('02)

Meredith Moriak Wright

Online Communications

Jacob King

Eric Vandergriff

Student Contributors

Kara Dry

Kevin Edger

Madeline Greene

Trevor McWilliams

Jennifer Pache ('16, '18 M.A.)

Amanda Pearson ('18)

Adriana Salazar

The North Texan (ISSN 0468-6659) is published four times a year (in March, June, September and December) 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 System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit -- and takes actions to prevent -- discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence) and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate. The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing. 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.

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