Marking Milestones and a Big Gig

From left to right Brad Leali, Lyle Lovett and Chad Willis (Photo by James Gilmer) Pass it on: Great things are happening at UNT. Learn about them here and share our successes with your family and friends.

  • Eagle Feather soars for decade. The UNT Honors College's student research publication, The Eagle Feather, celebrated its 10th issue this fall. Since 2004, the online journal has prepared undergraduate students for publishing peer-reviewed articles as graduate students and professionals.

  • HackFest Winners. UNT joined forces with LeadingAge — an association of nonprofit aging service providers — to host its first ever HackFest in Dallas this fall. Professionals and students from UNT and other universities competed for three days to develop new and innovative technologies that allow seniors to live independently while receiving necessary home care. Clinching first place was UNT doctoral student David Adamo Jr. and his four teammates from other universities for their videoconferencing app.

  • You gotta Lovett. Jazz studies senior Chad Willis, got the offer of his life this fall when saxophone professor and alumnus Brad Leali ('89), invited him to fill in as a trumpet player on a 24-city U.S. tour with singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett. Willis, former lead trumpet player for UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band, gained valuable experience and, of course, delighted in meeting Lovett. "It was really exciting," Willis says.

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