Great Things are Happening at UNT

From left to right, Katelyn Patrick Boutin, Nichole Fallis, Danielle Nicole and McKenzie Hibler. (Photo by Erica Aquilina/NRF)Pass it on: Great things are happening at UNT. Learn about them here and share our successes with your family and friends.

  • Breaking boundaries. Hilda G. Tagle ('71 M.S.), senior U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Texas, was the first Mexican American woman to become a county court-at-law judge in Texas, serving in Nueces County, and the first to become a U.S. district judge in Texas. This summer she received the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas Women in the Law Section. After earning a master's in library science at UNT, she went on to law school -- and making history.
  • Former student-athlete honors. Brett Bell ('16), a recreation, event and sport management graduate and former UNT basketball player who worked at the Pohl Recreation Center, landed an internship after graduation with the Big 12 Conference where he helped plan wrestling championships and the NCAA Women's Final Four. Now he has received the 2017 John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He'll use it to pursue a master's in educational leadership at TCU.
  • Handbag totes sales on HSN TV. Merchandising and digital retailing graduates appeared on HSN TV this summer thanks to a project they worked on as students. At last year's NRF Foundation Student Challenge, their winning design -- a custom women's handbag with compartments for digital devices and other essentials -- caught the eye of judge Danielle DiFerdinando, founder and creative director of Danielle Nicole. She partnered with Katelyn Patrick Boutin ('16), Nichole Fallis ('16) and McKenzie Hibler ('16) (pictured with Danielle from left, holding the new bags) to bring it to market.

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