Music, Mars and Media

President Neal Smatresk and  Ethan Waldrip take a selfie.Pass it on: Great things are happening at UNT. Learn about them here and share our successes with your family and friends.

  • Changing lives through music. College of Music performance and jazz studies doctoral student Daniel Pinilla ('15 M.A.) won the $10,000 top prize in UNT's 2017 Sherman-Barsanti Inspiration Awards. Pinilla was awarded the honor for his project to develop a series of music workshops for children in rural Colombia who have been traumatized by armed conflict
  • Out of this world. Joanna Feaster, a senior at UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, had 21 hours to work with a team and create a plan for a human settlement on the planet Mercury during a regional Space Settlement Design Competition this spring at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Her team won and she is one of six students from her competing group who will attend this summer's international competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "I want to be an aerospace engineer, which is why I was super psyched about this competition," Feaster says. "I hope to work for NASA someday."
  • Social media scholarship. Ethan Waldrip, a 2017 high school graduate from Haltom City, received a $10,000 scholarship from UNT President Neal Smatresk for becoming the 10,000th follower of the @UNTPrez Twitter account during the fall UNT Preview event. Waldrip plans to major in a STEM field and attended Preview to learn more about UNT's biomedical engineering program.