2018 Spring

2018 Spring
UNT alumni at an outdoor gathering

UNT Alumni Association

Expanded Regional Programming

UNT Alumni Association plans more events for alumni in cities throughout Texas.

#2018 Spring, #Alumni Life, #UNT Alumni Association

Tom Weger

Award of Excellence

Historical Honor

UNT alumnus Tom Weger wins award for works on Chisholm, Great Western Trails.

#2018 Spring, #Culture

Two UNT students in a classroom

Academic Programs

New Degrees

To ready students for high-tech careers, UNT offers 13 new degrees, with more on the way.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Spring, #Campus News

Rudy Reynoso at the Grammys Red Carpet event


Rock Star Trek

UNT alumnus Rudy Reynoso rubs elbows with music royalty after winning a trip to the Grammys.

#2018 Spring, #Online Extras

UNT Graduation Block Party (Photo by Gary Barber)

Green Pride

Graduation Block Party Marks Major Milestone

UNT to honor recent graduates with new block party commencement tradition.

#2018 Spring, #Alumni Life, #Campus News, #Green Pride

Elliotte Dunlap

Alumni Spotlight

Elliotte Dunlap

Alumnus' desire to effect change led to UNT's Multicultural Center in 1995 and continues today.

Written by: Nancy Kolsti

#2018 Spring, #Diversity, #Business, #Features

Ed Stephan

Alumni spotlight

Finding his Beat

UNT alumnus Ed Stephan's hard work led to performing on a Grammy-winning album.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2018 Spring, #Culture, #College of Music

Christine Williams

Best Short Film

Winning Work

UNT alumna Christine Williams' film named runner-up at the Denton Black Film Festival.

#2018 Spring, #Culture, #Department of Radio, Television and Film

Alan Baylock conducting an outdoor performance ath the Frisco Art Walk

Brilliantly Green

UNT Faculty, Students, Alums Make Their Mark

UNT's Alan Baylock lands on list of 10 People Who Define Dallas.

#2018 Spring, #Brilliantly Green, #College of Music

From left, Brenda McCoy and Paul Poston Sr.

Online Extra

A Legacy of Service

UNT Presidential Citation honors Paul Poston Sr. nearly 76 years after he left UNT for World War II.

#2018 Spring, #Online Extras

University of North Texas students in a materials science lab of Nandika D'Souza.

Power of Research

Research and Innovation

Through collaborations and creativity, UNT advances research and industry partnerships.

#2018 Spring, #Features, #Science/Technology

Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi

Faculty books

Women During Wartime

UNT history lecturer Deborah Liles edits book on Texas women's activities during the Civil War.

#2018 Spring, #Books, #Culture, #Department of History

Simon Walker

Creative Designs

Letter Perfect

UNT alumnus Simon Walker's fonts appear on high-profile media.

#2018 Spring, #Department of Design, #Culture, #College of Visual Arts and Design

Ashwin Kumar, Ted Zhao, Sarah Zou, Abhishek Mohan and Tan Yan (Photo by Ahna Hubnik)

Outstanding students

TAMS Students Honored

UNT TAMS students named semifinalists in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science

The MRF spaces photographed in Discovery Park on the UNT campus

Parting shot

Materials Research Facility

The facility's two dozen machines lead to cutting-edge discoveries made by students and faculty.

#2018 Spring, #Department of Materials Science and Engineering, #Science/Technology, #Featured Photo, #College of Engineering

Aaron Glassburner and John Dicken

continuing education

Bettering Military Logistics

Air Force members are completing doctoral degrees at UNT as part of a unique program.

#2018 Spring, #Business, #Campus News

Tara Owens

Program Feature

Seeking Justice

UNT criminal justice alumni work to reduce crime, increase security around the world.

Written by: Amy Armstrong

#2018 Spring, #Department of Criminal Justice, #Features, #College of Health and Public Service

Worried About the Wrong Things

Faculty books

Youth and the Internet

UNT's Jacqueline Ryan Vickery finds youth use internet in positive ways.

#2018 Spring, #Books, #Culture, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

Yvonne Valdez (Photo by Brit Peters)

Alumni Spotlight

Behind the Scenes

UNT alumna Yvonne Valdez makes mark in Hollywood as a film editor.

#2018 Spring, #Culture, #Department of Radio, Television and Film

Emma Restivo

Outstanding students

Rising Star

UNT freshman Emma Restivo travels to National Retail Federation Big Show and Student Program.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News, #College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism

D CEO cover, Dallas 500, the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth. Front row from left: Melissa Reiff, Emmitt Smith Back: Mike Rawlings, Andrew Beal, G. Brint Ryan. Portrait by Elizabeth Lavin


Making the Cut

This year's Dallas 500 features many UNT alumni, faculty and administrators.

#2018 Spring, #Business, #Campus News

Terriell Bradley

mean green

Action-packed Season

Mean Green basketball nets new records, postseason play.

#2018 Spring, #Athletics, #Features

Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India

Faculty books

Building Community

UNT professor Pankaj Jain explores how science and religion work together in Indian villages.

#2018 Spring, #Books, #Culture, #Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies

From left, Diamond Eagles Society co-founders Cathy Bryce (’91 Ph.D.), Debbie Smatresk and Shari McCoy

Giving impact

New Initiative Creates Campus Impact

Diamond Eagles Society raises money for patio at UNT Alumni Pavilion.

#2018 Spring, #Alumni Life, #Campus News

Neale R. Chumbler


New Dean of HPS

Neale R. Chumbler has been named the new dean of UNT's College of Health and Public Service.

#2018 Spring, #UNT News, #Campus News, #College of Health and Public Service

Leila Rahimi

Online Extra

Olympic Broadcast Dreams

Leila Rahimi had lofty dreams as a Denton teenager — literally.

Written by: Leigh Anne Gullett

#2018 Spring, #Brilliantly Green, #Online Extras

Tim Love (Courtesy of Tim Love)

celebrity chef series

'Food. Love. Hospitality.'

The UNT Celebrity Chef Series will feature restaurateur Tim Love on April 23.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News, #College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism

Kayla Olson and Farrah Penn

Notable Authors

Writing Their Future

UNT alumni Kayla Olson and Farrah Penn write young adult novels.

#2018 Spring, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of International Studies, #Emerald Eagle Scholars, #Books, #Culture

Steven Glassner

Online Extra

Positive Impact

Steven Glassner wants to impact his own students the way his UNT professors influenced him.

Written by: Amy Armstrong

#2018 Spring, #Department of Criminal Justice, #Social Impact, #Online Extras, #College of Health and Public Service

Ryan Hooks

Alumni spotlight

Taking the Plunge

As head of sales, UNT alumnus Ryan Hooks helps services and revenue soar at Frisco's iFLY.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Spring, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Business, #Department of Communication Studies

Diane Bruxvoort


New Dean of Libraries

Diane Bruxvoort will serve as UNT's new dean of libraries beginning April 1.

#2018 Spring, #Department of Library and Information Sciences, #Campus News, #College of Information

Justin Watts portrait

faculty spotlight

Professor Hits Runway

Assistant professor Justin Watts was a model at a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News, #Department of Rehabilitation Studies, Social Work, and Addictions, #College of Health and Public Service

Jonathan Camacho

Alumni Spotlight

Music Man

UNT alumnus Jonathan Camacho's music heard in many places, including ESPN.

#2018 Spring, #Culture, #College of Music

President Neal Smatresk and his wife, Debbie, visit with National Merit Scholars. (Photo by Michael Clements)

from our president

Soaring Higher

UNT continues strides to better serve students with more options.

#2018 Spring, #Letters

Michelle Jernigan

Alumni spotlight

Food Allergy Advocate

UNT alumna Michelle Jernigan volunteers for cause that affects her family personally.

Written by: Alaetra Smith

#2018 Spring, #College of Education

Mariela Nuñez-Janes

faculty focus

Empowering Youth

Mariela Nuñez-Janes' story is all about helping migrant and Latino youth tell theirs.

#2018 Spring, #Department of Anthropology, #Campus News, #College of Health and Public Service

Gary Cocke


Gary Cocke

How can you grow a garden using native plants?

Written by: Jennifer Pache

#2018 Spring, #Ask an Expert

Shay Youngblood

Many talents

Creating Conversations

UNT's Shay Youngblood sees works performed by top theater, Viola Davis.

#2018 Spring, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Culture, #Dance & Theatre

North Texas Normal College Class of 1915

dear north texan

1915 Treasure

Son finds old panoramic photo while cleaning out his father's home office.

#2018 Spring, #Letters, #Letters to the editor

Kellie Delka

Alumni spotlight

Sliding into Victory

UNT alumna Kellie Delka aims to make 2022 Olympics in the sport of skeleton.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2018 Spring, #Athletics, #Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, #Culture, #Alumni Profiles, #College of Education

Jane Goodall


UNT Welcomes Goodall

Jane Goodall will speak at UNT on April 9 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News


Preserving the Lamkang Language

UNT graduate student is working to save her disappearing language.

#2018 Spring, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #Department of Linguistics and Technical Communications

Kathy Scherler

Alumni Spotlight

Spreading Music

UNT alumna Kathy Scherler creates music program for children in need.

#2018 Spring, #Culture, #College of Music

Shirley and Don Baker, Don is wearing  a football helmet and uniform

dear north texan

Football Couple

Go to class, elope, take final -- alumna looks back fondly on her college years.

#2018 Spring, #Letters, #Letters to the editor

Shan Gao

The Last Word

To Chile and Back

Shan Gao recalls how her experience in Chile changed her views on wilderness.

Written by: Shan Gao ('12 Ph.D.)

#2018 Spring, #Essays

From left, Shivganesh Bhargava, head of Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT-Bombay; P.V. Balaji, dean of research and development, IIT-Bombay; Marilyn Wiley, dean of UNT's College of Business; Manjula Salimath, associate professor of management,

global connection

College of Business, IIT-Bombay Partner

Colleges collaborate to host International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Family Business.

#2018 Spring, #International, #Global Connection, #Campus News, #Department of Management, #College of Business

Randy Schekman


Nobel Prize Winner to Visit UNT in April

Nobel Prize-winning biologist Randy Schekman will bring his knowledge to UNT for two lectures.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News

Daniel Rojas

Composing for film

Movie Musician

UNT alumnus Daniel Rojas' guitar work heard on major movies.

#2018 Spring, #Culture, #College of Music

dear north texan

A Rolling Car

Alumnus recalls a 1956 encounter from his North Texas days.

#2018 Spring, #Letters, #Letters to the editor

UNT System building

Online Extra


The UNT System's universities serve, inspire and drive the North Texas region.

#2018 Spring, #Online Extras

Chelsea Jones, Woodrow Weaver and Carlos Castro with junior Joshua Intondi (pictured with Julie Willems-Espinoza, associate director of UNT's Center for Logistics Education and Research, from left)

outstanding students

Logistics Win

A team of logistics and supply-chain management students wins top prize at Operation Stimulus.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News, #Department of Marketing and Logistics, #College of Business

bridges to inclusion

Equity and Diversity

Scholar-activist Rosa Clemente delivers keynote address at 2018 Equity and Diversity Conference.

#2018 Spring, #Diversity, #Campus News

Drew Zaremba conducting

Music Masters

Composing Careers

UNT alumni Drew Zaremba and Garrett Wingfield win 2018 Herb Alpert awards.

#2018 Spring, #Culture, #College of Music

1963 - UNT students having fun at a snowball fight on campus

Dear North Texan

Snowy Campus Memories

Read about what some alumni shared on Facebook about their memories of snow days on campus.

#2018 Spring, #Letters, #Letters to the editor

UNT love letters

online extra

Love Stories

This year’s winning UNT love story was hard to beat.

#2018 Spring, #Online Extras

OLLI class attendees

continuing education

OLLI Summer Kickoff

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNT will host its summer kickoff May 16 at Apogee Stadium.

#2018 Spring, #Campus News

Hand wearing nitrile gloves holding test tube

Online Extra

UNT Cancer Research

UNT faculty and students are making impacts with their cancer-fighting research.

#2018 Spring, #Online Exclusives