2018 Summer

The North Texan 2018 Summer

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Stoke a Hub for UNT Innovators

UNT alums and staff mentor aspiring entrepreneurs at Denton-based coworking space.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Summer, #Innovation, #Online Exclusives, #College of Information, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science

Leann Berry. Photo by Ranjani Groth

Alumni spotlight

Crafter of Cocktails

UNT alumna Leann Berry delights Dallas restaurant scene with her creative spirits and stories.

Written by: Jessica DeLeon

#2018 Summer, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Dance and Theatre, #Food/Spirits, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Culture, #Dance & Theatre

UNT Tech Titans

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UNT Tech Titans Timeline

A look at the alumni who have launched startups in the North Texas region.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Summer, #Business, #Online Exclusives

Robert Maynard. Photo by Ranjani Groth

Program Feature

A Degree in Perseverance

For nontraditional students, the B.A.A.S. program provides the flexibility to earn a diploma.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2018 Summer, #New College, #Feature Stories

Jon McCarry

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UNT Revamps Murphy Center

New director helms what is set to become an 'innovation hub' for the North Texas region.

Written by: Monique Bird

#2018 Summer, #Innovation, #Online Exclusives, #College of Business

CampReward.com

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Startup Beginnings

Alum works nights, weekends to make 'Expedia of campgrounds' a reality.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Summer, #Business, #Innovation, #Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, #Online Exclusives

Wende Zomnir with her team at the Urban Decay headquarters

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Wende Zomnir

Co-founder and CEO of top-selling makeup brand Urban Decay isn't afraid to go bold.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Summer, #Alumni Profile, #Features, #Online Exclusives, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

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Back in the Classroom

Janet Bracken fulfilled her dream of earning a degree and now is helping others fulfill theirs.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2018 Summer, #New College, #Online Exclusives, #College of Business

Rossana Boyd

Faculty Focus

Advocating for ELLs

College of Education professor is a tireless champion for students and teachers.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Summer, #Faculty Focus, #Department of Teacher Education and Administration

UNT President Neal Smatesk particaptes in a dance at the 2018 Grad Block Party

From our president

Expanding Our Presence

Frisco branch campus, digital research centre help meet needs of future, current students

#2018 Summer, #Letters

Mark Duebner in airport

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Swinging Into Action

As director of aviation for the city of Dallas, alumnus Mark Duebner prepares for everything.

Written by: Monique Bird

#2018 Summer, #Public Administration, #Alumni Profiles, #College of Health and Public Service

President Neal Smatresk and Vice President for Advancement David Wolf present the Wings of Eagles Presidential Award to Jim McNatt ('66).

Wingspan Gala 2018

The Bright Lights of UNT

During its Wingspan Gala, the university honored alumni, faculty, students and friends.

#2018 Summer, #Alumni Life, #Special Events, #Features

2018 Scrappy Awards. Photo by Rick Yeatts

Mean Green

Student-Athletes Fly High at Ceremony

Mean Green football, soccer players take home top honors at second annual Scrappy Awards ceremony.

#2018 Summer, #Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics

Pictured at left, from left to right: Frisco City Councilman Will Sowell, Frisco Mayor Pro Tem Shona Huffman, Frisco City Councilman Bill Woodard, Scrappy, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, UNT President Neal Smatresk, Frisco Deputy Mayor Pro Tem John Keating and

Expansion

Spreading Its Wings

UNT develops partnership with Frisco to make way for a new branch campus in Collin County.

#2018 Summer, #Frisco, #Spaces, #Campus News

President Neil Smatresk presents NetDragon founder Dejian Liu with an eagle painting at the NetDragon Digital Research Centre launch announcement May 15. The centre will offer students and faculty sponsored research and technology development opportunitie

Global Connection

UNT Launches NetDragon Digital Research Centre

UNT joined forces with Digital Train Limited to launch its NetDragon Digital Research Centre in May.

#2018 Summer, #Innovation, #Global Connection, #Campus News

Jalea Seals. Photo by Michael Clements

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The Parent Gap

Alumna Jalea Seals ('09) shows caregivers how to help children with behavioral issues.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Summer, #Alumni Profile, #Department of Psychology, #Online Exclusives

Tesa Hargis

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Global Good

Honors College alum Tesa Hargis ('17) was awarded a $45,500 Rotary Global Grant.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2018 Summer, #Alumni Profile, #Global, #Online Exclusives, #Honors College

Ciara Boniface

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A Reel Winner

The world's Next Visionary Filmmaker is a media arts student at UNT.

Written by: Jessica DeLeon

#2018 Summer, #Department of Media Arts, #Television & Film, #Online Exclusives

Joe Greene

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Greene Pride

UNT's newest residence hall will be named after the university's most iconic figure.

#2018 Summer, #Spaces, #Mean Green Athletics, #Online Exclusives

The Diaz quintuplets, from left, Enna Diaz, George Diaz, John Diaz, Emilio Diaz and Maria Diaz

PARTING SHOT

Diaz Quintuplets

After four years, the Diaz quintuplets are graduating from UNT.

#2018 Summer, #Featured Photo

Kevin Smith and Dan Franks

Podcast Movement

Talking Head

UNT alumnus Dan Franks' career as an accountant led to podcasting.

#2018 Summer, #Business, #Department of Accounting, #Media Arts, #Television & Film, #Culture, #College of Business

James Wallace. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

Creating experiences

Movie Maker

UNT alumnus James Wallace always loved the movies. Now he curates programming for Alamo Drafthouse.

Written by: Jessica DeLeon

#2018 Summer, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Media Arts, #Television & Film, #Culture, #Department of Radio, Television and Film

Giovanni Valderas

Inspired by community

Artist and Advocate

UNT alumnus Giovanni Valderas wins Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award for unique project.

#2018 Summer, #Visual Arts and Design, #Visual Arts, #Culture, #College of Visual Arts and Design

Legacy Families

A Family Tradition

The Usabiaga family has made UNT their place to learn about business.

Written by: Monique Bird

#2018 Summer, #Business, #Legacy Families, #Legacy Families, #College of Business

Octavio Quintanilla

Creative endeavors

Making Poetry Visible

UNT alumnus Octavio Quintanilla is the 2018-20 Poet Laureate for the city of San Antonio.

#2018 Summer, #Books, #College of Arts & Sciences, #English, #Books, #Culture

Bola Ogun. Photo by Adriana Gonzalez Vega

Behind the scenes

Rebel Artist

UNT alumna Bola Ogun's work in Hollywood leads to mentorship with Robert Rodriguez.

#2018 Summer, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Dance and Theatre, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Culture, #Dance & Theatre

Street Democracy book cover

Faculty Books

Street Democracy

UNT history professor Sandra C. Mendiola Garcia explores street vendors' fight for democracy.

#2018 Summer, #Books, #College of Arts & Sciences, #History, #Books, #Culture, #Department of History

Wealth Builder Challenge book cover

Faculty Books

Building Wealth

UNT adjunct professor Dave Ragan and alumnus Ricky Grunden Sr. advise on money matters.

#2018 Summer, #Books, #Business, #Books, #Culture, #College of Business

Cover of "I Scream You Scream"

Faculty Books

Sweet Surprise

UNT political science professor Wendy Watson writes Mysteries A La Mode series.

#2018 Summer, #Books, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Political Science, #Books, #Culture, #Department of Political Science

Michael Gause

High honor

Thirst for Success

UNT alumnus Michael Gause named Detroit Symphony Orchestra African American Orchestra Fellow.

#2018 Summer, #Music, #Music, #Culture, #College of Music

Otura Mun. Courtesy of Otura Mun

Traditional and modern

Different Beat

UNT alumnus Otura Mun's eclectic mix of music draws national attention.

#2018 Summer, #Music, #Music, #Culture, #College of Music

Jazz History

Wonderful World

UNT alumnus Michael Cogswell retires after overseeing Louis Armstrong House Museum for 27 years.

#2018 Summer, #Music, #Music, #Culture, #College of Music

Photo by Kathy Prichard

Musical Theatre

Dream Job

UNT alumni work with George Takei on his musical "Allegiance."

#2018 Summer, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Dance and Theatre, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Culture, #Dance & Theatre

Jana Hawley, dean of CMHT

Appointments

New Dean of CMHT

Jana Hawley is joining UNT as the dean of the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism.

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

Wesley Randall, dean of New College

Appointments

New Dean of New College

Wesley Randall, professor of logistics, is the new dean of UNT's New College.

#2018 Summer, #Department of Marketing & Logistics, #New College, #Campus News, #College of Business

Three baby goats

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Goat Enterprise

UNT alumna Jonna Hopewell Payne Davis' goat farm brings in skin-care products and even yoga.

Written by: Jennifer Pache

#2018 Summer, #Alumni Profile, #Alumni Profiles

Richard Dixon

faculty SPOTLIGHT

Professor Elected into Royal Society

Richard Dixon was elected into the United Kingdom's prestigious scientific organization.

#2018 Summer, #Department of Biological Sciences, #Campus News

Ana Cleveland

faculty SPOTLIGHT

Health Information Honoree

Ana Cleveland is the recipient of the highest honor the Medical Library Association confers.

#2018 Summer, #Campus News, #College of Information

From left to right, James Renfroe and Matthew Hernandez.

Academic competition

Debate Tournament

UNT debaters finished in the top 44 teams in national debate tournaments.

#2018 Summer, #Department of Accounting, #Campus News, #College of Business, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

Kathryn Ostermeier

Student spotlight

Work Identities Research

Ph.D. candidate studying how different identities at work or at home impact people on the job.

#2018 Summer, #Research, #Campus News, #Department of Management, #College of Business

Student spotlight

Audit Foundation Grant Recipient

Accounting doctoral candidate awarded $10,000 Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant.

#2018 Summer, #Department of Accounting, #Campus News, #College of Business

TAMS tracks

CURRICULUM

TAMS Expands Academic Tracks

TAMS is giving students the option of combining study in the sciences with study in the arts.

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

Donghui Zhu

Research

Grant Awarded for Stent Development

The College of Engineering received a $2 million grant to develop a biodegradable medical stent.

#2018 Summer, #Department of Biomedical Engineering, #Research, #Campus News, #College of Engineering

Ricardo Gonzalez

ASK AN EXPERT

Ricardo Gonzalez

How can you keep kids engaged in learning over the summer?

Written by: Madeline Greene

#2018 Summer, #Ask an Expert, #College of Education

The Denton New Horizons Band. Photo by Ranjani Groth

Brilliantly Green

Great Things are Happening at UNT

Shattering glass ceilings, history-making win and reaching a milestone.

#2018 Summer, #Brilliantly Green, #College of Business, #College of Music

Zach Palmer and Lauren Scally. Photo by Ahna Hubnik.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Renovating and Preserving History

UNT alums preserve Denton homes while building renovation and construction business.

Written by: Meredith Moriak Wright

#2018 Summer, #Alumni Profile, #Alumni Profiles, #College of Business

John Soliswith his father, Javier making the UNT eagle claw in front of the library mall fountain. Photo by Kasey Kamenicky/FWCreations

Giving Impact

Ring Ceremony

Time-honored symbol gains new tradition.

#2018 Summer, #giving impact, #UNT Alumni Association

Naomi Niyah

the last word

Caring Campus

Recent graduate reflects on research victories and other UNT highlights.

Written by: Naomi Niyah ('18)

#2018 Summer, #Department of Biological Sciences, #Essay, #Graduation, #Research, #Essays, #Honors College

John (’80 M.B.A.) and Mary Alda (’84)

UNT Alumni Association

Set Sail with Your Fellow UNT Eagles

The UNT Alumni Association is offering travel opportunities through Oceania Cruises.

#2018 Summer, #UNT Alumni Association

Dear North Texan

The Maestro

I am so sad to learn of the passing of Maestro Anshel Brusilow.

#2018 Summer, #Letters

Dear North Texan

Great Grads

I started my college education in 1959, the year after I graduated from high school.

#2018 Summer, #Letters

Dear North Texan

Football Heroes

Great to see a letter in the spring issue about one of my boyhood heroes, quarterback Don Baker.

#2018 Summer, #Letters

Dear North Texan icon

Dear North Texan

Student Fireman

I worked as a teenage student fireman along with other teenagers for the Denton Fire Department.

#2018 Summer, #Letters

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UNT Broadcasters Celebrate 50 Years

Reunion brought back members of the 'Mercer Mafia.'

#2018 Summer, #Online Extras, #Department of Radio, Television and Film