2019 Spring

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G. Brint Ryan and his wife Amanda are interview by reporters

cover story

Journey of Transformation

G. Brint Ryan grew up in a hardscrabble West Texas town. Now the business mogul and Regents chair has gifted $30 million to the College of Business.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2019 Spring, #Department of Accounting, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business

The Stewart family portrait at UNT

Legacy Families

A History of Higher Learning

The Stewarts have made graduate degrees a family tradition at UNT.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2019 Spring, #Legacy Families, #Department of History, #College of Engineering, #Department of Mathematics, #Legacy Families, #Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

Mary Burke

Feature

Behind the Exhibitions

Graduates from UNT's art museum education program are using creative ways to enhance visitors'...

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2019 Spring, #Visual Arts and Design, #Visual Arts, #Features, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #Feature Stories

A delegation from UNTrecently visited with alumni in Shanghai

Global Connection

Delegations, Alumni Events in China

A UNT delegation visited Chinese universities to explore global opportunities.

#2019 Spring, #Global Connection, #Campus News

West White

Alumni spotlight

Breaking the Mold

Owner of a new Denton business offers customers a way to work out their aggression.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2019 Spring, #Alumni Profile, #Online Extras, #College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism

Jim McIngvale

Alumni Spotlight

Jim McIngvale

The owner of Houston's Gallery Furniture has made it his business to help those in need.

Written by: Monique Bird

#2019 Spring, #Alumni Spotlight, #Business, #Features

Richard Dixon in a UNT greenhouse

Research

Improving Alfalfa

A team of UNT scientists has developed ways to limit the plant's environmental footprint.

#2019 Spring, #Department of Biological Sciences, #UNT News, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News

Brent Erickson in the military

Dear North Texan

Golden Eagle

Alum recalls 1969 North Texan article about his time in Vietnam.

#2019 Spring, #Military, #Veterans, #Letters

Zikra Toure

program feature

Fourth Industrial Revolution

Engineering alumni are leading the way in fusing our physical and digital worlds.

Written by: Amy Brundeen

#2019 Spring, #Research, #Science and Technology, #Features, #College of Engineering, #Feature Stories

Jermaine Stegall in a recording studio

Movie music

Conducting the Force

UNT alumnus Jermaine Stegall composes music for "Our Star Wars" series.

#2019 Spring, #Music, #Music, #College of Music

eghan Trainor performing

Online Extra

Greatest Hits

UNT has played many roles in pop culture, from movies to music and more.

#2019 Spring, #Online Extras

Melissa LeRitz  and Justin Umberson stand kissing at seashore

The Last Word

UNT Love

UNT alumni share how they met their sweethearts.

#2019 Spring, #Love Stories, #Essays

Students seated at a table

New Programs

Fast-Tracking Rural Doctors

The Primary Care Pathway Program accelerates the process of pre-med education.

#2019 Spring, #Campus News, #College of Health and Public Service

Obia Ewah

Alumni Spotlight

Making Hair Happy

A medical crisis spurred Obia Ewah to create a new line of hair products.

Written by: Jessica DeLeon

#2019 Spring, #Biology, #Chemistry, #Department of Biological Sciences, #Entrepreneur, #Vegan, #Department of Chemistry, #Online Extras

Two women at desk reading

Endowments

OLLI at UNT Reaches Milestone

OLLI at UNT has received a $1 million endowment after exceeding 500 members.

#2019 Spring, #Campus News

UNT faculty, staff and students in Austin

Events

UNT Day at the Capitol

Students, alumni and friends headed to Austin in February to advocate for higher education.

Written by: Meredith Wright

#2019 Spring, #Alumni, #Special Events, #Campus News

Shelia Samone Brown

Beneath the Scar

Healing Movie

UNT alumna Shelia Samone Brown adapts novel into movie.

#2019 Spring, #College of Education, #Television & Film, #Television and Film, #College of Education

Thomas Zurbuchen

President's Lecture Series

NASA Administrator Visits Campus

UNT President's Lecture Series brings Thomas Zurbuchen to campus.

#2019 Spring, #Campus News

Noel Jett in graduation regalia

Star Graduate

Teen Ph.D.

Noel Jett earns her Ph.D. at age 19, after studying a subject she knows well -- gifted children.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2019 Spring, #Campus News, #College of Education, #Online Extras

Victor Prybutok

Faculty spotlight

Lifetime Achievement

Regents Professor Victor Prybutok receives award from the Decision Sciences Institute.

#2019 Spring, #Department of Information Technology & Decision Sciences, #Campus News, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Mira Patel, Ritik Patnaik and Rishi Shridharan

Brilliantly Green

Great Things are Happening

TAMS students named three of the top 300 scholars in the nation by Regeneron.

#2019 Spring, #Brilliantly Green, #Campus News, #Department of History, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, #Department of Media Arts

Camp Bosworth at an exhibit with a gold RPG and giant gold revolver

Texas topics

Versatile Artist

UNT alumnus Camp Bosworth's work ranges from narcos to Dairy Queen.

#2019 Spring, #Visual Arts and Design, #Visual Arts, #College of Visual Arts and Design

James Meernik

Faculty focus

Visionary Leader

James Meernik expertly works on behalf of the collective interest.

#2019 Spring, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #Department of Political Science

Dennis Lee and his puppet Nana Puddin'

Alumni spotlight

A Voice of Acceptance

After recovering from a near-fatal car accident, alum Dennis Lee ('86) learns life-changing lessons.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2019 Spring, #Alumni Profile, #Department of Communication Studies, #Features, #Online Extras

UNT Alumni Association directory

UNT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

2020 Alumni Directory to Publish

The UNT Alumni Association is preparing to publish the 2020 edition of the UNT Alumni Directory.

#2019 Spring, #Alumni Life, #UNT Alumni Association

Researcher in lab looks through a microscope

Power of Research

Innovating Together

UNT researchers join forces to fuel discoveries that are changing the shape of our world.

#2019 Spring, #Research, #Features, #Social Impact, #College of Engineering, #Science/Technology

Hassan Takabi

Research

Cybersecurity Grants

UNT assistant professor has received more than $1 million from the NSF.

#2019 Spring, #Department of Computer Science and Engineering, #Campus News, #College of Engineering

Allison Koch

Artistic endeavors

Drawing Attention

UNT alumna Alli Koch's work can be seen in murals and books.

#2019 Spring, #Visual Arts and Design, #Visual Arts, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Adam D. Fein

Appointments

New VP Named

Adam D. Fein has been tapped to oversee digital strategy and innovation.

#2019 Spring, #Technology, #Campus News

Mike Barnett and Seth Morgan

Alumni spotlight

The Dish on Denton

Longtime friends and residents find passion in building community through food and drink.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2019 Spring, #Alumni Profile, #Online Extras

Gary Nicholson

Alumni Spotlight

Texas Troubadour

Gary Nicholson has carved a career as one of Nashville's top songwriters.

#2019 Spring, #Music, #Music, #College of Music

Child standing in front of a stone building

Research

Preserving Mankiyali

UNT associate professor receives $284,000 to document and preserve severely endangered language.

#2019 Spring, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #Department of Linguistics and Technical Communications

Myron Martin

Dance and Theatre

Leading the Action

Myron Martin ('80) has made working behind the scenes his career.

#2019 Spring, #Dance & Theatre, #College of Music

Power of Place New Welcome Center

POWER OF PLACE

New Welcome Center

The facility offers prospective students a unique glimpse into life on the UNT campus.

#2019 Spring, #Features, #Down the Corridor

Hanchen Huang

Appointments

New Engineering Dean

Hanchen Huang has been named the new dean of UNT's College of Engineering.

#2019 Spring, #Campus News, #College of Engineering

Morgan Novak in a computer lab

Online Extra

NASA or Bust

UNT engineering student Morgan Novak sets her sights on space.

Written by: Jim Rogers

#2019 Spring, #Engineering, #Science/Technology, #Department of Electrical Engineering, #College of Engineering, #Science/Technology, #Online Extras

When the Men Were Gone

Faculty books

Inspirational Woman

Marjorie Herrera Lewis writes about a woman who coached football during World War II.

#2019 Spring, #Books, #Media Arts, #Books, #Culture, #Department of Media Arts

Ana Alonso in a lab, a researcher looks through a microscope

Collaboration

Seed Oil Research

UNT associate professor of biology leads research project to study a unique type of seed oil.

#2019 Spring, #Department of Biological Sciences, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News

Jessica Hindman

Memorable memoir

Epic Experience

UNT alumna Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman writes about her time in a unique ensemble.

#2019 Spring, #Books, #Creative Writing, #Department of English, #English, #Books, #Department of English

UNT basketball game

Mean Green

Major Milestones

In a season full of successes, the Mean Green reach some impressive benchmarks.

#2019 Spring, #Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics

Andrea Miller

Appointments

New Mayborn Dean

Andrea Miller has been named the new dean for the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.

#2019 Spring, #Campus News, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

President Smatresk with students at UNT Day at the Capitol in Austin

From our president

Making History

UNT is home to Tier One reaffirmation, a record gift and new facilities.

#2019 Spring, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #College of Engineering, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #From Our President

A Matter of Discretion

Faculty books

Politics and Religion

Political science professor and alumnus explore priests' role in elections.

#2019 Spring, #Books, #Political Science, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Books, #Department of Political Science

Saraju Mohanty

Innovation

Smart Energy

UNT professor of computer science and engineering works to design the "city of the future."

#2019 Spring, #Department of Computer Science and Engineering, #Campus News, #College of Engineering

Jeremy Bradstreet conducting outdoors

Mean Green Music

Grammy Honors

UNT alumni recognized for musical talent, teaching skills at annual Grammy Awards in February.

#2019 Spring, #Music, #Music, #College of Music

Two women at a a series of computer monitors

Parting shot

Tier One Once Again

A hub for creativity and innovation, UNT has again been designated a top research university.

#2019 Spring, #Featured Photo

Brian Richardson

Ask an Expert

Brian Richardson

How can I be a more effective communicator?

Written by: Erin Cristales

#2019 Spring, #Ask an Expert, #Department of Communication Studies

UNT Campus Chat newspaper, Oct. 30, 1968

Dear North Texan

Face Maskin'

Letter in fall 2018 issue brings back great memories.

#2019 Spring, #Letters

Computers on the Brain

Faculty books

Computers on the Brain

UNT professor Thomas Parsons explores how the brain reacts to new technology.

#2019 Spring, #Books, #Department of Learning Technologies, #Learning Technologies, #Books, #College of Information

Ron Diiulio (left), Ohad Shemmer (center) and Preston Star with the Gemini-North telescope.

Research

Observing Quasars

UNT physics professor receives $800,000 NSF grant to study quasars.

#2019 Spring, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #Department of Physics

Nedal Ahmed

Advertising success

'Talk' of the Town

Bryan Barnes ('10) and Nedal Ahmed ('11) sell everything from candy to health insurance.

#2019 Spring, #Business, #Television & Film, #College of Visual Arts and Design

Croissants being prepared on a tray

Online Extra

Kneadful Things

Watch chefs at UNT's Clark Bakery craft delicious, buttery croissants that are served daily.

#2019 Spring, #Dining, #Food/Spirits, #Online Extras

Jerry Jones

Events

UNT Kuehne Speaker Series

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was the featured speaker March 7.

#2019 Spring, #Special Events, #Campus News

Crystal UNT alumni awards

Dear North Texan

Award Nominations

What is the nomination process for the alumni awards?

#2019 Spring, #Letters

Franky D. Gonzalez

Stage scribe

Emerging Playwright

UNT alumna Franky D. Gonzalez tackles variety of topics in his plays.

#2019 Spring, #Dance and Theatre, #Theatre, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Dance & Theatre

Stephen Jackson

Faculty spotlight

American Mathematical Society Fellow

UNT Regents Professor Stephen Jackson receives top designation.

#2019 Spring, #UNT News, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #Department of Mathematics

Students browsing clothes

Giving Impact

Suit Up, Fuel Up, Cap Up

Diamond Eagles Society supports students with a new project.

#2019 Spring, #giving impact, #Social Impact

The company Radda won the Ed Tech Ascend competition

Events

Education Conference

Global thought leaders participated in the international U.S.-China Smart Education Conference.

#2019 Spring, #Special Events, #Technology

Miles and Bracken

Dear North Texan

Asheville Art

Dr. Robert Milnes, former dean of CVAD, now happily "retired" and working with ceramics.

#2019 Spring, #Letters

Elliot Sims

Theatre news

'Bread' Winner

UNT alumnus Elliot Sims wins acting award just out of college.

#2019 Spring, #Dance and Theater, #Theatre, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Dance & Theatre

Wayne Maynard

Alumni Spotlight

Lofty Ambitions

UNT alumnus Wayne Maynard flies to the North Pole to raise funds for patients in need.

Written by: Madeline Greene

#2019 Spring, #Social Impact, #Department of Physics

PGA Chief Operating Officer Darrell Crall and UNT President Neal Smatresk

Partnerships

UNT, PGA Team Up

UNT and the PGA in signed a memorandum of understanding in December.

#2019 Spring, #Athletics, #Campus News, #New College

Students at an outdoor UNT Block Party

Green Pride

Celebrating New Graduates

Celebrate the newest additions to the UNT alumni family with the annual UNT Grad Block Party.

#2019 Spring, #Campus News, #Green Pride

UNT McConnell tower at night light in green

Dear North Texan

Good Memories

Alum loves hearing updates about happenings on campus.

#2019 Spring, #Letters

Deborah Simpkin King

Project Encore

Making Concerts

UNT alumna Deborah Simpkin King creates online catalog to help choral conductors.

#2019 Spring, #Music, #Music, #College of Music

student touching a sculpture

Online Extra

Making Connections to Art

Alumni use their education to bring art to life for specific DFW audiences.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2019 Spring, #Department of Art Education and Art History, #Visual Arts and Design, #Visual Arts, #Culture, #College of Visual Arts and Design