2019 Summer

North Texan Summer 2019 cover - Travel with Care

cover story

Travel with Care

As the volunteer tourism industry continues to expand, UNT students and alums find ways to help communities at home and abroad.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Cover Stories, #2019 Summer

UNT President Neal Smatresk

From our President

Opportunity and Knowledge

UNT students and alumni continue to make a difference.

#From Our President, #2019 Summer

UNT Alumni Association

Mobile App in Development

The Alumni Association is working on an app to help alumni keep UNT at their fingertips.

#Alumni Life, #UNT Alumni Association, #2019 Summer

John Ishiyama

Global Connection

Teaching Social Science in Ethiopia

UNT's John Ishiyama spent two weeks in March at Bahir Dar University to teach research methods.

#Global Connection, #Department of Political Science, #2019 Summer

UNT debate team

Organizations

Debate Soars at Tournament

The UNT Debate Team finishes 11th place in national competition.

#Campus News, #2019 Summer

Students in class

Dear North Texan

First on Campus

Caption in spring issue needs clarification, reader points out.

#Letters, #2019 Summer

Jim Berscheidt

Appointments

New VP Named

James "Jim" Berscheidt is UNT's new vice president for marketing and communications.

#Campus News, #2019 Summer

Hanchen Huang

Faculty recognition

ASM International Fellow

College of Engineering dean honored for his contributions to materials science and engineering.

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

Tamara Brown

Appointments

New CLASS Dean

Tamara Brown has been named the new dean of UNT's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

#College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #2019 Summer

Fredersich the Great recital list of performers

Dear North Texan

Love, UNT Style

Couples write of how they met while students at UNT.

#Letters, #2019 Summer

BADSCAC telescope

Science

Astronomy Collaboration

UNT has completed the successful restoration and installation of a half-meter CDK telescope.

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

Pat Boone

Dear North Texan

More Than One

Reader writes of favorite memories on campus, including a friendship with Pat Boone.

#Letters, #2019 Summer

Karen Weiller Abels

Ask an Expert

Karen Weiller Abels

What are the benefits of sports for girls?

Written by: Brittney Dear

#Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, #Expert Take, #2019 Summer

Students take part in the Live and Learn program.

Campus Outreach

Camping Out at UNT

UNT offers programs for students of all ages in areas such as science and technology.

#Campus News, #2019 Summer

Ellen Qian, Jonathan Lu, Rishi Shridharan and David Yue

Student honors

Four Goldwater Scholars Named

Four TAMS students receive the prestigious designation this year.

#Campus News, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, #2019 Summer

Phoenix Legg

Brilliantly Green

Great Things are Happening

Young reporter receives scholarship, while alums receive recognition.

#Brilliantly Green, #2019 Summer

Eduardo Blanco

Faculty recognition

CAREER Grant Winner

Professor to use NSF grant to teach computers the intricacies of negation.

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

Faculty Focus

Extraordinary Research

Jan Holden explores the implications of near-death and other transpersonal experiences.

#Department of Counseling and Higher Education, #Campus News, #2019 Summer

Junhua Ding

Campus Outreach

New Student Programs

College of Information wins grant to create programs for students underrepresented in STEM.

#Campus News, #College of Engineering, #College of Information, #2019 Summer

Anna McKee

Student Spotlight

Back-to-Back Wins

UNT business student Anna McKee won Master the Mainframe last year -- and she's done it again.

#Campus News, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2019 Summer

UNT feeding clinic

Campus Outreach

UNT Providing Feeding Clinic

The service is offered through the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

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

Julia Camacho

Research

Using Math to Predict Cancer

Student and mentor apply computational biology and statistics to cancer research.

#Research, #Campus News, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, #2019 Summer

Ricardo Rozzi

Faculty recognition

Ecology Award Winner

Ricardo Rozzi receives the Eugene P. Odom Award for Excellence in Ecology Education.

#Campus News, #Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, #2019 Summer

Student wear augmented reality glasses.

Science

Augmented Reality and Astronauts

Engineering juniors develop sofware application that could change space communication.

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

Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Law

Student awards

Real Estate Competition

UNT students win first place at real estate competition in March.

#Campus News, #Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2019 Summer

Kamesh Namuduri, professor of electrical engineering.

Technology

Drone Traffic Research

Professor joins forces with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a NASA research project.

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

Alumni Spotlight

Power to Change

Once a promising football player, UNT alumnus Damon West talks about his recovery as a meth addict.

Written by: Kayla Lindberg

#Athletics, #Department of Sociology, #College of Health and Public Service, #Alumni Profiles, #2019 Summer

Sihoulette of Yoda from Star Wars

ONLINE EXTRA

Force To Be Reckoned With

Self-described "nerds" explain what the term means to them -- and why the world could use more.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Online Extras, #2019 Summer

Mean Green

Flying High

Athletics teams soared this season, with all posting a winning record.

#Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics, #2019 Summer

Dance and theatre

Backstage View

UNT alum Kasson Marroquin finds success as a stage manager.

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

UNT University Day international flags

Parting shot

University Day

Students celebrate one of the UNT community's favorite events.

#Traditions, #Featured Photo, #2019 Summer

UNT graduate photos from 1919

ONLINE EXTRA

UNT's First Degrees

100 years ago, five 1919 graduates made UNT history.

Written by: Jill King

#UNT History, #College of Education, #Online Extras, #2019 Summer

on the road

Gig of a Lifetime

UNT alum and bassist Jon Button performs on tour with The Who.

#Music, #Music, #Culture, #College of Music, #2019 Summer

ONLINE EXTRA

Delicate Sensibilities

Roger Ramirez, a glassblower in the College of Science, expertly crafts equipment for UNT labs.

Written by: Amy Armstrong

#Department of Chemistry, #College of Science, #Online Exclusives, #2019 Summer

The Grad Block Party on May 10 celebrated new grads with food trucks, live music, games, photo ops, Scrappy, and UNT merchandise and memorabilia. (Gary Payne)

Photo Essay

Celebrating Graduates

The UNT community gathered in May to honor the newest alums.

#Campus News, #Essays, #2019 Summer

Justin Bonard

Alumni Spotlight

A Delicious Endeavor

UNT alum Justin Bonard enjoys experience of opening cheese shop in Denton.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#Online Extras, #2019 Summer

Gregg Bissonette with a drum kit

From Lab Band to L.A.

Finding his Beat

UNT alumnus and drummer Gregg Bissonette performs with Ringo Starr and other top musicians.

Written by: Jessica DeLeon

#Music, #Music, #Culture, #College of Music, #2019 Summer

Jazz Diva

Making Connections

UNT alum Jami Dauber displays talents as a trumpeter for Broadway shows and other venues.

#Music, #Music, #Culture, #College of Music, #2019 Summer

ONLINE EXTRA

UNT Pod

UNT POD is a regularly occurring podcast that brings together members of the University of North...

#Pop culture, #College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, #Department of Communication Studies, #Podcasts, #Department of Political Science, #2019 Summer

Faculty books

Invisible Infrastructure

UNT professor Jordan Frith explores Radio Frequency Identification in new book.

#Books, #Books, #Department of Linguistics and Technical Communications, #2019 Summer

Photography

The Necessity of Beauty

UNT alumna Rachel Cox's series on grief featured in Time magazine.

#Visual Arts and Design, #Department of Studio Art, #Visual Arts, #Culture, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2019 Summer

Joseph Budzar (Photo by Gary Payne)

The Last Word

Refusing to Quit

UNT alumnus Joseph Budzar remembers the hard work he put into his dream -- a college degree.

Written by: Joseph Budzar ('69)

#Essays, #2019 Summer

Faculty books

Food and Activism

UNT professor Jennifer Jensen Wallach examines food practices of civil rights activists.

#Books, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Books, #Department of History, #2019 Summer

Communication design

Making the News

UNT alum John J. Custer serves as art director for The New York Times' opinion section.

#Visual Arts and Design, #Department of Design, #Visual Arts, #Culture, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2019 Summer

Faculty books

Free Society

UNT sociology professor Milan Zafirovski identifies what makes a free society.

#Books, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Books, #Department of Sociology, #2019 Summer

Learning Together

A Space for Exploration

UNT alumna Anyah Martinez creates place for families with Explorium Denton Children's Museum.

Written by: Madeline Greene

#College of Education, #Visual Arts, #College of Education, #2019 Summer

Creative endeavors

Multi-talented Artist

UNT alumnus Phillip Kennedy Johnson succeeds in both the music and book world.

#Music, #Music, #College of Music, #2019 Summer

Robert and Lauren Penn at Frios Gourmet Pops

Alumni Spotlight

Hot Trends in Cool Treats

UNT Robert and Lauren Penn open Frios, a store that offers unique fruit pops.

Written by: Melisa Brown

#Journalism, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #Alumni Profiles, #2019 Summer

Alumni Spotlight

Kathleen Wayton

An open mind lifts marketing alum to new heights as chief information officer at Southwest Airlines.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Marketing & Logistics, #Features, #2019 Summer

Novel idea

Getting Her Word In

Inspired by a 19th century book, UNT alum Samantha Hastings writes "The Last Word."

#Books, #Books, #Culture, #College of Information, #2019 Summer

Hassan Bawab (Photo by Micheal Clements)

Alumni Spotlight

Living by his Own Code

Now CEO of Magic Logix, Hassan Bawab credits his success to education at UNT.

Written by: Eunice Archila

#Computers, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Computer Science and Engineering, #Department of Communication Studies, #College of Engineering, #Alumni Profiles, #2019 Summer

Joshua Bova (Photo by Ranjani Groth)

Program Feature

Every Map Tells a Story

Through geographic information systems, UNT alumni use spatial context to solve real-world problems.

Written by: Jessica DeLeĆ³n

#Geography, #Department of Geography and the Environment, #Feature Stories, #2019 Summer

Theatre life

Networking in Theatre

UNT alum Tanner Smithson lands prestigious Broadway internship.

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

Jaqueline Brown

Giving Impact

Passing It On

Inspired by her education at UNT and now a doctor, alumna Jaqueline Brown establishes scholarship.

Written by: Amanda Yanowski

#giving impact, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Mathematics, #College of Science, #Department of English, #College of Music, #2019 Summer

Mac Neuroth who also performed as the UNT mascot Scrappy participates in commencment

Commencement

Great Grads

New UNT grads, including the now-unmasked Scrappy, are ready for their next challenge.

#Commencement, #Features, #2019 Summer

Jenna Reneau (Photo by Michael Clements)

Alumni Spotlight

Making the Call

UNT alumna Jenna Reneau finds fun on the court as a referee for NBA's G League.

Written by: Scott Brown

#Basketball, #Communications Studies, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Communication Studies, #College of Health and Public Service, #Alumni Profiles, #2019 Summer

The Davidson family (Photo by Scott Davidson)

Legacy Families

An Enduring Musical Tradition

For the Davidsons, music and UNT has always been part of their lives.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Biological Sciences, #Music, #College of Arts & Sciences, #College of Music, #Legacy Families, #2019 Summer

Making chemical magic

Picture Perfect

UNT alum Daniel Rodrigue events around an old school object -- the Polaroid camera.

#Journalism, #Visual Arts, #Culture, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #2019 Summer