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

#2019 Summer, #Cover Stories

UNT President Neal Smatresk

From our President

Opportunity and Knowledge

UNT students and alumni continue to make a difference.

#2019 Summer, #From Our President

UNT Alumni Association

Mobile App in Development

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

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

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.

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

UNT debate team

Organizations

Debate Soars at Tournament

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

#2019 Summer, #Campus News

Students in class

Dear North Texan

First on Campus

Caption in spring issue needs clarification, reader points out.

#2019 Summer, #Letters

Jim Berscheidt

Appointments

New VP Named

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

#2019 Summer, #Campus News

Hanchen Huang

Faculty recognition

ASM International Fellow

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

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

Tamara Brown

Appointments

New CLASS Dean

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

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

Fredersich the Great recital list of performers

Dear North Texan

Love, UNT Style

Couples write of how they met while students at UNT.

#2019 Summer, #Letters

BADSCAC telescope

Science

Astronomy Collaboration

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

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

Pat Boone

Dear North Texan

More Than One

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

#2019 Summer, #Letters

Karen Weiller Abels

Ask an Expert

Karen Weiller Abels

What are the benefits of sports for girls?

Written by: Brittney Dear

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

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.

#2019 Summer, #Campus News

Ellen Qian, Jonathan Lu, Rishi Shridharan and David Yue

Student honors

Four Goldwater Scholars Named

Four TAMS students receive the prestigious designation this year.

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

Phoenix Legg

Brilliantly Green

Great Things are Happening

Young reporter receives scholarship, while alums receive recognition.

#2019 Summer, #Brilliantly Green

Eduardo Blanco

Faculty recognition

CAREER Grant Winner

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

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

Faculty Focus

Extraordinary Research

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

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

Junhua Ding

Campus Outreach

New Student Programs

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

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

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.

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

UNT feeding clinic

Campus Outreach

UNT Providing Feeding Clinic

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

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

Julia Camacho

Research

Using Math to Predict Cancer

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

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

Ricardo Rozzi

Faculty recognition

Ecology Award Winner

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

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

Student wear augmented reality glasses.

Science

Augmented Reality and Astronauts

Engineering juniors develop sofware application that could change space communication.

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

Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Law

Student awards

Real Estate Competition

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

#2019 Summer, #Online Extras

Mean Green

Flying High

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

#2019 Summer, #Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics

Dance and theatre

Backstage View

UNT alum Kasson Marroquin finds success as a stage manager.

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

UNT University Day international flags

Parting shot

University Day

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

#2019 Summer, #Traditions, #Featured Photo

UNT graduate photos from 1919

ONLINE EXTRA

UNT's First Degrees

100 years ago, five 1919 graduates made UNT history.

Written by: Jill King

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

on the road

Gig of a Lifetime

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

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

ONLINE EXTRA

Delicate Sensibilities

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

Written by: Amy Armstrong

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

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.

#2019 Summer, #Campus News, #Essays

Justin Bonard

Alumni Spotlight

A Delicious Endeavor

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

Written by: Brittney Dear

#2019 Summer, #Online Extras

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

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

Jazz Diva

Making Connections

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

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

ONLINE EXTRA

UNT Pod

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

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

Faculty books

Invisible Infrastructure

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

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

Photography

The Necessity of Beauty

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

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

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)

#2019 Summer, #Essays

Faculty books

Food and Activism

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

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

Communication design

Making the News

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

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

Faculty books

Free Society

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

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

Learning Together

A Space for Exploration

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

Written by: Madeline Greene

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

Creative endeavors

Multi-talented Artist

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

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

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

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

Alumni Spotlight

Kathleen Wayton

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

Written by: Erin Cristales

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

Novel idea

Getting Her Word In

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theatre life

Networking in Theatre

UNT alum Tanner Smithson lands prestigious Broadway internship.

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

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

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

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.

#2019 Summer, #Commencement, #Features

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

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

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

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

Making chemical magic

Picture Perfect

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

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