2020 Spring

It's in our DNA illustration

Cover story

It's in Our DNA

An interdisciplinary research imprint is informing UNT's innovation mindset moving forward -- and may just be its ticket to the top of Tier One.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Biological Sciences, #Research, #Features, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #College of Engineering, #Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, #College of Health and Public Service, #2020 Spring

mind matters illustrations

Expert Take

The Mind Matters

UNT is dedicated to helping students with any challenges that can stand in the way of mental health.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Health, #Campus News, #2020 Spring

ONLINE EXTRA

UNT Pod

UNT experts explore various topics in this recurring series.

#Podcasts, #2020 Spring

Sami Perfecto

Online Extra

Connecting Through the Worst

UNT alumni find ways to help others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2020 Spring

Feeding the Mind

Feature

Feeding the Mind

Anyone hungering to learn more about food can find a home for their curiosity at UNT.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Features, #Department of History, #College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, #2020 Spring

Michael Mayes

Online Extra

Unamplified Voice

UNT alumnus Michael Mayes ('99) brings stories to life on the opera stage.

#2020 Spring, #Choir, #culture, #Music, #UNT News, #2020 Spring

Austin Ford playing trumpet

Brilliantly Green

A Jazzy Performance

UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band participated in a jazz championship at Lincoln Center.

#Brilliantly Green, #2020 Spring

Dustee Jenkins Photo courtesy of Spotify

Alumni Spotlight

Sound Advice

Dustee Jenkins' ('01) mantra "keep going" has guided her to the top at Spotify.

Written by: Heather Noel

#Features, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #2020 Spring

Reid Ferring

Faculty Focus

Advancing Archaeology

UNT professor is part of a team that developed a breakthrough fossil identification method.

#2020 Spring, #Science/Research, #Campus News, #Department of Geography, #2020 Spring

Abdulrahman Habib

Research

Bright Minds, Smart Cities

Growing urbanization requires innovative approaches — and UNT researchers are heeding the call.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Information Technology & Decision Sciences, #Online Extras, #2020 Spring

Creative Expression

Human Canvas

UNT senior Bailey Turfitt envisions elaborate images as a makeup artist.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#2020 Spring, #culture, #Online Extras, #UNT News, #Culture, #2020 Spring

Graphic of woman pulling back curtain

Curriculum

New Programs Unveiled

UNT will offer three new innovative programs designed to give students real-world skills.

#Campus News, #2020 Spring

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Ifana Mahbub (center) works with Ph.D. students Pashupati Adhikari (left) and Nishat Tasneem on her electro-wetting project.

ONLINE EXTRA

The Science of Helping

UNT researcher Ifana Mahbub is exploring the biomedical applications of semiconductor devices.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Research, #Department of Electrical Engineering, #Online Extras, #2020 Spring

Tim Stern wears augmented reality goggles.

Research

A Whole New Frontier

Four UNT computer science and engineering seniors challenge what’s possible with augmented reality.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Research, #Department of Computer Science and Engineering, #Features, #2020 Spring

Haifeng Zhang

Research

Power Plant Sensors

UNT professor earned a $1 million grant to work on a solution for a critical sensor problem.

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, #2020 Spring

Student at computer

Online Programs

Log In to Get a Leg Up with Coursera

The B.A.A.S., now offered online, is a unique degree pathway for non-traditional students.

#Campus News, #New College, #2020 Spring

Alumni Spotlight

A Netflix for Africans

UNT alumna Freda Frimpong ('12) uses skills she honed as a student to launch streaming platform.

#2020 Spring, #culture, #Media Arts, #Social Impact, #UNT News, #2020 Spring

Rendering of new campus.

Facilities

Board Approves Campus Creation

The completion of new Frisco-based branch campus is expected in 2022.

#UNT Frisco, #Campus News, #2020 Spring

Yan Huang

Faculty Spotlight

Computing Honors

Associate dean named a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #College of Engineering, #2020 Spring

Sonya Layton assists freshman lab students with a biology experienment at UNT

Research

Students Discover New Paths

UNT PHAGES program gives undergraduates a chance to make microbiology discoveries.

Written by: Heather Noel

#Department of Biological Sciences, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Features, #2020 Spring

Forward Thinking

What Teacher at UNT Influenced You the Most?

Three alumni share how UNT professors taught them to keep innovating and stay disciplined.

#2020 Spring, #Arts, #culture, #Digital Retailing, #Music, #UNT News, #2020 Spring

Data trust

Open Access

Innovative Data Trust

UNT is leading a team with members from around the world to create an international data trust.

#Research, #Campus News, #2020 Spring

College of Engineering Associate Professor Gayatri Mehta (left) and Professor Wonbong Choi (middle) and discuss potential sensor materials with materials science and engineering graduate student Junyoung Kim (right).

Research

Better Way to Rebuild Knees

Engineering professors are developing a sensor system for balancing the human knee.

#Campus News, #Department of Materials Science and Engineering, #2020 Spring

Denton Square building for UNT classes in 1890, photographed in 1930s

ONLINE EXTRA

Early Diversity

Muscogee Creek students attend UNT in 1890.

Written by: Jill King

#Diversity, #UNT History, #Online Extras, #2020 Spring

Razzle Dazzle

Viva North Texas

Alumni and Elvis celebrated UNT at the annual Wingspan Gala.

#advancement, #Wingspan, #2020 Spring

Juan Loya ('17, '19 M.P.A.) used to believe school wasn't for him. Now he has two degrees, and is working on a third.

Star Student

A Determination to Create Change

Juan Loya ('17, '19 M.P.A.) advocates for young Latinos in higher education.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Counseling and Higher Education, #Star Student, #Campus News, #2020 Spring

Oliviero Andreussi

Research

Preventing Pipeline Leaks

Physics professor creates a virtual organic chemistry laboratory inside a supercomputer.

#Research, #Campus News, #Department of Physics, #2020 Spring

Alumni Spotlight

Legacy of Compassion

UNT alumnus Sam Williamson ('12 M.A.) teaches students empathy with virtual reality system.

Written by: Amanda Fuller

#Innovation, #Visual Arts and Design, #2020 Spring

Tran Templeton

Research

Building Self Image

Assistant professor Tran Nguyen Templeton is helping children express themselves.

#Campus News, #College of Education, #2020 Spring

Kent Chapman

Research

New Uses for Lipids

UNT professor is finding better ways to store and use lipids.

#Department of Biological Sciences, #Science/Research, #Campus News, #2020 Spring

From left, UNT Alumni Association Executive Director Rob McInturf and John Matthews

UNT Alumni Association

Alum Pours Proceeds into Student Scholarships

John Matthews ('83, '87 M.B.A.) supports key initiatives with his North Texas Tempranillo.

Written by: Amanda Yanowski

#Alumni Life, #UNT Alumni Association, #2020 Spring

Joe Valdez

Alumni Spotlight

Hearst Winner Shares Storytelling Inspiration

Joe Valdez ('19) placed in the top 20 this year in the prestigious Hearst Media contest.

#Campus News, #Department of Media Arts, #2020 Spring

Eunyoung (Lucy) Kim and Nikhil Vicas and Abhishek Joshi

Research

Regeneron Finalists

Three TAMS seniors earn $2,000 prize in prestigious science and math competition.

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, #2020 Spring

UNT President Neal Smatresk

From our President

Creative and Interdisciplinary

Forward-thinking programs and collaborations yield opportunities for 21st-century learning.

#From Our President, #2020 Spring

Diamond Eagles Project Celebration at The Hub Club of Apogee Stadium

UNT Alumni Association

Digitizing the Texas Fashion Collection

The UNT Diamond Eagles Society voted this year to support digitally archiving the collection.

#Alumni Life, #UNT Alumni Association, #2020 Spring

Laisha Gardner is a sophomore physics major at UNT and is part of the university's Powerlifting Club.

Student Spotlight

A Weighty Goal Achieved

UNT sophomore Laisha Gardner is a nationally ranked powerlifter.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Campus News, #Department of Physics, #2020 Spring

Jackie Lawrence

Alumni Spotlight

Weaving a World

Alumna Jackie Lawrence ('19) will help re-create a series of hotel rooms -- with fibers.

#2020 Spring, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #culture, #Muse, #UNT News, #Alumni Profiles, #2020 Spring

Dialogue

New Design

Readers share their impressions of the North Texan's revamped look.

#Dialogue, #Letters, #2020 Spring

Channeling exhibit

Perspective

Taking Aim at the Past

Professor attempts to understand how archives of information create a cultural snapshot.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Technology, #Online Extras, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2020 Spring

court gavel graphic

Competitions

Dream Team

UNT saw four teams advance to the American Moot Court Association tournament this year.

#Campus News, #Department of Political Science, #2020 Spring

Faculty Books

Challenging New Ways of Thinking

UNT professors tackle a variety of issues in new books.

#2020 Spring, #UNT News, #2020 Spring

Melania Kang and Stephen Baker

Dialogue

Wonderful Memories

Alumni Melanie Kang ('82) and Steven Baker met at North Texas. Their hobby led to a sweet business.

#Dialogue, #Letters, #2020 Spring

Innovation

The Gift of Time

Four UNT professors receive a semester off from teaching to pursue personal projects.

#2020 Spring, #culture, #UNT News, #2020 Spring

Operation Stimulus team

Competitions

Logistics Win

UNT took first place in the 2020 Operation Stimulus national case competition.

#Department of Marketing & Logistics, #Campus News, #2020 Spring

Creative Endeavors

Designing Memories

Major companies turn to UNT alumni Dora Drimalas ('96) and Brian Flynn ('94) for big projects.

#2020 Spring, #culture, #UNT News, #Visual Arts and Design, #2020 Spring

Dialogue

Finding Courage

A campus flyer helped a student discover that she was not alone.

#Dialogue, #Letters, #2020 Spring

Chad Wynn

Feature

Academic Home Run

UNT's sport entertainment management program is designed to cultivate future heavy hitters.

Written by: Leigh Anne Gullett

#Frisco, #Features, #2020 Spring

Elizabeth Leese

ONLINE EXTRA

Cut from a Different Cloth

Fashion alum Elizabeth Leese (’17) designs one-of-a-kind custom bridal gowns.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Online Extras, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2020 Spring

Guido Verbeck

Commercialization

Leaving Their Mark

Licensing agreements help UNT researchers make an even greater real-world impact.

#Research, #Department of Chemistry, #College of Engineering, #Online Extras, #2020 Spring

Brett Luce stands on top a sign for the Katahdin Baxter peak

Outdoor Pursuits

Blazing His Own Trail

Alumnus has gone from climbing at the Pohl Recreation Center to hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Life, #Alumni life, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Geography, #Department of Political Science, #College of Health and Public Service, #2020 Spring

Andrew DeCaen

ONLINE EXTRA

Whopperjawed Meals

Associate professor of art Andrew DeCaen turns the rituals of eating into unique works of art.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Online Extras, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2020 Spring

Sara Cederburg on a foot bridge

Alumni Spotlight

Building a Safer Path

UNT alumna Sara Cederburg ('00) helped construct a bridge for a small town in Bolivia

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Department of Communication Studies, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #Alumni Profiles, #2020 Spring

UNT System logo

New Regents

Regents Named

Gov. Greg Abbott recently appointed three new UNT System regents.

#Campus News, #2020 Spring

Hamlet-Javion

Mean Green

Building the Hoopla

The men's basketball team is the 2019-20 Conference USA Regular Season Champions.

#Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics, #2020 Spring

Patricia Ebaire planks during her yoga class.

Fitness

The Picture of Health

At 66, Patricia Ebaire (’98) is full of energy and fit as a fiddle — both inside and out.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, #College of Education, #Online Extras, #2020 Spring

Fifties campus

Retrospective

A Growing Dedication to Campus Inclusivity

The University of North Texas began its march to diversity on its opening day in 1890.

#History, #Essays, #2020 Spring

Bret Hawkins stands outside of Gnome Cones in Denton.

Entrepreneurship

There's No Business Like Snow Business

Communication design alum turns quirky senior project into Denton business venture.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#Online Extras, #2020 Spring

Omeed Shams

Alumni Spotlight

Surpassing Expectations

UNT alum discovers passion for entrepreneurship.

Written by: Trista Moxley

#G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2020 Spring

Lindsey Miller with Dolly Parton

Alumni Spotlight

Striking a Chord

Lindsey Miller performs on Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Music, #Alumni Profiles, #2020 Spring

Flowers in front of the UNT Welcome Center

Graduation

Picture This

Our Zoom backgrounds can give you a piece of UNT as you take your graduation photos.

#2020 Spring