2020 Summer

North Texan Summer 2020
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Cover Story

Thriving Through Adversity

UNT students, staff, faculty and alums use their skillsets to help battle COVID-19 and the collateral damage it wreaks.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Social Impact, #Features, #2020 Summer

Jackie Davis and Krystal Hamilton

Program Feature

Pushing Against the Odds

Since its inception in 2012, Persevere Until Success Happens has helped dozens of foster care alums.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Features, #2020 Summer

PUSH logo

ONLINE EXTRA

Q&A: PUSH Alumni

The three UNT alumni discuss how PUSH helped them -- and how they've paid it forward.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Alumni Profile, #Online Extras, #2020 Summer

Courtney Banatoski (’03, ’06 M.S.)

ONLINE EXTRA

Answering the Call and Finding a Calling

As CEO of Cumberland, Courtney Banatoski (’03, ’06 M.S.) helps children who need it most.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Online Extras, #2020 Summer

Given Kachepa

Alumni Spotlight

Keeping the Faith

Given Kachepa ('09) was a victim of labor trafficking, until he found a new future with a UNT alum.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Alumni Profile, #Department of Biological Sciences, #Features, #2020 Summer

From left, Sandy Shepherd, Given Kachepa and Deetz Shepherd.

ONLINE EXTRA

Q&A: Given Kachepa and Sandy Shepherd

The two UNT alums discuss their commitment to making the world a better place.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Biological Sciences, #Online Extras, #2020 Summer

Micah Crittenden stands in front of the Burks Street house that used to be a one-room schoolhouse in Oakdale.

ONLINE EXTRA

The Past as a Present

UNT history students, professors and alumni shine a light on disappeared local communities.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Research, #Features, #Department of History, #Online Extras, #2020 Summer

Normal College Sanitarium

Retrospective

100 Years Ago, Spanish Flu Took Hold

In its 130-year history, UNT has faced its fair share of challenges -- including two pandemics.

#Campus History, #2020 Summer

UNT President Neal Smatresk

From Our President

Moving Forward

UNT emerges from global health crisis stronger and more united.

#From Our President, #2020 Summer

UNT Softball

Mean Green

Unfinished Business

Men's basketball, softball experienced great runs until COVID-19 cut them short.

#Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics, #2020 Summer

Members of the Nelson family at a Mean Green tailgate

Legacy Family

Greener Beginnings

From education to business to music, members of the Nelson family have long pursued degrees at UNT.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Counseling and Higher Education, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #College of Education, #College of Music, #Legacy Families, #2020 Summer

Laura Schlegel on a TV set

Alumni spotlight

Wrap Star

Alumna Laura Schlegel's ('07) creative skills catch the eye of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Written by: Jessica DeLeon

#Business, #culture, #Television & Film, #TV, #Culture, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2020 Summer

Alumni spotlight

Instant Art

UNT alumna Megan Motown's ('10) quirky pieces have made her the most viewed artist on GIPHY.

#College of Visual Arts and Design, #culture, #Visual Arts, #Culture, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2020 Summer

Traveling musician

Breaking Barriers

UNT alum and violinist Usman Peguero ('15 M.M.) performs in diverse orchestras in Europe.

#culture, #Music, #Music, #Culture, #College of Music, #2020 Summer

Innovative Filmmaker

Life on Film

UNT alumnus German Torres' ('15) captures everyday moments in his work.

#culture, #Media Arts, #Television & Film, #Culture, #Department of Media Arts, #2020 Summer

Disney World View

Making Magic

UNT alum Alyssa Valencia ('13) lights up the happiest place on Earth.

#culture, #Dance and Theatre, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Culture, #Dance & Theatre, #2020 Summer

Jared Harrison

ONLINE EXTRA

Staying Steadfast

Jared Harrison ('11) has faced plenty of obstacles. Now he's helping others stay strong.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, #Online Extras, #2020 Summer

Sandra Leonard

Creative endeavors

Wearable Art

Artist and UNT alumna Sandra Leonard ('88) creates visionary costumes for runway shows and museums.

#College of Visual Arts and Design, #culture, #Visual Arts and Design, #Culture, #Fashion, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2020 Summer

Landon Kirksey and a very cute cat

ONLINE EXTRA

Funny You Should Ask ...

UNT and Second City alum Landon Kirksey created and hosts Improvcast.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Online Extras, #Department of Radio, Television and Film, #2020 Summer

ONLINE EXTRA

More Than a Job

Alum adapts his invention for sanitizing mattresses to clean N95 face masks.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Profile, #College of Engineering, #Online Extras, #2020 Summer

Shahaf Bareni will attempt to qualify for Israel's Olympic high jump team.

ONLINE EXTRA

Staying on Track

Her Olympic dreams may be on hold, but Shahaf Bareni (’15, ’17 M.S.) keeps her eye on the prize.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, #Mean Green Athletics, #Online Extras, #2020 Summer

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ONLINE EXTRA

Supporting Enterprising Eagles

In the market for food? Clothes? Beer? There are plenty of alumni-owned options to explore.

#Online Extras, #2020 Summer

Alumni spotlight

Advocating for Cage-free Eggs

UNT alum Alexandria Beck's ('14) activism has gone from UNT's dining halls to major companies.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#Environment, #Alumni Profiles, #2020 Summer

Expert Take

Lessons Learned

Faculty provide insight into some key industry takeaways amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Campus News, #College of Education, #College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, #College of Health and Public Service, #2020 Summer

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Awards & Honors

Students Rack Up Wins

A Mayborn advertising team earned top honors from the National Student Show and Conference.

#Campus News, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #2020 Summer

Kevin Yao and Christopher Zhou

Outstanding Students

Goldwater Scholars

Two TAMS students earn prestigious math, science and engineering scholarships.

#Campus News, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, #2020 Summer

UNT Police Chief Ed Reynolds

Campus Departments

UNT Police Earns Reaccreditation

Once again, the police department has earned accreditation by the IACLEA.

#Campus News, #2020 Summer

Forward Thinking

How Do You Support Arts from Afar?

Three UNT alumni who work in the arts describe how patrons can help during these challenging times.

#culture, #Television & Film, #Music, #Visual Arts, #Culture, #Dance & Theatre, #2020 Summer

Jincheng Du

Research

Engineering Professors Named Fellows

Three professors were recently named fellows in prestigious science and engineering societies.

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

Outside the UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Business

Virtual Incubator

Technology platform partnership will provide access to global entrepreneurship community.

#Campus News, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2020 Summer

Jennifer Washam

Spring Commencement

Great Grads

This year's UNT grads are ready to make a difference in the world.

#Graduation, #Features, #2020 Summer

OLLI at UNT Podcast

Alumni Spotlight Series

Noteworthy UNT alumni share their unique life stories in this program.

#OLLI, #2020 Summer

Alumni spotlight

Blessings Abound from Fraternity

Raised in the Masonic Home and School of Texas, UNT alum Paul Underwood ('74) now gives back.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Business, #Social Impact, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #Alumni Profiles, #2020 Summer

UNT campus

Academics

Programs Ranked Among Top 10 in U.S.

U.S. News & World Report names two CHPS programs in its 2021 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

#Campus News, #College of Health and Public Service, #2020 Summer

Daniel Ojo

Star Student

Building a Better Tomorrow

Daniel Ojo has worked tirelessly to increase diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus.

Written by: Erin Cristales

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

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Academics

New In-demand Degrees Added

UNT is helping to ease industry needs with new cutting-edge degrees.

#Campus News, #Department of Geography and the Environment, #College of Engineering, #2020 Summer

Tae-Youl Choi

Research

A Better Way to Diagnose Cancer

Engineering professor develops new way to determine if a cell is cancerous.

Written by: Jim Rogers

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

Ecology alums work with native plants

Innovation Spotlight

Restoring Native Species

Ecology alums start "wildscaping" business to help local environment thrive.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #2020 Summer

Tiffani Price

Perspective

Overcoming Adversity

Spring graduate overcomes a lifetime of adversity to earn college degree.

#Essays, #2020 Summer

Oliviero Andreussi

Research

CAREER Awardees

Three UNT researchers in linguistics, physics and mathematics awarded NSF grants.

#Campus News, #Department of Linguistics and Technical Communications, #Department of Mathematics, #Department of Physics, #2020 Summer

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Research

New Frontier for Spaceships

Engineering student, professor find better way to revitalize air aboard spaceships.

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

Valerie Martinez-Ebers

Outstanding Faculty

Political Science Professor Honored

Valerie Martinez-Ebers receives prestigious lifetime service award from WPSA.

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

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Science

Methanol Research

Chemistry professor delves into transformation of methane into methanol.

#Science/Research, #Department of Chemistry, #Campus News, #2020 Summer

Giving Impact

Helping Students Stay on Track

The UNT Cares fund assists students who face financial challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

#advancement, #giving impact, #Social Impact, #2020 Summer

UNT President Neal Smatresk

Alumni Association

From the Kitchen to a Winery

UNT Alumni Live! provide glimpse into graduates' lives and careers.

#UNT Alumni Association, #UNT Alumni Association, #2020 Summer

Jackie Battles

Student Honors

Hard Work Pays Off

Financial planning graduate wins in major competition.

#Campus News, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2020 Summer

Mean Greens Café won for its Tomato Mushroom Curry recipe.

Dining

Delicious Rewards

Mean Greens Café wins Gold Award for Best Vegan Recipe.

#Campus News, #2020 Summer

Kalani Gordon

Outstanding Alumni

Alum Wins Pulitzer Prize

Mayborn alum and previous Pulitzer nominee Kalani Gordon ('12) won for breaking news reporting.

#Campus News, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #2020 Summer

Sustainability

'Bee Campus' Once Again

UNT earned a renewal of its Bee Campus USA certification for 2020.

#Campus News, #2020 Summer

Faculty Books

Examining Society

UNT faculty members explore a range of topics, from support for families to divisions in culture.

#Books, #culture, #Books, #Culture, #2020 Summer

Kent Chapman

Research

Contributions Honored

Professor, alum honored by International Symposium on Plant Lipids.

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

Dialogue

Letter from the Editors

As COVID-19 hit, this issue's North Texan took unusual measures and extra meaning to make.

#Letters, #Letters, #2020 Summer

Dialogue

Reaching #Goals

Mean Green mom loves seeing her daughter Dominique James ('19) on the field -- and in our pages.

#Atheltics, #Letters, #Letters, #2020 Summer

Dialogue

Personal Touch

Reader looks forward to spring issue -- even when he has to wait.

#Letters, #Letters, #2020 Summer

Dialogue

Saturday Memories

Reader remembers how the Saturday Night Stage Show provided entertainment -- and a husband.

#Letters, #Letters, #2020 Summer

Alumni spotlight

Working for Justice

Selisse Berry's ('79) vision led to the founding of Out & Equal.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Spotlight, #Social Impact, #2020 Summer