2021 Spring

Ana Lopez

COVER STORY

Bridging the Gap

After a year of challenges created by COVID-19, educators reflect on their toughest battles -- and the implications for the future of pedagogy.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Features, #College of Education, #2021 Spring

Kayode Oluwabunmi

Research

A Safer Approach to Insulation

Researchers in UNT's College of Engineering have developed a more sustainable building product.

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, #College of Engineering, #2021 Spring

Revathi Balakrishnan, center, is greeted by now President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden during the Teacher of the Year ceremony at the White House in 2016.

Online Extra

Lifelong Learner

Award-winning teacher Revathi Balakrishnan (’19 M.Ed.) has learned that education never stops.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#College of Education, #Online Extras, #2021 Spring

Emily Miskel

Alumni spotlight

Courting Innovation

UNT TAMS alum Emily Miskel uses her technology know-how to preside over the first online jury trial.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Profile, #TAMS, #Technology, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

Bronze Eagle statue against a blue sky.

Academic Excellence

Program Rankings

The College of Education's online master's programs are among the nation's top 10.

#Campus News, #Department of Criminal Justice, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #College of Education, #2021 Spring

Nicole Hernandez

Alumni Spotlight

Journey Toward Hypnosis

UNT alum and former corporate marketer finds her passion as a hypnotist.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#Online Extras, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

UNT logo on gray background

Partnership

Global Venture

UNT adds sports innovation hub to growing list of collaborators.

#Campus News, #2021 Spring

Clement Chan

Research

Monitoring Disease

UNT research group works on a new, more affordable method for medical tests and diagnosis.

#Department of Biological Sciences, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #2021 Spring

Sarah Burns

Alumni Spotlight

Survivors' Advocate

Alum uses her voice to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Written by: Sydney Cooper

#Online Extras, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #2021 Spring

Aaron Powell

Alumni spotlight

Ride of His Life

Aaron Powell ('11) found the perfect vehicle for families and turned it into a thriving business.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Life, #Alumni Spotlight, #2021 Spring

Mike Jones

Alumni Spotlight

Heart and 'Soul'

Alum Mike Jones has co-written the most talked-about movie of the year.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Features, #2021 Spring

Jim McIngvale

Making a Difference

Alums Help During Winter Storm

UNT grads donate water, shelter during February's extreme weather event.

#Alumni, #Campus News, #2021 Spring

Illustration of vials in cardboard boxes

Science

Distributing Vaccines

Computer program developed by UNT researchers assists state and local health agencies.

#Department of Computer Science and Engineering, #Campus News, #2021 Spring

Ian Taylor-Schlitz

Star Student

Entrepreneurial Talent

Honors College senior excels in and out of the classroom at young age.

Written by: Ta'Corian Tilley

#Star Student, #Features, #Honors College, #2021 Spring

Blond female student in green North Texas sweatshirt walks in front of the University Union holding a bag.

Partnership

New Opportunities

UNT and Frisco ISD are teaming up to offer students a head start on a college degree.

#Campus News, #2021 Spring

James Hampton

Alumni spotlight

The Stories Behind the Stories

James Hampton made his mark in Hollywood -- and now he's sharing his memories in a new memoir.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

Hadidja Nyiransekuye

Outstanding Faculty

Social Worker of the Year

Assistant professor honored for work in policy advocacy focusing of refugee crises.

Written by: Trista Moxley

#Campus News, #College of Health and Public Service, #2021 Spring

Yijie Jiang stands in a gray suit on campus.

Outstanding Faculty

Powe Award Winner

Yijie Jiang earns praise for his research from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, #College of Engineering, #2021 Spring

Kia Davis stands against a wall in shadow.

Alumni Spotlight

From the Runway, a Mission Takes Off

Alum’s charity fashion show supports domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Features, #College of Education, #2021 Spring

Students walk past the Hurley Administration Building on a sunny day.

New Program

Expanded Access

UNT ELEVAR program is designed for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

#Campus News, #2021 Spring

Bone Hampton

Alumni spotlight

Funny Bone

From an extra on "Necessary Roughness," comedian Bone Hampton has made a clean career in comedy.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, #College of Health and Public Service, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

The light sculpture “This Present Moment”

Outstanding Faculty

Art Achievement

Alicia Eggert's light sculpture "This Present Moment" has been acquired by the Smithsonian.

#Department of Studio Art, #Campus News, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2021 Spring

Haifeng Zhang stands in his lab.

Research

In-Situ Sensors

Haifeng Zhang is a co-PI in a new $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

#Science/Technology, #Campus News, #Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, #College of Engineering, #2021 Spring

Trey Haley

Alumni Spotlight

Taking Care of Business

Trey Haley draws on his UNT education and optimism to build a career as a Hollywood filmmaker.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Department of Radio, Television and Film, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

Joseph Oppong stands in a pink shirt and beige jacket in front of a group of trees.

Outstanding Faculty

Major Honor

Joseph Oppong recently received top award from American Association of Geographers.

#Campus News, #Department of Geography, #2021 Spring

Veronique Medrano

Alumni Spolight

Musician, Educator and Preservationist

Veronique Medrano not only plays Tejano music, but she's studying to preserve its history.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Information, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

Expert Take

Successful Goal Setting

From health and fitness to career aspirations, tips for achieving your objectives.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, #Features, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2021 Spring

Wonbong Choi

Research

Major Grant

Researchers work to advance 3D printed materials for automotive body frames with $1.5 million grant.

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #College of Engineering, #2021 Spring

The 40-Year Friendship

Alumni life

The 40-Year Friendship

Eight women met at North Texas in 1980 -- and their bond is stronger than ever.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Life, #Alumni life, #2021 Spring

Harold and Tina Larimer

Dialogue

Family Connections

Readers remember relationships formed at North Texas.

#Letters, #2021 Spring

Mean Green Mobile Media truck and trailer

Social impact

Mean Green Mobile Media

Diamond Eagles Society to help provide educational experiences and virtual access to events. 

#Journalism, #Social Impact, #UNT News, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #2021 Spring

Richard Dixon in a UNT greenhouse

Research

Plant Discovery

Richard Dixon's lab is helping to develop biomass crops better suited for processing.

#Department of Biological Sciences, #Science/Research, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Campus News, #2021 Spring

Orion Nebula

Innovation Spotlight

Turbulent Motion Moves Research Forward

UNT researchers have discovered young stars are dancing to a secret cosmic tune.

#Science/Research, #Campus News, #Department of Physics, #2021 Spring

Xavier Henderson

Alumni Spotlight

In This Neighborhood, Beautiful Days Ahead

Alum lands on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Impact list for his commitment to improving lives.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Social Impact, #Department of Communication Studies, #Features, #2021 Spring

Spidey 2.0

Q&A

Getting to Know Spidey 2.0

Meet the newest incarnation of UNT's favorite superhero.

#Campus News, #2021 Spring

1891 photo

History

1891 Photo Added to UNT Archive

The picture is now the oldest available in UNT's Special Collections.

#Campus News, #2021 Spring

The Diary of Anne Frank staged through Zoom

Creative endeavors

Moving as the World Stopped

Artists in the UNT community find ways to produce their work even during a pandemic.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#culture, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Library and Information Sciences, #Department of Dance and Theatre, #College of Music, #2021 Spring

Mean Green men's basketball jumps into the air after beating Purdue in the first round of the NCAA championship.

Mean Green

History Made

This year’s C-USA champs, men’s basketball wins their first NCAA tournament game.

#Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics, #2021 Spring

Experiences of Hunger and Food Insecurity in College

Faculty Books

Food Insecurity, Cats and the Flow System

Three UNT professors tackle a variety of topics in their new books.

#culture, #Books, #2021 Spring

Jazzy Baptiste

Alumni Spotlight

Showcasing All Colors

UNT alum was featured in Forbes this year for his up-and-coming beauty business.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Political Science, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

Jermaine Stegal

Online Extra

American Dream

Jermaine Stegall reaches his goal to compose films with the release of "Coming 2 America."

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Features, #College of Music, #2021 Spring

Graphic depicting interconnectivity between devices

Research Feature

Advancing Intelligent Mobility

UNT researchers work together to deploy intelligent mobility systems in rural and urban settings.

Written by: Amy Brundeen

#Science/Research, #Features, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #College of Engineering, #College of Health and Public Service, #2021 Spring

light bulb representing an idea

Faculty News

Time to Create

Three UNT professors receive fellowship to pursue creative ideas.

#UNT News, #Music, #Visual Arts, #Dance & Theatre, #2021 Spring

Lecrae Moore

Awards

Grammys Gold Rush

UNT alumni, faculty reap nominations in an array of categories.

Written by: Heather Noel

#culture, #Music, #College of Music, #2021 Spring

Picture of students walking outside of UNT campus with the sculpture "Shield" in the foreground and trees on both sides.

UNT Alumni Association

Board of Directors Creates New Scholarship

The organization wants to creates a "perpetual scholarship machine."

#UNT Alumni Association, #UNT Alumni Association, #2021 Spring

From left, Sampath Pamidimukkala, A.K. Mago and Nishi Bhatia

Outreach

Generous Donation

In this challenging time, the UNT community's caring spirit has continued to shine brightly.

Written by: Heather Noel

#Campus News, #College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, #2021 Spring

Qing Yang and Song Fu

Technology

Integrated Smart Transportation

UNT team lead the U.S. in developing an autonomous vehicle cyber infrastructure.

Written by: Amy Brundeen

#Science/Technology, #Department of Computer Science and Engineering, #Features, #College of Engineering, #2021 Spring

Horace and Euline Brock

Giving Impact

Transforming Legacy

The late Horace Brock and Euline Brock ('74 Ph.D.) leave a legacy to UNT.

Written by: Amanda Yanowski

#2021 Spring

Anna Barringer surrounded by a group of women

Alumni Spotlight

The Femme Fatale

UNT alumna Anna Barringer ('18) creates a global community for women.

Written by: Sydney Cooper

#Alumni Profile, #Department of Communication Studies, #Online Extras, #Department of Psychology, #2021 Spring

UNT ambassador and student

Scholarships

Increased Funds for Transfer Students

Students arriving at UNT will be considered for enhanced scholarship opportunities.

#Campus News, #2021 Spring

Photo of Taryn Souders

Alumni spotlight

Formula for Success

Taryn Souders ('01) draws on her former career as a math teacher for her children's books.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Spotlight, #culture, #Books, #Department of Teacher Education and Administration, #College of Education, #2021 Spring

UNT President Neal Smatresk

From Our President

Social Mobility Elevator

For 130 years, UNT has helped students push creative boundaries and transform the world.

#Essays, #2021 Spring

Flight training

Retrospective

Aviation Program Has Helped Students Soar

Now in its 10th year, its graduates have helped deliver supplies.

#Business, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #2021 Spring

Mary Lou Davis

Alumni spotlight

To "Hell" and Back

Chef Mary Lou Davis ('13) learned much from her stint on the reality show "Hell's Kitchen."

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#culture, #College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

Car dashboard with a green ecology button

Transportation

Green Goals

The UNT Police Department is moving toward a green fleet with six new hybrid police vehicles.

#Campus News, #2021 Spring

LAN board

Giving Impact

Latinx Alumni Network

New Latinx Alumni Network supports student success.

Written by: Amanda Yanowski

#Social Impact, #2021 Spring

The Chamber art

Perspective

Art for the Community

College of Visual Arts and Design faculty and staff create installation for drive-thru exhibition.

#2021 Spring

First Generation Success Center

Brilliantly Green

First Generation Success Center

New campus resource for supporting first-generation students.

#Brilliantly Green, #2021 Spring

Power Trip band members

Alumni spotlight

Power of Words and Music

Guitarist Blake Ibanez relishes the band Power Trip's Grammy Award nomination.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Alumni Spotlight, #culture, #Music, #Department of English, #G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #College of Music, #Alumni Profiles, #2021 Spring

Hillary Shah

Alumni Spotlight

A Dream Impact

UNT student wins 2021 Truman Scholarship for advocacy work to uplift marginalized communities.

Written by: Heather Noel

#College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Political Science, #Honors College, #Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, #2021 Spring