2022 Spring

North Texan Spring 2022
David Pierce


We Haven't Been Normal in Years

Denton has long been awash in quirky charm, thanks in large part to UNT alumni.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#culture, #Features, #Cover Stories, #2022 Spring


Alumni Spotlight

Head of the Class

Alumni find many ways to use their degrees from UNT's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Written by: Erin Cristales, Brittney Dear and Danielle Zachariah

#College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, #Features, #2022 Spring

Scott Bakula with 'Texas Penitentiary Team' athletes filming Necessary Roughness in 1991

Online Extra

Necessary Roughness Turns 30

The film, released Sept. 27, 1991, had a starring role at UNT.

Written by: Kayla Lindberg

#2022 Spring

Photo of Liz Miralrio

Giving Impact

Help Students Soar as a Mean Green Mentor

Program connects alumni with students to provide invaluable advice.

#Alumni Life, #Alumni life, #UNT Alumni Association, #2022 Spring

Zhiling Zhang and Xiaohu Xia at the Fort Worth Stock Yards in 2001.

Alumni Spotlight

A Strong Bond

As UNT doctoral students, couple unlocked the secret to success in science — and romance.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Department of Biological Sciences, #Department of Chemistry, #Features, #Online Extras, #2022 Spring

Texas Fashion Collection

Visual arts and design

Inspired Delight

The Texas Fashion Collection's newest exhibition shows off exquisite details.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Texas Fashion Collection, #Fashion, #Features, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #2022 Spring

Opal Lee

Alumni Spotlight

Miles to Go

Opal Lee's ('63 M.Ed.) tireless activism led to Juneteenth being designated a federal holiday.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Alumni Spotlight, #Features, #College of Education, #2022 Spring

UNT cookie contestants


Victory is Sweet

Winners have been named in UNT's first Best in the Nest Cookie Fest.

#Online Exclusives, #2022 Spring



Telling a Story Through Metals

James Thurman, associate professor of art, uses functional objects to connect audiences.

#Art, #Visual Arts, #College of Visual Arts and Design, #Essays, #2022 Spring

Lori McLain

Online Extra

Soup's On!

UNT alum is now a world cooking champion.

Written by: Danielle Zachariah

#Online Extras, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

UNT dining

A Taste of UNT

The Dish on Dining

UNT's Dining Services delivers some of the best food in the nation for every appetite.

#Food, #UNT News, #2022 Spring

Kristen Barnhart Peers

Online Extra

From Doodles to Bookstores

CVAD graduate Kristen Barnhart Peers draws for the "Little People Big Dreams" children's book.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Communication Studies, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

UNT President Neal Smatresk

From our president

Uniquely UNT

Historic strength in arts, humanities shapes Denton culture, Tier One prominence.

#President, #From Our President, #2022 Spring

Michelle Olomojobi

Alumni Spotlight

Crafting a Creative Niche

Alumna's Nigerian roots inspire fashion and lifestyle brand recently backed by NAACP grant.

Written by: Heather Noel

#2022 Spring

Neil Foote

Brilliantly Green

A Newsworthy Career

UNT principal lecturer inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#UNT News, #Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, #2022 Spring

Giovannie Cruz

Alumni Spotlight

Living Life Off- Script

Vocal performance alumna finds her way as a Hollywood actress.

Written by: Brittney Dear

#College of Music, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

UNT tours

Brilliantly Green

News Roundup

Top ranked degree programs and College Tour videos top UNT news.

#UNT News, #2022 Spring

Abe Martinez

Alumni Spotlight

Camera as Passport

Abe Martinez has earned a spot as cinematographer for some of TV's top shows.

#Television & Film, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Radio, Television and Film, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

Expert Take - Animal Magnetism

Expert Take

Animal Magnetism

UNT faculty and staff explore how animals play an important role in humans' lives.

#Expert Take, #2022 Spring

Michael W. Hankins

Alumni Spotlight

Making History Soar

Michael W. Hankins ('07, '13 M.S.) brings alive the importance of aviation history.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of History, #College of Music, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

Research graphic


Research Roundup

From record productivity to breakthroughs, UNT's research enterprise has had a successful year.

#Brilliantly Green, #2022 Spring


Alumni Spotlight

Making Great Art

Despite many changes, the band Midlake has always considered Denton home.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Music, #Online Exclusives, #2022 Spring

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Tier One Once Again

UNT earns important designation for its "very high research activity."

#Research, #UNT News, #2022 Spring

Lauren McMinn Clarke

Alumni Spotlight

From Concerto to Compost

Music alumna creates business to help the environment.

Written by: Danielle Zachariah

#Department of Geography and the Environment, #College of Music, #2022 Spring

Photo of Tami and Chuck McIntire in 1981 trying on a graduation cap in their apartment


Campus Memories

Readers remember the classes and places that changed their lives.

#Letters, #Letters to the editor, #2022 Spring

Michael R. Williams

New Appointments

Q&A: Michael R. Williams

The UNT System's new chancellor brings an entrepreneurial vision for the future.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#UNT News, #UNT System, #2022 Spring

Pamela Padilla

New Appointments

New Research Leader Named

Pamela Padilla has been appointed vice president of research and innovation.

#Department of Biological Sciences, #UNT News, #College of Arts & Sciences, #2022 Spring

UNT basketball

Mean Green

Mean Green - Hoop, There It Is

Men's and women's basketball teams both net spectacular seasons.

#Athletics, #Athletics, #Mean Green Athletics, #2022 Spring

Photo of monument with the words "University of North Texas" and flowers in front of it

Power of place

Innovative Space Funded

Texas legislative approves facility for faculty to conduct research.

#Research, #UNT News, #2022 Spring


Campus Life

The Dogs of UNT

Who's a good dog? Meet the furry friends who keep our students safe and happy.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Department of Biological Sciences, #College of Arts & Sciences, #Department of Chemistry, #College of Science, #Features, #2022 Spring

Sharon Barnhill and Nina Austin

online extra

Only in Denton

Alumni share favorite quirky Denton moments.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Online Exclusives, #2022 Spring

Rhonda Christensen and Gerald Knezek


Simulated Classroom, Real Learning

Faculty use artificial intelligence to increase teacher efficacy and equity and diversity.

Written by: Erin Cristales

#Education, #UNT News, #College of Education, #2022 Spring

Tiblets Abreha running

Student spotlight

From Refugee to Student

UNT freshman overcomes time spent in refugee camp to find success.

Written by: Trista Moxley

#College of Education, #Feature Stories, #2022 Spring

Elinor Lichtenberg

Research Feature

Protecting the Environment

UNT researchers are creating solutions to combat climate change.

Written by: Trista Moxley

#Science/Research, #Features, #2022 Spring

Photo of Nurre family members posed in their home, wearning plaid shirts

Legacy Families

Birds of a Feather

Family time is paramount for the Nurres.

Written by: Heather Noel

#Legacy Families, #2022 Spring

Natalie Manning

Alumni Spotlight

A Historic Note

College of Music alumna to become first woman in Wells Cathedral Choir.

Written by: Heather Noel

#College of Music, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

Business Leadership Building

Giving Impact

Creating New Career Center

Wilson Jones ('85) and his wife, Jane, donate $5M to create The Wilson Jones Career Center.

Written by: Amanda Yanowski

#G. Brint Ryan College of Business, #Social Impact, #2022 Spring

Ari Brielle

Alumni Spotlight

Labor of Care

Alumna Ari Brielle's portraits of Black women are drawing acclaim.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Visual Arts and Design, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

John W. Richmond, Neal Smatresk and Pat Boone

Alumni Spotlight

Remembering His Music Roots

Pat Boone still feels a "sense of homecoming" nearly 70 years after he first stepped on campus.

Written by: Heather Noel

#2022 Spring

John W. Richmond, Pat Boone, David Hooten and Neal Smatresk

Alumni Spotlight

Instrumental Work

David B. Hooten's talent on the trumpet has gained international fame.

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#Online Extras, #College of Music, #2022 Spring

Kimberly Garza

Alumni Spotlight

A Dream Now in Print

Kimberly Garza's hard work in UNT's creative writing program has paid off with the publication of...

Written by: Jessica DeLeón

#College of Arts & Sciences, #Books, #Department of English, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring

Odalis Alvarado

Star Student

Access to Better Education

UNT student awarded grant to earn second master’s degree, work toward dream of global education.

Written by: Trista Moxley

#College of Health and Public Service, #Alumni Profiles, #2022 Spring