Karen Denise Galubenski, 67, who served as an academic advisor in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, died Oct. 17 in Denton. She worked at UNT for 33 years — first as a graduate advisor for the college and then in undergraduate advising — before retiring in 2017.
She was instrumental in the naming of the academic advisor and counselor network on campus, winning the naming contest with her suggestion of “University Counselor Advising Network,” or UCAN, which is still the name today.
Co-workers remember her as a true friend who enjoyed helping students and seeing them succeed. She loved telling students at orientation that she began working at UNT before most of them were born, and she was proud of the souvenirs they brought back to her from different countries they’d visited. She was known as “the office Mom” who always had stamps, safety pins and other items you might need. She also was a Mean Green volleyball and basketball fan.
At home, she was a devoted mother and grandmother, who especially loved receiving hugs from her nine grandchildren.