King on campus
Coretta Scott King spoke at UNT's eighth annual Equity and Diversity Conference — "Developing Others to Expand the Journey" — Feb. 25 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
King, a human rights activist and the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., spoke about nonviolence, tolerance and the importance of education and service. Following her husband's assassination, King founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and continues to be a public figure and leader in the civil and human rights movement.
After her presentation, UNT awarded King an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
Scheduled to speak at the 2006 conference is the Kings' eldest daughter, Yolanda King, a motivational speaker and actress. She is the founder of Higher Ground Productions Inc., an organization dedicated to teaching people to celebrate diversity and embrace unity.
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Rod Paige in Dallas
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige presented the main address at the first community luncheon to benefit UNT at Dallas Feb. 11 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. He spoke of the benefits of education and the importance of the new university to the citizens of Dallas. More than 300 people attended the event, which raised $91,000.
Also at the luncheon, which had the theme "Building New Opportunities Through Education," UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson unveiled plans for constructing the first UNT at Dallas building and discussed development of the new 265-acre campus at Camp Wisdom Road and Houston School Road.
Texas Sen. Royce West and Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Donald Hill spoke about their support for the new university, which will be the first four-year public university in the Dallas city limits.
Event co-chairs were Albert and Gwyneith Black, founders and operators of On-Target Supplies and Logistics Ltd. Plans are to make the luncheon an annual fundraiser.
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UNT's Department of Public Administration will offer a doctor of philosophy degree with a major in public administration and management beginning in Fall 2005, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved bachelor of science and master of science electrical engineering degree programs at UNT.
The public administration degree will replace a political science doctoral degree with a concentration in public administration and management that has been offered in the Department of Political Science since 1972. UNT's new degree program will differ from similar programs offered at other Texas colleges and universities because it will emphasize management technologies and administration of public policies and programs rather than the development of the policies and programs, says Bob Bland, chair of the public administration department. For more information, contact the Department of Public Administration at (940) 565-2165 or visit www.unt.edu/padm.
UNT's electrical engineering curriculum will include hands-on industrial projects and a business context, says Murali Varanasi, chair of the new Department of Electrical Engineering. Three specially designed courses for incoming students were offered this spring: Project I — Learning-to-Learn, Project II — Ethics and Professionalism, and Introduction to Circuits, Computer Aided Design and Instrumentation. For more information about the programs, contact the College of Engineering at (940) 565-4201.
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