Public Management: New Strategies for Local Governments by Robert Agranoff, associate dean and Professor Emeritus at
Indiana University-Bloomington, and Michael
McGuire, UNT associate
professor of public administration (Georgetown University Press).
Based on a study of 237 cities in five states, the book provides
an in-depth look at how city officials work with other governments
and organizations to develop their city economies and what
makes these collaborations work. The authors illustrate how
public managers address problems through strategic partnerships,
networks, contractual relationships, coalitions and councils.
The book received the Louis Brownlow Book Award for 2003 from the National Academy of Public Administration.
on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality at the
Movies by Harry Benshoff,
UNT assistant professor of radio, television and film, and Sean
Griffin, assistant professor of cinema and television at Southern
Methodist University (Blackwell Publishing). Introducing students
to issues of diversity within the American cinema, this
book provides an overview of factors that have shaped cinematic
representations of race, class, gender and sexuality. The authors
trace the cinematic history of different cultural groups and examine
the link between film and American national culture.
by Keith Coplin ('64, '68
M.A.) of Colby, Kan. (G.P. Putnam's Sons). This novel follows
the adventures of Michael Crofton, a second lieutenant who witnesses
the death of Gen. George Custer at Little Big Horn and goes on
to fight in Kansas, Cuba and East Africa. Along the way, Crofton
encounters other historic figures as he attempts to balance his
military duty with his commitment to his family and at times his
sense of morality. Coplin teaches English at Colby College in Kansas
and is working on his second novel.
Interpretations: The Past, Present and Future of African-American
Representation in Texas Social Studies Textbooks by Tonia
Alexander ('90) of Dallas
(Sunbelt Eakin Press). Based on Alexander's doctoral dissertation,
this book reviews African American representation in Texas fourth-grade
social studies textbooks from 1953 through 2003. It shows how contemporary
interpretations of African American history have been included
in textbooks over time and suggests issues that still need to
be addressed. Also included is a review of the Texas textbook
adoption process and its national influence.
Alexander has worked in public education as a teacher and assistant
principal and has served as an adjunct professor at the UNT Dallas
Contact to Contract: 496 Proven Sales Tips To Generate More
Leads, Close More Deals, Exceed Your Goals and Make More Money by Dianna Booher ('70) of
Colleyville (Dearborn Trade Publishing). Filled with practical
techniques and advice, this sales primer helps readers understand
how to gain commitments from customers, generate leads, engage
buyers with interactive presentations and deal with difficult
clients. Booher is chief executive officer of Booher Consultants,
a communications consulting and training firm in Grapevine.
School Projects Idea Book by Michele
Davis ('97) of Dallas (Mars Publishing). This teacher
resource book contains 30 projects covering social studies,
language arts, math and science, designed to help elementary
and middle school students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving
skills. Projects include tracing family history, creating a
new standard of measurement, protecting endangered species
a family exercise plan, among many other ideas. Davis is a
teacher in the Dallas ISD.
Likely to Succeed: How to Assure Your Child's Success
in School by Laura D. Price Cobb ('86
M.Ed.) of Allen (American University and Colleges Press). Designed
as a resource for parents and educators, the book gives advice
to improve the quality of education for children from kindergarten
to high school. Topics include teacher-parent communication,
motivation strategies, study skills and funding for college.
Cobb, who has 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator,
is vice president of a private education firm.
... What a Bore and Other Clinical Observations by Rick
Goodner ('88) of Brownwood (Imprint Books). Goodner
says this book, which "cannot be considered politically
correct," is his attempt to turn the focus of the mental
health community back to real mental health treatment. In addition
to co-dependency, he covers topics such as repressed memories
syndrome and treatment for people
traumatized by unidentified flying objects. A licensed master
and advanced clinical practitioner, he is the director of
behavior health and social services at Comanche and DeLeon
and is in private practice.
and the Enchanted Leaf by Deborah Frontiera, illustrated
by Korey Scott ('02) of Denton
(New Concepts Publishing). The book uses ecology to show young
children how insects and
other animals help the environment. Scott is currently illustrating
three more books in the Eric series. His work can be found
Ultimate Weight Loss Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom by Phil
McGraw ('76 M.A., '79 Ph.D.) of Beverly
Hills, Calif. (Free Press). Dr. Phil's weight-loss plan
helps readers understand the reasons they've lost control
of their weight and provides them with tools to identify what,
when, where and why to eat.
Parent's Guide to Dallas/Fort Worth by Kevin
James Shay ('81)
of Arlington (Mars Publishing/Parent's Guide Press).
Watching buffalo eat
in the wild and hiking among ancient temple mounds are a few
of the area's family-friendly activities profiled in
this guide. Also included are the Murchison Performing Arts
Center, the UNT Sky Theater and the UNT Art Gallery. Shay,
a former reporter for the Dallas Morning News and Arlington
Morning News, is a freelance contributor to Dallas
Dallas Examiner and other publications.
Trios, Op. 87 & 101 by the Lanier Trio,
including Cary Lewis ('64, '65 M.M.)
of Lake Oswego, Ore., on piano (Gasparo Records).
Lewis, who recently retired from the faculty of
Georgia State University after more than 25 years
there, performs in the trio with his wife, Dorothy
Lewis, on cello, and William Preucil, concertmaster
of the Cleveland
Orchestra, on violin.
the Season by Stephen
W. Webber ('81) of Tyngsboro, Mass.
(Willowshade Records). Webber also plays guitar
on this Christmas CD that features gospel vocals
by John Edmonds. Webber, a professor of music production
and engineering at Berklee College of Music, is
the artistic director for the Jazz Concert Series
at the Parish Center for the Arts and is on the
board of overseers of the New England Conservatory