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UNT Insider | April 2009 Issue

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President's Note

President Bataille talks with CEO KERA's host Lee Cullum

Watch a preview of President Bataille talking with KERA's CEO host, Lee Cullum, about UNT's progress in an upcoming appearance. The show airs at 7:30 p.m. April 24, and 11:30 a.m. April 26 on KERA 13. It also will air on the radio at 5 p.m., April 26, on KERA-FM 90.1.

Dear Alum,

UNT is committed to providing students with the opportunity to earn a college degree. And as their university of choice, we must ensure we remain within their financial reach.

We constantly strive to help our students get the financial assistance they need to attend college. We know this is more important than ever in today's troubled economy, and as we award aid, we continue to consider the economic realities of our students and their families.

About 60 to 65 percent of our students in need receive some kind of grant aid. Next year, we expect to award more than $230 million in financial aid to do even more to meet our students' financial needs.

We have been named one of America's 100 Best College Buys® for 13 consecutive years, a testament to the fact that UNT provides a high-quality education at an affordable cost.

We also make sure that our scholarship funding stays healthy so that students who stand out can be rewarded for their hard work. In fact, we had the fourth-largest enrollment of new National Merit Scholars last fall among Texas public universities because of our scholarship availability and our high-quality academic programs.

Our numerous scholarship opportunities include endowed, departmental and national scholarships. And, of course, we also offer our signature Emerald Eagle Scholars program for high-achieving students with financial need. I am pleased to be honored on April 25 as an Advocate of the Year by Communities in Schools of North Texas because of the program. The award recognizes the impact of our program in helping students earn a college education.

With the help of alumni and friends like you, UNT can continue to support and reward our students.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


Nourredine Boubekri

Nourredine Boubekri

Moving Forward: UNT offers first graduate degree program in engineering systems
Our College of Engineering has been on the fast track since it was established six years ago. In addition to offering a mix of traditional and innovative engineering programs, the college launched the state's first graduate degree program in engineering systems, an emerging field that blends engineering and technology innovation. The program will produce graduates with engineering skills and business know-how. Concentrations in construction management and engineering management, which were developed in collaboration with our College of Business, will be offered.

UNT eagle statue

UNT is one of five schools nationwide with four Goldwater scholars
Four UNT students were named 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, making UNT one of only five schools nationwide to have the maximum number of scholars, including Cornell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Calvin College and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The students are in our Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. Irene Cai, Wen Chyan, Jonathan Dau and Jeremy Lai were each selected for their innovative science research that could one day lead to medical and scientific advances. UNT had more scholars than any other Texas college or university and this was the sixth time that all four of our Goldwater nominees were selected. The scholarships are considered to be among the country's most prestigious for students in mathematics, science and engineering.

International Indigenous and American Indian Initiatives

UNT opens new office of International Indigenous and American Indian Initiatives
UNT has the highest enrollment of Native American students among Texas universities and has steadily developed programs to reach out to this population. We recently established the International Indigenous and American Indian Initiatives to support these students and their communities. Headed by Jonathan Hook, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and former director in the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs for the Environmental Protection Agency, the initiative already has 32 different programs in development. We formally launched the initiative as part of the 2009 International Indigenous Student Conference on Culture and the Environment, which we co-hosted this month with the State Department. Through videoconferencing, we brought together indigenous youth from around the world to explore the effects of climate change in their communities.

Steve Wiest and the One O'Clock Band

College of Music establishes endowed chair and fills top positions
Great things are happening in our College of Music that will keep it at the head of the pack. We named David Itkin, director of orchestral studies, as the first holder of the recently established Anshel Brusilow Chair in Orchestral Studies. A $1 million endowment made possible the honoring of Brusilow, former conductor of the UNT Symphony Orchestra and Regents Professor. Proceeds of the endowment will fund scholarships for orchestral students. The college also has appointed John Murphy chair of the jazz studies division and named Steve Wiest director of the One O'Clock Lab Band and Tim Brent director of vocal jazz. And Cindy McTee, Regents Professor of composition, won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers, given annually to one living woman composer.

William Moen

Faculty Focus: William Moen
The dried plant specimens in Fort Worth's Botanical Research Institute of Texas may be the final record of existence for species from bygone habitats and could be valuable to researchers of global climate change. Digitizing images of the plants and the data from their labels will make them more widely accessible, but the older labels are difficult for computers to decipher. Led by William Moen, associate professor of library and information sciences and director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, in partnership with BRIT, graduate students will develop software to digitize the labels into a computer-readable format, and the labels will become part of a research database. A $738,000 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services is funding the two-year project.

UNT Color Guard

UNT Traditions: Flight Memorial
Each year, UNT takes time out to honor members of our family who are no longer with us. The Flight Memorial gives all of our UNT family a chance to express their sympathy and remember the collective contributions of these many fine Eagle students, staff, faculty and alumni. If you have a loved one to remember, you can join us for this year's Flight Memorial service at noon April 29 in the Shrader Pavilion. You also can visit our new Sustaining Arch located near the UNT Library, which we unveiled last fall. While this memorial was created by our students as a tribute to their classmates, it provides a lasting monument and a serene location to remember all of our Fallen Eagles.

Francis Stroup

Featured Link: Watch Francis Stroup on the New York Times site
UNT fight song composer and alumnus Francis Stroup is featured on the New York Times web site, sharing his story about starting his career in the Depression era and his days in Denton and Golden, Texas. Music always has been a part of his life, and when he entered 'Fessor Floyd Graham's contest for a marching song, he crafted "Fight, North Texas." After graduating in 1929, Dr. Stroup went on to teach and eventually became a professor of physical education at Northern Illinois University. This year will mark his 100th birthday, his 80th class reunion and the 70th anniversary of the adoption of "Fight, North Texas."

North Texas Alumni

UNT Alumni Association
The UNT Alumni Association is committed to being an important go-to network for alumni. As part of its effort to help graduates get ahead, it is holding the Career Connections Series. A small panel of employers, including Wells Fargo and Texas Instruments, will share advice about job search strategies in an economic downturn May 1 and May 15 at 10 a.m. at Chestnut Hall 120A during the "Recruiter Tips: Job Searching in a Tough Economy" installment of the series. You can sign up to attend by calling the UNT Career Center at 940-565-2705. Because of initiatives like this, the alumni association recently received the "Most Improved Alumni Program" award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District IV this year. For more information, visit www.untalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834 or 800-868-1153.

April 2009

At a Glance

Moving Forward:
UNT offers first graduate degree program in engineering systems

UNT is one of five schools nationwide with four Goldwater scholars

UNT opens new office of International Indigenous and American Indian Initiatives

College of Music establishes endowed chair and fills top positions

Faculty Focus:
William Moen

UNT Traditions:
Flight Memorial

Featured Link:
Watch Francis Stroup on the New York Times site

UNT Alumni Association

Don't Forget!

Vote for UNT student Charlynda Henderson, who is one of 12 finalists in the Garnier Fructis College Sing in the Shower contest. Voting ends at 11 p.m. April 30.


James Meernik, professor of political science and interim associate dean for administrative affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences, was named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2009-10.

Frances B. Vick, the UNT Press founder and Texas State Historical Association president, was honored with the 2008 Humanities Texas Award in part for building the press into a major publisher of books about Texans.

Logistics and supply chain management seniors Tracy Booker, Kyle Hightower, Poh-Lynn Ng and Chris Walls won the Pittsburgh National Logistics Challenge for the second consecutive year, marking the logistics team's fifth win in the last 10 years.

Senior economics major Kuntal Cholera is America's best debate speaker according to results from this year's National Debate Tournament.

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