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UNT Insider | August 2008 Issue

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President's Note

President Gretchen M. Bataille

President Gretchen M. Bataille leads students in a discussion group for Barbara Kingsolver's book, The Bean Trees, for the launch of UNT's One Book, One Community program, a yearlong program that encourages reading and engages students and our surrounding communities in discussions about American identity and immigration.

Dear Alum,

Because a student's first year at a university can be daunting, UNT is dedicated to doing all we can to provide the necessary support and resources to steer our students onto a successful path.

That's why I am especially proud to announce that we are building on our past successes to expand our programs that help new students successfully navigate their first year at UNT.

With the support of a new $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we will develop additional ways to identify at-risk students and keep them on track for graduation. As part of our efforts, we will create a retention alert system to refer at-risk students to the necessary services. Through our new academic road maps data system, students will get a clear picture of the courses they need to earn their degree and can track their progress. If you have lessons to pass along to our new students from your own days at UNT, I encourage you to share your thoughts on our advice forum.

Our Emerald Eagle Scholars program also will benefit from the grant. We helped about 400 deserving scholars in our inaugural class fulfill their college dreams last year, and more than two-thirds of them are expected to continue their studies here. I proudly welcome them back this fall and the second class of freshman scholars who joined us this fall.

We also launched our One Book, One Community program this month with small group discussions between our incoming freshmen and our faculty and staff. The program encourages reading and engages students and our surrounding communities in discussions about American identity and immigration through Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees. After leading two discussion groups last week, I was impressed by the insight of some of our freshmen and pleased to see them learning from one another over a shared experience. I encourage you to read along with us and participate in our events. We have a few more books to give away, so please e-mail me by Sept. 5 at president@unt.edu with "Bean Trees" in the subject line to be entered into our random drawing.

I am excited to see new faces on campus this fall, including nearly 90 new faculty members who have more than 245 degrees between them. I know they, along with our new initiatives, will help all of our students thrive at our student-centered university.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


UNT Homecoming

Get ready for Homecoming, enter to win more green
Our Oct. 25 Homecoming is just around the corner. To get you in the spirit, I'm giving away tickets to the football game, tailgating food packages and North Texas Exes gift packs. I'm also going to throw in some Homecoming T-shirts, UNT T-shirts and decals. The first 100 responders automatically win UNT T-shirts, and all responders will be entered into a random drawing to win the Homecoming prizes. Just e-mail me at president@unt.edu with "Homecoming" in the subject line by Sept. 10. For a full schedule of Homecoming events, visit www.unt.edu/homecoming.

Teach North Texas

Moving Forward: Teach North Texas to fill critical need
UNT was founded on a mission to train teachers, and 118 years later, we still are meeting that challenge. I am excited to see that our Teach North Texas initiative to train future secondary math, science and computer science teachers is off to a strong start with high enrollment and philanthropic gifts totaling $2.4 million from the Greater Texas Foundation and the National Math and Science Initiative. This fall, we will offer a free 1-credit-hour course, which has 64 students enrolled so far. This course, and a second one to be added in spring 2009, will help students interested in these high-need disciplines to gauge their interest in teaching. A collaborative effort of UNT's College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education, TNT recently received an additional $150,000 grant from the Greater Texas Foundation to fund scholarships during the next two academic years and contribute to endowing the program permanently. The university has set a goal of raising at least $1 million for that endowment by 2012, which would then be matched up to $1 million by the National Math and Science Initiative.

Harold Strong

Discovery Park gets new leader
I am pleased to welcome Harold Strong as director of Discovery Park, our nearly 290-acre research park. Mr. Strong, the former director of the Research Park at Texas A&M University, has a strong record of developing partnerships between universities and industries. He will help establish Discovery Park as a technology leader that commercializes its cutting-edge research, serves as an incubator for new companies, builds partnerships with existing companies, recruits science- and technology-related companies and spurs regional economic development. Discovery Park currently houses the College of Engineering, the interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Research and Technology and the School of Library and Information Sciences.

Steve Wiest

Steve Wiest

College of Music adds to its jazz collection
While our jazz studies program consistently ranks among the best programs nationwide for its stellar musical education, it also is expanding an impressive jazz collection because of the ties some of our faculty have to famous musicians. Our College of Music will soon have the work of jazz legend Maynard Ferguson in a collection that will feature his music from the mid-1950s to his death in 2006, along with work composed and arranged by other influential musicians. The Maynard Ferguson Music Library consists of 400 pieces, including works from the critically acclaimed all-star group The Birdland Dream and Grammy-nominated music from Conquistador, which included the hit "Gonna Fly Now" from the Rocky movie. The Ferguson collection will complement the Stan Kenton Library, which houses music from the famed jazz orchestra leader. These collections give our students access to important work and preserve the music for posterity.

mariachi camp

UNT music students teach aspiring mariachi players
UNT has some of the best music students in the world and they recently shared their musical prowess with middle and high school students who attended our College of Music's first summer mariachi camp earlier this month. The 22 young musicians learned how to pluck the guitarrón and play the trumpet under the guidance of UNT music students during the three-day camp, which was funded by the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The students, most of whom were Latino, also got a taste of college by touring the campus and meeting UNT students. The camp was such a success that it will be expanded next year to a weeklong program.

Paul Leung

Paul Leung

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers

Faculty Focus: Richard Rogers and Paul Leung
Two of our faculty members have been honored by the American Psychological Association for their significant contributions to the field. Richard Rogers, professor of psychology, was honored with the association's 2008 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. Paul Leung, professor of rehabilitation, social work and addictions, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the association's Division 22. Dr. Rogers is well-known for his research on malingering and insanity evaluations, and his latest research revealed inconsistencies in Miranda warnings due to varying levels of comprehensibility. Dr. Leung, who is considered an expert on multicultural issues in rehabilitation psychology, earned his award for helping to develop culturally sensitive rehabilitation services to people with disabilities who are also from racial and ethnic minority groups.

Mean Green football

UNT Traditions: UNT's athletic legacy
In 1921, UNT joined its first athletic conference, the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which was primarily made up of the state's teachers colleges. Nine decades, scores of sports and thousands of games later, we are now in our seventh athletic conference, the Sun Belt, which we joined in 2001 and where we have excelled. In this conference, the Mean Green football team won four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships. The Mean Green men's basketball team won the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Championship and earned a place in the nation's Big Dance. And in 2005, the women's soccer team won its second Sun Belt Conference Championship since joining the conference. We proudly display UNT sports memorabilia in the T.D. Parks Hall of Fame in our Athletic Center lobby, including a game program from our first bowl game in 1946. I encourage you to join us in celebrating the completion of the hall of fame and the dedication of the UNT Athletic Center Sept. 6 at 2:30 p.m. as we unveil new memorabilia donated by Regent C. Dan Smith, a football alum, a North Texas Exes Alumni Association member and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, who donated money and more items to enhance the collection.

UNT ad campaign

Featured Link: UNT rolls out new ad campaign
I am excited to see UNT putting its best foot forward through our targeted ad campaign, which begins this week to showcase the breadth of our programs and raise our profile nationally. It is designed to raise overall awareness of UNT and all of the exciting opportunities our university offers. As you may already know, growing our image can enhance the value of your degrees. The ads will appear in a variety of media outlets nationwide. Keep an eye out for UNT billboards at locations throughout the Metroplex, including the I-35 and I-30 interchange in Fort Worth and the Dallas North Tollway entrance in downtown Dallas. And watch for our commercial that will air during the broadcast of our first home game Sept. 6 against Tulsa on TXA 21. It also will air on WFAA during Good Morning America and morning and nightly newscasts.

North Texas Exes

Alumni association introduces new web site
I am excited to tell you that the North Texas Exes Alumni Association has launched its new web site www.untalumni.com. The new design does more than just expand the association's existing online presence, the web site will be an integral part of how the association communicates with alumni, students and friends. I encourage you to visit the web site to find out more about the alumni association's exciting events and programs, such as the Alumni Gameday Grille pregame party before home football games. Join the alumni association for food, fun and football. For more information, e-mail alumni@unt.edu or call 940-565-2834.

August 2008

At a Glance

Get ready for Homecoming, enter to win more green

Moving Forward:
Teach North Texas to fill critical need

Discovery Park gets new leader

College of Music adds to its jazz collection

UNT music students teach aspiring mariachi players

Faculty Focus:
Richard Rogers
and Paul Leung

UNT Traditions:
UNT's athletic legacy

Featured Link:
UNT rolls out
new ad campaign

Alumni association introduces new web site

Don't Forget!

The Mean Green football team opens our season Aug. 30 against Kansas State. You can cheer the team on at our first home game Sept. 6 against Tulsa. And plan to join us as we take on Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 11 during Family Weekend.

You can nominate a deserving former classmate or friend of the university for our UNT alumni awards until Sept. 1, which is the extended deadline. To learn more about the awards and fill out a form, visit the alumni awards site or
call the Office of Development at 940-565-2900.

Jerry White,
a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, global activist and Survivor Corps co-founder, will speak about his experiences at 2 p.m. Sept. 4 in the University Union for Encounters, our international speaker series. A book signing will follow the free lecture.


Brooke Moore,
a senior sociology major, is the fifth UNT student to be named a NextGen Leader, a national award and scholarship given by American Humanics Inc.
for outstanding leadership and service to our community and commitment to
a career in the nonprofit sector.

Shobhana Chelliah, an associate professor of linguistics and technical communication, received a National Science Foundation grant to create a searchable computer archive of texts in the endangered language of Lamkang, spoken primarily in a part of northeastern India and in Bangladesh.

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