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UNT Insider | August 2009 Issue

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President's Note

President Bataille at Sunday Funday 2009

President Bataille welcomed new students at Sunday Fun Day. About 3,400 freshmen joined UNT this fall.

Dear Alum,

We are off to an incredible start this year, thanks to a new U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2010 guide that singles out UNT as one of top "schools to watch." You can read more about our new distinction below.

We continue to draw high-quality students, with a freshman class that regularly has SAT scores higher than the state and national averages. And we expect to welcome nearly 50 valedictorians and salutatorians and 10 new National Merit Scholars this fall as part of our freshman class.

We also will welcome our third class of Emerald Eagle Scholars. In three years, we have helped more than 1,200 students with limited financial resources but strong academic backgrounds pursue their college dreams.

The new class of scholars includes more than a dozen who joined the student success program through our partnership with Education is Freedom, a Dallas-based organization dedicated to helping students go to college.

We also will officially mark the start of a new greener era with the June opening of our first LEED-certified building, which is part of our Life Sciences Complex. And this winter, we plan to break ground on our second LEED-certified facility, the Business Leadership Building. We hope to reach LEED-Gold the second-highest LEED certification with each of these facilities.

And we are proceeding with the hope that our new stadium will become the nation's first LEED Gold-certified collegiate football stadium. The stadium, which is expected to open in time for the 2011 season, will give us a fitting venue to bring our students, alumni and community together to celebrate our university. In the meantime, join us this year at Fouts Field to cheer on the Mean Green and show your pride in everything our university offers.

I hope to see you on campus soon. Don't forget to mark your calendar for Homecoming Oct. 17!

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


UNT Football - Photo by Ricky Yates

Photo by Ricky Yates

Get ready for football!
To get our football season off to a great start, I'm giving away a Family Fun Pack to the first home game of the season Sept. 12 when the Mean Green play Ohio. E-mail me at president@unt.edu by 5 p.m. Sept. 3 with the word "Ohio" to be entered into the random drawing. I'm also giving away a Family Fun Pack for Family Weekend on Sept. 26 when we play Middle Tennessee. E-mail me at president@unt.edu by 5 p.m. Sept. 3 with the words "Family Weekend" to be entered into the second random drawing. Our game against Ohio can be seen on TXA channel 21 at 6 p.m. Sept. 12. And o ur first game of the season against Ball State Sept. 3 will be broadcast on ESPN U at 6:30 p.m.

America's Best Colleges 2010

Moving Forward: U.S. News & World Report names UNT as one of top "schools to watch"
UNT was the only Texas public university to make U.S. News & World Report's "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" list that singles out schools earning notice for their innovative changes. UNT tied for ninth place among public National Universities on the list, which is part of U.S. News' special report, America's Best Colleges, 2010. The list includes such public institutions as Ohio State, Arizona State and Clemson. Peer assessments propelled UNT into U.S. News' up-and-coming list and accompanying article, titled, "Keep an Eye on These Schools." Schools that made the list were singled out for leading the pack and making the most innovative and promising changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities. U.S. News distinguishes National Universities as those that offer a wide range of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Many, such as UNT, also emphasize research.

Veterans Center opening

Veterans Center opens
Because increasing numbers of college students also are veterans, UNT has opened an on-campus Veterans Center to make sure we're doing everything we can to help these students transition from military to college life and succeed. The center expands upon the work already being done by UNT's Student Veterans Association. The center staff will direct veterans to resources for everything from navigating the post 9/11 GI Bill to understanding their eligibility for state and national benefits to dealing with re-entry after serving our country. We also will honor service members on Veterans Day Nov. 11 and during our Nov. 21 home football game against Army's Black Knights.

Leon Breeden

Former One O'Clock Lab Band director receives honorary degree
I was proud to award Leon Breeden, the director of the jazz studies program and the One O'Clock Lab Band from 1959 to 1981, a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, on behalf of the university at the 2009 summer doctoral hooding ceremony. Mr. Breeden, a Professor Emeritus of music, was the jazz program's second director and under his guidance, the program the first of its kind in the country rose to international prominence. Before he stepped down, the lab bands had received almost 50 national awards for group and individual performances. A respected clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger and composer, he has earned numerous accolades, including being inducted into the National Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame in 1985.

Wes Borden

Faculty Focus: Wes Borden
Wes Borden, the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry, is one of only 162 chemists from around the country to be named to the inaugural class of fellows of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. He joins fellows from institutions such as Columbia, Harvard and Yale in a program that recognizes members who have shown excellence in research and exemplary service in the field of chemistry. Dr. Borden uses computers to understand and predict the behavior of molecules. He is one of the principal investigators in the National Science Foundation's Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis, and he has served for the past 10 years as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the premier journal for chemistry research.

UNT traditions

UNT Traditions
If you can't quite remember the words to our alma mater or how to form the eagle claw, you can brush up on UNT's rich history on our new traditions web site. The web site was created to promote green pride and encourage our new and current students, faculty, staff and alumni to participate in our school traditions. You also can learn more about how our Mean Green nickname came about and trace the history of our game day and Homecoming traditions.

Shirin Askari - Photo by Paul Hayashi

Photo by Paul Hayashi

Featured Link: Project Runway's new season includes UNT alumna
Not long after graduating from UNT's fashion design program, Shirin Askari put her design skills to the test as a contestant on Project Runway, which airs Thursdays on Lifetime. Askari survived the first design test of the new season. Askari says the faculty in the design program and access to UNT's Texas Fashion Collection gave her sound preparation for the intense fashion competition. You can read more about her journey to Project Runway and get some fashion tips.

North Texas Alumni

UNT Alumni Association
The Alumni Association is hosting game-watching parties throughout Texas for the season opener against Ball State on Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN U. You can join fellow Mean Green fans at the following locations:
Dallas-Fort Worth:
• Fox and Hound: 18918 Midway Road, Dallas, 75287
• Fox and Hound: 603 Houston St., Fort Worth, 76102
• Fox and Hound: 1640 South Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, 75067
• Champions: 300 East 4th St., Austin, 78701
• Fox and Hound: 11470 Westheimer, Houston, 77077
• Fox and Hound: 4210 82nd St., Unit 240, Lubbock, 79423
San Antonio:
• Fox and Hound: 12651 Vance Jackson Road, Ste.110, San Antonio, 78230

Don't forget to RSVP for the watching parties. For more information about the alumni association, visit www.untalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834 or 800-868-1153.

August 2009

At a Glance

Get ready for football!

Moving Forward:
U.S. News & World Report names UNT as one of top "schools to watch"

Veterans Center opens

Former One O'Clock Lab Band director receives honorary degree

Faculty Focus:
Wes Borden

UNT Traditions

Featured Link:
Project Runway's new season includes UNT alumna

UNT Alumni Association

Don't Forget!

The Alumni Appreciation Day Luncheon will be Sept. 25 during Family Weekend. You can attend the luncheon, which is held to recognize standout alumni and their accomplishments.

The Career Center is holding a series of career fairs in September to connect UNT students with area employers. Alumni who want to represent their employer at the fair should e-mail Janet Denny at janet.denny
. The fair also is open to alumni jobseekers.


College of Information master's students Nicci Cobb, Larissa Estes Hammond and Michelle K. May were selected as 2009 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association and will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Andrew Harris, vice president for finance and administration, was named a finalist for CFO of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal.

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