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UNT Insider | August 2011

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

UNT's future is bright and it will become even brighter this fall, when we celebrate the opening of UNT's Mean Green Stadium, Business Leadership Building and other buildings in support of academics and research.

This progress is part of our commitment to excel in athletics, academics and the arts so we can offer our students the very best undergraduate education at a Texas research university.

The new stadium is an integral part of making our athletic programs a success. And with new head coach Dan McCarney, we have a seasoned football coach at the helm and the right ingredients for a strong program.

The new stadium is slated to host its first home football game Sept. 10, and season tickets are on sale now for the 2011 season so you can watch Coach McCarney and the Mean Green in action. And with music legend Pat Boone performing the National Anthem at the opening home game, I know this is the beginning to a great season! Boone also will perform Sept. 11 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. You can buy tickets now through the center's box office.

Our new Business Leadership Building is designed to support our growing student body and academic programs. When it opens this fall, the 180,000-square-foot facility will have the capacity to serve 7,500 students and office space for more than 200 faculty, staff and doctoral students.

We're also using existing facilities to support our students' needs. We've renamed UNT's former business building Sage Hall, and it's being redesigned as a helpful one-stop spot for student support services such as tutoring and testing services. It also will house UNT's premier academic programs such as the Honors College and the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science that play a key role in bringing excellent students to UNT and provide an academic experience that sets them on a course for stellar contributions in their future careers.

And construction is underway on the new state-of-the-art Zero Energy Research Laboratory at Discovery Park, UNT's nearly 290-acre research park. The laboratory will be a research hub for students and faculty to get firsthand experiences with sustainable technologies of tomorrow.

I'm confident the improvements taking place on campus will not only enrich the experience of our students but put them on the path to success. I hope to see you at our first home football game against the University of Houston. Go Mean Green!

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Family Weekend

Family Weekend connects family and students

Every year, we celebrate the role that families play in our students' success with fun-filled events during Family Weekend. Join the fun this year Sept. 23-25 and get a closer look at campus and student life. The weekend's highlights include the Mean Green vs. Indiana football game Sept. 24. I'm giving away a Family Fun Pack for a family of four to attend the game. To participate in our random drawing, email me at president@unt.edu with "Family Weekend" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Aug. 12 and be sure to include your mailing address. To purchase tickets throughout the season, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or visit MeanGreenSports.com. To learn more about Family Weekend and to register to attend, visit transition.unt.edu/family_weekend or contact parents@unt.edu.



Scrappy standing with football players, fireworks in the background

Celebrate 'The Incredible Scrappy' for Homecoming

Homecoming 2011 will be Oct. 18-22, celebrating "The Incredible Scrappy" with a week of fun leading up to the Mean Green vs. Louisiana at Monroe game. To get you ready, I'm giving away two pair of tickets to the football game and UNT Alumni Association gift packs. The first 100 responders automatically win a UNT T-shirt, and all responders will be entered into a random drawing to win the Homecoming prizes. Email me at president@unt.edu with "Homecoming" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Aug. 12. Don't forget to include your mailing address and T-shirt size. To purchase tickets throughout the season, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or visit MeanGreenSports.com.



National Science Foundation logo

Moving Forward: Researchers awarded NSF grant to develop sustainable building materials

A team of four UNT researchers and small businesses are collaborating to revolutionize the construction industry by developing natural alternatives to fiberglass and foam insulation building materials. A number of composite companies in Florida and Texas, U.S. Department of Agriculture farmers and Ladonia Market Center will work with UNT researchers to develop composite panels that use plant fibers in place of glass fibers. Nandika D'Souza, professor of materials science and engineering, is overseeing the interdisciplinary team, which includes Yong Tao, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, director of the PACCAR Technology Institute and PACCAR professor of engineering; Michael Allen, assistant professor of biological sciences; and Vish Prasad, vice president for research and economic development. The team's design and creation of the new composite materials and foams could be used in the construction industry, cars and aircraft. Their research is being supported by a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Partnership for Innovation program.



Charlotte Hancock, Junebug Clark, Art Hancock

Charlotte Hancock, Junebug Clark, Art Hancock
(shown from left to right)

Nationally significant photography collection chronicling Detroit, Jack Daniel's history gifted to UNT

UNT will house the photography collection of nationally acclaimed father and son artists Joe and Junebug Clark. The Clark photography collection is recognized as one of the most extensive family archives from the golden age of American photography and contains more than 2 million items, including film prints and advertisements. It chronicles the emergence of Detroit as the auto capital of the world and contains endless pictures of historical, famous figures, as well as photographs capturing the history of Jack Daniel's whiskey. The long-term goal will be for UNT to establish a permanent exhibit in Lynchburg, Tenn. -- where Jack Daniel's is located -- and develop partnerships across the nation for using the images to teach students in many disciplines. The collection is a gift from Junebug and Kay Clark and Art and Charlotte Hancock in honor of Junebug's father Joe. Junebug is a well-known photographer and Art Hancock is a former Jack Daniel's marketing executive. Junebug and Kay Clark live in Wichita, Kan., and Art and Charlotte Hancock live in Nashville, Tenn.



Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Renowned artist Nick Cave to serve as UNT's artist-in-residence

UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts has selected internationally renowned visual and performance artist Nick Cave as its artist-in-residence for the 2011-12 academic year. Cave, whose work has been called "must be seen to be believed" by The New York Times, will share his extensive experience with students, faculty and community members by hosting master classes, workshops and public lectures during visits to UNT this academic year. He also will serve as the featured speaker for the College of Visual Arts and Design's annual Nasher Lecture Series in October. Cave is best known for his elaborate Soundsuit sculptures made of wearable art that envelops the body, creating sounds as the materials brush together.



D. Jack Davis

Painting by Frank Tenney Johnson

UNT collaborates on research to uncover rich history of artists from Wichita Falls area

Graduate students and D. Jack Davis, professor of art and director of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts at UNT, are helping to show the importance of knowing one's cultural heritage after uncovering the rich history of artists from Wichita Falls. In collaboration with the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Davis and three UNT graduate students discovered artists who lived or worked in the Wichita Falls area before 1970 and in the process inspired local school children to take pride in the community's cultural heritage by studying the artists as part of their school curriculum. Davis and the graduate student researchers found about 65 artists through their work, including nationally prominent syndicated comic strip artist Leslie Turner and Western artist Frank Tenney Johnson.



James Kennedy

James Kennedy

Faculty Focus: James Kennedy

James Kennedy, Regents Professor of biological sciences, with a team of colleagues and students created UNT's Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum as a resource for student research and learning. The research museum, which is housed on the second floor of the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, is a collection of 100,000 insects, 20,000 plants, 1,000 small mammals and birds, and more than 1,000 mussel specimens -- representing many species in these categories of organisms found in the Southwest. Every year, the College of Visual Arts and Design brings about 600 drawing students to sketch specimens featured in the museum. Dr. Kennedy debriefs the students with a lecture on the specimens, where they came from and their ecology. Museum visits can be scheduled by calling 940-565-2891 for viewing times on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.



UNT Emeritus College

2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton teaching an Emeritus College class

Traditions: Emeritus College

Designed for adults ages 50 and older, UNT's Emeritus College continues to offer inspiring courses, lectures, field trips and travel learning opportunities for those wanting to enrich their lives. Launched in 2009, the Emeritus College offers its members non-credit classes and social networking opportunities for a $110 annual membership fee. Emeritus College classes are taught by UNT Emeritus and active faculty as well as area professionals. The Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning oversees the college, which offers classes on UNT's campus on weekdays. Enrollment for fall 2011 classes begins Aug. 15 and the college's open house and class preview for fall 2011 will be held Aug. 11. More than 50 classes will be offered this fall session, which begins Sept. 8. For more information, visit the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning website or contact Marilyn Wagner at 940-565-3487 or at marilyn.wagner@unt.edu.



North Texan Summer 2011

Featured Link: The North Texan

Discover how student success is bringing recognition to UNT, read essays from alumni sharing their life's journey after graduation and keep up with alumni accomplishments in the latest online issue of The North Texan, the university's quarterly magazine for alumni and friends. Also find out how people of all ages are taking advantage of UNT's famed College of Music.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Mean Green game day events will be bigger and better when the UNT Alumni Association opens its new alumni pavilion in fall 2011. The pavilion will be open to the public for the first home game Sept. 10. Membership in the alumni association will be required for entry to all future home games. A $10 temporary membership is available for entry into the pavilion for one day. Located at the northeast entrance of the new football stadium, the pavilion will serve as a memorable gathering place to enjoy food, fun and fellowship among alumni and friends. Designed for hundreds of fans, the 2,000-square-foot pavilion will include space to enjoy big-screen TVs and stunning views of the stadium from a 3,200-square-foot outdoor deck. To learn more about the pavilion project and alumni association visit www.UNTalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834.


August 2011

At a Glance

Family Weekend connects family and students

Celebrate 'The Incredible Scrappy' for Homecoming

Moving Forward: Researchers awarded NSF grant to develop sustainable building materials

Nationally significant photography collection chronicling Detroit, Jack Daniel's history gifted to UNT

Renowned artist Nick Cave to serve as UNT's artist-in-residence

UNT collaborates on research to uncover rich history of artists from Wichita Falls area

Faculty Focus: James Kennedy

Traditions: Emeritus College

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Vish Prasad, vice president for research and economic development, was awarded the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' 2011 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award.

Allen Clark was named UNT's vice provost for academic resources. He previously served as assistant vice president for UNT's Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.


Don't Forget

Join students, faculty, staff and alumni Aug. 21 for Sunday Fun Day, when we help new incoming students move into residence halls. To volunteer, email Carmen Garza. Volunteers will receive a free UNT T-shirt.

UNT is asking you to "Wear your pride" Sept. 2 as part of College Colors Day, a national event encouraging alumni and students to wear their collegiate colors. So show your Mean Green pride!



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