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UNT Insider | August 2013

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President's Note


Dear Alum,

The great thing about a new academic year is that every student has a fresh start -- whether it's a freshman beginning his college experience or a senior preparing to launch her career.

We are showcasing the journey that follows each new student's start at UNT in this year's welcome video, which you also can watch during our televised football games this fall. And we're celebrating our first season in Conference USA and beginning construction on a new state-of-the-art, eco-friendly University Union, which will serve the entire campus community when complete.

We want to help our students put their best foot forward and reach their full potential by taking advantage of our high-quality programs, supportive learning environment, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. We've launched a new initiative, Succeed at UNT, to ensure students have the tips and resources they need to thrive academically and emotionally in college and in life.

We help our students to think big and fulfill their dreams. Our graduates go on to successful careers, and many become leaders in fast-growing fields such as digital retailing and online marketing, information technology, financial services, accounting, logistics and many others -- as you can read about online.

We're focused on giving our students a strong foundation early so that they can succeed in their academics and pursue whatever career path they choose.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2012

Experience student life and Mean Green football at Family Weekend

Every year, Family Weekend provides an opportunity for our students to share UNT life with friends and family. This year, Family Weekend is Oct. 11-13, three days filled with fun festivities that include Scrappy's Extravaganza Cookout Friday and the President's Breakfast Saturday. And join us at Apogee Stadium for the Oct. 12 Mean Green vs. Middle Tennessee game. I'm giving away two Experience the Mean Green Packages with four game tickets each. To enter, email me your name, mailing address and T-shirt sizes at president@unt.edu with "Family Weekend" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Sept. 6. To buy season tickets, visit the Athletic Ticket Office or contact 800-868-2366.



Alonzo Jamison

Alonzo Jamison from the 1939 UNT Yucca yearbook

Moving Forward: $1.5 million gift to support scholarships, academics and research

Alumni support is important to UNT's growth and progress, and gifts have an immediate and direct impact on academic programs and student services. UNT received $1.5 million from the estate of alumnus and lawmaker Alonzo Jamison ('39), who passed away in 2011. The gift benefits the President's Loyalty Fund and creates the Alonzo and Elizabeth Jamison Endowment Fund, which will strengthen academic programs, support research and provide student scholarships. Jamison was known as a champion for Denton's universities and for farmers and ranchers. He represented Denton County in the Texas House of Representatives for 14 years and served briefly as a UNT faculty member. The Jamisons' generosity will help UNT build on its commitment to providing students with the best educational experience in Texas.



Urban blight map

Urban blight map

New tool puts spotlight on urban blight in Dallas

UNT researchers have created a new tool to identify blight in Dallas that could be a model for helping eliminate blight in other communities. In a study commissioned by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, researchers Simon Andrew, Praveen Maghelal, Sudha Arlikatti and Hee Soun Jang in the Department of Public Administration made a "composite blight index" by superimposing Dallas' physical characteristics over its socioeconomic characteristics using data from public agencies. Their study shows that blight hinders some Dallas neighborhoods from moving forward. The index can help communities around the nation understand the cost of blight and build community support to tackle the issue. U.S. News & World Report ranks UNT's city management/urban policy master's program eighth in the nation and first in Texas.



Study helps couples fight less

Day-to-day living with a spouse can involve arguments over money, housework and childcare, among other topics. Psychology doctoral student Marciana Ramos ('13) and Joshua Hook, assistant professor of psychology, are studying married couples' communication and fighting styles and how these are related to outcomes such as relationship satisfaction and forgiveness.Their study is based on previous research showing that physiological responses such as increased blood pressure and heart rate are associated with a diminished capacity for listening. By understanding this and the ways husbands and wives fight, researchers may better understand "repair attempts" that couples can use during a fight in order to improve their relationship.



Gideon Foli Alorwoyie

Gideon Foli Alorwoyie

Faculty Focus: Gideon Foli Alorwoyie

Professor of music Gideon Foli Alorwoyie has spent his career researching the deeper meaning behind the music, lyrics and language that the Ewe people of Africa have developed over centuries. His new book, Agbadza: Songs, Drum Language of the Ewes, examines the style of music and dance traditional to the Ewe people. His work is helping to preserve the music's cultural significance and educate younger generations in his native land. Professor Alorwoyie is from Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa, and is highly regarded as one of Ghana's foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance.



Students doing the Eagle Claw, one of many UNT spirit traditions

Students doing the Eagle Claw, one of many UNT spirit traditions

Traditions: Spirit events

Spirit events are a way for students, alumni, faculty and staff to create buzz and show support for our student-athletes the day before home football games at Apogee Stadium. We're kicking off our first home game against Idaho with the UPC Foam Party near The Hill and pep rally from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Aug. 30 featuring performances by cheerleaders, dancers, Scrappy and the Green Brigade Marching Band. The season highlight will be the Homecoming 2013 spirit event from 7 to 10 p.m., Nov. 8 at Apogee Stadium featuring the Homecoming bonfire and pep rally. Spirit events are a great way to come together in Mean Green nation and show solidarity and school spirit. Look for the other spirit events planned throughout the season for football, basketball and soccer at meangreensports.com.



The Mayborn Project - War Comes Home splash screen

Featured Link: The Mayborn Project - War Comes Home

UNT is a leader in providing a welcoming culture, support and programs for student veterans. Journalism students from UNT's Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, the school's newspaper NT Daily and news station NT Daily TV have produced a TV news special report, The Mayborn Project - War Comes Home, to tell the stories of North Texas veterans, many of whom are UNT students. The school-wide project includes the TV special, photographs, full-length news and feature stories, and video clips showing the impact of war on veterans and their families and their transition to civilian life. More than 2,500 members of the military community and their families attend UNT, which has been named a Best for Vets school and a top Military Friendly School for three years in a row.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Join the UNT Alumni Association's Denton County Chapter for its second annual Oktoberfest from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the UNT Alumni Pavilion at Apogee Stadium. During this year's free event, alumni can dress in traditional Oktoberfest attire to enjoy an evening of German-themed entertainment, food and drinks. A selection of Oktoberfest-inspired beers from local microbrewers and major brewhouses and a variety of German foods from Metzler's Food and Beverage in Denton will be available for purchase. The German-influenced Polka band The Phi Mu Alpha Das Oom-pahs will provide musical entertainment. Learn more about the UNT Alumni Association by visiting www.UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


 
 
 

August 2013

At a Glance

Experience student life and Mean Green football at Family Weekend

Moving Forward: $1.5 million gift to support scholarships, academics and research

New tool puts spotlight on urban blight in Dallas

Study helps couples fight less

Faculty Focus: Gideon Foli Alorwoyie

Traditions: Spirit events

Featured Link: The Mayborn Project - War Comes Home

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Dahlia Porter, assistant professor of English, is one of 20 in the U.S. to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography.

Frankie Norris, a doctoral education student, received the 2013 Outstanding Educator Award from the Council for Exceptional Children-Division of Learning Disabilities.


Don't Forget

Cheer on the Mean Green at our home opener Aug. 31 against Idaho.

Homecoming 2013 festivities start Nov. 4 and culminate with the Nov. 9 Mean Green vs. UT-El Paso football game.


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