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UNT Insider | February 2011

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

President Rawlins and wife, Mary Jo, at the fifth annual Emerald Ball

Dear Alum,

I am honored to serve at a university that fosters diversity and provides many opportunities for students from all walks of life to succeed. And I am committed to ensuring that our students have access to a high-quality education at UNT.

It is important that we don’t lose sight of this key mission as we face a tough financial road ahead. With proposed state funding cuts to higher education and to the main state financial aid programs, students — and particularly underrepresented students — would be impacted deeply. Here at UNT, about three quarters of our students rely on grants and scholarships to attend the university.

As the nation's 32nd largest public university, UNT has made significant headway in helping underrepresented and first-generation students attend college and earn degrees.

Our Emerald Eagle Scholars program, for example, continues to be a standout program for helping high-achieving but financially challenged students achieve their goals because it provides holistic support, from financial to academic. Most of the more than 1,900 scholars are first-generation college students and ethnic minority students. So far, 30 Emerald Eagle Scholars have graduated early, and more will graduate this May.

The program thrives in part because of supporters who believe in it and the students it serves. At this year's annual Emerald Ball, we announced a new partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund – Texas Beat the Odds® scholarship program. UNT and CDF will work together to promote higher education opportunities for deserving young people in Texas.

Our students’ successes are built, in part, on the university’s commitment to providing access and opportunity. Our university leadership will do all that we can to minimize the impacts of state reductions in funding for UNT and our students, and to keep open the doors of opportunity.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

Features


Students scientists at field station

Faculty, students, local residents and provincial officials at Cape Horn Field Station inauguration in Chile

Moving Forward: UNT, Chilean partners open first field station for environmental philosophy and ecology research

UNT's longtime partnership with the University of Magallanes and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity to create the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation program is helping to preserve the Cape Horn Archipelago, one of the world's last great pristine wilderness areas. Now, with the opening of the Cape Horn Field Station -- the world's first field research facility dedicated to environmental philosophy, science and policy -- the program is consolidating this important research, education, and conservation initiative. With major funding from both Chilean and U.S. institutions, the field station will support an international network for interdisciplinary environmental research opportunities for faculty, students and affiliated scholars. And as such, the new field station helps place UNT at the forefront of integrating environmental ethics and ecology for biocultural conservation.



Ernie Kuehne

UNT alumnus Ernie Kuehne and his family present a $1 million gift for athletics to Athletic Director Rick Villarreal.

Athletics receives $1 million donation for new stadium, facilities

To be a national and regional leader, UNT has been investing in its athletic programs along with academics and research. Athletics received a great boost thanks to a $1 million donation from track letterman and Dallas attorney Ernie Kuehne. Mr. Kuehne presented the donation during the Mean Green vs. Arkansas State men's basketball game. The gift will help us continue to make improvements to our athletic programs and facilities, including our new football stadium at Mean Green Village that will open this fall. Find out how you can support the stadium and reserve season tickets.


UNT Billboard

Billboards, ads build awareness of UNT's success

To build greater awareness about the university and to build on a campaign that began in 2008, UNT has launched new advertising promotions that are being featured in prominent locations and publications throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The multifaceted advertising will remind our constituents of the many great reasons that UNT is a leading university in the North Texas region. UNT's 2010-11 campaign features 10-second TV ads that will appear through March, billboards and print advertising in publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education and Dallas Morning News.


Pudur Jagadeeswaran

Pudur Jagadeeswaran

Faculty Focus: Pudur Jagadeeswaran

Pudur Jagadeeswaran, professor of biological sciences, has been conducting research that could prove that zebrafish would be better than mice as models to study prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men, according to the American Cancer Society. He is using a $200,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas for research that will determine if zebrafish can be used to develop an early detection method for prostate cancer. His research has already shown that zebrafish do have prostate-like cells that could make them a good model for prostate cancer research. The question now is if researchers can create a prostate cancer model in fish by introducing oncogenes, which are tumor-causing agents.


Dan McCarney

Coach Dan McCarney at new stadium at Mean Green Village

Traditions: Green and White spring preview game

The Mean Green nation gathers every spring for a preview of the football season during the annual Green and White scrimmage. With the new stadium at Mean Green Village set to open this fall and a new head coach, we expect a larger-than-ever crowd at this year’s free exhibition game at 1 p.m. on April 16 at C.H. Collins Stadium at 1500 Long Road in Denton. We look forward to this year's scrimmage because it starts a new era for Mean Green football. It's also a chance to meet new head coach Dan McCarney and see the Mean Green play before the Sept. 10 first home game of the season when we play the Houston Cougars. Reserve season tickets now for the 2011 season or call 800-UNT-2366.


Featured Link: UNT Facebook and The North Texan Twitter

Connect with current and former UNT students, faculty and staff on UNT's Facebook and Twitter pages. UNT's Facebook page now has more than 25,000 people who "like" our page, and the community is growing every day. You also can follow UNT's progress and connect with alumni through the The North Texan Twitter page. We use our social network sites as go-to sources for campus and breaking news, information and events. Because of our success in keeping the community informed, UNT's Facebook page has consistently earned an A+ from our users, ranking in the 97th percentile for community engagement in comparison to our peer institutions.


UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Each spring, the UNT Alumni Association celebrates the achievements of alumni and friends of the university with an annual Alumni Awards Dinner. Join us in celebrating their achievements at 7 p.m. on April 15 in the Gateway Center Ballroom, when we honor our 2011 Alumni Awards winners. Awards include Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus, the new category of Distinguished Young Alumna/Alumnus, Outstanding Service Award and Ulys Knight Spirit Award. Reservations can be made through April 6 at 940-565-4852.  For more information about attending the dinner or to nominate someone in the future, visit www.UNTalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834.

February 2011

At a Glance

Moving Forward: UNT, Chilean partners open first field station for environmental philosophy and ecology research

Athletics receives $1 million donation for new stadium, facilities

Billboards, ads build awareness of UNT's success

Faculty Focus: Pudur Jagadeeswaran

Traditions: Green and White spring preview game

Featured Link: UNT Facebook and The North Texan Twitter

UNT Alumni Association

 


Congrats!

The film God of Love, starring alumna Marian Brock, won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short film. Brock graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre.

Sam Sauls, associate professor of radio, television and film, was elected the 2011-12 president of the Broadcast Education Association.

UNTís opera program placed third in a national competition for its performance of The Bartered Bride.

Student veteran Kenneth Brons is the first recipient of the Disabled War Veterans Scholarship.

Communication studies assistant professor Karen Anderson and student Norma Jones were honored by the North Texas chapter of the Arthritis Foundation for creating a PSA.

Alumnus Tolkunbek Abdygulov was named head of the Economy and Strategic Development Department in the Kyrgyz Republic.


Don't Forget

See the fashion exhibit, American by Design -- The 1950s, featuring pieces from UNT's Texas Fashion Collection at Fashion on Main in Dallas. The free exhibit is on display through March 25.



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