Insider | January 2008 Issue
Earlier this month, our university was proud to announce that the Texas
State Historical Association chose to relocate to
UNT after spending the last 110 years at the University of Texas
at Austin. UNT has long recognized the importance
of Texas history and we have built a strong foundation of faculty
and library resources that will support the mission of the association,
which is Texas' oldest such association and considered in academic
circles the nation's most dynamic regional history organization.
UNT's Department of History has the strongest
faculty research focus on Texas history at any
university in the state, which can be measured by the more than
25 books that faculty members have written or edited about this
great state. This will be a great partnership as the association
and UNT faculty work together to preserve Texas' heritage and further
the appreciation, understanding and teaching of Texas' unique history.
Also, our UNT Press,
with Texas history as one of its core areas, will provide new publishing
opportunities for the association.
I am pleased the association's board recognized the opportunities
for the organization to expand its reach by joining
forces with UNT. Our new partnership with the association is one
of many that have been and will be established to further our research
initiatives, help enrich our already stellar academic programs and
bring new state, national and international recognition to UNT.
With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille
Moving Forward: UNT continues mission to further diversity
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine
recently recognized UNT as a publishers pick because
of the work we do here to ensure Hispanic students have successful academic
careers. With a strong commitment to diversity,
our university has worked hard to establish programs for the recruitment
and retention of Hispanic students. This year,
for example, UNT has participated in 600 recruitment programs and six
national Hispanic college fairs in the Dallas, Houston,
Austin and San Antonio areas. In addition, Gilda Garcia,
vice president for institutional equity and diversity, is beginning
a series of regular meetings called Café
Diversity in which campus groups can have conversations
exploring issues of inclusion, diversity, equity and access for
faculty, staff and students.
Chinese professor to research, lecture at UNT
Demonstrating UNT's ongoing commitment to globalization
and collaboration, Liangmei
Hu, an associate professor from the Hefei
University of Technology in China, will spend 2008 researching
and lecturing in UNT's College of Engineering.
She will conduct a variety of research projects and serve as a
guest lecturer in both undergraduate and graduate computer science
and engineering classes. Dr. Hu, whose areas of specialty include
image processing and computer vision, will be working with Bill
Buckles, professor of computer science and engineering,
and Xiaohui Yuan, assistant professor of computer
science and engineering. The professors will collaborate on a project
to construct a digital terrain model combining LiDAR (light detection
and ranging - an optical remote sensing technology) and infrared
Professor creates podcasts for textbook
an associate professor in UNT's School of Merchandising
and Hospitality Management, and a group of UNT theatre
alumni are creating podcasts for students enrolled in Principles
of Nutrition. The class, which fulfills a wellness requirement,
is a distributed learning course in which students and teachers
rely primarily on Internet delivery and other indirect communication
instead of a traditional classroom setting. Available to students
this semester, the podcasts allow them to listen to the class lectures
while sitting in their pajamas in their residence hall or apartment.
The podcasts also include contents of the course's online textbook
that Dr. Connors, a registered dietician, wrote and updates annually.
CALL center promotes continuing education
Earlier this month, UNT founded the Center for Achievement
and Lifelong Learning, or CALL.
The center will coordinate all continuing education and outreach
activities at UNT, including test preparation classes, career training,
extension credit courses and events. CALL will bring together the
existing Center for Continuing Education and Conference
Management and the Professional Development Institute,
which will remain separate entities under the new center. Ken
Robertson, assistant vice president for lifelong learning,
will oversee CALL. I hope you will take advantage of our upcoming
classes and events as you continue growing academically and professionally.
Faculty Focus: Edward Dzialowski
assistant professor of biological sciences, is using chicken embryos
as a model to study the development of the respiratory and cardiovascular
systems. He and others in the UNT Developmental Physiology
and Genetics Research Group are learning how the cardiovascular
system develops and transitions from a fetal circulation pattern
to a neonatal circulation pattern. He also is interested in examining
how the developing cardiovascular system responds to environmental
stressors such as a lack of oxygen. Dr. Dzialowski does an outstanding
job at providing hands-on research and learning opportunities for
our undergraduate and graduate students.
UNT Traditions: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each year, the UNT community celebrates the life of civil rights
leader Martin Luther King Jr. In his honor, sorority Alpha
Kappa Alpha sponsored a student-organized rally Jan.
21, where I was honored to serve as a speaker. In addition, the Division
of Institutional Equity and Diversity displayed videos,
paintings, photographs and literature about Dr. King's life in
the University Union's One O'Clock Lounge. This marks the continuation
of a proud tradition at UNT, which has been honored to host members
of the King family. In February 2005, Dr. King's wife, the late
Coretta Scott King, spoke on campus and was awarded an honorary
doctor of humane letters degree. And his daughter, the late Yolanda
King, followed in February 2006.
Featured Link: UNTeCampus
As we begin a new year and make resolutions to improve our lives,
one opportunity I would like to remind you of is our UNTeCampus,
which can provide you with convenient and flexible classes to
reach career and personal goals. UNT is the largest provider
of online credit courses among Texas public universities. Through
our UNTeCampus, we offer 32 undergraduate and graduate degrees
and certificates, many of which can be obtained 100 percent
online. From laptops at the local coffee shop or their
home computers, UNTeCampus students participate in class discussions
and learn from the same high-quality professors that
they would were they coming to campus for class.
Exes encourage you to join, start chapters
Rob McKinney has been named the new director of chapter development
and events for the North Texas Exes. McKinney,
a 2003 UNT graduate, earned a bachelor of business administration
degree in marketing. Since 2004, McKinney has served as event
coordinator for the UNT Gateway Center. For
those interested in volunteering with a North Texas Exes chapter
or alumni network, please contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org or
940-565-3162. For more information about the Exes, visit www.ntexes.org.