University of North Texas

UNT Insider | January 2013

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President's Note

V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

I'm excited about what this new year holds for UNT and the momentum our four bold goals have given us. We're pursuing excellence in all that we do, from teaching to service, while remaining good stewards of the public's money.

The 83rd legislative session is under way and I'm hopeful that state support for higher education will be strong. Most college students are educated at public universities, and adequate funding helps institutions like UNT do their best at teaching, research, student support and engagement to keep Texas and its workforce strong for our businesses and communities.

At UNT, our first and ultimate goal is to provide students with the best educational experience possible. We're investing in programs and people to ensure that our students have the support systems they need to succeed and are being taught by dedicated faculty who are committed to the highest standards of teaching, research and scholarship.

We're providing more merit- and need-based aid to students so they can get a great college education at UNT. And we're improving our infrastructure so that our faculty and students are working and studying in world-class facilities that support their scholarship, research and creative endeavors.

Our efforts are paying off. For two consecutive years, we have welcomed our largest and most academically talented freshman classes. We now have our largest doctoral class, and we continue to be a top choice for transfer students. And I'm proud to share that we're No. 1 in Dallas-Fort Worth for graduating 8,500 students each year.

We've made this progress while becoming fiscally leaner because the driving force behind our four bold goals is to balance quality with efficiency and accountability.

I'm proud of what we are doing and where we are going. We are helping our students, our region and our state thrive and grow. We are "A green light to greatness."

V. Lane Rawlins



Vladmir Shulaev and researchers in the research lab

Professor Vladimir Shulaev and researchers in the metabolomics lab, a Waters Corp. Center of Innovation

Moving Forward: New lab to advance plant sciences

One way we're preparing students for tomorrow is by ensuring they have world-class facilities that support and further faculty and student research interests. UNT's new Metabolomics and Metabolic Signaling Pathway Research Laboratory was recently named a Center of Innovation by the Waters Corp. The UNT lab is one of only 20 worldwide chosen for the program, which recognizes analytical scientists facilitating breakthroughs in their areas of research. Overseen by Vladimir Shulaev, professor of biological sciences, UNT's lab uses cutting-edge technology to better understand the molecules that respond to stress in plants, helping researchers improve natural defenses in plant crops, which also aids in human health and nutrition.


Tectonic Plate 10-0404, lathe-turned Thurmanite® plate from atlas

Making a dinner plate from an atlas: A professor's trademarked art

UNT is a place that breeds creativity and artistic innovation, as proven by faculty members such as James Thurman, assistant professor of visual arts and design. Using a technique and material he has trademarked as Thurmanite, Professor Thurman can turn an atlas into a dinner plate, transform a stack of office paper into a bracelet or make a necklace out of a novel. In the North Texas region and around the world, he has been teaching others how to turn paper into the hard, plastic-like material that resembles the grain of wood with layers of colors.

Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond

Faculty Focus: Bruce Bond

Strong faculty members stand out in teaching, research, service and leadership, and I'm proud to share that Bruce Bond, Regents Professor of English, was recently selected the first winner of the UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award for excelling at them all. Dr. Bond's many achievements include being an accomplished and internationally known poet, with 10 full-length books of poetry and four chapbooks. For 17 years at UNT, he has excelled in service and teaching by helping develop a creative writing program and building the Department of English's national reputation. And he is consistently given high marks by his students. For his unwavering dedication, Dr. Bond was among faculty honored by the UNT Foundation during Salute to Faculty Excellence Week in October 2012. He received a $15,000 cash prize, commemorative medallion and bronze eagle sculpture.

F. Donald Eades, Charles H. Wickersham and Charles Boudreaux

From left: F. Donald Eades ('62), Charles H. "Choo-Choo" Wickersham ('62) and Charles Boudreaux ('62)

Traditions: Golden Eagles memories

For our alumni, becoming a Golden Eagle means marking 50 years since graduating from UNT. Every year, we celebrate a new class of Golden Eagles with a luncheon and reunion on the Friday of Homecoming weekend. It's a tradition that allows our Golden Eagles to travel down memory lane, reconnect with their former classmates and stay connected to UNT. Watch the video of alumni from the class of 1962 sharing their Golden Eagle memories or read about their memories in The North Texan online.

North Texan alumni magazine fall 2012 cover

Featured Link: The North Texan

Ashley Hinck, Sophia Ramirez and Leticia Hernandez were like many UNT freshmen whose first-year experiences at UNT helped them to embrace college life, develop strong academic skills and discover their career paths. Read their stories in the latest issue of The North Texan, the university's quarterly magazine for alumni and friends. In an online exclusive, read about how Eric Ligon, associate dean and Distinguished University Professor of visual arts and design, and his family live in Honors Hall to help students adjust to life away from home.

UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Association and UNT's Division of Advancement will host the annual Alumni Awards this year in February. Recipients of the 2013 Alumni Awards will be recognized for their achievements and support of UNT during the Alumni Awards Dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at UNT's Apogee Stadium. So you can be part of this exciting event, email me by 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at to enter a random drawing to win a pair of tickets to the dinner. Please include your name, address and phone number. To buy dinner tickets, contact Abbie Lows at 940-565-4851 or To learn more about the UNT Alumni Association, visit or contact the association at or 940-565-2834.


January 2013

At a Glance

Moving Forward: New lab to advance plant sciences

Making a dinner plate from an atlas: A professor's trademarked art

Faculty Focus: Bruce Bond

Traditions: Golden Eagles memories

Featured Link: The North Texan

UNT Alumni Association


Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, was named 2012 Post-Secondary Outstanding German Educator.

Alumna Stephanie Reid earned a $4,500 Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders scholarship from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She is a post baccalaureate student in UNT's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program.

Students earned prize money for business startups in the Murphy Center's annual 2012 New Venture Creation Contest.

Eleven TAMS students were honored in the 2012 Siemens Competition. TAMS has had more students honored in the competition than any other Texas school, and is a top school nationally for honored students.

Don't Forget

Join us at 6:30 p.m. April 15 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas for our inaugural Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape event honoring outstanding alumni and supporting Emerald Eagle Scholars.

Visit the UNT Art Gallery through Feb. 9 to view garments from around the globe in the sixth annual Collections, Cultures and Collaborations Series exhibition.

UNT became a smoke-free campus Jan. 1. Learn more about our Smoke-Free Campus Policy.

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