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UNT Insider | July 2010 Issue

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

At UNT, we’re seeking to change the world for the better, from studying zebrafish for clues in treating prostate cancer and blood clots to pioneering a better light bulb.

But in many ways, the most important thing we’ll change is students’ minds, as Nick Utech proves.

Last year as a freshman, Nick took part in a pilot biology class that gave him the opportunity to do complex research usually reserved for upper-level and graduate students. The pilot class came out of our growing partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Under the guidance of faculty mentors Lee Hughes and Robert Benjamin, Nick and his classmates conducted research that is part of a database used by researchers nationwide. Inspired by what he learned, Nick now is set on becoming a microbiologist.

UNT was the first Texas university invited to participate in the institute's Science Education Alliance. And we recently earned a $1.3 million grant from the institute to expand research opportunities for undergraduates while improving science education for community college and university students.

We also have a new website to encourage undergraduate students to make research part of their studies and gain valuable experience for graduate school or their future careers. We're committed to keeping research and education inseparable because it gives students the passion to learn and the knowledge to act.

It's because of these kinds of efforts that UNT will move to the top echelon of major research universities, adding value and power to a UNT degree.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Discovery Park

Discovery Park

Moving Forward: Start-ups join Discovery Park

A biomedical company and solar energy company have opened offices in Discovery Park, UNT's nearly 290-acre research park. The two start-ups, MedAutomate Diagnostics and Solar Logic, will collaborate with faculty and students to bring about new innovations in medicine and energy through research collaborations. Faculty also will work with the start-ups to attract federal grants, and students will have new job and internship opportunities through the companies. As a place where entrepreneurship and innovation converge, Discovery Park allows start-ups to take advantage of faculty expertise and the state-of-the-art facilities that exist at UNT to launch their products. 


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UNT football part of Century in the Making

Great Mean Green football players and moments — such as the 1956 freshman football team’s integration of intercollegiate football in Texas — can be included in Super Bowl XLV celebrations with your help. Have your say for a chance to win tickets to the game and to help decide the 100 greatest football moments in the history of the region in the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee’s Century in the Making online sweepstakes.

  • Vote now for memorable moments featuring Abner Haynes (’62), Leon King (’62, ’72 M.S.), G.A. Moore (’62) and “Mean” Joe Greene (’69).
  • Voting lasts through July 25 in the Special Moments category.
  • Voting in the Professional Moments category runs from July 26 to Sept. 12.
  • Cast your vote at www.centuryinthemaking.com.
  • Don’t forget to buy tickets to see the UNT Symphony Orchestra play at the Sept. 10 XLV Countdown: Live from Cowboys Stadium concert, also featuring Tim McGraw.

 


Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie

Nationally acclaimed Moby-Dick composer named artist-in-residence

UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts named Jake Heggie, composer of the nationally acclaimed opera Moby-Dick, as artist-in-residence for the 2010-11 academic year. In addition to working with students and participating in campus activities, Heggie will spend part of his residency composing a major work that further explores the literary and musical world of Moby-Dick. The UNT Symphony Orchestra and the UNT Grand Chorus, with tenor soloist Richard Croft as Captain Ahab, will premiere the piece in April 2012. The institute also named David Bithell, Bruce Bond and Lesli Robertson as its 2010-11 faculty fellows. The three faculty members will be released from their regular faculty duties during fall 2010 to focus on their individual artistic projects and to find new meaning in their work so they can share their enhanced perspectives with students.


Penguins standing on the southern coast of Chile

Travel with UNT faculty in new program, take classes for 50 and over adults

Through the UNT Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning's new Travel-Learn Program, you can travel the world with UNT faculty who will give insight into chosen destinations. In the first trips, you can go with a small group to visit Ireland, which includes the opportunity to see the One O'Clock Lab Band perform at the Guinness Jazz Festival, and Chile, where you can explore one of the world's last remaining wildernesses with UNT and Chilean researchers partnering to preserve the area. You also can have enriching experiences at home through the Emeritus College, which is offering non-credit classes taught by UNT faculty for adults 50 and older. Topics range from religion to history. Enrollment for fall classes is open now and classes start Sept. 2. Learn more about the Emeritus College and Travel-Learn program at call.unt.edu/lifelonglearning.


Eugene Martin

Eugene Martin

Faculty Focus: Eugene Martin

Eugene Martin, assistant professor of radio, television and film, is one of only 21 filmmakers in the world who have been awarded a Work-In-Progress Grant this spring from the Sundance Documentary Grant Fund. Martin will use the $20,000 grant to finish his feature-length documentary on the Anderson Monarchs Girls Soccer Club, a Philadelphia athletic, mentoring and tutoring organization. He plans to premiere his documentary before the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer finals in 2011. Work-In-Progress grants recognize filmmakers for their "works of great artistry and humanity."


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Traditions: Family Weekend

Family members play an important role in our students' success and each year we celebrate that connection during Family Weekend. Join the fun at this year's Family Weekend Oct. 8-10 and get a closer look at campus and student life. The weekend's highlight will be the UNT vs. Arkansas State football game Oct. 9, which will feature a half-time tuition drawing with the lucky winner receiving a semester of undergraduate tuition valued at $3,800. I'm giving away two Family Fun Packs, each for a family of four to attend the game. To participate in our random drawing, e-mail me at president@unt.edu with "Family Weekend" in the subject line by 5 p.m. July 28 and be sure to include your mailing address. To purchase tickets throughout the season, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or ticketoffice@unt.edu. Family Weekend festivities will kick off Friday with Scrappy’s Extravaganza Cookout, followed by the President's Breakfast on Saturday and a host of activities that include the 14th annual Housing and Residence Life Chili Cookoff. You must register for Family Weekend. To register, visit familyweekend.unt.edu or contact parents@unt.edu.


UNT's Youtube channel

Featured Link: YouTube videos show off UNT’s assets

UNT’s innovation and growth as an emerging research university are on display in four new videos that you can watch on YouTube. Each video includes an overview of UNT’s history, excellent academic programs, groundbreaking research, active campus life and commitment to sustainability. In addition, one of the videos provides a more detailed look at UNT’s leadership in arts and music, another video emphasizes our progress in research and economic development, and a third video focuses on our international scope. The videos are part of our efforts to improve awareness about how great our university is. You can see the videos at www.youtube.com/UNIVERSITYNORTHTEXAS.


SNorth Texas Alumni logo

UNT Alumni Association

The Alumni Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of UNT's alumni and friends, as well as their service and support to the university. You can nominate deserving standouts. The UNT Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2011 Alumni Awards, which will be announced April 15 during the annual Alumni Awards Dinner. Award categories include Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus, Honorary Alumna/Alumnus and the new category of Distinguished Young Alumna/Alumnus. Last year, our 2010 award winners included Rhys Best ('69), Kristin Farmer ('95 M.Ed.) and John Robert "Bobby" Ray ('69). Submit your nominations at http://www.unt.edu/development/alumniawards/index.html. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 1.

July 2010

At a Glance

Moving Forward: Start-ups join Discovery Park

UNT football part of Century in the Making

Nationally acclaimed Moby-Dick composer named artist-in-residence

Travel with UNT faculty in new program, take classes for 50 and over adults

Faculty Focus: Eugene Martin

Traditions:
Family Weekend

Featured Link: YouTube videos show off UNT’s assets

UNT Alumni Association

Congrats!

Athletes from four Mean Green sports teams men's basketball, women's tennis, men's golf, and track and field saw post-season play this spring.

Graduate student Anthony Tran earned a Fulbright grant for the 2010-11 academic year to research Vietnamese film.

Jordan Diamond, a social work major, was named a Next Generation Nonprofit Leader.

Communication design professor Eric Ligon earned an award for being a literacy advocate and communication designer for the blind.

Art history professor Jennifer Way received a Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellow award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 


Don't Forget!

Join the second annual North Texas Touchdown 5K Run at 8 a.m. Aug. 21 at Fouts Field. It kicks off Fouts Field Finale, marking the yearlong transition from Fouts Field to the new football stadium at Mean Green Village that will open in 2011.

Watch the Mean Green's season opener against Clemson at 2:30 p.m. CST Sept. 4 on ESPN3.

Mark your calendars now and prepare to go “old school” during Homecoming 2010 festivities Oct. 15-16. The Oct. 16 Homecoming game is against Florida International University. Learn more about this year's Homecoming.



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