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UNT Insider | July 2012

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

We're engaging communities with programs that are enriching the lives of students and educators across Texas and the world.

Our summer programs touch students of all ages, helping them with everything from gaining research experience to sharpening their English skills.

Thanks to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), UNT is providing research opportunities that are changing the way students view the sciences. Kadi McNew, a community college student, was inspired to transfer to UNT after participating in UNT's HHMI Summer Transitions Research Experience and UNT's HHMI Summer Transitions Workshop, which make up one of four HHMI programs at UNT introducing students to science.

Now in her second summer with the Transitions program, Kadi is working with Michael Hedrick, professor of biology, and his research team studying how well baroreceptors function under stress in a variety of frogs. The experience has inspired Kadi to pursue a career in medicine, and she's getting a head start by earning her undergraduate degree and conducting research at UNT.

Through UNT's Research Experiences for Teachers in Sensor Networks program, we're providing opportunities for secondary teachers to introduce students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, underserved areas vital to the technological and scientific advancement of our nation and region. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program this summer trained Texas middle and high school teachers in engineering-based research projects and lessons to take back to their classrooms.

And our longstanding relationship with the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico continues to grow stronger with the help of UNT's LTC Summer Institute, which hosted a group of 74 students, faculty and staff from UAEM this summer to study and practice English as a second language. This fall, UNT will celebrate its 10-year partnership with UAEM.

These efforts are just some of the ways UNT is meeting its bold goal to make the North Texas region stronger and build meaningful relationships that provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to get a strong college education.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Family Weekend

Family Weekend

Expect fun-filled activities during Family Weekend Sept. 21-23 when you can learn about how UNT provides students with an enriching academic and social environment to ensure their success. Families can enjoy a host of festivities, including Scrappy’s Extravaganza Cookout Friday and the President's Breakfast Saturday. The highlight will be the Mean Green vs. Troy football game Sept. 22. I'm giving away two Experience the Mean Green Packages, each with two football tickets. To participate in our random drawing, 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. Aug. 4. To buy tickets, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or ticketoffice@unt.edu.



Moving Forward: UNT named a leading institution for cybersecurity education and research

UNT excels at providing students with the latest research and knowledge in wide-ranging fields. UNT is one of seven institutions in the nation designated in 2012 as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Since 2004, UNT also has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. UNT is one of only four universities in Texas to hold both designations. Institutions with Center of Academic Excellence designations are recognized as the leaders in cybersecurity education and research.



Yolanda Flores Niemann

Yolanda Flores
Niemann

Geoff Gamble

Geoff
Gamble 

Mark Wardell

Mark
Wardell 

Michael Monticino

Michael
Monticino

New leaders in advancement, academic affairs and research appointed

UNT welcomes new senior administrators whose expertise will help the university move forward and strengthen our academic and research programs, as well as our philanthropy efforts. Yolanda Flores Niemann, a former psychology professor and administrator at Utah State University, is serving as UNT's new senior vice provost. Former interim senior vice provost Geoff Gamble was named interim vice president for research and economic development to guide UNT's research efforts and programs. Beginning Aug. 1, Mark Wardell will serve as dean of UNT's Toulouse Graduate School. Dr. Wardell is a former graduate school dean and professor of sociology at Wayne State University. And starting Aug. 8, Michael Monticino, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as interim vice president for Advancement and as director of development of the UNT Foundation, overseeing the university's donor relations and fundraising campaigns.



Jack Sprague

Jack Sprague

Bequest honors esteemed retired CVAD faculty member

Gifts from alumni and friends of the university are on the rise, and we are proud to announce that UNT has arranged for a major gift that will support students, faculty and programs in the College of Visual Arts and Design. An estimated $2.5 million estate gift from an anonymous donor honors retired CVAD faculty member Jack Sprague. The gift also will ensure that CVAD's highly regarded communication design program continues to flourish. When the gift is in place, the communication design program will be renamed the Jack Sprague Communication Design Program to honor Sprague, one of CVAD's most distinguished faculty members. A Professor Emeritus of communication design, he retired in 2009 after 20 years of teaching at the university, including 14 as director of the communication design program. To learn ways you can support your alma mater, visit the Division of Advancement's website.



Rajiv Mishra

Rajiv Mishra

Faculty Focus: Rajiv Mishra

Rajiv Mishra, professor of materials science and engineering, is using a two-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop materials for clean coal technologies. He is working on high performance materials for use in high-temperature applications at coal-fired energy plants. These next-generation materials will allow coal-fired energy plants to operate at higher temperatures, which makes coal combustion more efficient and, in turn, results in lower emissions. The University of Idaho is overseeing the experimental side of the project, which involves developing and testing materials based on the computational findings of Mishra and his team. His other research interests include friction stir welding and processing. He serves as a site director for the Center for Friction Stir Processing, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.



Scrappy

Scrappy

Traditions: Scrappy the Eagle Mascot

UNT's official mascot became the Eagle in 1922, chosen over a dragon and lion after students voted in a campus election that year. UNT's mascot made its debut at football games in 1950 when the Mean Green played against Oklahoma Tech and a live eagle, later identified as a South American fish hawk, was presented at the game. A contest followed and the bird's name officially became Scrappy. Through the years, the mascot had other names, including Eppy, until the name Scrappy was reborn in the mid-1990s. In the 1960s, the first costumed "human" versions of the mascot were created, and today Scrappy can be seen cheering on the Mean Green and visiting with other Eagles at campus events and athletic games.



A day in your life on campus video

Featured Link: A day in your life on campus

Find out what a day on UNT's campus is like for today's students and share the experience with friends or family who might be considering UNT to pursue their degree. In the video, "A day in your life on campus: UNT," you can see today's campus, classes, residence and dining halls, student jobs on campus, and resources that help students with studying and connecting with classmates.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Association has partnered with Liberty Mutual for the association's Support Quote for Scholarship program. Through the program, when alumni get an insurance quote from Liberty Mutual, they are in turn helping current UNT students achieve their goals. Liberty Mutual is providing alumni with free quotes for auto, home and renters' insurance, and with each individual quote Liberty Mutual is donating $5 to the UNT Alumni Association scholarship fund. The program runs through Aug. 31. To learn more about the UNT Alumni Association, visit www.UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834 or 800-UNT-1153.


 
 
 

July 2012

At a Glance

Family Weekend

Moving Forward: UNT named a leading institution for cybersecurity education and research

New leaders in advancement, academic affairs and research appointed

Bequest honors esteemed retired CVAD faculty member

Faculty Focus: Rajiv Mishra

Traditions: Scrappy the Eagle Mascot

Featured Link: A day in your life on campus

UNT Alumni Association

 


Congrats!

UNT's online M.B.A. programs are among the nation's Top 25 best value online M.B.A. programs, according to Business MBA rankings.

Donna Ledgerwood, associate professor of management, received the 2012 National Advisor of the Year Award.

UNT Debate Team director Brian Lain was named coach of the American National Debate Team.

Recent dance graduate Amy Tuley earned a spot in the renowned Diavolo Dance Theater modern dance company.


Don't Forget

The Mean Green football season kicks off in September. The home opener is Sept. 8 against Texas Southern University.

The Mean Green vs. Louisiana-Lafayette game at Apogee Stadium will be nationally televised on ESPN2 Oct. 16.

A "Once upon a Homecoming" 2012 will include a week of festivities leading up to the Nov. 3 game against Arkansas State.

Attend a fall 2012 performance hosted by the Department of Dance and Theatre.


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