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UNT Insider | July 2007 Issue

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President's Note


President Gretchen M. Bataille

Dear Alum,

As a student-centered public research university, UNT understands that one of its most important charges is to provide and protect accessible higher education for all students. We are making every effort to do just that.

For the 2007-08 academic year, we are rolling back our tuition increase as one of many initiatives aimed at demonstrating UNT's commitment to students, while living up to our values and standing out as an institution that offers the highest-quality, affordable education.

On June 29, our UNT System Board of Regents voted 8-0 to cut in half the $8-per-semester-credit-hour board-designated tuition increase approved in February, when it was projected that UNT would need the increase to generate enough money for necessary university operations. But with higher-than-projected support from the Legislature for basic operations, the university was able to honor its pledge to ease the cost of an education for students and families by reducing the increase to $4 per-semester-hour.

Several new programs UNT's Emerald Eagle Scholars program, Timely Graduation Tuition program and new graduate student funding programs - also were created this past year to help our students with tuition costs.

We will continue to look for new ways to provide affordable access to the many talented students who need financial help to achieve their higher-education goals.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille
President


Features


UNT T-shirt

Volunteer for Sunday Fun Day, get a free UNT T-shirt
I hope you will join me Aug. 19 for Sunday Fun Day, when faculty, staff, students and alumni will join forces to help our newest Eagles move into the residence halls. Last year, I enjoyed welcoming students to campus and helping them get settled in their rooms. But this year promises to be even more exciting as we are opening two new residence halls - Honors Hall and Legends Hall. I hope to see you there. To volunteer, please e-mail Maureen McGuinness at moe@unt.edu by Aug. 10.


Gretchan Bataille signs agreement in Thailand

Moving Forward: UNT to train Thailand's university faculty
It was my great honor to sign an agreement July 9 with 35 presidents from Thailand's Rajabhat Universities that will allow UNT to provide doctoral education to these institutions' faculty members as they seek to improve their academic credentials and provide more comprehensive educational opportunities to their nation. Developing partnerships like this enriches the UNT learning environment and student experience while strengthening the quality of our own academic fiber. That evening, I met with more than 100 UNT alumni who gathered in Bangkok and now are working to create the first international North Texas Exes chapter. I learned a tremendous amount from them about the quality of a UNT education and the impact our graduates are making around the globe.



Newspaper

UNT earns Digital Newspaper Program grant
UNT is the only Texas university - and one of eight universities in the nation - to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize Texas newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program. The program, which will be administered by UNT Libraries, will create a searchable database of newspapers and significant events they recorded from 1690 to the present.


E-passport students

E-passport: Hong Kong/China course takes students abroad virtually
About 30 students are now experiencing a summer in our Hong Kong/China Study Abroad program without ever leaving Denton, thanks to a new E-passport course. Throughout their class, the students will experience the cultural events, professional appointments, research interviews and sights and sounds captured in Hong Kong and China on video by their peers participating in the study abroad trip. Opening the world to all of our students is critical in preparing them for the global market. I'm eager to hear more about these students' experiences at the end of the program.


Student Athletes studying

UNT, Mean Green rank "Best in the Sun Belt"
UNT recently was ranked in a new study as the best school in the Sun Belt Conference for football players to enjoy both academic and athletic success. The Mean Green football program is ranked at No. 73 of 119 Division I-A football programs, which is higher than all of the other Sun Belt Conference schools. UNT also ranked higher than some schools from the Big 10, Southeastern, Big 12 and Pacific 10 conferences. The Student Athlete Performance Rate was developed in an effort to rank the best Division I football and men's basketball programs based on a combination of academic progress and athletic success. The details of the study are available at www.bestschoolsforathletes.org.


Jody's Fountain

Faculty Focus: Bob Bland
Bob Bland, professor and chair in the Department of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, recently earned an award for contributions to the study and practice of local government management from the Texas City Management Association. Under Dr. Bland's leadership, the department's master of public administration degree focusing on city management and urban policy has consistently ranked among the nation's best and has more alumni serving in Texas city executive positions than any other university in Texas. This is an exceptional achievement and speaks highly of Dr. Bland's work, as well as the impact of UNT's public administration program on Texas government.


Gretchan Bataille

UNT Traditions: Eagle Claw
At freshman and transfer student orientations this summer, our new North Texans have been eagerly learning about what makes UNT unique and how we show our green pride. They've even been practicing the Eagle Claw, our Eagle hand sign that shows pride and unity. In case it's been a while since you flashed the hand signal, I hope you'll join me for a quick practice. Just curl your thumb, index and middle fingers forward, while keeping the ring and pinkie fingers close to your palm. Keep practicing so when you join us for the fall football season, you'll be ready to hold your Eagle Claw high in support of the Mean Green.




North Texas Exes

Featured Link: UNT Undergraduate Viewbook
If you've been away from Denton, it's likely hard for you to imagine all the exciting things happening at UNT. You can reacquaint yourself with your alma mater by visiting UNT's Undergraduate Viewbook online. Our award-winning viewbooks, which are aimed at recruiting students, are produced each year by the Division of University Relations, Communications and Marketing. On the Viewbook web site, you can learn about some of our new programs and additions to campus, get a glimpse of what living on campus is like today, see photos of faculty and students and read about our current students' campus experiences. I'm sure you'll be fascinated to see today's UNT. Enjoy your discoveries.




North Texas Exes

Exes encourage you to attend a Summer Send-Off Party
The North Texas Exes are encouraging alumni to attend this year's UNT Summer Send-Off Parties, which will take place across Texas in July and August. The parties - hosted by the UNT Parent Association, UNT Parent Programs, Housing and Residence Life, and the Student Government Association - are designed to welcome our newest Eagles to the family before they even arrive in Denton this fall. To learn about other activities for alumni (including the Sept. 1 road trip to see the Mean Green vs. OU football game that I told you about last month), visit www.ntexes.org



July 2007

At a Glance

Volunteer for Sunday Fun Day, get a free T-shirt

Moving Forward:
UNT to train Thailand's university faculty

UNT earns Digital Newspaper Program grant

E-passport:
Hong Kong/China course takes students abroad virtually

UNT, Mean Green rank "Best in the Sun Belt"

Faculty Focus:
Bob Bland

UNT Traditions:
Eagle Claw

Featured Link:
UNT Undergraduate Viewbook

Exes encourage you to attend a Summer Send-Off Party


Congrats!

Amelia Lin, a 2007 graduate of the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, was among 141 Presidential Scholars and recent high school graduates honored at a White House ceremony.


Irene Turner, environmental philosophy graduate student, is one of 36 U.S. graduate students who will attend a National Science Foundation workshop designed to help participants join debates about biotechnology, nanotechnology and global climate change.


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