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UNT Insider | June 2008 Issue

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President's Note

President Gretchen M. Bataille

From left, musicians John Densmore and Aaron and Greg White visit with President Gretchen M. Bataille in Santa Fe.

Dear Alum,

This spring, I had the opportunity to visit with many of you as I participated in several noteworthy UNT events. For example, I traveled to New York for a reception to meet with alumni and celebrate the success of Richard Croft, professor of music who was singing the lead role of Gandhi in the New York Metropolitan Opera's Satyagraha, a co-production with the English National Opera.

And most recently, I was in Santa Fe for our "Weaving Threads of Green: UNT in Santa Fe" event that brought alumni and friends of UNT together for a weekend in May that featured tours of 14 galleries with connections to the university.

During one of the Santa Fe receptions, I was proud to meet with alumni such as sculptor Jesús Moroles, artist Bill Worrell and Tony and Linda Altermann, who own the prestigious Altermann Gallery on the famous Canyon Road.

These events help me get to know you and also help build our university's reputation beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth region. And that reputation is growing stronger every day. I am honored to have been selected by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business, because this award reflects the growing stature of our great institution. I look forward to the July 24 award luncheon and invite you to join me by registering online.

I also truly enjoyed reading the e-mails several of you sent about your successes since graduating. Please keep them coming at president@unt.edu as I am always eager to learn how your UNT experiences have made a difference in your lives.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


Murchison Performing Arts Center

Celebrate UNT's 20th anniversary with us
Last month, our university celebrated 20 years of being the University of North Texas, and The North Texan, your alumni magazine, is paying tribute to that legacy in its summer issue. I encourage you to visit the magazine online for additional coverage of UNT at 20, which includes a sampling of photos from the last 20 years and a timeline of our major milestones. While you're there, be sure to take the quiz to see how well you remember 1988.

Discovery Park

Moving Forward: Discovery Park continues to grow
UNT continues to make strides in our efforts to expand the space and capabilities at Discovery Park, our nearly 290-acre research park in north Denton. Most recently, the Center for Advanced Research and Technology received two new instruments to expand its ability to study nanoscale films and features on ceramics, metals, semiconductors and other materials for electronic, energy and sensor applications. A scanning Auger nanoprobe and a scanning X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy microprobe, or XPS microprobe, were installed at Discovery Park in March and are now in operation. J.D. Luttmer, director of the center, says the new instruments are being used by UNT researchers from the departments of materials science and engineering, chemistry and physics. We expect to see even more activity at Discovery Park when the School of Library and Information Sciences and the College of Education's Department of Learning Technologies move there later this summer.

Jerry R. Thomas

New College of Education dean
I'm proud to tell you that Jerry R. Thomas, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University, will begin serving as dean of the College of Education Aug. 1. In addition to serving as dean, Dr. Thomas will be a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation. After joining Iowa State University as professor and chair in 1998, he served as interim dean of the university's College of Education from 2004 to 2005 and interim associate dean for research and graduate studies in the college from 2003 to 2004. Dr. Thomas also is the author of more than 200 research and professional publications, books and book chapters, including the best-selling graduate textbook, Research Methods in Physical Activity, which is in its fifth edition and has been translated into six languages. His research on motor development examines cognitive factors, expertise and gender differences in children's motor skills. I am certain that he will lead our College of Education to new levels of excellence.


Alumni Award nominations due Aug. 1
Nominations for UNT Alumni Awards are due Aug. 1 and are open to alumni and friends of UNT. I encourage each of you to consider nominating someone worthy of recognition. Awards in five categories are presented annually to the nominees. The awards include the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, the Green Glory Award, the Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award, the Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Service Award and the Ulys Knight Spirit Award. All nominations for the awards must be made on an official nomination form. For more information, visit the alumni awards site or call the Office of Development at 940-565-2900.

Kris Chesky

Faculty Focus: Kris Chesky
Kris Chesky, director of education and research at UNT's Texas Center for Music and Medicine, is helping musicians have longer careers and healthier lives because of his dedication to educating individuals about noise-induced hearing loss. Dr. Chesky has been invaluable at the center, which was founded at UNT in 1999 and is dedicated to studying, treating and preventing musicians' health problems. He works with researchers and clinicians within the UNT System, including faculty from the College of Music, the College of Arts and Sciences and the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, to conduct interdisciplinary research and provide clinical treatment to musicians in the North Texas region. The center has conducted research on several musicians' health issues, including hand strain, instrument mouthpiece pressure and the mental and emotional aspects of the profession. I applaud his efforts in tackling these important issues.

Neil Slater

UNT Traditions: Jazz studies
Longtime One O'Clock Lab Band director Neil Slater will conduct his final concerts before his retirement as the band tours major European jazz festivals July 3-23. Mr. Slater plans to retire in August after 27 years of leading the One O'Clock Lab Band and the jazz studies program as only the third director in the program's 61-year history. The Grammy-nominated band's European tour includes the prominent Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and other prestigious festivals. I encourage you to follow the tour online at www.unt.edu/jazzeurope.

North Texas Exes Career Center

Exes, Career Center offer new services for alumni
The North Texas Exes Alumni Association and the UNT Career Center are offering new career services to alumni and have updated the Eagle Network, an interface designed to connect alumni with employers. For example, alumni can post their resumes on the system or register for networking or recruiting events, while employers can post open positions, schedule on-campus interviews or register for career fairs. Also, a new alumni mentor network allows alumni to serve as mentors for students and other alumni to help in their career development. To sign up or to learn more, call the Career Center at 940-565-2105, contact Daniel Pascoe Aguilar at daniel.pascoeaguilar@unt.edu or visit the Eagle Network through the Career Center's web site at www.careercenter.unt.edu. To learn more about Exes events and other networking opportunities, visit www.untalumni.net or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.

June 2008

At a Glance

Celebrate UNT's 20th anniversary with us

Moving Forward:
Discovery Park continues to grow

New College of Education dean

Alumni Award nominations due Aug. 1

Faculty Focus:
Kris Chesky

UNT Traditions:
Jazz studies

Exes, Career Center offer new services for alumni

Don't Forget!

I hope you will visit the Chronicle of Higher Education online to check out UNT's prominent coverage during the last month as Anshel Brusilow, Regents Professor of music and longtime conductor of the UNT Symphony Orchestra, was recognized for his retirement. You also can hear the Chronicle's podcast interview with me about how UNT manages the flow of transfer students.


Dennis Fisher, professor of music, received Russia's Gagarin Medal of Honor while a guest conductor for the Volga Professional Wind Orchestra.

Alan B. Albarran, professor of radio, television and film and director of the Center for Spanish Language Media, received the Journal of Media Economics' Award of Honor at the eighth World Media Economics Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Marie-Christine Koop, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has been named an Officer in the Order of Academic Palms by the French Ministry of Education.

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