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UNT Insider | June 2009 Issue

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President's Note

President Bataille talks with CEO KERA's host Lee Cullum

Dear Alum,

UNT continues to be a university on the rise, aided by some important outcomes from Texas' 81st Legislative Session.

UNT should receive a $3.16 million increase in state funding for each of the next two years as well as one-time incentive funds. Combined with our projected increases through enrollment growth, we will be able to fund more scholarships; increase graduate student support; carve out more dollars in need-based and merit-based student aid; and support more faculty research and creative endeavors that will impact our communities.

One of the more notable outcomes was a program that establishes opportunities for emerging research universities like UNT to be more competitive in attracting funds to support research. I worked with my colleagues in the region to champion this cause because the Dallas-Fort Worth region can no longer afford to be without a national research university.

As you likely know, UNT has been marching toward top-tier status. The new state program provides matching funds for gifts universities receive that support research. Support from our alumni and partners will be critical in helping us succeed in this mission by enabling us to leverage what we raise in gifts.

Our new stadium also took an important step forward thanks to Rep. Myra Crownover and Sen. Craig Estes. Gov. Rick Perry signed off on our student-approved athletics fee, which, along with our donors, will help fund the stadium. We expect the stadium to open in time for the 2011 season. Already, we have seen support from our alumni and extended family, and we are confident that support will continue to grow.

But we also saw some of our initiatives delayed this session, such as authority to build a new home for the College of Visual Arts and Design because the session didn't include infrastructure funding other than what was needed to help institutions in Galveston recover from Hurricane Ike. We will continue to make a new CVAD building a priority.

The UNT System also got approval to create the UNT at Dallas College of Law and funds to get started. And UNT, in conjunction with the Dallas Campus, was given the green light to study the creation of a pharmacy program.

The Legislature, particularly our North Texas delegation, deserves our thanks for advancing important initiatives in these tough economic times. These successes will sustain UNT's excellence in research, scholarship and creativity.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


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Moving Forward: UNT's new computing facility will be among the nation's premier facilities of its kind
We have made important investments to propel us forward as a major public research university, and our new high-performance computing facility will place us among the best. The centralized high-powered facility, which should be in use this fall, will be among the premier facilities of its kind in the country and the largest in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. It will provide a tenfold increase in our computational power, giving our scientists and researchers the tools they need to crunch large sets of data and continue their invaluable research in fields ranging from energy and the environment to aerospace and web archiving.

UNT women's soccer player

Mean Green leads the pack for gender equity
I'm proud to see that UNT was the only school to receive an A+ this year on Penn State York's annual Gender Equity Scorecard and was ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year. This also was the third year that UNT has topped the Sun Belt Conference on the scorecard. The scorecard evaluates 115 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) schools on their commitment to gender equity. Making gender equity a priority is part of our commitment to helping our student-athletes succeed athletically and academically. Since 2002, we've added 10 new facilities, including courts, fields and an academic center, to help our student-athletes excel.

Michael Monticino

New graduate school dean
I'm pleased to tell you that Michael Monticino has been named the dean of our Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Monticino had been serving as interim dean since January and his official appointment ensures a seamless transition. The graduate school plays an important role in our success as an emerging research institution and will continue to be vital in helping UNT achieve top-tier status by recruiting top graduate students. Dr. Monticino, who joined the UNT faculty in 1990, is a mathematics professor and most recently served as associate dean for administrative affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jeff Helstad

Engineering student earns prestigious defense department scholarship
Jeff Helstad, a materials science and engineering student and a soldier in the National Guard, recently won a U.S. Department of Defense scholarship. It supports his research to find alternative materials to prevent Explosively Formed Projectiles, or EFPs, from cutting through military armor. The $50,000 Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation scholarship is provided by the Naval Postgraduate School and the American Society of Engineering Education. Mr. Helstad will spend his senior year working with our Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation (ISES) team, which already is working with the U.S. Air Force to extend the life of its aging aircraft fleet.

Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux

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William Furniss

Ira Glass

Ira Glass

Photo by
Nancy Updike

July Mayborn Conference to feature literary luminaries
Our fifth annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference has an extraordinary lineup of storytellers, including NPR's This American Life host Ira Glass, travel writer Paul Theroux and The New Yorker's Latin American correspondent Alma Guillermoprieto. Hosted by our Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism, the conference will be July 24-26. The lectures by Mr. Glass and Mr. Theroux are open to the public and tickets are still available. I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the Theroux lecture and a pair of tickets to the Glass lecture, both of which will include dinner with the conference speakers. I'm also giving away 10 Mayborn magazines and 10 issues of Ten Spurs, the conference's literary journal. To participate in our random drawing, e-mail me at president@unt.edu with "Mayborn" in the subject line by 5 p.m. June 29. Scholarships to participate in the conference are also available for qualified high school and college students and teachers. The deadline to apply is July 1.

Terrance Pohlen

Faculty Focus: Terrance Pohlen
Terrance Pohlen, an associate professor of marketing and logistics and director of our Center for Logistics Education and Research, has helped place UNT at the center of one of the world's most vital industries — the movement of goods. The center's research helps improve and develop leading-edge practices in logistics, and Dr. Pohlen is a leading industry voice. The center recently hosted its 10th annual Texas Logistics Executive Forum, Texas Logistics Executive Forum, designed for business and government professionals in Dallas-Fort Worth region. In just a decade, our nationally recognized logistics program rose to become one of the 10 largest logistics programs in the nation, has become a hub of executive education and has netted five national championships in the top U.S. student logistics competition.

Fireworks at Fouts Field

UNT Traditions: Fireworks at Fouts Field
For nearly four decades, UNT has been proud to host the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club's annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Fouts Field and help the community celebrate America's independence. I hope you'll join us again this year. In addition to fireworks, the festivities will include music, games, bounce houses and more for families to enjoy. The event is free, though the Kiwanis Club will be raising money for the Children's Clinic, which provides affordable health care to Denton children in need. Fouts Field gates 1 and 3 will open at 5:30 p.m. July 4 and the fireworks are set to start at 9:35 p.m. You can park on campus and enter through the west side of Fouts Field.

The North Texan

Featured Link: Read the new North Texan
Since 1949, The North Texan has been a vital link for our alumni and friends to stay connected to UNT. Starting as a newspaper then switching to a magazine format in 1997, The North Texan has been a wonderful vehicle to tell you about the progress of UNT and our family. I'm excited that we have redefined The North Texan to be even more engaging in print and online. If you haven't already received the debut issue in the mail, you can visit The North Texan online for our new look and features. And don't forget to start following The North Texan on Twitter.

North Texas Alumni

UNT Alumni Association
Our alumni are among the best for the work they do and the contributions they make to their community. You have a chance to nominate those who go above and beyond for the 2010 Alumni Awards, sponsored by the alumni association. The nomination form, plus supporting documentation, is due by Sept. 1, 2009. Awardees and their nominators will be notified in November. The awards will be presented at our annual Alumni Awards dinner April 16, 2010. For more information, visit www.untalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834 or 800-868-1153.

June 2009

At a Glance

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Moving Forward:
UNT's new computing facility will be among the nation's premier facilities of its kind

Mean Green leads the pack for gender equity

New Graduate School dean

Engineering student earns prestigious defense department scholarship

July Mayborn Conference to feature literary luminaries

Faculty Focus:
Terrance Pohlen

UNT Traditions:
Fireworks at Fouts Field

Featured Link:
Read the new North Texan

UNT Alumni Association

Don't Forget!

Join the UNT M.B.A. Alumni Association for its happy hour and networking event from 6 to 8 p.m. July 9 at Manny's Tex-Mex Restaurant, 14905 Midway Road in Addison.


John Hedlund, women's soccer head coach, was named Coach of the Year by Mean Green Athletics.

UNT Libraries received additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize Texas historical newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Jeffrey Durham, an M.B.A. student, received a $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Nicole Miner, a music education major, was crowned Miss New Mexico and will compete in the Miss America pageant Jan. 30.

Brandon Dickenson and Austin Hollowell finished second in the College Bass Fishing Championship.

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