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UNT Insider | June 2010 Issue

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

I hope you are enjoying the fun of summer, and I want to assure you that after my first month at UNT, I am solidly committed to maintaining our excellence and advancing our goals of growing as a research university.

As you may have heard, I recently appointed Warren Burggren, current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biological sciences, to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Burggren's appointment will begin July 1, and is expected to continue until a long-term UNT president is appointed and concludes a process to name a permanent provost.

I am confident that Dr. Burggren and the other new appointees I'm telling you about today share my commitment and are well prepared to lead UNT.

Before appointing Dr. Burggren, I consulted with many administrators and faculty members and was impressed with the level of trust they have in him, which was a big factor in my decision. His experience as a university administrator, his in-depth knowledge of UNT and the fact that he is a productive researcher also were important factors. Dr. Burggren will help to ensure that UNT continues to build excellence in all of our academic programs. He also will help us maintain our traditional areas of excellence as we seek to become a major research university, with the interlocking goals of undergraduate education and research as a core focus. A National Science Foundation funded-researcher, Dr. Burggren has served as dean of the largest of our 12 academic colleges and schools since 1998.

This appointment means that beginning July 1, Michael Monticino, current dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, will serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Monticino's appointment, which will be effective until a permanent dean is selected, capitalizes on his experience leading UNT's graduate programs as well as his previous service as an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Institute of Applied Science.

In addition, James Meernik, current associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, political science professor and former chair of the political science department, will begin serving as acting dean of the graduate school starting July 1. Dr. Meernik just completed work as a 2009-10 American Council on Education Fellow at Iowa State University, where he shadowed that institution's president and provost.

I am excited about these appointments because they draw upon the leadership talent and experience already in place on our campus. It also allows UNT to keep a seamless focus on achieving our goals of providing high-quality education to students while also working to grow as a major research university. I look forward to working with these individuals and each of you to further advance UNT.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


UNT to begin planning for possible state budget cuts

While Texas has fared far better than many other states up to now in the global economic downturn, you may have heard that funding for state agencies, including higher education, is expected to be a critical point of discussion during the next legislative session. Already, legislative leadership has asked us to reduce next year's budget by 5 percent and plan for up to a 10 percent reduction in state funding for the next biennium. UNT has created a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that factors in the reductions yet maintains our key institutional goals of remaining student-centered, providing a high-quality educational experience and improving our research strengths. And, UNT is starting to take preventative measures by saving money and reducing spending to help us minimize budgetary challenges in the future. 


Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden

Mary Karr

Mary Karr

Mayborn Conference features Black Hawk Down author

Expect an extraordinary lineup of storytellers at the sixth annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 23-25 hosted by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. This year's conference features Black Hawk Down screenwriter and author Mark Bowden, celebrated memoirist Mary Karr and Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smith. I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the Karr lecture Friday night and a pair of tickets to the Saturday keynote with Bowden, both of which include dinner. 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. July 2.


Moving Forward: UNT graduate programs among the best in the nation

UNT graduate degree programs are again standouts in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School rankings. The College of Information and the College of Education both landed on the magazine's 2010 list. The College of Information ranks No. 17 among the top such schools in the nation. The college's health librarianship program ranks in the Top Five, while the services for children and youth program and school library media program each scored Top 20 rankings. UNT's city management graduate study program ranked among the Top 10 specialization programs in the country. The College of Education moved up to 79th nationally among the top 100 education schools in the nation.


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UNT to offer new sustainable tourism master's degree

Starting in fall 2010, the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management will offer a new master's degree in international sustainable tourism. As the first of its kind in the U.S., the master's degree will prepare UNT students for management and leadership positions. Students will spend one year at UNT completing courses in sustainable tourism, hospitality operations, environmental impact assessment and environmental ethics. During their second year, students will complete coursework at CATIE, an international higher education, research and development center in Turrialba, Costa Rica. These courses will focus on natural resource management and environmental policies.


T. David Mason

T. David Mason

UNT establishes peace studies institute

The new Castleberry Peace Institute combines the strengths of the university's peace studies program with the community networking and programming of Peacemakers Incorporated, a nonprofit organization. The new institute is named for Vivian Castleberry, a retired editor of the former Dallas Times Herald, who founded Peacemakers in 1987. The Department of Political Science houses the new institute, building on its 10-year-old peace studies program. T. David Mason, Regents Professor of political science and Johnie Christian Family Professor of Peace Studies, will serve as director of the institute.


Dale E. Yeatts

Dale E. Yeatts

Faculty Focus: Dale E. Yeatts

Dale E. Yeatts, professor of sociology in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, recently received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in China related to social services for the elderly. In spring 2011, Yeatts will be located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he will work with faculty and graduate students in the university's gerontology center to analyze existing survey data. He also will visit five rural counties throughout China to identify "best practices" to serve the rural elderly. His work will contribute to the sociology department's focus on sustainable societies. Yeatts joins two other faculty members — Elizabeth Oldmixon and Claudia Howard Queen — and two students who have been recently awarded Fulbright honors.


Traditions: New honor society helps students with disabilities

UNT's newly established Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society will increase awareness about students with disabilities to help prevent discrimination while also celebrating their academic achievements. It was established with help from the UNT Office of Disability Accommodations and is one of only three such chapters currently at Texas universities. Delta Alpha Pi joins a diverse number of other UNT honor societies including Alpha Chi National, Lambda Alpha and the Thai Student Association that help to make student life an integral part of the educational experience. As a new honor society, Delta Alpha Pi will continue UNT's strong commitment to enhancing students' social and intellectual development.


Spring commencement ceremony

Featured Link: Graduate success stories featured in The North Texan

Check out some of UNT's outstanding spring graduates featured in the latest online issue of The North Texan, the university's quarterly magazine for alumni and friends. They were among more than 3,600 spring 2010 graduates, UNT's largest graduating class in nearly a decade. The spring class also included 12 Emerald Eagle Scholars who graduated a year early. Students who graduated this spring worked hard and persevered to achieve their education dreams, overcoming obstacles and making parents and UNT proud. Read about some of our most recent graduates' successes at northtexan.unt.edu/online.


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UNT Alumni Association

It's time for alumni to meet and mingle. The UNT Alumni Association is hosting a mixer from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 8 at the Fox and Hound, located at 1640 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville. The mixer will take place in the Burgundy room and will feature complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to network with other successful graduates. To learn more about the alumni association, visit www.untalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834.

June 2010

At a Glance

UNT to begin planning for possible state budget cuts

Mayborn Conference features Black Hawk Down author

Moving Forward: UNT graduate programs among the best in the nation

UNT to offer new sustainable tourism master's degree

UNT establishes peace studies institute

Faculty Focus:
Dale E. Yeatts

UNT Traditions:
New honor society helps students with disabilities

Featured Link:
Graduate success stories featured in The North Texan

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Doctoral chemistry student Chris Dewberry was selected to attend the 60th annual meeting of Nobel Laureates.

TAMS student Shulin Ye was a finalist for a spot on the prestigious USA Biology Olympiad team.

UNT's HUB coordinator Eddie Reyes was named the 2010 National Minority Services Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Alumnus Brandon Gillespie is competing for his own show on the new Oprah Winfrey Network. To support Gillespie, cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. PST July 3.

 


Don't Forget!

The UNT Symphony Orchestra will play at the Sept. 10 XLV Countdown: Live from Cowboys Stadium, also featuring Tim McGraw. You can buy tickets now.

UNT is again hosting the annual Denton Noon Kiwanis Club's Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Fouts Field. It will be July 3 to coincide with the city of Denton's celebrations.



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