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UNT Insider | June 2012

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

We've closed out another great academic year with accomplishments that show UNT's future is brighter than ever.

We're enrolling more high-achieving freshmen and graduating record numbers of students. And we continue to attract talented students who choose UNT because we offer our students a fulfilling, high-quality educational experience.

The future holds great promise for the Mean Green athletics program, which benefits from world-class facilities that include UNT's new first of its kind, green Apogee Stadium. After a great run in the Sun Belt Conference, we're gearing up for a move to Conference USA in July 2013, when we will play teams at a higher level of competition and receive more national visibility than ever before. For students and alumni, there is no better time to be a part of UNT and to show off your Mean Green pride.

And our alumni and supporters are showing their commitment to our mission and students more than ever. We've received landmark gifts, including our largest gift to date and one of our largest bequests to date that both came from alumni. We hope to see more in the future.

Our new theme line describes who we are today and our new strategic plan and four bold goals will help us become an even greater university. We are focused on helping our students achieve their best, which is why we say we are "A green light to greatness."

You can read more about our success in the President's Annual Report 2011, which in addition to the print and online version now includes an enhanced digital presence and a new iPad version. These new versions make it easier for reading on the go and are just one more way that "We Mean Green" at UNT.

I'm proud of our talented students, faculty and staff and I hope you will join me in celebrating the outstanding milestones that will carry us into the future.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Luis Alberto Urrea

Mean Green football spring practice game

Cheer on the Mean Green

The Mean Green tennis, men's golf, and women's track and field teams all clinched Sun Belt Conference championships this season. Help us keep the excitement going as the Mean Green teams play their last year in the Sun Belt Conference before moving to Conference USA in July 2013. To help you cheer on Coach Dan McCarney and the football team, I'm giving away two Mean Green Experience Packages, which each include tickets for two to our Sept. 8 home opener against Texas Southern University. Email me at president@unt.edu with "home game" in the subject line by 5 p.m. June 29 for a chance to win. Include your name, phone number, mailing address and T-shirt sizes. To buy tickets throughout the season, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or ticketoffice@unt.edu.



Moving Forward: Behavior analysis earns award, new autism center set to open

The College of Public Affairs and Community Services' Department of Behavior Analysis -- the nation's first such department and graduate program -- continues to build on its longstanding reputation for work in autism and other behavioral disorders. In May, the department received the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis' 2012 Enduring Programmatic Contributions Award for its leadership in teaching, service and scholarship. The department, along with PACS, the College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, will play an integral role in strengthening autism research and programs through the new Kristin Farmer Autism Center at UNT. UNT alumna and donor Kristin Farmer, an advocate for autism who earned her master's in special education from UNT, is the center's namesake. The center, set to open in fall 2012, will be a resource for comprehensive autism disorders treatment, research and support.



Vincent Falsetta

Vincent Falsetta

Miroslav Penkov

Miroslav Penkov

UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts selects two new faculty fellows

UNT supports and showcases faculty artistic and creative endeavors through UNT's Institute for Advancement of the Arts. This spring, the IAA selected Vincent Falsetta, professor of studio arts, and Miroslav Penkov, assistant professor of English, as faculty fellows for the 2012-13 academic year. Fellows are granted a semester off from their teaching duties to enhance their creative work, which includes collaborations that help bring awareness to the arts at UNT. Professor Falsetta plans to develop paintings incorporating the concepts and formal elements of his color studies to display in exhibitions. Professor Penkov will conduct research for his second book, Nominalia of the Imaginary Khans, by spending time in a village in Bulgaria that is similar to one of the locales in his novel.



screenshot of data showing settings for historic year, date range, geography,  and words

Mapping Texts project

Researchers make online historical newspapers more accessible

Andrew Torget, assistant professor of history, Rada Mihalcea, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and a team of researchers from Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West have made it easier for users of The Portal to Texas History, which is part of UNT libraries' digital collections, to browse the pages of historical Texas newspapers online. Through their project, Mapping Texts, the researchers developed new tools that allow users to have access to interactive visualizations that offer better ways to explore the content of historical Texas newspapers than typing words into a search engine. For instance, one tool allows users to plot a particular city on a virtual map that will provide a detailed view of individual newspapers at that location, and they can examine both the quantity and quality of the information. UNT Libraries is ranked among the world's top digital repositories.



Shobhana Chelliah

Shobhana Chelliah

Faculty Focus: Shobhana Chelliah

Shobhana Chelliah, professor of linguistics and technical communication, earned a one-year post as a rotator program director for the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages Program starting in July. In her new role, Dr. Chelliah will oversee the NSF’s merit review process, make recommendations about which proposals should be funded, help define new funding opportunities and mentor junior researchers. Her research focus on Lamkang, a language spoken primarily Manipur State in northeastern India, involves creating a searchable computer archive of texts in Lamkang and working with native speakers to determine a standard writing system for the language.



UNT Spirit Bell

UNT's Spirit Bell

Traditions: Spirit Bell

UNT’s Spirit Bell tradition still rings true today. When our original, 2,000-pound bell was brought to Denton from Michigan in 1891, it was used to signal class changes and evening curfew. It later became a call to arms for Mean Green fans during football games and was a sound of victory for many years until a crack was found within the bell. The Talons, UNT's student spirit organization, dedicated the bell to UNT in 1982, and it was placed in the University Union. Two decades later, UNT alums and brothers Sherman and Keith Swartz bought a 1,600-pound successor, which can be heard today ringing with pride at home football games.



Summer 2012 North Texan cover

Featured Link: The North Texan

Read about UNT alumni making an impact on the region through their work in the arts in the summer issue of The North Texan. Also find out how UNT faculty and advisors are helping students reach their full potential at northtexan.unt.edu.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Join alumni on the UNT Alumni Association’s Tahitian Jewels Cruise April 7-18, 2013. Discounted rates apply if you book by July 13, 2012. While traveling to destinations in the South Pacific and Polynesian islands, alumni can relax to views of emerald green palm trees, white sand beaches, turquoise waters and more. The cost begins at $3,117 per person for double occupancy rooms and includes airfare. Learn more about the Alumni Association by visiting www.UNTalumni.com or contact the Alumni Association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


 
 
 

June 2012

At a Glance

Cheer on the Mean Green

Moving Forward: Behavior analysis earns award, new autism center set to open

UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts selects two new faculty fellows

Researchers make online historical newspapers more accessible

Faculty Focus: Shobhana Chelliah

Traditions: Spirit Bell

Featured Link: The North Texan

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Amy Schade, a junior biology major, was selected for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s 2012 Exceptional Research Opportunities Program.

Graduate students Monica Gastelumendi and Hagar Abdo earned International Peace Scholarships.

Paul Goebel, senior director of Campus Life, was awarded the Bob E. Leach Award for Outstanding Service to Students.


Don't Forget

Attend the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 20-22 to hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and storytellers.

The Department of Dance and Theatre's fall 2012 season includes Cinderella. Buy tickets to one of the performances.

Save the date for a "Once upon a time" Homecoming 2012. A week of festivities will lead up to the Nov. 3 Mean Green vs. Arkansas State game.


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