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UNT Insider | March 2008 Issue

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President's Note


President Gretchen M. Bataille

President Gretchen M. Bataille spoke about UNT's commitment to train additional math and science teachers at the launch of Teach North Texas.

Dear Alum,

UNT has a strong tradition of preparing highly qualified teachers for America's classrooms. And last month, it was my pleasure to announce a new grant-funded program that will allow us to do more than ever before to supply our schools with well-trained, talented math and science teachers.

Funded by $2.4 million from the Greater Texas Foundation, the National Math and Science Initiative and the UTeach Institute, our Teach North Texas program will help undergraduate math, science and computer science majors obtain teaching certification in those highly sought areas. Sponsors also include ExxonMobil and the Texas High School Project.

UNT is one of 13 colleges and universities in the nation to start a program modeled after the innovative UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin.

John Quintanilla, associate professor of math, and Mary Harris, Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education, will direct the program, which is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and the Fort Worth Independent School District.

During the 2006-07 academic year, about 1200 students completed our certification programs for teachers, counselors or other leadership roles in schools. This new effort will enhance our reach by training an additional 60 new math and science teachers each year.

I am sincerely grateful to our donors, and I hope you share my pride in this program, which will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and in the lives of young students for years to come.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille
President


Features


Emerald Scholar

Moving Forward: Second annual Emerald Ball is a success
I was proud that about 400 of you joined me in helping raise an additional $200,000 to support our Emerald Eagle Scholars Program at this year's second annual Emerald Ball. This wonderful accomplishment brings the endowment for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program to more than $500,000. The program, which was started with funds raised during my April 2007 inauguration celebration, is designed to give Texas' academically talented undergraduates with high financial need the best chance at achieving their goal of a college education. It is one of about 30 such programs in the nation and is a leading program in Texas.


O. Finley Graves

Graves appointed COBA dean
I am certain that many of you will be pleased to hear that O. Finley Graves was appointed dean of the College of Business Administration earlier this month. Dr. Graves, who was appointed interim dean in August 2007, is an accomplished and respected professor and practitioner in the business world. His talent and leadership has already helped the college gain greater national and international prominence and ensures that our College of Business Administration continues to be a center of excellence.



Second International Indigenous Youth Conference on the Environment and Culture

UNT only U.S. site for international environmental conference
UNT recently served as the only U.S. site for the Second International Indigenous Youth Conference on the Environment and Culture. This important conference was the first step in a new collaboration between UNT and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on environmental issues and indigenous peoples. We were joined by 22 Native American students from Oklahoma, and students from Russia, Malaysia and Uganda also dialed in for the videoconference. UNT has long been a respected academic leader in addressing environmental issues, and this new partnership with the EPA provides us with another opportunity to expand our outreach to the international community.


facebook

First Facebook-Trace property registration service at UNT
Earlier this month, we announced that the nation's first student-oriented crime prevention service is now available at UNT. The UNT Police Department, in cooperation with Trace, an online database of lost and stolen valuables, launched the free service in the popular social networking web site Facebook. This project will combine the power of Facebook and Trace.com technology to create Facebook's first Lost and Found, a community-policing tool that encourages students and parents to register valuables such as computers, cell phones and iPods. Trace is providing an exciting opportunity for UNT to protect our students' property, as well as recover property if it is lost or stolen by incorporating the program in students' online communities.


Witold Brostow

Faculty Focus: Witold Brostow
Witold Brostow, Regents Professor of materials science and engineering, is conducting fascinating research in hopes of developing a new, safer nonsticking cooking surface. The current generation of nonstick cooking surfaces - polymers made with the element fluorine - are prized for their nonstick abilities and chemical resistance, but when scratched or exposed to high heat, can release a possible cancer-causing substance. Leading the research efforts at the Laboratory of Advanced Polymers and Optimized Materials, he began this work in 2000 and recently was cited in the journal Chemistry and Industry. His work is a wonderful example of what can be done with the power of ideas.


2007 Robocamp

UNT Traditions: Robocamps
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of several faculty members, UNT will continue its tradition of encouraging young people to learn about careers in engineering as they construct robots in our Robocamps. Recently, the Texas Workforce Commission awarded the camps an additional $30,000 and the RGK Foundation awarded $15,000 for this important initiative. These contributions are in addition to a $102,000, two-year grant from the Texas Workforce Commission and a $30,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation that allowed Robocamp to expand to young men and women entering grades eight through 12.


kids in kayak

Featured Link: Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve
I invite you to learn more about how research and conservation are intersecting at the UNT-Chile Field Station at Cape Horn, where UNT students study biocultural history, natural history, biology and environmental philosophy. A $15 million grant will help the UNT-Chile program build a new high-tech field station and become a world leader for sub-Antarctic study and conservation. The preserve provides an outstanding location for faculty and student researchers to apply academic knowledge to real-world challenges. They also are discovering insights that can be brought back to the classroom to help determine how to develop the Cape Horn region in a sustainable fashion. I am proud of the important work our faculty and students are doing in Chile.


North Texas Exes

Exes encourage you to attend the UNT Ring Ceremony
The North Texas Exes alumni association encourages alumni to join the campus community at the official class ring ceremony at 6:30 p.m. April 24 in the Gateway Center Ballroom. UNT students will receive their class rings, which symbolize their academic accomplishments and will serve as a reminder of their fondest college memories for years to come. I hope you will join me and the Exes at this wonderful celebration. For more information, visit www.ntexes.org or call 940-565-2834.

March 2008

At a Glance

Moving Forward:
Second annual Emerald Ball is a success

Graves appointed COBA dean

UNT only U.S. site for international environmental conference

First Facebook-Trace property registration service at UNT

Faculty Focus:
Witold Brostow

UNT Traditions:
Robocamps

Featured Link:
Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve

Exes encourage you to attend the UNT Ring Ceremony


Don't Forget!

Please join me for the sixth annual UNT Beautification Day March 29, when we will show our pride by cleaning up campus, planting flowers and doing other projects.


Congrats!

Three UNT mathematics students - David Simmons, John Rizzo and Zach Barnhart - finished 49th among 516 colleges and universities competing in the William Lowell Putnam Competition, a mathematics contest sponsored by the American Mathematical Association.

KNTU-FM recently received an Outstanding Media Award from the Emergency Management Association of Texas for its dedication to ensuring listeners have fast, accurate information in an emergency.


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