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UNT Insider | March 2013

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

When I talk to civic and business groups throughout the North Texas region, I usually ask for a show of hands of how many people went to UNT, how many people have family members who went to UNT and how many people know someone who went to UNT.

The room is usually full of raised hands, no matter where we are in the region. This symbolizes just how widespread and ingrained UNT is in our communities and businesses. We have 8,500 graduates a year and nearly 350,000 alumni, including more than 227,000 who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

And yet, most in the room are usually surprised to learn that we are the nation's 25th largest public university.

The Mean Green Nation is big, but we're not as unified as we could be and we're not as loud as we should be. I've spent my three years as president engaging our alumni and educating the rest of the community about how vital UNT is to driving the region's economic, social and cultural development. I've focused on this so that our reputation matches our impact, which enhances the value and prestige of a UNT degree.

As UNT alumni, you help determine the vibrancy of the Mean Green Nation. The more you stay engaged in UNT's progress and connected to your fellow alumni, the stronger we will be as a community. So be proud. Be loud. And be active.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Emerald Eagle Honors 2013

Moving Forward: Celebrate our distinguished alumni and students at the Emerald Eagle Honors event

The past and present will converge at our inaugural Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape, an April 15 event honoring distinguished alumni and supporting our award-winning Emerald Eagle Scholars program. UNT will honor alumni Pro Football Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene; the late Roy Orbison, a rock 'n' roll icon; and Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm. We also will celebrate our Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which helps financially challenged students realize their college dreams. Since 2007, the program has benefited more than 2,900 students -- most of whom are first-generation college students. Two prominent UNT alumni will host the evening, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars winner Melissa Rycroft and Robocop actor Peter Weller. Hosted by UNT and the UNT Foundation, the event is at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas. Tickets cost from $150 to $300 and include a reception. For more information, call 940-369-8678 or visit the Emerald Eagle Honors website.



The Telegraph and Texas Register, Jan. 9, 1936

The Telegraph and Texas Register, Jan. 9, 1936

1 million ways to relive Texas history

You can relive Texas' battle for independence from Mexico or the 1900 Galveston hurricane through newspaper accounts at UNT's Portal to Texas History. The UNT libraries are celebrating having 1 million digitized Texas newspaper pages just seven years after UNT was the only Texas university selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to put historical newspapers online. The site hosts 554 newspaper titles and another 2.1 million files of digitized historical content -- everything from maps to photos. UNT libraries house collections of more than 6 million cataloged items and rank among the Top 50 world repositories. Read the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's story about the portal or watch a video documenting the portal's role in preserving Texas' past.



UNT and TWU logos

UNT-TWU to expand collaborations

UNT has a new initiative to partner with Texas Woman's University. Both universities are exploring opportunities that would improve the educational environment for students, faculty and staff at both universities, increasing the value of the educational experience and the effectiveness of each institution. UNT and TWU have existing collaborations in which faculty members already are working together in research and creative endeavors. The partnership would seek to extend these collaborations and find new ways for the universities to partner.



Guido Verbeck

Guido Verbeck

Faculty Focus: Guido Verbeck

Associate professor of chemistry Guido Verbeck is using his own invention and a $200,000 grant to analyze cancerous versus healthy cells. Learning the differences in how cancerous and non-cancerous cells metabolize will help researchers develop treatments and cures. The nanomanipulator Dr. Verbeck designed enables researchers to examine samples at the single-cell level. The technology could help doctors analyze cells on a patient-by-patient basis, which would help to rapidly screen patients and develop specialized therapy options. Dr. Verbeck's work is supported by a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grant.



Traditions: The path to a Ph.D.

Justin Litvin is on his way to earning his Ph.D. in psychology to become a professor and counselor. He is one of nearly 250 students who have discovered their career paths in research and academia supported by UNT's McNair Scholars program. In 1992, UNT became one of the first universities in Texas, and one of 68 in the nation, to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a McNair Scholars program to help under-represented students pursue graduate education. With an intense focus on research, UNT's McNair Scholars program stands out. About 75 percent of our McNair alumni entered graduate programs, well above the McNair national average of 57 percent. And more than 20 percent of UNT's McNair alumni have earned doctoral degrees, which is double the McNair national average.



Eli Young Band and Roy Orbison

Featured Link: What do the Eli Young Band and Roy Orbison have in common? UNT!

Many successful musicians get their start at UNT, as well as standouts in other fields. Each year, we celebrate UNT alumni who have made their mark on the world and represent the best of the university at the Alumni Awards Dinner and Reception. This year's winners included CEOs, musicians and innovators -- all of whom studied at UNT. You can watch videos highlighting their journey to greatness. And watch the Eli Young Band's "Life at Best" webisode filmed at UNT. It's never too early to start thinking about deserving UNT alumni to nominate for 2014.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Get a preview of UNT's 2013 football season and enjoy the first tailgate with fellow alumni at the annual Green and White game at 2 p.m. April 13 at Apogee Stadium. The day starts at 7 a.m. with the North Texas Touchdown 5K run followed by the Go Mean Green Flag Football game at 10 a.m. and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting athletic scholarships. The UNT Alumni Association will be hosting an Alumni Pavilion Party from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be an open house at the alumni pavilion with complimentary entry to members and non-members. To learn more about the UNT Alumni Association, visit www.UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


 
 
 

March 2013

At a Glance

Moving Forward: Celebrate our distinguished alumni and students at the Emerald Eagle Honors event

1 million ways to relive Texas history

UNT-TWU to expand collaborations

Faculty Focus: Guido Verbeck

Traditions: The path to a Ph.D.

Featured Link: What do the Eli Young Band and Roy Orbison have in common? UNT!

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

UNT's logistics program is recognized as one of the nation's Top 25 supply chain management programs.

Lyndal Bullock, Regents Professor of educational psychology, earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.

John Windsor, professor of business, received the Technology Challenge Award from the Association for Information Systems.

Doctoral student Phillip Davis earned kudos as one of the top business students in Texas and a $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Senior Katherine Lester was named a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar finalist.

Three music students were named 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients.

UNT's swimming and diving team is recognized by CollegeSwimming.com for having the highest team GPA in NCAA Division I for fall 2012.


Don't Forget

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at 8 p.m. April 16 at the Coliseum for UNT's Distinguished Lecture Series.


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