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UNT Insider | May 2011

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President's Note


President Rawlins congratulates Burlyce Logan at commencement

President Rawlins congratulates Burlyce Logan at commencement

Dear Alum,

UNT's commitment to excellence was very much visible at this May's commencement ceremonies as we celebrated the achievements of more than 4,000 graduates, a number that continues to rise each spring.

UNT alumnus Phil McGraw, of the syndicated television show Dr. Phil, helped us honor students at the commencement ceremony for master's and doctoral graduates. He shared an inspiring message from his life experiences and years as a UNT student.

Our outstanding alumni and talented students are the reason UNT is nationally recognized for excellence in the arts, the sciences, and many other areas. And they are the reason we are so committed to providing a high-quality education.

We had a number of success stories to celebrate this year. They include the extraordinary perseverance and determination of 73-year-old Burlyce Logan who first attended here in 1956 as part of the first full class of freshman African-American students. More than 50 years after she started college, Mrs. Logan walked across the stage in her cap and gown.

Lee Chen also shined bright. Originally from Taiwan, Lee and his younger brother overcame language barriers with help from UNT's Child and Family Resource Clinic to learn English and excel in school. Lee graduated this May from UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, and his brother, Yang, will enter TAMS this fall.

I also was honored to see students in the inaugural class of UNT's Emerald Eagle Scholars program achieve their dream of earning college degrees this spring.

As you can see, our graduates and alumni continually show the world the reasons that UNT is a great place to learn and grow. And the better we are, the more valuable UNT degrees become.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Ted Conover

Ted Conover

Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman

Gene Weingarten

Gene Weingarten

Mayborn Conference features Ted Conover, undercover journalist

Award-winning journalists and storytellers will speak at the seventh annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 22-24 hosted by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. This year's conference features journalist and author Ted Conover as the Saturday keynote speaker, poet and nonfiction author Diane Ackerman, and Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten. I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the Ackerman lecture Friday night and a pair of tickets to the Saturday keynote with Conover, 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, email me at president@unt.edu with "Mayborn" in the subject line by 5 p.m. June 3. Please include your mailing address.



UNT Research clusters image

Moving Forward: New research clusters and strategic investment areas emphasize societal issues

UNT is continuing to expand its research areas to advance research and recruit faculty researchers at the top of their fields. Launched in 2008, UNT's research cluster program was established to strengthen the state's economy, develop technology vital to addressing today's most pressing needs and foster senior-level faculty hiring. Through the clusters, UNT has continued to excel. This spring, the university added four new clusters -- bringing its total number of clusters to 15 -- and two new areas of strategic investment. The six new areas were chosen for their potential to address social and economic problems affecting society. The four new clusters are:

  • Hazards and Disaster Research to Respond to Global Crises
  • Human Security, Democracy, and Global Development
  • Consumer Experiences in Digital Environments
  • Complex Logistics Systems

The two new areas for strategic investment are:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • South Asian Media, Culture and Arts


Emerald Eagle Scholars graduates

Early Emerald Eagle Scholar graduates Ethan Payne, Lauren Doxley and Juan Franco who started the program in 2007.
(shown left to right)

Students in the inaugural class of Emerald Eagle Scholars graduate

UNT's Emerald Eagle Scholars program reached a milestone this month when students in the inaugural class of scholars graduated. More than 25 percent of the first full class of scholars who began the program in 2007 have now earned a UNT degree, including 30 who graduated early. Many others in the program are on track to earn their degrees. Designed to emphasize academic success and campus connection in addition to providing financial support, the Emerald Eagle Scholars program has helped more than 1,900 high-achieving, academically talented students with financial need realize their dream of a college education. The university is launching a plan to increase enrollment in the program by 25 percent, with a target of enrolling 500 new students this fall.



Rendering of Mean Green stadium

UNT's Mean Green Stadium

Wind turbines to generate power for UNT's Mean Green Stadium

UNT earned a $2 million grant to install three wind turbines to feed the electrical grid that powers UNT's Mean Green Stadium and other buildings, a project that illustrates the commitment of UNT and the UNT System to sustainability and green building practices. The State Energy Conservation Office grant means UNT's stadium will be the first at the collegiate level designed to incorporate onsite renewable energy. The stadium also is expected to earn LEED Gold or Platinum certification. It is estimated that the three wind turbines will offset the energy consumption of Mean Green Village, the area of campus surrounding the new stadium, by about 6 percent and eliminate 323 metric tons of carbon dioxide being emitted annually. The new stadium, which will be the centerpiece in UNT's Mean Green Village, is set to open in time for the first home game on Sept. 10. Reserve season tickets now for the 2011 season or call 800-UNT-2366.



Kent Chapman

Kent Chapman

Faculty Focus: Kent Chapman

Kent Chapman, Regents Professor of biochemistry and director of the Center for Plant Lipid Research, is leading a team conducting cutting-edge research in understanding the storage of lipids in plants. His plant research is part of UNT's Signaling Mechanism in Plants research cluster. Dr. Chapman mentors doctoral student Patrick Horn, who has pioneered a process for creating chemical maps of cellular structures at the molecular level in collaboration with other UNT researchers. The maps result in a better understanding of how plants and animals function. The team's research was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and was recognized by the Faculty of 1000, an organization that identifies and evaluates the most important articles in biology and medical research publications.



Green Brigade Marching Band performing

Traditions: UNT's Green Brigade Marching Band is No. 1

Long admired for its performance, precision and the combined power of its 320 members, UNT's Green Brigade Marching Band moves crowds and dominates college competitions. The band recently was named No. 1 among the nation's 25 best college marching bands by the national sports website Bleacher Report. UNT's Green Brigade is part of the College of Music, known for its reputation of excellence. You can see the full band in action this fall, performing at Mean Green football games and rallying the crowd with the UNT fight song and other tunes.



UNT mobile app screen

Featured Link: UNT's new mobile app keeps the university at your fingertips

You now can have UNT news and services at your fingertips where ever you go with our new mobile web application, UNT To Go. The mobile web app works on most smartphones including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. To visit UNT To Go, open m.unt.edu in your phone's web browser. No download, installation or ongoing updates are necessary. Remember to bookmark the site or save the shortcut to your home screen. You can contact departments and people, catch up on UNT news, find out the latest Mean Green sports scores, learn about upcoming events, connect to us on Facebook, watch UNT videos, find alumni resources and much more.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Alumni can explore faraway places and create lasting memories by joining the UNT Alumni Association's Baltic Treasures cruise scheduled for June 8-19, 2012. Join alumni as they cruise along the Baltic Sea aboard Oceania Cruises' Nautica to visit historic Ronne, Denmark; the Polish city of Gdansk; sites in Sweden; St. Petersburg, Russia; and other intriguing cities and landmarks. The cost begins at $3,999 per person for double occupancy rooms and includes airfare. Learn more about the cruise and the alumni association by visiting www.UNTalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


May 2011

At a Glance

Mayborn Conference features Ted Conover, undercover journalist

Moving Forward: New research clusters and strategic investment areas emphasize societal issues

Students in the inaugural class of Emerald Eagle Scholars graduate

Wind turbines to generate power for UNT's Mean Green Stadium

Faculty Focus: Kent Chapman

Traditions: UNT's Green Brigade Marching Band is No. 1

Featured Link: UNT's new mobile app keeps the university at your fingertips

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

D. Jack Davis, professor of art education and art history, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art.

Fashion design and communication design students earned scholarships and won top awards at local, regional, and national competitions this spring.

Recent graduate Adrian Cadar was awarded his second summer NIH internship to study at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.



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