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UNT Insider | May 2012

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

I always look forward to celebrating the achievements and hard work of our students at our commencement ceremonies. This May, I proudly applauded more than 4,000 graduates as they walked across the stage to accept their degrees. Each of these students represents the excellence that UNT offers to the individuals and communities we serve.

This spring's class included a record number of graduate students who completed their master's and doctoral degrees, a trend we hope will continue. Our comprehensive graduate degree programs include the first master's degree in international sustainable tourism in the U.S. The program, which offers the university's first joint international graduate degree, celebrated its first three graduates -- Eric Norman, Kyle Presnall and Christina Morris -- at spring commencement.

Through hard work and with the support of our dedicated faculty and staff, some of our outstanding graduates have earned scholarships and other honors to help pursue postgraduate studies.

Sarah Willey is among UNT student-athletes who embody what it means to be an all-around exceptional student. Sarah, a two-year captain for Mean Green volleyball, excelled as a student-athlete and is one of 13 students nationwide to receive a Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

It was great to see graduates this May who followed in the footsteps of family members who came before them. When SGA president Blake Windham accepted his bachelor's degree at commencement, he continued his family's tradition of becoming a UNT alum, a legacy that began in the 1930s and includes more than a dozen of his family members. And Blake isn't alone. There are many more UNT legacy families.

I am proud of the outstanding achievements of our graduates. And I'm confident that UNT has prepared them with the skills and knowledge they will need to achieve success in whatever path they choose in life.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea

Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

Mayborn Conference features Pulitzer Prize-winning speakers

The eighth annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 20-22 will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and storytellers. This year's keynote speakers are nonfiction writer and author Luis Alberto Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes; and New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning storyteller Isabel Wilkerson. I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the Urrea lecture Friday night and a pair of tickets to the Saturday keynote with Rhodes, 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 your name and address to president@unt.edu with "Mayborn" in the subject line by 5 p.m. June 1.



Zero Energy Research Laboratory

Zero Energy Research Laboratory

Moving Forward: Zero energy lab to support renewable energy research, stadium up for green award

UNT's commitment to being an environmentally responsible campus that promotes green research and provides state-of-the-art green facilities has never been stronger, and the world is taking notice. The recent completion of UNT's new Zero Energy Research Laboratory at Discovery Park -- the university's 300-acre research park -- is one way UNT is ensuring that students and researchers have the tools they need to study sustainable and renewable energy technologies. The lab is the only one of its kind in Texas and joins UNT's growing list of green facilities. These include the LEED Platinum-certified Apogee Stadium designed by HKS Architects. Apogee Stadium has been named a finalist for the World Stadium Congress' "most sustainable stadium design concept" award. Award winners will be announced at the 2012 World Stadium Congress Awards in Doha, Qatar on June 4.



JiYoung Kim

JiYoung Kim

Kiseol Yang

Kiseol Yang

HaeJung Maria Kim

HaeJung Maria Kim

Merchandising faculty honored by Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles

The College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism and its dedicated faculty are helping to advance the hospitality, retail and tourism industries through cutting-edge research. The Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles has recognized as distinguished scholars JiYoung Kim, Kiseol Yang and HaeJung Maria Kim, merchandising and digital retailing professors, for their research in the global clothing and textile industries. They are members of UNT's Consumer Experiences in Digital Environments research cluster, which develops social and economic strategies for global digital networks that impact consumer decision making and experiences. This latest honor represents the many contributions the college has made to the merchandising field and highlights the importance of its recent elevation to a college.



UNT's logistics program ranked among world's best

UNT's logistics program ranks among the best nationally and globally. The program was recently ranked the world's fifth best program for supply chain and logistics productivity by the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. The journal is a leading publication for the latest cutting-edge research bridging the areas of business-to-business management, business logistics, marketing channels and supply chain management. The ranking was based on the efforts of the logistics faculty to build a world-class program and their research published in top journals in the industry from 2008 to 2010. UNT's Center for Logistics Education and Research is led by Terry Pohlen, associate professor of logistics.



Kelly Reyna

Kelly Reyna

Faculty Focus: Kelly Reyna

Kelly Reyna, research assistant professor of biological sciences and director of UNT-Quail, is conducting research to identify and eliminate factors causing the decline of the Northern Bobwhite quail population in Texas. Dr. Reyna created UNT-Quail, a quail research and extension program, to provide ranchers with the tools needed to create "quail co-ops," or groups of ranches committed to giving the quail a greater chance of survival. By attacking the problem of quail decline from multiple angles, Dr. Reyna is creating the knowledge base necessary for increasing the survival of this very important bird in the Texas ecosystem. He also involves students by employing their help with the research and monitoring of the participating ranches.



Grandparents University

Grandparents University

Traditions: Community outreach programs for all ages

UNT has a rich history of bringing community members together through programs that encourage learning at any age. This summer, the university will be offering camps and programs for everyone to enjoy -- from elementary school students to grandparents. Since 2009, UNT has supported multi-generational learning through the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning's Grandparents University, a two-day summer camp that brings together grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 7-12, to study subjects ranging from art to veterinary medicine to earn a Grandparents University degree. This year's camp will be held June 21-22. Watch a video of past participants sharing their experiences at Grandparents University. CALL also is home to UNT's Emeritus College, which offers non-credit classes, Travel-Learn programs and activities for adults 50 and older. Learn about other UNT programs being offered this summer.



Bill Mercer

Bill Mercer

Featured Link: Bill Mercer Press Club named for legendary announcer for Mean Green athletics

UNT alumnus Bill Mercer, the legendary voice of Mean Green athletics from 1959 to 1994, will forever be a part UNT's Apogee Stadium. The stadium's fifth floor media, dining and hospitality room has been named the Bill Mercer Press Club in his honor. The room's dedication was made possible by Mercer's former colleagues and the students he taught as a faculty member in the Department of Radio Television and Film. Mercer also served as general manager for KNTU, UNT's campus radio station launched in 1969. Watch a video of Mercer's former students and colleagues describing his legacy at UNT and as a sports broadcaster.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Membership in the UNT Alumni Association continues to grow, and one way the association is recruiting new graduates is through its GRADitude program. It's the perfect way for seniors graduating this summer and future graduates to stay connected to their alma mater. Participants receive a year of full benefits and membership in the alumni association and are eligible to buy the official Alumni Recognition tassel to wear at graduation. Tassels are priced to correspond with graduates' class year (this year the tassel costs $20.12). To sign up, graduates complete the GRADitude form found in their graduation packets and sign over a $10 property damage deposit that they paid as part of their tuition. Learn more about the alumni association by visiting www.UNTalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


 
 
 

May 2012

At a Glance

Mayborn Conference features Pulitzer Prize-winning speakers

Moving Forward: Zero energy lab to support renewable energy research, stadium up for green award

Merchandising faculty honored by Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles

UNT's logistics program ranked among world's best

Faculty Focus: Kelly Reyna

Traditions: Community outreach programs for all ages

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Rotary International named UNT among the top U.S. universities sending Rotary Scholars abroad for the 2012-13 academic year. UNT tied for third place for universities with four scholars.

Electrical engineering graduate student Jennifer Williams was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Katie Wendling, a senior kinesiology major, was named a 2012 Undergraduate Scholar by the American Kinesiology Association.

Dornith Doherty, professor of photography, was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

TAMS student David Hao is one of 20 national finalists for the USA Biology Olympiad Team. He will vie for a spot on the team that travels to Singapore to compete at the International Biology Olympiad.


Don't Forget

Visit UNT’s EESAT Building to view the fossil of Xiphactinus audex, a 250-pound prehistoric predatory fish.


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