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UNT Insider | May 2013

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President's Note


President Rawlins speaking to graduates at spring commencement

President Rawlins at spring commencement

Dear Alum,

This May, I proudly applauded the achievements of more than 4,000 students who earned their UNT degrees. After years of hard work and dedication, they are now ready to take on the world. And with the high-quality education we provide, I know they will succeed at anything they do.

With 8,500 new graduates each year, UNT is fueling the North Texas region's workforce and economy with bright, talented professionals. And our graduates receive a high-quality education at a great value, as proven by our inclusion in the Affordable Colleges Online list of the top 100 "Most Affordable Large Public Colleges."

While UNT consistently receives high marks for its affordability, we're recognized nationally for quality as well. We're pursuing excellence in everything we do and this is reflected in our talented students, distinguished faculty and many nationally ranked academic programs. For example, UNT's graduate program in counseling in the College of Education continues to be among the best in the country -- it most recently ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 13 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about our award-winning academic programs and progress as a public research university in the President's Annual Report 2012.

It's a great time to be a part of the UNT family, which has more than 350,000 alumni around the world. Join the Mean Green Nation this fall as we play our first season in Conference USA. I hope to see you in the stands Aug. 31 at Apogee Stadium for the Mean Green vs. Idaho football game, our first game of the season. Go Mean Green!

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Global Digital Retailing Research Center logo

Moving Forward: UNT creates one-stop shop for digital retailing experts, research

UNT's College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism was the first in the nation to offer a bachelor's degree in digital retailing, and now it's the first in the nation to establish an interdisciplinary center focusing solely on digital retailing, which is redefining how consumers shop in today's world. The college's new Global Digital Retailing Research Center gives professionals worldwide in retail, hospitality management, technology and other industries access to valuable industry research and faculty expertise. The center also provides industry leaders the opportunity to collaborate with UNT faculty conducting research to address complex issues and problems facing the field of digital retailing. The center houses UNT's Consumer Experiences in Digital Environments research cluster.



Vivian Castleberry

Vivian Castleberry

Mayborn honors groundbreaking news editor and peace advocate

Dallas icon Vivian Castleberry has received UNT's Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism's most prestigious honor, the C.E. Shuford Hall of Honor Award. The award is one of many Ms. Castleberry has received for her life's work supporting women's rights and peace. The award recognizes individuals for their professional and educational lifetime achievements and distinguished contributions to the journalism profession. Ms. Castleberry was the first female editor of the Dallas Times Herald and is the founder of Peacemakers Inc., which collaborated with UNT's peace studies program in 2010 to establish the Castleberry Peace Institute, the only peace science research institute in the southern U.S. The Mayborn award is named for C.E. "Pop" Shuford, who started UNT's nationally recognized journalism program more than six decades ago.



Dean Jerry Thomas and students from the University of Seville

College of Education Dean Jerry Thomas and students from the University of Seville

College of Education brings cultures together through new exchange program

This spring, four seniors in UNT's College of Education gained real-life teaching experience working in schools in Spain and four students from the University of Seville in Spain spent a month as student teachers in Denton schools. Their experiences are thanks to a new student teacher exchange program offered by the College of Education in collaboration with the University of Seville. Through the program, students from both universities also are learning new languages and discovering new cultures. The program -- one of many study abroad programs UNT offers in more than 50 countries -- also helps position UNT students for future international career opportunities. Study abroad is one of the ways that UNT fosters broad-level learning while building strong partnerships around the globe.



Marc Cutright

Marc Cutright

Tomas Mantecon

Tomas Mantecon

Lisa Owen

Lisa Owen

Faculty Focus: Marc Cutright, Tomas Mantecon and Lisa Owen

UNT faculty members are earning top honors for their work and global impact. Marc Cutright, associate professor of higher education; Tomas Mantecon, associate professor of finance; and Lisa Owen, associate professor of art history, earned Fulbright awards for the 2013-14 academic year. Dr. Cutright was named a Fulbright Scholar to Uganda where he will work with Uganda Martyrs University to further develop a "work college" concept in which students pursue their college studies while working to pay off debt before graduating. Dr. Mantecon was named a Fulbright Scholar to Johannes Kepler University in Austria, where he will teach as a visiting professor and research the banking crisis in Austria and around the world. Dr. Owen earned a Fulbright-Nehru Research Award to conduct research in India for her second book that examines medieval temples carved into natural rock.



The Normal Building

Normal Building, where Hickory Hall now sits

Traditions: Commemorating historic campus buildings

With a 123-year legacy, UNT is full of history and tradition. We're honoring that past by memorializing some of our older buildings. You now can find historical signs around campus that commemorate the site of our first structure, the Normal Building constructed in 1891 where Hickory Hall now stands, and 10 others. Signs also mark the sites of two president's houses, built in 1909 and 1956. Some commemorate existing buildings, such as Curry Hall, which opened 100 years ago as the first library building on campus. Learn more about the historical sign project in The North Texan online.



Featured Link: 100,000 Facebook 'likes' put UNT in good company

UNT's Facebook page received 100,000 "likes" in April from Mean Green fans spreading the word about the great things happening here on campus. With a simple click, our first 100,000 friends helped UNT's Facebook page reach its first social networking milestone, and our number of friends continues to grow. It shows that UNT is in good company, and we hope you are part of the community or will soon join. Watch our thank you video. To say a special thank you for your "likes," I'm giving away 100 UNT T-shirts to the first 100 responders who email me at president@unt.edu with "UNT Facebook" in the subject line by 5 p.m. May 27. Include your mailing address and T-shirt size. Keep the "likes" coming and keep spreading the word about how great UNT is!



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Explore the East Coast of North America Sept. 16-28, 2014, on the UNT Alumni Association's Canada and New England Fall Foliage Cruise. Discounted rates apply if you book by June 6, 2013. From New York to Montreal, the cruise will take you along a scenic route visiting Victorian, Colonial and Federal style homes along the eastern shores of Newport, R.I., and 19th century architecture in the city of Portland. You also will get to see the harbor town of Saint John, New Brunswick, before sailing to Sydney, Newfoundland and Montreal. The cost begins at $4,499 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 association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


 
 
 

May 2013

At a Glance

Moving Forward: UNT creates one-stop shop for digital retailing experts, research

Mayborn honors groundbreaking news editor and peace advocate

College of Education brings cultures together through new exchange program

Faculty Focus: Marc Cutright, Tomas Mantecon and Lisa Owen

Traditions: Commemorating historic campus buildings

Featured Link: 100,000 Facebook 'likes' put UNT in good company

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Steven Friedson, Distinguished Research Professor of music and anthropology, earned a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

Sue Bratton, professor of counseling and higher education, received a Best Practices Award and Humanistic Educator/Supervisor Award from the American Counseling Association.

Clare Carrasco, a doctoral candidate in musicology, won an Intensive Language Course Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.

Thomas Pemberton, a junior marketing major, was named Collegiate Marketer of the Year by the DFW American Marketing Association.


Don't Forget

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 19-21 will explore the historical nonfiction writing of highly acclaimed authors and recognize winners of the inaugural Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest.


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