Insider | November 2007 Issue
TAMS student Samuel Thompson presents his research project at the Region Two competition earlier this month at the University of Texas - Austin. Thompson, along with three other TAMS students, were named regional finalists in the competition. UNT had the third highest number of regional finalists in the nation.
Preparing our graduates to thrive in a global market is a top priority
at UNT. And our student-centered focus ensures that our students
are engaged in learning and research with our faculty so they get
the hands-on training necessary to become lifelong learners and
Many of our students already are making their mark as they demonstrate
their academic prowess. Here are some recent examples of what our
students have accomplished:
- Earlier this month, four students from UNT's Texas
Academy of Mathematics and Science were named regional
finalists in the 2007 Siemens Westinghouse Competition
for Math, Science and Technology. TAMS boasted more finalists
than any other Texas school and the third highest number
of finalists in the country. TAMS also had 14 semifinalists in
the competition, the most semifinalists of any school nationwide.
The Siemens Westinghouse Competition's national finals will
be held next month.
- A two-student team on the UNT
Debate Squad earned second place at the Baylor
University Glenn R. Capp Debates and placed among the top
16 teams in the nation at the invitation-only Harvard
University Debate Tournament.
- Houston sophomore Crystal Ejizu was
selected to participate in the Future Diversity Leaders
Program, a three- to four-year scholarship program that
focuses on leadership and includes internships at KPMG LLP, an
international audit, tax and advisory firm.
- A group of student computer programmers - the Knapsackers@UNT -
qualified to compete in an international computer programming
contest in Canada. The team placed first in the Nov. 3 regional
competition at Texas A&M University and is the first team
from UNT to qualify for the contest's world finals.
I am committed to ensuring that our students have every opportunity
to succeed at UNT and in the world once they graduate. We truly
have bright, talented students, and I applaud all of their efforts,
which help gain further national and international recognition
for our student-centered public research university.
With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille
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Moving Forward: Continuing commitment to globalization,
collaboration and diversity
One of the things I am most proud of is our university's commitment
to globalization, collaboration and diversity. During last month's
Homecoming celebration, I had the opportunity to host a group of
representatives from six Texas universities who met with officials
from Thailand to discuss a partnership that will provide advanced
academic training for Thai faculty. UNT's longstanding relationship
with the Thai Embassy and Royal Thai Scholars led to the initial agreement
between UNT and 35 presidents of the Rajabhat Universities,
which will help Thailand meet its goal to have more than 30 percent
of its faculty members earn doctoral degrees by 2014. In addition,
our university established a dual
master's degree program that allows students to simultaneously
earn master's degrees in English as a second language from UNT
and the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México in Toluca, which
officially opened an office on our campus in 2005. It's the first
dual degree program offered in partnership by the two universities.
Ombuds, compliance director join UNT
Belinda K. Newman, who
currently serves as provost of the Collin County Community College
District's Preston Ridge campus, will serve as UNT's ombuds beginning Dec.
10. Belinda will bring more than 25 years of higher education
experience to the position, which will expand its service to include
staff as well as faculty. The ombuds will provide information,
advice, intervention and referrals to ensure employees receive
fair and equitable treatment. In addition, Steven
A. Hill will begin serving as the new director of
institutional compliance for UNT and the UNT
System Dec. 3. Steven, who currently serves as the institutional
compliance coordinator for the UT Health Science Center at San
Antonio, will create and implement a university and system compliance
program by developing compliance assessment tools, monitoring procedures
and educational programs.
Liquid crystals research could help
screens become thinner, more flexible
Guido Verbeck, assistant professor of chemistry,
is one of 29 scientists and engineers from across the United States
to receive a three-year $300,000 grant through the U.S. Air Force's
Young Investigator Research Program. More than 145 researchers
who earned their Ph.D.s or equivalent degrees in the last five
years applied for the award. Dr. Verbeck will use the grant to
develop new ways to use preparative mass spectrometry instrumentation
for nanofabrication and the development of new materials. This
research can be used to develop what is known as smectic material
or a type of liquid crystals, which can then be
used to make lighter, thinner and more flexible video monitors.
Grant will let Robocamp hit the
A $30,000 one-year Innovation Generation grant
from the Motorola Foundation will establish a Robocamp
Mobile Unit and give UNT a new way to attract young women
into the engineering field. The unit will work with the Southwest
Girls Collaborative Project, the Society for Women Engineers and
several local Girl Scout Councils to visit school districts in
Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties. The camps will specifically
target those districts with a large percentage of Hispanic and
African American female junior high and high school students to
encourage those students to pursue careers in engineering. In addition,
2008 will mark the fourth summer that UNT's Robocamp, a series
of summer day camps for young women entering the eighth through
11th grades, will be offered. I applaud the efforts to ensure our
young women remain excited about sciences.
Faculty Focus: Cathy Hartman
Cathy Hartman, assistant dean for digital technology,
led the way for the UNT Libraries to earn a $448,548
National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services. This two-year grant will help support the information
needs of genealogists as they interact with the Portal
to Texas History. The site provides users with a digital
gateway to Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies
and private collections. Educators, history buffs and researchers
can use the site to view historical documents, maps, newspaper
clippings and nearly 14,000 photographs. But what I have found
most interesting are the historical photos from the UNT campus – it's
amazing to see how much has changed through the years. Dr. Hartman
and her staff have done a wonderful job, and I encourage you to
visit the web site.
UNT Traditions: Jazz studies
The College of Music's jazz studies program was
established in 1947 as the nation's first, and 60 years later,
it continues to be ranked as the nation's best. In 1967, the tradition
of releasing an annual recording of the One O'Clock Lab
Band began, and after 40 years and becoming a Grammy-nominated band,
it remains a unique tradition. This year, the Division of Jazz
Studies celebrates its anniversary by releasing Lab
2007, the first CD release to include a bonus DVD. Lab
2007 is available for purchase by calling (940) 565-3743 or
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I have enjoyed watching videos, browsing photos and reading memories
from our alumni and students who attended last month's Homecoming festivities.
Seeing all of your green pride has given me a few ideas for my own tailgating plans next year.
I hope that you all will visit our site and upload
your videos, photos and memories as we continue celebrating our
Exes welcome new director of marketing,
The North Texas Exes welcomed Susan Williamson,
who has 12 years of higher education experience, as the alumni
association's new director of marketing and membership. Susan came
to UNT after advancing through the ranks at Texas A&M University,
where she has most recently served as the founding director of
the TAMU-Qatar Support Office. Susan's experience will help our
university further serve and connect our alumni across the globe.
As we welcome her to our campus, let it be a nice reminder to renew
your membership with the Exes. For more information
about Exes events, visit www.ntexes.org.