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UNT Insider | November 2009 Issue

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President's Note

President Bataille

Dear Alum,

As November draws to a close and we prepare as a nation to give thanks, I wanted to let you know that this month has brought many positive changes for our university.

On Nov. 3, with a "yes" vote, Texans established the National Research University Fund that will provide a dedicated and independent source of funding for UNT and Texas' other emerging research universities once each institution qualifies.

And, we learned that we are eligible to receive nearly $1.7 million in funds to support research as part of the state's new gift-matching program. These advances come on top of a year of incredible growth in the amount of funded research we're conducting. Since 2007, our restricted research expenditures and awards are each up over 60 percent.

A robust research program guarantees that the quality of our academics will only grow stronger, while also improving the impact we are able to have on our communities. Legislators showed great vision in establishing the framework to supporting emerging research universities as did voters in supporting the National Research University Fund to make the state even more competitive.

I am committed to making sure that UNT is excellent at everything it does. This Saturday, UNT will take a giant step forward to ensure that the future of athletics at Texas' fourth-largest university is just as bright as our academic and research outlook. Please join us as we celebrate and break ground for our new stadium at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 ahead of the tailgating that kicks off the Mean Green vs. Army game. On game day, we will honor the men and women who serve and protect our nation.

I hope to see you back on campus cheering for our university and supporting our military members.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


University of North Texas Systems

UNT's legacy, progress and future are rooted in Denton
You may have read the news that the UNT System has moved its offices to Dallas. I want to take a moment to assure you, our alumni and friends, that this move does not impact operations at UNT. We are and always will be the flagship university of the UNT System, which is the administrative body for all three UNT institutions UNT, UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and UNT Dallas. The System supports all three institutions, but each institution has its own president, leadership team, administrative staff and faculty. None of the members of UNT's administration is moving from Denton, nor are any UNT staff or faculty members. UNT remains proud to be part of Denton.

Lisa Birley Baronio

Moving Forward: Lisa Baronio to lead fundraising efforts
I am proud to announce that Lisa Birley Baronio, vice president for development at the University of Connecticut Foundation, will join UNT on Jan. 4 as vice president for advancement and director of development of the UNT Foundation. As head of UNT's fundraising operations, Baronio will oversee the university's division of advancement and work closely with the UNT Foundation and UNT Alumni Association. Her leadership experience and proven track record will be a great complement to our future as we continue to grow as a national research university that is committed to providing a campus dedicated to excellent academics, arts, research and athletics. She will help us ensure our momentum continues as she works to build strong partnerships with alumni like you, community members, corporations and other partners.

Collin Higher Education Center signing

UNT degrees offered at new Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney
In an effort to reach more degree-seeking North Texans, UNT is offering five degrees at Collin College's new Collin Higher Education Center, which will open this spring at the intersection of State Highway 121 and 75 Central Expressway in McKinney. The UNT degree programs that will be available are:

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
• Two professional development concentrations: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Non-Profit Management and Volunteer and Community Resource Management
M.S. in Engineering Systems
• Two concentrations: Construction Management and Engineering Management
Ed.D. Educational Administration and Superintendent Certification
M.Ed. in Higher Education
• Some courses offered may also count toward a doctoral degree in higher education administration from UNT.
Ph.D./Ed.D. in Higher Education

To learn how to enroll, contact Myra Hafer, associate director of admissions, at myra.hafer@unt.edu.

Ira Glass

Ray Mabus

Paul Theroux

Suze Orman

U.S. Secretary Ray Mabus and Suze Orman to speak on campus
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Suze Orman, a well-known television host and financial analyst, will present public lectures on campus in December. Orman will be on campus first, delivering the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Gateway Center Ballroom. Tickets cost $20 for the public, $10 for faculty and staff, and $5 for student guests. Sec. Mabus will give a free public lecture at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 in the University Union Lyceum. He will then present the doctoral commencement address at 7 p.m. in the Murchison Performing Arts Center. UNT regularly hosts diverse speakers such as Big Coal author Jeff Goodell, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

John Mosca

Come hear John Mosca and the One O'Clock Nov. 24
Trombonist John Mosca, director of the Grammy-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, will perform with UNT's internationally renowned One O'Clock Lab Band in its annual fall concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 in Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $8 to $10 and can be purchased at www.theMPAC.com or by calling 940-369-7802. The One O'Clock will perform works by students, faculty and alumni, including the Grammy-nominated piece Values by former One O'Clock Lab Band Director Neil Slater. After intermission, Mosca will join the band with new music commissioned for the event, as well as classics from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Dr. Zhibing Hu

Faculty Focus: Zhibing Hu
Dr. Zhibing Hu, a Regents Professor of physics, worked with a team of researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities to develop a new and potentially better way to model the formation of glass, which could lead to improvements in the material's design and manufacturing. The findings are detailed in the November issue of Nature. Although the methods for making glass have been known for centuries, scientists had yet to understand the principles that govern the rate at which glasses solidify.

UNT-style pep rally

UNT Traditions: Friday Night at Clark Park
Each Friday night before home football games, a UNT-style pep rally, complete with live music, of course, takes place in Clark Park (located at the corner of Highland Street and Avenue C). Students, alumni and fans gather at this free event to kick-start every North Texas Football weekend. Join us for the last Pep Rally Nov. 20 to get in the spirit before we take on Army. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. The game against Army kicks off at 3 p.m. Nov. 21. Buy tickets now and plan to start the day early with the groundbreaking for the new stadium at 11 a.m. before tailgating with your fellow Mean Green fans.

Lee Harvey Oswald arrested photo

Featured link: Kennedy assassination photos on UNT's Portal to Texas History
For the first time, photographs of items belonging to Lee Harvey Oswald that were seized by Dallas Police Department officers as evidence on Nov. 22, 1963, and many other photos related to the investigation of President John F. Kennedy's assassination now are available for public viewing via a search engine, thanks to UNT Libraries' Portal to Texas History and the Dallas Municipal Archives. The UNT Libraries' Digital Projects Unit, which manages the portal, recently received a Rescuing Texas History grant from the Summerlee Foundation to digitize 404 images taken during the week following Kennedy's assassination.

UNT holiday keepsake ornament

UNT Alumni Association
The UNT Alumni Association, in a new partnership with Harris Connect, hopes to help alumni reconnect with each other and the university through its upcoming alumni directory. Over the next few months, Harris Connect, the largest alumni publication company in the U.S., will be contacting UNT graduates by phone, e-mail and mail to verify and update contact and career information and help produce the hardcover and CD publication. The alumni directory will be available for purchase with a delivery anticipated for fall 2010. The directory's four-color introduction will be filled with prominent UNT personalities and school history, and the book will include a section alumni can personalize with their own photos and memories from UNT. For more information, call 940-565-2834, e-mail alumni@unt.edu or visit www.untalumni.com.

November 2009

At a Glance

UNT's legacy, progress and future are rooted in Denton

Moving Forward:
Lisa Baronio to lead fundraising efforts

UNT degrees offered at new Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney

U.S. Secretary Ray Mabus and Suze Orman to speak on campus

Come hear John Mosca and the One O'Clock Nov. 24

Faculty Focus:
Zhibing Hu

UNT Traditions:
Friday Night at Clark Park

Featured link:
Kennedy assassination photos on UNT's Portal to Texas History

UNT Alumni Association

Don't Forget!

Buy the UNT Alumni Association's holiday ornament featuring the Hurley Administration Building and McConnell Clock Tower and help support the association's scholarship fund. To order, go to www.untalumni.com
e-mail alumni@unt.edu or call 940-565-2834.


Marcelo Ostria, a senior international studies and political science major, earned a $25,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for study abroad during the 2010-11 academic year. Three other students and one recent graduate were named alternates in the competition.

Suzanne Sears, head of UNT Libraries' Government Documents Department, was elected chair of the Federal Depository Library Program's Depository Library Council to the Public Printer. She will serve as chair beginning Oct. 1, 2010, after a year of serving as vice chair.

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