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UNT Insider | November 2013

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

I'm always impressed by the work and achievements of our students and faculty. Their dedication to scholarship and research speaks volumes about our impact as a university.

We have set a course to grow as a public research university, destined for the top tier and committed to offering the best educational experience. Every day I see many examples of this across campus and through our students, who consistently show the world that they are bright, driven and competitive.

Two students -- Stacy Ho and William Ou -- from UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science -- were named regional finalists in the 2013 Siemens Competition, the nation's leading research competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Another 18 TAMS students placed as semifinalists in the competition -- more semifinalists than any other school in the nation. This year, TAMS is celebrating 25 years. Enrolling 200 students a year, the academy is full of budding researchers and innovators, many who go on to earn prestigious national honors and pursue careers in science, engineering, math and technology fields.

Our focus is to be high quality in every way -- in education, research, student support and community engagement. And our faculty members are doing their part by excelling as great educators, researchers and scholars and earning national recognition for their work.

This fall, Jean Keller, interim vice president for community engagement and professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation, was named a fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration for her dedication and leadership in the profession.

And faculty members Glen Biglaiser, Gabriel Carranza, James Meernik and doctoral student Christine Balarezo received Fulbright honors for their global research and educational partnerships in Chile, Brazil, Taiwan and Israel, respectively. They are the latest in a long line of UNT researchers who have earned Fulbrights for their work.

These honors show that UNT is providing a high-quality and supportive learning environment for our students to thrive academically and for our faculty to grow professionally.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Ernie Kuehne Jr.

Speaker series supporter and alumnus Ernie Kuehne Jr.

James Stavridis

Retired admiral and inaugural speaker James Stavridis

Moving Forward: Kuehne speaker series highlights UNT's excellence in politics, national security

The new UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security showcases the university's excellence in military history, political science, economics, peace policy studies and cybersecurity. The series will host top national security experts to highlight UNT's nationally recognized programs in these areas and faculty who are engaged in multidisciplinary research on national security issues. Starting in December, the series will bring high-caliber speakers with distinguished backgrounds, like our other speaker series. The first guest speaker James Stavridis, retired admiral and chair of the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors, will lecture Dec. 3 at the Tower Club in Dallas. The series is named for longtime supporter and alumnus Ernie Kuehne Jr. ('66), who pledged $300,000 to support the series as his latest gift to UNT.



New community service recognition initiative to honor volunteerism

UNT is engaged with communities in the North Texas region through service, partnerships and collaborations. And our alumni make up a big part of that effort. When you volunteer your time, you are making our communities stronger and embodying the best of UNT. We are launching an initiative to honor volunteers and support UNT's culture of engagement. In addition to faculty, staff and students, we want to acknowledge alumni who provide service in their communities and get a better sense of the many ways you serve. To participate, fill out the Community Engagement Volunteer Recognition online form and tell us about your volunteer efforts by Nov. 30. On the form, you can select if you would like to be recognized as part of the UNT President's Community Engagement Volunteer Honor Roll, which will be unveiled at a later date.



UNT students investigate mock crime scene

UNT students investigate mock crime scene.

Earn a professional certificate in CSI techniques

UNT's Professional Development Institute is quickly becoming a source for education and training for those wanting to pursue careers fighting crime through forensics. The institute's new state-of-the-art crime scene investigations program allows students to delve into the reality version of CSI. During five months, participants learn real-world crime scene techniques -- from dusting for fingerprints to processing trace and impression evidence -- to earn a crime scene investigations certificate. Classes are taught in UNT's Crime Scene City, a simulated community used for criminalistics courses, and in the facilities of local law enforcement agencies. In 2012, PDI's professional private investigations certificate program ranked fifth among the nation's top 25 private investigation schools by PINow.com. Watch a video about the new CSI certificate program.



Armin Mikler

Armin Mikler

Faculty Focus: Armin Mikler

Emergency planners will have critical information at their fingertips in the event of a terrorist attack or disease outbreak thanks to the research of Armin Mikler, professor of computer science and engineering. Dr. Mikler is working with a team of researchers and Tarrant County Public Health to create Response Plan Analyzer, or RE-PLAN. The computer system will help emergency planners identify vulnerable populations, such as those with no access to vehicles or who cannot leave their homes, and modify response plans accordingly. Dr. Mikler hopes the system will become a valuable resource for emergency planners to evaluate and test plans for bio-emergencies. His research is supported by a nearly $800,000 National Institutes of Health grant.



UNT campus in the Fall

Traditions: UNT Preview

UNT is a great place for students to learn and succeed because of our friendly campus environment, first-rate faculty and the many resources we offer. Each fall and spring, we hold UNT Preview for parents, prospective students and friends to explore our campus through a range of activities that include visiting one of our 14 residence halls and learning about UNT's admission process and student organizations. This year's UNT Preview is Nov. 23. You can conclude your tour by attending the Mean Green vs. UT-San Antonio football game at Apogee Stadium. UNT Preview is a great tradition that lets you discover why UNT is the right place to earn a degree and experience college life. Learn more about UNT Preview.



The Wonderful World of UNT Libraries

Featured Link: Wonderful World of UNT Libraries video

Are you a library aficionado who enjoys turning the pages of a book or relaxing in a quiet corner to study or research a new topic? If so, UNT Libraries -- which have 45,000 visitors a week -- offer a vast amount of resources and space. Using our libraries means accessing nationally recognized collections, which house 7 million print and digital items. The UNT Digital Library ranks among the Top 50 world repositories, the Music Library is one of the nation's largest academic libraries and the Portal to Texas History has been named one of the best online resources for education in humanities. You can take a quirky, information-filled trip through our libraries to learn more about collections, electronic resources and tips in the video, The Wonderful World of UNT Libraries.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Awards are presented every year to recognize outstanding alumni and celebrate their professional accomplishments and service to the community. The UNT Alumni Association and Division of Advancement will host the annual Alumni Awards dinner at 7 p.m. April 11 to honor 2014 award recipients. Honorees include Robocop star Peter Weller ('69), alumnus Ernie Kuehne Jr. ('66) and Brewer Science CEO Terry Brewer ('65, '70 Ph.D.), who each will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the awards dinner in a random drawing. To participate, email your name, address and phone number to president@unt.edu by 5 p.m. Dec. 6. To learn more about the UNT Alumni Association, visit UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


 
 
 

November 2013

At a Glance

Moving Forward: Kuehne speaker series highlights UNT's excellence in politics, national security

New community service recognition initiative to honor volunteerism

Earn a professional certificate in CSI techniques

Faculty Focus: Armin Mikler

Traditions: UNT Preview

Featured Link: Wonderful World of UNT Libraries video

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

We're bowl eligible for the first time since 2004 and we've won our last five games! Attend the two remaining games, show your green pride and help the Mean Green earn a bowl game invitation.

Elizabeth With, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, won the 2013 Jim Caswell Award from the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators.

Richard Last, senior lecturer in merchandising and digital retailing, earned the first Shop.org Impact Award.

Rania Salman, a doctoral student in teacher education and administration, and Hannah McDonald, a senior English arts major, earned scholarships from Kappa Delta Pi international honor society.


Don't Forget

Tour the first public exhibit of The Resource Center LGBT Collection at Willis Library through Jan. 2.


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