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UNT Insider | October 2008 Issue

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President's Note


ISES research

President Gretchen M. Bataille and Congressman Michael Burgess look on as U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks during a press conference announcing that the two legislators secured a total of $8.3 million in government funding for our new Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation.

Dear Alum,

This year, UNT has taken significant steps forward as a public research university.

I am proud to tell you that we recently received a multimillion dollar government contract to fund our new Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation (ISES) to help the U.S. Air Force extend the life of its aging aircraft fleet and to develop better materials for the next generation of aircraft. ISES will build upon the expertise and technology harbored in our Center for Advanced Research and Technology and our Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling.

The $2.2 million we've already received this year and the additional $6.36 million we will receive provides UNT with the opportunity to compete at a more equal level in scientific research and find solutions to some of our most pressing military issues. U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Congressman Michael Burgess helped secure this important funding, and they recently visited our campus to celebrate with us.

This project comes on the heels of our initiative to invest $25 million in collaborative research clusters to capitalize on the innovative research our renowned faculty already are doing by primarily growing our senior faculty ranks.

We already have hired nationally recognized leaders who bring important expertise that will help us secure more research funding, jump-start Discovery Park into a research and economic engine and elevate our status as a research institution. One of the country's top engineering professors and researchers, Alan Needleman, who has been a visiting professor since spring 2007, will retire from Brown University and continue at UNT as a full-time professor of materials science and engineering. Dr. Needleman is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected last year to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Together, these strides cement our status as a public research institution and show that UNT is committed to growing our research opportunities. I invite you to listen to the recent roundtable discussion I took part in on KERA's Think about the need for the state to support research growth at Texas universities, particularly in the Dallas area.

These strides are a perfect example of how UNT's strengths are growing to ensure that we are truly excellent at everything we do.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille
President


Features


Herman Totten

Herman Totten

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen

Moving Forward: UNT forms new college
UNT is a dynamic university able to respond to industry demands and to arm our students with the most advanced knowledge. That is why our School of Library and Information Sciences joined forces with our Department of Learning Technologies from the College of Education to become the College of Information, Library Science, and Technologies. This change combines the strengths of the school and the department to offer students hands-on training in conducting and applying cutting-edge research that focuses on both information science and technology. The new college is located at Discovery Park, where it is part of our hub of innovation and research. On Nov. 1, our College of Business Administration will become the College of Business to better reflect the breadth of our business programs.


Jazz greats Neil Slater, Paris Rutherford and James Riggs

Neil Slater, Paris Rutherford and James Riggs

Jazz alumni to reunite, pay tribute to retired directors
UNT would not have one of the nation's most sought-after jazz studies programs without our first-class faculty. Two recently retired directors, Neil Slater and James Riggs, who led our top jazz bands the One O'Clock and Two O'Clock lab bands, respectively will be honored Nov. 22 with a concert by jazz alumni and current students. The evening will include performances by the current One and Two O'Clock lab bands and by four alumni bands. The four bands, organized by decade from the 2000s to the 1970s and earlier, will include alumni who have gone on to stellar careers. This concert will be a wonderful reunion and a fitting tribute to Mr. Slater, the former chair of the jazz studies division, and Mr. Riggs, a Regents Professor of saxophone. I encourage you to attend this once-in-a-lifetime concert. Another UNT legend Paris Rutherford, director of the UNT Jazz Singers, who is slated to retire at the end of this academic year will be honored in a special event in May. For more information, including details on ticket sales, visit www.jazz.unt.edu.



UNT athletics

Women's athletic teams fare well in NCAA's graduation tracking data
UNT's athletics programs strive to make sure our student-athletes succeed in the classroom, as well as on the fields and courts. I am proud to see that many of our athletic teams did well in the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate report, which tracks graduation data to assess the academic success of student-athletes. The Mean Green women's tennis team earned a 100 percent GSR score and tied for the top score in the Sun Belt Conference. Seven of the women's teams achieved a 75 percent score or better. Golf was the top scoring men's team, achieving a score of 78 percent and tying for third in its respective sport compared with other schools in the conference. Football and men's basketball scored a 58 and 65 percent respectively in the GSR, which is above the national rate in those sports of 56 and 54.


UNT Eagle

UNT reaching out to alumni and friends
As Texas' fourth-largest university, UNT has a network of alumni and supporters that stretches far and wide. To stay connected to our university family, we must update our database of alumni and supporters with the most current contact information so that we can bring you the latest news and information about how to stay involved with UNT and each other. We recently completed an e-mail campaign, "Six Degrees of UNT," in which we sent out a series of e-mails during a six-week period to alumni, asking them to forward the message to former classmates, faculty, staff and other UNT friends. If you missed the campaign, you can still update your contact information and find out how to support UNT by e-mailing us at giving@unt.edu. Or you can visit www.unt.edu/development/ and click on the "Update Your Address" link.


UNT

Faculty Focus: Professors to study whether storing greenhouse gases is safe
I am proud of the strides UNT has made as a green institution, and our faculty-led research is an integral part of that effort. Four professors will use computer modeling and simulation to explore strategies for the safe storage of carbon dioxide in order to cut down on man-made greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Backed by a $717,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Angela Wilson, associate professor of chemistry; Tom Cundari, Regents Professor of chemistry; Jincheng Du, assistant professor of materials science and engineering; Sandra Boetcher, assistant professor of mechanical and energy engineering; and Paul Bagus, research professor of chemistry, will study processes that are too slow or too fast to be studied by traditional experimental methods.


Bataille at homecoming

UNT Traditions: Homecoming
I had a wonderful time this past weekend at Homecoming, which has long been a tradition at UNT. I enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with so many of you at the various events such as the Golden Eagles luncheon and our first all-decades Green Jackets reunion. We also had big news to celebrate this Homecoming thanks to our students who have paved the way for us to build a new stadium by approving a dedicated athletics fee. Of course, we still must rely on our alumni and supports to realize our dream. And this year, we added a different kind of green tradition by asking our students to create parade floats made of recycled materials. We've come a long way from our early days when Homecoming was tied to commencement. It wasn't until 1937 that we started celebrating Homecoming in the fall in conjunction with a football game. By 1941, Homecoming Day had blossomed into a campus tradition with many scheduled events beyond the football game.


UNT web site

Featured Link: UNT's updated web site
You already may have noticed that we recently unveiled a new and even more exciting UNT web site that makes it easier for you to navigate to our different departments and offices, access links to all of our alumni services and find just what you are looking for with the click of a button. From our homepage, you, our students and prospective students can read about our successes, learn more about our programs and find out about upcoming events. I encourage you to visit our new web site at www.unt.edu and learn more about our student-centered public research university and all that we have to offer.


North Texas Alumni

Alumni association returns to previous name, University of North Texas Alumni Association
The alumni association, which recently rolled out its own new and improved web site and is creating more opportunities to network, has worked hard to engage current members and attract new members. Now, it has a different name to capture its growing momentum. The organization has returned to its previous name, the University of North Texas Alumni Association, to more accurately represent its mission and to focus on building brand recognition on and off campus. The association's board of directors opted to return to its previous organizational name after a year of research. For more information on the association's exciting activities, visit www.untalumni.com, send an e-mail to alumni@unt.edu or call 940-565-2834.


October 2008

At a Glance

Moving Forward:
UNT forms new college

Jazz alumni to reunite, pay tribute to retired directors

Women's athletic teams fare well in NCAA's graduation tracking data

UNT reaching out to alumni and friends

Faculty Focus:
Professors to study whether storing greenhouse gases is safe

UNT Traditions:
Homecoming

Featured Link:
UNT's updated
web site

Alumni association returns to previous name, University of North Texas Alumni Association


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Congrats!

Eight UNT students won scholarships from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund this year, making it our best year so far for that award. The students are Clare Carrasco, Lane Ingram, Ashley Mendeke, Cecilia Orta, Marcelo Ostria, Angelica Ramirez, Jon Sauceda and Jennifer Valdez.

Our women's soccer team is currently in first place in the Sun Belt Conference and will be playing against Denver Friday at 7 p.m. to seal the top seed for the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Championship. I encourage you to cheer on the Mean Green. We will also host the Sun Belt Conference Championship starting Nov. 5 and you'll get a chance to see our soccer team play for the conference title.



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