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UNT Insider | October 2009 Issue

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President's Note

President Bataille at UNT on the Square

Dear Alum,

As a university where creativity thrives, UNT is known for its excellence in the arts and for fostering an appreciation for the visual arts, music, culture and more.

Our artistic legacy will become even richer with our new UNT on the Square location, which is the home of our newly created Institute for the Advancement of the Arts as well as an exhibition space and gathering place.

Housed in a building on Denton's historic courthouse square, UNT on the Square will be a haven for artists and art lovers. Through art exhibitions and poetry readings, featured artists, students, faculty and the community will be able to explore art together. And in the future, visitors will be able to buy tickets at UNT on the Square to university events such as concerts, performances and lectures.

UNT's new Institute for the Advancement of the Arts will serve as a place where artists from all media can pursue creative endeavors and interact with the UNT and Denton community. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga is serving as the first artist-in-residence. Arriaga's films include Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. He also made his directorial debut with The Burning Plain, released this year.

In addition, the institute will annually select faculty who will receive fellowships to allow them the time to complete artistic projects. Our inaugural faculty fellows are Dornith Doherty, an associate professor of art in the College of Visual Arts and Design, and Cindy McTee, a Regents Professor of composition in the College of Music.

These new initiatives will enhance our artistic reputation and improve the quality of the arts in the North Texas region. And they are just one more way that UNT is advancing as a broad-based university.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


Roger  Staubach

Murphy Center's Leadership Luncheon featuring Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback-turned-commercial real estate mogul will deliver the keynote speech at the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship's BDO Seidman LLP 2009 Leadership Luncheon Nov. 13 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. Mr. Staubach's many accolades include being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, being inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and receiving the Horatio Alger Award. I hope you join us for the luncheon. I'm also giving away a pair of tickets in a random drawing. E-mail me at president@unt.edu with "Leadership Luncheon" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Please include a phone number where you can be reached. As the hub for business education and enterprise, the Murphy Center brings in speakers such as Mr. Staubach and holds events to connect the university with the business community. The center also has a new director on board, Tony Mendes, the former executive director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, Dr. Mendes was Director of College Initiatives at the Kauffman Foundation, which supports entrepreneurship and has provided grants to the Murphy Center in the past.

students recycling

Moving Forward: UNT among top in nation in meeting sustainability goals
UNT is in the nation's top 17 percent and continues to lead Texas universities in becoming a carbon neutral campus. We were the first large public university in the state to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. In just one and a half years, UNT has met five of the seven actions required by the nationwide initiative. We have a number of green and energy-efficient programs to recycle and conserve water and energy while saving money. And we are moving toward becoming a zero solid-waste campus. UNT has been a recognized leader in environmental research for more than 74 years and now has two research clusters focused on sustainable practices.

Green peach aphid on Arabidopsis thaliana

Plant research could decrease agricultural losses
Farmers around the world spend an estimated $33 billion annually to help protect their crops against disease and pests, but they still lose an estimated $100 billion each year. Research conducted by Jyoti Shah, associate professor of biology, could minimize those losses by arming plants with more effective natural defenses. Dr. Shah recently received over $1 million in grants from the National Science Foundation to improve the understanding of plant responses to stress. His research could lessen the need for pesticides and lead to the development of plants with better resistance to disease and pests. Dr. Shah belongs to UNT's plant signaling cluster, a seven-person group of plant science researchers who explore the response of plants to the environment with the intent of developing new technologies in agriculture and medicine.


Grant to help UNT boost first-generation college enrollment
UNT will have more help to increase college enrollment among first-generation college students, thanks to a $310,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. UNT received the largest amount of funding among the 32 eligible universities. The money will be used to hire more students to work as UNT G-Force mentors, who develop and supervise Go Centers at area high schools to encourage more students in North Texas to graduate from high school and go to college. As an award-winning enrollment leader, UNT already has made headway in the state's Closing the Gaps initiative, which aims to enroll 630,000 more students in Texas colleges and universities by 2015.

Saraju Mohanty

Faculty Focus: Saraju Mohanty
Saraju Mohanty, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is working to make electronic chips more energy efficient, which would increase battery life, reduce power consumption and lead to lower costs for consumers. This could mean that cell phones, laptops and digital cameras would take seconds to charge and last for weeks. Dr. Mohanty has been instrumental in generating nearly $1 million in research funding, including a new three-year grant from the National Science Foundation earned in conjunction with Elias Kougianos, assistant professor of engineering technology. Researchers and graduate students involved in Dr. Mohanty's research are using the state-of-the-art computing facilities in the VLSI Design and CAD Laboratory, which he directs.

One  O'Clock Lab Band

UNT Traditions: One O'Clock Lab Band
UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band has a long history of musical excellence dating back to the roots of our jazz program in 1947. Since then, the One O'Clock Lab Band, one of nine lab bands at UNT, has shared the spotlight with musicians such as Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker and Slide Hampton, performing at venues and festivals around the world and releasing nearly 70 albums. The Grammy-nominated One O'Clock also has produced a long line of outstanding musicians who have gone on to acclaim. You can brush up on One O'Clock history, listen to music, watch videos, blog with fellow fans and see a schedule of upcoming events at www.theoneoclock.com.

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Featured Link: UNT co-sponsoring 'Global I.Q.' with The Economist
UNT is sponsoring an online audiocast series being presented by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth and The Economist. The monthly series connects listeners with the magazine's journalists who address relevant issues of the day from around the world. Topics include a closer look at North Korea and an examination of relations between China and America.

UNT holiday keepsake ornament

UNT Alumni Association
By purchasing a new holiday keepsake ornament from the UNT Alumni Association, you can give the gift of education. The ornament features the Hurley Administration Building and McConnell Clock Tower. A portion of the proceeds benefit the association's scholarship fund. The ornament is finished in 24-carat gold and includes a custom gift box. The cost is $19.95 plus $2.50 shipping and tax for Texas residents. Supplies are limited. To order, go to www.untalumni.com/ornament.php, e-mail alumni@unt.edu or call 940-565-2834. For more information, visit www.untalumni.com.

October 2009

At a Glance

Murphy Center's Leadership Luncheon featuring Roger Staubach

Moving Forward:
UNT among top in nation in meeting sustainability goals

Plant research could decrease agricultural losses

Grant to help UNT boost first-generation college enrollment

Faculty Focus:
Saraju Mohanty

UNT Traditions:
One O'Clock Lab Band

Featured Link:
UNT co-sponsoring 'Global I.Q.' with The Economist

UNT Alumni Association

Don't Forget!

The Mean Green will play home games Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. against Western Kentucky and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, respectively. We'll also play Army on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. in a home game that will be shown on TXA 21.

The award-winning, student-run campus radio station, KNTU-FM, will celebrate its 40th anniversary Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. The One O'Clock Lab Band will perform. To buy a ticket, call Russ Campbell at 940-565-2554 or go to www.kntu.com

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