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UNT Insider | October 2010

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

You've heard me talk about the road ahead for UNT. While the road always leads us forward, it's not always a direct path.

As you likely know, we are replacing Todd Dodge, our head football coach. Mike Canales, our offensive coordinator, will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2010 season, and we are beginning an immediate national search for a new head coach. We appreciate the dedication and passion that Coach Dodge has shown for the program and our student-athletes.

During the past three and a half years the football program has not met expectations. If there is anything my experience in higher education has taught me, it is that change is hard. But with change comes new opportunities.

We believe that UNT will benefit from a strong football program, which is one of the reasons why we are building a new stadium that will open in time for the 2011 football season. I want to report that support for that stadium is very strong and that tickets and boxes are selling well.

I believe that progress toward our ultimate goal as a major research university focused on student success will require increased strength in what I have called the three As: Academics, Arts and Athletics.

You can see our progress throughout campus, from our transformed concert hall (read about it below) to our new Life Sciences Complex, which features some of the finest aquatic and plant research facilities in the nation. Our Business Leadership Building is also taking shape.

And there's more on the horizon. We will soon begin construction on a new $6 million Nanofabrication Analysis and Research Facility that will allow faculty and students to work at the leading edge of nanotechnology and advanced materials. Because of its unique design and features allowing remote, real-time display of research activities, the lab will promote collaboration and science education around the world. The new lab, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, will integrate the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology with a new clean room at Discovery Park.

Our future remains bright because of these kinds of advances. UNT will keep moving forward with vision and purpose, no matter what turns we have to take in the road ahead.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Fouts Field

Fouts Field

Mean Green facing Kansas State in last game at Fouts Field

Help us say goodbye to Fouts Field when the Mean Green face Kansas State Nov. 27 in the last football game of the season and the final game in Fouts Field. Our new stadium at Mean Green Village is under construction and scheduled to open for the 2011 season. In honor of the occasion, I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the game. E-mail president@unt.edu with "Football" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Include your name, phone number and address. To purchase tickets throughout the season, and for next season, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or ticketoffice@unt.edu.


Ken and Ann Newman

Ken and Ann Newman

Moving Forward: Emerald Eagle Scholars program receives $1 million gift

Alumnus Ken Newman and his wife, Ann, donated $1 million for a trust fund in support of the Emerald Eagle Scholars program. The fund will generate income that will be reinvested to grow the trust. The Newmans are longtime UNT supporters and chose the Emerald Eagle Scholars program for the opportunities it provides to academically talented yet financially challenged students. So far, the program has helped more than 1,900 students realize the dream of attending college. Ken Newman, now retired, was the founder and CEO of Horizon Health Corporation and is chair of the UNT Foundation Board of Directors. Ann Newman is a member of Denton's Flow Healthcare Foundation's board and is an active community volunteer.


The Noyce Program

The Noyce Program

NSF grant funding scholarships for future math and science teachers

UNT is addressing the shortage of qualified math and science teachers, and our efforts are far-reaching. The National Science Foundation's Noyce program awarded the College of Education a $750,000 grant to support seniors and graduate students pursuing careers as secondary math and science teachers through the UNT Science and Mathematics Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, offered in conjunction with local school districts. The program trains science and math majors and professionals for careers in teaching. Scholarship recipients must teach two years in a school district where there is a teacher shortage. Also helping to address this shortage is our Teach North Texas program, which allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in math, science or computer science while simultaneously earning their teacher certification.


Sherman Alexie, Spike Lee, President George W. Bush

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George W. Bush, Spike Lee, Sherman Alexie

George W. Bush, Spike Lee and Sherman Alexie to speak on campus

This fall's speaker lineup includes a former president, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, and an award-winning author and poet.

Sherman Alexie:

  • Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will discuss his novel, Flight, which addresses the themes of Native American culture. Flight is UNT's One Book, One Community reading selection this year.
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the University Union Silver Eagle Suite
  • For ticket information, call the University Union at 940-565-3805.

Spike Lee:

  • UNT's Fine Arts Series will feature filmmaker Spike Lee. Lee is the director and writer of such acclaimed movies as Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing, both of which earned Academy Award nominations.
  • When: 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Murchison Performing Arts Center's Winspear Hall
  • Ticket information

George W. Bush:

  • UNT's Distinguished Lecture Series will feature former President George W. Bush. Bush served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and from 1995 to 2000 as Texas' 46th governor.
  • When: 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the UNT Coliseum
  • Ticket information. Or call the University Union at 940-565-3805.

The Paul Voertman Concert Hall

The Paul Voertman Concert Hall

Concert hall reopens after $6.4 million makeover

After undergoing a recent $6.4 million renovation, the Concert Hall in the Music Building has a new look and feel and a new name, The Paul Voertman Concert Hall, in honor of philanthropist and donor Paul Voertman. The concert hall now has a more intimate performance space, enhanced acoustics and state-of-the-art equipment for performances. The renovated concert hall is part of UNT's ongoing campus improvements to enhance the academic and creative environment for students and faculty. It will be used for faculty and student recitals, chamber music and smaller ensemble concerts. The new hall will be formally inaugurated in a free, three-part concert series in November.


Richard Fossey

Richard Fossey

Faculty Focus: Richard Fossey

Richard Fossey, a professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, will serve as the first Dr. Mike Moses Chair in Education Administration. Dr. Fossey also serves as senior research associate at UNT's Center for the Study of Education Reform. Don Buchholz, a UNT alumnus and member of the UNT System Board of Regents, established the endowed chair in honor of longtime Texas educator and advocate Mike Moses. Buchholz's contributions to create the new chair, as well as gifts from his company to support student scholarships, qualified for matching funds as part of the state's program to support emerging research universities like UNT that are seeking to become major research universities.


Traditions: UNT pursues more energy savings

Since 1997, UNT has saved an average of $1.2 million a year through energy efficient buildings and practices. Savings could jump to an estimated $3.2 million a year under a new three-year project with Schneider Electric that will make more than 120 existing buildings on campus more energy efficient. The project will provide energy savings equivalent to removing 206,939 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is comparable to removing 41,387 cars from roadways. UNT's newest buildings, which include the newly opened Life Sciences Complex, the Business Leadership Building and the new football stadium at Mean Green Village, adhere to our commitment to build green and to being energy efficient.


Adene Thompson Steel and Gerald Ringe

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Adene Thompson Steele and Gerald "Jerry" Ringe

Featured Link: Alumni share UNT experiences, lessons in essays

Alumni recall their years and experiences at UNT in their own words in the essay section of The North Texan, the university's quarterly magazine for alumni and friends. You can read stories from alumni such as Adene Thompson Steele, who shares her family's story of dedication to education during the Depression, and alumnus and Priddy Fellow Gerald "Jerry" Ringe, who reflects on his experiences as a music student.


UNT Alumni Pavillion

UNT Alumni Pavillion

UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Association is building traditions that will leave a legacy for future UNT generations. The UNT Alumni Pavilion project at the new stadium at Mean Green Village will become a new tradition for alumni association members, serving as a gathering spot on game days and other special events throughout the year. You can become a permanent part of this tradition through naming opportunities that allow you to have your family or business name etched into the pavilion for future generations to see. To play a part in the project or to learn more about the alumni association, visit www.UNTalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834.

October 2010

At a Glance

Mean Green facing Kansas State in last game at Fouts Field

Moving Forward: Emerald Eagle Scholars program receives $1 million gift

NSF grant funding scholarships for future math and science teachers

George W. Bush, Spike Lee and Sherman Alexie to speak on campus

Concert hall reopens after $6.4 million makeover

Faculty Focus: Richard Fossey

Traditions: UNT pursues more energy savings

Featured Link: Alumni share UNT experiences, lessons in essays

UNT Alumni Association

Congrats!

Chemistry professor Wes Borden, received the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry, one of the American Chemical Society's most prestigious honors.

Six UNT-related football milestones made the Century in the Making Top 100 list celebrating the arrival of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV.

UNT welcomed the first class of Terry Scholars for the 2010-11 school year.

Doctoral student Joe Louis received the 2010 John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award from the Entomological Society of America.

Senior Robert Richard's suit design earned second place at the national Design Your Future competition.

UNT's McNair Post- Baccalaureate Achievement Program was a finalist for the 2010 Examples of ¡Excelencia! award.

 



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