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UNT Insider | October 2011

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

UNT remains on the path of excellence and we're deeply committed to providing students with the best value for their education. A new state report recognizes UNT for offering the most affordable public research university education in Texas.

According to the report, UNT's resident cost of attendance is lower than the cost to attend the state's two public research universities and six other emerging research universities. This new distinction illustrates that our dedication to providing both a high-quality and affordable education to students is paying off.

And the state's talented students are taking notice. Our incoming freshman class for fall 2011 not only increased in size by more than 300 students, but also represents one of our most academically talented and degree-focused freshman classes.

Many of our new freshmen came from the top tier of their classes, earned higher SAT test scores than past classes and are already demonstrating a strong commitment to earn their degrees within four years by taking more credit hours. Also this fall semester, we saw an increase in the number of doctoral students attending UNT, which is important for a growing major public research university.

This is great news. It shows that even though UNT experienced a slight decline in overall student enrollment, we're attracting even more bright and focused students. We're also concentrating on outreach efforts and programs to attract transfer students and ensure that they earn a degree from a four-year university.

This fall, we launched an expanded transfer outreach program that will add more transfer advisors at area community college campuses and we secured $3.3 million in grants to support our Talent Search and G-Force programs, which help prepare middle and high school students for college.

As we continue to grow as a major public research university offering the best undergraduate educational experience in Texas, UNT will ensure that talented students throughout Texas become leaders in their fields by providing them with the highest-quality education at an affordable cost.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


EaglePan

Find yourself and friends with UNT's EaglePan image

EaglePan, UNT's panoramic image of the Sept. 10 Apogee Stadium crowd, allows you to look back on Mean Green history in the making. The home game against the University of Houston marked the first game played in UNT's new stadium. Use EaglePan to find, capture and tag images of yourself and friends on Facebook. Go to www.unt.edu/eaglepan to find you and your friends in the stands. I'm giving away T-shirts to the first 25 people who copy their Eaglepan snapshot from their Facebook wall and paste it in an email to me. To participate in the giveaway, email me at president@unt.edu with "EaglePan" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and be sure to include your name, T-shirt size, image and mailing address.



Diana Mason

Diana Mason

James Marshall

James Marshall

Moving Forward: Two more faculty named national fellows

UNT faculty researchers continue to excel and produce groundbreaking research deserving of recognition. James Marshall, professor of chemistry, and Diana Mason, associate professor of chemistry, have been named to the 2011 class of American Chemical Society Fellows. As one of the world's largest scientific societies, ACS recognizes members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the society. Dr. Marshall focuses on materials research, chemical education and the history and discovery of the elements. For the past two decades, he has been a national speaker on the American Chemical Society tour circuit. Dr. Mason's interest is in chemical education research, which involves studying how freshman chemistry students learn chemistry content. She also moderates UNT's Mean Green Chemistry Demo Team. With four fellows, UNT ranks third in the state for the number of American Chemical Society Fellows.



Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

Craig Hall

Craig Hall

Murphy Center luncheon to feature former Florida governor Jeb Bush as keynote speaker

The annual Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship's BDO USA, LLP 2011 Leadership Luncheon showcases the power of entrepreneurial spirit and brings together leaders in business and industry. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will deliver his keynote address, "Entrepreneurial Capitalism," at the Nov. 18 luncheon at the Dallas Hilton Anatole and businessman and author Craig Hall will be honored with the 2011 Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship. Mr. Bush, who previously served as Florida's secretary of commerce, is known for being an advocate for education reform. He is part of a distinguished political family, which includes his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and his brother, former President George W. Bush. Mr. Hall is chairman and founder of Hall Financial Group and is a former part owner of the Dallas Cowboys. To attend the luncheon, you can become a sponsor or buy tickets.



Corey Marks

Kimberly Kelly and Daniel Taylor interview a student for their research.

Researchers explore link between flu vaccine effectiveness, insomnia

Kimberly Kelly and Daniel Taylor, both associate professors of psychology, are studying whether insomnia can decrease college students' immune response to the influenza vaccine, building on past research that shows that the vaccinations are not always effective. During the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added college students to groups most vulnerable to influenza infection. Dr. Kelly and Dr. Taylor will study 128 UNT students, half with and half without insomnia, to determine if the condition could result in reduced effectiveness of the influenza vaccine via suppressed antibody responses to the viral strains. Their research is supported by a $442,838 grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.



Jaime Jimenez

Jaime Jimenez

Faculty Focus: Jaime Jimenez

Jaime Jimenez, professor of biological sciences and philosophy and religion studies, is collaborating with a world recognized team of researchers to implement biocultural conservation in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in Chile. As a leading expert on wildlife conservation and environmental studies in the sub-Antarctic region of Chile, Dr. Jimenez is part of the Sub-Antarctic Ecosystems and Biocultural Conservation research cluster, one of UNT's 15 collaborative research clusters addressing complex scientific, technological, environmental and societal problems through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. He also heads research on the conservation of the critically endangered Darwin's fox, the study of the slender-billed parakeet as a model to conserve biodiversity in highly modified agricultural areas, and study of South America's largest woodpecker, the Magellanic Woodpecker.



Legends of the Mean Green A Century of UNT Football

Traditions: Legends of the Mean Green: A Century of UNT Football

When UNT's new Apogee Stadium opened this fall, it marked a new era for Mean Green football, but we haven't forgotten the football legends who played through the decades at Fouts Field. The Willis Library exhibit, Legends of the Mean Green: A Century of UNT Football, explores and celebrates Fouts Field and UNT stars including Ray Renfro, Abner Haynes, Richard Gill and Joe Greene. The exhibit, including archived photos of UNT football history from 1906 to the present, is on display in the Willis Library Forum through Dec. 16. Visit the library's online digital collection of the exhibit to see images of games, teams, spirit groups, pep rallies and more.



Joy Losee

Joy Losee

Featured Link: Video highlights fashion design program and Texas Fashion Collection

Students and faculty in UNT's fashion design program have an invaluable resource in the Texas Fashion Collection, which includes more than 15,000 pieces of fashion housed in the College of Visual Arts and Design. Fashion on Main, the Texas Fashion Collection's downtown Dallas gallery, is showcasing fashions from around the globe. Through Nov. 11, glamorous gowns and more by American designer Gilbert Adrian are on display in the exhibit Adrian: Glamour in the Age of Austerity (1940-1947). And an important gift of 27 traditional women's outfits from northern Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific was recently donated to the Texas Fashion Collection by former Pan Am flight attendant Joy Losee. Watch a video featuring UNT's fashion design program and the Texas Fashion Collection.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Association is celebrating the opening of UNT's new Apogee Stadium by offering the Apogee Stadium commemorative coin, an exact replica of the coin tossed at the Mean Green's first home game Sept. 10. Each $15 commemorative coin comes with a presentation capsule. A $20 Omega/Alpha package includes the coin and a Fouts Field farewell tour mug symbolizing an end to games played in UNT's former football stadium. Learn more about the commemorative coin and view photos when you fill out an order form. To learn more about the UNT Alumni Association, visit www.UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834 or 800-UNT-1153.


 
 
 

October 2011

At a Glance

Find yourself and friends with UNT's EaglePan image

Moving Forward: Two more faculty named national fellows

Murphy Center luncheon to feature former Florida governor Jeb Bush as keynote speaker

Researchers explore link between flu vaccine effectiveness, insomnia

Faculty Focus: Jaime Jimenez

Traditions: Legends of the Mean Green: A Century of UNT Football

Featured Link: Video highlights fashion design program and Texas Fashion Collection

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Richard Rogers, Regents Professor of psychology, earned the American Psychological Association's 2011 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy.

Rossana Ramirez Boyd, director of bilingual/ESL teacher certification, was elected president of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

Senior Consuela Marie Miller, a development and family studies major, earned a Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders scholarship from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.


Don't Forget

Join us for Homecoming 2011 Oct. 18-22 as we celebrate "The Incredible Scrappy" with a week of activities leading up to tailgating fun and the Mean Green vs. Louisiana at Monroe game. To purchase tickets, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or visit Mean Green Sports.



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