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UNT Insider | September 2010 Issue

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President's Note

V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

UNT's student body is a dynamic one, always growing and always getting better.

We've reached a record-high enrollment this fall with 36,118 students studying at UNT, firmly on the path to a college degree and a bright future. This comes on the heels of graduating our largest class ever in 2009-10.

The latest enrollment numbers show that we're attracting more high-achieving students as well as a greater mix of undergraduate and graduate students. Our retention rates are up, meaning more of our students are staying on track to graduate. And we remain a leader in attracting and graduating ethnic minority students.

The trifecta of enrolling, retaining and graduating more students is what makes UNT a leader, driving higher education in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the state. And it will help put us on a national map as we become a major research university imparting world-class education to a diverse student body. 

As we grow in size and quality, we're also growing in reputation. This year, we've attracted more leading researchers, like Jan Martin, Yong X. Tao and Yuankun Lin who joined UNT because we offer an innovative research environment (read about them below). They also see our potential.

UNT is already a great university with excellent programs and a successful track record of shaping the world through our students, faculty, alumni and programs. But as we balance our existing strengths with new areas of expertise, we'll become even better at what we do.

V. Lane Rawlins



Frank Deford

Frank Deford

Herb Kelleher

Herb Kelleher

Murphy Center luncheon to feature sportswriter Frank Deford

UNT's Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship is a leading place for entrepreneurial education, offering resources, and holding events and competitions to spur ideas and ventures. The center also connects students and the business community with well-known figures and business leaders through its annual leadership luncheon. Sportswriter, commentator and author Frank Deford will be the keynote speaker at the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship's BDO USA, LLP 2010 Leadership Luncheon Nov. 19 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, will be honored with the Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship. I'm giving away a pair of luncheon tickets in a random drawing. E-mail president@unt.edu with "Leadership Luncheon" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and include your name and phone number.  

Yuankun Lin, Jan Martin, Yong X. Tao

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Yuankun Lin, Jan Martin, Yong X. Tao

Moving Forward: More leading researchers join faculty

Attracting exceptional faculty who are leaders in their field is part of our effort to become a major research university. We have welcomed prominent researchers who will help grow our reputation in critical areas. Yuankun Lin, an expert in optical physics, is part of the Bio/Nano Photonics Cluster. Jan Martin, a leading computational chemist, joins our Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM). And Yong X. Tao, a distinguished energy engineering researcher, is the new chair of the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering and director of the PACCAR Technology Institute at Discovery Park. We also hired renowned plant science researchers Vladimir Shulaev and Ron Mittler, who are conducting research in our new Life Sciences Complex. Take an online tour of the new building.

UNT generating clean energy, raising water issue awareness

Since the 1930s, UNT has been an environmental leader and we continue to break new ground.  The Pohl Recreation Center will become a human power plant, fueled by people working out on elliptical machines. The energy will be converted into clean energy that is fed back into the center's power grid. With a new grant, the Elm Fork Education Center will build on its X-Stream Adventure summer camp program, which inspired development of Wal-Mart's new Watershed Ambassadors program that gives families hands-on experiences and teaches them about the region's water supply. K-12 science teachers also will be able to take a graduate-level biology course to study the area's water issues for use in their own curriculum.


Grant bolsters Student Support Services program

UNT has a strong commitment to helping economically and physically disadvantaged students through our Student Support Services program. Thanks to a new $355,102 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, that commitment will continue as strong as ever. Since 1985, the program — one of six TRiO programs — has provided academic support, such as tutoring and skill-building workshops and programs to help students thrive academically and socially.

Feifei Pan

Feifei Pan

Faculty Focus: Feifei Pan

Feifei Pan, assistant professor of geography, was one of only 32 researchers nationwide to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award will support his research in measuring soil moisture and soil texture. The awards support up-and-coming faculty conducting science, math and education research and help jump-start additional funding opportunities. ORAU is a consortium of major research institutes that advance science and education through public, university and private partnerships. Dr. Pan is one of seven UNT faculty members to receive the Powe award since 2005.

aerial shot of Fouts Field

Traditions: Fouts Field Finale honoring stadium’s last season

The Fouts Field Finale is celebrating nearly six decades of football at Fouts Field. As construction continues on the new stadium at Mean Green Village, the remaining five home games at Fouts Field will culminate decades of football there. Each decade of football at Fouts Field, starting with the 2000s and ending with the 1950s, is being recognized this season with game tickets commemorating a player or coach of each era, videos of “Great Moments in Mean Green History” at each home game, and on-the-field recognitions. To purchase tickets, visit Mean Green Sports or contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or ticketoffice@unt.edu.

Featured Link: Learn how alumni are driving the economy in The North Texan

Find out how UNT alumni are driving the economy as leaders of global businesses in the latest online issue of The North Texan, the university's quarterly magazine for alumni and friends. These alumni are among the many UNT graduates who are making an impact in their fields. Check out how other alumni are using their degrees in the gaming and entertainment industries and the medical profession at www.northtexan.unt.edu.

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UNT Alumni Association

Membership in the UNT Alumni Association has jumped 10 percent from last year to reach a record high of more than 7,700 members. It's a sign that more alumni than ever are showing off their Mean Green pride, staying connected with their alma mater and networking with each other. The association promotes UNT by connecting alumni, friends and current students through programs, scholarships, activities and networking events. To join or learn more, visit www.UNTalumni.com or contact the alumni association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.

September 2010

At a Glance

Murphy Center luncheon to feature sportswriter Frank Deford

Moving Forward: More leading researchers join faculty

UNT generating clean energy, raising water issue awareness

Grant bolsters Student Support Services program

Faculty Focus:
Feifei Pan

Fouts Field Finale honoring stadiumís last season

Featured Link:
Learn how alumni are driving the economy in The North Texan

UNT Alumni Association


UNT ranked No. 2 on the College Rankings of Rock: Top 20 Universities Rated for their Musical Alumni.

Principal psychology lecturer Randall Cox received the 2010 Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology Award.

Communication design senior Emily Schwarting is a finalist for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

UNT's Summer Robocamp for Girls received the Tech Titan of the Future-University Level award.

The UNT Symphony Orchestra, along with headliner Tim McGraw, performed before a sellout crowd at Cowboys Stadium to celebrate the Super Bowl XLV kickoff.


Don't Forget!

Go "Old School" and celebrate Homecoming Oct. 12 to 16. Watch the Mean Green take on Florida International at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Fouts Field.

Join the UNT Symphony Orchestra for the Gala: Best of Broadway Oct. 15. To win a pair of tickets in a random drawing, e-mail President Rawlins with "Concert" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 1. Include your name and mailing address.

Tee off at the Oct. 18 UNT Schneider Electric 11th Annual State Employee Charitable Campaign Golf Tournament benefiting Denton County charities.


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