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UNT Insider | September 2012

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

We're off to a great start this academic year, and our student body shows why UNT is "A green light to greatness."

We continue to be a top choice for high school graduates, transfer and doctoral students because of our many nationally ranked programs and commitment to excellence. And we're seeing growth in both the quality and quantity of our student body.

UNT welcomed its largest, most diverse freshman class in history this fall, marking the second consecutive year we've had a record number of freshmen. And importantly, UNT's Honors College, which attracts some of the area's brightest students from diverse backgrounds, also saw a spike in enrollment.

As part of our continued pursuit of excellence, we're committed to encouraging more students to choose UNT for careers in science, engineering and technology. We're investing more in our efforts to attract talented students, and we're ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to help keep our businesses and economy strong and thriving.

I'm excited about the great things happening at UNT. And it's good news for the North Texas region and our state that more students are taking advantage of our world-class programs. As the University of and for North Texas, UNT is committed to ensuring student success and providing services and programs that make our communities stronger.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones 

2012 Murphy luncheon promises insight on business and Cowboys football

The annual luncheon for UNT's Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship is mixing business and football. Join keynote speaker Karen Hughes, a business strategist who served as communications director for George W. Bush, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who will be honored as the recipient of the Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship, for the Nov. 9 Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship's BDO USA, LLP 2012 Leadership Luncheon in Dallas. Enter to win a pair of tickets in my random drawing by emailing president@unt.edu with "Leadership Luncheon" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and include your name and phone number. You can also buy luncheon tickets or sponsor a table.



Students working in lab looking at computer screens

Students working in lab at a NSF I/UCRC site at UNT.

Moving Forward: Center puts students on path to engineering, technology fields

The College of Engineering is a great training ground for students and a strong partner for industry. The college houses the National Science Foundation Net-Centric Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, which earned a 2012 Tech Titan of the Future award from the Metroplex Technology Business Council for encouraging students to choose engineering- and technology-related disciplines as career paths. This center and two other I/UCRC sites at UNT create strong links between industry and academia and give UNT students access to industry-driven research and real-world learning opportunities.



Patricia Cukor-Avila and students standing in front of maps of Texas

Patricia Cukor-Avila, associate professor of linguistics, and student researchers are studying perceptions of Texan accents.

We Texans know a drawl and a twang are not the same

Patricia Cukor-Avila, associate professor of linguistics, and a group of student researchers are surveying people across the state to explore Texans' perceptions of their own accents. Their research finds that Texans think residents have different accents, from normal Texan to country to Spanish-influenced speech, based on where they live in the state. The group hopes to uncover how age, gender, educational level and identification as a Texan influence perceptions about Texas accents within the state.



Sergei Shipilov

Sergei Shipilov

Faculty Focus: Sergei Shipilov

Sergei Shipilov, research professor of materials science and engineering, was named a Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Distinguished Lecturer for his significant contributions and achievements in the field of corrosion research, practice and education across Canada and the globe. As a member of UNT's Multi-scale Surface Science and Engineering research cluster, Dr. Shipilov researches the contributing factors that cause surface degradation of materials found in a wide range of products, from medical implants to critical jet engine components and highway bridges. He and other UNT researchers develop strategies to enhance the performance of these materials by improving their sustainability and extending their lifetime.



Mean Green Pride logo

Traditions: Supporting Mean Green pride and Denton

Mean Green pride -- Are you in? Through our new "Mean Green Pride -- We're All In" campaign, we're encouraging our alumni and community members to sport their green pride wherever and whenever they can. And we've made it easy to do. We're All In campaign gear is available at the UNT Bookstore, Apogee Stadium store and Voertman's Bookstore. Products sold with the campaign logo will support The Big Event, our annual and largest service project where thousands of student, staff, faculty and alumni volunteers do community service. The money raised from the pride campaign products will support projects in Denton. You can also find more UNT gear in Denton stores. Learn more at meangreenpride.unt.edu.



North Texan alumni magazine fall 2012 cover

Featured Link: The North Texan

Find out how graduates of the College of Education are shaping the future and transforming the lives of students across Texas in the latest issue of The North Texan, the university's quarterly magazine for alumni and friends. And learn about UNT's new Kristin Farmer Autism Center and how it provides space for services, training and research to serve individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Join the UNT Alumni Association, Coach Dan McCarney and the Mean Green football team for the association's "Paint Houston Green" event Oct. 5-6. The weekend kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Houston Marriott South Hobby Airport hotel with Coach McCarney and music from alumnus Mat Slovacek. The first 500 guests will receive a free Mean Green T-shirt. On Saturday, tailgate with alumni and fans starting at 3 p.m. leading up to the 6 p.m. game against the University of Houston at Robertson Stadium. To buy game tickets ($35), contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-868-2366 or ticketoffice@unt.edu. Learn more by visiting www.UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or at 940-565-2834 or 800-UNT-1153.


 
 
 

September 2012

At a Glance

2012 Murphy luncheon promises insight on business and Cowboys football

Moving Forward: Center puts students on path to engineering, technology fields

We Texans know a drawl and a twang are not the same

Faculty Focus: Sergei Shipilov

Traditions: Supporting Mean Green pride and Denton

Featured Link: The North Texan

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

UNT's Green Brigade Drumline was named the No. 1 drumline in college football by Bleacher Report.

Chandra Donnell, assistant professor of rehabilitation, social work and addictions, received the 2012 Joyce Keener Award.

Christina Chan-Park, a master's student in information science, was named a Diversity Scholar.


Don't Forget

Watch great football and be on TV by joining us Tuesday, Oct. 16, for the Mean Green vs. Louisiana-Lafayette home game airing on ESPN2.

"Once Upon a Homecoming" 2012 will include a week of festivities leading up to the Nov. 3 game against Arkansas State.


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