COVID-19 Update

April 27, 2020

President Smatresk will be hosting a virtual Town Hall from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in order to share campus updates and answer questions. Additional information regarding how to access the event will be announced this week, including how to submit questions live that day. In the meantime, please email untpresident@unt.edu to submit questions in advance.


Avesta, Starbucks in the Union and Kerr Dining Hall will remain open (through the end of the semester) to UNT students and essential personnel who are on campus.

Hours vary so be sure to check www.dining.unt.edu/hours before heading over for your next drink or meal.


Going above and beyond: Stories from UNT’s COVID-19 response

M.F.A. candidate Morgan Grasham appreciates the efforts of the Department of Studio Art to do everything they can for her and other students. Chair Lauren Lake and her team — Angela Hamilton-Vanecek, Ann Howington and Gustavo Plascencia — have gone above and beyond in their efforts to help students and professors adapt to the current crisis.

There are a number of major challenges to adapting studio art classes to online formats, not to mention the challenges facing graduating students who were planning to exhibit their work. Lake and her team have handled this as well as anyone could have. They also have helped their students by making their transitions to remote work as smooth as possible, removing a lot of stress for students who are craving stability more than ever before.

At every update, they have shown dedicated leadership in making decisions that best help students, advocating for them to get the best education and access to resources possible. Lake and her team have also made themselves available to graduate students via Zoom meetings almost every day, keeping students in the loop and answering questions as best as they are able.

If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, please share their information with untpresident@unt.edu so we can give them a shoutout.


Don’t forget that healthalerts.unt.edu is updated frequently with new information about how we are working together through this global health crisis.


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