COVID-19 Update

May 8, 2020

Join Rec Sports for 4 weeks as we "Choose to Move" our bodies for at least 30 minutes every day!

This program will include:

  • Daily physical activity recommendations and tracking
  • Weekly motivation and updates via email
  • Snack Stretches: every Monday at 1:30 p.m. Learn a little about healthy snacking at home while we take a quick 15-minute afternoon stretch break together
  • Well Talk Wednesdays: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Each week will focus on a new topic to help keep you and your family healthy and active while working from home
  • Family Fun Fridays: 10 to 10:30 a.m. A quick 30-minute activity session that can be done with the whole family

    Links to register for the “Choose to Move” challenge for free can all be found HERE.

Focus on yourself. Learn and try something new. Accept the challenge and Choose to Move.


President Smatresk hosted a virtual Town Hall on Monday, May 4, with Provost Jennifer Cowley and VP of Student Affairs Elizabeth With. To read a recap of the event and watch the recording, please click here.


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

Wendy Middlemiss, Ph.D., associate professor of Educational Psychology, wrote with the following recognition:

Our University and College of Education house the state office for the Home Instruction of Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). HIPPY is a home visiting program providing families with activities helping at-risk children gain school readiness skills. Our state office oversees 11 program sites stretching from the DFW area to the Rio Grande Valley.

For Adriana Trevino, our director, and Janie Rojas, assistant director, the stay-at-home orders were met with an all-encompassing question: “What happens to a home visiting program when you can't visit a home?”

Since mid-March, as districts and agencies closed their doors, Adriana and Janie spent hour upon hour answering that question for each of the 11 unique sites, often working well into the evening hours. They helped sites initiate plans for virtual home visits or home visits by phone for communities with limited Internet access. Our directors helped sites assure that their AmeriCorps-member home visitors remained in active status, and thus continued earning both an income and their education awards.

For Adriana and Janie, efforts to meet these program needs often paled in the face of finding ways of relieving the anxiety and stress experienced in each community. It is only because of their tireless dedication and hard work that HIPPY continues to provide for children’s educational needs and family well-being across our state.

To achieve these positive outcomes, Adriana and Janie attended numerous webinars learning the ins and outs of both HIPPY and AmeriCorps expectations. As well, they helped submit a federal planning grant proposal [which received approval and funding just this week] to help the program meet changing needs. Their efforts and hopefulness represent UNT’s community spirit in this time of need.

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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