Dear UNT faculty and staff members,

At our State of the University last Wednesday, I highlighted our success and accomplishments for the past year. We proved how working together as a team can transform our university and put us on the right track to reach national prominence.

We wouldn't be where we are today without each of you. Your commitment to helping us achieve goals and to helping our students succeed is what makes UNT so special. Watch a recap of how our community members vowed to help UNT move forward.

We celebrate your commitment every year with Salute to Faculty Excellence week in the fall and with Staff Appreciation month in the spring. These events shine a spotlight on the great work you do and allow us as a community to say thank you for your contributions. I hope you'll join us for these celebrations. 

There will be events throughout the week, culminating with a black-tie dinner and award ceremony Oct. 2 at Apogee Stadium. At the event, we will honor the outstanding faculty who earn the top awards: the UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award, the UNT Foundation Leadership Award, the UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award and the UNT Foundation Outstanding Lecturer Award.

Staff Appreciation month will be March 2016. It will recognize the excellence, service and commitment of our staff members. Stay tuned for the event schedule and award deadlines.

Thank you for everything you do to make UNT great. I look forward to celebrating your hard work and excellence at these events.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk