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Alumni chapter mixers coming to Texas this spring

UNT alumni chapters are gearing up for a series of mixers across Texas this spring. Alumni are invited to stop by after work for drinks, flavorful appetizers and plenty of time to mix and mingle with fellow UNT alumni. These casual gatherings attract alumni of all ages and interests, making them perfect events for those just stepping into networking or for alumni looking to meet fellow Eagles who share their Mean Green pride.

With convenience in mind, all spring mixers are hosted at new or notable restaurants near heavy concentrations of UNT alumni. “We put a lot of care into finding mixer locations with a lot of energy and buzz,” says Kasey Kamenicky, director of regional programming for the UNT Alumni Association. “We’re originals here at UNT. We like to explore and try new things, so I know our alums will have as much fun sampling these awesome food and drink menus as they will getting to chat with fellow alumni and catch up with UNT.”

2019 mixers will be located in the following locations:

Dallas County Chapter Alumni Mixer
Friday, March 29, 6–8 p.m.
Vidorra Restaurant, Dallas

Tarrant County Chapter Alumni Mixer
Friday, April 5, 6–8 p.m.
HG SPLY CO., Fort Worth

Denton County Chapter Alumni Mixer
Thursday, April 11, 6–8 p.m.
Craft & Vine, Roanoke

San Antonio Chapter Mixer
Thursday, April 18, 6–8 p.m.
Hotel Emma, San Antonio

Collin County Chapter Alumni Mixer
Friday, April 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Haywire, Plano

Alumni are encouraged to attend any chapter mixer that is convenient to them, regardless of where they live or work. UNT alumni chapters do not require membership, but UNT Alumni Association memebers receive a discounted ticket price. Attendees are strongly encouraged to reserve their tickets early at untalumni.com/mixers or untalumni.com/sa-mixer.



Alumnus and UNT System Board of Regents Chairman sets UNT giving record with $30 million gift


“To have someone step forward like the Ryans have is just amazing,” says Marilyn Wiley, dean of the College of Business. “To name the college is associating it with a person and the business success Brint Ryan has had, starting with his accounting degree at UNT, is so amazing. It tells our students, ‘Look at the possibilities, look what you can become.’ It’s an opportunity that resonates.”

The room is buzzing — there are handshakes and congratulations and speculation as to what this kind of money will ultimately do for the College of Business’ reputation and its nearly 5,800 students. For Ryan, though, there’s no question what the money will accomplish: It will provide students hungry for success a clear path forward.

“The legacy’s nice, and I'm going to enjoy that with my family, but what's really important to me is giving back and giving others like me the opportunity to do what I've done,” he says. “I think this gift will be transformational, and I think it’s going to give others an even better foundation to work from than what I had.”

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UNT student wins IBM's Master the Mainframe coding contest for the second year in a row


A University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business student was the first woman to win IBM’s collegiate coding contest, Master the Mainframe, last year – and now, she’s done it again.

The win by senior Anna McKee marks the third consecutive time a UNT student has won the competition. Anna is one of two winners and the only woman to win this year for the North American region. Her performance also resulted in McKee being ranked in the top three competitors globally—the only woman in the winning group. 

 “When I competed in Master the Mainframe in September 2017, I thought that the whole competition was judged on how long it took to complete,” said McKee. “I worked like crazy to work through all three parts and finished in just two weeks. What I didn’t realize was that only the first two parts of the contest are based on time and that I actually had until the end of December to complete the third and hardest challenge. I was shocked when I found out that I’d won.”

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UNT student and mentor develop new tool for cancer research


Julia Christina Ayalde Camacho, a student in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and Xuexia Wang, an associate professor and researcher of statistics in UNT’s Department of Mathematics, are working together as mentor and student to explore new ways to apply computational biology and statistics to cancer research.

 “Working with my mentor, Dr. Wang, has been a great learning experience. She advised me in developing a computer program that predicts the occurrence of secondary central nervous system cancer through ensemble machine learning methods,” said Camacho. 

Camacho created a computer program that accepts data from many different patients who survived childhood cancer, learns from that data and predicts the possibility of secondary nervous system cancer as an adult...


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New UNT NSF grant opens door to data analytics for underrepresented populations


The University of North Texas College of Information was recently awarded a three-year, $359,879 grant by the National Science Foundation to develop and operate three 10-week intensive programs that will allow students to immerse themselves in data analytics and conduct research in the field.

The program, which aims to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment, is targeting students from populations typically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, such as Hispanic, African-American and female students, according to Junhua Ding, information science professor and principle investigator.

As a REU site, UNT will provide lectures, workshops, research seminars and other activities to enhance participants’ research experience. Students will be housed on campus at no cost. Each will receive a $5,000 stipend along with money for food and materials.

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UNT opens spring practice Monday


North Texas opens spring practice Monday morning and heading into preparation for his fourth season at the helm of the Mean Green, head coach Seth Littrell faces arguably his biggest challenge yet in Denton – managing a 50-percent turnover in his coaching staff.
With 18 wins over the past two seasons, programs took notice and came after several North Texas assistants. Make no mistake, these changes are signs of something very positive, as four of the five departing assistants moved on to jobs with Power Five programs. New faces include Bodie Reeder (offensive coordinator), Patrick Cobbs (running backs), Adrian Mayes (tight ends), Clay Jennings (cornerbacks) and the newest addition, Galen Scott (linebackers)...

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March UNT News Briefs

U.S. News & World Report ranks several UNT graduate programs among nation’s best for 2020

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program, part of the College of Health and Public Service, received several top rankings.

The program’s specialty in homeland security and emergency management ranked first in Texas, fourth among public universities in the U.S. and fifth overall nationwide while the specialty in local government management ranked first in Texas, fifth among public universities and fifth overall in the nation. The program’s specialty in public finance and budgeting ranked second in Texas, 22nd among public universities and 27th overall in the nation...

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UNT students, alumni share talent and expertise at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin March 8-17

University of North Texas students and alumni will be premiering films, playing music and sharing their expertise at SXSW 2019. SXSW is a Texas tradition that brings together the interactive, film, music and technology industries in Austin for a 10-day event filled with conferences, festivals, sessions, showcases, screenings and exhibitions. Through music, film or profession…

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In This Issue





March 29
Dallas County Chapter Mixer
Vidorra, Dallas

April 4
Houston Chapter Presidential Celebration
The Houstonian Hotel

April 5
Tarrant County Chapter Mixer
HG SPLY CO., Ft. Worth

April 6
UNT Big Event
UNT Library Mall

April 6
Football Spring Game
Apogee Stadium

April 11
Denton County Chapter Mixer
Craft & Vine, Roanoke

April 11
EADP 35th Anniversary
Happy Hour

UNT Gateway Center Ballroom

April 18
San Antonio Chapter Mixer
Hotel Emma

April 19
Collin County Chapter Mixer
Haywire, Plano
May 3
Official Ring Ceremony
UNT Union South Lawn

May 10
UNT Graduation Block Party
UNT Union South Lawn



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