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Alumni Spring Mixers and The Big Event Day of Service

Get out on the town with the UNT Alumni Association at Spring Mixers hosted by our regional chapters. Join Dallas County alumni at Cidercade in Dallas on March 22, Collin County alumni at Sixty Vines in Plano on April 5, Tarrant County alumni at HG Sply Co. in Fort Worth on April 12, and Denton County alumni at Marty B’s in Bartonville on April 26. Drop by any or all locations between 5:30-8 p.m. for drinks, food, prizes and fun with fellow UNT alumni.

Entry is $5 for UNTAA members and $10 for non-members. All mixers include one drink ticket, a heavy appetizer buffet and free parking. The Dallas County event also includes open arcade play.

If you’re looking to return home to campus this spring, join us for The Big Event Day of Service on March 24 at the UNT Library Mall. Thousands of UNT Eagles will make a difference in the DFW by packaging meals for the Rise Against Hunger Project. The Big Event is a nationally recognized day of service celebrated by UNT students, faculty, staff and alumni. 

Registration is required for all events.

Register for the Spring Mixers here and The Big Event here.






2018 Wingspan Gala

Stand under the “Bright Lights of UNT” at the 2018 Wingspan Gala

The annual Wingspan Gala, scheduled this year on Saturday March 17, honors excellence in teaching, student success and notable alumni. The Broadway-themed event features a performance by alumna and Tony Award-nominated Broadway performer Carmen Cusack. Attendees will also enjoy dinner, entertainment by talented UNT students, and a special presentation of the Presidential Award winners.

The Presidential Awards presented each year include:

Wings of Eagles Presidential Award—the most prestigious award presented by the president to an alumnus or friend of the university who embodies the spirit of UNT and has made a transformative impact on the university.

Presidential Excellence Award—the most prestigious award honoring current faculty, staff and students for significant accomplishments that have been nationally recognized. Each year one award is presented to a faculty or staff member and one award is presented to a student or group of students.

The reception, dinner and program begin at 6 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. Attire is black tie formal. Table sponsorships are available now, and individual ticket sales begin February 18 if available. All event proceeds benefit the President’s Scholarship Fund.

Click here to purchase tickets or reserve a table. 

For event information, please contact: Mary Howard at mary.howard2@unt.edu or 940-565-3480. For sponsorship information, please contact: David Broughton at david.broughton@unt.edu or 940-565-3641.




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Did You Know?

Did you know?

The UNT Alumni Association is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year

Current UNT students and incoming freshman are eligible to apply for six UNTAA scholarships, some with multiple awards, using a single application found here. All applications must be submitted by March 9, 2018.

To view the full list of UNT Alumni Association scholarship funds, including the Legacy Scholarship for family of UNTAA members, visit www.untalumni.com/scholarships.

To help provide transformative experiences for future generations of UNT alumni by giving to a UNTAA scholarship fund, visit www.untalumni.com/donate. 





Conference USA Basketball Hosts 2018 Championship at the Star

Conference USA is bringing its premiere basketball event to Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The basketball championships take place March 7-10 and feature 24 men's and women's basketball teams playing 22 games with C-USA titles and NCAA automatic bids on the line.

The conference hosts four days of exciting hoops at this world-class, hometown facility and includes fun for all ages at the Fan Fest on the Plaza event.

For more information and to order tickets, go to www.conferenceusa.com/hoopsatthestar




UNT News Briefs
Poet Ruth Ellen Kocher speak Feb. 27 (Tuesday) at the University of North Texas
A prolific poet and an award-winning novelist will visit the University of North Texas this spring. 
The University of North Texas will host several activities and lectures this semester focused on learning about and enjoying other cultures.
Bruce Broughton, 10-time Emmy Award winner and 2017-18 University of North Texas
Ten-time Emmy Award winner wrote scores for “Silverado,” “Tombstone,” “The Rescuers Down Under,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Harry and the Hendersons,” and other cult classics. 
The conference, held annually, is aimed at students, educators and professionals who are dedicated to equity, access and inclusion.

College and Schools February Highlights

College of Business


Westheimer New Venture Competition Set to Award UNT Students for Business Creativity

Entrepreneurial students at the University of North Texas are invited to put their business creativity to the test, thanks to funding from Oklahoma business leader and UNT alum, Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer.
The second annual Westheimer New Venture Competition gives students across campus the chance to create original business ideas – including enterprises, products and services – and to pitch those proposals to a panel of venture capitalists, consultants, entrepreneurs and executives.

“This competition provides a special opportunity for students to think critically and get in front of admired business leaders to gain constructive, personalized feedback for their proposals,” said Marilyn Wiley, dean of the UNT College of Business, which is facilitating the contest.

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive $3,000, $2,250 and $1,500, respectively, per team. Remaining finalists will take home $100 per individual.

The competition is similar to a “mini ‘Shark Tank,’” that will give students valuable experience with presentation and business development skills in an authentic, professional setting.

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 College of Music


Photo Credit: Christopher Walker

University of North Texas Jazz Studies Program Celebrates its 70th Anniversary with New Album Release and Four Compilations
The 2016-2017 academic year marks 70 years of jazz at the University of North Texas. The program began in the 1946-47 academic year. To honor this anniversary, the North Texas Jazz record label has released four special compilation albums in addition to Lab 2017, the 50th annual release by the One O’Clock Lab Band, which began releasing albums annually in 1967.
By marking this special year with a new release and four compilations, the College of Music reaffirms thier commitment to the program’s past and future. They honor former faculty members Neil Slater, Jim Riggs and Jay Saunders who devoted decades to mentoring multiple generations of students, many of whom achieved productive careers in the music profession. They honor faculty member Richard DeRosa, a distinguished composer, prolific creator and inspiring teacher to students in jazz composition since he joined the faculty in 2010. And they honor the new One O’Clock Lab Band director Alan Baylock, himself a UNT alumnus, as he guides the band in new creative directions in the years to come.

View a video playlist of the compilation albums and explore the UNT College of Music Submissions to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards®



College of Education


UNT’s applied physiology lab has links to Olympics

In a couple of weeks, athletes from around the world will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, in hopes of attaining glory for themselves and their countries. Researchers in the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the University of North Texas are working to help all competitors reach their potential.

The lab, which is part of the UNT College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, is the first Collaborating Center of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) in the United States. As a part of FIMS, the lab displays the Olympic Rings. FIMS is the only sports science organization allowed to use the Olympic Rings imagery. 

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College of Engineering


UNT discovery could revolutionize the future of materials science engineering

Researchers in the University of North Texas College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering have found a way to create an ultralight, highly heat-resistant, magnesium-based material by engineering bonds at an atomic level. Their research has been published in the “Nature Communications” journal.

“We’ve been metallurgists for some time and deal with metals, but the fact that we can peer into atoms and we are able to connect the bonding between atoms and the material properties for practical use is amazing,” said Deep Choudhuri, research assistant professor. “To be able to do that, it says to us, ‘what’s going to happen 50 or 60 years down the line based on this?’ We are breaking new frontiers.”

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February Athletics News

North Texas Overcomes Hot-Shooting Owls With Late Rally

Neither North Texas nor Rice were in the running to win any beauty contests in the first half of Saturday evening's game at The Super Pit.

In the second half, North Texas was able to overcome a blistering shooting performance from the Owls with a pretty good shooting clip of its own while going 14-for-18 from the foul line in the half to pull out a 74-70 win over Rice.

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In This Issue





February 8
Winds of a Grateful Heart

Tribute Concert for CACDC
Murchison Performing Arts Center

February 8-10
UNT Organist Reunion
UNT Campus

February 10
Grand Opening of
Spec's Wine,
Spirits and
Finer Foods, Denton

Featuring the UNT
One O’clock Lab Band

February 16
Texas Music Educators
Association (TMEA)
Alumni Reception

San Antonio

March 15
Collin County Alumni Mixer
Sixty Vines, Plano

March 17
Wingspan Gala
UNT Union

March 22
Dallas County Alumni Mixer
Cidercade, Dallas

March 24
UNT Big Event
UNT Library Mall

April 12
Tarrant County Alumni Mixer
HG Sply Co., Fort Worth

April 20
Debate Alumni Reception

April 26
Denton County Alumni Mixer
Marty B’s, Bartonville

Coaches Caravans
Regional Locations

May 1
Ring Ceremony
UNT Library Mall

May 11
UNT Graduation Block Party
Union South Lawn

May 30
Mean Green Football
Green and White Game
Apogee Stadium

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