From the President's Desk

 Earlier this month we hosted officials from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and I was proud to show off our university as we discussed the state of UNT Dallas within the framework of accreditation. SACSCOC is one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This agency accredits over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States.

We have been accredited by SACS since 2013 and we are working with the organization for reaffirmation as an accredited 4-year university – something we take very seriously here at UNT Dallas. With the steady guidance of our Provost, Dr. Betty Stewart, we clearly laid out what this university has already accomplished in its short life and outlined plans of where we are headed.

We also unveiled the very first Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for UNT Dallas as part of our commitment to reaffirmation of accreditation. The focus for our QEP is Career Readiness Education or “CRED.”

The vision of the CRED program is to create a culture of life-long learning at UNT Dallas. The three goals that support this vision will be the foundation to integrate existing programs and resources to help build a culture where UNT Dallas students are self-motivated to pursue knowledge for professional success.

The three goals are:

  1. Students assess career options
  2. Students test career expectations through direct exposure to workplace cultures, and
  3. Students evaluate strategies to maintain job-related effectiveness.

As we pursue these three goals, the CRED program will allow for a better alignment with curriculum and activities on campus, create a more enriching learning experience for students, while fostering cooperation among academic and student services offices. Analyzing the results of meaningful data and sharing them with multiple stakeholders will help us be a more effective higher education institution.

"JAG 360" Preview Day Brings Large & Spirited Crowd to Campus


Future students, families, alumni, community partners, employees and more friends of the university swarmed campus on March 24 for “JAG 360” Preview Day to meet faculty and learn more about UNTD programs, and 10 scholarships were awarded to attendees. 
More: Jag 360 Preview Day Results in Successful Turnout

Data Shows UNTD One of Nation's Top Universities for Low Student Debt

The Student Debt Repayment Success Indicator – a best return on investment measurement tool for students and parents – ranked UNT Dallas #1 in Texas and #6 nationally among all universities.
More: UNT Dallas Leads Texas in Student Debt Repayment Success

UNTD Hosts First Meeting In North Texas of Ashoka Society


UNT Dallas hosted the first meeting in North Texas of the Ashoka Society – an acclaimed international “changemaker” organization recently lauded by columnist David Brooks for its many achievements. We hosted the large meeting at the Audubon Center in the urban hardwood forest. Ashoka’s international leadership was in town, and a diverse group of thought leaders in Dallas attended. They will be back. 
More: Summit Brings Thought Leaders To North Texas

PROVOST BETTY STEWART HONORED WITH STEM AWARD

Dr. Betty Stewart, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, was one of 15 honorees named to this year’s Dallas Hidden Figures list by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Inspired by the film and book Hidden Figures, each honoree was recognized as one of the top Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) influencers who have made advancements in their workplaces and/or the community.

 

“I was so excited when I got the call,” said Dr. Stewart, who has been at UNT Dallas since February 2017. “I have done a lot with STEM throughout my career, but this was the first time that I had been recognized outside of my job in regards to my work with STEM. It is an honor for me to achieve something like this.”

 

Dr. Stewart’s journey to this point began way back at Simmons Elementary School in Hollandale, Miss., where she always had a thirst for science and education. From then on, Dr. Stewart rose to the ranks as one of the country’s top educators by earning her Ph.D. in protein biochemistry and biological sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

She was then named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Eckerd College in 2010 after serving as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Midwestern State University for four years beginning in 2010. Dr. Stewart was recruited back to Midwestern State as provost in 2012.

 

Dr. Stewart was the first female promoted to the rank of professor of chemistry at Austin College, and served as chair of the chemistry department there from 2000-2006. She left the Sherman, Texas liberal arts college to join Midwestern State, as well as carrying the rank of professor of chemistry at the Wichita Falls, Texas institution. Dr. Stewart received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Mississippi State University.

 

“One of my goals in life was to succeed in my career and progress through academia,” said Dr. Stewart. “I’ve worked to achieve that and l’m proud to be an example for others of what’s possible in their own lives. It does not come easy and you do have to work at it, but if you put in the effort, you have an opportunity to be successful as well.”

More: Provost Stewart Honored By National Society Of Black Engineers

 

UNTD English Professor Dr. Sura Rath Named Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Sura Rath, Professor of English at UNT Dallas, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Senior Scholar Award, among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar program. These awards are offered to U.S. citizens with a significant teaching record who can contribute to the intellectual life at universities around the globe.

More: UNT Dallas Professor of English Becomes Second Fulbright Scholar from Faculty

#UNTDNews & Campus Updates

Support Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB): UNT Dallas and the University of North Texas System will participate in the State of Texas HUB Spot Bid Fair again in 2018. Last year UNT Dallas ranked No. 1 in the state for HUB support among universities, and every UNTD department is invited to submit bidding opportunities of any dollar value to the UNT System HUB Program for inclusion in the state-wide bidders' page. HUB Vendors from throughout Texas will gather in Irving to place "on the spot" bids on our opportunities. The bids will be collected and returned to the department for "best value" consideration. Last year the entities in UNT System combined to bring opportunities valued at more than $462,500. Help UNT System exceed that amount this year! Please email the UNT System HUB Program at hub@untsystem.edu to submit your department's bidding opportunities.

 

CFO Search – Dr. Monica Williams, Vice President for Advancement, is leading the search for a Chief Financial Officer to replace Dr. Dan Edelman, who departed recently to become chancellor at Montana State University Billings. In the interim, April Barnes, Associate VP for Finance and Administration, will assume key functions until a new CFO is named.
Search for CFO Underway: Dr. Edelman was a valued member of UNTD cabinet

Urban SERCH Institute / Master Public Leadership Search – With Dr. Larry Terry’s impending departure to the University of Virginia, Provost Dr. Betty Stewart is moving quickly to designate a suitable replacement. When national searches result in the departure of our bright minds with new opportunities, I consider it a compliment to the good work being done on our campus and in our communities.
Terry Named Director of Weldon Cooper Center: Dr. Larry Terry Departing for Virginia

Mental Health Services Conference Nearing – The UNTD School of Human Services will hosed the “All is Well” Mental Health and Conference on Friday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Founders Hall Room 138. The event was open to the public and featured discussion panels and breakout sessions on mental health and personal well-being

Graduation Dates – Mark your calendars! Commencement is Friday, May 18th, at 5 p.m.  

Coffee is Served – The Starbucks on campus is open and exceeding all expectations as far as revenue and for being a meeting place for students, staff, faculty and visitors. Watch: Campus Starbucks Open!

Caruth Police Institute – The Caruth Police Institute has resumed “best practices” training and will run programs throughout the summer. The Institute recently received a two-year grant to train law enforcement officers and first responders on how to manage trauma among middle school children in southern Dallas neighborhoods. For more information, Contact: Jennifer.Davis-Lamm@untdallas.edu

UNT Dallas Hosts Large Inland Port Transportation Symposium – On March 9, more than 150 community leaders met on campus for a meeting led by County Commissioner John Wiley Price and City Council Member Tennell Atkins. The intent of the program was to extend DART’s footprint to get workers to the large warehouses, very near our campus along 1-20 and I-45. (Those southern suburbs are paying a heavy price for voting not to participate in DART). This meeting was an effort to find ways to help large employers like P&G, Amazon, FedEx, BMW, Whirlpool, and Quaker to get workers to their warehouses. A Transportation Management Association has been formed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments to work with DART, the corporations and area political subdivisions to solve these transit gaps. The big deal here goes beyond finding ways to get these low-paid warehouse workers to the warehouses. Advanced manufacturing companies also are looking at this corridor, and if that happens, the jobs become higher paying – by a lot – and has transformative implications on southern and southeast Dallas County (and UNTD). We are very involved in these discussions. President Mong addressed the group at the beginning of the meeting. 

UNTD Students to Volunteer at the Byron Nelson PGA Tournament – Our students will be involved as volunteers at the annual Byron Nelson, now played at a beautiful, new world-class golf course near our campus. We hope to build close relationships with the Salesmanship Club, a local service group that sponsors the tournament. Profits from the tournament are directed to the Momentous Institute, a mental health research nonprofit that specializes in early childhood behavioral issues.

Strategic Plan Update – Our first strategic planning meeting will take place the afternoon of July 9, and during the day of July 10. Students, faculty, community members will be invited, as will Rosemary Haggett, the UNT System Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Student Success.
 
Enrollment Surging – As projected, we delivered double-digit record growth for the Spring semester, both in headcount and semester credit hours. The College of Law also is way ahead of where it was in 2017 at this time in number of applications. This is very encouraging news.
 
EEO Training – We are approaching 100 who have received Equal Employment Opportunity training. All staff, faculty and student workers will participate.
 
North Texas Food Bank – UNT Dallas maintains an active food pantry, and the North Texas Food Bank mobile truck visits campus regularly. The North Texas Food Bank’s mobile pantry has worked with us to provide greater varieties of offerings to those in need than we provide currently.  

Dr. Monica Williams Helps Organize the First Women’s Leadership Summit on April 14 – This event could not have occurred without Dr. Williams’ dedication and networking skills that brought promising African-American women together with seasoned African-American female mentors for a two-day event. The conference was the inspiration of Rep. Helen Giddings, and was born at a community meeting on the UNTD campus where young millennial black women asked for assistance in moving their careers along. The event took place at the Renaissance.

UNTD Eligible to Attract Students From the Deloitte and PGA Foundation “Fairways to Success” Program – This is a big deal for UNT Dallas. Previously, these $20,000 scholarships aimed at first-generation Dallas ISD students almost exclusively went to UT Austin, Texas A&M and Rice, and sometimes to UNT and UTD and UTA. Now we are in the mix!

Inaugural UNTD International Day – This was an event the students really got into. Room 138 was decked out with about 20 booths, displaying posters and information about the countries where our student’s families come from. The Mexican Consul General’s office brought a large delegation. Photos: Students Celebrate