Springing Forward into February with Optimism

January brings the new year, and while that can bring the pressure of resolutions, on campus it also marks the start of our Spring semester, and with that comes renewed optimism and focus. 

We are so fortunate to see growth and change around us constantly in our students – as well as on our rapidly evolving campus. It’s hard not to feel the energy and anticipation as our Student Learning & Success Center continues to rise from its foundation. That same spirit of excitement surrounds our university’s academic, faculty and employee programs.

I was pleased to see the student fees vote come to a positive conclusion, and I think the students will be well served by having a medical office on campus, and more counselors. We held the line as long as we could without having an increase on fees and tuition, but as our programs and enrollment increase, we need resources. I’m excited and optimistic about the future – we are on a mission to be the great urban university of Dallas. Our focus is clear, and we are alone in that vision. It’s a great time to be part of this university, and I echo the sentiments of our Provost, Dr. Betty Stewart, who encourages everyone to understand the Quality Enhancement Plan accreditation process that will take center stage soon – and know the QEP slogan of “CRED: Career Readiness Education” – because it’s a university initiative that impacts all of us.  

Dean of Students Makes Interaction & Engagement a Priority



A university’s dean of students is often closely associated with monitoring student conduct, but Dr. Jamaica Chapple, Associate Vice President of Student Access and Success and Dean of Students, has been an advocate for the students since arriving at UNT Dallas in 2013. The highly-successful educator is beloved rather than feared, and she is a constant presence in the common areas where students hang out, particularly in these early weeks of a semester. Her approach is a direct result of her personal experience as an undergraduate, when she was living at home, commuting, working full-time and never engaged with the college experience other than sitting in a classroom.
More: Dr. Chapple Makes Student Engagement a Priority

Upward Bound Program Expanding in Size & Building Connections



The UNT Dallas Upward Bound Program recently made three key hires and is building connections in high schools across the region, led by Director of TRIO and Precollegiate Programs Nakia Douglas. The program prepares high school students for admission to institutions of higher learning and success in the college environment through academic enrichment, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and interpersonal development through social interaction. The Upward Bound staff recently added Program Managers Anacleto Contreras and Mashaela Stripling, as well as Intake Specialist Chazmen Kidd.
More: Upward Bound Adds Program Managers and Intake Specialist

DFW Future Teachers Summit Brings Over 250 to Campus


The DFW Future Teachers Summit was recently held on campus, with over 250 current and aspiring teachers attending. It was the first such event at UNT Dallas and the most recent in a regional effort between The Commit Partnership, the national nonprofit Teach.org, as well as local universities to recruit, train and retain top talent to become teachers locally. The Emerging Teachers Institute did a great job explaining the four pillars of our ETI: The nobility of teaching, intellect, perfecting the craft and self-care, to help teachers be more resilient and avoid burnout.
More: Future Teachers Summit Gives Educators Information & Advice

Influence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Still Resonates


The University of North Texas at Dallas celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Provost Dr. Betty Stewart, and Director of TRIO and Precollegiate Programs Nakia Douglas shared how they remain inspired by the words and historic deeds of America’s “trumpet of conscience.” January 15 marked the 89th birthday of Dr. King, and the impact and influence of the civil rights leader is still felt across the country, and on our campus.
More: University Leaders Reflect on Influence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Digital Resources in Library Open the World to Students


The library is supporting teaching and learning by facilitating access to millions of resources through digital collections.

More: Library Celebrates Holiday, Emphasizes Access Through Digital Resources 

UNT Dallas Mourns the Loss of Friend & Supporter Peter Stewart


The University of North Texas at Dallas mourns the loss of a beloved and dedicated supporter in Peter Stewart, an iconic figure in Dallas and internationally. The lead visionary of one of Dallas’s most well-known downtown landmarks, Thanks-Giving Square, Stewart passed away Jan. 11 at the age of 97.  
More: UNT Dallas Mourns Loss of Iconic Figure in City

January News & Campus Updates


CONGRATS – Congratulations to Luis Franco, who was hired as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Luis has been on campus for almost a year as AVP for Student Access & Success/Enrollment Management at UNT Dallas, and he has now been promoted to a full-time position...Congratulations also to Alicia Brossette, who was promoted to Executive Director, Research & Development of Advancement. She had previously served as grant writer and administrator.

SUNSET ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE – UNTD held an open house for prospective Sunset Collegiate Academy students – a collaboration with Mountain View College and Dallas ISD. The event was attended by over 100 students and parents coming from a variety of Dallas area public, charter and private schools. Sunset Collegiate Academy currently has over 125 freshmen in the program and will be seeking to add 125 freshmen for next school year. The Lincoln Collegiate Academy is also in recruitment mode for next year. UNT Dallas also hosted a retreat for the DISD Collegiate Academies on Jan. 12.


DALLAS COUNTY PROMISE – The Promise is off to a good start with more than 75% of seniors in the pilot 31 high schools having signed the pledge cards. So far SMU is the only other 4-year partner university. A key deadline for high school students approaches Jan. 31, as they must complete the Promise Pledge by this date to start their path toward free college tuition.


PER SCHOLAS – Dr. Monica Williams and Dr. Betty Stewart have secured a major breakthrough for this summer by scheduling a 10-week IT program with PER SCHOLAS, a comprehensive IT training program that could give our students improved earning power with certifications they earn from the program. No other campus has secured this type of arrangement with this national organization.


COLLEGE OF LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION – On Jan. 19-20, the UNT Dallas College of Law hosted the American Moot Court Association's 18th National Undergraduate Moot Court Competition, with 80 two-person teams from across the nation arriving in Dallas for the annual event. Moot court is a method of teaching law and legal skills that requires students to analyze and argue both sides of a hypothetical legal issue using procedures modeled after those employed in state and federal appellate courts...Also, congratulations to the UNT Dallas Black Law Students Association, which was named "Chapter of the Year" at their recent Southwest Regional Convention.


UPDATES – UNT Dallas nominated junior Lizeth Morales for the national Newman Fellowship program. She would be our second representative if selected…We sent a delegation to Tarrant County College’s Southeast campus. It is only 20 minutes from our campus, and we see pathways that align with our programs, such as in hospitality management…We hosted interviews for the Dr. Emmitt J. Conrad Leadership Program. This is a Sen. West leadership program that sends a multitude of mostly African American college students into summer internships…We are closer to helping Florence Middle School have a fundraiser to benefit this inner-city neighborhood academy for boys. We have secured national commentator Roland Martin to speak at the benefit, which will likely be held on our campus. Proceeds will go to Florence and possibly other collegiate academies in the DISD. UNTD has been working with Florence as part of our male mentoring initiative… Dr. Monica Williams organized a women’s leadership summit at the request of Rep. Helen Giddings. The program will provide leadership training and mentorships for about 50 mostly minority women, for a program this spring…Our campus will be a busy place this summer. We will host the boys Elevate Conference for area minority males; continue to host Girls Inc.’s STEM Academy – in partnership with the Perot Museum – and, among others, the Upward Bound 1 and 2 training sessions…A MOU has been signed with Deloitte to make a prospective UNT Dallas student eligible for Deloitte’s $20,000 “Fairway to Success” scholarship in partnership with the PGA Foundation…UNT Dallas will be the university sponsor for a national campus security conference to be held this summer at Las Colinas. It will provide good exposure, and one of our Criminal Justice professors is a leader in the organization…On Jan. 25, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax spoke on campus.