Celebrating and Giving Back at Thanksgiving 

As Thanksgiving approaches, our break in classes also gives us a welcome moment to reflect on what we have accomplished this year as a campus community. UNT Dallas becomes increasingly relevant each day. Our institution is growing dramatically as we provide a pathway to social and economic mobility, while providing an environment of academic excellence, service opportunities and creativity for our students. This mission and our values endure and have real-world impact. One part of being thankful is understanding how connected we all are to each other, and creating connectedness is another of our true hallmarks as an emerging university. At Thanksgiving, I will celebrate with a grateful heart all that UNT Dallas is now and where we are heading collectively as students, faculty and staff.

It is also the season to give back. The Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning at 9am, and it has been a special event to me for many years, because of its support of the YMCA. I hope you join us for what is a fun tradition in my family. Most importantly, I wish all of you a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving, full of happiness.  

November News & Campus Updates

 

The UNT College of Law School Dean Search Committee Search: We are off and running on this important initiative, led by UNT Dallas Distinguished Leader in Residence Michael Williams with the input of 11 others, including eight from the College of Law. We have also engaged a search firm, Academic Search, which helped our university find Dr. Monica Williams and Dr. Betty Stewart. We hope to name a new dean in April.

Leadership Dallas Education Day at UNT Dallas: We hosted the Leadership Dallas Class of 2018 on Nov. 3, with a focus on “Making All Learners Future Ready.” It was a very good day, with a large turnout, and Paul Quinn College President Dr. Michael Sorrell joined me as host. We discussed some of the biggest challenges Dallas is facing to make learners ready for the future, and how we can address these challenges in meaningful ways.  

Provost Dr. Betty Stewart Creates the UNT Dallas Academic Council: This is an initiative that Dr. Stewart has been working on for several months, and the council will serve as an advisory board to the Provost. They will meet monthly to approve any changes to the academic program at the university. 

KJAG Radio Set to Launch: KJAG, our student radio station, is fully-installed and ready for business as a student streaming station and an audio production lab for classes. The School of Liberal Arts & Sciences has also established a Radio Club, advised by Dr. Glenda Balas, to build support for UNTD student radio initiatives and train students as producers, on-air talent and management staff for KJAG. They are planning an Open House soon. 

UNT Dallas Makes Presentation at the National Seminar on Student Retention in Florida: I was asked to speak on our success of raising both enrollment and retention on campus at this national gathering of university administrators. 

UNTD’s Continuing Efforts to Bring a Mental Health/Integrated Health Care Clinic to Our Neighborhood: Our campus leadership helped facilitate a “Healthcare Forum on Mental Health” in late October at Charlton Methodist Hospital, where I serve on the board of advisors. The forum consisted of testimonies, motivational speakers, panel discussions, vendor resource tables and much more, and it was a positive continuing discussion to bring the needed health resources to this area. 

The Caruth Police Institute Celebrating Its 10th Year in 2018: An important milestone for CPI is on the horizon, and some substantive events are in the planning as part of the celebration for the coming year.

Former United Nations diplomat Hugh Dugan spoke at UNTD and the College of Law: He gave an enlightening talk about opportunities in diplomatic careers, and more importantly, he wants to bring the President of the United Nations General Assembly to our campus. More on that in the future. 

Staff Halloween Costume Contest: I thought a final, haunting look at this photo from our staff Halloween costume party was needed. It was well attended, and our version of The Addams Family made quite an impression. Kudos to all who participated in this effort, from Morticia, Gomez, Pugsley, Thing, Lurch, Uncle Fester and Wednesday. And of course, Cousin It. The spirit of UNT Dallas, from rolling up our sleeves and working on community projects to enjoying each other's company on campus in moments of levity, never fails. 
 

 

Top DISD Leader to Oversee TRIO Programs at UNT Dallas

 

High school students will soon have increased opportunities to further their education and skills with the Upward Bound program at UNT Dallas, and area students will do so with guidance from a dedicated leader they are very familiar with in Nakia Douglas.
More: UNTD Receives Department of Education Grant for TRIO Programs

 

UNT Dallas Serving As Strong Partner in Dallas County Promise

 

Already over 5,300 students have signed pledge cards for the Dallas County Promise, and UNT Dallas has received positive publicity and is serving as a strong partner as the first four-year university to sign with the program. We are already working closely with DCCCD institutions to promote it. 
More: UNTD Takes Central Role in Launch of Dallas County Promise
 

 

Arbor Day Celebration Includes Tree Planting and Ceremony

 

UNT Dallas celebrated Arbor Day by planting a 16-foot Monterrey Oak near the dormitory that was delivered by the Texas Trees Foundation (TTF), and reflecting during a ceremony on the unique urban forests that surround our campus. It was another step in a multi-faceted tree project that is committed to the beautification and preservation of the UNT Dallas landscape. It is the last step in UNT Dallas becoming a Tree Campus USA University. A recent survey by TTF found the 264 acres that the university owns and is developing has over 68,000 trees, and it is important to all of us to maintain the beauty we have been given. 
MoreArbor Day Event Part of Long-Term Tree Project at UNTD
 

 

Criminal Justice Career Day Draws 1,500+ Students and 70 Agencies

 

The UNT Dallas Criminal Justice Career Day was again a showcase for job opportunities in law enforcement, as the second annual event hosted over 1,500 students for an informative and fun event on campus that continues to grow in attendance and importance for both the agencies and students. There was a wide variety of the equipment on display – including multiple tactical vehicles and mobile command centers, robots and two helicopters. The advanced technology was only eclipsed in popularity with the students by the K9 teams. 
More: UNTD Criminal Justice Career Day Continues to Grow
 

 

UNTD Office of Marketing & Communications Wins Prestigious Award

 

The UNT Dallas Office of Marketing and Communications received a Platinum MarCom Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) for a 30-second video advertisement titled “Wherever You’re Going.” The advertisement features SGA President Erick Solis commuting to campus via DART light rail. “Wherever You’re Going” currently plays on DFW television stations, as well as in local movie theaters.
More: UNTD Marketing Office Honored with International Award

 

UNT Dallas Partners With DeSoto High School Athletic Department

 

We had a very successful activation with the DeSoto High School Athletic Department in October that had tremendous results. UNT Dallas was the presenting sponsor of DeSoto’s homecoming game, and we awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a senior of both DHS and their opponent, Grand Prairie High School, following the third quarter. Registration for the scholarship was via email, and 85 students entered. More than 20 UNTD students were at the game handing out giveaways to fans, and university signage is featured throughout Eagles Stadium. The reach of our marketing efforts extended to 2,000-plus high school band students who attended a competition at the stadium the next week. 
More: UNT Dallas Awards Scholarships to DeSoto and Grand Prairie Seniors

 

Two UNT Dallas Student Organizations Volunteer at Oak Cliff Parks

 

Two University of North Texas at Dallas student organizations have been volunteering to help restore and beautify the historic gardens, paths and meadows of Oak Cliff Parks, including working on the 184-acre Kiest Park Conservation Area. The students of the Biology Club have cleaned trails, trimmed branches and cleared underbrush. The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks obtained a $10,000 “Grow South” grant, allowing for the installation of bilingual educational signage. The information for these signs and many smaller directional signs were translated to Spanish by UNT Dallas students.
More: Student Organizations Restoring WPA Era Park & Translating Signs
 

 

Community Engagement Day Hosts 150 Non-Profits On Campus

 

Organized by UNT Dallas School of Human Services Dean Constance Lacy, Community Engagement Day was on November 11th, and 150 non-profit organizations attended. They learned about the resources that are available, including UNT Dallas students and groups who aim to get involved in community initiatives. Many students attended and applied for internships with the organizations.
More: Community Engagement Day Focuses on Collaboration & Networking

 

Veteran's Day Gala Honors Student Veterans from Multiple Campuses

 

There were 175 attendees at the Veteran's Day Gala on campus on Nov. 11, and eight students were recognized for their service, including our Randolph Brewster.
More: UNT Dallas Celebrates Veterans, Honors Their Service