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The Start of a Great New Year

Jan. 22, 2016

Dear UNT community,

I hope everyone is excited for 2016. We have so much to look forward to this year as we continue to make progress and fulfill our goals.

We’re beginning the year with the opening the University of North Texas New College at Frisco, an off-site instructional facility. We started with a soft launch this spring, and I’m excited to see that enrollment is strong — a good sign that this will be a valuable resource in Collin County. With classes and programs focused on industry engagement and hands-on experience, UNT’s New College will give students and working professionals a competitive edge once the facility reaches its full vision. It’s all about “learning beyond the walls,” moving education beyond the confines of a specific academic discipline and out of the classroom as much as possible.

Our new football coach, Seth Littrell, has hit the ground running and is laying the groundwork for a good season this fall. And our men’s and women’s basketball seasons are in full swing. Come cheer them on in the Super Pit and help them finish strong! Don’t forget to check out the new University Union — it’s amazing! And you also should check out the top things you need to know about this spring semester.

One of the overarching goals is to become a nationally prominent university, and with the steps we’ve taken in the past two years, we’re moving in the right direction. But one of the most important drivers to achieving that goal is to ensure that we all share in that vision and are working together to achieve it. Our vice presidents are holding town halls to get your input on where we’re going and how we’re doing. These town halls will have a question-and-answer format to give you the opportunity to weigh in. We hope you’ll plan to attend.

Student Success Town Hall

  • When: Jan. 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Union Senate 332
  • Hosts: Provost Finley Graves, Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth With, Vice President for Enrollment Shannon Goodman

Pride and Engagement Town Hall

  • When: Jan. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Union Senate 332
  • Hosts: Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth With and Athletic Director Rick Villarreal

Research, Economic Development and Graduate Student Success Town Hall

  • When: Feb. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Where: Willis Library, Room 250H
  • Hosts: Provost Finley Graves and Vice President for Research and Economic Development Tom McCoy

Student Success Town Hall

  • When: Feb. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Where: Union Senate 332
  • Hosts: Provost Finley Graves, Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth With, Vice President for Enrollment Shannon Goodman

Pride and Engagement Town Hall

  • When: Feb. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Union Senate 332
  • Hosts: Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth With and Athletic Director Rick Villarreal

One thing that is never in question is how caring and welcoming our campus community is. It’s one of the things I love most about UNT. We celebrate the UNT spirit by honoring those who stand out for their achievements and commitment to UNT. These are people who excel in their studies or their work, who have a significant impact on those around them and who lead by example.

University awards are a longstanding tradition and an important way to recognize those who embody the best of UNT. We have a range of awards to celebrate the unique contributions of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. The awards are given throughout the year. For many of these awards, you can nominate a deserving recipient. We also have Presidential Awardsto honor those who reach the highest levels of achievement, excellence and service. We’re taking nomination submissions for the UNT Community award, the Special Recognition award, and the Bob Rogers Service and Community Engagement award through Feb. 19.

I hope you’ll take the time to review what awards the university offers, which are featured on our new awards site, and take the opportunity to nominate a deserving student or colleague. These awards celebrate those who do extraordinary work and service, and because so many are based on peer recognition, they are that much more meaningful. 

Lastly, our 125th anniversary is in full swing and we’re gearing up for more celebrations in April with Wingspan Week, which will be full of celebrations to honor our history and our future. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us.

  • Union Fest: April 14
  • University Day: April 15
  • Union Dedication/Ribbon Cutting and Sculpture Tribute: April 15
  • Wingspan Gala: April 16. This green tie formal event, the centerpiece of Wingspan honoring excellence among our students, faculty and staff, and our generous donors who’ve helped to transform our university. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at the University Union. Buy tickets or sponsor a table.

I’m so excited about the promise this year holds. We’ve achieved so much already, and the best is yet to come.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk

Posted on: Fri 22 January 2016

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