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Wingspan Week: Celebrating 125 years of UNT excellence

Wingspan WeekFor 125 years and counting, UNT has fulfilled its mission to create leaders and visionaries. From humble origins in a rented space above a hardware store in downtown Denton, UNT has grown from a teachers training school with 70 students to one of the largest public universities in the nation with 37,000 students. In continued celebration of UNT’s 125th anniversary year, the UNT community will come together April 11-17 for Wingspan Week. See a full list of events.

Celebrations for faculty, staff, students and alumni during the week include:

  • I Heart UNT Day - April 11: I Heart UNT Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will kick off a weeklong series of events April 11-17 in the Library Mall giving the UNT community a chance to show why they love UNT and how they can give back. UNT's Student Alumni Association will hold a Scavify Mobile App contest with opportunities to win prizes by attending and documenting events with pictures.
  • Cupcakes - Discovery Park - April 12: To celebrate Wingspan, cupcakes will be given out in the Discovery Park hallway from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 125th Anniversary Book Reception & Brave Combo Performance - April 12: UNT Libraries will feature a live performance by Brave Combo, a two-time Grammy-winning band to celebrate the launch of the book Independent, Original and Progressive: Celebrating 125 Years of UNT. There will be a series of live readings and short lectures about UNT culture and history followed by a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forum of the Willis Library.
  • Union Fest - April 14: The 40th anniversary celebration of Union Fest will include many activities and fun from 8 a.m. to midnight at the new University Union.
  • Lab Band Performances - April 14-15: Different jazz lab bands from the College of Music will perform in the Syndicate in the University Union.
  • Scrappy Exhibit & Ice Cream - April 14: A historical Scrappy exhibit will be on display April 9-18 in the Art Gallery in the University Union. The Talons will be on site from 1 to 4 p.m. April 14 to answer questions about the history of Scrappy and handing out free Scrappy ice cream.
  • Mayborn Media Mania - April 14: Come see the media facilities at the first floor of the General Academic Building 4 to 6 p.m. and join student escorts as they tell the Mayborn School of Journalism story. Snacks and beverages will be available at The North Texas Daily and a photo booth will be set up to take digital pictures that will be dropped into a pre-published front page of the paper as a takeaway.
  • Thursday Night Music - April 14: UNT faculty members Felix Olschofka (violin) and Kimberly Cole Luevano (clarinet) joined by Antonia Loannides (piano) will be at UNT on the Square featuring works composed by UNT faculty, students and alumni from 7 to 9 p.m. From 8 to 9 p.m., students from faculty member Jennifer Lane's voice studio will perform vocal selections.
  • University Day - April 15: University Day celebrates when North Texas State College became North Texas State University in 1961. There will be a flag parade at 11 a.m. followed by a program in the Library Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including the mayor’s proclamation, time capsule presentation, food and live music.
  • College of Business: "Then and Now, A Walk Through the Years" - April 15: Join us for an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the Business Leadership Building and celebrate the history of the College of Business from 1942 through the present. Refreshments will be served.
  • Discover PACS Scavenger Hunt - April 15: Learn about Chilton Hall, home of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, through a scavenger hunt!  Each clue will help tell the story about the college's history of strengthening communities through teaching, research and service. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to an awards reception 2:30 p.m. in the second floor foyer of Chilton Hall.
  • Eagle Speak - April 15: Did you know that nice once meant ‘silly’ but silly once meant ‘worthy’ or ‘blessed’?  UNT linguists provide clues as to how and why everyday words have changed in meaning over the course of a few centuries. Visit the Linguistics booth from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Library Mall to learn more.
  • Barnes & Noble at UNT Bookstore Ribbon Cutting - April 15: The new Barnes & Noble will celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:15 at the interior University Union entrance. In store events throughout the day include a 50 percent off clearance sale, free gift with purchase for the first 150 customers, and light refreshments.
  • Union Dedication/Ribbon Cutting - April 15: There will be a celebration the opening of the new University Union in the Library Mall at 1:30 p.m. with a dedication and ribbon cutting.
  • Nobel Prize Speaker - April 15: Robert Grubbs, an organic chemist from Caltech who won the 2005 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will give a presentation, Design and Applications of Selective Oelefin Metathesis Catalysts at 3:30 p.m. in the Lyceum at the University Union.
  • UNT Debate Face Off – April 15: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting the UNT Debate Face Off in the Gateway Alumni Center. Former and current UNT Debate members will face off during this debate to celebrate UNT’s longstanding reputation of debate excellence. RSVP to emma.carnes@unt.edu or 940-565-2048 to attend.
  • Wingspan Festival - April 15: Join us for live music by headliner D and Chi and opening act UNT student Kelsey McLaughlin at the Library Mall from 5 to 7 p.m. Free angus burgers, vegetarian chili, fruit and cupcakes will be served.
  • Wingspan Gala – April 16: The green-tie formal event will honor excellence in teaching, student success, notable alumni and generous donors 6:30 p.m. at the University Union. Featured will be UNT’s archive exhibit From Normal to Now and the orchestral premiere of Richard DeRosa’s 125th anniversary composition for UNT, Suite for an Anniversary, performed by the UNT Concert Orchestra.

―Jordan Ottaway, student assistant, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Wingspan Admin

Posted on: Mon 04 April 2016

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