College of Health and Public Service
|MPA alumni return to UNT for annual conference
Over 170 alumni joined current Public Administration students at the UNT Gateway Center for the annual MPA Alumni Conference in April. The morning panel session focused on making smart decisions through data and included these… Read More
|Video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans
University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT’s University Union. Watch the video and read the story by WFAA-TV: UNT students help train…Read More
|Giving “Mean Green Family” new meaning
The summer of 1996 was a busy one for Eric and Cheryl Fritsch. After earning his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University the previous year, Eric had just accepted a position as an assistant professor with the University of North Texas. The new job meant the young couple would… Read More
College of Business
Networking event to begin September 7
Stay connected to your UNT alum at the next Eagle Business Network event on Thursday, September 7. You will also have the opportunity to learn about new developments in UNT athletics with the month’s featured speaker Wren Baker, UNT Vice President and Director of Athletics.
Time: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 205 NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
7 a.m. Registration and Networking
7:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8 a.m. Program begins (ends at 9 a.m.)
Register online, and don’t miss your chance to network around the breakfast table: https://one.unt.edu/the-eagle-business-network
The College of Business takes home top prizes in Big Data Challenge
UNT College of Business students represented two of the winning teams at this year’s Big Data Challenge. Sponsored by Sabre and DHISCO (two leading technology companies in the travel industry), the annual competition gave students the opportunity to team up and find solutions to industry-related challenges using real-world data sets.
Putting their analytical skills to the test to develop a case study portfolio, Team Inception and Team Browncoats took home a grand total of $2,000, and the winning titles. Ryan Fellers, Mike Pratt and Rhida Joudah (master’s students studying business analytics), won the overall prize in the Sabre category of the challenge, while business logistics doctoral student Amit Malhan and business analytics master’s student Crystal Janes represented Team Inception and first place in the DHISCO category.
“I was enrolled in several decision science classes at UNT and when I heard about this challenge in which we get an opportunity to work with real data and solve real-world problems, I jumped onto it,” said Malhan. “With the growth of GPU and increasing computational power, big data and machine learning are gaining tremendous popularity.” READ MORE…
Fidelity Investments Integrated Case Competition
Advancing business efficiencies and developing industry solutions can be a challenging task for any student, but when developing said solutions for one of the best online brokers of 2017, challenging becomes an understatement.
Each year, Fidelity Investments charges students with developing real-world solutions to industry dilemmas as part of their College of Business capstone course, Business Policy. This corporate-sponsored competition, titled the Fidelity Case Competition, involves an integrated academic approach, bringing together teams of students from varying majors. Using their diverse backgrounds, and past four years of academic experiences, teams compete against each other to offer their best solutions and a chance at cash prizes.
This year, students from the Empowerment Consulting Group team took home first place on April 29, and with it $800 cash each. Team members included Natalie Boyd, Jacob Bryant, Koffi Ettiegne, Kristopher Galbreath, Jonathan Hamp, Brionna Jones, Michela Mollica McCune and Cade Robertson.
“The most rewarding thing was a chance to find my passion,” said Michela Mollica, College of Business senior majoring in Business Computer Information Systems. “I felt passionate about the proposal we came up with. I knew we had a great idea and I wanted Fidelity to hear it.”
Faculty pursue research efforts to strengthen the classroom experience
With his varied research interests and dedication to the field, Hutchison has been published in nearly a dozen journals, and this year, he added two more publications to his extensive list of accomplishments. The Journal of Case Studies, a double-blind reviewed journal, accepted Hutchison’s coauthored works focusing on business valuation in the context of a privately-owned service company, Mantras Ambulance Services, Incorporated.
Working alongside Dr. Janet R. Jones at University of Minnesota Duluth and Dr. Amy F. Holmes at Trinity University, the cases Hutchison helped develop shared a common core of knowledge – one focusing on seller-side decisions, and another on buyer-side decisions.
“From my perspective, this was a very positive experience in that I got to work with two educational research colleagues who are passionate about teaching like myself. We really wanted to develop short cases that we could actually use in our own accounting classes,” said Hutchison.
Accounting Scholars Program kicks off fall 2017
Beginning this fall, the Accounting Program at UNT will offer top-tier students the opportunity to get on the fast track to success. Incoming freshman and transfer students interested in a major in accounting will now be eligible for the unique and elite UNT Accounting Scholars Program. With benefits such as an assigned accounting faculty mentor in the student’s first year, an assigned professional mentor to students in their junior year, guaranteed admission to the integrated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program in Accounting or Taxation and priority consideration for graduate level scholarships, the Accounting Scholars Program is the best way to get ahead, early.
Be on the lookout for additional details as we kick off our programming this fall.
College of Education
COE alumna set to open Denton’s first children’s museum
Anyah Martinez (‘99 BA; ’04 M.S.) needed a project. It was 2012. With her twins about to enter kindergarten and her youngest child gaining independence, she was looking for something that would engage her mind and draw on the skills and training she learned in the UNT College of Education’s Human Development and Family Science program.
The idea came to her during a morning run: Denton needs a children’s museum. And while she doesn’t have museum or nonprofit experience, Martinez said her training in the Development and Family Studies master’s program through the UNT College of Education (she also has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UNT), combined with her experience as a very hands-on mom and her dedicated board of volunteers, have given her a leg up on making her dream a reality.
“In the beginning, I had the educational background but not a lot of experiential background, except raising my own kids in this fantastic community that had a void we didn’t realize was there,” she said. “Over the last five years I’ve visited children’s museums all across Texas and other states, building ideas of what will work here in Denton.”
The project first started to take shape with hands-on projects for children at the Denton Community Market and programming in Denton schools, preschools and daycares, which Martinez managed with the help of volunteers. Now, after years of fundraising and building support for the project, the Explorium Denton Children’s Museum has secured a physical location – in Stonehill Center off I-35 in north Denton – that Martinez hopes will be open in late 2017 or early 2018.
“We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community so far. Denton is growing at a phenomenal rate, and the number of families coming in is staggering,” she said. “We want to create a welcoming atmosphere not only for those young families, but also for older kids, grandparents and visitors to our community.”
Since signing the lease on the Explorium’s space, Martinez has hit the ground running, hiring the design firm Roto, which specializes in children’s museums, to advise her on best use of the space, exhibit ideas and more. Martinez plans to then hand those ideas over to a local architect to bring them to life.
“We want the museum to be experiential – a really wonderful place for children and families to learn and play together,” she said.
Before the museum opens, Martinez hopes to gain support from fellow COE graduates and Denton residents who want to volunteer their time and expertise.
“Right now we have a small volunteer board, but we’re looking for new people who can offer input and feedback and who have a vested interest in family engagement, parent involvement and education,” she said. “Volunteering with the museum board would be perfect for young alums who need experience working with a nonprofit or a family interested in getting involved with a community project.”
Martinez said parent and grandparent engagement with children’s learning is something she especially values, after learning about its benefits during her graduate studies. Professors like Arminta Lee Jacobson, Rebecca Glover, Barb O’Donnell and more taught her the fundamentals of parent education – lessons she has used in raising her own family and will now put into practice at the museum.
“I want this to be a place where any parent can either be hands off or really engage,” she said. “I say, let kids explore on their own if that’s the way they learn. But if you are a parent who wants to get involved and work with their kids, we welcome that too!”
To make a donation or for more information about volunteer opportunities, visit ExploriumDenton.org.
College of Information
The College of Information, along with the Texas library community, mourn the passing of Professor Margaret Irby Nichols. Professor Nichols was a cornerstone of the department for many years. She was one of the earliest graduates of the department, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1945 back when UNT was still known as North Texas State Teachers College. She worked in several public school and academic libraries before returning to the department to teach in 1968. She was named Emerita Professor upon her retirement in 1996.
Professor Nichols was a renowned and award winning American librarian, educator, and information scientist. Throughout her many years of teaching, she acted as mentor and friend to thousands of information professionals. Her influence as an educator was not limited to teaching at UNT: She conducted more than 400 workshops throughout the country and was a prolific author.
Professor Nichols will be dearly missed and fondly remembered for her many accomplishments and contributions.
Kelli Schkade’s Final Inning
The name Kelli Schkade is familiar in North Texas softball circles. Schkade, a three-year letterwinner for the Mean Green, recently completed her playing career as one of the greatest players in the history of the softball program.
The Albany, Texas, native was a two-time Conference USA First-Team selection and an NFCA All-South region selection in her tenure.
Schkade is the program leader in stolen bases (50) and ranks in the top five in career runs scored, on-base percentage, batting average, triples, multi-hit games and slugging percentage.
Schkade’s impact didn’t stop on the field. She graduated with a 3.88 grade-point average and majored in kinesiology with a biology minor. She was selected to C-USA’s All-Academic team in each of her three seasons and was named a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American, the first in program history.
Schkade also received the 2016 Spring Spirit of Service award from C-USA for her efforts in the Denton community and her hometown of Albany.
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