Ethan Waldrip with Neal Smatresk
At UNT Preview in November, I awarded a $10,000 scholarship to my 10,000th Twitter follower to give the prospective students attending the open house 10,000 extra reasons to choose UNT. Get to know the lucky winner, Ethan Waldrip and follow me @UNTPrez.
Straight from Smatresk

Dear Alum,

Everywhere I go, I see the power of UNT alumni. With more than 263,000 alumni in the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, UNT is an economic driver because our alumni are the backbone of the workforce. But that only tells half the story.

Whether they're in the office, lab, boardroom, studio or classroom, our alumni are fueling the success of so many industries. They are the Brains Behind Brands -- PR powerhouses who are advancing the image and reputation of top organizations like the Dallas Cowboys, as you can read about in the latest issue of The North Texan. They are the linguistics experts designing the best voice automated systems. They lead cities, schools, communities and even armed forces. They are entrepreneurs who break barriers and who build top companies.

In short, our alumni are leaders and change agents. Their impact can be seen and felt throughout the region -- and the world.

They rise to the top because of the education, knowledge and experience they get at UNT.

Being a UNT graduate is the key to success and a mark of distinction. Next month, we're honoring our newest graduates -- the Class of 2017. You can be a part of the fun and fanfare by joining us for the Graduation Block Party from 5 to 9 p.m. May 12 on Highland Street. The party will include family-friendly festivities, food trucks, music, free giveaways and photo opportunities. It will culminate at dark with fireworks and the UNT Alma Mater. Help us send off the Class of 2017 in UNT style!

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
President
@UNTPrez

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Goldwater honors
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Our students once again stood out in the Goldwater Scholarship competition recognizing young students in STEM fields. Amber Lu was named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar and Prateek Kalakuntla received Honorable Mention. Mentored by faculty at UNT and at other universities, both are TAMS students conducting innovative research. UNT leads Texas universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars in math, science and engineering with 60 Goldwater Scholars named since 1996. Both students also were named semifinalists in the 2016 Siemens competition, and Prateek went on to become a finalist and one of the Top 5 national winners.
 
 
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Mourning former provost, graduate school dean
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Mark your calendars for our 13th annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 21-23 at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine. This year's theme is "The Power of Words," and we've lined up an amazing group of nonfiction writers, each distinct in voice and perspective but bound by a singular talent to find meaning and story in real-life experiences. The keynote speakers include Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea; Katherine Boo, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the best-seller Behind the Beautiful Forevers; and Charles Johnson, MacArthur Fellowship recipient and author of Middle Passage.
 
 
 
 
 
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Our annual spring Green and White game April 8 showcased a great lineup of talent on the Mean Green football team. It should be another strong season this fall. We also inducted the 2016 Hall of Fame class, which includes football stars Lance Dunbar, Craig Robertson and Andrew Smith; softball standout Susan Waters; and men's basketball standouts Calvin Watson and Ron Miller. Mark your calendars now for the 2017 football season and get your season tickets, which start at just $60. Plan to join us Sept. 2 for the opening game against Lamar at Apogee Stadium. Homecoming is Nov. 11 against UTEP.

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