Eli Young Band at Wingspan
Eli Young Band, made up of alumni, will play an exclusive concert for the UNT community and their guests March 25 at Apogee Stadium. Get your specially priced alumni tickets or student, faculty and staff tickets now! The concert will follow our Wingspan Gala. I'm giving away one pair of tickets to the concert in a random drawing. Email president@unt.edu by 5 p.m. March 1 with "Eli Young" in the subject line.
Straight from Smatresk

Dear Alum,

A college education will always be a good investment. Beyond the intangible benefits, it helps you land a good job, advance in your career and earn more money over your lifetime. It may soon be key for survival in the job market. Some estimates show that by 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require some form of college education.

Public universities are the backbone of a college-educated workforce, educating a majority of students, providing an affordable education and creating opportunities for people from all walks of life.

We exist because of the public and to serve the public.

As a public university, we understand our role in helping the state to operate within its means and to be a good steward of the public's resources. We are focused on careful fiscal management and investing in strategic initiatives to meet the needs of our students and industry in a rapidly changing world. For instance, in the past few years, we've launched a new biomedical engineering program -- one of the fastest-growing areas in engineering -- and a new 11-month M.B.A. program that cuts the typical time it takes to earn an M.B.A. by more than half.

We can do this, in part, because the state has maintained a stable source of funding for higher education. It has made a difference. We've made significant progress with high-impact hires, more programs ranked in the Top 100, and a growing number of graduate students earning UNT degrees. Together, this led to our designation as a Carnegie-ranked top-tier research university. We were one of four institutions in Texas elevated to Tier One status, which is unheralded in the country and is tied to the investments the state has made in its emerging research universities.

As this legislative session continues, we are hopeful for a positive outcome that will allow us and our higher education peers to continue our momentum and build on our success.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
President
@UNTPrez

The Inside Scoop
Many M.B.A. choices
Business Leadership Building
If you ever thought about getting an M.B.A., UNT is the place. We have plenty of M.B.A. programs, including a new full-time program that lets you earn the degree in only 11 months instead of two years. Students will learn through face-to-face lessons from expert faculty, industry visits and hands-on exercises in a cohort-style system. We also have online M.B.A. programs that are ranked in the nation's Top 100, accelerated online M.B.A. programs and opportunities to earn your M.B.A. at UNT's New College at Frisco. Built on excellence and convenience, our M.B.A. programs help you advance your career.
 
 
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College-level changes
UNT campus
I'm excited about changes that will help us advance. We have named a new dean of the College of Education, Randy Bomer, who will join us Aug. 1. This spring, we will split the College of Arts and Sciences into the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Science. Our College of Public Affairs and Community Service will become the College of Health and Public Service with two schools: the School of Community and Behavioral Health and the School of Public Affairs and Applied Social Science. These changes will provide more opportunities to launch new programs that keep pace with today's industry needs.
 
 
 
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Spotlight on Excellence
A cotton flower is being used to transport a desired gene to a new cotton plant. Illustration shows the newly created polymer matrix, labeled the TBP, binding a strand of DNA.
Research breakthroughs
Our researchers are making important advances that could improve our lives. Brian Ayre, an associate professor of biology, found a way to make cotton plants easier to harvest and more profitable (image on left). Francis D'Souza, a University Distinguished Research Professor in chemistry, is part of a global team that made a breakthrough in DNA research (image on right). Haifeng Zhang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, is a major part of a collaboration that received a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to solve a critical problem in nuclear engineering. And with a nearly $400,000 grant, Erin Schafer, associate professor of audiology and speech-language pathology, is conducting an innovative research project to help students with autism improve their listening and conversational skills. You can learn about how UNT is a leader in autism research and therapy in The North Texan. We're proud to welcome autism activist Temple Grandin, who will give a lecture at an event hosted by UNT and ACES, which was founded by alumna Kristin Farmer, benefactor of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center.
2017 Football schedule
2017 football schedule

Football season will be here again before you know it. Mark your calendars now for the 2017 season and plan to join us Sept. 2 for the opening game against Lamar at Apogee Stadium. Homecoming is Nov. 11 against UTEP. We're excited to build on the momentum of 2016, when the team made one of the best turnarounds in college football. If you purchase your season tickets by May 31, you're eligible for weekly prizes. Get a season preview at our annual Green and White Game at 2 p.m. April 8. That morning we'll also induct the 2016 Hall of Fame class, which includes Dallas Cowboys player Lance Dunbar.

UNT campus
Student success

I'm so proud of our latest student standouts who are winning top honors and national recognition. The UNT Debate Team took home the top award at the 2017 Spring Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association Championship Tournament and members of the team won individual honors. Isabel Delwel, a biology major, is one of 67 students in the U.S. to be selected to participate in the 2017 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. Brian Powers, business computer information systems major, won IBM's Master the Mainframe contest. Dylan Lischau, an integrative studies major specializing in entrepreneurship, music and German, won first place in the international Global Family Enterprise Case Competition. Students Lindsey Lotze, who is double majoring in digital retailing and merchandising, and Asia Montague, majoring in fashion design, won scholarships from the nation's largest fashion scholarship fund.

2017 Grammy winners
Alumni excellence

I hope you saw my special announcement about UNT alumni who won Grammy Awards and earned nominations. They are part of UNT's legacy of musical excellence, and we're so proud of their success in the music industry. Look for our billboards congratulating the Grammy winners. Speaking of alumni, it's time to help us honor the best of the best for the annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. The awards honor those who stand out in their careers, have a big impact in the community and elevate UNT through their service and leadership. If you know of a worthy candidate, submit your nomination by April 15.

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