Spreading UNT spirit in Africa, congratulating our new alumni in China
Summer travels: Spreading UNT spirit on vacation in Africa, congratulating our new alumni in China
Straight from Smatresk

Dear Alum,

Zebras and gnus at a pond in Africa drinkingI've had some fantastic travel experiences this summer, from awarding UNT degrees in China to visiting a "Mean Green" Maasai school — and celebrating my birthday — on vacation in Kenya and Tanzania.

The world is a lot smaller than it used to be and, if there's one thing we know from our travels, it's also a great classroom. Experiencing different cultures while learning that people are so similar at the core, with the same hopes and dreams for their children, is a priceless lesson.

I'm proud of the opportunities we give our students to discover the world through our study abroad programs, and I'm proud of UNT's many educational partnerships around the globe in places like Chile, Mexico and China.

I was honored to be in Dalian City, China, to award UNT degrees to our students in the Sino-American 1+2+1 China Transfer Program. Only one U.S. university per state is chosen to participate in the program, and UNT has been the Texas representative since 2012.

Our College of Engineering also has created a new 1+3 transfer program in materials science and engineering with Dalian Jiaotong University. Thanks to our designation as a top-tier research university and faculty who are nationally and internationally known for their research, the potential for future UNT collaborations in China and other countries is great. We are helping to train some very bright minds while expanding our reach and reputation around the globe.

Of course, here at home we have a diverse student body that includes 2,500 international students, making our campus a wonderful place to experience a mix of cultures and interests. Plan to visit us and take in one of the hundreds of concerts, exhibits, lectures, celebrations, athletic events and other activities we offer each semester.

We're looking forward to the fall and the energy and enthusiasm our students bring with them for learning and for the world around them.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk

The Inside Scoop
Loss of a great friend
Paul Voertman
You may have already heard of the loss of a wonderful UNT friend and supporter, Paul Voertman, who died June 21 at age 88. The iconic bookstore his family established near campus is known to generations of alumni, and his name lives on in gifts like the Richard Ardoin-Paul Voertman Concert Organ and the Voertman Art Competition. He also founded scholarships for first-generation college students and made an $8 million bequest to be shared among the art, music, and liberal arts and social sciences colleges. We awarded him an honorary doctorate just last year and are planning a ceremony to celebrate his life this fall.
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Autism conference July 29
Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference
The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center hosts the ninth annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference July 29, and more than 100 families of children with autism spectrum disorder can attend free of charge thanks to a grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. The conference will feature more than 20 presentations on cutting-edge research to improve success for individuals with autism. This year's keynote speakers are Richard M. Foxx and Dorothea Lerman, pioneers in autism treatment and intervention. To request a free registration, email COE-AutismCenter@unt.edu.
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Powe research award
for young faculty
Diana Berman
Our latest recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities is Diana Berman, assistant professor of materials science and engineering. This award for young faculty is considered one of the most prestigious for professors in engineering, sciences, mathematics, policy, management and education. Dr. Berman is researching how structural modifications affect the performance of 2-D thin films used as lubricating materials in nano- and micro-electronics. Improved performance of the materials would reduce friction to help these devices run more efficiently.
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Interim VP of research, innovation
Narendra Dahotre
Narendra Dahotre, University Distinguished Research Professor in materials science and engineering, will serve as our interim associate vice president of research and innovation this year as we conduct a national search to fill the position. He will facilitate research projects funded by the federal government and oversee management of our shared instrumentation facilities. A member of the National Academy of Inventors, Dr. Dahotre has been issued 16 patents and is internationally known for his pioneering contributions to the understanding and engineering of laser materials in processing and manufacturing.
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Spotlight on Excellence
Soldiers on a mountain cliff
Faculty research
Fans in a stadium
Fall is in the air – and on the air

Last time we saw our Mean Green football team, they were battling Army to the end in the beautiful sea of green at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. We're now counting down the days to this season, which opens at Apogee Stadium Sept. 2 in a game against Lamar, and the Sept. 9 game is just down the road at SMU. Other highlights include Homecoming Nov. 11, when we take on UTEP, and a rematch with Army Nov. 18 in Denton that you will not want to miss. At least eight of our games will be televised this year. Check the full schedule and get your season tickets. While you're there, don't forget our hoops teams — fans who purchase or renew basketball season tickets by Aug. 21 are eligible for weekly prizes. Go Mean Green!

Alumni in the news
Meals prepared by UNT alumni
UNT taste makers

You may want to clear your schedule before reading the latest issue of The North Texan alumni magazine, because you might be craving a delicious meal afterward. This issue profiles several of our alumni who have found success in the restaurant business, from French dining in a treehouse to a Polynesian-Mexican fusion on the lake, a Middle Eastern vegetarian delight from a truck or home cooking at a small-town cafe. And don't miss the online extra on alumni in the Denton food scene giving back to the community. Bon appétit!

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