Research showcase and Charlotte Jones Anderson speaking at a podium
Seven of our brightest faculty researchers at UNT shared their research results with business and government leaders in Collin County at UNT's Stars at the Star, an early October showcase event in Frisco. Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson welcomed us to The Star in Frisco.
Straight from Smatresk

Dear Alum,

I've long said that universities aren't built of brick and mortar but are built from the sustaining activity and commitment of a caring faculty. Nowhere have I seen a faculty that cares for its students more than ours does, and that's what makes UNT the welcoming place our students love.

UNT's faculty is made up of distinguished scholars, researchers and artists who are widely known as experts in their field and who serve our students as mentors. In addition to Fulbright, Grammy and Emmy award winners, we have National Science Foundation CAREER award winners, and members of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences. These faculty members are trailblazers, and I couldn't be more proud of the work they are doing.

Our innovative, experienced and talented faculty scholars and researchers push our students beyond their boundaries toward dreams. Last week, we recognized the tremendous work and scholarship of our faculty during Salute to Faculty Excellence, a weeklong celebration of their accomplishments and hard work. The week culminated with a celebratory dinner Friday evening, when more than 30 faculty members received highest honors from UNT and the UNT Foundation. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Thomas Cundari, a Regents Professor of chemistry, who won the UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award!

UNT's success and the success of our students would be impossible without the fabulous work of our faculty. I'd love to hear about the professors who made an impact on your life and invite you to visit the UNT Facebook page to share your thoughts.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk

The Inside Scoop
Designing a transfer pipeline
Students seating in a large classroom listen to a professor
We are partnering with Collin College to explore better ways for bachelor's degree-seeking students to transition smoothly from community colleges to our four-year institution. I'm grateful to the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for recognizing and funding our partnership with Collin College, one of only four institutional pairs selected to participate in the Education Design Lab's Seamless Transfer Pathways Design Challenge.
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Voertman's legacy honored
Paul Voertman
We celebrated the life of Paul R. Voertman last week with a concert and reception at UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center. Paul, the former owner of Denton's iconic Voertman's Bookstore and a local patron of art and music, died June 21, at the age of 88. Paul and his partner of 48 years, Richard Ardoin, were extremely generous to UNT and are our top donors. The couple gave more than $15 million through their lives and their estates, specifically for the colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Music, and Visual Arts and Design.
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Spotlight on Excellence
A UNT research team from Guido Verbeck's lab photographed during air testing with a mobile mass spectrometer
Faculty researchers innovate and shine

The innovative researchers who developed a crime-fighting car, drone-carried WiFi networks that can be deployed to disaster areas and a low-cost Smart Stethoscope that allows patients to listen, record, archive and analyze their breathing, all call UNT home. Their research and inventions were on display earlier this month during an event for Collin County businesses and leaders at The Star in Frisco.

UNT fans cheer from the stands at a football game
Celebrate Homecoming "Deep in the Heart of UNT"

We're gearing up for Homecoming Nov. 6-11, and I hope you'll join us for a variety of exciting events. This year's theme is "Deep in the Heart of UNT," and I can't wait to have alumni like you back on campus to reminisce about our past and celebrate our future together. We'll honor our 2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award winners, continue the bonfire tradition and connect with Mean Green from all generations Nov. 11 for the Homecoming parade and tailgating. Don't forget to purchase your tickets for the 4 p.m. game against UTEP!

UNT student athletes stand on the UNT football field at Apogee Stadium
Athletics focuses on building champions and preparing leaders
It's an exciting fall for the Mean Green, with the football, volleyball, soccer and women's tennis teams experiencing winning seasons. I can't wait to see what our basketball teams accomplish when the season tips off next month. You may have heard UNT athletics achieved their largest fundraising year ever and that the Mean Green Strategic Plan was developed with a focus on building champions and preparing leaders, as chronicled in The North Texan. The first construction project included in the plan will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday, when we break ground on a new track and field and soccer stadium. I hope you'll join us for the groundbreaking, then head to the Alumni Pavilion for the GameDay Grille and finish your day at Apogee Stadium as the Mean Green take on Old Dominion.
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