UNT grads
From stellar performances on Hell's Kitchen and the PGA Tour to using cloud computing to transform laundry loads for hoteliers, UNT alumni continue to make a name for themselves as they achieve great things. From left, UNT alumni Mary Lou Davis ('13), Carlos Ortiz ('13) and Don Ward ('94).
Straight from Smatresk

Dear UNT supporter,

With UNT's approval as a COVID-19 vaccination site once shipments are made available, we step into the new year with optimism. Although 2020 was vastly different than anyone had initially predicted, it has not stopped our students, faculty, staff and alumni like you from pursuing great success.

Whether you're a business leader, outspoken civic volunteer, inventor, entertainer or athlete, I hope you are finding success and persevering through adversity. I am proud to celebrate the accomplishments and recognitions earned by many of our UNT alumni, and we encourage you to share yours with us by emailing me at president@unt.edu.

We have prepared our students to thrive in a rapidly changing world, and we cannot wait to see what you — and our newest alumni from the Class of 2020 — will accomplish this year.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
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The Inside Scoop
Grammy Music Educator
Michelle Herring Folta
Alumna Michelle Herring Folta ('12 M.M. '15 Ph.D.), an associate professor of choral/general music education at Columbus State University in Georgia, is one of 10 finalists for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Michelle is one of more than a dozen UNT alumni and faculty, including College of Music faculty members Philip Dizack and Scott Tixier, who earned nominations or collaborated on projects nominated this year for Grammy Awards. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will air Jan. 31 on CBS.
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Completing the degree
J. Rhodes
Sometimes careers take off before students complete their degrees, but at UNT the door to return is always open. This December, thousands of UNT students earned their degrees, including three men who returned to the classroom this year to finish what they started years ago. At age 37, hip-hop producer and Oak Cliff resident J. Rhodes (pictured) completed his degree. So did Mark Followill, the longtime Dallas Mavericks play-by-play announcer, and former Mean Green, Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams running back Lance Dunbar. Congratulations to these men, and each member of the Class of 2020, for persevering to achieve their goal.
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Spotlight on Excellence
UNT team develops program to help distribute COVID-19 vaccine

A team of UNT researchers developed a cloud-based computer program to help state and local public health agencies distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. RE-PLAN is a program that uses detailed population information to help public health agencies create response plans to use during an epidemic. Marty O'Neill, director of UNT's Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis, said RE-PLAN helps health departments know where to place resources and identify areas to aid people who have disabilities, people who do not speak English and people who do not have cars. The RE-PLAN system was originally designed at UNT to create emergency response plans for bioterrorism events involving anthrax or smallpox. It has been successfully used to create response plans by agencies, including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

UNT Womens Basketball
Women's basketball starts conference play 4-0, a program best

Led by head coach Jalie Mitchell ('02), the Mean Green women's basketball team is off to a 4-0 start in conference play for the first time in program history. The team bested UAB and UTSA, and will travel to El Paso this weekend in hopes of continuing its win streak against UTEP. Spring seasons are underway for our tennis and track and field teams, and volleyball will open its season against SMU Jan. 22-23 after the NCAA postponed the women's volleyball championships to the spring.

Kasey Short
Faculty recognitions and honors

UNT's next generation of scholars is mentored by thousands of caring faculty who make a difference for our students and their fields. Congratulations to those who received recent recognitions.

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