Watch the story behind UNT’s 125-year history as a thriving institution in the heart of the North Texas region in the special anniversary video, UNT at 125.
Straight from Smatresk

Dear Alum,

Founding President Joshua C. Chilton envisioned the UNT we are today -- a great university leading the way in educating the men and women of Texas.

President Neal Smatresk speaking at the State of the UniversityIt was an honor to bring our past and present full circle to kick off our 125th anniversary celebrations as part of my State of the University address Sept. 16, the exact day of our first classes in 1890 when Chilton ushered UNT into existence as a teacher training school with 70 students.

As part of my address, I unveiled UNT's top priorities for what we'll tackle in the year ahead and shared our accomplishments from the past year. See a recap of the event and how others vow to move us forward.

We've come a long way with the help of alumni, friends and community partners like you, and I'm thankful to each of you who came out to support UNT at our State of the University event. You've played a major role in transforming a little teacher's school on the Denton square into a university ranked the 25th largest in the nation and focused on academic and creative excellence. Read the Denton Record-Chronicle's special issue celebrating UNT's 125th anniversary.

While our mission and impact are much bigger in scope today, our leadership and excellence in the North Texas region and state have withstood time. See how far we've come in our 2014-15 Accomplishments Summary highlighting university-wide achievements.

We've made incredible progress. We opened the academic year on a high note with a record enrollment of 37,231 students and our biggest freshman class to date. I'm also proud to share that we have 15 new National Merit Scholars on campus this year. All together, these are signs that more students are making us their first-choice university.

President Neal Smatresk recognizing alumniWe'll build on this momentum to move us forward, give students the best educational experience and to become one of the nation's top public research institutions, known around the world for our excellence, creativity and innovation. It's not too late to help support our students and their dreams by participating in UNT Giving Week, a Founder's Week event celebrating 125 years of impact and excellence. I hope that you'll join supporters like Jim and Linda McNatt, Bruzzy Westheimer Jr., Ernie Kuehne, Kristin Farmer, Don Lovelace and C. Dan Smith (see me thanking them for their generous gifts, right). Read more about their gifts. You can make a gift to the Inspire UNT Fund and help us reach our goal of attracting 1,250 new donors by Sept. 19.

As we continue to make great strides on our journey to national prominence, I look forward to working together to make great things happen for our students and UNT. Here's to another 125 years!

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
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Three UNT researchers have earned more accolades for their innovative work using drones and plants. Electrical engineering researchers Shengli Fu and Yan Wan received the 2015 Tech Titan of the Future Award for their leadership, teaching and drone research using Wi-Fi communication to support emergency response missions. Distinguished Research Professor of biology Richard Dixon, a renowned plant scientist, recently added the Phytochemical Society of North America's Phytochemical Pioneer Award to his long list of career achievements. These distinguished honors speak to the expertise of Dr. Fu, Dr. Wan and Dr. Dixon and the extraordinary impact they're making.
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UNT alumni are innovators, creators and business leaders, and they are a driving force in the North Texas region and beyond. We're excited to bring our Dallas-Fort Worth area alumni together to share their successes with other alumni and UNT. Starting in October, the UNT Alumni Association will host Regional Alumni Receptions in Dallas and Collin counties as another way for our area alums to stay connected with their Mean Green family. Join us at each reception for networking, university updates and fun. Reserve your spot at a reception.
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Helping students and industry to see the integration of research, education and economic impact is the life work of Nandika D'Souza, Regents Professor of mechanical and energy engineering (center, with students). Dr. D'Souza, also associate dean of undergraduate studies in our College of Engineering, has been named the 2015 Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator for her significant contributions as an educator and to research in the area of failure analysis, viscoelasticity and material reliability. Read how Dr. D'Souza is shaping a new generation of women engineers.
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We tailgated, we cheered and now we're looking for a victory at our first home game of the season. Help the Mean Green Nation make a strong statement at our home opener at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 against Rice by wearing your green and packing the stands at Apogee Stadium. And don't forget to attend Homecoming 2015, "Forever Mean Green: A Journey Through Time," Oct. 4-10, culminating with the Mean Green vs. Portland State game. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. I hope you'll be loud and proud all season long. Check out the Mean Green football schedule and buy season tickets.

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Our dedicated faculty members go above and beyond in teaching and in creating national and international connections through their research, elevating UNT along the way. We'll recognize the best of the best, including the UNT Foundation's top four honorees, as part of our Salute to Faculty Excellence. UNT's top faculty (from left) -- Angela Wilson, Regents Professor of chemistry; Lesli Robertson, senior lecturer in fibers; Donna Emmanuel, associate professor of music education; and David Mason, Regents Professor of political science -- will be honored for their work and their contributions to UNT during Salute to Faculty Excellence Week Sept. 28-Oct. 2. Learn more about this year's winners.

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