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Political science professor named fellow

University of North Texas political science professor Idean Salehyan was one of six professors named 2012 fellows for the Texas Project for Human Rights Education, a research-focused, curriculum-building program funded by the Boone Family Foundation of Dallas and overseen by the Embrey Human Rights Program with the SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The project aims to expand human rights education throughout the state by awarding grants to higher education teachers to conduct research and incorporate human rights into their academic disciplines.

Other fellows include SMU professors Sabri Ates and Noah Simblist; Candice Bledsoe, who teaches English at Tarrant County College; and two Texas Tech professors Hans Hansen and Jill Patterson.

Each professor will receive about $20,000 to fund trips, human rights courses and research the Holocaust with a focus on women’s rights, a guiding force behind the Boone Family Foundation.


Administrator takes job at Trinity University

Lisa Baronio, vice president for advancement and director of development at the University of North Texas, has been named vice president for Alumni Relations and Development at Trinity University.

Baronio, a successful higher education fundraiser, will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of the university’s fundraising activities and constituent relationships.

She will oversee all programs and staff in annual, major and planned giving; corporate and foundation relations; advancement services; and alumni relations.


Students from Mexico in language program

Students from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico at Toluca are attending the annual ESL Summer Institute at the University of North Texas Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication through July 28.

The institute provides participants with a unique opportunity to increase their fluency in English through cultural immersion and social interaction — everything from asking a Denton business owner about the price per ounce of frozen yogurt during a scavenger hunt to playing word games like Scrabble to having dinner in the homes of Denton residents.

The 58 students, who will be accompanied by 18 faculty and staff members, will spend three hours each weekday morning in ESL classes with students of their same proficiency level. In the afternoon, they’ll attend two-hour workshops on different interests, including performing arts, oral presentation skills and business English.

The workshops will include students of all English proficiency levels. Recreational activities in the evening and on weekends, including field trips to other parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, are also part of the institute.

Because the institute focuses on English immersion, the students will be required to only speak English most hours of the day.

The Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication began the ESL Summer Institute in 2008 at the request of administrators at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, which has had a connection to UNT since 2002.

Faculty members and students from both campuses collaborate on academic programs and in research projects in materials science, environmental science, physics and other fields.

UNT and Autonomous University of the State of Mexico also both have offices to provide information to students and faculty members about research projects and academic opportunities at the two campuses.