Skip to Navigation Skip to Main Content

UNT briefs

University to host autism conference

The University of North Texas Autism Center and the UNT autism graduate program will play host to the Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference on Saturday at the UNT Gateway Center.

The Gateway Center is located north of the intersection of Eagle Drive and North Texas Boulevard.

The conference will include more than 20 presentations by nationally recognized autism researchers and practitioners, and discussions of current research highlighting new developments in autism intervention.

Presentations include those by keynote speakers Linda R. Watson from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Jennifer Zarcone from the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurobehavioral Unit.

Watson’s keynote address will cover social-communication intervention for public school classrooms serving pre-schoolers with autism spectrum disorders, and Zarcone’s keynote address will cover evidence-based practices related to challenging behavior and psychotropic medication.

Breakout session topics at the conference will include discussions on motor problems in autism, the theory of mind and autism, neurotherapy, applied behavior analysis, speech and language intervention and what to expect from a medical evaluation.

Free child care will be available for registered attendees.

For more information about the center or the conference, contact Kevin Callahan at  or 940-369-7426.


Mariachi camp marks 5th year of helping kids

Students attending the University of North Texas’ fifth annual Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp — which began Tuesday and continues through Saturday — will not only learn musical skills, but they also will learn about college life.

Since 2008, the UNT mariachi camp has not only helped students polish their musical skills, but has made the path to college easier for many of them.

Sixth- through 12th-graders play the guitarrón, vihuela, violin and trumpet and sing mariachi songs of celebration and sorrow at the five-day camp.

They also get a glimpse of university life by staying in a residence hall, learning about the admissions process and hearing about college life firsthand from UNT students.

They build bridges that can help smooth the transition from high school to college.

Middle school and high school students will learn from UNT College of Music students and alumni and renowned mariachi director Jose Hernandez of Mariachi Sol de Mexico.

Billed as “the nation’s premier mariachi,” Mariachi Sol de Mexico has played in such venues as the White House and Lincoln Center and has performed on numerous movie scores, including Rango and Seabiscuit.

Over the last four years, about 260 students from Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Krum, Garland and Grand Prairie have participated in the camp, which started with about two dozen students in the first year and grew to more than 100 students last year.

Several of the former campers decided to attend UNT and are now helpers at the camp.

The camp ends with a free concert at noon Saturday in the Murchison Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Hall, located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard on the UNT campus.

For camp information, contact Dr. Donna Emmanuel, associate professor of music, at .


Tandy Cronyn slated to perform in play

Actress Tandy Cronyn will perform the solo role in British playwright Simon Bent’s world premiere of The Tall Boy this summer at the University of North Texas.

UNT Department of Dance and Theatre undergraduate students will have the opportunity to work with Cronyn, Bent and director David Hammond — all internationally renowned artists — during the two-week residency.

Cronyn, whose career has spanned film, television and theater, has been developing the script with Bent and Hammond since 2010 and first presented the play at Guilford College in 2011.

Cronyn commissioned Bent to write The Tall Boy based on Kay Boyle’s short story “The Lost.” The Tall Boy features Annie, the American matron of a Bavarian displaced persons camp for children after World War II, reliving the stories of three boys from the camp. The three children — a Czech, a Pole and an Italian — had been taken in by American GIs during the war and adopted the GIs’ accents, clothing and mannerisms. When the GIs return home, the boys dream of joining them — but are sent to the camp.

Cronyn and Hammond have been at the campus since Tuesday. Interactive workshops with Cronyn and Hammond — which are free and open to the public — will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Aug. 3 in Room 127 of the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, corner of Welch and Chestnut streets. For information,call 940-565-2211.

Public performances of The Tall Boy will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 2-3, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 4, and 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Talkbacks with the audience will be held after each performance except for the Saturday matinee.

Performances will be held in the Studio Theatre in the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets, call 940-565-2428.


‘Threepenny Opera’ set to open Aug. 3

Decades after its opening in 1928, the biting tale of corruption and greed in composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht’s satirical Threepenny Opera still resonates with audiences.

In this darkly funny production from the University of North Texas College of Music’s opera program, innocent Polly Peachum marries the criminal Macheath — much to the disapproval of Polly’s similarly corrupt father, who controls the beggars of London.

The UNT College of Music will present Threepenny Opera — in collaboration with students from the Department of Dance and Theatre — at 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 3 p.m. Aug. 5.

All performances will take place in the Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $10. For ticket information, call 940-369-7802 or visit .


Garber appointed to Rehabilitation Council

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Martha Garber, director of applied research and development and leader of the University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment and JOB FIT programs, to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas.

The RCT advocates for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process. RCT is federally mandated, and members are appointed by the Texas governor to serve three-year terms.

RCT reviews, analyzes and advises the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Rehabilitation Services and Division for Blind Services on policy, scope and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services and eligibility requirements.

RCT also works in partnership with the divisions to develop, agree to and review state goals and priorities.