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Autism center to host ribbon cutting event

UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center will provide families in the North Texas region a resource for comprehensive autism spectrum disorders treatment, research and support, and allow UNT to bring together its long history of interdisciplinary autism services and research under one roof.

The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, when UNT representatives, benefactor Kristin Farmer and members of the community will gather to celebrate.

It was founded with the help of donor and alumna Farmer, founder of Comprehensive Educational Services Inc., known as ACES. The center will give families in the North Texas region and beyond access to high-quality services designed and implemented by top researchers, professors and professionals in the fields of special education, applied behavior analysis, early childhood intervention, speech and language pathology and other fields in autism and disabilities intervention.

Services and programs are planned to include diagnostic testing and evaluation; full-time educational services; behavior analysis and therapy; speech and language therapy; play, music and art therapy; psychological counseling for families, parents, siblings and individuals; nutritional services; occupational and physical therapy; and social skills training.

Experts from UNT’s College of Education, College of Public Affairs and Community Service and College of Arts and Sciences will collaborate on programs and research, continuing UNT’s history of expanding autism research and programs.


Nader new vice provost for international affairs

Richard Nader has been named vice provost for international affairs at the University of North Texas, after having served in the position in an interim role since July 1, 2011.

Nader joined UNT in 2008 as UNT’s first director of research development in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

He brings more than 20 years of experience in the administration of university international programs, including early career experience managing international recruiting and student affairs at Texas A&M University’s branch campus in Japan in the 1990s.

From 2000 to 2005, Nader served as director of the Institute for Pacific Asia at Texas A&M.

From 2005 to 2008, Nader served as program director and visiting scientist in the East Asia Pacific Division in the Office of International Science and Engineering for the National Science Foundation. There, he managed a $12 million, 700-project China portfolio and funded international research and exchange grants throughout Asia and the Pacific designed to spur new research collaborations. He supported senior NSF leadership with U.S.-China cooperation, negotiated intergovernmental memoranda of understanding between the U.S., NSF and counterpart agencies in China, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

, and managed a flagship research abroad program sending more than 300 graduate students to seven countries in Asia and the Pacific-Rim to conduct joint research.


College of Music presents fall events

The University of North Texas College of Music presents a fall season including Gounoud’s Roméo et Juliette and a visit from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

For a complete list of College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music website at For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website at .

Some concerts are streamed live online at .

•  8 p.m. Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 — Faculty Recital: Two Evenings of Debussy, with Gustavo Romero playing piano, in Voertman Hall of the Music Building on the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. The recital is free.


Head into fall with UNT art exhibitions

Artworks by award-winning guest artists, noted faculty members, students and more will be on display at various galleries on the University of North Texas campus this fall.

UNT Art Gallery

The UNT Art Gallery, part of the College of Visual Arts and Design, will present the following events.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit  or call 940-565-4316. Admission is free.

•  Tuesday through Sept. 22 — “Contemplating Limits,” sponsored by the UNT Fine Arts Series, featuring sculptures by Austin Ballard, photographs by Robin Dru Germany, and paintings by Kirsten Macy and Gary Passanise. The exhibit was curated by Tracee W. Robertson, gallery director.

The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30.

The exhibit is sponsored by the UNT Fine Arts Series.


UNT on the Square

The following exhibitions will be at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. in downtown Denton. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free.

•  Sept. 4 through Sept. 29 —“Cloth Talks: West African Arts Exhibition and Symposium” is central to the textile traditions of the Ashante of Ghana, West Africa, are Adinkra and Kente cloths. Printed or woven, these fabrics are a visual embodiment of proverbs, events and cultural values. “Cloth Talks” presents a collection of these textiles, subtle and striking, drawn from private collections and from the Boakye family workshop in Nthonso, one of the only remaining traditional Adinkra villages. 


Union Gallery

The following exhibitions will be in the Union Gallery, located on Level 3 of the University Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 940-565-3829. Admission to Union Gallery exhibitions is free.

•  Monday through Sept. 13 — Laura Horner’s drawings and paintings will be on display. A reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4.

•  Sept. 17 through Oct. 4 — Chelsey Williams and Michael Garlitz’s fibers and ceramics will be on display. A reception will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18.

The following exhibitions will be displayed on the outside wall of the Union Gallery.

•  Sept. 10 throughSept. 27 — Ariana Miller’s photography will be on display. A reception will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11.

•  Oct. 1 through Oct. 18 — Shawna Murray’s photography will be on display. A reception will be 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2.


Other galleries

Three additional galleries — the Cora Stafford Gallery, Lightwell Gallery and North Gallery — show student work on a rotating basis.

For more information about these galleries, visit . Admission is free.


One O’clock Lab Band to release new album 

The six-time Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas will release its new album Lab 2012 on Friday. The CD will be available for purchase online at the UNT Music Store or Pender’s Music.

Album release events, with performances by the One O’clock Lab Band, will be held in Denton, Richardson and Fort Worth.

On Lab 2012 the One O’clock Lab Band plays pieces in styles ranging from blues to fusion to straight-ahead jazz.

The album features original compositions by UNT students and faculty, including compositions by One O’clock Lab Band director Steve Wiest, former One O’clock director Neil Slater, UNT jazz composition professor Rich DeRosa, and UNT students Tyler Mire, Jenny Kellogg, Aaron Hedenstrom and Drew Zaremba, together with Frank Foster’s standard “Shiny Stockings.” 

The One O’clock Lab Band has released an online video in conjunction with the CD. The video, titled Miles of Shades, is the result of a collaboration between the Division of Jazz Studies in the UNT College of Music and the College of Visual Arts and Design.

It features three short works composed by UNT students and One O’clock band members Kellogg, Hedenstrom and Mire, set to abstract animation by multimedia artist Peter Rand.

Rand was a CVAD student at the time of the collaboration but has since graduated from the program.

The Lab 2012 CD packaging will contain a QR code, or quick response code, smartphone users can scan for a free download of the high-resolution version of “Miles of Shades.”

A medium-resolution version can be viewed online, .

The One O’clock Lab Band will perform at three CD release events, beginning with a concert at 9 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Syndicate at the University Union, located one block west of Welch and Prairie streets in Denton, Texas. Admission at the door is $5.

The group will perform at a second event at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at UT-Dallas’ Alexander Clark Center in Richardson, located at the intersection of Drive A and Rutford Avenue.

Admission for the UT-Dallas concert is $20.

The One O’clock Lab Band will perform at a third release event at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at McDavid

 Studio, adjacent to Bass Performance Hall at 301 E. Fifth St. in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

Admission for the Fort Worth performance is $30; student tickets are $5.

For more information, contact Craig Marshall at 972-317-4131.