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Hughes, Jones set for leadership luncheon

Ambassador Karen Hughes, who also is global vice chairwoman of Burson-Marsteller, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 UNT Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship Leadership Luncheon in Dallas, where Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will receive the Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Before joining Burson-Marsteller in 2008, Hughes was responsible for reaching out to audiences across the world on behalf of the United States as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2005 to 2007.

Each year at the event, the prestigious Murphy Award is presented to a deserving business leader, honoring lifetime achievement in entrepreneurship.

This year’s award winner is Jones, who made his first fortune in the 1970s drilling natural gas wells, and later bought the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 for $150 million.

As the Dallas Cowboys owner, Jones has guided the team’s rise in status to the level of being America’s most valuable sports organization, at $1.85 billion.

Proceeds from the luncheon are used for scholarships, student awards and programs offered through the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship. Each year at the luncheon, student scholarships are awarded, donors are recognized and winners of the center’s New Venture Creation Contest are announced.

The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, housed in UNT’s College of Business, encourages entrepreneurship by providing students with counseling, mentoring and training opportunities that help them turn ideas into viable business entities.

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Honor society named Chapter of Distinction

The UNT chapter of Eta Sigma Delta, an international honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism students, is one of two chapters selected as 2012 ESD Chapters of Distinction by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, the leading international association devoted to hospitality and tourism education.

Founded in 1978, Eta Sigma Delta has more than 60 active chapters at colleges and universities throughout the world.

UNT’s chapter is in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

It is open to undergraduate students who are declared hospitality management majors, have completed at least 50 percent of coursework toward their bachelor’s degrees and have obtained grade point averages of at least 3.0, and/or rank at or above the top 20th percentile in class standing.

Eta Sigma Delta is also open to graduate students in hospitality management who have completed at least 50 percent of the credit hours required for their degrees with grade point averages of at least 3.5, and/or rank in the top 15th percentile in class standing. 

UNT’s chapter of Eta Sigma Delta began in 2004 and had 60 members during the 2011-2012 academic year.

It was recognized as a Chapter of Distinction for the events that its members helped to coordinate, including the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s annual Executive-in-Residence Lecture and the department’s annual Hospitality Management Career Expo; and a dedication ceremony for UNT’s new Marriott Culinary Lab.


‘Dress Stories’ fashion exhibition opens

A personal collection of dresses handed down from generations is the focus of “Dress Stories,” a four-day fashion exhibition from the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Department of Art Education and Art History and the UNT Texas Fashion Collection that opened Tuesday.

The exhibition of 20 dresses and six pairs of shoes curated by Laura Lee McCartney, a doctoral candidate in art education at UNT, includes three generations of graduation dresses — a 1910 high school graduation dress of white cotton from McCartney’s great-grandmother, her own 1989 high school graduation dress of floral cotton and a 2010 pink cotton smocked dress worn by McCartney’s daughter at a kindergarten graduation.

The exhibition is based on her arts-based dissertation, Unpacking Self in Clutter and Cloth; Curator as Artist/Researcher/Teacher. 

The Cora Stafford Gallery in Oak Street Hall, 1102 W. Oak St. at Ponder Street, is part of the exhibition program organized by the College of Visual Arts and Design and the UNT Art Galleries. 

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Concert to celebrate the life of Don Gillis

The UNT Symphonic Band will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of UNT alumnus and esteemed composer/conductor Don Gillis with a performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday in Winspear Hall at UNT’s Murchison Performing Arts Center.

A pre-concert lecture about Don Gillis is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Winspear Hall.

Conductor Dennis Fisher and the UNT Symphonic Band will perform selections ranging from Gillis’ early works, composed while serving as a radio producer for conductor Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra broadcasts in the 1940s and 1950s, to his later works from the 1960s.

Gillis, who received UNT’s Distinguished Alumni Award, was the first student to earn a master’s degree in music composition from the College of Music in the early 1940s. He received fame as producer of the NBC Symphony Orchestra radio broadcasts, but also was a prolific composer who incorporated styles from popular music and jazz into his works for band and orchestra.

Tickets to the performance can be purchased by calling 940-369-7802.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees and groups of more than 10; and are free for UNT students.


Doke named senior vice president at center

Tim Doke has been named senior vice president of community engagement at the UNT Health Science Center effective Oct. 1. Doke will replace Greg Upp, who retires at the end of the year after serving in the position since 2001.

In this role, Doke will be responsible for public relations strategy development and implementation; institutional advancement; advertising, marketing, media relations, community relations; executive and corporate communications; digital communications; institutional brand management; alumni relations; and support of government relations strategy.

He will serve as a key liaison with the business community, key foundations, life science organizations and community organizations.