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Faculty to be honored during special week

The University of North Texas will recognize its outstanding faculty during Salute to Faculty Excellence Week, which is being celebrated this week with a variety of events that includes an awards ceremony and dinner.

The formal dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the club level of Apogee Stadium.

Three new, cash prizes will be awarded at the event, in addition to the traditional teaching, research and service awards.

The new awards are funded by the UNT Foundation.

Bruce Bond, a Regents Professor in the Department of English, will be awarded the UNT Foundation’s Eminent Faculty award. This award is to recognize a faculty member who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative activity, teaching and service and has served as an inspiration to the UNT community.

He will be awarded the highest cash prize of $15,000.

Arminta Jacobson, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, will be awarded the UNT Foundation Community Engagement award.

This award recognizes UNT faculty members whose careers are marked by sustained activities that systematically and effectively advance mutual university-community engagement, successfully address important community issues through collaborative initiatives and create intellectual products respected by peers within and beyond the academy.

The third award winner Mary Harris, a Regents Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, will be awarded the UNT Foundation Leadership Award.

The recipient of this award must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, be committed to the strategic mission of the University, and encourage others to support and work toward the public good through innovative initiatives.


Visiting writers slated to read at UNT this fall

Fiction writer Hannah Tinti will start the Visiting Writers Series with a reading and book signing Thursday at the University of North Texas.

The series, which is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, will also include nationally renowned writers Kevin Prufer and Abigail Thomas.

The readings will take place at UNT’s University Union, located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets (1155 Union Circle).

All of the readings are free and open to the public.

Visiting writers:

•  8 p.m., Thursday — Hannah Tinti’s short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in 16 countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award.

Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award.

•  8 p.m. Oct. 23 — Kevin Prufer is the author of five books of poems, the most recent of which are In a Beautiful Country, a finalist for the UNT Rilke Prize; and National Anthem, named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly.

Among his forthcoming books are Churches (Four Way Books, 2014) and Into English: Essays & Multiple Translations (Graywolf Press, 2014; with Martha Collins).

Prufer is a professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

•  8 p.m., Nov. 7 — Abigail Thomas has written three works of fiction, Getting Over Tom; An Actual Life; and Herb’s Pajamas; and three memoirs: Safekeeping; A Three Dog Life; and Thinking About Memoir, a guide to writing memoirs, which doubles as a kind of memoir itself.

A Three Dog Life was chosen by The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of 2006 and has been translated into nine languages.


Author to give zombie survival tips Oct. 9

New York Times best-selling author Max Brooks, whose books have tapped into the pop-culture phenomenon of zombies, will offer 10 lessons for surviving an attack of the ghoulish creatures in a speech presented by the University of North Texas Fine Arts Series.

Brooks’ first release, The Zombie Survival Guide, offers tips on how to protect oneself from the living dead.

His New York Times best-seller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, gives first-person accounts “as told to the author” of a worldwide battle against zombies and is being made into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

Brooks’ speech, followed by a book signing, will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Silver Eagle Suite in the University Union, which is one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets.

Tickets are $20 for the general public; $10 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; and free for UNT students.

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Instrument Petting Zoo scheduled for Oct. 13

Elementary-aged children from the greater Denton area are invited to explore and play musical instruments at the fifth annual Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by UNT’s College of Music.

The free event lasts from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 in the Recital Hall, located within the Music Building at UNT. The Music Building is at the corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street.

The event will begin with a concert by top graduate performance majors.

Then, with the help of UNT music education students, children will be invited to explore instruments.


Art exhibition from UAEM opens Oct. 10

Works by Mexican artists Agapito Rincon Pina, Leopoldo Flores and Armando Pineda will be on display at UNT on the Square from Oct. 10 through Nov. 7 as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the research connection between the University of North Texas and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) in Toluca.

 All of the works are part of the permanent collection at the University Museum at UAEM) in Toluca.

Witold Brostow, Regents Professor of materials science and engineering, was the first UNT faculty member to establish a connection to UAEM when he began collaborating on research with UAEM chemistry faculty member Rafael Lopez Castanares.

The exhibition is free, and an opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12.

Plastic artist Leopoldo Flores reflects with his work (mostly of large formats), social problems and human nature.

Mystified by acrylic paintings, Agapito Rincon Pina reflects a regionalist sense on his work, without theoretical complications and with interpretations of nature and light.

Armando Pineda is a painter and sculptor who has exhibited work individually and collectively.

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Freeman Co. executive set for lecture series

Albert Chew, chief operating officer of Dallas-based Freeman Company, will speak at the University of North Texas on Oct. 17 during the Executive-in-Residence Lecture Series sponsored by UNT’s College of Merchandising, Hospitality, and Tourism.

The free lecture begins at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Gateway Center on North Texas Boulevard between Eagle Drive and Highland Street.

Chew joined Freeman in 2006, and since then has held various positions, including senior vice president executive vice president, and chief people and planning officer.

He has more than 25 years of experience in human resource management, organizational development and strategic planning.

Freeman is the world’s leading provider of integrated services for face-to-face marketing events, including expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits.

With 40 offices in North America, Freeman produces more than 3,000 expositions annually, including 107 of the largest 200 U.S. trade shows, and more than 10,000 other events worldwide.

Chew is responsible for the division’s U.S. and Canadian field operations including the branch network.


Two students named NextGen Leaders

The Next Generation (NextGen) Nonprofit Leaders Program, a national competition that provides scholarships to students conducting internships in the nonprofit sector, has listed two students from UNT to be recognized.

Raven Dickerson and Sara Chavez will be recognized as NextGen Leaders by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and both will receive a $4,500 scholarship.

Established in 1948, the alliance is an organization of academic institutions, nonprofit organizations and professional associations designed to prepare college and university students for professional and leadership positions in the nonprofit industry.

Dickerson, a 2009 graduate of Lake Dallas High School, is a senior majoring in social work.

Chavez, a 2009 graduate of Yvonnne A. Ewell Townview Magnet, is a senior majoring in social work.

Dickerson and Chavez are among 46 college students selected from more than 50 college campuses in the United States, four of whom are from Texas.

Their $4,500 scholarships will cover their expenses as they complete an internship with a nonprofit organization during the fall.

The Alliance also provides certification in nonprofit management and leadership, which Dickerson and Chavez are both working to complete.

The certificate program, which includes courses in fundraising, volunteer management and other skills needed in nonprofit management, is administrated at UNT in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.


UNT named a best college buy again

For the 17th consecutive year, the University of North Texas has been named one of America’s Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc.

Institutional Research & Evaluation is an independent research and consulting organization specializing in the recruiting and retention of students for institutions of higher education.

The annual rankings identify 100 American colleges and universities that provide students the highest quality education at the lowest cost.

To be considered for inclusion, an institution must meet the following requirements: be an accredited, four-year institution; offer full residential facilities; have an entering freshman class in the fall of 2011 with a high school GPA and/or SAT/ACT equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen; and have out-of-state tuition in 2012-13 below the national average or not exceeding the national average cost by more than 10 percent.

The average SAT score for incoming freshmen at UNT for fall 2011 was 1106, compared to the national average of 1094.

The average ACT score for incoming freshmen at UNT for fall 2011 was 24, compared to the national average of 23.