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Gala concert to feature symphonic music, jazz

“Symphony Meets Jazz,” the 2012 University of North Texas College of Music Gala, brings together UNT’s Symphony Orchestra, A Cappella Choir, members of the Jazz Singers and an array of vocal and instrumental soloists for an afternoon of American music featuring original arrangements by UNT’s Richard DeRosa as well as jazz-inspired music by composers George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.

Proceeds from Sunday’s event benefit College of Music scholarships.

DeRosa’s arrangements of songs such as “Autumn in New York” and “Cherokee” reimagine familiar American standards as orchestral showpieces for both jazz and classical soloists. His version of “One O’clock Jump” stars a jazz quintet of members of UNT’s One O’clock Lab Band, and his “Tenderly/Autumn Leaves” medley features student violinist Leah Greenfield and Maestro Itkin himself at the piano.

For the grand finale, the A Cappella Choir and members of the Jazz Singers will join together with members of the One O’clock Lab Band for DeRosa’s take on Bernstein’s hit “America” from West Side Story.

DeRosa, who teaches jazz composition and arranging at UNT, has been interested in bringing together the UNT Symphony Orchestra and jazz program since he joined the faculty in 2010. DeRosa said UNT is one of the few schools in the United States that can achieve such an ambitious collaborative effort.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the concert only are available for $25, and can be purchased online at  or by calling 940-369-7802. For group rates of $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more, call 940-369-7772. Tickets for the concert and a dinner afterward are available for $100, and can be purchased by calling 940-369-8417.


UNT recognized by two national magazines

Two national magazines have named UNT among the top colleges and universities in the U.S. based on the number of undergraduate degrees conferred to minority students.

Hispanic Outlook Magazine has named UNT as one of the Top 100 institutions for Hispanics based on degrees awarded. UNT ranked 33rd in awarding undergraduate degrees and 51st in awarding graduate degrees.

UNT was also named one of America’s Top 100 Degree Producers by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. UNT ranked 33rd in undergraduate degrees in all disciplines for all minority students. UNT’s College of Public Affairs & Community Service ranked second in awarding bachelor’s degrees in multi- or interdisciplinary studies to all minority students.

To view the full rankings, visit  or .


13 join board of UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Association Inc. recently added 13 new members to its board of directors. The board is responsible for governing the organization and overseeing all aspects, including fundraising.

Elected and appointed were:

•  Byron Campbell, a senior partner with Dallas-based Capitol-Insights and a 2005 graduate.

•  Aldo Davila, an exercise and training operations panel officer in Washington, D.C., and a 2004 graduate.

•  Neil Foote of Dallas, founder and owner of Foote Communications and a senior lecturer with UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism.

•  Holly Friedman of Dallas, a 1998 graduate who has helped raise money for nonprofit boards including the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association.

•  David Gorman of Plano, managing director of DNG Holdings LLC and a 1993 graduate.

•  Emily Klement of Muenster, dean of North Central Texas College’s Bowie and Graham campuses, who earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of education degrees at UNT.

•  Jay McAnelly of San Antonio, president and CEO of Investment Professionals Inc. and a 1994 graduate.

•  Andrew Olivo, an attorney with Iconoclast PLLC and a 2007 graduate.

•  Juliet Patterson, a Tarrant County College instructor, a retired administrator and a 1971 graduate.

•  Karen Permetti of Flower Mound, executive director of communications for the Lewisville school district and a 1997 graduate.

•  Telea Stafford of Dallas, principal of Phoenix Marketing LLC, owner of Common Grounds Coffee in Farmers Branch and a 2003 Executive MBA graduate.

•  Kimberly Reasoner, UNT presidential appointee and the director of external and government relations at UNT.

•  George Wendt, UNT Presidential Appointee and the assistant vice president for advancement service at UNT.

Anyone can nominate a person to serve on the UNTAA board. The nominating committee receives each person’s resume and conducts an interview. If approved, the nominee is then voted on by the full board to determine membership.

Nominations are accepted annually. To contact the association, cal 940-565-2834 or e-mail .


UNT College of Music presents fall events

UNT College of Music performances this month include the following:

•  7:30 p.m. today — Concert Band conducted by Nicholas E. Williams in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 to $10.

•  8 p.m. Thursday — Jazz Repertory Ensemble directed by Rodney Booth in Kenton Hall at the Music Building. Free.

•  8 p.m. Friday — One O’clock Lab Band CD release event with director Steve Wiest at McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets are $30, or $5 for students.

•  6:30 p.m. Monday — Faculty recital with Jeffrey Bradetich on double bass and Steven Harlos on piano performing Brahms’ Sonata in F Major, Bach’s Suite No. 4 and Bloch’s Schelomo, in Voertman Hall at the Music Building. Free.

•  8 p.m. Tuesday — African Ensemble directed by Gideon Foli Alorwovie in Voertman Hall at the Music Building. Tickets are $5.

•  8 p.m. Oct. 18 — Faculty and guest artist recital with Pamela Mia Paul and Krassimira Jordan performing Works for Piano Four Hands and Piano Duo in Voertman Hall at the Music Building. Free.

•  8 p.m. Oct. 19 — Trombone Choir coordinated by Vern Kagarice in Voertman Hall at the Music Building. Free.

•  8 p.m. Oct. 20 — Faculty and guest artist recital with Kimberly Cole Luevano on clarinet, Daphne Gerling on viola and Xiao-Bo Nestler on piano in Voertman Hall at the Music Building. Free.

For a complete list of College of Music events, visit For Murchison Performing Arts Center ticket information, call 940-369-7802 or visit

The Music Building is at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. The Murchison Performing Arts Center is located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard.

Some concerts are streamed live online at .


Contest promotes writing about history

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference at UNT is helping launch a national history writing contest for high school and community college students ahead of the 2013 conference.

On Oct. 25, high school and community college students will be able to participate in a free distance learning program designed to teach them how to make history come alive in writing.

The program features Pulitzer and Emmy-winning writer and critic Ron Powers, author of 10 books, including his recent biography Mark Twain and the best-seller Flags of Our Fathers.

Powers will give two lectures Oct. 25 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station on the art and craft of writing historical narratives. About 1,000 students from Texas will attend, and the lectures will be made available online for viewing.

To participate in the writing contest, applicants must register for the Oct. 25 program or view the recording online.

Teachers will be able to register for the program online at . For information about on-site registration, e-mail or call 979-691-4006. Schools also can register to live-stream the event or view an archived recording at a later date.

The program is a partnership of the Bush library’s education department and the Mayborn conference.

An application and contest rules for the 2013 Mayborn Biography Competitionwill be available online at Ten winners will be selected by a jury pool of writers.

Writers are asked to submit untold narratives surrounding events and characters in history that have left a lasting mark on their communities and have shaped their town’s future in ways that are still playing out today.

Each winner and a teacher or mentor of his or her choice will be awarded scholarships to next year’s Mayborn conference, July 19-21 in Grapevine. Winners will be recognized during the conference and winning works will be published in The Dallas Morning News.

For more information about the competition or the conference, contact Sarah Whyman at 940-565-4564 or , or Jo Ann Ballantine, conference manager, at 940-565-4778 or .


UNT makes America’s Best College Buys list

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. The independent research and consulting organization specializes in the recruiting and retention of students for higher education institutions. The rankings identify 100 colleges and universities that provide students the highest quality education at the lowest cost.

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

The average SAT score for freshmen at UNT last fall was 1106, compared to the national average of 1094. Their average ACT score was 24, compared to the national average of 23.