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UNT doctoral student chosen as fellow

Kara M. Hurt, a UNT doctoral student from Swink, Colo., has been selected as an inaugural Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs Research Initiative for Graduate Students Fellow.

Hurt is one of two students chosen from a national pool of candidates to collaborate on research endeavors in the one-year fellowship. The program will provide access to data, funding for research materials, and incentive stipends for publications and presentations resulting from the fellowship.

Hurt is working toward a doctoral degree in counseling from the Department of Counseling and Higher Education.


Student earns $4,500 nonprofit leader award

Stephanie Reid, a UNT student from Frisco, earned a $4,500 Next Generation Nonprofit Leader award — a nationally competitive scholarship available to students pursuing a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

The award is given to students completing internships at nonprofit organizations.

Reid, who is pursuing the NLA certificate through the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNT, volunteers at Frisco Cares, a clinic serving uninsured children and adults in Frisco and surrounding communities.


International garments featured in exhibition

In The Joy Losee Collection: Art and Dress Along the Silk Road, an exhibition from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas, traditional garments go beyond the beauty of their fabrics to explore the meanings and cultural identity that garments communicate — such as the artistry in a glittering Thai temple dancer’s costume or the religious significance of an Afghanistan burqa.

Collector Joy Losee first donated 27 traditional cultural garments and accessories to the Texas Fashion Collection in 2011. She donated 35 more outfits in 2012 and plans to donate more this year.

While her donated collection includes items from the Americas, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific, the exhibition will feature a selection of items from Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Turkey, India, Thailand, the Philippines and other countries and cultures along the Silk Road.

Losee, who grew up in Asheville, N.C., and now lives in Gainesville, Ga., gathered garments while traveling in Guatemala, Mexico, Japan and Peru and other places across the globe. Other items were gifts from friends and family or purchased from collectors.

Since she began collecting more than 30 years ago, she has acquired garments from five continents.

She continues to travel and collect. Recent trips have resulted in the Uzbekistan wedding garment that will be on display. The wedding garment and accompanying festival costume are intricately designed with dyed and woven silk and lush embroidery.

Students in a graduate-level art history course studied the garments in this exhibition through visits to the Texas Fashion Collection. They developed teaching tools and scholarly methods of examining the works throughout the fall 2012 semester. Excerpts from their research are shared in extended label texts throughout the exhibition and will be presented by students in a series of Noon Gallery Talks during the show.

This exhibition is the sixth installment of the Collections, Cultures and Collaborations Series, a project that engages with graduate students in art history and art education to conduct original research on contemporary artworks.

The exhibition — presented by the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design as part of the Collections, Cultures and Collaborations Series — will be on display through Feb. 9 in the UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, one block west of Mulberry and Welch streets. The gallery has Saturday hours from noon to 5 p.m.

The opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, will feature a fashion show, with models wearing items inspired by Losee’s collection, a belly dancing demonstration and remarks from College of Visual Arts and Design Dean Robert Milnes.

Admission is free. Contact 940-565-4316 or visit  for more information.


Chemistry professor named science fellow

UNT Regents Professor of Chemistry Angela Wilson has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Wilson, who also is the director of UNT’s Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling, was nominated for her contribution to the development and understanding of quantum chemistry methodologies.

Wilson’s research focuses on the development and understanding of computational chemistry methodology and the application of this methodology to examine problems in a wide range of areas, including materials science, transition metal chemistry and environmental chemistry.

The AAAS recognizes fellows for their contributions to science and technology. New fellows were announced in the journal Science in November, and will be formally recognized at a Fellows Forum in Boston in February.


Composers on Campus series offers new music

The UNT College of Music continues its mission to cultivate new music this spring with the Composers on Campus series, which brings a number of world-class guest composers to campus for performances of their works, in addition to showcasing faculty talent.

The diverse group of guests includes Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, intermedia artist Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, jazz arranger Claus Raible and leading opera composer Jake Heggie.

The Composers on Campus series kicks off at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Yehudi Wyner, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his piano concerto Chiavo in Mano, visits UNT for a free concert of his chamber music in Voertman Hall in the UNT Music Building. Included on the program will be Wyner’s “Dances of Atonement,” with violinist Emanuel Borok and Wyner himself at the piano, and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Horn Trio, performed by William Scharnberg on horn, Chuong Vu on violin and Steven Harlos at the piano.

•  Jazz saxophone faculty member Brad Leali offers a fresh take on gospel with Gospel Meets Jazz: A Black History Celebration at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Voertman Hall. The free concert will be performed by the Brad Leali Jazz Orchestra with Leali on saxophone and guest arranger Claus Raible on piano, together with a gospel choir organized by vocal jazz faculty member Jennifer Barnes.

•  UNT’s Center for Experimental Music & Intermedia presents Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, director of the Intermedia Performance Lab at Stanford University, in a free concert of his own interactive works at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater in the Music Building.

Kapuscinski will use the theater’s electronic Bösendorfer MIDI piano, 16-speaker surround sound system and three large projection screens to create an immersive multimedia experience.

•  A free concert features the music of new composition faculty member Panayiotis Kokoras at 8 p.m. March 4 in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater. The program will primarily consist of works for solo instrumentalists and electronics. The music of Kokoras has been commissioned by institutions and festivals worldwide, from Harvard University to the Netherlands, and his compositions have received more than 50 distinctions and prizes in international competitions.

•  The UNT Wind Symphony continues its legacy of performing new works for wind band at 7:30 p.m. April 11, in a program featuring New York Philharmonic acting principal clarinetist Mark Nuccio as guest soloist. Baylor University composition professor Scott McAllister will be in attendance for Nuccio’s performance of his rock-and-roll inspired piece “Black Dog.” Nuccio will also be featured as soloist on Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy “Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs.”

UNT composition alumnus Kevin Walczyk will be on hand for a performance of his Symphony No. 2 “Epitaphs Unwritten,” nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2011. Conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon leads the Wind Symphony in this performance in Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees and groups of 10 or more; and free for UNT students. Purchase online at or by calling 940-369-7802.

•  The Composers on Campus series culminates with the highly-anticipated premiere of Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symphony at 8 p.m. April 24 in Winspear Hall. Heggie is composing this new concert work for UNT, with faculty tenor soloist Richard Croft, the UNT Symphony Orchestra, and the Grand Chorus under the direction of David Itkin. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees and groups of 10 or more; and free for UNT students. Purchase online at or by calling 940-369-7802.


TAMS students named Intel semifinalists

Three students in UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science have been named semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.

Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,700 entrants.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each year 300 students are named semifinalists, and each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to each student’s school. Semifinalists go on to compete for $1.25 million in awards.

The semifinalists are:

•  Jianing Jenny He, 18, of Plano, for “The New Canary: Revolutionizing On-Site Direct Analysis of Air Quality in Oil and Gas Fields.”

•  Alex Hong, 17, of Allen, for “Synthesis of Acrylonitrile-Based NONOate Bandages for Enhancement of Wound Healing.”

•  Larry Xiao, 17, of Plano, for “TEOS-MEK Modification of Natural Fibers in Polymer-Based Composites.”

The academy is a two-year residential program at UNT that allows exceptionally talented students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while receiving the equivalent of high school diplomas. Students enroll in the academy following their sophomore year in high school, live in a UNT residence hall and attend UNT classes.

On Jan, 23, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named as finalists. They will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., from March 7-13. Each finalist will receive at least $7,500. Winners are selected based on rigorous judging sessions and announced at a gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 12.