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UNT theater group to present comedy

The University of North Texas presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a rollicking, clever play that follows the fictional meeting of two young and not-yet-famous geniuses, painter Pablo Picasso and physicist Albert Einstein.

They hilariously debate the powers of art and science in the play, written by comedian Steve Martin. Just when there seems to be a meeting of the minds between the two, a mysterious visitor from the future arrives to take the discussion to another level. In the same spirit of Martin’s screenplays, Picasso is a hilarious physical comedy of zany situations.

The production is led by Hayes, professional guest scenic designer Michael Sullivan and a creative team of student designers who have created the wacky world of Café au Lapin Agile and the clothes of 1904 Paris.

There will be a reception and brief “Behind the Scenes” session following the opening, which is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the University Theatre in the RTFP building on campus.

Other performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 7-8, and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 9. The play runs 90 minutes, without intermission.

The comedy is rated PG-13 for language, and some crude and suggestive content.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $7.50 for UNT students, faculty and staff with valid ID, and seniors. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, new UNT faculty and KERA members.

Tickets can be ordered over the phone with a credit card by calling 940-565-2428 or 817-267-3731, ext. 2428. The box office accepts cash, checks and credit cards and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and opens one hour prior to each performance.


Concerto Competition winners to perform

Seven of the college of music’s finest students who won the University of North Texas annual Concerto Competition in the fall will be featured with the UNT Symphony Orchestra on March 6.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35 frontage road.

The concerto concert features all of the different areas of the college of music, including the strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, organ and composition.

The concert will also be streamed live at

The seven winning students — six instrumentalists and a composer — competed in October for a coveted spot on the UNT Symphony Orchestra program.

The pieces will be conducted by Morel and Gregory Grabowski, both of whom are doctoral students in orchestral conducting and students of Itkin.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, UNT faculty and staff, non-UNT students, children and groups of 10 or more; free for UNT students with valid ID.

Purchase tickets online at or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.

The winners are marimba player Jonathan Carr, organist Lerie Grace Dellosa, violinist Seula Lee, composer Daniel Routh, trombone player Evan Sankey, flutist Kristyn Son and pianist Xiao Wang.


Bullying, hazing among topics at conference

Bullying, hazing, social media and other key issues of higher education will be discussed at this year’s 17th Annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas. Featuring renowned speakers, the two-day event is considered the premier higher education law conference in Texas.

The conference takes place March 25 to 26 in UNT’s Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd., and is sponsored by UNT’s Center for Higher Education and UNT’s College of Education, among others.

For conference fees, registration and other information, visit .

The conference is aimed toward public and private college and university professionals, as well as attorneys who advise them. Speakers focus on areas such as student legal issues, First Amendment rights, technology dangers and free speech.

In addition to the Bullying on Campus session presented by Lynn Rossi Scott of Brackett and Ellis P.C., other topics include:

•  Consensual Relationships on Campus — presented by W. Scott Lewis of the National Center for Higher Ed Risk Management in Colorado

•  Hazing on Campus and Legal Ramifications — presented by Kim Novak, independent consultant

•  The Repercussions of Penn State — presented by Josephine Potuto of University of Nebraska College of Law

•  Social Media and Athletes — presented by Eric Bentley of the University of Houston

For program information, contact Marc Cutright at 940-369-7875 or For registration questions, contact the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning at 940-369-7293 or .


University offers sustainability tours

The UNT Office of Sustainability is now offering Sustainability Tours. Everyone from elementary schools to corporations can sign up groups for customized tours of sustainable features on campus. Tour stops include UNT’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified buildings as well as the Zero Energy lab at Discovery Park and the wind turbines at Apogee Stadium.

It will also go over educational programs and sustainable services. The tour guides also will give tips on how schools, businesses and individuals can be more sustainable.

For more information, visit .


College of Education professor wins award

Lyndal Bullock, Regents Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the UNT College of Education, earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children for his service, commitment and contributions.

Bullock received the award in November at the organization’s annual conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Bullock has been of service to the UNT community for more than 30 years. He has coordinated leadership programs on emotional and behavioral disorders and received more than $20 million in external funding for scholars who desire to work with children who have problem behavior or work in higher education.

The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.


UNT participates in RecycleMania event

The University of North Texas is participating in RecycleMania, a friendly national competition for college and university recycling programs.

The competition is supported by Keep America Beautiful.

It started Feb. 3 and runs through March 30. Participants are ranked based on the highest percentage of waste diverted from landfills.

RecycleMania’s mission is to motivate students, staff and faculty at universities to recycle more and reduce waste.

One of the greatest potentials of RecycleMania is the collection and reporting of data.

Schools participating must acquire weights or weight estimates for both trash and recycling to compete in the Grand Championship.

This year, a UNT student group, the RecycleManiacs, has volunteered to work throughout the competition to conduct trash audits and help the university assess its waste diversion rate, which is the percentage of solid waste diverted from landfills.

UNT’s Office of Sustainability will work with the RecycleManiacs, UNT Recycling and the city of Denton recycling office to collect and report data to the RecycleMania organization.

UNT has robust recycling programs, and each year, the university recycles more than 360 tons of paper and cardboard, nearly 5,000 pounds of cans and 600,000 plastic bottles.