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Graduation planned for Friday and Saturday

More than 4,000 students will receive degrees from the University of North Texas this spring. Commencement ceremonies are set for Friday and Saturday in the UNT Coliseum, on the southeast corner of Highland Street and North Texas Boulevard.

The ceremony for doctoral and master’s degree candidates will be at 3 p.m. Friday, and undergraduate commencement ceremonies are set for Friday evening and Saturday. This fall, 3,225 undergraduate students, 755 master’s students and 79 doctoral students applied for graduation.

The 7 p.m. Friday ceremony will include graduates from the College of Information, College of Music, the College of Visual Arts and Design, the Mayborn School of Journalism and the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism.

On Saturday, the 9 a.m. ceremony will include graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences.

The 1 p.m. ceremony will include graduates from the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the College of Engineering.

The ceremony at 5 p.m. will include graduates from the College of Education and the College of Business.

Graduates and their guests are invited to commencement receptions at the UNT Gateway Center Ballroom, adjacent to the Coliseum at 801 North Texas Blvd. Friday’s reception will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for doctoral and master’s degree candidates as well as undergraduate candidates graduating at the 7 p.m. ceremony. The reception on Saturday will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all other undergraduate candidates.


Three Latino journalists earn scholarships

Hispanic Communicators DFW, the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s largest association of Hispanic/Latino journalists, has awarded three scholarships to UNT students.

Cassandra Rodriguez, Rosi Linda Sanchez and Olmar Vanegas were recognized as top Hispanic communicators at the association’s banquet.

Rodriguez, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, and Vanegas, a senior majoring in integrated studies, each received a $2,000 scholarship presented by NBC 5/Telemundo and Time Warner Cable. Sanchez, a senior majoring in journalism with a focus in advertising, received a $1,500 scholarship presented by Hispanic Communicators DFW.

About $10,000 in scholarships were given to six high school and college communication students at the banquet. The students were honored by WFAA-TV anchor Gloria Campos and PBS senior correspondent Ray Suarez.

Established in 1981, Hispanic Communicators DFW is an organization of journalists, public relations and advertising professionals, educators, students and others committed to the fields of communication. The organization is a chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


English professor receives fellowship

Dahlia Porter, an English professor at UNT, is one of 20 junior faculty and doctoral and postdoctoral students in the United States to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography.

The fellowship program was created after the Rare Book School, a not-for-profit educational organization affiliated with the University of Virginia, received an $896,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The foundation is endowed with wealth accumulated by Andrew W. Mellon, who served as U.S. Treasury secretary from 1921 to 1932 and was a banker, industrialist, philanthropist and art collector.

During Porter’s three-year fellowship, she and the other fellows will attend three summer courses at Rare Book School, which are intended for those who study the history of books, manuscripts and related objects.

Fellows will also attend seminars on bibliography and its possible place in humanities teaching and research and attend three-day field schools — visits to special bibliographical collections in Boston, Chicago, New York City and other metropolitan areas.

Each fellow will also receive $2,000 to host at least one academic symposium at his or her university, inviting distinguished scholars of bibliography, book history and related fields. Fellows may choose to host a second symposium, which will be supported by additional funding.

The Mellon Fellows may also receive up to $1,500 to collaborate with other fellows on additional visits to collections for research.

A UNT faculty member since last August, Porter currently teaches courses on 18th-century and Romantic era literature, but she is designing a course on plagues — from the Black Death of the Middle Ages and cholera outbreaks to AIDS epidemics — and cultural implications of the disease, including government reactions such as quarantines.

Porter also received a Research Initiation Grant from UNT to go to London this summer. There, she plans to study the collections at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, which displays the work of 18th-century surgeon and anatomist John Hunter.


Cold-formed steel competition returns

UNT will host the International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design for its third year. Created by engineering technology professor Cheng Yu, the competition helps to promote interest in cold-formed steel, an economical and recyclable construction material.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any university. Entries should be submitted by Sept. 15, and winners will be announced in December.

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In 2010, Yu was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award for a five-year research project to study the design of cold-formed steel shear walls and to develop high-performance structures.

The competition’s sponsors are UNT, National Science Foundation, American Iron and Steel Institute and Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute.