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Online island students graduate in ceremony

Thirty-one students from U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, including Guam, American Samoa and Micronesia, earned their master’s degrees in library science on July 19.

Students gathered in Susupe, Saipan, part of the Northern Mariana Islands, wearing standard UNT caps and gowns as well as leis for their islands in the ceremony.

Two years ago, the College of Information received a grant to offer an online program known as LEAP: Library Education for the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific in August 2011, the program from which these students graduated.


Gamma Upsilon receives national award

The Gamma Upsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Pi raised $8,816 for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas this spring, earning them the Standards of Excellence Award from the national sorority.

The donation to Ronald McDonald House makes the chapter an outstanding sponsor, which means there will be signage for a year recognizing the group in one room of the house. The donation will help provide families of children who are seeking medical treatment with a place to stay, meals and transportation.

In addition to the cash donation, the sorority members also collected approximately $2,000 worth of items that were on the Dallas Ronald McDonald House’s wish list.


Summer graduation ceremonies scheduled

Nearly 2,000 University of North Texas students will participate in doctoral, master’s and undergraduate ceremonies next month to receive their degrees.

On Aug. 9, 120 doctoral students and 490 master’s students will participate in a commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. in the UNT Coliseum. A reception will follow from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the UNT Gateway Center Ballroom.

Undergraduates will receive their degrees Aug. 10 in three separate ceremonies, which are divided by college.

At 9 a.m., students from the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, College of Visual Arts and Design, Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism and the College of Music will have their ceremony.

At 1 p.m., graduates from the College of Education, College of Information, College of Engineering and the College of Business will walk the stage at the Coliseum.

At 5 p.m., the last ceremony will celebrate graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. The undergraduate reception will be ongoing on Aug. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Student receives research award

UNT senior Melissa Hatheway earned the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award at the Performing Arts Medicine Association annual symposium July 20-23, the second undergraduate and first American undergraduate to receive the award.

Hatheway spent her entire undergraduate career researching pain from playing instruments in marching band after she suffered from multiple hand problems while playing the clarinet. She conducted a survey of the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band and concluded that music-major participants experienced more musculoskeletal pain during and after rehearsal, while non-music majors reported the opposite.

She segmented the responses by instruments and where the students felt pain as well as the intensity of the pain.

She received the award with professor Kris Chesky and five other UNT students and alumni that presented.