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Students win honor scholarships

Two UNT students were awarded scholarships from Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

Hannah McDonald, a senior English major, won the Sandra Jo Hornick Scholarship worth $1,000.

Rania Salman, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, won the Hollis L. Caswell Laureate Scholarship worth $3,500 for her dissertation research titled “The (Mis)Representation of the Middle East and Its People in Elementary School Social Studies Textbooks: A Postcolonial Analysis.”

Program’s director receives award

Richard Last, senior lecturer in merchandising and digital retailing at UNT’s College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, received the first Impact Award at the organization’s annual summit Oct. 2 in Chicago.

Last, who is also the senior director of UNT’s Global Digital Retailing Research Center, is on the board of directors. He was recognized for his leadership and accomplishments in e-commerce and digital retailing, his efforts to mentor young executives and his service to the board.

Food Day celebration planned for Oct. 24

In a collaboration between UNT Dining Services, UNT Sustainability, University Libraries and the UNT Fine Arts Series, the school will conduct the second annual Food Day celebration to promote healthy, affordable and sustainable options.

Activities will start at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, with events lasting until 8 p.m.

Dallas chef Patrick Stark will begin cooking at 10:30 a.m. for lunch at Kerr Hall, and other events include a Farmers Market and Sustainability Fair, pumpkin pie judging contest, a screening of The Future of Food and a panel forum on current trends in dietary choices and the food supply.

For details on the day’s events, visit

UNT among top vegan-friendly schools

UNT earned an “A” on a survey of vegan-friendly campuses across the country, published by peta2, PETA’s youth division.

UNT was the only school in the state to get an “A.”

This is the first time the organization has awarded colleges with report card-style letter grades in its survey of more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

The school earned an “A” because of its all-vegan dining hall, Mean Greens, as did Brown University and Oklahoma City University. UNT received a 75 percent student satisfaction rate in the survey.

Professor awarded Fulbright grant

James Meernik, professor of political science at UNT, received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to work with Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan.

The grant is designed to facilitate new research topics and teaching methods and allows for short-term faculty and professional exchanges ranging from two to six weeks.

During his three-week appointment this month, he will lecture on issues concerning foreign policy, transitional justice and U.S./Mexico relations, and he will design a peace studies and human rights course for both Soochow University and UNT students.

This is Meernik’s second Fulbright Specialist Grant. In May 2009 he used the grant to teach a course on post-conflict peace building at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in Toluca.