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UNT recognized as top “green” college

For the fourth year in a row, UNT was named to the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges,” which recognized 322 schools for their commitments to sustainability.

The guide lists institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The guide is released in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council — the organization that oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ranking system.

TAMS students named regional semifinalists

Stacy Ho and William Ou, students at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, were named regional finalists in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, each winning a $1,000 scholarship.

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s leading original research competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

For her research project, Ho studied artificial photosynthesis, a process which uses solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel from water. She created a photo sensitizer, or light-harvesting complex, that increased the efficiency of the process.

Ou’s research investigated metal catalysts that can be used to convert organic compounds into hydrogen gas. Current methods for producing hydrogen gas are fairly ineffective and are energy intensive.

Eighteen other TAMS students were also named semifinalists, the most semifinalists of any school in the United States.

Tickets still available for Murphy Center luncheon

Daymond John, founder of the fashion brand FUBU and a cast member of ABC’s Shark Tank, will speak about entrepreneurship at the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship’s BDO USA, LLP Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 8.

Also at the event, alumnus Norm Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries, will receive the annual Murphy Award, which is given annually to an entrepreneur for a lifetime achievement in business.

Student scholarships will also be awarded, and donors will be recognized. Student winners will be announced for the New Venture Creation Contest, in which students earn seed money to launch their businesses.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will take place at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Luncheon tickets are $200 each. Sponsorships are available at the $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 levels. Money raised from the luncheon will benefit scholarships, student awards and programs offered through the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship.

To register, visit, and for more information, e-mail

Faculty member named president of association

Mickey Abel, associate professor in the Department of Art Education and Art History, was named the president of the Texas Medieval Association for 2014.

The association also announced that the annual interdisciplinary regional conference will be conducted at UNT in October 2014.

Abel will be the first art historian to spearhead the conference, and Barbara Rosenwein, a historian from Loyola University in Chicago, will deliver the conference’s keynote address.

UNT upgrades computing service

The University of North Texas’ high-performance computing system, Talon, was replaced with Talon 2.0, an advanced system that will accommodate a growing base of computational research.

UNT received the original Talon system in 2009 to help users conduct research in biology, chemistry, mathematics and other subjects.

The new system is more than five times faster in processing power and has more than 10 times the amount of high throughput storage space for research data collections.

UNT vice president visits McKinney school

Michael Monticino, the University of North Texas’ vice president for advancement, and Jessie Rohlmeier, a UNT alumna and third-grade teacher at Naomi Press Elementary School in McKinney, helped Rohlmeier’s students show their Mean Green pride Oct. 23.

To encourage students to aspire to a college education, Press Elementary assigns each classroom a university, and the students learn about the university — its colors, mascot, traditions and programs — and wear its colors every Friday. Monticino handed out UNT T-shirts and souvenirs to each child in the class and encouraged them to keep striving for a college education.

Upon meeting Monticino, the class erupted into UNT’s fight song.

Student finance center receives national award

The Association of Financial Planning and Counseling Planning Education awarded the University of North Texas’ Student Money Management Center its Outstanding Financial Counseling and Planning Center Award for 2013.

The national award is given to a center that demonstrates its effectiveness in the community, responds to needs of its target audience and delivers appropriate materials for the audience.

The center opened in the fall of 2005 and provides personal consultations, workshops, seminars, presentations, online resources and emergency-based loan programs for students.

The center will be recognized at the association’s annual conference on Nov. 22 in Greenville, S.C.

National security speaker series set

The University of North Texas has established the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on national security, after alumnus Ernie W. Kuehne Jr. pledged $300,000 to support the series.

The series will present three speakers each year, and retired Adm. James Stavridis, chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors, will be the inaugural speaker.

He will speak at noon Dec. 3 at the Tower Club in Dallas on “Sailing the Cyber Seas: The New Realities of 21st Century Security.”

Stavridis was the first Navy officer to serve as both commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is scheduled to speak Feb. 4.

Author and geopolitical analyst Robert D. Kaplan, who was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for his work that includes The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, is scheduled to speak May 6.

Tickets for each speaker in the series cost $45 for World Affair Council members and $60 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at

Alumni asked to participate in survey

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project has released a survey to explore the lives of arts education alumni from dozens of institutions nationwide.

Graduates from the University of North Texas’ College of Music, College of Visual Arts and Design or College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to participate in the survey, which is open through Nov. 22.

The survey provides alumni with a chance to share their experiences and help shape the future of arts education at UNT and across the country. The survey results will help participating arts institutions better prepare students for success, whether they stay in the arts or use what they’ve learned in other professional fields.

After completing the survey, alumni will have access to a site where they can see how their experience compares to other survey participants. They can see where arts graduates live and work and how arts educations have influenced their lives.

The survey is available at .