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Veterans Day events scheduled

UNT will honor its student veterans and other veterans with a full week of events beginning Monday.

At 11 a.m. Monday, a Veterans Day program will be held on the lawn of the Denton County Courthouse, hosted by the university, Texas Woman’s University and the county veterans service. Forrest Beadle, a Denton attorney, will be the keynote speaker.

The UNT Brass Band will play “A Veterans Day Salute” in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are free to veterans and UNT students, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, other students and UNT faculty/staff/retirees. For tickets, go to or call 940-369-7802

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, UNT’s chapter of SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society will have an induction ceremony for new members in rooms 43 and 44 of the Gateway Center.

There will be a Veterans Employer Panel from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, to discuss veterans currently working in different civilian positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The event will be in Room 120 A/B in Chestnut Hall.

An open house is planned from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Student Veterans Services to help students learn about the resources on campus.

Additionally, there will be a Veterans Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 on the front lawn of Sage Hall. Representatives from several organizations, including Denton County Veterans Coalition and Veteran Psychologists, The Military and Veterans Marriage Enrichment Project and Cycle Operators Guild, will have booths.

Finally, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, there will be a roundtable discussion in the Forum at Willis Library about re-entering civilian life.

Schultz named associate vice president

Dr. David Schultz, chairman of the Department of Physics in the University of North Texas College of Arts and Sciences, has been named associate vice president for research and economic development.

“The big excitement for me is being able to help improve the infrastructure, support and culture for research and creative activities across the university,” Schultz said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to assist faculty and staff in our research, scholarly and economic development enterprises.”

Schultz also will be providing oversight of shared research facilities at UNT, including the Center for Advanced Research and Technology at Discovery Park.

Schultz joined UNT in 2011 and is an accomplished theoretical physicist and active researcher in the areas of atomic, molecular and optical physics, plasma science and astrophysics.

Students collecting snacks for area youth

For a class project, students at the University of North Texas are conducting a fundraiser for individually wrapped, nonperishable snacks for Communities In Schools of North Texas.

The students will set up boxes from Monday through Friday, Nov. 15 at businesses throughout Denton to collect the items. There will also be a table for collections inside Chilton Hall at UNT from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13.

To request a box, contact Ryan Smock at 817-542-3595. Monetary donations can be sent to Communities In Schools of North Texas, P.O. Box 295543, Lewisville, TX 75029. Checks can be made out to Communities In Schools of North Texas, with Snack PACS Drive in the subject line.

Student awarded FAME scholarship

Senior Ashton Baca was awarded the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME) 2013-2014 Orville Jones Scholarship. He was one of 46 scholarship recipients from across the country.

Baca, a risk insurance and financial services major, won $5,000 to split between the fall and spring semesters.

Baca has also received three other scholarships: the FIREL (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law) Scholarship, the DFW Risk Management Society Scholarship and a scholarship from IIAD (Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas).

Professor, student win awards at conference

A College of Visual Arts and Design professor and a graduate student each won two awards at the International Textile and Apparel Association’s annual conference in October.

Associate professor Li-Fen Anny Chang was awarded the two highest professional-level awards — the ITAA Award for Excellence in Target Market Design and the Lectra Outstanding Faculty Designer Award. With the faculty designer award, Chang won a trip to Paris.

Fashion design graduate student Chanjuan Chen received two awards — the Cotton Inc. Innovations in Cotton Design Award and the Fashion Supplies Innovation Design Award.

Documentary ‘Urban Rez’ to be shown

In observance of Native American Heritage Month, UNT will conduct a free screening of Urban Rez, a documentary exploring the lasting legacy and modern-day effects of the federal location policies of the 1950s.

After the screening, the film’s director, Larry T. Pourier, will answer questions from the audience.

Urban Rez received a Best Cultural Documentary regional Emmy earlier this year from the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The screening will start at 7 p.m. in Room A117 of UNT’s Life Sciences Complex at 1510 Chestnut St.