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New UNT awards to encourage creativity

Students can now be nominated for the inaugural Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards, which are designed to award original creative works.

With a $350,000 gift from donors Bob and Bette Sherman to fund the awards, the first-place winner will receive $10,000, second place $3,000 and third place $1,000. Any original project, application, invention, musical or literary composition, artwork or media can be considered.

UNT faculty and staff members can nominate students for the awards online through Feb. 1. Winners will be announced at the annual UNT Alumni Awards dinner on April 11.

Student awarded $10,000 scholarship

Joshua Urbanovsky of Granbury was named one of the top business students in the state and awarded $10,000 by the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation.

The foundation annually awards one scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student studying entrepreneurship at each of the program’s 21 participating Texas universities. This year, Urbanovsky represented UNT.

Urbanovsky is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a bachelor of business administration degree in entrepreneurship. He plans on graduating from UNT in the spring of 2014. He said he will use the scholarship to help pay for his doctoral degree in computer science at UNT.

Team of students wins national competition

Three College of Business students won the third Intermodal Challenge for a paper and presentation that provided solutions for the growing intermodal industry, which involves moving containers by various modes of transportation.

Seniors Curtis Pogue of Bartonville, Sarah McLaughlin of Fort Worth and Chris Turner of Sugar Land clinched the prize after writing a 2,000-word paper and making a 10-minute presentation to judges at the Intermodal Expo on Nov. 19 in Houston. Pogue and McLaughlin are logistics and supply chain management majors, and Turner is an operations and supply chain management major. All three graduated in this month.

Their paper, submitted two weeks before the competition, focused on opportunities and challenges of growth in the intermodal industry.

Students named semifinalists in contest

A team of four UNT merchandising students were named semifinalists in the National Retail Federation Foundation Student Challenge.

For the competition, teams developed and presented a proposal to bring a new product to an existing U.S. retailer with a business plan and 90-second video pitch for the project.

The team, which was among six semifinalists, includes Subrina Hossain, senior merchandising and digital retailing major from Irving; Khuyen Nguyen, senior merchandising major from Vietnam; Karen Saltzman, junior merchandising major from Plano; and Adriana Solis, senior merchandising major from Dallas.

Three finalist teams will be chosen Dec. 19 and will receive travel scholarships to attend the NRF annual convention and expo in New York City Jan. 12-15. During “the Big Show,” the teams will present their business plans in person to another panel of retail executives.

The winning team will receive a $2,500 scholarship for each team member, with the second-place team receiving $1,000 for each team member and the third-place team receiving $500 for each team member.

UNT Libraries to receive archives

The current and future materials collected by the Dallas Way, a nonprofit that gathers and preserves the history of the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, will now be housed at the UNT Libraries.

The materials will be permanently archived, digitized and made accessible to the public by UNT.

The Dallas Way began in 2011, with historians interviewing members of the LGBT community to record their experiences in its “Outrageous Oral” storytelling series. UNT will receive these records, as well as books, newspapers, photographs and additional materials.

Jack Evans and George Harris, founders of The Dallas Way, said the agreement with UNT “represents an important milestone in documenting the Dallas LGBT community and those leaders whose bravery and courage established the foundation for our fight for equality.”