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Online business program ranked in survey

The UNT College of Business ranked 17th in the country in a U.S. News and World Report list of 2014 Best Online Graduate Business Programs.

“Our ascent in the rankings is a testament to our continued commitment to providing a top-quality graduate education through our online master of business administration degree program,” said Finley Graves, dean of the College of Business. “Our talented faculty members prepare students to have the knowledge and experience they need to successfully advance in their careers, and students receive the same excellent instruction whether they are learning through an online program or on-campus classes.”

UNT offers an online Master of Business Administration program with concentrations in marketing, strategic management and finance. The UNT College of Business is fully accredited by AACSB-International, the world’s premiere accrediting agency for colleges of business.

North Texas council earns statewide award

The North Texas Regional P-16 Council, coordinated by the UNT College of Education, earned the Crystal Award for Community Partnership Academic Impact at the Texas Education Partnership Awards competition.

The award will be presented at the Texas Association of Partners in Education’s annual awards luncheon later this month in Austin.

The council aims to advance the education of students and close the gaps in students’ academic achievement from preschool through higher education by working with families, businesses, government agencies and community organizations. Members of the council include school districts, community college districts, institutions of higher education, Region 10 and 11 Education Service Centers, workforce organizations, philanthropic agencies and chambers of commerce.

The council is chaired by Keller and Mary Harris, regents professor in teacher education and administration at UNT.

LGBT activist, war veteran to speak

Former U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi will speak at UNT Feb. 6 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

Choi served as an Arabic translator in Iraq from 2006–07. In 2009, Choi announced he is gay on The Rachel Maddow Show and soon after was notified of upcoming discharge proceedings against him from the U.S. Army.

Choi became an LGBT activist and worked toward the eventual repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He now continues to advocate for LGBT rights and veterans’ health.

Choi will speak at 8 p.m. in UNT’s Auditorium Building, 1401 W. Hickory St. The event will include remarks from Choi as well as a question-and-answer session.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Stovall Temporary Union Building Information Desk or by calling 940-565-3805. Students receive one free ticket with a student ID and can purchase up to four guest tickets for $5 each. Faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $8 and general public tickets are $10.

More information can be found online at

Tickets for Speaker Series on sale

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, will be a featured speaker in the inaugural University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series on national security next month.

Hayden speak at noon Feb. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., in Dallas.

Tickets are $45 for UNT alumni or $60 for the general public. Members of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Dallas Regional Chamber can also purchase tickets at the discounted rate. Reservations for a table of eight are $500 for UNT alumni and members of collaborating organizations or $650 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at

Registration still open for music program

Families can register online now through Feb. 17 for the Early Childhood Music Program.

Online registration will improve convenience for parents and caretakers, giving the program additional visibility, said Heidi Scheibmeir, instructor and assistant director of the program. In addition, classes will again be available Fridays and Saturdays.

The classes, taught in Room 115 in the College of Music Annex, offer a rich musical environment with hands-on time with musical instruments and engaging activities for young children.

Classes begin Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 and run for 10 weeks. Registration is preferred by Feb. 17, but the program will accept participants later if space allows.

The 10-week session costs $140 for participants from birth to 24 months of age and $160 for 25 months to 48 months and those attending the multi-age class of birth through 5 years old. Friday sessions also require paid parking, which is available for $2 an hour in the Highland Street Parking Garage. Additional children can attend at a 10 percent discount.

To register, go to For more information, contact Scheibmeir at 940-391-4085 or