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Vice provost hired

Robert Watling will now oversee budgeting and human resources as the new vice provost for academic resources at UNT.

Watling is now serving the role after working as assistant dean for business operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Finley Graves, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Watling will help improve business practices at the university.

Partnership with Mexican official grows

The partnership between the Secretariat of Education for the state of Jalisco, Mexico and the UNT College of Education remains strong after 15 years.

Students and faculty visited with the secretariat as part of a trip to Guadalajara. The secretariat supervises education from early childhood to colleges and research centers in the state.

Because of the partnership, UNT students training to be teachers get to interact with teachers in Mexico and learn about their culture and education system.

Student wins trip to forum with scholarship

Asia Phillips, who is entering her senior year at UNT, will attend the 2016 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Conference on a scholarship.

She won a scholarship from the local chapter of CSCMP, the DFW Roundtable Scholarship, and will attend the conference in Kissimmee, Florida on Sept. 25 through 28.

She will graduate in spring 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in logistics and supply chain management and a minor in Spanish.

Learning Center recognized

The UNT Learning Center, which offers support to undergraduate students who don’t meet college readiness requirements, was awarded at the International Conference for Supplemental Instruction for outstanding innovation.

The center teamed with the Texas Success Initiative last fall to provide supplemental instruction, and uses students and group study sessions to help students who don’t meet college requirements yet.

With the partnership, 98 percent of students who completed the requirements met their college readiness requirements when the program ended. The award recognizes this success.

Vice provost selected for graduate school

Victor Prybutok will now head the Toulouse Graduate School as vice provost, which encompasses all master’s and doctoral degree programs at UNT.

Currently, Prybutok is the interim dean of the College of Information, and previously worked as associate dean for academic affairs for the graduate school, as well as the doctoral program director for the College of Business.

In the role he hopes to facilitate students across disciplines to conduct research, find mentors and “flourish academically and emotionally,” he said in a press release.