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Students place third in national competition

UNT students Sarah Muller and Hailey Turner placed third in the National Retail Federation Foundation Student Challenge.

For placing third, both won $1,500 scholarships after they were flown out to the National Retail Federation BIG Show in New York City for the final leg of the competition.

The UNT students presented a proposal at the beginning of the conference and show for a retailer called STORY, which changes its location and gallery set up every few weeks.

Then, the winners were announced during a gala at the show Jan. 15.

Smart to be 1st speaker in spring lecture series

The first speaker in the Distinguished Lecture Series this spring will be Elizabeth Smart, a child abduction survivor and advocate.

Smart was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in 2002, when she was 14-years-old.

Now, she works with foundations to teach children about violence and sexual crime, human trafficking and frequently supports related legislation.

The lecture is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Union Lyceum at 1155 Union Circle.

Tickets are on sale online at and priced based on university affiliation.

Students get one ticket for free and can pay $5 for any guests; faculty, staff and alumni pay $8 and general admission is $10.

Student wins IBM mainframe contest

The IBM Master the Mainframe contest started with more than 4,000 students and ended with Brian Powers, a senior business computer information systems major, as the top winner.

The competition has three parts and students were eliminated based on their performance in each part.

Each simulates a real-life problem on a mainframe computer, which are used widely in banks and retailers but are rarely taught in school.

Forty students advanced to part three, where Powers was deemed the winner. His prize is a free trip to the SHARE conference in San Jose, California, in March to network with IBM executives, business partners and clients.

— Compiled for the Denton Record-Chronicle by staff writer Jenna Duncan