UNT to celebrate 50th annual University Day
Two events at the University of North Texas scheduled for Friday will recognize current students and alumni for outstanding achievements and celebrate university history.
UNT will celebrate its 50th annual University Day with entertainment, activities, student organization booths and a free picnic lunch. UNT also will honor distinguished alumni that evening at the Alumni Awards Dinner.
University Day will be celebrated on the Willis Library mall beginning at 11 a.m. The mall is located west of the University Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. UNT student IDs must be presented to receive the free meal. The first University Day celebration was held in 1961, when North Texas State College became North Texas State University, and has continued every spring.
UNT will honor several of its notable alumni during its annual Alumni Awards dinner. The dinner will be held in the Gateway Center Ballroom, located at 801 North Texas Blvd., between Eagle Drive and Highland Street, beginning at 6 p.m.
Receiving the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award are Ben T. Morris, who received his bachelor's in accounting in 1967, and John and Lindy Rydman, who both received a bachelor's in music education in 1972. Rosalyn Reades, who earned her bachelor's in chemistry in 2002, will receive the university's first Distinguished Young Alumnus/Alumna Award, which will be given to outstanding alumni who are 40 years old or younger.
Margaret Irby Nichols, who received a bachelor's in library science in 1945, is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Service Award. Jim Bezdek, who graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's in mathematics, will receive the Ulys Knight Spirit Award.
University celebrating Financial Literacy Week
The UNT Student Money Management Center is celebrating five years of service with a week of events, including a "grab the money" booth and a variety of financial literacy sessions.
The center, which has provided more than 40,000 students with tools and solutions to achieve financial freedom and financial literacy, is hosting Financial Literacy Week this week.
Financial Literacy Week includes sessions on "Gourmet Cooking on a Budget," "Being Green Without Spending All Your Green," "Controlling Debt Before It Controls You," tax filing and identity theft.
For a full schedule of events, visit http://moneymanagement.unt.edu/flw.
Student creates Nigerian fashions
A University of North Texas student is seeking to blend traditional Nigerian crafts with her modern fashion designs - and in the process, address the need to sustain the local economy of her family's native country and keep a cultural tradition alive.
Designs by Zigwai Remy Odukomaiya will be on display through June 10 in "Convergent Boundaries," the latest exhibition at UNT's Fashion on Main at 1901 Main St. at the UNT System Building in Dallas.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
For more information, call 940-565-2732 or 214-752-8151 or visit www.tfc.unt.edu .
UNT to screen film on medical marijuana
The University of North Texas Department of Radio, Television and Film will present a free screening of Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine and the Law, a 2005 documentary that examines the heated debate over medical use of marijuana in the U.S., next week.
The event begins at 7 p.m. April 21 in Room 184 of Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building, located on the corner of Welch and Chestnut streets. Director Jed Riffe will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.
For more information, call 940-565-2537.
Research into cellular biology published
A process developed by a UNT doctoral student and his mentors is giving cellular biologists a new window into both plant and animal physiology.
Previously, researchers could determine the chemical composition of a sample, but could not determine where the chemicals came from within the sample. Now biologists and chemists will be able to create chemical maps of cellular structures at the molecular level. This advancement will result in a better understanding of how plants and animals function.
Patrick Horn, a doctoral student under the direction of biologist Dr. Kent Chapman, pioneered the process with help from students in Guido Verbeck's Imaging Mass Spectrometry Laboratory.
The team's research recently was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and also was recognized by the Faculty of 1000, an organization that identifies and evaluates the most important articles in biology and medical research publications.
Horn began his research on lipids in fall 2008, and says he'll continue working with Chapman and Verbeck until his anticipated graduation in 2013. He says that he plans to become a professor once he completes his doctorate.