UNT named a Military Friendly School again
For the third consecutive year, the University of North Texas has been selected for inclusion in G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of Military Friendly Schools for 2013. UNT made the list for the first time in 2010. The ranking puts UNT in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation.
G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, publishes the annual list to honor the colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Schools were chosen based on non-financial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, as well as financial commitment, recruitment efforts and other academic accreditations.
A detailed list of schools will be included in the G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools annual and poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel. UNT will also be listed online as a military-friendly school.
UNT has an active Student Veterans Association and offers emotional support through the Disability and Well-being Consortium, and the UNT Veterans Center first opened in 2009 to help navigate veterans through the transition from service to college.
Research examines whistle-blowing
New research from the University of North Texas College of Business is the first of its kind to examine how third-party observers react to whistleblowers who report wrongdoing.
While existing research on whistleblowers examines what makes a person decide to come forward and report a wrongdoing, Accounting Department faculty members at UNT, Jesse Robertson, Cameron Cockrell, Mary Curtis and Dutch Fayard, developed a written experiment and surveyed UNT students to examine how observers to a wrongdoing and reporting would treat those involved.
The students found that whether a person believes they will be ostracized for whistle-blowing is a big deterrent in the decision to reporting wrongdoing. For wrongdoers, the research suggests charisma and likability are big factors in determining how peers will react.
Another factor the research uncovered was that the strength and clarity of an organization’s code of conduct was not a factor in whether peers ostracized a whistleblower for following code.
The research was presented at the 17th annual Ethics Research Symposium as part of the American Accounting Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in August.
Author to give zombie survival tips at UNT
New York Times best-selling author Max Brooks, whose books have tapped into the pop-culture phenomenon of zombies, will offer 10 lessons for surviving an attack of the ghoulish creatures in a speech presented by the UNT Fine Arts Series.
Brooks’ first release, The Zombie Survival Guide, offers tips on how to protect oneself from the living dead. His New York Times best-seller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, gives first-person accounts “as told to the author” of a worldwide battle against zombies and is being made into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.
Brooks’ speech, followed by a book signing, will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Silver Eagle Suite in the University Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $10 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; and free for UNT students. Purchase tickets online at http://untuniontickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=173 or by calling 940-565-3805.