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The University of North Texas (informally UNT or North Texas) is a public university located in Dentonmarker, Texasmarker. UNT is the flagship of the University of North Texas System, which also includes the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the soon to be established University of North Texas at Dallas School of Law.

With an enrollment of over 36,000 students, it is the fourth-largest university in the state by enrollment.The university is a member of the Federation of North Texas Area Universities, offering various graduate degrees in coordination with Texas Woman's University and Texas A&M University-Commercemarker. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

History

UNT Performing Arts Center


The university was founded in 1890 by Joshua Crittenden Chilton as the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute. Since its inception, the institution has had its name modified six times to reflect its growth and change. In 1894, the name became North Texas Normal College, followed by North Texas State Normal College in 1901. The institution was known as North Texas State Teachers College in 1923, North Texas State College in 1949, and North Texas State University in 1961, before becoming the University of North Texas in 1989.

North Texas firsts

  • First aging studies program in the U.S., now the Department of Applied Gerontology, Center for Studies in Aging.
  • First jazz studies program in the U.S.
  • First emergency administration and disaster prevention program in the U.S.
  • First environmental ethics program in the country to offer the Ph.D., which is considered the best in the nation
  • First Peace Studies program in the Southwest.
  • First oil and petroleum accounting program in the U.S.
  • First patent for silicon-based ultra-sensitive chemical sensor for use in integrated circuit fabrication.
  • First business computer information systems program in the U.S.
  • First PhD program in art education in the U.S.
  • First bachelor's degree in electronic merchandising in the U.S.
  • First online school library preparation program in the U.S.
  • First accredited counseling program in the U.S., which still ranks among the nation's best.
  • First school in the country to offer a degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering.
  • First college in the South to integrate; Class of 1956 was first integrated graduating class.
  • First football team in modern history to go to a bowl game after posting a losing overall record. The Mean Green finished 5-6 overall in 2001 but won the Sun Belt with a 5-1 conference record, thus earning an automatic bid to the New Orleans Bowl.


Campus

Residence halls

Students living on campus have the choice of residing in the following UNT dormitories:

  • Bradley Street Apartments - mainly for couples and students with children.
  • Bruce Hall - the oldest resident hall on campus, with 492 resident spaces.
  • Clark Hall
  • College Inn
  • Crumley Hall - an all female dorm that is also the home to the central offices for Housing and Dining.
  • Kerr Hall - Largest Dorm on campus with two large towers and 976 resident spaces
  • Honors Hall
  • Legends Hall - upperclassmen
  • Maple Street Hall
  • McConnell Hall - the dorm reserved solely for TAMS students.
  • Mozart Square - upperclassmen
  • Santa Fe Square - upperclassmen
  • Traditions Hall - Almost all single rooms
  • Victory Hall - located across I-35, next to where the new stadium will be located
  • West Hall - "Economy Hall"


Academic profile

Colleges and schools

The University of North Texas confers degrees from eleven colleges and schools:

Students in any major may apply to join the Honors College, a program based on a course of academic study and composed of students who have access to honors classes and to a wide array of special programs and privileges. Membership is open to undergraduates regardless of their major, and graduates of the College are entitled to wear the Honors College Medallion upon commencement.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the University of North Texas.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies is a leading program for the study in environmental ethics and environmental philosophy, distinguished by a focus upon 'field' philosophy, where philosophers work with scientists, engineers, and policy makers. It is also the home of the journal Environmental Ethics [26938] founded in 1979.

Until January, 2009, the college was home to the Department of Political Science which housed International Studies Quarterly, one of the premier journals of international relations.

The Department of History has a primary emphases in Texas and military-history. [26939] The department offers doctoral degrees and houses the Texas State Historical Association, the Barsanti Military History Center, and publishes the journal Military History of the West. The department houses a large Hispanic and Military oral history collection [26940] and hosts an annual conference on military history. The military oral history collection contains the nation's largest number of interviews with Pearl Harbormarker survivors. In 2009, the department hosted the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference.

College of Business

The UNT College of Business is planning a $60 million Business Leadership Building with cutting-edge, 21st century technology for providing high quality business education. Ground breaking is expected for December 2009.

The College is accredited by AACSB International, and a rigorous and comprehensive peer review process ensures that students are earning a national caliber degree. All constituents can be assured that the College meets the highest of standards and is committed to continuous improvement.In November 2008 the college changed its name from College of Business Administration to College of Business.

College of Engineering

In the spring semester of 2004, UNT opened the College of Engineering at its Research Park (now Discovery Park) campus in Denton. Bachelor degrees are offered in information technology, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering technology (with focus areas in electronics, mechanical, manufacturing, or construction), and materials science. UNT also offers a degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering. This new program provides knowledge in the basics of mechanical engineering and alternative energy. The Mechanical and Energy program at UNT is the first program of its kind in the United States. Master's degrees are offered in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering technology, materials science, and mechanical and energy engineering. Doctoral degrees are offered in computer science and engineering, and materials science.

College of Information

The College of Information (COI) was created in May 2009—formerly, The School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS). This new college offers programs in a range of traditional and non-traditional information fields, including school library media, information science, legal information services and US News and World Report third-ranked medical informatics and medical librarianship program. UNT SLIS, which is accredited by the American Library Association, offers classes at its campus in Denton, in Dallasmarker and Houstonmarker, and in Georgiamarker, Nevadamarker, and Minnesotamarker. The school also hosts the University's Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. program. This is one of two universities nation-wide to offer this type of blended course in one cohesive college, instead of requiring two degrees.

College of Music

The University of North Texas College of Music is a comprehensive music school with the largest enrollment of any music institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Approximately one-third of all North Texas music students are enrolled at the graduate level and it ranks among the top five music schools in the country. HEADS Data – Special Report, 2008-09, National Association of Schools of Music Note: For more than 20 years, North Texas Music enrollment has tracked closely to that of Indiana. Institutions that include Berkleemarker, Juilliardmarker, Manhattan School of Musicmarker are not among the 627 NASM members. One non-NASM music school has a student enrollment larger than North Texas – Berkleemarker.
North Texas Indiana
2006-07 1,649 1,638
2007-08 1,659 1,633
2008-09 1,608 1,554


The College of Music is known for its competitive standards and rigorous coursework. It includes recognized programs in composition, theory, history, performance, jazz Unt.edu, and education. Additionally, the college hosts an extensive collection of early music period instruments and is supported by the third largest music library in the U.S., with thousands of scores, periodicals, books, and recordings.

UNT features a symphony orchestra conducted by David Itkin and a symphonic wind ensemble directed by Eugene Migliaro Corporon and associate director Dennis W. Fisher. Their most public and flagship choir is the UNT A Cappella Choir, conducted by Dr. Jerry McCoy. Dr. Lyle Nordstrom directs the various early music performance ensembles, including the UNT Baroque Orchestra, the Collegium Singers and several smaller early music chamber ensembles. Current renowned professors in the music history and theory area are Dr. Frank Heidlberger, Dr. Margaret Notley, Dr. Timothy Jackson, Dr. David Schwarz, Dr. Albert W. Wily, and Dr. Paul E. Dworak.

North Texas was the first university in North America to offer a degree in Jazz Studies in 1947. The College of Music is noted for building a world-class jazz program along with the world-renowned One O'Clock Lab Band, which is often highlighted on the campus radio station KNTUmarker. Jazz musician Stan Kenton donated his entire library to the music department, and the Stan Kenton Jazz Recital Hall is named in his honor. Just a few notable alumni of the North Texas jazz program include Lou Marini, Lyle Mays, and Bob Belden, as well as countless members of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Norah Jones and Maynard Ferguson.

In striving to build leaders in all areas of music education, the school of music also has several other music ensembles including a marching band known as the Green Brigade Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams, as well as jazz strings, opera theatre ensembles, and Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, African, Indian and Indonesian percussion ensembles. UNT also has 2 steel drum bands. [26941]

The UNT percussion department ranks in the top five of all percussion programs in the United States. The program is notorious for producing highly successful musicians and prominent educators in the field of percussion. The UNT Drumline has dominated the field of indoor percussion for twenty years. Through innovative compositions and drill design the UNT Drumline continues to set the standard for all indoor programs throughout the world.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) is based in Chilton Hall. PACS includes at least 17 departments, centers and institutes, including Anthropology, Applied Arts and Sciences, Applied Economics, Applied Gerontology, Behavior Analysis, Criminal Justice, Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions, and Sociology. PACS also offers several post graduate programs, including a masters degree program and Ph.D. program in sociology.

The Emergency Administration and Planning program (EADP) is part of the PACS Department of Public Administration. UNT offered the first bachelor's degree program for emergency management in the United Statesmarker in 1983. In the years since, the EADP program has drawn students from throughout the US and internationally from Barbadosmarker, Canadamarker, the Dominican Republicmarker, Ethiopiamarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, Japanmarker, Nigeriamarker, Swedenmarker, and Taiwanmarker. Students in the program often benefit from UNT's proximity to Region VI headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), also in Denton (which provides federal disaster assistance to Arkansasmarker, Louisianamarker, New Mexicomarker, Oklahomamarker, and Texasmarker) as well as to the dozens of state and local government entities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

The Department of Public Administration also offers a master of public administration (MPA) degree that provides professional education for persons pursuing a management career in government or non-profit organizations. The MPA degree at UNT is one of the oldest and most respected in the country. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UNT MPA program as being the best in Texas and the Southwest in the field of city management/urban policy, and 9th nationally. In 2005, the department launched a doctoral program offering a Ph.D. in public administration and management.

College of Visual Arts and Design

Art has been a vital part of UNT since it was first taught there in 1894, just four years after the institution was founded. As of 2008-09, CVAD has the 10th largest enrollment of any art and design school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and has the largest enrollment of any art institution that also awards doctorates.HEADS Data – Special Report, 2008-09, National Association of Schools of Art and Design Thirteen degree programs offer both undergraduate and graduate work that leads to the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and Ph.D. degrees as well as a graduate certificate in art museum education. A nationally and internationally recognized faculty provides students excellent role models upon which to pattern their career. The school advertises that a number of internationally known artists, designers, and scholars are UNT alumni, including Jesus Moroles and Bill Worrell.

Mayborn School of Journalism

The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism was established September 1, 2009. The department of journalism was previously under the College of Arts and Sciences. The Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism is also under the umbrella of the Mayborn School. The Graduate Institute was named for Frank W. Mayborn in 1999 after a generous gift from the Frank W. & Sue Mayborn Foundation Advise and Consult Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas Inc.

Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

The Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at the University of North Texas offers over 111 master's and 50 doctoral programs in all nine colleges listed above plus a Master of Arts and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science

One of the highlights of UNT is the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. TAMS is a math program that annually admits 200 gifted students into full-time college studies following their 10th grade year. This program has produced numerous Intel Talent Search finalists and semi-finalists, Goldwater Scholars, and National Merit Scholars.

Program accreditation

Many programs offered at the University of North Texas are accredited by specialized national organizations. These program accreditations include: [26942]

Student life

Mascot

UNT's mascot is the eagle and was adopted in 1922 in a student election over the dragon, the lion and the cottontail rabbit. This selection is said to have reflected the student population's ideals of individual liberty and freedom of expression, values the UNT community continues to cherish. Barefoot students are a relatively common sight on or off campus, for example. The costumed eagle character, Scrappy, appears at sporting and university events, though he didn't always go by that name; in 1974, students who felt "Scrappy" was too warlike dubbed the bird "Eppy," and he kept that name until 1995. Athletic teams are referred to as the "Mean Green." This name is usually associated with football star and 1969 graduate "Mean" Joe Greene, a legendary member of the famous Steel Curtain defense of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers; however, accounts vary about the actual origins of "Mean Green".

In the spring of 2002, the school's chapter of the Albino Squirrel Preservation Society attempted to make the group's namesake the school's secondary mascot. The student body narrowly rejected the measure. If it had passed, it would have made North Texas the nation's second university to have a secondary mascot. In August 2006, the albino squirrel, believed to bring luck to students who spotted him before an exam, was killed by a red-tailed hawk. By May 2007, another albino squirrel had been born on the campus.

Greek life

As of Spring 2008, the following are officially recognized chapters at UNT: [26943], [26944]

Panhellenic Council

Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gammamarker, Pi Beta Phi, Zeta Tau Alpha

Interfraternity Council

Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Lambda Theta Phi, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Gamma Delta Phi Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Theta Chi, Sigma Tau Gamma

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

Multicultural Council

Delta Phi Omega, Lambda Theta Alpha, Lambda Theta Phi, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma. Omega Delta Phi

Academic/honorary/professional/religious

Alpha Chi Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Kappa Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi, Alpha Phi Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Beta Beta, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Upsilon Chi, Chi Alpha, Chi Sigma Iota, Chi Tau Epsilon, Delta Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Pi, Eta Sigma Delta, Eta Sigma Gamma, Gamma Beta Phi, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Kappa Delta Pi, Lambda Alpha Beta, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Pi Eta, Mu Alpha Theta, Mu Epsilon Kappa, Mu Kappa Tau, Omicron Delta Upsilon, Order of Omega, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Chi Theta, Psi Chi, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Sigma Pi, Pi Sigma Alpha, Rho Epsilon Mu, Sigma Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Sigma Delta Pi, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Sigma Pi Omega, Sigma Tau Delta, Tau Alpha Pi, Tau Sigma

Traditions and symbols

UNT Fight Song

After winning a university sponsored contest, alumnus Francis Stroup wrote the school's fight song in 1939. Throughout the years, the song has changed its lyrics to reflect the name changes of the university.

Let's give a cheer for U of NT...

Cheer for the Green and White!

Victory's in store, whate'er the score,

Our team will ever fight, fight, fight!

Shoulder to shoulder we march along,

Striving for victory.

Playing the game for the honor

and fame and the glory of UNT!

U...N...T....Eagles! U-N-T Eagles,

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Alma Mater

In 1919, Julia Smith, member of the university's band (now called the Green Brigade), composed "Glory to the Green and White" which was adopted as the school's alma mater in 1922.

Singing glory to the green,

Singing glory to the white,

For we know our university is

striving for the right,

Down the corridor of years,

We'll forget the joys and tears,

But North Texas, North Texas,

We love!



Traditions

"In High Places" is a prominent representation of the eagle on campus.


Media

  • The Aerie, student yearbook
  • KNTUmarker (88.1 FM), campus radio station with a primarily jazz format
  • The North Texas Daily, student newspaper published Tuesday-Friday during the fall and spring semesters and weekly during the summer
  • North Texas Review, student-submitted, student-run literary journal
  • NTTV, 24-hour cable television station featuring student-produced and student-centered programming


Athletics

UNT competes at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) level as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. When North Texas joined the Sun Belt in 2001, North Texas became an instant power. From 2001 to 2004 UNT won four straight Sunbelt Conference Championships. UNT has since turned into an SBC basketball power and are in the process of adding baseball to their list of sports. In the SBC Arkansas State, Troy, and Middle Tennessee are rivals for UNT. It is a competitive participant in the following varsity sports:[26947] Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.

Additionally, UNT offers numerous athletic sports clubs, including the following as of Spring 2008:[26948] aikido, baseball, billiards, bowling, cycling, fencing, ice hockey, inline hockey, men's & women's lacrosse, racquetball, men's rugby founded in 1920, men's soccer, tennis, triathlon, men's & women's ultimate disc, wakeboarding.

Football

Founded in 1913, the football team has won several conference championships. The Mean Green has won eight Lone Star Conference championships, five Gulf Coast Conference championships, five Missouri Valley Conference championships, two Southland Conference championships and most recently, four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships. The team also appeared in a total of 7 bowl games, winning 2, most recently the New Orleans Bowl in 2002. The new head coach, Todd Dodge, left Southlake Carroll High School with an 89-6 record and finished his third consecutive unbeaten season in 2006.

Since 1952, home football games have been played at Fouts Fieldmarker, a stadium with a current capacity of 30,500.

In October 2008, students approved a new dedicated athletics fee to fund the construction of a new football stadium. The vote passed 2,829 (58%) YES to 2,038 (42%) NO. It was the largest voter turnout (14% of the student body) in recent UNT history. Construction on the the new stadium began on November 21st, 2009.

Men's basketball

Despite in the past not having a significant or powerful men's basketball program, North Texas has recently experienced success under head coach Johnny Jones. During the 2006-2007 season, North Texas won its first ever Sun Belt Conference title and advanced for the first time since 1988 to the NCAA Tournament. Only three of the state's 20 Division I teams had more wins than North Texas’ 23 in 2006-07 -Texas, Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Since 1973, the team has played its home games in the Super Pitmarker. The 10,032 seat arena is the second toughest venue to win at in the Sun Belt, only behind Western Kentucky

Notable alumni and professors

Today, the University of North Texas has 175,000 living alumni; 100,000 residing in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. A significant number of notable alumni have made their mark in music including Roy Orbison, Meat Loaf, Tom "Bones" Malone and "Blue Lou" Marini (both members of The Blues Brothers Band and the Saturday Night Live Band), and Grammy Award-winners Don Henley, Norah Jones and Pat Boone. Notable North Texas athletes include American Football League MVP Abner Haynes, Pro Football Hall of Famermarker "Mean" Joe Greene and PGA champion Don January who are all former "Mean Green." Stone Cold Steve Austin the professional wrestler, also played football for North Texas. North Texas political alumni include Michael C. Burgess, current congressman for the 26th Texas district, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to Washington and former adviser to the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia, former congressman Ray Roberts of the United States House of Representatives, Texas District 4 (and namesake of nearby Lake Ray Robertsmarker), and Charlie Fern, former White Housemarker speechwriter for First Lady Laura Bush who worked as a reporter and editor on UNT's newspaper, the North Texas Daily. Notable professors include former House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Armey and wind symphony conductor Eugene Corporon, who is considered an authority on wind/band music repertoire. Other significant alumni include journalist and author Bill Moyers, former 1971 Miss America Phyllis George, TV star/model Jessie Pavelka, award-winning author/filmmaker Christopher Largen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry, and Phil McGraw ('79), from the American television show Dr. Phil.

See also



References

  1. University of North Texas - All About UNT UNT Division of University Relations, Communications, and Marketing Accessed July 20, 2006.
  2. UNT System: Campuses and centers. Accessed January 16, 2007
  3. www.unt.edu
  4. Jazz studies were offered at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt from 1928
  5. "UNT InHouse" (faculty newsletter), December 22, 2005 (retrieved September 17, 2007) Unt.edu
  6. North Texas Daily, April 15, 2008 (retrieved February 3, 2009) NTdaily.com
  7. UNT Division of Jazz Studies Blog, Nov. 17, 2008 (retrieved February 3, 2009) Unt.edu
  8. University of North Texas North Texan Online Fall 2004: Mean Green video memories
  9. North Texas Daily, April 8, 2003 (retrieved September 17, 2007) NTdaily.com
  10. North Texas News Service, February 2006 (retrieved September 17, 2007) Unt.edu
  11. Albino Squirrel Preservation Society Web site (retrieved September 17, 2007) Unt.edu
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