French school celebrates “UNT Day” after visit to campus, North Texas region

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After 15 high school students and two teachers visited the UNT campus in April, the Lycée Saint Joseph school in Lamballe, Brittany, France declared May 16, 2017 “UNT Day.”

Peter Johnstone, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice, accompanied the students from France on the 6-day trip to Denton. Peter is a frequent visitor to Brittany and takes UNT Criminal Justice students to the region’s capital, Rennes, each year.

The Saint Joseph students toured campus and the Denton square, and enjoyed country music and local cuisine. They also visited with Denton’s mayor, had a tour of the Denton Police Department training facility and spent time visiting the UNT Emergency Management center and Police Department. The students also visited The Sixth Floor Museum and went to the Fort Worth Stockyards and Rodeo.

On UNT Day the French school students and employees wore UNT green colors during the day-long celebration. The students who traveled to UNT showed their Mean Green spirit by wearing UNT apparel.

The school displayed UNT flags, listened to country music, and their chefs prepared a special UNT-inspired meal that included burgers, Tex-Mex fare with spicy sauces and vegan options.

Johnstone and his wife Christine joined the celebration as students presented slideshows about their travels, including transportation, sports, university life, UNT and criminal justice topics.

“The students were very impressed with UNT and a number of them are now dreaming about coming to UNT rather than attending university in France," said Johnstone.

Each year, Johnstone offers several study abroad opportunities for UNT students in all majors. Contact Johnstone for future trip dates.