Alumni

Alumna Melissa Huffman helps keep Texans safe during hurricane
Melissa Huffman ('12 M.P.A.) had planned a relaxing trip to her hometown of Coppell for the last weekend in August to celebrate her mother's birthday. But as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in League City, near Houston, Huffman canceled her trip when forecast models showed a tropical depression in the Caribbean -- named Harvey -- likely to hit the Texas coast after it strengthened into a hurricane. The first major Atlantic hurricane of 2017, Harvey came ashore...
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EMDS Alumni Spotlight: William Gribble ('09)
"I feel like I didn't choose Emergency Management, Emergency Management chose me. When I was in high school I got involved with the Civil Air Patrol. Oddly enough, the day after I got my membership card in the mail was September 11, 2001. During Katrina in 2005, I found myself in a Salvation Army Shelter, advising the Command team on best practices to organize and manage the large influx of donations, volunteers, and unique medical needs of evacuees. In all of that, I found a passion and...
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Social Work student Rusty Carter earns degree, helps fellow veterans succeed
University of North Texas student Rusty Carter struggled with alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and a failing marriage, a few months after he was honorably discharged from the Army. He knew that something needed to change in his life after a failed suicide attempt in June 2013. “I hated who I was,” he says. “I spent years hiding behind a bottle in a feeble attempt to suppress my thoughts and drink my pain away. I created a façade to shield others from the truth, and...
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Student interns attend local emergency preparedness meeting
Pictured left to right are interns past and present for the City of Denton Office of Emergency Management: Luc Tran, ('17) Julie Hagen ('16), Michael Penaluna (City of Denton EMC, '88), and Samantha Pickett. ('16). Throughout the years, many of our EADP Alumni have provided quality internship experiences to our EADP majors. These internships provide wonderful opportunities for our students to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real world...
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EMDS Alumni Spotlight: Zach Davis ('06)
"When I entered EADP I was looking for a career that would keep me out of the office and always on the move. Well… I got my wish. I began the EADP program in 2004 and graduated in 2006, during that time I was IAEM-SC treasurer and one of the key organizers of a bi-annual camping trip. After graduation, I found my first position in Stuart Florida as a Regional Planner for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. I was responsible for coordination between counties and the development of...
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Photos: Homecoming 2017
View 150+ photos on Flickr. Dozens of alumni returned to Denton on Saturday, November 11 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! HPS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by December...
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Speech and Hearing Center to offer free hearing screenings on Homecoming weekend
Like many college football stadiums, the University of North Texas' Apogee Stadium will be filled with screaming fans and blasting band music Nov. 11 (Saturday). Before attending the 4 p.m. game against the University of Texas at El Paso, or watching the Homecoming parade beginning at 11 a.m., UNT alumni, faculty, staff and students and members of the Denton community can get their hearing checked for free at UNT's Speech and Hearing Center, and also pick up free earplugs to protect...
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Message from the Dean: Fall 2017
Greetings everyone, Fall is an exciting time in any university, but it is particularly exciting for our college as we embark upon our first full academic year as the College of Health and Public Service. As a college that prepares professionals for the workplace and advances research across several disciplines, the new name embodies two major themes of our college and helps to clarify our mission. While the name has changed, our rich history of working collaboratively to solve social...
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PADM student organization wins 3rd place in event contest
The Public Administration Student Association (PASA)/ICMA Student Chapter student organization received third place in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)’s Best Event Contest for their Annual Alumni-Student Conference. "The student chapter at the University of North Texas (UNT) won third place with the 55th Annual Alumni-Student Conference. The chapter worked alongside the UNT Public Administration Alumni Board to bring together UNT alumni, students,...
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Join Interim Dean Holloway at upcoming alumni receptions
Whether you graduated forty years ago or yesterday, you will always be an integral part of the Mean Green family. Stay connected to your alma mater by joining Interim Dean Linda Holloway and other HPS alumni and friends at one of the upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Receptions: Dallas County September 28, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX With more than 36,000 alumni in Dallas county, we will be painting the town Green! Plan to attend our UNT Alumni Fall Reception - Dallas...
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PADM alumnus Canizares highlighted in association video
The International City/County Management Association featured Public Administration alumnus Mario Canizares (’00 MPA) in this recent Member Spotlight video. Canizares currently serves as the assistant city manager for Denton, Texas.
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PADM alumnus Hart receives lifetime achievement award
At a recent meeting in Austin, the Texas City Management Association presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Public Administration alumnus Bob Hart ('78 MPA). He currently serves as city manager for the City of Corinth.
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HPS alumna named next UNT provost
Jennifer Evans-Cowley, a UNT alumna with more than a decade of experience in higher education leadership, has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Texas.  She will have a faculty appointment in HPS’ Public Administration department. Evans-Cowley earned a master of public administration from UNT’s MPA program, which is ranked first in Texas and 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Evans-Cowley will also have a...
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Essay: Tenacity by recent graduate Marisa Nowicki
Tenacity By Marisa Nowicki ('17)   Although neither of my parents attended college, they fostered in me a deep love of learning from an early age. We would often play word games in the car, and it was during one of these car rides that my dad introduced the new word-of-the-week: "tenacity," the quality of being determined or persistent. I've always liked the word, and as an adult it often reminds me how much my family has sacrificed to ensure I gained a quality education. It is with...
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From the dean: Summer 2017
Have you heard? PACS is now the College of Health and Public Service. And with the change, we’re launching the college's eNewsletter. Our students, faculty and alumni are doing great things, and we want to keep you apprised of the latest news. A few times per year, we’ll share quick updates on the college. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The new name directly reflects the major strengths that...
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MPA alumni return to UNT for annual conference
Over 170 alumni joined current Public Administration students at the UNT Gateway Center for the annual MPA Alumni Conference in April. The morning panel session focused on making smart decisions through data and included these experts: Andel Koester, Associate Director, What Works Cities Melissa Kraft, Chief Technology Officer, City of Denton Melinda Galler, Assistant City Manager, City of Lewisville Lynda Johnson,...
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Great Graduate: Marisa Nowicki
After receiving a scholarship from The Terry Foundation, Marisa Nowicki made the most of her time at UNT. As a result, she earned one of the highest honors given to a student — the UNT Presidential Excellence Award — at UNT’s 2017 Wingspan Gala. Marisa, a University of North Texas Honors College student, has an impressive resume for her time here. She studied abroad in San José, Costa Rica and Barcelona, Spain. She was in the North Texas in DC Internship Program ...
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Castillo takes second place in United Way dance contest
Left to right: Vanessa Ellison (’11, ’15), Landon Ellison (’10, ‘15), President Smatresk, Hillary Castillo (’01) and Kenneth Williamson.  Hillary Castillo (‘01), director of finance & operations for HPS’ Department of Disability & Addiction Rehabilitation, and her partner, Kenneth Williamson (LINKS Construction), competed against nine other couples at the United Way’s 2017 United TRIBUTE event Jan. 21. Other dance contest participants from UNT...
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Alumna helps adults with autism find employment
Susan Richardson ('99 M.S.) found her life's calling shortly after moving to Nashville in early 2001 to move adults with intellectual disabilities from a state-run developmental center to a family-based residential model. "Upon seeing the conditions of institutional life firsthand, I decided to make working with adults with intellectual disabilities my life's work," Richardson says, reflecting on the conditions of Nashville's now-closed Clover Bottom Developmental Center. "There was a...
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UNT Alumni Association to host regional chapter spring mixers
Stay connected to your alma mater by joining us at one of the four upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Chapter Spring Mixers. Select the event that best fits your schedule and location. These events were made to give you the opportunity to reconnect with other UNT alumni in your area for networking, University updates and fun. Dallas County Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:30-8 pm The Social House of Addison, Dallas, TX RSVP by March 26 Tarrant County Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:30-8 pm Acre...
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Alumni featured in The North Texan story on autism awareness
The winter 2016 issue of The North Texan, UNT’s alumni magazine, features three PACS alumni in the cover story, “Advancing Autism Awareness.” Lori Sekhon ('83, '85 M.S.) is a speech-language pathologist with her own practice, Lori Sekhon Speech and Language Services, in Dallas, which serves individuals with autism. Malika Pritchett (’10 M.S.) is a behavior analyst and owner of Positive Enlightenment, an Austin-based behavioral consulting service...
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New Peace Corps Prep Certificate offered by UNT
The University of North Texas and the U.S. Peace Corps have entered into a formal partnership to better prepare UNT students for global careers and for service as Corps volunteers. UNT has gone one step further by developing a new Peace Corps Prep Certificate. “Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps...
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EMDS alumni spotlight: Bradley Wilson ('07)
This alumni spotlight on MSgt Bradley Wilson ('07) first appeared in the fall 2016 issue of The Mitigator, the EMDS department newsletter. "My path in Emergency Management (EM) post EADP has taken me down a few unique roads. I actually began my career long before actually studying EM at UNT when I enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard in 2002. I picked what was then known as Disaster Preparedness not really aware of what kind of impact it would have on my career. I began my...
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Program for veterans gives student chance at first four-year degree in family
As seen in: Veteran Graduates after a Decade of Putting Together the Pieces (NBC 5) University of North Texas senior Johnathan Igou says the military is in his blood. Part of a military family dating back three generations, Igou planned for a career in the Air Force and started taking distance learning classes in order to further his education. However, those hopes were dashed when he was medically discharged in 2008 following an injury in Afghanistan. Along with it went his plans to...
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Corinth appoints PADM alumnus as city manager
The Corinth City Council recently appointed Bob Hart ('78 M.P.A.) as city manager. He will begin his new position February 6. Read the full announcement on the City of Corinth website.   See also: Corinth looks to continue building on good foundation (LakeCitiesSun) City Manager Bob Hart hired by Corinth (Kennedale News)
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Photos: Commencement Fall 2016
 View all 84 photos on Flickr.  Over 400 students participated in the PACS Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2016. Congratulations to all new PACS alumni! View photos from the day.  And be sure to save the date for Spring 2017 graduation activities: PACS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum University-wide Graduation Celebration Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 p.m....
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DAR alumna featured in Denton Record Chronicle story, video on service dogs
Jessica Naert ('12, '14 M.S.) is legally blind and uses her best friend Makiko as a guide dog to get around the city of Denton. Naert earned her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitative studies and master’s degree in rehabilitative counseling from PACS' Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department. Read the full story.
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City of Dallas picks PADM alumnus as city manager
Congrats to UNT alumnus T.C. Broadnax ('93 M.P.A.), who is the sole finalist to become Dallas city manager, as confirmed by news outlets such as WFAA, NBC 5 and CBS DFW. Broadnax is one of many city managers throughout the state who have earned their M.P.A. from UNT and have gone on to lead some of the biggest and fastest-growing cities. Our M.P.A. program is ranked 1st in Texas and 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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PADM alumna discusses local economic development
Public Administration alumna Caroline Booth ('14 MPA) was recently named Denton’s new director for economic development. The Denton Record Chronicle featured Booth in the story Booth: Denton thrives on diversifying.
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ASLP alumni featured in The North Texan
Laura Lopez ('12 M.S.) (Photo by Gary Payne) Graduates of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology department are responding to an increasing need for professionals in the speech and hearing fields. Alumni Phallon Doss ('11 Au.D.), Brad Stewart ('08, '12 Au.D.), Laura Lopez ('12 M.S.) and Brandon Meiner ('00 M.A.) were highlighted in the Summer 2016 issue of The North Texan, UNT’s official...
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Photos: Homecoming 2016
See all photos Dozens of alumni returned to Denton Saturday, November 5 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. PACS hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! PACS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by November 30 for your chance to win a PACS prize pack. Subscribe to the PACS eNewsletter for announcements on...
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