High Fives

Garber, George receive awards at national rehabilitation conference
At the National Rehabilitation Association Conference held this fall in Corpus Christi, Texas, Martha Garber, director of UNTWISE, and Crystal George, program manager of UNTWISE, received awards for their contributions to the field of rehabilitation. As part of the College of Health and Public Service Rehabilitation and Health Services (RHS) department, UNT’s Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) delivers information, continuing education and technical assistance in...
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Students and faculty present at regional criminal justice conference
Left to right: Mustafa Icer, Yusuf Baktir, Chris Guerra and Kaleigh Laird Kaleigh Laird with her award HPS faculty and students represented UNT at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in Fort Worth October 13-14. Jessica Craig, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice and doctoral students from HPS’s Public Administration department Mustafa Icer and Yusuf Baktir presented their research titled Military...
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UNT Cyber Forensics Lab serves law enforcement agencies through technology, outreach
Under the leadership of Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., lab director and associate professor of criminal justice, the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab  has built a fully-functional digital forensics lab to serve law enforcement since opening in early 2017. The Lab can examine cell phones, SIM cards, tablets, computers, external storage devices and other forms of digital media to detect any files and data of evidentiary value on a wide array of crimes. To bring together training and a greater...
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Smith receives UNT Special Recognition Award
Richard G. Smith, Ph.D., an associate professor in HPS’ Behavior Analysis Department, received the UNT Special Recognition Award. “Rick has spent a lifetime bringing grace to the world of adults with severe and profound disabilities, one of the most forgotten populations,” noted Shahla Ala'i-Rosales, Ph.D., BCBA-D, associate professor in the Behavior Analysis department, who nominated Smith for recognition. The Special Recognition Award honors an extraordinary student, faculty or staff...
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Bland named honorary member of international association
Robert L. Bland, endowed professor of local government in the University of North Texas Department of Public Administration, has been named an honorary member of the International City/County Management Association. He will be honored at the association's annual conference October 22-25 in San Antonio. Founded in 1914, ICMA provides training and professional development to more than 11,000 city, town and county managers, their staffs, and other individuals and organizations...
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Watts to take on the runway at annual cancer benefit
Justin Watts, assistant professor in Rehabilitation and Health Services, will be a model in the You're Beautiful! Luncheon and Style Show on Jan. 26 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. The annual event shares the stories of local cancer survivors and raises money for the American Cancer Society. Read the original story by the Denton Record-Chronicle.
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HPS and CLASS collaborate on hurricane relief supply drive at UNT New College at Frisco
Students in COMM 3420 getting ready to ship the donations from their social media supply drive to victims of Hurricane Harvey just in time for Thanksgiving (pictured from left to right: Linda Robledo, Nicholas Ortega, Gabrielle Lane, Mark Congdon Jr., Michael Sotny, Graciela Guzman, Tiffani Grosser, & Andrea Martinez). Students in COMM 3420 collecting and dispersing boxes for their Hurricane Harvey Relief Supply Drive at UNT New...
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Sharma honored by National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns
Rachita Sharma, instructor and clinical coordinator in the University of North Texas’ Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, has received the President’s Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns. One of 11 divisions of the National Rehabilitation Association, NAMRC was formed in 1969 with a mission of promoting cultural diversity and disability through advocacy for excellence and equity in rehabilitation research, education and practice. The...
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Student Lindsay Jacques receives $5,000 fellowship
Lindsay Jacques, who is currently an intern at the City of Southlake City Manager’s Office, received a $5,000 fellowship from the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas. Lindsay Jacques, a second-year student in the University of North Texas Master of Public Administration degree program, has received a $5,000 Lynn F. Anderson Fellowship in Government Finance from the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.       ...
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Online graduate rehab counseling program ranked 2nd in the nation
HPS’ online graduate rehabilitation counseling program, offered by our Rehabilitation and Health Services (RHS) department, was recently ranked 2nd in the nation by TheBestSchools.org. The department offers a traditional on-campus program as well as a distance-learning online program for professionals actively involved in the field. Graduates of our rehabilitation counseling program are employed in various rehabilitation, behavioral health and health care settings, such as the...
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Angelogiannos receives Star Performer Award
IT manager Vasilis Angelogiannos recently received UNT’s Star Performer award in recognition of his outstanding contributions. Angelogiannos provides technical leadership for the college and supervises a team of IT staff. “Vasilis’ contributions have enabled HPS IT to operate efficiently and effectively in changing times and changing schedules,” said Jackie Thames, director of information technology for the College of Health and Public Service. The UNT Star Performer Award program provides...
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UNT professors receive more than $1 million in grants to increase cultural competency in mental health services
Angie Wilson, assistant professor in the Department Counseling and Higher Education Chandra Carey, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services  Peggy Ceballos, associate professor in the Department Counseling and Higher Education Three University of North Texas professors have been awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to begin the work of increasing cultural...
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ORCA recognized by White House for work with veterans
HPS’ student group Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA) received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work with veterans and military families. Last summer, ORCA began partnering with Patriot PAWS, a Rockwall-based nonprofit organization that trains service dogs. Watch the WFAA video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans. The Corporation for National and Community Service gave the 2016 award, which was...
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HPS announces faculty promotions for 2017-2018 year
Leslie Roberts, JD, promoted to Principal Lecturer Public Administration Prior to joining the faculty at UNT in 2011, Roberts practiced law for over 20 years in both the U.S. and overseas. She has more than 8 years experience working as a mediator in business, probate, employment, education, and family disputes. Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., CCC-A, promoted to Professor Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Schafer’s research focuses on the assessment and (re)habilitation of adults and...
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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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Rehabilitation counseling and criminal justice degrees ranked best values by SR Education Group
SR Education Group recently ranked two of HPS’ online graduate programs in their GuideToOnlineSchools.com 2017 Best Value lists. Our online graduate rehabilitation counseling program was ranked 4th in the nation for the Best Value Counseling category. Our online graduate criminal justice program was ranked 16th in the nation for the Best Value Criminal Justice category. GuideToOnlineSchools.com ranked the programs based on academic standards and commitment to...
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Schafer receives highly competitive Teacher-Scholar Award
Erin Schafer, Ph.D., an associate professor of audiology in HPS’ Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Department, was selected to receive the highly competitive 2017 UNT Office of Research and Innovation’s Teacher-Scholar Award, one of the prestigious annual Research and Creativity Awards (RCA). This award goes to a mid-career faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research or creative productivity while also performing in an extraordinary manner as a teacher.  “I am...
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Sweeten receives 'Fessor Graham Award, highest honor given by UNT student body
Brenda Sweeten, MSSW, LCSW, clinical assistant professor of social work in HPS’ new Social Work Department, will receive this year’s prestigious 'Fessor Graham Award.  “I am so honored to receive this year’s ‘Fessor Graham Award,” said Sweeten. “There are many wonderful faculty and staff at UNT who care deeply about the welfare of our students and this award is representative of all. I am truly humbled.” This award is named for the late Professor Floyd Graham and is presented by the...
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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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Johnstone recognized through President’s Council Teaching Award
Peter Johnstone, Ph.D., a professor in HPS’ Criminal Justice Department, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 President’s Council Teaching Award.   “I am very pleased to receive this award,” said Johnstone. “For me it represents an endorsement of my attempts to be effective by the colleagues I work with on a daily basis. I am aware that many of them would be more worthy recipients than I.” The $3,000 award was established to recognize annually two full‑time, tenured/tenure‑...
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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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10,000 onions planted by students at Shiloh Field Community Garden
Did you know Denton has the largest community garden in the country?  Shiloh Field Community Garden is the largest of its kind in the US. This garden contributes to those in need by donating thousands of pounds of produce to local agencies and nonprofit organizations each year.  As part of PACE’s Hungry For Change initiative, UNT students came together earlier this semester to assist with Shiloh Field’s spring harvest by working to plant its first crop – 10,000 onions. 
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Fuselier recognized by American College Personnel Association
As seen in: Staffer earns professional award (Denton Record-Chronicle) Nicholas Fuselier, a staff member in the University of North Texas' College of Health and Public Service, has received an Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association. The awards are given each year to five emerging professionals who demonstrate potential for significant contributions to the field of student affairs in administrative service or teaching,...
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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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EMDS student receives scholarship from Army Women’s Foundation
Roni Fraser recently received a $1500 scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year from the Army Women’s Foundation. Fraser is a student in HPS’ Emergency Management and Disaster Science Department as well as an HPS senator, mentor with UNT G-Force, Vice President of Service for Panhellenic, sister of Zeta Tau Alpha and lead site leader for the Alternative Service Break Program.   The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and...
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Photos: Dean’s List students recognized at special reception
View more photos on Flickr. On February 28, HPS (PACS) students who were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in 2016 were honored through a special reception held outside the HPS Dean’s Office. View more photos on Flickr. HPS students who made the Dean’s List in Fall 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for their certificate and t-shirt (while supplies last). HPS students who made the list in Spring 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for...
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Faculty to create auditory processing training model for children and young adults with autism
As seen in:  UNT Launches a New Autistim Research Project (Dallas Innovates) While concentrating on a classroom lesson or assignment, most elementary and secondary school students have learned to filter out typical background noise, such as other students walking by the classroom door or sounds from outside. But students with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have difficulty with auditory filtering — the ability to process speech, complete tasks and function in the presence of background...
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Walkathon raises awareness, funds for aphasia
UNT Speech Pathology students and volunteers celebrate the 100-lap success of UNT Aphasia Support Group member, Karl Heller (center). National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) volunteers helped teach participants about aphasia with colorful posters and fun, interactive games. Held last fall at the Denton Civic Center, the Walking Strong walkathon helped raise awareness and increase understanding of the...
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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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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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Holloway receives UNT Community Award
As part of UNT’s Salute to Faculty Excellence Week, Linda Holloway, Ph.D., CRC, chair of PACS' Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department, received the UNT Community Award for her outstanding service to the university community. The award recognizes faculty who give time and concern to individual or groups of students, gives assistance consistently to other faculty and staff and other involvement in the university community. Holloway’s passion is ensuring that...
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Criminal Justice online master’s ranked most affordable in US
College Choice has ranked UNT the Most Affordable Online Master's in Criminal Justice out of 50 US programs. The program was also ranked 24th in the nation overall. UNT’s 36-hour online degree is geared toward criminal justice practitioners interested in advancing their careers and working professionals interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice. Students can earn their degree in as little as two years. The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Concentration in Justice...
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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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Heller Garland inducted to Texas Counselor Hall of Fame
Paula Heller Garland, MS, LCDC recently became the nineteenth individual inducted into the Texas Counselor Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1990. This award recognizes the body of work of an individual in the field of addictions counseling and is awarded based on the many facets of their contributions over an extended period of time, the varied scope of services provided, and the populations these services reached. “I am honored to have been invited into such a prestigious group of people...
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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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Student awarded scholarship from Texas City Management Association
Misty Ricketts, a master of public administration student, has received a $3,500 Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship from the Texas City Management Association. The association, which is comprised of government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics and education, provides up to three Ridley Scholarships each year to graduate students pursuing degrees in public administration, public affairs or urban affairs. The Ridley Scholarship...
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