Partnerships

Roberts hosts Kaufman County high school students for day of mediation and more
Last fall, HPS’ Public Administration department welcomed a group of 22 juniors and seniors from North Forney High School (NFHS) to UNT to learn about peer mediation and life as a college student. “These students are candidates for leadership roles in the peer mediation program that our Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program faculty and students are co-developing with NFHS administration,” said Leslie Roberts, ADR program coordinator & principal lecturer, who organized the daylong...
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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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Video: Ingman represents UNT’s Future Without Poverty at world summit in Costa Rica
UNT students joining in dance with local dancers in the Mollejones Community, a part of CATIE’s rural sustainable tourism network. Air monitoring device developed by UNT students and faculty Members of the UNT branch of Future Without Poverty (FWOP) learned about sustainable tourism and its relevant effects on poverty last October at the FWOP World Summit. FWOP aims to reduce poverty and supports community sustainability through...
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Video: Vaidya develops alternative to sedation for children undergoing radiation for cancer
Watch the 1-minute video from NBC 5 News: UNT Program Could Help Children During Radiation. Manish Vaidya, associate professor in the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, and graduate student Maria Otero are using a motion monitoring computer program to teach young children to stay mostly motionless during radiation treatments for cancer. They are currently testing the technology on healthy children. Watch the 1-minute video from...
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Recovery to Practice: The Big 10 and the Beginning of a Massive Movement
The following post is the first in a series by Carrie Breedlove, MS, LPC, coordinator of Recovery to Practice, an initiative to encourage recovery-based principles and practices for addiction professionals and students across the country through education and training. Some movements take off with a bang, while other initiatives see steady growth and sustainability over time. Eight years ago, the birth of a significant movement in the field of recovery occurred. In 2009, SAMHSA (...
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UNT to hold North Texas Rally for Recovery Oct. 14
What:          North Texas Rally for Recovery, sponsored by University of North Texas Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services and the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, a nonprofit organization in Dallas When:          Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 14 (Saturday) Where:         Mall in front of UNT's Willis Library, 1506 W. Highland...
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Photos: First Flight Week at HPS
View all 17 photos on Flickr. The College of Health and Public Service welcomed our new first year students during UNT's First Flight Week. Students had an opportunity to get to know each other and get to know more about the college. PACE coordinated the events designed to demonstrate the college’s commitment to community engagement, including mini-service projects with three of our community partners: Our Daily Bread, Hallie’s...
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TxDPS contracts with UNT criminal justice and logistics faculty for racial profiling study
UNT’s logistics and criminal justice faculty are coming together to help the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) combat racial profiling. TxDPS awarded UNT a $194,273, nine-month contract to study 15 million records of the state’s data to determine whether racial profiling happens during traffic stops.                         “The study will provide empirical, unbiased...
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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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Recovery Conference to feature renowned speakers, variety of topics
Hosted by the UNT Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research, the 5th annual Recovery Conference is a national three-day event that brings together behavioral health professionals, educators, researchers, students and industry leaders. Held in conjunction with National Recovery Month, the conference will take place September 19 – 21, 2017 at the University of North Texas. Featured speakers include author, Noah Levine, Dr. John Kelly, and Dr. Andy Finch. Levine...
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French school celebrates “UNT Day” after visit to campus, North Texas region
​View all photos on Flickr. 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...
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Patriot PAWS highlights partnership with Behavior Analysis
University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT's University Union. In its Spring 2017 newsletter, Rockwall-based nonprofit Patriot PAWS featured UNT’s partnership training service dogs for veterans: Patriot PAWS has partnered with the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, chaired by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, to grow...
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Belshaw gives tour of cyber forensics lab to China’s NetDragon
A team of representatives from Chinese gaming and cyber company NetDragon visited UNT in early May. As part of their visit to North Texas, they stopped by the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab at the New College at Frisco for a tour from Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., lab director and associate professor of criminal justice. The delegation included NetDragon’s CEO and founder Liu Dejian (DJ). 
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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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Video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans
University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT's University Union. Watch the video and read the story by WFAA-TV:  UNT students help train service dogs for veterans   UNT behavior analysis students helping dogs to serve veterans with disabilities Going against the friendly nature of his breed, Drill Bit, a young yellow Labrador...
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Students build Little Free Pantries for local community
View all photos on Flickr. Earlier this semester, 35 students came together to build Little Free Pantries that will be installed around the Denton community. The day of service was organized by PACE as part of the college’s Hungry For Change initiative. The Little Free Pantry (LFP) is a full-circle community effort to help those who aren’t easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Those in need are able to approach the LFP freely at any time of day to...
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UNT to hold employment seminar for young adults with disabilities
What:           “Prep for Success” — A free seminar at the University of North Texas that is designed to prepare young adults with visible or hidden disabilities for employment. Sponsored by UNT’s Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation and the Texas Workforce Commission, among other sponsors.                 When:       ...
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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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Study abroad trip to France highlights true crimes and trials
UNT students and University of Rennes 2 students studied together during a study abroad course in November in Rennes, France. Guided by criminal justice professor Peter Johnstone, seven UNT students spent a week in November visiting Rennes, France, on a study abroad trip to experience firsthand the city's history of crime and punishment. Rennes, the third largest city in France and seat of government for the Brittany province, has been home...
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Sheriff’s Office gives $30,000 to Cyber Forensics Lab
In December, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office donated $30,000 to help the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab assist law enforcement agencies to catch criminals through their technology usage.  The lab will purchase equipment to analyze cellphones and laptops. The donation was given from seized drug funds from drug dealers. Left to right: David Wolf, vice president for advancement; Eric Fritsch, professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice; ...
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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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Temple Grandin to speak at UNT event April 13
The University of North Texas and ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) will present prominent autism activist Temple Grandin April 13 (Thursday) in Dallas. “+Autism: A Lecture and Discussion with Temple Grandin” will begin at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, including educators, parents and health practitioners. Tickets are $20, and pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected...
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Video: Cyber Forensics Lab helping to solve crime
CBSDFW went behind the scenes at our Cyber Forensics Lab, housed at UNT's New College at Frisco, to show how the lab and the team of graduate research students will help law enforcement agencies fight crimes. Led by Scott Belshaw (right), associate professor of criminal justice and the lab director, they can analyze cellphones, tablets and laptops to extract data from text, apps and photos that can be used to solve crimes. Because of how quickly they can work, they'll help law enforcement...
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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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Recovery Conference held to benefit recovery research
Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS presents A Modern Day Social Crisis: Dieting and Disordered Eating at the UNT Recovery Conference Earlier this semester the UNT Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research brought together experts, professionals, students and researchers at its annual UNT Recovery Conference. The office will use conference proceeds to address substance misuse by combining services in the areas of education and training, research...
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Hungry for Change explores the new face of hunger
Unveiled during UNT’s First Flight Week, the PACS freshman first year experience Hungry for Change focuses on the new face of hunger. Food Drive Competition As part of the initiative, the college hosted a food drive competition during the month of October. Students, faculty and staff from each of PACS’ academic departments competed against each other to help stock the UNT Food Pantry. The college-wide goal was to collect 500 items for donation, and 1,409 total items were collected. The...
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