Philanthropy

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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College & department scholarships application now available online
HPS undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for classes in 2018-2019 are eligible to apply for HPS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all HPS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to HPS students each year thanks to generous support from HPS donors. Learn more and find applications at HPS.unt.edu/scholarships Most applications due Thursday, March 1.
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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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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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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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Applications being taken for scholarships for UNT Speech and Hearing Center services for children
The University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center is offering scholarships that will allow children in the second through seventh grades to attend the center's weekly therapy for delays in reading, writing and other literacy-language skills.   The center, located at 907 W. Sycamore Street in Denton, is providing the scholarships through awards from both the Dallas Scottish Rite and Fort Worth Scottish Rite Associations. The scholarships are up to $1,...
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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to HPS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be...
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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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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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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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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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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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Art gala will benefit UNT students in recovery from substance misuse
"But Creator, I'm Still Holding On," by recent University of North Texas graduate Connor Dallas Gillaspia, is one of many pieces of art that will be available in a silent auction at UNT's Collegiate Recovery Program Art Gala April 14 (Friday). What:      Spring Benefit Art Gala at the University of North Texas, with proceeds helping to fund programs of the UNT Collegiate Recovery Program and Eagle Peer Recovery. Art...
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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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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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Students can compete to win $10,000 in Westheimer New Venture Challenge
Enterprising students at the University of North Texas can compete in a new challenge putting their business creativity to the test, thanks to funding from an Oklahoma business leader. The Westheimer New Venture Competition, sponsored by business philanthropist and UNT alumnus Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer, gives students across campus the chance to create original business ideas – including enterprises, products and services – and to pitch those proposals to a panel of venture capitalists...
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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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Recovery groups to host Spring Benefit Art Gala April 14
The UNT Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) and Eagle Peer Recovery (EPR) are hosting a Spring Benefit Art Gala on April 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the University Union Green Roof. CRP and EPR student artwork will be available for purchase, in addition to items donated by professional artists. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and a silent auction. The proceeds will directly benefit UNT students in recovery from substance use disorders and other mental health concerns....
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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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Apply now for PACS scholarships
PACS undergraduate and graduate students who plan to take classes in 2017-2018 are eligible to apply for PACS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all PACS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to PACS students each year thanks to generous support from PACS donors. Learn more and find applications at hps.unt.edu/scholarships Priority due date is Friday, March 31...
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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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Cyber Forensics Lab to open at UNT New College at Frisco
The University of North Texas criminal justice department is on track to open a cellphone cyber security lab at the UNT New College at Frisco. The off-site instructional facility will house the area's only cyber laboratory solely dedicated to analyzing cellphone data from devices used in criminal activities. Classes at the lab will be available to all UNT criminal justice students. Associate Professor of criminal justice and cyber lab director Scott Belshaw says the goal is to connect with as...
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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to PACS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be a higher...
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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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Newell to be honored through tree dedication Nov. 11
The Public Administration department (PADM) received a $2 million gift this spring from the Estate of Charldean Newell, a former faculty member and renowned scholar. The endowed funds will support graduate student scholarships. The department will plant a tree and dedicate a granite plaque in honor of Newell at a ceremony November 11. Friends of the college are welcome to attend. “This substantial contribution will help to ensure that the UNT MPA program continues to...
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