Updates and Events

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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UNT to hold Refugee Summit Oct. 2
What:    “Seeking a Safe Haven: UNT Refugee Summit 2017” — A one-day workshop at the University of North Texas on issues faced by refugees, focusing on resettlement and integration. When:   8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 2 (Monday) Where:  Room 314 of UNT’s University Union,...
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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...
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College welcomes new faculty, staff for 2017-2018 year
The College of Health and Public Service is delighted to introduce these new faculty and staff: Amanda Anaya, Administrative Specialist IV Behavior Analysis April Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Behavior Analysis Becker earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical...
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Video: Craig presents at Stockholm Criminology Symposium
Jessica Craig, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, traveled to Stockholm, Sweden for the Stockholm Criminology Symposium June 19-21. Many of the top criminology researchers in the field attended the symposium, where the the annual Stockholm Prize in Criminology is awarded. Craig...
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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...
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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...
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True Conviction film, director and stars come to campus Sept. 13
After serving a combined sixty years in prison for crimes they did not commit, Texas exonerees Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey and Steven Phillips form the unlikeliest of investigative team — helping wrongfully convicted prisoners obtain freedom like they did, through the...
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UNTWISE hosts two summer programs for youth with disabilities
View more photos This summer, UNTWISE hosted the 2017 Live and Learn and College WISE Summer Programs for youth with disabilities ages 16-22. Live and Learn is a two-week program for youth interested in vocational planning for their future. Now in its...
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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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Ask an Expert: Stan Ingman
How can I help my loved ones receive the best care as they age? Health becomes a greater concern as you and your loved ones age. Stan Ingman, gerontology professor and an expert in senior health care, spends his time teaching and researching health care options and trends around the...
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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....
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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...
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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: "...
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Emergency management researchers to study factors for recovery after disaster
University of North Texas doctoral student Britt-Janet Kuenanz (left) and faculty members in UNT's Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, Laura Siebeneck and Ronald Schumann will research what encourages individuals impacted by disasters to stay or return to...
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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...
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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 (...
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Recovery Campus magazine highlights Collegiate Recovery Program
Recovery Campus Magazine featured the UNT Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) in the Spring 2017 issue. See page 14 for the full story. The peer-based program gives UNT students in recovery the opportunity to experience college life in a safe, nurturing and substance-free...
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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...
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Kids summer camps offered by Cyber Forensics Lab
Learn more at cybersummercampsfrisco.com
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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...
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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...
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Giving "Mean Green Family" new meaning
The summer of 1996 was a busy one for Eric and Cheryl Fritsch. After earning his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University the previous year, Eric had just accepted a position as an assistant professor with the University of North Texas. The new job meant the young couple would...
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UNT Speech and Hearing Center offers reading program for students in second to seventh grades
For most of his time in elementary school, Shannon Freeman's 9-year-old son, Porter, has struggled with reading. He currently reads below his level in his fourth-grade class. Freeman, an Aubrey resident, has noticed Porter looking at only the first letter of a word before guessing what the word is...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Registration open for UNT day camp for children with speech, language and hearing disorders
What:          Registration opens for Camp Communicate, a one-week day camp sponsored by the University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center. The camp is designed for children ages 5-12 years old with speech, language or hearing...
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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...
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Sharma to study military mental health in India
Rachita Sharma, CRC, LPC, Ph.D.-candidate, clinical instructor and internship coordinator for programs in rehabilitation, and Ateka Contractor, assistant professor of psychology, were awarded an India Venture Fund award from UNT International to study military mental health in India. “The Indian...
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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. ...
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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...
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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...
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Videos: HPS student survives five days in the desert
HPS student Amber VanHecke was profiled on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for surviving after being stranded in the Arizona desert for five days. She was looking for a trailhead near the Grand Canyon's south rim, but GPS sent her down the wrong...
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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...
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Apply now to be an ambassador for HPS
Calling HPS undergraduate students! Are you passionate about helping others while sharing your knowledge of HPS? Do you want to work with Faculty and enhance your resume? If so, we want to hear from YOU! In the HPS Ambassador Program, HPS undergraduate students will have the opportunity to...
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Sharma and students visit Arkansas for Alternative Service Break
Rachita Sharma, CRC, LPC, Ph.D.-candidate, clinical instructor and internship coordinator for programs in rehabilitation, led an Alternative Service Break (ASB) trip to Little Rock, Arkansas for 10 students in March. They volunteered all week at Arkansas...
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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...
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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...
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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:   ...
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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,...
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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...
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Photos: students attend Recovery Day at Texas Capitol
View all photos on Flickr. As part of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) Recovery Day at the Capitol, 28 students accompanied by Paula Heller Garland, MS, LCDC, senior lecturer and addiction studies coordinator, and Denise Catalano, Ph.D., CRC,...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Send Silence Packing event comes to UNT
Send Silence Packing is an award-winning exhibit of 1,100 donated backpacks and personal stories representing the number of college students lost to suicide every year. Join us in starting a dialogue about suicide and encouraging everyone to reach out for help before it is too late. Suicide...
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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....
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Behavior Analysis offers free research talks throughout semester
HPS’ Behavior Analysis department will host several Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium (BARC) events during the spring semester. BARCs are typically held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and are free and open to the UNT community. An offsite, informal social gathering often...
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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...
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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...
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PACS renamed College of Health and Public Service
UNT’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The college is comprised of seven main academic departments: Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Behavior Analysis Criminal Justice Emergency Management...
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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...
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Undergrads can apply now for $500 research fellowships
PACS undergraduates who plan to graduate in May 2018 or later can apply now for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a mentor-based research experience.  Have you ever wished to conduct guided research in your field of study, gaining invaluable experience, unique credentials, and a faculty...
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Commencement set for May 12-13
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. Location TBA Doctoral and Master's Commencement Saturday, May 13, 2017 5:30 p.m. UNT Coliseum Visit commencement.unt.edu for the...
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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...
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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...
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Why don’t people break the law? Craig to share insight at Great Conversations event
Great Conversations 2017 When: Feb. 28 (Tuesday), beginning at 6 p.m. Where: Clubroom of UNT’s Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. in Denton. Cost:    $75; parking is free. Go to the Great Conversations website to identify a table leader and...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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EADP students participate in full-scale disaster drill
Last May, students from the EADP program participated in the City of Denton Disaster Drill at the Landfill off of Mayhill Road. This year’s event was named “Operation Rolling Thunder” and involved a tornado that resulted in a mass casualty...
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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 ...
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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...
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Ala’i-Rosales to present at ABAI Conference in Paris
Shahla Ala’i-Rosales is the Director of UNT’s Behavior Analysis Online. Associate professor of behavior analysis Shahla Ala’i-Rosales will be presenting an individual symposium at the Ninth International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis...
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Nyiransekuye shares personal refugee story on podcast
“…But when you’re on the road with only the clothes that you’re wearing, nobody looks at you in those terms. Nobody, nobody thinks about you as a person who was once a pillar of his or her own society.” Listen to Hadidja Nyiransekuye, assistant professor in PACS’ Community and Professional...
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Dyslexia clinic offered by Speech and Hearing Clinic
The Speech and Hearing Clinic at UNT has openings for its reading clinic starting Tuesday, Jan. 24. The reading clinic is open all spring semester to help students in second to seventh grade who have dyslexia. In the clinic, UNT students are under direction of faculty members and help attendees...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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CAPP student featured in Dallas Morning News story on tuition “set-asides”
Social work undergraduate student and Emerald Eagle Scholar Jadzia Hardeman was recently featured in the Dallas Morning News’ interactive story: How Dan Patrick’s plan to slash tuition grants could keep some Texans from college.
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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,...
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How do you keep New Year's resolutions? Faculty share advice
As seen in: How to be one of the cool kids who make New Year's resolutions stick (Dallas Morning News) Maybe you drink several caffeinated drinks every day. Or maybe you automatically have a snack at 2 p.m., neglect other things to check Twitter and Facebook or regularly skimp on sleep. You’ve...
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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...
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Support from teachers, each other helps students from foster care succeed in college
Students José Whitten and Kiara Powell both lived in foster homes as children. They’ve found support from other students with similar backgrounds in PUSH, a UNT student organization in which former foster care students mentor children currently in the child welfare system...
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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...
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Autism experts converge at UNT to discuss trends in ASD research
A panel of internationally recognized autism experts converged in Denton recently to meet with UNT’s cross-disciplinary autism research team to offer insight into new, groundbreaking research and steps UNT can take to elevate its work in the field.  Read more on the College of Education...
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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 group creates video about recovery program
Members of UNT’s Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) produced a 2-minute video about the peer-based student program. The CRP gives students in recovery the opportunity to experience college life in a safe, nurturing and substance-free environment. Watch the video on YouTube.
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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,...
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Video: UNT is helping students achieve their dreams
Our students come to UNT with dreams to have a successful career, provide for their families and make a difference in the world. Check out this inspiring video featuring UNT students and parents: Helping UNT Students Achieve Their Dreams Learn more about Admissions at UNT.
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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.), ...
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Criminal Justice degree now offered through UNT’s New College at Frisco
PACS’s Criminal Justice department now offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at UNT’s new off-site instructional facility in Frisco. This degree will give you the opportunity to further your career in law enforcement or criminal justice and gain new skills to give you an edge, from...
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Williamson named interim chair of CAPP department
Celia Williamson Celia Williamson, Ph.D., LCSW has been named interim chair of PACS’ Community and Professional Programs (CAPP) department. She will continue to serve as UNT’s associate vice president for enrollment and strategic initiatives. Williamson holds a bachelor’...
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ICYMI: common HPS acronyms explained
In Case You Missed It, we’ve spelled out some acronyms you may come across in the College of Health and Public Service: ASLP or SPHS Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Department BA or BEHV   Behavior Analysis Department CAPP       ...
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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...
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Commencement set for Dec. 16
College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) Undergraduate College Ceremony Friday, December 16 9:00 a.m. UNT Coliseum UNT Doctoral and Master’s Ceremony Friday, December 16 7:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum Learn more at commencement.unt.edu or contact the PACS Student Advising Office.
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DAR’s Lunch and Learn sessions cover variety of topics
Each long semester PACS’ Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department (DAR) hosts Lunch and Learn events featuring local experts on a wide range of topics. UNT students, staff, and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to attend. Complimentary lunch is provided at each session. Lunch...
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UNT Preview offers open house experience Nov. 19
UNT Preview is your opportunity to get a sneak peek at campus life and your future Mean Green family. Bring your family and your friends, and allow our students, faculty and staff to help you discover why UNT is the right place for you. Learn more.  
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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...
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Emergency Administration and Planning forms new academic department
UNT’s Emergency Administration and Planning Program (EADP) has formed the new Emergency Management and Disaster Science (EMDS) department within PACS. Gary Webb, Ph.D. serves as the founding chair. EADP was established in 1983 as the world’s first resident degree program in...
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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...
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Nov. 11 BARC to focus on Intersection of Ethics and Supervision
Tyra Sellers, Ph.D., BCBA-D will present on the topic of The Intersection of Ethics and Supervision at the next Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium (BARC) on Friday, November 11. Sellers is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University...
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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...
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We’re improving the HPS website
You may notice some big (and small) changes to the HPS website over the coming months. Our goal is to improve your experience and keep you informed. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to develop a better HPS website. If you have ideas or thoughts on the HPS website, please share with us...
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Introducing HPS Updates
This is your source for all things HPS at the University of North Texas. We’re excited to bring you the latest news and highlight our students, faculty, alumni and community partners. To receive occasional updates delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to the HPS eNewsletter. If you...
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