Emergency Management and Disaster Science

EMDS Alumni Spotlight: William Gribble ('09)
"I feel like I didn't choose Emergency Management, Emergency Management chose me. When I was in high school I got involved with the Civil Air Patrol. Oddly enough, the day after I got my membership card in the mail was September 11, 2001. During Katrina in 2005, I found myself in a Salvation Army Shelter, advising the Command team on best practices to organize and manage the large influx of donations, volunteers, and unique medical needs of evacuees. In all of that, I found a passion and...
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Students share experiences of EMDS summer internships
From Washington State, to Washington D.C., and half a world away to New Zealand, EADP students returned from several exciting internships this summer, as highlighted in recent course presentations. At the September 29, 2017 internship class, seven students recounted their fieldwork experiences. Several of the presenters acknowledged the value and pertinence of the classroom experiences they gained at UNT, when they had to “do it for real.” Chelsea Hearron reported on her time with the Seattle...
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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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UNT names new dean for College of Health and Public Service
Neale R. Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University, has been named the new dean of the University of North Texas' College of Health and Public Service, or HPS. His appointment will begin July 1. Chumbler will replace Linda Holloway, former chair and faculty member in the college's Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, who has served as interim dean since September 2017. "I'm excited Dean Chumbler is joining UNT and...
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Student interns attend local emergency preparedness meeting
Pictured left to right are interns past and present for the City of Denton Office of Emergency Management: Luc Tran, ('17) Julie Hagen ('16), Michael Penaluna (City of Denton EMC, '88), and Samantha Pickett. ('16). Throughout the years, many of our EADP Alumni have provided quality internship experiences to our EADP majors. These internships provide wonderful opportunities for our students to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real world...
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Undergrads can now schedule advising appointments online
Visit appointments.unt.edu to schedule your appointment now. Undergraduate advising is offered by appointment 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Walk-in advising opportunities are only available during certain periods each semester. Find the advisor for your major.   Office of Student Services and Academic Advising UNT College of Health and Public Service Chilton Hall, Suite 289 410 S. Avenue C, Denton, TX 76201 940-565-4115 HPSadvisingservices@unt.edu
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Study Abroad in Panama: International Disaster & Crisis Communication
In Summer 2018, HPS' Emergency Management and Disaster Science (EMDS) department will be offering a study abroad course in Panama. This class will be co-taught by Dr. Laura Siebeneck (EMDS) and Dr. Brian Richardson (Communication Studies) and will focus on the examination of hazards, risks, and disasters at the intersections of com-munication and culture in Panama. Emergency management students may sign up for either the EADP 4040 International Disasters class or the EMDS 5800—Special...
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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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EMDS Alumni Spotlight: Zach Davis ('06)
"When I entered EADP I was looking for a career that would keep me out of the office and always on the move. Well… I got my wish. I began the EADP program in 2004 and graduated in 2006, during that time I was IAEM-SC treasurer and one of the key organizers of a bi-annual camping trip. After graduation, I found my first position in Stuart Florida as a Regional Planner for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. I was responsible for coordination between counties and the development of...
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Photos: Homecoming 2017
View 150+ photos on Flickr. Dozens of alumni returned to Denton on Saturday, November 11 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! HPS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by December...
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Nelan and Schumann studying recovery of smaller Gulf Coast cities after Hurricane Harvey
Mary Nelan Ronald Schumann Aransas, Nueces and Refugio counties along Texas' Gulf Coast received widespread damage from Hurricane Harvey when it made landfall as a Category 4 storm. Two months later, some residents of devastated communities feel forgotten. According to University of North Texas faculty members Mary Nelan and Ronald Schumann, some believe Houston received far more attention in the media and from response organizations because of the severe...
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Career Development Specialist available to HPS students
Gena Kirkwood is the Career Development Specialist for all majors in the College of Health and Public Service. She can help you transition from student to professional and help you navigate all of the resources and services offered by the UNT Career Center. Email: Gena.Kirkwood@unt.edu Twitter: @GKcareeradvisor LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/GenaLKirkwood To make an appointment, log in to Eagle Careers powered by Handshake.  
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Message from the Dean: Fall 2017
Greetings everyone, Fall is an exciting time in any university, but it is particularly exciting for our college as we embark upon our first full academic year as the College of Health and Public Service. As a college that prepares professionals for the workplace and advances research across several disciplines, the new name embodies two major themes of our college and helps to clarify our mission. While the name has changed, our rich history of working collaboratively to solve social...
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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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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 Center where her work with Dr. Mark Goldberg focused on behavioral recovery from brain injury and the use of plasticity-modulating pathways to augment rehabilitation. Becker's research and...
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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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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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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 their communities, and what barriers prevent them from staying or returning. This past October marked four years since Hurricane Sandy became the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history when...
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From the dean: Summer 2017
Have you heard? PACS is now the College of Health and Public Service. And with the change, we’re launching the college's eNewsletter. Our students, faculty and alumni are doing great things, and we want to keep you apprised of the latest news. A few times per year, we’ll share quick updates on the college. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The new name directly reflects the major strengths that...
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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 collaborate at various department and campus-wide events, help students that might be interested in our programs, collaborate with other students, faculty and staff on campus while developing...
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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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UNT Alumni Association to host regional chapter spring mixers
Stay connected to your alma mater by joining us at one of the four upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Chapter Spring Mixers. Select the event that best fits your schedule and location. These events were made to give you the opportunity to reconnect with other UNT alumni in your area for networking, University updates and fun. Dallas County Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:30-8 pm The Social House of Addison, Dallas, TX RSVP by March 26 Tarrant County Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:30-8 pm Acre...
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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 champion? A beyond-the-classroom, professor-guided research project is a transformative experience that: immerses you in vital inquiry within your field of study; places you in scholarly...
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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 latest updates on all Commencement activities. View photos from Fall 2016 Commencement on Flickr.
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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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EMDS alumni spotlight: Bradley Wilson ('07)
This alumni spotlight on MSgt Bradley Wilson ('07) first appeared in the fall 2016 issue of The Mitigator, the EMDS department newsletter. "My path in Emergency Management (EM) post EADP has taken me down a few unique roads. I actually began my career long before actually studying EM at UNT when I enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard in 2002. I picked what was then known as Disaster Preparedness not really aware of what kind of impact it would have on my career. I began my...
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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 evet. We had approximately 50 UNT students volunteer to be disaster victims. We are grateful to Mike Penaluna the City of Denton Emergency Management for providing this great opportunity for our...
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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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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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$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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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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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 afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! PACS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by November 30 for your chance to win a PACS prize pack. Subscribe to the PACS eNewsletter for announcements on...
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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 emergency management. The program was previously part of PACS’ Public Administration department.  The program prepares students for emergency management and related careers in the public, private and...
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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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