Updates- Rehabilitation and Health Services

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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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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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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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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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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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 September 28, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX With more than 36,000 alumni in Dallas county, we will be painting the town Green! Plan to attend our UNT Alumni Fall Reception - Dallas...
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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 September 28, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX With more than 36,000 alumni in Dallas county, we will be painting the town Green! Plan to attend our UNT Alumni Fall Reception - Dallas...
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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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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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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 second year, the program opened doors for 47 participants to the realities of the adult world of work. College WISE is a one-week program for youth interested in pursuing a post-secondary education...
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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 world. He says it is important for individuals to be proactive and do all they can to prepare for advanced care. "Instead of seniors being cared for," Ingman says, "think of it as more of a joint effort...
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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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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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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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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 environment. Find the CRP on Facebook.
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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 culture has some distinct social characteristics and values that can influence the nature, severity, expression and treatment of …mental health problems following traumatic experiences,” stated Sharma...
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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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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 Childrens Hospital and Camp Aldersgate, a facility that provides summer camps for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. “It was wonderful to see our students take the time to devote their...
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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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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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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, associate professor and rehabilitation counseling program graduate coordinator, visited Austin March 7 and met with state Rep. Dr. Lynn Stucky to discuss recovery issues and advocacy. View photos on...
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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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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 claims the lives of more than 1,100 college students each year. UNT and Active Minds, Inc. are looking to change that. The exhibit will be held at the Library Mall from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March...
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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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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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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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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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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 Addiction Rehabilitation department. Read the full story.
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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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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 made a New Year’s resolution to break that habit during 2017, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Two University of North Texas faculty members in the Department of Disability and Addiction...
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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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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 website. Panel members with UNT representatives. Left to right: Samuel Odom, professor and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the...
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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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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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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 and Learn Fall 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Select Tuesdays throughout the semester Chilton Hall, Room 134 November 22: Uncomfortable Conversations Presented by Michelle Nietert, Licensed Professional...
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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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