The following are links to news stories featuring UNT people and programs as well as stories of general interest to the higher education community.

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Michael A. MacDowell: Will shortsighted policies, low oil prices derail fracking?

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - 12:44pm

Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in northeastern Pennsylvania and in other parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices.

While voters and many municipal governments have decided to restrict fracking, few have banned it all together. That is why shock waves ruminated through those involved in the fracking process when 59 percent of voters in Denton, Texas — a state that owes much of its economic success to petroleum — last month voted to ban hydraulic fracturing...

Small towns have big dreams in Texas football playoffs

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - 12:37pm

They’ve been playing high school football in Mineola since 1912, and never before have the Yellow Jackets played for a state championship.

That will change Thursday in what will be a watershed moment for the small East Texas town, which will be mostly vacant when the Yellow Jackets face Cameron Yoe for the Class 3A Division I crown at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Hundreds of fans will make the trip to Arlington for Thursday night’s game. Churches are taking their members by bus, and the local radio station, KMOO, has chartered three buses, with two...

Flashes and cables: Friends of Centro-matic share stories before the band calls it quits

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - 12:29pm

This weekend the veteran band Centro-matic will take over Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton for three nights to bid an official farewell to hometown friends and fans.

For this week’s Guide, we chatted with frontman Will Johnson about the significance of this final tour as well as the band members’ future plans. But we didn’t want to stop there.

Since the three-night stand in Little D (beginning Friday) is such a big deal in these parts, we wanted to yield the floor to some folks who’ve closely observed Centro-matic’s trajectory on the local and national scenes.

With the help of the Denton...

Helping parents understand infant sleep patterns

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - 12:22pm

Most parents are not surprised by the irregularity of a newborn infant's sleep patterns, but by six months or so many parents wonder if something is wrong with their baby or their sleeping arrangements if the baby is not sleeping through the night. Healthcare providers, specifically nurse practitioners, can help parents understand what "normal" sleep patterns are for their child, according to researchers.

"Nurse practitioners are at the frontline of healthcare," said Robin Yaure, senior instructor of ...

Goodman named first Vice President for Enrollment for UNT

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - 12:20pm

Shannon Goodman has been named the founding vice president for enrollment at the University of North Texas.“As the founding vice president, Shannon will be responsible for building an effective enrollment management operation, ensuring UNT achieves sustainable enrollment growth while balancing both quality and accessibility,” said UNT President Neal Smatresk.“Shannon’s deep experience in developing and implementing complex enrollment strategies and his expertise in enterprise-wide information systems, including customer relationship management software, will be outstanding assets to UNT as we launch the new Division of Enrollment...