Golf: Mean Green major

Wed, Jun 15, 2016 - 11:54pm

By Brett Vito

Brad Stracke shot one of his star players of the past a text message earlier this month and waited patiently to see what would transpire when Carlos Ortiz participated in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Ohio.

The longtime North Texas golf coach received some good news a short time later.

Ortiz is headed to the first major of his career.

The 2013 UNT graduate will tee off at 12:14 p.m. in the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.

Ortiz qualified for the tournament field of 156 when he came out of a season-long slump, shot a 10-under-par 132 and won the Columbus-area...

Tags: Alumni, golf

Sisters train storytellers, artists in Archer City

Sun, Jun 12, 2016

By Lana Sweeten-Shults

ARCHER CITY — Sarah Junek never thought she would be baking kolaches.

In Archer City.

The one-stoplight Texas town, an anomaly among one-stoplight Texas towns, has chiseled generations of hardscrabble ranchers, unbroken cowboys and steely-eyed oilmen. But also, as the hometown of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and his Booked Up Bookstore, Archer City has made headlines as a literary haven.

"People say all the time there's something magical in Archer City," said Junek, who manages the town's only hotel, the restored 1928 Spur, and is the co-founder of a new nonprofit...

Communities In Schools of North Texas announces new chief executive officer

Fri, May 6, 2016 - 8:00am

Communities In Schools of North Texas, an organization dedicated to surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life since 1993, has announced the selection of Ann Pape, MPA,  as its new chief executive officer.

Pape will fill the vacancy created by Dana Smith’s departure in February to join CIS National. The decision was made after a national search and selection process conducted by the CISNT Board of Directors.

Kathy Duke, president of Communities In Schools, stated, "We are so pleased to support Ann as she leads the team at CIS. Ann brings the passion...

Tags: Alumni, UNT

Forney ISD announces new Instructional Technology Director and Forney Academic Center principal

Fri, Apr 22, 2016 - 8:00am

The Forney Independent School District recently announced that Stormy Lemond, currently the principal at the Forney Academic Center (FAC), has been named the Director of Instructional Technology for the District. Lemond will continue her role as the principal of the FAC through the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and move into her new role with the District in June.

In her new role with the District, Lemond will be responsible for the integration of media and technology within the instructional programs by designing, developing, implementing, supervising and coordinating programs to promote the use of media and...

Tags: Alumni, UNT

UMB Bank Hires Mina Castaneda as Senior Vice President of Healthcare Lending in Texas

Fri, Apr 15, 2016 - 8:00am

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corp. , has hired UNT alumna Mina Castaneda as senior vice president of healthcare lending out of the company’s Dallas office.

Castaneda is responsible for healthcare finance and senior living finance throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona. 

Castaneda has more than 26 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, with the last 15 years focused on healthcare lending. Prior to her role at UMB, she was vice president of the healthcare and senior living lending group at Comerica Bank.

Castaneda graduated from the University of North Texas. She...