Student Recognition

Beautiful vision: UNT student spreads awareness via bid for national crown

Mon, May 11, 2015 - 12:57pm

For Skylar Conover, competing in beauty pageants is about more than coming away with a glittering crown and sash.

Recently named Ms. Wheelchair Texas USA, Conover uses the exposure from pageant success to bring awareness to both visible and invisible disabilities while pushing for acceptance within the community.

“The crown has brought me tons of opportunities to educate more and bring that awareness to people,” she said. “That’s what I love.”

Conover, a graduate student in the rehabilitation counseling program at the University of North Texas, will travel to Akron, Ohio, in July to compete for the Ms....

Campus is family’s home base

Mon, May 11, 2015 - 12:27pm

Darla Ray is a nontraditional college student. So it stands to reason that she will celebrate Mother’s Day as a nontraditional mom.

In a lot of ways, Darla Ray is a normal senior at the University of North Texas.

She’s applying to graduate programs, planning a foray on Fry Street before her graduation and has a rotating cast of friends and confidants inside her Traditions Hall dorm room.

But Ray is a bit different than most other UNT undergrads. She is 49 years old, and her daughters, Whitney “Free” Smith and Whitley Smith, are fellow college students at UNT.

“I have a terrible case of Peter Pan...

El Paso native vying to make Cowboys cheerleading squad; vote for her here

Fri, May 8, 2015 - 12:50pm

An El Paso native is in the running to be on the sidelines of every Dallas Cowboys football game.

Eastwood High School grad Janae Green is competing for a spot on the world Cowboys cheerleading squad.

"Dance gives me the ability to perform and that is just way more important to me,” Green said. “Whether it's 2,000 or two people, I love to be able to perform and feel the music. “

Green has a chance to dance for a live audience of more than 100,000 at AT&T Stadium – and millions on national TV as a finalist for the “fan vote” into the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading camp.

“I started watching them and...

BMI Foundation Announces BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship

Thu, May 7, 2015 - 12:40pm

Deirdre Chadwick, President of the BMI Foundation, and Mike O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and Honorary Chair of the BMI Foundation, have announced the establishment of the BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship, to benefit emerging jazz performers.

BMI recently donated $5,000 to the BMI Foundation to fund a new scholarship in honor of the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, a lifetime achievement recognition program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1982, the NEA has acknowledged living legends of jazz music with this award, widely considered to be the nation’s paramount accolade for jazz...

2015 International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design Kicks Off

Thu, May 7, 2015 - 12:20pm

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) are joining the National Science Foundation (NSF); the American Society of Civil Engineers, Committee of Cold-Formed Members; and the University of North Texas as co-sponsors of the fifth International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design. Cold-formed steel refers to products made by rolling or pressing thin...