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Peace standing tall
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UNT International, which serves University of North Texas students from other countries, unveiled a 10-foot-tall “peace pole” on Monday, the United Nations World Day of Peace. The limestone pillar has seven sides bearing the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean and Thai — the top seven languages spoken by UNT students. The pillar stands in front of Marquis Hall, UNT’s newly renovated 1936 building, which was dedicated Monday as the headquarters of UNT International.

McNatts give University of North Texas $2.61 million
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By Holly Haber

Jim and Linda McNatt of Corinth have given $2.61 million in grants to the University of North Texas to support academic and athletic initiatives.

The gifts include $1.36 million to establish endowments for logistics research, autism studies and the Kuehne Speaker Series and to fund grants to National Merit Scholars. The other $1.25 million will be used to enhance Mean Green Athletics.

Some of the grants are eligible for matching funds from Texas, which could augment the donations by $790,000, according to university officials.

Both...

University of North Texas plans innovative, jobs-focused satellite campus in Frisco
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By William Taylor

Much like the developers behind the $5 billion mile, the president of the University of North Texas looks at Frisco and envisions a spectacular future.

“Ten years down the line, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a campus that has between 5,000 and 10,000 students, so while we are dreaming, we might as well dream big,” said Neal Smatresk, president of UNT, the flagship campus of the UNT System.

He envisions a Frisco satellite campus with an “edgy vibe,” an incubator of education innovation preparing students for the diversity of business, communication and technological skills needed to serve...

UNT plans for a satellite campus in Frisco
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By Nicole Luna

The University of North Texas is under negotiations for about 30,000 square feet of space for a new satellite campus at 2811 Internet Blvd. in Hall Office Park, just across from developments in Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile.

The satellite campus will be the stepping stone for UNT in Frisco.

“Pending the success of our launch, we’ll be starting to look at plans for building a permanent campus [in Frisco],” UNT President Neal Smatresk said.

The satellite campus will accommodate 500 students and will focus on business communication and technology.

Set to have a soft launch in January, the...

TWU, UNT hit record enrollment
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By Jenna Duncan

More university students are in Denton this fall than ever before.

Both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University have record fall enrollment, according to preliminary data. This year, there are 37,231 students at UNT and 12,557 at TWU.

From 2013 to 2014, enrollment slightly dropped at both university campuses. Now, enrollment is higher than 2013 numbers for TWU and UNT.

Earlier this year, UNT officials named the university’s first vice president of enrollment to oversee attracting and retaining students. Shannon Goodman, the first to hold the position, said that...