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Record-breaking enrollment at UNT, TWU
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Two North Texas universities are having record-breaking Fall semesters.

The University of North Texas welcomed 37,231 students this fall. The record-breaking enrollment is an almost three-percent increase over last year at UNT.

"This is our biggest enrollment boost in the past few years, and coupled with the notable growth in the quality, diversity and breadth of our student population, is a sign of important change and momentum," UNT President Neal Smatresk said in a statement. "It's clear that more students are making...

5 digital mapping projects that visualize literature
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By William Fenton

In my previous column, I considered how learners could use digital mapping projects to explore history. This week I observe another way that maps serve humanistic inquiry: the study of texts.

While it's comforting to think of texts as fixed artifacts, digital mapping projects illuminate their various social, historical, and economic contingencies. How did Darwin's Origin of the Species change through its six editions? Who corresponded with and influenced Voltaire? What did Leopold Bloom's Dublin actually look like? The forthcoming projects don't seek to resolve these questions, but...

Alumni association announces honorees
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The UNT Alumni Association will have its annual 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards in October, and award winners were just announced.

The following will receive distinguished alumni awards for achieving prominence in their profession: Julie Anderson, chief financial officer at Texas Capital Bank; Bob Kimmel, former president and CEO of Davis H. Elliot Company and owner of BK Energy; and Leroy Whitaker, retired general patent counsel and assistant secretary of Eli Lilly and Company.

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award will go to Tiffany Dale Hunter, chief communications officer for the Barbara Bush Houston...

Regents expected to vote today on budget, capital projects plan
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By Jenna Duncan

FORT WORTH — The University of North Texas Board of Regents is expected to vote today on the university budget and a capital projects plan, after briefings Thursday.

The board will also meet in an executive session today at the UNT Health Science Center to discuss its ongoing financial issues, “evaluation and compensation” for System Chancellor Lee Jackson and leasing property in Frisco for offices and classrooms.

This year, UNT’s proposed budget accounts for $675.8 million in revenues and $642.9 million in expenses.

Major changes include allocating $5.5 million for merit raises for...

LLELA Nature Preserve expands operation
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By Heather Goodwin

The city of Lewisville, University of North Texas and Lewisville ISD are entering into an agreement to jointly manage Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

The city assumed operation of the main gate Monday. Public access to LLELA Nature Preserve is now available seven days a week, and the entrance fee has changed from $5 a person to $5 a vehicle. There will be an annual pass available for $60. It will be good for a calendar year, as the city does in all its parks. Current LLELA Nature Preserve annual pass holders can use the pass they already purchased until it expires.

Under the...