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UNT's first latino tenured professor celebrates 90th birthday

G. Roland Vela, BA ’50, PhD ’64, Life Member, raises his horns at his 90th birthday celebration, thrown for him in September by his family. Vela is a professor emeritus at The University of North Texas who supervised 20 PhD students and 40 master’s students before retiring in 2000. He joined the microbiology faculty in 1965 and was the first Latino professor awarded tenure at UNT. Vela was named one of the Top 100 Texas Latinos of the 20th Century by Latino Monthly and the soccer fields at North Lakes Park in Denton, Texas, are newly named in his honor.

In 1991, UNT established an award in his name awarded to those making...

'For Catalina's Time' explores culture of Mexico's Costa Chica

Upon entering the main gallery of the John Hope Franklin Center, I found myself feeling slightly overwhelmed. People milled about, entering and exiting a conference room adjacent to the exhibit I’d come to see. At the edge of the gallery, two people conversed about construction. And yet, amid the varied clamor, my mind was elsewhere, in a place I had neither been to nor heard of before: a region of Mexico called the Costa Chica. It is the setting and subject of Sandra Luz Barroso’s photographs now on display in “For Catalina’s Time.”

The exhibit, which also includes ten works of graphic art, arrived at the Franklin Center...

UNT, Collin College trying design process to improve transfers

UNT and Collin College are partnering to re-think how students transfer from community colleges to universities as part of the Education Design Lab's Seamless Transfer Pathways Design Challenge.

Over the next 15 months, officials from UNT and Collin College will explore how to increase the number of students that transfer from Collin College to UNT, and increase the amount of students who go on to complete their bachelor's degrees.

The two schools make up one of four institutional pairs selected to participate in the challenge, which is funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Through the challenge,...

UNT receives largest gift bequest

The University of North Texas announced today that it will receive the largest monetary gift in its history from the estate of Paul R. Voertman, the former owner of Denton’s iconic Voertman’s Bookstore.

According to a news release, Voertman died June 21 at the age of 88. Voertman and Richard Ardoin, his partner of 48 years, were extremely generous to UNT during their lifetimes. Ardoin, who died in 2002, made a significant estate gift to UNT that includes a charitable trust. With Voertman’s gift, the couple’s combined contribution to UNT totals more than $15 million, making them UNT’s top donors.

“We will forever be...

UNT's Discovery Series hosting film screening

Walt Wolfram, a professor at North Carolina State University, will answer questions after his film, "Talking Black in America" is show during the University of North Texas's Discovery Series Thursday, Oct. 19. 

The film follows the descendants of American slaves, and their impacts on American life and language. Speech varieties in American American communities reflect different influences on African language systems and shows the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression and segregation.

The screening is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. in the General Academic Building, room...

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