The following are links to news stories featuring UNT people and programs, as well as stories of general interest to the higher education community.

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Discover Denton Welcome Center to celebrate birthday and Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! This is one of my favorite holidays. I'm not sure how it became a favorite as a kid — perhaps gathering with family at the lake, eating watermelon, homemade ice cream and shooting fireworks.

Wonderful memories, those are. As an adult, I think it's more the patriotism that swells in my heart among flags, fireworks and the national anthem. While I am always proud to be an American, that pride ramps up as we join together from coast to coast to celebrate our nation's beginnings. takes us back 241 years, to the day we were born: "In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies...

Local film pundits weigh the relevance of movie critics

On June 8, filmmaker Alex Kurtzman set the entertainment world ablaze when he told Business Insider that movie “critics and audiences don’t always sing the same song.” Despite grossing more than twice its $125 million budget, The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, was universally panned by film critics.

In response to the 15 percent approval rating from critic aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, Kurtzman said he “made a film for audiences and not critics.” His statement reignited the prevailing debate over whether critics ultimately sway the public’s interest in seeing...

Two North Texans fundraise for kids in South Sudan

They used to live in African countries. Now in Texas, one dreams of opening his own soccer academy and another dreams of curing cancer. Together, they are planning a humanitarian campaign to travel to Africa and bring hope to communities in the war-torn country of South Sudan.

Gerard Munyazikwiye, a 26-year-old University of North Texas graduate student from Rwanda, is studying nuclear physics and hopes to someday help start a proton therapy cancer treatment facility in Africa. Aruto Ngel, once a refugee, is now a 30-year-old soccer trainer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and wants to own his own academy...

Newsmakers: News briefs from the region

The University of North Texas has been named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2017 by Forbes Media, in partnership with Statista, a statistics database and consumer research firm in Germany.

UNT is ranked No. 25 out of 301 employers in the nation and fourth in the education category. The designation highlights top employers that have between 1,000 and 5,000 workers whose employees feel “happy, inspired and well-compensated.”

“It is an honor not only for UNT to be named to such a prestigious list, but to know that our employees enjoy their jobs as much as I do,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “As a top...

Building for the future: Five trends in higher education projects

The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is engaged in construction and renovation projects that represent the second-highest capital outlay—$180 million—in its 128-year history.Three projects in progress there are the $25.6 million renovation of the 67,000-sf, 1970s-era Farris Engineering Center; phase three of the $27.3 million Health Education Building; and the 65,000-sf, $25 million McKinnon Center for Management. Future projects include a $65.7 million building for physics, astronomy, and interdisciplinary sciences.Each of these hits upon building typologies—STEM, health sciences, and business—that colleges and...

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