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UNT curator helps Dallas Black Dance Theatre celebrate 40 years

“40 Years Forward,” Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s (DBDT) archive exhibition tour, wraps up a year-long celebration of the oldest continuously operating dance company in Dallas, but for Melissa M. Young, the exhibition chronicles her artistic home.

Young, who was honored with the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence in 2016, has been with DBDT since 1994. She started with the company as a dancer and went on to serve as a Rehearsal Director and as Academy Director. She is currently the company’s Associate Artistic Director.


First Transit picks alum as regional vice president

First Transit announces the appointment of Jarod Varner as regional vice president for transit management. In this role, Varner will be responsible for transit management operations and supporting current customers. Varner will also support First Transit’s business development initiatives across North America.

“Jarod brings a wealth of operational expertise from the transit agency perspective,” said Rick Dunning, senior vice president of First Transit. “He has a proven track record within the public transportation industry, specifically in rail and streetcar startup and management.”

Varner has more than 10 years of...

Raiser's Edge program helps UNT with fundraising goals

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced the results of a commissioned Total Economic Impact (TEI) study1 conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Blackbaud, examining the return on investment a higher education institution experienced by deploying Blackbaud's smart cloud fundraising and relationship management solution. Forrester found that over a three-year period, Raiser's Edge NXT helped an institution achieve a 484 percent return on investment, increase gift revenue of over $2.1 million primarily by fostering...

North Texas is prepping to become a major player in esports

Dallas is about to be the home of a team that boasts fans from around the world -- and they're not called the Cowboys.

Following a "significant" (reportedly $35 million dollar) investment from the Hersh Interactive Group, popular esports organization Team Envy is moving its headquarters to Dallas. Notably, they are becoming Dallas' Overwatch League team, getting in on...

Ask the experts: Low interest credit cards

David Ragan, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law at the University of North Texas 

Credit card debt is generally considered bad debt for a couple reasons. Primarily, credit card debt is a symptom of living beyond one’s means. In order to treat the root cause, you need to look at spending. Finding a zero or low interest rate credit card is like putting a Band-Aid on a wound that really requires stitches. It's not going to hold in the long term. Does the definition of a “low interest” credit card change over time? The definition of low interest rate...
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