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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Survey shows many Americans know very little about Constitution

On a warm September day in Philadelphia, 39 men dressed in funny clothes put their name on a 4,200-word document that would form the backbone of this nation.

Now 230 years later, it turns out many of us don’t know much about the Constitution.

According to the annual Constitution Day survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, 37 percent of the Americans surveyed couldn’t name a single freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment. Only a quarter could name all three branches of government, and more than half incorrectly believed immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally don’t have any rights under the Constitution...

Cuddle Up: UNT is using dogs to help students with stress

The University of North Texas is getting a little more fur-friendly. Students can now snuggle up and chill out with one of many "Cuddle Dogs" on campus.

"It's always nice to come around here," said junior Oluwatosin Omoba. "To cuddle a little bit, and get stress off a little bit before you go into your next class or your next study session."

The campus offers cuddle time with four pups, all with completely different personalities to help meet every student's needs.

"I think it just attracts more students and makes counseling in our office more open and inviting for a lot of students who might be nervous about...

UNT System names new chancellor

The University of North Texas System board of regents has named Lesa Roe as its new chancellor. She will replace Lee F. Jackson, who is retiring after 15 years in the position. Roe will take over in January.

In her new role, Roe will oversee all UNT system operations, including managing more than 10,000 employees, UNT Health Science Center, UNT in Denton, and UNT Dallas. Additionally, she will directly work with and manage UNT’s system administration.

Roe most recently served as acting deputy administrator for NASA. There, she partnered with the COO to lead strategy and operations nationally across all field centers...

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Collaborative piano conference returns to UNT

The UNT College of Music hosts the second annual CollabFest, with performances and master classes from Oct. 9-12.

CollabFest is a conference promoting collaborative pianists, the artists who often perform with other instrumentalists and singers and accompanying choir and dance rehearsals. 

The event will bring renowned collaborative pianists and piano teachers to campus for sessions, classes and performances — some of which are free. It's the first event of its kind in the nation. 

The classes and performances are to be announced. For more...

Bragging rights: Which school has the most National Merit Semifinalists in North Texas?

Nearly 600 high school seniors from public, private and charter schools in North Texas were named as National Merit Semifinalists on Wednesday.

Those selected were among 16,000 students nationwide to be honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program, and are now eligible to compete for 7,500 scholarship awards worth $32 million.

The group represents the top 1 percent of scores from 1.6 million U.S. high school students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as juniors.

Winners will be announced between April and July.

So which high...

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