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Students to serve up menu with Blythe Beck

Mon, Oct 17, 2016 - 7:51am

Chef Blythe Beck is no shrinking violet.

The executive chef and co-owner of Pink Magnolia in Oak Cliff in Dallas specializes in Southern food with great big flavor profiles, and the chef will make the trek back to Denton to for the Guest Chef Day at the University of North Texas’ Club at Gateway Center.

Beck, a UNT alumna, will cook with UNT hospitality students for lunch April 5 at UNT’s Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. Diners will be seated between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Hospitality students invite a culinary master to work alongside them on campus each semester, and this spring’s pick is Beck, known...

UNT regents approve Wren Baker as new athletic director

Fri, Jul 29, 2016 - 1:31pm

By Brett Vito

A new era in North Texas athletics officially began on Friday, when the North Texas board of regents voted to approve Wren Baker as the school’s new athletic director.

The vote took place in a specially called teleconference.

UNT’s regents are required to approve any employment contract that exceeds $1 million for the duration of the deal.

Baker has served as Missouri’s interim atheltic director since Mack Rhoades left the school to take over as Baylor’s athletic director earlier this month. Baker was previously Missouri’s...

Hazard Warnings: Who Should Be Warned to Do What and When?

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

A group of risk experts is proposing a new framework to improve the effectiveness of public warnings when a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety.

Right now, “the potential for errors is high” when officials decide when to issue emergency warnings, who to send them to, and what safety measures to urge the public to take, says Thomas Cova, a professor in the University of Utah geography department.

That’s because “researchers tend to focus on one or two of those questions,” Cova says. “But it’s a challenge to think about all three,” which is necessary to avoid...

Campus film club preps for two-day movie-making competition

Thu, Jul 28, 2016 - 6:44am

The University of North Texas Short Film Club will host a 48-hour film race next month, and it’s open to all filmmakers in town.

The film race starts at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at Audacity Brew House, 1012 Shady Oaks Drive. Filmmakers will meet up at the local brewery, and then take off to make a short film in 48 hours. Less, technically, since the finished films have to be submitted at 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at Audacity.

Devynn Montoya, the club’s marketing officer, said the race is broad.

“The film race is open to any and all filmmakers,” Montoya said. “There is not a theme to the race. However, we are focusing on narrative...

Cash awards for literary conference announced

Tue, Jul 26, 2016 - 8:29pm

The annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference awarded $18,000 in various writing competitions during the conference, which was held Friday through Sunday.

The top awards gave $3,000 each to the winners in personal essay, reported narrative and book manuscript competition, $2,000 to each second-place winner and $1,000 to third-place winners.

In the book manuscript competition, David Collins of Fulton, Missouri, won first place for his manuscript “Accidental Texas Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and their Fight for Marriage Equality in the Lone Star State.”

Second place went to Sallie Moffitt of Ovilla...

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