UNT’s Originality and Perseverance on Display

UNT’s Originality and Perseverance on Display


Last fall more than 600 million people learned something everyone at the University of North Texas already knew. Never underestimate a UNT Eagle. In a 44-17 win over Arkansas, the UNT Mean Green delivered the week’s top play in college football with a fake fair catch, 90-yard punt return touchdown. USA Today called it “an incredible display of genius, courage and trickery,” and we can’t say we disagree. In fact, courageous genius sounds just like us. For more than a century, UNT students have delivered an incredible display of originality and perseverance. While those few seconds on the football field entertained us all, it was far from the first time UNT has wowed the nation. Our students are dominating global coding challenges, working with NASA to improve technology, taking home top prizes in international engineering competitions, winning Grammys, launching global brands and initiating research projects that could change the world. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison’s hit song “Ooby Dooby” was said to have been written in 15 minutes on the roof of a UNT fraternity house. The CEO and co-founder of Urban Decay, the second-largest makeup brand in the U.S., Wende Zomnir earned her journalism degree from UNT before launching the makeup brand that was 20 years years ahead of industry trends. Alumna Benjy Brooks was the first pediatric surgeon in Texas. Alumnus James Pawelczyk flew aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1998. Columbia Records exec Azim Rashid launched his career in the music industry working for the University Program Council. Journalism alumna Dustee Tucker Jenkins left her senior leadership role at Target to help guide streaming music giant Spotify’s direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. After growing up in a small Texas town, G. Brint Ryan earned two degrees from UNT in 1988, and then built a billion-dollar business. He cemented his commitment to the university by giving the largest gift in school history with big plans for the future of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. UNT students don’t just succeed. They succeed in audacious, one-of-a-kind strokes. What’s our secret? We push boundaries every day. We combine creativity and science. We flip perspectives for innovative ways to solve problems. And we create original experiences that deliver extraordinary results whether that is in cross-disciplinary research or through key partnerships with world-class industry leaders like the Dallas Cowboys, NetDragon, the City of Frisco and PGA of America. Every year has become a record-breaking year for us, and we don’t just mean Guinness World Records, though we have those too. Numbers for annual giving, degrees awarded, students enrolled all keep rising to new heights. Last year, nearly 10,000 students – one fourth of our student body – earned their diplomas and stepped into the professional world. Named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for the 23rd year, UNT has 77 academic programs ranked among the nation’s Top 100 and was re-affirmed as a Tier One research university this year. The university also ranks 7th in the education category and 40th overall in the nation as one of America’s Best Employers, according to Forbes. We have no intention of settling for the status quo. UNT is developing an inspired new curriculum in response to industry needs, while our partnership with Frisco leaders will help us grow a unique 100-acre campus that closes the gap between education and high demand careers. Last fall, we opened the Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing, earning a $10 million boost in funding from the Texas Legislature. UNT has developed one of the most advanced university research facilities in the nation for materials analysis, and this prototype center could globally transform the future of advanced manufacturing. We also celebrated a year of record-setting research expenditures. Meanwhile, the new College of Visual Arts and Design building is one of the most technologically advanced art facilities in the world and will inspire creativity for generations to come. The university also opened our new Biomedical Engineering Building in August. We also believe our students deserve more when it comes to life outside the classroom We recently opened two gorgeous new buildings with the Joe Greene Residence Hall and the University Welcome Center. Soon, we will open the nation’s second allergen-free dining hall, joining an unparalleled array of campus dining offerings that include an award-winning vegan dining hall. Whether it’s comic books and video games, science, politics or art, there is nothing we love more than helping our students embrace their brilliantly unique selves. We will never stop striving to provide the best nest for our Eagle community. From serving fresh organic greens grown in our own hydroponic garden to building unique living-learning communities and creating industry-inspired curricula, UNT delivers a special experience for each student from day one all the way through to graduation day.

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