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At UNT, our students, alumni, faculty and staff explore creative ways to make the world a better place. Sometimes that means traveling abroad as part of the volunteer tourism industry to help global communities with infrastructure development. Other times, it means using the skills honed in programs like computer science, logistics, and emergency management and disaster science to ensure communities and businesses can recover from catastrophic events. And in other cases, it means using geographic information systems to help make decisions for the real estate markets and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Our alums in particular have shown a deep commitment to improving the world around them. Take for instance Damon West ('99), a former Mean Green football player whose descent into drugs, and path to recovery, led him to help others in similar situations. Or Hassan Bawab ('03), who helps fellow Arab Americans preserve and promote their culture as president of the Arab American Cultural Society. Or Robert ('09, '11 M.S.) and Lauren Penn ('09), who make the Denton community sweeter with their tasty, all-natural Frios pops.

No matter how big or small the gesture, the UNT community believes there's always a way to make everyone's life just a little bit better. Do you have your own example of a UNT family member who's changing the world? Email us at

Summer 2019 Issue
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Travel with care

Cover Story

Travel with Care

UNT students and alums have ventured across the globe searching for ways to help with everything from construction to education to research as part of the booming volunteer tourism industry. In the process, they've also learned the importance of serving responsibly — and aiding those in their own backyards.

Featured in this issue
Luis Tapia

Program Feature

Building Resiliency
for Disasters

As a kid, Luis Tapia ('06, '08 M.P.A.) worried about the fictional communities destroyed by movie monsters like Godzilla. Now the UNT adjunct and other alumni are using emergency management and disaster science, computer science and logistics to ensure communities and businesses can rise above catastrophes.

Joshua Bova

Program Feature

Every Map Tells
a Story

Joshua Bova ('16, '18 M.S.) used to believe geography was just about memorizing state capitals. Now he knows it's about making a difference by connecting places, people and behavior. With geographic information systems, he and other alums are able to provide solutions for real-world problems using a spatial, or geographic, context.

Kathleen Wayton

Alumni Spotlight

Kathleen Wayton

Though she always dreamed of jet setting, Kathleen Wayton ('83) never considered just how far she would travel in the airline industry. The marketing alum and chief information officer for Southwest Airlines has implemented important technological advancements — and has had plenty of fun in the process.



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