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President's Annual Report

Helping Students Thrive


This has been a banner year, and nowhere is that truer than right here at the University of North Texas. From record-setting giving, research expenditures and enrollment to the opening of cutting-edge facilities and the development of industry-shaping partnerships, the university is growing in both size and reputation -- and you can read all about it in the 2019 President's Annual Report.

Of course, it's the people who truly make UNT a special place to learn and work, and our students, alumni, faculty and staff also have had an extraordinary year. From health and fitness milestones to opening new businesses to delving into society-shaking research endeavors, discover below how they're fighting to make the world even better in the years to come.

As 2020 looms on the horizon, we want to wish you a very happy holiday season, full of all the sweet moments your heart desires.

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President's Annual Report

Helping Students Thrive

It's been a remarkable year, as UNT raked in big numbers and even bigger accolades. The university saw a record number of students and National Merit Finalists, and we have 77 academic programs in the nation's top 100, up from 72 just a year ago. And spirit was at an all-time high as well, with a record-shattering 30,123 Mean Green fans filling Apogee Stadium during Family Weekend. UNT doesn't just say soar higher -- we do it.

Online Features
Dolly Parton and Lindsey Miller

Alumni Spolight

Striking a Chord

Lindsey Miller's ('06) guitar skills have taken her from UNT's Two O'Clock Lab Band to performing in Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol.

Homegrown Holiday Hits


Homegrown Holiday Hits

Check out our alums' inventive holiday songs, from Brave Combo's "It's Christmas, Man" to Roy Orbison's "Pretty Paper."

Micah Crittenden


The Past as a Present

In a recent UNT public history research seminar, students uncovered information about a disappeared freedmen's community near Pilot Point. A year later, one of the researchers, Micah Crittenden ('18) -- now a graduate student in UNT's department of history -- used her research skills to help save a residence in Pilot Point that was previously a one-room schoolhouse for African American students.

Bret Hawkins


There's No Business Like Snow Business

Baby, it's cold outside -- but inside Gnome Cones, a Denton storefront recently opened by alum Bret Hawkins ('16), there's a hearty mix of temperatures, from warm drinks and ooey gooey cookies to frozen treats like snow cones, ice cream and popsicles. Hawkins' favorite? Vanilla soft-serve with iced coffee syrup.

Patricia Ebaire


The Picture of Health

At 66, kinesiology alum, yoga instructor and pickleball player Patricia Ebaire ('98) is full of energy and fit as a fiddle -- both inside and out. That's why she recently shared her health and fitness journey in Healthy Aging magazine, reminding readers that it's never too late to eat right and get fit.

Cynthia Giron


Great Grads

From trailblazers to stargazers, UNT is bidding farewell to an impressive crop of graduates this fall as they look back on their time at the university and forward to the difference they will no doubt make in the world.



Allergen-Free Holiday Hosting

UNT's Kitchen West is only the second dining hall in the nation to be completely free of the "Big 8" allergens. One of its chefs, Amber Duncan, offers tips for those looking to ensure their holiday meals are perfect for anyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.




From a mission to save endangered and indigenous languages to fan reminiscences of a galaxy far, far away to a look at British royal fashion, our UNT experts weigh in on research, pop culture, historical events -- and everything in-between. Have an idea for a subject you'd like to see tackled? Email us at

UNTold Stories


UNTold Stories

We want to hear directly from YOU this holiday season about your experiences as a student, alum, faculty or staff member (past or present) to gift remembrance -- along with a few tears and a lot of a laughs. Pick a question to help guide your story, record your audio and submit at We can't wait to listen!

2019 holiday video
Happy Holidays from UNT
The recipe for a festive season? Try a sprinkling of UNT holiday magic. Check out our recent video in which we offer our warmest wishes for a holiday full of love, laughter and a hearty dose of sweet treats.
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