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Welcome home.

That's been our mantra this fall, as the amazing students, staff, faculty and alumni who comprise the UNT Family have made their way back to campus, joining together once again to collaborate, innovate and celebrate. Unsurprisingly, UNT's determined group of go-getters hasn't let anything stand in the way of their goals. Take, for instance, the standout professors -- nominated by current students and alums -- who help dreams take flight. Or the student and faculty researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering who are working to solve some of today's most-pressing medical quandaries. Or alumni like Jhoalmo Sibrian ('17) and Keisha Casiano ('15), who use their personal experiences to inform how they help others.

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Fall 2021 Issue
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Cover Story

North Stars

As we reconnect this fall, meet the seven UNT faculty finalists -- selected from more than 100 contenders -- who current students and alumni nominated to be recognized for their inspiring leadership in the classroom. We also want to reacquaint you with the staff members who devise innovative initiatives that bolster student success, as well as the students who embolden us to be our absolute best. Want to nominate a current UNT professor for next year's "North Stars"? Submit your nomination here.


The University For All

Check out UNT1s new fall ad that highlights how our diverse, innovative, one-of-a-kind Tier One Research University supports student achievement with 239 degree programs -- and plenty of opportunities to find your perfect fit.


Feature Story

Literal Lifesavers

Through living kidney donation, three UNT alumni have saved the lives of loved ones and strangers -- and with more than 91,000 individuals in the U.S. waiting on a kidney but fewer than 23,000 donations, they're urging others to consider doing the same. "There's a need, and living donors play an important role in satisfying that need," says NBC 5 reporter/anchor Kristi Nelson ('94), who donated a kidney to her mother.

Research Feature

Engineering Better Health

From humble beginnings, UNT's Department of Biomedical Engineering has expanded rapidly over the past few years as faculty, students and alumni work to create devices that will reshape lives. "It's very exciting and rewarding to take a project to the next level and improve people's health," says assistant professor Clement T.Y. Chan, who is working to engineer bacteria to specifically target, detect and recognize a range of pathogens or toxins.


One Building, Many Memories

College Inn was truly a unique place, the rare residence hall that boasted a swimming pool. Its residents included sorority sisters and beauty pageant winners. It launched numerous friendships, hundreds of careers and at least one marriage. And though it's now closed for good, former residents are keeping it alive with their reminiscences.

Alumni Spotlight

A Numbers Game

As a former calculus teacher and coach, Curtis Goodwin ('20 M.S.) has always had an affinity for math and sports. Now he puts those talents to the test as a performance data scientist for the Houston Texans. "If there's a question or problem statement -- or simply, 'What can the data tell us?' -- my job is to find if there is a story behind this," he says.



Create the Change

Students, staff, faculty and alumni took to the stage during this year's TEDxUNT event to share their unique experiences and opinions on important topics such as the power of curiosity, women in science, and the criminalization of the mentally ill. Explore the TEDxUNT website to learn more about the speakers.

More Online Features

Get ready for a "groovy" Homecoming!
This year's Homecoming is going to be outta sight! A variety of events and activities, themed "The 1970s," will take place through the week of Nov. 7 and culminate at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Apogee Stadium when the Mean Green face off against UTEP. Get the skinny on all the events at and for tickets call 940-565-2527 or visit
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