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Over the past year, we've all had to flex our creative muscle to craft solutions for a myriad of complex challenges, whether they be personal or professional -- and that's certainly held true for those in our Mean Green community. Our education alums and administrators, for example, have faced tough questions head on to generate ideas for how to keep students from falling behind, whether in person or online. Other alumni have had to get equally innovative, like Judge Emily Miskel ('99 TAMS), a trailblazer who oversaw the nation's first online jury trial, and Xavier Henderson ('14), a communication studies alum who has ensured his community has enough food and other essential supplies through his nonprofit For Oak Cliff.

But they aren't the only ones. Our Spring 2021 issue is full of stories of resilience, ingenuity, caring and, perhaps most importantly, hope for the future. And at UNT, our future is brighter than ever, as evidenced by a year of successes outlined in our recent President's Annual Report. As we move into summer, we wish you and yours the very best in the months ahead -- and we look forward to seeing you once again as we prepare to return in person for Fall 2021.

Spring 2021 Issue
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Cover Story

Bridging the Gap

After a year of fighting through the challenges created by COVID-19, administrators and teachers reflect on the toughest challenges they've faced, the biggest problems they've solved -- and the implications for the future of education. "It's like when Lewis and Clark arrived at the Royal Gorge -- what did they have to think about to make it to the other side?" says Jamie Wilson ('91, '99 M.Ed., '12 Ed.D.), superintendent of Denton ISD. "And that's where educators are. What do we do? All we know is there's no turning back."

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Alumni Spotlight

Heart and 'Soul'

When Mike Jones arrived at UNT in the 1990s, he wanted to be an English teacher. But a viewing of Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 in UNT's media library inspired him to pursue filmmaking -- a move that eventually led him to co-writing the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated Pixar film Soul.

Research Feature

Advancing Intelligent Mobility

UNT researchers from disciplines ranging from business and engineering to health and public service are working together to deploy intelligent mobility systems, including autonomous vehicle and aerial drone technology, in rural and urban settings.


Alumni, Faculty Reap Gold at Grammys

From jazz and opera to metal and rap, members of the UNT community -- including Bobby Sessions, Snarky Puppy (pictured) and Latonia Moore -- rack up nominations and wins at music's top awards.

Alumni Spotlight

Beautiful Days Ahead

Xavier Henderson ('14) always wanted to make a difference in his neighborhood. As the director of strategy for the nonprofit For Oak Cliff, which he launched in 2014 alongside fellow UNT alum Taylor Toynes ('12), he's doing just that -- and landed on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Social Impact list as a result.

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Mean Green

History Made

Not only did Mean Green men's basketball clinch this year's C-USA championship, the team also hit a major milestone by winning its first NCAA tournament game in a shocking upset against fourth-seeded Purdue.

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Tell Us About Your Favorite Professor
We're collecting nominations for our first-ever "Soaring Seven" -- which will highlight current UNT professors who have helped students' dreams take flight -- and we want to hear from you! Whether you're a current student or alum, let us know about the life-changing professors who make learning fun -- and launch their students on the path to success in the process. Have a nomination? Fill out this form or email Erin Cristales.
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