COE alumni, students and faculty mentioned in Summer 2013 North Texan alumni magazine


The Campaign for UNT: Scholarships

Cathy Bryce ('91 Ph.D.) volunteers for The Campaign for UNT because she believes "those of us whose lives were transformed by this university have an obligation to ensure that those same opportunities are available for future generations."

Bryce, right, and her husband, Jack Atkins ('66, '69 M.S.), left, earned three UNT degrees and two professional certifications between them. They established a College of Education scholarship in memory of their mothers, who believed education opens doors.

"Jack's mother carried him as a baby in her arms to enroll him in UNT's lab school," Bryce says. "I remember my mother, who became a widow when I was 2 and my sister was 4, showing me her savings book and saying, 'This is your college fund.'"


Doctoral student awarded for her outstanding dissertation

Examining how Latino adolescent immigrants gain literacy skills outside of school made for an award-winning dissertation for Mary Amanda Stewart ('12 Ph.D.).

Stewart, who earned her doctorate in literacy and language, received the 2013 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from Phi Delta Kappa International. She is a postdoctoral research associate for the Morningside Children's Partnership.


Faculty member named director of the year

Carol Hagen successfully combines her roles as senior lecturer of teacher education and administration in the College of Education and director of UNT's Child Development Laboratory to make a difference in the lives of students, children and families. For her dedication, Hagen earned the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers' 2013 Director of the Year Award. Since 1987, she has overseen the laboratory, a high-quality preschool program that also serves as a research center and training site for students pursuing careers in early childhood education, child development and play therapy.


Three faculty members earn Fulbright awards

Three UNT professors earned Fulbright awards for 2013-14. Marc Cutright, associate professor of higher education and director of UNT's Higher Education Development Initiative, was named a Fulbright Scholar to Uganda, where he will work with the Inter-University Council for East Africa to produce more Ph.D. graduates. Tomas Mantecon, associate professor of finance, was named a Fulbright Scholar to Johannes Kepler University in Austria, where he will teach and conduct research investigating corporate governance by American and Austrian financial firms. Lisa Owen, associate professor of art history, earned a Fulbright-Nehru Research Award to conduct research in India for a second book examining medieval temples carved into natural rock.


Down the Corridor: Legacy of Annie Webb Blanton

This spring, the Texas Historical Commission recognized North Texas educator and leader Annie Webb Blanton for her significant role in Texas history with an official Texas historical marker at a Denton ISD school named for her, the Dr. Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School in Argyle. Among those in attendance were the school's 730 students, as well as teachers and administrators, many who are UNT alumni. Full story…


Mary Lou Veal (’77 M.Ed.), Mursfreeboro, Tenn. :: retired after 44 years of teaching. Most recently she was a tenured professor at Middle Tennessee State University where she was director of the graduate program in physical education teacher education. Before moving into higher education, she taught for 16 years in the Denton public schools.


Katy Kennedy (’06 M.Ed.), Dallas :: is the new territory manager for the northeast Dallas area for Soluble Systems LLC, a company that provides medical products used in the treatment of chronic wounds. She formerly was an exercise physiologist at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital.