Message from the dean and college news roundup - summer 2014

ThomasDean's Corner

We're celebrating the close of another terrific academic year, and I couldn't be more proud of our students and faculty for their hard work and achievement, all made possible by friends and supporters like you. From national honors in education to equine assisted therapy for veterans, it's easy to see that we're committed to the advancement of education, health and human development thanks to your support.

Under the leadership of UNT's new president, Neal Smatresk, we are focused on offering the best educational experience and making our university a first-choice institution. One of the ways we'll achieve our goal is through maintaining a strong faculty team. I'm excited to share that several new faculty will be joining the college this fall, including Dina Castro as the Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education.

And our current faculty continued a tradition of strong grant support — we received over $2 million in new grants in 2014 for a total of over $6 million active grants in the college since January. These external funds are a testament to the hard work of our students and faculty — and serve to strengthen and reaffirm our dedication to excellence.

Another way you help us provide the best educational experience is by supporting our students every step of the way. We are thankful for you, our alumni and friends who make great things possible for our students. This year, you gave more than $1.6 million in cash and pledges and nearly $1.3 million in planned gifts to boost scholarships and programs. Wow!

To make a gift in support of our scholarships and exciting initiatives, visit or contact Keturi Beatty at or 940-891-6860.

Thank you!

Jerry R. Thomas, Ed.D.
Dean and Professor

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College Updates


College honors outstanding graduate research, grant recipients
Dean Jerry Thomas
hosted a special reception May 8 to celebrate the success of our master's and doctoral graduates for the 2013-2014 academic year. Special guest Cathy Bryce ('91 Ph.D.) welcomed graduates as the newest members of the UNT alumni family, and Mark Wardell, dean of UNT's Toulouse Graduate School, congratulated the students on their achievements. The College of Education recognized the recipients of the annual Outstanding Dissertation Award, Dissertation/Thesis Support Grants and Travel Support Awards. More


Students, faculty featured in UNT's Research Magazine
From autism training to allied health partnerships, the College of Education is leading the way in innovative research. More


The North Texan
College of Education alumni and students were highlighted in Spring 2014 issue of The North Texan alumni magazine. More


Save the date! Homecoming is Saturday, November 8, 2014
Join the College of Education at our tailgate tent before the game to reminisce with alumni, make new friends, meet current students and reconnect with our faculty. Look for more details coming soon.


Veterans with PTSD find help from horses in student's research study
As a counseling student, Hallie Sheade uses horses to help military veterans heal. And now, the UNT doctoral student has embarked on a research project to find out how much they can help. More


Superintendents of Lewisville, Denton ISDs honored as distinguished alumni
The College of Education honors Stephen F. Waddell ('75, '96 Ed.D.) and Jamie Wilson ('91, '99 M.Ed., '12 Ed.D.) as distinguished alumni for their inspiring careers and commitment to education. Their diplomas, awards and accomplishments can be viewed in a special display case located on the first floor of Matthews Hall, the main building of the College of Education. More


Denton students, community gather thousands of books to help children in Uganda in project started by faculty member
Students at E.P. Rayzor Elementary School in the Denton Independent School District helped gather thousands of books to be sent to children in Uganda as part of a project started by College of Education Associate Professor Marc Cutright. More

Recruiter available for classroom visits
Contact Ashton Brown today to learn more about how you can help your students consider a career in teaching, exercise and health science, and development and family studies at UNT's College of Education. More



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You can help!
Our noteworthy accomplishments, scholarships and programs are supported by generous donations from committed alumni and friends like you. Please make your gift to the college today or contact Keturi Beatty (940-891-6860) to learn more about giving opportunities. Thank you!

Consider UNT in your Estate Plans
Working with UNT's planned giving experts, you can choose to defer your giving through a bequest and name the College of Education as the designated recipient of your gift. Learn more and download your free Wills Planning Guide at or call 940-565-3683.

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