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Aaron McGregor ('04, '14)

Aaron McGregor is the regional director of sales for SHAZAM, Inc. in Iowa. The company provides data and payment processing to community financial institutions and McGregor helps them develop new business. McGregor’s career has mostly been in payments, specifically within the financial institution industry, so SHAZAM, Inc. was a perfect fit for him.

He completed his MBA at UNT after he had been in the business world for several years, which gave him a new perspective on the topics he studied throughout the program.

“My advice would be to immerse yourself in the business world,” said McGregor. “Either as an employee or through an internship, as this type of real-world experience will prove to be invaluable throughout the program.” He went on to say that building connections is vital. “This can be tough if you are in a virtual classroom environment, but networking is extremely important!”



Fabian Centeno ('20)

Fabian Centeno, a recent graduate of UNT's BBA in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, started his undergrad degree with two main goals in mind: to develop himself as a leader and to land a job that was aligned with his major--and he is already on his way to making these two goals a reality. 

As a student, Centeno was part of the Army ROTC and the vice president of UNT's chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, enabling him to build unparalleled leadership skills outside of the classroom. Both organizations also gave him the opportunity to mentor incoming students.

Furthermore, after completing his summer internship with BNSF Railway, Centeno was given an extended offer to serve as their management trainee upon graduation.

When asked for any advice he would give students about seeking their own internships or careers, Centeno encouraged them to be proactive. “Network and get to know people because it’s not about the grades you get but the hands you shake,” said Centeno. “Sell yourself as an asset and build your brand!”



Ginny Kissling


Aviation logistics celebrates 10 years of soaring success

Ten years ago, the University of North Texas, on the recommendation of the North Texas Council of Governments (NTCG), devised a curriculum that would later become one of the best degree programs in the country.

Home to major facilities of the two largest airfreight companies, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) seemingly had their aviation and transportation needs fully supported. What it lacked behind the scenes, however, was a proper supply of qualified employees to enter into the field.

NTCG saw this as a unique opportunity, and in 2008, approached higher education institutions to address one of the most crucial areas of growth in companies throughout Texas (and the US): Aviation. The regional shortfall soon became one of UNT’s strengths, as the G. Brint Ryan College of Business was the only college willing to take on the task.

Dr. Steve Swartz, the college’s program director in 2010, wrote the state-of-the-art curriculum that incorporated a unique, but necessary approach on the aviation industry—business logistics.

Building upon its nationally-recognized logistics program, this aviation degree would focus on the 85% of employment opportunities in the aviation industry that are not found in the cockpit or cabin. From supervision and dispatch, to maintenance, marketing, and pricing and scheduling theory, UNT’s aviation degree quickly developed into a one-of-a-kind program that attracted a myriad of talent and interest.

"The program really stirred up some interest, among not only students and employers, but also industry professionals who wanted to teach in the program,” explained Tim Kincaid, an aviation degree program instructor with 25+ years of corporate background, including 16 with American Airlines. 


UNT BCIS graduates offer needed skills during COVID-19 lockdown

What role does a 61-year-old programming language like the Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL) play in response to a global COVID-19 pandemic? The answer may surprise you. While artificial intelligence, advanced data analytics, and computer simulations have taken center stage in the media and in support of the decision-making process to stem the spread of COVID-19, the ramifications of those decisions have had significant impacts on other areas of information technology, education and society in general.

Take, for example, the surge in unemployment claims caused by the recent economic shutdown. As if the massive number of claims weren’t enough to cause delays in processing, the governmental agencies responsible for that processing had to change the software applications to account for changes in unemployment eligibility[1]. Many of these applications are written in COBOL and the general lack of programmers knowledgeable in COBOL and mainframe computing prompted pleas for assistance from the Governors of New Jersey and Kansas[2], as well as others. 

Such delays only compound the difficulties related to COVID-19. Individuals and families that need unemployment assistance not only have to worry about staying healthy and not spreading the disease, but they must keep food on their tables and a roof over their heads. Enter the graduates of the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences (ITDS) in UNT’s G. Brint Ryan College of Business. 

The students that complete UNT's Mainframe computing track gain valuable competencies in a variety of Mainframe concepts, in addition to COBOL. An ITDS student has won the North American region of IBM’s Master the Mainframe competition three of the past four years. Of the 4,286 students from over 600 schools across the US last year, only 126 completed all the parts of the rigorous challenge, and 14 of those 126 were ITDS students, the most from any school in the United States. So, in a time when the world needs graduates with industry-relevant technical skills to assist in a global crisis, you can be sure that UNT is answering the call.


Lindsey Cook recognized as 2020 Student Property Management Scholar

2021 real estate major Lindsey Cook has turned her lifelong passion for property management into a winning achievement.
Recently honored as UNT’s 2020 Student Property Management Scholar, Cook’s hard work in the classroom has earned her a spot at The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Global Summit in October.
“Earning the title of UNT’s 2020 Student Property Management Scholar is an absolute honor... The real estate program at UNT has greatly prepared me for a lifetime of success and opportunity in the industry. To me, this is a chance to represent a program much larger than myself and showcase what the real estate program has to offer to other up-and-coming industry professionals,” said Cook.
The IREM Global Summit serves as a governance and education event aimed to inspire real estate professionals through panels and presentations from experts in the industry.
“I see it as an amazing networking opportunity to be mentored by well-seasoned professionals and form professional connections that I will carry with me throughout my career in real estate,” said Cook.
In addition to earning the title of this year’s UNT Student Property Management Scholar, Cook also worked alongside her peers to earn a top spot in this year’s IREM case competition.



Keep North Texas in your pocket with the UNT alumni mobile app

The UNT Alumni Association is making it easier for you to stay connected with their free “UNT Alumni” app. By simply logging in with your alumni ID, you will be able to discover nearby Alumni Association services and Mean Green events. Other features include a digital member card, easy access to national discounts, perks and in-app exclusives, and having the The North Texan Alumni Magazine at your fingertips.

Don’t know your alumni ID? Call 940-565-2834 to request your ID number.


Business Conversations podcast features insight on logistics and supply chain management

COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges for our global economy. One notable obstacle has been companies' management tactics for their logistics and supply chain operations. 

Dr. Michael Savoie, clinical associate professor in Operations Management at UNT, weighs in on why some of these obstacles have presented themselves, and what the future in supply and demand might look like.




The McNatt Emergency Fund was established in 2019 by Jim ('66) and Linda McNatt to provide Ryan College of Business students facing financial crisis with the necessary funding to keep them enrolled and progressing toward their degree. Awards as large as $3,000 are granted to students to alleviate the financial stress they may be facing.


A $5,000 gift will support UNT's presidential initiative to provide financial support to students who have immediate and pressing needs related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funds will fulfill short-term needs and help students achieve their long-term educational objectives.


The Dean’s Excellence Fund also provides immediate, essential support to our students. This fund serves as a vital resource to help our students and campus respond to opportunities and challenges as they occur. When you support the Dean’s Excellence Fund, you support the strategic vision of the college by allowing the Dean to have flexibility in directing the use of resources to the priorities of the college during this difficult time.



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