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Dexia Smith

Dexia Smith is a burgeoning marketing maven from San Antonio, Texas. Tenacious and energetic, she’s currently pursuing her MBA in Sport Entertainment Management at UNT while spearheading marketing efforts for the award-winning series “#WASHED”. Smith’s ascension began almost immediately following undergrad with for a four-year stint at CBS Radio in various management roles. Her passion for marketing and media began as a student journalist at the University of North Texas where she covered UNT athletics.

A trailblazer in her field, she bested all Texas applicants and was the only woman to land an internship at CBS News in New York covering the 2015 NBA Draft. Dubbed the “human RedBull”, Dexia also assisted with the WNBA’s Dallas Wings game day operations, Octagon Sports and Entertainment Agency to execute “ESPN’s College GameDay” broadcast, co-hosting the USA Sports Tech Conference, and interned with Stadia Ventures, assisting to execute the company’s Investor Showcase held at the Lincoln Experiences Center.

Her passion projects include directing her nonprofit support group, Advocates of Sexual Assault Awareness (@AOSA_DFW) and volunteering with BvB Dallas to raise money for Alzheimer’s Awareness. Smith seeks to continue to grow professionally with her eyes set on becoming a top media executive in Marketing and Event Operations. 




Brooklin Housden  ('19)

The Apartment Association of Greater Dallas (AAGD) named Brooklin Housden, BA ’19, Leasing Agent of the Year during its annual Saphire Awards ceremony.

AAGD is the second-largest local apartment association in the country, representing more than 1,000 companies. Competing against thousands of other leasing agents in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, Housden is already making a name of herself in the industry—and she attributes most of her success to the education she earned at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.

The Ryan College of Business really helped me become who I am in my profession. The courses were very applicable to all areas, and I use everything, for the most part, in my day to day work. Whether it be learning effective communication, learning Office programs, basics of accounting, finance, law and real estate I use all of it,” said Housden.

“The Real Estate Program in particular is where I gained most of my education. The program really focuses on very hands-on material rather than learning from a textbook. For real estate, yes material and such found in books can be helpful, but I really believe that in this industry you must learn how to network, communicate, and learn hands-on in real world situations. The abundance of opportunities the program provided (career fairs, sponsored events and networking opportunities) helped me gain confidence and network with industry professionals that I can reach out and do business with still today.”



John & Jennifer Kelly

As the Advisory Board Chair for the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, John Kelly, and wife Jennifer, are leading the college in more ways than one. John, who completed his undergraduate and graduate communications degrees from UNT, understands the value of an education. For that reason, he and Jennifer have been avid supporters of the university for decades, recognizing when needs exist and readily giving back to fill the gaps.

This year has been no exception. During today’s unprecedented times, the college and its students have faced financial hardships that no one could have anticipated. With this uncertainty, however, comes great opportunity and the ability for donors, like the Kellys, to make an even greater impact with their generosity.
Without hesitation, the Kellys pledged to donate $10,000 to the college to support its areas of highest need—the Dean’s Excellence Fund and the McNatt Emergency Fund. In doing so, their gift is now making a direct and immediate impact for UNT business students.

"Given all the stress and uncertainty associated with COVID, Jennifer and I really wanted to do our part by donating to the Dean's Excellence Fund and the McNatt Emergency Fund. These are outstanding funds. They offer assistance to students who face financial challenges and provide resources to address critical, short-term needs within the college,” said John.

The generosity of others during these trying times is what helps move the college forward without holding students back.

“We feel so grateful to be associated with such a great University, and wanted to 'pay it forward' a bit for others."


UNT ALPFA named Regional Chapter of the Year

UNT’s chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) has been named Regional Chapter of the Year for the first time in its history.
Established in 1972, ALPFA is the longest standing Latino organization for business students. Throughout its history, it has empowered the Latino community by offering access to professional development and career building resources.
“It is an honor to be the faculty advisor for ALPFA, along with Dr. Lineros. I'm incredibly proud of our outstanding student leadership. Even in the current virtual environment, ALPFA-UNT has kept its members engaged and community spirit alive. I wish them the very best as they continue to work on empowering the next generation of business leaders,” said Madhuri Bandla, senior lecturer at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.

"Working with the Accounting department’s UNT student leadership and Professor Bandla has been a personal inspiration. The students’ ability to come together as a family and forge ahead has not only grown the organization, but collectively improved the Denton community. The social responsibility they exhibit challenges all of us to do more, care more, and make this nation a reflection of their best," added Clinical Assistant Professor Jose Lineros.
ALPFA has approximately 160 chapters competing annually for this distinction, with only six winners announced.

UNT climbs in U.S. News & World Report national rankings as enrollment hits an all-time high

The University of North Texas is ranked 121st among the nation’s top public schools leaping upward from its 140th ranking last year, according to the “U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings” released Monday.

UNT also is ranked 44th among American universities in social mobility, a jump from its 96th placement in 2020. The social mobility category measures how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants. The majority of Pell Grant money goes to students with a combined family income of less than $20,000 a year.

UNT upped its national university ranking moving ahead of other renowned universities to earn a 249th placement amongst all American universities up from 281st position last year.

Along with UNT’s success in “U.S. News & World Report,” the university also bucked national trends amidst COVID-19 by growing 4.1% to enroll a record-breaking 40,796 students for Fall 2020 and ranking as a “Top 10 U.S. Public University on the Rise” by College Gazette.

The G. Brint Ryan College of Business broke records as the fastest growing college at UNT, with a growth of 14.3% (7,211 students). 

“We have shown that we offer Tier One excellence while expanding access and affordability for our increasingly diverse population,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “Our notable growth in quality, diversity and enrollment in the midst of a world health crisis reflects our commitment to offer an inclusive and financially accessible education in a safe environment. The recognition of our efforts in national publications like “U.S. News & World Report” is a testament to our dedication to the success of our students.”


UNT program teaches computer language behind many financial transactions, state unemployment systems

University of North Texas information technology and decision science professors teaching mainframe and COBOL, a 70-year-old programming language that runs most business transactions in the United States, give students an edge in a field operating most financial transactions in the country.

Common Business-Oriented Language – COBOL – powers approximately 80 percent of in-person financial transactions and 95 percent of ATM swipes, according to a recent “Forbes” article. Daily, COBOL is used to process $3 trillion in commerce, and more than 1.5 billion lines of COBOL code are written each year, with more than 220 billion lines total.

While students learn the basics of COBOL, the overall degree focuses on mainframe computing, according to assistant professor James Parrish. COBOL is only one of several languages covered.

“Students come out — they’re not necessarily COBOL programmers, but they have the fundamental skills to become really good COBOL programmers. It’s a four-course track, but it gives them everything they need to know to work in this environment,” Parrish said. “These systems were so stable and so efficient that they were running seamlessly for many, many years. Then all of a sudden, we needed to add a code for unemployment for the global pandemic. Governments looked around and said, ‘okay, who can change this code that’s been running for God knows how many years?’ There’s not a lot of people in the younger work force that can do it.”

Le Roy Hardy, a mainframe professional who teaches in the program, has more than 30 years of industry experience and said one of the first industry events he attended at UNT with students presenting to corporate partners such as Citibank and IBM really drove home how vital the program is.



Dr. Kimberly Houser discusses privacy and technology

FOX news Dallas featured G. Brint Ryan College of Business Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Kimberly Houser to discuss privacy and technology as it relates to COVID-19 contact tracing. Houser explained how some contact tracing apps may be encroaching on your civil liberties and privacy.

Dr. Mary C. Jones talks research on Business Conversations Podcast

Dr. Mary C. Jones, professor of information systems in the Information Technology and Decision Sciences Department in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, talks about her summer research grant in this month's episode of Business Conversations.

Learn about Jones' research on IT in the nonprofit sector and the use of inter-organizational systems to address homelessness by listening to the podcast today.




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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