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Elvis Stephens ('58, '59)

Dr. Elvis Stephens calls Denton his home after growing up in Pilot Point, Texas with his three brothers. The only sibling who pursued education beyond high school, Dr. Stephens chose UNT because of the positive reputation of UNT’s Ryan College of Business, and the overall affordability of the education he chose to pursue.

Dr. Stephens was truly dedicated to pursuing his degree, which was proven when he enrolled in 19 credit hours each semester. As a result, he graduated from UNT with a BBA in Management and an MBA in Organizational Behavior/ Human Resources within three years. Dr. Stephens subsequently received his PhD, specializing in Labor and Industrial Relations from Indiana University in 1966. Dean O.J. Curry also invited Dr. Stephens to teach Business Math courses each semester while working on his master’s degree, which ultimately influenced him to pursue academia as a career path: a career path also encouraged by his wife.

In addition to his significant contributions to UNT as a faculty professor, Dr. Stephens is a member of UNT’s McConnell Society, comprised of major university donors, and he continues to contribute to the HR community today as a labor arbitrator, working on labor cases in the public and private sectors with organizations such as the Fort Worth Police Department and the US Post Office. Since 1972, he has conducted and issued awards in 1,724 labor hearings and he continues to add to this impressive count today.




Daniel Murphy (MBA '21)

Daniel Murphy, who earned his MBA with a concentration in strategic management from UNT in 2021, has spent years at Fortune 500 companies — including Ulta, The Home Depot and UPS — leading large, cross-functional warehouse teams in fast-paced and high-pressure environments. Throughout his career, Murphy has made it a point to challenge the status quo when the best interests of his stakeholders were jeopardized. Standing up for what’s right, he says, is rarely easy, but is essential to the health and success of any organization, whether a family, business or nation. He currently heads fulfillment operations for the venture capital-backed startup Saltbox, where speaking truth to power is a growing part of the organization’s DNA.

Daniel is now sharing his voice with the greater UNT community at today's TEDxUNT event. Beginning at 1:00 pm, TEDxUNT will be livestreamed, free of charge. 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

Daniel will be joined by eleven other speakers, as well as entertainment performed by the UNT Percussion Ensemble and Sweetwater Combo.



Ernie Kuehne ('66)

The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series is expanding its support of academic excellence at the University of North Texas through a transformative new scholarship program.

With more than $3 million raised for scholarships since 2013, the series board of directors has launched the Kuehne Speaker Series Scholarship Program. For the 2021-22 academic year, the program’s first three Kuehne Scholars (all students from the G. Brint Ryan College of Business) were awarded $25,000 each, making it one of the largest donor-funded scholarships at UNT.

“I am extremely proud that the Kuehne Speaker Series Board of Directors voted unanimously to award impactful and life-changing scholarships that cover a large percentage of college expenses for recipients,” said G. Brint Ryan, chair of the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series Board of Directors.

The series was established by alumnus Ernie Kuehne (’66) to create meaningful networking opportunities, bring prominent speakers to the North Texas region, give UNT visibility and support UNT students. A semi-annual event, the series features high-profile speakers and engages area business and philanthropic sponsors, encouraging continued university partnerships.

"When founding this series eight years ago, I was committed to make it successful, sustaining and impactful to the university,” Ernie Kuehne said. “With our hard work and dedication, we have not only met that commitment and been able to tell UNT’s story, but exceeded it by becoming a scholarship series that will change the lives of students and their families.”

In addition to scholarship funds, Kuehne Scholars will receive access to networking and mentorship opportunities with members of the board of directors and UNT donors.

The 2021-22 Kuehne Scholars — Accounting junior JaQualia Morris, accounting junior Lorenzo Wilson and marketing senior Camryn Yoder — will be recognized at the series’ speaker events featuring James Carville on November 4, 2021, and Herschel Walker on February 10, 2022. 


Published by Kris Muller, UNT UBSC, September 2021


Senior earns top spot in national essay competition

University of North Texas senior, Madison Terzich, won second place at this year’s Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society student competition.

Terzich, Risk, Insurance and Financial Services major, competed against students from across the country to land a top spot in the final round of the competition. Tasked with writing a compelling essay on one of three currently trending topics in the insurance industry – parametric insurance, climate change or cybersecurity/ransomware – Terzich was the only finalist who chose Parametric Insurance.

“I actually chose this topic because I had no background in it and since it was identified as a ‘trending industry topic,’ I felt as if it would be beneficial to gain an understanding of what this policy is, in case I work with it in the future,” explained Terzich.

Terzich’s ambitious drive to broaden her industry knowledge paid off with a $1,000 prize, and some unanticipated exposure.

“This competition gave me a lot of industry exposure, mainly with the CPCU Society. I feel very fortunate to have participated, especially because I aspire to eventually earn my CPCU designation,” said Terzich.

“I’d like to give a special thanks to two of my professors, Dr. Ma and Dr. Pope. They told me about this competition, provided insightful feedback on my drafts, and ultimately have provided fundamental industry knowledge that makes me feel confident speaking and writing to industry professionals.”

UCAN honors Ryan College of Business advisors

Two Ryan College of Business team members are recipients of UNT’s 2021 University Counselor Advisor Network (UCAN) awards.

Steve Joiner, principal lecturer, received the 2021 Faculty Advisor Award, while Erin Day, director of academic services, received the 2021 Advising Administrator Award.

Part of the University Counselor Advisor Network (UCAN) mission is to "provide its members with opportunities for professional development, recognition, and peer support, ultimately building a network of resources to enhance student success in college.”

Both Joiner and Day are exceptional assets to the Ryan College of Business team, working tirelessly to always provide better opportunities for success in students’ academic careers. 

As 2021 UCAN awardees, Joiner and Day will be submitted for the 2022 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 7 Excellence in Advising Award, in their respective categories.

Dr. Ananth Seetharaman earns Financial Management's top-cited paper of 2020

Dr. Ananth Seetharaman, Don and Donna Millican Chair in Accounting, was recognized by the editorial board of Financial Management for coauthoring one of the top three papers in their fall 2017 issue—and now, that same publication has been recognized as the top-cited paper of 2020.
The paper, titled “Management Risk Incentives and the Readability of Corporate Disclosures,” documents a new link between options and disclosure transparency.
“The size of annual reports has been growing exponentially over the years. Most CEOs attribute such growth to the increasing complexity of financial accounting standards and disclosure requirements. We control for those variables and several others that affect annual reports, and specifically test whether risk incentives embedded in CEOs’ compensation structure influence disclosures and hence the size of annual reports. Our results are consistent with the idea that risk-incentivized CEOs bury the disclosure of those risks in voluminous annual reports as a defense mechanism against liability exposure,” explains Seetharaman.


College celebrates 75 years of business leadership

The Ryan College of Business is celebrating its 75th year of business leadership excellence.

What began as two classrooms in 1946, has grown to more than 8,000 students housed in 180,000 square feet of innovative space, known as the Business Leadership Building.

As we reflect back on the past 75 years of growth, we invite you to join us in celebration. Throughout the academic year we will host a myriad of opportunities for engaging with the college and reflecting on our past, present and future.

To kick off this monumental time, the college is hosting a 75-hour campaign on November 16—featuring 75 hours of giving, in recognition of 75 years of business leadership. Mark your calendar and join your fellow Mean Green Eagles, as we collectively reflect on the past, honor the present and fund the future of business excellence.

Learn more about the history of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, and how you can commemorate this milestone with us, by visiting our 75th anniversary website.

State of the University

UNT President Neal J. Smatresk gave his Fall 2021 State of the University address on September 21, 2021, detailing his strategic plan for ensuring that all UNT students are prepared for successful careers beyond the classroom. 



Since 2019, Jim ('66) and Linda McNatt have poured more than $500,000 into The McNatt Fund for Students in Financial Crisis (The McNatt Emergency Fund), a scholarship established to create ways to assist students in crisis situations. Their generosity, coupled with the high demand for financial need during this past year, has since compelled others to contribute as well. Unfortunately, however, our students are in such dire need of help that the McNatt Emergency Funds are now nearly depleted.

This is where we need your help. Our students are relying on support from the McNatt Emergency Fund to graduate and we desperately need your continued support to meet their needs. Your gift, no matter the size, will make an immediate impact to help our students continue their pursuits of earning a UNT degree. 

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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