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Dr. Richard Cazier

The Accounting Review, identified as one of the top three accounting journals in the world and a Financial Times Top-50 journal, has recently accepted Dr. Richard Cazier’s work in their September 2022 issue.

Cazier’s research, titled “The Information Content of Publicly Accessible Federal Court Documents," delves into the unintended outcomes of our country allowing public access to court documents.

“We have a tradition in the US of allowing public access to all federal court documents as a means of promoting transparency and fairness in the judicial process. My paper suggests that a likely unintended benefit of this policy is that investors can also more easily access information that helps them value the stocks of companies being sued in federal courts,” explained Cazier.

Cazier also emphasized that this benefit will become even greater if Congress eliminates costs associated with searching electronic federal court filings.

“My findings highlight the fact that improved investor access is another potential benefit of this rule change that really hadn’t been considered before.”

Cazier strives to generate thoughtful discussions in his classrooms, which his research enables him to accomplish. This publication is his third to be accepted by The Accounting Review.

“Publishing in The Accounting Review helps validate my efforts by confirming that other knowledgeable individuals consider my research to be important,” said Cazier.




Mollie Ferguson ('19)

Back in 2019, Mollie Ferguson's mother told her of an acquaintance whose father needed a kidney, but the son wasn't a match.

"He wasn't high on the transplant list because of his age," says Ferguson, a logistics and supply chain management alum and analyst at BNSF Railway who also is a living donor ambassador for the United Network for Organ Sharing. "It sounded like they really needed help."

Their story prompted Ferguson to look into altruistic transplant opportunities at Medical City Fort Worth -- "I was 20, and didn't even know at the time you could just donate a kidney to anyone," she says. After researching the process, Ferguson applied. The hospital called the next day.

She underwent the required evaluations and spent time at the transplant center to learn more about what to expect. On Aug. 20, 2019, Ferguson was wheeled into surgery, where she donated a kidney to a patient she had never, and still hasn't, met.

"Knowing that someone's health will be better just because of this one decision I made, it's a rush," says Ferguson, who spent only one night in the hospital and was back in class less than a week later. Roughly two years after her surgery, she's also signed up to be a bone marrow and liver donor. "There are nearly 100,000 people waiting for a kidney -- it's amazing to me that we can't dwindle that number down."



Published by Erin Cristales, UNT Fall North Texan, September 2021


Grant Thornton

The Ryan College of Business has joined forces with yet another powerhouse company.

Grant Thornton, a long-time supporter of UNT, and one of the world’s largest organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, is now the third corporate partner to join the college in supporting student programs, scholarships and initiatives. Grant Thornton's partnership solidifies their commitment to helping the university mold its students to be future business leaders.

“Our Grant Thornton team in North Texas includes a number of UNT alums, and so it is only natural for us to continue our relationship with the University of North Texas by entering into this corporate partnership,” said Tyler Jones, Grant Thornton audit market leader for Texas.

Grant Thornton’s associate director of diversity recruiting, Jessica Olive, is a UNT alum herself, graduating with an MBA in Human Resource Management.

“As the associate director of diversity recruiting at Grant Thornton and a UNT alum, I’m extremely excited about the corporate partnership between Grant Thornton and the University of North Texas,” said Olive. “UNT is a really great school, Grant Thornton is a really great place to work, and both provide awesome opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. I’m very much looking forward to connecting with my fellow eagles and supporting them as they pursue their career dreams.”

In addition to their corporate partnership, Grant Thornton has supported the college through their recruitment of our students, advising on our boards, and their establishment of the first-ever Grant Thornton Doctoral Fellow in Accounting.

“We have a long history of supporting the UNT College of Business from both a recruiting and financial perspective, and we hope that this new partnership will further support the students of UNT in their pursuit of a career in business,” said Jones.


UNT team shares intermodal case study win

For the first time since its inception, the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) annual student case competition resulted in a tie. Undergraduate teams from the University of Maryland and the University of North Texas shared a win in this year’s IANA Academic Challenge that was held in conjunction with the University of North Florida. The competition was again held virtually as it was last year. Judges for the competition were members of IANA’s Board of Directors: Shelli Austin, InTek Freight & Logistics; Rob Cannizzaro, Virginia International Terminals; Doug Hoehn, Milestone Equipment Holdings; Maryclare Kenney, CSX Transportation; and Kevin Lhotak, Reliable Transportation Specialists.  
The University of North Texas team members were Seth Williams, Rayann Nasser and Cassandra Keenan. This year’s case study focused on creating a supply chain strategy for a fictitious, family-owned footwear company, while considering growth potential, distribution options, and strong branding ties to the owners.  
The other competing IANA scholarship schools were California State University Maritime Academy, College of Charleston, Georgia Southern University, SUNY Maritime Academy, and the Universities of North Florida and Wisconsin at Superior. The competition supports each institution’s curriculum designed to educate students on intermodal transportation and encourage them to join the industry following graduation.
Suman Niranjan, Ph.D., assistant professor of Logistics at UNT shared, “Students participating in this competition have undoubtedly gained valuable skills, such as, critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking, developing solutions under time constrained situations and team skills. It was an invaluable experience for UNT students.”



Published by Marybeth Luczak, Railway Age, October 2021

UNT Risk Management and Insurance students gain new industry insights during 2021 RMI Month

What do an alumni panel, career fair, behind the scenes tour, and the Spencer Educational Foundation all have in common? They each played an integral role in giving UNT Risk Management and Insurance students new industry insights during the 2021 Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) Month.

An annual event that began as a week-long tradition, grew into a month’s worth of opportunities to support student success this year—welcoming recent program graduates, advisory board members and special guest, Mr. Reggie Texada, to campus.

Alumnae Emily Ruggiero (Lockton Financial Services), Stacy Rodriguez Troung (Chubb), and Schuyler Holder (Charles Schwab) kicked off the series with an alumni Q&A panel session, giving students insider knowledge about the benefits of working in the insurance industry.

Other industry representatives, including those from Higginbotham, HUB, Optimum Life Reinsurance, Texas Mutual Insurance Company, and Travelers (to name a few), also supported RMI Month initiatives through the RMI Career Fair and RMI Advisory Board meeting. While the Career Fair served all UNT students interested in an internship or full-time opportunity in the insurance industry, the Advisory Board specifically focused its efforts on further supporting, guiding, and advising the UNT RMI program.

RMI Month also included the UNT Emergency Operations Lunch-and-Learn, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour. The Lunch-and-Learn event left the confines of the traditional classroom and led students into the world of true emergency management to find out what happens when disaster strikes. Scotie Selman, director of emergency management and safety services, alongside Julie Elliott, emergency management coordinator, led students on a fascinating and informative tour of the UNT Emergency Operations Facility.

From shaking hands with hiring representatives to hearing about the industry from UNT's own professionals, the 2021 RMI Month capped things off with a visit from the director of risk management for Univision Communications, Reggie Texada.

Texada devoted his time as the 2021 Risk Manager on Campus, thanks to a generous grant provided by the Spencer Educational Foundation. Sharing his vast risk management and insurance knowledge, Texada joined students in the classroom, and facilitated diversity discussions at the Gamma Iota Sigma monthly meeting, to help educate UNT’s future risk managers and insurance professionals.

Delta Sigma Pi earns distinctions in multiple award categories

During the 2021 Virtual Leadership and Excellence Academies for Deltasigs (LEAD) School forum, UNT's chapter was recognized for its regional excellence on multiple levels. 

UNT's Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) Professional Business Fraternity was awarded three Southwestern Region awards, including the R. Nelson Mitchell Outstanding Collegiate Chapter Award, the Outstanding Professional Activities Award for a Collegiate Chapter, and the Outstanding Scholastic Development Award for a Collegiate Chapter. 

These honors are bold acknowledgments of the chapter's ability to promote the aims and ideals of the Fraternity, and implement the most effective and comprehensive program of professional development, as well as the most effective and comprehensive program of scholastic development.

Special thanks goes to chapter advisor Erin Welch, for guiding her students to the top, year after year.


75 hours for 75 years: Save the date for November 16

Join together with fellow UNT business alumni, students and friends as we dedicate 75 hours to business leadership excellence.

Give a gift from November 16, beginning at 12:01 am, through November 19, at 3:01 am, and your donation will have an even greater purpose--the purpose of fulfilling the dreams of future generations.

All gifts made through this 75-hour campaign will go toward the Dean's Excellence Fund, supporting the dean's highest priority initiatives, such as scholarships, programs and data/software, to ensure student success.

For 75 years, the college has served as the stepping stone for thousands of individuals, working to change the trajectory of their future. Your support will enable our efforts to continue in full force, offering new opportunities for students to thrive.

So, save the date for November 16 and let's work together to continue raising the value of the UNT business degree.

Want to make an early gift? Your support will still be counted!
Click here to donate.

Dr. Jose Lineros weighs in on Allen ISD security breach

Officials with the Allen Independent School District say they’re continuing an ongoing investigation into what data, if any, hackers may have compromised from their school district.

Allen ISD was first hacked in September when their phones, WiFi, and printer systems all went down, but say no sensitive information was stolen. However, now parents are coming forward saying they’re being threatened by those same hackers.

Phil Carpenter, is one of many parents who received an email stating sensitive information has been collected from the district.

“[the hackers] claim to have a log of sensitive data from Allen ISD,” Carpenter said. “That they have hacked into a lot of the IT resources. It does seem to be some sort of phishing attempt.”

The email claimed to have control of Allen ISD’s network. Another version of the email his wife received, tells parents their school district has five days to send them their demanded payment, or their demand will go up to $10 million. If the money isn’t received, the hacker say parents risk having sensitive student information published.

For parents it’s worrisome.

“If you think about the information [Allen ISD] has, they have our kids addresses, they have their date of birth, they have their social security,” Carpenter said.

While cybersecurity experts say hackers are using a common scare tactic.

“I suspect what’s happening is some of these hackers are saying ‘I know how to put pressure on the school district to pay the ransom, I will start embarrassing them by communicating directly with parents,’ then parents say ‘Oh my gosh! You’ve got to do something about this,’” said Jose Lineros, a cybersecurity expert and professor at University of North Texas.



Published by Nicole Nielsen, CBS DFW, October 2021



Honor the past and invest in the future.

Over the course of 75 hours, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on November 16, we challenge you to join fellow alumni, students, faculty and peers as we honor the college's history and make a collective investment in the future of business leadership at UNT. Can't wait until November 16? Our donation form is always open to accept your generosity and support.


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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