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Anjali Sebastian ('21)

Anjali Sebastian is a songwriter, a dancer, a choreographer, an actor, a creative marketer and a published poet.

Now she can add college graduate to her list.

“I came to UNT when I was 16. I’m 20 now,” Anjali says. “Those few years gave me a chance to grow in my own way. I always felt like there was something more that I needed to be doing throughout high school.”

At 15, Anjali decided to take on an accelerated program to finish high school in three months and attend UNT early.

“I have always been someone who thought education is very self-oriented,” Anjali says. “It's very self-paced, very self-driven. I was longing for that sooner. I was looking for a place where self-driven education is expected because the process is way more rewarding this way, in my opinion.”

She says getting her degree was the framework for everything she wants to do in terms of the creative world and business. After she graduates, Anjali will move to Los Angeles to pursue a songwriting career.

“I didn't really understand all the moving parts in business,” Anjali says. “To have to think about business from a certain lens, and the creative industry from a certain lens, every day for the past three and a half years was so helpful for me. While there's no play-by-play framework out there for the entertainment industry, seeing through the lens that I gained at UNT has really bolstered my ability to be a consistently courageous creative and decision-maker.”

When Anjali visited campus at 16, she felt like UNT was a home filled with underdogs, which was a feeling she didn’t get on other campuses she visited.

“I didn't even explore other options,” Anjali says. “I was like, ‘Okay, there are thriving creative and mentor communities here.’ I realized this is where I'm going to grow the most at this phase of my life.”

Anjali also credits her mother’s influence, noting that she graduated from UNT in the 90s and even worked on campus for a while.

“She was aware of the early option for me,” Anjali says. “She knew that was what I personally needed because everyone is different.

In addition to her classes and creative work, Anjali was a dancer for UNT and TWU’s Indian/South Asian dance team, Chingaari.

“It was a joy to bring together our love of dance and our shared culture on these college campuses,” she says.

Anjali hopes future students will remember, “Every moment of your life is preparation for all you are called to be and do. Approach life that way and you will move from a place of freedom, gratitude and abundance, as opposed to places of fear and scarcity. And how you move matters!”

She said UNT has offered opportunities to meet amazing people in a variety of creative spaces, from a work-study position in the College of Music to dance and yoga classes, university events and even riding the A Train from Carrollton her first year of classes.

“If you see something on campus that sparks a seed of interest, pursue it,” Anjali says. “I remember I saw one of those little event posters, and it was an evening with Common. I was like, ‘He’s one of my biggest musical inspirations. I’m going to go to it.’ I ended up being able to show him my lyrics. He read straight out of my lyrics book, and he's the reason I have a published poetry book. That all came sprouted from just the most simple, ordinary observation. I internalized a sign while walking down the sidewalk."

Anjali’s journey was influenced by many people at UNT, especially in the College of Business.

“Strategic brand management with Dr. Francisco Guzman was my favorite class. He made marketing so fun, so easy to love,” Anjali says. “Dean Marilyn Wiley has been one of the top influences on my undergraduate career and as a person. She's so motherly, as well as such a force, so it's nice to see that combination in a professional and to see that in a place of education.”

She also enjoyed working with Associate Dean Audhesh Paswan, who Anjali said invited her into his office as a freshman while she was waiting to meet with another professor.

“He started talking to me about branding,” Anjali says. “He pulled out a piece of paper. He was like, ‘Let's explore this from this simple perspective.’ I hadn't had someone say that. It can be as simple as asking the right questions.”

Overall, Anjali is thankful for her time at UNT and excited for what lies ahead.

“It's just been so nourishing. I am overflowing with gratitude for my entire experience at UNT and the journey that will continue to unravel because of my time here. It's been so healing and awakening. It takes a village and I've been blessed to be in this particular village.”


Published by UNT UBSC, Fall 2021



Joselin Orta ('21)

When Joselin Orta came to the United States from Mexico at age 16, she had a dream to prove that everything is possible, and she had the drive to achieve it. What she didn’t have was the language.

“It was a frustrating moment. I couldn’t communicate with my teachers, with anyone. There was a point where I was like, ‘Ok, I need to learn English.’ Every word that I didn't understand, I would write it and translate it. I was reading books, listening to music, just trying to talk to my teachers.”

It took time, but with support from her teachers at Denton High School, Joselin overcame the language barrier to excel in AP and IB classes. When she graduated, she realized there was a critical need for increased support for students like her.

“I started volunteering with my teachers helping ESL students to learn algebra and English, with applying to college, applying for scholarships — just informing them about college and education opportunities.”

She continued to volunteer with the ESL program even after attending North Central Texas College in Corinth, where she worked in the Dean of Student Affairs office coordinating outreach efforts.

“We went to communities and schools and helped them with college applications, with FAFSA applications and scholarships,” Joselin says. “We were especially dedicated to helping first-generation college students in the Hispanic community.”

When she graduated from NCTC with her Associate of Arts, she applied to a handful of universities, but none felt like home until she visited UNT.

“When I came to UNT, they were always so friendly and so helpful, and I knew that the university had a lot of resources,” Joselin says. “I just wanted to be here.”

Some of the most important resources for Joselin were the Federal TRIO Programs, which are designed to help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. The guidance and encouragement she received from her advisors in Student Support Services were instrumental to her success in navigating college as a first-generation student.

Joselin decided to pursue a Bachelors in Business Administration in marketing with a concentration in professional selling, a cohort-based degree program in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business culminating in an internship.

Under the guidance of senior lecturer Joy Houser, instructor Terrence Suber and professor Timothy Smith, Joselin continued to flourish.

“It's a wonderful support system,” she says. “They care. They impacted my life and prepared me with valuable skills to be successful in my career and personal life. They helped me tremendously to be who I am.”

The Professional Leadership Program was another vital resource for Joselin, particularly when classes went remote during the 2020-21 academic year. The program allows students to engage in corporate networking, employability development programs and a year-long industry professional mentoring relationship.

“They were so great to me during the pandemic. I look back and I'm like, thank God for this experience because it really helped me, especially my mentor, Les Ehrsam. He would reach out to me every week asking me how I was doing, what other things did I need,” she says.

In Fall 2021, Joselin joined G-Force, UNT’s student outreach initiative sponsored through the Texas Work-Study Mentorship Program, and became team lead at the Consulate-General of Mexico. As the representative of UNT, she leads her team in connecting the Hispanic and Mexican communities with information about educational resources.

“I have so many dreams,” she says. “I want to keep helping my community. Eventually, I want to go to law school to study immigration law.”

“I want to prove that women are able to do anything — especially Hispanic women.”

Joselin earned a scholarship for UNT’s Study Abroad program to Spain in 2020, but the pandemic delayed her plans. Now, with graduation on the horizon, she’ll finally be packing her bags for a post-graduation trip to Madrid and Barcelona.

She’s thrilled that her parents will be able to come from Mexico to watch her cross the stage, joining her two brothers and one of her sisters, who all live in Denton.

“It's so exciting to be the first one in my family to graduate,” she says. “I'm so grateful to my parents and my family for how they have supported me.”

Her advice for fellow first-generation students comes from her own journey. “Life is not going to be easy. We have to be determined, resilient and very committed to our dreams. Don't give up on your dreams just because one person says no. Knock on other doors until you find that yes because there are so many people that are willing to help you.”


Published by UNT UBSC, Fall 2021


Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs has taken their commitment to UNT one step further by joining the G. Brint Ryan College of Business Corporate Partner Program. As a Corporate Partner, Goldman Sachs has pledged to support the students and programs that help the college thrive.

In addition to their newly solidified partnership, Goldman Sachs is also offering sophomore and junior UNT students the opportunity to network and experience their organization, first hand, through the Goldman Sachs Fellows Program. The Fellows Program will consist of four valuable touchpoints ranging from professional development sessions, to on-site exploratory opportunities at their Dallas office.

The college is excited to see the Goldman Sachs-UNT relationship grow as additional opportunities open up for students to advance their academic and professional goals.


UNT and Coursera offer first-of-its-kind online Bachelor of Science in General Business


University of North Texas is expanding access and opportunity with a new online Bachelor of Science in General Business degree.

UNT is the first university in the United States to offer a fully online undergraduate business degree on the Coursera platform.

Combining business theory with practical applications, the BSGB will prepare students for a variety of career opportunities, while providing a seamless and efficient pathway to an MBA.

“We are thrilled to offer a new way for students to engage with renowned UNT faculty and earn an AACSB-accredited business degree in a different format,” said Marilyn Wiley, Dean of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. “The degree will not only provide students with fundamental business skills, but it will also emphasize the first-hand learning and critical thinking necessary for students to become career-ready and valuable additions to the industry.”

Murphy Center member company receives inaugural Twilio Startup Award

Murphy Center member company Vien Health has received the 2021 Twilio Startup Award.
Twilio is a leading cloud communication company based out of San Francisco that works to accelerate young startups on a global scale by providing them with valuable resources and support. Vien Health, a comprehensive virtual health care platform for health organizations, doctors and patients to utilize throughout the continent of Africa, currently utilizes Twilio to run their entire platform.
As the winner of the inaugural Twilio Awards, Vien Health received introductions to Silicon Valley investors and substantial credits with Twilio, which will assist in accelerating their startup communications further.
The Murphy Center, a collaborative environment facilitating new business ventures and strengthening the prospects of early-stage companies in the North Texas region, onboarded Vien Health in early 2021 to their Venture Resource Platform. Through the Murphy Center, Vien Health has connected with various potential business partners and investors to grow their business.
To learn how startups can benefit from Murphy Center resources, visit:


North Texas SHRM awards scholarships to two UNT students

Junior Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management majors Mya Koko and Caroline Poch have received North Texas Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Robert P. Lette Scholarships.

"Earning this scholarship was a reward and an opportunity for me, because I was financially struggling and it helps me readjust the focus on my education goals career instead of stressing about finances," said Koko.

As the only two recipients of the $1,000 awards, Koko and Poch were honored based on merit, their commitment to HR, volunteerism, academic achievement and local SHRM involvement.

Both Koko and Poch were formally recognized at the North Texas SHRM meeting in December (pictured above). 


Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research awarded more than $1M in past year

The Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research (JMI) expanded to more than 40 researchers from across six colleges during the past year. Researchers submitted 42 proposals requesting $29,011,617, 32 proposals to federal sources and 10 to non-federal. As a result, of these proposal submissions, $1,6300,457 was awarded. The institute jointly funded the Center for Integrated Intelligent Mobility Systems (CIIMS) with the Dean of the College of Engineering to advance the study of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous ground vehicles (AVs), and UAV to AV communications. JMI continuously offers seed grants to support the formation of multidisciplinary teams pursuing externally funded, NRUF eligible grant opportunities. Future plans include pursuit of a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center and collaborative research between NASA and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in the areas of UAVs, AVs and increasing supply chain resiliency. In addition, the institute continues to maintain a research office in Austin manned by two research professors conducting research in support of the Texas Department of Transportation.



Published by UNT Research and Innovation, 2021 Annual Report

Southwest Airlines vice president visits UNT logistics class

Captain Bob Waltz, Southwest Airlines vice president for flight operations, was a recent guest speaker in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business course: LGAV 3140-Air Passenger Planning and Control.

Waltz is among ten other guest speakers who regularly visit the Tuesday evening airline management and operations course each semester.

Through these opportunities, students hear real-world industry perspectives from a variety of disciplines at Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Hillwood Airways, among others. Topics typically include airline network planning, pricing and yield management, dispatchers, maintenance planning, airline B2B sales, cabin safety, aviation crisis planning and recovery, and fractional ownership in corporate aviation.

As part of the course, students also learn strategies for landing an internship or full-time position in aviation. LGAV 3140 is a core course in UNT's unique aviation logistics degree program.



Since 2019, Jim ('66) and Linda McNatt have poured more than $750,000 into The Jim & Linda McNatt Fund for Students in Financial Crisis (The Jim & Linda 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. 

Our students are relying on support from the McNatt Emergency Fund to graduate and we 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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