President's Community Engagement Honor Roll - 2013
Communication Studies Faculty members, Dr. Brian Lain and Dr. Suzanne Enck were recognized for their community engagement at UNT. Congrats and we are very proud to have Faculty that are this involved in the community.
Dr. Suzanne Enck has had various community outreach commitments since she has been at UNT, including volunteering for Resolana in the Dallas County Jail. She facilitated various workshops with incarcerated women and also chaired their fundraising music festival a few years ago, working with a number of our grad students as interns and undergraduate majors as volunteers at the event. Also, in conjunction with the Gender Fair, they invite Denton County Friends of the Family to be part of the Gender Fair and students in Lambda Pi Eta help coordinate a collection drive for DCFOF.
Dr. Brian Lain has had many community outreach commitments as well. To name a few, he has been a part of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance since 2007. This non-profit raises funds and opportunities for Dallas ISD students to have debate opportunities at their high school and middle schools. He has also served on the Texas Forensic Association. This organization sponsors debate and individual events in all Texas High Schools. Dr. Lain has provided assistance by judging at various local, regional, and national tournaments as a judge, seminar leader, and tournament coordinator. A few that are well known within the UNT community are the John S. Gossett Memorial High School Debate and Forensics Tournament & Mean Green Workshop which serves high school students during the summer by providing a place for instruction. (MGW is the largest debate camp in Texas, since 2008 #1 requested camp for teachers engaged in professional development.)
The President's Community Engagement Honor Roll recognizes over 680 UNT faculty, staff, students, retirees, and alumni who have volunteered their time and talent in the North Texas Community. In 2013, these Honor Roll recipients contributed over 143,000 hours to nearly 2,000 organizations. The dollar value of this service is estimated at over $3.2 million. We thank them for their dedication to service and community. They exemplify UNT's commitment to realizing its 4th Bold Goal - serving as not just as the University of North Texas, but the University for North Texas.