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We Are North Texas Podcast

The “We Are North Texas” podcast is sponsored by the University of North Texas System and hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss. The podcast focuses on leadership, innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth.

The UNT System is the only university system based in DFW and includes the University of North Texas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT Dallas. With our heart in North Texas, we transform lives and create economic opportunity through education.

DISD Superintendent Dr. Hinojosa

Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Dallas Schools Superintendent, discusses DISD’s consistent progress — despite the challenges of COVID-19. Hinojosa, who earned his master’s degree from UNT, shared how the recent bond election will help elevate DISD further, and he looks at the future of teaching and what that means to college students looking for jobs.

Dr. Diana Cervantes Gives an Update on COVID-19

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.

With COVID-19 cases spiking in North Texas and the holiday season now in full swing, Dr. Diana Cervantes – aka Dr. Microbe, head of UNT Health Science Center’s Epidemiology program – rejoins the podcast with the latest intel on coronavirus and how to best stay safe from infection. As positive cases climb to all-time highs, Dr. Cervantes provides guidance for staying safe during the winter holidays and shares her insights on COVID-19 vaccines, pandemic travel and what all this means to an epidemiologist.

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.

Legendary baseball broadcaster Eric Nadel, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism and UNT’s Department of Media Arts recently announced the Eric Nadel Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Scholarship. Nadel, set to enter his 43rd season with the Rangers, joined the podcast to share details of the $30,000 scholarship, while also reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on baseball and his passion for music.

Dr. Monica Williams, UNT Dallas

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.

Dr. Monica Williams, Vice President for University Advancement at UNT Dallas, has a big job overseeing  fundraising, alumni affairs, external relations, marketing/communications and sponsored research. But the most important job she's had in her life is being a mother, and that maternal instinct comes out in her work with UNT Dallas students. 

Elizabeth Oldmixon and Paul Corliss

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.

With Election Day approaching, Elizabeth Oldmixon, UNT Professor of Political Science and Faculty Director for UNT at Frisco, visited the podcast to talk politics and preview the Presidential Election. Dr. Oldmixon also discussed her career path in higher education, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on faculty and her administrative role at UNT's branch campus in Frisco.

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Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.

Dr. Wesley Randall, Dean of UNT at Frisco, joined Paul Corliss to discuss how the new satellite campus is making an impact with forward-thinking degree programs and deep industry partnerships. Dr. Randall brings a unique skillset to Frisco, with both military and business experience, and he's eager to help the campus grow in conjunction with Collin County. 

Kit Sawers

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.

Kit Sawers, President of Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, joined Paul Corliss to discuss the importance of outdoor spaces and a safe activities during the coronavirus pandemic. Sawers shared exciting news regarding a significant donation to fund the park's expansions and shared how public/private partnerships have been essential to Klyde Warren Park's success. 

david-mansdoerfer-unthsc-special assistant to President

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.

This week, Paul Corliss is joined by David Mansdoerfer, Special Assistant to the President at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Mansdoerfer discussed his previous role working for the US Department of Health and Human Services and explained how his experience with the federal government has helped him make an impact in his role working with HSC President Michael Williams. Mansdoerfer's background working with significant public health crises helped him, and in turn HSC, hit the ground running in the university's efforts to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Dean Richmond, UNT College of Music

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss. The UNT System is the only university system based in DFW and includes the University of North Texas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT Dallas. With our heart in North Texas, we transform lives and create economic opportunity through education.

From Grammy winners like Don Henley, Norah Jones and Maren Morris, to the One O'Clock Lab Band playing for Wynton Marsalis in New York City, the University of North Texas College of Music is one of the most distinguished in the nation. As Dean, Dr. John Richmond is the "leader of the band" for the College of Music. Dean Richmond joins Paul Corliss in this episode, discussing the rich history of UNT’s multifaceted music program, the challenges of coronavirus, a new music MBA program, the future of his college and much more.

Dallas City Manager TC Broadnax

Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss. The UNT System is the only university system based in DFW and includes the University of North Texas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT Dallas. With our heart in North Texas, we transform lives and create economic opportunity through education.

In this episode Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, who earned his Master’s in Public Administration from UNT, joins Paul Corliss for a candid conversation about his role in leading one of the nation’s largest cities. Broadnax shared challenges he and his staff have faced during the coronavirus pandemic, and also discussed challenges with policing and race relations. The City Manager remains grateful for his time spent at UNT and enjoys giving back to his alma mater when asked.