UNTThreads: February 2018

When the calendar turned to February, we started ironing out the details of our UNTThreads campaign. The mission of the campaign is to highlight and celebrate the unique variety in style on campus. We love seeing how the students at UNT express themselves through their fashion! Check out what these creative, beautiful humans were wearing in the cold and rain this month.








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We can’t wait to see what you are wearing in March! Be on the lookout for #UNTThreads on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Hunger Action Month: How to Help in Denton & at UNT

September is Hunger Action Month. If you’re interested in donating to your community and take action, then we have a list for you.

Here are different food pantries you can donate to or volunteer at for Hunger Action Month (and, hopefully, for many months after).

Denton Community Food Center

First Refuge Ministries

Denton Hunger Coalition

Little Free Pantries — Serve Denton

GracePointe Church

North Texas Food Bank

Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

UNT Food Pantry

Donating is strongly encouraged! Volunteering would also be a great idea, especially if you’re seeking ways to gain community service hours or deepen your relationship with the Denton/UNT community. Either way, we hope you keep Hunger Action Month in mind during September! And, that it inspires you to make donations to local food pantries in the future.

Humans of UNT #34


UNT Union: So who are you on campus with today?

E: I’m with my son, who is going to be a Freshman this fall and is doing early start, so he starts July 9th. My empty nest is going to start earlier than I planned and I’m okay with that. It’s very exciting, it’s a good thing. They’re supposed to grow up and leave home. My husband and I both met at A&M, and we both remarked about how much this campus reminds us of what A&M was like 25 years ago. I love it here. We have a really good feeling about this.

UNT Union: What do you do?

E: I just retired from owning my own professional services firm in December, and now I teach yoga and pilates full time. I also blog at My Life Between Coffee and Wine and I’ve just been picked up by two large syndication opportunities that are happening in the next two weeks. So I’m on my second chapter of my career, as my son is embarking on his first. It’s very exciting.

UNT Union: Tell us about your children.

E: My oldest is in upstate New York–he was obviously more enthusiastic about being further away from his overbearing Catholic mother than my youngest. My oldest son is 21, so he’s going to be a senior at RPI in Troy, New York. He is pursuing game science design. Which, if you ever thought I’d be paying all this money for a liberal arts degree, I would’ve thought you were a liar… but I am!

My youngest is pursuing forensic science, and they’re both doing it because it’s what they’re passionate about. Both are very competitive fields. You can’t just skate by–you’ve really got to give it your all and I think that’s invigorating. It’s scary, but it’s also the right thing for them.

UNT Union: What are your hopes for your sons?

E: I really hope that they both pursue their passions. My career was more focused on getting out and having a job day one. It ended up driving me into accounting, which actually ended up being fantastic for me, but my passion was always in writing and art and other things. But since I had the uncertainty of understanding how that would pay the bills, the more secure opportunities were higher up on my priority list, just from a survival perspective.

I’ve tried not to keep my kids in a bubble, I’ve exposed them to a lot, traveled a lot, they’ve worked on service projects. But the reality is, they were two white males growing up in a nice middle-class suburban area, and not all the world is like that. My biggest fear is how they go out there and they be part of that. Even when they may not be perceived as part of what’s good, because they have had a fortunate upbringing. That said, I think my biggest fear is that adjustment, and figuring out their place. It’s a whole lot more than holding down a nine to five and having a house in suburbia and repeating what they had.

UNT Union: What are you most proud of?

E: It took a lot of guts to leave home at 18. My best friend’s daddy backed up a horse trailer and I threw what little I owned in it and just left home. I never spent another night in my parents’ house after I left for college. I’m proud that I was stupid enough not to realize how hard it was going to be–maybe I wouldn’t have done it and taken the chances if I’d known. My mother actually tried to talk me out of leaving for college a few weeks before I left and I still went. I’m really glad I went ahead and left.

Leaving home and going to off to college was the best thing I ever did. I stumbled along the way–who doesn’t? Right? The scars are where the light enters you, so you have to get some scars, you have to get hurt. It can’t be all perfect. You can’t wrap your kid or yourself in bubble-wrap and try to go through life avoiding anything that’s going to be painful or uncomfortable. That’s not what it’s about.

UNT Union: How do you define success?

E: I think it so critically important that everyone creates their own definition of success, as long as your definition includes being a service to other people, and being independent, and doing what you can to lift other people up. It doesn’t matter how you define it.

Maddie Migis

Profile: Maddie Migis

Curious about the creative forces behind UNT Union Marketing? Maddie Migis has worked for UNT Marketing for nearly 2 years and has been one of the driving forces behind Humans of UNT, UNT Valentines, Snapchat golf cart t-shirt giveaways, and so much more.

Maddie just graduated from UNT with top honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations (hire her), but we couldn’t miss this opportunity to show her how grateful we are for her service by honoring her with her own UNT Union blog post.

Maddie Migis, INFJ



1. Strategic
2. Futuristic
3. Ideation
4. Connectedness
5. Relator

As a strong strategic thinker and relationship builder, it’s no wonder she worked so well on our marketing team!



“I think that my strengths professionally are social media, content creation, writing, and coming up with good ideas. I think that I am really good at changing gears if something happens. Taking an opportunity is what social is all about.”




“An otter because they hold hands when they sleep.”



“Wingstop Fries.”



“I really do like green.”



“Receipts.  I have more cash than I usually do because I just graduated. My wallet, my pencil bag, and my planner. I have a sewing kit that I did use the other day, so in that moment, I feel like its value was intrinsic. I also have some hand sanitizer and some lipsticks”



“I wish was better at science because I probably would have done marine biology. I feel like a lot of people say that, but I scuba dive. I’ve been on dives and seen the coral has become bleached. You can see it happening. It think it’s sad because our oceans are serving as a barometer for what’s happening to our earth, but not a lot of people see it because not everyone is a scuba diver, and not everyone cares. ”



“I would say casual. People like to read in a style that they can relate to, so I’ve taken that approach even in my academic writing.”



“I use Instagram the most personally. I like to explore Instagram. If I’m tired and in public and I need something to captive my time, I like to scroll because it’s stimulating to me, but I don’t have to think about it.”





“I want open an non-profit with my boyfriend in the inner-city or a food desert to educate and feed kids. I have a vision of what it would look like: a complex with a prep area for groups of kids, and garden in the back. A lot of people don’t eat well because they don’t know how to cook for themselves and they don’t have access to healthy food.

It would be an after school program, so instead of parents paying for daycare, the bus would take the kids to our program and they would do is either work in the garden or the kitchen and be taught how to cook a meal. Then they would eat it. It checks off a lot of boxes: not only are they learning, spending time outside, but they are also getting free dinner.”


You can find Maddie on LinkedIn, Twitter, and on her website MaddieMigis.com.