Apple Teacher Certification

Do you love the Apple brand? Are you a macbook pro… pro? Well, even if you’re not, The Mainframe UNT has got a proposition for you. Every Tuesday, where there used to be Tech Tuesdays, there will now be an opportunity to earn Apple Teacher Badges. Which is arguably even more tech-y, and offers a real benefit to you. Here’s why:


Every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 in Union 394, you can earn credits towards official micro-certifications, which with some additional online work on your part, you can earn an Apple Teacher Certification.

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an Educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.

The classes are free to take, and if you finish all the courses and earn every badge, you get a very official certification card in the mail.

Becoming a certified Apple Teacher has a lot of benefits. First off, it can be listed on your résumé as a valuable skill. It shows you’re tech-savvy and capable of teaching others the skills you have learned. Even if you don’t complete all the courses required to be an Apple Teacher, you can still take advantage of the skills taught in these workshops. The badges and courses have a large variety of skills that can be useful for everyone, no matter what your major. Check them out every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm in Union 394.

How the Union Means Green

Everything you need to know about the sustainability of this grand building.

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LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

The UNT Union is still working towards that highest level, Platinum. Currently, the building has reached gold-level certification, the next-highest level.For even more information, visit here.

UNT’s efforts to make this building green start at the building materials and the interior of the building, as well as making building functions greener too.

Since we Mean Green here at the UNT Union, here’s some specific examples of how we worked extra hard to make this building as eco-friendly as possible:

  • The water fountains come with bottle-filling stations, which by Earth day tomorrow will have saved over 30,000 plastic bottles from being used. That’s a ton of waste that was kept out of the waste system!
  • The trash cans @ the Union make recycling easy! The different shaped holes correspond with what kind of waste goes where, increasing recycling in the building and making it easy for students.
  • The Union has cisterns (rain water receptacles) that collect rainwater to use for building functions.
  • 92% of the Union’s construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • Bathrooms contain censored faucets, dual flush toilets and low-flow urinals.
  • The Union uses low-emitting and low-hazard materials indoors such as paints, adhesives, and carpets.
  • The Union’s 28% energy reduction is enough to power a whopping 246 homes.
  • Lights in the Union are on motion-censors to ensure the lights aren’t on when areas aren’t in use.
  • The meeting rooms in the Union sync with the room’s schedule to turn on the AC, lights and AV equipment only when meetings are scheduled.
  • As much of the old Union’s foundation and structural elements were reused in the construction of the new Union, amounting to a large amount of the current building’s materials. All the bricks you see in the new Union are from the old Union!
  • The Union also has sun panels on the top of the building.
  • The Union’s rooftop garden features native landscaping that is drought resistant and indigenous to Texas.

So while the Union’s still under consideration for the highest level of LEED certification, know that the UNT Union really does MEAN GREEN. We love our school and we love the environment. We are happy that we are able to reduce our impact on the environment while providing a great space and many great services to our students. GO MEAN GREEN and HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!
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UNT Union April Fools Prank Goes 2 Far


Unfortunately, the UNT Union Phase 2 is an April Fool’s joke. All in good fun, the UNT Union released this blog post, detailing grandiose ideas for a Phase 2 construction set to begin in May of this year. Again, this post IS A JOKE.

We love our new Union. Now we can enjoy the full brevity of food options available to us, plenty of study and lounge space, great performances and more all right in the middle of campus. We do apologize for any unnecessary excitement, but encourage students to enjoy the many features that the Union, along with other facilities on campus, provide. Thank you for being a part of a very fun joke. APRIL FOOL’S!


Union Arts Competition


Are you a student artist who would like to have your work shown in the Union? ENTER THE UNION ARTS COMPETITION! 

1st place: $500,  2nd place: $250,  3rd place: $100

Selected work and winning work will be displayed in the Union Art Gallery April 18th-April 30th.

*No artwork submitted later than April 1st will be considered.

*Artwork must be ready to display by April 18th.


For more information, contact: 

Nicole Newland
Arts Coordinator

Why Students Need To Get More Sleep

Alright UNT, we know that school is exhausting, but how many of you actually get your recommended eight hours of sleep a night? Most people, not just college students struggle with catching enough Zzzs. Here are some important facts about sleep and some important tips about how to get more or better quality sleep.

During the day:

Get exercise

Working out during the day will give you more energy (YAY ENDORPHINS) and make you more tired by night-time. The Rec Center offers a wide variety of exercise machines and even group exercise classes, but if you can’t fit that into your busy day, at least try to devotes some time to walking or biking  around campus. Try to get your exercise in before dark, or you may have trouble winding down before bed.

Go out in the sun

Vitamin D exposure is good for you, but the sun also helps your circadian clock know when it’s day and when it’s night. Getting out in the sun is not only good for you.

Check out our Pinterest

On Pinterest, The UNT Union has lots of nutrition tips, including those about getting more sleep.

At night:


UNT’s new union will feature a meditation room, but until then, try to get your OMMMS in before bed to help relax your mind and help you calm down for a restful night of sleep.

Turn down your AC

Colder temperatures have been shown to help lull you to sleep, so just before bed, try to get your thermostat down between 70 and 65 degrees for maximum Zzzs.

Avoid caffeine before bedtime

Some experts say that insomniacs or others who struggle sleeping shouldn’t drink caffeine after noon, but most college students might find that a little daunting. Instead, limit your caffeine after 5 or 6, if possible, and it might help you fall asleep around a normal time, instead of keeping you wired till the wee hours of the morning.

Put away your electronics

This is asking a lot of millenials who love to lay in bed with their phones, but all that technology can be really stimulating and actually keep you awake instead of help you fall asleep. We know it sounds crazy, but put your phone and other electronics away at lest 30 minutes before you go to sleep, that way your mind is as relaxed as you are.

Don’t drink before bed

Seriously. While alcohol may make you sleepy, it disrupts REM sleep, which you REALLY need if you want to wake up feeling rested.

Getting enough sleep can help you:

Get better grades

8+ hours of sleep can help your memory and help you retain all that you study. So, instead of staying up all night cramming, study before bed, get lots of sleep, and then re-visit your notes when you wake up. You’ll remember a lot more that way, and you won’t be grouchy.

Lose weight

People who sleep more eat less. Also, being tired can create cravings for unhealthy foods like sugar and caffeinated beverages. Instead, get more sleep so you won’t want all of those nasty food additives.

Be happier

Lack of sleep can lead to depression. If you are having these issues and more sleep isn’t making it better, please make an appointment with our counseling services. If not, hopefully some extra shut eye will keep you happy and healthy.

Hopefully these tips will help you feel a little more rested. If not, Club Willis is open 24/7, so you can always get some extra studying done instead. 😉