#TheGreenScreen: Season 2 Ep.1

Guess who’s back back back? Back again gain gain. #TheGreenScreen is back back back. Tell a friend.

That’s right UNT! #TheGreenScreen is back with all new episodes for the Spring semester. We are here to bring you the latest and greatest news of what is going on in the Union and of course the Union Master Plan Project!

Our host Laura Horn is jump starting this semester with information about events going on in the Union and what it’s like getting back into the swing of things. She might even give a try at poetry! Check out this newest episode to find out!

As always, check back soon for more information about the Union and the Union Master Plan Project!

You can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates!

Throwback Thursday #4

Welcome back to Throwback Thursdays! For those of you just jumping in, the last Thursday of every month we have a Throwback Thursday day. We make a Then and Now picture of something around the Union by taking an old picture and putting it next the same picture from today. This just goes to show how much the Union has grown and changed over the years and how it will continue to do so in the future!

Then and Now 1 -30

Today’s photo is of the north east corner of the Union. Though the building has stayed pretty much the same over the years, notice the growth in the trees at the back. Those little baby trees are all grown up now. It will be interesting to see what this area looks like after the new Union is built.

Enjoy! And make sure to check back soon for Master Plan updates and more of everyone’s favorite webshow, #TheGreenScreen

HECB Approved the New Union

The Higher Education Coordinating Board voted Jan. 24 to approve construction on a new union at UNT.

Key Messages:

  • The university has outgrown the current union; remodeling is not feasible.
  • Today’s students need and deserve new and more space for activities.
  • Today’s students need and deserve the latest technology.
  • A new union supports the university’s goal of attracting quality students.
  • A new union will provide faculty and staff with facilities and technology to host conferences, professional seminars and events enhancing the academic reputation of UNT.
  • A new union will be a legacy, a source of Green Pride for UNT Alumni.

Students voted April 2 – 6, 2012, to approve a student fee increase up to $115 that will go into effect Fall 2014 for the construction of a renovated and expanded University Union.

Q: The HECB said no before. What’s different now?

A: UNT collaborated with the HECB to answer questions and we are pleased at the result of the Jan. 24 vote. The new union will be good for students and the community. If you would like information on the board’s voting decisions, you will need to contact them. The HECB’s external relations office can be reached at 512-427-6111.

Q: How many students voted to approve the new union fee?

A: In total 2,253 students voted on the Union fee referendum and 54 percent (1,220) voted in favor of the fee. In total, 3,376 students – or 10 percent of the student body –participated in voting for various items on the ballot, which included Student Government Association elections.

Q: UNT raised tuition and room and board costs last year. Why doesn’t that pay for a new union?

A: Tuition at UNT covers costs for hiring and retaining top tier faculty and staff, classroom support and technology, research projects and university operations. It does not cover costs for new buildings. The fee increase students approved will cover costs related to building construction, facility maintenance, student programs, student events and UNT Union support and technology.

Q: Why does UNT need a new union?

A: The current union was built in the 1960s and is at capacity. More than 17,000 people visit the current union every day, almost a quarter of those are visitors to UNT. A quality union plays an important role in enrollment recruitment and retention, can help improve the quality of student academic careers, and the construction of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified union will help UNT become a more sustainable campus.  A new UNT Union will also provide faculty and staff with facilities and technology to host conferences, professional seminars and events that will enhance the academic reputation of UNT, and a new UNT Union will serve as a legacy and a source of Green Pride for UNT Alumni.

Q: What is wrong with the current union?

A: The current union was built in the 1960s and was designed for a campus population of 17,000 students. UNT has about 36,000 students today, and the current union is at capacity. Over the years cosmetic changes and updates have been made to certain areas of the union, but the building has not undergone major renovations.

Other problems include:

  • The current building’s mechanical system needs replacement.
  • The current building lacks adequate space for a campus moving toward 40,000 students.
  • As construction costs and inflation continue to rise, the cost of major repairs to the current facility will exceed the cost of building a new facility.
  • The current union’s dining area is roughly 35,000 square feet short of what’s needed by national standards. The Union dining area is too small to serve the campus community, and limits the ability to better serve students.
  • Student organization space, student lounge space, and student meeting space also fail to meet national standards by thousands of square feet.

Q: Will the new UNT Union be eco-friendly?

A: Yes. The new UNT Union will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The new UNT Union facility will be built on a sustainable site, will have water efficiency measures in place, will make use of natural light and energy, and will use renewable materials and resources.

Q: When will the building be completed?

A: We expect the building to be open in 2015.

Q: Where will students, faculty and staff in the current Union, Stovall Hall and Scoular Hall go while construction is ongoing?

A: Relocation information can be found online. Faculty, staff, students and administrators have been involved in discussions about the UNT Union Master Plan, and have dedicated time to serving on the Union Master Plan Committee. The committee has worked to ensure minimal disruption to academic programs throughout construction to the UNT Union. Students needs and program advancements are a priority in the planning process for long-term relocation.

Q: How long will construction take?

A: A conservative estimate is 24 months. During this time, all programs and services that were housed in the UNT Union, including food, entertainment, student affairs offices, and retailers, will continue to operate in nearby locations convenient to students. No student jobs will be lost during this time. The current plan schedules construction to begin in June 2013 with an opening date of June 2015.

Q: How does the fee increase work?

A: Students approved a fee increase that will be up to $115 that will begin in Fall 2014. This will bring the fee total to $165 per semester. By beginning the fee in 2014, one year prior to the opening of the renovated and expanded facility, students will be saving millions of dollars in interest. The fee covers a number of items, including programming and entertainment, operations, student services, meeting spaces, and maintenance to the facility.

Q: When did students vote? Was information publicized about voting opportunities?

A: Students voted between April 2 – 6 (Monday – Friday), 2012. The Union Master Plan Committee hosted numerous events on campus to speak one-on-one with students about plans for the new UNT Union and to provide information on when voting took place. More than 9,000 students attended the events. The University provided voting information via social media channels to an audience of more than 50,000. Advertising appeared in student media with voting information and details on the Union Master Plan, and information was placed in numerous areas around the UNT Union for a year prior to the student vote.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back UNT! Winter break is coming to an end and classes are starting up again soon. But to make your first week back lots of fun, UPC has lots of events planned for you!

Free Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Sunday, January 13 | 8pm | Union-Lyceum

A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

Mavs v. OKC Game: Friday, January 18 | 8:30pm | American Airlines Center

Tickets on sale: Monday, January 14 | Noon | 3rd Floor Information Desk in the Union

Get your ticket to the Mavs v. OKC starting Monday, January 14 at noon at the 3rd floor information desk in the Union. There will be a limited number of tickets for sale at $15/ticket. Students are able to get one ticket per student ID. Transportation will be provided.

UPC Member Informational

Tuesday, January 15 | 6pm | Union room 417

Enjoy planning events? Want to meet new people? Love UNT? Being a member of UPC is a great way to do all three of these things! Want to know more? Come to our UPC informational to chat with current members and executive board members as well as pick up an application. Applications are due Wednesday, January 23rd at 5pm in the UPC office, Union 216-O.

Welcome Back Bash

Wednesday, January 16 | 6pm-8pm | Union, Silver Eagle Suite

Kickoff the spring semester at the Welcome Back Bash with SGA, Student Activities, and UPC! You will have the chance to check out some great UNT organizations, enjoy some food, and even ride a mechanical bull!

UPC Winter Wonderland

Thursday, January 17 | 11am-2pm | Library Mall

Don’t let this cold weather get you down! UPC will warm you up with some hot chocolate, soup, and your own customizable fleece scarf! We will also have our spring 2013 calendar on hand, so make sure you grab one!

Don’t miss out on these great events your first week back! And make sure to check back soon for updates on the Union Master Plan and new #TheGreenScreen episodes.

Have a great first week back!

Happy Holidays and Final Announcements

Hello UNT! Just think, pretty soon the endless hours of library time, nightmares about not waking up in time for a test and hand cramps from filling out scantrons will soon come to an end as Holiday break sets in.

Just as a reminder to everyone, the Union will have different hours over the break:

December 15th– 21st the Union opens at 6:45 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.

December 22nd– January 1st the Union will be closed.

January 2nd -6th the Union opens at 6:45 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.

And January 7th -12th the Union opens at 6:45 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m.

Also don’t forget that Commencement is this weekend, Friday December 14th and Saturday December 15th. We would like to say a big congratulations and good luck to the graduating seniors! For the Commencement schedule, a link to the live broadcast and other information please visit http://www.unt.edu/commencement/

In case you missed it, here is the link to the latest and last #TheGreenScreen episode of 2012 with some never before seen bloopers. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1jiKbiFbhR0

Happy Holidays and have a great New Year!