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UNT expert gives advice for buying toys for children with special needs

Smita Mehta, a professor of special education at UNT, poses with toys that could be good for children with special needs inside the Kristin Farmer Autism Center at UNT. Credit: UNT/Michael Clements.
Thu, 12/08/2016 - 4:11pm

DENTON, Texas (UNT) — Toys are always among the hottest-selling items of the holiday season, and this December marks Safe Toys and Gifts Month – a nationwide push to ensure presents match the abilities of the receiving child. Smita Mehta, a professor of special education in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas, offers tips for families to buy toys for children with special needs.

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UNT expert gives advice on identifying nonprofits for charitable giving

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:44pm


Along with advertisements and coupons from retailers hoping you’ll buy gifts from them, December’s mail usually includes requests from nonprofit organizations for end-of-year donations. While you may be tempted to respond to one of these requests by sending your credit card information or a check, how will know that your money will be legitimately used for a good cause?

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Fair Labor Standards Act: UNT human resources expert shares Top 4 tips for businesses

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:40pm

DENTON, Texas (UNT) — By December 1, businesses across the U.S. must implement the Department of Labor’s final rule – a change in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) extending the threshold for overtime pay exemptions from $23,660 to $47,476 yearly.

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UNT dietician shares advice to avoid the holiday eating binge

UNT nutritionist Ann Afflerbach
Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:03pm

DENTON, Texas (UNT) — The winter holidays can be a time for indulgence, with the average Thanksgiving Day meal weighing in at 4,500 calories and Christmas Day diners eating up to 7,000 calories. Those numbers are well above the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended 2,000 to 2,500 daily consumption of calories. However, eating healthy on holidays isn’t impossible.

University of North Texas registered dietician Ann Marie Afflerbach, a lecturer in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, offers advice.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

Faculty member gives advice on post-election letdown, election result discussions

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 9:16am

If you’ve spent many hours the last year or two checking the latest presidential campaign news on the Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Politico and other websites  watching or listening to political pundits and monitoring the polls, you may start feeling empty on Wednesday (Nov. 9), after the U.S. has a new president. You may wonder how to fill the hours that you had devoted to politics.

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Experts available on Election Day to analyze presidential race, other political races

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 2:42pm

As you prepare for Election Day and Election Night coverage on Nov. 8 (Tuesday), consider these University of North Texas faculty members who will be available to give in-depth analysis of election returns for the presidential race and other races.

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Faculty available for comment on final Trump-Clinton debate

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:04pm

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will debate for a final time Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. The topics are expected to include debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots and fitness to be president.

The following University of North Texas faculty members will provide previews and analysis of this week’s debate:

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Faculty member available to discuss legacy of Shimon Peres

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:46am

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres, considered by many to be the founding father of the State of Israel, has died. Peres served as president from 2007 to 2014 after being appointed by Israel's Parliament and was also prime minister and in numerous other government positions for seven decades. U.S. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and current and former Secretary of States John Kerry and Hillary Clinton will attend his funeral on Friday.

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UNT top economist shares insight for presidential debates, election

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:04pm

The first of three scheduled televised debates for the 2016 presidential election is set for next week, when the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, debates the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, at 8 p.m. (Central) Sept. 26 (Monday) at Hofstra University in Hempstad, N.Y.   


UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

Top six tips to make the most of tax-free weekend from UNT money expert

Paul Goebel
Paul Goebel is the director of the Student Money Management Center at UNT.
Mon, 08/01/2016 - 7:25am

DENTON, Texas (UNT) -- Texas' annual sales tax holiday runs Aug. 5 – 7 (Friday through Sunday) this year, with state shoppers saving about $8 on every $100 spent on most clothes, backpacks, shoes and other school-related supplies priced under $100.

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