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UNI VERS ITY OF NORTH TEXAS 72 EXPERIENCE 18 \ Next Generation Learning , '/ nextgen.unt.edu What is NextGen? NextGen classes have been redesigned into a format much different than your traditional college class. What do you get from a NextGen class? • Small group experiential learning to help make those big classes feel small • Less time in your seat listening to lecture, more time to spend interacting with your classmates • Foundational materials that are put online which can give you flexibility in your schedule • NextGen instructors that are really invested in giving you the best experience possible in the classroom • A solid list of what the instructor needs you to know to be successful in his or her class For more information, visit: nextgen.unt.edu I •nex next generation z? .T z :w
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Explore What's Best Jobs Check out the Editorial Board's picks for the city's top jobs Career Center UNT helps students get a head start on eir futures Odd Jobs Examine Denton's unconventional ways to make money News Unemployment Denton rates have risen to 6.4% in 2011, up from 6.3% in 2010 Health Putting the job first can have medical consequences Creating Jobs The A-Train has new occupations rolling into town Cover Story Homeless, Jobless A look at struggles of finding work with nowhere to live eatures Roden Denton's newest poli- tician discusses ties to UNT and future plans for the city Freedom House Group provides second chances through spirituality Night Shift Local employees stay on the job while Denton sleeps Spinners Find out the strategy behind the art of sign twirling AKsSSSSwH i U
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Inside * - "fill 4 DENTON ENGINE CO Features (Cont.) Art Six 26 The story of six UNT graduates pursuing coffee-filled career Experience Campus Chat 27 Denton residents speak on their first gig and dream job Resume 28 How to sell yourself to employers through a piece of paper Garage Sale 30 Gain a buck by giving away your unwanted goods Behind The Scenes 31 The Daily goes for a ride with a Denton police officer Trade Schools 33 Specialty schools prepare students for a variety of careers Professionalism 101 34 How to deal with others in the workroom Helping Others 35 Learn about the best paycheck-free jobs in Denton Stadium 36 People have scored jobs from UNT's new football venue Information Campus Jobs 37 Check out the long list of UNT on-campus occupations By The Numbers 38 A breakdown of jobs in Denton
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Editor's Letter: There are few people today who haven't been affected or don't know someone whose life was shattered by the economic recession. Denton has been lucky enough to steer close to a happy-go-lucky feeling, sliding in at only 6.4 percent unem- ployment rate in May - - far below the national average of 9.1. Top of the Triangle Skeptics may say this number, although seemingly low, may have a great deal to do with the fact Denton has never been known as a booming metropolis for career-type occupa- tions. Little D has always lived in the shadow of its two older brothers just 40 miles southeast and southwest. However, for a commuter-college city with 119,400 residents, it's smack dab in one of the fastest growing areas in the state and doing quite well for itself. The city is home to two large univer- sities that offer thousands of jobs to people in the area while also bringing in academic knowledge and culture. Many larger employers also call Denton home. Although maybe it's n...
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Meet the Staff Sean Gorman Managing Editor "I started my career at a little breakfast joint called Andrew's. It was more about smoke breaks and gossip than serving its customers." Sara Jones Visuals Editor "My first job was working at Old Navy. It was beyond stressful, but it taught me how to work hard and balance work with school." Sydnie Summers Design Editor "My first job was as a hostess at Chili's. It was OK, but I like the jobs I have now much better." Senior Staff Writers Ashley-Crystal Firstley Corrisa Jackson Isaac Wright Senior Staff Photographers James Coreas Chelsea Stratso Senior Staff Designer Samantha Guzman Staff Writers Pablo Arauz Nicole Balderas Bliss Coulter Alex Macon Matthew Malone Brett Medeiros Will Sheets Ann Smajstrla Alicia Warren Austin Wells Alex Young Contributing Photographer Drew Gaines Staff Photographers Justin Curtin Jun Ma Brian Maschino Copy Editor Nicole Landry
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Out of the many businesses in Denton, the Editorial Board awarded nine companies with the title of Best Places to Work. These companies were selected based on excellence in service, worker benefits/perks and overall impact in the community. - -Compiled by the Editorial Board and Isaac Wright, Senior Staff Writer Small Businesses: Mid-Size Businesses: Large Businesses: Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Business: Ice cream parlor Founded: 1998 Ownership: Private Employees: 38 Headquarters: 1.17 w. Hickory St. Phone: 940-384-1818 Website: www.bethmaries.com Why work here?: "I see my employees as family- nobody ever leaves this job without giving me a hug. Most of them even end up crying," -owner Margaret Rich Popular perks: "It's a great summer job because I can stay cool in here," - Carlyn Anderson Now hiring?: Yes Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Business: Hospital Founded: 1987 Ownership: Private Employees: 900 Headquarters: 3000 N. Interstate 35 Phone: 940-898-7000 Webs...
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Career Center offers advice The UNT Career Center offers occu- pational opportunities and programs for students wanting to kick-start their careers or graduates who want to advance them. Located on campus in Chestnut Hall 103, the center helps students settle career-related i ssues with mock interviews, resume reviewing and help with job searching. Career advisers help students and alumni prepare for the jobs they want and provide suggestions for careers in their field of study. "We also have on-campus inter- views, which is probably the best interview situation to find a job," said Rachel Smith, a career develop- ment specialist. "Employers come to us, and students can sign up to inter- view with employers they are inter- ested in." The interviews are conducted in the center's interview area complete with a lobby and 18 total nterview rooms. Locker rooms are available for those who have an interview but don't have time to go home and change. In addition, the center has other office...
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Photo by AshdHktal FirstltoSen f Paired with the Denton music commu- nity's continuing growth are stories of its musicians eager for a career n their competitive craft. In a cutthroat field, a pair of Denton musicians takes every opportu- nity they can find to do what they love. Being a Part of the Scene Daniel Folmer has been involved in the Denton music scene for about eight years since he moved from his East Texas hometown of Marshall. He studied creative writing at UNT for seven years while performing in several independent bands. He also works as a clerk at Mad World Records on the Square, a job he obtained through his connections in the Denton music scene. Folmer said he understands the difficulty of achieving a career with his major and sees music as a more viable option than a career with his degree. "If we were able to tour all the time, we would do okay," Folmer said. "It's fun and I could do this for a little while, and it's totally worth it." Folmer recently returned fro...
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Photo by Justin Curtin/Staff Photographer Traffic Tickets Defended In Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine, Southlake, Hurst, Forest Hill, White Settlement, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Watauga, Haltom City, Colleyville, Keller, Bedford, and elsewhere in Tarrant County. Se^a^ £spaftoV- (817) 924-3236 3024 Sandage Fort Worth, TX 76109-1793 *No promise as to results *Any fine and court costs are not included in fee for legal representation www.JamesMallory.com For anyone looking to take :n the summer heat while making money, Denton offers some of the best summer- related jobs around. There are summer gigs n the city offering reasonable pay fun work environments and valu- able experience. Lifeguard Working as a lifeguard at Denton's Water Park, Natatorium or Civic Center Pool is the easiest way to make money while staying close to the pool. Lifeguards make $8 to $10 an hour while helping people in the water stay safe. Employees are taught CPR training and other safety tactics with...
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M W i / D Some jobs require workers to be profi- cient in Excel or have the ability to type 90 words a minute, but one UNT gig has a different list of qualifications. According to Denton resident Will Frenkel, posing nude for a classroom full of figure drawing students requires patience, poise and confidence. At $15 an hour, models must hold posi- tions for as short as five seconds and up to an hour and a half. Most of the time, the teacher will tell us, 'Today we're going to do two 40-minute poses, and an hour and a half pose," Frenkel said. "Usually the teacher will tell me the amount of time, whether it's a gesture or dramatic pose and whether or not to lie down." Gesture poses are short so students draw quick sketches, while dramatic poses allow detail to be captured. Sometimes you will have a more dramatic pose which will be harder for me," he said. "Sometimes I'll stretch depending on the pose, but sometimes I'll just take a nap or even read a book." Models enter the room wear...
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Mixing Work and Play Designer Q&A Fort Worth-based video game designer Carl Shedd's job is creating the environments that game enthusiasts spend endless hours playing in. Shedd has been in the gaming industry for almost 10 years. He has designed games such as Borderlands, Brothers in Arms and RAGE, which will be released in October and won the Electronic Entertainment Expo's Best in Show in 2010. Here are Shedd's thoughts on what lies behind the job of developing video games. Can you sum up level designing in 50 words? My job is creating the environments. My superior sends me a layout of what the level should look like. He could say a barren wasteland desert-like map and it's then my job to make that happen by adding details in the environment that make it feel like a real place to the player. As popularity in video games continues to grow, several video game creation companies have sprung up n North Texas. In an industry worth about $48.9 billion, Halo hooligans and FIFA Soccer...
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Texas' Unemployment Rate Remains Constant Dentor's Rate Sustains Over Last ear Texas' unemployment rate plateaued in May at 8 percent, slightly decreasing from last year's average of 8.1 percent and staying below the national rate of 9.1, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Denton's unemployment rates have also stayed consistent, rising slightly to 6.4 percent in May from 6.3 the year prior. Eight thousand non-agricultural jobs were added in May, equaling to 205,400 fobs from a year ago and ranking Texas fourth nationally. Texas has created more than a third of the country's new jobs since the end of the recession in 2009, according to the Wall Street Journal. Although 985,656 people are without work in Texas, 92,300 jobs have been added this year, said Ronny Congleton, TWC Commissioner representing labor, in a press release. We're experiencing what everyone else is experiencing, [but] just a little less," Givens said. Texas professional and business services grew by 4,300 ...
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Saving for the Future As baby boomers begin to retire and Social Security becomes strained, the prob- lems of current retirees have forced the next generation to begin financial plan- ning early Many Americans hoping to retire find their savings are not enough to retire on and have begun to rely solely on Social Security said Randall Guttery the associate dean for the College of Business. "Over 50 percent of all Americans who retire, if they didn't have Social Security, would be below the poverty line," Guttery said. "What started in the 1930s as an addi- tional retirement plan to supplement your employer's plan has become the sole plan for many Americans." Retirement Woes Guttery said many retirees experience problems because they didn't give them- selves time to save for retirement. "If you don't start a retirement plan until you're in your 50s, you just don't have the benefit of time," Guttery said. He said companies have switched from fully providing for employee pension plans t...
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Work Smarter. Not Harder Workers in the U.S. have no problem spending extra hours in the office, but it's important to treat your body right to avoid serious health risks. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 15 million Americans work full time on an evening shift, night shift, rotating shifts or other irregular schedules. If you want to remain status quo, you work 40 hours a week," said Joan Hubbard of the UNT management faculty. "The really successful people, the entrepreneurs, the ones who provide jobs — they work more than 40 hours a week." Here are some examples of what those workaholics may face if they don't cut their hours back. Tension Taming A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who work 11 or more hours a day are at far greater risk of heart trouble than those who spend less time on the job. Stress is one of the main culprits for workplace health problems, but combating it takes some practice. "You have to set some...
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w I The Denton County Transportation Authority A-Train began carrying passen- gers between Denton and Dallas June 20, an event Denton leaders and business owners expect to ignite growth and jobs in downtown Denton. The A-Train's downtown Denton station sits on the edge of a growing arts and enter- tainment district along East Hickory and Industrial streets. According to the UNT Center for Economic Development and Research, the commuter rail service is expected to generate more than $413 million in economic activity by 2012. "It's going to play a big role," said Linda Ratliff, the director of economic develop- ment for the city of Denton. "It's a cata- lyst for growth in the downtown, Hickory Street area." Downtown Growth An increase in economic activity down- town is a trend that took hold before the A-Train rolled onto the track. Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs said the city has focused on creating a strong, distinguishable arts and entertainment district along Hickory Street. With the...
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■1 Options Limited for Undocumented Workers As the number of illegal immigrants in Texas continues to grow, their role in Denton's job market also expands. The Pew Hispanic Center estimated that in 2009, about 1.6 million illegal immi- grants resided in Texas, accounting for 8.7 percent of the state's labor force. The center is a nonpartisan research organization that chronicles the Hispanic population's growing impact on the U.S. Nicolas Chavez, an attorney specializi ng in immigration and naturalization law in North Texas, said most illegal immigrants work as gardeners, cooks and construc- tion workers. "They're fulfilling a void," Chavez said. 'Filling a void of work that is laborious or otherwise unappealing." According to the Texas Higher Education Board, 304 students enrolled at UNT in fall 2009 benefited from this law, including llegal immigrant students and other non- permanent residents. However, illegal immigrant graduates are usually unable to find gainful employment beca...
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sf *rY y Homeless without a job: A harsh reality It's 2:30 p.m. on a hot June day and D.J.* is on the bus to the Social Security Administration Office. He needs a new Social Security card if he hopes to get a job. Two days before he received a state issued I.D., so he's on the right track. D.J. is one of hundreds of homeless people n Denton, trying to turn their circumstances around and become self-sufficient. "I'm 33 and I should have my life together, but I don't," he said. D.J. said he sometimes he lives with a friend in an apartment, and other times, he sleeps on the street. Ted Stark can relate. He is an assistant chef at Our Daily Bread, a community soup kitchen located in St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Oak Street. "This isn't just a job for me, I had a choice," Stark said. "At one point in my life I was homeless, [and] I like to give back." Pursuing the Path of Partying D.J. grew up near Piano in an upper-middle class family he said. Frustrated by his parents' divorce and ...