Saturday, March 3, 2012

Clark visits UNT

Clark and I took a trip this weekend (2-3 Mar 2012) to visit the University of North Texas so he could see for himself what college life might be like.  He's decided to attend UNT this fall as an engineering major (in the Honors Program no less, having been notified that he's one of the top 50 applicants to the engineering program this year!).

Here's a few quick shots from our trip.  These pictures are a little out of order chronologically but are grouped more fluidly by subject.  Perhaps I'll revise and update with more pictures once we're back home in P'ville.

Welcome to the University of North Texas!

A snapshot before we start the tour.

The Hurley Administrative Building is the iconic center of UNT.

Standing along the academic "corridor" on campus, the set of buildings where most classes are taught.

A tribute to Terrence Needom's days at UNT.

One of several cafeterias on campus.  

The Honors Hall where Clark plans to stay this fall.

The Honors Hall is more like a hotel than a dorm!  Very snazzy.

The lobby has a nice hang-out area.

The Honors Hall has its own kitchen for the students to use.  (Unfortunately, no cafeteria in the building -- they'll have to walk a block or two to eat.)

A piano for those interested students.

A typical Honors Hall dorm room.  Here we see the "common area" shared by two students. 

Two separate bedrooms open off of the "common area" in each Honors Hall dorm room.

The separate bedrooms are very nice -- FOR STUDYING, CLARK!

A second glance at a dorm room common area.  The two occupants of each room share one private bathroom, which opens just out of view (behind Clark's back) from the common space.

Plenty of nice corners in the Honors Hall to sit and visit -- and study! -- with friends.

Back to some of the neat stuff on campus: the Armadillo building, where more than 1,000 fine art concerts are held each year.

A view in the student union building.

Casual spaces in one of the general academic buildings where classes are taught.

Shifting gears and heading out to the "Discovery Park" where the College of  Engineering is housed.  This research campus is about 4 miles from the main UNT campus.  It's a world unto its own.

 The College of Engineering is now housed in a former Texas Instrument building.

I really liked the open-air feeling of the building.

Clark was the only student on the tour today. He got a very personalized tour with lots of extra "behind-the-scenes" views like the electron microscope (not shown).  Here he gets a look at the wind tunnel in the Mechanical Engineering division.

UNT has its own workshop for students to build and test new ideas.  Here is a flagship UNT car from days gone by that is being retooled to run on an electric motor.

The Computer Science division is also housed on the research campus.  "Programmers in their natural habitat -- do not tap on glass."

LAZERS!  (and a self-flushing toilet in the corner)

A pool table, ping-ping table, shuffleboard, and an exercise bike to blow off steam when the studying gets intense!

That's just some of the thing we saw at UNT on Friday.  Headed back on Saturday to explore some more.

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