Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Texas Constitutional Amendment Election Nov 3rd

There is a Texas Constitutional Amendment Election coming up on November 3, 2009. We would like to encourage you to get informed on the issues and make your voice heard. Off year elections are notorious for low voter turnouts. So if you don’t want to wake up on November 4th and say “How did that pass?” then you need to get involved.

There are some Major Issues That Affect You Such as :


The deadline to register is October 5, 2009.

Important Dates:

Explanations of Amendments:

For help with registering to vote, stop by any the UNTD Library, your local public library, or visit

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dr. Samuel Oberstein came to UNT Dallas in August 2009 as one of the newest members of the faculty. He is a senior lecturer in the areas of health services management, risk management and insurance, and human resources management.

Sam obtained his BBA in Accounting from Baruch College and began work as an IRS agent. Sam’s experience in health services management began thirty years ago when, based on his experience in auditing health care and other types of organizations, he made the switch from the IRS to studying and working in the fields of public health and health administration. In particular, Sam pursued specialization in the areas of health insurance and managed care. He then further developed his expertise through studies and work in the fields of risk management and insurance, employee benefits, and human resources management.

Sam has two masters degrees: a Masters in Public Health and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations both from the University of Minnesota. His PhD, also from the University of Minnesota, was done through the Department of Administrative Pharmacy in conjunction with his PhD dissertation funded and supervised through the Department of Finance and Insurance. Sam also has earned the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, and Health Insurance Associate.

Sam developed extensive business experience as well as teaching and program directing experience in the various states in which he has lived, including New York, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Texas. Sam had a particularly enjoyable time when he worked under a federal grant for the Sisters of Providence in Montana where he had the opportunity to work with diverse groups including the Native American population. During his previous stay in Dallas in the nineties, Dr. Oberstein was elected the president of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.

In his spare time, Sam participates in both religious and community activities. He is a very dedicated orthodox affiliated Jewish man with a love for serving people. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and swimming. He even used to take part in an ice skating team that performed in public exhibitions.

Dr. Oberstein looks forward to bringing out the best in everyone he serves and helping students to become proactive in their academic and career goals. Sam gave three excellent pieces of advice for any reader, student or faculty: “Good character comes first and respect should be earned”; “No matter where you go, there you are; therefore bloom where you are planted”; and “Smile often: That way the wrinkles you develop as you age will turn into a permanent smile.”

The library staff thanks Sam for giving us such a wonderful interview to present to the students, faculty and staff.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 is the first day of a month-long observance of the contributions of Hispanics to the culture of the United States. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from mid-September to mid-October to coincide with the anniversaries of independence for many Latin American countries.
A National Hispanic Heritage Month website sponsored by the Library of Congress and other government sponsors can be found at There you can:
• read about the newest Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor,
• find out about Hispanic war veterans,
• get lesson plans on Hispanic heritage,
• browse through a gallery of Hispanic contributions to art, music and more,
• study the holdings of the Spanish Colonial Research Center , as well as much more!

Photo of boys in fiesta costumes, Taos, N.M., July 1940, courtesy of the Library of Congress

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Patriot Day is observed on September 11th.

Patriot Day was signed into law on December 18, 2001 as a day to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on our country.

On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.

Patriot Day:

Other Sept. observances:

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