People planting flowers
Jenn Aglio's community of friends and family members turned out on a Sunday to plant a perennial garden in her memory.

In Memoriam: Jennifer Aglio

Jenn Aglio facing forward, brown short hair, smiling, black glasses, pink shirtJennifer "Jenn" Marie Aglio, 43, executive assistant to the dean, died March 22, 2024, at her home in Denton, Texas, after more than a two-year battle with uterine cancer.

A few friends and family were fortunate to visit Jenn in her last days in hospice care, and "she was very clear just how important her CVAD community was to her," says Dean Karen Hutzel. Jenn was fundamental to the community and someone with whom many of the CVAD gathered to talk, laugh and bemoan the world. We miss her sense of humor, sharp wit and gentle manner.

Jenn on the left, next to Megan, both smiling, outdoor photo with trees in the backgroundJenn's partner Megan Morrisey, UNT associate professor of communications studies, and their daughter Quinn Morrissey Aglio have been, by extension, also important members of our CVAD community and will continue to be. As a special memorial to Jenn, Eric Ligon, senior associate dean of CVAD Administrative Affairs, organized a flower-planting gathering on March 24 in the Art Building Courtyard. More than 70 members of Jenn's community planted perennial flowers in her memory.

Before joining UNT in 2013, Jenn was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies at the UNT College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She said getting up in front of a classroom was not for her. She came to CVAD in July 2019 as the senior administrative coordinator after four years as the senior administrative assistant for the Women's and Gender Studies program.

Jenn earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 2003 at Elon University, Elon, N.C., and her master’s degree in communication studies in 2006 from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C. A talented poet and creative writer, she earned another degree in 2010, a master of fine arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University, Boulder, Colo. 

She advocated for social justice issues and always cheered on those she loved. Her family and friends will remember her clever wit, love of music, and unique ability to make others feel welcome and included. Jenn also often talked about her four-legged family with affection.

According to Jenn's wishes, friends and family gathered to celebrate her life at a local restaurant to remember her and model joy and love for her daughter.

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