Emerald Eagle Honors 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:00pm
On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the UNT Foundation will host the second annual Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape. This evening of live entertainment will take place at Dallas' Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, with seating limited to approximately 1,500 ticket holders.
This Kennedy Center Honors-type stage production allows the University to annually celebrate three UNT alumni who have profoundly impacted our culture and society. Last year's honorees were Pro Football Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene; Rock and Roll icon, the late Roy Orbison; and former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm. Honorees for this year include actor and Academy Award nominee Peter Weller; actress, former sportscaster and 1971 Miss America Phyllis George; and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Larry McMurtry.
These trailblazers will be celebrated from the Meyerson stage via career video retrospectives, remarks by speakers significant to their careers, and musical tributes by special guests and the UNT College of Music. During the show, the honorees will watch from private boxes, surrounded by family and friends.
The show will also spotlight the wonderful stories of the evening's beneficiary, UNT's award-winning Emerald Eagle Scholars program. The Emerald Eagle Scholars program helps high-achieving but financially challenged students pursue their college dreams.
The program provides students with financial and academic support and campus connections to help them succeed in college and earn their degrees. It has allowed nearly 3,500 students -- most of whom are first-generation college students -- to attend UNT.
The approximately 120 Emerald Eagle seniors will be recognized during the proceedings and will be seated behind the stage in the Meyerson's choral terrace.
Tickets and sponsorships are being sold through an event committee comprised of UNT alumni and civic leaders dedicated to the cause of the Emerald Eagle Scholars program. All proceeds go to this worthy cause.
Attire for the evening is cocktail and ticket holders will be served cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres prior to the show's approximate 7:45 pm curtain.
“It is a blessing to be a part of the Emerald Eagle Scholars community, where its members inspire each other, every day. Most of my fellow scholars are first generation college students and this program is the reason they are here. With this program, we have an opportunity to make our world a better place.”
Derek L. Villarreal
Class of 2015
Meet Darryl Robinson: UNT Emerald Eagle Scholar
The Emerald Eagles in Costa Rica
The Emerald Eagle Scholars traveled to Costa Rica in the summer of 2010 to study "green" tourism. Explore their blog for more about their study-abroad experience.
Making Dreams Come True
Juan Carlos Franco ('10) wants to engineer a robot that can find life on other planets. Ashton Brielle Burton ('11), a first-generation college student, plans to pursue an M.B.A. and launch her own line of cocktail dresses. And Lauren Doxley ('10) is on her way to influencing the court system.
Learn how the Emerald Eagle Scholars program changed the lives of these recent graduates. Read full story in the North Texan