Fred Thomas, professor of technology and cognition, died Feb. 11
at Denton Community Hospital. He had worked at UNT since 1963. He
was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Tucson, Ariz. He received a bachelor's
degree from Peru State College and master's and doctoral degrees
in educational administration from the University of Arizona. He
served in the Army Counter-Intelligence Corps from 1952 to 1954.
UNT he had served as president of the Faculty Senate and at one
time was chair of the department of education. He was currently
serving as program coordinator for the educational research program.
The L. Fred Thomas Memorial Scholarship will be given to graduate
students who are public school teachers, providing assistance to
those who want to further their education and remain in the teaching
was a member of several professional associations, including the
Texas Association of Teacher Educators, the Texas Association of
College Teachers and Phi Delta Kappa, which he had served as chapter
president, chapter delegate and area coordinator.
athletic director named
University of Southern Mississippi Associate Athletic Director Rick
Villarreal was named UNT's new athletic director during a news conference
on campus Wednesday, April 5.
comes to UNT after serving three years as associate athletic director
at the University of Southern Mississippi. Before moving into administration
there, Villarreal was a football coach and football administrator
from 1988 to 1997.
brings more than coaching experience with him to UNT. While at Southern
Miss, he served as a leading force in major gift fundraising. He
initiated the Circle of Champions, a group of donors that pledges
at least $100,000 each —
which now stands at 48 members. He also spearheaded a fundraising
effort that has resulted in the commitment of more than $8 million,
leading to the construction of a new athletic center, a new baseball
clubhouse and a women's softball stadium.
the past three years, the University of Southern Mississippi's Golden
Eagle football team advanced to four consecutive bowl games, the
men's basketball team tied for the Conference USA regular season
title and advanced to the NIT this season, and the women's softball
program advanced to the NCAA College World Series each of the past
the press conference, University of North Texas President Norval
Pohl spoke about Villarreal's qualifications and why he attracted
Villarreal brings exceptionally relevant experience to the AD position
at UNT," Pohl said. "His initial career in business combined
financial expertise with customer service and a bottom-line orientation;
his work as an assistant coach, as director of football operations,
and more recently his very successful efforts in building student,
alumni and community support for intercollegiate athletics is exactly
what made him so attractive to UNT."
spoke about his vision for the future of UNT athletics.
goal is to be at the top of the Sun Belt Conference in everything
we do," he said. "The location of the school, the quality
of student-athletes in the Metroplex and throughout the state of
Texas, and the large number of alumni in the area are among the
reasons for our potential for success."
joining the coaching staff at Southern Miss, Villarreal served as
director of football operations and assistant athletic director
at Texas Christian University from 1995 to 1997 for Coach Pat Sullivan.
1991 to 1995, he served on the coaching staff of Curly Hallman at
Louisiana State University, where he started as tight ends coach
and moved up to director of football operations and recruiting coordinator.
43-year-old is a native of Gulfport, Miss., and a 1975 graduate
of St. John High School. He received his bachelor's degree in coach
and sports/administration from the University of Southern Mississippi
in 1989. Rick and his wife D'Lynn are the parents of three children
— Kimberly (20), Justin (17)
and Tony (13).
announcement ends a four-month nationwide search for an athletic
director, following the Nov. 22 resignation of Craig Helwig.
basketball player dies
Wright, a 6-8 forward, died on Friday, March 9, at a hospital in
Minneapolis, Minn. He was diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer
on Feb. 1.
was a native of Brooklyn Park, Minn. He transferred to UNT from
Garden City Community College in Kansas last year. He played in
nine games at UNT.
was the son of Marcellus and Earnestine Wright and is survived by
two sisters, Regina Kittrell and Denise Richards, and a brother,
approve recreation center
in October 2000, UNT students voted to approve the construction
of a new recreation center at the Denton campus.
approval by the Texas Legislature, the center will open for faculty,
staff, students and alumni during the fall semester of 2003.
the exact size and location of the building have not been determined,
the center will have a health club atmosphere. It will have a climbing
wall, basketball and volleyball courts and an indoor track.
center will house rooms for aerobics, martial arts and yoga. It
will also have outdoor party decks with sand volleyball courts,
as well as two indoor pools —
one for leisure and one for exercise.
November, the Board of Regents selected F&S Partners of Dallas as
architect for the center. The new center's construction is scheduled
to begin the spring semester of 2002.
staff and alumni will be able to use the facilities for an annual
or per-semester fee, which will be competitive with local fitness
centers, says Sue Delmark, assistant dean and director of recreational
it passes, new legislation proposed by state Sen. Royce West and
state Rep. Jesse Jones will change the state's definition of the
UNT System by legally establishing a University of North Texas at
legislation will provide UNT with the authority and time to plan
the establishment of the first four-year public institution in the
city of Dallas during the next decade.
call for UNT-Dallas to be in the southern sector of the city, where
it will serve residents of southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties.
operations of the UNT System Center at Dallas, an extension of UNT-Denton,
will not be affected. This spring, the center began its third long
semester with 574 students enrolled in 20 different academic programs.
Projections show that 750 students will be taking classes in Fall
2001. Increases are expected to continue until enrollment reaches
5,000 in 2007.
President Norval F. Pohl gave the following speech at the student-sponsored
"Moving Forward Together" Unity Rally on campus Feb. 7:
I want to thank the students who organized this rally. Your deep
concern, your civility of action and your passion to create an atmosphere
of healing and unity make me extremely proud to be the president
of this university.
support of today's theme of "Moving Forward Together,"
I want to emphasize two elements that are critically important to
the future of our university
unity and diversity.
realize our aspirations for the University of North Texas to become
an even greater university, we need both.
already is a great university. Our university family
students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni
reflects diverse backgrounds, cultures, faiths and ideas. To achieve
unity, we must create a culture here that values the many backgrounds,
perspectives and life experiences of the individuals who make up
of our individual differences, UNT is a factor that unites us because
our relationship to the university is something we all have in common.
collective diversity must be counted among our university's greatest
assets and become a point of pride.
must each accept responsibility for our role in achieving unity
and we must each begin by listening with respect and open hearts
when other members share their ideas, passions and beliefs.
must also speak respectfully, show sensitivity and promote civility
in our interactions.
our viewpoints differ, we must engage each other in constructive
dialogue that focuses on the issues. However, in addressing issues,
we must never lose sight of the value of the persons who are expressing
other beliefs about the issues.
your part to create an environment that promotes dialogue. It is
through dialogue that we clear up misinformation and misconceptions
to break through to the truth. It is through sharing that we grow.
I came to UNT in January of 1999, and especially since I became
president last October, many people have helped me to shape my vision
by sharing their hopes, thoughts and ideas. I am extremely grateful
for that level of communication. Please keep it up, because I assure
you, I intend to keep listening.
believe communication and relationship building are two essential
elements we must have to strengthen the sense of community at our
urge all of you who are here because you care about our university
to work toward determining achievable and measurable goals that
will assure a future where the University of North Texas will thrive
due to both its unity and its diversity.
portion of our work has already begun. I began meeting with faculty,
staff and the leaders of concerned student organizations last fall.
I will continue those meetings and will expand the number of participants.
learned a great deal about student concerns in my "Let's Talk" meetings
in the fall semester. Now, I hope to see more student participation
in those sessions this spring.
we must go even further. My charge to all members of the UNT community
is that they seek active and accountable roles in a universitywide
effort to build commitment to the unity of our campus and pride
in our diversity.
the end of this semester, I would like to see our commitment of
today evolve into a written compact of achievable and measurable
the next few weeks, you will be hearing more from me about how we
will work together to develop this compact.
the welfare and future greatness of our university, we must sustain
momentum begun with this symbolic unity rally. However, a rally
in and of itself will not bring about change. We will not stop here.
the enthusiasm of this rally to your friends, classmates and coworkers.
Engage them in substantive dialogue to develop more concrete ideas
about how we will increase diversity and achieve unity through improved
communication and concentrated efforts in the area of relationship
building. It is not a question of "if we will do it" but "how we
will do it."
can begin sending ideas to me immediately.
want to close by telling you again that you make me extremely proud
to be the president of the University of North Texas.
the town of Addison decided to create an annual jazz festival, it
knew one thing — it wanted
the UNT jazz studies program to guide its artistic decisions.
North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison debuts April 3-8 with a lineup
of major guest artists as well as UNT faculty and student performers.
Headliners include Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, James Moody, Christian
McBride, Marvin Stamm and the One O'Clock Lab Band. The Town of
Addison Endowed Scholarship in Jazz at UNT was created as a result
of the partnership.
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