and friends honored at annual awards dinner April 12
to individuals who have achieved prominence in their profession,
thereby reflecting a positive image of UNT
A. 'Tony' Altermann
('65, '68 M.S.) of Dallas is president and co-owner of Altermann
& Morris Galleries, which is based in Dallas and has locations
in Houston; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Hilton Head, S.C. He is active
on the advisory council for the Communities Foundation of
Texas, the board of directors for Uptown Inc. Public Improvement
District, the advisory board for the Dallas Visual Arts Center
and the board of directors for the Cowboy Artists of America
Museum. He is a member of the UNT President's Council and
serves on the Chief Executive Roundtable for the UNT Professional
Development Institute and the advisory board for the UNT Department
of Dance and Theatre Arts. He earned a bachelor of science
degree in education and a master of science degree in drama
('74 Ph.D.) of Denton has served as the mayor of Denton since
2000. A former history professor at Texas Woman's University,
she first became active in Denton politics when she was named
to the Denton Planning and Zoning Commission in 1985. She
served on the Denton City Council from 1992 to 1998 and was
chair of Denton's Blue Ribbon Capital Improvement Program
Committee before being elected mayor. At UNT, Brock has served
as president of the Friends of UNT Libraries and was on the
dean's search committee for the UNT College of Music and on
the UNT Centennial Executive Committee. She is currently on
the Capital Campaign Committee for the College of Music and
the UNT Chancellor's Search Advisory Committee. Brock is also
a life member of the UNT President's Council. She received
her doctoral degree in history from UNT.
('49) of Mount Bethel, Pa., was the music director of the
innovative Schoolhouse Rock television series from 1973 to
1985 and is a prominent jazz musician. In addition to supervising
the audio production for Schoolhouse Rock, Dorough wrote and
performed many of the show's most memorable songs, including
"Conjunction Junction" and "Three is a Magic
Number." He earned his bachelor of music degree in composition
from UNT and promptly migrated to New York, studying at Columbia
University and immersing himself in the New York jazz scene
of the 1950s. Dorough performed and recorded with such jazz
legends as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker in their heyday.
He has released several critically acclaimed albums of his
own, including 1966's seminal Just About Everything. He now
enjoys teaching music at a university near his home.
('41) of Nashville, Tenn., is the retired chair of the Department
of Communication at David Lipscomb University in Nashville.
A Dallas native, Ellis received his bachelor's degree in government
from UNT. He was president of his freshman and senior classes,
president of Pi Phi Pi fraternity and a debate team member.
He earned master's and doctoral degrees in speech from Louisiana
State University and became a professor of speech and communication
at David Lipscomb in 1949. He directed the debate team, which
won five Tennessee state championships in the 1960s and captured
the Western Kentucky championship. He retired from David Lipscomb
in 1989. He also had a long career as a minister in Church
of Christ congregations, beginning in 1937 when he was a student
at Dallas' Sunset High School. He served as a senior minister
at churches in Richardson and Justin, Texas; Baton Rouge,
La.; and Nashville.
('85 Ed.D.) of Irving is superintendent for the Carrollton-Farmers
Branch Independent School District. She served on UNT's "Front-edge"
Superintendent's Committee and the UNT Superintendent's Council.
She is the president of Urban Superintendents of America and
was appointed as a member of the State Board of Educator Certification
by then Texas Gov. George W. Bush. She is also a member of
the Governance Committee for the Texas Commissioner of Education
and serves on the Harvard University Advisory Council for
Superintendent Training. She is chair-elect of the Farmers
Branch Chamber of Commerce and serves on the RHD Hospital
Board of Trustees in Dallas. She received her doctoral degree
in administrative leadership from UNT.
of Santa Fe, N.M., and New York City is a soprano with the
New York Metropolitan Opera. She joined the Metropolitan Opera
in 1995 and has performed a number of leading roles with the
company, including Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi and
Musetta in La Boheme, Antonia in Les Contes D'Hoffman
and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes. She is scheduled
to perform Blanche in Les Dialogues Des Carmelites.
Other future engagements include performances in Milan and
Genoa, Italy; Paris; Sydney, Australia; New York; Chicago;
Santa Fe and San Francisco. She has performed in a number
of concerts with leading conductors - including James Leaven
with the Metropolitan Opera during the Three Tenors Gala -
and has performed leading roles in major opera houses around
the world. She received her bachelor of music degree in voice
performance from UNT.
to individuals - not necessarily UNT alumni - whose assistance
to UNT has enabled the university to provide a margin of excellence
in its endeavors
'Mike' and Jean Boney
of Flower Mound and Vernon and Wilma Jordan of Colleyville
sold the Dallas City Council approximately 200 acres in the
Interstate 20 corridor of southern Dallas through the MBJH
Corp. in November 2001. The land, located near the intersection
of Houston School Road and Camp Wisdom Road, was given to
the UNT System for development of the planned UNT at Dallas
campus. The Boneys own Site Concrete Inc. in Irving; Matbon
Inc., a contracting company in Seagoville; and Dallas Materials
Inc. Vernon Jordan owns DFW Contractors, and Wilma Jordan
is the founder of Jordan Paving Corp. in Irving.
('35, '39) of Grapevine and Colleyville received bachelor's
degrees in music and music education from UNT and taught music
in St. Jo and Sherman. She also is a former investment banker
who is a member of the American Bankers Association and Texas
Bankers Association. She is a super majority owner of stock
and director and chair of the board of the First National
Bank of Grapevine. She was elected Citizen of the Year in
Grapevine in 2000 and was nominated for the 2002 Citizen of
the Year in Colleyville. In addition, the Baylor Hospital
Grapevine Women's Center was named in her honor. A life member
of the UNT President's Council, Box is represented on the
Wall of Honor at UNT, having endowed the Cecelia Cunningham
Box Music Scholarship.
and Bette Sherman
of Denton are owners of Sherman Enterprises. At UNT, they
are members of the UNT College of Arts and Sciences advisory
and development board and capital campaign executive committee.
They are also life members of the UNT President's Council.
Bob Sherman is the retired president and chief operating officer
of First Colonial Bankshares Corp. and has served on the boards
of Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home, Denton Community
Theatre and Denton Housing Authority and on the United Way
of Denton County's CARE Committee. Bette Sherman is First
Colonial's retired senior vice president and has served on
the boards of the Greater Denton Arts Council, the History
Park Foundation of Denton County and the United Way of Denton
County. She is president-elect of the Denton Benefit League.
to individuals who never attended UNT but have exhibited outstanding
devotion and service to the university
of Dallas has served as Dallas County judge since 1987. From
1977 to 1986 he represented Dallas County in the Texas House
of Representatives. As chair of the Dallas County Juvenile
Board, he has led efforts to improve juvenile justice services.
He guided the creation of the Alternative Education Program
for youth expelled from the school districts within Dallas
County and a new charter school for youth in Dallas County
facilities. In 1991, he proposed that Dallas County acquire
the Dallas North Tollway from the state of Texas and later
led the legislative effort that established the North Texas
Tollway Authority. He played a key role as an advocate for
the UNT System Center at Dallas and the planned UNT at Dallas
of Richardson is former chief financial officer for Mercury
Motors Outboard and a retired accountant and business manager.
He established a scholarship at UNT as a memorial to his wife,
Frankie Martin Montgomery ('51), an elementary school teacher
in the Dallas Independent School District who spent most of
her career as a special education instructor. The scholarship
provides financial assistance for students in teacher education.
He also recently pledged $750,000 to establish the John D.
and Frankie E. Montgomery Scholarship in special education.
He is a life member of the UNT President's Council.
of Lewisville has been an accounting professor in the UNT
College of Business Administration since 1960. From 1973 to
1999, he served as the founding director and president of
UNT's Professional Development Institute, a not-for-profit
education corporation specializing in continuing education
and certification for business professionals. In 1961, he
became the first person to obtain a doctorate in accounting
from the University of Arkansas. Currently on modified retirement,
he is the author of four accounting textbooks and serves on
the board of directors of several Metroplex businesses and
Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Service Award
to individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service
('86 M.B.A.) of Dallas is senior vice president and chief
financial officer of Snelling Personnel Services. He received
a master of business administration in finance from UNT. He
is a lifetime member of the North Texas Exes and currently
serves on the UNT President's Council and the College of Business
Administration Advisory Board. Other honors include his listing
in Marquis' Who's Who in Finance and Industry and inclusion
in the UNT College of Business Administration's Hall of Honor.
Snelling provides the facilities and other assistance for
the UNT Executive M.B.A. program.
to individuals who have given extraordinary service and support
to UNT either in enhancing its reputation or in helping the
university to accomplish its mission
('78) of Dallas is a state district judge presiding over Dallas'
Criminal District Court No. 4. Creuzot, who received his bachelor's
degree in philosophy from UNT, became the youngest criminal
judge in Dallas County when he was appointed in 1991, at age
33. He was elected to the post the following year and was
re-elected in 1996. He is also the project director for the
Dallas Initiative for Expedited Rehabilitation and Treatment
(DIVERT), a program that allows first-time, nonviolent offenders
who are drug addicts to go into immediate treatment instead
of waiting to have their cases presented to a judge. Creuzot
received his law degree from Southern Methodist University.
He is a member of the UNT President's Council, and a scholarship
in his name provides $1,000 annually to an undergraduate philosophy
('71 M.Ed.) of Nacogdoches is president of Stephen F. Austin
State University. He received his master's degree in secondary
education from UNT and a doctoral degree from Harvard University.
Before being named Stephen F. Austin president last year,
he had served as president of the University of Southern Colorado
and provost of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.
He is a member of the board of visitors of Air University
and a board member of American Humanics Inc. He also serves
on the boards of the Society for the Advancement of Management,
the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp. and the East Texas
GEAR UP Project. He served as honorary president of Weifang
University in the Shandong Province of China in 2001.
late Tom Haywood ('63 M.S.) of
Wichita Falls represented District 30, including a portion
of Denton County, as a state senator from 1995 to 2001. He
received his master's degree in physics from UNT and earned
a doctoral degree from the University of Alberta. While at
North Texas, he served as a teaching assistant and instructor
in the physics department. At Midwestern State University
in Wichita Falls he served as director of university affairs
and associate professor of physics. In the late '70s he left
the education field to become executive vice president of
North Texas Oil and Gas Association. Despite an ongoing battle
with a Parkinson's-like disease, he was acknowledged by his
colleagues as an able leader and a key player in his last
legislative session. He died at his home in Wichita Falls
on July 12, 2001.
Knight Spirit Award
to an alumnus, alumna or group that has made noteworthy efforts
to sustain spirit among the UNT family. Named for a 1928 graduate
who was also a member of the North Texas championship basketball
team and was also known as "Mr. North Texas"
('84, '85 M.S.) is director of parks and community services
and general manager of the Texas Star Golf Course and Conference
Centre in Euless. He received his bachelor's and master's
degrees in recreation and leisure studies from UNT. He was
a member of the UNT Recreation and Leisure Studies Advisory
Board from 1994 to 2000 and currently serves on the board
of directors for the North Texas Exes. He also is a member
of the UNT President's Council and the Mean Green Club. Herold
founded the Don C. Bailey Scholarship and the Julia Wakeley
Scholarship in the UNT Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion