2008 Alumni Awards
University awards were presented April 18 at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner, a long-standing university tradition that recognizes the outstanding achievement, service and support of UNT's alumni and friends. This year's honorees were:
Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
Given to individuals who have achieved prominence in their profession, thereby reflecting a positive image of UNT
Bill A. Nugent ('70 Ph.D.),who received his doctoral degree in musicology at North Texas, is former chancellor of the University of Arkansas. He has served as a consultant to colleges and universities across the United States as well as to the president and cabinet of Taiwan and the parliament of Brazil. He also has been a guest conductor for symphony orchestras such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. His musical compositions include the score of the drama Birthday in Venice, and he has made numerous recordings as a jazz pianist.
James A. Pawelczyk ('89 Ph.D.), physiologist at the Noll Physiological Research Center of Pennsylvania State University, received his doctorate in biology from UNT. He was one of two payload specialists to fly aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1998. The crew served as subjects and operators for experiments focusing on the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system. His research interests include neural control of the circulation, particularly skeletal muscle blood flow, as it is affected by exercise or spaceflight.
Mary K. Suhm ('74 M.S., '84 M.B.A.) earned her master's degrees from North Texas in library science and business. She is the city manager of Dallas and was named Woman of the Year by the Women's Council of Dallas County in 2006. Last year, she was named the North Texas Public Administrator of the Year by the North Texas chapter of the American Society for Public Administration for exemplifying the highest standard of public service. She also has worked as a librarian and public school teacher.
Wings of Eagles Lifetime Achievement Award
A one-time recognition of decades of outstanding support for the university and its students
Euline ('74 Ph.D.) and Horace Brock have supported UNT — particularly the College of Music, the College of Business Administration and athletics — with their time, expertise and financial resources. Euline earned a doctoral degree in history at UNT and led Denton as mayor from 2000 to 2006. Along the way, she held positions at UNT as lecturer, instructor and adjunct professor. Horace was a faculty member at UNT for more than 30 years. He served in the College of Business Administration as a distinguished professor and advisor, founded the university's Institute for Petroleum Accounting and was director of the Professional Development Institute.
Green Glory Award
Presented to individuals (not necessarily alumni) whose assistance to UNT has enabled the university to provide a margin of excellence in its endeavors
Joyce E. Duesman ('77) graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in food science. She is senior manager of industry relations at PepsiCo Inc. and has been chair of the Board of Governors of UNT's School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management.
Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Service Award
Given to individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT
Phillip I. Glauben ('76, '78 M.Ed.), salesman for Komar Alliance in Dallas, received his bachelor's degree in personnel and industrial relations and a master of education degree. He has been on the North Texas Exes Board of Directors since 2000 and is also on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Holocaust Museum.
Harvey L. Zimmerman ('70, '72 M.B.A.) is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting at UNT's College of Business Administration and earned two business degrees at North Texas. He is a lifetime member of the UNT President's Council and an advisory board member of UNT's Professional Leadership Program.
Ulys Knight Spirit Award
Given to an alumnus, alumna or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family; named for Ulys Knight ('28), who was on North Texas' championship basketball team of the early '20s, was named the most popular man on campus and later was known as "Mr. North Texas" for his participation in alumni activities
Chuck Fuller ('67, '79 M.P.A.) has been the assistant vice president for business services at UNT since 2002 and the advisor to Alpha Phi Omega fraternity since 1987.
From left, Alice Masciarelli, Joe Roy and Martha Len Nelson ('50)
The College of Music Community Support Council began as an advisory council more than 10 years ago. Members contribute scholarship donations and hold receptions for new music faculty and guest musicians.
Presented 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
Emily Pulley ('95 M.M.) earned a master's degree in voice and opera performance at UNT and is now a principal soprano artist for the Metropolitan Opera. She has performed in more than 150 operas, including lead roles in Faust and I Pagliacci. In 1992, Pulley received the UNT Outstanding Graduate Student in Voice award.
Billy R. Harper ('65) graduated from North Texas with a bachelor's degree in music. He is an internationally known performing jazz artist, a composer and music instructor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. Harper twice received the International Critics Award for tenor saxophone in 1974 and 1975.
G. Frank Lawlis ('62, '65 M.Ed.), former professor of psychology at UNT, is now the chief content and oversight advisor to the Dr. Phil Show in Los Angeles. He is the author of several books, including The Stress Answer: A Psycho-Plasticity Approach to Training the Brain, The ADD Answer and The IQ Answer, both New York Times best-sellers.