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Dallas approves gift

Property for the future University of North Texas at Dallas campus has been deeded to the UNT System thanks to a $3 million gift from the Dallas City Council in November and a donation from a private citizen.

Located four miles east of the UNT System Center at Dallas, the new campus will open when the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certifies that System Center enrollment has reached 2,500 full-time equivalent students for one semester, expected to occur by 2007. UNT at Dallas — the first public university within the Dallas city limits — can begin operations as a 259-acre, master-planned campus located just north of I-20 in southeast Oak Cliff near the intersection of Houston School Road and Camp Wisdom Road.

The UNT System will ask the 2003 Legislature to fund construction of the first building on the campus. With that approval, as well as the approval of the coordinating board, construction could begin in late 2004 or early 2005.

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TI property acquired

UNT purchased the Texas Instruments property in north Denton for $8.9 million in November. The nearly 300-acre property is about four miles from campus — close to the juncture of U.S. Highway 77 and Loop 288 east of I-35 — and comes with four interconnected two-story buildings of some 550,000 gross square feet. TI used the structure in the late 1980s and early '90s for light manufacturing.

UNT President Norval Pohl says the university can begin using classroom, laboratory, office and work space in the buildings by the beginning of the 2002-03 academic year, and the property will provide space for developing research facilities and expanding academic programs.

In initial planning, set to begin soon, the university will seek to re-allocate as much as 150,000 square feet of space on what is now the main campus by moving some administrative and support functions to the new facility.


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Bowl bound

From the humble beginnings of an 0-5 start, the Mean Green football team compiled an amazing five-game win streak throughout October and November to claim a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship and a spot in the inaugural New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 18. It was North Texas' first appearance in a bowl game since participating in the 1959 Sun Bowl.

It didn't come easily. The Mean Green had to rebound from a disappointing two-point loss in its first Sun Belt game Oct. 6 against Louisiana-Monroe and reel off consecutive victories over preseason favorite and eventual conference co-champion Middle Tennessee (24-21), Arkansas State (45-0), New Mexico State (22-20), Louisiana-Lafayette (42-17) and Idaho (50-27).

The New Orleans Bowl pitted the Mean Green against Colorado State University, the third selection from the Mountain West Conference. It was telecast live to a national audience by ESPN2.

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