Dear UNT family,

I'm proud to tell you that UNT is off to an exciting start for the 2011-12 academic year.

We had an historic summer during which we attracted more than $51 million in landmark gifts and sponsorships, including a $22 million gift that is the largest ever in UNT's history and a 20-year, $20 million naming sponsorship agreement for Apogee Stadium, UNT's new home for football and entertainment events.

These milestones are propelling us forward and will fuel our continued excellence. The gifts will foster student learning and faculty scholarship while furthering UNT's reputation for cutting-edge research and world-class arts and music.

There is progress at every turn from new buildings such as the Business Leadership Building to this year's freshman class, which is expected to be one of our largest and brightest.

UNT students are smart, focused and poised to do great things. And we promise to give them a superior education so that their time here is defined by excellence. It's what they deserve and it's how we will achieve our goal of growing as a major public research university offering the best undergraduate education in Texas.

Thank you for being a part of our success.

V. Lane Rawlins


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