North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

I hope you didn't miss the news coverage from our Discover UNT event, where we launched our updated brand. Our brand – the words, symbols, colors, ideas and emotions that express our university's personality – will set us apart from our competitors and help define UNT in the minds of others.

As a member of the UNT family, you know firsthand that the concept behind our new tagline – discover the power of ideas – lives deep within our classrooms, research labs and concert halls. You've experienced the power of ideas at UNT and know where that power can take you. This branding campaign is our continued effort to make that common knowledge throughout the state, nation and world.

To learn more about our branding, try this fun crossword puzzle (requires Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader). Not only will it remind you of some of our favorite UNT traditions, it will help you learn some of the new phrases we'll be using to build UNT pride, like "It's smart to be green," "Brilliantly green" and "Growing greener."

Finally, because I want to be sure our alums are the first to sport our new gear, I'll be mailing out lots of free items over time. To start, I'm going to make it easy for you. Just drop me a line with your mailing address at, and I'll send the first 50 responders some cool merchandise.

It's important that our reputation match the quality of our programs, and branding will help us achieve that. This is your university, and I hope you'll join me in spreading the word about the power of ideas at UNT. To see the new look and learn about our messages, visit

Until next time,



April 2005

Help new graduates by sharing advice

The vote is in

Steel testing lab coming to UNT

Law school update

Need financial advice? You've got it.

Cool link of the month:
Alaskan 'Grouch'

How many students make up the Green Brigade Marching Band?

Come hear some MoUNTain music


Help new graduates with words of wisdom
College graduation is one of life's major milestones. Last year, many of you offered great, "real-world" advice to those about to cross the stage. I'm hoping that you'll once again don your thinking caps and share your world experience with our soon-to-be graduates. Whether it's which clever phrase will best fit on their mortarboards or best practices for acing the all-important job interviews, I'd like to hear what you'd tell this crop of UNT graduates. Click on the link below to share your advice.

Homecoming vote tallied
I want to extend a big "thank you" to all who took the time to vote for the 2005 Homecoming theme. More than 1,500 ballots were cast to choose the winning theme, North Texas "Hold ‘em" – Play to Win. I was excited to hear from so many of you and hope you'll join me in the stands Oct. 29.  To learn more about how the vote played out, visit the link below.

Steel testing lab coming to UNT
I'm proud to share that the College of Engineering and NUCONSTEEL™, a Nucor Corp. company, signed a partnership agreement that will allow for the establishment of a light gauge steel testing laboratory in our Department of Engineering Technology. NUCONSTEEL is the second commercial enterprise to form a partnership with UNT at our Research Park. Last November, NanoHoldings LLC signed an exclusive license agreement with the university to jointly form NanoStar Inc. to commercialize patent-pending, UNT-developed nanotechnology focusing on energy storage and release. These partnerships mean increased funding and awareness for the research endeavors at UNT. To learn more, click the link below.

UNT System one step closer to a law school
In case you missed the recent news stories, I wanted you to know that the Texas Senate gave the green light to our proposal for a UNT law school. That means the UNT System is one step closer to obtaining approval for a public law school in downtown Dallas. Now, it's up to the lawmakers in the state's House. I'm eagerly awaiting their decision and will keep you posted. To learn more about our efforts, visit the link below.

Got a financial plan? Need one?
If you're like most people, including myself, you occasionally wonder (continually dream?) about what you'll be doing upon retirement. You also probably worry if you'll have enough money in the bank to enjoy those golden years. That's why the UNT Financial Services Center in the College of Business Administration recently expanded a consumer education web site to help investors understand their finances and begin personal financial planning. The site also includes information about auto and homeowners insurance and news about the Texas insurance industry. To learn more, visit

Cool link of the month: Soar into this Eagle Tale
Check out the eagle photos shot by Dan Reeder, who played football for North Texas from 1980 to 1984. He's been a police officer with the Anchorage Police Department in Alaska for 16 years and spends his spare time taking photographs of Alaskan wildlife and scenery. Click the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: How many students make up the Green Brigade Marching Band?

a. 75
b. 185
c. 290


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Come hear some MoUNTain music
Join the North Texas Exes for a summer retreat to the MoUNTain Music Institute to hear performances by UNT music students and faculty July 29 through Aug. 2 in Crested Butte, Colo. In addition to attending the Crested Butte Music Festival, travelers will get an opportunity to hike, raft, sightsee and shop. Reservations must be made by June 10. To learn more, e -mail or call (940) 565-2834. To learn about other fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit To read about the institute, visit

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