North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval PohlDear Alum,

I am continually awed by the knowledge, creativity and talent that our North Texas alums demonstrate.

Just take a look at some of the high-profile awards our graduates have received within the past few weeks:

  • Eric Gay, who earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism in 1990 and now works for the Associated Press. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography for his multifaceted coverage of the human suffering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city.
  • Jordan Case, a former UNT quarterback who earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film in 1981 and is now president of Park Place Lexus in Plano. His dealership was one of six businesses nationwide to receive the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
  • Lyneille Meza, who earned her bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies and elementary education in 1995. She is a nominee for the U.S. Presidential Award for Math for her outstanding work as an eighth-grade math teacher at Denton's Strickland Middle School.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry, who earned his bachelor's in English in 1958. He and co-writer Diana Ossana won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the screenplay of the movie Brokeback Mountain.

My congratulations to these fine examples of UNT degrees at work. To learn about other fabulous alums, I encourage you to visit



April 2006


Mean Green Night
at the Ballpark

UNT's leading research

Alumnus donates $50,000 for scholarship

Students compete in international competition

Professor creates
3-D online learning environments

Cool link of the month:
Ask a Librarian

In what year did North Texas adopt green as the school color?

Your favorite Exes merchandise on sale now


Mean Green Night at the Ballpark
You're invited to join our UNT community for a night of baseball and $1 hot dogs May 3 at Mean Green Night with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers will take on the Baltimore Orioles beginning at 7:05 p.m. at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. Tickets are $7 each for 200-level seats (instead of $23) or $2 each for 300-level seats (instead of $14). Tickets can be purchased through the Mean Green Ticket Office through April 28 by calling (940) 565-2527 or (800) UNT-2366. Visit to view a seating map of the field.

UNT's leading research in VoIP technology
Ram Dantu, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is leading an important three-year multi-university project — funded by multiple National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $600,000 — that will examine how vulnerable Voice-over Internet Protocol technology is to computer spammers and hackers. VoIP turns audio signals (like telephone calls) into digital information that can be distributed or transmitted via the Internet. To learn more, click the link below.

Alumnus donates $50,000 to endow scholarship
We owe alumnus Sam Laney a collective "thank you" for donating $50,000 to the College of Education for an endowed scholarship in memory of his wife, Maydell Matthews Laney, a first-grade teacher and daughter of a former North Texas president. The scholarship will provide funding for undergraduate students who plan to teach early childhood through eighth grade. To learn more, click the link below.

Students compete in international competition
I know the Texas Codeboys, a three-person team of computer programming students from the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, represented UNT and the United States well at the 6th International 24-Hour Programming Contest April 21-23 in Budapest, where they came in at 14th place. The team, one of 30 from around the world to qualify, is the first American team to advance to the final round. Read more at the link below.

Professor creates 3-D online learning environments
For those of you who enrolled in (or are thinking of enrolling in) online courses, you'll appreciate the work Greg Jones is doing. Dr. Jones, assistant professor of technology and cognition, co-developed technology that uses the same graphics interface found in video games to create 3-D online learning environments that give distance learning students the feeling of walking into the classroom and interacting face-to-face with their classmates and instructors.
To learn more, click the link below.

Cool link of the month: Ask a Librarian
Do you have a question that keeps you up at night? Perhaps you wonder what day your fellow North Texans attended Freshman Orientation in 1963 or how to best search for an article or book on a particular research topic? I suggest you ask a UNT librarian. The service, which is available seven days a week, allows you to e-mail or chat online with one of our very knowledgeable librarians. To learn more about this service, visit

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: In what year did North Texas adopt green as the school color?

a. 1893
b. 1903
c. 1913

d. 1923


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Get your Exes merchandise now
The North Texas Exes have once again put their
merchandise on sale. Stop by the Alumni Center in the Gateway Building, 801 North Texas Blvd., to check out all of their old and new merchandise clearance items. To learn more about prices and merchandise, visit the Exes' online store. To learn about fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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