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UNT Insider | April 2007 Issue

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President's Note

President Gretchen M. Bataille

President Bataille has the university's medallion placed around her neck by Chancellor Emeritus and President Emeritus Alfred F. Hurley and former President Norval F. Pohl. The medallion, a symbol of the Office of the President, has a silver link engraved with the name and dates of service for each former university president or president/chancellor.

Dear Alum,

I was truly honored to be ceremonially installed as UNT's 14th president this month at my inauguration, which gave our university community the perfect opportunity to showcase our many areas of excellence and raise money for need-based undergraduate scholarships. I owe a debt of gratitude to so many of you who showed your green pride by participating in the events, sending congratulatory notes or making scholarship donations.

Because of our supporters' generosity and dedication, I am pleased to announce the creation of two new endowed funds that total about $450,000 for student financial support.

UNT's new Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which will aid UNT's academically talented, first-time freshmen who have high financial needs, already contains about $350,000 that was raised through ticket sales and sponsorships from the inaugural ball. This means we will be able to give financial support beginning in Fall 2007 to about 400 incoming freshmen, who also will be engaged in the richness of university life through programs aimed at ensuring their success.

In addition, a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund - the Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw Scholarship Fund - was created to benefit graduates of the Happy Hill Farm Academy who will attend UNT. This fund was made possible because of the generosity of academy supporters and was named in honor of Dr. Phil, a proud alum who is dedicated to the academy's cause.

I am committed to ensuring that both of these endowments grow and provide long-term affordable access to the many talented students who need financial help to achieve their higher education goals at UNT.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


Our condolences to Virginia Tech

Our condolences to Virginia Tech
As I continue to learn more about the sad and tragic events unfolding at Virginia Tech, my heart goes out to the victims and their families and to the members of the university campus family who are deeply shaken by the worst shooting in the nation's history. I also want to assure you that our university is committed to doing everything we can to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible. This is why I have ordered an immediate assessment and update of our existing plans, as well as of the communication tools we use to provide information to our campus community - students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends.

Murphy Enterprise Center

Participate in our Alumni Directory
Many of you likely received one of the more than 150,000 letters sent to our active alumni, asking that you participate in our UNT Alumni Directory. I want to encourage each of you to take a moment to dig out that letter and visit www.MurphyEnterpriseCenter.com to update your information so you can be included in this important directory. While there is a nominal fee to access the directory once it is complete ($15 for online access and $25 for a printed copy and online access to recover the production costs), the directory will be a useful tool in helping all of our university alumni reconnect with former classmates and friends. It also will help your colleges, schools and departments reach out to even more of their alumni. The deadline to submit your information is May 25 and the directories are expected to be completed this summer. If you did not receive a letter or you know of a fellow alum who did not receive a letter, please contact the Murphy Enterprise Center at MurphyCenter@unt.edu or (940) 565-2848.

McConnell Tower

Moving Forward: UNT develops new graduate tuition support programs
One of my top priorities is ensuring that UNT does the best job possible at granting access to top quality graduate students, who provide extremely important research contributions and assistance in our laboratories and classrooms. For this reason, I applaud the strides of the Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies in implementing three premier programs for funding graduate tuition. The programs will provide some level of tuition support beginning in Fall 2007 for all UNT graduate students who meet basic qualifications. Offering this graduate funding strengthens UNT's competitiveness in luring the best-quality scholars to our campus, which ultimately will help us to gain ever-increasing prominence across the state, nation and globe.

State of Tommorow

PBS documentary series features UNT's groundbreaking work
I hope you will tune into an ongoing PBS series, which will include three episodes that feature our university's groundbreaking accomplishments and societal contributions. The series, airing on all of Texas' PBS stations, will feature the innovative work of forensic anthropologist Harrell Gill-King, economist Bernard Weinstein and the UNT Jazz Studies Division. The episodes featuring UNT will air May 14, May 28 and June 4. Check your local PBS listings to learn the times. You can learn more about the project, which is directed by former student Mat Hames, at www.stateoftomorrow.com or sign up to receive an e-mail reminder before each UNT episode airs in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

Brian Richardson

Faculty Focus: Brian Richardson
Brian Richardson, assistant professor of communication studies and instructor of communication consulting, led the way for 10 of his master's students to provide a free service to women who are escaping abusive situations. Dr. Richardson's students applied what they learned in class to conduct workshops to teach interpersonal communication skills to clients of The Ladder Alliance, a nonprofit organization in Fort Worth that prepares formerly abused women for job searches. Dr. Richardson is providing practical hands-on training for his students that enables them to become lifelong learners and critical thinkers while also helping provide a critical community service.

University Mace

UNT Traditions: University Mace
At the inaugural ceremony, I was honored to receive the official university mace. The mace, the traditional symbol of the authority held by a university president, was designed by Harlan Butt, a UNT art professor, and crafted by graduate students Mark Herndon, Masumi Kataoka, Noppakamol Pimolket and Diana Ramirez. The 34-inch-long mace is sculpted of polished walnut, enriched by silver and green enamel bands. Its rounded head of green-enameled silver and copper is inset with a silver-plated bronze medallion replica of the official seal of the university. Atop the mace is a stunning silver eagle to represent our mascot. This is a beautifully crafted symbol of our university's important legacy and rich history.

UNT Brand

Featured Link: Matching Gifts
Since so many of you recently have given money for scholarships, I wanted to make sure you know about our Matching Gifts program. This program, which helps our alumni and supporters interested in making donations determine if their employer will match their gift, is an easy way to help our university increase gift donations for department needs or scholarships - at no additional cost to you or your alma mater. The wonderful thing is that your gift could be doubled, or even tripled in some cases, depending on your employer's match. You can check to see if your employer matches gifts at http://www.matchinggifts.com/unt/.

North Texas Exes

Exes strive to help you get your green easier
I hope you'll help the North Texas Exes in their important crusade to get more UNT merchandise in stores so that you - and numerous other North Texas fans - can more easily find and purchase UNT green. The Exes want each of us - including you and me - to begin asking store managers and buyers to carry UNT licensed products. This is an important first step in ensuring our shade of green lines just as many store shelves as the all-too-familiar burnt orange and maroon.

April 2007

At a Glance

Our condolences to Virginia Tech

Participate in our Alumni Directory

Moving Forward: UNT develops new graduate tuition support programs

PBS documentary series features groundbreaking work at UNT

Faculty Focus: Brian Richardson

UNT Traditions: University Mace

Featured Link: Matching Gifts

Exes strive to help you get your green easier

Don't Forget!

You can visit UNT's Sky Theater each Saturday this summer for "Cosmic Strips," a show that takes a look at the astronomy facts presented in newspaper comic strips.


Four UNT students - Yieu Chyan, Amelia Lin, Monica Lu and Wenqui "Jack" Wang - were named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, earning UNT the distinction of having more Goldwater scholars than any other Texas college or university for the third year in a row.

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