North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

I hope each of you received my Insider alert a few days ago and weren't surprised when the media announced Texas Wesleyan University's decision to keep its law school. Rest assured, the UNT System continues to move forward to establish the first public law school in North Texas -- an area underserved in legal education, according to a recent study by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

UNT students already are fierce challengers in moot court proceedings. This year the UNT Moot Court Squad took second place at the Baylor University Law School tournament and first place at the Texas Wesleyan tournament -- in addition to winning Best Overall Speaker awards. Way to go! 

In old news: The Homecoming votes are tallied, and the winner is (drum roll, please) "Mean Green Back On The Scene." Thanks to all who participated in February's survey. I was pleased with the volume of voting and hope that you already have marked your calendars with the Oct. 18 Homecoming date.  

Until next time,



April 2003

UNT wants to hear
your news

Outstanding alumni

UNT students become national scholars

U.S. News and World Report rankings

SARS and the
emerging field of
medical geography

UNT cool link of the
month: UNT
Albino Squirrel

The name of the
first yearbook



Call for Class Notes
Like you, I just received the spring copy of The North Texan. One of my favorite sections in each issue is Class Notes. I enjoy reading about the personal and professional milestones our alumni achieve -- from new jobs and promotions to unusual occupations and pastimes. Please consider sharing your news at the form below, and I'll soon be reading about you, too.

Alumni back on campus
I was delighted to personally meet North Texas alumni, friends and supporters April 11 on Alumni Appreciation Day. At lunch and at dinner, I had the opportunity to welcome and present awards to outstanding individuals who represented the breadth of disciplines and interests on our campus. Please help me congratulate the exemplary individuals listed here.

Students make news
Did you know that for the third year in a row, UNT has had more students named Goldwater Scholars than any other Texas college or university? The Goldwater Scholars join our other national award honorees, including Fulbright, Rotary Ambassadorial and P.E.O. International Peace Scholars.

Top-tier graduate programs
I'm proud to announce that UNT scored twice among the graduate programs U.S. News and World Report editors chose to rank this year. The master and doctoral degree programs in counselor education ranked in the nation's top 20, and the master of fine arts program in art and design is listed among the nation's top 50. Both are first-tier rankings. These newest rankings joined our other top-tier graduate rankings in library science, health librarianship, information systems, and city management and urban policy. Check out our grad school site for more information about all of our graduate programs.

The geography of diseases
Although the advent of SARS took the world by surprise, a new medical field already is in place to study and answer questions about the global spread of infectious diseases. UNT is on the cutting edge of this research. A UNT professor and medical geographer is the new chair of a group of American scientists who research and track diseases like SARS. Diseases don't need visas to travel, he says, and good information prevents unnecessary panic.

Albino squirrel in grass

Cool link: Albino Squirrel Preservation Society
A new student organization on campus is dedicated to a furry white squirrel named Thelonius who lives behind Willis Library. The Albino Squirrel Preservation Society believes the squirrel's rarity makes its sightings a sign of luck, especially before a test. I think it's good luck for media coverage too -- The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned the UNT rodent in a recent article.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: What was the name of the university's first yearbook?

a. The Yucca
b. Wings
c. The Cottontail
d. Aerie


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