North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

UNT kicked off its 116th academic year Aug. 29, when we welcomed more than 31,500 students back to campus. Now, it's time for you to get back to your green roots, and we have plenty of opportunities to lure you home this fall.

On Sept. 29, we welcome former student Don Henley, drummer and vocalist for the Eagles, to campus as part of our Distinguished Lecture Series. You can read more at

We also have Patti LaBelle lined up for Sept. 22 at the UNT Coliseum as part of the Division of Equity and Diversity's Power of Diversity speaker series. To learn how you can join us, visit

In addition, some of my favorite university traditions roll around each fall. Here's a look at a few I hope to see you at:

  • Round up the kids and visit us for Family Weekend Sept. 16-18, when we'll cook out, enjoy a pep rally and jazz reception and cheer on the Mean Green football team against Tulsa at Fouts Field. Don't forget to bring your favorite recipes to the Mean Green Village tailgating party for our Chili Cook-Off. To learn more, visit
  • We want to welcome you back in true North Texas style for Homecoming. But as I write this, we’re rescheduling some of our football dates so we can accommodate the LSU team as they work to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. You’ll read more about what we’re doing to help below. I encourage you to check for updates to the season’s schedule and Homecoming date.

And finally, I think you may enjoy the exhibition Ideas Made Visible, a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of UNT's updated graphic branding ( from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 8 in the University Union Gallery.

Remember, you can learn about great UNT events with our online calendar ( We've always got something going, and we'll always welcome you home.

Until next time,



August 2005

Help those affected by Hurricane Katrina

UNT's art scene in Fort Worth

$3.3 million bequest given to UNT researcher

Library science researchers win federal grant

Expand your mind

Cool link of the month:
The artwork of alum Grant D. Smith

What UNT treasures are housed within the School of Visual Arts' Texas Fashion Collection?

It's time to properly display your diploma


Help those affected by Hurricane Katrina
I am deeply saddened for all of those whose families and friends are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I encourage each of you to support the relief agencies involved in providing clean water, food, medicine, clothing and shelter for the victims. Our UNT community is pulling together to support those efforts and collect donations, as well as to support two of our Sun Belt Conference sister universities and provide resources for our affected students, faculty and staff. You can be a part of our effort. To learn how to help, click the link below.

Art gallery debuts at Health Science Center
I'm proud to announce that UNT now has a permanent presence among the world-class museums in the highly visible Fort Worth Cultural District. The "UNT artspace FW" gallery will open Sept. 10 at 3400 Camp Bowie Blvd. in the Health Science Center's Center for BioHealth, Room 160. Two Fort Worth companies contributed $75,000 toward the creation of the 1,650-square-foot gallery, which will feature Symbiotic as its premiere exhibition to showcase the artwork of UNT alums working at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Amon Carter Museum and the Kimbell Art Museum. To learn more, visit

UNT professor receives more than $3.3 million for research
Sigrid Glenn (left), a Regents Professor and founding chair of the behavior analysis department, was instrumental in the department receiving more than $3.3 million and 35,000 hours of behavioral research data from the estate of Beatrice H. Barrett. The gift is to establish the Beatrice H. Barrett Endowment for Research in Neuro-Operant Relations, which will support the only research program of its kind at a U.S. college or university. To learn more about this outstanding research, visit

Library science researchers net $790,000 grant
UNT researchers earned a $790,000 federal grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services to help remedy a critical shortage of librarians in Texas and New Mexico communities along the 1,300-mile border with Mexico. The project, the Rio Grande Initiative, will create a unique partnership with public and academic libraries in the Texas and New Mexico border communities in an effort to help the libraries meet their service goals, while training the libraries' personnel. To learn more, click the link below.

Expand your mind with UNT minicourses
I don't know for sure if you can teach an old dog new tricks. But I know you and I can always learn a thing or two. That's why our Center for Continuing Education and Conference Management offers a variety of non-credit courses to help you grow professionally or just learn more about your favorite hobby. There's everything from creative arts and writing courses to real estate certification and test preparation. To learn more about courses or to sign up now, visit

Cool link of the month: The artwork of alum Grant D. Smith
Alum Grant D. Smith, who graduated from UNT in 2002 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual art studies and drawing and painting, recently had his work featured on MTV's Cribs and has been showcased in several exhibitions. One of his newest pieces will grace the cover of Our Lady Peace's sixth album release Healthy in Paranoid Times, which debuted Aug. 30. Grant's paintings use sports as a platform to give viewers new perspectives on life. To see some of his work, click the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: What UNT treasures are housed within the School of Visual Arts' Texas Fashion Collection?

a. items designed by Hubert de Givenchy
b. items designed by Oscar de la Renta
c. items designed by Norman Norell
d. All of the above


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North Texas Exes invite you to purchase diploma frames
With the excitement of August graduations lingering in the air, it's a good time for you to spruce up your diplomas by displaying them in frames that showcase our university's traditions. Since May 2004, the Exes have raised more than $3,000 for scholarships by selling the diploma frames. To order your frame, visit To learn about alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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