North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

In the face of the state's projected $9.9 billion budget shortfall, funding for UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science was in jeopardy. But, thanks to a bill authored by Rep. Myra Crownover and sponsored by Sen. Craig Estes, TAMS is safe.

TAMS is a two-year residential program that allows teen-age whiz kids to complete the first two years of college while still earning their high school diplomas. Legislators approved a bill that continues the majority of TAMS funding, and Gov. Rick Perry signed it July 23.

The corporate community helped remedy the remaining deficit. A TI Foundation grant is subsidizing the academy fees of 65 talented and economically disadvantaged students who otherwise could not afford to enroll in TAMS. And, Verizon Southwest made a substantial gift to create a TAMS student technology center.

I'm thrilled to see such a great program at UNT receive this level of support from the state and the community.

Until next time,



August 2003


Your advice to students

New UNT provost

UNT mystery

Bringing Up Girls in Science (BUGS)

Family Weekend

UNT cool link of the month:
UNT Spirit Around the World

More UNT fun facts


The ol' college try
When it comes to college life, you've been there. You're out in the real world now, and maybe you've learned a thing or two that you wished you knew before college. Consider sharing this advice with our incoming students. We'll run the best tips on the university home page when the fall semester starts.

Top academic officer
UNT's newest administrator is provost and vice president for academic affairs Howard C. Johnson. Dr. Johnson, a 30-year academic veteran, comes to UNT from Syracuse University in New York. By Oct. 1, Dr. Johnson will advise me on academic matters and lead the faculty in achieving UNT's vision for 2015.

Whodunit? Mystery in archives
A New York engineering firm contacted us recently. They found a 1936 blueprint of our university's Library Building (now the Information Sciences Building) among original drawings for a New York state post office, circa 1907. They have no clue how it got there. And, neither do we. It's a fun mystery, and w
e now have acquired the historical document for our archives. Click here to discover what other mysteries and treasures lurk in the university's archives.

Do 4th- and 5th-grade girls like BUGS? You bet they do! BUGS, or Bringing Up Girls in Science, is an after-school program that exposes elementary school girls to science pursuits. UNT's Mean Green Environmental Machine transports 30 students from Denton schools to the UNT Elm Fork Education Center each week. The National Science Foundation funded the program with a $900,000 grant.

Family Weekend
I am hosting a President's Brunch during Family Weekend Sept. 26-28. Hundreds of students and their families will come together for a chili cookoff and the UNT vs. University of Louisiana-Lafayette football game. The weekend's highlight will be a "UNT Tuition Draw" among current students. The winner, announced during the game, will receive a 12-credit-hour spring semester scholarship—a $1,810 value! If you're a parent of a UNT student, I hope to see you there.

Cool link:
UNT Spirit Around the World
The North Texas Exes launched a UNT Spirit Around the World campaign this summer. Already alumni have sent in photos of themselves flying the UNT flag in Afghanistan, Scotland and England. Where will the UNT flag turn up next? Visit the UNT Bookstore at to purchase your flag and participate in the program. I hope to see you soon at the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: The UNT Fact Book questions from last month were popular, so here are a couple more:

  • Are there more men or women who attend UNT?
  • How many undergraduates take a full load of 15 hours per semester?

North Texas Exes logo
Join the North Texas Exes for an early holiday treat of "Dickens on the Strand" in Galveston Dec. 5-7! Reservations and payments must be made by Sept. 26. For other important new developments with the North Texas Exes and ways to become more involved with the alumni association, please visit

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