North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

UNT is kicking off another academic year. The fall semester starts Aug. 30, and we're ready for it.

On Aug. 22, our housing department hosts its seventh annual Sunday Fun Day, in which the university family pitches in to help our students move into the residence halls. Last year we had more than 450 volunteers, all easily identified by their matching UNT T-shirts.

Sunday Fun Day is one of my favorite UNT traditions. It always is a day of great pride, as our faculty, staff, administrators and their families welcome new and returning students to campus. With the opening of our newest residence hall, Victory Hall, on the Eagle Point Campus, this event promises to be the biggest ever. 

If any of you are past beneficiaries of this student move-in program, I'd love to hear about it. 

Until next time,



August 2004


Best of Dallas  

Computer chip patent 

Olympic coverage 

Year of the University Press 

UNT cool link of the month:
Mission Fish

What is the nickname of the new North Texas Exes
Alumni Center?



Best of Big D
I've always thought so, and now so does the staff of D Magazine. UNT received two nods in the magazine's annual "Best of Dallas" issue. KNTU-FM, 88.1, was selected the Best Radio Station in the Arts and Culture section and the UNT Observatory was named for Best Stargazing in the Nightlife section.

Improving computers

A UNT Regents Professor of chemistry has achieved a "triple." For the third year in a row, Dr. Jeffry Kelber received the Semiconductor Research Corp. inventor recognition award for his computer chip research. He and his research team are patenting a method that improves the process of advanced integrated computer circuits, which keeps signals strong.

Gender bias in Olympic media coverage

I'll be watching the Olympic games this month with a new awareness. A team of UNT researchers predict that female athletes will receive more time on U.S. televisions than ever before. But, if past coverage is any indication, the researchers say commentators may still show bias by focusing more on female athletes' appearances than abilities, calling them by their first names and referring to them as girls.

Scholarly publishing
This is a special year for the UNT Press. It joins other scholarly publishers throughout the country in celebrating 2004 as the Year of the University Press. To recognize the program, the UNT Press launched two new thematic series on Mexican American studies and North Texas military history and is publishing three "anniversary" volumes of significant historical events. Check out the books on their web site.

Cool link: Mission Fish

"Gone fishing" has taken on a new meaning with me. The UNT Foundation has registered with Mission Fish, a nonprofit service that works with eBay to help nonprofits raise money. Recently, the winning bid for an autographed World Series baseball benefited the UNT Cornerstone for Scholars, an endowment for student scholarships. If any of you are eBay buyers and sellers, learn more about the program at the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: What is the nickname of the new North Texas Exes Alumni Center?

a. The Alumni Getaway
b. Home Away From Home
c. The University's Living Room


North Texas Exes logo

North Texas Exes
We did it and thank you! The North Texas Exes have reached their goal of $150,000 to complete your Alumni Center. All donors' names are displayed in the center on the Patron Board. For more information on this achievement and other new developments with the North Texas Exes, please visit

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