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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

Nearly 2,000 UNT students will start the new year as college graduates. They'll be sent off with a final lecture delivered by NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams during the Dec. 18 commencement ceremony.

In addition, we plan to conclude our yearlong observance of the 50th anniversary of the university's desegregation during the December general convocation. 

In 1954, A. Tennyson Miller enrolled at North Texas as a doctoral student. He was the first African American to attend this university. After leaving North Texas, Miller worked for the U.S. Office of Education as an integration specialist and played a significant role in integrating the nation's public schools. It will be my privilege to present an honorary doctoral degree posthumously in his name. 

I will also proudly award an honorary doctoral degree to Joe Atkins, the man whose 1955 lawsuit opened the university for all African American students. After earning his master's degree here in 1966, Atkins dedicated his life to education and civic engagement. 

The contributions these men made to our institution, state and nation are immeasurable. The legacy of acceptance and achievement they forged is one we still hold central to our mission today.

Happy Holidays,



December 2004


Mean Green gear online

Bowl Game 

Law 101 

Wise words 

Expanding engineering 

Cool link of the month:
Feral Cat Rescue Group 

How many lights does it take to set the 30-foot-tall tree in the University Union aglow?

NTExes exclusive calendar


Online Eagle shopping
If you're like me, the holiday shopping is far from done and quick gift ideas are always welcome. This year, look no further than the online UNT Bookstore, where you can get great Mean Green gear for that special Eagle in your life (or yourself). The online UNT Bookstore carries an array of UNT clothing, gift items and books.

Back from New Orleans
The Mean Green football team's perfect 7-0 record in the Sun Belt Conference this season earned us our fourth consecutive trip to the New Orleans Bowl. We played Southern Miss, a very good team with a significant size advantage, and were defeated 31-10. The resulting national exposure though, was a definite winner. The game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in front of 27,253 people, was televised on ESPN and included in sports news around the nation. Next year, we hope to return and win.

Legal Eagles
In case you missed the news stories, the UNT System recently announced that it will seek approval for a public law school in downtown Dallas. Local legislators and Dallas city officials back our plan to meet the region's need for high-quality, affordable legal education and will work with us to secure funding for planning during the legislative session beginning in January.

Words of wisdom
Coretta Scott King, human rights activist and widow of Martin Luther King Jr., will bring her message of nonviolence and tolerance to our eighth annual Equity and Diversity Conference. She will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center. The conference focuses on mentoring others to achieve professional and leadership positions. For registration information, click the following link.

Engineering expansion

Our new College of Engineering recently earned state approval to award bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering. A $1 million National Science Foundation grant is in place to support the program's innovative curriculum. The bachelor's degree will be offered beginning in January, and the master's degree will be available in September 2007.

Cool link of the month: Feral Cat Rescue Group
Since 1998, our Feral Cat Rescue Group has been providing humane care for the campus cat population. Through a "trap-treat-release" process, their ultimate goal is to reduce the campus cat population through spaying and neutering, and natural attrition. They also run an adoption program for cats and dogs. While we don't recommend adopting an animal on a holiday whim, or getting a pet for another person, if you're looking for a pet for yourself in the new year, why not look here?

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: How many lights does it take to set the 30-foot-tall tree in the University Union aglow?

a. 15,000
b. 10,000
c. 5,000


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Members of the Exes will flip through 2005 with a calendar featuring photos of Norah Jones, Joe Greene, Larry McMurtry and other notable North Texans. They also include campus maps and contact information for staying connected to what’s happening. Printed exclusively for Exes members, the calendar will arrive in mail boxes soon. New members will receive a calendar while supplies last. Follow the link below for information on becoming a North Texas Exes member.

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