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Dr. Norval Pohl at tree-lighting ceremony Dear Alum,

For 30 years, the university has celebrated the season with its traditional Holiday Wish tree-lighting ceremony. This was my first year to have the honor of flipping the switch in the University Union.

It takes about 5,000 lights to illuminate UNTís 22-foot tree, and the result is beautiful. More beautiful perhaps because in honor of our diverse campus community, the UNT tradition celebrates every faith and culture. Every belief has its days of reverence -- during this season and throughout the year. My wish as the tree began to glow was for the light of education to make us each aware of our connection to each other. Peace and joy to you this holiday season.

Happy Holidays,


December 2002

UNT screensavers

Bound for New Orleans

UNT highway beautification project

Childrenís book
review site

International peace

UNT cool link of the month: Texas Fashion Collection

UNTrivia: Where is
UNT's waterfall?



Mean Green or Scene Green?

Deck your monitors with school spirit! Choose the awesome photography of two new UNT screensavers to download onto your computer. Select Mean Green if you are fan enough and Scene Green to celebrate campus icons. And because Insider readers requested the screensavers, you are the first group to see them before we launch these freebies to the community.

Back to the Big Easy

Growing student enthusiasm erupted into full-blown UNT pride this fall. The goalposts at the south end of Fouts Field were torn down and taken to Fry Street, and later, pieces were seen in fraternity houses and residence halls as the campus, the Denton community and all Mean Green Eagles celebrated the clinching of back-to-back Sun Belt Conference football championships. Itís back to the Big Easy -- get your New Orleans Bowl tickets early!

Creative license (plates)

UNT launched a highway beautification campaign to clean up the burnt orange, maroon and red and black collegiate license plates "polluting" Texas highways. Here's your chance to help our state "green up" all roads that lead to UNT. Best of all, showing your pride benefits students, since $25 of the $30 specialty license plate fee goes to UNT scholarships.

Children's books as holiday gifts

Have you ever scratched your head when buying books appropriate for your 6-year-old son, your 10-year-old niece or your 13-year-old grandchild? Iíve been a walking question mark in the childrenís book section on numerous occasions. Now, I check out a new UNT site that provides children's book reviews -- written by librarians and even kids themselves.

Student earns international recognition
Helen Keller's The Story of My Life inspired Kaili Chen, a UNT graduate student from China, to pursue a research interest that just earned her a PEO International Peace Scholarship. Living in a country without a strong special education system, Kaili was touched by the book's message and began to translate it into Chinese. She came to UNT to study emotional and behavioral disorders and plans to return to China as a special education instructor.

Cool link: Texas Fashion Collection

Did you know that UNT is home to more than 14,000 top-designer vintage garments -- many cataloged online? You can sample the collection this holiday season by visiting the Neiman Marcus store in downtown Dallas. "Simply Black" is an exhibition of black evening ensembles in honor of the store's 95th anniversary and will be on display through New Year's Day.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: UNTís Scene Green screensaver (say that fast three times) features a photo of a beautiful waterfall. Where is it on campus?

a. University Union Courtyard
b. Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building
c. Murchison Performing Arts Center


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