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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

It's not unusual for members of the UNT family, whether faculty, staff, students or alumni, to enter the national limelight. Sometimes they're quoted in the media as experts in their fields. And, then other times, they're featured in a more quirky way

I'm excited to give you a heads-up on three upcoming instances of prime-time exposure. Harrell Gill-King, director of the UNT Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology, will be interviewed on A&E's Cold Case Files this summer. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Haley Holmes, UNT librarian and doctoral student, will appear in TLC's reality series Faking It in June as a Coyote Ugly bartender in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Watch your TV guides for specific times.

Finally, polka band Brave Combo, some of whose members are UNT alumni, will make its animated debut on the March 14 episode of The Simpsons. Keep your eyes and ears open for the band during the Oktoberfest celebration attended by Marge and Homer. I hear the colorful 2-D band members will be playing "Fill the Stein."

At UNT, we know when to be serious, and we know how to have fun. We also know how talented our UNT family is. Now everyone else will know, too.

Until next time,


February 2004


Get your votes in!

Lost opera 

National appointment

First To Go, First To Know

Cool million

UNT cool link of the month:
KNTU's frosty February photos

Where on the UNT campus can you see a 4,000-year-old clay tablet and a book that is less than a millimeter tall?


Homecoming vote
Even though we still have eight months until Homecoming 2004 and fall football festivities, we need your help now. It's that time of year again for you to vote on a theme for Homecoming. Consider the six clever and creative choices available at the link below. Pick your favorite phrase by March 5.

High note

UNT created the world premiere of a "lost opera." Swiss composer Hans Schaeuble penned Dorian Gray in 1948 based on an Oscar Wilde short story, but the opera was never performed. A UNT associate professor of music theory discovered the piece in the Schaeuble Foundation archives in Zurich. Three years of labor later, thanks to the dedication of three faculty members and the work of many students, the opera was performed in Winspear Hall on Feb. 6.

Presidential preference
Imagine being appointed to a federal commission by the President of the United States. Herman L. Totten, who is a UNT Regents Professor of library and information sciences and advises me as UNT faculty executive assistant to the president, doesn't have to imagine it he's living it. He's been named to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science for a five-year term.

First-generation funding
Let's face it. With tuition, books, housing and other necessities, college is expensive. But students may soon benefit from UNT's First To Go, First To Know program, which provides scholarships for first-generation college students. The recruitment and retention program, made possible by a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant, targets North Texas area high-schoolers and UNT students who are the first in their families to pursue a degree.

Gift to fund Athletic Center
Houstonites know "Mattress Mac" for his memorable Gallery Furniture commercials. Dentonites and UNT alumni will know Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale, a former North Texas football letterman, for funding $1 million of the $7.4 million Athletic Center under construction. His generous gift plays a vital role in ensuring the future academic and athletic success of UNT athletes.

Cool link: Valentine's Day Snow Event

It may seem like springtime weather now, but North Texas' Valentine's Day was enveloped in a blanket of snow. KNTU has a "chilly" collection of pictures from our weekend winter wonderland to prove it. The UNT radio station also invites everyone who played in the flurries to add to the fun by sending in more snapshots. Click on the link below to view KNTU's photos or add your own.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: Where on the UNT campus can you see a 4,000-year-old clay tablet and a book that is less than a millimeter tall?

a. UNT Archives in Willis Library
b. Visual Resources Collection in the School of Visual Arts
c. Rare Book Room in Willis Library


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