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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

This month, I'm proud to tell you about a couple of beautification projects under way that will help make your alma mater a better looking campus. It's been wonderful to see the work progressing, and I know you'll be excited to see the improvements.

We recently restored the fountain in front of Willis Library and added green lighting to it. It was great to see the water once again spring to life in the fountain, which first appeared on campus in 1971. Many of you probably remember it only as a planter — it was drained less than a decade later when clogged filters became a problem and was being used as a planter by 1980. This time, I'm assured that technology has improved enough that there won't be a problem with filters. Restoring the fountain is part of a long-term project to renovate the plaza area around Willis Library. Right now, we are adding several trees and preparing to create a plaza in the area nearest the Administration Building. To see a preliminary plan and photos of the fountain, visit

Another way we are working to make our campus more attractive is with the annual UNT Beautification Day. You'll read more about how you can do your part below.

Until next time,



February 2005

Spring Break advice

March Madness

The Oscar goes
to …

Keep UNT beautiful

More students flock to Dallas Campus

Cool link of the month:
Faculty focus

Which of these popular television shows has not featured a UNT alumnus in the past year?

Get going with an Exes chapter


Share your best Spring Break stories
Spring Break is right around the corner, and the days already are getting warmer. Since so many of you seemed to enjoy sharing (and reading!) the Valentine stories, I thought you might like to share your best Spring Break stories. Maybe you found a great vacation spot during your time at UNT. Or maybe you've got advice to help others steer clear of a troubled locale. Maybe you just have a funny tale to tell. Share your story at the link below.

March Madness at the Super Pit
Come join us in the Super Pit for a little March Madness as we cheer on the Mean Green men's and women's basketball teams in their bid to advance to the NCAA Tournament. UNT will host the 2005 Aeropastle Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament March 4-8. To learn more or buy your tickets, call (940) 565-2527 or (800) UNT-2366 or visit online at

And the Oscar goes to …
Don't forget to watch the Academy Awards Feb. 27. I'm eager to learn if two of our UNT community members will be among those recognized for their hard work. Jeffry Eckels, a candidate for a doctor of musical arts degree and a marvelous jazz musician, played the double bass on "Al Otro Lado Del Río," which was featured in The Motorcycle Diaries and is nominated to receive an Oscar for best original song. And former student Thomas Haden Church is nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in Sideways. To learn more about the Academy Awards, click the link below.

Keep UNT Beautiful
UNT is gearing up for its third annual UNT Beautification Day. It's a perfect time for you to visit the campus and help us with a variety of projects such as picking up litter, cleaning and creating flower beds, planting trees and painting. The campus-wide event is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon April 2, so come meet us in the parking lot west of Terrill Hall (Lot 9) and stay for lunch at the University Union portico. To find out more about participating, click the link below.

More students flock to Dallas Campus
I was excited to hear that our Dallas campus has 1,258 students enrolled, the equivalent of 451 full-time students. This means we're a step closer to our goal of establishing the University of North Texas at Dallas. Once the Dallas Campus has the equivalent of 1,000 full-time students, UNT at Dallas can begin operating as an accredited, full-fledged, freestanding university and the first public university within the Dallas city limits. To read more, visit

Cool link: Faculty focus
Harry Williams, associate professor of geography, has studied the geological history of major tsunamis in West Coast marshes. Dr. Williams conducted his research on the Pacific Northwest coastline, where he says there is a long record of tsunami impact ­— some just as big as the ones that occurred in Southeast Asia. Listen to him discuss his research in his own words at the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: Which of these popular television shows has not featured a UNT alumnus in the past year?

a. A&E's Cold Case Files
b. 47th Grammy Awards
c. Fox's The Simpsons
d. HGTV's Designer Finals


North Texas Exes logo

Get going with an Exes chapter
Ever wonder what other North Texas Exes are doing in your area? Some are raising money for scholarships, like those in the Denton chapter who are hosting an auction March 29 or those in the Gulf Coast chapter who are having their annual scholarship dinner April 6. If you are interested in getting involved or starting an alumni chapter, contact Barbara Sanders, the association's new director of chapter development who will be leading existing chapters and helping establish new ones. She can be reached at or (940) 565-3162. To learn more, visit

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