North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval PohlDear Alum,

Every time I give away UNT goodies, many of you e-mail me asking where you can purchase your favorite Mean Green gear.

Getting your green is the topic I address in the March North Texan, but I've decided to give UNT's insiders a heads up about some new shopping locations a little earlier (especially since so many of you are asking for information).

The good news is we've made considerable strides since we launched our new graphic branding marks last April and are starting to see high-quality UNT branded merchandise in a few sports-related shops like FootAction and Lids.

But basic economic rules tell us that our brand presence will only increase when retailers know how many UNT family members want to purchase items. To ensure items with our brand fill more shelves in your favorite stores and shopping centers, we need you out there asking store managers to stock UNT green alongside the burnt orange and maroon.

Showing your green pride will only get easier with your help.

We also could use your help shaping our future as work continues on the University Strategic Plan. We'd like your feedback on our Strategic Planning web site.



February 2006

Win tickets for UNT night with the Dallas Stars, Mavericks

Alumnus ready for March dog sled race

Join us for UNT Beautification Day

New engineering degree in the works

Cool link of the month:
Student game demos

Which North Texas president had a hand in having “North” become a part of the official school name?

Join the Exes for two auctions to benefit scholarships


tickets to the Dallas Stars, Mavericks
I'm excited about two upcoming sporting events, where the UNT community can get together for a fun night with the Dallas Stars (March 13) and the Dallas Mavericks (April 2). To get you ready, I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the Dallas Stars game vs. Vancouver (lower level tickets valued at $90 each) or a pair of tickets to the Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver. To participate in one of my random drawings to win tickets, e-mail me by Feb. 27 at Be sure to tell me your mailing address and which team you'd like to see.

Alumnus ready for March dog sled race
Randy Cummins, who earned his North Texas biology degree in 1982, and the dogs from his "HuskyTown" kennel will compete in the 2006 Iditarod Sled Dog Race beginning March 4. His love for the sport began in 2001, when he was visiting Alaska and saw the start of the Iditarod. Two years later, he was so hooked he sold his medical practice and has been dog sledding ever since. Although this will be his first Iditarod race, his team of dogs has racked up nearly 2,000 miles of training since last May. To read more, visit

Mark your calendar for UNT Beautification Day
I hope you'll plan to join us April 8 for our fourth annual UNT Beautification Day. From 8 a.m. to noon, we'll have alumni, students, faculty and staff canvass the campus to do a few beautification projects like planting trees and flowers, pulling weeds from flowerbeds and picking up litter. Check in at Parking Lot 9 (near Avenue C and West Mulberry Street) and stay for lunch at the University Union portico. To learn more, visit

Professor to help create unique engineering degree
I'm happy to report that UNT is progressing toward its goal of becoming the first university in the nation to offer a degree in mechanical and energy engineering. To help us achieve this goal, we've recently brought in an outstanding leader in the field to head up the new College of Engineering program. Stathis Michaelides comes to UNT from Tulane University where he's been the Leo S. Weil Professor of Mechanical Engineering as well as the director of the South-Central Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change since December 2002. To read more, visit

Cool link of the month: Student game demos
Students from Ian Parberry's Game Programming class partnered with the students in Max Kazemzadeh's Game Art class on a 15-week project to create a series of unique video game demos. The project gives the students a taste of what working in the gaming field will be like and gives us a chance to experience our students' creativity first hand. To play the game demos and check out the student art (like Cup of Joe), visit

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: Which North Texas president had a hand in having “North” become a part of the official school name?

a. J.C. Chilton
b. John Jackson Crumley
c. Menter B. Terrill
d. None of the above


North Texas Exes logo

Exes chapters hosting two upcoming events
The North Texas Exes invite you to join them for two upcoming events to benefit student scholarships.
The Denton Chapter will host its fourth annual scholarship auction at 6 p.m. March 28 in the UNT Coliseum. To learn more, contact Sandra Robinson, auction chair, at (940) 387-3550. The Gulf Coast Chapter will have its fourth annual scholarship dinner on April 5 at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston. To learn more, contact Bob Morgan at (713) 729-1918. If you are interested in joining or starting an Exes chapter, contact Barbara Sanders at To learn more about the Exes and how you can get involved, visit

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