North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

It's a new year and a new semester at UNT, which makes for an exciting time. We are welcoming about 1,000 new students to campus and working to ensure that higher education, and UNT in particular, is not overlooked in Texas' 79th legislative session.

This spring, I will be working with Chancellor Lee Jackson and our governmental relations officials in an effort to help UNT receive the proper – and necessary – funding during the upcoming two-year budget cycle. Even though the state's finances look tight, we'll be seeking full-formula funding to help reduce the need for tuition increases. We'll also ask for funding to plan for the new law school and for $94 million in tuition revenue bonds to address our significant space shortage for academic programs like those in the College of Business Administration.

With our ever-growing student population, it is imperative that we make our case for additional state funding. It will help keep our university moving in the right direction. 

Until next time,



January 2005


A love story 

Help tsunami victims 

Career Day help 

Designer Finals 

Shaping our future 

Cool link of the month: Mean Green basketball live 

Which of these former North Texas students gained recognition for their work in 2004? 

NTExes: Ready to rumble?


Share your UNT love stories
Two years ago, I asked you to share your tales of connecting with your soulmates while at UNT. The stories were so touching that I hoped even more alums would share your fond memories of giving and receiving valentines or meeting that someone special during your days at UNT. Did you meet your significant other here? How did you and your loved one celebrate Valentine's Day on campus? You can share your UNT love stories at the link below.

Help tsunami victims
As relief and repair efforts continue for those affected by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunamis that devastated parts of 11 countries, the College of Music collected about $4,600 through a benefit concert that featured faculty musicians, the A Cappella Choir and the One O'Clock Lab Band. All donations will go to the Red Cross in memory of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's grandson and to honor the special relationship UNT shares with the Thai royal family since the lab band visited last spring. To learn more about how you can help, please visit

UNT wants you!
Remember what it was like to search for your first job or internship out of college? I sure do. It can be a scary time for those starting out. To help students about to embark on their careers, I invite you to get involved in the university's Career Day Feb. 2 or sign up to mentor those about to enter the professional world. If you are interested in sponsoring a booth at the career fair, please call (940) 565-2105 or sign up at To learn more about other programs available, visit

Tune in for Designer Finals
I hope you'll be one of the many UNT viewers who will tune into HGTV's Designer Finals show Jan. 29 to see alumna Deborah Hernandez redo a kitchen in a 1960s ranch-style home. A Jan. 15 episode featured alumna Monique Greene as she redid a dining room in a historical house. Both graduated in December from the School of Visual Arts. To learn more about the show, visit

Help shape our future
I'm excited by the response I've received from many of you about our new look, which is one part of developing our institutional brand. The other major component is messaging, and you'll hear more later about this important aspect of improving our reputation. It's important that our reputation match the quality of our programs, and branding will help us achieve that. Right now, I want you to know that it's not too late for you to help me shape our future. This is your university, and your opinions are valued. Input on the graphic marks will be gathered until 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at

Cool link of the month: Mean Green basketball live
If you've been following Mean Green basketball but haven't had a chance to see a game this season, catch the men and women live on the Mean Green Radio Network. Simply tune into KNTU-FM 88.1 or KWRD-FM 100.7. You can set your radio dial or listen online. To learn more about tuning in or to see a game schedule, visit the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: Which of these former North Texas students gained recognition for their work in 2004?

a. Thomas Haden Church
b. Norah Jones
c. Bill Moyers
d. All of the above


North Texas Exes logo

Super Bowl watching party
If you're like me, you're already eager for the Mean Green to take the field this fall. Meanwhile, if you need a quick football fix, come join us for the North Texas Exes Super Bowl XXXIX Watching Party. The party kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the North Texas Exes Alumni Center in the Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. E-mail or call (940) 565-2834 to RSVP by Feb. 1. To learn about other fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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