North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

Itís Top 100 time again, when national publications annually rank four-year universities and colleges on minority graduation rates. UNT consistently makes the grade.

The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine named UNT to three Top 100 lists. UNT ranks in the number of bachelorís degrees awarded to Hispanics, the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics and the number of Hispanics enrolled.

Also, the Black Issues in Higher Education magazine lists UNT in three of its Top 100 rankings. UNT ranks in the number of bachelorís degrees awarded to African Americans, the number of bachelorís degrees awarded to all minorities and the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics.

Diversity enriches education, and UNT is proud of its rankings.

Until next time,



July 2003


Summer reading

UNT Press awards

Summer 'swat'

Child nutrition scholar

The Financial Strategies Advocate

UNT cool link 
of the month:

UNT Fact Book


Book picks
Do you ever wonder what your former college professors read in their free time? Are they researching new textbooks or are they reading Harry Potter? The link below shares the summer reading lists of eight faculty members. You might find a few literary gems that will interest you, too.

Prize books

Want more reading choices? Check out UNT Press, which offers the different and unusual in its publishing agenda. It also hosts two acclaimed literary competitions. The 2003 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, Here Comes the Roar by Dave Shaw, will be available in December. And, the 2003 winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, Losing and Finding by Karen Fiser, will be published in April 2004.

Mosquito precautions

If you are like me, you are living in an area already affected by West Nile virus. A UNT biology professor and graduate student captured the first infected mosquitoes in Denton County last year. They've continued to monitor the local mosquito population this year as more infected mosquitoes have been found. The two experts offer tips on keeping your family safe from these summer pests.

Child nutrition scholar

The school meals your children eat may have been improved by a UNT hospitality management faculty member. Priscilla Connors researches child nutrition and proposes school meal programs. The National Food Service Management Institute just recognized her work and named her an NFSMI scholar -- a prestigious national honor. Read more about Dr. Connors and her research here.

Newsletter launch
Would you like to learn seven methods to avoid probate? Or, discover two giving opportunities that will double your donation? Then check out The Financial Strategies Advocate, a new publication by the Office of Development. It offers estate, financial and tax planning resources that are available right at your fingertips. From this link, select the first option in the body of the text.

Cool link: UnFILTERed

UNT professors and students collaborated to create a "cool," interactive anti-smoking CD, funded by more than $500,000 in grants. Free copies of "UnFILTERed" were placed in 1,600 junior high schools in Texas in 2002, and UnFILTERed 2.0 was distributed in 2003. Teachers tell us kids are talking about it. Learn more here.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: The UNT Fact Book can tell you everything about the university you ever thought to ask. It's trivia heaven! For example:

From which Texas county does UNT receive most if its students? Answer

Are the average SAT and ACT scores of UNT first-time freshmen higher or lower than the national averages? Answer

North Texas Exes logo
The North Texas Exes "ceremoniously" broke ground for their Alumni Center on July 17! For other important new developments with the North Texas Exes and ways to become more involved with the alumni association, please visit

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